Werribee South
Hi all. 
After a short medical layoff, I’m now back in action and ready to end the Rotary year with a bang.

Last Tuesday, we hosted a Youth Mental Health Forum at the Werribee Football Club for two local under-18 football teams. We had about 60 boys attending plus 12 Rotarians and friends. There were three excellent speakers who were able to relate their own personal stories about overcoming adversity through their own determination and with the help of friends and family.

It's always difficult to measure the success or otherwise of such a forum because, while the boys listened, they didn’t express any opinions or ask any questions. Let’s just hope it hit the spot and that, if they are experiencing any anxious and dark moments, they can reach out for help.

My special thanks to Peter Sandlant for his mighty efforts in organising the forum.

Peter has also organised an under-18 football game to be played at Chirnside Park on Saturday afternoon between Hoppers Crossing and Werribee. If you have some spare time between 3:00 and 6:30, please come along to the match. They are playing for the Werribee Rotary Beyond Blue Cup. It should be a cracker-jack game.

Our guest speaker next week will be George Petrou who recently spoke at Wyndham Rotary. They regarded him as one of the most inspirational speakers they have heard.
George is a renowned Melbourne artist who is a successful graphic designer and acclaimed portrait artist. George also assists in supporting the interests and welfare of ex-servicemen and women, their families, and dependents. 
In June 2020 he was awarded an OAM for “Services to the Visual Arts and to Veterans”, and in the same year, he released The Art Of Sacrifice – a haunting and poignant exploration of a spirit like no other: the Anzac Spirit.
George’s portraits proudly hang in museums in France, Government House Canberra, and a range of military institutions across Australia.

I look forward to your company next week.

This weeks Mental Health Forum at Werribee Football Club was well attended. The boys from Hoppers Crossing and Werribee Districts football, listened to three speakers.
  1. Conner Thar, a Werribee Footballer Conner told us of the highs and lows of trying to become an elite footballer, from missing being drafted to an AFL club, and then some serious injuries that have prevented him playing at lower levels.
  2. Nick Coughlan - the current captain of VFL side Werribee. Nick also talked about the highs and lows, from being drafted to St Kilda, then being delisted. He also spoke of his personel setbacks, before coming to Werribee.
  3. Michael Martin is a sports psychologist who has worked with a number of elite sporting organisations including Cricket Australia, AFL clubs, & NRL clubs, where he is currently working with Brisbane Broncos. Mick's story was very powerful, and challenged the 'boys' to set goals that are above their current level of achievement.
Well done Peter Sandlant who organised the night.
Next Week at Rotary
Beyond Blue Cup
Come along to the Werribee Football Ground at 3.00pm this Saturday 20th May, and watch the Under 18 boys from Hoppers Crossing District & Werribee District, play for the Beyond Blue Cup.
Tuesday 23/5 at Bridge Hotel
Our guest speaker is George Petrou. He is a renowned Melbourne artist & graphic designer.
George is also a patron of TPI Victoria, and is passionate about supporting the interests and welfare of ex-serviceman & women.
We hear that George is an excellent speaker, so we hope for a good turnup of members and partners.
Werribee Rotary Footy Tipping - Round 9
Round 9 saw a couple of turn-ups with most tippers getting 6 or 7 winners.
Ten tippers managed to get 7 winners - Ann, Christine, Daide, Floreat, Pres Hoves, Lee, Mezza, Rick, Ross C & Ross S.
Nobody tipped Richmond to beat Geelong (including Graham Roper), so the $10 jackpots until next week, when we will be playing for $20 if you get the right margin between Port Adelaide & Melbourne.
After nine rounds the leaderboard is
  • Ross S - 61 winners
  • Ann & Brian - 59 points
  • Christine, Floreat, Liz & Ross C - 57 points



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.


Rob Fava's New Email Address

Please change Rob's email address in your computer & phone to :



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. 

Andi needs some names for the roster ASAP.

Please let her know if you can do:

9.30 - 11.30

11.30 - 1.30

1.30 to 3.30



Breakfast club for term 2.

Tues 23/5 - Norm & Margaret Johnson

Wed 24/5 - Jane Larkin & Graham Roper

Thurs 25/5 - Kim & Glenyce Deneys

Tues 30/5 - Theresa Gatto & Terry Argent

Wed 31/5 - Ross & Ann Smith

Thurs 1/6 - Trish & Nils Vejby


The Bingo Roster is:

May 22/5 - Peter Sandlant & Jim Randall

May 29/5 - Jess & Mary

June 5/6 - Kim & Rob

Monday 15/5 saw 100 players & a profit of $1,050


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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