The Rotary Club of
Mount Eliza
Chartered 1971
Club Information
Mount Eliza
Service Above Self
We meet Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Toorak College
Old Mornington Road
Mount Eliza, VIC  3930
0419 386 900
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Feb 18, 2020
Feb 25, 2020
Health Care on the Peninsula
Mar 03, 2020
Mt Eliza Community Speakers
Mar 10, 2020
Modern Slavery & Life after Politics
Mar 17, 2020
Locked In Escape Rooms
Mar 24, 2020
Principles/ Principals and Education
Mar 31, 2020
The Importance of Museums & Heritage Buildings
Apr 07, 2020
Bare foot bowls
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Upcoming Events
Auction Dinner at Le Hoang
Feb 18, 2020 6:00 PM
Board Meeting
Mar 12, 2020
District Conference
Ulumbra Theatre, Bendigo
Mar 20, 2020 6:00 PM –
Mar 22, 2020 12:00 PM
Rotary Club of Mt Eliza Bark In The Park Dog Show
Mar 29, 2020
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Board Meeting
Apr 09, 2020
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Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting Responsibilities 25 February
Margalit, Kerry
Assistant Cashier
Hull, Malcolm
Selth, Maurie
Sullivan, George-Ann
3 Minute Speaker
Humphries, Linda
Edwards, Bernie
Meeting Responsibilities 3 March
Paterson, John
Assistant Cashier
Weber, Michael
Acton, Tim
Gilbert, John
3 Minute Speaker
McFarlane, Pauline
Fennell, Brynton
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President's Message
Ross Schweitzer
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The thoughts of President Ross
Nothing from Leviticus this week, it stressed Steve Daley. I offer in place, the wisdom of my golfing friend and Mensch, Daniel Cohen. Daniel visits every Year at this time to golf. If you ever 'wintered' in London, you'd understand.
Why did God invent Gentiles?, Daniel asked me. Because someone has to pay retail.
When I was appointed Da Prez, I had in good faith planned my agenda, and selected a board and supernumeraries. Some things were / are objectives which I had stated to our Club and Members. The execution of these did form around my ideas, and like Life, they unfolded as they should. This in fact due to the individuals and their view of my intent [a double - edged hammer] smiley.
One can drive along a round around the edge of a cliff and look in the rear - view mirror for navigation. It focuses your mind. That said, and I don't know how it was for my predecessors because their circumstances differed, my comfort zone has improved.
There were things I had to wait to put in place, by agreement. Like all the rosters being in the Bulletin and being managed impeccably by George - Ann, and hastening slowly with the 'new' Constitution. In addition, as in Life, Members' particular / vested interests are always 'on the Board agenda' for discussion; as they should be.
Coming off two Years as Secretary, I was counseled to be 'less hands - on', to put it mildly. That took a while to accept, or at least consider. My concern still is not to overload the Secretary and Board, as it causes ramifications beyond my tenure.
I have not always chaired Board Meetings as I find that I can get a better 'feel' if another Member does so.
Like every other Member, I have 'things' happen outside of Rotary that I wish not upon any other. There's always someone worse off; witness 'The Fires'.
Do not be unsympathetic to people in distress; do not let Time harden your heart to what is 'literally' around us.
As PP David Rew said last night [sic] 'snigger not about thy partner's lost golf ball, replace it with a new one'. That way the Game goes on.
Morsels of broccoli from my continuing diet meal. Broccoli is penance for being overweight.
One of three 3! banners DGE Humphries and Bride Linda brought back from us from the USA.
The newly - minted RCME ones were in high demand.
Future versions will feature a Drop Bear outside the Beach Boxes.
District Governor Elect Mark Humphries
This column this week was written by Mark, not last week's ghost writer 😊
Linda & I are back, we hit the ground running. Landed on Wednesday morning, then fly out to Sydney on Friday, you guessed it, more training. Insurance & Protection. It really was quite interesting. We have all heard the insurance and protection talk from a District Insurance Officer. In Sydney we were at the insurer’s offices, we had the actual insurers talking to. Manager for community groups and 2 of his front-line staff who deal directly with these issues.  I was fascinated to hear how things work from the other side of the fence. It was also especially interesting to hear how both they and the underwriters feel about the Rotary business and how the Rotary business is structured such that we have so many special aspects to the insurance, other organisations are jealous.
On the Sunday, Linda & I caught up with the grand kids. This was the first time we had seen them since October! Saturday & Sunday was WET oh so wet. Both Linda and I had 4 showers and only was of them was in the proper shower!! When leaving our flight boarded on time, but then we sat on the tarmac for just over an hour, seat belt light on for an very long time. By the time the snack service started it was a rush, before they picked up the rubbish and put the seat belt light back on and we landed…
