Watton St, Werribee - circa 1900's
Next Week It’s Back To Normal.....Again!
Our ZOOM meeting this week had reduced numbers, but I am sure that next Tuesday, when we are back at the ISCW, we will have a really good rollup of Werribee Rotarians!
We want to see YOU at next week’s meeting!
Paying on Club Meeting Nights
We will no longer have a $25 collection at the door when members arrive.
The ISCW now takes meal orders and payments at the table, due to COVID-19 requirements.
The Club will be collecting $5 from each member when they arrive. This weekly contribution will fund the raffle, pay for the meals of guest speakers and guests of members and potential Rotarians, while any remaining money will go into Members Funds.
Ian Knight in Post-Operative Rehab
Ian had a back operation at the Austin Hospital on Feb 13th and is now in rehab at the Epworth Brighton. Genny said that, after the operation, he had a very small amount of feeling in his feet/legs. They both are hoping that some intensive physio will help his current inability to walk. We wish you well Ian.
Important Dates Coming Up
Tues Mar 2nd    Presentation Night for Friends of Rotary – this is a Partners Night
Mar 9-12th       International Women’s Day Breakfast – an online event
Sun Mar 14th   Chartering of Eynesbury Rotary Club – 11am-2.30pm at Eynesbury Homestead 
Fri Mar 26th     Rotary Charity Golf Day – from 8am at Werribee Golf Club
Sun Apr 11th    Yvonne Moon OAM Concert – 3-8pm at the Yarraville Club
Sat Apr 17th    Werribee Rotary Centenary Project – tree planting at Werribee Park
Sat May 1-Sun 2nd    Rotary Multi District Conference
Enjoy the week ahead
It was a quiet Zoom meeting this week with only 11 members joining in and no guest speaker. However, we substituted the speaking spot with a couple of interesting but short Ted Talks videos which seemed to hit the spot. It might be the way of the future.
Next week, we will be back at the Italian Sports Club.
Guest speaker will be Lyle Raison. Lyle is the husband of Pam who is a past member of our club. He is a former army officer having spent 38 years in the force.
The key thrust of his talk will be about the Vietnam War and in particular about the effects the conflict had on returning soldiers. Lyle played a crucial role in supporting those who had difficulty in adjusting back to normal life.
Our thermometer shows that we're tracking pretty well in our target to achieve $20,000 in sponsorship and player payments. If/when we reach this target, we will raise the bar and aim for $25,000.
So far we have 77 players registered which is pretty good. But we're hoping for at least 100.
Don't forget, if you are intending to play and haven't registered yet, the Early Bird deal ends in 8 days time
Do you know someone who plays golf? Ask them to register & 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.


Covid has killed this years International Women's day breakfast 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 2022-23 (RI's first female International President)
  • Colin Carter - PP Geelong Football Club
  • Dr Megan Clark - Aust Space Agency
  • and many more
Tickets are $20
See the video from chief organiser, Kerry Kornhauser, for details.
Werribee Mansion Fun Run - Sunday May 2nd
We will be involved with the Werribee Mansion Fun Run. The club will receive $75 for each volunteer and the combined funds will go to The Rotary Foundation. Jeff Garfield will organise the roster.
Guest Speakers
Everyone knows someone with an interesting story to tell. Please pass their details on to Ian Hovey so we can follow them up to speak to us in person or on Zoom at a later date.
Board Meeting
The Werribee Rotary Board Meeting will be now be a Zoom meeting on Wednesday 17th February commencing at 6.30.
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 knew 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 President Michael if you want to join the Werribee table.
Rotary Centenary
We will be holding a tree planting day at the Werribee River on Saturday 17/4/2021 in conjunction with the Werribee River Association. President Michael would like your support for this working bee which is designed to support the celebration of the centenary of Rotary in Australia. Funds raised will go to The Rotary Foundation. More details to follow soon.
Multi-District PETs 
Graham Roper reported that he attended the multi-District training session for incoming Presidents last weekend. He said it was "full on" but well organised.
The highlight of the event was a presentation from Michael McQueen who is an internationally-acclaimed Australian speaker, futurist and author. His topic was titled "Towards 2030".
Click here to view a brief video of Michael's thoughts.


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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