le plumier

The thoughts of the Feather Duster smiley
I was invited by President Sue [and subsequently Past President Jim Young] to contribute a column to our Bulletin beyond my tenure. It may or may not be weekly, depending on their wishes.
Last night's Changeover from the ZOOM aspect, was a triumph of tenacity over probability. As late as 5:10 PM we were uncertain of success, given the recalcitrance of the WiFi and the flat panel TV at CBs, assistance from three of their staff ...... In addition, the venue with so few people, has the acoustic qualities of a barn.
We knew that the sound quality was lousy, however this is a work in progress. The room is acoustically poor. We are using my $80 camera - sound unit. It's location is trial and error. We will probably be holding hybrid meetings well into the future ... Your understanding and support would be appreciated. No doubt we will perfect it a week before going back to TOORAK. I had the feeling that we were driving along the Great Ocean Road at speed, all the while navigating by utilising in the rear view mirror 😂....
le plumier Ross Schweitzer 2020-06-30 14:00:00Z 0

Advice to Sheriffs and  Presidents

With apologies to the late Leslie Townes Hope.
The 1948 movie ‘The Paleface’ contained within it prescient advice. Although I was only one Year old, and Rotary Mount Eliza was yet to exist, I should have paid attention. Indeed, I watched the movie more than once.
Advice to Sheriffs and Presidents Ross Schweitzer 2020-06-15 14:00:00Z 0

Norman & Alfie Dachshund were right

Le rapport inaugural de plumeau smiley

From March 13 2020 .....

Alarm was already rife in sections of the media, with ABC resident medical expert Norman Swan predicting 70-80,000 infections within weeks.

"No magic fairy will bring that down. 14-20 days behind Italy. Believe in maths not magic," he would tweet.


Alfie, with a non 70 to 80 - thousand victim. How good are trampolines!


Luckily for Alaylie and Eloise, les petites - filles  des plumeaux, the tooth fairy was not quarantined. heart


Norman & Alfie Dachshund were right Ross Schweitzer 2020-06-08 14:00:00Z 0
President Ross' premature demise. Ross Schweitzer 2020-06-01 14:00:00Z 0

The Eye of the Beholder

Allegory (n.)
A story, poem or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.
Back in the 1980s a number of vehicle models were released with digital displays. Sales people told the gullible that ‘digital readout is more accurate than analog’. This is demonstrably false; a digital display may be easier to read than an analog one. It can also be more distracting. My vehicle has a choice of two types of analog display and one digital, with each offering a variety of peripheral information and colours. Go figure...
Allegedly (adv.)
Used to convey that something is claimed to be the case or have taken place, although there is no proof.
A friend of mine, a Barrister and Solicitor at an International law firm told me this bon mot: In a court case, opposing counsel stood and addressed the Bench thus: 
Several allegations have been made against my client. I demand to know who the alligator [sic.] is.

Sigmund (Sigismund) Freud himself was not always right; ask Martha Bernays. 😂 Well she’s dead too.As is Carl Jung. *

I concede that John Gilbert may well have been a drinking buddy of these three, long - deceased experts.

The Eye of the Beholder Ross Schweitzer 2020-05-24 14:00:00Z 0

Mc Hale's Navy?

Continuing my series of 'Stranger than fiction' articles, this story has been written by one of the senior residents of The Peninsula.
True Stories from WWii:  Bob Charlesworth. RAN [ret.] In his own words; as written by his daughter, Dr Avis Ridgway PhD, whom you know as one of our guest speakers.
Now, I'm betting that you think this is a contrived story from a 98 Year - old man; it is not. As you may determine, Bob's memory is beyond reproach. Mind you, with what happened to him, his Navy service is no doubt seared into his memory.
It reminds me of the tale of a psychiatrist who was going to charge $500 to help a sailor overcome his fear of Reds under the Bed. The sailor instead spent $10 and bought a saw from Bunnings.
Mc Hale's Navy? Ross Schweitzer 2020-05-03 14:00:00Z 0

'Old Dogs' .... not

People are victims of their own beliefs in how ‘things should be; or are’. You see on the news every day how ‘journalists’ have watched a presentation by [say] the Federal Minister for Health, then subsequently mis - report his remarks. I believe that this is primarily because ‘they’ are focused on a question they have been told to ask. 
They then hear neither what went before, neither the response. I can prove it. 
'Old Dogs' .... not Ross Schweitzer 2020-04-26 14:00:00Z 0

