19 March 2020
As emailed to all members, the District Conference for 2020 has been cancelled by the District Governor, Brian Peters. Brian has made this difficult decision in the interest of the health and wellbeing of all attending Rotarians and their families.
Last Thursday Brigette gave the club an update on her PhD studies, involving memory cells and killer T cells. The team she heads is making good progress in understanding where memory cells are located in the lymph nodes and how they work. Brigette recently gave a talk on her project and won best presentation. Well done Brigette.
We had a number of guests present – Phil Arandjelovic (Brigette's partner), Marlene and Ash McFarlane, and Jess & Josh Ogden. Also present were Enid O'Brien (Gordon), Lorraine Englefield and prospective member Mike Lynch.
Brigette gave a great insight into how her work was progressing and how the money we provide towards her scholarship is used. She gave a very informative talk and in a manner that all members present could understand. At the conclusion of her talk she fielded a number of questions including some about WEHI and the coronavirus. All in all it was another great night topped off by Marlene McFarlane and myself presenting a cheque for $5000 towards her PhD for this year. The David McFarlane Charity Golf Day is fast approaching, with part of the proceeds ($3000 from the last golf day) going towards Brigette’s PhD studies.
Our March Board meeting was held at the Monty RSL. The meal was good and the prices very reasonable. They also provided the use of their board meeting room at no cost. This is much appreciated by myself and the Board. The Board resolved to donate a total of $3,700 to Rotary Health. This was derived from Ken's barbeque, Machan's and Lunch on the Deck at Rye. Well done Ken Paynter. A great effort for Rotary Health.
Foundation needs your help. Whilst funds were received from Lunch on the Deck at Rye, we are still way below where we were last year and are asking for every Rotarian every year to donate $100 or more towards Foundation. This money comes back to the club in the form of District Grants (of which we applied for and received $5000 this year), so any support would be greatly appreciated.
I have decided that there will be no Rotary meeting this Thursday and the Board will discuss when our next regular weekly meeting will occur. We will keep you updated via emails and the Bulletin. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is currently changing day by day and the Board will respond accordingly.
Rotary Clubs have been advised that Rotary run festivals and barbeques will not be covered at this time. This is in place until 30 April 2020. We have also been advised that the Diamond Valley Miniature Railway will suspend operations until 30 April 2020. As all members would be aware the situation around the coronavirus is a fluid one, and changing day by day. We will update club members as soon as we become aware of any more changes.
It is with much sadness that I can inform the club of the passing of long serving member Jim Phillips, early on Monday morning. Jim has been a stalwart of the club for a long time and will be fondly remembered for his outspoken and sometimes radical views. He was quick with a retort and liked to stir the pot. Memories of his time as the Bulletin editor spring to mind. I know the club will join with me in passing on our sincere condolences to Suki and the boys.
In conclusion, I wish for all our members to stay safe, look after one another and keep well.


President John


Photos of the Week
Josh Ogden briefs the meeting on the
David McFarlane Charity Golf Day.
President Elect Frank Lynch conducting the fine session.
Brigette Duckworth describing her PhD research work.
Marlene McFarlane and President John presenting
Brigette with her David McFarlane Scholarship for 2020.
Vale Jim Phillips
01 May 1947 - 16 Mar 2020
Eltham Lower Park BBQ  9:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Upcoming Events
Meeting cancelled
Heidelberg Golf Club
Mar 19, 2020
6:15 PM – 8:30 PM
Rotary District 9790 Conference - Cancelled
Mar 20, 2020 – Mar 22, 2020
BoBees (TBC)
Heidelberg Golf Club
Mar 26, 2020
6:15 PM – 8:30 PM
Festival Committee meeting
Rob Kilcullen's home
Mar 30, 2020
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Board Meeting - 8th April
Montmorency RSL
Apr 08, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Board Meeting - 6th May
Montmorency RSL
May 06, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Annual Showcase of Rotary Eltham's Youth Programs
May 07, 2020
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Rotaract Meetings
The Rotaract Club of Diamond Valley meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, from 7:00pm for 7:30pm official start. Meetings run for 1 hour. 
Montmorency RSL 
16 Mountain View Road, Montmorency, Victoria 3094.
(Upstairs in the committee room)
Save the Dates!
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.
This Week at Rotary
This week at Rotary regarding the Club meetings and speaker program
I am hoping that this message finds you and your family all well and healthy.  These last few weeks have been challenging and I am sure the weeks ahead will be one of uncertainty as the virus takes its toll on all aspects of Australian's lives.
The decision to cancel the club meeting this week is not one that was taken lightly. As you will have seen with the recent messages sent out to members from District and Rotary International, they have asked Rotary clubs to err on the side of caution in relation to having meetings or events.  Rotarian's typically are in the target group and are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of age or because of a serious long-term health problem.  In saying this Rotarian's are also smart and resourceful people and understand it is extra important to take actions to reduce the risk of getting sick with the disease.  
The Board will be discussing the issue of whether to continue with Club meetings re-starting next Thursday - 26 March, or to continue to cancel them for the next couple of weeks.  At this stage no decision has been made.  The discussion on arrangements for ANZAC Day will also be on the table.
Club meetings are an important part of being a Rotarian and I understand a lot of you will not be happy with the cancellation of this week's meeting but we also have to listen to what is happening and to be guided by those who have more understanding of the current situation.
Stay safe, help where you can, look out for your family and friends, check your elderly neighbours and anyone you meet at the shops.  I hope that my message next week will be more positive.
Alison Cooper
Rotary Club of Eltham
Program and Club Service Co-ordinator 2019-20
Ride to 'Conference'
Lunch on Lake Hume, with District 9790 ARH representative Rosemary Freeman. Thanks to President John and the RCE for your generous donation of $3,700
to ARH, for this year's Ride to Conference - Ken, Alan and Trevor.
Setting off on Monday morning.
Ken taking a break from the ride to do a spot of weightlifting!
Community Directory
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


Mike's Mirth Makers
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8 Main Road,
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0400 058 231
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02 April  Mike Englefield
09 April  Kevin Darling-Filby
16 April  Jules Aussems
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Margaret Lane
Christina Proust
Diana Drysdale
April Duty Team
Keith den Hartog (Team Captain)
Brenda Ibels
John O'Callaghan
Ross McDonald
If you are unable to attend to your duty allocation, it is your responsibility to find a replacement and advise Les Coath on 0419 349 646.
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Alan Field
March 7
Lou Bolzonello
March 19
Nick Ikonomou
March 19
Frank Lynch
March 25
Dale Atkins
March 31
Spouse Birthdays
John Solli
March 2
Nick Faulkner
March 22
Judy Aussems
March 23
Suki Phillips
March 31
Brenda Ibels
March 6
Lee Anne Townson
March 6
Join Date
Kevin Hadingham
March 1, 2004
16 years
Veronica Kioria
March 1, 2016
4 years
Brenda Ibels
March 6, 2019
1 year
Lee Anne Townson
March 6, 2019
1 year
Kelvin Spiller
March 13, 2019
1 year
Sally Squires
March 14, 2013
7 years
Dennis Booth
March 29, 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 
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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