Sunset Safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo
President Graham Roper


14th May 2019

6:30 for 6:45pm


Italian Social Club

601 Heaths Rd







Anthony Pante

Rob Fava



Kathryn Williams

If you are not able to attend the next meeting or are bringing a guest, please contact the following person by midday Tuesday
Ross Smith
0418 692329
May 28, 2019
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Carlo Vimercati
May 3
Jeff Garfield
May 14
James Randall
May 24
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Lynne Dowling
May 26
Margaret Wade
May 27
Christine Conley
May 28
Kim Deneys
Glenyce Deneys
May 3
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Joe Cumbo
May 7, 1996
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At this stage, we can't reveal the identity of next week's speaker because we don't have one. Despite the best efforts of our Program Committee, the scheduled presenter has pulled the pin.

But, rest assured, they are scouring the world to find a suitable replacement. Watch this space.



In 1922, a group of Sydney businessmen were attending a conference. Some of their discussion centred around the fact that some people in the community were doing it tough. So they decided to band together and buy some toys which they distributed to a local orphanage. This gesture proved to be very successful and the orphanage wanted to thank them by name. However, they chose to remain anonymous and call each other "Mr Smith". And that is how the organisation known as The Smith Family came into being.

Guest speaker Edwin Gill who is a volunteer with The Smith Family says that his organisation is well known for helping disadvantaged children and families but not well understood. It has changed its profile at various times and people have become confused as to what it actually does. Because of this, Edwin said that the organisation decided to refocus its goals with a view to supporting one activity. So no longer do they acquire and distribute essential items to needy families. 

They now focus purely on a program called Learning for Life which supports children from low-income families who don't have the means to provide the child with a good education which ultimately results in poorer life outcomes. The Smith Family believes that every child deserves a chance. Edwin said that it is estimated that an unproductive or uneducated child will cost the country $1.5 million over that person's lifetime. So, by supporting the children through education, their program is proving to be extremely cost effective.

The Smith Family is based in 90 communities around Australia and they provide scholarships to disadvantaged children from kindergarten to university. Statistics show that after the children have completed the Learning for Life program, 70% of them get jobs and another 16% actively look for work.




If you haven't already registered your intention to assist in the tree planting day this Sunday, you are strongly encouraged to do so. We will be planting 1454 trees at Rosslare Court Reserve in Hoppers Crossing commencing at 9AM. That's a lot of trees but, with the help of the City of Wyndham and members of the community, we can do it. But only if we can all band together. So please help if you can. You are welcome to bring your kids, grandkids, brothers, cousins, aunties and uncles as well. Remember, many hands make light work. Also, a reminder to bring some gardening tools and some gloves.

Click here to see the poster.



On Tuesday 28th May, we will be visiting the University of Melbourne's new U-Vet Hospital at 250 Princes Hwy, Werribee. This promises to be an interesting visit because the facility has been recently upgraded.

We will be touring the new facilities in two groups. The first tour will commence at 6 pm followed by a second tour at 6:30 pm. When your tour is completed, you can proceed to the Racecourse Hotel where we will have dinner at about 7 pm.

If you haven't already registered for the visit, please contact Michael Redding.

Click here to read about the development of the new building.


IN BRIEF........
  • Footy Tipping - Congratulations to Jason Daddy who took out the weekly $10 prize. The top tipsters for the week were Rob Fava and Christine Conley who both picked 8 winners. Mary Maguire continues to lead the field with 46 winners closely followed by Graham Roper and Ann Smith on 45. 

  • We extend our best wishes to Christine Conley who is now out of hospital but is still undergoing some tests. We hope things start to improve soon Christine. We know that Ross is giving you all the love and care you deserve.

  • Upcoming events/functions/meetings:

    • Thursday 23rd May - Bunnings BBQ

    • Sunday 26th May - District Assembly at Melton Tabcorp Park. All 2019-20 directors are requested to attend.

    • Tuesday 28th May - Vocational Visit to the Werribee Veterinary Hospital, 250 Princes Highway, Werribee. The first tour will commence at 6pm and the second will start at 6:30pm. Partners and guests are welcome. Dinner will be at the Racecourse Hotel from 7 pm.

    • Tuesday 11th June - Club Changeover at Wyndham Cache. Click here to see the invitation from Brian and Nuge. Please RSVP as soon as possible.

  • Great to see past member Lorry Rowe at our meeting. Just like old times.

  • We welcomed Norm and Margaret Johnson to our last meeting. Norm is considering becoming a member. Here is a photo of Norm and Margaret with Membership Chairperson Peter Ross.

  • Graham Roper, Ross Smith, Ross Conley and Ian Hovey played in the Werribee Football Club's golf day a few weeks ago. Suffice to say they did not represent the Rotary club well and ended up closer to the rear of the field than at the front. Nevertheless they enjoyed the day. Here is a shot of the group in a relaxed pose and another photo showing our illustrious President demonstrating his golfing skills (or lack of it).





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