21 May 2020
Many thanks to Brett Linsell for his tute on Teams and how to view files, and use the Chat function (good to see a number of members utilising Chat).
Janette gave a detailed and informative talk about Interplast and the great work it has done. Whilst COVID-19 has had an impact on overseas travel there have been many video conferences with our overseas counterparts. Janette’s talk generated a number of questions from club members. We had 36 members on line to hear Janette’s talk at the conclusion of which I had much pleasure in donating $500 towards Interplast and its sterling work in changing lives though reconstructive surgery. My thanks to Alan McCleary for a great job chairing the meeting.
This week we hear from our own Nick Ikonomou (Coach Nick) as he presents his Rotarian behind the Badge story. This will be a night not to miss.
I am sure a number of our members will have big smiles on their faces as they resume their favourite pastime pursuits. Also looking forward it is looking promising for resuming our normal club meetings in the next couple of months (fingers crossed, hopefully in July). In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy the easing of restrictions (we finally caught up with the grandchildren last weekend and it was great).
I would like to thank you all for your continued efforts and support during the recent difficult times. It’s been quite challenging for us as volunteers to do what we normally do. Let’s hope that very soon we can get back to doing what we do well with support to our community and other organisations.
Thanks to each and everyone of you in the club. Your willingness to give freely of your time and talent is great appreciated and all your efforts make a difference to all.
President John

Eltham Lower Park BBQ  9:30 am - 2:30 pm
You are responsible for finding a replacement if you are unable to do your rostered duty and to notify Lyn Truran
Sunday 24 May
Sunday 31 May 
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Sunday 14 June
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Save the Dates!
2020 Rotary Eltham Festival (TBC)
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.
Coming Up at Rotary
Thursday 21 May 2020 - Rotarian Behind the Badge presentation

Nick Ikonomou has kindly agreed to do his Rotarian Behind the Badge presentation at our club meeting this week. Nick has been a member of the Rotary Club of Eltham for a number of years, having originally joined in October 2009.  Nick is a business coach with a passion for getting out and exploring country Victoria on his motorbike. Join in this week to find out all about Nick.
Chair:  Kelvin Spiller
Toast:  Paul Gardner
Thursday 28 May 2020 - Bryony Edwards Save the Planet 
We have as our guest speaker for Thursday, 28 May, Bryony Edwards from Save the Planet. Bryony will be speaking on: 
- current state of climate/trajectory;
- how we reduce greenhouse gas concentrations to safe levels;
- some strategies that are working (divestment, council campaigns), and 
- opportunities coming out of COVID-19.
Bryony is passionate about creating the systems to support a livable planet: economic, agricultural, ecological and social.  
Chair: TBA
Toast:  TBA
Account Details for Meeting Contributions
The voluntary Teams meeting payment of $10 should be paid into the following account:
Rotary Club of Eltham Charitable Trust account
BSB  633000
A/c No. 143540128
If you have previously deposited money into the Club's main account, rather than the Charitable Trust account, don't worry; it will be transferred into the correct account.
District Grants 2020/2021 Year
District Grant applications for the next Rotary year, 2020/2021, need to be delivered to District by 31st July 2020.  This does not give us a long time after Changeover to think and organise paperwork for suitable projects.
So, members are requested to start thinking about what might be a suitable project for the Club to complete.  New members may not know that last year's project of a playground Cubby House was fantastic fun to do and a great addition to our local playground. It was also featured in the webinar for District Grant information.
The Rotary Foundation is suggesting that we think of something that we could do for our community, or assistance for COVID-19 recovery in our community.
District Grants are to a maximum of $2500 with the club involved also donating $2500.  So a project maximum of $5000 or less.  We can combine with another local Rotary club, apply for two grants and do a larger project. 
Please convey ideas to John Skinner.
Protocols for RCE 'Teams' Club Meetings
To ensure that Thursday's 'Teams' meeting runs smoothly, all members are requested to abide by the following protocols prior to and during the meeting:
1.  Members can log in from 6.30pm, meeting starts at 7pm.
2.  Members logging in early, can chat until 7pm then they are requested to have their microphone on MUTE.
3.  If members want to ask a question, they should type in the Chat box to indicate so.  John, Denese or the chair of the meeting, will advise when that the member can speak.
4.  The only reason to unmute the microphone is to ask a question. .
5.  Questions are to be respectful and framed with the 4 Way Test in mind.
6.  If other members do not agree or have alternate views, then they will have to indicate this via the Chat box and wait to be identified, and then can address their concerns or questions.
7.  Members can leave the meeting at any time by logging out.
Etiquette during the meeting:
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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Thursday, 6:15 for 6:45 pm
(Meetings currently suspended)
Heidelberg Golf Club
8 Main Road,
Lower Plenty
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0400 058 231
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Lyn Truran
May 2
Lee Anne Townson
May 4
Brett Linsell
May 17
Michael Englefield
May 19
Jules Aussems
May 20
Spouse Birthdays
Elizabeth Ikonomou
May 7
Nick Ikonomou
Elizabeth Ikonomou
May 2
Join Date
Lou Bolzonello
May 1, 1993
27 years
John O'Callaghan
May 4, 2006
14 years
Brett Linsell
May 13, 2010
10 years
Howard Turner
May 21, 2015
5 years
Diana Drysdale
May 24, 2018
2 years
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2019 - 2020 Board
John Skinner
President Elect
Frank Lynch
Rotary Foundation
Jill Ramsay
Denese Billings
Dale Atkins
Michael Martin
Jules Aussems 
Immediate Past President
Jill Ramsay
Public Relations
Sally Squires
Community Service
Paul Kelly
Club Administration
Frank Lynch
Youth Service
Brett Linsell Club Service and Program
Alison Cooper
International Service
Ian Toohill
2019 Festival
Rob Kilcullen

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