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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. . .

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.



Wynspeak Launch

wynspeak launchA great joint meeting with Hoppers Crossing Apex to launch the WynSpeak Competition.

A chance to hear last years  winners talk about what the competition has meant to them.

We also had a chance to hear a teachers viewpoint from Mary Croxon of Heathdale Christian College.

This years dates are :

  • Heat 1 – Tuesday 5th May
  • Heat 2 – Tuesday 12th May
  • Heat 3 – Tuesday 19th May
  • Heat 4 – Thursday 21st May
  • Heat 5 – Tuesday 26th May

Heats will be at the Wyndhan Youth Resource Centre, Derrimut Road at 7.00pm.

  • Final – 3rd June

The Final will be at Wyndham Council Offices at 7.00pm.

Come along and hear some passionate, sad, and amusing, presentations by our young people.


An Evening On The Blues Train

Blues Train
On 29th March a group of Rotarians and friends went down to Queenscliff to Ride the ‘Blues Train’.

A great night with a meal to start the evening then four blues performances in the over 2 hour train trip.

Thanks to Doug who organised the trip and Steve for the bus driving.

Closing the Gap

On the 20th April the Club was one of the sponsors of the Closing the Gap on Aboriginal Health Day at the Laverton Hub.

4 members ran a sausage sizzle at the event to support the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency,

Closing the Gap smoking ceremony

We were also able to enjoy watching the traditional dancers and participate in a smoking ceremony.


Youth Leadership and Philanthropy Recognition

Hoppers Crossing Rotary Club is proud to launch our new Youth Leadership and Philanthropy Recognition Program.

The club wishes to recognise young people who are working for the good of the community in the following categories:

  • Young Leader of the Year
  • Young New Resident Leader of the Year
  • Young Indigenous Leader of the Year

All candidates will be:

  1. 12-25 years of age
  2. Will have shown devotion to community service and volunteering
  3. Studying part or full time
  4. A current resident of the City of Wyndham.

For more details see the nomination form at the link below:


All nominations must be received no later than 5.00pm on Friday 20th March 2015