The Rotary Club of
Mount Eliza
Chartered 1971
Club Information
Mount Eliza
Service Above Self
We meet Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Toorak College
Old Mornington Road
Mount Eliza, VIC  3930
0419 386 900
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Feb 04, 2020
Resilence after Disaster
Feb 11, 2020
Feb 18, 2020
Feb 25, 2020
A Personal View of Australian/ Asian Investment & Trade
Mar 03, 2020
Mt Eliza Community Speakers
Mar 10, 2020
Modern Slavery & Life after Politics
Mar 17, 2020
Mar 24, 2020
Principles/ Principals and Education
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Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Feb 12, 2020
Auction Dinner at Le Hoang
Feb 18, 2020 6:00 PM
Board Meeting
Mar 12, 2020
District Conference
Ulumbra Theatre, Bendigo
Mar 20, 2020 6:00 PM –
Mar 22, 2020 12:00 PM
Bark In The Park
Mar 29, 2020
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
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Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting Responsibilities 21 January
Gilbert, John
Assistant Cashier
Horscroft, John
Heron, Neil
Fellowship/ Reserve
Fennell, Brynton
As I See It
Voss, Sue
Anderson, Alex
Meeting on Tuesday 28 January
No assigned responsibilities as we are at The Briars
Meeting Responsibilities 4 February
Vincent, Rhonda
Assistant Cashier
Webb, Karina
Juraschek, Hardy
Manchester, Ray
Miller, Rowan
Meeting Responsibilities 11 February
Rew, David
Assistant Cashier
Coulthard, Caryl
Cracknell, Robert
Falkiner, Hanne
3 Minute Speaker
Acton, Tim
Voss, Sue
Meeting Responsibilities 25 February
Margalit, Kerry
Assistant Cashier
Hull, Malcolm
Selth, Maurie
Sullivan, George-Ann
3 Minute Speaker
Gilbert, John
Edwards, Bernie
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President's Message
Ross Schweitzer
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The thoughts of President Ross
Our Club has a number of projects underway, many relating to the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid campaign. We are working with District so we avoid duplication, and we have a link with Pearl Findlay - James in Bairnsdale. Dare I mention Peter Rawlings the Indefatigable. Stoic in the face of my jokes.
For my part, I am being backed by Carolyn Such and Linda Morris, to whom I am most grateful. This is an understatement.
We think it that it will be early w/c Sunday 02 February, the day prior to my Birthday, when Rowan Miller drives a selection of high - quality white goods, tools and other requested items to the fire grounds. These items are already allocated and we need more; if you come home and find your washing machine and refrigerator is MIA......
The 'worst' I had to accommodate was a swimming pool the colour of weak coffee, but the life support administered has worked.
Which brings me to my point:
In the Frankston 'church' carpark ,a.k.a. Bunnings a man had an unauthorised  pallet of pool clarifier for sale @ $100.00 per bottle or $62 / bottle over the odds. He sold out, I expect. A Rotarian would not do that.
A little while ago it was related to me [second - hand] that the 'decline' in our membership is solely due* to my being President.
Now, there are a couple of issues here. Over the past three Years, I am the only other person in our Club who knows why; because they told me in confidence. * I'm uncertain why I was held liable for those members who died..... VicPol is investigating. So here endeth the lesson. angel
Lastly, Judy Coultas has assembled a splendid array of guest speakers for the coming weeks. We are the envy of many clubs, I add. Her husband is not traveling so well and it beholden upon us all to support her in every respect.
My regards,
Da Prez
One of the Club contributions to East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid [EGRFA]a new, 3600 W Generator set. Being taken by Rowan Miller, along with whitegoods, special items and tools to Rotary Bairnsdale.
District Governor Elect Mark Humphries
Hello everyone,
We made it, International Assembly has been run. A week of activities, long days and some very entertaining nights were had by all. You really do see Rotary in a different light. Linda’s program was almost as busy as mine with many great activities and highlights along the way.
RIPE Holger Knaak has 4 main key points he would like Rotary clubs and Rotarians to focus on, one of those being how we as club make Rotary membership memorable. All clubs need to look closely at themselves and see what they are doing, is it making membership memorable?  RIPE Holger Knaak is also encouraging every club across the world to have at least one club meeting where they look strategically at what they are doing and then realign.
Home soon and back to work, planning for the year ahead will continue. See you soon
Mark & Linda
Pleasant Evening of Fellowship at The Briars
On Tuesday 28 January 36 members, friends and family of the Club attended our weekly session held at The Briars on Nepean Highway at Mount Martha.
With its magnificent homestead, substantial property, walkways, historic gardens and wetlands this wonderful property is great asset for the Mornington Peninsula.
Rotarians and friends arrived between 5.30 and 6.00 pm and proceeded to enjoy dinner and drinks in a picturesque setting.
At the conclusion of a substantial period of fellowship we moved into a small theatrette just before 7.30 pm and watched a video about the history of The Briars and all that it has to offer.
Thanks very much to Judy Coultas for organising such a splendid event.
BUSHFIRE Relief Fund:
Read and keep please.
On Wednesday 15 April a Rotary Bushfire Appeal Dinner will be held at the New Peninsula Centre, Baptist Church, 370 Craigie Road, Mt Martha.
The evening will commence at 6.30 pm for a formal 7.00 pm start.The Dinner has been organised by the Rotary District 9820 Peninsula Cluster of Clubs.
