Werribee South
Hello everyone. 

Thanks very much to president elect Kim, who got the late call up to fill in for me at this weeks meeting.
I have been diagnosed with Cellulitis in my leg, which will keep me laid up for quite a few more days, while the drugs work their magic.
Micki is doing a wonderful job, looking after me 24/7.
Pres Ian
This weeks at Rotary, our guest speaker was Abdi Hassan.
Michael Redding heard Abdi speak at a RC of Flemington meeting, and got him to tell his story to us.
Somalia has essentially been made up of 'clans' for hundreds of years. These clans are usually family or ancestory based. The four major clans are Hawiye, Dirwein, Koofur Orsi and Darood. As there was no legal system in Somalia, all disputes were resolved by the clans, or by the 'law of the gun'.
Since 1997 when Somalia gained independance, Somalia has achieved recognition on the world stage. A transitional Ferderal Government was formed on the early 2000's, and was replaced on August 2012 by The Federal Government of Somalia. They have a seat at the United Nations and are recognised by many overseas countries. There is still an insurgency occuring in the South, who are not happy with the government. Sharia law is essentially the legal system of Somalia.
Abdi came to Australia in 1997, and now lives in Truganina with his wife & 4 children. He describes his arrival in Australia as a cultural shock. The climate was cold and he couldn't speak English, which made integration to Aust very difficult. He spent most of his time learning English and was able to get work. He studied at University and achieved a Master of Business. He was employed as a University lecturer from 2007 till 2016.
The Sick List
PE Kim sent the clubs best wishes to Pres Ian & Andi Barnfield who are on the sick list.
Changeover from Pres Ian to Pres Elect Kim
Changeover will take place on Sunday 9th July at 2.00pm
The afternoon will be a Hi-Tea, with cakes, sandwich's, tea & coffee etc.
Venue - Garden Feast Cafe, at Grevillia Nursery, Railway Ave, Werribee.
Keep the date free.
Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)
This years RYLA camp will take place from 3rd to 9th December at Camp Getaway Bendigo.
RYLA is an intensive leadership experience for young adults between the ages of 17 & 23. Attendees will develop their skills as a leader and develop friendships and connections. If you know someone between 17 and 23 who would benefit by improving their leadership skills, speak to Pres Ian or PE Kim. Werribee Rotary will sponsor one or two students, so there will be no cost to the students.
View the following link to view the RYLA video.  View the video.
Next Week at Rotary - 16.05.2023 
This week Tuesday 16.05.2023 there will be no meeting at the Bridge Hotel, but members are encouraged to come to the Youth Mental Health Forum at the Werribee Football Club from 6.30pm.
Speakers on the night will be Nick Coughlan - Captain WFC, Conner Thar, and Mick Martyn.
Please let Peter Sandlant know if you are coming.
Werribee Rotary Footy Tipping - Round 8
Round 8 was another pretty easy round for tippers. Graham got the $10 for nearest the pin, with 6 points from the correct margin.
Eight tippers managed to get 9 out of 9, and all get a bonus point.
Ann, Brian, Daide, Exo, Liz, Ross S, Sunliner & Tiger.
Another 6 got 8 out of 9 - Floreat, Mezza, Phil, Rick, Rob & Ross C.
After eight rounds the leaderboard is
  • Brian & Ross S - 54 winners
  • Ann - 52 points
  • Liz - 51 points



Don't forget that WERN is constant need of new stock to pass on to those in need. Make sure your friends and neighbours are aware of WERN, and give us a call if you have something to donate.

Click this link to view list of goods WERN can take.



District 9800 is holding a Gala Dinner on Thursday 1st June from 6.30pm.

Guest speakers at the dinner will be Rotary World President Jennifer Jones, and Lord Mayor Sally Capp.

Details are available at



One of the delegate functions during the World Conference, is "A Night at the MCG"

Click link for details


Bunnings BBQ 

The next BBQ is Thurs 25/5/2023. 



Breakfast club for term 2.

Tues 16/5 - Michael Redding & Jane Larkin

Wed 17/5 - Graham Roper & Alison Tavener

Thurs 18/5 - Kathryn Williams & Theresa Daddy

Tues 23/5 - Norm & Margaret Johnson

Wed 24/5 - Jane Larkin & Graham Roper

Thurs 25/5 - Kim & Glenyce Deneys


The Bingo Roster is:

May 15/5 - Ross & Ann Smith

May 22/5 - Peter Sandlant & Jim Randall


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.


District 9800 Networker Newsletter - Issue 9
Clink the link below to view.



Member Birthdays
Jeff Garfield
May 14
James Randall
May 24
Spouse Birthdays
Lynne Dowling
May 26
Margaret Wade
May 27
Christine Conley
May 28
Elizabeth Ross
June 18
Kim Deneys
Glenyce Deneys
May 3
Brian Ahmed
Nuge Ahmed
June 6
Ross Smith
Ann Smith
June 26
Join Date
Christopher Ochaya
June 1, 2019
4 years
Ian Hovey
June 1, 1987
36 years
Lou Dowling
June 1, 1988
35 years
Jerestene Saher
June 15, 2021
2 years
Brian Ahmed
June 20, 2006
17 years
Ross Conley
June 28, 2011
12 years
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