President’s Message

June Ends on a High Note

It was a pleasure to have a large group of Rotarians, partners and friends at our final weekly meeting of the Rotary year, before our Changeover next week.

The wonderful highlights of the meeting included:

· My Induction of Jerestene Saher into Werribee Rotary Club

· My Induction of Lou Dowling as an Honorary Member of the Club

· Jeff Garfield spoke about Lou as ‘The Quiet Achiever’ and outlined many of Lou’s great contributions during his 33 years in the Club. Lou was Secretary for one year, Treasurer for 8 years and is a Paul Harris Fellow. The Club presented Lou with an Honorary Member’s Certificate and an inscribed Rotary Plaque.

Our Guest Speaker was Jeff Garfield who spoke on ‘Werribee – Remember When’. Jeff recounted about growing up on the family’s vegetable farm in Werribee South and the fascinating directions his life was to follow thereafter. Jeff also talked about some of the memorable events during his many years in Werribee Rotary Club.

Following this, Tino Ballan spoke about the many contributions that Jeff has made to the Club since joining 43 years ago. Jeff was President for one year, Secretary for 3 years, Treasurer for 2 years and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Tino presented Jeff with an inscribed Rotary Plaque.

To thank our members for staying the course during a very disrupted year, I presented two Celebration Cakes for us all to share. Vas Samaltanos and Jerestene Saher, our two newest members whom I had inducted during the year, had the honor of cutting the cake.

It was with great pleasure I presented gifts to Ross Smith and Ian Hovey for the outstanding contributions each made to the Club during this very unsettled Rotary year. Ross maintained an excellent communication with members by producing the weekly Bulletin. Ian arranged to have a great range of very interesting speakers at our weekly meetings, both on Zoom and at the ISCW.

· It was a pleasure to have two special visitors join us. Jihan Saher was there to see his daughter Jerestene Inducted into Werribee Rotary Club. In addition, we were very pleased to meet up in person with Andi Barnfield, for the first time. Andi had joined us at our previous two meetings, which had to be held on Zoom.

Changeover next week

I am looking forward to handing over the Presidential Chain of Office to incoming President Graham Roper next Tuesday at the Italian Sports Club of Werribee.

The Changeover Meeting is the highlight of every Rotary year. Graham and I look forward to having all of our members, accompanied by partners and friends, being able to join us for this great celebration evening.

With my very best wishes,


THIS WEEK AT ROTARY - 29.06.2021
Miki Hovey, Barb Purdy, Ann Smith, Lou Dowling, Robyn Ballan, Genny Knight, Pam Garfield, Wendy Bellin, Jerestine Sahar, Jihan Sahar, Lori Rowe, and Andi Barnfield.
President Michael inducted Jerestine Saher (Jess) to the Rotary Club of Werribee. Jess has shown a lot of interest in community activities, and will be a valued contributor to our projects.
President Michael invited Lou Dowling to be an Honorary Member of the club, and presented him with a certificate & plaque. Jeff Garfield, who proposed Lou for membership in June 1988, spoke of Lou's involvement in Werribee Rotary.
Our guest speaker tonight was Jeff Garfield, a member of Werribee Rotary for 42 years.
Jeff was born in Werribee in May 1943, at the Werribee Hospital, on the current site McDonalds in Synott Street, Werribee, when the town only had a few hundred residents.
Jeff has an amazing knowledge of Werribee, and he is the 'go to' person when you are looking for old history of the town.
Well done Jeff on the informative talk. Jeff was introduced by his great mate Tino Ballan, who told a few tales about Jeff.
Tuesday 6th July 2021 - Changeover
Next week is Changeover, when we farewell President Michael Redding, and welcome in-coming President Graham Roper.
- 6.30pm start
- Order meals from the menu
- drinks at the bar.

Interact Club

The Wyndham Central Interact Club, with the assistance of Micki Hovey, made 15 blankets, which were presented to Uniting Care Werribee last week, for distribution to the homeless.


Footy Tipping - Round 15
Well what a season this has been for tipping. The 'Egg Man" has somehow managed to slip away again for the third time, and has established a 2 point lead.
Ross Conley and Graham Roper are holding on to the 'minor placings', and a gap is developing to the rest who are struggling to keep up.
Brian Ahmed got 7 out of 10, with the best of the chasers Ross C and Graham R getting 6/10.
The SAA James got the $10 being 28 points from the margin.
The leaderboard after 15 rounds is;
  • Brian Ahmed 91
  • Ross Conley 89
  • Graham Roper  88
Bunnings BBQ 
We are waiting for Bunnings to allocate us a BBQ hopefully in July.
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.
Dates for the Diary
- 10 pin bowling on Sunday 25 July
- Charter anniversary ar Tino & Robyn Ballan's on Sunday 15 August.
District 9800 Environment Committee Newsletter.
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Last night we were restricted by Covid to 96 players, and had to turn people away. We made a prifit of $1,700.
Roster for bingo (be there by 6.30):
  • 05.07.2021 - Phil Purdy & Tino Ballan
  • 12.07.2021 - Kathryn Williams & Mary Macaulay
  • 19.07.2021 - Enzo Maddalon & Graham Roper
  • 26.07.2021 - Brian Ahmed & Wendy Roper
Breakfast Club
Next week is school holidays.
Liz will distribute the Term three roster in a few days.
Tip of the week
They say if you are busting 'for a wee', all you need to do is think about sex, and the urge will go away.
Might have to give that a try? It might save me having to get up at 3.00am in the morning.


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Kim Deneys
July 8
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July 9
Colin Muir
July 12
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July 26
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June 18
Ann Smith
July 4
Nathan Williams
July 10
Suzanne Lentini
July 16
Adelina Maddalon
July 24
Brian Ahmed
Nuge Ahmed
June 6
Ross Smith
Ann Smith
June 26
Tom Lentini
Suzanne Lentini
July 27
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Christopher Ochaya
June 1, 2019
2 years
Ian Hovey
June 1, 1987
34 years
Lou Dowling
June 1, 1988
33 years
Brian Ahmed
June 20, 2006
15 years
Ross Conley
June 28, 2011
10 years
James Randall
July 1, 1995
26 years
Kim Deneys
July 1, 1979
42 years
Roland Wade
July 1, 1969
52 years
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Jul 06, 2021
The Role of the Victorian Farmer's Federation in Agriculture
The Role of the Victorian Farmer's Federation in Agriculture

Danyel has just been appointed as the vice-president of the Victorian Farmer's Federation.

At 28, Danyel is the federation's youngest ever vice-president.

Ms Cucinotta said she hoped her election would encourage other women and young people working in agriculture to take on leadership positions. "We have different ideas. We see things differently," she said.

Ms Cucinotta is a third-generation farmer who works on her family egg farm at Werribee South.

She said farmers needed to better impart a modern picture of farming to consumers, including advancements in technology and animal welfare.

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