Aziz and Tufah’s Inductions

(L-R) Tufah, President Des and Aziz

Charter member Nick is inducting Tufah and Aziz. Doug and Greg welcome the new members to their committees and Khurram is the mentor for Aziz. Louise si the mentor for Tufah (but absent on the night). (L-R) Nick, Tufah, Aziz, Doug and Khurram.

Tufah and Aziz we inducted into the club on Wednesday 24 May 2017. We are very pleased to welcome them officially even though they have been attending and contributing for some time now.

We are proud to see our membership has grown from 22 members last July to 31 (to date) with two more member inductions (Jake and Brendan) in June at our club’s changeover dinner. It seems that the ability to talk to people about how great our organisation is, is required and to show positive enthusiasm to people when inviting them along.

Our long-time friend “the little pink hat” will of course take all the credit for our membership growth and will be retired at Changeover Night, but any thoughts of taking the scissors to it that night may have to wait as we have been invited by our Guest Speaker last night Dr Leon Lewi to attend a club meeting at his club, Keilor in July for the purpose of discussing how we were so successful in growing our club this year and our little pink hat will be attending.

Des will be escorting our little pink hat along to its first interclub visit. Whilst its existence is a constant reminder to our goal of increasing ‘female’ membership, its contribution has been entirely symbolic and a bit of a gimmick. “The little pink hat” appears to have grown a life of its own and it has actually worked in a positive way for us.

Prospective New Member – Brendan McGrath

Brendan’s biggest dislike in life is standing in front of a group talking, add to that talking about himself and we were lucky to have him tell us a little bit about himself and his family.

Brendan is a local boy. He has been married to his wife, Kelly for 20 years and has three wonderful children who you can tell he adores. Two of his children are attending Mac Killop College and the youngest is at Thomas Chirnside. Brendan and his family have been living in Werribee since 1981.

Brendan began his career as an Apprentice Panel Beater, working in his family’s business for 20 years when he decided he wanted a career change. To his father’s dismay he entered the insurance industry working as an Assessor for the first seven years there and then moving onto a Client Relationship Manager for half of Victoria and Tasmania. Brendan says he loves his job which is a rarity for most people.

Brendan is also involved in a few local clubs. He helps out at Werribee Centrals Football Club where is daughter plays football and also at the Williamstown Cults Cricket Club. Bredan is looking forward to becoming a member of our club and getting more involved in the community where he and his family live.

Riley Orlinski – RCHC Youth Citizenship Award Recipient 2016

Riley was the recipient of the 2016 RCHC Youth Citizenship Award. Riley is a student at Hoppers Crossing Secondary College and was nominated for the award by his science teacher who explained to Riley that she nominated him for his great growth in mindset and improvement and dedication to science.

This year Riley has been nominated and elected onto the School Representative Council. Riley attended a leadership camp at the beginning of the year to help develop his leadership skills.

Riley also likes being involved in the local community. He has been a participant in the local Relat for Life for the past five years and been on the committee for his group for the past two years. Riley has been involved in organising fundraising for his team including trivia nights and delivering phone books. He is also involved in his local cricket club and Point Cook football club.

Riley has also applied for the Chinese Learning Experience through his school. This would include visiting a boarding school in China and also visiting many of the tourist attractions. Riley is sitting his interview for selection tomorrow.

Khurram (Youth Chair) with Riley

Riley thanked his parents for their ongoing support of him, his school for recognising his commitment to the community and our club for the award.

We all wish him very well for your interview tomorrow Riley and your continued contributions as a citizen to the Wyndham community.

Blue Light Disco Donation

(This article was written by President Des – 10 May 2017)

(L-R) Pennie and Michael from Victoria Police with Rotarians Bob and Khurram.

Our guest speakers were Leading Senior Constable Penni Renden and Senior Constable Michael Marshall from Victoria Police. Penni and Michael both have great passion for the Blue Light Disco Program and its associated projects and talked to us about the great work being done for disadvantaged kids in the western region by running discos for disadvantaged and troubled youth in the West.

They obtain support from Victoria Police but only in relation to using Police buses to take a group of kids each year to a camp which teaches them self confidence and life skills.

Otherwise the camps are largely funded through community donations and from any profits they make from running the Blue Light Discos in Sanctuary Lakes.

Participants are sourced through recommendation from local schools in the West. All police involved in this project donate their own time as they are not rostered on for “Blue Light Disco” duty.

The camps cost around $5000 – $6000 to run each year and our club was happy to present them with a donation tonight to help fund their next camp.

