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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Apr 12, 2022
The meeting was moved to an earlier date.
Apr 19, 2022
Club Assembly
Apr 26, 2022
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Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting Responsibilities - 19th April 2022
Cashier - Bernie Edwards
Chair - John Welsh
Furniture - Brynton Fennell
Assistant Cashier - John Horscroft
Fellowship - Tim Worrall
3 Minute Speaker - TBA
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President's Message

Neil Heron
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Hi all,
A very busy week in Rotary and we achieved a great deal. Th Great Aussie Hike was held and the organisers were very pleased with our help with marshalling, supplying Marquees and corking food both at the BBQ and the cheese toasties van. We placed a donation bucket at the BBq and we raised $400. The toasties van raised $180 so even though this was not the main aim of this venture, it was a great spin off for our project account. The profile of Rotary was high and our volunteering was appreciated by all the hikers. 18 members, 2 rotarians from Rosebud/rye and 2 from the satellite club volunteered their help. Congratulations and thanks to all those who participated in this venture.
The next day we had our “2nd Tuesday in the Month meeting” at the Morris’s. It was a great fellowship occasion with many friends and guests joining us. Linda and Carolyn organized an excellent spread of scones, muffins, sandwiches, party pies, sausage rolls and asparagus rolls for our afternoon tea. We are still tallying up the finds raised through the meeting charge and donations for the Rotary Foundation Ukraine Appeal. Thank you also for all the members and friends who donated door prizes, although the results in the draw brought forward the typical calls of disbelief and “it was rigged” (all in good fun!). Once again thank you to Linda & David for the use of their house, their preparation for the event and, I suspect, the raiding of their wine stocks.
Some good news from the Jubilee Tree Planting Fund that the grant we have applied for through MP Peta Murphy representing the Dunkley federal electorate, has reached the 2nd phase and is highly likely to be supported in Canberra. More forms to fill in. I now have a greater respect for Bernie and others who regularly go through this process. The grant will cover all our costs that we have budgeted for in this phase of the Bay Trail, our Centenary Project. On a similar vein, we received a cheque for $750 from Ritchies for our projects - $500 for vouchers and $250 for the Ukraine Appeal. Once again, a big thank you to Ritchies, one of our major sponsors.
Unfortunately, Leanne Trembath feels she cannot continue as an active member and is now going to join the Friends. She is keen to remain in contact with us all and assisting in our events and fundraisers. It is pleasing that Leanne will remain a part of our Club and look forward to he continuing support of our events.
Remember that there is NO meeting next Tuesday, April 12.
On the COVID front, Ray & Marjory and Mark & Linda are recovering but unfortunately Judy Coultas has succumbed to it. Our Best wishes to them all. See you all on the April for our Club Assembly meeting, cheers, Neil
This week's Speakers
Three Minute Speaker - James Voss
Our Three Minute Speaker this week, James Voss, used a Stanford Psych Test (can you leave a cookie on the plate given the promise of another if you wait 5 minutes) to help illustrate success in life and learning. If you did pass the test, you were in a group that performed better in nearly every task or pathway in life. 30-50% of 3YO’s could do it. This doesn’t mean all is lost for the others. Given more time to develop and learn, the rest could learn how to develop the ability to pass the test. Time was the key factor and time is the variable that must be available in education for success. Throwing money into courses and more peoples is not as effective as giving them more time to learn.
Guest Speaker - Ross Schweitzer
 Guest Speaker this week, Gary from I-med, could not make the meeting so he will be rescheduled to a future date. At short notice, Ross filled in with a discussion about International Borders, how confusing they can be and how the lines drawn on a map to define a nation can lead to great conflict. Ross used Europe as his main case study focussing on Yugoslavia. We are all well aware of the disasters that occurred as that “nation” fell apart after the dissolution of the USSR. He used a strip of land that separates two sections of Croatia. Croatia sold the strip to Bosnia to allow them a gateway to a sea port years earlier. Step forward in time and the two countries were no longer partners, so Croatia decided to ” build a bridge out to sea so that two sections or Croatia could be linked to avoid customs and visas etc.  The bridge construction was to be paid by European Union loan but ended up being a Chinese loan with strings attached. To add salt to the wound the entries and exits to the bridge were controlled by the Chinese and cost them the same again to get it cleared up. Ross intrigued us with stories of bits of nations such as the Netherlands in Belgium, and bits of Germany in all sorts of places and islands of countries in the regions controlled by other nations. He didn’t even touch on the problems in Africa. All in all it explained why there are so many issues that often result in armed conflicts such as Ukraine/Russia in the present day. It was quite an eye opener. Thank you Ross for such a fascinating yet “truth is stranger than fiction” topic.
Centenary Project  -  The Bay Trail
Ross Kilborn has to arrange a double page spread in the local newspapers to showcase the Bay Trail. This will come out towards the end of April and our club will be featured. We have recieved replies from our local politiciand both Federal & State supporting the funding of the project and they are actively lobbying for its progress. IT is looking more likely that our section of the trail will be funded in the near future. The total funding allocated by all arms of the government to the Bay Trail is now $17 million!
