WIne Appreciation fundraising event for Interplast

Rotary is not all hard work!    Melbourne’s inclement weather was never going to stop committed people raising funds for Interplast while learning more about wine and generally having a good time.  Being able to combine service and pleasure is one of the things that makes Rotary special.  PP Leon Lewi and the Rotary Club of Keilor ran another excellent event to raise funds for Interplast which will be used to improved people health in neighbouring countries.

Mission Accomplished - Balibo Village

Mission Accomplished

Volunteers Ross & Virginia McMillan sign off in Balibo
The past 6 months have been among the most productive in our 8 year involvement with the Balibo Community, in Timor Leste.
Rotary Volunteers, Ross and Virginia McMillan have left their mark on the towns civic buildings and in every resident’s heart! Six (6) months was not ever going to be enough time to build and fix all that is necessary & desirable for the community, but so much was accomplished!
Virginia taught English at the Community Learning Centre (CLC), at the San Antonio Boardinghouse School (Balibo Convent) and to the staff at the Fort House Hotel. She also home-schooled their 10 y.o. son, Charlie.
Ross started by making improvements & building a new toilet at their rental home. (lucky landlord!) Then added a room and installed a new water-tank at the Balibo 5 Kindergarten, the kindy now has a capacity for 80 kids. The CLC was a BIG winner: The English Language classroom got a new roof and the Resident-Volunteers apartment got new stairs. The Cafeteria was expanded & improved and there is new water-tank. There is also an improved storage room and a brand new Mechanic’s Training Shop.
Ross also supervised the construction of the Victorian Government funded new Conference Room at the Fort House Hotel and made significant improvements to the fresh water supply to the hotel and the CLC complex.
Importantly, the larger Kindy, the Conference Room, the Cafeteria and the Mechanic’s Shop will add 8+ permanent new jobs. The buildings are all used for Vocational Training of aspiring mechanics, cooks and waiters. Ross & Virginia were sponsored by RC Port Melbourne and RAWCS, but all the above works, materials and labour, including the yet to be delivered fit-out for the Conference Centre and Mechanics Training Shop were funded by the Rotary Balibo Partnership, made up by RC’s of Keilor & Port Melbourne [District 9800] Berwick, Pakenham & Mitchel River [District 9820] and RC Windsor, NSW. A very generous District 9800 Grant was also part of the funding for these projects.
We welcome back Ross, Virginia and Charlie and thank them for their generosity and humanity. Our thanks also to Michele Ranking, Rufina, Marino and Mario at the CLC, and everyone at Balibo House Trust, for their help and support for our Rotary Volunteers.

Paul Harris Awards at President's Lunch

At the recent President's lunch three Paul Harris awards were presented to two memebrs and a members partner for services to Rotary International and the Rotary Club of Keilor

Harold Simpson (Sapphire), Glenda Bryson & Carmel Bourke

Keilor Rotary Speaker Program 25th July & 1st August


Keilor Cricket Club & Keilor Rotary Joint Trivia Night

Come along and test your Trivia knowledge at the Joint Trivia Night form a team and book a table. Great Prizes, Raffle and Auction

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Keilor Rotary & Police Blue Ribbon Night 21st March


Inside Strory 2017 will be a major community event and fundraiser conducted in conjunction with the  Westgate Branch of the VicPol Blue Ribbon Foundation - and with keynote speakers Superintendent Lisa Hardeman, Divisional Commander Brimbank Division, Victoria Police and Detective Senior Sergeant Bob Heaney, Armed Crime Squad, Vctoria Police.
Bob is the current Detective Senior Sergeant in charge of the elite Armed Crime Squad.  A Western suburbs boy who started his career at Williamstown and Sunshine in uniform before progressing to the Crime Investigation Unit at an early stage, forming part of the inaugural armed robbery taskforce in the Western suburbs in the year 2000.  Bob has coached football at high levels and now manages highly complicated investigations against those committed to violent and organised offending across Victoria.  Bob will give an insight into the intricacies of modern day violent and organised offending, and the investigations of such crime.
This is a very timely opportunity for the local community to hear directly from those at the front line of policing - at a time when youth and violent crime are at the forefront of our daily news.
7pm for 7.30pm at the Keilor Bowls Club, 1 Barcelona Avenue, Keilor - plenty of parking at adjacent Keilor Recreation reserve.
$25 per head inclusive of light supper (drinks at Bar prices).  Great Silent Auction items & raffle prizes.  Bookings at
All profits from this event will be directed to the Blue Ribbon Foundation to assist it in funding the purchase of two portable Blood Warmer machines for the Cardiac Care Unit at Sunshine Hospital in the name of Victoria Police officers killed or injured in the course of their duty.


Join the Keilor Rotary Club for our Police Blue Ribbon fundraising event at the Keilor Bowls Club on Tuesday 21st March at 7pm

For bookings

For Further Enquiries Norm Draper Rotary Club of Keilor or Sergeant Mick Downes Victoria Police 0419032479

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Christmas Bags for the Elderly

Christmas 2016 has seen the twelth year in which the Rotary Club of Keilor has supported the local Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) in bringing some festive cheer to that service’s most housebound, restricted and isolated clients.

The project involved the provision of 100 Shopping bags into which we had packed Christmas goodies including Christmas cake/plum puddings, small food items, personal hygiene, grooming and household products.
The appreciation received from this project begins when the bags are delivered to the RDNS and we witness the anticipation with which the Nurses look forward to bringing Christmas joy to their patients through the efforts of our Club.  A small number of the bags were placed directly with, and received similar appreciation, from, some needy recipients of whom Club members were personally aware.
In undertaking this project, the Club had great support from a number of businesses.  We are indebted to them for that support and they can be well pleased at the joy evidenced on the faces of recipients of the bags at what, for many, can be a very lonely time.Again this year the Rotary Club of Keilor collected donation from local business and Rotary members in the  Keilor and Niddrie areas to make up Christmas hamper bags for the lonely, isoleted members of the local community. The Christams Bags were delivered by Royal District Nurses to clients they had identified.

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Rotarian John Dean rewarded with Royce Abbey Award


John Dean was presented with the Royce Abbey Award for his enthusiasm

and commitment to the ideals of Rotary though his dedicated service to our club's many projects since joining Rotary