The Rotary Club of
Mount Eliza
Chartered 1971
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Mount Eliza
Service Above Self
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Dining Room, Toorak College
Mt Eliza
Mount Eliza, VIC 3930
0418 319 101
Dinner Meeting at Toorak College & Zoom Meeting Conference Number 82650442487
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Upcoming Events
Youth Fund Raiser - John's spit Roast
Apr 15, 2023
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Bunnings BBQ Sunday April 23
Apr 23, 2023
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Moondah Hotel Furniture & Fittings Auction
Apr 24, 2023 – May 01, 2023
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President's Message - John Welsh

President’s report 28th March, 2023
Last week I met up with John Paterson and took him for a coffee in Mt Eliza where we met up with Paul for a cup of coffee. Both John and Paul have a bit of a health battle on their hands but both were positive and talked of their time working in Germany, I think Paul for 16 years and John for two. We will catch up again when John returns from Ballarat where he is spending a few weeks with his daughter.
Good to welcome Robin and Jenny Stewart last guest speaker.  They are from the Rotary Club of Frankston and told of their work at far western NSW on a research station.  Apart from doing work it seemed that a major part of their trip was the fellowship and bonds created on the project.  Thanks Robin for your presentation.
We don’t meet next Tuesday but we have our fund raising spit roast on
the 15th the following Saturday. Starting at 4.00pm.  Neil is arranging some music TBC and we will set up on Saturday with a small group. Should be good fun, hopefully we have decent weather but will have our marquees just in case. Booking is by Humanitex, instructions will be sent shortly.
Fireside is the following Tuesday,18th we meet and have dinner at Toorak and then break to meet in different houses where we will have a series of discussion points to consider.  Please confirm with George-Ann your attendance or otherwise for this night.
I hope you have a meaningful Easter and get plenty of eggs!
This Weeks Speaker
Fort Grey Project  -  Robin Stuart
3 minute Speaker  -  Rhonda Vincent
Fort Grey Project  -  Robin Stuart
Robin is a past president of the Rotary Club of Frankston and has a keen interest and involvement in many of Rotary’s environmental projects in Australia. He spoke to the Club about the Fort Grey Project he and his Club initiated in 2017. The project is in support of a NSW government initiative to reintroduce 10 native marsupials including bandicoots, hopping mice and quolls back into the Fort Grey area in the top north west corner of NSW near Cameron’s Corner. The government and research institutes fund the environmental works and running costs, however, the old Fort Grey homestead was run down and needed repair to suit the young family that was sent to manage the project. This is where the Rotary Club of Frankston stepped in. Every year they send a working party to renovate, repair and maintain the buildings and instal new facilities. They normally have 15-20 workers attend. They drive up to Fort Grey in 4wd’s towing a variety of vans and trailers. The area is very isolated and arid. They need to bring in all their supplies and materials. It takes them 2 and half days to get there driving from Frankston. The work they do ranges from painting, general building repairs, improving amenities, renovating living quarters and helping to instal new structures such as the School of the Air classroom. Robin spoke of the great fellowship and satisfaction of achievement the team develops and the strong bond the Club has established with the The Pedler family: Rebecca, Reece, Isla, Zac and Edwin. It was impressive to see the changes they have made over the years. He stressed how working as a team can accomplish big things. The effort and work the Rotary Club of Frankston has put is to be admired when you think of the working conditions, time commitment, the isolation and the distance covered. Robin calculated over $50,000 in man hours have been completed. He did say that generally material costs are covered by the government and research groups.
I have included a number of relevant photos including before and after shots.
3 minute Speaker  -  Rhonda Vincent
Rhonda reflected on how much easier employment was throughout her working life compared to what faces present-day young people. When she commenced Tertiary education was government supported to the extent she received an allowance to study. Jobs were easy to come by and she often had choices of jobs. Rhonda had a range of jobs including teaching, office work for Australian Trade Missions, nanny and education supplies. She reflected not once did she need a resume or job application, simply an interview. Rhonda felt that taking advantage of opportunities as they arose was important. She finished commenting on how hard it has become when seeking employment with resumes, social media profiles and qualifications needed before you even get an interview.
