What's the building next to Centenary Hall, that is being demolished??
President’s Message
Think Big, Think Laterally, Think Community ..Think Rotary!
This week PP Brian Ahmed outlined his projections for the ongoing weekly income that we will be receiving from Bingo. He expects that this should contribute over $50,000 annually to the Club.
I would like each of you to think about ways in which our Club could provide worthwhile support for individuals, communities and organisations during 2021 and the years to follow.
Here are some of my initial thoughts which come to mind:
  • a significant Rotary community installation (in Rotary’s Centenary year) – drinking fountains in Watton St?  a Clock Tower? more playground equipment in Wyndham Park?  etc.
(In previous years Werribee Rotary has built the Civic Centre Japanese Garden, was closely associated with developing the Station Place Parkland and paved the Comben Drive inscribed brick footpath.)
  • personal growth of individuals – school education bursaries? RYPEN, RYLA, National Youth Science Forum, Apprenticeship Scholarships   etc.
  • new community groups in Wyndham – Sudanese?  Karen (northern Myanmar)?   etc
  • needy individuals and families – mental health of young people? Beyond Blue Cup? single parents with children? homeless people? sports clothing for children from poor families?  etc
  • WERN and DIK – contributing funds for the new WERN warehouse to be built in Ravenhall? funding a shipping container for DIK?   etc.
  • overseas projects – Vanuatu school project? Days for Girls (in South Sudan? Uganda?) etc.
Guest Speakers on ZOOM
Thanks to our tech wiz Ian Hovey for setting up this week’s Zoom talk by Harry Moffitt on ’11 Bats’.
We heard a great account of Harry’s experiences in the SAS and the significance of the eleven bats - which were actually 12 bats!
Next week I have invited Chris & Sarah Ochaya to join us on Zoom from northern Uganda.  As an honorary member of Werribee Rotary, Chris will be able to update us about the work he has been doing in Gulu since the last report we had.
Important Dates Coming Up
Fri Mar 26th     Rotary Charity Golf Day – from 8am at Werribee Golf Club
Fri Mar 26th-Sun Mar 28thRYPEN Camp - 4 Interact students, Wyndham Central SC
Sun Apr 11th    Yvonne Moon OAM Concert – 3-8pm at the Yarraville Club
Sat Apr 17th    Werribee Rotary Centenary Project – tree planting at Werribee Park
Sat May 1-Sun 2nd    Rotary Multi District Conference
This week enjoy our balmy Autumn weather!
This week at Rotary, we had a wonderful presentation Anthony "Harry" Moffit, a recently retired SAS officer. It was disappointing that our attendance was so poor for such a wonderful speaker.
In a first for Werribee Rotary, Ian Hovey was able to present the speaker by Zoom, which allowed PDG Ian Knight to dial in.
Harry joined the regular army in 1986, and immediately directed his focus towards passing the grueling two year training & selection process for the SAS. His two years training took place in Perth WA. The training was grueling, and Harry is pleased that some European countries have recently trained female SAS personal.
Shortly after being accepted into the SAS, Harry left Australia for the first of eleven overseas active deployments.  These included Iraq, Afghanistan and the middle east. He was wounded in one of his deployments, and had many 'close calls".
On his first deployment, Harry, a keen cricket follower, took a cricket bat and some balls. Harry saw the pressure soldiers were under, and encouraged soldiers to 'have a game of cricket' when soldiers were resting. He quickly saw the wonderful healing power cricket had on soldiers.
Harry took a new cricket bat on each of his deployments, which were signed by soldiers, generals, politicians etc. His collection of 11 cricket bats are currently doing a 'tour of RSL Clubs.
Harry has written a book called 11 Bats, detailing his time in the SAS. The book costs $22 from Amazon, and a bit more through Dymocks, Booktopia and online.
NEXT WEEK - Tuesday th March
Hopefully Chris Ochaya talking on Tamarind.
The raffle didn't go off, and there is only 9 cards left, with a prize of about $250.00
Only 10 more sleeps until the golf day?
Thanks to the wonderful work of Chairman of the Golf Day Committee Ian Hovey, our Golf Day is exceeding all of our expectations.
  • Our revenue will be about $30,000
  • We have a full field of players - 128
  • We will have about 140 at the lunch
Werribee Mansion Fun Run - Sunday May 2nd
We will be involved with the Werribee Mansion Fun Run. The club will receive $75 for each volunteer and the combined funds will go to The Rotary Foundation. Jeff Garfield will organise the roster.
Guest Speakers
Everyone knows someone with an interesting story to tell. Please pass their details on to Ian Hovey so we can follow them up to speak to us in person or on Zoom at a later date.
Last night 15/3/2021 was a bit quiet but we made $1,300 profit.
One bingo player wanted to rub Marty Vaina's tummy, to give her good luck. Marty called Kara for permission, but she said no.
Next week 22/3/2021 Colin Muir & Michael Redding are rostered. 
Yvonne Moon OAM Memorial Concert for Rocan
Many members know of the great work of the late Yvonne Moon. Her husband Fred has organised a 5 hour music concert fundraiser, to raise funds for Rocan.
A lot of Werribee members knew Yvonne, and it would be great if we could organise a table of 10.
Sunday 11/4 3.33 to 8.00pm, at Yarraville Club.
$30 entry - finger food and drinks at bar prices.
Speak to President Michael if you want to join the Werribee table.
The students have elected their Board for 2021. The club are organising name badges for the Board Members.
  • President - Aye Thu Aung
  • Vice President - Hana Mokerer
  • Secretary - May Hlay
  • Treasurer - Ishraq Rahman
Four students from Wyndham Central College will be attending the Rypen Camp on the weekend of 26-28 MarchWe need someone with a car to drive a couple of students to Lancefield on Friday afternoon (the same day as the Golf day) Speak to Kim Deneys if you can help.


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
Tony Todaro
Maria Todaro
April 8
Steve Evans
Christine Evans
April 22
Join Date
Ned Amezdroz
March 1, 1974
47 years
Ross Smith
March 19, 1996
25 years
Mary Macaulay
March 24, 1997
24 years
Colin Muir
April 1, 1993
28 years
Peter Sandlant
April 1, 1993
28 years
Tom Lentini
April 1, 1976
45 years
Philip Purdy
April 12, 2000
21 years
Kathryn Williams
April 19, 2016
5 years
Marty Vaina
April 19, 2016
5 years
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