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Dec 14, 2022
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11th December 2022, Vol No 76, Issue No 15
Bulletin - 11 Dec  2022
From The Editor 
Well the past six months since the Presidents Changeover Cocktail Party have seem to have flown by at great speed. We have seen a number of Member's retire and thru no lack of endeavour have yet to be replaced by New Members, but I believe that once we get the 2023 Art Show finished our efforts in this area will result in some positive outcomes. All of us have faced many challenges that life throw's at us both personal, health wise, family trails and tribulations, business matters and the one pleasing thing to see that keeps us all focused is the happy smiling and positive faces we all encounter at our regular Club Weekly Meetings.
Guest Speaker's and 9820 DG Visit 
Three weeks ago we had the pleasure to host a very special Guest Speaker in Jo Hastings from the St Vincint's Hospital. Jo's presentation was truly inspiring. In her openness in sharing the loss of her Daughter and the personal heartbeat that this brought we all heard of the the extremely positive and amazing career that Jo has since gone on to achieve. Jo currently works with a mid tier law firm running their Charitable Foundation and also works with a major medical research institute at the cutting edge of many of the health challenges we currently face such as Diabetes Type 1 and 2, Cancer (Ovarian and Prostate), Alzheimers, Osteoporosis and other Immune diseases. In addition Jo works with a discreet number of private clients assisting them to identify and support causes and research that are important to them. Jo has co authored a book of shared life stories and, if time allows, may  tell us of some of her own personal challenges along the way to inspire and give hope and guidance to others. A big thanks to Jo for an amazing presentation, and also to our own Pam Hall for introducing Jo to us, thanks Pam.
District 9820 - DG Visit - Paul & Adele Mee
Two weeks ago on Wed 30th Nov 22 our Club hosted Paul Mee who was accompanied by his wife Adele. Paul joined Rotary in 1987 as a 33-year-old, Charter President of the Rotary Club of St Helens in Tasmania (D9830). He accepted a position in Melbourne in 1997 so both Paul and Adele moved our family to Victoria. Paul has served as President, Rotary Club of Manningham (D9810). A sea-change took Adele and Paul to the Mornington Peninsula in 2016 where they both joined the Rotary Club of Rosebud Rye (D9820). Paul Club President in 2020/21.
At District 9820 level, Paul has been involved in Youth Programs, The Rotary Foundation and as Assistant Governor. In 2018 Paul introduced the Foundation Student Scholarships Grants Program to our District. Paul's address and focus to our Members engaged on all the great achievements Mornington Rotary have undertaken and instigated over the years and to mention one in particular the acknowledgment of Rotary, across the board, in the founding of Australian Rotary Health. He spoke in glowing terms of our Clubs long time standing and high work ethics in promoting Rotary within our local Community and especially within the Youth and Homelessness area's of focus. As a highlight to the evening was when Paul surprised us all with a special presentation to our Club for : A certificate of appreciation for its financial support of End Polio Now Countdown History Campaign. On behalf of all our Members I would like to extend a big thanks to both Paul and Adele for there visit to Mornington Rotary.
Club 2022 Christmas Function - Wed 14th Dec 22
Well this one's another "watch this space". With the very high rise in the cost of catering and venue bookings, it was agreed some two months ago, by a consensus of our Members to hold a Christmas Function with a bit of a difference being a relaxed family affair in the form of a BYO catering and refreshments in the beautiful setting of our own local The Briar's. We planned to have some games and general " kick back and relax". The focus was to have a family involvement without the high cost of a Formal Dinner, but alas the good old Melbourne weather has once again seen the Summer season succumb to Winter !!!  The forecast for this coming Wednesday is, cold, windy with a strong 80% chance of showers, yes its Summer in Melbourne, but not all is lost.  That stalwart of our Club, Ian Horton, has offered up his residence for an informal Christmas function, plenty of parking in the adjacent Kindergarten Carpark and with the catering and liquid refreshments to stay as BYO. Starting time will be 5;00 for 5;30pm with a conclusion close to 7;30pm
The Annual SANTA Train Ride
Now in its second year, on Saturday just gone our Rotary Club in conjunction with Mt Eliza Rotary, The Mornington Community Support Centre, the Local Mornington VIC POL, Moorooduc CFA , Bunnings Mornington and the Mornington Railway Preservation Society all combined to put on another wonderful Christmas treat for a number of families who may not be able to hold what we all take for granted as a traditional family Christmas treat. With SANTA and Mrs Claus we all witnessed some very, very happy and excited children not only have a special train ride, but to be greeted by SANTA with a gift for Christmas. Once again a big thanks to Ross Kilborn, Ben Smith from the Support Centre for organising this event and especially the presents, but this year also a thanks to Bunnings Mornington for an additional treat for every child in the form of a Bunnings Leggo Kit, a lot of very ,very happy little smiling faces. The event is already "locked in" for next year on Sat 02 Dec 2023
Just some of the many happy and excited children at this years SANTA Train Ride
Schools Presentation and Awards
Our Club's Youth Chair, Judy Seager, is a busy bee this past week and also next week with attendance and presentations and Awards at our local Mornington Primary and Secondary College. The agenda is busy with: Moorooduc Primary School on the 06th Dec, Mornington Secondary College the 12th Dec, Mornington Park the 14th Dec and the Mornington PS on the 19th Dec 22. Well done Judy Seager and its great to see Judy Benholz coming along in support of our Youth Chair and our Club, go the two Judy's !!!