We survived the trip, then the trip to Sydney and survived the grand kids… now back to reality.
Mark & Linda
President Nominee 2021/22
It is with great delight that President Ross, President elect Sue and the Nominations Committee announce that our RCME Presidential Nominee for the 2021/22  Rotary Year is Neil  Heron.
A very experienced Rotarian Neil, who joined our Club on 29 October 1996, will be the first person to be President of the Rotary Club of Mt Eliza on two occasions.
Over a long period of service Neil has proven to be an outstanding Rotarian. Together with his wife Helen he has made a significant contribution to the Mt Eliza community.
Congratulations Neil. We look forward to your ongoing leadership.
Biggles Barnstoms Bairnsdale
Rowan Miller, AKA Biggles, reports on the collection and delivery of goods to fire ravaged East Gippsland:
I have been asked to give you an update on the goods we collected and took down to Bairnsdale for the Rotary East Gippsland Fire Relief.
Firstly ... I know that everyone believes that pictures tell the true story ... BUT I would like to point out that the pictures in last week's Bulletin DO Not convey how it was!
We don't take fridges through doors sideways
- We don't walk up boards sideways into a van which must also be lying on its side
- And finally ... I don't normally lie on my side on trolleys tied to a wall in a van on its side
(Ed note - while in the Bulletin that was distributed last week, the pictures in the President's column were the right way up, apparently on some computers they are shown sideways)
Alex & I collected some items from Cranbourne from Rev Cohen & other items were collected as a result of offers made on Australia Day. I think Annie & Hardy did this and all goods were delivered to Neil's Rotary shed.
A large double door fridge was collected from Mt Eliza thanks to Leanne Porter. We then loaded up the items from Neil's in the pouring rain on Saturday afternoon.
I made a few more collections over the next two days and on the day of departure the Van was completely full to the back doors.
Margaret & I went down on Tuesday morning with a very heavy Van trailer ... which as always does, when one is doing a good deed ... decided to blow one of the tyres to pieces ... right beside a speed camera on the freeway ... the temptation to park just in from of him to block the picture taking was great ... but I resisted doing the incorrect thing!
We arrived at Bairnsdale and the delivery point in Lucknow (east suburb of Bairnsdale) early afternoon and we were met by some very friendly Rotarians.
After the factory door was cleared of a crane and container, we unloaded.
The Rotary Club of Mt Eliza managed to collect:
- 3 fridges
- 3 generators
- 2 washing machines
- a freezer
- literally hundreds of manual tools (spades, shovels, crow bars, hammers, saws, etc)
- a large number of power tools (drills, jig saws, rotary hammer drills, nailing guns, etc)
John Fallon and the other local Rotarians were most grateful for what we managed to collect and transport down, saying that, in due course, all items will be used by those who need them.
At this time they are not seeking too much more, as they simply don't have the space and storage places at Bairnsdale.
In saying that they did say that maybe items can be collected and if we store them here, then at a future date when required they could be transported down.
On the whole, I feel that this was a very successful effort by some RCME members for a very worthwhile and needy cause.
After a cuppa we made our way home, arriving at approximately 8.30 pm.
On behalf of all Club Members thanks to Rowan and Margaret and those other Rotarians who helped with this wonderful effort (Ed)
Modern - Day Students
The nicest things happen when one is not used to expecting them.
Over the past months, the Chairmen of both Vocational and Youth have immersed themselves in facilitating a plethora of activities; for the benefit of students and our Community. We have been visited by candidates for MUNA, NYSF, Youth Exchange Overseas - Australia and more.
In addition, we have recognised outstanding citizens through our vocational awards.
These projects are regularly featured in The Bulletin and its predecessors. Most recently Chloe Holmes from Balcombe Grammar School [along with her parents Luke and Tess]. Chloe disappeared into Finnair. Actually it was QATAR.... Is joke, yes?
We decided to reproduce a couple of items of correspondence from beneficiaries [or near - beneficiaries].
Letters from Students
Hi Ross, 
I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all of the hard work and effort you have put into getting my refund for NYSF and trying your hardest in an attempt to find alternate arrangements when this years event didn't happen. This was extremely kind of you and doesn't go unnoticed.
Although I won't get the chance to experience NYSF I know I am so lucky to have been selected for the opportunity all thanks to your tremendous help and will now get to be apart of the NYSF Alumni. 
I look forward to all of the exciting opportunities that this will bring me and just once again want to say thank you to both yourself and the Mt Eliza Rotary, I wouldn't have been able to do it without you.
Kindest Regards,
Sophie and Kait 🥰😊
Attention: Mr Ross Schweitzer and Mr Mike Weber

