Wyndham Harbour



Next week's meeting will be a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Laverton Point Cook at Waterstone Cafe, 72 Greg Norman Drive, Point Cook.

The guest speaker will be Jodie Willmer. Jodie is a former Rotary Exchange Student to Germany in 1990. She will talk about the long term benefits of being an exchange student and also how Rotary clubs can benefit from creating and maintaining a strong governance culture.

The cost of the meal will be $25 for either fish and chips or chicken parma (served alternately) and a drink of choice. A vegetarian dish is also available.



Kathryn Williams was called on at very short notice to be the guest speaker after our scheduled speaker Cr Mia Shaw was unable to attend. Not only did she willingly agree to present but she did it in great style.

She had already presented her job talk about 12 months ago so, this time, she focused on some of her personal characteristics.

She started with a quiz to test the audience. Here are some of the questions:

Is she a dog or cat lover or both?Both. She has two dogs and a cat.
Is she a natural blonde?Well....she was a blonde when she was young. You wouldn't know it now.
Where is her home town.
Sydney - Kensington to be exact.
What is her maiden name? The choice was Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor.Tinker.
Her proudest achievement?
(1) Getting a good education.
(2) Being part of a loving family.
Most embarrassing moment?Accidentally stealing the cup of a highly revered work colleague and guru in the first week of her first job.
Which country does she desperately want to visit next?Mexico. She has already been to India and China.
What is her personal goal for 2018?
(1) For her and Nathan to compete in a big fun run.
(2) To be part of Rotary International's current plan to plant 1.2 million trees worldwide by Earth Day on April 22. 
Thanks Kathryn for providing an entertaining and lighthearted profile of yourself.

Pictured above is Michael Redding in Vietnam presenting the third of four new tricycle wheelchairs to Lien who lives in Vung Tau with her family. She was born with a severely deformed hipbone and joints and her legs are shrunken. She moves by dragging herself along by her hands.

She uses an old wheelchair inside her home. Her new tricycle wheelchair now allows her the freedom to travel independently to other places.

The wheelchairs have been funded by our club.



The 3030 Beach Patrol group are conducting another clean-up at Werribee South this Sunday (11th February).

If you would like to represent the club, the working bee starts at 11:30am and will finish at 12:30pm. There will be a BBQ afterwards.

If you have a spare hour, your assistance would be appreciated.

Click here to see the details.



The date for the Werribee Rotary Annual Golf Day is Friday 2nd March.

For the third year in a row, you have the chance to win a car from Ballan Holden in the hole-in-one competition on the 15th green. No-one has been successful in the past two years which means the chances of someone scoring an ace this year are improving.

The net proceeds from the day will once again go to the Werribee Mercy Hospital's project to raise funds for a critical care unit. We are aiming to raise $25,000.
Click here to see the brochure and registration form. If you plan to play, please get your entry in early to avoid missing out on this popular event.
We are seeking volunteers to assist with the following:
  • Hole-in-One observers
  • Hole-in-One spruiker
  • Drink cart drivers
  • Helpers for the putting hole
  • Someone to install sponsor signs at each hole
If you would like to sponsor the event, or know of someone who would like to sponsor or donate, please send us an email.

Women in Rotary is organising the annual the International Women's Day breakfast to be held on Wednesday 7th March at the Crown Palladium.

There will be a number of great presenters and panellists including newsreader Stephen Quartermain (MC) and Victorian Ombudsman Victoria Glass OBE.

Click here to view a flyer of the event.




On Sunday 4th March, there will be a Clean Up Australia event to be held at Baden Powell Skate Park in Tarneit and you are invited to come along and join in the fun.

Peter and Elizabeth Ross will be attending and they would love to have your company.

Click here to see the details.



On Saturday 24th February, Donations in Kind (DIK) is holding an Open Day at their premises in Maribyrnong Rd, West Footscray to celebrate their move to the new warehouse.

Tea and coffee will be available thorugh the day and there will be a good old sausage sizzle lunch.

The operating cost of maintaining the warehouse is high so one of their aims is to seek financial support from clubs by buying a bay of racks.

Click here to see a flyer of the Open Day.



