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,
President’s report 21st October

It was great to welcome 4 guests on Tuesday, It is important that we show inclusiveness and friendship
when guests choose to join with us. We hope to see them again.
Kate Horton from Farrells bookshop was an interesting speaker. To hear what went on behind the scenes during Covid was traumatic, so much of business and people were hugely affected over the last couple of years. They survived some didn’t but what a great business.

Don’t forget to book for the Cup Eve function which should be a lot of fun.
This weekend we have the market, all hands-on deck and thanks to all for your commitment, let's hope we have a successful day.

Next week Jim Voss is introducing us to MUNA students and their parents, an important night, I look forward to seeing you there.

George-Ann will email some information regarding the meals at Toorak and some options to
consider. Please have a read and we shall discuss next Tuesday.
This Week's Speaker
Kate Horton - Farrell's Bookshop - Retail in the time of Corona

Kate Horton gave a terrific presentation on her family business Farrell's Bookshop, a very long-established well respected business Mornington.

Kate's address of Retail in the time of Corona - a Tale of One Bookshop I'm sure resonated with many of our members who have managed to keep their businesses going in the last 3 years, and the consequences of coming out of the terrible Lockdown's that the Victorian Govt. mandated throughout our municipalities.

Kate's passionate speech relayed stories of her family and employees who all had to chip in, in extremely difficult times and Kate made some extremely innovative business decisions to keep her business alive online until the lockdowns ceased.

It is a credit to her and her family and employees that they have not only survived but actually improved their sales.


Hearing Kate speak reminded me of all our members who really did it tough in these times and I would like to congratulate Trish Stamp on behalf of the whole club on her

50th Anniversary in Business -

that's one great achievement - well done Trish


3 Minute Speaker
David Rew presented a really interesting talk on Port Phillip Bay
Port Phillip Bay is a large bay in Victoria.  The bay has a narrow entrance, where tidal velocities are high.
The northern section of the bay, near the heads, contains extensive sand banks, that are uncovered at low tide.  The bay area is about 1,900 sq km.  It is about 58 km from north to south and 65 km from east to west at its widest points.  Unlike most bays it has a narrow entrance.  There are high tidal velocities at the entrance.  It is deepest at the entrance, reaching about 100m, however most of the bay is fairly shallow with depths usually below 20m.  The coastline is about 250 km long from Point Lonsdale to Point Nepean which are on opposite sides of the entrance which is about 3km wide.
The aboriginal people lived in the area now the base of the bay from 20,000 to 40,000 years ago.  Prior to the arrival of Europeans in the Port Phillip region there were five aboriginal language groups, together known as the Kulin nation, totalling about 10,000 at the time of the Europeans’ arrival.  
The first British to enter the bay were the crew of HMS Lady Nelson, captained by Lieutenant Murray.  Murray sent his first mate, Mr Bowen, with a small crew of five to examine Port Phillip Bay.  The launch returned and the first mate reported that he had found an entrance to the harbour.  He saw no aborigines but did see their huts.  Murray arrived here on February 15th, 1802.  He named a high mountain in the South East Arthur’s seat, and a group of islands where swans were plentiful, which he named Swan Isles
He named the bay, port king, after governor king of New South Wales.  King renamed it Port Phillip, after the first governor of New South Wales.
On April 27th 1802, captain Matthew Flinders of the royal navy entered Port Phillip Bay thinking that he was the first British person to discover it, unaware that Murray had been there 10 weeks earlier.  Flinders named indented head where he met some aborigines with whom he exchanged presents. 
In early 1802 Governor King sent Charles Grimes, to walk around and survey the bay; on February 2nd he discovered the Yarra river.  In late 1803 colonel Collins was sent out from England to make a convict settlement at Sullivan Bay, near Sorrento.  The convicts were 367 males, 17 with their wives, plus 7 children, one of whom, John Fawkner was a co-founder of Melbourne.
William Buckley escaped and lived with the aborigines for several years.  They took him in, tolerated his oddness and gave him a wife.  Buckley lived with them for 32 years and the arrival of Batman’s party Indented Head in June 1835 attracted Buckley’s interest and wakened in him a desire to re-enter European society.  
John Batman, who had been a settler in Tasmania in 1835, bought from eight aboriginal chiefs 600,000 acres of Melbourne for some blankets, knives, looking glasses, tomahawks, beads, scissors, flour and other objects.
On the 15th August, 1835, a group of people including John Fawkner, arrived at Port Phillip Bay.  They shortly afterwards settled in the Melbourne area.   In 1838 the town of Geelong was proclaimed.  In 1906, G.H. Rogers, then head teacher of Dromana state school, wrote to Gordon McCrae and asked him to give him an account of those days.  McCrae replied in two letters, including a detailed description of the animals.  He said: “my father took up Arthur’s seat …. About 1844, I arrived there …. With my brothers.”
Of aborigines he said “there was a tolerably large tribe of natives on the run, and we had as many as 200 at a time camped in our paddocks.  They were a mild, inoffensive people, largely a fishing tribe, and seemed to enjoy a sense of security when within the posts and rails far larger than that in the open.  We could trust them with guns or arms of any kind and found them honest and most useful about the place in aid of other people.  The young fellows made excellent stock riders.  Some of the women washed well and the men in several instances shot for the pot and hunted and killed kangaroos for us with our dogs.
Club Meetings
Here is the Roster for the next few Weeks
Speaker - Jim Voss and the Muna applicants
Sergeant - Mike and/or Ross
Furniture - The furniture crew have asked to actually be rostered each week so it will be 2510 Trish then Mike, then Tim.  Please swap around if you can't do your week.
3 minute speaker - Thanks David for filling in for Rowan, Next Week is Janet Richards.  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 early via Humanitix  -
Also, Maurie Selth has asked me to remind everyone that Tues November 22 at Toorak college is a partner`s night.
The guest speaker is Susan Slattery from Marist Solidarity talking about East Timor and the Marist projects up there. International Service is allocating $1000 to them this year
Date & VenueSpeakerChairCashiersFellowship
October 25th - Toorak CollegeThe Muna Experience - Our 2 reps & teacherJim VossSue Voss & Pauline McFarlane?Judy Coultas
October 31 - La HoangMelbourne Cup CalcuttaAuctioneer - Phil KeysN/AN/A
November 8 - Toorak CollegeInterplastTBAFrank Flowers & Carolyn SuchJohn Patterson
November 15 - Toorak CollegeRachel Saunders - Running a Security CompanyRhonda VincentCaryl Coultard & John Horscroft - please note change due to Rhonda ChairingJanet Richards
Brynton's Joke of the Week
The Price of Butter
An old French lady had a small shop in her village for years until one day a huge
corporate supermarket set up across the road from her little shop:
They put up signs advertising their prices, including one that said: Butter – 10 euros
In response, the old lady added a sign to her own window: Butter – 9 euros
The next day, the big supermarket had a new sign: Butter – 8 euros
Sure enough, the day after the lady’s sign now read: Butter – 7 euros
This went on for a while until eventually one of the lady’s customers pointed to the sign
and said.
“Madame, you cannot keep your prices so low for long. These big companies can use
their buying power to sell products cheaper, but a little store like yours can never
In response, the old lady bent forward conspiratorially and muttered.
“Monsieur, I don’t even sell butter.”
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