The Rotary Club of
Mount Eliza
Chartered 1971
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Mount Eliza
Service Above Self
We meet Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Mt Eliza
Mount Eliza, VIC 3930
0419 386 900
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Board Meeting
Jun 11, 2020
District Changeover
Jun 27, 2020
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Weber, Michael
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President's Message
Ross Schweitzer
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The thoughts of President Ross
Semper Floreat; The motto of the Family of Lady Penelope Creighton - Ward.
The observant among you will have noticed that I published this photo of our outgoing committee last week. [Signed copies are still available]. It was reversed; the motto on the family crest was back - to - front. The portrait was taken in her Country Estate in Bayern [Bavaria] Fuchs Halle.
This region is World - renowned for fox hunting. The quality of their pelts [the foxes, not the shooters] makes the district a centre to purchase and wear coats and fox hats. Being classed as 'vermin' there is no Government regulation. The English Royal Family, especially Prince Charles, is a wearer and indeed bestowed a Warrant.
The motto 'Semper floreat' translates as '[may it] Always flourish'. My hope is that it will  eventually be used by an International President; it is succinct and descriptive. The saying is non - partisan. As Rotarians we serve in a plethora of locations, each one with its own shibboleths [look no further than the 'beliefs' of our power - mad Premiers].
Our Club flourishes through service; 'twas ever thus. A succession of members and committees has caused this Club to be well - known  and respected within our community. Not all wish to assume greater roles; they are happy to provide unstinting support to agreed objectives and projects. Many like to be at the forefront, and we acknowledge their service.
Take geese. They fly in a 'V' formation, the lead goose lessens the turbulence on those behind. Then, as if on a signal, the lead goose drops back to rest whilst another takes his place. The replacement goose then continues the flight, and so on, to the destination.
If one of them is sick or injured, others will fly 'escort' and honk encouragement. These geese stay with the afflicted one until it can fly no further, only then departing.
Although neither sick nor injured [that you'd notice] this is my last month, and I detect Gooses David and Jim honking and waiting to meet me as I drop back in our formation.
Most sincerely
Da Prez
District Governor Elect Mark Humphries
Our District Changeover will take place in just under four weeks time on Sunday 28 June 2020.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions there may be only a small group of people in attendance in person.
However, the event is open to all via ZOOM. This will be the first ever District Changeover held online.
In his latest Chain Mail, distributed at 1.25 pm on Monday, 1 June, District Governor Adrian Froggart has link a link where Rotarians can register to attend.
As the incoming District Governor I request that all of my fellow Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Mt Eliza make every effort to attend the event.
After all of the disruptions in the 2019/20 Rotary Year, especially COVID-19 and the horrendous bushfires earlier this year, we need to recommit to Rotary and work together to rejuvenate our service to the community.
In spite of these difficult times, together with Linda, I am looking forward to our District continuing to do great things in the coming twelve months. 
Mark & Linda
Our District Changeover is to be held from 12 noon until 1.30 pm on Sunday, 28 June 2020 (Ed)
Stunning Guest Speaker
Our guest speaker at this week's Rotary meeting (2 June) was Professor Nick Oliver from the James Cook University.
Nick, whose research disciplines include geology and geochemistry spoke on the topic of "The Origins of Life - are they on the bottom of the ocean?"
In his opening address Nick sickened his talk to an Agatha Christie mystery wth several red herrings!
He then went on to talk about the use of bacteria in gold mining. Scientists have discovered the role  of bacteria as gold in the Earth's surface can be dissolved, dispersed and re-concentrated into nuggets as it is transformed by micro-organisms.
Nick spoke about other micro-organisms, extemeophiles (mostly bacteria and archaea - see attached photo) to assist with the biodegradation of waste, production of new fuels, biomining and environmental remedies to damaged land site (eg acid mine damage).
There is a huge future potential for new enzymes to be used to find solutions to medical and environmental problems.
This was all a lead into Nick's major, and stunning, thesis, that scientists now believe that the origins of life (abiogenesis), a natural process by which life has arisen from non-living matter such as organic compounds, may have occurred over four billion years ago at the bottom of our planet's oceans.
The earliest known life forms on our planet are putative fossilised micro-organisms, found in "black smokers"; hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor.
