The Rotary Club of
Mount Eliza
Chartered 1971
President Carolyn's Notes
Monthly Rotary Theme for February
 Peacebuilding and  Conflict Prevention
 Last weeks meeting was very busy as expected. It was lovely to welcome Rhonda Vincent’s
family from Finland. Rhonda’s daughter Phillipa and her husband Topi were with us on the night. Topi was booked to come and speak at the cancelled District 9820 conference. He is an excellent deaf speaker and presents the news to deaf people on Finland’s equivalent of the ABC. He has to travel with an interpreter and to see them operate as a team in a live meeting was incredible.

On the same night we had Matt Lucas talking about Slow Rail Journeys. This is a company that takes people on rail journeys around Victoria. It is a volunteer organisation but the train is provided by V-Line and uses their insurance. Matt was totally inspiring.

As if that wasn’t enough, we were thrilled to induct three new members. One was the famous Jan Berg wife of the late Rick Berg a long time member of Mount Eliza Rotary. Keith Den Hartogg and his wife Ruth were with us. Keith joins us from The Rotary of Eltham after a short break from Rotary. The last new member is Nina deSilva and husband Upali. Nina has transferred from Frankston Rotary. Great to see the Club growing strongly. Welcome to
the team.
Photos of a great night where President Carolyn inducted 3 new members, Keith Den Hartog (partner Ruth), followed by Nina Desilva (partner Upali) and then Jan Berg (wife of one of our esteemed past members, Rick) into the Club. 
Keith, Ruth and proposer Jim
 Nina, Upali and mentor Trish 
                                                                                Carolyn, Jan and mentor Janet.
Feb 20 Speakers
We were fortunate to have two Guest Speakers last Tuesday:  Thomas Sandholm with his signer/interpreter, Ilkka, from the Finnish National TV Broadcaster followed by Matt Luca from Slow Train Experiences Victoria.
Thomas Sandholm
Thomas was to be a keynote speaker at the cancelled District 9820 Conference, so we were the fortunate ones to occupy that space in his calendar! Since Thomas last spoke to us, he has published a successful book "Born to Sign" unfortunately not yet available in English. His book focusses on how the lives of hearing impaired people has improved over the last 50 years. For example, deaf people could not marry unless they were sterilized and sign language was forbidden. Thomas' parents fought for the right to have children and won! He is still working presenting the news in sign language to at least 4000 hearing impaired people in Finland and to a 400,000 strong audience of normal hearing people her prefer this format of the news! Illuka did a fantastic job signing and interpreting throughout the meeting and question time.
  Topi, Ilkka after Chair Carol had presented their speaker glasses.
 Ilkka in full swing signing Matt's speech
Matt Luca
Matt and his group of volunteers established and run the Victorian Slow Rail Journeys featuring overnight the Sleeper Train Experience. They run weekend trips to the Mallee Silo region, Mildura & Sunraysia, the Goldfields, and the Echuca - Deniliquin region. The goal is to return money into the regions that suffered during covid. It is a not-for-profit organization run by volunteers. They take groups up to 90 guests and trains are usually sold out. They leave from Southern Cross station and work closely with V-Line to ensure all works smoothly. Volunteers maintain the rolling stock and each trip requires about 10 volunteers to run it, plus a conductor from V-Line. Matt is extremely pleased with the amount of money their trips pour into the rural communities they visit. It has ensured the survival of many local businesses. For more information about the trips or becoming a volunteer, google their website . Matt does have a "normal job" but still has time to assist other non-profit organizations locally and overseas. He exudes enthusiasm and energy and gave us a most interesting talk. 
 Matt responding to one of the many questions he received.
This Week's Speakers -  Club night
Tuesday February 27th meeting,
Club Night and Carolyn will be running the meeting. Meeting procedure will be part of the Agenda on this night.
It would be great if we could get a table of 10 Mt Eliza Rotarians attending our  ROTARY International Women's Breakfast this year.
just click on the link to book your seat  
Club Meetings
Club Meetings for  March 
March  Rotary Theme of the month:  Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene 

Tuesday 5 March
Made in Australia, powered by Norway….a story of survival over adversity.
Sophie Morell, CEO My Support Australia
Chair….David Rew

Tuesday 12 March….McClelland Gallery (Not  TOORAK COLLEGE)
An evening hosted by the CEO of McCelland sculpture park
5.15 for wander around the outdoor sculpture park or inside the art gallery, with finger food and a short film being shown in the beautiful performance area.Drinks available from the bar especially to be open for us. The Gallery is normally open Wednesdays- Sundays, so this was a special invitation given to us as a Rotary Club.
Buggies for 6 or so people can be arranged for members with walking limitations.
COST..$25 via Humanitex. NUMBERS MUST BE FINALISED BY TUESDAY 5 March,as McCelland need to arrange staff and food.
This event will be on regardless of the Weather.

Tuesday 19 March
Kim Wheeler, Principal of Mt Eliza Primary School
Chair..Jim Voss or a member of his Youth Committee

Tuesday 26 March
Club Assembly, chaired by Carolyn Such

RCME Meeting Roster  February   
Feb-27ProgramClub Night   
 ChairmanCarolyn Such   
 3 Minute SpeakerNo 3 minute speaker  
 CashiersJohn Horscroft / Iain Spear  
 FellowshipAnnette Ferrier   
 FurnitureJim Voss    
 Sergeant & H/TTrish Stamp   
March TBA
Club Information
Mount Eliza
Service Above Self
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
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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Such, Carolyn
Horscroft, John
Cashier Assistant
Spear, Iain
Voss, James
Ferrier, Annette
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P O Box 95 Mount Eliza 3930
We meet at 6:00 PM Every Tuesday at Toorak College