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Tommy Quick

Members may remember Tommy speaking to us during one of our "lockdown" Zoom meetings before he embarked on his Australian 4 Points Challenge.

A stroke survivor at age 12, Tommy suffered from a car running him over while on his epic ride in SA – 12 months later Tommy has learned to walk all over again and is now amazingly ready to resume his 9000km bike ride to raise funds for Stroke awareness in Youth.   He has completed one third (riding to and from Western most point of mainland Aust) and is now ready to take on the road to the Southern, Eastern and Northern most points of Australia and return.  (hence Australian 4 points challenge name).   His financial goal is to raise $1m and you support him here.    

Horn of Africa Project

Jama Farah has begun developing a further project to assist medical care in the Horn of Africa. He and Maria have met with a representative from the Austin Hospital to discuss their donation of six recently superseded dialysis machines.



Footscray Art Prize

The Footscray Art Prize will be held from July 15th-Seprtember 17th. Applications are now open and the main prize has been increased to $20 000. Maribyrnong Council has an acquisitive prize for a person living the one of surrounding LGAs. The Footscray Art Prize dinner will be held on August 5th at St Augustine’s Hall in Yarraville. Our club will again sponsor the prizes for the primary and secondary students.

Club Meeting Nov 17th

At our meeting on Nov 17th we heard details of current activities and projects.

Elizabeth Drozd updated us about the Western Region Aged Care Fund.

Suzanne Zammit spoke about the Footscray Art Prize. Applications are now open and the main prize has been increased to $20 000. Our club will again sponsor the prizes for the primary and secondary students.

Jama Farah informed us of a project currently in development. He and I met with a representative from the Austin Hospital to discuss their donation of  six recently superseded dialysis machines which will to be sent to Africa.

Jamie Robertson, began the Vietnam Dental Project in 1992. He visited Vietnam earlier this year to organise the visit for 2023.

Cluster Meeting

Our first meeting for the month was the Cluster Meeting with the DG which was held at the Yarraville Club on November 10th. From the five clubs in the cluster we had 53 people attending with 16 bookings from our club. Our main speaker for the night was DG Amanda Wendt who spoke about attracting younger members to Rotary and the ability of clubs to change and meet their needs one way of doing this was to form Satellite Clubs.


Western Emergency Relief Network

A request for help from PDG Ross Butterworth to help WERN with flood relief. WERN is a charity changing lives every day for those marginalised in our society or suffering trauma threough emergency situations. WERN is made up from people and organisations wanting to make a difference.

Victoria has been hit by significant storms and flooding throughout the state. Our neighbours need our help, with cash, furniture and our time.

Can you help?


Beyond Water

BeyondWater and Rotary clubs across Australia have partnered together since 2007 to give 240,000 people (and counting) clean water and sanitation facilities EVERY DAY to East Africans. 

What began with our founders Pete & Sharon Crean (RC Pohutukawa Coast, NZ) to give one child clean water has expanded to schools, medical clinics and remote communities across seven countries. Our leadership program, The Girl Project, now operates in four locations in Kenya and Rwanda.

With the generosity of Rotary, Interact and Rotaract Clubs thousands of students now have good toilets and somewhere to wash their hands.


The Melbourne Cup

At our meeting on Oct 20th Darcy Brennan gave a wonderful talk on the history of the Melbourne Cup, the horses, trainers and the jockeys. His love for the sport of racing was evident and he brought along photos showing the famous horses that captured people’s imaginations and hearts.


Yarraville Tennis Club - a Century in the Community

Our speakers on October 6th were Dr Denise Clarke and Graham Richardson from the Yarraville Tennis Club. This a community organisation with over 100 years of service to its community and currently flourishing with over 400 members. What lessons do they have for us? The tennis club has had its ups and downs over time and staying the course through tough times has allowed the club to survive to take advantage of better times.

Walk West 2022

Western Health Foundation is excited to announce that registration is officially open for the 2022 WalkWest Virtual Landmarks Challenge

The virtual event will run from Wednesday 9 November through to Wednesday 30 November and best of all - it's completely free to register!

