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Zooming in on Uganda

Thanks to Ian Hovey for arranging the Zoom hookup with Chris & Sarah Ochaya and Man (Brian) at this week’s meeting. The internet link worked perfectly this time!

Sarah and Chris were able to fill us in on what has been happening in Gulu throughout 2020 and for this year. They talked about the challenges they have faced in getting the new Operations Centre ready for them to move into as their new home. They explained how they are developing free range chicken farming, have got the Food Storehouse operational and are planning for more crops to be planted later in the year, at the start of the growing season.

They also talked about maintenance issues with the bore water supply system, one of the two substantial water projects undertaken in Uganda by Werribee Rotary Club.

Man (Brian) is 18 years old and has been looked after by Chris and Sarah for the past 4 years. He talked about how he would like to start a 3-year course a local Technical College to learn a building trade, such as a Carpentry.

Our Rotary Centenary Tree Planting Project

This Saturday morning Werribee Rotary members are joining in with the Werribee River Association members and friends, to plant 700 trees along the Werribee River, on the opposite bank to the Zoo.

At about midday our Club will be providing food and drinks to all the volunteers, as a thank for helping to plant all the trees.

This planting area is part of the new Werribee River Park, managed by Parks Victoria, on the west bank of the River and extending south from the Geelong Freeway to the mouth of the Werribee River at the coast.

As these trees grow over the next 100 years they will stand as a tribute to the work of Rotary in Australia over the past 100 years, including the contributions made by Werribee Rotary Club to the community for more than 50 years.

Malaria Awareness Day Australia Fun Run is on Friday April 30

Rotarians Against Malaria are having the Australia Fun Run on April 30 to raise $100,000 to support its Malaria projects.

RAM is looking for each Rotary District in Australia to raise $5,250.

More information is in the RAM flyer in this Bulletin.

Multi District Conference Virtual Victoria 1-2 May 2921

Over this weekend the 5 Districts in Victoria will be holding their Conferences as both virtual and in-person events

Each District has chosen a cause which they are inviting their Clubs to make a contribution to: End Polio, Rotarians Against Malaria or Rotary Foundation.

For Rotary District 9800 Clubs, this will be the Rotary Foundation.

The District 9800 Showcase & Breakout Session will be held on Sat May 1 from 10 am to 4.30 pm at the Hyatt Place Convention Centre, Essendon Fields. The cost is $65 with bookings at Try Booking. More information is in the 2 flyers in this Bulletin.

Please note that it is important to book for BOTH the online and in-person events as follow: Online Virtual Victoria Conference: District 9800 Breakout & Showcase:


Enjoy the week ahead,


Our guest speakers on Zoom this week, was Chris & Sara Ochaya, and their adopted worker Man (Brian). We were given a presentation on the progress of works going on at Tamarind. Ian & Genny Knight, and Vas joined us on Zoom as well.
Chris & Sarah have recently moved into the new Operation Centre. It took 7 years to build. It is not finished yet but is livable, and will save them a lot of money as they were renting their previous place. Rent is extremely expensive in Uganda.
The Pagek Farm Food Storehouse is also being used, and has a few more things to do to complete it. It is currently storing last years crop of black beans. Very few crops were grown last year due to Covid.
Tamarind currently has 75 free range chickens. Chris has recently started breeding chickens, as youn chickens are in short supply and are very expensive.
We saw pictures of the chicken shed that houses 300 chickens. It is not being used at present, but will be soon. After being filled with chickens, we lost the hole flock due to disease. It has been a huge learning curve for Chris & Sarah.
We were introduced to Man (Brian) an 18 year old adopted by Chris & Sarah a few years ago. Man is looking to go to TAFE in August to learn general trades, but needs sponsorship with his school few - US$900 a year for three years.
Tuesday 20th April - PARTNERS NIGHT
Next week Tuesday 20th April will be our Anzac Day meeting.
Our guest speaker will be past member and Australian Army member Pam Raison. Pam will be speaking on "Women in the Forces - Boer War to current"
This will be a partner night, so we would love to see some of our partners and friends.

District Conference

For the first time, and in the year we celebrate our Centenary of service above self in Australia, we are bringing together all five Rotary Districts in Victoria for a unique and inspiring Multi District Conference, Virtual Victoria.

Held over two days, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd May from 11am to 1pm, the conference will be a celebration of Rotary’s achievements over the last 100 years, as well as a forum for new ideas and opportunities that will foster enthusiasm at club level to continue the amazing impact Rotary has within our communities.

I encourage you all to join with your family, friends and community partners to share in this wonderful online event and book via:

Footy Tipping - Round 4
Round 4 saw six tippers get 6/9.
Ross Conley, Ann Smith, Daidie, Ian Hovey, Tino Ballan & Happy Golfer
Ross Smith won the $10 being 2 points from the margin.
The leaderboard after 3 weeks is;
  • Ross Conley 26
  • Ann Smith 24
  • Tony Todaro 24
  • Daidie 24
Werribee Mansion Fun Run - Sunday May 2nd
We will be involved with the Werribee Mansion Fun Run. The club will receive $75 for each volunteer and the combined funds will go to The Rotary Foundation. Jeff Garfield will organise the roster.
Guest Speakers
Everyone knows someone with an interesting story to tell. Please pass their details on to Ian Hovey so we can follow them up to speak to us in person or on Zoom at a later date.
Last nights bingo saw 101 players and a profit of $1,530.
Roster for bingo:
  • 19.04.2021 - Roland Wade & Peter Sandlant
  • 26.04.2021 - Anthony Pante & Adrian Burt
  • 3.5.2021 - Jim Randall & Ross Smith
  • 10.05.2021 - Rob Fava & Peter Ross
9.00am till lunchtime on Saturday 17.04.2021.
Directions to Werribee River Park
  • Head towards Geelong
  • Turn left at Farm Road (the Liberator Corner)
  • Continue down Farm Rd and over the freeway.
  • Look for signs on the left to Werribee River Park
Breakfast Club
Breakfast Club will be recommencing in term 2.
Liz Ross has distributed the roster to the volunteers.
Commencement this term is 7.45am, as classes commence earlier than last year.
Rotary Against Malaria Fun Run - 30.04.2021
We have a guest speaker on this topic in a few weeks.
Tip of the Week
If there's a jar or container you can't open, run the lid under hot water for 30 seconds.


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Apr 20, 2021
Women in the Armed Forces from the Boer War to Current Day
Women in the Armed Forces from the Boer War to Current Day

Each year, at the meeting before ANZAC Day, our club invites a person to speak who has been involved in the armed services or who has some knowledge of the history of ANZAC Day.

This year, we are delighted to have Pam Raison as our guest speaker.

Pam is a former member of our Rotary club.

She was among the first four women to graduate from the Army Reserve in Melbourne in 1981.

She served the best part of 28 years in the military as a teacher.

She started out as an intelligence officer at an artillery regiment in Brisbane, spent a year in Perth as a reservist and eventually weaved her passion for education into her army career five years later.

Ms Raison said no two days were the same throughout her career – from teaching English and mathematics to troops posted across the globe to studying Indonesian and French abroad.

Her talk will focus on the history of women in the armed services from the Boer War to present day.

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