The 106-year-old water tower on Tower Road at Werribee was transformed into a giant artwork by painting a mural on the tower. The theme of the artwork highlights the historical significance of the tower to the local community and to its development of Werribee and surrounds.



Due to our low numbers on Tuesday, it was decided to have an informal dinner gathering rather than a fully blown Rotary meeting. There were a few people away on leave which didn't help but my thanks to those who joined me in the "telephone booth".
I stumbled upon the following article that was written by Rotarian Garth Toombs from Canada. Clubs in his District are suffering from a decline in attendance and he decided to write about it.

Attendance VS Participation – The Current Rotary Dilemma

In the past few years attendance at Rotary meetings has dropped. But why has it been downplayed?

Many argue that it’s not about turning up at meetings, but more about involvement, participation, even leadership.  It is very true that clubs need committed Rotarians to lead projects, or special events, or to start up new initiatives.  But club leaders counter the comment around participation vs attendance by observing that the most involved and committed people usually turn out to be those who also attend meetings regularly. But where a member attends infrequently, the club tends to turn a blind eye—accepting poor attendance as a reality in today’s world. 

Some of the reasons people give include; being extremely busy, the club meeting coincides with a work commitment, it is too much to keep up regular attendance and family demands, or the meetings don’t have very good programs which draw members to the meetings.  The acceptable excuses are the same as have always been, but in today’s world they are considered to be even more valid.

Some older members dispute the issue that the world is more frenetic than ever; nevertheless this contention gets a vigorous affirmative nod by many of today’s Rotarians facing personal and professional pressures.

Many people quite legitimately miss meetings because they are on vacation, or a winter break (although makeups are usually possible for snowbirds), business travel, illness, or caring for a family member.

Many miss because it is just too much trouble to go to the meeting even though, when they joined, a commitment to attend was made. They claim the club meetings are not as interesting or involving as hoped, which means that keeping up Rotary friendships slips in priority. 

Rotary needs leaders, and perhaps in some cases the newly joined member doesn’t realize that he or she is expected to eventually serve on committees, or lead them, to help the club come up with ideas for projects or fun, and be ready to take on leadership positions.  The old adage perhaps needs to be considered:  if you know and see a problem, rather than complain and silently sabotage, why not become part of its solution?

Here are a few good reasons to attend Rotary meetings:

  • You get to understand and embrace the club’s characteristics and culture.

  • You get to meet with other like-minded people and, possibly, make lifelong friendships.

  • You get known in your Rotary club.  When leadership is needed, or participation in projects, the club knows you, and likely knows a bit about your situation and availability.  You are also there when topics are brought up on new projects or plans, and can get your two cents worth into the discussion.  

  • The club can count on you to attend, as plans are made for speakers or special programs or committees.  Some smaller clubs back away from engaging speakers because they fear the attendance at their meetings will be embarrassing to them, and to the speaker. 

  • Attendance at meetings also seems to go hand in hand with fulfilling the other obligations of being a Rotarian such as being the greeter,  being the Chairperson or being the Sergeant-At-Arms.


Peter Ross

On Melbourne Cup Day next week (1st November), one of our longest-standing and dedicated members, Peter Ross OAM, will celebrate his 45th anniversary as a member of our club. Congratulations Peter! And thanks for your service to our club and community.

Here's a picture of a youthful Peter taking over the reins of President from outgoing President Neale Barnard in June 1986.

Ian Hovey

New Addition to the Rotary Family
Congratulations to Anne and James Randall who have become grandparents for the third time. This time it's a beautiful baby girl named Shania Francesca-Anne Randall. We can be thankful for the fact that she has many redeeming features of her grandmother rather than her grandfather.

Tuesday 1st November (Melbourne Cup Day) - No meeting.

Tuesday 8th November - This meeting has been moved to Wednesday 9th November. It will be a joint cluster meeting at the Italian Sports Club to hear District Governor Amanda Wendt speak. For catering purposes, please let us know if you are or are not coming.

