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Werribee, VIC 3030
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Welcome to Vasileios (Vas) Samaltanos, our newest Member!
At this meeting it was my honour to induct Vas into the Rotary Club of Werribee.
In the long history of our Club, this was a truly unique Induction Ceremony. For the first time ever it was conducted in the virtual world, with all of our members, partners and friends watching from their own homes.
Thank you to Vas’ son Pablos, who had the very important role of presenting his father with the Meeting Badge and pinning on the Rotary lapel badge.
As a member of the Membership team, Colin Muir introduced Vas to the Club, giving an outline of Vas’ background and the experiences he can bring to the Club. Colin will be Vas’s mentor as he settles into the Club.
Vasileios, on behalf of all our Club members, welcome to Werribee Rotary!  
DG Philip Archer and AG Amritpal Singh Joined us
It is always a real pleasure to have DG Philip Archer and AG Amritpal Singh visiting our Club meetings.
Early in the meeting DG Philip spoke about the achievements of Werribee Rotary and its members, and congratulated the Club on its Charter Anniversary.
DG Philip said that since becoming DG, the weekly District NETWORKER has included two articles about the Club plus a profile of PDG Ian Knight. Thankyou Philip for enabling the Club to be promoted so well in the District.
We Celebrated our 52nd Charter Anniversary!
During the meeting we celebrated the Rotary Club of Werribee being Chartered on August 16, 1968. It was wonderful to have two of our original Charter members present with us – Tino Ballan and PDG Ian Knight.
The Toast to the Club was proposed by Roland Wade. Roly is a senior member of the Club who has given wonderful service over many years and is held in very high regard by all of us. In proposing the Toast, Roly mentioned several of the memorable projects the Club has undertaken over many years. Happy Anniversary Werribee Rotary!
Promoting Werribee Rotary
Each week Anne Randall is placing new items about the Club on our Facebook page:
In addition, Ian Hovey has been adding new content to the Club’s Website:
You are encouraged to visit these sites – if you wish, please Like or Forward!
Chirnside Cluster Clubs Combined Meeting on Wed, Sept 9
The 5 Rotary Clubs in the Chirnside Cluster will be having a combined Zoom meeting with DG Philip Archer on Wed, Sept 9, starting at 6.30 pm.
The meeting host will be Wyndham Rotary, and the Zoom link to the meeting will be emailed to everyone beforehand.
Our normal Zoom meeting for Tues Sept 8 is cancelled and will be replaced by the Cluster Meeting on Wed, Sept 9.  I hope that all of the Werribee members will be able to join in with the other Rotarians for this SUPER Cluster Club Meeting.
Membership Fees Now Due
By now all members should have received the invoice for the 1st Installment Club Dues of $190. Members are asked to pay this as soon as convenient, using the bank deposit details set out on the invoice.
The 2nd Installment invoice will be sent to members early in 2021. The Board will be looking to see if it may be possible to make a reduction in the 2nd installment of $190.
Enjoy the week ahead everyone,
This Week on Zoom
This week on Zoom, our guest speaker was Teresa Sfetkidis - Chairman of Luv-a-Duck, who told us a unique story of the family business that started in 1958.
Teresa's father Art Shoppee started the business in Nhill, where he started breeding chickens, but found the supply of chickens difficult, and got 20 ducks instead. He commenced supplying restaurants in Adelaide, but quickly expanded to Melbourne, where he purchased a shop in the Albert Park area.
Every bit of money they made was re-invested back into the business. In the 80's they diversified into pheasants, guinea fowl, and rare chicken varieties, which didnt work, and nearly sent the business broke.
Since 2010, the focus of the business was to concentrate on duck production, through the introduction of automation & technology. Most no core business functions have been outsourced to third party specialists.
The business operates from premises in Port Melbourne supplying restaurants, supermarkets, airlines & businesses Australia wide.
From humble beginnings in 1958 with 20 ducks, the business now processes 120,000 ducks a week. Art's motto was "Don't Quit", and the following poem is adopted by the business.
Don't Quit
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will
When the road you are trudging seems all uphill
When the funds are low & the debts are high
And you want to smile but you have to sigh
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must but do not quit
Life is queer with its twists and turns
As everyone of us sometimes learns
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won, if he stuck it out
Don't give up though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint & faltering man
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victors cup
And her learned too late when the night came down
How close he was to the golden crown
Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems so far
So stick to the fight when youre hardest hit
Its when things seem worst that you must not quit.
Message from RI President Holger Knaack

Greetings, fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors!

I am so honored to serve as your president this year. We have important work ahead of us at Rotary, and we are going to have a lot of fun as we do it.

