Monday, 12 February 2018

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 21st February 2018

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 59 No.13

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Gordon Jones video and our own Greg Williams on "My Story".

Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday 20th.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                            21st Feb           7th Mar            21st Mar                         
Duty Officer        Malcolm B          Rick V             Michael G               
Assist DO           Jeff C                Chris R-S        Sherryl G          
Registration        CL C                 Greg W           Bernice McL
Fellowship          Melinda M         John W           Andy S

24th February
Rick Vickers  (Leader)  John and Bernice McLennan

10th March
Jim Atkinson  (Leader)  Keith Rogers  John Whan

President Alan opened the meeting by welcoming a full house of members, partners, guest speaker and other guests including PP Tom Malone.

There was a special moment with the induction of Peter McGuirk as a new member. Peter was greeted by all members and will have David Fraser as a mentor.

President Alan then reported that: - the visit to RainForest Liqueurs had been much enjoyed by all participants.
- he would like the Club to enter a team for a ROMAC Trivia Competiiton in Caloundra on 1st March.
- the District Conference starts on 22nd April.
- he has arranged for the Club's office bearers to be recorded in the bulletin.

Jim A said that some dues were outstanding.

Rick V spoke about the upcoming cross country Championships at the Golf Club at which we are committed to parking duties:
- 5th May Sunshine Coast Regional
- 4th August Queensland State
- 25th August Australian National.  This will be a big one!

CL reported that the Club's $250 had been reinvested in KIVA projects.  She explained how KIVA worked.

Chris B said that the Interact Club had from 14 to 20 attendees at their meetings.  They had helped to organise the games at the Aussie Day Expo.

Bernice reported that the 24 February deadline for community grants was approaching.

The Sergeant was then let loose on an unsuspecting and unwitting audience.

Our Guest Speaker Desley Malone was introduced by Ric T, who in one of his many incarnations, was a former President of the Histoical Society. Desley began by outlining the successful relocation of the Glenferna farm house to Bryce Lane. The refurbishment of the building continues and it will be used to house many of the society's records and artifacts.

She then gave a detailed history of the opening up of the local area with details of the original selectors.  The selectors had to reside,clear and fence their properties and provide a living. With maps and photographs she showed how inaccessible the land was and the difficulties that these first settlers
faced. The timber getters were the real pioneers who opened up the country.  As land was cleared, dairy farming began and the township began to be settled.

There were pictures of the hotel (1907), the bridging of the Obi and bullock carts (with Bill's grandfather) going through the town.

This was a professionally presented and very informative talk which deserves more time and a wider audience.  Keith gave the vote of thanks.

28th February
Masonic Hall at 5:30 for 6:00pm for Club Assembly.

7th March
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Greg Beard on Sisters of Mercy.

14th March
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

21st March
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Les Hall on the Fauna & Flora of Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

20th-22nd April
District Conference Maroochydore RSL

1st-2nd June
Maleny Show

18th Jeff Cornfoot  28th Marlene Hankinson

President  -   Alan Wilson
Vice President  - Michael Gregory
Secretary  - Bernice McLennan
Treasurer  -  Jim Atkinson
Vocational - Ric Townsend
Club Admininstration / Membership - Philip Stark  
International/Foundation - Angela Griffin/ CL Claridge
Community Relations/Youth - Greg Williams
Service Projects - Rick Vickers/Chris Ross-Smith/Jeff Cornfoot
Other Roles
Minute Recorder - Lionel Tilley  
Guest Speakers  - Michael Gregory                                          
Bulletin Editor - Keith Rogers



A reminder that one word in the English language that can be a noun, verb, adjective, adverb and preposition:  


This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word.  It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv.], [prep.], [adj.], [n] or [v]. 

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP? 

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?  Why do we speak UP, and why are the  officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a  report?  We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.  We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car. 
At other times,this little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. 

To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special. 

And this UP is confusing:  a drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP! 

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. 

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used.  It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP.  When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP.  When it rains, the earth soaks it UP.  When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP.  One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now . . . My time is UP!

Oh .. . . One more thing:  What are the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night? 
P  ! 

Now I'll shut UP!


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Rotary club of Maleny Bulletin for 7th February 2018

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 59 No.12

WEDNESDAY 7th February 2018

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Desley Malone on the Maleny Historical Society.

Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday 6th.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                          7th Feb        21st Feb          7th Mar                         
Duty Officer       Ric T           Malcolm B        Rick V              
Assist DO          Keith R        Jeff C               Chris R-S          
Registration       Bill H           CL C                 Greg W
Fellowship         Phillip S       Melinda M        John W

10th February
Ric Townsend  Phillip Stark  Angela Griffin

24th February
Rick Vickers  (Leader)  John and Bernice McLennan

Despite our planned speaker not turning up, thanks to our innovative President our meeting ended up being one of our most interesting and enjoyable. 
Four of our actively working members stepped into the breach – Melinda Martin, Rick Vickers, Sherryl Gregory and President Alan, shared information about their vocations – respectively Real Estate in Maleny, the Defence Force, Education, and Mortgages and Finance.

More of that below but prior to dinner the President welcomed potential new members – Peter McGuirk - who would be inducted on 7 February - and Laurelle Owen; and thanked Bill Hankinson and his wife for the Xmas dinner gathering and Roly and his wife for the first event of a new approach to Rotary Fellowship.

The next Vocational Visit with a social twist to Rainforest Liqueurs was confirmed for 31 January for which car-pooling would start at 16.30 at the RSL car park. BYO was essential and Jim would bring the makings for the BBQ.

Other updates and date claimers included:
1. Russell Stevenson confirming he was still negotiating with RI his plans for the food project in Enga, PNG , which our Club is prepared to support with a grant.
2. The need for a team for a Trivia night being organised on the Coast to raise funds for ROMAC.
3. Gathering 8 volunteers for car parking and resourcing the marquee at the Aussie Day Expo. 6-6.30 start.
4. Fixing a Rotary Badge to the SES shield.
5. Encouragement from our accomplished Treasurer for members to pay their dues.
6. Reminder to potential applicants that the deadline for the receipt of applications for Community Grants was 28 February.

Club members were treated to insights into the following topics by their stand-in speakers:
Education by Sherryl Gregory who reported that a big change to the Queensland Certificate of Education and Tertiary Entrance Process was to be introduced in Queensland whereby all assessment items had to be endorsed 6 months before they were to be handed to students and all students would be required to undertake external statewide exams to attain an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Thus would bring Queensland in line with other states. Syllabuses have been reviewed and more subjects will be available to choose from. The changes affect students who will be in senior in 2020, i.e. the current year10 cohort.  Even more change for hard working teachers and students in Queensland.

Real Estate by Melinda Martin who advised that over the last 2.5 years the market in Maleny had changed. The median price has risen 14% from $500k to $570k for postcode 4552; the market was very tight and land was scarce. Maleny was popular - 95,000 hits per month online, compared to 25,000 hits for Montville, for example. has created another category called Maleny Greater Region, which includes all properties in postcode 4552. Real estate agents can no longer advertise subsidiary suburbs like Witta, Wootha, Conondale etc. under Maleny. They all have to go under their actual suburb, however they will now also fall under the new REA category "Maleny Greater Region".  It is a sellers market and a successful sale now depended very much more on how well the property was marketed, particularly for “distant” suburbs. A new Government regulation now required all sellers to obtain a Clearance Certificate before property over $750K could be sold.
The Police Station auction had been pulled because of the State Election but would be reactivated soon. The lock up will be removed; there is no official advice from State yet on where the lock up will be going!!

Defence Force by Rick Vickers who had only just retired after 40 years service during which time he had been a Phys.Ed instructor and trainer of trainers. Over the years the role of the Australian Defence Force had changed from commissioning for active duty to the 1990’s when duty in Timor Leste and the Middle East was more to demonstrate Australia’s role as a “World citizen”. This led to joint exercises with USA/UK/NZ/Canada and later on this extended to include Japan, the Pacific Nations and Indonesia. Good relationships have been forged and, over the last 10-15 years, 1:1 and 1:3 relationships had been forged with a variety of countries including India and Pakistan. Australia and NZ had common procedures and equipment and the USA and Singapore for example were taking advantage of the unique training areas offered by the Australian topography.

