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
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Mar 22, 2022
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Mar 29, 2022
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Great Aussie Hike
Apr 01, 2022 – Apr 02, 2022
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Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting Responsibilities - 22nd March 2022
Cashier - Caryl Coulthard
Chair - Linda Morris
Furniture - Neil Heron
Assistant Cashier - John Horscroft
Fellowship - Suzie Adam
3 Minute Speaker - Leanne Trembath
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President's Message

Neil Heron
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Hi all,
Last meeting had a great feel with the induction of Phil Key into the Club. Phil and his wife Di were welcomed whole heartedly and Phil demonstrated his keenness to get straight into the action by signing up for the Great Aussie Hike and delivering sandwiches for Eat-Up. Thank you, Phil. Well, the year is beginning to look like a normal one all of a sudden. We have the Environment Group on the Bay Trail project, the Eat-up programme going again and a film fund raising night at the end of the week.  We have a Farmers Market and the Great Aussie Hike at the end of the month. We are well and truly going full steam ahead.
The Board decided to use $2000 of our funds to support Rotary’s efforts for the victims of the floods in southern Queensland and northeast New South Wales. We are using RAWCS as the vehicle for the use of our funds. Once again, we used the Trust Fund to maximise our donation.
I would like to thank Suzie Adam who is going to assist in the publishing of the Bulletin to fill the hole that Justin left. Suzie will be learning the ins and outs of ClubRunner during April and seeking your assistance with photos and articles. We are slowly building up a group of members who are felling more confident with using ClubRunner.
In a similar vein, Caryl Coulthard is picking up much of the Environment Co-Ordination that Justin was doing and she is already getting involved in much of what the District is planning. Once again my thanks to Caryl for getting involved in this Area of Focus.
It is interesting to note that Mornington is celebrating its 75th anniversary in May and as it was the Club that chartered us it is one of those milestones that we can reflect upon with great satisfaction as we are a part of their History. I will attend their gathering as no doubt others of you will do if possible.
Many thanks to all members who have pitched in and volunteered to be a Marshall or cook for the Great Aussie Hike. We have filled most of Saturday and some of Friday. The Club will keep you abreast of all the details of the task as we get them from the GAH organizers.
 Next week Sharne Coombe will speak to the Club. She was the Key Speaker at the Rotary International Women’s Day earlier in the month and so should have an interesting presentation.
Ross Kilbourne has just told me that the Federal Member for Flinders, Greg Hunt, has just announced specific funding of $2 million for the part of the Bay Trail from Mt. Eliza to Mornington. It looks as if we might at last be having some impact. The Club has lobbied most of the local parliamentarians using email to support this project as have all the other clubs in our cluster.
Have a good week everybody, Neil
Centenary Project  -  The Bay Trail
The first working session on the rehabilitation of the railway land along the proposed Bay Trail was comleted on Wednesday. Charlie and Marty from The Friends group along with Rotarians Caryl, John Welsh, Di Horscroft and myself and 11 students from Peninsula Grammar with their teacher Paul carried out a weeding programme in preparation for planting in May. The students used secateurs to collect all the Watsonia seed heads and removed boneseed plants. They filled more than 6 large garden bags and disposed of them in a skip. It was a most productive session and bodes well to some significant work being done in the future. The Rotary Club of Mt Eliza is purchasing the first lot of 200 indigeneous plants from the Briars nursery shortly to be ready for planting in the coming weeks. The planting plan defines what we can plant so special stock needs to be grown before we can plant more.  Future work will include seed collection, further weed removal and caring for the new plants. Many thanks to all involved.
  Charlie and Marty at the site. We will print photos of the "workers" when we get permission. Note the absence of Watsonia now!
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 the local federal member Greg Hunt, is supporting a grant of $2 million of federal funding for the Mornington Mt Eliza link. However, for  3 clubs, Mt Eliza, Mt Martha and Mornington the critical piece is Moorooduc to Mornington and connecting the Harap Creek Trail to the Briars, so more funding will be required. Keep lobbying the politicians.
"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
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   March Calendar
MonthDateDayEvent               Coordinator/ChairSpeakerSergeantComment
18/03/2022FridayFilm NightCarolyn SuchEnd Polio Now The Duke, Rosebud Cinema, book via Humanitix
20/03/2022SundaySatelliteRebecca  Zoom  10.00am
22/03/2022TuesdayClub MeetingLinda Sharne CoombesMike WInternational Women's Day
27/03/2022SundayFarmers MarketCarolyn Such   
29/03/2022TuesdayClub MeetingRay ManchesterDr Keith KimptonRhonda VWilbur-Walters
1-2/4/2022Friday - SaturdayGreat Aussie HikeNeil HeronSupport/fundraiserN/AWalking trails Morington Peninsula
5/04/2022TuesdayClub Meeting TBA  
Humour ?

Helicopter Ride

Walter took his wife Ethel to the state fair every year, and every time he would say to her, “Ethel, you know that I’d love to go for a ride in that helicopter.” But Ethel would always reply, “I know that Walter, but that helicopter ride is 50 dollars and 50 dollars is 50 dollars.”

Finally, they went to the fair, and Walter said to Ethel, “Ethel, you know I’m 87 years old now. If I don’t ride that helicopter this year, I may never get another chance.” Once again Ethel replied, “Walter, you know that helicopter is 50 dollars and 50 dollars is 50 dollars.”

This time the helicopter pilot overheard the couple’s conversation and said, “Listen folks, I’ll make a deal with you. I’ll take both of you for a ride; if you can both stay quiet for the entire ride and not say a word I won’t charge you! But if you say just one word, it’s 50 dollars.”

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