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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Jan 21, 2020
Jan 28, 2020
Feb 04, 2020
Resilence after Disaster
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Upcoming Events
Australia Day & farmers Market
Jan 26, 2020
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Valentine's Day Auction Dinner @ Le Hoang
Feb 14, 2020 6:30 PM
Board Meeting
Mar 12, 2020
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Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting Responsibilities 21 January
Gilbert, John
Assistant Cashier
Horscroft, John
Heron, Neil
Fellowship/ Reserve
McFarlane, Pauline
As I See It
Voss, Sue
Anderson, Alex
Meeting on Tuesday 28 January
No assigned responsibilities as we are at The Briars
Meeting Responsibilities 4 February
Vincent, Rhonda
Assistant Responsibility
Webb, Karina
Juraschek, Hardy
Manchester, Ray
Miller, Rowan
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President's Message
Ross Schweitzer
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The thoughts of President.

I am tempted to write ‘How good is Rotary’, but that has been taken.
We had an eclectic group of guests last night. Chloe Holmes with parents Luke and Tess. 

Chloe, a student at Balcombe Grammar is leaving in the next few days to travel to Finland 🇫🇮 as our Youth Overseas Exchange (Australia) representative for this Year. Finland can reach -50C during winter. Then you factor in wind chill..... 🥶 ⛄️ ❄️ 

I’m told by Carolyn that she has a candidate for 2021. How good is Carolyn 😂
Paul Parsonson, a guest of a Trish Stamp and former member. 
John Stevens a Rotarian from Dunstable in England.
Our Speaker (after several false starts of our doing) Peter Dell, along with his wife Sally.
Peter spoke about ‘cricket’ as a vehicle for engaging young people who are mentally and / or physically challenged.
Mike Weber’s (Vocational Director and all - round Christian humanist)  recommendation is that we purchase one ‘kit’ for allocating to a local specialist school. 
    Mike Weber with Chloe Holmes

Chloe with Luke and Tess Holmes
Peter Dell and Chairman Frank Flowers

‘The Fires’ 
District 9820 has created EGRFA - East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid. A joint effort which in our case (RCME) is being coordinated by Janne Speirs 😃 and Steve Daley,  has already achieved primary benchmarks. Liaison for us (at date) is with Kerry Margalit and me. P - E Sue Voss is documenting our Personal Abilities Register 
for transmission to Steve.
Our Club is receiving invaluable logistical support from one of our major sponsors
Blue Croc 🐊.
In addition, your board are not unaware of the initiatives many of you are undertaking. Carol Coulthard, f’rinstance.  
I may have said how we respond to this ‘situation’ will define us as individuals and as a Club.
Speaking of The Fires.... when you can, Google Drop Bear Scottish Journalist.

Da Prez 🏴‍☠️
District Governor Elect Mark Humphries
Hello everyone,
Here we are in chilly New York State in the famous town called Corning, yes that place where all the glass comes from. We are being hosted by John & Margo Brown. New York is currently experiencing strange weather patterns just like at home in Australia! We should be snow covered, sure it’s a chilly 1 or 2 degrees but the other day it was 17! Yes a bright sunny warm 17. Today a front is moving in so the cool weather is coming back
We are about to move to the next host family further north in New York state, a township called Spencerport.
John & Margo have ensured we have been kept busy, taking us and the other 4 governors are kept busy. We have met some wonderful Rotarians, all have been very welcoming. We have been taken to some amazing museums and sites around the town.
We are regularly asked about the fire situation back home, everyone is shocked and worried for us. I show people a map overlay of Australia on the US and then overlay the east cost fire maps, people are shocked and stunned at the sheer size and enormity of the situation.
Below is a picture looking over part of the Corning valley, Steuben lead crystal glass and a glider, just some of the images from Corning.
On to the next adventure…..
Mark & Linda
The Briars on 28 January
All Members & Friends please note that we will not be meeting at Toorak College on Tuesday 28 January.
Rather we will be meeting at The Briars, 450 Nepean Highway Mornington, from 5.30 am until 8.00 pm.
There are seats and tables for around 40 people so we should be well accommodated.
BYO drinks, dinner, utensils, glasses, coffee, tea and cups.
Hot water will be available for tea and coffee and there are free, clean BBQs for cooking your dinner.
Early during the evening there will be a 15 minute film presentation in the theatrette.
There is no need to register your attendance. Just turn up and enjoy a wonderful evening of fellowship.
RC Mornington  Annual Art Show
The Rotary Club of Mornington Annual Art Show will hold its Gala Opening commencing at 7.00 pm on Thursday 16 January.
Attendance at this opening night is $30 per person
The Art Show will run through until Australia Day, Sunday 26 January. The Entry Fee is $8.
Apart from outstanding works of art being available for sight and sale, there will also be a silent auction.
Funds raised at the Art Show will be set aside for Rotary Projects including the Rotary Gippsland Bush Fire Relief Fund.
Google - for more information.
PDG Janne Speirs to Visit
Immediate Past District Governor Janne Speirs will be attending our meeting on Tuesday 4 February. Janne will be able to provide us with an update on various matters including east Gippsland Bushfire Relief and coming priorities for Rotary this year.
Janne will replace the three minute speaker on that night.
Eat Scones & Play Petanque for a Great Cause
As reported by our Secretary Pauline on Tuesday evening, the Main Ridge Bowles & Petanque Club is holding a fund raising day to help the CFA and Gippsland Farmers.
The event will take place at the rear of the Club, 455 Main Creek Road, Main Ridge from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm on Sunday 19th January.
There will be lots of fun activities including Devonshire Teas, a Sausage Sizzle, Petanque, Barefoot Bowls and Vintage Car rides.
Monies raised on the day will be used for new much needed equipment for the Main Ridge CFA and for the delivery of hay to Gippsland farmers.
Members are asked to make every effort to support this worthy initiative.
Welcome Back Tim
It was a delight to see Rotarian Tim Acton at this week's meeting after a six months leave of absence.
Tim is a great Rotarian and it is good to have him back.
The Blue 🐊 Croc Express
The RCME Express
Harrison Mein, the Man from Blue Croc 🐊 a key sponsor of our happy band, is assigning one of his fleet to deliver relief supplies to Bairnsdale for dispersal to East Gippsland via Pearl Findlay - James of Rotary in that neck of the woods 🌲🌲🌲 (if any be left standing). 
When the starting gun fires, a Rotary Club of Mt Eliza Member (or  two) will drive the Blue Croc 🐊 van to Bairnsdale, where its contents 
will be unloaded into a storage facility for dispersal by Rotary. 
This activity will occur on a weekend and if / when we obtain other suitable items, the process will be repeated. 