Finance and Mortgages by Alan Wilson who has been associated with banking and lending for 48 years primarily with the ANZ Bank covering Pacific Islands and Australia and New Zealand. The rules relating to lending had been tightened and changed and were still undergoing review by APRA and ASIC.  Examples included: if property not served by town water max loan reduced to 90% from 95% max; if loan document signed by several people, any one individual could be judged to be responsible for repayment of 100% of debt in the event of default – something parents helping family needed to be wary of.  Now, every mortgage application relied on much more detailed documentation verifying all income and living expenses and ran to 5 pages often taking 5 hours to complete. For investment purchases Alan recommended locking in a fixed rate. He also recommended that once a mortgage was paid off application should be made for the mortgage to be released off the title to avoid delays when planning to sell in the future.  Alan predicted that though a lot of change had already happened more rationalisation should be anticipated.

President Alan closed the meeting with members expressing interest in repeating this type of meeting for sharing our expertise in our work and vocations whether still active or retired.

14th February
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

21st February
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Gordon Jones video and Greg Williams "My Story".

28th February
Masonic Hall at 5:30 for 6:00pm for Club Assembly.

7th March
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Greg Beard on Sisters of Mercy.

1st Malcolm and Nancy

1st Jan Cornfoot & Kay Wilkinson  21st Michael Gregory


The Taxman decides to audit Grandpa and summons him to the Tax Office.

The Taxman was not surprised when Grandpa showed up with his Accountant.

The Taxman said, 'Well, Sir, you have an extravagant lifestyle and no full-time employment, which you explain by saying that you win money gambling. I'm not sure the tax office finds that believable.'

'I'm a great Gambler, and I can prove it,' says Grandpa. 'How about I give you a demonstration?

The Taxman thinks for a moment and said, 'Okay, Go ahead.'

Grandpa says, 'I'll bet you a thousand dollars that I can bite my own eye.'

The Taxman thinks a moment and says, 'It's a bet.'

Grandpa removes his glass eye and bites it. The Taxman's jaw drops!

Grandpa says, 'Now, I'll bet you two thousand dollars that I can bite my other eye.'

Now the Taxman can tell Grandpa isn't blind, so he takes the bet.

Grandpa removes his false teeth and bites his good eye.

The stunned Taxman now realises he has wagered and lost three grand, with Grandpa's Accountant as a witness. He starts to get nervous.

'Want to go double or nothing?', Grandpa asks? 'I'll bet you six thousand dollars that I can stand on this side of your desk, and pee into that wastebasket on the other side, and never get a drop anywhere in between.'

The Taxman, twice burned, is cautious now, but he looks carefully and decides there's no way this old man could possibly manage that stunt, so  Grandpa stands beside the desk and unzips his pants, but although he strains mightily, he can't make the stream reach the wastebasket on the other side, so he pretty much pees all over the Taxman's desk.

The Taxman leaps to his feet with joy, realising that he has just turned a major loss into a huge win.

But Grandpa's own Accountant moans loudly and puts his head in his hands.

'Are you okay?'the Taxman asks.

'Not really,' says the Accountant. 'This morning, when Grandpa told me he'd been summoned for an audit, he bet me twenty-five thousand dollars that he could come in here and piss all over your desk and that you'd be happy about it!'

Friday, 12 January 2018

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 17th January 2018

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 59 No.11
WEDNESDAY 17th January 2018

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Cody Schaeffer on Youth Transition Seminar.

Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday 16th.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                           17th Jan          7th Feb        21st Feb                             
Duty Officer        Roly N             Ric T            Malcolm B              
Assist DO           Angela G         Keith R        Jeff C          
Registration        Bernice McL    Bill H            CL C
Fellowship          John McL         Phillip S       Melinda M

27th January
Malcolm Baker (Leader)  Chris Brooker  Greg Williams

10th February
Ric Townsend  Phillip Stark Angela Griffin

This was a busy meeting, chaired by President Alan, and attended by several guests.
The meeting started with the AGM, chaired by Jim, minutes taken by Bernice. Details of AGM proceedings can be read when minutes are distributed to Club members.

