World of Difference

Norm Begg Norm Begg recently spoke to the club about his 2nd visit to Cambodia with ‘World of Difference’

This project started by the Rotary Club of Melbourne South combines tourism with development aid to communities in Cambodia.

Participants spend part of their stay in the country being involved in projects to aid the health and well being of disadvantaged villagers.

It has facilitated over $300,000 donations to Cambodia including; building a school, providing bikes so children can get to the school from outlying communities, providing water and sanitation.

To find out more about this Rotary Project click on this link: World of Difference

Welcome to Walter Villagonzala

Walters induction

Last week the club welcomed our latest member Walter Villagonzala (seen here with President Alan and Walter’s wife Liza)

Walter Migrated from the Philippines in 1986 and since then he has been extremely active as a volunteer in the Hoppers Crossing Community.

He is probably best known for being a founder of the Migrant Hub which helps new migrants to settle into our community.

President Alan’s Bike Ride

Great Victorian Bike Ride
At this weeks meeting we heard all about President Alan’s adventure on the Great Victorian Bike Ride.

With the sunny weather he had certainly got the tan lines on his arms to prove it.

He did offer to show the tan lines on his legs but this was quickly refused!

Sounds like good training for the ‘Ride to Conference in 2016’!

Western Emergency Relief Network

This week our Guest speaker was Julianne Bartels representing the Western Emergency Relief Network (WERN)

This new organisation is based on being able to supply household furniture and other household requirements to Western Suburbs residents in urgent need.

Volunteers at the WERN West Footscray Warehouse

Volunteers at the WERN West Footscray Warehouse

Assistance can be provided for people affected by:

  • Victims of Family Violance
  • Homeless
  • Refugees
  • Fire
  • Flood

It is based on the successful Eastern Emergency Relief Network, EERN.

If you have any good quality second hand household goods you would like to donate contact them at: au.

They operate a large van from their West Footscray Base and will be able to pick items up as far out as Melton and Werribee.

WERN Presentation July 2015At the conclusion of the talk President Alan was pleased to present a cheque for $1,000 to support the ongoing operation.






Naidoc 1

NAIDOC WEEK is a annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture

This week we supported NAIDOC Week by cooking a barbeque lunch for a Children’s Day organised by the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency.

Here is President Alan with Brian and two ‘Honorary Rotarians for the Day’ Rob and Kevin cooking up a storm.

The day was very well supported exceeding VACCA’s expectations

Naidoc 3A spectacular arrangement of cup cakes made up this representation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Flags.

In our celebration of the event we are republishing this poem by Rex Ingamells

The Camp Fires of the Past

A thousand, thousand camp fires every night,
in ages gone,
would twinkle to the dark
from crest and valley in the rolling bush,
from mulga and mallee scrub,
from dunes of Central sand,
from gaps in straggling ranges,
from gibber plains and plains of iron-wood,
through leaves and in the open,
from the mangroves by shore of Carpenteria,
from rocks and beaches of the Bight …
for countless aeons,
a thousand, thousand camp fires burned each night,
and, by the fires, the Old Men told their tales
which held their listeners spellbound …
Every night among the fires men chanted to the beat
of stick and boomerangs and clap of hands,
or drone-and-boom of didgeridoo,
the songs rising and falling,
while eyes gleamed bright,
through smoke drift, bodies shone
and dusked in fitful glow amid the shadows. . .


Team Makin
Last Saturday was our Official Changeover with Brian (now Past President) Ashworth handing over the Chain of Office to our new President Alan Makin.

It was a double celebration for the Makin Family, pictured here, with Anna Makin also receiving a Paul Harris Fellowship.

Doug Greig was the recipient of the Rotarian of the Year Award in recognition for his tireless fundraising and social organising.

Tiffany A highlight of the night was a presentaion by Tiffany Wasnig.

Tiffany was one of the young people selected by the government to visit Gallipoli for the 100 year commemeration.

It was good to hear how everyday Turkish people welcomed them, and very moving as Tiffany shared her feelings when visiting the graves and the dawn service on ANZAC Day.

Model United Nations Assembly

Every year Rotary District 9800 run a Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)

Muna 2015



This year Hoppers Crossing sponsored Year 11 students   Ali Saeed   and Tanaya Donnelly  to represent the USA

At MUNA the students,referred to as delegates, are presented with their assignments in advance, along with topics that the Assembly will discuss.

Delegates carry out research before conferences and formulate positions they will then debate with their fellow delegates at the assembly.

Fun isn’t forgotten, and all delegates are asked to dress in a manner appropriate to the country they represent.

Participating in MUNA teaches research, public speaking, debating, research, critical thinking,  and an understanding about international politics work.