The Rotary Club of
Mount Eliza
Chartered 1971
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Mount Eliza
Service Above Self
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Mt Eliza
Mount Eliza, VIC 3930
0419 386 900
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Oct 13, 2020
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Oct 20, 2020
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Oct 27, 2020
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Nov 03, 2020
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Nov 17, 2020
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Oct 13, 2020
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Nov 11, 2020
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Voss, Sue
Meeting Responsibilities - October 13
Young, Jim
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Angerer, Chris
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President's Message
Sue Voss
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Hi everybody
We were all saddened to hear of the passing of Malcom Hull on Friday last week. Rotarian Malcolm was inducted in June, 1995 and until his recent illness was a very active contributor to all facets of the Club.  He served as President in 2000-2001 and became a Paul Harris Fellow in 2010.  I’m sure we all have many wonderful memories of Malcolm to share.
Malcolm worked tirelessly for the Club, especially with the rectification work at several parks in the Mt Eliza District. His work two years ago at the John H Butler Reserve resulted in the Club receiving a Recognition Award from the Mornington Peninsula Shire.
When Malcolm became too ill to continue attending Rotary it was a unanimous decision to offer him Honorary Membership.
On a personal note, Malcolm made me feel very welcome when I joined the Club, always making time to have a chat. I will miss his fellowship.
Our condolences and thoughts are with Beth and his family at this time.
Thank you to all members who took the time to fill out the Club Visioning Questionnaire last week. 
There is a great deal of time and effort that we need to invest into the Club Visioning processes. However it will be worthwhile.
Once completed we will be able to see at least three areas of success as a result of our collective effort:
1.   Upfront will be the members' pledge and willingness to move our planning processes from a nice-to-do concept to meaningful growth programs for the Club, our Members, and the community.  

2.  Output from this exercise will be woven into the annual plans of the incoming and succeeding Presidents.  It will be reflected in the continuity and consistency of programming and leadership in our Club.  

3.  While our Club Vision will be a dynamic document, our longer-term success outcomes will be measured against the strategies and goals we establish now.
Thanks again to everyone.
Until next time
Yours in Rotary
District Governor Mark Humphries and Past President Linda Humphries
Greetings to all Rotarian members at Mt Eliza and other readers of this Bulletin. Please don't forget the"Lift the Lid" Afternoon Tea with Professor Felice Jacka on Saturday 10 October from 3.00 pm until 4.00 pm 
Here again is the link that allows people to register for the Zoom webinar is 7-YjXDvES-K6MAuERa5jvg
On a different matter, as President Sue has announced her intention of establishing a Satellite Club this year, I thought that I would share a story about a new, highly successful Satellite Club in the USA.
During last Rotary year, 2019/20 President Tracey Antee, Rotary Club of Opelousas Sunrise in Louisiana, made a goal of starting a satellite club that would meet after regular business hours, hence the name Sunrise after Dark

Satellite clubs require fewer initial members to charter, and remain connected to their sponsoring clubs while they remain in this transitional phase toward becoming their own regular club. 

A diverse group of members ranging in age from 23 to 55 were recruited to the proposed Satellite Club. Their first meeting had nearly 30 participants and they were quickly able to sign up an additional 21 members becoming chartered last November.

They recruited members by identifying a few people in the community that had large networks and asked them to invite others to a meeting. People are more likely to say yes to someone they know, rather than engage with than a stranger. This method of recruiting new members was very successful.

The satellite club meets bi-monthly, once for a general meeting to listen to a speaker and a second time at a local bar or restaurant for networking and fellowship. 

Prior to COVID-19, these networking meetings were well attended and created the opportunity to introduce the club to potential new members. Since COVID, Sunrise after Dark has continued to meet virtually via Zoom twice a month.

Once the Satellite Club was up and running, Rotarians from Tracey’s Club came along and informed the new members about their history, fellowship, projects and other activities. This made the new members feel that they were part of a larger vibrant group of Rotarians.

Within the first three months, this Satellite group quickly stepped up and started their own service projects, partnering with non-profits in the community to support ‘diaper drives’ that created a new ‘nappy bank’ (my Aussie term) for children in foster care. 

They also launched an anti-bullying campaign.

Tracey has found that through both the Satellite Club and her more traditional Club, potential members are offered greater flexibility in participating in the world of Rotary.  