Last year, we launched our five-year Action Plan to build a stronger future for Rotary. We are working to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt. The last several months have shown that we — as Rotarians and Rotaractors — can realize these goals as we forge a new path for the future.

Without question, COVID-19 has posed new and previously unimaginable challenges for Rotary. But within every challenge is perhaps an even greater opportunity. And while I could not have known what lay ahead when I selected my theme for the year, Rotary Opens Opportunities has even greater relevance as we begin our new Rotary year.

I am incredibly inspired by how our members have adapted and responded to COVID-19. This global pandemic has made it difficult for many of our clubs to operate as usual, but we persevered, and over the past few months, I’ve enjoyed connecting with my fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors in a new way: by visiting hundreds of clubs from my home. It’s been fun to attend so many meetings virtually. If you haven’t already, I encourage your club to try an online meeting or add an online component, like hosting a guest speaker from a Rotary or Rotaract club located in a different part of the world.

As we build a stronger future for our organization, it’s good that we are reaching out to new people and introducing them to Rotary. It’s important that our clubs reflect the communities we serve. More diverse voices in our clubs and in our leadership will help Rotary stay in touch with a changing world.

So let’s find every opportunity to show we value each and every member. Let’s seize this moment to build on what we’ve learned, to embrace our new reality, to welcome new faces, and to find additional ways to shine. This is how we will have a continuing impact on the world. And if you need assistance along the way, Rotary offers many resources that can help you reach your goals.

Rotary means different things in different parts of the world, but we are all united by our core values and by The Four-Way Test. Rotary may change, but our values remain constant.

I look forward to hearing about how you’re finding new opportunities to engage and make an impact in your club and community. Rotary Opens Opportunities, both for the people we serve and for ourselves.

Thank you.

Holger Knaack
RI President, 2020-21
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Only one birthday to celebrate this week.
Christine Evans on 25.08.2020 (I think it might be a special one to??)
Happy birthday Christine.
Next Week - 25.08.2020 at 6.45pm
Our guest speaker will be Rhonda Paice, the owner of Williamstown Travel.
Rhonda was initially reluctant to talk to us, as she said the travel industry news is just too depressing, but we all want to travel again, and she might have a "few gems" for us to consider, for when we are allowed out of the Leper Colony.
Other Business
Cut Giggle & Sew
Mary and her team have delivered 70 masks to Uniting Care Werribee, and another 200 will be ready to go to Uniting Care & The Salvation Army tomorrow.
Fantastic effort team. Well done.
Werribee Council have have asked us to provide a washing machine to a local family in need. WERN are going to supply a machine, and the club will pick it up & deliver it.
RIP - Roy Sturgess
Past Werribee Rotary member Roy Sturgess passed away last Saturday night at the Wyndham Lodge Nursing Home. Our thought go to the Sturgess family. (Not sure if this is Covid related as Wyndham Lodge had 60 or so Covid cases)
Social Media
Anne Randall is doing a great job keeping our social media up to date. She puts our bulletin online each week (she had to learn to get the link herself, as I kept forgetting to send it too her)
Well done Anne. Don't forgot to check our social media, and "like" our posts.
Guest speakers
Everyone knows someone with an interesting story to tell. Pass them onto Ian Hovey so we can follow them up to speak to us on Zoom at a later date.
Rotary Zone 8 Conference
The Zone 8 Conference will be held over the weekend 19-20 September as a Zoom Conference.
There is a huge range of very good speakers, and you need to register.
Good Old Coronavirus
Footy Tipping
Round 12 – to 17th August 2020
This Week
Total after 12 rounds
Tony Todaro $10 – nearest margin
Tony Todaro
Ross Conley
Ian Hovey
Manly (Peter Ross)
Ian Hovey
    Tony Todaro
Who's Sticks? Any chance we could use peoples names, so we know who is who?
Dictator Dan
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Member Birthdays
Adrian Burt
August 14
Ross Conley
August 27
Roland Wade
August 31
Mary Macaulay
September 29
Spouse Birthdays
Barbara Purdy
August 14
Christine Evans
August 25
Maria Todaro
September 20
Tino Ballan
Robyn Ballan
August 1
Jason Daddy
Therese Daddy
September 14
Roland Wade
Margaret Wade
September 26
Lyn Fava
Rob Fava
September 27
Rob Fava
Lyn Fava
September 27
Join Date
Enzo Maddalon
August 1, 1989
31 years
Adrian Burt
August 2, 2016
4 years
Lyn Fava
August 12, 2008
12 years
Ian Knight OAM
August 16, 1968
52 years
Tino Ballan
August 16, 1968
52 years
District 9800
Networker Weekly Newsletter
Including article on Werribee Rotary & article on I Knight
Werribee Rotary Bingo
No commencement date advised as yet.
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