You'll have 21 days to get out and explore Melbourne's west! We're encouraging you to challenge yourself to a marathon effort of walking 42km in 21 days - the distance between Flemington Racecourse and Werribee Zoo.


Tree Planting

A tree planting was held on 2nd September at Doug Mills Reserve on the banks of the Maribyrnong. Organised by Fred Maddern and Nada Stojkovski this activirty was conducted in conjunction with Council and Footscray City Secondary College.


Vale George Kerry

Members of the Rotary Club of Footscray mourn the sudden passing of fellow Rotarian George Kerry on Monday 20th June.
George was a quiet, ever-present gentle man. Introduced to the club by his father, George senior, he was an active member for almost 33 years. He lived the Rotary motto of ‘Service above Self’ and will be greatly missed
A  funeral celebrating George's life will be held at
Holy Protection Cathedral
1-7 Albion St, Brunswick East
10.30am Thursday 30th June

Rotary International Convention 2023

Special registration fee for RI Convention.

Ensure you register for this once in a lifetime opportunity as the 114th Rotary International Convention is held in Melbourne 27-31 May 2023. 

The best and cheapest registration fee of US$425 is available for 5 days only during the Houston Convention [4-8 June 2021, Houston time]. Fee increases to US$475 on 9th June. Register online at:

New Members

The club was delighted to welcome new members Rana Yawary and Khushel Kahn at our meeting on May 19th. We look forward to getting to know them and their contribution to the club.



Mambourin Awards

At the meeting of May 5 the club welcomed staff of Mambourin, an organisation that supports people with disability.  Following a presentation by Casandra Smith, General Manager-People and Culture three awards were presented:

Most Outstanding Supported Employee of the Year Award

Louise Emmett (see photo)

“A supported employee within in our social enterprise …a vibrant and outgoing member of the team working towards a Cert 2 in Warehouse Operations and obtaining a forklift licence”


Paul Harris Society

The latest newsletter from District 98009 Foundation Chair, PDG Julie Mason, can be read by clicking this link .


Highlights of the District 9800 Changeover 2021

By Dale Hoy

How fortunate we were, after having to change the date of the District 9800 Changeover to Saturday 10th July, to be able to have 250 Rotarians meet between two Victorian COVID lockdowns for an enjoyable face to face day of celebration and fellowship and the wonderful location of Hyatt Place in Essendon Fields.


Tommy Quick

Tommy Quick has started his epic journey of cycling 9,000 kms to the four most extreme points of Australia and a goal to raise $1,000,000. for the Stroke Foundation.
Due to COVID border restrictions he cannot get into WA yet. He will do what he can from SA and Victoria then head north and cover WA last, if he can get into there by that time.
The Rotary Club of Footscray supports Tommy in his fundraising and you can individually donate via the club "team page" at this link.

Evan Phillips Scholarship

Evan Phillips Rotary Club of Footscray Scholarship
The Rotary Club of Footscray and FutureGen Foundation are partnering to provide the Evan Phillips scholarship to apprentices and trainees in Melbourne’s West.
The Evan Phillips Scholarship has been developed to provide assistance to young disadvantaged Australians by giving them ‘a hand up, not a hand out’, and helping them reach their full potential.  
The Evan Phillips Scholarship is open to apprentices and trainees who reside in Maribyrnong, Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Wyndham and Melton Councils.
To be eligible for the Evan Phillips Scholarship, apprentices and trainees need to have been employed for a period of six months, be up to date with studies, have excellent attendance and be supported by your Employer Partner to be nominated. 
Applications close September 30th and are through the FutureGen Foundation website -

Vale David Graham

One of our club giants, David Graham OAM, died last Friday, September 3rd, just short of his 91st birthday.

David joined the Rotary Club of Footscray in 1977 while he was headmaster of Rosamond Road Primary School. He brought a deceptively quiet energy to everything he tackled in life and he was prominent in his own community of Altona where he became Mayor, as well as in our club with one legacy being the Aged Care facility in Mephan Street. He didn’t act alone in that venture but his role was pivotal.

