This is the teachers at Werribee High School in 1964. Remember any of them??
President’s Message
On the Up and Up
It was in March last year that we had our last club meeting before going into full Covid-19 lockdown. Since then, the challenge for all Clubs was to keep Rotary moving along – and not go into hibernation.
On Jan 19th our Club meetings resumed at the ISCW. There is no doubt that Werribee Rotary is well and truly Back in Action!
Achieved so far: Facemasks Project, Picture sales, Charity Golf Day, Interact Club, Rypen Camp, Monday Bingo, Bunnings Christmas BBQ
 … and coming soon: Breakfast Club, Rotary Centenary tree planting day, Mansion Fun Run
Making Australia a better place for everyone
At last night’s Club meeting we had a good attendance to hear a Zoom talk from our Guest Speaker, Shian Lee on ‘Émpowering others to change mindsets for the better’.
Shian recounted some of the challenging experiences he had faced from ‘old’ Australians and gave us strategies we can use when another person makes racist and sexist language comments.
As a lead-in to Shian’s talk, Colin Muir gave the Club an introductory presentation about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This is a major issue for Rotary, which District 9800 is encouraging Clubs to learn more about and take action on.
The themes of these two presentations complemented very well the national conversation, now underway, regarding the unequal treatment of females in Australian society.  The current challenge for Australia is to work towards achieving a fairer and more equal place in society for everyone.
Important Dates Coming Up
Sun Apr 11th    Yvonne Moon OAM Concert – 3-8pm at the Yarraville Club
Sat Apr 17th     Werribee Rotary Centenary Project – tree planting at Werribee Park
Mon Apr 19th   Breakfast Club resumes at Wyndham Park P.S.
Sat May 1-Sun 2nd    Rotary Multi District Conference
Enjoy the week ahead
PDG Colin Muir did a short presentation on Diversity and Inclusion Awareness. This is part of D9800 focus to clubs, to make clubs more welcome and inclusive to everyone.
Some inclusion suggestions are:
  • Welcoming people at the door
  • Having a buddy system for new members
  • Listening
  • Look widely for new members
  • Make sure our membership represents the demographics of our community
  • Call out inappropriate behaviour
  • Don't make assumptions about peoples gender or sexuality.
The club will be holding a forum/discussion on this topic soon.
Tonights guest speaker on Zoom was Shian Lee, who is a Mindset & Relationship Coach.
Shian is an Asian migrant of about 25 years, who spoke on Empowering others to change their mindset for the better.
Shian provided us with some disturbing statistics.
  • During the last year 1 in 5 Australians suffered racial discrimination
  • 2 in 5 people living in Aust have been the target of racial abuse
  • Half of migrants have experienced racism in their life.
  • 7 in 10 teenagers have experienced racism
  • 3 in 4 indigenous Australians have regularly experienced racism
With only 4 cards left in the box, our newest member Vas drew the joker, and won $263.
In a wonderful gesture, Vas donated the funds to Very Special Kids. Well done Vas.
NEXT WEEK - Tuesday 30th March
Mai Huynh - Regional Microfinance Officer for Good Shepherd.
Topic - No Interest Loans for Low Income Families.
Last Friday, Werribee Rotary held one of the most successful Golf Days we have had for a number of years.
Thanks to the magnificent work of Chief Organiser Ian Hovey, and the support of his team, a wonderful event was held. We haven't completed the final washup of the day, but at this point 
  • Our revenue will be about $33,000
  • We had a full field of 130 players
  • We had about 146 at the lunch
  • The net proceeds of the day, that will be donated to Very Special Kids, will exceed $24,000
A special thanks to all of our sponsors, and in particular Bentons Plumbing, who provided a show bag of goodies for all the players.
Also to all our volunteers - we can't thank you enough.
Click the three links below to view photos of the day.
Footy Tipping - Round 2
Round two must have been easy, as five tippers got 8 - Brian Ahmed, Liz Ross, Ross Conley, Tony Todaro and Daidie (who is it??)
Brian Ahmed won the $10 being 5 points from the correct score.
The leaderboard after 2 weeks is;
  • Brian Ahmed 14
  • Liz Ross 13
  • Ross Conley 13
  • Tony Todaro 13
  • Daidie ?? 13
  • Ian Hovey 13
Our two leaders Brian & Liz both follow Essendon, who have lost their first two games. Obviously no loyalty to their own team when tipping.
Also - if you haven't paid your $50, send it to the Treasurer ASAP.
Werribee Mansion Fun Run - Sunday May 2nd
We will be involved with the Werribee Mansion Fun Run. The club will receive $75 for each volunteer and the combined funds will go to The Rotary Foundation. Jeff Garfield will organise the roster.
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 night 29/3/2021 was very similar to the previous week. We had 93 players and made $1,200 profit.
Next week 05/04/2021 is Easter Monday, but the players are still keen to lose their money. Kathryn Williams & Mary Macaulay are on duty.
D9800 Environment Committee
The March 2021 Environment Committee Newsletter has been distributed.
Yvonne Moon OAM Memorial Concert for Rocan
Many members know of the great work of the late Yvonne Moon. Her husband Fred has organised a 5 hour music concert fundraiser, to raise funds for Rocan.
A lot of Werribee members knew Yvonne, and it would be great if we could organise a table of 10.
Sunday 11/4 3.33 to 8.00pm, at Yarraville Club.
$30 entry - finger food and drinks at bar prices.
Speak to President Michael if you want to join the Werribee table.
Four students from Wyndham Central College attended the Rypen Camp on the weekend of 26-28 March.
Kim Deneys will organise the students to speak at a club meeting in a few weeks.
Breakfast Club
Breakfast Club will be recommencing in term 2.
Liz Ross has distributed the roster to the volunteers.
Commencement this term is 7.45am, as classes commence earlier than last year.
Tip of the Week
You are ready to go out, but your shirt is badly creased?
Throw the shirt in the dryer for 5 minutes with 3-4 ice cubes.
Wrinkles & creases gone.
Werribee River Working Bee - Sat 17/4/2021
Kathryn would like an indication of who will attend to assist with catering. Call Kathryn and let her know if you will be attending.
Second Half Subscriptions
A handful of members have not paid their second half subscriptions. 
Please pay ASAP, or speak to the Treasurer if you need to delay payment.