Other News
Other News
Spit Roast Youth Fund Raiser
Starting at 4.00 pm onwards, on Saturday 15 April Rotary Mt Eliza is holding a Spit Roast Fundraiser for the Youth Program at the home of Rotarian Neil Heron. Dinner will be served at 6.00 pm
We aim to have a minimum of 50 to 60 guests in attendance on what should be a great occasion for fellowship, fun and fund-raising.
President John Welsh, a celebrated “foodie”, is cooking the beef spit roast. This will be accompanied by salads, pasta, rice and greens. A delicious pavlova will finish off the meal.
All Rotarians, Friends, Honorary Members, Family and other supporters are asked to attend this special event.
There will be other fun activities that will add to the evening’s entertainment and fellowship. 
Neil’s address is 610 Moorooduc Road, Mt Eliza - corner of Wooralla Drive & Moorooduc Road (opposite Tullys). Enter from Wooralla Drive.
In the event of rain there is plenty of room undercover.
The cost of the evening is $33 per person and BYO drinks.
To book, click here LINK
Please book early so that we can confirm numbers for catering purposes. 
Frankston Art Show
I am the Image Director at the Rotary Club of Frankston and I am writing to you to promote our Fundraiser. 
We’re really excited to be presenting the Art Show, after a lay off of over 30 years! It will be held over the Easter period at the Seaford Community Centre and will feature some great artists, in particular the Brush Brigade from Broken Hill. As always with Rotary, there will be a grateful recipient of proceeds from the Show, the SES, to help fund their purchase of a new vehicle. Additionally, we are holding a Gala Opening on Thursday 6 th April at the Community Centre. You will find all of the information on our website We would love to see you there!
RI Convention in MELBOURNE
Action required: Share urgently with your Club members who have not yet registered for the Convention
There are now just 2.5 months until the 2023 RI Convention in Melbourne but there is still time to register for what promises to be an extraordinary event. Rotary Conventions bring together in one place the entire Rotary Family to share their Rotary passion and connect for inspiration, learning and fellowship.
Because they are held in a different location around the world each year, RI conventions provide a wonderful opportunity to combine a fabulous Rotary extravaganza with a great holiday. As someone who has been to half a dozen International Conventions over the years, I can tell you that each one is different, each one has excellent speakers, each one has a great house of friendship and each one has great hospitality events all along with wonderful fellowship.
Go to the website and Register NOW
Club Meetings
Club Meetings
Mar-28Club Assembly
 Chairman - Carolyn Such
 No 3 Minute Speaker
 Cashiers - Trish Stamp / Rhonda Vincent
 Fellowship - Jenny Baker assisted by Kay McCauley
 Furniture - Jim Voss
 Sergeant - Mike or Ross
Apr-04Speaker Robin Stewart Fort Grey Project _ A Desert Project for Endangered Species
 Caryl Coulthard
 3 Minute Speaker - Rhonda Vincent
 Cashiers - Sue Voss / Pauline McFarlane
 Fellowship - Carol Wallace
 Furniture - David Rew
 Sergeant - Mike or Ross
April 11No Meeting - moved to April 15
April 15
Time: 5.00pm - 9.00pm . Youth Fund Raiser at the Heron's property. Cost is the standard meeting meal charge and friends/guests/partners all welcome.
John Welsh will "do a beef spit" which will be complimented with roast spuds, salads, bread and vegetarian options. We will also present some awards. 
April 18Fireside Meeting. All gather at Toorak College for a meal, then disperse to local homes for a Planning/Discussion. Stay tuned for further details.
ChairCarolyn Such
Brynton's Joke of the Week
Brynton's Joke of the week 
An old lady was standing at the rail of a cruise ship holding her hat on tight so it would not blow off in the wind.  A gentleman approached her and said "Pardon me madam, I do not intend to be forward, but did you know your dress is blowing up in this high wind?
"Yes I know," said the lady, "but I need both hands to hold my hat on".  
"But madam, you are not wearing anything under your dress and your privates are exposed" said the gentleman earnestly.
The woman looked down, then back at the man and replied..."Sir, anything you see down there is 85 years old. I just bought this hat yesterday!"
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We meet at 6:00 PM Every Tuesday at Toorak College