16 January 2020
The bushfires are still burning and likely to continue for another 6 to 8 weeks. Recovery will be a long process and we will need to be prepared for the long haul. Our fundraising has started with a great effort by Frank, Ross and Alan Field, who attended the Farmers Market on Sunday and raised nearly $1000 in donations, with Local Food Connect looking at matching what we raise (see report from Frank Lynch).
We will continue the fundraising at the Market over the next few weeks. Thanks to all those that have volunteered. We will be looking at other ways to raise funds, as well as committing some of our current funds to the bushfire appeal. The exact amount will be decided by the Board and the club informed.
This year we are starting the year on Thursday, 23rd January at Heidelberg Golf Club. Our guest speaker is Don McQueen, who is a bush balladeer (see promo from our Program Director, Alison Cooper). This looks to be a great night to start the year off, with Australia Day coming up, and I would urge all Rotarians that can attend to do so.


President John


Photo of the Week
Collecting for the Bushfire Appeal at
the Eltham Farmers Market on Sunday.
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 19 January
Sunday 26 January 
Sunday 02 February
Sunday 09 February
Ken Paynter (TC)
 Paul Kelly (TC) 
Les Coath (TC) 
Keith den Hartog (TC)
Brenda Ibels Ernita Songahid Lyn Truran Frank Lynch
Lyn Truran Michael Maloney Allan Sharp Kevin Darling-Filby
Allan Sharp Christina Proust Sally Squires Karina Bilson
Upcoming Events
Australiana Celebration - 23rd January
Heidelberg Golf Club
Jan 23, 2020
6:15 PM – 8:30 PM
Tourette Syndrome - 30th January
Heidelberg Golf Club
Jan 30, 2020
6:45 PM – 8:30 PM
Clean Energy Nillumbik - 6th February
Heidelberg Golf Club
Feb 06, 2020
6:45 PM – 8:30 PM
Board Meeting - 12th February
Eltham Hotel
Feb 12, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Social dinner night at Machin Restaurant Eltham
Machan Indian Restaurant
Feb 27, 2020
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Lunch on the Deck
Mar 01, 2020
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Lunch on the Deck at Rye, Rotary Fundraising Event
Graeme & Lyn Hardiman's
Mar 01, 2020
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Board Meeting - 11th March
Eltham Hotel
Mar 11, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
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Rotaract Meetings
The Rotaract Club of Diamond Valley meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 7:30 pm Meeting Details
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Club Meets:
Thursday, 6:15 for 6:45 pm
Heidelberg Golf Club
8 Main Road,
Lower Plenty
Contact: Irene Cant
0400 058 231
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Fines Roster
30 Jan  Sally Squires
06 Feb  Con Proussalis
13 Feb  Ken Paynter
20 Feb  Veronica Kioria
January Duty Team
Jacqui Donald (Team Captain)
Veronica Kioria
Lisa Kirton
Darryl Wallace
February Duty Team
Lee Anne Townson (Team Captain)
Anthony Russell
David Laws
Trevor Smith
If you are unable to attend to your duty allocation, it is your responsibility to find a replacement and advise Ron Manison on 0416 464 150, or Les Coath on 0419 349 646.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Anthony Russell
January 1
Ernita Songahid
January 2
Alison Cooper
January 11
John Skinner
January 22
Spouse Birthdays
Ernita Songahid
January 2
Priscilla Hedger
January 10
Wendy Manison
January 18
Jim Phillips
Suki Phillips
January 13
Join Date
Gary Williams
January 14, 2005
15 years
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Coming up at Rotary
Thursday 23 January 2020 - Australiana celebration
With our first meeting back from the Christmas/New Year break we have a fun filled Australiana night planned.  This is a partners and friends and family night.  After all the news over the last couple of months with the bushfires a light hearted night our guest -  Don McQueen a Bush Balladeer will entertain us with his stories, poems and brings our nation's greatest writers and poets to life.
Chairperson:  Jules Aussems
Fine Master:  N/A
Thursday 30 January 2020 - "Tourette Syndrome: the myths and the facts"
One of newest members - Jacqui Donald is our guest speaker this week.  Jacqui will be presenting on her experience with Tourette Syndrome.  Jacqui has first hand knowledge of this condition and will explain her family's journey with it after her son Andrew was diagnosed at 7 years of age.
Chairperson:  TBA
Fineperson:  Sally Squires
Thursday 6 February 2020 - Clean Energy Nillumbik
Natalie Bucknell is the speaker for this night.  Natalie is from Clean Energy Nillumbik, which is a community group formed in 2017.  She will be talking on investigating possible options for the community to become 100% renewable. This community group is part of a global groundswell of communities acting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to ensure a safe climate.  Clean Energy Nillumbik is a volunteer led community group committed to accelerating the transition to renewables in the green wedge.
There may even be the opportunity to see an electric car on the night!
Chairperson:  Diana Drysdale
Fine Master:  Con Proussalis
Sunday 1 March 2020 - Lunch on the Deck at Rye - Rotary Fundraising event 
Come along on Sunday 1 March 2020 to experience a sea change for a day with the annual - Lunch on the Deck at the Hardiman's.  
Graeme and Lyn have generously opened their home again for a fundraising lunch in support of Rotary Foundation and Men's Health. 
Raffle: $20 per ticket for a great monetary return and door prizes on the day. 
RSVP: 15 January 2020
Cost: $30 per person paid on the day at the door
Venue: 2663 Point Nepean Road Road, Rye, Vic 3941
In order to help with the catering arrangements we need all members and their guests, friends or family to indicate your attendance by registering with no payment required via Trybooking link:
Important Information:  Trybooking will take no payment and is a free registration of you attending.  
Payment of $30 pp is to be made on the day at the door.
Please see the flyer below for more information.
Lunch on the Deck - Rye 
Bushfire Appeal

