Ison House - Bulban Rd. One of Werribee's earliest homes.
Presidents Message:
Tonight our club had the honour of welcoming our DG Dale Hoy and his wife Maureen to the meeting. Prior to the meeting members of the Board met with DG Dale and to outline the clubs projects for the 2021-22 Rotary Year.  
We were also joined by Glenyce Deneys, Margaret Wade and Robyn Ballan, and Assistant Governor Amrit Singh. It was also good to see Tino Ballan and Jerestene Saher at our meeting.
On Wednesday I will have the pleasure of presenting $1,000 worth of Bunnings vouchers to Baptcare Wyndham Lodge. This donation will allow Baptcare to purchase items for their new residents garden.
Bingo continued on Monday night with 92 players in attendance raising a profit of $1,123. Thank you Rob  and Lyn Fava for their help on the night.

Our Christmas function will be held on Tuesday the 14th December at Chirnsides by the River. The cost will be $65 a head for a 3 course meal and entertainment.

Please deposit your $65pp into the Members Account prior to the night, so we don't have to collect money on the night. (BSB 633 000 - A/C 155 820 533 - Ref "Your Name".

Father Christmas will also be in attendance. If you have not indicated that you are coming please advise me ASAP.


We have room for 10 Friends of Rotary to attend our Xmas function, first in best dressed. Please advise me by Friday 3rd December at if interested.

Our first meeting in 2022 will be on the 11th January, this will be a social evening at Robyn and Tino Ballans house.
I will close with a thought for the week: If they respect you respect them. If they disrespect you respect them. Do not lower your integrity for anyone.



THIS WEEK AT ROTARY - 30.11.2021
District Governor Visit
This week the club welcomed our District Governor Dale Hoy and his wife Maureen.
Dale has been a member of Brighton Rotary since 2004.
DG Dale met with the Board prior to the meeting, to discuss common issues, and to provide the support of the resources of D9800.
We were joined at the meeting by partners Robyn Ballan, Glenys Deneys, Margaret Wade, and Assistant Governor Amrit Singh.
DG Dale was born in Warnambool, before moving to Melbourne to undertake his studies. On the completion of his studies he joined Price Waterhouse Coopers, before heading overseas. He worked in the UK for a couple of years, before setting up a Consulting business in Indonesia, that he ran for 10 years.
Dale explained the operations of District 9800, and some of the services that are available to support clubs. 
NEXT WEEK - Tuesday 7th December
Next Tuesday night we have a terrific guest speaker, Sal Perna AM. See below for his details.
His presentation will cover the major parts of his career (Policing/Homicide investigation) + Australia Post + Telstra + Racing Integrity Commissioner and, as such, is entitled “From Murder to Mail: Mobiles to Mounting Yards”.  
If you are unable to attend but want to view the meeting on Zoom, call Ian Hovey who will send you a Zoom Invitation
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Version seven has arrived.


After a super scintillating sprint with the letter 'S' at Caulfield, punters are asking if Lady Wade's performance was just a flash in the pan or whether she can sustain her effort for the next 5 furlongs. She now sits in third place, 8 lengths behind the leader, after she collected 18 points including 14 points at Caulfield which earned her the $15 prize.
Our leader Mr Sandlant picked up 5 points and is still in front by one length from Mad Dog Muir whose jockey put new batteries in his saddle bags. He gained 13 big points during the two race meetings. As they charge towards the finish line, the two leaders are likely to battle it out for the coveted Alphabet Cup. As they sit on the edge of their seats, the crowd are in for a treat as they contemplate the prospect of another dead heat.
In Sydney, the fields were decimated by a week of heavy rain which saw many scratchings. But, despite the soggy and boggy track, the doggy dame Nothin' Like a Dane, who is just going through the motions, put her future potential on display with a withering burst of speed which earned her the $15 prize. And good old Galloping Gail showed some of her past glory with two consistent runs at both tracks which gained her 9 points. She won't win but she's not giving in.
The big question is whether some of the closer contenders can catch the leaders. Time will tell if The Egg Man, Snapper Steve, Rob the Boxer, Filthy Phil or Demon Ann can bridge the gap. No doubt they will be trying to furiously fly forward to feature at the front.

Stuck at the back of the field is Rudolph Ballantino who is bogged to the axles and can't go anywhere. But he has some fine weather ahead which may help to get him out of the mud and to resurrect his pride.