Versions of ‘truth’

People are victims of their own beliefs in how ‘things should be; or are’. You see on the news every day how ‘journalists’ have watched a presentation by [say] the Federal Minister for Health, then subsequently mis - report his remarks. I believe that this is primarily because ‘they’ are focussed on a question they have been told to ask.
They then hear neither what went before, neither the response. I can prove it. 
Versions of ‘truth’ Ross Schweitzer 2020-04-26 14:00:00Z 0

Will letting blood with leeches be next

The best humour is often drawn from contemporary Life.
For those of us who are amazed by ideas for curesremedies and ante diluvian alchemy, I offer you a choice of two narratives.
Both are true; it may be difficult for many to select the 150 Year - old one, from the one that is barely one week old. Presumably, some people will believe anything.  
Sometimes Humanity provides us all with introspection about those who hold themselves as Pillars of the Community, but are unwittingly, victims of their own folly. At least we, the Great Unwashed, draw amusement.
Will letting blood with leeches be next Ross Schweitzer 2020-04-24 14:00:00Z 0
The Presidential Joke for Today Ross Schweitzer 2020-04-04 13:00:00Z 0

Hand sanitizer [Part 2]

If you liked my recent advice about methylated spirit [ethanol w/w 90%] the other day; not to mention Brasso® and going blind, yet being sanitized [undertakers encourage this] read on ......
Hand sanitizer [Part 2] Ross Schweitzer 2020-03-25 13:00:00Z 0
Chloe in Finland Ross Schweitzer 2020-03-17 13:00:00Z 0
Fake News: Coriander is palatable Ross Schweitzer 2020-02-25 13:00:00Z 0

Modern - Day Students

The nicest things happen when one is not used to expecting them.
Over the past months, the Chairmen of both Vocational and Youth have immersed themselves in facilitating a plethora of activities; for the benefit of students and our Community. We have been visited by candidates for MUNA, NYSF, Youth Exchange Overseas - Australia and more.
In addition, we have recognised outstanding citizens through our vocational awards.
These projects are regularly featured in The Bulletin and its predecessors. Most recently Chloe Holmes from Balcombe Grammar School [along with her parents Luke and Tess]. Chloe disappeared into Finnair. Actually it was QATAR.... Is joke, yes?
We decided to reproduce a couple of items of correspondence from beneficiaries [or near - beneficiaries].
Modern - Day Students Ross Schweitzer 2020-02-11 13:00:00Z 0
Clifton Creek Primary School Ross Schweitzer 2020-02-02 13:00:00Z 0

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'
Put an Elf on Your Shelf Ross Schweitzer 2020-02-02 13:00:00Z 0
The Blue 🐊 Croc Express Ross Schweitzer 2020-01-14 13:00:00Z 0

Giving playgrounds new life

Playgrounds are evident from the earliest times of structured settlements. The concept of how they can be of benefit to children has developed gradually; and have usually been controlled by ‘grown ups’ not children.
Giving playgrounds new life Ross Schweitzer 2019-12-01 13:00:00Z 0
Understanding a discussion Ross Schweitzer 2019-10-22 13:00:00Z 0

Jane Verity

Jane Verity 
Dementia Care International Pty Ltd
PO Box 378 Mooroolbark Victoria 3138
www.dementiacareinternational.com  info@dementiacareinternational.com 
 ABN 57 062 386 216 
Jane Verity Ross Schweitzer 2019-10-08 13:00:00Z 0

Reverend Cohen

Posted by Ross Schweitzer on Sep 26, 2019
Who'd a thunk it? 
The phrase Who'd a thunk it? was coined way back in the 1930s and '40s by Mortimer Snerd, a ventriloquist dummy voiced by vaudeville star Edgar Bergen. Mortimer was a likeable character, but buck-toothed, slow-witted, and famous for saying, "Duhhh."Some of our senior Members will remember this.....
Reverend Cohen Ross Schweitzer 2019-09-25 14:00:00Z 0

