New members, Mary and Greg Inducted


(L-R) Frances (Mary’s mentor), AG Nicole, Mary, Greg Khurram (Greg’s committee chair) and President Des

We are delighted to officially welcome Mary and Greg to our Club. Mary and Greg have been attending meetings for some time now and have already made great contributions to their committees and helping out in community events. Greg will be officially joining our New Generations/Vocations Committee and Mary the International Committee.

Our assistant Governor, Nicole Lake, made an unofficial visit to the club and was warmly welcomed by members and guests. Nicole was asked to help out with the induction of the new members and had to honour of presenting Mary and Greg with their member badges, following by their respective chairs presenting them with their avenue of service badge.


Assistant Governor Nicole presents Maru and Greg with the member’s badge

Thank you for committing to the ideals of Rotary and we look forward to your continued contributions to the club and ‘Service Above Self’.

Our Club is always looking for new members. If you are interested in coming along to a meeting as a visitor and see what a friendly and passionate club we are, please come along to one of our meetings on Wednesdays at Di Caprio Family Restaurant (88 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing). Meetings officially begin at 7pm but members begin to arrive from 6:30pm. You are also welcome to give our current club President, Des a call on 0401 287 050, or leave a message at the bottom of this page and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Occasionally we do have meetings at alternative locations so pleas check the calendar on our home page to ensure we will be there when you are planning to visit. Go to:


Now official Rotary members, Mary and Greg – welcome to our club


Interact Year 6 Essay Competition Winner Awarded


President Des poses for a photo with Jochebed (winner of the competition), Kristos (Interact School Group Leader) and Aleesha (Interact Public Relations and Communications Officer)

We were delighted to host the presentation of the Interact Year 6 Easy Competition winner. The Interact Club of Baden Powell School Group Leader, Kristos Kastis (whose group ran the competition) and Aleesha Van Den Heuval (Interact Public Relations and Communications Officer), introduced the winner of this year’s competition, Jochebed Citr. After being introduced, Jochebed read out her winning essay which addressed this year’s topic of ‘What Wyndham Council can do for our Youth;. Jochebed was shortlisted by the school group to one of five possible winners and then Rotarians Col (Interact Liaison Officer), President Des, and IPP Alan decided on the winning entry.

Jochebed was very confident in reading out her winning essay to everybody present and some of the highlights that she believed Wyndham Council could improve for our youth included:
• Safety at AquaPulse carrying floats up staircases having an alternative way of getting floats up to top of slides.
• Sound proofing at the new ‘Pacific Werribee Library’ as it is very noisy and hard for students to study there.

Well done Jochebed on your achievement and to the Interact Club for running a well supported Essay Competition by other local school. We look forward to being involved in this competition again next year.

Inaugural Neil Vick Youth Leadership Award


Olivia Vick (left) presenting Tiffany Wasnig with the ‘Neil Vick Youth Leadership Award’

Neil Vick Youth Leadership Award Winner Honoured
The Youth Leadership Award was renamed this year to honour Neil Vick. Neil Vick was a true leader for our club; he was the very first president and a charter member of the club. Neil was approached while being a member of the Newport Rotary Club to lead our club due to his experience in Rotary. Tonight we were honoured to have Olivia Vick (wife of the late Neil Vick), their daughter Lauren and son Geoffrey in attendance to present the award. Unfortunately, daughter Catherine was unable to attend the night to help present the ‘Inaugural Neil Vick Leadership Award’.

This Award is given to a young person in the Wyndham area who has shown exceptional leadership and ‘Service Above Self’ to the community. This year’s Award was present to Tiffany Wasnig from Heathdale Christian College.

Tiffany received along with her certificate presented by Olivia Vick (and her family) a prize of $300. Being very community minded and dedicated to helping and improving the lives of others, Tiffany donated her prize to the Benjamin’s Best Friend Campaign.

Benjamin’s Best Friend is for 7-year old Benjamin, diagnosed at the age of 3 with Autism. Benjamin has many complications as a result of his condition, including managing everyday needs and activities. Benjamin needed an assistance dog from Dogs for Kids with Disabilities. Families receiving assistance dogs through DKD are asked to raise $25,000 towards the $40,000 it costs to raise and train these specialist dogs.


