The Rotary Club of
Mount Eliza
Chartered 1971
Club Information
Mount Eliza
Service Above Self
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Mt Eliza
Mount Eliza, VIC 3930
0419 386 900
Zoom Meeting Conference Number 826504424487
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Aug 11, 2020
Inside the Musician's Performance
Aug 18, 2020
Colette & Jacqui were previously Rotary Youth Exchange Students sponsored by RCME
Aug 25, 2020
Interplast - Repairing bodies/ Rebuilding lives
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Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting Responsibilities 11 August
Cracknell, Robert
Three Minute Speaker
Angerer, Chris
Meeting Responsibilities 18 August
Anderson, Alex
Three Minute Speaker
Reid, Graham
Meeting Responsibilities 25 August
McCauley, Kay
Three Minute Speaker
Coultas, Judy
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President's Message
Sue Voss
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Hi everybody
Thanks to everybody who attended last night's Zoom meeting. We had a total of 36 people in attendance including our guest speaker, Associate Professor Andrew Edgeley and his sister Doris. Andrew's presentation giving us insights into the complexities of testing for COVID-19 was highly informative and of great interest.
A quick reminder about Meals from Toorak College. This week's offering for 11 August is a French Dinner. Please see the story elsewhere in this Bulletin.
This week I am outlining further information about our Club's Visioning Facilitation, whereby we work together to determine a view of the future of the Rotary Club of Mt Eliza. This final column builds upon matters raised in my last two columns.
We will be holding the Visioning Session on either Tuesday 15 September or Tuesday 29 September. While it would be great to do this in person, we are planning to run the program via Zoom.
The Vision Facilitation Committee of Rotary International, which initiated the Vision Facilitation program in 2010, emphasised the need for Rotary to go back to basics and set clear priorities and goals. By doing so, Clubs are able to focus on Rotary's clear strategic priorities of:
- Supporting and strengthening Clubs;
- Focusing on and increase Humanitarian Service; and
- Enhancing Rotary's public image and reputation.
When workshopping the Visioning process, Rotarians are encouraged to be bold and think outside the box, suspend practical matters & constraints and dream grand dreams. The practical sorting process comes later after we have allowed ourselves to think big.
The outcomes of this exercise sets a long-term Vision for the Club and establishes a rolling multi-year plan covering the next five years.
Having set ambitious goals we can then develop an accompanying Club Action Plan with clear goals, assigned responsibilities and achievable timelines.
The Vision process provides an opportunity for continuity, consistency and consensus and I encourage all Club members to challenge themselves and actively participate in this exercise. 
To finish, on behalf of the Club, may I congratulate Kay McCauley on becoming District Chair of Interplast. 
Until next time
Yours in Rotary
District Governor Mark Humphries and Past President Linda Humphries
The 2020/21 Rotary Year sees the celebration of 100 years of Rotary in Australia. 
The following commentary is extracted from the Rotary100downunder website.
The Centenary Countdown has begun  

It's a special time. Rotary in Australia and New Zealand (NZ) celebrates the First 100 of Service in 2021.

In 1921, Four Rotary Clubs were created in Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington and Sydney. From there, Rotary and Rotaract clubs were created everywhere across Australia and NZ. We all share a a centenary in 2021. We can come together and create a common legacy. Think about the impact we can make!

It's the time to discover what is the best way to mark the occassion! And create a legacy that propels Rotary into the next century of service. this is so important - we will not have another chance in our lifetime!

We have a plan to make people aware, capture ideas of what we can do and enlist willing players in a part of history. We have  constructed a toolkit of help Rotary leader to help build that story. Join us by visiting our website and viewing our introductory video at or you can join us on Facebook. Facebook @ Rotary100 Down Under.

