ANZAC Service 

A record gathering to honour those who served, continue to serve and those who remember.
Neil Heron President of Mount Eliza Rotary welcomed all present.
I will pass this way but once, and if there’s any good that I can do, Lord let me do it now for I’ll never pass this way again.....
​​​​​​…. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are lying around you, no harm shall befall you …. 
Psalm 91 [The Soldiers’ Psalm]
ANZAC Service Ross Schweitzer 2022-04-28 14:00:00Z 0

Funnies for the Week

As everyone really liked Brynton's funny story this week - here it is for your enjoyment and for anyone who missed it.  It's kinda nice to believe that it's really true
Funnies for the Week Brynton Fennell 2022-04-27 14:00:00Z 0

How to learn golf in 4 Years

JARRAD STOKKER recently joined the Team at Mornington Golf Club as a Trainee Professional, under the auspices of Michael Faraone the well - respected Head Professional and a straight shooter. [Well, mostly laugh].
How to learn golf in 4 Years Ross Schweitzer 2022-03-01 13:00:00Z 0

From our President

President's Message

Neil Heron


member photo
What a marvellous meeting we had last Tuesday with 50 members, partners Friends and guests present to hear the CEO of Interplast Cameron Glover give an excellent presentation on how Interplast not only coped with the pandemic but flourished. Interplast became a “telehealth” provider and an educational resource for the indo-pacific region, training surgeons, doctors and nurses how to improve their knowledge and technique. Cameron’s understanding of Interplast and his passion for the cause shone through and his delivery technique was impressive. We all understood why we support this great Rotary initiative. Once again Le Hoang put on a great spread and we are lucky to have this business available to us as we come out of lockdown
Our meetings coming up are a zoom this Tuesday 7 December, followed by the Christmas Party.
The Centenary Project for our cluster continues to gather momentum with the co-ordinator of the project, Ross Kilborn from the Rotary Club of Mornington announcing a $10,000,000 funding commitment from the Mornington Shire Council. For those interested here is a link showing the latest update from Ross:
We, as a Cluster, are making great progress on the Peninsula Trail.  On Sunday November 28 Cluster Presidents and Working Group representatives attended a meeting devoted to it. You can view a 10 min presentation that was the backbone of the meeting at
(If the link does not work please copy and paste it to your browser, open it with Powerpoint and then under Slide Show, simply click on the “play from beginning” icon).  
The Farmers Market last Sunday was once again a success as a community event and a fund raiser for the Club, and although it lacked the “hustle and bustle” we expected, it was a glorious day and we all enjoyed the fellowship of the market place. Th Club’s new aluminium A-frames were on display and they will be an excellent promotion tool for many years. Our next BBQ is on Sunday 12 December at Bunnings. We suspect this could be a very busy day this close to Christmas. George-Ann is very close to releasing the roster (if she hasn’t already done so).
A safe and healthy as we navigate the choppy waters of COVID times. Hopefully the medical people keep ahead of the variants and we have a great Christmas season. We have our tree up! 
From our President Ross Schweitzer 2021-12-06 13:00:00Z 0

A 5 - Letter Disease with ‘O’ in it.

On Saturday, June 17, 1916, an official announcement of the existence of an epidemic polio infection was made in Brooklyn, New York. That year, there were over 27,000 cases and more than 6,000 deaths due to polio in the United States, with over 2,000 deaths in New York City alone.The names and addresses of individuals with confirmed polio cases were published daily in the press, their houses were identified with placards, and their families were quarantined. NEW YORK had a population of 5 million in 1916.
Nine of the citizens were my Family, all from Brooklyn.  [Melbourne has a population of 5.1 million]. 
A 5 - Letter Disease with ‘O’ in it. Ross Schweitzer 2021-11-14 13:00:00Z 0

A bowl half - empty?

The 'Cobb Road Dog Park'
Our best - kept secret?
No mention of Rotary Mount Eliza, our Club and Members?
Ex Google © with Editorial notes
.. 'grassy fenced area with two big shady gum trees and eight smaller trees which don't really offer much shade'. [We could not afford mature ones @ $5,000 + each] .