Prospective new member – Gull

Gull had a quick chat with us tonight about who she is and why she wanted to join the Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing.

Gull moved to Australia with her family in 1993 and has loved living in Australia ever since. Gull is very passionate about people and helping out in the community.

Gull works as a Childhood Educator, which keeps her very busy however; when Gull is not working she is volunteering her time as Vice President of the Australian Muslim Women’s Association as Vice President. Gull volunteers there with her friend Tufah (also a member of our club) who is President of the Association.

Tufah introduced Gull to our club and Gull was excited to see how we function and the great fellowship amongst members and guest that she has decided to join us. Gull will be inducted into the club next month. We look forward to have Gull as an official member.

Wedding Expo 2017 – Thank You Everyone

Filling of Bride’s Showbags

Special Projects Manager Mick reported back on the outcomes of the Wedding Expo. A lot of time and effort goes into making the day a success. An example of some of the tasks include: Exhibitor liaison, advertising, site plans, electrical plans, sponsorship of signage, bag stuffing for show bags for brides, etc.

This year we had over 280 visitors to the Wedding Expo of which 124 were identified as Brides. Over fifty per cent of the visitors to the Expo said they found out through Facebook.

(Friend of Rotary) Edna and (member) Frances

We have 38 great exhibitors and as you can see in the photos people got to have a bit of fun at the Expo.

This in an increase in attendance this year and also shows that our faccebook advertising was a returned a positive result. Everyone who attended said they had a good time at the Expo which is great feedback to get.

Cassar’s Limousines Doves

Masters Dry Cleaners Wedding Dress Preservations

Feedback from the Exhibitors was also very positive. They said they had many interested parties approaching them and were happy with the volume of interest with many indicating that they would lie to participate again next year.

We have also established a great working relationship with Encore. They were happy with the cooperation and communication with the club and look forward to working with us in the future. We have sent them a letter of thanks for the great support received and the helpfulness of their staff on the day was wonderful.

Raffle winner

We also held a raffle and this was well supported by attendees.

The club would also like to thank all of the exhibitors and visitors of the Expo and we look forward to running the event again next year and hope to see many of you there again. If you are married before then, you will have to share your wonderful experience with your friends and encourage them to attend too.

Mick extended his thanks to everyone in the club for the smooth operation of the day and everybody who helped then and behind the scenes to make this day the successful event it turned out to be. Special mention was made to those people who played a more significant role in making preparing for and assisting with the Wedding Expo.

A special thanks is extended to Mick for managing the event. It takes a lot of time and work to pull all of this together. Mick is looking forward to handing over the reins to Mary and Fiona who will co-manage this event next year.

Well done everyone.

Shine On Awards 2016

(L-R) Sue, Christopher and President Des

The annual Rotary Southern Districts Shine On Awards recognise outstanding community service by people with disabilities who, by their actions, serve as ’Shining Examples’ to the community. They contribute under demanding and difficult conditions to their local and wider communities. The Rotary Club of Mount Martha hosted this year’s ceremony on Sunday 30 April 2017 at Balcombe Grammar School.

The Awards were first presented in Brisbane in 1993. Through corporate funding since 1999, the Rotary Southern Districts Committee has administered the Awards in Victoria, with recognition of two separate age groups, Youth (15 to 25 years) and Adults (over 25 years), with common selection criteria.

This year our District (District 9800) was fortunate to have four people nominated for the Awards. The Rotary Clubs of Hoppers Crossing (2), Woodend (1), and Melbourne (1) all sponsored nominees.

The Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing is proud to have been able to sponsor Sue Wild (in the adult category) and Christopher Hansen (in the youth category).

Sue Wild
Sue was a volunteer at Riding for Disabled and undertook trainer instruction. While working Sue undertook studies in Cert IV and then Diploma in Disability Work. Sue was also a driving force behind the development and management of BaseCamp 3030. Sue is also heavily involved in activities with her church.

Sue is passionate about support her local community and is actively involved in: Werribee Special Links, Werribee Baptist Church & Wyndham Community Benevolent Foundation Inc, and Wyndham Disability Action Group Inc (WYNDAG. Sue is a long serving member of WYNDAG and has only recently stepped down as an official committee member.

Sue was the recipient of Wyndham City Council’s ‘Disability Access Award 2006’ for voluntary services to people with disabilities, their families and carers.

Christopher Hansen
Christopher is a vibrant young man who lives as independently as possible, he travels independently and takes care of his own personal need. Chris is working on developing his independent living skills. Christopher is extremely considerate of other people, helpful and generous. Christopher works every day at Mambourin Enterprises, and he has a girlfriend who he meets in the city and hangs out with, and he is also a sporting fan of AFL, soccer and cricket. Christopher also is a participating member of his local church where he volunteers at all church functions, working in the kitchen at dinners, and at Fetes.