Final Club Bulletin for 2022
This will be our final Club Bulletin for 2022, but its not all over yet , due to the limited allowable size that Club Runners permits there will be a few more important announcements/items of note to follow via a few e-mails to all Members on Monday, until next year, stay safe, happy and healthy.  
Keep the date free - our first meeting back for 2023 will be our Clubs traditional BYO Dinner in the Park on Wednesday 11th Jan 2023, see you all there.
The Final 2022 Presidents Report 
Good afternoon to all
Special Acknowledgement and Thank You’s
With what many of us come to know and refer to this time of year as the “silly season” right now it’s all go within our Rotary Club and for that matter most likely for many of us its happening on the family front with Christmas/ New Year right on our doorstep!! Look out Santa its all happening at the G.🤣
Over the period from Aug thru to the beginning of Nov we were, from a Club perspective, relatively quiet with a few projects and Community engagements, but over the past three weeks or so it has been all go. We have just had two Bunnings BBQ’s, two Mornington Race Course Car Park duties, all our local School Presentation Nights, that are still ongoing for the next week, The Bunnings Christmas Market Stall, The Annual SANTA Train Ride an emergency Art Show Container clean up and the massive ongoing, behind the scenes admin and IT Logistic task’s for the 2023 Art Show, WOW !! To this end I would like to say a very big thanks to a number of our Club Members who have “put their hands up” and volunteered to help out and lead the way on a number of activities.
To Peter Jay and the ever reliable “on the go Ted Moore” for taking the reins on the Mornington Racecourse Car Park and organising what in the end turned out to be a very convoluted and somewhat hard task to instigate, “also on a very important item” for not only highlighting the flood damage to our Art Show Container and the screens that are stored within but to organise a clean up of the container was fantastic, well done Peter.
With what you might call a “shaky start“ to our x 2 Bunnings BBQ season, a big thanks to Ross Kilborn and Eileen Prudden for helping out with the IT Side of things. As we move forward the modern days of electronic payments methods are now the norm and both Ross and Eileen stood up at very short notice to ensure we had the required Council, Street Trader Approval and especially the QR Code by which customers are now able to purchase their Sausage via the IT Payment, great work from Ross and Eileen.
To Judy Benholz, Pan Hall and Jo Davie, with the Weekly Dinner Meeting welcome desk, I endeavoured to instigate a weekly roster with the idea to “spread the task around”, which to some degree worked for pretty much OK for most of the time but as always there are the unexpected hiccups that come our way, and to have these three beautiful ladies step in with at times very, very short notice to “fill in a blank duty” was enormously appreciated, well done! Its always nice to be welcomed to our weekly Club Meeting with a pleasant word and a happy smiling face, thanks ladies.
To Ross Kilborn for once again leading the way with our Clubs involvement with the 2022 SANTA Christmas Train Ride, what a fantastic Annual Event and we have already “ locked in next year for Saturday 02nd Dec 2023. Also a special note of thanks for Lyn who was there to support this event, well done
To the “old man of Mount Martha”, Ian Horton, for just being Ian ! With my first-year appointment as your Club President, for me it was vital to have a wise old head to guide, advise and just lend an ear when at times (many, many times) both we as a Board and as a President you looked to a fellow Board Member who ‘has seen it all “and been there done that !!. Ian’s wealth of Rotary experience on many occasions proved to be invaluable, thanks Ian, very much appreciated
To all Club Members who have and are still toiling away at our various Club Initiative’s, such as the Team, led by Parko, in the Art Show and General Club Sponsorship Sphere, to our Guest Speaker Team for sourcing some great and interesting Guest Speakers and to Rear Admiral Power for his loyal and diligent ANZAC and Remembrance Day duties and to every Member who has rolled up their sleeves , well done and a big thanks for the last six months, but its not over yet !! yes there’s more to come, and this one doesn’t include a set of steak knives, it's the:
The 2023 Mornington Art Show, once again as 2023 starts up we “hit the ground running or for some on the Art Show Committee sprinting. Come the second week back into the New Year it’s all go and as we are all aware that this Major Club Event will need the help/assistance and hands on from all Club Members. Its our big one and as I have seen over the short past six years of my time at Mornington Rotary its very pleasing to see our all Members, Partner's and other supportive Community Colleagues band together to help out and make our Annual Art Show a great success.
To all the wonderful Members of The Rotary Club of Mornington, to the Partner's, Wife's and your families, Santa and Mrs Claus wish you a very safe, happy and enjoyable Christmas and a bright and positive New Year, we hope all goes well for everyone over this coming Christmas and that you share this special time of the year with family and friends.
To Betty Corke and family, this Christmas may be tinged with a bit of sadness, but please know that all of us here at Mornington Rotary will also miss Dennis, with his beautiful and positive attitude to life and especially his appetite for all that good Christmas Food.  I'm sure Dennis will be there with us and we just wanted to let you know Betty we are all the better for knowing such a great family man.
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