The Rotary Club of
Mount Eliza
Chartered 1971
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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 82650442487
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Melbourne Cup Calcutta
Le Hoang Restaurant
Oct 31, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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President's Message - John Welsh

Hi Fellow Rotarians,

John is having a well deserved family break this week
This Week's Speaker
Chris and Carolyn Such presented a terrific talk on Interplast.

What is Interplast?

Interplast Australia was established in 1983 following the original model originally formed in USA in 1969.  Dubbed a joint project between Rotary District 9800 and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.   Purpose was established to provide voluntary medical teams to carry out plastic and reconstructive surgery in developing countries.

Over the years, the involvement of Rotary Clubs throughout Australia and New Zealand has funded teams throughout the South Pacific.  Rotary is highly involved and has Board representation. 

During Covid lockdown, Interplast Australia has concentrated on teaching local medical professionals through on-line courses and acting as on-line support for actual operations.  This work will continue but with easier travel conditions there is a need to re-establish overseas medical teams during 2023. 


Peninsula Cluster Presidents have accepted the proposal that together we raise sufficient money to support an oversea Interplast trip in early 2023.  Total cost of a trip is $60K.  Rotary can be allocated one place to travel with the team.   

We are hoping that we can get as close to full funding as possible.  A target of $5K/Club would be a good starting point.  Larger Clubs may be able to do more.

Getting Started

Interplast are keen to raise their profile with Rotary Clubs.  They would be happy to travel and present to Club meetings.  

Mt Eliza Rotary Club are happy to co-ordinate and lead.  A celebratory dinner has been scheduled for November 8th in Mt Eliza.  The purpose of the dinner is not to raise money, its to raise and strengthen the Interplast profile within our Cluster.  In attendance at the dinner would be a number of the plastic surgeons who give their time and expertise on these trips. 

Details for the dinner will follow. 


These photos of just two examples of the amazing work that Interpast do to change the lives of so many.

The first is of Gladi a 7-year-old with massive tumour and a photo of her and her family after surgery

The second is of James from Papua NG before, and he and his mum after his surgery 

Club Meetings
Here is the Roster for the next few Weeks
Speaker - Andrew Whitehead, CFA
Sergeant - Mike and/or Ross
Furniture - The furniture crew have asked to actually be rostered each week so from this week it will be Tim - 0410, 1110 David, 1810 Trish then 2510 Mike.  Please swap around if you can't do your week.
3 minute speaker - Kay McCauley on 4th October followed by Rowan Miller on 11th October
If you can't do your 3 minute talk please organise for the next person on the Rotary Members list.
The Melbourne Cup Calcutta on Monday 31 October, Le Hoang Restaurant - is still on - don't forget to wear your best fascinator!!
Please book through Humanitix which will open soon
Date & VenueSpeakerChairCashiersFellowship
October 4        Toorak College  Andrew Whitehead CFA - Fire Risk and TrainingJohn HorscroftFrank Flowers & Carolyn SuchJudy Coultas
October 18th - Toorak CollegeKate Horton - Farrells Bookshop Brendon HobanCaryl Coulthard & John HorscroftKay McCauley
October 25th - Toorak CollegeThe Muna Experience - Our 2 reps & teacherJim VossSue Voss & Pauline McFarlane?Karina Webb?
I've noticed that we have Pauline McFarlane and Karina Webb still on the Rosters.
Could some-one please volunteer to take over these tasks until Pauline and Karina's return.
It's only once every 4 weeks so they're not onerous tasks
Please let me know at and I'll change the Roster
Brynton''s Joke of the Week
A Frenchman a German and an Irishman were drinking whisky. 
Suddenly a fly fell into each man's drink.  The Frenchman says, "I cannot drink this!"
The German flicks the fly out and downs his drink.
The Irishman reaches into the glass, grabs the fly, turns it upside down over his drink and yells
"Spit it out, Spit it out!!"
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We meet at 6:00 PM Every Tuesday at Toorak College