The gate house at Werribee Mansion
President Graham Roper


9th April

6:30 for 6:45pm


Italian Social Club

601 Heaths Rd




Brian Ahmed



Mary Macaulay

Lyn Fava



Ross Conley

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
Apr 09, 2019
Update on the Tamarind Community Farm in Uganda
Apr 23, 2019
Think Pink
Apr 30, 2019
Overseas Kids Foundation
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Member Birthdays
Steve Evans
April 18
Spouse Birthdays
Pam Garfield
April 20
Karen Sandlant
April 26
Kathryn Williams
Nathan Williams
April 7
Tony Todaro
Maria Todaro
April 8
Steve Evans
Christine Evans
April 22
Join Date
Colin Muir
April 1, 1993
26 years
Peter Sandlant
April 1, 1993
26 years
Tom Lentini
April 1, 1976
43 years
Philip Purdy
April 12, 2000
19 years
Jason Daddy
April 19, 2016
3 years
Kathryn Williams
April 19, 2016
3 years
Marty Vaina
April 19, 2016
3 years
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Rotary Club of Laverton Point Cook
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Ian Hovey

Chris Ochaya, our Royce and Jean Abbey scholarship recipient in 2017, is back in Australia for a short time to visit friends and family.

He will provide us with an update on the amazing progress and future plans of his Tamarind community farm in Uganda.

Another highlight of the evening will be a cheque presentation to Yvonne Moon from ROCAN (Rotary Against Ovarian Cancer).

Partners are very welcome to attend.



Based on his presentation, our newest member, Carlo Vimercati, has had a lifetime of very interesting trials and tribulations.

Giancarlo Vimercati, better known as Carlo, was born in Northern Italy on May 3, 1951. He had a number of health issues during the early years. Immediately after his birth, the doctors diagnosed him as a "blue" baby and didn't expect him to live. But with a strong spirit that followed him throughout his life, he survived this first challenge.

Then, at the age of 6, he was diagnosed with polio. This meant a stay of 2 months in a Milan hospital where he was injected with a new experimental drug every day for 40 days. In the end, the medical people decided that it wasn't polio. But more bad news was to follow. They decided that he had Hepatitis B and further medication was administered. It took another 20 years before he discovered that this was also a false alarm.

During his early years, Carlo's grandparents looked after him while his mother and father worked at a nearby factory. He spent the first 4 years of his school life in a Salesian College. Then, in 1963 at the age of 12, he and his family migrated to South Africa. His parents bought a restaurant and Carlo went to a local high school. He obtained a Diesel Mechanic certificate which led to a part-time university course in Mechanical Engineering. At the same time, he commenced his working life which took him to many parts of Southern Africa. By 1972, he had been appointed as Workshop Manager, a job that would not normally be given to a man of his young years. The highlight of his short career to this time, was working on a major project known as the "Orange-Fish Tunnel".

In 1973, his life turned ninety degrees. The Middle East War broke out. Many of his friends were Jewish and they left to join the Israeli army. Carlo was asked to join them, not to fight but to help by using his diesel mechanic experience. However, by the time he reached Israel, the war was virtually over although it was the start of things to come for a career in the defence forces. 

Read more........


Thanks to Adrian Burt, Bakers Delight in Hoppers Crossing would like to offer us the opportunity to purchase yummy Hot Cross Buns and, at the same time, make some money for the club.

For every 6-pack of buns that we order, Bakers Delight will donate $1.50 to the club.

Click here to download the order form, fill in the details and then return it to Adrian at next week's meeting (9th April). The fresh buns can then be picked up at our meeting on Tuesday 16th April.

As this is a fund raiser for the club, don't forget to ask your family and friends for their order as well.



There is a race meeting being held on Friday 26th April at the Werribee Racing Club. It is a day designed to recognise the fantastic contribution that our community clubs make to the people of Wyndham. This specific race meeting will provide an opportunity for clubs from throughout the region to come together and enjoy a wonderful day at the races.

Click here to view a flyer of the event.




In conjunction with Wyndham City Council, we will be conducting a Community Tree Planting day on Sunday 19th May. A total of 1454 trees will be planted. So it is a bigger exercise than our previous project where we planted 700 trees. That's why we are advertising it as a community event where we are asking for support from the people of Wyndham.

Click here to see the poster which will be displayed on various street notice boards.


IN BRIEF........
  • Footy Tipping - Ross Conley took out the Round 2 weekly prize. He selected Collingwood to beat Richmond and had the closest winning margin. It's a family affair at the top with both Ross and Christine leading the way with a total of 12 wins in 2 games. Jim Randall is second with 11 wins.

  • Sadly, our scheduled vocational visit to the Bone Marrow Donor Institute on Tuesday 16th April has been cancelled due to a lack of interest. We will now meet at the Italian Sports Club.

  • There are a couple of Bunnings BBQ's coming up soon that will require our support:

    • Thursday 18th April

    • Monday 22nd April (Easter Monday)

Please contact Geoff Smith if you can help.

  • On Tuesday 14th May, we will be having a vocational visit to the Werribee Veterinary Hospital, 250 Princes Highway, Werribee.

  • On Monday 27th May, we will be having a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing at the Italian Sports Club. This will enable us to be part of the Bingo session on that night.

  • Peter Ross introduced Ali Afzal to the club at last Tuesday's meeting. Ali has expressed an interest in becoming a member. He is originally from Afghanistan but has been in Australia for the last 30 years. Ali works for Ray White Real Estate. He is married with 2 children, a daughter who is at university and a son who attends Werribee Secondary College. He was involved in Rotary in his home country and has been an active contributor in local school and community groups. He wants to continue this theme by becoming a Rotarian. Here is a photo of Ali and Peter.

  • A few hardy members and partners volunteered their services last Sunday morning to cook and serve bacon and egg rolls at the Relay for Life event. Despite the gross underestimation of the number of people who wanted a hot breakfast and the extra number of rush trips to the supermarket for more eggs, bacon and rolls, it turned out to be a very successful morning which raised $850. The money will be donated back to Relay for Life as our way of supporting the Cancer Council. Special thanks to Roly Wade, Ross Smith, Barb Purdy, Mary Macaulay, Phil Purdy, Lou Dowling and Ian Hovey for volunteering their time. We also appreciated the donation of eggs and bread rolls from Brian Ahmed and Adrian Burt. Here is a photo of the team hard at work.



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