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
District Site
Venue Map
Mar 02, 2021
Psychotic pregnant women management issues
Mar 09, 2021
Club Visioning
Mar 16, 2021
Mornington Peninsula Councillor for Briars Ward
Mar 23, 2021
CEO The Bays Hospital
Mar 30, 2021
Returned Exchange Student from Finland
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Meeting Responsibilities
2 March Meeting Responsibilities
Coultas, Judy
Hoban, Brendan
Assistant Cashier
Coulthard, Caryl
Miller, Rowan
Horscroft, John
Three Minute Speaker
Juraschek, Hardy
9 March Meeting Responsibilities
Voss, Sue
Morris, Linda
Assistant Cashier
Fennell, Brynton
Weber, Michael
Coultas, Judy
16 March Meeting Responsibilities
Edwards, Bernie
Vincent, Rhonda
Assistant Cashier
Margalit, Kerry
Hoban, Brendan
Webb, Karina
Three Minute Speaker
Stamp, Trish
23 March Meeting Responsibilities
Sullivan, George-Ann
Such, Carolyn
Assistant Cashier
Reid, Graham
Selth, Maurie
McCauley, Kay
Three Minute Speaker
Flowers, Frank
30 March Meeting Responsibilities
Schweitzer, Ross
Cracknell, Robert
Assistant Cashier
Juraschek, Hardy
Manchester, Ray
Gilbert, John
Three Minute Speaker
Coultas, Judy
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President's Message
Sue Voss
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Hi everybody
Flexibility is the key for day to day operations as we continue to come out of the current COVID-19 restrictions and I thank everyone for putting up with late adjustments as things change.
Particular thanks to George-Ann Sullivan who has had to amend our rosters on what seems like an almost daily basis.
As members know we are not proceeding with the Pizzas at the home of Neil & Helen Heron this coming Tuesday 2 March. We will rescheduled this wood fired pizza event at Neil & Helen's in a few weeks time.
The great news is that we are returning to Toorak College with a 6.00 for 6.30 pm start for our business as usual dinner meeting. All members are asked to let Secretary Pauline know if you are unable to attend no later than 11.30 am on Tuesday, 2 March.
I would like to thank Rotarian Kay McCauley for her flexibility by being prepared to step in as our guest speaker next Tuesday. Dr Kay will speak on the topic of "Psychotic Pregnant Women Management Issues". 
Thanks to Kay & Judy Coultas for being able to amend our guest speaker schedule at short notice. The preparedness of speakers to either bring their sessions forward or push them back to a later date is greatly appreciated.
Finally, following on from last time, may I remind everyone that Jim, as editor, is seeking contributions for the REMEMBER WHEN column. Thank you to Kerry Marglit who responded after last week's request and I look forward to further contributions.
Until next time
Yours in Rotary
District Governor Mark Humphries and Past President Linda Humphries
Greetings to all members of the Rotary Club of Mt Eliza and other readers of this Bulletin.
Recently the Rotary Zone 8 newsletter had a story about media coverage of Rotary initiatives.
As a Rotarian it is always disappointing and frustrating when the media features an article about a project or program that Rotary has instigated or run without acknowledging the significant contribution made by our organisation. In most instances it’s not the fault of the Rotarians involved, as they provide the relevant background information and visuals to accompany the story, but the newspapers or television stations choose not to include it—and all we can do is lament another opportunity that has been lost to promote the name “Rotary” to the wider community.

It was very gratifying, therefore, to hear late last year Rotary acknowledged for its involvement in the End Polio Now initiative when the world media recently announced that the African Region is now free of the wild polio virus.

Rotary and its members received significant positive coverage in leading media outlets for our leadership in eradicating wild polio in the African region, with our spokespeople quoted frequently.

Our global media strategy enabled Rotary to be mentioned in coverage throughout the African continent and in top international outlets, as well as coverage in priority countries such as the United States, Germany, Australia, Canada, and India. Of course, Rotary wasn’t in every single media report, but was mentioned in a substantial majority. In many instances, Rotary and WHO were the only Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners mentioned.

It is great when Rotary's fine work receives proper recognition.

