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 826504424487
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Jul 13, 2021
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President's Message
Neil Heron
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Hi everybody
Well, we made it across the border into South Australia as planned and escaped the world of Covid and lockdowns and restrictions that is hitting the Eastern states. I am writing this from the somewhat wet and wintery Mt. Gambier. However, we are still enjoying the sights and in particular recommend the Tantanoola Cave, a small but most spectacular cave with an awe inspiring array of  stalactites, stalagmites and other features all jammed together. Anyway, back to business. I hope everyone is healthy and full of beans as we head into our new Rotary Year. In July the new Board of the club will take over the reins so I will remind you of who has each role:
  • President: Neil Heron
  • Secretary: Pauline McFarlane
  • Treasurer: Chris Angerer
  • President Elect & Club Service Director: John Welsh
  • Community Service Director: Linda Morris
  • International Director: Kay McCauley
  • Youth Service Director: Michael Weber
  • Vocational Service: Brynton Fennell
  • Environmental Focus: Justin Mason
  • Events & Fund Raising: Carolyn Such/Leanne Trembath
The Board meets monthly on every 2nd Wednesday. If any member wishes to attend or has a matter to raise please let Pauline or the relevant Director know.
Other key roles are:
  • Protection Officer: Brendan Hoban
  • Foundation: Ross Schweitzer
  • Fellowship: Jim Young
I am encouraging each Director to take some responsibility for the fund raising in their portfolio and to co-ordinate with Carolyn and Leanne so they can make sure our fund raising is balanced and clearly identified. To that end I have tried to give each member a role in an Avenue of Service and in Club Service. If you feel you are in a committee or role that doesn’t suit you, please contact me. The Directors and the co-ordinators of each Club Service area will contact their committees to outline their  programmes shortly.  In the meantime, John Welsh will guide you with regards to matters for the upcoming year and Ross and Jim will keep the meetings on track.
Kind regards
Yours in Rotary
Rotary District 9820 Changeover was held at the Quality Inn in Traralgon with 116 guests on 28th June. Outgoing District Governor Mark Humphries is pictured handing over to incoming District Governor Bill Degnan.  
Why did I join Rotary, and why did I stay?
I never thought that I would join Rotary.  My observation of Rotary was that my father was in Rotary, and he was a Postmaster at Merbein, then Red Cliffs then Horsham, therefore “the boss”.  My father-in-law was in Rotary, and he was an electrical contractor with his own business in Warrnambool, therefore “the boss”.  The Divisional Engineer at the Country Roads Board, Warrnambool office was my boss and he was in Rotary.  I moved to the Horsham office and again my boss was in Rotary, and finally I moved to Traralgon and there again my boss was in Rotary.  I was not the boss.
In 2003, I was in a choir in Traralgon, the Yallourn Madrigal Singers. One night after rehearsal I was being driven home by Charlie Medhurst, the husband of our piano accompanist.  Charlie was President of the Rotary Club of Traralgon Central.  During conversation, I mentioned that I would be retiring in some months.  Charlie’s response was, “Well, if you are retiring, you’d better join Rotary”.  My response was, “Oh, that would be all right”.
So, I attended for a few meetings, thought they were all a good bunch and decided to join. I was inducted in May 2003. Three months later, I retired and the next day Judy and I were in the car starting a three month long journey around Australia.  I didn’t know anything about constitutions or by-laws, so I didn’t make any attempt to visit any clubs along the way as “make ups”.  When I returned to Rotary, no one suggested I had broken any rules and my Rotary life continued.
I attended the District Conference in Bendigo in March, 2004, hosted by the Berwick Club.  Ray Martin was District Governor.  I was blown away by the speakers and my fire to achieve things in the community for Rotary was kindled.
The next year, I was made Club Secretary and that continued into the following year.  The year after that (2006/07) I was inducted as President.  It was a good year, and we hosted an exchange student from Finland and sent a student to France.  There had been bushfires in the summer, so the club was involved in the clean-up of farm fences.
In 2009, I was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for apparently outstanding work in the club and the community.
Over the years, I have enjoyed working with Group Study Exchange teams from England, Kansas, Canada, Germany, Wisconsin, Holland, and Turkey.  I was proud to successfully nominate a girl from the Latrobe City onto an outgoing GSE team to India. I was President again in 2011/12, and the club continued to move on with our signature project, “Give a Damn - Give a Can”.
In 2013, DG Tim Moore invited me to join the District Leadership team as District Vocational Advisor. In 2013, I also joined a work party to travel to the Solomon Islands to assist with building a Medical Clinic in a village in the highlands of Malaita Island.  It was a four hour walk in steep terrain from the next nearest medical clinic to the village.  It was an eye opener to see these happy villagers, who really had very little income, but survived a subsistence living.  To me this work party was another milestone in my Rotary journey. 
In 2014, I attended the International Convention in Sydney.   What an example of the wide impact of Rotary in the world.
In 2015, we were honoured to attend the wedding of our Finnish exchange student from 2006/07, at the beautiful church in Karkku, with the reception in a lovely old barn in Sastamala, Finland.  We were made very welcome as Emmi’s Aussie parents.  Judy and I travelled through Eastern Europe to Finland, then spent some weeks in Scotland, Northern Ireland and England.  This opportunity would not have come about without my Rotary life.
In subsequent years, I have had roles on the District Leadership team as Avenues of Service Chair, Assistant Governor - Central Gippsland and Assistant Governor - South Gippsland.
Finally, after some prodding from members of my club and a Past District Governor, I submitted a nomination to be a District Governor.  Following an interview in front of a large panel of Past District Governors, I learned that I had been successful.  I was humbled and elated.  So here I am, two years of training later (much conducted virtually in lockdown) and hoping I can fulfill our District members’ expectations of me.
Why did I join?  Because I was asked.
Why did I stay?  Because there was always a challenge to be met.
Club News
Apologies in advance. At the time of producing this Bulletin we did not have the responsibilities for next Tuesdays meeting.  They will be directly messaged to you in the coming days. 
Thank you to Jim Voss for a terrific presentation on Nuclear Energy. One of the key take points to note was the fraction of the waste that Nuclear actually creates. Thank you Jim for your informative presentation.
Going forward as Ross mentioned that Jim and I will be presenting over the coming weeks.  Both have 2 speaking spots. I will be talking about 360 Food Cycle this week followed by a second presentation about Aquaponics.  My passion is the environment and growing food efficiently.  
Home Hosting
Home hosting has proven to be very popular with Club Members over many years.
Unfortunately as a result of COVID, the home hosting program in the 2019/20 Rotary Year was not fully completed and in the Rotary Year that finishes this week it wasn't held at all.
It is proposed to re-introduce Home Hosting in the 2021/22 Rotary Year.
Rotarians who participate invite two fellow Rotarians and their partners (where applicable) to lunch or dinner. In turn they will be invited to dine at the homes of two other Rotarians.
Participation in the program is totally voluntary.
Single Rotarians are able to fully participate.
It is important that people who wish to participate must commit to their hosting responsibilities.
In the past there have been some people who did not reciprocate and this caused some concern.
If you would like to participate in the coming year's home hosting program, please email Jim Young - - no later than Friday 10 July 2021.
A reminder will be circulated at Rotary next week.
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