Werribee Open Range Zoo


Jeff "Joffa' Corfe - Collingwood Cheer Squad
Enzo with one of Joffa's jackets he brought at auction.

Our guest speaker was Jeff "Joffa" Corfe, best known as the leader of the cheer squad of the Collingwood Football Club.

We have all seen Joffa on the television, but his life story reveals years of struggle, and a wonderful contribution to community service.

Joffa grew up in East Preston, which was referred to as "Little Chicago". Joffa's mother suffered from mental illness, which had a profound impact on the family. Joffa's mother was hospitalised 3 or 4 times a year for her mental illness, and as his father was unable to look after the family, Joffa was sent to boys homes during his mothers convalescence.

At 14 years of age he was 'kicked out ' of the family home, and lived on the streets for 6 months or so, as there were no facilities in Melbourne for homeless people. Drugs & violence were daily occurrences. At 14-1/2 years of age his best friend hung himself.

Joffa never missed a magpie game at Victoria Park, and became involved with the cheer squad. He saw Eddie McGuire on channel 9 one night with a gold jacket on, and asked Eddie if he could get it to wear every week. His first jacket is on display at Collingwood. Since then Joffa has got a new jacket every year, which he auctions for charity.

Joffa has been working for many years for the Salvation Army dealing with homeless, and with Epilepsy Australia, as his daughter suffers from the illness. 

Guests : Robyn Ballan, Christine Conley, Ann Smith & Kitty from RC Laverton Point Cook.



International Cuisine Evening at Di Caprios Restaurant, 88 Derrimut Rd, Werribee at 6.30pm.

Our International Committee invites members, guests & friends to our International Cuisine Evening. Four international dishes will be offered, from Italy, Spain, Asia & Greece.

A raffle will be held on the night, with proceeds to international projects.




D9800 is running and end polio fundraiser on Thursday 24 October. Trains are coming to Melbourne from four different country regions, arriving around the same time.

Passengers will proceed to Federation Square for an event. The train from Werribee will leave at around 2.20pm.

The commercial TV channels will attend to ensure space on the evening news.

Kitty - President of Laverton Point Cook is our point of contact for those interested.




The St. Andrew's primary school will be holding its annual Parish Fair on Saturday 16th November and President Brian is keen for us to have a stall at the event. He says this is an opportunity for us to have a greater exposure with the greater community and to raise some funds at this well-established and popular family fair.



The Rotary Club of Central Melbourne is holding its 27th annual Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Breakfast on Thursday 21st November 2019 at the RACV City Club. 

The guest speaker will be Dr Andrew Browning who has spent 17 years living with his family in Ethiopia amongst some of the poorest people in the world.

He specialises in treating a devastating birth injury called obstetric fistula.

Andrew is one of only a handful of surgeons in the world who have dedicated their lives to helping treat this problem. His charity has now built 3 maternity hospitals in Africa.

Tickets for the breakfast are $70 per person or $650 for a table of 10.

Click here to book for the breakfast.

Click here to see a flyer.



Weekly Winners
$35 - Jason Daddy
$28 - Ross Conley
$25 - Adrian Burt
$20 - Kathryn Williams
$18 - Ian Hovey
$15 - Jim Randall
$13 - Graham Roper
$10 - Brian Ahmed, Rob Fava, Christine Conley, Peter Ross, Elizabeth Ross, Marty Vaina, Phil Purdy
$5 - Ann Smith
Yearly Winner
Graham Roper - $360
Ann Smith - $180
Ian Hovey - $90


IN BRIEF........
  • Last weeks Bunnings BBQ - Profit $669.

  • Bingo - a bit slow the last two weeks, with profits of $266 & $300.

  • District Conference Bendigo 27-29 March 2020 - Brian has booked rooms at the Quality Apartments Lakeside. Let Brian know if you plan to attend.

  • Ian Hovey introduced the Alphabet Racing scheme to commence on Sat 05 October.

  • Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds - a group of club members assisted with the training & removal of a playground in Yarraville last week. We are experts now, and are waiting for the next playground to do on our own.

  • Tamarind in Uganda - Update. An autopsy revealed that the 300 of the 350 chickens in Uganda died from Infectious Bursal Disease. The remaining 50 are doing well. This is a big eye opener for Chris and his team,  highlighting the importance of hygiene & keeping diseases out of his flock of birds. We have also been advised that Sandy Cameron from Meredith Dairy has committed to more than $20,000 to assist Chris to complete a storage shed. He will put more in if needed. This is a wonderful donation from Sandy, that is worthy of recognition by Werribee Rotary.

  • If you haven't paid your yearly subs, speak with the treasurer. Fees can be paid by installments if you need to.



Breakfast Club Roster Term 4

President Brian Ahmed



01 October 2019

6:30 for 6:45pm

Di Caprios Restaurant

88 Heaths Road, Werribee



Michael Redding


Mary Macaulay

Lyn Fava


Graham Roper

If you are not able to attend the next meeting or are bringing a guest, please contact the following person by midday Tuesday
Kim Deneys
0407 512 750
Oct 01, 2019
Oct 08, 2019
Prison Network
Oct 15, 2019
Rotary Youth Suicide Awareness Program
Oct 22, 2019
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Member Birthdays
Geoff Smith
September 9
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
Joe Cumbo
Carole Cumbo
September 4
Jason Daddy
Therese Daddy
September 14
Roland Wade
Margaret Wade
September 26
Lyn Fava
Rob Fava
September 27
Rob Fava
Lyn Fava
September 27
Lou Dowling
Lynne Dowling
October 11
John Micallef
Mim Micallef
October 31
Join Date
Graham Roper
October 1, 2007
12 years
Rob Fava
October 18, 2011
8 years
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