ISON House - one of Werribee's earliest homes
I may be a bit biased but our last few meetings have been amongst the best I have experienced in my 30+ years in the club. We’ve heard from Vasso Apostolopoulos and the wonderful work she is doing to develop vaccines and drugs to contain and cure many diseases including cancer. Last week, at the cluster meeting, we heard from Peter Cullen and his friends from RecLink – a completely different topic but they told some very personal and uplifting stories.

Last Tuesday’s meeting was billed as our Annual General Meeting so it didn’t have that same sense of excitement or interest. While these meetings are necessary, they are never a great highlight of the year. Fortunately, they are usually very short and, in this case, it only lasted a matter of 2 minutes and 50 seconds. How do I know? Because several members were timing it. I have been told it was one of the longest AGM’s we’ve had in the history of the club.

But then the real stuff happened which turned this meeting on its head. It was just one of those special times where the stars aligned to make it a most enjoyable and informative night. 

Firstly, we were introduced to Cho Cho Win who had been awarded a $1000 Gordon TAFE scholarship that we funded. She was invited to come along to say a few words. So, because we had another speaker, I was hoping that Cho Cho would speak for just a couple of minutes. She spoke for 10 minutes and we all wished she had spoken for 20 or more. 

This young lady from Myanmar, who has only been in Australia for less than 12 months, told us about the trauma in her own country which caused her to be imprisoned for a time and nearly resulted in her losing her life. After fleeing Myanmar to Thailand and being granted refugee status to Australia, she is now studying to become a primary teacher and has grand ambitions to do further study at Melbourne University. She expressed her sincere gratitude to our club for the scholarship.

In a moment of proud reflection, I thought to myself “that’s the reason why we do what we do”.
The second presentation was delivered by Edward Wallace who is the Director of Perioperative Services at Werribee Mercy Hospital. He explained some of the innovative processes that he has introduced to ensure that the transition of a new-born baby from womb to room, particularly those that are delivered by Caesarean section, is as seamless and comfortable as possible thus minimising the need for subsequent monitoring.

Edward also told us how advanced technology is starting to play an important role in ensuring that the best outcomes are provided for parents and babies. They are also about to deploy virtual reality goggles for use by children to help reduce their concerns when they have to undergo medical procedures. I will be speaking further with Edward to determine if we can contribute in some way.

It was also nice to know that the 600 baby beanies we donated earlier this year were very well received by parents. But with 4000 babies being born each year, the beanies were snapped up very quickly. So, we handed Edward another batch of 250 beanies that have been knitted by some of our members and partners and friends of Rotary. My sincere thanks go to Mary Macaulay, Karen Sandlant, Glenyce Deneys, Barb Purdy, Ann Smith, Christine Conley, Micki Hovey and my sister Helen for their efforts. It seems that this little project is gathering legs as more and more ladies willingly offer their knitting services.
In conclusion, I’m looking forward to seeing most of you next Tuesday for our visit to Victoria University and dinner afterwards at the Tigers Clubhouse.
Ian Hovey
We presented our guest speaker Edward with another three bags of baby beanies for the new babies.

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.

President Ian has sent details to those who will be attending.

At the conclusion we will head to the Tigers Clubhouse in Old Geelong Road, for a meal.

Tuesday 13th December - Unfortunately the numbers for our Christmas Function at Chirnsides by the River function room at the Werribee Football Club, are poor, and we have had to cancel the function.

President Ian is working on an alternative function to look after the reduced numbers, and will email members very shortly.


Tuesday 17th January 2023

Our first meeting for 2023 will be a social occasion at Tino & Robyn Ballan's


Alphabet Racing   

Randall's Candles will cruise to victory next week in the 2022 Alphabet Cup but it was her sire, the sand and soil superhorse, Jumbo Jimbo, who stole the limelight at the weekend. He finally decided to live up to his pre-race reputation. So he dropped his load on the track, put his engine into overdrive and, with a massive collection of 22 points, he cruised into fourth place, just one length behind Dizzie Lizzie.

Jumbo did most of the damage at Rosehill Gardens where he picked up 16 points and won the $20 weekly prize.

However, he also shared first prize at Caulfield with 4 other contestants Tosser Ross, Mr Sandlant, Garfield the Cat and Howling Dowling who came from the clouds with 17 points. They each share a massive payout of $4 for their efforts.

And so with only 2 furlongs to go and the finish line in clear sight and her opponents struggling to lift their hooves, Randall's Candles is already celebrating her win and wondering what she will do with all the prize money in the world's richest alphabet race.

The consistent galloper, Mr Sandlant, who won last year's race will finish a clear second. But all eyes will be on third place as a rejuvenated Jumbo Jimbo breathes down the neck of a tiring Dizzie Lizzie.

Or could there be a last-minute dive for the line to claim third place? Watch out for a trio of hopefuls who are within striking distance - Howling Dowling, Sticky Micki and Two Metre Peter.




Ned Amezdroz

One of our past members Ned Amezdroz passed away last Saturday, aged 92 years.

Ned was a member of Colac Rotary and also President, before moving to Werribee and joining Werribee Rotary in 1974. He was President in 1977/78, and moved to Geelong in 2006, and joined one of the Geelong clubs.

Ned's family are holding a private funeral on Monday 05.12.2022 at 2.00pm

You can view the funeral live by logging into and search for "Amezderoz"



President Ian advised members that the Board had approved a donation of $5,000 to Werribee Uniting Church, to purchase food packages for 150 families in Werribee who are is significant financial hardship.



Tues 6th Dec - Norm & Margaret Johnson

Wed 7th Dec - Ross Smith & Graham Roper

Thursday 8th Dec - Kim & Glenyce Deneys

Tues 13th Dec - Therese Gatto & Terry Argent

Wed 14th Dec - Liz & Peter Ross

Thurs 15th Dec - Trish & Nils Vejby

Tues 20th Dec - Norm & Margaret Johnson


The next BBQ is Thursday 22 December. I would expect it to be a big one, as many people will be finished work for the year, and 'into the Christmas Shopping". We still need four people to fill the roster, so please let me know ASAP.
Shift one 9.00 - 11.00
- Ross Smith
- Kim Deneys
- Glenyce Deneys
- Mary Macaulay
Shift two - 11.00 till 1.00
- Christine Conley
- Phil Purdy
- Barb Purdy
- Cheryl Nash
Shift three - 1.00 till 3.00
- Anne Randall
- Jane
- ????
- ????
Shift four - 3.00 till 4.30
- G Roper
- Ross Conley
- ???
- ???

The Bingo Roster is:

Dec 5 - Ross Smith & Jim Randall

Dec 12 - Enzo Maddalon & Phil Purdy

Dec 19 - Peter Sandlant & Andi Barnfield

Dec 26 - Ross Conley & Michael Redding

Jan 2 - Kathryn Williams & Nusrat Islam

Jan 9 - May Macaulay & Jess Sahar

Jan 16 - Robyn Ballan & Tom Lentini

Bingo 28/11 - 100 players and $1,486 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.
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Member Birthdays
Michael Redding
January 23
Ian Hovey
December 2
Ned Amezdroz
December 29
Andi Barnfield
December 30
Paula Kudi
December 30
Spouse Birthdays
Robyn Ballan
January 20
Anne Randall
January 26
Micki Hovey
December 30
Join Date
Michael Redding
January 12, 2016
7 years
Paula Kudi
January 14, 2014
9 years
Steve Evans
December 1, 1994
28 years
Geoff Smith
December 31, 1999
23 years
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