Until next time

Best wishes

Mark & Linda
Ross Schweitzer presents
So, this is how it is: stereotypical behaviour
Tak to wyglada: Zachowanie stereotypowe     هذه هي الطريقة النمطية: السلوك النمطي
So, this is who I am; And this is all I know    Celine Dion 1997        
Do different ethnicities [not nationalities] perpetuate the intrinsic traits expected of them by 'us'? The wife of the late Senator Missen taught my brother and I English, in a State School at a time when teachers had to be qualified and erudite. [Did you see in the Sky News report today about Chairman Dan needing to be suttle?].  I proffer some examples: Molly Missen [nee Anchen] ran our debating team and would select topics like ‘Fat men can’t be trusted’.
Those of us with a working knowledge of Slavic languages, like Polish and Czech know that the adjective is placed after the noun. They do it with adverbs too, as do the Japanese, but in their case for a different reason [to endeavour to detect agreement with the speaker]. My English friend [let us call him Daniel because that is his name] assures me that there is a degree of this in Yiddish, already. To avoid splitting infinitives [the Oral and Written Torah explain this as you know].
But I digress. Cirkus Černy and Cirkus Novy Sad in Eastern Europe are cases in point. Which is why we think that ‘Is Don, is Good’ is how they all speak. Just like in the movies all Europeans speak English and you can go there and drive around without any reference to a map. The Good Wife lost a valuable necklace bought at Minzenmay’s and worn in Prague. In due course, AMEX asked to receive an email from a person in Prague who was aware of the circumstances. Our friend, Karel Fišer of Easy Prague Travel had to get me to write an email for him to copy and forward. The reason? Karel’s English is perfect, and the insurer would not have believed him. So [in part] I wrote for him …[sic] ‘The poliz are having speech difficulties with Mrs Sayers who is thinking she is losting the necklace on the car or in somewhere other place…. ‘. Karel’s accent has a Scottish burr to it. Do not ask. We had the claim paid.
So, a couple of weeks back I requested a second Foxtel iQ4 be installed, it being for the lounge room. To replace a Foxtel original of 18+ Years old that had precious few abilities by current standards. The Bride has the iQ4 with Netflix. The ‘installer’ was making excuses about the difficulty before he alighted from his van. I was not surprised as I had in that instant decided that his nature did not fill me with confidence. He was incredibly early for the set time, which subsequently left me believing he was picking jobs and was lazy because what else can you expect from them?’. About as logical as ‘Fat men cannot be trusted’, above, or Collingwood supporters.
I therefore pondered my options; after all, the bloke who showed up from Gordon Glass is a real tradie and knew his stuff and had the estimate done and dusted like ‘that’. As did the sparkie who also showed up when he said and knocked the work off in even time, then showed me his work and charged me fairly.
Where was I? Oh, yes. Foxtel. I cancelled the installation, waited until Monday, then re - booked it. An installer came the very next day. This time I am delighted to tell you, I got Piotr. He is Polish. Now, My English friend [again, let us call him Daniel because that is his name 😊] told me that in the UK the Poles are ‘cleaning up’. On time, great prices, quality work, no issues… but if so, they come back and fix it gratis.
So, I knew things would be fine, already. Rain threatened. Not problem, you want to see rain. Go to Danzig. Is Piotr, is good. He did speak like that! There again, the Poles did resist the Third Reich with cavalry and biplanes. Remind me to tell you about the Russians getting their horses stolen on Saturday nights some time.
Reminder - $20 Payment
Members are respectively reminded that the next $20 payment was due on 1 August with monies going towards the year-end hampers organised by 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.
Congratulations Kay
It was a delight to hear District Governor Mark announce at this week's Zoom meeting that Rotarian Kay McCauley has taken on District Responsibility for Interplast.
Congratulations Kay and thank you for your outstanding commitment in carrying out this key Rotary role.
Looking for a Good Home
A wine rack that can hold 78 bottles is looking for a good home. 
If any Rotarian would like the pictured rack please email Jim Young ( First person to email is the owner.
The rack can be broken into two smaller racks and it comes with a bottle of wine. 
The rack is free and will be delivered to any home within the 5 km radius of Mt Eliza.
A/ Professor Andrew Edgeley - Guest Speaker 4 August
Our guest speaker at this week's ZOOM meeting on 4 August was Associate Professor Andrew Edgeley.
Andrew works at the Peter Doherty Institute (PDI) and, in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic spoke on the topic of "Why did my test take so long?"
Andrew has over 40 years experience in the software industry and 30 years providing software to manage pathology laboratories.
The main diagnostic laboratory at PDI is the Victorian Infectious Disease Reference Laboratory (VIDRL),
VIDRL has been managing all their laboratory processes since 1991 with software that Andrew wrote. All polio and influenza testing undertaken by VIDRL has used Andrew's software for the last 30 years. 
He is actively involved in supporting VIDRL 2 full time days and 5 part time days a week during this busy time.
VIDRL is one of a number of laboratories that is now providing testing for COVID-19.
Finding solutions to prevent, treat and cure infectious diseases and understanding the complexities of microbes and the immune system requires innovative approaches and concentrated effort. This is why the University of Melbourne – a world leader in education, teaching and research excellence – and The Royal Melbourne Hospital – an internationally renowned institution providing outstanding care, research and learning – partnered to create the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (PDI/ Doherty Institute); a centre of excellence where leading scientists and clinicians collaborate to improve human health globally.

