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President’s Message

Werribee Rotary in Action on Sat April 17th

This year Rotary is celebrating its Centenary in Australia & NZ.

As part of this, on Sat, April 17th Werribee Rotary, together with families and friends, will be going to a Parks Victoria area alongside the Werribee River to plant 700 trees which are in small containers.

The planting will start at 9 am and finish at about midday with a BBQ lunch and soft drinks.

Wear suitable clothes, bring a hat, gloves, a trowel, sunscreen and water.

To get there: enter Farm Road, next to the B24 Hanger on the Princes Highway, then cross the Geelong Freeway into the City West Water farm.

Turn first left into Main Drive which goes south along the river to the car parking area. The tree planting location is a short walk from the carpark.

We want you to join us – as Rotarians In Action!

We will be planting trees, celebrating the Centenary of Rotary in Australia & NZ and creating a new forest - which should be around for another 100 years!

A 3rd Werribee Rotary Club Installation for the City of Wyndham?

In 1997 our Club constructed the Japanese Garden at the Wyndham Civic Centre and a few years later laid the inscribed brick footpath along Comben Drive leading up to the footbridge crossing the River into Wyndham Park.

These two installations were part of the Club’s community involvement: to construct substantial features as a contribution to the community, with funding provided by the Club.

As President and on behalf of the Club, I have written to the Mayor and CEO of Wyndham Council, expressing our interest for three Board members to meet with the Council to discuss a new installation which the Council may wish to see erected in the town centre.

Such a new installation would be an acknowledgement of the work of Werribee Rotary Club in the Wyndham community, together with the Centenary of Rotary in Australia. Funding could be provided by the Club.

As these discussions progress the Board will be in a position to consider various options, which may be suggested by the Council, for a new community installation and an estimated cost for each.

I feel sure Club members may also wish to contribute to this process.

If a proposed Installation Project is identified by the Council, the Board will have to decide as to whether or not to proceed.

Important Dates Coming Up

Sun Apr 11th Yvonne Moon OAM Concert – 3-8pm at the Yarraville Club

Sat Apr 17th Werribee Rotary Centenary Project – tree planting at Werribee Park

Mon Apr 19th Breakfast Club resumes at Wyndham Park P.S.

Sat May 1-Sun 2nd Rotary Multi District Conference

Enjoy the week ahead
Our guest speaker became ill and had to cancel at short notice.
Our program consultant Ian Hovey, organised a Ted Talk video for us to watch. The video was a talk by Stephen Petranek, on "Life on Mars".
In the video, the speaker suggests that the challenge to put a person on Mars will occur much earlier than NASA had suggested, and could be as early as 2027.
He took us through the challenges of living on Mars, including oxygen to breathe, clothing, food, shelter etc.
Very interesting, but not my future destination. It takes 8 months to get there, which is a bit far to travel to golf every Saturday at Werribee.
Tuesday 13th April
We have Chris & Sarah Ochaya organised again to talk to us about Tamarind - Uganda. We think the technical issues are under control.
The following week Tuesday 20th April will be our Anzac Day meeting.
Our guest speaker will be past member and Australian Army member Pam Raison. Pam will be speaking on "Women in the Forces - Boer War to current"
This will be a partner night, so we would love to see some of our partners and friends.

District Conference

For the first time, and in the year we celebrate our Centenary of service above self in Australia, we are bringing together all five Rotary Districts in Victoria for a unique and inspiring Multi District Conference, Virtual Victoria.

Held over two days, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd May from 11am to 1pm, the conference will be a celebration of Rotary’s achievements over the last 100 years, as well as a forum for new ideas and opportunities that will foster enthusiasm at club level to continue the amazing impact Rotary has within our communities.

I encourage you all to join with your family, friends and community partners to share in this wonderful online event and book via:

Footy Tipping - Round 3
Round three saw Ross Conley tip seven winners, and six tippers getting six. Ann Smith, Sticks,Ross Smith, Graham Roper, Tino Ballan & Tony Todaro.
Ann Smith & Jeff Garfield shared the $10 for the closest winning margin.
The leaderboard after 3 weeks is;
  • Ross Conley 20
  • Brian Ahmed 19
  • Tony Todaro 19
  • Five tippers have 18
Werribee Mansion Fun Run - Sunday May 2nd
We will be involved with the Werribee Mansion Fun Run. The club will receive $75 for each volunteer and the combined funds will go to The Rotary Foundation. Jeff Garfield will organise the roster.
Guest Speakers
Everyone knows someone with an interesting story to tell. Please pass their details on to Ian Hovey so we can follow them up to speak to us in person or on Zoom at a later date.
We were not expecting to play Bingo last night 06/04/2021, due to it being Easter Monday, but the players decided they wanted to play anyway.
Kathryn Williams & Mary Macaulay were on duty. We had 99 players and made $1,300 profit. This was a bit less than we normally make with 99 players, due to penalty rate costs charged by ISCW.
The club prepared and handed out an Easter present for the players comprising of 9 real eggs, and 3 chocolate eggs.
D9800 Environment Committee
The March 2021 Environment Committee Newsletter has been distributed.
Yvonne Moon OAM Memorial Concert for Rocan
Many members know of the great work of the late Yvonne Moon. Her husband Fred has organised a 5 hour music concert fundraiser, to raise funds for Rocan.
A lot of Werribee members knew Yvonne, and so far seven members are going. Speak to President Michael if you want to join the Werribee table.
Sunday 11/4 3.33 to 8.00pm, at Yarraville Club.
$30 entry - finger food and drinks at bar prices.
The Board has approved a donation of $2,000 to Rocan, which will be presented on the day of the concert.
Breakfast Club
Breakfast Club will be recommencing in term 2.
Liz Ross has distributed the roster to the volunteers.
Commencement this term is 7.45am, as classes commence earlier than last year.
Tip of the Week
Do you have trouble deciding what to prepare for the evening meal each night?
Look in your fridge & cupboard and identify what ingredients you have. Go to the website and it will tell you what meals you can make from your ingredients.
Werribee River Working Bee - Sat 17/4/2021
Kathryn would like an indication of who will attend to assist with catering. Call Kathryn and let her know if you will be attending.
Second Half Subscriptions
A handful of members have not paid their second half subscriptions. 
Please pay ASAP, or speak to the Treasurer if you need to delay payment.


Member Birthdays
Steve Evans
April 18
Vas Samaltanos
April 18
Carlo Vimercati
May 3
Jeff Garfield
May 14
James Randall
May 24
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Pam Garfield
April 20
Karen Sandlant
April 26
Lynne Dowling
May 26
Margaret Wade
May 27
Christine Conley
May 28
Kathryn Williams
Nathan Williams
April 7
Tony Todaro
Maria Todaro
April 8
Steve Evans
Christine Evans
April 22
Kim Deneys
Glenyce Deneys
May 3
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April 1, 1993
28 years
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April 1, 1993
28 years
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April 1, 1976
45 years
Philip Purdy
April 12, 2000
21 years
Kathryn Williams
April 19, 2016
5 years
Marty Vaina
April 19, 2016
5 years
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Update on the Tamarind Farm in Uganda
Update on the Tamarind Farm in Uganda

Chris runs a community development farm called Tamarind in Uganda with his wfie Sarah. Several years ago, he came to Australia on a Rotary scholarship to study farming and agricultural practices. He visited many businesses in Victoria and saw best practice operations in chicken, goat and pig farming. He took his knowledge back to Uganda and has been applying it to Tamarind which is designed as a way of teaching his local community to be more self-sustainable.

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Women in the Armed Forces from the Boer War to Current Day
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Very Special Kids
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