Member Birthdays
Graham Roper
March 7
Rob Fava
March 15
Peter Sandlant
March 21
Kathryn Williams
March 22
Tino Ballan
March 25
Ross Smith
March 28
Lou Dowling
March 30
Steve Evans
April 18
Vas Samaltanos
April 18
Spouse Birthdays
Graham Roper
March 7
Rob Fava
March 15
Nuge Ahmed
March 28
Pam Garfield
April 20
Karen Sandlant
April 26
Philip Purdy
Barbara Purdy
March 2
Ross Conley
Christine Conley
March 7
Enzo Maddalon
Adelina Maddalon
March 10
Ian Knight OAM
Genny Knight
March 14
Jeff Garfield
Pam Garfield
March 21
Ian Hovey
Micki Hovey
March 23
Peter Sandlant
Karen Sandlant
March 26
Graham Roper
Wendy Roper
March 30
Peter Ross OAM
Elizabeth Ross
March 30
Wendy Roper
Graham Roper
March 30
Kathryn Williams
Nathan Williams
April 7
Tony Todaro
Maria Todaro
April 8
Steve Evans
Christine Evans
April 22
Join Date
Ned Amezdroz
March 1, 1974
47 years
Ross Smith
March 19, 1996
25 years
Mary Macaulay
March 24, 1997
24 years
Colin Muir
April 1, 1993
28 years
Peter Sandlant
April 1, 1993
28 years
Tom Lentini
April 1, 1976
45 years
Philip Purdy
April 12, 2000
21 years
Kathryn Williams
April 19, 2016
5 years
Marty Vaina
April 19, 2016
5 years
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Apr 06, 2021
No Interest Loans for Low Income Families
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Mai is a Regional Microfinance Officer at Good Shepherd Australia.

She is working on providing No Interest Loans (NILs) for individuals and families on low incomes with access to safe, fair and affordable credit.

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Apr 27, 2021
Very Special Kids
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