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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District Changeover
Jun 28, 2020
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
RCME Changeover at Canadian Bay Hotel
Jun 30, 2020
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Ross Schweitzer
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Dearest Members,
John 11: 1 - 44
When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”  The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

As we were saying; the best laid plans can go astray ... Our esteemed Premier, the jobless rabble / Rent - a - Crowd / some 'refugees' and other ESL miscreants who think we owe them a living... did I mention that the BLM copycat demonstration had absolutely no impact on the Corona Virus 'spike - mountain'? Although the teeming 50 down on the Rye Pier for a 'quiet fish' were clearly the source [sole meuniere, no doubt].
We live on the Peninsula you see. The only spikes here are the ones Vic Pol use to catch speeding Senior Citizens, and any member on their way to Flinders Golf Club.
  • The 'Middle Kingdom'
It is often overlooked [as Sir Crackers oft is wont to remark] but was taught in Australia as part of history, geography and English literature [not digital knitting or leaf weaving or chanting or placard making] that the above Term was used by both the ancient Egyptians and indeed the Chou Empire of Zhongguo 1000 B.C. [China] copied the term.......
Interestingly, by way of a paradigm, the Americans created - varied the donut / doughnut, the centre of which is a hole. The Chinese should read Margaret Atwood b.18 November 1939, prior to further rants about our Country. [As you ramble on through life, Brother ...]
It seems we will honor P - E Sue with not one, but two, inductions; as befits her! That some layabout in a far - off land could have the wits to realize that they wrecked Sue's Change - over by no hygiene and then lying, beggars belief.
There again, The Greeks [who allow us in to Greece as a First- Responder Country, bless 'em] say 'If it turns out well, it always was well'. They do. Heard it first - hand in the Plaka District while they took my money for Mythos and Saganaki [recommended combination].
So this is it..... IT as da Prez. Someone remind Sue to add her photo....
The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts. Aristotle.
From a recent candid photo in Mt Eliza Village.
John Gilbert owns a cap identical in its appearance. smiley
most sincerely 

da Prez 🏴‍☠️
District Governor Elect Mark Humphries
Rotary International Convention
Whilst the time is not great for us here in Australia, convention is fantastic. Whilst not as good as being at convention in real life the atmosphere is still exciting. Main plenary session are on from 11:00pm, so that is not to bad. Some of the breakouts start getting a bit hard to attend, eg I am booked in for on Thursday 3:00am…..
Learn about Rotary Youth Exchange at Rotary International Convention
Want to be involved in a Walking Challenge?
There are many exciting activities, get online and enjoy the excitement.
Remember Rotary Opens Opportunities. How are you going to embrace the Opportunities that Rotary opens up to you?
Stay Safe!
Mark & Linda
Chloe Calls from Finland
The 26 members who attended our Zoom meeting on Tuesday, 23 June were fortunate to hear from our International Exchange Student, Chloe Holmes, who Zoomed in from Finland.
Using a combination of monthly pictorial calendar entries with English commentary interspersed with Finnish, Chloe provided an outstanding talk covering the five months that she has been away.
Chloe's parents, Luke & Tess, also joined our Zoom meeting. 
Chloe used ten overheads, two per month,  to detail the activities that she has undertaken.
In an entertaining talk she took us through arrival, the end of Winter, her first Finnish family, lots of fun activities, the impact of COVID-19, being in quarantine, her birthday in April, graduation from her year level and move on to the next year, her new host family and the arrival of Summer with more outdoor activities, especially boating.
Everyone was very impressed with this delightful ambassador for our Country who is having a great time in Finland.
Several of Chloe's calendar pictorials follow:
Club Dinner Meetings
Following the vote taken by members to determine where we hold dinner meetings, the Club will be remaining at Toorak College.
As reported last week, Toorak is not yet able to provide a date when we can resume. The latest Government COVID-19 restrictions make it unlikely that we will return to Toorak until sometime in early August.
