The Rotary Club of
Mount Eliza
Chartered 1971
Club Information
Mount Eliza
Service Above Self
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Mt Eliza
Mount Eliza, VIC 3930
0419 386 900
Zoom Meeting Conference Number 826504424487
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Venue Map
Oct 13, 2020
Author: 'The New Social Contract'. Major Funraising Event. Please invite Family & Friends
Oct 20, 2020
History of the Zither in Australia
Oct 27, 2020
ANU - Expert on Asia
Nov 03, 2020
Nov 10, 2020
Making Sour Dough Bread - Fundraising Event
Nov 17, 2020
Nov 24, 2020
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
Dec 01, 2020
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Upcoming Events
Our Future - Community Webinar
Oct 13, 2020
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Remembrance Day
Nov 11, 2020
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Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting Responsibilities - October 13
Young, Jim
Meeting Responsibilities - October 20
McCauley, Kay
Meeting Responsibilities - 27 October
Angerer, Chris
Three Minute Speaker
Horscroft, John
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President's Message
Sue Voss
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Hi everybody
It was a delight to see Tim Worrell become a Paul Harris Fellow at this week's Zoom Rotary meeting.
Tim and Tia have done an enormous amount for our Club over the years. Whenever we have a project or fund-raising initiative underway, Tim is usually one of the first people to volunteer to help.
Thank you Tim and warm congratulations!
At this week's meeting we had 32 Members participate in our latest Club Visioning Session led by Rotarian Phil Dressing from the Rotary Club of San Remo/ Phillip Island.  We must say a big thank you to Phil for all of the work that he is doing to help support and strengthen our Club.
This week we looked ahead five years and set out what our Club would look like in 2025. When participating in the Club Visioning process, Rotarians are encouraged to be bold and think outside the box, suspend practical matters and constraints and dream grand dreams.
Once we have an aspirational future we can work backwards, in yearly increments, and develop a rolling, five-year plan to which we can commit and work towards.
Thanks to everyone for the work that was undertaken this week and I look forward to us further progressing our Club's Vision.
Until next time
Yours in Rotary
District Governor Mark Humphries and Past President Linda Humphries
Greetings to all Rotarian members at Mt Eliza and other readers of this Bulletin.
There are so many wonderful things happening in the great world of Rotary. This week I would like to mention World Polio Day on 24 October - now only three weeks away.
World Polio Day is an opportunity for Rotarians to promote the significance of the Global Polio Eradication Campaign.
Earlier this year I mentioned the sad passing of Sir Clem Renouf, member of the Rotary Club of Nambour, Queensland for over 70 years and the 1978-79 President of Rotary International.
Clem was the Rotarian who initiated and drove Rotary in our goal to eradicate polio and I am sure that just before he passed he would have been very proud of our success, especially seeing that Africa is now Polio Free.
As we celebrate this year, our challenge is to mount a massive fundraising effort to ensure that sufficient funding is available to completely eradicate polio. We are so close!
Rotary's aim of a polio free world can be accomplished over the next several years providing that we have enough funding to vaccinate all children in isolated communities in Pakistan & Afghanistan.
I encourage members to make a donation and/ or come up with innovative fund raising ways of fully realising Clem's dream.
Until next time
Warm regards
Mark & Linda
Great Work at Cobb Road Dog Park
Our Community Director, Linda Morris, reports:
After what seemed to be a very long and drawn out process the landscaping at the Cobb Road Dog Park has been completed. It’s probably over a year since I  took Malcom Hull to look at the park. Malcolm was not convinced that we should plant trees but he spoke to former Councillor Leigh Eustace, who had persuaded the council not to sell the land. Leigh assured him it was a good idea, and Malcolm agreed to proceed. I wish he was still around to see the finished product, but Beth assures me he will be looking down on the park and checking the work.
I would like to thank a number of members and volunteers who contributed to a great outcome:   
  • Bernie for his tireless work with the District grant, the grant from the council and numerous phone calls to the council, ordering the mulch and ordering and fitting of the tree guards. 
  • Rowan for picking up the plants as we weren’t allowed to travel more than 5km and taking them to Carolyn’s place and then later to the park. 
  • Carolyn for ordering, housing and watering the plants over the past 6 weeks. 
  • Hardy who planted the trees and spread the mulch over the 2 days the park was closed. 
  • Hardy’s son Matthew who helped rake the mulch on the 2nd day. 
  • Hanis Mantel, a volunteer at Moorooduc Station, who expertly navigated the digger in very wet and slippery conditions. Hanis dug up the garden beds, and moved the mulch to each garden bed to be raked out by Hardy. 
