Cocoroc Primary School - 1971
Tuesdays at 6:45 PM
Italian Sports Club
601 Heaths Rd
Werribee, VIC 3030
Join us every Tuesday at 6:30PM via Zoom. In person meetings are currently cancelled.
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President’s Message
Bunning BBQs – Nothing In The Pipeline!
Bunnings Hoppers Crossing has informed us that each organization will be allocated only one weekend date. Our allocated weekend date has been used up. It was the Sunday before Christmas – when we achieved a record financial result!
Mid-week BBQs
Bunnings has stopped running all mid-week BBQ’s during the pandemic.
We have been informed that Werribee Rotary will be on the allocation list, once these BBQs restart.
I was very pleased to see 20 members attending our 3rd meeting for 2021 – plus we had 3 members who indicated to me they were unable to join us. It was good to have Lou Dowling back in person with us.
Several years ago the Club used to meet in the very same room at the Bridge Hotel. However, it had to move to another venue as this room was too small to accommodate comfortably all the members (about 60 members!}
At next week’s meeting the Board will be considering our ongoing venue. It will be making a recommendation to go to the members, who will to make the final decision. Speak to any Board member to express your preference.
RYPEN – Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment
Graham Roper and Kim Deneys are closely involved in supporting our INTERACT Club at Wyndham Central College. They have said they will be talking with the Interact Club and the School about the opportunities provided to students who apply for and are selected to be part of the RYPEN Program.
District 9800 is arranging two RYPEN weekend Camps this year – Mar 26-28 and during Oct (TBC).The RYPEN Weekend Camps are held at the Weekaway Camp near Lancefield, with the sponsor Club providing transport and funding the cost for each student. 
Yvonne Moon OAM Memorial Concert on Sun, April 11
RoCan raises funds for Ovarian Cancer Research. Yvonne Moon, who was the powerhouse in establishing, promoting and fund-raising for RoCan, died of cancer late last year.
So far we have a group of 7 (and possible 9) people, comprising Rotarians and partners plus Friends of Rotary, attending the Memorial Concert. The cost is $30, with proceeds going to RoCan.
Bookings:  (Yvonne Moon Memorial Concert)
Two weeks ago Brian Ahmed said he hoped we would get up to 100 Bingo players by the middle of the year.
One week later the numbers reached 100, with a record net profit of $1732.67 for Werribee Rotary!
Brian is now looking to see the numbers increase further, knowing that the Bingo Room can accommodate up to 120 people!
Enjoy the week ahead
This week at Rotary
This week the guest speaker was our own PP Brian Ahmed, speaking about his time in Werribee.
Brian's father migrated to Australia in 1949 on his own, with the intention to earn enough money to bring his family out. He met and married Aliye in 1955, and little Ibrahim (Brian) arrived in 1959 at St Vinvents Hospital Melbourne.
His father brought the current K Road property in 1970, and established the LT's Egg Farm. The family lived in the house on the property, and Brian & his brother had hundreds of acres across the road to play in. They accessed the Werribee Mansion via a hole in the fence, and road their bikes to the river to fish & swim. 
The mansion was used as a Catholic priest training centre from 1923 till 1973, but was abandoned and moved to the current police academy on Glen Waverley. The mansion was left open, so Brian & his brother had access to the rooms when the weather was inclement.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Happy 80th birthday to Tom Lentini on Wednesday 10/2/2021. 
Next Week
Next week 16.02.2021 will be back at the Italian Sports Club.
Guest speaker will be PP Peter Ross who will be talking on his time in Werribee.
The following week 23rd February, our guest speaker will be Lyle Raison (husband of Pam) speaking of his 38 years in the Army.
All meetings in February will be at ISCW.
Werribee Rotary Golf Day

Golf day - 8.00am Friday 26th March.

The Golf Day is now only 7 weeks away, and we need help from members of the club. We all need to get behind the day, as it is not going to just happen on its own.

Covid will impact us as many businesses have cut back support for charities.

Do you know someone who plays golf. Ask them to play & see if they can get a group of four together.

Do you know someone who can sponsor us? Speak to them, or pass the details onto Ian Hovey to follow up.

Do you know someone who can help us on the day? We need another 5-6 volunteers desperately.

See Ian Hovey if you need registration forms.


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International Womens Day
Covid has killed theis years International Womens day lunch at Crown Casino. Instead the organisers will be running an Online Event over 4 days.
Guest Speakers include :
  • NZ PM Jacinda Adern
  • Lord Mayor Sally Capp
  • RI Pres Elect Jennifer Jones
  • Colin Carter - PP Geelong Football Club
  • Dr Megan Clark - Aust Space Agency
  • and many more
Tickets are $20
See the attached link for details - LINK
Other Business
Had a meeting last Friday, and will be electing their Office Bearers in the next week or so.
Werribee Fun Run
We will be involved with the Werribee Mansion Fun Run. Jeff Garfield will organise the roster.
Guest Speakers
Everyone knows someone with an interesting story to tell. Pass them onto Ian Hovey so we can follow them up to speak to us in person or on Zoom at a later date.
Chris Ochaya- Uganda
Brian spoke with Chris recently, and his chicken shed is going so well, he is looking to expand the operation. We will see if we can get Chris & Sarah to do a Zoom Presentation.
Board Meeting
The Werribee Rotary Board Meeting will be at the Bridge Hotel on Wednesday 17/2. 6.30 if you want to have a meal, and 7.30 for the meeting.
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 new 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 Michael if you want to join the Werribee table.
Rotary Centenary
We will be holding a tree planting on the Werribee River on 17/4/2021. More details to follow.
Phil Purdy
Has 226 days to go till he can play golf 7 days a week.
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Member Birthdays
Tony Todaro
February 2
Tom Lentini
February 10
Marty Vaina
February 17
Anthony Pante
February 24
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
Spouse Birthdays
Kara Vaina
February 9
Graham Roper
March 7
Rob Fava
March 15
Nuge Ahmed
March 28
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
Join Date
Wendy Roper
February 4, 2003
18 years
Ned Amezdroz
March 1, 1974
47 years
Ross Smith
March 19, 1996
25 years
Mary Macaulay
March 24, 1997
24 years
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Feb 23, 2021
The Vietnam War
The Vietnam War

Lyle Raison spent 38 years in the Australian Army and served in many parts of the world.

He will talk a bit about his life in the army but will focus specfically on the Vietnam War and the impact the conflict had on returning soldiers.

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