Werribee Park Mansion.

It was good to see a healthy attendance at our Grand Final week meeting on Tuesday.
Thanks to the partners for coming along to share in the evening. Most of us got in the spirit of the occasion and wore their football club colours. Sadly, there wasn’t enough blue and white but I can forgive for that.

Our guest speaker was Michael Barlow, senior coach of the Werribee Football Club. Michael played 141 AFL games at the Dockers and Suns before he hung up his boots and turned to coaching. It was refreshing to hear how Michael had suffered much adversity during his football career and how he had overcome those setbacks. His message was that the harder you work, the luckier you get.

Thanks to Jerestene Saher for volunteering to take on the role of Guest Speaker Coordinator. She has already arranged for a speaker for next week and has some ideas for interesting presenters in future weeks. But Jess can’t do it alone. We should all be responsible for identifying someone we know, or know of, who would be thought-provoking, passionate and have an interesting story to tell. Please help her where you can.

At next week’s meeting, President-Elect Kim will take over the reins while Micki and I take a few days off to visit our grandkids in Clifton Springs. With Kim in charge, the club will be in good hands. With a bit of luck, you will also meet Naberto Decruz from East Timor. Naberto is the recipient of the Royce and Jean Abbey Vocational Scholarship that is awarded to people from developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region to learn about some of our agricultural practices.

Hope you can make it next week.
Ian Hovey
Great to see 25 people in attendance for our Grand Final football night.
Reports from this weeks Board Meeting
  • The ladies mental health forum, has been moved till term 2 next year. With school holidays and exams, we couldn't get it organised.
  • Silo Tour - we are looking at a date in March to reschedule the weekend away. Possibly 24, 25 & 26 March 2023
  • Presidential Citation - we received a Citation from Rotary, recognising the achievements of the club in 2021/2022
  • The Board agreed to continue to support the funding of the school breakfast program at Wyndham Park Primary, to the value of $2,000. This pretty much covers the cost of cheese for 12 months for the toasties, which the school can't get for free from Foodbank.
  • The Board agreed to fund a program put forward by new member Nusrat Islam, to fund 10 local ladies who run small businesses, to attend the Women Entrepreneurs Conference in Sydney.
This weeks Guest Speaker was Werribee Football Club Coach, Michael Barlow.
Michael's background & records are;
  • Grew up in Sheparton
  • Went to school at Notre Dame College and Assumption College Kilmore
  • Very good junior footballer in Shepparton
  • A number of AFL clubs came to Shepparton to watch him play, and a number indicated he would be drafted.
  • He wasn't drafted and joined Werribee for 2008 & 2009
  • He was drafted in 2010 by Freemantle, and in his first game got more disposals than any first year player since Champion Date began keeping records.
  • Broke his leg in 2011, and missed 12 months of football.
  • Played 126 games and kicked 81 goals, before being delisted in 2016.
  • Joined Gold Ciast in 2017 and played 15 games before being delisted.
  • Has been Werribee Coach in 2021 & 2022
While Michael's career is outstanding, his talk concentrated on the how he dealt with the 'lows' and how he used these to be a better footballer & person.
Tuesday 27th September
Jess has organised a lady to join us, who is a motivational speaker.
Details to follow.

Alphabet Racing

If the results of Races 1 and 2 are any indication, this year's Alphabet Cup promises to be a crackerjack contest. As they left the gates it was like the charge of the light brigade. Only three horses decided to stay. Demon AnnGarfield the Cat and last year's winner Mr Sandlant stood back and waited for their turn to come. They know it's a long race so they're looking to conserve their energy until later on.

Rockin' Robyn takes the early lead but, with the letters S and T, the mighty mare was expected to be further in front. Breathing down her neck are three horses who are running side by side as they head up the straight for the first time. The consistent Barbie Q is showing good early form. Beside her is the untried 10-year old, Bend De Knees, who is strutting along as if he's the bees knees. But will he freeze? Running three wide is Tosser Ross who has done absolutely nothing in his previous attempts at this race but, with the Z and A letters, he has given us an indication that's he's not really a tosser after all.

Following closely behind is The Egg Man who scrambled his way to be in the leading group. Let's hope he hasn't fried his chances.

Then comes Light Fingers Fava. He had the letter I at Caulfield and, with a record 7 points, the inspiring stallion had ignited his opportunity for an inglorious victory. 

Sitting in mid-field and looking in good shape are the new band of fine fillies Who Dat NusratKathryn the Great and Dizzie Lizzie. Their jockeys are settling them into the race nicely. We should expect them to shine later on in the race.

Rockin' Robyn and Light Fingers Fava share the $20 weekly prize at Caulfield while Tosser Ross collects the full $20 at Randwick.




Thank you for our members who have volunteered to assist WERN with goods collections on a Monday.
Kim Deneys and his friend Kim Monk, and Ross Conley have volunteered. 
Click to View WERN Collection Brochure


Covid Protocols from the Coronavirus Website

Influenza & Covid are both contagious respiratory illnesses. They both have similar symptoms, and you cannot tell the difference between the two by looking at the symptoms alone.

For the safety of all Rotary members, if you or a family member are sick or unwell, or have been in contact with somebody who has Covid, please follow extreme caution, and stay away from Rotary until your illness passes, or you have met Covid isolation protocols.

Covid is incredibly contagious, so lets err on the side of caution.


Guest Speakers

Everyone knows someone with an interesting story to tell. Please pass their details on to Jess so we can follow them up to speak to us in person or on Zoom at a later date.



We are in the school holiday break, so no Breakfast club until Tuesday 04.10.2022

Tuse 4/10 - Michael Redding & Nusrat Islam

Wed 5/10 - Ross Smith & Graham Roper

Thurs 6/10 - Kim & Glenys Deneys

Tues 11/10 - Theresa Gatto & Terry Argent

Wed 12/10 - Ann Smith & Alison Tavener

Thurs 13/10 - Trish & Nils Vejby


Bunnings BBQ

Our next BBQ is Thurs 22/9.

The Prime Minister has declared the day a public holiday, so we are anticipating a big day, similar to a Saturday. Accordingly we are going to roster 4 on each shift, instead of 3.



The Bingo Roster is:

Sept 26 - Ross Smith & Jim Randall

Oct 3 - Colin Muir & Michael Redding

Oct 10 - Enzo Maddalon & Phil Purdy

Oct 17 - Pater Sandlant & Andi Barnfield

Last week 19/9 - 96 players and a profit of $1,000.



Speak to Graham Roper if you can volunteer or be on standby for when people are unavailable.


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.


Imagine Rotary Newsletter
The District Newsletter has arrived.
Clink the link below to view.
Books & Puzzles
We have a few pallets of books and puzzles. If you are looking for books  puzzles speak to Brian Ahmed - they are only $1 each.
District 9800 Environment & Sustainability Newsletter


Member Birthdays
Geoff Smith
September 9
Jerestene Saher
September 29
Mary Macaulay
September 29
Enzo Maddalon
October 9
Philip Purdy
October 9
Ian Knight OAM
October 15
Spouse Birthdays
Genny Knight
October 11
Lexie Smith
October 13
Roland Wade
Margaret Wade
September 26
Rob Fava
Lyn Fava
September 27
Lou Dowling
Lynne Dowling
October 11
Join Date
Graham Roper
October 1, 2007
15 years
Rob Fava
October 18, 2011
11 years
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