Pelicans cruising on the river at Werribee South
President Graham Roper


16th April

6:30 for 6:45pm


Italian Social Club

601 Heaths Rd




Michael Redding



Anthony Pante

Carlo Vimercati



Rob Fava

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At the next meeting, President Graham Roper will be our guest speaker. He will share stories of his life and work history with us.



Chris Ochaya started his presentation by thanking the club and specific individuals for hosting him when he visited us for 3 months in 2017 after being awarded a Royce and Jean Abbey Vocational Scholarship. He also expressed his gratitude for our generosity in funding a number of projects at his Uganda community farm, Tamarind. Chris proudly stated that, as a result of our donations, there have been a number of great outcomes at the farm and he hoped that this will continue to ensure that the local community will not need to rely on others to support their lives.

While there is still much work to be done, the Tamarind community farm now boasts:

  • A bore water system with two 14,000 litre water storage tanks to support 600 people and to nurture the community garden.
  • A substantial vegetable and fruit garden that supplies many varieties of healthy food.
  • A new goat shed to provide shelter and security for the animal herd. The goats will provide milk and meat.
  • A secure chicken shed which is nearing completion. They will start with 200 birds. There will be two workers who will feed the chickens and collect, clean and sell the eggs. Chris estimated that each Tamarind farmer will earn $50 per week from this venture. Older chickens will also be sold for meat.

Chris says that, while Tamarind is a model farm in one area of Uganda, he hopes that it will be the forerunner of many similar farms in the country. Uganda is the youngest country in the world with over 70% of its 40 million people aged under 15 years old and 15% over 60 years. Other facts about the country which makes it ideal to establish a stronger farming industry include:

  • It is home to the source of the Nile River. Therefore the soil is very rich with nutrients.
  • It lies on the equator with average rainfall of 1400 ml per year and temperatures which range from 19 degrees in winter to 30+ degrees in summer.
  • Agriculture is booming and contributes 80% to the GDP. The biggest markets are many of the neighbouring countries.

Oil was also recently discovered and is estimated to be worth $400 billion. Drilling will commence in 2021. This will require a large workforce which will be sourced locally and from an increasing migrant population. This means that future demand for food will grow exponentially. 

Chris is a man on a very clear mission - to improve the lives of his country men and women by teaching them to not only be self-sustainable but also to become smart business people. He says that, at times, it is difficult for others to see this vision because, since the end of the 20-year war in 2007, they have lived on government hand outs. He says that they still have the mindset that farming chickens means they will be able to kill and eat them straight away, rather than using their eggs for food as well as income. His goal is to change this mindset. They need to move on from the past and, with sufficient training and acquisition of farming equipment and infrastructure,  the farmers will be empowered to achieve a sustainable and practical life.

A number of Australians have visited the farm in recent times including our very own Michael Redding and Chris expects other visitors to come as the farm expands. They will be able to see what a positive difference the project is making for the locals and what a bright future there is ahead for Uganda.





Thanks to Adrian Burt, Bakers Delight in Hoppers Crossing would like to offer us the opportunity to purchase yummy Hot Cross Buns and, at the same time, make some money for the club.

For every 6-pack of buns that we order, Bakers Delight will donate $1.50 to the club.

Click here to download the order form, fill in the details and then return it to Adrian by the end of Friday 12th April. The fresh buns can then be picked up at our meeting next Tuesday.

As this is a fund raiser for the club, don't forget to ask your family and friends for their order as well.



There is a race meeting being held on Friday 26th April at the Werribee Racing Club. It is a day designed to recognise the fantastic contribution that our community clubs make to the people of Wyndham. This specific race meeting will provide an opportunity for clubs from throughout the region to come together and enjoy a wonderful day at the races.

Click here to view a flyer of the event.




In conjunction with Wyndham City Council, we will be conducting a Community Tree Planting day on Sunday 19th May. A total of 1454 trees will be planted. So it is a bigger exercise than our previous project where we planted 700 trees. That's why we are advertising it as a community event where we are asking for support from the people of Wyndham.

Click here to see the poster which will be displayed on various street notice boards.


IN BRIEF........
  • We had a cast of thousands at the last meeting. The guests were:

    • Partners Lexie Smith, Barb Purdy, Ann Smith, Micki Hovey, Gennu Knight and Nuge Ahmed.
    • Werribee South businessmen Stan Velisha and Dan Mazaris.
    • Adam Craig, Pat Crosby and Lisa Mullin from Otway Pork.
    • David Abbey and Jenny Foster (Rotary Club of Essendon).
    • Yvonne Moon (Rotary Club of Williamstown).

  • Footy Tipping - Elizabeth Ross won the Round 3 weekly prize for getting the closest winning margin. Ross Conley has rocketed to the top of the ladder with 18 points after tipping 7 winners in a tough round. Second is Jim Randall and Mary Maguire on 16.

  • District 9800's newest club, Wyndham Harbour, was chartered on Saturday 6th April. The Charter President is Rosemary Kinyua.

  • Upcoming events/meetings:

    • Bunnings BBQ's:

      • Thursday 18th April
      • Monday 22nd April (Easter Monday)

Please contact Geoff Smith if you can help.

  • Tuesday 14th May - vocational visit to the Werribee Veterinary Hospital, 250 Princes Highway, Werribee.

  • Monday 27th May - a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing at the Italian Sports Club to experience a Bingo session.

  • Tuesday 11th June - Club Changeover at Wyndham Cache

  • President Graham presented a cheque for $1500 to Yvonne Moon in support of the ROCAN project. Yvonne said the money will go towards the construction of a wellness centre to be built in the Riverwalk Estate. She paid a special tribute to Phil and Barb Purdy and Geoff and Lexie Smith for being part of the bike ride team that travelled from Sydney to Melbourne to raise funds for Ovarian Cancer research. Here is a photo of Graham handing the cheque over to Yvonne.
  • David Abbey and Jenny Foster are Directors of the Royce and Jean Abbey Vocational Scholarship. They were at our meeting to hear Chris Ochaya, a scholarship awardee, speak about progress of his community farm in Uganda. Here is a photo of the David, Jenny, Chris and Ian Knight.


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