The first working session on the rehabilitation of the railway land along the proposed Bay Trail was comleted on Wednesday. Charlie and Marty from The Friends group along with Rotarians Caryl, John Welsh, Di Horscroft and myself and 11 students from Peninsula Grammar with their teacher Paul carried out a weeding programme in preparation for planting in May. The students used secateurs to collect all the Watsonia seed heads and removed boneseed plants. They filled more than 6 large garden bags and disposed of them in a skip. It was a most productive session and bodes well to some significant work being done in the future. The Rotary Club of Mt Eliza is purchasing the first lot of 200 indigeneous plants from the Briars nursery shortly to be ready for planting in the coming weeks. The planting plan defines what we can plant so special stock needs to be grown before we can plant more.  Future work will include seed collection, further weed removal and caring for the new plants. Many thanks to all involved.
  Charlie and Marty at the site. We will print photos of the "workers" when we get permission. Note the absence of Watsonia now!
The Bay Trail is the Centenary Project of our cluster of Rotary Clubs. One of the key sections is the missing link in the region our Club covers - Moorooduc Station to Mornington. The great news is that the local federal member Greg Hunt, is supporting a grant of $2 million of federal funding for the Mornington Mt Eliza link. However, for  3 clubs, Mt Eliza, Mt Martha and Mornington the critical piece is Moorooduc to Mornington and connecting the Harap Creek Trail to the Briars, so more funding will be required. Keep lobbying the politicians.
"Right now the Council has a grant application with the Regional Tourism infrastructure  Fund. We need as many people as possible to support this.
CAN YOU PLEASE THIS WEEK  via your newsletter, at your meeting etc ask all members  to send a simple email to the Minister for Tourism supporting this.
It can be as simple as
Dear Minister Pakula
I write in support of the application of the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council for a Regional Tourism Infrastructure Grant to complete the Moorooduc to Mornington Section of the Peninsula Trail.
If they want to write a letter or call they can do that too.
Level 36, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
(03) 8392 2221
If they want to add information about this being our Centenary Project and the value to our local economy through tourism they can do that too."
I am also adding my support to this and ask as many of you as possible to do this. Without State Government funding it will be so difficult to get this section built. So get writing and shake Spring St into action for our Centennary Project.  Thank you, Neil
Club Calendar
We have a Club Yearly Calendar which Neil and Pauline are the authors and editors. The calendar outlines every meeting with whom is the Coordinator, Speaker, Sergeant etc.  If you would like to add something please email Neil or Pauline.  This is the   March Calendar
MonthDateDayEvent               Coordinator/ChairSpeakerSergeantComment
April3/04/2022SundayAfternoon tea MeetingLinda Moriss     In lieu of Meeting on 10/4
 5/04/2022TuesdayClub MeetingRoss SchweitzerPaul Ramsay Imed Radiology: advances
 12/04/2022TuesdayZoom MeetingLinda MorissMOVED This Meeting has moved to Sunday April 3
 13/04/2022WednesdayBoard MeetingNeil HeronN/A Weber's
 19/04/2022TuesdayClub AssemblyJohn WelshNone Club Assembley Night
 24/04/2022SundayFarmers Market    
 26/04/2022TuesdayClub MeetingSjaak KustersTBA Writing Biographies
Humour ?
Celebrity Responses (Thanks to Ross)
If you ever feel a little bit stupid, just read this; you'll begin to think you're a genius..
(On September 17, 1994, Alabama's Heather Whitestone was selected as Miss America 1995.)
Question: If you could live forever, would you and why?
Answer: "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever,"
--Miss Alabama in the 1994 Miss  USA  contest.
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"Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff."
--Mariah Carey
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"Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life,"
-- Brooke Shields, during an interview to become spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign
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"I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body,"
--Winston Bennett,  University  of  Kentucky  basketball forward.
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"Outside of the killings,  Washington  has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,"
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"That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass, and I'm just the one to do it,"
--A congressional candidate in  Texas  .
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"Half this game is ninety percent mental."
--Philadelphia Phillies manager, Danny Ozark
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"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.."
--Al Gore, Vice President
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"I love  California  . I practically grew up in  Phoenix  ."
-- Dan Quayle
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"We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"
--Lee Iacocca
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"The word "genius" isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."
--Joe Theisman, NFL football quarterback & sports analyst.
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"We don't necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of people."
-- Colonel Gerald Wellman, ROTC Instructor.
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"Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 2020 because we  received notice that you passed away May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances."
--Department of Social Services, Greenville , South Carolina
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"Traditionally, most of Australia 's imports come from overseas."
--Keppel Enderbery
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"If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as they go to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the night. And the next morning, when they wake up dead, there'll be a record."
-- Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman
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