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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Venue Map
Oct 27, 2020
Australian Conservation Foundation - Mornington
Nov 03, 2020
Nov 10, 2020
Making Sour Dough Bread - Fundraising Event
Nov 17, 2020
Nov 24, 2020
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
Dec 01, 2020
Dec 08, 2020
Dec 15, 2020
Details TBC
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Upcoming Events
Remembrance Day
Nov 11, 2020
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Meeting Responsibilities
Fennell, Brynton
Three Minute Speaker - Chloe Holmes Exchange Student
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President's Message
Sue Voss
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Hi everybody
Our Board held its regular monthly meeting on 15 October. It is pleasing that the Board has been able to meet and do good things even in these difficult times and I thank each director for their hard work.
This week I thought that I would comment on several matters that I discussed with the Board. 
Interestingly, our attendance at Zoom meetings has remained high over the last six months. In percentage terms we actually have a higher rate of attendance as compared to when we met in person at Toorak College. This is something that we need to bear in mind and keep as an option as we, hopefully, emerge from COVID-19 restrictions. 
I am enjoying the Remember When column in the Bulletin and thank everyone who has contributed so far.
On Club Visioning, Phil Dressing and Mark Humphries have forwarded the data from our evening on 29 September.  I will compile for presentation and distribution to all members and we will have a follow up session at a later date.
Next, as we celebrate Rotary's 100 Years In Australia, while the Bay Trail project is progressing slowly it has good support of the Cluster Clubs.  The Mornington Railway has requested contact with our Club regarding opportunities going forward and Club Service Director Neil is following up.
Finally, thank you again to Rotarians Carolyn Such and Linda Morris for organising last week's webinar with Tim Wilson, MP. Thanks also to Bernie, Mark & Jim for helping on the evening. I am delighted to report that we made over $4000 on the evening.
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.
This week, I would like to ask everyone to participate in two of the many coming Rotary events.
Firstly a celebration of World Polio Day on 21 October. Global Citizen in partnership with RESULTS Australia, UNICEF Australia, Rotary International and Polio Australia is leading Australian civil society organisations' advocacy efforts to ensure polio eradication remains front and centre on the agenda of key policy and decision makers, particularly Government and

Along with Canberra Rotarians and MPs, we co-host an annual event at Parliament House to honour World Polio Day and demonstrate the support in the community for the end polio campaign. We want to see Australia's proud history of leadership on polio eradication efforts continue to ensure we see the end of polio for those living in PNG and our Pacific region, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19.

In 2020, we’re taking the event virtual, and we would love to invite Rotary clubs around Australia to participate in the fun!

The event is being held from 6.30 - 7.30pm on Wednesday 21 October (THAT"S TONIGHT)

