Presidents Message:

One of the highlights of being a President is the opportunity to recognise a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of Rotary. A Paul Harris Fellow is a recognition that was introduced in 1957 in Honor of Paul Harris who founded Rotary in 1905.

Tonight we had the honor of recognizing Ann Smith and Micki Hovey as they became Paul Harris Fellows as a special expression of appreciation from the Rotary Club of Werribee.

Congratulations Ladies and thank you for all that you do for our club.

Bingo continued on Monday night with 85 players in attendance raising a profit of $1,096 Thank you to Wendy Roper who assisted me on the night.

Tonight we held our Christmas function at Chirnsides by the River and 33 members and partners attended. The special presentations and the appearance of Santa (AKA Rob Fava) were highlights of the night. Our Music was ably provided by Alex Jones from Westside Talent.

We welcomed Ross and Christine Conley back to the Rotary family after travelling around Australia for the past few months.

Special thanks to Wendy Roper for all her hard work in organizing this special night. I also would like to thank Ian Hovey for doing a great job as MC.

The food and service provided by the Chirnsides by the River staff was excellent and much appreciated. 

Our first meeting in 2022 will be on the 11th January, this will be a social evening at Robyn and Tino Ballans house starting from 5.30pm. More details will be sent out early in the new year.

On behalf of Wendy and myself I would like to wish all members, partners and families the very best for Xmas and may 2022 be a better year for all.

I will close with a thought for the weekChristmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others.




THIS WEEK AT ROTARY - 14.12.2021
Christmas Breakup
We had a great final night for the year at Chirnsides by the River, at the Werribee Football Ground.
Two of our special ladies were presented with Paul Harris Fellow's in recognition of the wonderful support they have given to the club over many years. Well done ladies - your award is well deserved.
We were honored to have a visit during the night from Father Christmas, who assisted us with handing out our Chris Kringle presents.
Click on the link below, then click "slideshow" to see the Father Christmas photos.
Click on the link below, then click "slideshow" to see other photos from the night.
NEXT MEETING - Tuesday 11th January - from 5.30pm
Our next meeting will be a social function, hosted by Tino & Robyn Ballan.
Partners, boyfriends, girlfriends, children and past members are welcome.
Tino has promised a warm night, and will have the pool ready, so bring the bikini's and speedo's.
We will send out a notification a week before the function, with details of what you need to bring.
District 9800 - Weekly Networker Newsletter
Version eight has now arrived.

And then there were two.

The final race in the 2021 Alphabet Cup is to be held at The Valley next Saturday and it promises to be a ding-dong affair between two of the most consistent horses in the race. Mr Sandlant is only 2 lengths ahead of Mad Dog Muir but they are both running on the smell of mouldy oats as their jockeys try to get every ounce of energy from their mounts. The frantic noise of the whips cracking against the rumps of the two combatants can clearly be heard over the wild cheering of the crowd. What an atmosphere!

In third place, after a withering run on the weekend is Filthy Phil, who had been written off but is now only 4 lengths behind. Can he snatch victory with a big effort next week? The punters say No but there's no doubt he will be trying hard to bridge that gap.

And another 4 lengths back are two horses, Rob the Boxer and a rejuvenated Two Metre Peter. They have been consistent performers during the race but their chances of making it to the podium are slim.

Lady Wade and Demon Ann are a further length behind but they have run their race and will just stroll to the line hand in hand.

There were some good performances on the weekend from several back markers who finally decided to do something to redeem some pride. At Flemington, the pair of Galloping Gail and Randall's Candles shared the $15 prize with 8 solid points. It was another dead-heat for the $15  at Royal Randwick where Two Metre Peter and Rudolph Ballantino amassed a massive 11 points each. Rudolph is still last but is now only 1 length behind Just Jess who has been unable to take the chocolates at any time during the race. She is just melting down.

The City of Wyndham are naming a number bridges within the municipality, after citizens who have contributed to the community. Our great mate, the late Nino Arrigo has been nominated, as one of three people for the Derrimut Road Bridge near Tarneit Station. The winners are being determined by a public vote.
Show your support for Nino, by clicking on the link below, and registering a vote. Voting is still open.


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.


Golf Day

Planning has commenced for next years Golf Day.

  • To be held on Friday 11th March
  • Morning event again.
  • Proceeds will go to Very Special Kids.
  • Brochure and entry forms were despatched to potential players and sponsers last week.

Busy Feet

Organisation of the Busy Feet project is progressing. well under way. Lyn advised that the Mount St Joseph Girls College will be assisting with running the project. Good work Lyn.



Interact are meeting again, and working on making toiletry packs. Micki Hovey is assisting them.


Yesterday 06/11 saw 92 players and a profit of $1,350. Thanks to Ian Hovey & Kim Deneys who were on duty. Bingo will continue right through Christmas, except 27/12.

Roster for bingo (be there by 6:30):

  • 20.12.2021 - Anthony Pante & Peter Ross
  • 03.01.2022 - Jim Randall & Tom Lentini
  • 10.01.2022 - Ross Conley & Enzo Maddalon
  • 17.01.2022 - Ross Smith & Andi Barnfield

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club will not commence until term 1 in 2022.


International Convention

The Rotary International World Convention, will be held in Melbourne in May 2023. It is being organised by a committee formed from the Aust Rotary Districts.


Click this link to view the flyer.


The committee is also asking for interested Rotarians to register for the opportunity to home host several overseas guests for dinner during the convention. There is also an option for Rotary clubs to host a larger group of guests.

Click here to view the home hosting flyer.


District 9800 Environmental Newsletter


Member Birthdays
Michael Redding
January 23
Ian Hovey
December 2
Andi Barnfield
December 20
Ned Amezdroz
December 29
Spouse Birthdays
Robyn Ballan
January 20
Anne Randall
January 26
Micki Hovey
December 30
Marty Vaina
Kara Vaina
January 2
Join Date
Michael Redding
January 12, 2016
6 years
Steve Evans
December 1, 1994
27 years
Tony Todaro
December 1, 1979
42 years
Geoff Smith
December 31, 1999
22 years
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