CAROL’S in November 🎈💃🕺🤪

Posted by Ross Schweitzer on Sep 18, 2019
Saturday 30 November 
How are you going getting some friends to come along?
Our Christmas 🎄 Party will be held at St James the Less on 30 November. It is not only a fund - raiser, but a membership drive.
Our target is 120 patrons. We have 50+ members and friends. Carolyn wants table of ten please. 
CAROL’S in November 🎈💃🕺🤪 Ross Schweitzer 2019-09-17 14:00:00Z 0

New Hi - vis Rotary Mt Eliza Tops

Posted by Rowan Miller on Sep 11, 2019
Another initiative from Rowan.
Be seen. 😃 Don't go topless in Mt Eliza.
On the next occasion you are rostered for the Farmers’ Market, Bunnings or community service, look the part of the dedicated RCME volunteer you are.This range of Hi vis garments; shirts, hoodies and hoodless tops offer a flexible choice of Club identification, irrespective of the weather. Oh, also be sure to wear one if Biggles takes you flying.....
New Hi - vis Rotary Mt Eliza Tops Rowan Miller 2019-09-10 14:00:00Z 0

Mount Eliza  men’s shed

Posted on Sep 05, 2019
Mount Eliza Men's Shed is a small, but expanding shed that encourages local men to get together. RCME is pleased to support their initiatives.
Mount Eliza men’s shed Ross Schweitzer 2019-09-04 14:00:00Z 0

Plastic Surgery?

'Envision Hands'   https//:envision.org.au With acknowledgment of Sean Teer of Envision Hands. 
'bespoke': adj. Made to individual order; custom - made
The Phoenix [Hand]: An emblem of reborn idealism and hope. A person or thing that has become renewed or restored after suffering calamity.
Plastic Surgery? Ross Schweitzer 2019-08-27 14:00:00Z 0

DPRK was never like this!

Posted by Ross Schweitzer
If you watched the Michael Palin series on North Korea, he had the bull by the horns. We had the real North Koreans in Canberra; courtesy MUNA and RCME, where their delegation debated World issues with gusto.
DPRK was never like this! Ross Schweitzer 2019-08-26 14:00:00Z 0
Charity can be fostered at home Ross Schweitzer 2019-08-20 14:00:00Z 0
Yes! But what does he do? Ross Schweitzer 2019-08-14 14:00:00Z 0

Why didn't you ..... ?

Guest Speakers.
We are lucky enough to have speakers who entertain beyond the expectations of our members. In addition to which, the speaker sheds light on what we may have thought to be a mundane topic.
Why didn't you ..... ? Ross Schweitzer 2019-08-06 14:00:00Z 0

Polio news 31st July 2019

Polio this week as of 31 July 2019.

  • July 2019 Polio News is available online for all the latest news, polio in numbers and the funding updates.
  • Summary of new viruses this week: Afghanistan — one wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case; Pakistan— two WPV1-positive cases and eight WPV1-positive environmental samples; Nigeria —one circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) case and one cVDPV2-positive environmental sample; Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) — one cVDPV2 sample isolated from a contact case and one cVDPV2 community isolate; Central African Republic — one cVDPV2-positive environmental sample and 13 cVDPV2 samples isolated from community; Myanmar — one cVDPV type 1 case and five cVDPV1 samples isolated from a contact case. See country sections below for more details.

Wild poliovirus type 1 and Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus cases

Total casesYear-to-date 2019Year-to-date 2018Total in 2018
—In Endemic Countries59131783334
—In Non-Endemic Countries031040070
Polio news 31st July 2019 2019-08-05 14:00:00Z 0
National Youth Science Forum Selections Michael Weber 2019-07-31 14:00:00Z 0

Fighting Poverty on a Small Scale

A collaboration between Rotary and Heifer continues to produce big results, helping small farms provide healthier, locally-sourced food

By Visuals by 

In the fall of 2015, volunteers from Rotary and Heifer International came together to build hoop houses for a few farmers working small lots in Arkansas, USA. The afternoon outing was part of a larger project that is still reaping benefits four years later, supporting small-scale agriculture in the region and increasing access to locally-grown food.

Heifer has been using the small-scale agriculture model for decades to alleviate hunger and fight poverty around the world. The approach has the added benefits of being environmentally friendly and offering healthier food options.

That mission dovetails with Rotary’s mission to grow local economies and improve health. So it’s not surprising the two groups have teamed up on a number of occasions in the past 30 years to improve communities by helping families escape poverty. Several Heifer employees are or have been members of the Rotary Club of Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, the city where Heifer has its headquarters.


