Werribee South Pier

Next week's speaker will be Peter Lockwood.

Peter started in the Victorian Railways in 1971. Over the years, he has worked in various roles including converting rolling stock from broad gauge to standard gauge. He has also performed many maintenance roles.

He has seen the face and name of the railways change from Victorian Railways to the Public Transport Corporation to V/Line to Freight Australia and finally to Pacific National.

After taking early retirement, Peter now contracts to A R Ball Rolling Stock Maintenance, which does the maintenance and derailments for all rail on the Eastern side of Australia.


Brian Ahmed provided us with an update of the work happening at the Tamarind community farm in Uganda.

The previous report showed that a pump house had been built and bore water was flowing. In the last two months, significant progress has been made including:
  • Building foundations for a water tank stand.
  • Manufacture of a frame to support the water tanks.
  • Erection of the frame.
  • Installation of the tanks.
  • Pumping the bore water up into the tanks for storage.
Brian has been impressed by the work that Chris Ochaya has been doing to drive the project. He puts it down to Chris's enthusiasm to learn everything while he was in Australia as a Royce and Jean Abbey Scholarship winner and then his dedication to apply that knowledge on his return to Uganda. Chris is also managing the finances well to ensure that our club's donation to the project is used wisely. This includes performing work on site using local volunteers rather than having products manufactured off site by third parties.
The next stage is to build a chicken shed. Keep it going Chris.
Click here to see a few more photos of the recent work.
Donations in Kind (DIK) is moving from Shed 40 to Shed 39 in West Footscray and we have been asked by District Governor Peter Frueh to assist.
Help is required every Tuesday and Friday until the end of December and many clubs have already donated their time or have committed to do so.
Geoff Smith has "volunteered" to see if we can get a group together to help on a specific day. DIK is a great initiative and it would be good if our club could contribute to this worthy cause.

The annual Carols by Candlelight at Werribee Park will be held on Saturday 9th December. The organisers are asking us to assist by selling candles and directing traffic in the car park.

Our services will be required from 4:30pm to 9:30pm. We already have a few volunteers but we need more. If you can attend for some or all of the time, please contact Kathryn Williams as soon as possible.



Our Annual General Meeting was held as part of the club meeting.

President Ross opened the AGM at 6:56pm.

Item 1 was to approve and adopt the 2016-17 annual report. Moved by Ross Smith, seconded by Kim Deneys. All members were in favour and the motion was passed.

Item 2 was a motion to defer the announcement of the 2018-19 Board until the Christmas dinner on Tuesday 12th December. Moved by Peter Ross, seconded by Graham Roper. All members were in favour and the motion was passed.

There was no further business and the AGM closed at 6:59pm.



Click on the image below to view a larger version of the invitation to our Christmas Dinner at Wyndham Cache on Tuesday December 12.



The evening will be an action-packed and entertaining affair and will include:

  • A sumptuous dinner prepared by the dedicated staff at Wyndham Cache.
  • A Rotary You've Got Talent contest which will see the best (and worst) of our artistic capabilities. We are asking for a few more acts to make it a star-studded event.
  • A visit from Santa.
  • A Kris Kringle (don't forget to bring your home made or home grown goodies as a gift).
  • A high-class musical performance from the very popular Barking Dogs.

Please contact Geoff Smith if you haven't already booked or if you would like to participate in the Rotary's Got Talent quest..



We all know that Phil Purdy (pictured on the left) is an identical twin. His brother David lives in Mildura. But was there a third child who was separated at birth? And was that child Carlo Vimercati, our newest member? If you stand on one leg, tilt your head to the right and squint at the faces for long enough, you might be convinced that there is a reasonable resemblance between the two.

IN BRIEF........
  • Alison Di Rosario was a guest of Lyn Fava's again at our meeting. She is interested in becoming a member.

  • There are still a couple of vacancies remaining for our final mid-week Bunnings BBQ next Tuesday. If you can help for an hour or so, please contact Peter Sandlant.

  • Pictured below is a happy snap of two delightful young ladies - our exchange student Andrea (right) sitting beside our RYLA student Alek Akuey. Alek has just graduated from Tarneit Secondary College and is hoping to join the police force next year. She will be our representative at the 7-day RYLA camp which commences this Sunday at Mt Evelyn. She is excited to be going to the camp and very grateful to have been selected. We will hear from Alek when she returns. Thanks to John Micallef for transporting Alek to and from the camp.

  • Marty Vaina was an apology at our last meeting. Apparently, he had a special meeting to attend. The following picture was sent to us while we were sweating away at our meeting. He seemed to being doing it tough. Is that a make-up?


President Ross Conley


5th December

6:30 for 6:45pm


Italian Sports Club

601 Heaths Rd




Marty Vaina



Peter Ross

Graham Roper



Kim Deneys

If you are not able to attend the next meeting or are bringing a guest, please contact the following person by midday Tuesday
Ross Smith
0418 692329
Dec 05, 2017
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Member Birthdays
Lyn Fava
November 14
Andrew Ingram
November 23
Wendy Roper
November 25
Spouse Birthdays
Lyn Fava
November 14
Wendy Roper
November 25
Glenyce Deneys
November 26
Geoff Smith
Lexie Smith
November 10
James Randall
Anne Randall
November 26
Join Date
Jeff Garfield
November 1, 1978
39 years
Peter Ross
November 1, 1977
40 years
Anthony Pante
November 25, 2014
3 years
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