Tuesday 15th November - Jennifer Anning from Werribee Mercy Hospital will talk to us about the Special Care Nursery and the impact that our baby beanies are having.

Tuesday 22nd November - This meeting has been moved to Wednesday 23rd November. It will be another joint cluster meeting at the Italian Sports Club to hear Peter Cullen from RecLink speak about his new book "The Power of Football". A few decades ago, on the streets of St Kilda, a young man came up with an alternative to what was being offered to those seeking solace from the 'dark side'. That young man was Peter Cullen and the alternative he offered was playing community sport. The book is a collection of stories about these people, these communities and the army of volunteers and supporters who make RecLink's work possible.

Tuesday 29th November - We will hear from Cho Cho Win who is one of the recipients of the scholarship that we recently awarded to 2 worthy Gordon TAFE students.

Tuesday 6th December - This will be a vocational visit to Victoria University in Hoppers Lane to hear and see about the work that Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos and her team does in relation to research on various forms of cancer and other major illnesses such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis and dementia.

Tuesday 13th December - The final gathering for 2022 will be at Chirnsides by the River function room at the Werribee Football Club for our Christmas Dinner. We would like to see everyone at this special night. Make sure you save the date.


Alphabet Racing   

It was a clear case of "catch me if you can" as the clever and courageous colt, Light Fingers Fava, took control of the Cup. With a combined haul of 10 points at Moonee Valley and 5 more at Royal Randwick, the champ has put daylight between himself and the second placed horse Randall's Candles. She kept him honest for a long way but he blew her away and she was just burnt out at the end.

Another star on the weekend was the classy cat Who Dat Nusrat who collected 11 big points at Randwick with her 'S' horses to take out the $20 weekly prize. She found a gap along the rails and left many horses in her wake to move into third place.

And the racing fans were treated to a fine performance by the mighty missile, Dizzie Lizzie, who picked up a total of 13 points at both race tracks and has cruised into 4th place with much promise to come.

The punters also enjoyed what may well be the start of a big comeback as Garfield the Cat finally galloped into some form with 10 points. He gave Demon Ann a nod and a wink as he breezed past her. She looks rather forlorn in last place but her time will come - probably next year!




Guest Speakers

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



We are about to purchase many balls of knitting yarn to be made into baby beanies for the Werribee Mercy Hospital. This is a call out to anyone who might like to assist in knitting the beanies. Apparently, they are quick and easy to knit. A knitting or crochet pattern is available. If you or someone you know would like to assist, please send an email to Micki Hovey.



Tues 1/11 - Melbourne Cup Day

Wed 2/11 - Ann Smith & Jane Larkin

Thurs 3/11 - Trish & Nils Vejby

Tues 8/11 - Theresa Gatto & Terry Argent

Wed 9/11 - Ross Smith & Graham Roper

Thurs 10/11 - Liz Ross & Nusrat Islam



The Bingo Roster is:

October 31 - Mary Macaulay & Jess Saher

Nov 7th - Kathryn Williams & Nusrat Islam

Nov 14th - Robyn Ballan & Roland Wade

Nov 21st - Kim Deneys & Rob Fava

Bingo last night 25/10 was another big one with 100+ players & $1,500 profit.



We have a lovely group of dedicated volunteers at the Fit4Use store. But we could always do with a few more. If you know of someone who would like to help out as a regular volunteer or to be on standby for when people are unavailable, please contact Graham Roper on 0403 434 537.


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.


Imagine Rotary Newsletter
The District Newsletter has arrived.
Clink the link below to view.


Member Birthdays
Geoff Smith
September 9
Jerestene Saher
September 29
Mary Macaulay
September 29
Enzo Maddalon
October 9
Philip Purdy
October 9
Ian Knight OAM
October 15
Spouse Birthdays
Genny Knight
October 11
Lexie Smith
October 13
Roland Wade
Margaret Wade
September 26
Rob Fava
Lyn Fava
September 27
Lou Dowling
Lynne Dowling
October 11
Join Date
Graham Roper
October 1, 2007
15 years
Rob Fava
October 18, 2011
11 years
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