The Rotary Club of
Mount Eliza
Chartered 1971
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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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Dec 01, 2020
Dec 08, 2020
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Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting Responsibilities 1 December
Vincent, Rhonda
Three Minute Speaker
Such, Carolyn
Meeting Responsibilities 8 December
Angerer, Chris
Three Minute Speaker
Assistant Cashier
Young, Jim
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Sue Voss
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Hi everybody
Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual General meeting via Zoom on Tuesday 24 November.
It was a delight to announce that our Presidential nominee for the 2022/23 Rotary Year will be long-term Mt Eliza Rotarian John Welsh.
John has been a highly valuable member of our Club for over twelve years and it is wonderful that he will be the President after Neil Heron next Rotary Year.
As reported and adopted at the meeting our Financial accounts have been confirmed for the last Rotary Year. As always thanks to our Honorary Auditor Rotarian Ray Manchester for his dedicated work on the accounts.
It was also pleasing to see that Rotarian Kay McCauley will be our International Director next year. All other directors remain in place.
A key reminder that our Christmas Party will be held at Rotary Park on Tuesday 15 December. The cost will be $20 per head and Rotary Tony Kafrouni from Vinnie's Restaurant will be providing catering. Thanks Tony.
Attendees at the Christmas Party are asked to continue our tradition from previous years and bring along a present for a child. Collected presents will again be distributed through the Mornington Police.
Finally, it was great to hear the news that we will be able to return to Toorak College for our meeting on Tuesday 8 December. Please let Secretary Pauline know if you are going to attend as we can have a maximum of 30. As several Rotarians are going to be away I am hopeful that everyone who wants to attend will be able to do so. Fingers crossed that from the start of 20212 we will be able to return to regular dinner meetings at Toorak.
Until next time
Yours in Rotary
District Governor Mark Humphries and Past President Linda Humphries
Greetings to all members of the Rotary Club of Mt Eliza and other readers of this Bulletin
May I start by saying how pleasing it is that the Club will be able to hold our first dinner meeting since March at Toorak College on Tuesday 8 December. Mt Eliza Rotary has demonstrated that the Club can continue operating very effectively via Zoom, however I am sure that everyone is looking forward to being together in person.
As we move towards the Christmas Season, this week I thought that might remind everyone about the Rotary foundation. A great Christmas Gift is to make a donation to the Foundation in the name of a family member or friend.

Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

The mission of the Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the allegation of poverty.

Your donation or gift can make an enormous difference:

  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.
Thanks to all Rotarians who contribute to Foundation and I commend it to everyone
Until next time
Warm regards
Mark & Linda
Recent Guest Speakers
Louise Keramaris  from the Australian Conservation Foundation Mornington who was our guest speaker three weeks ago has sent the following message to the Club: 
Good afternoon everyone 
I hope you are all well.
In following up from our last meeting I wish to advise that there are 41 Australian Conservation  Foundation  groups that are  Australia wide.
In regards to the question raised regarding how a house becomes Heritage listed, the following advice is provided:
- best to contact the planning officer at the Council to ask about the Heritage protection laws that the Council adheres to in the first instance
I hope that answers the  questions that were raised following on from the evening. 
Thank you  again for the opportunity to meet with you on behalf of ACF Mornington and please feel free to invite any members of this group for a follow-up discussion and opportunities to work together in the future.
Infinite blessings, Louise
Our guest speaker last week was Friend of the Club Shirley Hawe who spoke about the ODA School in Siem Reap in Cambodia and how that the dealing with the challenges of COVID-19.
This week's guest speaker on 24 November was Assistant Professor Bevan Main from the Georgetown University in Washington DC. Bevan spoke on the subject of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. This very interesting talk has been of particular interest in Australia recently following it being publicly announced that a number of former AFL footballers have suffered from it including Graham "Polly" Farmer and Danny Frawley. 
The lessons of Pedro the Fisherman
Ross Schweitzer presents.
Richard Tauber was a World famous [originally DENEMY, and later for a while ERNST SEIFFERT] was a celebrated tenor, light opera singer and actor, both in Germany and later, England. He was born in LINZ, Austria in 1892 and died in London in 1948. Herein lies the hints even Blind Freddie could spot. Tauber was a Jew; not a religion of choice in Austria and Germany [Großdeutschland]. 
This raises two questions: Why would a Jew [Denemy] change his name to another Jewish name? The reason he was ‘Seiffert’ for a while was a prudent decision in the 1930s. And ‘Seiffert’ is a basic surname in Germany. TAUBER’S choice was as subtle as a meat axe. 
Second: The whole World did not regard the song ‘Pedro the Fisherman’ as politically incorrect ..... GHOSTS APPEAR AND FADE AWAY, remember. You do.
The Lisbon Story, a 1946 film in which ‘PEDRO’ was featured was advertised with a poster of a blond, fair skinned actress, born in Australia ! She was as much like a Portuguese in visage as ScoMo. Where was I? Yes; in 1961 I was in Year 9 [Form 3] at Oakleigh High School, since demolished by Jeff Kennett. Our music teach was Miss Marshall; our accompaniste was Mrs. CurtisIn those days Oakleigh was Liberal - held and WASP. O.K. There was a Cafflik Church where they said Haitch, but ‘we’ outnumbered THEM with C of E, Press Buttons, Methos and the Salvos. Oakleigh High School featured classes full to pussy’s bow with [@ 50+ to each class] comprising 25 Meg Ryan and President Voss look - alikes and 25 boys who resembled .... Robert Redford, Ian Phelan [if you see this, Ian] and me. Oh, we had an obese Pom**  and a South Tirol Italian [they speak German]. 
But I digress: I am NOT going to copy the words of this song, but you need to Google it. We were the ‘musical item’ for Speech Night. Luminaries, Dignitaries, Teachers and students. Our Form 3B all kitted out in typical Portuguese’ fishing village outfits. You know, white shirts and turned up jeans, no shoes but fake tanned feet, a few straw hats for the boys, SPANISH hair combs and veils [the girls wink mostly] and.... and MISS Marshall up front, conducting. ‘Women of a certain age should never wear short sleeves and gesticulate / conduct’. But. What about the main characters? I hear you ARX... Well, NINA.... ‘so small and white here comes the bride’ We had a typical Portuguese virgin [see later, this is debatable] dressed like Catherine Zeta Jones but blond.... Da Prez Sue / Meg Ryan / Carolyn Such with Ralph the whistling dog 🐕. PEDRO whose costume I leave to your imagination, had freckles as most Portuguese fisher folk do. NINA’S father was it seems a pretender to the role of Crocodile Dundee. Now MIGUEL [.... though Miguel is RATHER FAT.....] it gets worse wink .... see ‘so small and white, here comes the bride... and stands by SWARTHY MIGUEL’S side. [yep! The obese pasty - skinned Pom**, made swarthy with Kiwi cool.....]. Logic: The POM was fat, a POM, couldn’t sing, his father owned a mixed business where he got the Kiwi, and .... he was a Pom - I said that! Oh, and our woodwork teacher called him out saying ‘Good God, man, what are they; feet or boats? [The Pom wore size 11 even then]. During his performance as MIGUEL, The now Kiwi -stained Pom wore ..... sandals with white socks. 
To cut to the wedding, NINA the white dumps MIGUEL the “rather FAT” and SWARTHY [boy was the audience relieved] and scarpers with the whistling PEDRO discarding ... here wedding dress and sailing away to live in SIN! devil Yay. 
This begs a plethora of questions.
  • Look, I have visited many regions of coastal Portugal including Cabo Da Roca / Focinho Da Rosa and I have yet to see a Local dress like the Pedro choir / look like US. Cabo Da Roca is the western - most point of mainland Europe.
  • As this song was popular still  in the 1960s, why is it no longer sung? 
  • Is it because OAKLEIGH is no longer WASP and we’d have to use olive / swarthy / solid hairy types for the cast.
  • I know the OHS School got razed, and even the venue where we performed is no longer a ‘Town Hall’. Amalgamation!
  • If Richard Tauber - a Jew - et. al. [read back to our Great Grandparents] had no issue with such a song why do we?’
As I wrote last week, GHOSTS APPEAR AND FADE AWAY. 
The Upshot: I, the X Prez am auditioning our members for a For One Night Only performance of this song, in costume of choice AT OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY. What a hoot!
Register NOW with Carolyn SUCH. Performers pay $10 to participate.
LEAD SINGER: Sounds JUST LIKE Richard Tauber ........ CHRIS ANGERER 
NON - SINGING, walk - on Roles: 
RALPH the excreting Village ridgeback and minder.
PEDRO [out of sight] whistles Pedro the Fisherman and makes sounds of delight when NINA appears, dressless.
CONGREGATION: WE NEED 20 Members, spouses etc.
Listen to the song on Google / You Tube
In this week’s Remember When column, Rotarian Hardy Juraschek speaks with the Editor about the almost three years that he has been a member of our Club.

In 2017, Hardy and his wife Annie were thinking about how they could best make a contribution to the Community.

After long and successful careers, they both wanted to give something back.

Hardy looked on the internet for information about service clubs and other charitable organisations in the Mt Eliza area.
Rotary seemed to tick all of the boxes and he made contact with the Club.

After learning more about Rotary and attending several dinner meetings at Toorak College, on 24 April 2018, Hardy and Annie both became members when President David Rew welcomed them into the organisation.

Hardy has thrown himself in at the deep end and has been involved in many of the Clubs initiatives and projects. As Editor, I remember well when Hardy participated in a fairly major activity - dismantling a full-sized children’s playground from a private residence in Mt Eliza, labelling and packing all of the parts and sending them off to a container to be transported to Sri Lanka where, together with a number of other playgrounds, it would be reassembled by local Rotarians for use by disadvantaged children.

Both Hardy and Annie are usually available for Bunnings BBQs and the Framers’ Market.

When not away they also participate in various club programs and projects.

Last year Hardy took responsible for delivery of the wine that the Club made available for sale to members and again this year he was happy to be involved (noting that he felt that this year’s red was not quite as good as last year). 

Hardy & Annie have been most generous and have provided access to their holiday home at Metung as prizes for the Club raffle.

Hardy is a person of action. During the year that I was President (2018/19) on a number of occasions Hardy made contact with suggestions as to how we could improve on what we do or with ideas for new projects and initiatives. He continues to play this role with great enthusiasm.

Home hosting is a great way to enjoy fellowship and get to know other Rotarians and their partners.

Hardy and Annie very much enjoyed visiting Graham & Barbara Reid and Bernie & Leslie Edwards

In return they were delighted to be able to host Carolyn & Chris Such and John & Di Horscroft.

COVID-19 has restricted the work of our Club and fellowship during 2020. In spite of this Hardy has been one of our members who continues to be involved.

At the end of the2019/20 Rotary Year Annie decided that she would prefer to be a Friend of the Club and help out as appropriate.

Hardy continues on in our Club and he is looking forward to us being able to return to something like normal in 2021.
This week we look at a number of quotes from famous people:
As I sat, strapped in my seat waiting
during the countdown, one thought kept crossing my mind ... every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.

-John Glenn

When the white missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.

- Desmond Tutu

America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes that professional wrestling is real but the moon landing was faked.

- David Letterman

I'm not a paranoid, deranged millionaire. I'm a billionaire.

- Howard Hughes

After the game, the King and the Pawn go into the same box.

- Italian proverb

The only reason they say 'Women and children first' is to test the strength of the lifeboats.

- Jean Kerr

I've been married to a communist and a fascist, and neither would take out the garbage.

- Zsa Zsa Gabor

When a man opens a car door for his wife, it's either a new car or a new wife.

- Prince Philip

Wood burns faster when you have to cut and chop it yourself.

- Harrison Ford

The best cure for sea sickness, is to sit under a tree.

- Spike Milligan

Lawyers believe a man is innocent until proven broke.

- Robin Hall

Kill one man and you're a murderer, kill a million and you're a conqueror.

- Jean Rostand.

Having more money doesn't make you happier. I have 50 million dollars but I'm just as happy as when I had 48 million.

- Arnold Schwarzenegger.

We are here on earth to do good unto others. What the others are here for, I have no idea.

- W. H. Auden

If life were fair Elvis would still be alive today and all the impersonators would be dead.

- Johnny Carson

Hollywood must be the only place on earth where you can be fired by a man wearing a Hawaiian shirt and a baseball cap.

- Steve Martin

Home cooking. Where many a man thinks his wife is.

- Jimmy Durante

America is so advanced that even the chairs are electric.

- Doug Hamwell

The first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone.

- George Roberts

If God had intended us to fly he would have made it easier to get to the airport.

- Jonathan Winter

I have kleptomania, but when it gets bad, I take something for it.

- Robert Benchley

The weather person is the only person that I know, that can be wrong 99.9 % of the time and still have a job the next day.

-Johnny Carson
Meals From Toorak
This week's meal from Toorak for Tuesday 1 December is: 
  • Roasted Chicken with lemon, rosemary and chilli
  • Hasselback sweet potatoes
  • Peach and berry crumble
The cost is $15 per meal cash on delivery
Order by emailing Jim Young by 9.30 am this Friday, 27 November. (
Persons who order who are participating in the recycled container program will be asked to drop off their washed containers to Kristy Russell at Toorak on Monday 30 November.
Please note that this is the final meal from Toorak for 2020.
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