Our Community Committee Director, Jason Daddy, advised that we have a busy time ahead in providing our brilliant BBQ services. This includes:

  • BBQ breakfast at Relay for Life on Sunday 25th March.
  • BBQ sausage sizzle at the Werribee Mercy Health Easter Fair on Sunday 25th March between 11am and 3pm.
  • Bunnings BBQ on Easter Saturday (31st March).
  • Mid-week BBQs at Bunnings once a month. There will be 10 of these throughout the year and each of them will be on a Thursday. Here is a list of the dates:
    • February 22
    • April 12 (School Hols)
    • May 17
    • June 14
    • July 12 (School Hols)
    • August 23
    • September 20
    • October 25
    • November 15
    • December 20 (School Hols)
Jason will be asking for our help for each of these events. Please contact him if you can volunteer for one or more of these.

We are invited to an exclusive culinary fund-raising event called "A Taste of Heston – the BBQ Indulgence" to launch the locally written, multi-award winning play "Point of No Return" on its 2018 Victoria tour. Many of the members and partners will already have seen this wonderful play and, due to its success, the producers are now taking it on the road.

The function is at 7pm on Friday 23rd March and will be held in one of Wyndham’s finest homes at 456 Sayers Road, Hoppers Crossing. You will enjoy an exquisite 8-course Heston Blumenthal themed BBQ menu presented by Bart Beek (Executive Chef for Everdure by Heston Blumenthal).

Click here to see the flyer.

Click here to make a booking.


IN BRIEF........
  • Our only guest at our last meeting was Lesley Wilson who has been with us on a number of occasions.

  • Good luck to our newest member Carlo Vimercati who is off to Epworth Hospital for a hip replacement operation. We wish him well.

  • Joe Cumbo is seeking assistance from 3 volunteers on Saturday 17th February (9am-1pm) to help at a working bee at WERN in Footscray. The work involves cleaning up the yard and the warehouse. Please call Joe if you can help.





By Dominick Bonny, Rotary Club of Wenatchee North, Wash.

Rotary is weird. Rotarians are old, mostly. They sing songs and say the Pledge of Allegiance before meetings. They tell lame jokes. 

But they also organize highway trash cleanups, blood drives, and literacy fairs. They raise money for students to study abroad, and they open their homes to foreign students studying here. They are fixated on eradicating polio. Yes, polio is still a thing.

I’m 32. I joined Rotary three years ago when Earl Tilly, a leader I respect in our community, invited me. At my first meeting, I didn’t see a lot of faces my age, but I found that I fit in well with the Rotary mindset of Service Above Self. I remember thinking, “Oh, wow. I’m home.” Earl has since become a mentor to me. He’s 83 and still plays tennis and bikes regularly. He was mayor of our town, then our state representative. I admire him and the way he has lived his life. I find that people in Rotary do a lot of good, but not for self-promotion. I really respect and want to emulate that. 

I run a social media and marketing company. I manage web pages for our local newspaper, three school districts, and other organizations. Part of my job is to monitor comments from the public, which means I’m in a quagmire of social media trolls every day. People are just terrible to one another online. They say awful, malicious things. It’s a downer. For me, Rotary is a way to unplug from that. I think the path back to a more civil society is through our clubs. While social media is good for a lot of things, it’s not good for breaking down the walls we build between us. Rotary offers a neutral space where I can gather with other people, even those I may not see eye-to-eye with on every issue, and focus on what really matters – making the world a better place. 

Being in Rotary hasn’t been a total honeymoon. I went through a period when I wondered if it was for me. After I joined, I took over running our social media and built a new website for our club. I also started promoting Rotary to my network, but it didn’t feel as though we were making any progress or any other young people were going to join. But I had made a commitment to show up, so I stuck with it. To volunteer for stuff. I’m glad I did. Our club is almost half younger people now. It has added a bit of urgency to our lunch meetings, since not everyone is retired anymore. 

So what’s it like to be a millennial in Rotary? To most young people, Rotary is old-fashioned. For me, that’s what makes it cool. People in my peer group tend to isolate themselves. We are connected by technology, but not truly connected. Rotary is my antidote to that. 


President Ross Conley


13th February

6:30 for 6:45 PM


Waterstone Cafe

72 Greg Norman Drive

Point Cook










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