The Rotary Club of
Mount Eliza
Chartered 1971
Club Information
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
District Site
Venue Map
Mar 01, 2022
Golf Pro at Mornington Golf Course
Mar 08, 2022
Vocational Awards and Community Projects
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Upcoming Events
District 9820 District Conference, Tralagon
Feb 25, 2022 – Feb 27, 2022
Rotary International Women's Day Breakfast
Mar 02, 2022
6:45 AM – 9:00 AM
Vocational Awards Night
Mar 08, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Great Aussie Hike
Apr 01, 2022 – Apr 02, 2022
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Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting Responsibilities - 1st March 2022
Cashier - Alex Anderson
Chair - Ross Schweitzer
Furniture - David Rew
Assistant Cashier - Graham Reid
Fellowship - Mike Weber
3 Minute Speaker - Judy Coultas
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President's Message

Neil Heron
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Presidents message 23/2
A busy stretch in Rotary is upon us and of course that coincides with a time I am back working at school. I will not be at Rotary this week as I will be on camp in the Grampians with Year 8. PP Sue will take care of business while I am away. I am looking forward to Conference this weekend and will report back to the Club in due course on the experience.
It was interesting at the meeting this week with Frank’s report on how rewarding volunteering with the Riding With the Disabled was for him and how beneficial it is for the disabled clients. Jonathan Rivett gave a rewarding presentation from the Real estate Agent’s perspective coupled with good tips on how to present your house to maximise it’s price if you are going to sell. A valuable set of advice as most of us will only sell homes 3 or 4 times in our lifetimes.
A couple of developments this week. After many delays, we are commencing the environmental work at the Moorooduc Station at the start of the proposed link from Moorooduc to Mornington. We are working under the guidance of the Friends of the Railway Preservation Society. They have all the permits and planting regimes for the area. We will be assisted by Peninsula Grammar students. Unfortunately, Justin is no longer our Environment Co-ordinator so the Board is looking for some to take his place and help with co-ordinating this effort. The first planned date is Wednesday, March 16 from 2.00pm till 3.30pm. Stay tuned for further developments.
The Vocational Awards night is coming together so please take note of Secretary Pauline’s emails about the night. It is on Tuesday March 8, a meeting night not scheduled at Toorak College but at the President’s property, 610 Moorooduc Highway, Mt Eliza at 6.00pm. The cost is the normal meeting cost, $33 and it is a partner’s night. You will get to create your own pizza and the chef’s will cook them. It is a BYO drinks and glasses. Brynton is the Chair for the night.
The proposed film night to support Polio Plus is on at the  Peninsula Cinema (Rosebud) evening on 18th March.  The movie is “The Duke” a typical English feel good/comedy. It is based on a true story of a man who tried to change the way age care is dealt with by holding the government to ransom. The details of booking will be available shortly.
All the best to all our members dealing with health issues, in particular, Rowan whose complex surgery was compounded by an infection. We are all thinking of you and send our heart felt best wishes. Have a great weekend, Neil
Centenary Project  -  The Bay Trail
 As you all know, The Bay Trail is the Centenary Project of our cluster of Rotary Clubs. One of the key sections is the missing link in the region our Club covers - Moorooduc Station to Mornington. The great news is that funding of the Baxter to Somerville missing link of the Peninsula Trail is now approved. However, for  3 clubs, Mt Eliza, Mt Martha and Mornington the critical piece is Moorooduc to Mornington and connecting to the Harap Creek Trail to the Briars. I received this message from Ross Kilborn of the Mornington club who is the driving force for this project:
"Right now the Council has a grant application with the Regional Tourism infrastructure  Fund. We need as many people as possible to support this.
CAN YOU PLEASE THIS WEEK  via your newsletter, at your meeting etc ask all members  to send a simple email to the Minister for Tourism supporting this.
It can be as simple as
Dear Minister Pakula
I write in support of the application of the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council for a Regional Tourism Infrastructure Grant to complete the Moorooduc to Mornington Section of the Peninsula Trail.
If they want to write a letter or call they can do that too.
Level 36, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
(03) 8392 2221
If they want to add information about this being our Centenary Project and the value to our local economy through tourism they can do that too."
I am also adding my support to this and ask as many of you as possible to do this. Without State Government funding it will be so difficult to get this section built. So get writing and shake Spring St into action for our Centennary Project.  Thank you, Neil
Meeting Notes
3 Minute Talk   Frank Flowers
About 10 years ago, following a Rotary Meeting a speaker spoke about Riding for the Disabled, I joined the RDA Mornington Peninsula as a Volunteer. I retired during 2021, due to my date of birth and the fact that a horse trotting slowly was much faster than me running flat out. The period that I was a volunteer gave me great pleasure, and the warmth of knowing that I was contributing positively to the health and enjoyment of these young people with disabilities.
