Rotarians, partners and family members celebrated the club's 48th birthday in style at The Views restaurant at the Werribee Golf Club.
Attendees were totally entertained by the Cadillac Drifters, a group of very talented 16-year old musicians who played all the old 50's and 60's Rock n' Roll music. We were all very impressed with the high quality of their music. Some people even commented that they were almost as good as the Barking Dogs .
It was also good to see the children of some of our younger members, Adrian Burt, Jason Daddy and Anthony Pante, in attendance. We had Charlotte Daddy, Oscar Burt and Clare, Thomas, Audrey and James Pante. For some of the long-term members, it rekindled warm memories of days gone by when children were a normal part of the club.
The photo above shows our two remaining charter members, Tino Ballan and Ian Knight, cutting the birthday cake. They also have 100% meeting attendance for the whole 48 years. Tino and Ian are surrounded by some of our newest members, Kathryn Williams, Jason Daddy, President Rob Fava, Adrian Burt and Michael Redding.
Thanks to Geoff Smith for organising the evening and for his admirable performance as MC.
Click here to see lots of good photos from the camera of Lynn Slade.
The new Rotary Fit4Use store will be officially opened in Werribee next Sunday at 10am by the Mayor of Wyndham, Cr Adele Hegeditch. The store contains a range of used and pre-loved household items including books, clothing, furniture, handbags, glassware, paintings and much more.
Lorry Rowe will act as manager of the facility. She would be very appreciative if we could provide more donations for the store.
The store is located at 135 Railway Avenue, Werribee.
Click here to see a flyer promoting the opening.
It was great to have our District Governor Neville John as our guest speaker at a recent meeting. He is pictured here on the right with club President Rob Fava.
Neville started his address by referring to Rotary's founder, Paul Harris, who said that serving humanity is the most worthwhile thing that any of us can do with our lives.
It was this simple, but strong, message that prompted the new Rotary International President, John Germ, to develop the Rotary theme for 2016-17 "Rotary Serving Humanity".
Neville has used this theme to deliver his own message - "Serving humanity is the opportunity to help others by doing what we can, when we can in whatever time we have. And you don't need a lot of time - just the right heart".
The Rotary Club of Werribee is proud to report that their international project to build a new bore-water system at the Sir Tito Winyi Secondary School in the village of Masindi in Northern Uganda has been completed.
Clean water is now officially flowing through the taps signalling the completion of all major works of the project. Students, teachers and community members now have the opportunity to experience and taste the clean water at the school.
The new system will supply 400 students and 1600 villagers with clean water. For many years, senior school children walked several kilometers each day to fill 20-litre containers with dirty water for consumption during the day.
Funds for the project were raised by donations from 10 supporting Rotary clubs, generous personal donations and matching grants from District 9800 funds and a Rotary International Global Grant.
Click here to view other images of the project.
Members of the club and friends of Rotary volunteered their cooking services for NAIDOC Week which celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The week is celebrated not just in the indigenous communities but also in increasing numbers of government agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces.
For two days, Rotarians and friends including Colin, Anthony, Lynn, Lorry, Michael, Kane and Ian cooked sausages, chops and vegie burgers at the Werribee Primary School for children and parents who participated in the Werribee NAIDOC celebrations. Despite the inclement weather, the hot food was well received. Organisers of the week were very appreciative of Rotary's help.
President Rob expressed his sincere thanks to the hardy souls who assisted in cleaning up the Werribee South beach on a cold and bleak Sunday morning. In association with the Werribee 3030 Beach Patrol group, Rotarians, Friends of Rotary and family members spent a productive morning collecting rubbish on the beach and in the surrounds. Members cooked a BBQ for the participants as a gesture of thanks for their efforts.
Click here to see photos of the working bee.
Congratulations to the Wyndham Leaders of the Future team who completed their 7-day trek along the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea on April 25 - ANZAC Day. It was a gruelling walk which saw them trek along mountainous and muddy jungle tracks in very wet conditions.
Wyndham Leaders of the Future is an innovative program that supports young people who have an ambition to be successful in life and to become future leaders in the community. The aim of the program is to provide them with a unique experience, one that will take them out of their comfort zone. At the same time, it seeks to build up their confidence and self-esteem and to learn the true value of teamwork and leadership.
Rotarian Steve Evans and members of the Victoria Police Force accompanied the group of secondary school students and acted as mentors. The team also wanted to honour Australian defence forces who waged one of the toughest and most successful conflicts against the Japanese army in World War II. They are very proud of their achievements. Congratulations to everyone.
Click here to see a set of photos of the team's venture.
On 3rd February, one of the club's newest members, Michael Redding, presented a donation from the Rotary Club of Werribee of a Kien Tuong tricycle wheelchair to Ba (Nguyen Thi Ba), a 39 year old disabled mum living in Phuoc An village in Vietnam.
Three years ago, Ba fell four metres from a bamboo ladder when harvesting black pepper, severely damaging her spinal cord and losing the use of her legs. Subsequently, her husband deserted her, leaving her with two children to raise.
Ba was extremely delighted for the gift and very grateful to the Rotary Club of Werribee. She now has mobility and the opportunity to travel by herself to the market and to visit friends. Her life can now expand in new directions that were never possible in recent years.
Rotarian Michael has a passionate interest in helping people in Vietnam who have similar problems to Ba. With the help of the club, he plans to continue his mission of goodwill.
Click here to see more photos of Ba and her new wheelchair.
The Werribee River is one of the regions best kept secrets. The river meanders through the Werribee township and walking tracks have been constructed along the banks enabling the public to experience its serenity and beauty. It is also a major haven for wildlife particularly for many species of birds. However, the river suffers from an accumulation of unsightly rubbish which collects along the waterway.
As part of the Clean Up Australia campaign, members of the Rotary Club of Werribee recently worked with other community-minded groups to help clean up an area of the river called Bungey's Hole. During a 3-hour period, volunteers collected a staggering 227 plastic bottles, 100 glass bottles and 178 cans in addition to carpet, aerosol cans and shipping pallets. In all, a massive 240 kilograms of litter was recovered from the area.
Further clean-up days are scheduled for 2016.
Click here to view images of the river and the clean-up day.