Until next time
Warm regards
Mark & Linda
Vale Rotarian Malcolm Hull
Malcolm Hull    1938 -2020
It is with great sadness that the Rotary Club of Mt Eliza remembers our fellow Rotarian Past President Malcolm Hull,  Paul Harris Fellow.  
Malcolm passed away last Friday 25 September with his wife, Beth, and three children (Ross, Glen and Sarah) by his side.
He had struggled with chemotherapy treatment for leukaemia over the past months, and thought he was in remission. Sadly after recent tests, he found out that this was not the case. Malcolm declined future experimental treatment, with his condition rapidly deteriorating, decided on palliative care.
I spoke with him last Thursday and he knew his time was up. I relayed the prayers and best wishes of the Rotary Club of Mt. Eliza members to him.
Malcolm epitomised the qualities of a fine Rotarian; unassuming, compassionate, loyal, concerned for other people, a  quiet achiever, and above all a gentleman, with everyone who knew him appreciating his qualities.
We will miss Malcolm very much, especially his desire to do what he could for Rotary and the Rotary Club of Mt. Eliza. His involvement with tree planting at the John Butler Reserve and recently the new park in Cobb Road, Mt, Eliza, were his favourite projects. Coincidentally the planting at Cobb Road is underway this very week.
The valuable assistance he gave to collect furniture for our garage sales, and eventually Outlook will not be forgotten. The eight years he spent on our Bowel Scan Committee culminating the distribution of 450 test kits to 40 pharmacies on the Mornington Peninsula in 2018 was an achievement.
What an active Rotarian he was, yet he still had time to devote to his family, his passion for hockey (at which he excelled) and caravanning when he loved to go to Bright to see the Autumn leaves.
He was 82 years of age, an environmental engineer, working at BHP Westernport until retirement.
Malcolm was inducted into the Rotary Club of Mt. Eliza on 20th June 1995, later becoming an Honorary Member. He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2010. He served as Community Service Director, Programme Chairman, was on The Bowel Scan Committee, Club Service Director, Secretary and eventually as President of the Rotary Club of Mt. Eliza in 2000-2001.
Malcolm you have served the Rotary Club of Mt Eliza and the community well. 
We thank you for everything, we will miss you.
Thank you Rotarian Maurie Selth for this moving tribute to Malcolm. Condolences to Beth & family (Ed)
You can't say that
Ross Schweitzer presents:
Who is the arbiter of what is 'allowed' to be said or written? A professor in Queensland was fired for stating an alternative view to the deterioration of part of The Great Barrier Reef. So there is legislation going to Federal Parliament that will make the expression of non - conforming belief a right. Failure to observe this foundation of teaching will result in the Institution being denied some Federal Funding and be punishable by law.
The Professor did not flat out deny a concept, he stated that it may not be the main cause, and was branded a climate - change denier among other things. His attackers used methods worthy of the Peoples' Democratic Republic of China to hound him. So now legislation regarding funding will be in part tied to the right to speak freely; a right we are supposed to have. If it is not written into the funding, students [including the agitators!] will not get necessary money. Now for the good part.... The Coalition needs two 'One Nation' Senators to pass the legislation.
What is 'politically correct' shifts gradually, and we Australians copy other countries. I'm not going to provide an example you may expect. The Welcome to Country statement often now includes .... 'future respect'...... We cannot respect matters that have yet to occur.
Secondly, do you remember the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting [CHOGM] in Melbourne in 1981? The State Government [wanting a bob each way] said that it did not want any Security cameras in the CBD. No matter the Queen is coming. Australians aren't like that* / Victoria won't pay / the Commonwealth can! There are more than 80 in Mount Eliza. 
*So in 1986 we had the 'Russell Street Bombing'. The Hoddle Street Massacre in 1987. When Gillian Meagher was murdered in 2012 the first lead was from colour CCTV. 'The man in the blue jacket'. In 1981 'we' thought CCTV was an invasion of privacy, not correct, political or otherwise.
Remember the 'public' outcry about Protective Service Officers PSOs on trains / trams / buses / at terminals... building toilets for 'them' and so on? Variously, the then Labor opposition cried waste of money / you'll never get 900. Guess how many we have now? 1,484. Oh? Assaults on Public Transport nowadays ???.... What is 'politically correct' shifts gradually....
I write this on Police Remembrance Day [not assigned as male, female, black, white or brindle, protestant, Liberal, Labor, ... etcetera. Thank the Lord].
Be in good Health
This week Rotarian Karina Webb shares some of her wonderful memories of our Club
James was invited to become a Rotarian by Big Don Gordon, sadly no longer with us, of the Rotary Club of Mornington early in 1971.  
Don turned up at our office one day,  all prepared to do his membership sales pitch - and was somewhat nonplussed when James said immediately "Yes Don, I would be delighted".  How was he to know that a former boss had told us all about Rotary and James had been a guest at the Rotary Club of Hawthorn.  Don's easiest sale ever, I would think.
I attended the combined Charter Night of the Club and  Seaford Rotary with James on 15 June 1971 at the Prince Mark Hotel in Dandenong . It was crowded and noisy with 44 plus new Rotarians the DG and lots of guests. 
Before this big event, there had been a few informal gatherings for the prospective members and their families, notably a picnic at the Somers beach house of Bill and Joyce Parsons which was well attended, including lots of sub teenage children as several potential Members had young children.  (At that time James and I had only a 2 year old).  The members ranged in age from 25 years up .  Mount Eliza was definitely to be a "young" Rotary Club,  which resulted in lots of social activity.
The initial club meetings were at the Penguin Restaurant, since replaced by Norwood House,  but soon the Club had had a variety of venues, the Long Island Country Club, the Long Island restaurant, (part of the Frankston BP service station) , the Chameleon Restaurant, back to the Penguin , which was burnt down and the rescued dinner  badges somewhat singed, then the John Hancock Music Hall in Mount Eliza all in the first 4 or so years. Then we moved to the George Vowell Centre  for several years before coming to Cobblestone Manor (and its reincarnations) -  before finally coming to the wonderful destination of Toorak College, to which hopefully we will soon return.