Tiffany Wasnig with President Des

Tiffany is receiving the Award gave a heartfelt (and emotional) thank you speech and here is a bit of a summary of what she had to say.

“Awards are what this is about. I am about improving the community for our young people. I want to thank Sue Selleck for her support and mentoring and for nominating me for this award. Sue has help me be able to set goals… I have been offered a place in the RMIT Aspire program and plan on studying Occupational Therapy… I want to be able to help other children like myself who needed to use the occupational therapy services from the Royal Children’s Hospital throughout my childhood…. I have had two brain surgeries this year (Tiffany is completing year 12)…laying in bed recovering and feeling sorry for myself some days I realised that there are people worse off than me and it has given me the passion to wan to help others less fortunate than me”.

Tiffany’s future ambitions include: completing her Master in Occupational Therapy; working in the biggest hospitals working with patients in the areas of Neurology and Oncology; and, working in developing countries.

In concluding Tiffany talked about her drive to continue to serve the people around her locally and internationally. Tiffany stated that this award is for the Wyndham community, Hoppers Crossing Rotary and above all her parents, Chris and Julie. Tiffany honoured her parents saying that they were her teachers, her supporters and most of all her rock. “Everything I do is to honour you – thank you” Tiffany said to her parents.

Tiffany finished her speech with a beautiful message, which in summary, said one small gesture can change lives and there are always people worse off than ourselves.

Congratulations to Tiffany on winning this award. By listening to Tiffany and the achievements she has accomplished, it is clear to see that she was a very deserving winner of this prestigious award.


President Des, Lauren (Neil’s daughter), Geoffrey (Neil’s son), Tiffany Wasnig (Award winner) , Olivia Vick (wife of late PP Neil Vick), Sue Selleck (mentor and nominator of Tiffany), Tiffany’s parents – Julie and Chriss Wasnig, and, New Generations Chair – Khurram.

Happy 37th Birthday Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing


Ana and her masterpiece – our 37th Birthday cake

On 19th of September 2016 our club turned 37. We celebrated our birthday on the 21st at our club meeting which was a Family and Friends night with the theme of New Generations (as you can tell by the other post relating to the same night).


Olivia ready to cut the cake

Thank you to Anna Makin for making our club’s birthday cake again this year. The fruitcake was enjoyed by many present. It was great to Olivia Vick present who cut the cake for us tonight. She looks a little too happy with that big cake knife.

We were also provided with a presentation from Charter Member Nik Tsardakis about our club’s history. An appropriate night to be sharing the story of the club initial formation and a lot about what happened in the first five years of the club existence.

Nik, Max and Trevor are the only charter members of the club. Trevor has served at the club for the whole 37 years while Nik and Max have been Rotarians the entire time but have also served at different clubs due to life circumstances.


Thanks Nik for a great presentation

Nik gave a summary of the activities, projects and fundraisers that were conducted in the first five years of the club and it was interesting to see what was done and the type of financial achievements made during this period. Thanks Nik was a great overview.

WynBay Blue Light Discos


Sergeant Penni Rendan and Volunteer Greg from WynBay Blue Light Disco Committee

Sergeant Penni Renden (active member of Victoria Police and President of WynBay Blue Light Disco Committee) and Greg Leaman (Volunteer and Committee member of WynBay Blue Light Disco) attend the club tonight to talk about the WynBay Blue Light Disco and how it works to develop young leaders in the Wyndham and Hobsons Bay communities.

WynBay Blue Light Discos (formerly Altona North Blue Light Disco) is located in Point Cook and held on a monthly basis on a Friday night from 6pm to 9:30pm. Cost of entry is $8 for primary age school children.

The memories of Blue Light Discos meant different things to different members: volunteering as Apexians in the 1980’s, attending the discos as kids at the then Centennial Hall (now Wyndham Cultural centre). The memories are happy ones for everyone and the tradition still continues to this day.

The discos have different themes each month such as footy fever, superheroes, Halloween, etc. and approximately 160 – 180 kids attend each one. For safety the kids are dropped off by adults and not allowed to exit the venue until someone comes inside to collect them. It is a very safe environment with volunteers from the community and the Victoria Police assisting at each event.

Funding is very limited and rely on the generosity of local business such as The Good Guys in Hoppers Crossing who donate the door prize each month, vouchers to be given away from the Pancake Parlour at Pacific Werribee, Di Caprios Family Restaurant in Hoppers Crossing, just to name a few.

