March 2021 is

Water and Sanitation Month
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Harry Ziegerink
March 11
Merv Prossor
March 20
Colin Byatt
March 31
Spouse Birthdays
March 8
Andrew Duncan
Joy Duncan
March 1
Rick Hayllar
Carol Hayllar
March 30
Join Date
Geoffrey Taylor
March 1, 1985
36 years
Tony Viney
March 2, 2017
4 years
Ailsa Hemphill
March 9, 2006
15 years
Bob Donaldson
March 31, 2011
10 years
Mar 04, 2021 7:30 PM
The sweet, but sometimes-bitter truth about Easter Chocolate and any other sort of Human Trafficking
Mar 11, 2021
Dromana Community House and Projects
Mar 18, 2021
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This Meeting's Responsibilities
Alexander, Rob
O'Day, Terry
Cashier 1
Fitzgerald, Greg
Cashier 2
Byatt, Colin
Viney, Tony
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Last Meeting
Charles Ross
Carol Hayllar
Peter Anderson
Elaine Barnard-Brown
Ray Barnard-Brown
John Barnes
Murray Dart
Brenton Eliis
Greg Fitzgerald
Lyn Lewis
Roger McMillan
Merv Prossor
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Thursdays at 6:30 PM
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Arrive 6:00 pm

Meeting Starts 6:30 pm

Ends 8:00 pm

If you cannot attend the meeting, then please send your apologies to

John or Julie Barnes email:,

or phone on 0407 800 852,

before the 5.00pm of the Wednesday preceding the meeting.

Catering for meals is expensive if you do not apologise your meal has been paid for and all your fellow members suffer the loss.

Current Projects

In the current state of the world our normal fund raising activities  are on hold. But that does not stop you from supporting our local and Overseas Projects.

Polio is nearly eliminated from the world.(we older guys grew up with it all around us)

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Our Local Dromana Community Centre always always looking for help

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And if you would like to help click on the Donate link above


