The Rotary Club of
Mount Eliza
Chartered 1971
Club Information
Mount Eliza
Service Above Self
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Dining Room, Toorak College
Mt Eliza
Mount Eliza, VIC 3930
0419 386 900
Dinner Meeting at Toorak College & Zoom Meeting Conference Number 826504424487
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Venue Map
Meeting Responsibilities
Rew, David
Gilbert, John
Assistant Cashier
Mason, Justin
Coultas, Judy
Welsh, John
3 Minute Speaker
Schweitzer, Ross
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Neil inspecting stromatolite fossils.
President's Message
Neil Heron
member photo
Hi all, from sunny but chilly outback South Australia. Helen and I are presently camped at Coober Pedy and enjoying the relative warmth here compared to the cold days and nights of the Flinders Ranges. I can recommend the Flinders Ranges as an outstanding site to explore and experience. You can ride, hike or drive to many of the key sites that are rugged and colourful. The drive north along the Oodnadatta Track is also colourful, rugged and bumpy! 
I hope all in the club remain fit and healthy and I am pleased that the news on COVID is good from Victoria (was). I will take this opportunity to reiterate my plans for the club this year, to follow on from Sue's excellent year whilst dealing with all the constraints forced upon us by COVID. In some ways I am planning to return to many of the things that we couldn't do last year. I believe we need a strong return to fellowship activities and to that end PP Jim has agreed to take charge of driving this and I am sure we will have many exciting and fun times ahead. At meetings, the sergeant's role will be shared and the sergeant's committee will be responsible for all the club's assets and club material. I am also expecting Directors to take a stronger role in fundraising and supplying speakers. PP Carolyn and Judy have carried out their respective roles in an exemplary and enthusiastic manner and I think it is now time to spread the load. We have between 30 - 40 guest speakers each year and I hope Youth, Vocational, International, Community and Environmental can each identify/supply 4 speakers (20 in total).  I also see that including Directors of each Avenue of Service playing a role in securing their own funding for projects is important to take some of the load off the fundraising committee. Leanne and PP Carolyn will still oversee and have final say over the planning of fundraising but the responsibility of finding fundraisers will be shared more. 
 I plan to increase our membership in both the satellite club and the original club by broadening our representation from the various professions, trades, businesses and other organisations in our community. It is imperative that we all put on our thinking caps and strive to find new sources of members.  Lastly but crucially, we need to support and encourage the satellite club to flourish. We are already seeing the benefits from having the satellite members in our club and I thank them for their support at the BBQs and other events they have attended. It can only benefit us all as the satellite club grows and prospers.
I would like to thank everyone who is helping the club carry on with both Sue and me away during July. (Another reminder that Changeover is on August 3rd at Peninsula Grammar.)
Until next time, thanks to Secretary Pauline, PP Ross , PPJim and PE John for steering the ship, cheers, Neil
Meeting Announcements
Acting President Ross, National Youth Science Forum will this year be a hybrid event, part on line and part visit to relevant facilities, not to Canberra.
Secretary Pauline, Change over Dinner, 3 August. Book via Humanitix as per email sent to all members.
Please check rosters. If you cannot attend, please find replacement and advise Pauline.
Bernie Edwards, Bunnings sausage sizzle 17 July. Rosters should be out in the next day or so.
Ritchie’s Card has so far benefitted the Club by $8,218 over the time it has been operating. The old cards are no longer valis, so please renew with the new cards. Bernie has new card application information.
Linda Morris, Let Linda know if you wish to attend Conference
Treasurer Chris, Your dues are due
Club News
Kerry Margalit so has moved from our Club with Rhonda Vincent.  Kerry will visit for fundraising and Changeover - a great Friend of the Club
Presentation - Our Food System is Broken
Justin Mason delivered a presentation on our Food System. Broken? Can it be fixed? 
Full Presentation Click Here
As David states in the above video trailer - A Life on Our Planet;  "We need to learn how to work with nature, rather than against it..."
The answer is simple:
The last point is now easily in reach due to the Mornington Shire allowing residents to add Food Waste to the Green Garden bins from Monday 19th July. 
3 Minute Speaker
Carolyn Such - Topic :Westgate Park
What a great idea and great project by Parks Victoria. 
Carolyn spoke with enthusiasm about the Westgate Park, under Westgate  Bridge, where she and Linda M. took their 5 Grandchildren aged 6 to 10 during the school holidays. It is an outstanding green oasis in the midst of industrial surrounds.  It is a flourishing park on the banks of the Yarra River. Good parking, lots of walking, riding trails with many joggers and riders. Excellent BBQ area and facilities. They visited the nature trail, the sculpture park, together with the lakes filled with bird life. Area was full of indigenous plants. Carolyn commended the park as worthy of a visit for all ages.
Carolyn suggested that in the future the Environmental Committee look at hosting a BBQ at Westgate Park for friends and family to enjoy the "green oasis" located in the heart of industrial Melbourne. 
Future Member ?
Garry Padey has returned.. future member? 
Home Hosting
Home hosting has proven to be very popular with Club Members over many years.
Unfortunately as a result of COVID, the home hosting program in the 2019/20 Rotary Year was not fully completed and in the Rotary Year that finishes this week it wasn't held at all.
It is proposed to re-introduce Home Hosting in the 2021/22 Rotary Year.
Rotarians who participate invite two fellow Rotarians and their partners (where applicable) to lunch or dinner. In turn they will be invited to dine at the homes of two other Rotarians.
Participation in the program is totally voluntary.
Single Rotarians are able to fully participate.
It is important that people who wish to participate must commit to their hosting responsibilities.
In the past there have been some people who did not reciprocate and this caused some concern.
If you would like to participate in the coming year's home hosting program, please email Jim Young - - no later than Friday 10 July 2021.
A reminder will be circulated at Rotary next week.
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P O Box 95 Mount Eliza 3930
We meet at 6:00 PM Every Tuesday at Toorak College