Until next time
Warm regards
Mark & Linda
This week's Bulletin has been delayed while we have been awaiting for the Victorian Government announcement on COVID-19 restrictions. Following the Premier's announcement today, 26 February, it is confirmed that we are returning to Toorak College for our regular dinner meeting next Tuesday, 2 March with a 6.00 for 6.30 pm start.
Vocational Portfolio Initiatives
The Vocational activities of the Rotary Club revolves around the following objectives:
  • To foster high ethical standards in business and professions – to practise your profession with integrity, and to inspire others to behave ethically.
  • To recognise the worthiness of all useful occupations – to help young people to achieve their career goals, and to guide others in their professional development.
  • To dignify each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society – Rotarians learn about one-another’s professions and use their skills and expertise to serve the community.
As a part of these activities, the club involves itself in recognising worthy members of our community by presenting the following awards.
  • RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) – involves the identification and selection of a worthy young candidate to attend the RYLA week at university – approximate cost was under $1000 per candidate.
  • Pride of Workmanship Award – the recognition of a member of the local business community who has excelled in their workplace tasks / activities (approach, attitude, dedication, commitment, responsibility, safety, initiative).
  • Stan Spencer Award – a $500 award given to a teacher who is an educational inspirator, in training, service to education, potential for excellence in teaching, care for disadvantaged youth, even a retiree continuing to contribute to the profession.
  • Shine on Award – the recognition of a member of the community who is in some way disadvantaged but by their endeavours serves as a “Shining Example” to the Community.
  • Community Service Award – the recognition of an individual who provides excellent service to the community and is dedicated to vocational service (Tracy Harris – “Dogs for Kids”, David Bromage – Scouts).
The other major activity the club engages in are holding Vocational Visits – but these are obviously not really a good idea under the current restrictions.
Finally, the last aspect of our activities involves having Vocational speakers to the club, an activity encapsulated by our Guest Speakers arranged every meeting. 
Please would our club members assist us in identifying worthy candidates for these awards. Nominations can be forwarded to me (Brynton - along with a brief motivation. This will enable our committee to proceed with the necessary follow-up activities. The more worthy nominees we have in each category the better.
After months of arguing, a couple married for thirty years agreed to seek marriage guidance counseling.
When asked what the problem was the wife went into a long. passionate, painful tirade listing every problem that had ever occurred in the 30 years that they had been together.
She explained the neglect, lack of intimacy, emptiness, loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable and went into great detail about her unmet needs throughout the marriage.
Finally, after allowing this to go on for a very long time the marriage guidance counselor stood up, walked up to the woman and looked deeply into her eyes.
Asking her to stand up, he wrapped his arms around her, warmly embraced her and then passionately kissed her on the lips for several minutes as the husband watched with a raised eyebrow.
The woman was dazed and she slowly sat down.
The therapist turned to the husband and said, "This is what your wife needs at least three times a week. Can you do this?"
The husband through for a while and replied, "Well I can drop her off on Mondays and Thursdays, but I play golf on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays!" 
An elderly man visited the doctor for a check-up.
"Mr Jones, you're in great shape", said the doctor afterwards. "How do you do it?"
"Well", said Mr Jones, "I don't smoke, I don't drink and the good Lord looks out for me. For weeks now, every time I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night he turns the light on for me."
Concerned that the husband might be hallucinating the doctor rang Mrs Jones and told her what her husband had said.
"I don't think that there's anything to worry about", she said "and on the bright side, that explains why I have been finding water in the fridge!"
Two elderly men were sitting in the barbershop waiting for a haircut.
One of them said to the other, "Now that you've turned 100, how do you honestly feel?"
He replied, "Honestly? Like a newborn baby!"
His friend asked, "How's that?"
Came the answer, "Well, I've got no teeth, very little hair and I can't stop wetting myself!"
Our first Remember When column for the 2021 year comes from Rotarian Kerry Marglit who joined our Club on 19 June 2007. Thank you Kerry (Ed.)
I was invited to join the Rotary Club of Mt Eliza by Carolyn Such, who has remained a great mentor and friend. I had just moved to Frankston South in 2007 to ‘keep an eye’ on my very elderly parents and knew no one in the area. Rotary provided me with companionship and a way of attempting to make myself somewhat useful after retirement from teaching English and History at secondary school. 
I initially involved myself in packing Rotary’s Christmas hampers. I suggested that some of the Christmas hampers could go to newly arrived refugees. The appalling experiences of one recipient, a family decimated in the Diamond War in Sierra Leone, was a revelation to me. Deaths, a serious medical issue and family separation, had shaken this large family. With Rotary’s help, Carolyn and I arranged corrective surgery for Thomas Sandy. Subsequently, after seeking expert advice and with the permission of the family, a letter was sent which may have assisted Mariama Sandy’s husband, their only surviving daughter and other family members to be eventually reunited in Australia from years of appalling circumstances in Ghana. Many of this hard-working family are staunch church goers and most are now employed in aged care in the local area. 
One activity I really enjoyed (as something of a fossicker) were a series of Rotary fetes. These were conducted over some years. It was a lot of fun working together, setting up, selling and packing up. A huge range of personalities rocked up with their haggling. A lot of money was made and sore backs were something of a ‘badge of honour’.  Similarly, Merrilyn Hamilton-Smith’s book sale, complete with horse float offered even my young grandson the chance to help with a broom at the end of the day. Merrilyn’s efforts over years were extraordinary. A particularly pleasant fund raiser was an evening picnic in Pentland Gardens. It was a lovely choice of location and ideal for such an occasion. Importantly, it raised funds for Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio. Rotary’s health initiatives display Rotary at its most successful in my opinion. Working to support dedicated members who lead projects such as Interplast, . funding for Frankston Hospital and much more is what I really value. Disease, as it has recently displayed, is such an unambiguous enemy.
Hanne Falkiner’s school lunch deliveries also opened my eyes to poverty ‘right next door’. The numbers of kids without lunches meant heavy loads of sandwiches to be delivered – and this was before Covid 19. 
As far as speakers go, who could forget Tim Acton’s production of a kipper out of a cold pack and his amazing role as a highly entertaining MC at our Melbourne Cup Dinners. Those who can raise a smile are worth their weight in gold. Covid has cramped our style but Rotary members support each other.
Apart from Zoom meetings, there have been phone calls, walks and that essential human contact, albeit with masks and distancing.  
Over the passage of time, some members have had medical issues and others have passed away. The Club’s network of friendships has been strong at such tough times.  No club can be a static entity. The ability and skills of new, younger and highly capable members, can teach me a thing or two. Our Club will inevitably emerge from Covid to grow and change. In the meantime, we will hang in there, apart but together.    
Auction Items for Golf Day
A big thank you to Mike Weber who has generously made a significant contribution to the wine being collected for auction at the Rotary Golf Day on Friday 30 April.
It would be great if other Members, Honorary Members of Friends of the Club could join Mike in making a donation.
Anybody who is able to donate one or more bottles of wine is asked to contact Jim Young and let him know -
You may also have access to friends or family members who are in the wine business. If that is the case you are asked to see if they would be prepared to make a donation of wine that can be auctioned.
All donated wines will be auctioned either as individual bottles (for expensive wine) or in packs of six bottles. Donations from any wineries or liquor stores will be acknowledged on the day.
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We meet at 6:00 PM Every Tuesday at Toorak College