There is no water tap and to compensate dog owners have provided some metal water bowls for the dogs and replenish a milk grate [sic] which is full of plastic bottles with water. It's good manners to help to keep these bottles full of water. There is a seat someone has brought along and a bin in the north-east corner. No doggy bags are provided. [!!] The area outside the fenced area is not leash-free. [It is not part of the Park and is on COBB ROAD!!]. indecision
We are delighted by the efforts of our Members [and MPSC] to achieve such progress ... especially during the perpetual lockdown?... and being appreciated for what it is. A few months back there was no facility. YOUR local Club is a key participant in this development.
We agree / admit The Park [being a Work -in - Progress] is not easy to find, but it is utilised greatly. Rotary and MPSC have not finished YET? No! Rotary is a Service Club, and like ROME, this long - needed facility will not be built in a Day. We jest that Rotary Mount Eliza 'could have' provided all the trees, waited FIFTEEN Years, then discovered that the land had dog - free housing on it. wink
The ROTARY contributions have reduced costs and the lead -  laugh time for our Community. Daily we see this 'new' dedicated green space and Community gathering place, with dogs, adults and children. We do admit, that as well as not always providing the comforts expected by dogs.... the name 'COBB ROAD DOG PARK' may be unintentionally misleading; dogs aren't supplied either crying
These projects are like Hungarian Goulash: FIRST, steal one chicken, [just don't give the bones to the dogs].
A bowl half - empty? Ross Schweitzer 2021-10-20 13:00:00Z 0

Our Member of the Month

James Voss is a nuclear engineer who has dedicated his career to the protection of the environment and the safe management of nuclear materials.  Mr. Voss is a dedicated supporter of secondary and tertiary education with firm knowledge that education is the path to better social outcomes.  He has chaired Australian and American foundations and has raised millions of dollars for this cause.  
To our delight, James [having attended a number of our pre - lockdown and ZOOM meetings] was sponsored by our Secretary Pauline Mc Farlane and welcomed on 21 May 2021. James' 'official' induction was at our Fiftieth Anniversary Event mid - Year. He is uniquely suited to his agreed role with Rotary Mount Eliza inasmuch as it involves the development of a stronger link between Rotary and Secondary students in District 9820... and beyond. Jim was welcomed by our outgoing [non - related] President Sue Voss.
Our Member of the Month Ross Schweitzer 2021-10-19 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary exists because of the Community

Rotary in Australia was charternd one hundred Years ago here in Melbourne. Subsequently, our organisation has spread throughout  the Country. Rotary is not a bank. We are a service club and to that end we support our communities. Commonly, we provide labour, materials, logistical support and equipment according to our ability. Clubs are formed into Districts; the Mount Eliza Club is in District 9820, governed and coordinated by Bill Degnan from Traralgon. 
Every Rotary Club pays its own expenses by member subscription. Not ONE penny of the funds we raise is kept; the entirety of our raised income is provided to our projects. We rely on the expertise of our Members to facilitate the administration of our Club via donated time and service. You may imagine the paid staff needed to run a COMPANY of our size [around sixty people]. 
When the demands are great, Bill and his team ensure that we all provide all we can, and avoid the duplication of purposes.This process was on show during both the Gippsland fires, then the floods. Mount Eliza supplied knitted clothing, power and manual tools and appliances, power generator sets, school supplies and household goods. 
When there is major action, like the Fires and Floods in Gippsland and the Earthquake in New Zealand, the dedication and liaison between District, our Club, Emergency Services and other Clubs has to be seen. [We add apart from the Local CFA and Bunnings] …. Another Gratitude Award must go to Victoria Police Mornington. Year in, Year out.
Our close relationships with OfficeWorks and Bunnings facilitated both gratis and discounted supplies to be delivered. Indeed, we are fortunate enough to have Rowan [Biggles] Miller as a Member, 16 Years and going strong. Not only does Rowan own a transport Company, handy for State - wide pick up and delivery of donated goods, Rowan is also an Air Ambulance pilot!
When not otherwise engaged, Rowan can be discovered at our scheduled Farmers‘ Markets in Mount Eliza overseeing our barbecue and related equipment. You‘ll know Rowan by his perennial shorts and Hi - vis top. Come over and HELLO him. smiley
Rotary exists because of the Community Ross Schweitzer 2021-10-17 13:00:00Z 0
Rotary Golf Day SEA 2021-10-04 13:00:00Z 0

October Update

Some good news from the Foundation in that our District Grant for the improvements at the off leash dog park in Cobb Rd has been approved and the Student Scholarship grant is also likely to be approved. We are also seeking applicants for the revamped RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) program to be held in January. We are looking for 18 – 30yo people with leadership ambitions in their vocations/community interest who can spend 5 days on this program.
It appears our community in Victoria is in for a rocky road ahead as we adjust to living with COVID and the restrictions it puts on us. At least the many of the sports lovers can get back to outdoor sports – even the golfers! Let’s hope the vaccination level gets to 90% as quickly as possible and stay safe everyone.
October Update Ross Schweitzer 2021-10-02 14:00:00Z 0