Well done everyone involved!
Well done to you Linda and a fitting way to remember Malcolm (Ed).
The finished park.
Hanis Mantel on the digger!
Hardy working hard!
Bernie on the job!
Thank You from Beth Hull & Family
Following the sad passing of our Honorary Member, Rotarian Malcolm Hull, as reported in last week's Bulletin, Beth has sent the following message to our Club:
Dear Rotarians
Thank you for the very moving tributes from Sue and Maurie to Malcolm. He would be very proud and humble. Malcolm held the ideals of Rotary very high, contributing passionately to any project he was involved in, particularly the tree planting at the parks. I will visit the Cobb Road Reserve often, almost feeling that it is a lasting, living memorial to Malcolm. Thank you to the Rotarians who saw that project through to completion. 
The friendships we made through the Rotary family were very dear to him. He always took a great interest in whatever people were doing and was ready with an encouraging or compassionate word. 
Thank you every one for your personal thoughtful and caring messages. We will miss his steady, loving presence in our family and cherish forever the many happy memories. 
The Hull family
Whatever next?
Ross Schweitzer presents:
Many cars have 360 degree 'birds - eye' view of themselves as well as self - parking. The 'self' in this case referring to the vehicle, not the driver. Some do require the driver to manipulate the brake and / or accelerator. Other ones do not, and you can abandon the car entirely once you have gotten within the necessary proximity parameters. You should see the looks on 'older folk' [I should talk].
The only 'shortcoming' of the 'birds - eye view' in brother Paul's car is that it doesn't operate when driving faster than walking pace. Short of driving at said speed south on Wurundjeri Way [yet another 'virtue signalling' name by the Council] to enter the Westgate on - ramp, I defy anyone to wind up in the correct lane. Stupidity in road design has triumphed over signage and the ubiquitous GPS. I drove a friend from Boston through it on our way to Williamstown and he is still telling his mates about it back home. Try driving in Boston's downtown area and you'll understand. Trust me.
But I digress: A number, a plethora even, of circumstances segued into Category of 'Who'd a thunk it!?' These involve Officeworks,  Chairman Dan's edicts, VicPol, our President Sue and drones. There is a prize for the best story combining these components.
At a recent meeting President Sue while and I were discussing the usual suspects, I remarked that the offer to her Good Self and our Club, to tour the Mornington Police complex still stands. Of particular interest [I think] is the fact that surveillance cameras are placed close to Robinson Voss Partners. Our Police boast a Star Wars control room where one may see places on our Peninsula you may never expect they can.
So, I asked Prez. Sue between topics, if she had seen any more lights in the sky of an evening ......... near her domicile since Stage '1' lockdown? Indeed! Were the AFP / ASD / ASIO likewise onto the fact her office is juxtaposed to a Chinese restaurant? Did I ever see lights and hear strange buzzing ????
So now it is today, and I'm bidden to locate a manufacturer of a sign of indeterminate specification. Nearing frustration because of the moving parameters, I went to the Officeworks site. Naturally, the sign I wanted was not available; too big / small / wrong material/ ....
What did I 'find'? I wasn't even looking; it was listed in the 'drop down' menus. It costs $350* and you can complete it on line.
A Drone Training Course. * A drone, equipped with air to air missiles is extra.
We should buy one for President Sue. 
Be in good health.
Ritchies Card
For some time, a number of our members and friends have been using their Ritchies Cards to participate in Ritcies’ community program with the Trust Fund being their beneficiary. This has benefited the Trust Fund quite well over the years.
Ritchies is in the process of updating their Loyalty Card program. This will operate via a phone app or a NEW plastic card. Existing cards will no longer be effective.
    Ritchies is in the process of updating their Loyalty Card program. This will operate via a phone app or a NEW plastic card. Existing cards will no longer be effective.
    Regardless of your using the phone app or the new card, the Club has to be re-input via the Ritchies website to be set as the beneficiary for your registration. The earning rate shall be 0.5% of your docket value.
    To use the App:
    1. download the Ritchies Card app. Follow the prompts to register
    2. following confirmation of your registration, login to your account, click the “community” icon and then click “Select or View your Favourite Recipient” button; using the shortcut to locate the Club, input ‘rot’ and then identify our club.
     To use a plastic card:
    1. collect a new card in-store
    2. go to the Ritchies web page
    1. click on the icon ‘register here’ and then follow the prompts. To nominate the Club, go to the Community tab/recipients listing -  the Club is a fair way down the list at around page 18.
    Laughter The Best Medicine
    PP Ross has contributed the following 'LEXOPHILIA': 
    Venison for dinner again?   Oh deer!