Kristy Russell, the Toorak Catering Manager, is very keen to have us return as are all members of her team. 
In the meantime, thanks to Giselle at the Canadian Bay Hotel (CB), our small Changeover Dinner will take place there next Tuesday, 30 June.
Thereafter, for the first three weeks of July, arrangements have been made for 20 members to attend a dinner meeting at CB while other members attend via Zoom.
As with Toorak, the cost of the CB dinner will be $33.
If there are more requests to attend than places available, a weekly ballot will take place to determine the attendees. Obviously, our new President Sue and Secretary Pauline will have first choice.
Members who would like to attend the meeting on Tuesday, 7 July are asked to notify Secretary Pauline by email no later than close of business next Thursday, 2 July. 
Guest Speaker - Frankston Wine & Food Society
Our guest speaker at this week's Rotary meeting on 23 June was Rotarian Jim Young, member of our Club and President of the Frankston Wine & Food Society.
Jim's talk was as follows:
In 2012 a small group of business and community leaders met in Frankston to consider ways of improving the image of the local district.
Convened by Alan Wickes, a former Captain Coach of the Frankston Dolphins (and Collingwood player), this group of activists were concerned at the way that Frankston was being disparaged in the media (especially by John “Sam” Newman on the Footy Show), had problems with drugs, youth unemployment and a struggling local side in the Victorian Football League.
After several discussions and follow up meetings the “Proudly Frankston Campaign” was launched.
Major aims were to provide opportunities for younger people, rejuvenate Frankston and showcase its many fine features and support the local VFL team, Frankston. 
A sub-committee was established to support the local hospitality industry and provide a forum for lovers of wine and food to come together. 
Based on the Melbourne Cricket Club’s Longroom Wine & Food Society (MCCW&FS), the Frankston Wine & Food Society was established towards the end of 2012. Stuart Stockdale from the MCCW&FS has acted as a mentor and attended many of the Frankston Society functions. 
In late 2012 I was walking past the former Café on the Mount in Mt Eliza when I ran into a group of four people having coffee – Alan Wickes, Max Butler (with whom I went to school), Rob Thurley (the former Group General Manager of Audit at NAB with whom I had worked) and long time Frankston identity, Kevin Johnson.
Naturally, I stopped for a chat and the four explained the concept of the Wine & Food Society with Kevin as the President and Max & Rob making up the Committee while Alan would concentrate on Proudly Frankston.
Excited and impressed with the concept I handed over $20 to become the first non-Committee member.
In March 2013, the Society held its first function at the Frankston Football Ground with well-known Peninsula winemaker Kathleen Quealy as the guest speaker. An attendee at the lunch was Kathleen’s 90-year father, Kevin, a retired nuclear scientist from Sydney.
From 2013 onwards the Society organised four quarterly seasonal events, usually lunches with the occasional dinner. Each time there is a celebrity chef and noted wine maker who match the food and wine and provide members with an informative and first class dining experience.
Each year a Christmas Party is held for members with each person in attendance receiving several drinks, canapés and a bottle of wine.
In March this year, just before the COVID-19 restrictions, we held our 29th seasonal lunch at Barn & Co, Balnarring.
Over the last eight years some of the many venues holding Society events have included Licciardos at Manyung, The Rocks Mornington, Port Phillip Estate, Rare Hare at Jackalope, Stillwater at Crittenden, the Long Table at Red Hill, The Ranelagh Club, The Deck at Frankston, Max’s Red Hill, McClelland Gallery, Wilson’s Wine Cellar Mornington, The Frankston International, The Boathouse, The Merricks General Store and One Pear Tree, Frankston. A number of these venues have been visited more than once.
At these events members have heard from a plethora of outstanding wine makers including from Dromana Estate, Pizzini, Saltram, Scorpo, Redman, Bailey, Willow Creek, Kerri Greens, Garagiste, Elgee Park, Port Phillip Estate, d’Arenberg,  Winburndale - Bathurst, Massoni, Crittenden Estate, Bests, Penfolds and Red Hill Estate. Events with an international flavour have included wines from South America, Europe and New Zealand.