Members, Honorary Members, Friends and other community members will be most welcome. In fact we encourage you to invite your friends. Our Club has promised [committed to providing] not less than 80 participants.
NB: The price per head is $60.00, on which our margin is  only FIVE DOLLARS, so we need a large turnout. We will have a silent Auction plus a 'bid - auction' for three major items. This is where we raise the money; not from catering.
The event is BYO [this keeps the price down, no bar staff or drink margin]. The Facility is being provided FREE
Your attendance is encouraged to ensure that we have a truly successfully evening and that the Rotary Club of Mt Eliza is well represented.
A celebrity MC for the evening is being sought.
All funds raised on the evening will go the the District 9820 Bushfire Relief Fund.
President Ross, Fund-raising Director Carolyn Such and Community Director Linda Morris are members of the Organising Committee.
More details will be provided as they are confirmed. By the way, there will be no, no, no Club Meeting the evening prior.
Now, listen please laugh: This is the only 'direct' payment event by us. We have provided $5,000.00 to date,  from the Trust, also Individual Members are / have donated time, resources and much - needed capital homewares and hardware items already, including  a brand new 3500 w portable power generator. We will continue; we are in for the long haul.
So, in fact, we are requesting you to directly benefit and support our Gippsland Brethren.
9820 is our District!
President's  Thoughts on Australia Day
Along with a large number of Rotarians & Friends, President Ross was kept busy on Australia Day when the Rotary Club of Mt Eliza was on duty with a combination of the Annual Australia Day Event and the Farmers' Market being held.
Ross offers the following thoughts on this wonderful day:
We requested a donation for the CFA in exchange for free sausages and drinks - some gave more and some gave less than the going rate ...
One English visitor, clearly overcome by the Sun, donated $20 and wanted nothing.
We were well served by everyone who was helping.
Brynton occasionally paid attention to his assigned task instead of the passing scenery while our chef Mike was indefatigable.
Our female members were, as ever, to the for.
Club Service Director/ President elec, Sue Voss, was in Siberia stoically raising funds for the CFA - East Gippsland Rotary Aid.
John Paterson did not wear socks with his sandals. Genteel. Chocolate frog awarded. 
Past president George-Ann was everywhere.
In Ross' opinion Rotary was highly visible and did well.
As always we were pleased to have the unstinting support of Ritchies IGA, the Community Bank, the Shire and David Morris MP.
It was suggested to the Editor that one person had donated $200.
Free Chocolates!
Last week's Bulletin had a story on Chocolate. Buried in the story was a secret message offering any member who emailed President Ross with the opportunity to go into a draw for a box of chocolates. 
President Ross advises that three Rotarians sent him an email in response to the story. The Editor is hoping that all other members read the Bulletin however either don't like or don't want a box of chocolates.
A name will be drawn at next week's dinner meeting to select the winner.
A story with a moral
In ancient times there was an Island Kingdom in the Pacific whose people were fabulously wealthy.
Even though they could have afforded to live anywhere they preferred their Island and no-one ever left.
Following the death of his father a new King was crowned and he decided to make some changes. He wanted to figure out a way of enjoying all of the wealth of his home without leaving the Island.
He consulted with the Elders of the Island and after much consideration they advised him to build a magnificent throne made of solid gold.
This was done, however to the King's dismay there wasn't enough room his for the throne in his grass hut.
An engineer from a foreign land was called in to provide advice and assistance.
Soon the King's hut was rigged with an elaborate system of ropes and pulleys. During the evening when the King slept the throne was pulled up out of the way to the roof of the hut.
During the day the throne was lowered and the King could sit in it as he entertained visitors.
Unfortunately, after a few months of constant use the ropes frayed and one night the throne fell on the King killing him.
Being wise men the Elders of the Island recognised a lesson in this experience and added it to the lore of their people with the following statement:
"People who live in grass houses shouldn't stow thrones."
RCME Bulletin
Editor's Note:
Rotarian John Horscroft, past Editor of the Bulletin, has pointed out that the numbering system used so far this year requires correction.
The current Volume Number should be 49 as this is the 49th year of the Club. The issue number should reflect the number of Bulletins published this year and the date should be the normal Tuesday of the week because our Club meets on a Tuesday.
As we have had 27 previous Bulletins this year, today's Bulletin is Issue Number 28. These changes have been made to this Bulletin and are not retrospective.
George-Ann Sullivan has pointed out that when a new Bulletin is created there seems to be an automatic change to the numbering of previous Bulletins. This is being investigated.
However I am pleased to report that archived Bulletin on Club Runner retain the original number.
Auction Dinner - 18 February
The entire restaurant has been booked out for Rotary members, family and friends on that night.
This will be a combination fund-raiser and fellowship social evening.
Rotarians are encouraged to organise a table of family and friends. All members are asked to make an effort to be in attendance.
A number of items will be auctioned on the night - this will be a chance to obtain some real bargains.
Tim Acton has agreed to be the auctioneer and a great evening is assured.
The cost of the evening is $27 per head and it is BYO drinks.
Anyone who would like to donate an item for the auction is asked to see Carolyn.
Bark In The Park
Reminding all Rotarians and Friends that our Club's wonderful dog show, Bark In The Park, is to be held on Sunday 29 March 2020.
If you haven't done so already please diarise this date now as we will need as many hands on deck as possible to ensure that we build upon the great successes of previous Bark In The Park events. 
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P O Box 95 Mount Eliza 3930
We meet at 6:00 PM Every Tuesday at Toorak College