Nick explained that in the last 30 years the theory of the origin of life has gained support following the deep exploration of the ocean floor by small submarine type of craft called an Alvin.
Scientists used Alvin to go to some 2.5 kilometres under the Pacific Ocean surface to look at the hydrothermal vents. Deborah Kelley, and a group of other scientists discovered alkaline vents that have similar extremophilic bacteria to 4 million year old fossils.
Professor Oliver's fascinating talk generated a great number of questions and follow-up discussion.
President Ross thanked Nick and indicated that he would receive a glass from the Club in due course.  
Hanna Falkiner, the chair for the evening also nominated Nick as the wearer of the best hat in our competition for the best hat by Club Members which was a fund-raiser at this week's ZOOM meeting.
 Your "friendly extremophile!!
President Ross' premature demise.
The neighbours of Prez Ross reported him to the Constabulary for loitering outside his front gate.
In due course, a Rapid Response Team arrived....... read on...
......  'Ullo Ullo Ullo; what have we here, then?' asked one of the Squad. Prez Ross remonstrated that he was forlornly expecting deliveries from fellow - Rotarians.
In aid of the Fire - Affected Folk of East Gippsland. To no avail. He was heard to say whilst being restrained 'But they promised they would'
The Constable pondered the distinct lack of evidence, along with the probability that a host of Rotarians would never let down their President. Prez Ross therefore was dragged before the Hanging Judge who promptly sentenced da Prez to death.
It was later whispered in hushed [unattributed] tones that a solitary white paper bag, containing two splendid items, was subsequently discovered. Hanging on his front door handle as a sign of solidarity.
Three Minute Speaker - Neil Heron
Our three minute speaker on Tuesday 26 May was Rotarian Neil Heron. Neil has kindly provided the text of his "As I See It" address on the subject of Online Teaching, as follows:
In the early 2000's a form of teaching called the "Flip Classroom" was developed where teachers recorded a lesson as a video. Students then did the class at home by down loading the lesson. Three main reasons: 
  •   teacher/student absence
  •   keep a record of a class for the future or sharing with colleagues
  •  tutorial system where students did the theory at home and used classtime for discussion, questions and problem solving or application of the theory.
Disadvantages: took too long to create the lesson and no instant feedback or discussion. Students who didn't do it or didn't get instantly behind.
Around 2015 programs that allowed teachers to give information, run a class , mark roles and assess students on line in real time where developed. Teachers could see what students were doing at any time in the class or at home and "chat" via written messages at any time as individuals or as a class. Students could also share work and work as a team.  
Disadvantages: Not face to face outside the classroom and a lot more work for staff in monitoring students but students more accountable.
Then by 2017-18 video conferencing became more user friendly in that control of the program moved away from the platform provider to the "Host". Students & teachers could share work, ideas and work collaboratively but the teacher as the host retained control. Programs such as ZOOM, SeaSaw, google Classroom & Microsoft  Screens gave a range of options. Private companies/ groups such as Big History Project & STILE( a mainly science program) developed lesson banks that teachers could share and store work and also had instant computerized marking that staff could watch student progress. This helped ease the teacher work load in monitoring and assessing. Not all teachers used this technology.
Come COVID-19 and we were all forced to all the time for every class. Many were worried teachers would not be able to cope. However, it soon became obvious the students and staff alike could not only cope but excel in using it. There was an initial heavy workload but as teachers mastered the technology it went smoothly
Advantages: the curriculum could be easily and effectively delivered. Whatever content or concept you could teach in the classroom could be done on-line. Monitoring students and feed back was excellent - students were easier to track and instantly accountable for their work. All teachers were also accountable and their efforts monitored.
The teacher-student & teacher - class bond is not developed. This is the key reward for teachers and why they teach, so the online teaching is losing its appeal and becoming tedious and boring.
Behaviour modification is difficult. Some students struggle to stay on task without the classroom stimulation.
Setting the scene for a lesson and the motivating dynamic of the classroom is missing
Students miss the student-student interaction/learning and the teacher-student bond. Students of all ages need this bond to feel safe and a part of the group. They are usually very loyal to their teacher and class.
Students miss the socializing, social learning and community skills development that schools are now more and more being asked to teach/provide.
As I see it: online education has advanced enormously and is a valuable tool for teaching and extending those students who desire it. It is more work for staff and not as rewarding. I don't believe it will replace the classroom but for those students who can access it, it will improve their learning outcomes if they choose to use it.