 The Club always encouraged the wives to be part of the Club as much as possible and several Ladies Nights were held each year however Rotary was rather more formal in those years.  When Charter President Wal Cubbin was asked for advice on what the ladies should wear to a Ladies Night, Wal  said " definitely informal  Karina - you know, long skirt would be fine"....!  
Wives also took part in many of the working bees and the age of the members ensured that these were very much hands on such as tree planting and various construction events. Socially we were busy and progressive dinners were popular.  For several years Easter at Wilsons Prom. became the venue for camping and caravanning with lots of kids from teenagers down, walking to Sealers Cove or other beaches and/or  long lunches during the day, and partying in the evenings. Later we camped at Porepunkah and at Walkerville. I think the camping was eventually superseded by Harry Goodrich's  houseboat weekends, which were very much male only .
There were some spectacular pool parties over the years - Ron and Julie Ford, Reg and Elaine Smith, Barry and Marj Hansen, others, but never to be forgotten was the party at John Don's - which those who were there will well recollect and that probably is about all that should be said.
The Club chartered a Rotaract Club  with PE Neil Heron as Charter President in 1976 and several lively combined meetings took place. (Ever tried passing an apple along a line of people, no hands?)
District Conferences were usually well attended and Albury was a favoured venue. A couple stand out and not for good reasons.  One I recollect had about 1200 attendees and the Club was seated for the formal Saturday dinner at the last couple of tables, and as the evening wore on and the head table was eating desert before Mount Eliza had had its entree, a member went out for fish and chips to keep us fed ... can't now remember if we ever got fed or not.   
Also in those days the organising club also allocated the accommodation and at another conference we were in a motel called the Spotted Dog opposite Albury Station. It was spotted all right; dirty, run down, different coloured and patterned carpets even in the same room. It was demolished shortly after ... ( It is always said that what you remember most about conference is the food and the accommodation.)
Wal Cubbin was nominated for District Governor in 1977 and the Club organised his District Conference, (taking the above into account). The venue was again Albury  but dinner was well organised and the final meal, Sunday lunch, was a really good barbeque held in the Botanic Gardens and the cooking was done by the Rotaract Club. Great menu too, chicken, prawns as well as steak and chops and salads. No complaints about the accommodation either.  DG Wal and PDG John Emerton lit 75 candles on the Rotary 75th Anniversary cake - which was a great spectacle- especially when they couldn't be extinguished - in the canvas marquee. 
(Incidently there was a so called Ladies Program at Conference at least until 1996, and we had a separate Ladies lunch on the Saturday, which became confusing with the introduction of women Rotarians)
Fund raising was very hands on: initially I remember the framing of the Objects and 4 way tests sold to other clubs for presentation to new members. As the club than had several members in the construction industry it was thought that building a house for sale would be a great fund raiser and land was bought in Winona Road.  With Members in Real Estate, Law, Architecture, Building, Plumbing, Electrical, and building materials, what could possibly go wrong?  Well, some Members will remember that it certainly did.  The time of construction proved to be a major problem, coupled with a real slump in the economy.  Members took to underwriting the costs and after many delays it was sold, albeit at a loss. It was, in fact, a very nice house (of course) - well worthy of the Mount Eliza address and the good name of our Club.
James was President during that rather desperate time and with 3 young kids to look after we had support from the Club for baby sitting duties when we attended  the chartering of new clubs and other formal occasions during the year.  Board meetings were held at our home and tradition held that a supper was to be supplied by the President's lady.  I once served some pickled pine mushrooms (the yellow ones! Very 'sus' at that  time unless you knew about them from European friends).  The doctor and the pharmacist (Barry Hansen)declared them delicious, but the bank manager never spoke to me again.  At that time we lived in a house down a long and steep unmade drive, and on one occasion one brave committee member decided he was ok to reverse up about 300 metres to the Highway. Great excitement as he was extracted from the gully.
