09 April 2020
Another week in self isolation has passed (one week closer to the finish). Australia is doing well and so far we have avoided the fate of Italy, Spain and America. However, we must not get complacent as the curve can go up very quickly. I encourage all members to reach out to each other in these stressful times. A quick phone call or text just to say "how are you?" is all that is required. Many thanks to Dale and Sally for getting Messenger up and running. It is proving very popular and I encourage all members to avail themselves of this platform to keep in touch.
This week we have our first video Board Meeting on Wednesday night, trialling Microsoft Teams. We will keep the club informed of our discussions as we move forward towards Changeover into Frank Lynch’s year, which could well be done in a virtual environment. More on that later. In the meantime, keep well and keep in touch.
President John

Eltham Lower Park BBQ  9:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Sunday 12 April
Sunday 19 April 
Sunday 26 April
Sunday 03 May
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2020 Rotary Eltham Festival
Sat 21st and Sun 22nd November.
Alistair Knox Park/Eltham Central Park Oval.
All hands on deck required.
Please advise Paul Kelly if you are able to assist.
RCE Messenger Chat Group
If any member would like to join the new RCE Messenger chat group, please let Sally or I know. Note that you will require a Facebook account to use Messenger. Creating a Facebook account is easy. Just go to and enter your details in the 'Create an account' section and click 'Sign Up'.
Eulogy for Jim Phillips
The following eulogy for Jim Phillips was read by Dave Laws at Jim's funeral. (With thanks to Mike Englefield and Ross McDonald for the stories they contributed.)
I am deeply honoured to be asked here today to talk about my friend Jim and represent the Rotary Club of Eltham. While our friendship did not start with Rotary it quickly became the excuse to meet up nearly every week for the last 5 ½ years to enjoy a beer and lively discussions. Sometimes we even talked to other Rotarians. As many people do, I met Jim for the first time while out dog walking in Eltham. This was soon after I moved with my family to Australia, so I would count Jim as my oldest friend in the Southern Hemisphere. We instantly hit it off with a shared enthusiasm for motorsports, cars and engineering in general. It was in fact the upcoming speaker at the Rotary club, from Ford Engineering, that prompted Jim to invite me along and, after a short while, I also joined the club. My favourite memories of time spent with Jim are sunny days at the Eltham Jazz Festival, aimlessly wandering around Albert Park at the Formula 1 and the lively discussions in the bar going on a bit too long and almost being late for the start of club meetings. I must also mention the vivid experience of getting a lift for the 1st time in Jim’s turbo falcon ute soon after he got his driving licence back following his stroke. I have to admit I was a little nervous and I believe it was a true test of our friendship not to scream aloud as he put his foot down exiting the roundabout and heading up main road on the way to the golf club. Jim was a very popular and long serving member of the Rotary Club of Eltham, in fact next month would have been his 25th anniversary of joining. Jim was also a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship, which is an award named after the founder of Rotary to recognise contributions to Rotary Foundation. I would now like to read out a few memories shared by Rotary members. “Jim was a stalwart of the club for a long time and will be fondly remembered for his outspoken, sometimes radical views. He was quick with a retort and liked to stir the pot. Memories of his time as bulletin editor spring to mind” “Jim wrote/edited/printed lone handed the club bulletin for, I reckon at least 10-12 yrs, a mammoth committed task while running his own business. Fond memories of him rolling up to Rotary meetings with a ream of printed bulletins (accompanied by a stubby of his favourite beer) and hastily collating the pages on a dinner table before the meeting commenced. From memory the excellence of his bulletin articles were recognised and acknowledged at a District Conference (Albury I think) as the best club publication that year. Noted for his sometimes controversial/eyebrow raising editorials in the bulletin on topical current affair matters of the time” “His ‘red wranger’ DNA often came through in his views on matters raised at Rotary meetings. He was known to attend a themed night decked out in Che Guevara like outfit – ref beret and all- I think he even purchased that red jeep to perpetuate his lefty tendency” “Jim made his dog Rex a personality at Festival setups when Rex sat faithfully in the Ute or Jeep as Jim delivered rubbish bins or chairs on his trusty, well-worn tandem trailer” Ross McDonald remembers a lively debate (one of many over the years) on climate change at the post festival dinner with Frank and Jim when they were motivated by cramped seating conditions. “We had nowhere to go, we were hemmed in against the wall, stacked in like Chinese terracotta soldiers. Frank got into the 1851 bush fire black Thursday and the gutless greens! Jim was more circumspect. He had a good knowledge of our political leaders and how some had dropped the ball and why. WE did have a ball. Jim got right in to it. We followed up after back at home with emails.” Rotary meetings will be a little quieter and less knowledgeable without him, but as soon as we are allowed to meet again we will all raise a stubby to our friend Jim.
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Eltham Festival Sponsors 2019

Please support the sponsors of the 2019 Festival:

Sponsor Partner

 Shire of Nillumbik

Major Sponsors

Eltham Leisure Centre, Bendigo Bank, Coach Nick, Morrison Kleeman

 Community Sponsors

 Eltham Home Timber & Hardware, Shaws Road Winery,

Le Pine Funerals

Ballara Receptions, Complete Nursing & Home Care, Hello World,

Back in Motion, Marbuilt, Graham Bodyworks, Eltham Wildcats

Bridge Kids Child Care

Local Business Sponsors

Advice for Living, Tip Top Butchers, Office Choice, Machan Indian Restaurant, M&M Printworks, Light & Sound Solutions, Slocum Floorcoverings, Advanced Fireworks, Eltham Health & Wellness


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April 30, 2015
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PAST PRESIDENTS  The Rotary Club Of Eltham, Chartered 19th April 1973, District 9790  

Geoff Dreverman 73-74: Neville Emerson 74-75: Bruce Holland 75-76: Bob McLellan 76-77:

Doug Blaikie 77-78: Les Clarke 78-79: Keith Kelley 79-80: John Smibert 80-81: Paul Gardner 81-82:

Chris Parenthoine 82-83: Arthur Trainor 83-84: Merv Günter 84-85: John Maltha 85-86: Graeme Beyer 86-87:

Mike Ramsay 87-88: Terry Boocock 88-89: Ken Ferguson 89-90: Bill Penna 90-91: John Jacobson 91-92:

Jim Nairn 92-93: Nigel Bell 93-94: David Bowen 94-95: Ian Thomas 95-96: Vic Vela 96-97: Gabor Tamas 97-98:

Gordon Birch 98-99: Gary Reid 99-00: Mike Irwin 00-01: John Lewis 01-02: Brian Weyman 02- 03:

Graeme Hardiman 03-04: Alan Anderson 04-05: Chris Chapple 05-06: Max Lee 06-07: Ross McDonald 07-08:

David Flint 08-09: Tony Wason 09-10: Michael Englefield 10-11: Rob Kilcullen 11-12: Mike Wetzler 12-13:

Ken Paynter 13-14: Con Proussalis 14-15: David McFarlane 15-16

Kevin Hadingham 16-17: Judy Sharp 17-18 : Jill Ramsay 18-19