The Rotary Club of
Mount Eliza
Chartered 1971
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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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Upcoming Events
Moondah Auction Helpers Afternoon Tea, Mornington
Mornington Community Centre
Oct 19, 2023
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
High Afternoon Tea
Phil's House
Oct 22, 2023
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Melbourne Cup Calcutta
Le Hoang Restaurant
Oct 29, 2023
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Rotary Club of Mount Eliza Christmas Party
Toorak College
Dec 12, 2023
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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President Carolyn's Notes
President Carolyn's Notes
Hi everybody, I don't have a lot to report this week. Our Zoom meeting was fairly well attended and allowed us to have an outstanding speaker, David Enson the CEO of International Needs Australia.  The International Director Jenny Baker intends to stay in contact with his organization and establish a fruitful link. 
Thanks to all members, friends and spouses who were able to man the Bunnings BBQ roster last Sunday.  After a slow start it was very successful.  The good weather later in the day helped. We are hoping for around $1900 to add to our fundraising efforts. Talking of fundraising, there are a lot of fundraising events coming up.  The first event is the afternoon tea at Phil and Di Keys on Sunday 22nd. It looks to be a fantastic afternoon.
For everyone involved in the recent Moondah project there will be a thank you drinks event at the Mornington Community Centre next week.  The date is Thursday 19th, 4-6pm.
Next week we have an excellent speaker on drone technology including a demonstration on the oval.  Judy is keen to have a good audience so I encourage you to bring family and friends. See you next meeting,
Carolyn Such
This Week's Speaker
David Ensor - CEO International Needs Australa
David spoke of his life growing up in South Africa and the experiences that led him to spend his adult life in community service culminating in his present role as CEO of INA. As a young man, he grew up in the era when Nelson Mandela took over in South Africa. He was a student activist ( President of the National Union of Students at University) supporting change in South Africa and the rights of the marginalized. His first key job was Head of the EU Parlimentary Support Program helping the Mandela government set up its democracy and processes. Unfortunately over time too many black activists with too many differing views hampered this process. Post Mandella South Africa has declined rapidly as these statistics of the situation at present show:   
  • 22,000 murders per year (top 10 in the world) (193 in Australia)​
  • 66,000 rapes per year (3rd in world)​
  • 18,000 carjackings (1ST)  (300 in Australia)​
  • 6 of the top 20 most dangerous cities in the world​
  • 49.9% youth unemployment  (Australia 7.8%)​
  • 11% of youth HIV+ (15-24 years). New HIV infections 50% among women and 30% among men​
  • 1.2 million incidences of housebreaking (171,000 Australia)​
David decided to move into the NGO space and work wiuth the most marginalized people, mainly women and children. Two famous quotes form the base of his passion and drove his beliefs:
Education - “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela​
Livelihoods - “Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.” — Confucius​
David started INA (International Needs Australia) to develop partnerships between wealthy organizations, communities and individuals and the most poor and marginilized groups in the world based on the mantra of "Give handups not handouts".  For example, INA has partnered with Trinity Grammar and Haileybury College where students travel to work in poor communities and fundraise for them.   The INA phillosophy is best shown below            
 INA works in 9 countries where women and children are some of the most marginalized: India, Myanmar, Philippines, Ethiopa, Cambodia, Laos, Uganda, Sri Lanka and Nepal. David presented some more sobering information to back up why he is so passionate about trying to change the livelihoods of marginalized people
  • 710m people live in extreme poverty -less than US$1.90 daily 
  • 258m children of primary and secondary school age are out of school​
  • Only 50% Children worldwide in early childhood education​
  • 60% of chronically hungry people globally are women and girls​
  • If you have TOTAL net assets of $13,389 you are in the wealthiest 50% of the world​
  • If you have $212,471 of total wealth you are in the top 10% of global wealth-holders
  • Bottom 50% of adults  have less than 1% of total global wealth​ ​
David then went on to explain why INA concentrates on women and children and gave us many case studies to show how succesful his organization is, such as the toilet blocks they build for girls at secondary schools so young women can deal with sanitary issues and dont need to stay at home as is the norm for them. Once again he backed up his processes with great data.
  • Woman’s earning potential – up 20% for every year of completed schooling.​
  • Infant mortality – down 10% for every additional year of schooling a mother receives.​
  • Child is 2x more likely to attend school if a mother can read, and are 50% more likely to live past the age of five.​
  • Low wages: Globally, women earn 24% less than men and with current rate of progress, it will take 170 years to close the gap.​
  • Meaningful work: 75% of women in developing regions are in the informal economy - no contracts, protection.​
  • Unpaid care work: Women do 2x as much unpaid care work, such as childcare and housework, as men – sometimes 10x as much, often on top of their paid work. 
  • Early childhood development - higher education and earning as adults.
  •  The first 1000 days of life - between a woman's pregnancy and her child's second birthday - foundations for health and development across life.​
  • 171 million people could escape poverty if all students in low-income countries gained basic reading skills.​
  • Globally, 83% of children complete grade school, but 55% of youth do not finish high school.​
  • 129.2 million girls worldwide were not in school.​
The other "arm" of INA is to set up interest free loans for a community to establish enterprises to improve their communities eg Group borrowers (Farmer Associations, Cooperatives, Self-Help Groups) / 15 - 90 members - $8,000.    Individual borrowers: Grocery shops, tailoring shops, hair salons, etc - $1,000.​
David finished up with the accountability of INA. It is 1 of 55 fully DFAT accredited NGOs – 5 x match funding.  INA garantees that 80% of its funds go directly to the participants. David's passion for his organization and its mission was fatastic and his presentation was most thorough and interesting. 
3 Minute Speaker
3 Minute Speaker
John Welsh  - The Ham Festival on the Camino Trail
When John and Ingrid walked the Camino de Santiago trail, they came across the annual ham festival in Bayonne. (Funny that John "happened" across a food festival on a pilgrimage walk! I wonder how much further along the walk he made it? - editor)