David’s strengths were in administration and networking and his achievements were many. His calm manner and quiet dignity belied the solid contributions he made in life and these contributions were, perhaps belatedly, recognised through him being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. In his later years, David (which was really his middle name, his first being Hugh) put his energy into Footscray Probus Club and he became an Honorary member of our club. He remained a source of wise counsel to anyone who asked.

He would be the first to admit that Team Graham achievements were attributable to his wife Valda and himself. She might be the model for the well-known saying, “behind every great man there is a…” 

Death brings a full stop to the contribution which any person makes to society but the ripples of past actions can spread out and have effect long after. The best way we can honour David is to redouble our efforts to improve the community in which we live and which he loved.

Sincere condolenscences to Valda and family.

 Jamie Robertson AM, President

2023 International Convention

Melbourne will host the 2023 International Convention!! While the official promotion program for the Convention will not commence until after the 2022 Convention, have a think about the opportunities to Volunteer at this wonderful event.

Thank you for a wonderful year ‘Opening Opportunities’!

We are now in the peak of club changeovers and DGE Dale, DGN Amanda, DGND Ron, partners and I have been greatly enjoying every event. I know I speak for all the G-train members when I say how amazing it is to see the incredible spread of Rotary activities across the District; to take in the atmosphere of every club; and to learn about the many successes that clubs have achieved during the 2020/21 year with the projects they have undertaken that make such a difference in the world. We are also buoyed by the plans that club leadership teams have for the year ahead.

I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all Centenary Presidents and club leadership teams for your incredible efforts in ‘Opening Opportunities’ through what has been a challenging year.  


Welcome from District Governor Dale

Welcome to the new Rotary Year of 2021-22, the Centenary year of Rotary here in Australia and New Zealand in which we follow the lead of our Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta and ‘Serve to Change Lives.’

In between two Covid lockdown restrictions, on 10th July at Hyatt Essendon Fields, 250 Rotarians came together to celebrate the District 9800 Changeover. It was wonderful to enjoy face to face friendship and fellowship again.

Clubs across the District, in many cases forced to juggle dates due to COVID restrictions, hosted their changeover events. Both Maureen and I, plus other members of the District Leadership group attended all Changeovers across the District and we were all impressed by the extent of community activity and impact over the last 12 months especially during the difficult COVID period. 

The District Networker Newsletter will be issued twice a month commencing the first and third week of August.

Our District website has been updated and District events will continue to be published under 'Upcoming Events' on the home page.

The popular Morning Tea with the DG will continue on Saturday mornings commencing August varying the format to include themed events and some interactive sessions. 

Any other feedback on enhancing communication across the District will be gratefully received.

On behalf of the District Leadership team, we look forward to working with clubs and Rotarians to help increase our community impact over the next 12 months.

Dale Hoy

A few words from the Club President

It seems only a few weeks since Jama Farah asked me to be president elect (PE) for his year as president. In a fit of absence of mind, I said, yes. We are now nearly at the end of my first month having had the Changeover night, the District’s changeover night, a second meeting at The Plough Hotel and soon to come, my first Zoom Board meeting. Apart from that, there’s been a Zoom meeting of our cluster’s Presidents and a veritable e-blizzard of emails from everywhere except someone in Nigeria offering me a fortune. 


Horn of Africa Project

The containers of medical equipment have arrived in Somali State of Ethiopia.
An official reception held to receive the equipment was attended by the Mayor, Vice-Minister Health, Vice-Minister of Education and local elders. The press attended the ceremony, resulting in radio and television coverage.
The equipment has been received with much appreciation.
Included in the donations were a number of motorised scooters. One has been provided to a man whose means of getting around had been walking on his hands. His life has been transformed by the scooter. He said “I have gone from being dead to alive”.
The donations of dialysis machines has allowed 3 public dialysis services to be established. Previously only private hospitals were offering dialysis.
These are great outcomes from our project.
Thank you so much for your support which has helped transform lives.
Jama Farah
Rotary Club of Footscray

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