The general meeting followed with many reminders of forthcoming events:
- January Social Event: First Wednesday in January at Roly and Kerry’s place
- Parking for Golf Club Pro-Am: Saturday 16 December, see Chris B.
- National Cross Country Event: August 2018 (expected 1200 competitors, and 4000 visitors) 2 day event at Community Precinct- parking duties planned.
- Maleny Street Carnival: Friday 9 December, volunteers called for BBQ.
- Club Christmas Party: at Bill and Marlene’s place on Wednesday 20 December.
- Community Grants Applications are now open: last year 14 local clubs benefited with grants of up to $1000 each.
- Australia Day Community Expo: Volunteers needed to set up and for parking duties at the Showgrounds.

Other notices involved:
- Sunshine Coast Council Disaster Management Exercise: Rick V. reported on this successful exercise and thanked members who took part.
- Polio Pig: For the information of visitors, Angela noted the significance of the pink pig which was passed around for small change donations. She gave an update on how the worldwide Polio Eradication program was progressing.
- Vocational Education news: Sherryl reported on a new national vocational training strategy as below:
Real skills promotion to help raise the status of VET.  The VET Information Strategy was launched at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra and includes the new ‘real skills for real careers’ initiative and tagline, and a revamped My Skills website.

The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews said that raising the status of vocational education and training was a key priority.
"The fact is that VET qualifications lead to successful, meaningful, professional careers with great salaries and outstanding career prospects,” Ms Andrews said.
All the information about the VET Information Strategy including resources can be found here.

Guest Speaker for the meeting was Assistant Governor, Linda Morell, from The Rotary Club of Cooroy. Linda brought to attention the wealth of information on the Rotary International website in the member’s section: My Rotary at 

Linda gave a snapshot of the My Rotary section of the website, explaining how to register and log in, and the features of the dashboard. There is a section for all clubs, which can show club goals, member statistics, club projects etc. However this is only useful if kept updated with current information. Linda showed a You Tube video titled “Welcome to the Rotary Community” which explained each section of the My Rotary member’s section. She encouraged club members to register and log in to explore the website for themselves.
Sherryl gave the vote of thanks.

President Alan closed the meeting with the reminder that the next meeting at the Hotel will be Thursday 14 December with a special guest speaker.

A hearty Christmas type meal consisting of a large roast dinner followed by mince pies had been organised by our President Alan. Directors reminded us of our Christmas party to be held at the Hankinson’s on the 20th and the parking duties at the golf club ProAm on 16th. Our Exchange Student Adri told us of his participation in the recently held Sunshine Safari, thanking the Club for its help and assistance.

The Polio Pig went squeaking around the tables but our fiendish Sergeant remained silent so no tales of dubious authenticity were told.

Our guest speaker Kim Kirkman, formerly of 10 Tenors fame, gave us a most entertaining thumbnail sketch of his background as well as providing us with some delightful music on his harp. He had an early musical background with his Mother very keen for him to play violin but as he was not destined to turn into a maestro he moved on to the cello and finally fell in love with the harp. He was for some years a members of the 10 Tenors & organised the first international tour for the group. Overseas touring and living in London ended when he returned to Australia to compose and teach music at the Uni campus in Mackay. The beauty of the Maleny hinterland finally won his heart and he settled, along with his wife and daughter, at Crystal Waters where he found an acoustically delightful house to continue with his music.

An urge to assist others with their musical journey saw him establish the ‘Lift’ studio at Balmoral where he teaches music, organises and conducts 3 choirs and enchants audiences with his harp recitals. As well as being an extremely talented harpist, should he give up the harp, he could well succeed as a comedian given the tales he regaled us with. A delightful talk finished with Kim giving us a vocal rendition of an amusing Christmas story accompanied by his harp playing.

Lionel gave the vote of thanks.

This Award was presented to Reinhard Ryva at the recent awards ceremony organised by the local SES.

24th January
Masonic Hall at 5:30 for 6:00pm for Club Assembly.

31st January
Possible Vocational Visit to Mountain Liqueurs.

7th February
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker John Szkutko on Playing the Tuba.

14th February
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

21st February
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Gordon Jones video and Greg Williams "My Story".

1st Malcolm and Nancy

1st Jan Cornfoot & Kay Wilkinson  21st Michael Gregory


A lot of monkeys lived near a village.

One day a merchant came to the village to buy these monkeys!

He announced that he will buy the monkeys @ $100 each.

The villagers thought that this man is mad.

They thought how can somebody buy stray monkeys at $100 each?