During this time, this Rotary Club has been a strong supporter of the RDA, helping with the purchase of several horses, the arena fencing, drinking water fountain, horse shelters and mats for the horse stalls.
A couple of examples show why I felt my volunteering was worthwhile.
Emily was non-verbal, autistic. She is one of 3 autistic children in the one family. For the 1st 8 weeks, she would not get on a horse. We got her walking a horse on a lead rope. Eventually, we got her on a horse and by the end of the year, she was stopping, starting and steering, the fundamentals of riding. At the end of one session, she said ‘Thanks Frank”. Those words must have been so hard for her to produce. Towards the end of the 1st year, she was always first on the bus to come to RDA. One day, when we were visiting the children’s school, Emily came towards us saying RDA, and went to give us a hug. That is an absolute ‘no no’. High fives are fine, hugs are for Mum and Dad. Emily was a big girl, and had to retire from riding as at 11 or 12 years of age, her weight exceeded the limit of 15% of the horse’s weight. This is the limit of a rider with a disability, whereas able bodied can go up to 22.5%.
Guest Speaker  Jonathan Rivett
Jonathan is a local resident of Mt Eliza and has been for most of his life, understanding and valuing the benefits of the Village lifestyle. He is passionate about the area and that is why he has chosen Mount Eliza to bring up his three beautiful kids, so that they can enjoy the same privileges he did when he was their age. Jonathan is the owner and Director of Eview Group Mt Eliza, and as both a home owner and property investor with over 17 years of sales experience he understands the importance of your most valuable asset and will provide you with the respect, trust and care needed to obtain the best price. Jonathan has also worked in the Travel Industry.

Jonathan spoke about the way to sell your house to gain the best possible price. He explained his "Five P's Principle" as the basis to maxamise the sell property. They are: 
  • Presentation: what you do to prepare the house for sale such as painting. Not renovatiing which does not traditionally add value over cost
  • Process: the method you use to sell the house such as private sale, public auction
  • Promotion: the online presence, signage, open inspections and how to manage this
  • Person: the agent you select
  • Price: selecting the price
He spoke eloquently on his topic and used recent local examples to illustrate his points. Jonathan gave good advice, principally around how to ensure that what you spend, results in gaining a better price over cost for your house. For example if you spend $6000 on painting make sure it adds, say, $10000 to the house. This goes for all the five P's including agents commission, promotion and how it is managed and what is the best process to sell to your target audience. He felt that selection of the correction agent to give you the right advice was a key starting point. Jonathan impressed with his passion and desire to obtain the best possible outcome for the vendor and clearly understood his topic. We all gained some important information for when we need to sell our property. He answered some curly questions with a plomb and in a straight forward manner. He also had the burden a number of members whonew his past and are well versed in the industry to keep him on task! I think we all felt he represented himself and his industry extremely well.
Club Calendar
We have a Club Yearly Calendar which Neil and Pauline are the authors and editors. The calendar outlines every meeting with whom is the Coordinator, Speaker, Sergeant etc.  If you would like to add something please email Neil or Pauline.  This is the  February/ March Calendar
MonthDateDayEvent               Coordinator/ChairSpeakerSergeantComment
Feb20/02/2022SundaySatelliteRebecca  Brunch at Degani's (TBC)
 22/02/2022TuesdayClub MeetingDavid RewJonathan RivettRhonda VCommunity Issues
 25/02/2022FridayConferenceLindaVarious District Conference Feb 25th - 27th
 27/02/2022SundayConference endsLinda  Traralgon
March1/03/2022TuesdayClub MeetingDavid RewLeo HakimChris ALeo Hakim   Head of Mercedes Mornington
 2/03/2022WednesdayCelebrationLindaWomens International Day Breakfast gathering at 6.45am Mornington Race Course
 2/03/2022WednesdaySatelliteRebecca  Zoom  7.30pm
 7/03/2022MondayInternational MeetKay McCauley  Zoom
 8/03/2022TuesdayClub MeetingBrynton FennellN/AN/AVocational Award Night at the Herons 610 Moorooduc Hwy Mt Eliza
 9/03/2022WednesdayPolio Fund RaiserCarolyn SuchFilm Night Postponed to later in the Month
 10/03/2022ThursdayBoard MeetingNeil HeronN/A Such's
 15/03/2022TuesdayClub AssemblyJohn WelshNoneRoss S 
 20/03/2022SundaySatelliteRebecca  Zoom  10.00am
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