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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May 24, 2022
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Change Over Night
Jun 07, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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Meeting Responsibilities  - Parma Night 14 May
Meeting Responsibilities - 24th May 2022.
Cashier - Frank Flowers
Chair - Neil Heron
Furniture - David Rew
Assistant Cashier - Carolyn Such
Fellowship - John Patterson
3 Minute Speaker - District Governor - Bill Degnan
Sergeant - Mike Weber
Meeting Responsibilities - 17 May 2022
Cashier - Sue Voss
Assistant Cashier - Pauline McFarlane
Chair John Welsh
Furniture - Jim Voss
Fellowship - Karina Webb
Sergeant - Jim Young
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President's Message

Neil Heron
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Presidents Message May 18
We had another successful “2nd Tuesday-in-the-month-deferred-meeting” last Saturday. The Parma Night was well attended and thanks to the hard work of Kay and her International Committee we raised around $1000 for her projects. Our thanks to John Welsh and the kitchen crew for all their hard work in preparing the hall and cooking up such a tasty and filling menu. How can you go wrong with Parma and Pav for dinner? The night was also highlighted with the presentation of the Stan Spencer Award to Susan Spruce . a teacher at the Mornington Special School. Her Principal, David Newport, gave a glowing account of how Susan’s dedication and professionalism has made such a difference to students with special learning needs.
The Environment teams had a busy week. Firstly, on Wednesday, we supported the Peninsula Grammar students continue their work removing weeds and planting trees along the proposed Bay Trail. They planted over 50 trees and removed two bags of watsonia bulbs and seeds along with sallow wattle and boneseed. They made a considerable difference. Then on Sunday, the Satellite Club assisted the “Friends of JT Smith Reserve” plant 200 tubes of indigenous grasses, lilies and shrubs. The impact was quite significant as the friends had only 3 members available so we more than doubled the workforce. The assistance the shire gives in this project is significant. They supply the expertise and the plants so all we need to supply is labour.Collette with the Friends in the background. 
                              Collette, Sue, Jacquie and Neil surveying the morning’s work.
Two Rotarians with the students getting some instruction from Charlie Clarke the Friend in charge.
The team at work.
Thanks to PPE John who ran an informative Club Assembly on Tuesday and I can see that we will be well set up to begin the new Rotary year. The changes in the structure of the Club’s administration appears to be working and we will have a smooth transition for the next Directors and Club officials.
We were all pleased to hear that Maurie has come through his surgery successfully and that Rowan continues to make progress. The it appears the “Covid Crew” have all come through that infection without too much trouble and let’s hope without the “long Covid” effects. As far as I know, we have no new cases other than Ross with a case of plain old Bronchitis. Stay fit and healthy everybody and see you next week. Cheers, Neil
International Night May 2022
The Parma and Pavlova Night
The International Committee held their long-awaited fundraising night last Saturday. Kay and her committee produced wonderful food and great fellowship. The Parmas  were superbly cooked by the head chef John Welsh and he supervised a magnificent fruit pavlova to top it all of for dessert. The tables were decorated with a suitable Italian theme of recycled cans of canned tomatoes holding spaghetti with spiral pastas the final touch. The kitchen staff, a couple of Peninsula students, Di Horscroft, Rhonda,  Kay and others made for a very efficient and serving and cleaning up process. All-in-all a most successful night. A big thank you to everybody for supporting the night so well and to thaose who helped with the pack away at the end of the night. All funds raised (over $1000) were for Shirley Hawe’s (A Friend of the Club)  ODA Cambodia Project that supplies school uniforms for underprivileged children. Children cannot attend school without a School uniform in Cambodia.
Figure 3   A section of the crowd listening to announcements
Figure 4 A busy kitchen with a confident and cheerful Chef in control
Figure 5  Is this man contemplating retirement or simply having a good time?
Stan Spencer Award 2022
Stan Spencer Awardee:  Susan Spruce
Neil Heron & Brendon interviewed Susan Spruce who was nominated by the Principal of the Mornington Special Development School, David Newport. Susan was nominated for her professionalism and passion for teaching students of special needs for over 30 years. She is a compassionate and empathetic teacher who goes beyond the normal expectations of a teacher who works with special needs students. Susan is described by her peers as a "teacher's teacher". She particularly enjoys working with the adolescent students who are arguably the most difficult to teach. Susan creates differentiated courses to suit each child academically, socially, and emotionally, to ensure that each young person feels included and never isolated. Susan has been a teacher at the school since 2005.  In Susan's words it is her love for these special young people that drives her.

