Werribee South boat ramp
During this Rotary year, we’ve been doing some really great things in terms of fund-raising projects and donating to worthy causes. For example, we contributed to the flood appeal in Rochester and we provided shelter equipment for victims of the earthquake disaster in Turkey. These are just a few of many humanitarian projects that we have been involved in. My chest fills with great pride to be part of such a compassionate and active club and I’m sure yours does too. 

With Andi Barnfield doing all she can to positively promote our efforts through various media sources, let’s hope that our community, both near and far, takes note of our good work and we can reap some rewards further down the track.
But, while we already have many runs on the board this year, I think that our efforts in the past week have surpassed previous achievements. I refer to our annual golf day and the presentation of the new Smiley Scope device to Werribee Mercy Hospital.

On Friday, we completed another successful golf day which has raised a significant amount of money for the medical research centre at the Werribee Campus of Victoria University. A full field of players were treated to fine weather which resulted in some hot golf. The eventual winners were a group of guys from Werribee Sand & Soil which was their second win in 3 years. Jim Randall says that the Golf Day Cup is taking pride of place on his mantel piece at home.

During lunch, the principal medical researcher, Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos, expressed her gratitude to our club for the magnificent effort in staging the event and for raising such a large amount of money for the research work that she and her team are undertaking. We will present a cheque to Vasso as soon as we know the final figures.

While the golf day is always a winner, it doesn’t just happen on its own. I would like to express my sincere thanks, first and foremost, to the chief organiser Ross Conley who has worked hard over the past 4 months to bring it all together. He has been well supported by his committee consisting of Ross Smith, Ian Hovey, Graham Roper and Rob Fava. And, of course, where would we be without the fantastic efforts of our volunteers who provided much-needed support before, during and after the event. So special thanks to Roland Wade, Peter Sandlant and his grandson, Graham Roper, Brian Ahmed, Kim Deneys, Peter and Elizabeth Ross, Ann Smith, Barb Purdy, Micki Hovey, Christine Conley, Anne Randall and her friend Nancy, Lyn Fava and Geoff Smith. If I’ve left anyone out, my sincere apologies.

The second big thing that happened during the week, was a visit by Graham, Kim and myself to Werribee Mercy Hospital where we were able to see the newly-acquired Smiley Scope virtual reality device for the first time. Staff in the paediatric ward were so grateful for our donation. They say it will be invaluable for children to overcome their fears during procedures which may initiate pain such as an intravenous injection. I even had the chance to try the device on but fortunately I didn’t get an injection. Based on my experience, it will be a winner with the kids and I expect that it won’t be long before the hospital adds another one or two due to the high demand for its use. We were proud to be your representatives at this meeting. 

I won’t be at the meeting next week and neither will my normal stand-in, Kim. So I have handed over the reins to President Elect Nominee, Rob Fava. I haven’t really had the chance to congratulate Rob for agreeing to become President in 2024-25. Congratulations Rob. It’s great news and I know he will do a fantastic job with our support. Please turn up next Tuesday for what I am sure will be a meeting full of entertainment and/or surprises.

In two week’s time (Tuesday 28th March), we are planning to have another vocational visit. This time we will be going to Wyndham Tech School in Hoppers Lane. This is a new high-tech facility which hosts secondary school students from about 20 schools in Wyndham who attend classes to learn all sorts of things relating to technology. Peter Sandlant and I visited the school several weeks ago and we were blown away by the variety of different technological activities that kids get involved in. I hope that all members and their partners can attend the evening. The visit will start at 6pm and finish at about 7pm. Then we will head off for a meal at the Tigers Clubhouse.
Ian Hovey
Charter Member Kevin Thompson
The funeral for charter member Kevin Thompson, will be held on Tuesday 21 March at 11.00am, at Tuckers - 68 Lock Avenue.
Baby Beanies
The team are now knitting small baby blankets. Speak to Micki or Glenyce if you like a bit of knitting.
We have one student from Werribee Central attending the Rypen Camp at Malmsbury, on the weekend of 26 March.
Kim Deneys will transport the student to the camp, but we need someone to pickup the student after lunch on Sunday 26/3, and return her to Werribee. Call Kim Deneys if you can assist. You need a current Working With Childrens Certificate.
District Assembly
The training for upcoming Board members will take place on Sunday May 7th from 9.00am till 2.00pm, at the Jasper Hotel in the city. Cost is free. 2023/24 Board members are encouraged to attend. Let PE Kim know if you are attending.
Smiley Scope Presentation Tues 14 March
Guest Speaker Jackson Brown

