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President’s Message

Spread The Warmth Appeal – Supporting the Homeless

Wyndham Uniting Care wants to bring warmth and comfort to people sleeping rough this winter -and is looking for our help.

What each of us can do is to look through our cupboards and drawers to collect and donate clean items in good condition which we no longer need – blankets, doonas, pillows, jackets, warm clothes, woollen socks, gloves, beanies, scarves, etc.

Bring them to next week’s meeting and Vas Samaltanos will be collecting all of your donated items. They will go to Uniting Care in Werribee who will be distributing them to homeless people in the district

As part of the Spread The Warmth Appeal, the Board will consider donating $840 to Wyndham Rotary Club to purchase 8 Backpack Beds for Wyndham Uniting Care to distribute to homeless people.

Looking to the future

I was very pleased to have Imran Kashem and Jerestine Sahar join with again for this week’s meeting. An unexpected bonus was that Jerestine was accompanied by her father, Jehan Sahar.

Imran and Jerestine have expressed interest in joining our Club and collected membership application forms from Secretary Kim.

We look forward to getting more acquainted with Imran, Jerestine and Jehan.

As I mentioned during the evening, it would be a great privilege for me to be able to conduct a New Member Induction Ceremony at my final meeting as Club President on June 15th.

Coming Up

Thurs, May 27 – Chirnside Cluster Meeting – 7.30 pm on ZOOM

Thurs, June 3 – Bunning’s BBQ at Hoppers Crossing

Sun, June 20 – Presidents Changeover Meeting at Tino Ballan’s, 11.00 for 11.30 am start

Dec 3rd-5th – PE Elect Graham Roper has made a booking for a Club Working Bee weekend at Camp GetAway, Axedale. Please pencil this date in your diary.

Let’s hope that the week ahead has no more Covid-19 surprises!


THIS WEEK AT ROTARY - 25.05.2021
Guest Speaker - Martin Probst
Tonight's guest speaker was Martin Probst, who runs his own business Profound Leadership, which he started in 2012.
Martin is a qualified chef, who moved to Melbourne in 2001. Martin is sought after to speak on leadership. He is an organiser of City of Wyndham's - Future Leader of the West (FLOW) program. His leadership book - I Did It, as an Amazon best seller for a number of weeks.
Martin spoke of the Six C's, or core needs of every organisation.
  1. Certainty
  2. Change
  3. Celebrated
  4. Connections
  5. Challenges
  6. Contribution
Tuesday 1st June 2021
Next week Tuesday 1st June 2021 , Daniel Ahmed, daughter of Past President Brian Ahmed. Daniel is Vice President of the Victorian Farmers Federation.

Werribee Rotary Changeover

This years changeover will be a lunch at Tino & Robyn Ballan's, on Sunday 20th June 2021.

See the attached invitation for details.

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Remember to:

  1. Advise Graham Roper if you are coming.
  2. Pay the cost of $30 per head, into the Rotary account before the day.
  3. Graham advised that we will be providing a number of options for lunch, and not just 'finger food'
Footy Tipping - Round 10
It only took two weeks for 'the egg man' to give up his three point lead, and now the chasing pack have 'caught him'.
Tony Tod  got the $10 for closest margin on Friday night.
Five tippers managed 8 out of 9 this round. Ross Conley, Ross Smith, Phil Purdy, Sunliner & Tino. Brian Ahmed & Daide got 7, and Ann Smith, Ian Hoivey tipped 8 out of 9 to win round 9. There was a large pack 9 tippers who got 7 - Tony Tod, Lucky Phil, Ann S, Groper, Hovey, Daide, Liz, and Graham Roper got 7.
The leaderboard after 10 rounds is;
  • Brian Ahmed 65
  • Ross Conley 65
  • Tony Todaro 63
  • Phil Purdy 63
  • Ann Smith 61
  • Ian Hovey 61 
  • Graham Roper 61
The hard luck story of the round was 'the bulletin editor' who picked Adelaide, but changed his tip to Melbourne 5 minutes before the ball was bounced, ending up with 8 out of 9.
Bunnings BBQ - Thursday 3rd June
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered for Bunnings next Thursday 3rd. An email will be sent to each person confirming their times.
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.
Last nights bingo saw 109 players and a profit of $1,500.
We have increased prize money for some games, in response to Hoppers Crossing bingo which has started up again.
We have made a profit of $28,000 in the last 5 months.
Roster for bingo (be there by 6.30):
  • 31.05.2021 Colin Muir or Graham Roper & Michael Redding
  • 07.06.2021 Phil Purdy & Tino Ballan
  • 14.06.2021 Kathryn Williams & Mary Macaulay
  • 21.06.2021 Enzo Maddalon & Graham Roper
Interact Club
The 20 members are meeting every week. The club are going to construct a Community Garden in the school grounds for families to grow vegetables. Jim Randall has agreed to supply the soil for the project. Well done James. Werribee Rotary has donated $1,000 to the garden cost.
Annual Report
We are aiming to hand out the Annual Report to members at the Changeover Lunch on 20 June. Can Board members start to prepare their reports and photos, as the Secretary will need them in the next week, to collate and get to the printer.
Breakfast Club
You are not required at the school until 8.00am, as the gates are not opened for the students until 8.15am.
  • Tuesday 1/6 - John & Sue Campbell
  • Wed 2/6 - Norm & Margaret Johnson
  • Thurs 3/6 - Kim & Glenys Deneys
If you ever get caught sleeping on the job, slowly raise your head, and say "In Jesus name, Amen"


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Carlo Vimercati
May 3
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May 14
James Randall
May 24
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Lynne Dowling
May 26
Margaret Wade
May 27
Christine Conley
May 28
Elizabeth Ross
June 18
Kim Deneys
Glenyce Deneys
May 3
Brian Ahmed
Nuge Ahmed
June 6
Ross Smith
Ann Smith
June 26
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Christopher Ochaya
June 1, 2019
2 years
Ian Hovey
June 1, 1987
34 years
Lou Dowling
June 1, 1988
33 years
Brian Ahmed
June 20, 2006
15 years
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June 28, 2011
10 years
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Jun 01, 2021
The Role of the Victorian Farmer's Federation in Agriculture
The Role of the Victorian Farmer's Federation in Agriculture

Danyel has just been appointed as the vice-president of the Victorian Farmer's Federation.

At 28, Danyel is the federation's youngest ever vice-president.

Ms Cucinotta said she hoped her election would encourage other women and young people working in agriculture to take on leadership positions. "We have different ideas. We see things differently," she said.

Ms Cucinotta is a third-generation farmer who works on her family egg farm at Werribee South.

She said farmers needed to better impart a modern picture of farming to consumers, including advancements in technology and animal welfare.

Jun 08, 2021
The Work of the Salvation Army in Wyndham
Jun 15, 2021
The Myanmar Conflict and Its Impact on the Karen Community
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