From 2013 to 2017 an annual “Long Lazy Lunch” was organised by Proudly Frankston with well over 400 people in attendance and music provided by James Morrison and the Frankston High School Band. The first two lunches were held on the oval at the Frankston Football Ground, the third right down the shopping strip length of Wells Street in Frankston and the fourth at the Mornington Racing Club.
In 2019 the Proudly Frankston Campaign had run its course and, in a reverse takeover, it merged with the Frankston Wine & Food Society, with the Society inheriting all of the previous parent organisation’s operations.
Last year, the Society also introduced an “Old Bottle” night. Held at the Frankston International in June. Each couple brought along an old bottle of wine, which was then tasted in small quantities by the 32 people in attendance.
The former Chief Winemaker at Taltarni, Loic Le Calvez, now a well known wine judge and industry consultant blind tasted all of the wines and announced the wine of the evening, which was a 1994 Redman Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon (brought along by Max Butler and his wife Helen).
The organisation is now run by a Board of eight directors – two originals in Kevin Johnson and Max Butler together with Tony Bracy, Pamela Wilson, Sue Droscher, Peter Darbyshire, Brendan Collins and me. I was elected President at the AGM in December 2019. 
For 2020, the Society had decided to continue holding the four seasonal events, Christmas Party and two other events – a 2020 version of the “Old Bottle Night” and a “Fortified Wine” Dinner with world-renowned Muscat maker, David Morris from Rutherglen.
As well, we planned to strengthen the organisation by providing a more strategic focus and supporting a local charity and community and educational groups. 
The best-laid plans go astray….
Due to COVID-19 we have had to put all activities on hold. At present we are hoping to hold a function in late September, however we are still waiting clearance from the health authorities.
Having said that, the Society has continued to provide some value and opportunities for members.
In particular, several months ago we were able to offer members:
  • some outstanding “mystery” wines in cases of six for $50 per box.
  • great deals where members are able to buy quality wines from leading wineries at significantly reduced prices.
  • (While confidential at this stage), the chance to purchase high quality wine glasses at less than 40% of the retail price.
Membership of the Society is open to all. While we have a notional limit of 100, we currently have some 70 members. 
The cost of the seasonal events and dinners varies however as a general rule the price is between $80 and $90 with members receiving a $20 discount. 
While non-members may attend as guests of a member, they must pay the full price. Members have free access to the Christmas Party and with annual membership at $95; they can obtain full value and save money where they take up members’ only offers.
As a result of our reduced activity this year, the Board recently took a decision to extend all current memberships from 31 December this year to 30 June 2021. 
The devastating impact of COVID-19 makes it crucial that we support the industry going forward, especially locally on the Mornington Peninsula. Local wineries and restaurants are all small businesses providing employment and underpinning the local economy.
The Society is a great place to have fun, learn about food and wine, meet people and enjoy fine dining. I look forward to the Society returning to normal operations in 2021.
The following link should lead to the Society's web page:
Laughter the Best Medicine - 23 June
Following the Church service, the guests arrived for an outback wedding reception. They were just getting settled in when the MC strode up to the microphone and announced. "We'll have to cancel the reception. The beer hasn't arrived and the bride just fell as she was getting out of the car and it looks like she's broken her leg and she's been carted off to hospital."
This bad news caused considerable distress to those assembled.
Just as everyone was preparing to leave, the MC raced up and grabbed the mike, "It's okay. The reception's back on. The beer just arrived!" 
It was his wife's birthday and the husband decided to cook her some poached eggs for breakfast.
Suddenly she burst into the kitchen. "Careful, CAREFUL", she said. "Put in more water. Oh my gosh! You're cooking too many at once. TOO MANY. Don't overcook them, I like my eggs runny. YOU'RE OVER COOKING THEM!"