Jackson Brown is an outstanding young man, who became involved with Rotary in 2017, when he entered the Hoppers Crossing Rotary public speaking competition, called Wynspeak.
He went on to win the 2017 competition, and has maintained an association with Wynspeak.
He is currently in his final year at Bacchus Marsh Grammar, and is the 2023 School Captain. He is planning on studying law at university in 2024.
In 2021, Hoppers Crossing set up a program called Rotary Group Alumni, which comprises young people between 18 & 25 who have been involved in Rotary programs. The group meets monthly, and undertakes one humanitarian project each year.
Golf Day 2023
The golf day on Friday 10th March was an outstanding success, thanks to the efforts of chief organiser Ross Conley and his team.
Next week at Rotary - Tuesday 21st March 




The Werribee Rotary football tipping is about to start for 2023. $50 for the season.

Only seven people have joined so far, so speak to family & friends and get them to sign up via ESPN Footy tipping.

Speak to Ross Conley if you need help to get started.



Donations in Kind are holding an open day on Sat Mar 18th from 10.00 till 3.00. This is a good chance to see how DIK works, and to roll up your sleeves and do a bit of work.



District 9800 is holding a Gala Dinner on Thursday 1st June from 6.30pm.

Guest speakers at the dinner will be Rotary World President Jennifer Jones, and Lord Mayor Sally Capp.

Details are available at



One of the delegate functions during the World Conference, is "A Night at the MCG"

Click link for details



Breakfast club is back up and running for term 1.

Tues 21/3 - Norm & Margaret Johnson

Wed 22/3 - Alison Taverner & AnnSmith

Thur 23/3 - Kim & Glenyce Deneys

Tues 28/3 - Jane Larkin & Alison Tevener

Wed 29/3 - Graham Roper & Ross Smith

Thurs 30/3 - Peter & Liz Ross



The Bingo Roster is:

Mar 20th - Roland Wade & Jim Randall

Mar 27th - Kim Deneys & Rob Fava



The next Bunnings BBQ at Hoppers Crossing is Thursday 23/3. Andi desperately needs some volunteers, as a number of 'regulars' are unavailable.


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.


Click this link to view the flyer.


The committee is also asking for interested Rotarians to register for the opportunity to home host several overseas guests for dinner during the convention. There is also an option for Rotary clubs to host a larger group of guests.

Click here to view the home hosting flyer.


District 9800 Networker Newsletter - Issue 8
Clink the link below to view.



Member Birthdays
Graham Roper
March 7
Rob Fava
March 15
Peter Sandlant
March 21
Kathryn Williams
March 22
Tino Ballan
March 25
Ross Smith
March 28
Lou Dowling
March 30
Steve Evans
April 18
Vas Samaltanos
April 18
Spouse Birthdays
Graham Roper
March 7
Rob Fava
March 15
Nuge Ahmed
March 28
Pam Garfield
April 20
Karen Sandlant
April 26
Philip Purdy
Barbara Purdy
March 2
Ross Conley
Christine Conley
March 7
Enzo Maddalon
Adelina Maddalon
March 10
Ian Knight OAM
Genny Knight
March 14
Jeff Garfield
Pam Garfield
March 21
Ian Hovey
Micki Hovey
March 23
Peter Sandlant
Karen Sandlant
March 26
Graham Roper
Wendy Roper
March 30
Peter Ross OAM
Elizabeth Ross
March 30
Wendy Roper
Graham Roper
March 30
Kathryn Williams
Nathan Williams
April 7
Steve Evans
Christine Evans
April 22
Join Date
Ross Smith
March 19, 1996
27 years
Mary Macaulay
March 24, 1997
26 years
Colin Muir
April 1, 1993
30 years
Peter Sandlant
April 1, 1993
30 years
Tom Lentini
April 1, 1976
47 years
Philip Purdy
April 12, 2000
23 years
Kathryn Williams
April 19, 2016
7 years
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