The Rotary Club of
Mount Eliza
Chartered 1971
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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 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
Locked In Escape Rooms
Mar 24, 2020
Principles/ Principals and Education
Mar 31, 2020
The Importance of Museums & Heritage Buildings
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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 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
Presidential Birthday Edition
What is the relationship between a disaster and the distance we are from it? Are those killed in the Turkish earthquake less important that the NZ volcano or bushfire victims? Does race or nationality come into play? In the case of the current virus epidemic, what aspects of it most bother us?
I'm reliably informed that it took the Brexit decision to knock the fires off the front pages of U.K. newspapers.
Note that I have written this Monday 03 February not Tuesday 04 after our guest speaker Ms Tiffany Johnson. This is a hint. What tragic event happened on 27 July 1999 and was memorialized nine days later with our then Governor General officiating?
It 'flared' in the media World - wide then extinguished itself just as quickly. The event has stuck in my mind since it occurred, because I had / have an association with it.
As I write this, there are still people in the burns unit at the Alfred Hospital, among others. My brother Robert, a retired specialist in anaesthetics says that burns treatment is 'confronting', even for doctors.
Just as the natural enemy of the cat is the chainsaw, the natural enemy of Rotary is complacency [in the face of disaster, in particular].
We the People of RCME will not countenance 'The Fires' from vanishing from our radar. Our Club has appointed a EGRFA ['Fires Officer' in short] to not only oversee our own commitment, but to liaise with our District and Cluster.
P -E Sue Voss will likewise appoint / re - appoint the Fires Officer for her term, and so on. If not an executive, the Fires Officer will have reporting rights directly to The President.
Did you know? The Federal Government will pay for 'site cleaning and utilities preparation'. This because many Black Saturday victims were still in caravans six Years after the fire zones were declared safe.
Walk a mile in their shoes. [That way, at least you'll be a mile away and have their shoes].
* See 'Put an Elf on Your Shelf' in 'Stories'.
Da Prez smiley
The over- utilized Rowan and Carl achieving the impossible whilst getting soaked to distract them.
District Governor Elect Mark Humphries
Good morning all
All of us being a devout something or other and a God fearing person will no doubt appreciate the following presentation I gave at one of my Rotary Training Sessions in the 🇺🇸 USA. 
Leviticus vs Rotarians, read on: 
Whilst in Corning, New York State, I listened to a current affairs show. 
It reminded me of our need to ‘break the chains’!
On her radio show, Dr. Laura Schlesinger, an Orthodox Jew, said that homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following response was an open letter to Dr. Laura, which was posted on the Internet as well.
Perhaps by DG Froggatt! 
Dear Dr. Laura: Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination …. End of debate.
I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God’s Laws and how to follow them.
 1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to New Zealanders, but not Tasmanians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Tasmanians?
  2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

 3. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord –
Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
4. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the
police to do it?

5. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination? 
6. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?

 7. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
8. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves
9. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them?
10. Lev.24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14
I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I’m confident you can help.
Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.(It would be a damn shame if we couldn’t own a Tasmanian).