    How does Moses make tea?   Hebrews it.

    England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.
    I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.

    They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a Typo.

    I changed my iPod's name to Titanic.  It's syncing now.

    Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

    I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.

    I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.

    This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore.

    When chemists die, they barium.

    I'm reading a book about anti-gravity.  I just can't put it down.

    I did a theatrical performance about puns.  It was a play on words.

    I didn't like my beard at first.  Then it grew on me.

    Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?

    When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

    Broken pencils are pointless. 
    What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary?  A thesaurus.

    I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.

    I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough. 
    Velcro - what a rip off!

    Don’t worry about old age; it doesn’t last.
    An Australian shearer from Hay in NSW won $20,000 in a lottery. Never having been overseas before he decided to shout himself a trip to Boston. He chose Boston because he had always liked the story of the Boston Tea Party about which he heard at school.
    After arriving at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and checking into his room, he asked the concierge what he should do while visiting.
    "Sir", came the reply, "you must take a day trip to Martha's Vineyard. The Boston Tea Party Ships Museum is also a must see. As well, I recommend a tour of the Freedom Trail and a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts." 
    The concierge added, "Boston is also famous for its seafood. We have some of the best seafood restaurants in the world. The scrod (young haddock, cod or similar fish) is delicious. There are so many fine restaurants to try."
    The Aussie walked outside and was overwhelmed with the size of the city so he decided to get into a cab and asked the driver to take him to a fine seafood restaurant.
    Unbeknown to him, the cabdriver was a post graduate student studying for his PhD in linguistics and grammatical syntax at Harvard. He was a part-time driver while working his way through college.
    "Hey, cabby, where can I get scrod?" the young Australia asked in his shrill strine voice.
    Upon hearing this the cabdriver replied, "My dear sir, I have heard it asked for in many ways, shapes and forms, however never have I heard it asked for in the past pluperfect tense!" 
    This week Rotarian Rowan Miller shares his stories as we continue our series on the last 50 years since our Club was first chartered.
    I joined the club, and was inducted in January 2006. Carolyn Such, my sponsor and mentor, introduced me to the club.  At the time I felt very inadequate with the calibre of other members (along with the fact I am very shy which does not help) as most members "seemed" to be highly educated, and hold high status in companies & businesses. Thus I was not sure where my talents were going to fit in, as a practical ... or hands on individual. This of course would change over time as the Club found my niche. 
    There will be others who mention other memories of RCME .. over time .. so I will mention a few of mine.
    I remember how passionate John Gordon was about the Young Carers, and the RCME sponsoring & running the Young Carers Race Days at the Mornington Racecourse... This provided 20 scholarships of $500 each.
    It was decided that we become part of "The Mt Eliza Farmers Markets" every second month. Mel Wigg was the organiser along with the Chamber of Commerce. In the early days all items were stored at the "Wiggs Deli" out the back and we, the volunteers, would take out and set up the market, then return all items to the "back of the deli" after the market. There was an urn at the front door with free tea & coffee for the Volunteers during setup. I was starting to find my niche when the Club took on this activity. It has of course changed, a few market managers over time, after Mel retired, and the trailer to hold, store & transport the Market equipment ... which I manage, store and care for. 
    I also must mention the Gigantic Garage Sale (GGS) . This stemmed from an idea of Richard Robinson ... who approached me at the beginning of a meeting one night... as I was in transport & logistics... I was to be a vital part of his idea. Richard pursued this and the Club took it on board for a number of years. Items were collected and brought to our transport yard by members. I must mention the amount of work that Malcolm Hull did in this collection process. He would come and collect my van trailer and do collection rounds,  along with others in later years ... in particular Carolyn & Chris Such. They would put them in containers I provided ... then come Saturday morning / afternoon,  I would go down and re-stack the containers till they were full. This went on for many months beforehand. Come GGS weekend, we would transport the full containers to the Peninsula School, unload and spread all over the place for the sale. We generally had 6 or 7  containers.. so there was a lot of "stuff". Then on Sunday the Club would clean up unsold stuff. It was a huge amount of effort by all!
    Richard Robinson also encouraged us to come to Benalla as a Club and he took us all gliding. It was a great fellowship event for those of us who could attend. 
    Margaret & I flew up to Benalla. This allowed me to fly Sander Vandeth up to Yarrawonga, and for him to catch up with a long time aviation friend.  The Club has a number of members who have aviation backgrounds,  John Horscroft, John Gilbert, Richard Robinson , Sander Vandeth ... and more recently myself to mention a few. 
    There are many things RCME has been involved in, another being the Kids Fun Run with the K163 - this was another great event. But also takes a lot of on the ground work to get it set up and taken down. Many hours I have spent out there beforehand with Guenter Steinbrecher and others to ensure that the day will be a success
    There are many other memories I have not mentioned, but I am sure they will be covered by others of the Club when they share theirs. 
    "OUR FUTURE" Webinar
    Tuesday 13 October 2020     7.30-8.30pm
    Special guest: Tim Wilson MP
    For more information: Carolyn Such  0400 492 873
    on-line bookings only  - CLICK HERE
    Meals from TOORAK
    This week's meal from Toorak is: 
    • "Mild" (Kristy says "we won't make it as spicy as the girls!") Thai green chicken curry
    • Steamed Jasmine rice
    • Triple chocolate nutella brownie
    The cost is $15 per meal cash on delivery
    Order by emailing Jim Young by 11.30 am this Friday, 9 October. (
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