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601 Heaths Rd
Werribee, VIC 3030
Join us every Tuesday at 6:30PM via Zoom. In person meetings are currently cancelled.
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District 9800 Honours Werribee Rotary Club
Past DG Grant Hocking has informed Brian Ahmed that Werribee Rotary has been awarded a Rotary Citation and Platinum Distinction for the 2019-20 Rotary year.
This is a significant acknowledgement of what both Brian and the Club were able to achieve during all those months before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. Grant Hocking has accepted my invitation to attend our next meeting on Sept 15th. Grant will be presenting Brian and the Club with this wonderful recognition for Brian’s Presidential year.
The Rotary Citation is a significant award that honours clubs whose leaders and members show a commitment to success. Clubs that achieve the goals required to earn the Rotary Citation are strengthening Rotary and shaping our future. 
For the 2019-2020 year, clubs could also receive the Rotary Citation with Distinction when they achieve the Rotary Citation plus one to three additional goals under the headings; Connect leaders, connect families, connect professionally, and connect community (SILVER (1 goal), GOLD (2 goals), or PLATINUM (3 goals)).
A Great October Project for Werribee Rotary
Rob Fava will be talking more to the Club about this opportunity for our members to undertake Rotary Service in October, during Covid-19 lockdown time.
As part of Rotary’s End Polio Now international campaign, our District has organised a fundraising activity Walk With Us, for those who can’t during October 2020.
The total distance walked can be accumulated over the month of October.
Individuals and groups can walk when, where and with whom you want in a COVID safe way. Each walk can be logged on the website as can fundraising totals.
Registration is free:
This is a wonderful way for you to be involved in a ‘hands on’ activity – by WALKING!
Every kilometre counts - walking the dog, walking to the shops, walking around the golf course, walking for exercise or just walking for pleasure!
What about a TEAM of Werribee Rotarians entering?
Geoff Smith’s induction as an Honorary Member, Tues Sept 15th
Next week will be a special night for the Club, with the Induction of Geoff Smith as an Honorary Member of Werribee Rotary.
If you would like to be included in the Testimonials/Roasts to Geoff, please contact the Master of Ceremonies, Ross Smith.
Chirnside Cluster Clubs meet with District Governor, Philip Archer
Thank you to all our members who attended the Cluster Meeting yesterday evening with DG Philip Archer.  Of the 62 people attended, many were members of Wyndham and Hoppers Crossing Clubs, who normally meet on Wednesdays.
DG Philip encouraged Clubs to work collaboratively and for Rotarians to be RADICAL – by doing things in different ways.
On Sat Sept 19th representatives from the Cluster Clubs will be meeting to discuss a combined Cluster activity to celebrate Rotary’s Centenary year. Werribee Rotary hopes to present some ideas for a local community environmental project. Please let et Kathryn Williams know if you are interested in teaming up with her. 
Next Board Meeting
This will be held on Wed Sept 16th at 7.30 pm. I will email all Board members with the Zoom link. 
Postscript: Chris Ochaya in Uganda
Sarah Ochaya has been in contact with me and let me know that last June Chris was in a serious car accident in Gulu.  He was taken to hospital for treatment, while his car was badly damaged, needing major repairs. In July Chris ‘had a bit of an emotional breakdown’ and went to a rehabilitation centre in Entebbe (300 km south). At the end of September Sarah will be picking Chris up from Entebbe to take him back to Gulu.
This week I spoke with Michael Knight (Sarah’s father) in Sydney, who said the family feel that Chris is recovering well and that returning to Gulu should be good for him. The large house/Operations Centre Chris has built in Gulu is close to finished and ready for the family to occupy.
Sarah has said to me the family would be very grateful for any financial assistance to help out with finishing off their house or for their other expenses.
Chris has made many friends in Werribee Rotary.  If you, as an individual, would like to assist Chris by making a personal donation, then this can be by depositing money into the Tamarind Bank Account in Sydney (tax exempt status). I can provide you with the Bank details.  As for myself, I will be helping support Chris with a donation.
This Week on Zoom
This week on Zoom we had a joint Chirnside cluster meeting.