Located in the heart of Melbourne’s Biomedical Precinct, the Doherty Institute is named in honour of Patron, Laureate Professor Peter Doherty, winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering how the immune system recognises virus-infected cells. Under the expert guidance of Director, University of Melbourne Professor Sharon Lewin, a leader in research and clinical management of HIV and infectious diseases, the Doherty Institute has more than 700 staff who work on infection and immunity through a broad spectrum of activities. This includes discovery research; diagnosis, surveillance and investigation of infectious disease outbreaks; and the development of ways to prevent, treat and eliminate infectious diseases.

The Doherty Institute seeks to break new ground through discovery with innovation achieved in accordance with the organisation's Values, being:

* Deliver: to work to improve health practice and outcomes

* Inspire: to develop the highest calibre people to achieve excellence

* Connect: to engage locally and globally with our partners, stakeholders, colleagues and community

In his talk Andrew pointed out the real problems associated with the number and complexity of testing cases for COVID-19. VIDRL has undertaken some 150,000 patient tests since mid March. Staff members are working 24/7 to try and cope with the workload.

During Andrew's presentation he had a number of overheads that outlined the workflow complexities and steps in order to ensure safe, accurate results. Even with the best of intents, routine testing takes between 8 and 80 hours depending upon a number of variable factors including location, collection, transportation, reception, record keeping, preparation, extraction, actual testing, analysis, reporting and notification.

The depth of interest in Andrew's presentation was demonstrated by a lengthy question and answer session which was greatly appreciated by all in attendance.

Associate Professor Andrew Edgeley on Zoom


Judy Asks WHY?
Thanks to Rotarian Judy Coultas for the following interesting questions and information.
1   Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's clothes have buttons on the left? 
When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left.  
Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's right!   And that's where women's buttons have remained since. 
2. Why do ships and aircraft use 'mayday' as their call for help? 
This comes from the French word m'aidez - meaning 'help me' - and is pronounced, approximately, 'mayday.' 
3. Why are zero scores in tennis called 'love'? 
In France , where tennis became popular, the round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called 'l'oeuf,' which is French for 'the egg.'  When tennis was introduced in the US, Americans (naturally), mispronounced it 'love.' 
4. Why do X's at the end of a letter signify kisses? 
In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous. 
5. Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called passing the buck'? 
In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck,
from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal.  If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing, he would 'pass the buck' to the next player. 
6. Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast? 
In earlier times it used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink.  To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host's glass with his own. 
7.Why are people in the public eye said to be 'in the limelight'? 
Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theatres by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theatre, a performer 'in the limelight' was the Centre of attention 
8 .Why is someone who is feeling great 'on cloud nine'? 
Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.

