Rotary International was formed in 1905 by Paul Harris. Harris had a law practice in Chicago. He organized the first Rotary Club with three clients, Silvester Schele, Gustavus Loehr, and Hiram Shorey. His initial goal was to create a club of professional and business men for friendship and fellowship. But he realized that Rotary needed a greater purpose and, while he served as president of the Chicago Rotary Club in 1907, the club initiated its first public service project, the construction of public toilets in Chicago. This step transformed Rotary into the world's first Service Club.


The Rotary Club of Werribee was officially admitted to Rotary International on 16th August 1968. The sponsor club was Bacchus Marsh. Twenty-nine local business people became the first members of the club. Today, two of those members still remain in the club. They are Ian Knight and Tino Ballan.

In our 46 year history, we have been involved in many hands-on and fund-raising projects that have benefited the local and international communities. We pride ourselves on our efforts to help those in a less fortunate situation. At the same time, we enjoy each others company at weekly meetings.

The following charter members were inducted at the club's first meeting:

Member Job Classification
Wal Boyd Accountant
Jim McPherson Agricultural Science
Allan West Baking
Tony Middleton Banking Trading
Bob Blair Banking Savings
Jack Gardiner Dairy Farming
Laurie Earl Dairy Products Manufacturing
Alan O'Toole Dentist
Harry Griffiths Real Estate Development
Baden Powell Grazing
Frank Purcell General Law Practice
Norm Minns Local Government Administration
Kevin Thompson Insurance Life
Geoff Storey Poultry Farming
John Wilkinson Veterinary Schools
Ian Knight* Authorised Newsagency
Jim McClure Road Transport
Jack Frost Clothing Manufacture
Rom Lamaro Hotels
John Flynn Architect
Norm Thompson Diesel Engineer
Bill Carnie Furniture Retailing
Vic Mayall Electrical Equipment Retailing
Eric Burgess Groceries Retailing
Tino Ballan* Butcher
Tom Powell Hardware Retailing
Hinton Lowe Pharmacy
Rex Spencer Hospitals
Mick Mantello Automotive Retailing
* Remaining members of the club.

Here is a photo of the charter meeting in 1968: