The Rotary Club of
Mount Eliza
Chartered 1971
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Mount Eliza
Service Above Self
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Toorak College
Mt Eliza
Mount Eliza, VIC 3930
0418 319 101
Dinner Meeting at Toorak College & Zoom Meeting Conference Number 82650442487
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President's Message - John Welsh

President’s report 11th June, 2023
It is always interesting when we have a new member talk,” the member behind the badge”. We have some incredible experience within our ranks. Jenny Baker’s presentation didn’t disappoint last Tuesday as she told us of her life and business journey which has led to her currently working at Toorak college in a senior role. We look forward to her contribution to our club.

Suzie’s three-minute talk regarding mental health issues was very thought provoking and highlighted major issues in our community.

John Paterson’s funeral was well attended on Wednesday, we heard his life story from his three children and I said a few words about Rotary and my friendship with him. John was well thought of by the church community, Rotary, family and friends. We had a Rotary guard of honour outside the church. He was a good friend and will be missed.
As I mentioned on Tuesday, there will be a memorial service for Carol Wallace’s husband Peter at Peninsula school, Ansett Hall at 5.00pm. Peter tragically passed away on an overseas holiday a couple of weeks ago, he was well thought of in our community, he was a personal friend of our family and he will be sadly missed.

Sat 17th of June we will have a Bunnings sausage sizzle, Annette is currently setting up the rosters.

There will be a joint board meeting next Wednesday.

Next Tuesday is a zoom at 6.00 pm. We have Nadeeka Colby, giving us a Sri Lankan update
I hope you zoom in, look forward to seeing you then,
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This week's Three Minute Speaker:  Bernie Edwards
Over the last few weeks we have had some very serious and meaningful 3 – minute talks.

Do not expect the same tonight. In contrast, this will seem frivolous.

A couple of weeks ago I was in a discussion where the term “having to walk and chew gum at the same time’
came up. We generally know what this is used as a derogatory term intended to suggest “unable to focus on
more than one thing at a time”. it is a phrase spruiked quite a bit in US politics. The phrase seems to have
originated in US in 1956.

Some research out of Canada shows that struggling to walk and talk, or walk and do mental calculations at the
same time, could indicate a risk for dementia.

Although it's normal to slow down slightly while doing these tasks, the researcher concluded that those who
slow their pace by more than 30 per cent are at a higher risk for later dementia.

As serious as it is, it is not the mental aspect I want to talk about. I want to talk about the “gum”.
Today we tend to associate gum with America and, these days, so we should.

Humans have been chewing gum for thousands of years, with very few side effects. Even so, many of us
believe that if we swallow chewing gum, it will sit, undigested, in the gut for maybe seven years
Archaeologists have found 9000-year-old lumps of black tar, with bite impressions suggesting that most of the
chewers were kids aged 6 to 15. Two thousand years ago, the Greeks chewed the pale yellow resin from the
mastic tree, while American Indians chewed spruce gum.

Chewing gum came to modern America via the Mexican General, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, (who was
responsible for the massacre at the Alamo, in San Antonio, in Texas). Santa Anna later entered the USA, and
settled in Staten Island, New York. He brought with him a big lump of chicle, the dried milky sap or latex of
the Mexican sapodilla tree, which Mexicans had chewed for thousands of years.

The first commercial chewing gum was made and sold in 1848 by John Bacon Curtis. He called his chewing
gum the State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum. He came up with the practical idea of making and selling spruce gum
as chewing gum. They experimented with spruce tree resin and made a sticky, rubbery material that could be
chewed. Then they added flavour to the gum and paraffin for a soft and rubbery feel. The name of John's
factory was Curtis Chewing Gum Factory.

A local New York inventor, Thomas Adams, tried unsuccessfully to turn it into a cheap rubber - but then he
remembered how his son and Santa Anna loved to chew chicle. In February 1871, small tasteless balls of chicle
were first sold in New Jersey as Adams New York Gum - Snapping and Stretching

In the 1870s, Adams & Sons sold Sour Orange flavoured gum as an after-dinner candy. In 1871 Thomas
Adams patented a machine for the manufacture of gum. That year Adams created a licoricey-flavoured gum
called Black Jack. However, all these gums had one big problem. They could not hold flavour.
The problem with holding flavour was not fixed until 1880 when William White combined sugar and corn syrup
with chicle. For better taste, he added peppermint extract. William found that peppermint stayed in the gum
during chewing for much longer than other flavours.  Also, in 1880, Henry Fleer and Frank Fleer experimented
with chicle from the sapodilla tree. Fleer brothers made cubes of the chicle substance and overlayed the cubes
with sweet material. They called their invention Chiclets.
Frank Fleer was also the inventor of the world's first bubble gum, Blibber-Blubber gum. However, that gum
was too sticky to enjoy and never sold well.

In 1928, an accountant for the Fleer gum company Walter Diemer attempted to make a new rubber product,
but he accidentally found bubble gum that was not sticky. He called it Double Bubble. Double Bubble gum was
based on the original Frank Fleer formula. Neither Diemer or Fleer patented bubble gum, much to their regret.
Today’s HUBBA BUBBA gum is quite similar to the original.

We tend to associate the name Wrigley with chewing gum. William Wrigley started selling soap and baking
powder in 1891 in Philadelphia. He started using gum as a promotional giveaway to help sales but found it
more lucrative to sell gum separately. Today it is part of the juggernaught Mars Inc.
Today the chewing/bubble gum market is estimated to be worth about $60billion.
This Weeks Speaker
Guest Speaker: Nadeeka Colley
Nadeeka Arambewela-Colley is a program, partnerships and policy specialist with over 15 years’ local and international experience in the higher education, Government and NGO sectors with a strong focus on health programs.
Her work and research has taken her to roles in Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, Maldives, Lao PDR and Sri Lanka.
She has extensive experience in program design/implementation, monitoring and evaluation, stakeholder management, partnership development and public policy and she has a strong personal imperative to work in roles that have positive social impact.
She currently works at Deakin University in partnerships management in the Faculty of Health and is concurrently completing an interdisciplinary PhD at Monash University that reaches across the disciplines of public health, medical anthropology and human geography.   
Nadeeka is joined us from Melbourne where she lives with her partner, John, and two primary-school aged children.
Her presentation focused on her PhD thesis which is an ethnographic exploration of mental distress amongst Tamil asylum seekers and refugees from Sri Lanka. Nadeeka shared with us some insights from her research project to date.
Club Meetings
Club Meetings
June 20th    Program    Jimmy Lardner - Ireland today
    Chairman    Suzie Adam
    3 Minute Speaker    Judy Coultas
    Cashiers    Rhonda Vincent / Jim Young
    Fellowship     Annette Ferrier
    Furniture    Jim Voss
    Sergeant    Mike Weber or Ross Schweitzer
June 27th    Program    Changeover - Toorak College
Brynton's Joke of the Week
Brynton's Joke of the Week
A physician, an engineer, and an attorney were discussing who among them belonged
to the oldest of the three professions represented.

The physician said, Remember, on the sixth day God took a rib from Adam and
fashioned Eve, making him the first surgeon. Therefore, medicine is the oldest profession.

The engineer replied. But, before that, God created the heavens and earth from chaos
and confusion, and thus he was the first engineer. Therefore, engineering is an older
profession than medicine.

Then, the lawyer spoke up. Yes, he said,
But who do you think created all of the chaos and confusion?
Changeover Dinner
Changeover Dinner
You are invited to celebrate the induction of Carolyn Such
as the President of the Rotary Club by Mt Eliza for 2023/2024
              Tuesday 27th June, 2023
            6.30pm for 7.00pm
               Toorak College Dining Room
                    $55.00 per head. BYO Drinks
  2 course dinner, tea/coffee and complimentary drink and canapes on arrival  
  Vegetarian or gluten free meal option also available.
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