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 Continued
May 19, 2023 – Jun 09, 2023
Farmers Market
May 28, 2023
6:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Changeover Night
Jun 27, 2023
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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President's Message - John Welsh

President’s report 25th May, 2023
The friendship dinner on Tuesday night was a great success. We hosted the group from district 7120 in America on a friendship visit to our district.
Present were DG Nominee Dave and Ann Demers, PDG Scott and Vivian MacDonnell, PDG Janet and Kim Tenreiro and Chair of Friendship Carl Grovanz and Linda.

Our DG Paul Mee and PGE Linda Humphries and PDG Mark Humphries were instrumental in arranging the visit. Mark and Linda set up the dinner and visit to our club. All went well, we were able to see a video of upstate New York to get an idea of the area that our guests came from. We had a full house with lots of old friends.
It was a memorable night.

The sale of goods from Moondah continues with many of us helping out. There is another on line auction finishing next Tuesday with the viewing day on Monday and pickup on Thursday. The two previous auctions went well, the final auction has the kitchen and quite a number of lots.

Bunning’shosted a number of clubs and associations on Wednesday night to say thank you to the community for partnering with Bunning’s for their sausage sizzle and community input as well as introducing new staff. Bernie and I attended with Bernie arranging some new dates.

I look forward to seeing you all next Tuesday.

This Weeks Speaker
We had a number of Speakers this week from the American Friendship contingent of the International Rotary Convention
A great night was had in welcoming the American Friendship contingent from New York State, for the International Rotary Convention being held this next week in Melbourne.
We heard from many of the international guests including Janet who told us about the amazing and I would think exhausting tour the group has completed around our wonderful Mornington Peninsula and Gippsland. 
Included in photos are DG Nominee Dave and Ann Demers, PDG Scott and Vivian MacDonnell, PDG Janet and Kim Tenreiro and Chair of friendship Chair Carl Grovanz and Linda and our DG Paul Mee and PGE Linda Humphries and PDG Mark Humphries.
The Traditional Exchange of Banners between our Mount Eliza Club and the various clubs around New York State represented by this great group.
The Moonah Projecty
The Wonderful WIn Win Moonah Project
Ross Kilborn
Ross Kilborn sent a great report through from the Moonah Project, on the Moonah Project.
I would describe the whole project as a Win, Win, Win, Win, Win  
1.      A win for the Community Support Centre. Last week’s auction raised nearly $5k and we expect more this week and even more the following week. This week’s on-line art auction looks to already have a lot of activity before closing Tuesday night. Before the auctions started around $1k had already been donated by people for furniture, and furniture was provided to the Centre itself for its own use.  I think we have built goodwill towards the centre including with Ryman.
2.      A win for Rotary. Ryman and the Centre both recognise and appreciate the great work put in by many Rotarians – over 50 days so far. Well done, especially to so many who have done so many days!
3.      A win for the buyers. Around 40 buyers who picked up goods last Thursday and Friday, many with trucks and trailers, were very, very happy with what they had bought. Most had not sighted it prior and had come from off the Peninsula to collect it. 
4.      A win for the environment.  We have avoided truckloads of stuff going to landfill or simply being demolished.
5.      A win for Ryman Healthcare. They have been able to clear a lot of furniture but also communicate with the many local visitors who have been to simply have a “sticky-nose”.
All up there are more than 800 lots in the auctions, many with multiple items. The third on-line auction opens this Thursday, with the commercial kitchen being the big attraction, together with billiard tables, a gym and more furniture. We don’t know what, if any will be left after, this and will work out a plan for it after we do know. Rosebud-Rye Rotary Warehouse is willing and able to take some of any leftovers.
We do of course have to pay Grays costs, but they have certainly demonstrated we could not have done it without them. And their marketing has taken it all over Australia with nearly 1000 people viewing some items.
A great team effort!!!
3 Minute Speaker
Because of our American Invasion last Tuesday we didn't have a 3 minute speaker but Judy Coultas sent a terrific email in on the Police Academy Day she had last week, which she bought at the Golf Day
As a result of successfully bidding for the Auction item to support first responders, who experience post-traumatic stress, at the Rotary Golf Day, I spent one of the most memorable days in many years, chaperoned by Leading Sergeant Greg Kraus, and his highly qualified Associate, Andrew Horscroft, nephew of our own member, John Horscroft.

These two police officers gave up their whole day, and their police car, to introduce myself and two friends, both closely associated with the Army in Australia and the UK to a very comprehensive picture of the police force.

The tour covered the 24-hour operation of the Mornington Police Station, including the cells, how they respond to triple O calls, their technology to ascertain what crimes were taking place on the roads and in the regions of Mornington, Mt Martha and Mt Eliza and how they dealt with each scene.

Then to Somerville Police Complex, the main Centre on the Peninsula for detective and undercover personnel, as well as the highly sophisticated operation of family violence, headed by Andrew Horscroft.  The cells, the fingerprint technology, the interviewing procedures and an understanding of the depth of crime investigations were subjects introduced to us by the leaders of this complex.

Then onto the Victoria Police Academy Glen Waverley, the main induction training establishment for Victoria Police, formally a beautiful Corpus Christie Monastery.
This private tour through all aspects of training the recruits, and running refresher courses, was full of surprises and experiences, capped off by lunch with a group of very senior officers.

We saw recruits being trained to shoot with their pistols, learning the art of boxing and throwing punches, dealing with reality situations in a service station holdup and murder, a family violence scenario in a fully equipped house, and unexpectedly, witnessed a passing out parade of 28 recruits who had finished their initial 17 week’s training at the Academy.

We also viewed the training of officers using taser guns, not yet official in Victoria, and the hunting down of a terrorist situation, using virtual reality. The highly sophisticated technology was a very impressive feature of each unit that we visited.

Our many questions were answered with great courtesy and everyone we met, and there were many that Greg Kraus had teed up, were charming, interested, and very articulate. 
Truly, a great effort by him, a Paul Harris Fellow of our Club, and deserving additional recognition for offering this unique day as an auction item for Mt Eliza Rotary Club, who is able to offer substantial funds to rehabilitate first responders suffering from PTSD.  
Both Andrew and Greg are looking forward to attending a meeting in the near future
Club Meetings
Club Meetings
May 30   Program    Alan Cane - The Enslavement of Middle Eastern Women
    Chairman    Mike Weber
    3 Minute Speaker    Alex Anderson
    Cashiers    John Horscroft & Phil Key
    Fellowship     Caryl Coulthard
    Furniture    Tim Worrall
June 6th    Program    Jenny Baker - New Member Profile
    Chairman    Kay McCauley
    3 Minute Speaker    Suzie Adam
    Cashiers    Frank Flowers / Carolyn Such
    Fellowship  Janet Richards
    Furniture    Rowan Miller
    Sergeant    Mike Weber
June 13th    Zoom    Nadeeka Colby - Sri Lankan update
    Chairman    Jim Voss
    3 Minute Speaker    Bernie Edwards
June 20th    Program    Jimmy Lardner - Ireland today
    Chairman    Suzie Adam
    3 Minute Speaker    Judy Coultas
    Cashiers    Rhonda Vincent / Jim Young
    Fellowship     Annette Ferrier
    Furniture    Jim Voss
    Sergeant    Mike Weber or Ross Schweitzer
June 27th    Program    Changeover - Toorak College
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