“Our values line up very well,” says Ardyth Neill, a member of the Little Rock club and president of the Heifer Foundation. “With Rotary, it’s Service Above Self and helping to serve others. Heifer has been working with farmers to be accountable, pass on their gifts, train other farmers, and work together in community. It’s learning to share and care, basic things that work well together.”

Fighting Poverty on a Small Scale 2019-07-31 14:00:00Z 0

Our New Website

The first point of ‘contact’ with any organisation is nowadays their website. 
Our New Website Ross Schweitzer 2019-07-30 14:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellowship Recipients

Latest Paul Harris Fellows announced. With the approval of our PHF ‘Panel’, along with AG Steve Daly, two Rotary Club of Mt Eliza Members were bestowed with well - deserved recognition.
Paul Harris Fellowship Recipients Ross Schweitzer 2019-07-29 14:00:00Z 0
The Seeds of Defeat? Ross Schweitzer 2019-07-24 14:00:00Z 0

Why should I join Rotary

Posted by Ross Schweitzer
Thoughts from your President.
I am the most junior member of The Rotary Mt Eliza board. My tenure coincides with advanced planning for the imminent 100 – Year Rotary Australia anniversary and our forthcoming World Conference.
It is my good fortune to head a board of past presidents, governors, and other members experienced in every aspect of Rotary. For good measure, Mark Humphries is a supernumerary board member and District Governor – elect. His professional expertise involves, among other skills, data handling and management; an essential asset for our Club.
We have several accounting and finance specialists on the board, and indeed within our overall membership. I trust and rely upon each board member, some of whom volunteered to serve without my asking. This is indeed a compliment.
Mt Eliza Rotary does not operate in a bubble; we rely upon contributions from our Cluster and District 9820. D G Adrian Froggatt, assistant Steve Daly and Andrew Best at RISSPO have each provided guidance and assistance. President Chris Such from Somerville – Tyabb, with his Years of experience, is also of significant assistance.
The Break The Chains commitment that Adrian asked all Clubs to embrace is being addressed by Mount Eliza. Change is a fact of Life; Thinking outside the Square May mean that the ‘square’ is too small. A glass half – full / empty means to me that the glass is the wrong size to begin with.
When I consider ‘Service above Self’, neither I nor District qualify it by length, type or venue. There are a multitude of facets to Service, and one type is no more or less worthy than another.
Ross Schweitzer.
Why should I join Rotary Ross Schweitzer 2019-07-17 14:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox on Partnertship


Rotary and ShelterBox celebrate the power of partnership

Evanston Ill., Rotary International announced on 3 June a three-year partnership renewal with its disaster relief project partner, ShelterBox. For almost 20 years, this unique humanitarian alliance has supported families with a place to call home after disaster.

Rotary is a global network whose members take action to make a lasting difference in their communities – and worldwide. ShelterBox provides emergency shelters and other essential items to support families who have lost their homes in disaster.

What began as a local connection with one Cornish Rotary Club has led to an international movement that’s provided 140,000 ShelterBox family tents or 390,000 ShelterKits worldwide to date (a value of over £54 million).

ShelterBox on Partnertship 2019-07-17 14:00:00Z 0

2019 2020 Rotary International Presidentail Theme

Rotary International President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney explained his vision for building a stronger Rotary, calling on leaders to expand connections to their communities and to embrace innovative membership models.

Maloney, a member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA, unveiled the 2019-20 presidential theme, Rotary Connects the World, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s annual training event, the International Assembly, in San Diego, California, USA, on Monday.

“The first emphasis is to grow Rotary — to grow our service, to grow the impact of our projects, but most importantly, to grow our membership so that we can achieve more,” Maloney said.

2019 2020 Rotary International Presidentail Theme Mark Humphries 2019-07-07 14:00:00Z 0

President Ross

Our President 2019 - 2020, Ross Schweitzer bids a hearty welcome to the Rotary Club of Mt Eliza.

Whether you want to find out about what Rotary does, would be interested in community service through Rotary or are a visiting Rotarian we hope you will find the site interesting and informative.

We are a large and thriving club but always keen to hear from community-minded people who want to make a difference.

President Ross Mark Humphries 2019-07-07 14:00:00Z 0