The $8 entry fee has to cover the insurance for each child, which costs $2 per person, the cost of hiring the DJ and the venue hire costs charge by council. They also have a slushy machine for the kids which basically pays for itself from the sales and a canteen which sell discounted items but still a minor profit is made to help cover costs.

When students arrive at the disco, they are asked what school they attend so that the committee can make sure the school’s who are supporting the events the most, are approached about the Leadership Camps.

The committee of WynBay are very focussed on developing future leaders in the community and have been holding leadership camps on an annual basis as a follow on from the discos. All money raised is invested into the Leadership Camps, which are held down in Angelsea. The cost of running the camp is approximately $6,000 – $7,000. All adults attending volunteer their time.

Roughly 50 students are sent to the Leadership camp, which is completely free of charge to the students. Primary Schools in the area are contact at the beginning of the year to help identify appropriate students to attend the camp. The committee gives some guidance as to how to select appropriate children including identifying students who are the quite achieved and rarely get recognised compared to the more animated students who seek constant attention. Also priority is given to the more underprivileged kids whose parents would not be able to financially support their child attending such an event.

The camp is held over a weekend. Victoria Police donates their Coach to transport the kids to their camp. The kids are picked up from their school Friday night and returned to their school on the Sunday afternoon. Activities that they get to do are sports, orienteering, confidence building activities, etc. There are four teams set up at the camp and challenges are set for teams to win points. Prizes are given out for all types of reasons on the final day.

From the outcome of the camp, the WynBay Blue Light Disco Committee identifies and approaches kids to join their junior committee. The junior committee then assists at future discos and also acts as team leaders at future camps.

Police used to be given time in lieu for attending the events however due to budget restraints this had to stop. The active police who volunteer at the discos continued to do so as they found it quite rewarding and don’t mind donating their time to the local youth.


Sergeant Penni and the Little Pink Hat – See our Bulletins to understand what the Little Pink Hat stands for.

Feedback received on their Facebook page was from secondary school students complaining that they were unable to attend so the committee attempted three secondary school discos and they were poorly attended so this had to stop as they were making a loss from these events which they could not afford to do.

One of the other great outcomes from these discos is the relationship developed with parents and local police. Parents will approach them for advice and guidance regarding their child. Relationships and a sense of trust is also developed with the police offices and the kids attending. They get to see that police offices can have fun and are approachable and that if they ever needed help they can approach a police office without fear of intimidation.

Youth Committee Deputy Chair Alan expressed the club’s gratitude for the presentation and suggested that our club now had “food for thought” and would consider how we may be able to support the group in the future.

Cost of running discos is quite high and financial support is invited, not only to offset operating expenses of each disco, but also to support the year end camps for disadvantaged children, as any profits from running Blue Light discos is used for this purpose.

You are able to donate through their Facebook page.

Please go and check out their Facebook page and ‘Like’ them. It can be found at: WynBay Blue Light Disco.

Thanks to Penni and Greg for a very informative presentation.

Women of Wyndham Project Presentation

wowMonica Raizada, from Women of Wyndham (WOW), attended our club on Wednesday 7th September, to talk about the upcoming project and how our club may be able to assist them in the project.

WOW’s project is to establish the Ms and Mrs Wyndham Pageant Show, which will feature recognition of women, men and organisations engaged in Family Violence programs.

This is intended to be a major community event with over 500 guests attending this event at Encore Events Centre. Our club has been invited to assist WOW in any way we deem appropriate to our size and after considering any negative impact on our current projects.

Profits from the project will be used towards provision of a Women’s Refuge for women suffering domestic violence in Wyndham, something that is sadly lacking in our local community at present.

The club will consider our options on a project that would involve our full club membership, considering the current workload we already have.

Check out WOW on Facebook: Women of Wyndham Facebook Page

Tree Planting with Rotary and Interact

20160903_091630Members of Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing and Baden Powell College Interact Club got into the community spirit and for the good of the environment worked together on a tree planting project. The planting took pace at the D1 Drain which is located just near the Encore Events Centre.

There was a good turn-out for this event as you can see in the photos and thanks to all the people who came along and assisted on the day,

Thanks to Max for organising this event.

