Nin Arigo's old factory, across from Werribee Mercy

Presidents Message: 

After Mr Andrews announcements yesterday it looks like we will be holding our meetings on zoom until November 9. As of this date, 150 fully vaccinated people will be able to dine indoors. I am hopeful that we can return to face to face meetings on Tuesday 9th November but this will all depend on advice from the ISCW.

As you all know, I do volunteer work with an organization called YRIPP (Youth Referral Independent Person Program). Last Wednesday the 15th September I attended a western suburbs Police Station and sat in on an interview with a young offender. On Thursday afternoon I received a phone call from one of the Sergeants at this Police Station advising me that the young offender had tested positive for Covid 19. I was advised to get a test straight away which I did, and this test result was negative. I have been advised by the DHS to isolate for 14 days and get re tested on day 13. If this result is negative I will be released from isolation at 11.59pm on Thursday 30th September. Unfortunately Wendy and my son Chris also have to isolate at home for the 14 days as well.

District Governor 2024/2025

District 9800 is calling for nominations for the position of District Governor, for the year 2024/2025.

To eligible to stand for the position of District Governor, you must be a Past President of a club in our district, and be nominated by your current club.

If you are considering standing for the position of District Governor, then contact Secretary Ross Smith, who can provide you with the information pack. You should also speak to President Graham, as your nomination requires the support of the club. Nominations must be submitted by 10 December 2021.

District Governor Nominating Committee

Clubs in D9800, are invited to propose a Past President, to join the selection committee for the 2024/2025 District Governor.

The Nominating Committee comprises:

  • The District Governor as Chair
  • The most recent District Governor
  • The current District Governor elect
  • The current District Governor nominee
  • Three Past Presidents of D9800 clubs, elected by the clubs in the district.
The following rules apply to Past President nominations:
  • They cannot be members of the same club, as a candidate for the DG role
  • They cannot be Honorary members or Past District Governors
  • A Past President cannot serve on the committee for two successive years
  • Clubs can only nominate one Past President each year
  • If the number of nominations exceed three, a ballot will be held.
If any Past President of the club wants to put their name forward for the committee, then please advise me and I will send your name to the District Secretary. I need to know by 31 October 2021
Hat Day 10th October

                                       Celebrate Hat Day on
                                    World Mental Health Day!


The District Conference for DG Dale Hoy’s year will be held from 30th April / 1st May 2022. It is planned that this will be an in – person District Conference in Regional Victoria but this will depend on restrictions at the time.

Please continue to keep in touch with members who do not attend our zoom meetings to make sure they are alright. It is also very important to check in on family members as well.

Next week’s guest speaker will be: Peter Cransberg (former AFL Footballer with Essendon).

I will close with a thought for the week: With what all humans are dealing with in our lives, thoughts and our feelings. We are all fragile, whether we admit it or not. Be a nice human and be there for another human.

Have a great week and above all stay safe.





THIS WEEK AT ROTARY - 21.09.2021
This weeks guest speaker on Zoom was Deborah Gorsuch, the Team Leader Housing & Homelessness, at Uniting Care Werribee.
Uniting Care Werribee aim to assist people into long term housing.
Werribee has a shortage of housing, particularly accommodation for single people. The problems in Werribee are significant, with hundreds of people in rooms, rooming houses, or sleeping rough. A large proportion of people accessing services, are victims of family violence. 
Accommodation is expensive, and people will have to pay 55% or more of their unemployment benefit or Centrelink allowance, for basic accommodation.
The population of Wyndham has just passed $300,000. There are about 14-15 babies born every day. 58% of the population is below 35. The attraction of Wyndham is cheap housing.
Tuesday 28th September on Zoom
Ex AFL & Essendon footballer Peter Cransberg.
Cransberg was picked up by Essendon from East Perth with pick 39 in the 1989 VFL draft. He played on a half forward flank in the 1990 Grand Final but finished on the losing team. 
He played 79 games from 1990 to 1997, and kicked 72 goals.
District 9800 - Weekly Newsletter
Version four has arrived.
We have a full field of 26 starters, and the first race meeting will be Saturday 2nd October at Flemington.
The draw for the letter you will commence with for week one will take place next week. If for example you get "M" in week one, then you get "N" in week 2, "O" in week 3 etc
Bunnings BBQ 
As a result of the cancellation of our last two Thursday Bunnings BBQ's, Bunnings have compensated us with 5 x $100, and 10 x $50 Gift Vouchers.
The Board will consider how we use these at our next meeting.
Guest Speakers
Everyone knows someone with an interesting story to tell. Please pass their details on to Brian Ahmed so we can follow them up to speak to us in person or on Zoom at a later date.
Werribee Rotary Polo Shirts
The club will be placing an order for polo shirts shortly, as we need to order for our new members Vas, Justine & Andi. If any member wants or needs a new one send your size to Pres Graham. Cost is about $25.
There will be no Bingo next week.
As soon as restrictions are lifted, then the roster for the next 4 weeks will be.
Roster for bingo (be there by 6.30):
  • Week 1 - Enzo Maddalon & Graham Roper
  • Week 2 - Brian Ahmed & Wendy Roper
  • Week 3 - Jess Saher & Peter Sandlant
  • Week 4 - Michael Redding & Lorry Rowe
Breakfast Club
Its school holidays again next week, so no breakfast club for the next two weeks. We haven't hear when we will be needed to start breakfast club. While we are in 'lockdown' I wouldn't expect we would be able to participate in Breakfast Club.
Western Emergency Relief Network (WERN)
The move from Unit 11 to Unit 5 is complete.
We are still busy, and are very short of:
  • Whitegoods - fridges, washing machines, dryers & freezers.
  • Flat screen Televisions
  • Lounge Couches, one, two or 3 seater.
Call Ross Smith, is you have something in good condition, as we can pickup.
International Convention
The Rotary International World Convention, will be held in Melbourne in May 2023. It is being organised by a committee formed from the Aust Rotary Districts.
District 9800 Environmental Newsletter
Tip of the week
Set good songs as the custom ringtones on your phone, for people you don't like. This way when they call you, you can enjoy the song, but not answer their call.


Member Birthdays
Geoff Smith
September 9
Jerestene Saher
September 29
Mary Macaulay
September 29
Enzo Maddalon
October 9
Philip Purdy
October 9
Ian Knight OAM
October 15
Spouse Birthdays
Maria Todaro
September 20
Genny Knight
October 11
Lexie Smith
October 13
Roland Wade
Margaret Wade
September 26
Lyn Fava
Rob Fava
September 27
Rob Fava
Lyn Fava
September 27
Lou Dowling
Lynne Dowling
October 11
Join Date
Graham Roper
October 1, 2007
14 years
Rob Fava
October 18, 2011
10 years
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Oct 05, 2021
St Vincent's Private Hospital Werribee
St Vincent's Private Hospital Werribee

Libby is the General Manager/Director of St Vincents Provate Hospital in Werribee.

She started her nurse management career at St Vincent’s Private in East Melbourne 20 years ago. Since then she has worked in both public and private health sectors across metropolitan and rural Victoria. Her most recent role was as CEO at Stawell Regional Health. 

She is ultimately responsible for ensuring patients accessing the broad range of clinical services (Maternity, Surgical, Medical and Rehabilitation) receive the highest possible quality care and an optimum patient experience. As the most senior nurse at St Vincent’s Private Werribee, her role encompasses the professional responsibility for the nursing and midwifery teams.

Oct 12, 2021
Busy Feet
Oct 19, 2021
Encompass Community Services
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