Still, some people caught some monkeys and gave it to this merchant and he gave $100 for each monkey.

This news spread like wildfire and people caught monkeys and sold it to the merchant.

After a few days, the merchant announced that he will buy monkeys @ $200 each.

The lazy villagers also ran around to catch the remaining monkeys!

They sold the remaining monkeys @ $200 each.

Then the merchant announced that he will buy monkeys @ $500 each!

The villagers start to lose sleep! ... They caught six or seven monkeys, which was all that was left and got $500 each.

The villagers were waiting anxiously for the next announcement.

Then the merchant announced that he is going home for a week.  And when he returns, he will buy monkeys @ $1000 each!

He asked his employee to take care of the monkeys he bought.  He was alone taking care of all the monkeys in a cage.

The merchant went home.

The villagers were very sad as there were no more monkeys left for them to sell it at $1000 each.

Then the employee told them that he will sell some monkeys @ $700 each secretly.

This news spread like fire.  Since the merchant buys monkey @ $1000 each, there is a $300 profit for each monkey.

The next day, villagers made a queue near the monkey cage.

The employee sold all the monkeys at $700 each.  The rich bought monkeys in big lots.  The poor borrowed money from money lenders and also bought monkeys!

The villagers took care of their monkeys & waited for the merchant to return.

But nobody came!  Then they ran to the employee.

But he has already left too !

The villagers then realised that they have bought the useless stray monkeys @ $700 each and unable to sell them!

Bitcoin may well be the next monkey business!!!

Friday, 1 December 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 6th December 2017

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 59 No.10

WEDNESDAY 6th December 2017

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for the AGM to be followed by our ADG Linda Morrell as Guest Speaker on My Rotary.

Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday 5th.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                            6th Dec              14th Dec                             
Duty Officer         Michael G          Rick V                                    
Assist DO            Sherryl G           Lionel T                          
Registration         Andy S              Jim A
Fellowship           Ric T                 Chris B  

16th December
John and Bernice McL (Leader)  Bill H

30th December

The President opened the meeting with the usual formalities. There was a good representation of members and several guests, including PDG Alan Stevens, Past Member Bob Hall and Sue Hall, and prospective members Peter McGuirk and Antionette Van Geet.

PDG Alan made a very special presentation to Sheryl and Michael Gregory in recognition of their becoming Rotary Foundation Major Donors Level 1. Alan presented them with an engraved crystal recognition piece, Sheryl with a ‘Diamond necklace’, and Michael with a ‘Diamond pin’.  They received a standing ovation.

The President confirmed that the 1st Wednesday in 2018 will be a social evening at the Nieper’s home. All members, their families and friends are invited. Further details to come.

He then showed a short motivational video of a speech by Paul Harris delivered in the 1940s on the ‘Future of Rotary’.

Bernice reported on an order for club shirts. As Treasurer, Jim reported on the financial result of the 2017 Melbourne Cup day lunch. The money raised was $4,814 and the Board decided to round this up to allow for a donation of $2,500 each to Hear and Say Nambour and the Maleny Hospital Auxiliary.
President Alan subsequently donating our cheque to the Hospital Auxilliary

CL and PP Jeff at Hear and Say Nambour

Rick V has 9 members attending the Sunshine Coast Council emergency exercise “Operation Heatburn” on the 29th November.

Following the meal, the Sergeant entertained us with a number of ridiculous
tales leading to fines on members and guests. Equally dubious was the conduct of the ‘lottery’ with Chris B winning the $25.00!

After coffee Malcolm introduced the night’s guest speaker Dr Cl Claridge who gave us a very entertaining and educational overview of Nepal and more specifically the activities and projects of Shed the Light Nepal. The talk was titled Women’s Empowerment, Training and Business Development, RAWCS Project 7-2016-17 - Rotary Club of Maleny & Rotary Club of Thamel and Shed the Light Nepal.

The Objectives of the project are:
•    To facilitate the social and economic empowerment of women from disadvantaged backgrounds;
•    To develop and implement a range of training programs for women;
•    To develop women’s micro-finance projects;
•    To increase women’s ability to meet the educational needs of their children.

The location of the project is the Handikhola Village Development Area, Makwanpur District, Nepal. This is a very remote area with a sparse population and poor or non-existent facilities. Travel is difficult at all times and impossible in the ‘wet’ season.

At this stage there are 54 women and 5 men involved in the project.
Training courses
•Sewing skills –30 women (Chepang)
•Computer skills –24 women + 5 men (Bankariya)
•Business management x 2 

Sewing Skills Training
Sewing skills training involves 30 women in Chepang. Approximately half the participants are married with children. The average family income is AUD 2.40 per day with many families having an income of less than AUD 0.80 per day.

Computer Skills Training
Involves 24 females and 5 males, 18 of whom are school students.

NEXT - The next programs to be started involve mushroom and ginger production.

CL supported these basic sub-titles with some wonderful photos and her personal observations and knowledge of the area. A very professional presentation and so that all members can have the opportunity to see it the presentation has been made available on the blog with a YouTube link.

Anyone interested in more information should contact CL. Donations may be made through the Club or direct to RAWCS quoting Project 7-2016-17.

Jeff gave the vote of thanks.

The President thanked PDG Alan, our guests and members for their attendance and closed the meeting.
13th December
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

14th December
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Kim Kirkman, Ten Tenors and Harp for Healing.  This is a Partners Night. NB Held on Thursday.

20th December
Christmas Party at Ocean View with thanks to Bill and Marlene.

27th December
No Meeting

3rd January
Social at Roly Neiper's house.

6th Chris & Jocelyn  12th Jim & Elaine and Roly & Kerry 17th Lionel & Judy

11th Jim Atkinson 



(Look at the picture carefully)

"A wolf pack on the move :

•    the first 3 are the old or sick, they give the pace to the entire pack. If it was the other way round, they would be left behind, losing contact with the pack. In case of an ambush they would be sacrificed;
•    then come 5 strong ones, the front line;
•    in the centre are the rest of the pack members;
•    then the 5 strongest following.
•    the last is alone, the Alpha. He controls everything from the rear. In that position he can see everything, decide the direction. He sees all of the pack.

The pack moves according to the elders' pace and help each other, watch each other.

"Again I am left speechless by nature ... I knew that wolves are different, but didn't realize how much we could learn from them....
 I didn't know wolves put the ELDERS of the pack FIRST.  People on this planet should take note ... elders are to be seen up front, setting the pace and direction while  enjoying the protection of the rest... and not invisible at the back of the line. ”

Unknown author

Tuesday, 21 November 2017



At the meeting of 15th November, members were given a great Power Point presentation by Dr CL Claridge on the ongoing Rotary projects with which she has been involved in Nepal.

She was asked if it would be possible to make this available so that all members could look at it again, or for members who were, unfortunately for them, not in attendance could also see it.  A selection of six slides that give an overview of the presentation are shown below.

The Objectives of the project are:
•    To facilitate the social and economic empowerment of women from disadvantaged backgrounds;
•    To develop and implement a range of training programs for women;
•    To develop women’s micro-finance projects;
•    To increase women’s ability to meet the educational needs of their children.

The location of the project is the Handikhola Village Development Area, Makwanpur District, Nepal. This is a very remote area with a sparse population and poor or non-existent facilities. Travel is difficult at all times and impossible in the ‘wet’ season.
At this stage there are 54 women and 5 men involved in the project.

•Sewing skills –30 women (Chepang)
Assembling the treadle machines that have been brought to the remote location by porters.

After training, the new operators are able to produce goods for sale.

Computer Skills Training
Involves 24 females and 5 males  (Bankariya) of whom 18 are school students.

If you would like the view the full project presentation the Vimeo link (and password) is  and you must enter the Password which is ' Rotary '.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 15th November 2017

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 59 No.9
WEDNESDAY 15th November 2017

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker our own Dr CL Claridge on Shed The Light Nepal.

Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday 14th.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                         15th Nov       6th Dec          14th Dec                             
Duty Officer      Malcolm B    Michael G       Rick V                                    
Assist DO         Jeff C            Sherryl G        Lionel T                          
Registration      Bill H             Andy S           Jim A
Fellowship        Keith R          Ric T              Chris B  

18th November
Jeff C (Leader)  Angela G  Keith R

2nd December
Rick V (Leader)  Andy S  Lionel T

16th December
John and Bernice McL (Leader)  Bill H


President Alan welcomed visitors Agnes from Maleny and Peter from Beerwah, who were first time visitors to the Club, as well as Kelly who is hosting Adria,our Youth Exchange Student.

