Werribee Park Mansion

President’s Message

Oh what a night it was, as we held the 53rd Changeover of the Werribee Rotary Club.

I would like to pay tribute to our outgoing President Michael Redding for his leadership in steering our club through what was a very difficult year with the Covid Pandemic. His results were outstanding.

I would also like to congratulate Elizabeth Ross and Barbara Purdy on receiving a Paul Harris Fellow award for their outstanding contribution to the Werribee Rotary Club and our community.

During my year as President I would like to focus on :

  • The Homelessness in the Wyndham Community.
  • Form a Family Violence partnership with Victoria Police, this might be that our Rotary Club provide Xmas presents to families dealing with Family Violence or conduct a Xmas BBQ.
  • Youth Mental Health ( Beyond Blue Cup) is another area that I would like to focus on.
  • I would like to explore the possibility of a partnership with the Werribee Open Range Zoo.
  • Provide support to the Karen, Sudanese communities.
  • Continue our support to our Interact Club with their projects.

My other goal is to increase our membership. We need to be more proactive with the way we promote our club. It is everybody’s responsibility to try and encourage new members to our club.

The Rotary theme for this year is “Serve To Change Lives” Through our service to Rotary we definitely change lives.

Have a great week and I look forward to seeing you next Tuesday.


After a couple of cancellations, as a result of the "circuit breaker lockdown", we finally got our Changeover Night away.
MC Ian Hovey organised  the content of the night, with a number of messages & video's. Unfortunately due to Covid and the a key member who has gone missing, "The Barking Dogs" were unable to perform, and we had to make do with a video.
Ian also introduced us to the wonderful music of Hugo Stresser & Max Gregar. If you were wondering who Hugo & Max were, you wern't alone, as nobody had heard of them. Bring a few dollars next week Ian, as the SAA will be happy to relieve you of your money.
PDG Ian Knight said grace, and PDG Julie Mason proposed a toast to Rotary.
President Michael Redding presented two of the partners of Rotarians with Paul Harris Fellow's. Elizabeth Ross & Barbara Purdy were recognised for their contribution to Werribee Rotary. Congratulations to Liz & Barb - worthy recipients.
President Michael Redding gave his final address as President. A few months from commencement of his year, Melbourne was plunged into lockdown, causing the cancellation of the changeover night, and and introduction to Zoom. The year was unpredictable and a huge challenge. The club held 46 meetings, and 24 were on Zoom.
Michael said the highlights of his year was:
  • Having project leaders instead of directors
  • The celebration of the Centenary of Rotary in Aust.
  • The Golf Day that raised $24,000 for Very Special Kids
  • The Inductions of Vas & Jess, and honorary members Geoff Smith & Lou Dowling
President Michael proceeded with the induction of Graham Roper as 2021/22 President.
Graham outlined some goals for his year, and introduced the Board for 2021/22.
  • President - Graham Roper
  • Vice President - Kim Deneys
  • Secretary - Ross Smith
  • Treasurer - Wendy Roper
  • Director - Ian Hovey
  • Director - Vas Samaltanos
  • Director - Kathryn Williams
  • Foundation - Colin Muir
  • Membership - Peter Ross
  • Past President - Michael Redding
  • President Elect - Colin Muir
Tuesday 13th July 2021 - Changeover
A surprise. 

Rotary 2021/2022

The World President of Rotary for 2021/2022 is Shekhar Mehta.

Shekhar is a member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India. His theme for the year is "Serve to Save Lives"


District 9800, is one of five Australian Pacific Rotary Districts.

District Governor Dale Hoy, a member of the Rotary Club of Brighton will be in charge of District 9800 for the 2021/2022 year.


Footy Tipping - Round 16
Well the 'Egg Man" has slipped away again, and now has a lead of three. 
Ross Conley and Graham Roper are holding on to the 'minor placings', and a gap is developing to the rest who are struggling to keep up.
Brian Ahmed, Tony Tod & Ian Hovey got 7 out of 19, while Ross C, Pres Graham, Phil, Liz & Tino managed 6 out of 10.
The $10 jackpots, as nobody picked Gold Coast to beat Richmond.
The leaderboard after 16 rounds is;
  • Brian Ahmed 98
  • Ross Conley 95
  • Graham Roper  94
Bunnings BBQ 
We have been allocated a BBQ at short notice, next Thursday 15 July. Let Ross Smith know urgently if you can help.
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.
Dates for the Diary
- 10 pin bowling on Sunday 25 July
- Charter anniversary at Tino & Robyn Ballan's on Sunday 15 August.
District 9800 Environment Committee Newsletter.
Click link to view newsletter.
Havent got the figures for last night.
Roster for bingo (be there by 6.30):
  • 12.07.2021 - Kathryn Williams & Mary Macaulay
  • 19.07.2021 - Enzo Maddalon & Graham Roper
  • 26.07.2021 - Brian Ahmed & Wendy Roper
Breakfast Club
Liz will distribute the Term three roster in a few days.
Tip of the week to the ladies (from a man)
If your clothes are not smelling as fresh as usual, it could be your washing machine. The way to get rid of the mouldy smell coming from your dishwasher, is to put two dishwasher pods in your washing machine, and run a full wash cycle without clothes.


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Kim Deneys
July 8
Peter Ross OAM
July 9
Colin Muir
July 12
Brian Ahmed
July 26
Roland Wade
August 31
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Ann Smith
July 4
Nathan Williams
July 10
Suzanne Lentini
July 16
Adelina Maddalon
July 24
Barbara Purdy
August 14
Christine Evans
August 25
Tom Lentini
Suzanne Lentini
July 27
Tino Ballan
Robyn Ballan
August 1
Join Date
James Randall
July 1, 1995
26 years
Kim Deneys
July 1, 1979
42 years
Roland Wade
July 1, 1969
52 years
Enzo Maddalon
August 1, 1989
32 years
Lyn Fava
August 12, 2008
13 years
Ian Knight OAM
August 16, 1968
53 years
Tino Ballan
August 16, 1968
53 years
Vas Samaltanos
August 28, 2020
1 year
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