Inside Werribee Mansion


Kim Dang McDonald is our guest speaker next week.

She is an Occupational Therapist at headspace. She provides face-to-face counselling to young people experiencing mental health issues, under the Better Access to Mental Health Health scheme.


We will also hear from Alek Akuey who will tell us about her experiences on the RYLA camp.

Please note that on Tuesday 13th February, we will be having a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Laverton Point Cook at Waterstone Cafe, 72 Greg Norman Drive, Point Cook.



RI President Elect Barry Rassin from the Bahamas has announced the Rotary theme for the 2018-19 Rotary year. 

Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”

Rassin stressed the power of Rotary’s new vision statement, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” This describes the Rotary that leaders must help build, he said.

For those who would like to learn more, click here to view Barry's speech.



On Saturday 24th February, Donations in Kind (DIK) is holding an Open Day at their premises in Maribyrnong Rd, West Footscray to celebrate their move to the new warehouse.

Tea and coffee will be available thorugh the day and there will be a good old sausage sizzle lunch.

The operating cost of maintaining the warehouse is high so one of their aims is to seek financial support from clubs by buying a bay of racks.

Click here to see a flyer of the Open Day.



The date for the Werribee Rotary Annual Golf Day is Friday 2nd March.

The Golf Day committee is already hard at work to ensure it will be another successful event.

For the third year in a row, you have the chance to win a car from Ballan Holden in the hole-in-one competition on the 15th green. No-one has been successful in the past two years which means the chances of someone scoring an ace this year are improving.
The net proceeds from the day will once again go to the Werribee Mercy Hospital's project to raise funds for a critical care unit. We are aiming to raise $25,000.
Click here to see the brochure and registration form. If you plan to play, please get your entry in early to avoid missing out on this popular event.
We are seeking volunteers to assist with the following:
  • Hole-in-One observers
  • Hole-in-One spruiker
  • Drink cart drivers
  • Helpers for the putting hole
  • Someone to install sponsor signs at each hole
If you would like to sponsor the event, or know of someone who would like to sponsor or donate, please send us an email.

At our Christmas Dinner in December, the new Board for 2018-19 was announced. The only person missing from the line-up was the President-elect for 2019-20 was Brian Ahmed. His absence raised a few eyebrows considering we were dining in his fine establishment. But we all agreed it was a great announcement.

Brian joined our club on 20th June 2006 and, in between his busy egg/chicken and restaurant businesses and his role as President of the Victorian Farmers Federation, he has been an active and effective member of our club. 

Click here if you would like to know a bit more about Brian's life to date.

We wish Brian much success as the leader of our club.



The competition to guess the number of pencils in the box has closed and the winner has been announced. Congratulations to Christine Conley whose entry was the closest to the actual number of 1828 pencils. Christine has won a $150 voucher to ShadowFax Winery.

Second closest was Rahul McPherson who works for Tino Ballan. He wins a ticket for two people to the Werribee Cinemas. Special thanks to Roly Wade for donating both prizes. And thanks to everyone who had a go at the guessing game. For the statistically minded, the lowest entry was 345 and the highest entry was 7582. The average was about 3000 which just goes to show that it was deceptively challenging or that some people just had no idea. 

We were successful in raising $190. The funds will be deposited into our club account.

The pencils will now be donated to Donations in Kind to be distributed to school children in Pacific-rim countries.



The ultimate prize for any golfer is to score a hole-in-one. Some have been playing for 50 years and not been able to achieve nirvana. Then there are others who have only just started their golfing journey and they get lucky. Such is the case with Phil Purdy.

The scene for this miracle event was the 3rd hole at the Altona Lakes course last Friday - Phil obviously wasn't very busy or he left it all to Barb. He hit the ball off the tee hoping for it to go in the general direction of the green 123 metres away. He looked up. Not only did the ball land on the green but it bounced a couple of times and then, low and behold, it rolled straight in the hole. Phil went wild with excitement. He raised his hand ready for a high-5 but then realised he was playing by himself and there was absolutely no-one else on the course to witness or share in this euphoric moment.

We can only assume that Phil did actually score the ace because he practices the 4-way test in everything he says and does. But he also occasionally admits to practising the 5th test - "Will I get caught?".

Unfortunately, the excitement was short lived. With tears of joy still in his eyes, he teed up on the next hole and proceeded to hit the same ball into the lake! Talk about going from chocolates to boiled lollies. Don't worry Phil. Your fellow golfers are all envious of your once-in-a-lifetime achievement.


IN BRIEF........
  • Guests at our last meeting were:
    • Joumana Oueirdat
    • Lesley Wilson
    • Brian Savage
  • After his bout of cellulitis in Queensland, Geoff Smith is back home and on the slow road to recovery. Keep the leg up Joffa.
  • Have you registered for the District Conference yet?  If you're planning to go but haven't registered, please click here to go to the Conference website.


By Jiro Kawatsuma, Rotary Club of Tokyo Yoneyama Yuai, Japan

When I found my sister, only her bones were left.  

I had been told that she died in the bombing, so I went to identify her. But when I got to the bomb shelter where she had been hiding with a friend, I only saw two charred bodies. They were unrecognizable. Then I noticed that one had a gold tooth. I knew my sister didn’t have a crown on any of her teeth, so that’s how I knew which one was her. I gathered her bones and left her friend there for her own family to claim. My sister was 23. She had been a teacher. 

Most people think they would like their loved one to live even an hour longer, but with this kind of bomb, I knew it was better to die right away. I was grateful that she had died immediately. That was the best I could hope for.

A B-29 bomber transported the atomic bomb they called “Little Boy” on the morning of 6 August 1945. My mother, my father, and my sister were in Hiroshima when the bomb hit. I was 18 and a freshman at Hiroshima University, but to support the war effort I had been sent 70 kilometers away to Mihara to supervise a team of high school-age factory workers. We supplied fuel to fighter planes.

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President Ross Conley


30th January

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Italian Sports Club

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Ross Smith



Lyn Fava

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