The Club had lots of families with similar aged kids who acted as hosts to International students and we ourselves hosted Laurie Clark from Olympia Washington State, USA  and Hiroyuki Hasebe from Japan. Although our kids were much younger than the students we did enjoy being host parents. 
Eventually in the 1980's James left Mount Eliza when he was asked to be DG Perc Hosking's special representative for the formation of a  new Rotary Club in Somerville and he became a charter member there.  Some years later John Dunn invited me to join Mount Eliza as an Active Rotarian in my own right, and here I am, enjoying all that this great club offers, and with 50 years of Rotary memories. How Rotary has changed over those years! 
(And Graham will be the only person who can wish to "adjust" some of these recollections, and, of course, along with John Gilbert, )
Thanks so much Karina for great memories and a different perspective! (Ed) 
Laughter The Best Medicine
Three writers, Al, Ben and Ross, were attending a Convention for authors in New York City at the Marriott Marquis Hotel where they were sharing a suite on the 75th floor.
After the Convention finished for the day they went to the Hotel's main bar for a round of drinks. They then decided to go to their room to change for the Convention Dinner which was being held at the Metropolitan Museum in Central Park.
When Ross went to get the key the receptionist told him, "I'm sorry. All of our elevators have broken down. A mechanic is on the way, however the lifts won't be fixed for at least two hours. You will have to use the stairs."
Now, Al was a writer of funny stories. Ben was a writer of scary stories and Ross was a writer of tragic tales. To make things interesting on the way up they decided that Al would tell funny jokes as they walked between floors 1 and 25, Ben would tell scary stories as they walked up between floors 26 and 50 and Ross would tell a tragic tale as they walked up from Level 51 to their suite on Level 75.
They started to climb the stairs and Al started to tell funny stories. By the time they reached the 25th floor they were laughing hysterically.
Then Ben started to tell scary stories. By the time they reached the 50th floor, Al and Ross were hugging each other in fear.
Then Ross started to tell his tragic story. As he started, he stopped and looked at them and said, "Right now, I had better tell you a different really tragic tale."
Al and Ben looked at Ross, wondering what he was going to say.
Then slowly he said, "There was once a man named Ross who forgot to get the room key from the receptionist..."
The Bay Trail - Rotarian Ross Kilborn Guest Speaker
There were 32 members in attendance at this week's Zoom meeting where we had an opportunity to hear Rotarian Ross Kilborn speak about the Bay Trail, a project of the Mornington Peninsula cluster of Rotary Clubs to mark 100 years of rotary in Australia.
Pointing out that the completion of this project would take a number of years and will be funded mainly by government, Ross explained how each Club could undertake work on a specific section of the trail.
The Mornington Peninsula Council is currently advocating for State Government funding and Ross explained Rotary's participation.
The Cluster Committee overseeing this work is keen to engage with Council, determine priorities and propose specific alignment, landscaping and vegetation plans.
Cluster Clubs may be able to undertake a range of associated projects such as providing water stations, bike stations, exercise equipment, seating and picnic tables. 
There are great opportunities for environmental and signage projects as work is undertaken on an asset that will last for the next 100 plus years.
Activities and projects associated with the Bay Trail Project can be as big or as small as Clubs want them to be.  
Rotarian Ross Kilborn, RC Mornington, in full flight at our Zoom meeting
"OUR FUTURE" Webinar
Tuesday 13 October 2020     7.30-8.30pm
Special guest: Tim Wilson MP
For more information: Carolyn Such  0400 492 873
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Meals from TOORAK
This week's meal from Toorak is: 
  • Pork steaks with roast capsicum sauce and mashed potato with a bread roll
  • Japanese style baked cheesecake
The cost is $15 per meal cash on delivery
Order by emailing Jim Young by 11.30 am this Friday, 2 October. (
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