Werribee River
President Kim welcomed visitors and guests to tonight's meeting. 
  • Another great night at Bingo last night.  140 players & a profit of $3,100.                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Pres Kim played a video from RI World President Ron McInaly. ​​​​​​                                                                                    
  • Members showed their respect for Remembrance Day.                                                                                                                                                                                  
  • The Community Grants have closed with 21 applications received. The applications have been reviewed by the committee, and the Board will consider the 5 recommended applications who will receive $3,000.                                                                                             
  • Our next Bunnings BBQ will be held on Sunday 26 November 2023. Let And know if you can assist.                                                                                                                                               
  •  PP Michael introduced Erin Van Der Been, who received a scholarship from RC of Werribee, towards the costs of her Diploma of Community Service. Erin will come to the club in the new year and speak about her studies and career.                                                            
  • Happy birthday to Lyn Fava. She was so thrilled that Rob brought her to Rotary for her birthday.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Guest Speaker Tony Dowling
Tony is an ex Victoria Police officer, who retired due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Tony returned to his pre-police career of landscaping.
During his treatment for PTSD, Tony felt that the services provided by VicPol provided medical assistance, but fell short in providing a service where sufferers can meet with the common goal of gardening.
Tony has established a charity called Y Not Try, who's objectives are:
  • Support emergency service members & 000 callers, suffering PTSD
  • Assist by providing physical, emotional, spiritual & mental healing
  • Raise awareness of PTSD at the highest levels
  • Teach PTSD sufferers new skills in gardening and plants
  • Help PTSD sufferers who can't leave there homes
Through the support of City of Werribee, Y Not Try has leased a 10 acre garden in Canning Rd Tarneit, which has been operational for 3 weeks. The farm/garden:
  • Provides a place where people can connect with other PTSD sufferers
  • Learn about horticulture, maintenance & landscaping
  • Interact with animals on the property
  • Become involved in the various programs offered.



Tuesday 21 November
Cheryl Lardner is CEO and Co-founder of Wishkeeper, an Australian Digital Service Provider (DSP) that helps you and your family be prepared for life’s unexpected moments, and emergency planning and store and share your end-of-life wishes.
Her professional background includes working in commercial photography and the broadcast industry. Cheryl is also the Director of Cherry Bamboo, a Customer Experience Consultancy and is a trained facilitator who runs business workshops and strategic planning days.
Cheryl will be sharing with us why she and her partner David created Wishkeeper, how it works and how it can help you live a more present and fulfilling life.
Tuesday 28 November
Professor Vasso or one of her staff, and the RC of Werribee AGM
Tuesday 12 December
Christmas Dinner at the Bridge Hotel Werribee


Breakfast Club Roster
Tues 21/11 - Jane Larkin & John Campbell
Wed 22/11 - Terry Argent & Therese Gatto
Thurs 23/11 - Kathryn Williams & Alison Taverner
Tues 28/11 - Margaret & Kevin Cunningham
Wed 29/11 - Graham Roper & John Campbell
Thurs 30/11 - Anne Randall & Jane Flynn
District Conference 2024
The next District 9800 Conference will be held in Bendigo from 12-14 April 2024.
Put the dates in your diary, and hopefully Werribee will be well represented again. Pres Kim will make some enquiries for an accommodation venue, and a club dinner venue.
The District 9800 website has just posted the prices, and early bird discounts.
Rotary Regionalisation Project Update
Alphabet Racing

As the field sweeps around the far bend, the pace-setter Killer Conley is bearing his molars to the breeze and snorting "I'm in front. Catch me if you can". But while he has a handy lead, the gap is closing as his pursuers start smelling the sweet scent of success. They are coming fast.

In second place, 9 lengths behind, is Oh What A Knight who seems to have found a second wind and is confident that he can catch the cocky Killer.

But there's another forgotten and formidable foe who has found his way forward. After a wonderful weekend performance, Bend De Knees has breezed his way through the field with ease. He gained a total of 14 points including 11 at Rosehill Gardens which won him the weekly award of $20. He narrowly beat the hot horse Barbie Q who sizzled along and burnt off her opponents to take 10 much-needed points.

At Flemington, the inaugural winner of this prestigious race, Galloping Gail, gave us a glimpse of her greater glory by winning the $20 prize. She picked up 9 points and was able to hold off a trio of tough troopers, Filthy Phil, Rudolph Ballantino and Graham the Groper.

Another eye-catching run came from the 4th placed Rockin' Robyn who is bopping along while her fans are singing her song.

She is followed by the ever-improving Busy Lizzie. If you listen closely, you can just hear her jockey urging her on.

And what about those at the back of the bunch? Unless fate intervenes, their dreams are extreme and are rapidly turning into nightmarish screams. (Apologies to Shakespeare)



District 9800 Newsletter
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Member Birthdays
Lyn Fava
November 14
Wendy Roper
November 25
Ian Hovey
December 2
Andi Barnfield
December 30
Paula Kudi
December 30
Spouse Birthdays
Lyn Fava
November 14
Wendy Roper
November 25
Glenyce Deneys
November 26
Micki Hovey
December 30
Geoff Smith
Lexie Smith
November 10
James Randall
Anne Randall
November 26
Join Date
Jeff Garfield
November 1, 1978
45 years
Peter Ross OAM
November 1, 1977
46 years
Steve Evans
December 1, 1994
29 years
Geoff Smith
December 31, 1999
24 years
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