Approaching storm at Werribee South (Photo courtesy David Mullins)
President Graham Roper


12th March

6:30 for 6:45pm


Italian Social Club

601 Heaths Rd



Acting President

Brian Ahmed



Marty Vaina



Peter Ross

Lyn Fava



Adrian Burt

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
Mar 12, 2019
Road Trauma Support Services
Mar 19, 2019
Ardoch Youth Foundation
Mar 26, 2019
Avalon Airport
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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
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March 7
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March 15
Nuge Ahmed
March 28
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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
Elizabeth Ross
March 30
Wendy Roper
Graham Roper
March 30
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Ned Amezdroz
March 1, 1974
45 years
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March 24, 1997
22 years
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Bernadette Nugent is Interim CEO of Road Trauma Support Services.

She has had more than 30 years’ experience working with families in a variety of settings with a focus on grief and trauma. She is passionate about offering quality programs and services that are relevant, accessible and responsive to the needs of the community they serve.



Last year, Jackie Wrafter was presented with an MBE by Prince William. She was recognised for the establishment and long-term management and support of the Kianh Foundation Day Centre for disabled children in Central Vietnam.

In 2000, Jackie and a friend were back-packing through Vietnam. They were living the care-free life and enjoying all the aspects of the country that normal tourists would enjoy. But, she said, behind the facade something less attractive  lurked. She stumbled upon the Hoi An Orphanage where disabled children were housed in a single room. They were receiving a minimum amount of care. To Jackie, it was a distressing sight but it immediately sparked a sense of deep compassion and a pressing need to do something.

Jackie got a job at the orphanage in 2001 and stayed there until 2010. During that time, she established the Kianh Foundation which was originally set up to address an urgent lack of services for children with disability living at the government orphanage in Hoi An. Some of her achievements included:

  • Setting up 2 special education classrooms and a thriving education program for the children with disability
  • Setting up a successful physiotherapy program
  • Ensuring that all children (with and without disabilities) and the staff’s children received regular dental care
  • Arranging and funding various surgeries (for example cleft lip and cleft palette surgeries, shunt and heart surgeries)
  • Providing basic healthcare
  • Training and up-skilling government employed staff working at the orphanage
  • Supplying additional staff in order to roll out various programs throughout the orphanage
  • Renovating unsanitary rooms and buildings

Due to the success of the programs, many families in the Province who had children with a disability began to bring them to the orphanage in order to access the services. This is what led Jackie to set up a Day Centre in the nearby district of Dien Ban, a large catchment area for the Hoi An Orphanage.

Dien Ban has one of the highest proportions of disadvantaged children and children with disability in Central Vietnam. The local government authorities attribute this, in part, to the fact that the area was heavily bombed and sprayed with defoliants during the war with the United States, a legacy that continues to this day.

Many of the children with disability in this region are considered to be third generation dioxin victims. Dien Ban was amongst the top 10% of districts most heavily bombed. Poverty and poor medical care are other contributory factors to the high percentage of disability here.

Based on government records, there are over 1,000 children with disability and special needs living in Dien Ban, the majority of whom do not have access to any kind of support services. It is difficult to pinpoint the exact number of children with disability in this area as they regularly encounter children who are not listed on any government list.

To address this need, the Kianh Foundation built a custom-designed Day Centre for children with disability which was completed in 2012 thanks to the generosity of many investors including RMIT. It now caters for 100 children who are supported by 40 staff and many volunteers including Australians.

The centre is the first of its kind in Central Vietnam to provide an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to the development needs of children with disability. It builds local capacity by providing special education, physical therapy and speech therapy, access to dental care and life skills to children with disability in the local community. It also provides training, development and respite support to the parents and families of the children attending the Centre.

The Centre is now in high demand and, due to its outstanding success, there is a long waiting list of families wanting their child to be admitted. But unfortunately the facility can't cope with any additional children. That's why Jackie is in Australia to lobby organisations such as Rotary to provide financial assistance to support ongoing programs and to expand the building to cater for additional children.

You can assist by providing a one-off payment to the Foundation or by sponsoring a child,

Click here to visit the Kianh Foundation website.

Footnote: Jackie will be appearing on ABC Radio this Thursday with Jon Faine in the Conversation Hour from 11am to 12pm. If you missed her presentation, it would be well worth tuning in.




It was so hot you could fry an egg on the putting green. But that didn't stop a big group of die-hard golfers including our President Graham Roper (pictured above) from playing in the hot afternoon sun to support the annual Werribee Rotary Golf Day.

Despite the gruelling day, most golfers got through unscathed, thanks to the efforts of the drink crews who continually ventured around the course to quench the thirst of parched players.

At the end of the day, we sat down in air-conditioned comfort for dinner and the presentation of prizes. Congratulations to Marty Vaina and his team for winning first prize.

We have realised a profit of $29,000 which is a fantastic result thanks to the generosity of the players and numerous sponsors. Most of the proceeds will go towards the refurbishment of the Dementia Unit at Manor Court Aged Care.

Everyone was extremely grateful for the hard work of chief organiser Ross Conley and his team for making this event our biggest fund-raiser.

Click here to see photos of the day.