She continued on, "Don't forget the toast. TOAST; not too burned. With lots of butter. BUTTER, YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH BUTTER!"
As he put the eggs and toast on the plate she continued, "Don't forget to put salt and pepper on them. YOU ALWAYS forget the SALT and PEPPER."
The husband stared at her and said, "What in the world is wrong with you. Don't you think that I know how to cook poached eggs on toast?"
The wife calmly replied, "I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I am driving!"
An elderly chap  invited one of his Bowls companions to come in for drinks after a long day on the green.
He was impressed by the way his colleague proceeded every request to his wife in endearing terms calling her My Love, Darling, Sweetheart, My Precious and Honey.
The couple had been married almost 80 years and it was obvious that they were still in love.
While the wife was in the kitchen the guest leaned over and said to his host, "I think it's wonderful that after all these years you call your wife all those loving pet names".
His friend turned somewhat embarrassed and said, "I have to tell you the truth. I forgot her name about five years ago!"
A visiting American tried to get a room at a hotel near Katherine in the Northern Territory.
"Sorry", said the publican, "We are full up. Not a room available. However you can share a room with the little red-headed schoolteacher if that's all right!"
"Oh, that'll be great", said the American grinning from ear to ear. "And don't worry I'll be a perfect gentleman."
"Just as well", said the publican, "So is the little red-headed schoolteacher!"
Q. What's the difference between a male chauvinist and a perfect gentleman.
A. Five or six beers!
It was late on a dark gloomy night when the front door bell rang.
The husband was dozing after a bottle of red wine. As he tried to get up, he stumbled and almost fell over.
Just then the door bell rang again.
The wife jumped up and answered the door.
There stood a terrifying figure in a black hooded coat.
"Who are you?", she stammered.
"The Grim Reaper", came the icy replied.
Thinking quickly, the woman turned to the lounge room and called out, "Darling, it's for you!"  
Two vampire bats were hanging upside down in a cave.
One turned to the other and said, "I'm desperate for a drink. I have to taste blood. I'm heading out for a while to find a human."
"Well, you better hurry up", said the other bat. "It's almost dawn and you can't be out when the sun rises."
So the bat left like a bat out of hell. Two minutes later it was back with blood dripping from it's mouth."
The other bat said, "Wow. That was quick. Congratulations."
The first bad replied. "Congratulations? You see that dirty great oak tree over there?"
"Well, I didn't!"
Living with COVID-19
A spike in the number of COVID-19 infections in Victoria has led to the State Government tightening restrictions.
Of particular interest to our Club is the continuation of the limit of a maximum of 20 people in attendance at restaurants and hotels.
This number will be reviewed on 19 July and at that time we can hope that the number will rise to 50. This would mean that we could have dinner meetings with a majority of members present.

It turns out, the coronavirus crisis may have also changed the way we perceive jokes. One professor at the University of California, Coye Cheshire, said “Right now it might be hard for companies and individuals to read the room virtually.” The potential to misread any joke is high as ever, and any potential prank may become a subject of severe criticism.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, a communications professor at the University of Pennsylvania, warns that coronavirus jokes could be viewed as the truth. The critics of corona jokes say that even if toilet paper pranks are hilarious, they might set off panic buyers.

COVID-19 - Global Numbers - as at midnight on 23 June 2020:

Total confirmed cases  - 9,198,769  Total Deaths - 478, 341
Australia - 7492 cases and 102 deaths.
In many countries, lovers of camping are pitching tents in gardens or even living rooms, complete with marshmallows for toasting and guitars to play around mock campfires.
It began somewhere in the United States, however it has quickly spread to other countries including Australia.
No, not COVID-19. Teddy Bears are popping up all around the world to distract children from Coronavirus.
Teddy Bears and rainbows are turning up in gardens, sitting in windows or resting on fences. They are creating some social distancing magic for children.
New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern, announced early in June that the nation was free of COVID-19 with no new cases for over a fortnight. As a result all restrictions, including social distancing, were lifted.
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