Ruins at Mt Cottrell


Next week's speakers will be Naomi Greenwood and Peng Eng

The Kianh Foundation Day Centre is the first of its kind in Central Vietnam to provide an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to the development needs of children with disabilities.

It builds local capacity by providing special education, physical therapy and speech therapy, access to dental care and life skills to children with disability in the local community. It also provides training, development and respite support to the parents and families of the children attending the Centre.

The Centre project began in 2008 and took 4 years to complete. Construction was made possible by the generous support of a number of organisations and individuals.

Naomi Greenwood (Occupational Therapist) and Peng Eng (Special Education Trainer) have generously volunteered their time and energy to assist in raising funds for, and awareness of, the Kianh Foundation since it commenced in 2012.



Congratulations to one of our founding members, Tino Ballan, for being awarded a triple sapphire Paul Harris Fellow.

President Ross presented the award at our last meeting to a surprised and humbled Tino. In fact, he was almost lost for words which is fairly unusual. But he did express his thanks for being given the honour.



Pictured above is the latest construction built by Chris Ochaya and his friends at the Tamarind Farm in Uganda. You will recall that Chris was in Australia last year as a Royce and Jean Abbey Scholarship recipient to learn farming techniques.

His previous project was the erection of a water tank stand and a pump house which is now functioning well and supplying fresh water for the local communities and for the farm.

The new building is a goat shed. When Chris was in Australia he learnt some valuable lessons about how goats should be protected and housed. Part of the erection includes a raised section where the animals can rest without wallowing in their own waste. The goats will be a very useful food source and will provide both milk and meat for the community. The milk will be an on-going donation. The meat will be a once-off sacrifice.

The poles pictured in the foreground of the photo will be used for the erection of the poultry shed which is the next big project on Chris's list.

Click here to see a few more photos of the goat shed.



You may be aware that Lorry Rowe has had an affinity with the Philippines for many years. In particular, she has been travelling to, and supporting, the Bahay Ni San Jose orphanage which mainly supports children affected with disabilities or have had a history of neglect or abuse. Lorry refers to it as a home for God’s special children. She has visited the orphanage on many occasions including late last year when she donated her own time and money to do some improvements at the facility.

Several years ago, the orphanage was sadly lacking in playground equipment. At any given time, there is a high percentage of children in the orphanage who are afflicted with cerebral palsy and other disabilities such as blindness. This led to the construction of a disability swing (pictured above) which our club donated $2,000 towards. 

Due to their popularity, there are now three swings and a double slide and they are heavily used and very much appreciated by the children and their carers. However, some of them are now rusting and in need of repair.

Lorry says that the orphanage is always a hive of happy activity during after-school free time. She says there is always a ongoing need for new basket balls and tennis racquets and even board games for wet days.

Click here to see some images of the orphanage and the children.



The Rotary Club of Albert Park is marking the centenary of the Rotary Foundation by organising an evening of fun and celebration on the large ferris wheel, the Melbourne Star, at Docklands. ‘Star Carnivale’ will commence at 5.30 pm on 22 April and they are asking for your support for this unique event.
Seats on the Melbourne Star are $35 per person and, if a club buys a whole ‘pod’, $400 will be donated to the Foundation in our club’s name.  A pod holds 20 people.  Hampers are available should attendees wish to pre-order online. Drinks are at $6 per glass for wine, beer and cider and $3 for soft drinks on the night.  The ‘flight’ takes around 35 minutes. 
The Star will be lit up in Rotary colours for the evening. There will also be an international speaker, Astro Physicist Rachel Livermore, who will update us on the ‘Galaxy’. There will also be music and a few Star Wars characters for photo opportunities.

President Ross is asking for your support of this event as a way of us repaying the favour to Albert Park for contributing to our Ugandan water project. Please let Ross know if you would like to go.

Click here to see a flyer of the event.

Click here to visit the Rotary Club of Albert Park's website.



The date for the Werribee Rotary Annual Golf Day is Friday 2nd March.

For the third year in a row, you have the chance to win a car from Ballan Holden in the hole-in-one competition on the 15th green. No-one has been successful in the past two years which means the chances of someone scoring an ace this year are improving.

The net proceeds from the day will once again go to the Werribee Mercy Hospital's project to raise funds for a critical care unit. We are aiming to raise $25,000.
Click here to see the brochure and registration form. If you plan to play, please get your entry in early to avoid missing out on this popular event.
We are seeking volunteers to assist with the following:
  • Hole-in-One observers
  • Hole-in-One spruiker
  • Drink cart drivers
  • Helpers for the putting hole
  • Someone to install sponsor signs at each hole
If you would like to sponsor the event, or know of someone who would like to sponsor or donate, please send us an email.


On Sunday 4th March, there will be a Clean Up Australia event to be held at Baden Powell Skate Park in Tarneit and you are invited to come along and join in the fun.

Peter and Elizabeth Ross will be attending and they would love to have your company.

Click here to see the details.



Women in Rotary is organising the annual the International Women's Day breakfast to be held on Wednesday 7th March at the Crown Palladium.

There will be a number of great presenters and panellists including newsreader Stephen Quartermain (MC) and Victorian Ombudsman Victoria Glass OBE.

Click here to view a flyer of the event.



Rotary International President Ian Riseley has set down the challenge to Rotary clubs around the world to plant one tree for each member during this Rotary year.

Our Community Committee is planning to do better than that. In conjunction with Wyndham Council, we will be having a working bee on Sunday 29th April to plant one tree for each year of membership in our club. The total number of years of membership is 750 (give or take a few years), so we will be planting 750 trees in a spot along the Werribee River. And we will need all hands on deck to get the job. 

For now, mark the date in your calendar and stay tuned for more details.


IN BRIEF........
  • Click here to read an article from the Wyndham Star Weekly about the upcoming Mercy Hospital Easter Fair. The article includes a cross promotion for our Rotary Golf Day.


In the mountains of Poland, 26 children traumatized by violence get a chance to be kids again at Rotary camp.

Beneath the emotional scars of living in a Ukrainian war zone, Mykyta Berlet flashes the same mischievousness of any other 12-year-old boy headed to camp.

He wants to laugh, play pranks and on the last night of camp “we will cover everyone with toothpaste,” he says excitedly.

Mykyta and 25 other Ukrainian youths headed to the resort town of Zakopane in the foothills of southern Poland are naturally focused on fun. But their two-week respite organized by Rotary members has a higher purpose: To help the children heal and cope with the trauma they may encounter when they go home.  

Each camper has a parent or sibling killed or injured in the fighting in Ukraine. Psychologists at camp will guide them along the way during an itinerary that mixes escape and therapy.

Olga Zmiyivska, a member of the Rotary Club of Kharkiv Multinational in Ukraine, has brought children to the camp for two years and has witnessed its impact.

“After the trip, they are more willing to make contact and open their hearts,” she said.

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President Ross Conley


27th February

6:30 for 6:45 PM


Italian Sports Club

601 Heaths Rd




Michael Redding



Lyn Fava

Phil Purdy



Tom Lentini

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