The Werribee Rotary Car Rally is planned for Sunday 24th March.

Peter Ross would love you to be part of the rally which will take us on a magical mystery tour from Werribee to Anglesea. It promises to be a fun time that will test your sight-seeing skills. It may also test your relationship with your navigator!

When you eventually arrive in Anglesea, you will be refreshed with a BBQ and a few drinks at the holiday house of Peter and Elizabeth Ross. If you bring the little ones, they can play games or go to the beach.

This is a great opportunity for members and families to get together in fellowship. 

Peter would appreciate your immediate response if you would like to participate in this wacky social event. Please contact him by email or call him on 0418 333 729 as soon as possible.



By the time you read this, the Rocan Bike Ride from Sydney to Melbourne will be almost over. But the conditions along the 7-day journey have been quite harsh. The riders have had to endure sweltering heat which has forced them to start riding in the early morning and finish by midday each day.

Geoff Smith has reported that the support crew consisting of Lexie Smith, Barb Purdy and himself are handling the pressure very well. Lexie and Barb are slaving over a hot stove to nourish the riders while Geoff is sitting in the air-conditioned comfort of the back-up truck.

Pictured above are Phil Purdy who is sweating hard and Geoff Smith who is not.

The large group of riders and their support crew will arrive at the Royal Yacht Club in Williamstown at about midday on Friday 8th March. If you can, please get there to clap them across the finish line.



It was good to see a positive article in the Wyndham Star last week about our Bingo sessions. Well done to Brian Ahmed and President Graham for taking the initiative to promote the game and our club.

Click here to see the article.

Brian reported that, since we started in October, we have realised a net profit of about $10,000.



On Saturday 23rd March, the Donations in Kind (DIK) warehouse is conducting its annual Open Day and you are very welcome to attend.

The warehouse stores a large amount of medical equipment and the focus this year is on improving patient care. You can speak to people at DIK who are helping to improve medical care in developing countries and saving lives. You can find out how easy it is to make a difference.

It is an opportunity to meet other like-minded people, to share ideas and to learn from each other.

The facility will be open from 10am to 3pm. It is located at Shed 40, 400 Somerville Rd, West Footscray.




The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a grassroots education and learning development program conducted in many Rotary Districts around the world. 

In District 9800, RLI is a District Managed Program that provides participants with a high quality experience, that engages and involves them in the education and learning process. It is a four-part program over 2 days where you will learn a little more about Rotary, the early history, traditions, the Rotary Foundation, and its relevance in the world today.

You will make new friends in an enjoyable environment. This program is perfect for members who have joined Rotary in the last few years and for those who may be keen to become more involved in Rotary activities. It is a great learning experience!

For more information visit the Rotary Leadership Institute website.

The next RLI course is on Sunday 24th and 31st March from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Montague School, Montague Street, South Melbourne. Registrations are required by 20th March. There is no charge.

If you are interested in attending, please discuss with President Graham Roper.


IN BRIEF........
  • We had quite a few visitors at our last meeting including:

    • District Governor Bronwyn Stephens (Rotary Club of Melbourne South)
    • Assistant Governor Julianne Bartels (Rotary Club of Caroline Springs)
    • Rowan McLean (Rotary Club of North Balwyn)
    • Catherine O'Conner (Rotary Club of Laverton Point Cook)
    • Lorry Rowe (Rotary Club of Flemington)
    • Exchange student Tina (Jyun Ti) from Taipei City in Taiwan who is hosted by the Rotary Club of Caroline Springs
    • Genny Knight, Ann Smith and Margaret Wade
  • President Graham received plenty of good wishes as he prepares to celebrate his 70th birthday next week. He won't be with us next week as he and Wendy are flying out to Hawaii for a week's R&R. Happy birthday Graham.

  • It's amazing how much work can be done in a week with a chook shed construction. After reporting last week that the build had started, here is an updated photo of the new shed at the Tamarind Community Farm in Uganda. As you can see, the external part is nearing completion. According to Brian Ahmed, the walls were made of brick to keep the rodents out. The cage equipment has been ordered and will be installed shortly. The chickens are also ready to go. It seems that the project is on track to deliver a sustainable business for the local community very soon.

  • The Rotary Club of Laverton Point Cook is holding a special night to raise funds in aid of the North Queensland Flood Appeal. The function, which consists of music, dancing and canapes, will be held at the Waterstone Cafe, Greg Norman Drive, Point Cook this Saturday (9th March) commencing at 7pm. Entry is $30. The club is going through some tough times at the moment so they would welcome your presence if you can make it.

  • Here's a couple of happy snaps from our meeting last week.





Do you still have a stack of old analog VHS or MiniDV tapes containing videos of special family moments from 15-30 years ago?

Do you have a player that you can still use to plug into a TV to view the tapes?

If not, I can convert your tapes to DVD or to a digital format such as MP4 to allow you to play the content on your computer or TV.

I can also edit the converted video files according to your requirements.

Do you have lots of old cherished hard-copy photos that are at risk of being lost, damaged or destroyed? I can digitise them so that you can keep an ever-lasting memory of special times.

For more information, please contact Ian on 0409 850956.

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