The City of Wyndham are naming a number bridges within the municipality, after citizens who have contributed to the community. Our great mate, the late Nino Arrigo has been nominated, as one of three people for the Derrimut Road Bridge near Tarneit Station. The winners are being determined by a public vote.
Show your support for Nino, by clicking on the link below, and registering a vote. Voting is still open.


Guest Speakers

Everyone knows someone with an interesting story to tell. Please pass their details on to Brian Ahmed so we can follow them up to speak to us in person or on Zoom at a later date.

Ian Knight

Ian is in the Alfred Hospital, as a result of a bowel bleed on the weekend. He is expected to be allowed back home in a few days. Get well soon Ian. Some people will do anything to miss the DG Visit.

Golf Day

Planning has commenced for next years Golf Day.

  • To be held on Friday 11th March
  • Morning event again.
  • Proceeds will go to Very Special Kids.
  • Brochure and entry forms will be going out before the end of the month.

Busy Feet

Organisation of the Busy Feet project is well under way. Lyn advised that the Mount St Joseph Girls College will be assisting with running the project. Good work Lyn.


Interact are meeting again, and working on making toiletry packs. Micki Hovey is assisting them.


WERN has entered into a lease with City of Melton, to lease a purpose built warehouse in Ravenhall for the next 20 years.

The building construction is well under way, and is expected to be completed by end of December or early January. 

We have a month of free rent where we are, so we have four weeks to complete our move.

Assistance will be needed with the move, and we will need volunteers.


Yesterday 30/11 saw 88 players and a profit of $1,100.

Numbers were down a little bit, but we are working to get them back up over 100. Thanks to Lyn & Rob Fava who were on duty.

Roster for bingo (be there by 6:30):

  • 06.12.2021 - Kim Deneys & Ian Hovey
  • 13.12.2021 - Wendy Roper & Tino Ballan
Bingo will continue right through Christmas except for 27/12.

Breakfast Club

The school has advised that Breakfast Club will not commence until most classes have returned to the school. It doesn't look like it will start again in Term 4, so we wait for the February 2022 start.


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 Environmental Newsletter

Tip of the Week

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Member Birthdays
Michael Redding
January 23
Ian Hovey
December 2
Andi Barnfield
December 20
Ned Amezdroz
December 29
Spouse Birthdays
Robyn Ballan
January 20
Anne Randall
January 26
Micki Hovey
December 30
Marty Vaina
Kara Vaina
January 2
Join Date
Michael Redding
January 12, 2016
6 years
Steve Evans
December 1, 1994
27 years
Tony Todaro
December 1, 1979
42 years
Geoff Smith
December 31, 1999
22 years
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Dec 07, 2021
From Murder to Mail; Mobiles to Mounting Yards
From Murder to Mail; Mobiles to Mounting Yards

The career of Sal Perna AM spans four decades of fighting crime and corruption.

He started his working life as a Commissioned Officer of the Victoria Police, achieving the rank of Detective Inspector, and the position of Officer In Charge, Crime Courses Unit. His 20-year police career included everything from undercover duties to the extradition of the ‘Nuclear Warrior’ from Los Angeles. He was commended on four occasions, awarded the National Medal in 1990, the Police Service Medal in 2014 and twice served in the Homicide Squad.

His corporate background includes senior executive roles heading two of Australia’s largest corporate security and investigation groups, firstly at Australia Post and then at Telstra, making him responsible for the national operations of teams whose role was to provide strategic and tactical corporate security/risk management and protecting the brand, business, staff and infrastructure of the country’s largest postal and telecommunication companies.

In 2007, Sal established Calibre International Pty Ltd which provided corporate consultancy service in areas such as leadership training, coaching, mentoring, staff selection, business planning, issue and incident analysis and specialising in security risk, anti-corruption, development of professional standards and the conduct of major and complex investigation/reviews.

He was appointed as Victoria’s inaugural Racing Integrity Commissioner on March 1st, 2010. Reporting to Parliament, he provided independent oversight of integrity of the state’s multi-billion-dollar racing industry and had his initial appointment extended a total of four times, completing his tenure in March 2021.

In 2019 Sal was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. 

His presentation will cover the major parts of his career (Policing/Homicide investigation) + Australia Post + Telstra + Racing Integrity Commissioner and, as such, is entitled “From Murder to Mail: Mobiles to Mounting Yards”.  


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