Heavy Horse Heritage Festival

Coming Up . . . Australia’s Premier Heavy Horse Festival
Working Horses Clydesdales

Organised by the Victorian Branch of the Commonwealth Clydesdale Horse Society (with Catering by Hoppers Crossing Rotary Club)

If you like Horses this is one not to miss!

Two Days of seeing Australia’s Best Heavy Horses.

21st and 22nd February
National Equestrian Centre
K Road
Werribee South

Gate entry $15 adults, $12 pensioners,Children under 16 free.

For more information follow this link: Heavy Horse Festival


Attention – Wedding Suppliers

If you provide any of the following wedding services there may be a space at our Bridal Fair



Your chance to show your services at the Bridal Fair on Sunday 3rd May 2015 that will be offering a door prize of a FREE WEDDING

If you are interested in being involved in 2015 . . . Contact Terri Beirne on:0402 842 567 or email: terrier1@ihug.com.au


To find out more visit the Bridal Fair Page


Wear for Success

Wear For Success (2)

Rotarian Linda Scott with Jodie Aickin

This week we visited the charity Wear for Success where we received a tour from Jodie Aickin,

This organisations assists people  who have limited means with clothes to attend interviews and wear when working at new jobs.

In a typical year they assist around 800 people and is more than just providing access to clothes.

Those who access the service are treated as important clients who are helped by staff and volunteers who spend time to find the best results.

Additional services include help with grooming, resume writing, and understanding the interview process. All important in adding to the self confidence the clients get from looking smart,

If you have got good quality mens or womens clothes or shoes you don’t wear, think about donating to Wear for Success at 5/24 Eastern Road, South Melbourne and checkout their website at www.wearforsuccess.org.au.



Primary School Essay Competion

Essay Competion

Karan Bhabra (Interact Club), Emma, & President Brian

This week our speaker was the winner of our ‘Primary School Essay Competition’.

This competition sponsored by our Club, is run in conjunction with the Baden Powell Interact Club who organised the event and judged the entries.

The winner was Emma Collins from the Iramoo Primary School. Emma read her essay to the Club about the important subject of ‘The Need To Provide Support To Stop Cyber Bullying’.

Following the talk Emma was presented with a certificate and a cheque.

District Governor’s Visit

DG visitDistrict Governor Murray Verso came along to the club this week.

He is pictured here with Khurram, Vice President Frances, and President Brian

As well as reminding us of some of the key issues of in Rotary he also treated us to the following Poem: The Power of One by Ashish Ram

One song can spark a moment,
One whisper can wake the dream.
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,
One moment can make one fall in luv.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal

One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey.
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what’s true,
One life can make a difference,
You see, it’s up to you!

Congratulations To Khurram

Congratulations to our member Khurram who received a Premier’s Award as the ‘New Resident Volunteer of the Year’ 
Volunteer awards
Khurram received the award for his work as a volunteer tutor coordinator at the SAIL(Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning) Program in Werribee. He teaches African emigrants high school science subjects using creative activities and modern technology.

As well as being a member of our Club he has volunteered internationally in various organisations, including Amnesty International.

The photograph shows Khurram with the other award winners and the Premier of Victoria. See this link for the full press release:  Volunteer Award Winners

Maori Wardens

mauori wardens

At the meeting of 2nd September our speakers were from the Maori Wardens

This is a voluntary organisation of Maori and Pacific Islander Elders.

They work with young members of their community to help them avoid taking the wrong path in their lives.

Wardens regularly patrol in the evenings to talk with young people on the streets about the Maori/Pacific Islander cultures and look to engage these people in a positive way.

Although they do not see their role as enforcing the law their positive approach appears to be successful in reducing poor behaviour around public transport.

At the close of the meeting the club made a donation to the Wardens in recognition of their contribution to their community which also brings benefits to the community as a whole.


Antique Fair 2014

Antique Fair
The Annual Antique Fair was held over the weekend of the 18th-20th July.

This major fundraiser for the club raised over $8,000 which will be used to support our projects to support our Community.

The photograph shows members Khurram Khan, Frances Farrugia and Martina Johnson controlling the door and welcoming visitors


New President for 2014 – 2015


Friday the 20th June was the Changeover Dinner.

The event at the Hoppers Club was well attended with 56 Rotarians, Partners and Guests to see President Brian Ashworth inducted as our new President for the next 12 months

During the Evening we celebrated Australian Culture


Working Bee at Camp Getaway

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOver the Queens Birthday weekend a party of 8 Rotarians and partners participated in a working bee at Camp Getaway.

Camp Getaway is a continuing  project of the combined Rotary Clubs of District 9800.

The camp caters for those of all abilities and mobility, provides a meeting place for support groups, and offers those who need it most a sanctuary away from their daily struggles. 

Task carried out included:

  • Spreading gravel over the driveway and parking area
  • Trimming trees around the grounds
  • Extensive tidying up of garden areas

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe were assisted by Alan and Anna’s grandchildren on the Sunday.

Although foreman Greg kept us busy there was also plenty of time for fellowship.