President's Message
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Hi All
February Market Report
Firstly thanks for all the help from you guys!
We proved two main points!
Not that we want this to always be the case!
1. We managed to run the show with Tony being away, thanks to the management team lead by Michael Anderson.
2.The BBQ trailers was delivered and returned thanks to Adrian Davis. The Chefs did a brilliant job as usual. Even though we missed Mervin's smiles and we finally found out how to turn on the fridges on!
Harry has managed to negotiate very reasonable electricity charges at the Church Shed. We should therefore consider using the shed to store the BBQ trailer and keep the batteries float charged and the trailer freezers there to store the unused food,.
When we move our fridge from the Old Shire Office Store to the shed we can use it to store cold stuff too. This saves carting the trailer back and forth to Merv's!
And Straight from Treasurer Mark’s pen, (Keyboard)!
The financial Outcome
Stall holders fee
Including 3 forward payments
Paid 47 sites = $2,350.00 (Jan $2,050.00)
Outstanding 1 site = $50.00 (Jan $85.00). This is an original stallholder so I’m confident that payment will be made.
Total $2,400.00 (Jan $2,135.00)
Cash sales $567.20 (Jan $1,048.41)
Credit card sales $223.14 (Jan $219.20)
Expenses $316.32 (Jan $391.55) $50 freezer/electricity costs over 3 months are excluded as this is difficult to amortise as some costs are Bunnings, etc.
Nett $474.02 (Jan $776.11)
Spinner $276.35 (Jan $408.00)
Total profit $3,150.37 (Jan $3,319.11)
March is Water and Sanitation Month
Celebrate our donations to SkyJiuce
An ultrafiltration solution engineered for harsh, remote environments and designed to deliver safe, clean drinking water using world class water treatment technology.
Next Week’s Menu
Roast Chicken
Served with chat potatoes hearty gravy green peas and corn
Sweet and Sour Pork
Served on bed of rice
Cake and custard
Our Guest Speaker
This week is our very own Bernard Dobson to inform you some of the bitter sides to Chocolate.
And From our District Governor Mark Humphries and Linda
Greetings to all members of the Rotary Club of Mt Eliza and other readers of this Bulletin.
Recently the Rotary Zone 8 newsletter had a story about media coverage of Rotary initiatives.
As a Rotarian it is always disappointing and frustrating when the media features an article about a project or program that Rotary has instigated or run without acknowledging the significant contribution made by our organisation. In most instances it’s not the fault of the Rotarians involved, as they provide the relevant background information and visuals to accompany the story, but the newspapers or television stations choose not to include it—and all we can do is lament another opportunity that has been lost to promote the name “Rotary” to the wider community.
It was very gratifying, therefore, to hear late last year Rotary acknowledged for its involvement in the End Polio Now initiative when the world media recently announced that the African Region is now free of the wild polio virus.
Rotary and its members received significant positive coverage in leading media outlets for our leadership in eradicating wild polio in the African region, with our spokespeople quoted frequently.
Our global media strategy enabled Rotary to be mentioned in coverage throughout the African continent and in top international outlets, as well as coverage in priority countries such as the United States, Germany, Australia, Canada, and India. Of course, Rotary wasn’t in every single media report, but was mentioned in a substantial majority. In many instances, Rotary and WHO were the only Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners mentioned.
It is great when Rotary's fine work receives proper recognition.
And please note the new booking arrangements.
Hope to see you Thursday.
Happenings at the last meeting
The last meeting was a club night with a very informative GIG from our esteemed adventurer, Dr Ian Macintosh.
President Rick showed us the plaque in remembrance of the late David Buchanan. David was a tireless worker for our club and the plaque is a fitting reminder of his efforts to support Rotary and the community.  The plaque will be installed at the Rotary picnic pavilion in Dromana in a function that is being organised by Lyn.
Rick also asked that a couple of members are required to set up for the meeting each week.  It should only take about 10 minutes. 
Secretary Bob informed us that the Dromana Community House are currently supporting the Dromana Community Garden who are seeking volunteers to get the garden back in tip top shape after the COVID shutdowns. and also to raise some awareness about the garden.  They are launching a community BBQ and have invited rotary to participate.
Brendon is standing down from his directorship in Harry’s year, so volunteer if you are able to help.
Bob will also off for about 6 weeks for a surgical procedure and resting.  We wish Bob well.
Treasurer Mark reported that our finances have improved and we are looking better now!
Ian’s GIG was illustrated with numerous slides of his trek along Ball path in New Zealand.  The scenery was magnificent with view of the Mt Cook.  They crossed glacial ice fields where Ian reported beep crevasses and holes. He spoke about a stone being dropped down one hole and it did not hit anything until he counted to 15.  After that he trod very carefully! Ian spoke about walking along a peak with drops on each side and the width barely wider that a painter’s plank.  He spoke about the loose material and the sad demise of a trekker losing his foot hold and causing others to slip.  As you can see from the photos below, Geoff also did the trek.  I am sure they have many more interesting stories about this trek. I have included a close up, just to prove that Ian and Geoff were there!
The roster for the Bunnings BBQ on the 5th April is filling up, but if you can help then please volunteer.
MUNA (Model UN Assembly) is going to be virtual in August.  This annual event requires teams to represent a "country" and to argue for a resolution following the procedures of the UN. We will be seeking students from Balcombe and Dromana Secondary College.
Harry said that Ray treatment is working well and we wish him and Elaine all the best with their treatments.
Speechless this week but watch this space
On the lighter side...
The Centipede
A single guy decided life would be more fun if he had a pet.  So he went to the pet store and told the owner that he wanted to buy an unusual pet.
After some discussion, he finally bought a talking centipede, which came in a little white box to use for his house.
He took the box back home, found a good spot for the box, and decided he would start off by taking his new pet to church with him.
So he asked the centipede in the box "Would you like to go to church with me today? We will have a good time."
But there was no answer from his new pet.  This bothered him a bit, but he waited a few minutes and then asked again, "How about going to church with me and receive blessings?"
But again, there was no answer from his new friend and pet. So he waited a few minutes more, thinking about the situation. The guy decided to invite the centipede one last time.
This time he put his face up against the centipede's house and shouted,  "Hey, in there! Would you like to go to Church with me and learn about God?"
This time, a little voice came out of the box  "I heard you the first time!   I'm putting my shoes on”