NYSF2020 Brisbane

I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Rotary Mount Eliza for sponsoring me to attend NYSF2020 in Brisbane. Despite the devastating bushfires, I feel very privileged that I was still able to attend.

It was the most incredible experience and will be a memory that will remain with me for life. I would definitely recommend it to all Year 12 students interested in science.

The lab STEM visits where a definite highlight for me and I especially enjoyed our visit to Griffith University, School of Science and Environment where we got to do our own experiment where we looked at the chemical properties of sunblock.

I also thought the Critical Thinking Workshop with Mr Peter Ellerton was enjoyable as he was knowledgeable and engaging.

At the Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology we got to experience first-hand the world class research facilities and saw all the high-end research equipment currently being used. One of the most interesting research projects was on Motor Neuron Disease (MND) where they were using MND patient skin cells to make motor neuron cells for research.

The atmosphere and camaraderie of all students and “Staffies” was unbelievable and I have made many new friends with people who share the same passions and interests. The level of energy and enthusiasm was unbelievable!

Thank you for giving me the amazing opportunity to attend NYSF2020.

Lachlan Hamilton-Brown
Golf In Australia
After having been a walking marshal at the VicOpen over the last weekend, the Editor has decided to have a brief story about this sport this week.
A large number of members of the Rotary Club of Mt Eliza enjoy this very pleasant pastime.
While the Dutch lay claim to a "golf-like" game that was played from the Thirteenth Century the modern game of golf, played over 18 holes, is generally considered to be a Scottish invention. Documented evidence suggests that the game was widely played and at times banned in Scotland, onwards from the Fifteenth Century.
While there are several claims as to the introduction of golf to Australia, the only one with documented contemporaneous evidence indicates that golf was played at Grove Farm, NSW in 1839.
The oldest continuing surviving club is believed to be the Australian Golf Club in Sydney. However, due to the fact that the Australian Golf Club did not play for a number of years in the 19th Century, the Royal Melbourne Golf Club maintains that it is the oldest golf club in Australia 'without interruption'.
Locally the Flinders Golf Club, established in 1903 and the Mornington Golf Club established in 1905 are among the oldest clubs in Australia.
Over the years Australia has produced some of the world's best golfers. 
All professional players aspire to win golf majors - the most prestigious tournaments held each year.
The Australian golfer with the most major wins is Karrie Webb with 7. Other women Major winners are Jan Stephenson (3) and out latest major winner Hannah Green who won the US PGA Championship last year. 
Eleven Australian men have won Majors - Jim Ferrier (1),  Peter Thomson (5), Kel Nagle (1), David Graham (2), Greg Norman (2), Wayne Grady (1), Ian Baker-Finch (1), Steve Elkington (1),  Geoff Olgivy (1) Adam Scott (1) and Jason Day (1).
This century golf has really taken off in Asia, especially in Korea.
In this week's Women's VicOpen of the top 10 placed players 4 were from Korea, one is Australian born with Korean parents (Minjee Lee) and one is an Australian who was born in Korea (Su Oh). Minjee Lee has previously won the VicOpen twice.
