President Graham Roper


1st May 2019

6:30 for 6:45pm


Italian Social Club

601 Heaths Rd




Michael Redding



Lyn Fava

Geoff Smith



Ross Smith

If you are not able to attend the next meeting or are bringing a guest, please contact the following person by midday Tuesday
Ross Smith
0418 692329
Apr 30, 2019
Overseas Kids Foundation
May 07, 2019
Werribee Mercy Hospital Foundation
May 14, 2019
May 21, 2019
Plans for Wyndham City
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Steve Evans
April 18
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Pam Garfield
April 20
Karen Sandlant
April 26
Kathryn Williams
Nathan Williams
April 7
Tony Todaro
Maria Todaro
April 8
Steve Evans
Christine Evans
April 22
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Colin Muir
April 1, 1993
26 years
Peter Sandlant
April 1, 1993
26 years
Tom Lentini
April 1, 1976
43 years
Philip Purdy
April 12, 2000
19 years
Jason Daddy
April 19, 2016
3 years
Kathryn Williams
April 19, 2016
3 years
Marty Vaina
April 19, 2016
3 years
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Rowan McClean is a member of the Rotary Club of North Balwyn and is managing trustee of Overseas Kids Foundation, a charitable trust currently focusing on Vietnam and providing financial and advisory support for some of the poorest communities in the country.

Assistance includes enabling access to an education for needy children, supplying equipment books and furniture to schools and developing community projects aimed at overcoming the poverty cycle.



Ron Smith is the Chairman of Think Pink. He commenced his presentation by explaining how the organisation got started. It was the brainchild of Irene Hendel who is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed twice, once in 1995 and then again in 2003.

During her fight, she found that every area she went to was medically orientated. There was no place or organisation that catered for the patients overall well-being. So, with the support of her husband, Irene decided that she would establish such a place.

She was successful in receiving funding from a couple of large organisations - Mirvac and Freemasons Victoria - who are still generous contributors today.

Think Pink has gained a great reputation for providing a free service to all breast cancer patients with the aim of improving their quality of life. It's free because the out-of-pocket costs for medical treatment is exorbitant. It can be as large as $30,000 for treatment, operations, consultations and the like. This is a large burden especially for young women on low incomes and older women who are on the pension.

The Think Pink facility, known as The Living Centre, is based at 390 St Kilda Road. It consists of 3 rooms that don't look like medical rooms but more like a hotel suite. The services that are offered include massages, wig fittings, yoga, consultations and group discussions. There is no limitation on the time that a patient can spend there. The whole idea is to restore their dignity.

The facility has become so popular that it has outgrown the current space. The building is also adjacent to the construction of the new underground railway station which will generate a significant amount of noise. Therefore, they will be moving shortly to larger premises.




Two Certificate 3 students from The Gordon TAFE's Hoppers Crossing campus were in attendance at our meeting to receive certificates from the club as part of the scholarship program. The winners were Isiah Edwards and Ryley Hay who are both doing a course in carpentry. The boys were introduced by Michael Redding and were presented with their certificates by President Graham. Each recipient also receives an amount of $1000 which goes towards their course.



Geoff Smith is seeking some volunteers to man the Rotary van from 8:30am to 12 midday to cook sausages for the participants of a fun run at the Werribee Mansion on Sunday May 5.

If you can help for a couple of hours or more, please give Geoff a call.




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........
  • It's sad to report the passing of another past member, Vic Mayall. He was a charter member of our club.

  • Guests at our last meeting included Cr Kim McAliney who is also on the Board of Think Pink and our Assistant Governor Julieanne Bartels.

  • Footy Tipping - President Graham wins the weekly prize for the second successive week. Mary Maguire has hit the front of the overall tipping with 26 points, closely followed by Graham Roper and Kathryn Williams on 25. 

  • Thanks to all the Bunnings BBQ volunteers on 18th and 22nd April for your fantastic efforts. They raised a total of $2500 for the two days.  Here's an image of some of the hard-working barbequers...

  • Upcoming events/meetings:

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

    • Monday 27th May - a joint social get-together with the Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing at the Italian Sports Club to experience a Bingo session. This is not an official club meeting.

    • Tuesday 11th June - Club Changeover at Wyndham Cache. Click here to see the invitation from Brian and Nuge.

  • Great to see Lorry Rowe at our meeting last Tuesday. She came along just to keep in touch with us. She was sitting beside Seema Lal who is interested in joining a Rotary club in the area. Here is a photo of Lorry and Seema.



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