Laughter the Best Medicine
Giovanni, an 70 year old Italian golfer went to the doctor for a check-up.
The doctor was amazed that what good shape he was in and asked, "How do you stay in such great physical condition?"
Giovanni replied, "I'm Italian and a golfer. That's why I am in such good shape. I'm up well before daylight and out golfing up and down the fairways. I have a glass of vino with lunch and dinner and all is well."
"Well", replied the doctor, "I'm sure that helps, however there has to be more to it. How old was your father when he died?"
"Who said that he was dead?", Giovanni replied.
The doctor was amazed. "You mean that your father is still alive. How old is he?"
"He's 95 years old", said Giovanni, "He is also a golfer. In fact he golfed with me this morning and then we went to lunch - with a glass of vino. He's Italian and he is a golfer."
"Well", said the doctor, "that's great, but I am sure that there more to this than golf.  How about your father's father? How old was he went he died?"
Giovanni looked at the doctor and said, "Who said my Nonno's dead?"
Stunned, the doctor asked, "You mean that you are 70 years old and your grandfather's still living. That's incredible, how old is he?"
"He's 115 years old", said the Italian golfer.
"And I suppose that he went golfing with you this morning too?"
"No", Giovanni replied, "Nonno couldn't play today because he is getting married later on this afternoon."
At this point, the doctor lost it and stammered, "Getting married at 115 years old. Why would he want to get married?"
Giovanni looked the doctor in the eye and said:
"Who said that he wanted to?"
There was a man who worked for the Post Office whose job was to process all the mail that had illegible addresses.
One day, a letter came addressed in a shaky handwriting to God with no address. He thought he should open it to see what it was about.
The letter read:
Dear God,
I am an 83 year old widow, living on a very small pension. Yesterday someone stole my purse. It had £100 in it, which was all the money I had until my next pension cheque.
Next Sunday is Christmas, and I had invited two of my friends over for dinner.
Without that money, I have nothing to buy food with. I have no family to turn to, and you are my only hope.
Can you please help me?

The postal worker was touched. He showed the letter to all the other workers. Each one dug into his or her wallet and came up with a few pounds. By the time he made the rounds, he had collected £96, which they put into an envelope and sent to the woman.
The rest of the day, all the workers felt a warm glow thinking of Edna and the dinner she would be able to share with her friends.
Christmas came and went.

A few days later, another letter came from the same old lady to God.
All the workers gathered around while the letter was opened.
It read:
Dear God,
How can I ever thank you enough for what you did for me? Because of your gift of love, I was able to fix a glorious dinner for my friends. We had a very nice day and I told my friends of your wonderful gift.
By the way, there was £4 missing.
I think it must have been those mongrels at the Post Office !
Dan was a single guy living at home with his widowed father and working in the family business.
When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when he sickly father died, he decided that he needed a wife with whom to share his fortune.
One evening, at an investment seminar, he spotted the most attractive woman that he had ever seen. Here natural beauty took his breath away.
"You are a most beautiful woman," he said "and I would like to take you to dinner."
In order to gain the woman's attention he went on, "I may be just an ordinary guy, however in a couple of years my father will pass away and I shall inherit $400 million."
Impressed, the woman asked for his business card and two weeks later she became his stepmother.
Morale - women are much better at financial planning than men!
Old Jack had lived on a farm out from Longreach all of his life and he had never been to a big city.
When he turned 80 he decided to visit Brisbane for the first time.
When he came back he went to the local pub and couldn't stop talking about all the things that he had seen - the tall buildings, hundreds of shops and thousands of people.
All of these things had opened his eyes and he was amazed at everything that city folk had.
"I even brought myself one of those new plastic toilet brushes. It's real fancy with a gold handle and I can't wait to try it."
The next month when he came back into town and went to the pub again, his mates asked how the new brush was going.
"Well", he said "it does a real good job but it hurts like hell!"
Ninety year old Danny had been a regular in his local pub since he was a young man.
When the owner announced that the pub would be closed for two months while the place was renovated, Danny was heart broken.
"I love the place just as it's always been," he said.
After two long months the place reopened and Danny quickly frowned and voiced his disapproval.