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Interact Club of Baden Powell College Update

Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 15.56.39Our Club is the sponsoring club for the ‘Interact Club of Baden Powell College’. We continue to support this Interact club by being available to its members and providing an ongoing mentoring role. Here is an update of what the Interact Club has been up to recently.

International Group:

  • A ‘Colour Run’ is being held on the last day of school for term 3 (Friday 16th of September). Cups of cordial will be sold at the event, to help raise extra funds for underprivileged schools and communities in Cambodia.
  • There will be a set course for the students to run for this ‘colour run’ and people will have the opportunity to throw powder at the students while they are participating in the run.

Community Group:

  • Between the 8th and 14th of August, the we visited a child care early learning centre, playing with the children. Our aim was to help the children’s understanding of math, reading and writing.
  • We have supported the Wyndham 1000, a fundraiser by collecting them by collecting cans at school to donate.
  • In term 4, we will be holding a tree-planting day for the members of interact. This event will help raise awareness for Interact and also to help the environment.
    In term 4, there will be a visit to a retirement village. We will entertain and keep the seniors company.
  • In the future, we hope to organise something with the youth centre.

School Group:

  • The Essay competition has ended, and finalist has been chosen. The winner receives an invitation to a Rotary meeting where they will present their essay to the Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing members.
  • We are helping out with Breakfast Club. This is held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
  • A Creative writing competition is being organised and dates are being finalised.
  • A Sports Competition is being planned for the Interact Club. We are currently confirming dates for the event which will be held at the end of term 3 and 4.
  • We have visited EarlyAct during one of their meetings in their meeting, and we provided them support with their plans and fundraisers.
  • A Year 5-9’s Sport Competition is still being decided. The aim of the competition if it goes ahead is to raise money towards the school buying more technology (mainly laptops) and to rejuvenate the school oval.
  • We are also planning to hold a Sausage Sizzle at school during lunchtime and/or after school (after school will only occur if there is extra food left over).

If you would like to know more about this Interact Club feel free to contact Colin Styles via email on or call him on 0416191320.

Rorary Fit4Use Store Opens in Werribee

By Lesley McCarthy, RC Flemington
Article published in the Rotary Networker (September 2016 Issue 5)

City of Wyndham Mayor, Councillor Adele Hegeditch officially opened the Opportunity Shop in Railway Avenue on Sunday. Together with Rotary District 9800 Governor Neville John, she joined a list of Rotary dignitaries including Past District Governor and Werribee Rotarian Julie Mason, Assistant Governor Colin Styles from Rotary Hoppers Crossing and Assistant Governor Len Marshall from Laverton Point Cook.

The store, the second opened by the Rotary Club of Flemington {the first store opened in 2010 at 444 Racecourse Road, Flemington} has been trading since August 1st but was formally opened on Sunday 21 August  in the presence of Rotarians from Werribee, Wyndham, Hoppers Crossing, and Laverton Point Cook, as well as host club Flemington.

In planning for over two years, this store, at 135 Railway Avenue has a large floor area stocked with all manner of items from clothing to plants, home wares to furniture, bric a brac and Manchester.

Change rooms are available as is EFTPOS. Manager Lorry Rowe of Rotary Club of Werribee is the Store Manager and has a wealth of experience.

Mayor Hegeditch said “It is fantastic to see Rotary and community volunteers coming together to support the people of the Wyndham area like this” and added that the community needed such an opportunity which allows local volunteers to join Rotarians in serving the community.

The store will open for business from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 2pm on Saturdays.

People wishing to donate goods may drop them off during those hours. A collection service is available for large items of furniture.

Fit4Use Opening

City of Wyndham Mayor, Councillor Adele Hegeditch officially opens the Fit4Use Werribee Store

Diabetes Education Workshop in Ghana


Workshop Attendees

International Service Committee member was fortunate to be in Ghana when the workshop was held on 18th and 19th of August. Gifty attended one of the days and said it was a huge success. Gifty reports that the workshop was well attended by over 200 people. Dr Ameyaw (who was our contact in Ghana) and his team were extremely grateful for our club’s support and express such to Gifty. Gifty said she found the experience very positive on a personal level and was very grateful to have been involved.

Another great example of the work done by Rotary in serving the community, and ‘Rotary serving Humanity’.

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Ghana Diabetes Workshop

Attendees at the Ghana Diabetes Workshop