Upcoming Events
Club Picnic at the Long Table
Jan 13, 2021
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Mornington Art Show 2021 Opening
Jan 21, 2021 6:00 PM –
Jan 26, 2021 2:00 PM
The Mornington Art Show
Jan 22, 2021 10:00 AM –
Jan 26, 2021 5:00 PM
Australia Day Community Celebration
Jan 26, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Club Meeting Guest Seaker Cr Steve Holland
Feb 03, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Meeting Responsibilities
Club Meeting Duty Member
Bilham, Ken
Reception / Cash Desk
Prudden, Eileen
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
John Renowden
December 10
Ken Bilham
Wendy bilham
December 6
Pam Hall
John Hall
December 11
Richard Vautier
December 19
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08th Dec 2020, Volume No 74,  Issue No 24
From the Editor
Good afternoon to my fellow Mornington Rotarians, partners and families. Summer is here a " tis the season to be stormy ". With December already upon us the start to the festive season has been a trifle busy, with so many COVID guidelines on the ease at what seems to be daily raft of new changes not only in Victoria but all around our great country, and just in time for XMAS. I'm sure there will be a lot of very happy families this coming Christmas and New Year with the ability to now spend some very special times together in one another's company.  Our Club was involved in a great Aussie Tradition last Saturday conducting the first Bunnings BBQ Sausage Sizzle since the last one way back in Feb, and it was a great success. As for most of us December brings that final catch up with friends for pre Christmas drinks and Work Functions etc and this year we are " on the go " trying to pack it into a very short window of time before Santa comes along. Also Wednesday evening, just gone, saw our first formal Club Meeting at the Mornington Hotel.
Club Meeting- Guest Speaker - Mrs Shannon Smit
Our Guest Speaker, at last weeks Club Meeting was Mrs Shannon Smit, the President of  The Committee for the Mornington Peninsula. The committee, for the Morngiton Peninsula, was only formed some 18 months ago and has already, in such a short time has had some very positive and successful outcomes. Shannon is the current President of the Committee and has a long and noteworthy association with Rotary being that her father's connection as a Rotarian of some 40 years with the Rye Club and also Shannon's son the reciepient of a RYLA sponsorship.
The aim of the Committee is to be an independent organisation committed to leading and influencing long term outcomes to the broader Mornington Peninsula Community. To this end Shannon and her dedicated team work tirelessly to work in conjunction with our Peninsula Council with a collaborative view to enhance the social, economic and environmentally sustainability to the region. One interesting point from Shannon's presentation was the subject of the Peninsula and the position of it being regional as opposed to Metropolitan, this was a very interesting discussion. The committee has a very strong and robust ethos that focus on five " pillars of ethos" , that being: Securing Regional Designation, Improving Infrastructure, Availability of Suitably Zoned Land , Training and Education and Nurturing a Business Friendly Environment. In the Committees' early days there was, to a small degree, the hesitation via council to work in cooperation with the proposals presented by the Committee, but recently , Shannon and her team have proven via a strong desire, a very professional approach and the demonstration of new solutions and idea's, of the needs of the Peninsula community that now see the Shire Council working very closely in a teamwork approach. One very important statement that Shannon emphasised was " not to impede and conflict with council , but to work in conjunction with the Committee to help improve and move things along for the good of the region".  Thinking ahead, leadership and Influence make up the core thought processes and guide and direct the manner in which The Committee for Mornington Peninsula goes about its work. Well done to Shannon and her team in their wonderfull efforts and achievements this far and the Members of The Rotary Club of Mornington wish to extend a very big thanks to the great work  that you do.
Mrs Shannon Smit and Club President Ross Kilborn 
Also at last week's Club Meeting it was great to see and welcome to the evening one of our Clubs respected and Honorary Member's, Mr Ian Garrow who was hosted by John Renowden 
Ian Garrow with John Renowden
Bunnings BBQ
With all the recent changes to the easing of COVID brought about the return of " an oldie but a goodie " in the great Aussie Tradition of the Bunnings BBQ. Our Club was very privileged, via a ballot from Bunnings, to conduct the first Sausage Sizzle in many, many months. Led by our own Team Captain, David Lancashire, Saturday saw a very successful event. With the threat of inclement weather, that did not impede the teams efforts (and came in at the end of the day ) and with all the new guidelines and a safe COVID working environment resulted in a very successful day. Rotary and for that matter all our fellow Non for Profit Volunteer Community Organisations can now (all going well) look forward to future successful financial income events such as the Bunnings BBQ to once gain provide us with funds to continue all our good work. Well done to all our crew, on Saturday,  for such a long day and also working together as a great team.
Next Club Meeting - Wed 09 Dec 2020 - Mornington Hotel
This weeks upcoming Club Meeting will see only the second gathering in nine months but unfortunately as we just back into it our last meeting for 2020. The focus for the evening will be very important in that our Art Show Chair, Richard, will be presenting a comprehensive overview on events thus far and what is still to come for The 2021 Art Show. With the Christmas Break commencing next week, lots of family gatherings, Santa and the New Year we, as a collective, will not be getting back together until mid January, (at the Long Table) so a lot of important updates and tasks should be forthcoming at tomorrow's Club Meeting.
Birthday's and Anniversaries
On behalf of our President Ross, all the Members and their Partners the Rotary Club of Mornington we would like to extend a very, very big congratulations to John & Pam Hall who will be celebrating their Wedding Anniversary this coming Friday 11th Dec 2020.  And to an old stalwart of our Club, John Renowden, who will celebrate his birthday this coming Thursday 10th Dec 2020. Well done to Pam and the two John's, congratulations. 
President’s Report – 08th December 2020
Last week it was good to be back to near normal, at the Mornington Hotel.  Our guest speaker Sharon Smit, President of the Committee for the Mornington Peninsula provided insights into the challenges the Mornington Peninsula faces,  and how they are advocating for them to be addressed.
Members approved two Youth Committee recommendations, a contribution of $1965 towards a reading program at Mornington Primary School and $1930 towards an Equestrian program at Moorooduc Primary. We have suggested that they might like to come to a meeting in the new year to tell us more about the programs.
This week Wednesday December 9   we have changed the agenda around to be an explanation of the Art Show. (Senior Sargent Paul Edwards, who is in charge of Mornington Police Station, who was the  speaker,  is deferred until the new Year). So to get a full briefing on the Art Show, especially how it will be run in a COVID Safe way please come along.  
With COVID Restrictions we need to book and confirm numbers so please let Eileen know if you are attending.  
The following week, there will be no club meeting but a suggestion is that individual committees will catch up for their own round table Christmas dinner 
Christmas presents for Mornington families – this week is the last week.  Please bring any present you would like to contribute to either this  week’s meeting, or drop it off to either  the MCISC at 320 Main St. Toyworld are also offering the 10% discount again for purchases that go to this community collection.
We were back at Bunnings BBQ’s on Saturday Dec 5Thank you very much to the twelve volunteers who worked solidly on Saturday. Special thanks to David and Brian who were there all day and put in a huge effort.
A Special Christmas Train Trip Saturday December 19. Working with the Mornington Railway Preservation Society and the Mornington Community Information and Support Centre we have arranged a special Steam Train trip for 50 people. The cost to the club is $1000, and if successful it’s an idea we would like to grow into a bigger annual Rotary Club event. 
Australia Day 2021 We are still looking for great ideas about how to fulfil our National Australia Day Council /  Rotary grant of $1000 to help our community  celebrate Australia Day. 
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