July 22,  2019, Volume 73 No 4
President's Report's
Our Meeting Venue 

I think the feedback I received last night, after very successfully trying  Room 10,  (upstairs) at the Mornington Hotel, suggests it will be our permanent venue.  Note that the 24th and 31st we are elsewhere anyway (see below), so will be back there, in the downstairs Stratton Room  from August 7.  
Last  week's Meeting 
See a report below on our guest speaker, John Baker, CEO of the MPSC. It was great to have a number of "Friends" join us. Hopefully this is a precedent for the future. Here is some feedback I received from one of our guests this morning " the members and guests were so welcoming and warm"
Member Update 
Aside from our absent travellers, Ian Horton was away with the flu and Dennis for cataract surgery. We wish them both a speedy recovery.
Welcome Andreas
Our exchange student from Denmark, Andreas arrives on Sunday. Thanks to John R for all the work in organising this. 
Social Night July 24 - Italian @ iI Piccolo 
I wish everyone an enjoyable evening and thank John P and Eileen for organising it.
Bunnings BBQ - Friday July 26 
Eileen is still lookin for a couple of volunteers for the afternoon ..
District 9820  Peninsula Cluster Dinner - July 31. At Benitos Mt.Eliza - Past RI President Ian Risely - Organised by Rotary Club of Hastings - Westernport . 6 for 6.30pm 
Don't forget this replaces  our own meeting that night.
The Next Bulletin
Brian will be back on August 1  to resume his Bulletin responsibilities. But you can stay up to date all the time by looking at our website. Our facebook page can also keep you informed. 
See you all again on August 21. 
July 22 CEO MPSC & Vocational Visit 
Our Guest Speaker - John Baker CEO Mornington Peninsula Shire Council 
We were very pleased to have John as our Guest speaker. John commenced in this role in November 2018. His background is in major consulting firms and local government in the UK and then aged care and disability services in Australia. He attributes much of his approach to his work to his early experience as a social worker; being respectful of others, exhibiting humility and make decisions as part of a team. 
John identified the major challenge for the Peninsula as protecting the very character we love - the green wedge - against the expected surge in population. Melbourne will double to around 8 million by 2050,  and we already experience 6.3m visitors per year, many of who are relatively low yield. He expressed concern at the Council's somewhat limited ability to manage this relative to State responsibilities. He cited the proposed railway terminal and yards at Baxter as an example of this.
In terms of things he would like to achieve John nominated an integrated and  improved bus service, He recognised the cost of this to be around $20m pa, but contrasted this to the $120m it will cost to build the Jetty Road bypass. He would also like to see the development of the Marine precinct at Hastings, which could be achieved on between 50 and 500 ha of the current land zoned Port Industrial, and therefore not green wedge. He noted that 70% of Peninsula residents are fortunate that their workplace is on the Peninsula. 
Culturally he would like to lead a change where the community is genuinely at the heart of what the council does. He wants to be outward focussed and more connected to the community. 
He concluded with his "moral compass" - integrity, respect and courage. The latter referred to being able to make decisions without managing out 100% of the risk.
I noted a high degree of consistency between John's comments on integrity and Rotary's values, and the consistency with Rotary's theme this year "Connecting the World". 
It was a really good night and we were very pleased to have a number of friends with us.
Vocational Visit - Jayco 
Thanks to Ken Bilham, a team of Mornington Rotarians visited the Jayco operation at Dandenong. Suffice to say they all came away wanting one, or in some cases, one bigger and better than they now have. It's an amazing business with 1100 staff producing 9000 vans per year, from small camper trailers to large motor homes. That is one per hour of every day in the year! 
Upcoming Events
Social Night - Italian
Jul 24, 2019
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Bunning's BBQ
Jul 26, 2019
Mini Cluster Night - Hastings - Mr. Ian Risely
Jul 31, 2019
Club Meeting - David Gill - Native Bees
Aug 07, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Love Your Bookshop BBQ
Aug 10, 2019
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Club Business Meeting - The Art Show Update
Aug 14, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Club Meeting - Brian Mann Our Website & Bulletin
Aug 21, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Board Meeting
Aug 28, 2019 6:00 PM
Guess Who is coming to Dinner
Aug 31, 2019 6:30 PM
Club Meeting - Feature Speaker - Garry Crittenden
Sep 04, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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