9 . In golf, where did the term 'Caddie' come from? 
When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl, Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scots game 'golf.'
He had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment.  To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her.
Mary liked this a lot and when she returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her.  In French, the word cadet is pronounced 'ca-day' and the Scots changed it into caddie. 
10. Why are many coin collection jar banks shaped like pigs?
Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of dense orange clay called 'pygg'. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as 'pygg banks.'  When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a container that resembled a pig.  And it caught on. 
Bet you don't know "Big cheeks" 
Big cheeks. A grandson of slaves, a boy was born in a poor neighbourhood of New Orleans known as the "Back of Town." 
His father abandoned the family when the child was an infant. His mother became a prostitute and the boy and his sister had to live with their grandmother. 
Early in life he proved to be gifted for music and with three other kids he sang in the streets of New Orleans. His first gains were coins that were thrown to them. 
A Jewish family, Karnofsky, who had emigrated from Lithuania to the USA, had pity for the 7-year-old boy and brought him into their home. Initially giving 'work' in the house, to feed this hungry child. 
There he remained and slept in this Jewish family's home where, for the first time in his life, he was treated with kindness and tenderness. 
When he went to bed, Mrs. Karnovsky sang him a Russian lullaby that he would sing with her. Later, he learned to sing and play several Russian and Jewish songs. 
Over time, this boy became the adopted son of this family. The Karnofskys gave him money to buy his first musical instrument; as was the custom in the Jewish families.
They sincerely admired his musical talent. Later, when he became a professional musician and composer, he used these Jewish melodies in compositions, such as St. James Infirmary and Go Down Moses.
The little black boy grew up and wrote a book about this Jewish family who had adopted him in 1907.
In memory of this family and until the end of his life, he wore a Star of David and said that in this family, he had learned "how to live real life and determination."
You might recognize his name.  This little boy was called: Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong.
Louis Armstrong proudly spoke fluent Yiddish!  And "Satchmo" is Yiddish for "Big Cheeks"!!! 
I hope you found these interesting.
Laughter the Best Medicine - 4 August
A police officer stopped a car on the Queensland/NSW border. He went up to the driver and said, "Congratulations. You have made no effort to drive into Queensland, you are wearing a seat belt and you are travelling at the speed limit. We are sick of being abused by disgruntled tourists and my Superintendent has decided to pick one excellent driver each day and award them $1000. What are you going to do with your prize?"
The man thought for a while and said, "Maybe I'll go to driving school and get my licence."
His wife sitting next to him then said, "Don't listen to him. He always tries to be funny when he's had too much to drink!"
All of this talking made a passenger in the back seat wake up and he saw the policeman and said, "I knew we wouldn't get far in this stolen car! Why didn't you use those number plates we stole off that car in Byron Bay?"
Just then there was a knocking from the boot of the car and a voice said, "Hey, are we in Queensland yet? Can you let me out, I need to go to the loo?!!!!"
A mafia godfather hired a new bookkeeper, Guido, who was deaf. The godfather believed that this was excellent because Guido could never hear anything and thus testify against him in court.
After several years, the godfather found out that Guido had stolen $10 million from him.
The godfather was very angry and he went to the accounts department with his lawyer who knew sign language.
"Ask him where the $10 million is hidden" said the godfather and the lawyer proceeded to ask using sign language.
"I don't know what you are talking about," Guido signed back.
The godfather pulled out a revolver, placed it on Guido's forehead and said, "Ask him where the $10 million is or I'll blow out his brains?"
The lawyer signed to Guido and added, "He'll kill you if you don't tell."
Guido trembled and signed, "OK! You win! The money is in a brown briefcase, buried under the backshed at my cousin Bruno's house."
The godfather asked the lawyer, "What did he say?"
The lawyer replied, "He says you don't have the guts to pull the trigger!"
Back in the 1940s three men were waiting at the maternity hospital where their wives were about to give birth,
The first man was approached by a doctor who said, "Congratulations, your wife has just given birth to twins."
"That's fantastic", said the man, "and a real coincidence because I work at the Twin Waters Restaurant!"
A little later the doctor turned up again and said to the second man, "Well done, your wife has just delivered quads; four beautiful little babies."
The second man was shocked, however he said, "Well that's certainly a coincidence because I work at Police Station House Number 4."
The third man burst into tears and started moaning. 
"What's the matter?" said the doctor.
"Oh doc", he bawled, "I work at the 99 Steakhouse!"
A young boy asked his mother, "How did the human race begin?"
His mother answered, "God made Adam and Eve and they had children and all human beings descended from them."
Two days later the boy asked his father the same question. His father replied, "Many years ago we had a common ancestor with monkeys and over a long period of time we evolved from them."
The boy went back to his mother and said, "Why did you tell me something different to dad?"
His mother replied, "Well, its simple. I was talking about my side of the family and your father was talking about his!"
I was having trouble with my computer so I asked my neighbour's 13 year old son, Charles, to come and have a look.
Charles clicked the computer mouse a couple of times and the problem was fixed.
As he went to leave, I said thank you and asked him about the problem.
He replied, "It was an ID ten T error!"
I didn't want to appear stupid, however nevertheless I inquired, "An ID Ten T error?"
I went on, "What is that, in case I need to fix it again?"
Charles grinned and asked, "Haven't you ever heard of an ID Ten T error before?"
"No", I replied.
Write it down", he said as he left, "and I think that you will figure it out."
So I wrote down ID10T.
And I used to like Charles!
Meals from TOORAK
As foreshadowed in last week's Bulletin, Toorak College is offering members of the Rotary Club of Mt Eliza a great Meal Deal.
Last Friday 8 meals were order by Rotarians and these were home delivered by Toorak yesterday. Feedback on the meal quality has been very positive. Rotarian Frank Flowers provided very positive comments and the Editor and his wife enjoyed the Chicken Cacciatore very much indeed. Thanks to Chef Thomas from Toorak.
These main meals are packaged in foil trays ready to reheat in the oven. This means that they can be eaten when you wish and not necessarily on the day of delivery.
The menu for week 2 (delivered on Tuesday 11 August) is a French Dinner - Beef Bourguignon (Beef Burgundy) with creamy mashed potato and ciabatta roll with homemade Vanilla Slice (replacing chocolate eclairs).
The cost of each meal is $15 and your can pay when delivered or pay by credit card over the telephone.
It is requested that anyone who wishes to order the French Dinner, delivered on Tuesday 11 August, email Jim Young by 11.30 am this Friday, 7 August. (
Kindly indicate the number of meals required and confirm your address for delivery.
Week 1 Meals from Toorak College - ready to heat in oven or microwave
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