Minjee Lee's brother Min Woo Lee won the Men's VicOpen last weekend making it a real family affair.
Very Expensive Wall
President Trump decided that in order to fully protect the White House, a new wall should be constructed to replace the existing fence.
Three contractors were engaged to give quotes. They were met by a senior official who looked somewhat familiar with a ruddy orange face.
David, the first contractor, carefully measured out the length of the proposed wall and calculated to cost of materials. The then turned to the official and said, "I'll do the job for $900,000."
Gerry, the second contractor, also made careful measurements and calculations. He then said to the official, "I think that David has underestimated the work. I do quality work and will guarantee the wall for 50 years. My price is $1.2 million."
Jack, the final contractor, didn't do any measurements or calculations. He simply said, "My price is $4.9 million!"
The official said in wonder, "You didn't measure like the other guys. How did you come up with such a high figure?"
Jack whispered back, "$2 million for you, $2 million for me and $900,000 to get David to do the job!"  
On Wednesday 15 April a Rotary Bushfire Appeal Dinner will be held at the New Peninsula Centre, Baptist Church, 370 Craigie Road, Mt Martha.
The evening will commence at 6.30 pm for a formal 7.00 pm start.
Our Club will not be holding a meeting on Tuesday 14 April.
The Dinner has been organised by the Rotary District 9820 Peninsula Cluster of Clubs.
Members, Honorary Members, Friends and other community members will be most welcome and President Ross said in the last Bulletin we have committed to having 80 Mt Eliza attendees.
The cost of the evening per head is $60.00 with BYO drinks.
As a fund raiser, there will also be a Silent Auction plus a 'bid - auction' for three major items. 
Members, Friends & Family are all asked to make every effort to attend so that we have a truly successfully evening.
A celebrity MC for the evening is being sought.
All funds raised on the evening will go the the District 9820 Bushfire Relief Fund.
President Ross, Fund-raising Director Carolyn Such and Community Director Linda Morris are members of the Organising Committee.
More details will be provided as they are confirmed.
Auction Dinner - 18 February
Our Fund Raising Director Carolyn Such & Auctioneer Tim Acton are looking forward to seeing you at our AUCTION DINNER on Tuesday 18 February at Le Hoang Vietnamese restaurant.
Timing for this event is 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm start. PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE PRIOR TO 6.30 PM
The entire restaurant has been booked out for Rotary members, family and friends on that night.
This will be a combination fund-raiser and fellowship social evening.
Rotarians are encouraged to organise a table of family and friends. All members are asked to make an effort to be in attendance.
A number of items will be auctioned on the night - this will be a chance to obtain some real bargains.
The cost of the evening is $27 per head and it is BYO drinks.
Anyone who would like to donate an item for the auction is asked to see Carolyn.
Bark In The Park
Reminding all Rotarians and Friends that our Club's wonderful dog show, Bark In The Park, is to be held on Sunday 29 March 2020.
If you haven't done so already please diarise this date now as we will need as many hands on deck as possible to ensure that we build upon the great successes of previous Bark In The Park events. 
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We meet at 6:00 PM Every Tuesday at Toorak College