There was more than 64 people logged on at one point, and a lot of these has more than one person. Werribee members numbers logged in were quite small, and no where near what we get to our normal meeting.
All of the cluster presidents gave a four minute presentation on what their clubs have been doing during Covid lockdown. DG Philip Archer spoke, along with an update on Polio Plus. The night concluded with an open forum with DG Philip.
During the night, Wyndham Rotary inducted Pascal & Yvonne Ochi as new members of their club. (If you think the name is familiar, you are correct)
Birthdays & Anniversaries
No birthdays this week.
Jason & Therese Daddy have a wedding anniversary next Monday 14th - 18 years. (Don't forget Jason)
Imagination Library
The Imagination Library is up and running, and children are receiving books.
A report from the co-ordinator follows.
Current enrolments – total 21:
  • Vista Way Kindergarten (1 enrolment)
  • VICSEG – Karen Playgroup (13 enrolments)
  • Maternal and Child Health Nurse Services (Aboriginal/Torres Strait families) (6 enrolments)
  • 1 enrolment through program coordinator
At present we have 9 available places for children.
I received an email from the Maternal and Child Health Nurse Services (Aboriginal/Torres Strait families) as a thankyou for the opportunity to include their families in the program. She stated that several of the families had said they had received their first book and were enjoying the suggested activities also sent out.
I have managed to finally make contact with the South Sudanese Community and provided more information about the program with the offer to have a phone conversation if that would be more helpful, however I have again received no reply to this offer – perhaps due to the timing with restrictions coming back into place. I will again follow this up with the aim to finalise this connection.
Emmajayne Pioch
Imagination Library Coordinator
Next Week - 15.09.2020 at 6.45pm
Next week Ian Hovey is organising a Rotary Zoom Trivia Night. Get your wives, partners, or allowable personal visitor, to join you.
Make sure your mobile phones & tablets are fully charged, so you can cheat on Google.
Also Special General Meeting to change clubs rules. Complete the proxy form and send it to Kim Deneys ASAP if you wont be on Zoom, as we need 75% of members to vote in favour, to change the rules.
Other Business
Cut Giggle & Sew
The girls have made 400 masks, of which 200 have been donated to Uniting Church Werribee, and 150 to the Salvation Army.
If you need masks contact Mary. Brian Ahmed will also out some up for sale in his shop.
The Interact club is meeting every Friday. Werribee Rotary is going to fund a pull up banner for the club. A survey of students was done which was very positive for Interact & will generate some new members.
The members have made two blankets, that Micki Hovey sewed together.
There will be an article in The Star on the interact club this week.
Guest speakers
Everyone knows someone with an interesting story to tell. Pass them onto Ian Hovey so we can follow them up to speak to us on Zoom at a later date.
Rotary Zone 8 Conference
The Zone 8 Conference will be held over the weekend 19-20 September as a Zoom Conference.
There is a huge range of very good speakers, and you need to register.
Footy Tipping
Round 16 – to 7th September 2020
This Week
Total after 16 rounds
Rooboy & Tony Tod share $10 – nearest margin
Graham Roper
Ross Conley
Tino Ballan
Peter Ross
Jeff Garfield
Ann Smith
Tony Todaro 6 Tony Todaro 95
Alena Randall 6    
Mary Maguire 6    
    We thought the final three was all over, but Ann Smith has been having a bit of a rest allowing Tony Tod to catch her. Ann has even been tipping against her "mighty dees"   
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Member Birthdays
Mary Macaulay
September 29
Enzo Maddalon
October 9
Philip Purdy
October 9
Ian Knight OAM
October 15
Spouse Birthdays
Maria Todaro
September 20
Genny Knight
October 11
Jason Daddy
Therese Daddy
September 14
Roland Wade
Margaret Wade
September 26
Lyn Fava
Rob Fava
September 27
Rob Fava
Lyn Fava
September 27
Lou Dowling
Lynne Dowling
October 11
John Micallef
Mim Micallef
October 31
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Graham Roper
October 1, 2007
13 years
Rob Fava
October 18, 2011
9 years
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