Black winged stilt from Werribee 

I attended the AGM for WERN (Western Emergency Relief Network) last week at their new premises in Ravenhall. It is pleasing to report that this Rotary-initiated operation is continuing to go from strength to strength.
The number of families they are being provided with essential household items is growing. In a way it’s saddening to know that more and more people rely on our support but it’s also heartening to know that we are providing such an essential service. Without it, some of the more vulnerable families in our communities would be really struggling.
We should admire the important role that a few of our members and partners play in supporting WERN. Ross Smith and Rob Fava are both active and effective Board members. Not only does Ross have the dual roles of Secretary and Treasurer, he also rolls up his sleeves at WERN on a Tuesday. In addition, we have Kim Deneys and Ross Conley who assist by collecting household items in the pick-up van. And a special mention to Ann Smith who does a lot of work at the warehouse on Tuesdays. So, thanks to you all.
On behalf of the club, I have accepted an invitation from Wyndham Council for us to cook sausages and bacon and egg rolls at the community Australia Day Breakfast at Wyndham Park on Thursday 26th January. While there will be lots of entertainment and many food stalls, we will be the only group allowed to cook bacon and eggs. We will be able to charge for the food items that we cook.
I have also asked other clubs in our cluster to join us to help out. But, rather than it just being a working bee performed by a select group of volunteers, I am hoping that we can promote it as a Rotary Aussie Day social function where many members and their families come along and join in some fun.
Ian Hovey
This Is Your Life Ian Hovey
Our guest speaker was a late withdrawal, so Pres Ian presented a "This Is Your Life" on himself.
Ian took us through his life being born in Bendigo, then his early schooling in Lancecoorie - 35 km SW of Bendigo.
Then they moved to Eddington a further 15kms away.
The next move was to Scotts Creek some 215 kms away, near Timboon & Warnambool.
Ian's parents took over the Scotts Creek General Store, which sold everything including petrol.
The next move was to the big smoke in Geelong, where he went to Gordon Institute, and married the lovely Micki.

Tuesday 22nd November - This meeting has been moved to Wednesday 23rd November. It will be another joint cluster meeting at the Hotel 520 to hear Peter Cullen from RecLink speak about his new book "The Power of Football". A few decades ago, on the streets of St Kilda, a young man came up with an alternative to what was being offered to those seeking solace from the 'dark side'. That young man was Peter Cullen and the alternative he offered was playing community sport. The book is a collection of stories about these people, these communities and the army of volunteers and supporters who make RecLink's work possible.

Tuesday 29th November - We will hear from Cho Cho Win who is one of the recipients of the scholarship that we recently awarded to 2 worthy Gordon TAFE students, and Jennifer Anning from Werribee Mercy Hospital will talk to us about the Special Care Nursery and the impact that our baby beanies are having.

We will also be having the AGM. We need 9 members for a quorum, so please attend if you can.

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. We will be starting about 5.00pm so put that in your diary.

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

Tuesday 13th December - The final gathering for 2022 will be at Chirnsides by the River function room at the Werribee Football Club for our Christmas Dinner. We would like to see everyone at this special night. Make sure you save the date.

Tuesday 10th January 2023

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


Alphabet Racing   

She just couldn't help herself. She promised to pitch her tent and take a few weeks off in the hammock to give the others a chance to bridge the gap. But instead, the mighty filly Randall's Candles, packed up her swag, saddled up and collected another 7 points on the weekend with just 4 horses at her disposal. What a legend she is becoming!

It was encouraging to see a few early race favourites finally start to hit their straps. The formerly frazzled Dizzie Lizzie sizzled her way into second spot after a whizzing run at Newcastle where she collected $20. She picked up a big bag of 15 points at the two race meetings. With 9 points, her stable mate, the neat Two Metre Peter, put the heat on to beat her but he teetered and couldn't repeat her feat. It would have been a tense time back in the stable as they munched on their after-race lunch of hay and oats.

At Cranbourne, the winner of the weekly award was The Egg Man who won by a whisker from the wily Lady Wade.

Another impressive performance came from Bend De Knees who decided to finally flex his fetlocks and forelegs, heat his hammies and hocks and touch his toes to collect 8 prized points.

And while she didn't win any prizes, one of the most consistent sprinters on the day was Kathryn the Great who amassed 11 valuable points to still remain in contention for a placing in the Cup.




Guest Speakers

Everyone knows someone with an interesting story to tell. Please pass their details on to Jess so we can follow them up to speak to us in person or on Zoom at a later date.



We are about to purchase many balls of knitting yarn to be made into baby beanies for the Werribee Mercy Hospital. This is a call out to anyone who might like to assist in knitting the beanies. Apparently, they are quick and easy to knit. A knitting or crochet pattern is available. If you or someone you know would like to assist, please send an email to Micki Hovey.



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Tues 22/11 - Jane Larkin & Nusrat Islam

Wed 22/11 - Ross Smith & Graham Roper

Thurs 24/11 - Nils & Trish Vejby

Tues 29/11 - Theresa Gatto and Terry Argent

Wed 30/11 - Peter & Liz Ross

Thurs 1/12 - Ann Smith & Alison Taverner


We had a successful BBQ at Bunnings on Thursday 17/11. We haven't got the final $$$ as yet.
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 will need four people per shift so keep the day free.
We also have one booked on Thurs 19/1/2023.

The Bingo Roster is:

No bingo on 21/11/2022 due to renovations.

Nov 28th - Kim Deneys & Rob Fava

Bingo last night 14/11 was another big one with 98 players & $1,400 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.
Clink the link below to view.


Member Birthdays
Wendy Roper
November 25
Ian Hovey
December 2
Ned Amezdroz
December 29
Andi Barnfield
December 30
Paula Kudi
December 30
Spouse Birthdays
Lyn Fava
November 14
Wendy Roper
November 25
Glenyce Deneys
November 26
Micki Hovey
December 30
Geoff Smith
Lexie Smith
November 10
James Randall
Anne Randall
November 26
Join Date
Jeff Garfield
November 1, 1978
44 years
Peter Ross OAM
November 1, 1977
45 years
Steve Evans
December 1, 1994
28 years
Geoff Smith
December 31, 1999
23 years
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The Power of Football
The Power of Football

Our regular meeting on Tuesday 22nd November has been replaced by this meeting on Wednesday 23rd November at the Italian Sports Club. It is a joint Rotary club meetng.

Peter is the founder of RecLink, an organisation that helps to improve the lives of people experiencing disadvantage through sport and arts.

He has written a book called "The Power of Football". A few decades ago, on the streets of St Kilda, Peter came up with an alternative to what was being offered to those seeking solace from the "dark side".

He established a community sport program.

The book is a collection of stories about these people, their communities and the army ofvolunteers and supporters who make RecLink's work possible.


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