We must all move with the times, and follow the lead of our Fearless President Ross. 
Mark & Linda
Vocational Visit by Marcus Bland from Mt Eliza Optical
As part of our ongoing program of vocational visits from local business owners Rotarian Frank Flowers arranged for Marcus Bland from Mt Eliza Optical to speak at our Club.
Marcus, who has been operating in Mt Eliza for the last 36 years, spoke about his early training including in Oxford Street London before coming to Mt Eliza in the 1980s.
Clearly passionate about his work, Marcus spoke of the many challenges and successes of running a local business.
He also presented a short video about new eye technology called Shaw Lens which offer people with each eye having a separate issue,  a way of merging the image to improve sight.
Marcus operates the Mt Eliza business in conjunction with his daughter who is well known to rotarians through her service at Toorak College.
We will have a series of Vocational Speakers at our meeting on 3 March.
Visit by Immediate Past District Governor Janne Speirs
Immediate Past District Governor Janne Speirs attended our meeting this week.
Janne reported to our meeting on 4 February on the question of the Rotary District 9820 Fire Relief Program for East Gippsland.
Considerable work is currently being undertaken to assist the East Gippsland Community and Janne spoke of various Rotary long-term initiatives that will assist people resurrect their lives.
Janne thanked our Club for its support, especially the work being undertaken by Rowan & Ross to take much needed goods to the disaster area. She encouraged members to continue to participate and support all of Rotary's good works. 
2018-19 Annual Report
The Editor would like to thank Rotarian Past President Bernie Edwards for putting the finishing touches on the 1918-19 RCME Annual Report.
This has been a work in progress for well over six months.
Any member would who like a soft copy please make contact with Bernie.
Malcolm Hull Returns
It was wonderful to see Rotarian Malcolm Hull at our meeting this week after a long absence caused by ill health.
Malcolm is in all of our thoughts and prayers and it was wonderful to see him.
This Week's Guest Speaker - Tiffany Johnson
Our guest speaker at this week's Rotary meeting was Tiffany Johnson, on the topic of Resilience after Disaster.
Tiffany survived the 1999 Swiss Canyoning Disaster.
On 27th July that year a large group of young people were swept away by an avalanche of water.
Twenty-one young people lost their lives in this tragedy including 14 Australians and others from New Zealand, The United Kingdom, South Africa & Switzerland.
Tiffany survived while she watched other friends perish as they were swept along the Saxetenbach Gorge.
Returning to Australia Tiffany began a long journey to rebuild her life and in 2019 she published her story.
In her writing Tiffany shares how events have shaped her perspective on life.
Tiffany's story of resilience, survival and strength is highly emotional.
Rotarians sat spell bound as with the use of honesty and humour she shared how she overcame her trauma.
A most emotional and poignant story of resilience and rebuilding life after an unbelievable tragedy. 
The depth and intensity of questions following Tiffany's presentation is indicative of the appreciation of members of our Club. A truly moving evening.
Clifton Creek Primary School
Clifton Creek Primary School has relocated [temporarily] to Nicholson Primary School.
You heart it here First...
Most of this is true; I just need some moral support [apart from Kerry Margalit, a Saint if ever there was One].
A house at Lakes Entrance [we have to book ahead through Kerry]
Message: I am willing to fund one night. After that it's $20 a night per room (not per person).
Bring your own sheets & towels. Doonas & pillows supplied. Double set up in kitchen with all kitchen utensils etc. I can book the whole house for several days. I'll send you photos of the house. The kitchen is fully set up, as is wood supply for heater. It is well set up - comfortable & spacious. Two bathrooms & three toilets. Two covered verandas. Five bedrooms in all. I would take one of the five bedrooms.
The driving time between Nicholson and Lakes Entrance is 30 minutes / 32 km. Longer drive time if / when you are towing a BBQ Trailer and a freezer. [Rowan / Brynton / Mike].
I think, when the School opens, at Nicholson, we go down and put on a bbq. Sue Paul, the Principal, will be in awe and will get lots of support. WE will / they will advertise it.
What else is at Nicholson, I hear you ask? The winery, bar restaurant. It's great wine, trust me.
WE fill the trailer for the return trip and sell the contents for EGRFA.
Volunteers needed. Please
Put an Elf on Your Shelf
The Gippsland Fires:
Hand - made, limited edition hand - knitted Elves. In support of the Rotary District 9820 Fire Response.
For mental health support of all those affected by 'The Fires'
We are fortunate to be donated a small number of hand - knitted [wool, which significantly is fire resistant] Elves. They are specially hand - knitted by a local artisan, just for RCME and District. They take four hours each to produce and no two are alike.
The donation is $25 per Elf, and 100% of the money is to be allocated to the Care Chest Fund. This is a mental health fund, established for continuing mental health support for those affected by The Fires.
A Member could purchase one for a grandchild to put by their bedside as a proud reminder of what you are achieving as an individual.
.... walk a mile in their shoes....
Russell Morris, AM
By coincidence, a number of members of the Rotary Club of Mt Eliza attended a concert on Thursday last week, 30 January, at the Frankston Arts Centre with the stars being Russell Morris & Brian Cadd.
This was a truly memorable event and the whole auditorium was rocking by the end of the night. 
Now aged 71, Russell Morris music career started in 1966 when, as an 18 year old, he was a member of the group, Somebody's Image.
Russell left the group in September 1968.
The next year, 1969, he released an almost 7 minute long version of "The Real Thing" which was written by Johnny Young and produced by Ian "Molly" Meldrum.
A classic psychedelic single of the late 1960s, "The Real Thing" hit number one on the Australian charts in June 1969 and it was the biggest selling Australian single that year.
Russell's second single, "Part Three into Paper Walls"/ flip side "The girl that I love" also hit number one and Russell mania was up and away.
In December 1969 Russell played at a concert in Brisbane with over 5000 people in attendance.
More than 100 attendees at this concert were taken by ambulance to hospital "in a state of advanced hysteria".
In 1970, Morris recorded the Raymond Froggatt song "Rachel" which the Editor regards as his greatest hit. While it reached number one in New Zealand it peaked at number 23 in Australia.
Russell Morris 1971 hit "Mr America", which he wrote led him to be awarded Australian Music Composer of the Year.
He followed up with a rang of other hits over the next couple of years including "Wings of an Eagle", "Bloodstone" and "Love Sweet Love".
Understanding that there was a recording contract waiting for him in London, in 1973 Morris left Australia.
When this didn't eventuate he moved to New York where he lived until 1978. While he had moderate success he didn't realise his full potential in America.
In 1978 he returned to Australia and for the next almost 20 years he went on tour, played in concerts, musical productions and released musical albums.
Between 1996 and 2006 Russell Morris performed in bands with contemporaries Ronnie Burns, Darryl Cotton and Jim Keays.
Over the last 15 years he has continued to tour and release new albums from time to time with his latest album, "Black & Blue Heart", being released in 2019. 
As those of us in attendance last Thursday saw, Russell Morris still has it!
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.
Our Club will not be holding a meeting on Tuesday 14 April.
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 and President Ross said in the last Bulletin we have committed to having 80 Mt Eliza attendees.
The cost of the evening per head is $60.00 with BYO drinks.
As a fund raiser, there will also be a Silent Auction plus a 'bid - auction' for three major items. 
Members, Friends & Family are all asked to make every effort to attend so that we have a truly successfully evening.
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.
Auction Dinner - 18 February
Our Fund Raising Director Carolyn Such & Auctioneer Tim Acton are looking forward to seeing you at our AUCTION DINNER on Tuesday 18 February at Le Hoang Vietnamese restaurant.
Timing for this event is 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm start. PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE PRIOR TO 6.30 PM
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.
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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