Christopher is a member of Special Olympics Melbourne North. He participates in regular Tenpin Bowling, Bocce and Basketball. Christopher is also a member of the Athletes Leadership Program, participating in Run With The Law Torch Runs and various PR functions.

Christopher has represented Special Olympics Australia in the 2013 Asia Pacific Games, winning a Silver Medal in Bocce. He has represented Special Olympics Victoria at two National Games; Adelaide in 2010, winning a Bronze medal in Tenpin Bowling, and Melbourne in 2014, winning 2 Silver Medals in Bocce. Christopher represented Australia at the Dream Ride in Connecticut USA in 2016.He takes part in any public functions to promote Special Olympics in particular and Disability Services in general.

Christopher won the Pierre De Coubertin Award in 2011 and the Graduating Student Achievement Award at Croxton Special School in 2011.

Our club congratulates both Sue and Christopher on their outstanding achievements and contributions to the local community of Wyndham, and wishes them both continued success in all their future endeavours.

(L-r) Sue, Christopher, President Des, and Shine On Committee Member Louise

Mercy Hospital Critical Care Unit Donation

Our Club was happy to be able to make a significant donation tonight to the Werribee District Hospital Charitable Foundation and it was received by Chair Nik Tsardakis (Foundation Committee member and a charter member of our club) to be directed to the much-needed Critical Care Unit planned for Werribee Mercy Hospital.

Nik (left) receiving the donation from President Des.

Nik acknowledged the continuing support from our club for this public hospital which goes back to the early 1990’s when the hospital was first built and our club, at the time, pledged $30k from profits of our first three Antique fairs.

We look forward to being able to continue our support to the Hospital and the vital role it plays within our community.

New Member Inducted – Fiona Bolton

One of the main events from this week’s meeting was the long-awaited induction of Fiona Bolton who is destined to become a fine contributor to our Club and its major projects.

Fiona has already been involved in club activities and President Elect David was thrilled to announce that new members Fiona and Mary Sfameni will jointly manage our Wedding  Expo (which is one of the club’s major fundraising projects) for 2018.

It is fantastic to see new members step up and take on key roles in our club.

Welcome to our Club again Fiona and to the Social and Fundraising Committee. We look forward to the continued contributions you make to our club and the wider community.

(L-R) Mary (who introduced Fiona to the Club), Tim (who chair’s the Social and Fundraising Committee which fiona is officially joining and is already actively participating in), Gifty (will be Fiona’s mentor) and our newest member herself, Fiona.

East Timor Hearts Fund – Guest Speaker Dr Louise Creati

(Written by Gifty Dade)

This week was a very special meeting where we welcomed Dr Louise Creati who gave us a most informative address regarding the East Timor Heart Fund followed by a donation from the club.

Dr Louise Creati – volunteer Cardiologist for East Timor Hearts Fund

Dr. Louise Creati spoke on East Timor Hearts Fund and the incredible work it does.
Louise is a Cardiologist at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Mercy Hospital Werribee.
Louise was also a Rotary Exchange Student at 17 years old travelling to Malaysia.

History: East Timor Hearts Fund Established in 2010 by Dr. Noel Bayley (Cardiologist Warrnambool) Noel has been travelling to East Timor since 2002 for aid work. Patrons are the governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and His Excellency Xanana Gusmão – Former Prime Minister of East Timor.

Louise stated that, in the setting of poverty and lack of access to healthcare, there are ‘lots’ of rheumatic heart diseases with no known actual prevalence:
• Combination of rheumatic heart disease
• Congenital heart disease
• Grown up congenital heart disease.

Below are some of the achievements by Louise and her team during a trip last year to East Timor:
• 130 patients seen, all with echo-cardiograms done in 4 days!!!!
• Biggest trip done to date
• Able to review patients’ post-procedure, medical therapy reviews, and had about 80 brand-new referrals.
• Currently 9 young people needing relatively urgent intervention.
• 26 on waitlist.
• Younger children are usually referred to and taken care of by ROMAC.

Dr louise Creati receiving cheque from Community Committee member Louise

Louise was very gracious when receiving a donation of $500.00 from our Community Committee on behalf of Club for the East Timor Heart Fund.

Donations can be made to through their website at East Timor Hearts Fund

We wish Louise and the amazing group of volunteers at the East Timor Hearts Fund continued success at saving lives.