Chris Brooker reminded us all of the valour of the soldiers of the 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba 100 years ago on the afternoon of 31 October 1917.   It was a bold attack when 800 men of the 4th and 12th Light Horse regiments charged across open desert and over the Turk trenches with bayonets in hand.  The charge captured Beersheba and opened the way to Jerusalem.

A song by Graham Roger and a toast proposed by Rick Vickers to the Maleny Light Horse Troop completed the commemoration.

Reports from the President and Directors included:
I.    The appointment of a small group by the Board to build on the review of membership undertaken by Phillip Stark. The aim is to enhance the vibrancy and size of the Club. There is the possibility of an independent survey through USC about perceptions of Rotary in the Maleny community.
II.    Bernice reminded members to return their Youth Declaration forms before she went on vacation.
III.    Jeff updated Melbourne Cup arrangements and the good numbers attending despite the increased competition.
IV.    Calendar sales were underway and CL volunteered to host the kiosk on 11 November to sell.
V.    Ric reported that the proposed Glasshouse/ Maleny debate had been postponed.
VI.    Rick sought volunteers for the SC Evacuation exercise from 08.30 to 2pm on 29 November.
VII.    Bernice advised that more Club shirts were being ordered if anyone wanted more – orders to Treasurer Jim.
VIII.    The Christmas party was being organised for 20 Dec at the Hankinson's place and  entertainment was being organised by Chris B.

Chris Brooker took to the stage again to dispense fines for “misdemeanors” including Rick T who absconded with the key to the male toilet which was hooked to a large toilet brush!; Bernice for yet another birthday; Angela for being a media tart; Jeff for continuing to hide from his wife that he had bought a brand new motorbike; and David for donating 5 litres from his heart and surviving.

Our speaker for the evening was our very own Youth Exchange Student – Adria from Barcelona who had been sponsored in Spain by the Santa Marta Club.   He was born on 4 May 2001 and lived in the town of Valldorex, which had a population of 8000. He was fond soccer, downhill biking and motorbiking and Chic – his little Jack Russell dog.

Since he had arrived in Australia he had visited Fraser Island (which he thought people were calling Freezer Island) and the Great Barrier Reef; seen whales; learned to surf and cook and how to do the washing up; and play the saxophone in the school band.

He was a regular at the Rotary sausage sizzles  - clearly responsible for increasing sales and attracting customers – especially the girls!  Adria confirmed he was learning a lot from his Maleny Rotary Club friends and would be returning to Spain in June next year.

Angela gave the vote of thanks.
22nd November
Masonic Hall at 5:30 for 6:00pm for Club Assembly.

29th November
Vocational Night - TBC

6th December
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with ADG Linda Morrell on My Rotary.

13th December
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

14th December
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Kim Kirkman, Ten Tenors and Harp for Healing.  This is a Partners Night. NB Held on Thursday.

20th December
Christmas Party at Ocean View with thanks to Bill and Marlene.

19th Mike and Sherryl

2nd Sherryl Gregory  4th Elaine Atkinson  11th Ric Townsend  25th Bill Hankinson 


An old Doberman starts chasing rabbits and, before long, discovers that he's lost.

Wandering about, he notices a lion heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.

The old Doberman thinks, "Oh, oh! I'm in deep trouble now!"

Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat.

Just as the lion is about to leap, the old Doberman exclaims loudly,

"Boy, that was one delicious lion! I wonder, if there are any more around here?"

Hearing this, the young lion halts his attack in mid-stride, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees.

"Whew!," says the lion, "That was close! That old Doberman nearly had me!"

Meanwhile, a squirrel, who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the lion. So, off he goes.

The squirrel soon catches up with the lion, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the lion.

The young lion is furious at being made a fool of and says, "Here, squirrel, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine!"

Now, the old Doberman sees the lion coming with the squirrel on his back and thinks, "What am I going to do now?," but instead of running, the dog  sits down  with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn't seen them yet. Just when they get close enough to hear, the old Doberman says........

"Where's that squirrel? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another lion!"

Hopeful moral of this story...

Don't mess with the old dogs... Age and experience will always overcome youth and treachery!