"I suppose that most of it is all right," he muttered, "but you've made too many changes."
He went on, "Even the old spittoon in the corner is gone.  I'm gonna miss that,"
"Yeah", said the publican, you always did!"
In the English Lakes District, an old man went to see the filming of Antiques Roadshow at a local  hall.
He took along an old painting that had been owned by his grandfather and a violin that had been in the family forever. Both were in a bad state of disrepair.
He took both of these items up to Fiona Bruce and she carefully examined them. As she did so he used a cloth to carefully clean each item.
When she had thoroughly examined both pieces she turned to the old man and said, "I have both good news and bad news."
"Give me the good news first", he said.
"Well", she replied, "What we have here are a Rembrandt and a Stradivarius!"
"That's fantastic", he exclaimed. "What's the bad news?"
"Well, you see sir, Stradivarius never really made it as a painter...."
A vintage car buff had broken down and a fellow in a Porsche offered to tow him.
"Look", he said, "I'm in a hurry for an appointment so we will be going fairly fast. If you should see a police car, give a hoot."
A little while later, a motorcycle policeman returned to the station and said to the Sergeant, "Well, I've seen everything now. I was chasing this vintage car at 140 km an hour and could catch it. When I put on my siren the crazy driver starting hooting to overtake a Porsche!"
Living with COVID-19
Andi Rahim from Indonesia writes, "To all teachers, health workers, store employers and many others who each day are going to work to make sure that our civilisation never ceases to make progress, we truly appreciate you. I believe with the spirit of humanity, we will win the fight against COVID-19."
With panic buying in France the grocery stores look like they have been hit by tornadoes. All that's left is de brie!
Finland has had its borders closed for two months. You know what that means: No-one will be crossing the finish line!
What do you tell yourself when you wake update for work and realise that you have a fever: Self, I so late!
Why do they call it the novel coronavirus? It's a long story ...
Pablo de Borman from Belgium writes, "I think this time has brought so much solidarity from everyone and we realise what really matters: Having a roof over our head, food and water and, most importantly, health.
This makes me want to fight even more to end extreme poverty and to fight so that no one lives under bad conditions, and so that everyone has access to those basic rights, no matter where they come from, not only during a pandemic, but always."
Five Question Quiz
The answers to last week's Five Question Quiz were:
1. Which fashion designer created Madonna's infamous cone bra?  A Jean Paul Gaultier B Vivienne Westwood  C John Galliano  D Alexander McQueen
2. The first known book on appropriate behaviour (etiquette) was written in which country?  A Italy  B England  C Egypt  D Iran
3. Which famous cocktail was invented at Harry's Bar, Venice, in 1934?  A Tom Collins  B Hurricane  C Cosmopolitan  D Bellini
4. How many basic positions of the feet are there in ballet?  A 4  B 6  C 5  D 3
5. Which horror novel was subtitled The Modern Prometheus?  A Dracula  B The Phantom of the Opera  C Frankenstein  D Interview with the Vampire
This week's five questions are:
1. Which artist was born in Limoges, France in 1841?  A Clause Monet  B Paul Gaugin  C Edouard Manet  D Pierre Auguste REnoir
2. Vielle Eignes Francaises is the prestige cute of which Champagne house?  A Bollinger  B Krug  C Pommery  D tattinger
3. Which shoe designer shot to fame after his creations were featured in eight pages of Vogue in 1988? A Bruno Magli  B Manolo Blahnik  C Jimmy Choo  D Christian Louboutin
4. Victor Hugo's novel "Notre-Dame de Paris" was set in the reign of which French monarch?  A Henry IV  B Robert II  C Napoleon III  D Louis XI
5. Where in Spain does Manchengo cheese come from?  A Andalusia  B Catalonia  C La mancha  D Mercia
Reminder - $20 Payment
Members are respectively reminded that the next $20 payment is due to cover Heads & Tails and Club Fines with monies going towards the year-end hampers organised by Sergeant Trish Stamp.
The payment should be made into the Club General Account - BSB 633 000  Account number 152 498 093.
Thank you for your support.
This Week's Conundrum
Can you work out a 9 letter word from the jumbled letters below?
If you have time, how many other words with four plus letters can you make from these nine letters?
D  I  Z  Z  H  W  I  K  S
Answer next week
Last week's solution -
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