Aerial view of the Werribee Park Golf Course - the home of our Rotary Golf Day (1 March 2019)
President Graham Roper


5th March

6:30 for 6:45pm


Italian Social Club

601 Heaths Rd




Michael Redding



Lou Dowling

Anthony Pante



Mary Macaulay

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
Mar 05, 2019
Kianh Foundation Day Centre for Children With Disabilities in Vietnam
Mar 12, 2019
Road Trauma Support Services
Mar 19, 2019
Ardoch Youth Foundation
Mar 26, 2019
Avalon Airport
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Member Birthdays
Tony Todaro
February 2
Tom Lentini
February 10
Marty Vaina
February 17
Anthony Pante
February 24
Spouse Birthdays
Kara Vaina
February 9
Join Date
Wendy Roper
February 4, 2003
16 years
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Ian Hovey

Jackie Wrafter established the Kianh Foundation Day Centre for children with disabilities in Vietnam 10 years ago.

She continues to be the key person at the Kianh Centre, which provides a diverse education program to over 100 disabled children and support for their families.

In December 2018, she was at Buckingham Palace to be presented with the MBE by the Duke of Cambridge for her work in Vietnam.

Jackie is a high achiever and has a great story to tell.

Partners are encouraged to attend.

District Governor Bronwyn Stephens will be in attendance to hear Jackie speak. Our Assistant Governor Julianne Bartels will also be attending.



David Petersen spent 11 years in the army including a 9-month deployment to Afghanistan where he served as Battery Captain of Counter - Rocket, Artillery and Mortar. 

In 2017, at the age of 30, David was medically discharged as a direct result of his operational service in Afghanistan. After the army, he drifted around for a while. This included a stint on a cattle station in Queensland. But he eventually returned to Melbourne and joined the Camberwell City RSL where he has now become the President. His branch operates quite differently to other RSL clubs. He proudly boasts that they don't have and never will have poker machines. Nor do they serve or sell alcohol. Most of the members are his age who have a different view on what the RSL stands for. 

He is employed by beyondblue as a Project Manager for a new and innovative suicide prevention program for war veterans, both young and older. He himself is regarded as a war veteran at the tender age of 32.

However, in his spare time, David is able to combine his leadership, management and project management skills with his passion for serving people in need. In that regard, he became a member of Team Rubicon Australia (TRA). TRA unites the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency teams in the wake of natural disasters across the globe. Their motto is "Disasters are our business, Veterans are our passion".

David and other veterans have been deployed to locations such as Haiti after the devastating earthquake which killed 4000 people and Queensland after Cyclone Debbie. Occasionally, when there are no disasters, TRA personnel get involved in disaster prevention projects such as back-burning in the Ararat area. They have also spent time in drought-affected areas of NSW. The suicide rate amongst farmers has increased dramatically and David and his colleagues offered support through counselling and also by providing manual labour.



It's gonna be a hot one for our 2019 Werribee Rotary Golf Day this Friday. So, if you are playing or volunteering, you are advised to keep your cool.

With the temperature expected to be in the high 30's, here a few tips to ensure you don't fry:

  • Take plenty of water with you and ensure that you take a regular drink to avoid dehydration. There will be drink carts but don't expect them to be at your beck and call when you are dying of thirst.
  • There will also be beer available from the carts but try and keep your intake to a minimum.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Wear light-weight clothes that not only provide you with protection from the sun but also keep you as cool as possible.
  • Take an umbrella and use it for extra sun shade in between shots.
  • Apply sun screen to all exposed skin before you venture out on to the course. Slip slop slap.
  • Take a small towel with you. Wet the towel and apply it to the back of your neck in between shots.

Don't forget that you can win a car from Ballan Holden in the hole-in-one competition. Thanks to Tino for making this prize available for the 4th time. No-one has come close to winning it yet but you never, never know until you have a go.

Just a reminder that the majority of the proceeds will go towards the upgrade of the dementia unit at Manor Court Aged Care.

Hope everyone enjoys the day. And remember to stay cool.


IN BRIEF........
  • The Board has agreed to donate $1500 to the Rocan Bike Ride which commences from Sydney on 1st March and will conclude in Melbourne on 8th March.

  • Our Bingo event last Monday was not quite so well attended but we still managed to raise a small profit of $350.

  • The Barking Dogs were at it again last Sunday. They performed for the 4th time at the Laverton Festival. Here's a picture of them hard at work.

  • The chicken shed project at the Tamarind Community Farm in Uganda has commenced. Sarah Ochaya, wife of our Royce and Jean Abbey Scholarship recipient Chris Ochaya, has sent us a photo of the shed under construction. It shouldn't be long before the shed will be occupied with happy hens.

  • Peter Ross is organising a fun social event on Sunday 24th March. It will be a Car Trial which will start from Werribee and end in Anglesea. However, it won't be the most direct route. There will be a few twists and turns along the way including a stopover at the Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery for some sweet sustenance. The actual destination will be Liz and Peter's holiday house in Point Roadknight where we will enjoy a BBQ lunch. Peter is encouraging us to bring our kids and grandkids, not only to help us oldies answer the car trial questions but also to share in a number of activities including table tennis and games in the garden. They can also venture down to the beach which is only a few minutes walk away. More details to be provided soon but make sure you keep this date free.

  • Would you vote for this man? The image below is a How-to-Vote card from the 1993 Council elections. Peter Ross obviously didn't hand out all the cards and has been using the leftovers ever since to scribble notes on. What a fine young man he was back then...and he still is.







Do you still have a stack of old analog VHS or MiniDV tapes containing videos of special family moments from 15-30 years ago?

Do you have a player that you can still use to plug into a TV to view the tapes?

If not, I can convert your tapes to DVD or to a digital format such as MP4 to allow you to play the content on your computer or TV.

I can also edit the converted video files according to your requirements.

For more information, please contact Ian on 0409 850956.

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