 Brendan and Neil found Susan a most worthy candidate for the Stan Spencer award and strongly support her nomination. During the Covid epidemic over the last 2 years, which has been difficult for all of us, Susan supported not only students but also their families. An awardee worthy of Stan Spencer’s approval.  (Brynton – Vocational Director)
Figure 2 Susan, Brynton, Neil & Principal David with the big cheque
Centenary Project - Bay Trail
The main progress is all about Grants. We are well on tyhe way to obtain a grant for $5500 From the Queens 60th Jubillee Tree Planting Project/Fund to cover our budgeted costs to plant 1000 trees along the trail between Moorooduc Station and Wooralla Drive. Hopefully that will bear fruit shortly. The other exciting news is the announcement made by Dan Tehan that if re-elected the Federal government is planning to add $5million to complete the link from  Moorooduc to Mornington to the growing list of government grants (now $22 million) to complete the trail. It appears our lobying is having an effect.
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.
Rotary Fellowship Dinner - Vinnies Dinner - 14th June 2022
Rotary Fellowship Dinner - Vinnies Dinner - 14th June 2022
A Rotary Fellowship evening is to be held at Vinnie’s Restaurant from 6.00 pm onwards on Tuesday 14 June.

Tony Kafrouni has kindly offered us a special deal for the evening covering the following - garlic, herb and cheese bread
- choice of main meal (chicken, fish, pizza or vegetarian option)
- choice of two desserts

Depending upon choices this evening would normally cost in excess of $50.

Tony is offering the Club a special price of $40. Adding the booking fee and a small donation to the Club’s projects, the cost for each attendee will be $45 per head.

Kindly note that there will be no BYO. Drinks will be available from the restaurant’s Wine & Drinks list.
In order to make catering arrangements, BOOKINGS WILL CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY 8 JUNE.
To encourage and reward attendees there will be three Lucky Door prizes - a bottle of white wine, a bottle of red wine and a box of quality chocolates. These will be drawn during the evening.
Rotarian Bernie Edwards has established a booking site via Humanitix. The attached link with take you to the booking site.

Looking forward to seeing Rotarians, partners and friends at what will be a most enjoyable evening.
Bernie is setting up the link for Humantix.  Here is the link
Club Calendar
DateDay ChairSpeakerTopic
24/05/2022TuesdayClub MeetingTBAKathleen Francis Author
31/05/2022TuesdayClub MeetingJohn WelshJan & Charlie Spiers Rotary Foundation
7/06/2022TuesdayChangeover NightJim YoungPeninsula Grammar Music Peninsula Grammar Pavilion
14/06/2022TuesdayClub MeetingJim YoungTBA Alternate Venue
15/06/2022WednesdayBoard MeetingJohn WelshN/A  Board Meeting
21/06/2022TuesdayClub AssemblyCarolyn SuchNone Club Fireside

Brynton's Joke of the Week


A Canadian Army C.O. was about to start the morning briefing to all the staff, and, while waiting for everyone to get their morning coffee, the C.O. decided to pose a question to all assembled.

He began by explaining that his wife had been a bit frisky the night before, and therefore he hadn’t got his usual amount of sleep.
He then posed the question; "How much of the act of making love is "work," and how much is "pure pleasure"?

A Captain chimed in with "75-25% in favour of work".  A Lieutenant said it was probably about 50-50%.  A Warrant-Officer responded with a 25-75% in favour of 'pleasure', (depending upon his state of inebriation at the time).  There being no consensus, the C.O. turned to the Private who was in charge of making the coffee. What was HIS opinion?

Without any hesitation, the young Private responded, "Sir, it has to be 100% pleasure - SIR."

The C.O, a little surprised and as you might guess, said "And why is that soldier"?  

"Well, Sir, if there was any work involved, the officers would have me doing it for them, Sir."

(God Bless The Wisdom of Privates)


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