Canola field at Little River


At this stage, there will be no guest speaker next week. But this may change. Watch out for further advice from President Ross.


On Sunday 29th April, a large contingent of Werribee Rotarians and family members rolled up to a location in Heaths Road, Werribee with shovels and hammers to plant 750 trees. This was part of Rotary International's challenge to plant 1.2 million trees by Earth Day.

The challenge was for all Rotary clubs around the world to plant one tree for every member. Werribee Rotary decided to do better than that and plant a tree for every year of service of all members in the club. The club has 36 members with a total of 750 years of service. Therefore, the aim was to plant 750 trees and, after much back-breaking work, the goal was achieved in 3 hours. A fantastic team effort by everyone.

Chief organisers Jason Daddy and Kathryn Williams deserve credit for planning such a great day. But every participant should be very proud of their contribution to greening the world.

Click here to see photos of the day.



Faye Juetz has been a member of Zonta International for 29 years. She belongs to the Melbourne West club which has about 14 members.

Zonta was founded in Buffalo, New York in 1919. They will be celebrating their centenary next year at the international convention in Brisbane. Faye's club was chartered in 1981. They were initially based in Footscray but have since moved around a bit to other suburbs including Williamstown and Yarraville. They are now based in Altona but are currently looking for another home.

Like Rotary, Zonta's common goal is to provide service to local and international communities. But they focus on supporting women. Their theme is "Empowering Women Through Service and Advocacy". Their vision is a world where women's rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential.

Some of their key projects are:

  • Assembling birthing kits for women in developing countries.
  • Making Breast Cushions which are crescent shaped pillows designed for protection and comfort after breast surgery.
Other projects that they are involved in include:
  • Victoria Police workshops which challenge perceptions regarding family violence.
  • Assisting refugee women who settle in the Wyndham region.
  • Establishing a Wyndham "Coffee n Chat" group for conversational English.
  • "You the Man" theatre-based education program to raise awareness of dating violence and bystander intervention.
  • Supporting the defibulation program at the Royal Women's Hospital which treats female genital cutting.
  • An international women's day walk as part of "Zonta Says No" campaign.

The Rotary in Action event, to be held at the Encore Events Centre this Sunday (6th May) from 10AM to 12PM, is a joint initiative between the four Rotary clubs in the Chirnside Cluster. Attendees will hear about how Rotary is taking action to make a positive difference in supporting communities around the world and in Wyndham.

Numbers are a bit light on so it would be great if you could support the hard-working team of organisers.

Click here to register. The cost is only $25 per person.

Click here to visit the Rotary in Action Wyndham 2018 Facebook page.

Click here to view a flyer of the event.



On Tuesday May 15th, our Rotary meeting will be held at Chirnsides by the River function room which is part of the recently-completed Werribee Football Club facility.

There will be a walk-through of the new building during the meeting.

The cost will be $32 per person. Partners are welcome to attend.

If you haven't already indicated your intention to attend or not, please let President Ross know as soon as possible.



The Rotarian Action Group for Multiple Sclerosis Awareness (RAGMSA) is organising the 2018 Global MS Lunch on Sunday 27th May.

The details of this important function are:

  • Location: Highfield Estate, 330 Barringa Road, New Gisborne

  • Time: 1pm for 1:30pm

  • Cost: $50 per person which covers a 2-course lunch, tea, coffee and a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival

  • Drinks: At bar prices

  • Guest Speakers:

    • Prof Trevor Kilpatrick (MS Research Status)

    • Amanda Wendt (My Rotary)

    • Amanda Campbell (Living with MS)

There will also be entertainment, an auction, door prizes and a raffle.

If you would like to go, please RSVP by 22nd May to Diana Taurins on 0419 564 389 or email

WEAR SOMETHING RED in support of MS.



You are invited to join District Governor Peter Frueh and Anne and District Governor Elect Bronwyn Stephens and Mark for the District 9800 Changeover lunch at “The International” in Brighton on Sunday 3rd June.  

This year the Changeover will be celebrating our District and all that we have achieved together – Rotarians and Clubs, with assistance and support from the District Leadership Team. 

There will be fun, special projects and Rotarians honoured.

Entertainment will be supplied by our own sensational “Barking Dogs” with Sue Foley. So bring your dancing shoes.

Dress to impress but don’t feel the need to be uncomfortable.

In true Rotary style, there will be funding opportunities for two projects of $1,000 each. Submit a short, informal project plan, register a table of 10 before May 18th and be ready to claim the prize and announce the project to all our District Rotary friends. You could even gain support from other Clubs and possibly receive a Foundation District Grant.

Click here to view a flyer of the event.

Book now at


IN BRIEF........
  • Our deepest sympathies go to Rob and Lyn Fava and family. Rob's father passed away in Manor Court on Tuesday evening.

  • Also sincere condolences to Therese, Jason and Charlotte Daddy. Therese's father passed away in Ireland late last week.

  • Our club changeover will be held on Tuesday 26th June. Further details to be supplied soon. For now, just lock it in your social calendar.

  • Our 50th Charter Anniversary is on 18th August and it will be held at the Werribee Racing Club. Our guest speaker will be Ian Riseley who is currently the Rotary International President. This is a major milestone for the club and we are expecting a large turnout of current and past members and partners as well as Rotarians from other clubs.

  • The District Assembly will be held on Sunday May 20 at Tabcorp Park in Melton. This is an opportunity for incoming Board members to join President Elect Graham Roper to gain fresh ideas about their specific portfolio and to connect with other Rotarians in the District prior to the start of the new Rotary year.

  • Footy Tipping - Marty Vaina and Ian Hovey have hit the lead after six rounds. They each have 38 winners but Tony Todaro is nipping at their heels with 37.

  • Our exchange student, Andrea Fredskild, has just returned from her trip to Central Australia and other places around Australia. She was with a group of about 40 exchange students. She said she had a great time. One of the highlights was flying over Ayers Rock in a helicopter. Here are a few of the photos that she took on her trip.



President Ross Conley


8th May

6:30 for 6:45PM


Italian Sports Club

601 Heaths Rd







Enzo Maddalon

Michael Redding



Kathryn Williams

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
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May 14
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