The Eltham Farmers’ Market has teamed up with the Rotary Club of Eltham to provide assistance to farmers in our region who have been impacted by bushfire. Our aim is to provide help, in a very targeted and timely way, to farmers with immediate needs. For example food for their stock, veterinary support, fencing or other necessities. 

Over the next few weeks Rotarians will be at the market shaking a Bushfire Relief tin. Please contribute if you can.
Bushfire Appeal Report
Thank you for your contributions, what a great outcome. Thanks Sally for the rushed signage job, they look great. Special thanks to Chris Chapple for giving Rotary the opportunity to raise funds for fire victims, and that The Farmers Market will also contribute to our final total. As discussed, I will contact Kerry Murphy in Myrtleford re information and local contacts for Rotary Clubs to distribute funds. Thanks Alan for your support which enabled me to leave early.
Next week, John and Roma take over the batten, followed by John and Kerry. We will then reassess the opportunity of another Sunday.
Chris is storing our chairs and signs, I have left some plastic ties for the signs, it would be good to have a few extra.
Collection Details (from Ross McDonald):
Our first week (of four) with our team collectors (Frank Lynch, Alan Field and Ross McDonald) collected a total of $939.55.
The cash donation in the two Rotary bins at the Farmers’ Market, as counted, was $706.55. Add to this $133 additional donation from a stallholder (as advised by Chris Chapple but not yet received in cash), and $100 cash donation from a local Eltham resident and his wife outside Ferguson's café, after the Farmers’ Market. Here there was a request to assist, if possible, farmers/residents who had no drinking water, much of it being made undrinkable due to fire retardants.
District Conference 2020
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


Joke of the Week

A guy is sitting at home when he hears a knock at the door. He opens the door and sees a snail on the porch. He picks up the snail and throws it as far as he can. Three years later there’s a knock on the door. He opens it and sees the same snail. The snail says: ‘What the hell was that all about?’

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