A couple of years ago Ingrid and I walked the Camino from France over the Pyrenees and across northern Spain. We had heard about a ham festival in Bayonne, a town close to our starting point in the Basque country. The festival has been going for 550 years. It starts on the Thursday before Easter Sunday with the finale a service in the cathedral and a lunch in every spot available on the street.

The theme is regional food as well as local ham. Black pigs’ acorns and natural preserving making a fantastic product. The local food is every type of salami and cheese known to man. I also found a cake cooked on a spit. There were all types of food.

In France there are associations relating to various regional specialties. They are called Confrere de chevaliers, (brotherhood of Knights) and then the food product i.e., Jambon de Bayonne. There are associations for nearly every type of regional specialty known to man! These associations started in the Middle Ages and a group of them marched with full regalia and bands playing the streets and into the cathedral as a finale on the Sunday.

There was a stampede after the service to get a spot on a table for lunch, we managed to join the fun, ham entrée and then main, we had a bottle of Rose sitting by the river with hundreds if not thousands of festival goers.

As I see it this veneration of food could only happen in Fance.

Melbourne Cup Calcutta
Melbourne Cup Calcutta Night - MC Jim Young

Following on with the tradition started by Rotarian, the late Tim Acton, our Annual Melbourne Cup Calcutta evening is again to be held at Le Hoang Vietnamese Restaurant on Cup-eve. The function will start at 6.30pm.

Our auctioneer, the ‘Fabulous Phil Key’ will auction each of the 24 runners in the Cup. This year we shall have a straight auction; unlike last year, the horses shall not be put to re-auction.

In addition, a range of other wonderful items will be up for auction.

Le Hoang will, once again, be providing a great banquet menu. BYO drinks (no corkage) or beer/wine can also be purchased.

Tickets are $40 per person.

Bookings are limited to 80 people. Please invite your family and friends and remember to BOOK EARLY.

The following link will take you to the Humanitix Booking Site
Hi Tea
Hi Tea at Pil Key's Residence October 22
Phil tells me there are only 2 tickets left to the Hi Tea at his residence at 54 Old Mornington Rd, Mt Eliza on October 22, 2.00pm to 4.30pm. Tickets are $75. It will be a great afternoon of fine food and entertainment.   Phil still has 15 tickets in the wine raffle to sell at $10 each so get them asap.
Club Meetings
Club Meetings for October
Oct-17ProgramSergeant Pat Hayes - Drone Pilot  
 ChairmanJudy Coultas    
 3 Minute SpeakerRob Cracknell    
 CashiersRhonda Vincent / John Horscroft  
 FellowshipJanet Richards    
 FurnitureAlex Anderson    
 Heads & TailsTrish Stamp    
Oct-24ProgramJoint meeting with RC Mornington 
  Winston Marsh - How to Build a Bloody Great Club
 ChairmanJohn Welsh / Pam Hall   
 3 Minute SpeakerNo 3 Minute Speaker   
 CashiersSue Voss / Pauline McFarlane  
 FellowshipJudy Coultas    
 FurnitureMike Weber    
 Heads & TailsTrish Stamp    
Oct-31ProgramClub Night    
 ChairmanCarolyn Such    
 3 Minute SpeakerNo 3 Minute Speaker   
 CashiersPhil Key / Chris Angerer   
 FellowshipAnnette Ferrier    
 FurnitureTim Worrall    
 SergeantTrish Stamp    

Try Petanque Day
Judy and Kate have sent us a flyer for the next Open Day at the Mount Martha Bowls and Petanque Club where you and the family can try Petanque. As we know it is a fun and fascinating sport to be involved in.
Brynton's Joke of the Week
 Brynton is on holidays this week

A taxing situation

According to unofficial sources, a new simplified income-tax form from the ATO contains only four lines:

1. What was your income for the year?

2. What were your expenses?

3. How much have you left?

4. Send it in.

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