To register click in this link -


Secondly, the Rotary District 9820 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Sunday 15 November 2020 at 10.00 am via Zoom.
District Secretary Carol Crewe recently sent out notification of the AGM. I encourage you to attend. Please register via zoom as below
Until next time
Warm regards
Mark & Linda
Guest Speaker's CD
Our guest speaker this week was Etienne de Lavauix.
Rotarian Kay McCauley has provided the attached link to Etienne's website. Those members who wish to purchase a copy of his CD may do so by visiting this website.
This week Rotarian Kerry Margalit shares her involvement with our Club 
I was invited to join the Rotary Club of Mt Eliza by Carolyn Such, who has remained a great mentor and friend. I had just moved to Frankston South in 2008 to ‘keep an eye’ on my very elderly parents and knew no one in the area. Rotary provided me with companionship and a way of attempting to make myself somewhat useful after retirement from teaching English and History at secondary school. 
I initially involved myself in packing Rotary’s Christmas hampers. I suggested that some of the Christmas hampers could go to newly arrived refugees. The appalling experiences of one recipient, a family decimated in the Diamond War in Sierra Leone, was a revelation to me. Deaths, a serious medical issue and family separation, had shaken this large family. With Rotary’s help, Carolyn and I arranged corrective surgery for Thomas Sandy. Subsequently, after seeking expert advice and with the permission of the family, a letter was sent which may have assisted Mariama Sandy’s husband, their only surviving daughter and other family members to be eventually reunited in Australia from years of appalling circumstances in Ghana. Many of this hard-working family are staunch church goers and most are now employed in aged care in the local area. 
One activity I really enjoyed (as something of a fossicker) were a series of Rotary fetes. These were conducted over some years. It was a lot of fun working together, setting up, selling and packing up. A huge range of personalities rocked up with their haggling. A lot of money was made and sore backs were something of a ‘badge of honour’.  Similarly, Merrilyn Hamilton-Smith’s book sale, complete with horse float offered even my young grandson the chance to help with a broom at the end of the day. Merrilyn’s efforts over years were extraordinary. A particularly pleasant fund raiser was an evening picnic in Pentland Gardens. It was a lovely choice of location and ideal for such an occasion. Importantly, it raised funds for Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio. Rotary’s health initiatives display Rotary at its most successful in my opinion. Working to support dedicated members who lead projects such as Interplast, . funding for Frankston Hospital and much more is what I really value. Disease, as it has recently displayed, is such an unambiguous enemy. Hanne Falkiner’s school lunch deliveries also opened my eyes to poverty ‘right next door’. The numbers of kids without lunches meant heavy loads of sandwiches to be delivered – and this was before Covid 19. 
As far as speakers go, who could forget Tim Acton’s production of a kipper out of a cold pack and his amazing role as a highly entertaining MC at our Melbourne Cup Dinners. Those who can raise a smile are worth their weight in gold. Covid has cramped our style but Rotary members support each other. Apart from Zoom meetings, there have been phone calls, walks and that essential human contact, albeit with masks and distancing.  Over the passage of time, some members have had medical issues and others have passed away. The Club’s network of friendships has been strong at such tough times.  No club can be a static entity. The ability and skills of new, younger and highly capable members, can teach me a thing or two. Our Club will inevitably emerge from Covid to grow and change. In the meantime, we will hang in there, apart but together.    
Laughter the Best Medicine
At a very expensive English hospital a new young nurse from Dublin had just started her rounds.
Running late a surgeon raced in having just finished 18 holes at Wentworth.
Together the doctor and nurse went into the first ward where an old man was tucked up in bed.
Taking a quick look, the doctor said, "Nurse, this patient has died!"
The old man in the bed said. "I'm all right. I'm not dead!"
The nurse look at him and said, "Be quiet man. The doctor always knows best!"
At the height of the early 1980's drought in Western Queensland, two friends bought a lottery ticket.
One was a local garage owner and the other was a cattle farmer. Things had been tough for them both and they hoped that a win in the lottery would help.
To their great surprise they won first prize of $200,000.
A local journalist interviewed them for the weekly paper.
"What are you going to do with your winnings?" he asked the garage owner.
"Well", came the reply, "I've always wanted to travel. So my wife and I are going to take a first class trip around the world. London, Paris, Rome and New York. When we get home I'll have enough left for a new car."
The journalist then asked the farmer about what he intended to do with his winnings.
The farmer though for a minute or two and then replied, "I dunno. I think I'll just keep on farming until it's all gone!"
Ritchies Card
For some time, a number of our members and friends have been using their Ritchies Cards to participate in Ritcies’ community program with the Trust Fund being their beneficiary. This has benefited the Trust Fund quite well over the years.
Ritchies is in the process of updating their Loyalty Card program. This will operate via a phone app or a NEW plastic card. Existing cards will no longer be effective.
    Ritchies is in the process of updating their Loyalty Card program. This will operate via a phone app or a NEW plastic card. Existing cards will no longer be effective.
    Regardless of your using the phone app or the new card, the Club has to be re-input via the Ritchies website to be set as the beneficiary for your registration. The earning rate shall be 0.5% of your docket value.
    To use the App:
    1. download the Ritchies Card app. Follow the prompts to register
    2. following confirmation of your registration, login to your account, click the “community” icon and then click “Select or View your Favourite Recipient” button; using the shortcut to locate the Club, input ‘rot’ and then identify our club.
     To use a plastic card:
    1. collect a new card in-store
    2. go to the Ritchies web page
    1. click on the icon ‘register here’ and then follow the prompts. To nominate the Club, go to the Community tab/recipients listing -  the Club is a fair way down the list at around page 18.
    Meals from TOORAK
    Kindly note that there will be no meals from Toorak for the next two weeks - 27 October (Valedictory) and 3 November (Melbourne Cup).
    The next Toorak Meal will be on Tuesday 10 November.
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