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 08, 2022
Vocational Awards and Community Projects
Mar 15, 2022
Club Assembly
Mar 22, 2022
A Pathway to Success
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Upcoming Events
Vocational Awards Night
Mar 08, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
End Polio Film Night at Rosebud Cinema
Mar 18, 2022
Great Aussie Hike
Apr 01, 2022 – Apr 02, 2022
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Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting Responsibilities - 8th March 2022
Cashier - Sue Voss
Chair - Brynton Fennell
Furniture - Not applicable
Assistant Cashier -
Fellowship - Mike Weber
3 Minute Speaker - various awardees
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President's Message

Neil Heron
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I am communicating to you from a wet Grampians. Hopefully some of this rain will get to the Mornington Peninsula. My main message is a reflection on the excellent Conference some of us attended last weekend. I missed the opening session on Friday evening but I believe it set the tone for an inspiring weekend that set the scene on the 7th area of focus, Protecting the Environment, as well as a theme of Leadership. The environment was covered by:
Vic Grosjean(Rotary’s People of Action: Young Innovators) – started the conference on a high energy note with his mission to rehabilitate mangroves and stop plastic pollution in the sea. Passionate and invigorating presentation about how to help our oceans and marine environments form the scourge of plastic poisoning and pollution and an ecological project that all costal living people can help with – planting mangroves. He really put the future into perspective.
The focus then moved to energy and the rapidly changing energy market. Professor Rae McKay, a specialist in Mine rehab in the Latrobe Valley and the person in charge of the Authority tasked with it. A daunting task that is under great pressure due to the timeline being shortened due to early closures of the mines and the pressure of community and industry demands. It could take as long as 2080 to complete unfortunately. Essentially, they are hoping to create 3 lakes with parklands, however, a lack of water may foil this plan.
Erin Coldham – Star of the South wind turbines. All of a sudden this project is now under pressure to become a reality – a wind farm at sea between Wilsons Promontory and Yarram. This wind farm fits in perfectly as coal is phased out. The electric infra structure exists in the Valley and the Valley needs the jobs, however, the time frame is tight to be up and going by 2030.  She equated it to the aeroplane taking off as the runway is being laid.
Leadership: There could not be a better speaker to explain leadership than the Winthrop Professor Fiona Wood, Australian of the Year, inventor of spray on skin and a hero of the Bali bombing medical team. I would not do justice to her presentation in an essay let alone a paragraph. A key point was: leadership must be flexible. Listen and respond to your team and when needed take charge. She is an amazing person who enthralled us all with her session on leadership and achievement. One interesting story: She and her husband (also a surgeon) have 6 children, 4 of whom have represented Australia in sport!  So much to learn from this lady.
Charlie Allen – Institute for Economics and Peace. This is an Australian organisation that started measuring and gathering data on global peace and is now the leading authority in this field. Their research holds few surprises, however, Australia is not in the top 10 of peaceful nations(of 164, Iceland first), there is a slow trend in the world becoming more peaceful, Russia is 10th of the least peaceful(Afghanistan the worst),  most indicators for peace are improving except for Attitudes within a nation(USA the worst). The need for Rotary to promote peace is essential.
Inspirational people- Noorshal Kamawal who studied in Melbourne to become a Master(twice) in Epidemiology and Procedures in health care systems. He returned to Afghanistan to work in the government health system. He also established links with Rotary, UNICEF & WHO. He became a leader in Health in his country. When the Taliban returned last year, he needed to flee and Australia, with help of Rotary sponsors, granted him refugee visa and he now works from Australia to improve the lot of his people. A great example of how our country can help refugees and how they can then make a huge contribution to the world.
