President Graham Roper


26th March

6:30 for 6:45pm


Italian Social Club

601 Heaths Rd




Ross Smith



Kim Deneys

Colin Muir



Anthony Pante

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 26, 2019
Avalon Airport
Apr 02, 2019
The Person Behind the Badge
Apr 16, 2019
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Member Birthdays
Graham Roper
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
Spouse Birthdays
Graham Roper
March 7
Rob Fava
March 15
Nuge Ahmed
March 28
Philip Purdy
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
Join Date
Ned Amezdroz
March 1, 1974
45 years
Mary Macaulay
March 24, 1997
22 years
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Ian Hovey

Justin Giddings is the CEO at Avalon Airport.

In his six years in that role, he has overseen a major transformation of the facility. Thanks to Justin's management, JetStar now conduct regular flights to and from Avalon and, in recent times, AirAsia has become the first international carrier at the airport to carry passengers to and from Kuala Lumpur.



Kat Skull was our presenter this week. She is one of the volunteers for the Ardoch Youth Foundation.

Ardoch is a children’s education charity focused on improving educational outcomes for children and young people in disadvantaged communities.

They partner with schools and early years services to deliver tailored education support programs that aim to increase engagement in education, build aspirations, enhance learning outcomes and increase the confidence of children and young people living in disadvantaged communities. We mobilise community and workplace volunteers to support schools and early childhood services. We also advocate for and seek to influence policy change to reduce inequity in education.

Ardoch has provided education support to children and young people in disadvantaged communities for over 25 years. The work of Ardoch began in 1988 with founder Kathy Hilton OAM’s determination to see a 17-year-old girl experiencing homelessness stay at school and complete her education. Since then, Ardoch has helped thousands of children and young people to stay at school, receive a helping hand with their education and have access to more choices and opportunities in life. 

Ardoch works with thousands of children and young people in schools and early years services in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia.

If children lose their early years of education, they never catch them up in later years.

Bendigo Bank Werribee have recently come onboard as a volunteer, partnering with Wyndham Primary School.

The program is in 87 schools, involving 11,700 students, and 26,000 voluntary hours.



It's ready, set, go for our car rally this Sunday.

A group of us has accepted the challenge from Peter Ross to partake in a magical mystery trip from Werribee to Anglesea. It promises to be a fun time that will test our observational and navigational skills!

The finish line is the holiday house of Peter and Elizabeth Ross, 180 Great Ocean Rd, Point Roadknight.

Bring your own meat and drinks plus a salad or sweets.

If you have any problems along the way or if you get lost, contact Peter on 0418 333 729.



This Saturday, 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.




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........
  • Members stood for a minutes silence as a mark of respect for the New Zealand terror victims.

  • At the last Board meeting, the following donations were passed:

    1. $1,000 to Uniting Wyndham (from the Bingo profits).

    2. $1,500 to ROCAN.

    3. $1,000 to Donations In Kind Adopt-a-Bed program - five beds at $200 each.

  • Here are a few upcoming events to put in your calendar:

    • On Sunday 31st March, we will be manning our Rotary caravan at the Relay for Life event. We are looking for 3 or 4 volunteers from about 7am to 10am to supply breakfast.

    • On Tuesday 16th April, we will be taking a vocational visit to the Bone Marrow Donor Institute which is part of the Fight Cancer Foundation. We will be joined by members from the Rotary Club of Keilor. More details to follow.

    • On Tuesday 14th May, we will be having a vocational visit to the U-Vet Veterinary Hospital, 250 Princess Highway, Werribee. 

  • There is also a race meeting being held on Friday 26th April at the Werribee Racing Club. It is a day designed to recognise the fantastic contribution that our community clubs make to the people of Wyndham. This specific race meeting will provide an opportunity for clubs from throughout the region to come together and enjoy a wonderful day at the races. Click here to obtain more information or to book for the event.

  • President Graham presented a cheque for $1000 to Debbie Gorsuch from Werribee Support & Housing. The money is from our Bingo proceeds.

  • Anjali Mehta from the Rotary Club of Nasik Grapecity, District 3030 in India attended our last meeting. She is visiting her family here in Werribee. Here is a picture of her exchanging banners with President Graham.

  • In true Rotary style, Wendy and Graham Roper did a make-up at the Rotary Club of Honolulu while on their holiday in Hawaii. They even wore their Werribee Rotary polo shirts as they exchanged club banners with the President, Bub Wo. 

  • Speaking of holidays, Lyn and Rob Fava have travelled to FNQ to take a breather. On their way, they stopped off at Gundagai where the Barking Dog met one of his canine relatives sitting on the Tuckerbox. There does appear to be a close resemblance between the two of them.

  • Brian Ahmed and Graham Roper were among the guests at a lunch hosted by the Mayor of Wyndham Mia Shaw on 8th March. All attendees were representatives of local community groups and the aim of the event was to discuss how Council could support them. Here's a photo of Graham and Brian rubbing shoulders with the Mayor.



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