Valentine's Day Auction Dinner
As advertised in last week's Bulletin, our Fund-raising Director Carolyn Such and her committee have organised another great event on the Rotary Club of Mt Eliza Calendar for 2020.
On Valentine's Day, Friday 14 February we are holding a huge AUCTION DINNER.
The venue is Le Hoang Vietnamese Restaurant.
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.
Tim Acton has agreed to be the auctioneer.
As an outstanding raconteur, great auctioneer and all round good fellow Tim will ensure that it is a fun evening.
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. 
Lost in Translation
An Australian Rotarian who was a medical doctor attended an International Conference in Tokyo as a keynote speaker.
The Australian carefully prepared his speech on the topic of "Australia's System of Universal HealthCare".
In order to lighten things up he added into his speech a story; a lengthy joke about an Australian male who went into hospital for what he thought was an emergency but which turned out to be minor surgery. A bit like Australian men suffering from "MAN 'FLU".
The doctor took nearly five minutes to tell his story.
The interpreter then quickly translated the story using only a couple of sentences. The room rocked with laughter.
After his speech, the doctor was curious and he asked the interpreter how he had been able to translate the story so quickly.
The interpreter replied, "Well to be honest I didn't think that they would get your story, so I said, our guest has just told a joke, please laugh out loud!" 
Shiraz also known as Syrah is a dark-skinned grape variety grown throughout the world used to primarily produce full-bodied red wine.
Shiraz grapes are used to make single varietal wines (known as Shiraz or Syrah) or wines blended with other grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Durif. An interesting varietal wine is made when small amounts of the white wine grape Viognier are blended with Shiraz. The addition of Viognier makes a smoother tasting wine with overtones of apricot. 
Shiraz grapes were introduced into Australia by James Busby in 1832. Busby brought Syrah vine clippings with him when he immigrated to NSW.
Today, Shiraz is the most popular wine grape grown in Australia. In the Barossa Valley, the world's oldest continually planted commercial production vineyard is at Turkey Flat in Tanunda.
The style and flavour of wines made from Shiraz grapes is heavily influenced by the climate where the grapes are grown.
In moderate climates including the Northern Rhone Valley in France and the Mornington Peninsula Shiraz wines tend to be medium bodied with medium levels of tannins and overtones of blackberry, mint and black pepper.
In hot climates including the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Hunter and Rutherglen regions the wines are more full bodied with softer tannins, jammier fruit and overtones of leather, anise and liquorice.
The fruit, acidity and tannin levels of Shiraz give it great cellaring potential and a very good Shiraz may be successfully cleared for twenty plus years.
Shiraz is estimated to be the 7th most grown grape variety in the world with over 160,000 hectares of Shiraz grapes planted globally.
If you have read thus far, here is a secret message. The first Rotarian to email President Ross with the words "Secret Message Shiraz" will win a bottle of Shiraz.
In Australia it is estimated that there are some 45,000 hectares of Shiraz grapes currently being grown.
The best known and most expensive example of Australian Shiraz is Penfolds Grange which was first bottled by legendary winemaker Max Schubert in 1951. 
Australia Day
Australia Day and the Mt Eliza Farmer's Market will be celebrated at the Mount Eliza Village Green from 9.00 am until 1.00 pm on Sunday January 26 2020.
The Mornington Peninsula Shire is the major sponsor of this event. In addition, David Morris MP, Ritchie's IGA, the Bendigo Bank and Rotary are all proud sponsors.
A free community BBQ will be run by Rotary from 9.00 am until 11.30 am.
This will be a great family day and there will be live entertainment throughout the morning including music, an animal farm, balloon artist, face painting and reptile encounters.
An official Australia Day Ceremony will be held at 10.00 am.
More information about the day can be obtained by visiting the website
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We meet at 6:00 PM Every Tuesday at Toorak College