The original Barking Dogs in 2012 at the Albury D9800 Conference
Hello everyone. 

What a week it has been.
As I speak to you I am in Werribee Hospital, due to an accident at home a week ago, when a gate fell on my leg.
The doubters (Phil & Ross) think I am just looking for sympathy, but it's not getting better, and needs some medical intervention.
Tuesday night was a very good meeting, with over 20 in attendance.
I hope I Will be right for next Tuesday night.
Pres Ian
This weeks at Rotary, our guest speaker was Cho Cho Win, who fled Myanmar for a life in Australia.
Cho Cho studied for a Batchelor of Science at Myanmar University. Shortly after finishing her degree, the military overthru the Myanmar elected government, and installed themselves as the government. For most people in Myanmar, their human rights were removed.
She started a fiundation to support about 300 government employees who lost their jobs in the coup. This involved working at night under the cover of darkness to distribute aid. Many of her friends were arrested and jailed for speaking against the military. There was no court system, and the military applied the penalties they determined. Cho Cho and her husband became aware that the military were looking for them, and fled to the Thailand border. After swimming across a river, and being picked up by boat, they ended up in the Thai refugee camps. The Thai's were encouraging people to go to America, but the Aust Government had ageed to take a large number, and Cho Cho & her husband ended up in Melbourne.
Cho Cho will complete her studies in June, and will enter the ranks as a primary school teacher.
Bunnings BBQ's
Pres Ian has purchased some washable tablecloths for the Bunnings BBQ's, which will provide good PR for Werribee Rotary.
Rochester Flood Appeal.
We have sent $1,000 of blankets to Rochester for the people still living in tents and caravans. We have also sent 60 x 1 litre bottles of weed killer. The club purchased 30 = $750, and Jim Randall matched our donation, with another 30 = $750. Well done Jimmy.
MUNA Competition
We have two students from McKillop representing Werribee Rotary at the MUNA weekend.
Our students have been allocated North Korea. They have two weeks to research North Korea, and during the competition, they have to argue the views of Nth Korea.
Baby Beanies
Another 600 beanies & blankets are ready to be delivered to Werribee Mercy.
Changeover from Pres Ian to Pres Elect Kim
Changeover will take place on Sunday 9th July at 2.00pm
The afternoon will be a Hi-Tea, with cakes, sandwich's, tea & coffee etc.
Venue - Garden Feast Cafe, at Grevillia Nursery, Railway Ave, Werribee.
Keep the date free.
The Interact Club will be commencing the construction of the Community Garden very soon. Some assistance will be required. Details to follow.
The RC of Canterbury will be packing 100,000 food packs for overseas aid. The event will occur in Federation Square on Saturday 27th May. If you can assist visit the website for details.
RIP - Paul Arbaci
Past member Paul Abarci passed away last week. Paul joined our club on 01.06.1980, and resigned in Sept 2009. Paul was president in 1989/90, and was awarded a PHF in June 1997.
RIP - Brian Beck
Past member Brian Beck passed away recently. Brian joined the club in 1992, and resigned in 1996. He was Treasurer in 1993/94.
Next Week at Rotary - 09.05.2023 
This week Tuesday 09.05.2023 Michael Redding has organised a gentleman from Somalia as our guest speaker.
The following week 16/5/2023 - there will be no meeting at Bridge Hotel, but Pre Ian is encouraging as many members as possible to come to the Werribee Foolball Club, for the Boys Mental Health Forum.
Werribee Rotary Footy Tipping - Round 6 & 7
Round 6 was another easy round for tippers. Ricky got the $10 for nearest the pin, with 27 points.
Ann, Brian, Floreat & Ross S got 8 winners out of 9. Nine tippers got 7.
Round 7 saw Tino get the $10 being 1 point off the mark.
Ross S was the number one tipper for the round with 7.
Brian, Christine, Ross C, Ann, Floreat, Tino, Phil, Exo, Mezza & Pres Ian got 6.
After seven rounds the leaderboard is
  • Brian & Ross S - 44 winners
  • Christine - 43
  • Ross C, Ann & Floreat - 42 points
Pres Ian has got himself off the bottom of the ladder, and has been replaced by Lee with 34 points.



Don't forget that WERN is constant need of new stock to pass on to those in need. Make sure your friends and neighbours are aware of WERN, and give us a call if you have something to donate.

Click this link to view list of goods WERN can take.




District 9800 is holding a Gala Dinner on Thursday 1st June from 6.30pm.

Guest speakers at the dinner will be Rotary World President Jennifer Jones, and Lord Mayor Sally Capp.

Details are available at



One of the delegate functions during the World Conference, is "A Night at the MCG"

Click link for details


Bunnings BBQ 

The next BBQ is Thurs 25/5/2023. 



Breakfast club for term 2.

Tues 9/5 - Peter & Liz Ross

Wed 10/5 - Ross & Ann Smith

Thurs 11/5 - Theresa Gatto & Terry Argent

Tues 16/5 - Michael Redding & Jane Larkin

Wed 17/5 - Graham Roper & Alison Tavener

Thurs 18/5 - Kathryn Williams & Theresa Daddy


The Bingo Roster is:

May 7/5 - Michael Redding & Andi Barfield

May 15/5 - Ross & Ann Smith


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 Networker Newsletter - Issue 9
Clink the link below to view.



Member Birthdays
Jeff Garfield
May 14
James Randall
May 24
Spouse Birthdays
Lynne Dowling
May 26
Margaret Wade
May 27
Christine Conley
May 28
Elizabeth Ross
June 18
Kim Deneys
Glenyce Deneys
May 3
Brian Ahmed
Nuge Ahmed
June 6
Ross Smith
Ann Smith
June 26
Join Date
Christopher Ochaya
June 1, 2019
4 years
Ian Hovey
June 1, 1987
36 years
Lou Dowling
June 1, 1988
35 years
Jerestene Saher
June 15, 2021
2 years
Brian Ahmed
June 20, 2006
17 years
Ross Conley
June 28, 2011
12 years
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