 Leigh Woodgate a jockey who recovered from an horrific race fall to ride again and beat all the odds. She was in a coma for 17 days, had two punctured lungs, severe brain injury, multiple broken bones and given 3 days to live. She had to relearn to do all basic functions such as speak, walk, swallow, etc. Through incredible will power and determination she disproved all the medical people and many family and friends, that she would not recover. Though still disabled she now rides and is now an independent person. She truly is inspirational and intends to show us all how to overcome adversity and succeed.
Many Rotary projects were highlighted as well – Rotary Health, Disaster Aid Australia, our cluster’s Bay Trail and Mt Martha’s RORP (Rotary Org Recycling Playgrounds) All in all a fantastic conference with the bonus we all had fun. Congratulations to Judy Coultas who had a day out on the golf course winning the Womens’s Teams event and the Putting Competition! It is good to see that Rotary conferences are back!
Yours in Rotary, Neil
Judy Coultas teamed up with Barb Stacey from Sorrento to win.
How to learn golf in 4 Years
JARRAD STOKKER recently joined the Team at Mornington Golf Club as a Trainee Professional, under the auspices of Michael Faraone the well - respected Head Professional and a straight shooter. [Well, mostly laugh].
Jarrad will undertake theoretical and business training, work in the Pro Shop to interface with players from many countries and practice his game. In addition, Jarrad must play 40 'qualifying' rounds per annum, maintain a low handicap [his is currently minus 2] these being graded by PGA Australia, otherwise he will not pass the stages necessary to progress. While undertaking the 4 - YEAR course, Jarrad must submit projects [including proficiency with MICROSOFT EXCEL] stock control, cash management, staff employment and oversight, laws relating to OH&S and Fair Work Practices. Among other things.
At the end of 4 Years Jarrad will obtain a grading that determines his place [seniority] within the PGA Australia. The trick is to play well enough to get a ranking enabling playing 'rights' in various tournaments, and not have to wait for those higher up to cancel so you can earn a start.
Jarrad explained in eloquent fashion some of the attributes required [and as Chairman David Rew said later 'chief among these is dedication']. For example, in a major tournament, it played over four days, each player faces 140+ opponents on days 1 and again 2 at which point if missing 'the Cut' he or she is removed from the field of players. No payment, only overheads. The Americans call this situation a 'Trunk Slammer' - bags in the trunk [boot] and off to the next game. Expenses, fuel / air tickets, car rental, accommodation, meals, a caddie and entry fees. IF a player makes the 'Cut', they face two more rounds each against 70+ players in order to win. You are guaranteed some payment according to your finishing place.
As Jarrad said 'In tennis, a player may only need to play a total of 15 sets over 10 days and you get rest breaks, a sit - down every few minutes and 'slaves' to hand you towels and a ball. In a few a five hours, the player can win over FOUR MILLION Dollars'.
Players and non - players alike were transfixed by what Jarrad had to say, and even after Chairman David had to call 'time' many members stayed back to chat. Jarrad was presented with a collectors' RCME drinking glass and roundly thanked by the Club.
   Chair David wit our Guest Speaker Jarrad
Centenary Project  -  The Bay Trail
Great News. We have now made contact with the Friends of the Railway environmental group. We plan our first activity on Wednesday March 6 at 2.00pm at the Moorooduc Station. if anybody is interested in joining 10 students from Peninsula Grammar to start work at the site please email or call President Neil. More information will be sent out shortly.
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
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
 7/03/2022MondayInternational MeetKay McCauley  Zoom
March8/03/2022TuesdayClub MeetingBrynton FennellPresident Neil'sN/AVocational Award Night
 9/03/2022WednesdaySatelliteRebecca  Zoom  7.30pm
 10/03/2022ThursdayBoard MeetingNeil HeronN/A Such's
 15/03/2022TuesdayClub AssemblyJohn Welsh Chris A 
 18/03/2022FridayFilm NightCarolyn SuchRosebud Cinema Movie: The Duke. Tickets via Humanatix
 20/03/2022SundaySatelliteRebecca  Zoom  10.00am
 22/03/2022TuesdayClub Meeting Sharne CoombeMike W 
 27/03/2022SundayFarmers Market    
Humour ?

Did you hear about the mathematician who’s afraid of negative numbers?

He’ll stop at nothing to avoid them.

What’s the best thing about Switzerland?

I don’t know, but the flag is a big plus.

Hear about the new restaurant called Karma?

There’s no menu: You get what you deserve.

Did you hear about the actor who fell through the floorboards?

He was just going through a stage.

Did you hear about the claustrophobic astronaut?

He just needed a little space.

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