Friday, 2 December 2016

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 7th December 2016

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 58 No.11

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Rae Guyder on Interplast.

Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

                               7th Dec              14th Dec                
Duty Officer            Malcolm B          Jim A                     
Assist DO               Mike G               Chris B                      
Registration            Ric T                  Bill H
Fellowship              John W              Roly N     
17th December
Bill Hankinson  (Leader)  Keith Rogers  Andy Shouteten

31st December

The guest speaker was CL talking about her trip to Ebenezer.

She gave an excellent and powerful talk starting with the big picture and introducing us to the geography, history, social dynamics and economy of Zambia - this was followed by a most evocative description of the Victoria Falls and Zambezi river  before she focused on the purpose of her visit - the present development, challenges and possible future of 'The Ebeneezer Trust' with its children's village, primary school and produce supportive farm - all inspired,guided and developed by the late Ranji Chara.

There are many appalling statistics that relate to the poverty stricken existence of much of Zambia's population. So many women who can't get work turning to prostitution and gathering in cities such as Livingstone where they catch and then spread AIDS. Half a million children orphaned by parents dead from HIV/AIDS  and so many of the children also infected and so few adults to help them. A government that just doesn't have the money to cope with such catastrophes.
One of the most powerful  aspects of C.L.'s talk was that her calm and quiet manner whilst listing such terrible facts, without histrionics or emotional emphasis, allowed our own imaginations and emotions to be involved. What follows are C.L's own notes for her talk.

Ebenezer Child Care Trust March 2016

Zambia borders the Democratic Republic of Congo to the north, Tanzania to the northeast, Malawi and Mozambique to the east, Zimbabwe and Botswana to the south, Namibia to the southwest, and Angola to the west.

Zambian demographics - 2014:
•    Life expectancy at birth: 49yrs male, 53yrs female
•    Infant mortality rate 76 per 1000
•    46% of the population is under 15 years
•    28% of households have electricity
•    49% of women are employed
•    Over half a million children orphaned due to HIV/AIDS
•    83% of the population live below the poverty line.

Causes of poverty in Zambia:
•    Demographic pyramid
•    Incidence of HIV/AIDS
•    Corruption
•    Brain drain

Originally known as the Old Drift crossing, Livingstone owes its existence primarily to the Victoria Falls and was established as a staging point across the Zambezi River. The town is named after Dr David Livingstone, the first European to see, name and publicise the Falls who first sighted the Falls in 1855.

Livingstone was founded in 1905 at a safe distance from the then swampy banks of the Zambezi. In 1907 it became the capital of what was known as Northern-Western Rhodesia. In 1911 it became the capital of Northern Rhodesia, what is today called Zambia. In 1935 the capital was moved to Lusaka but Livingstone retained its “Tourist Capital”.

Zambia is divided into 10 provinces and 105 districts. Livingstone is in Southern Province and was until early 2014 the capital of the province. Choma is now the capital and administrative centre. Choma is 186 km from Livingstone. The move of all government provincial offices to Choma has disadvantaged Livingstone as not only by making interaction with the offices difficult but also by reducing the employment opportunities

Lying 10km to the north of the Zambezi River, it is a tourism centre for the Victoria Falls and a border town with road and rail connections to Zimbabwe on the other side of the Victoria Falls. The impact of this move to Choma is the chances of employment are now largely restricted to tourist sector. Jobs requiring higher qualifications are scarce.

Livingstone is a transit city. It is the first stopping point in Zambia for tourists, goods trucks, and others. This results in increase in the sex industry, higher levels of HIV/AIDS, drugs and unemployment. Women also come from surrounding towns to be part of the sex industry. Many are trapped in a poverty cycle.

Victoria Falls – the smoke that thunders

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. The river is mostly in Zimbabwe but a part meanders through Zambia. It also stretches through Angola, Namibia, Botswana, and Mozambique.

They are the largest falls in the world and are 1708 m wide (one and a half times wider than Niagara Falls) and vary from 80 m to 108 m high (twice as high as Niagara Falls).  At peak flow roughly 700 million litres of water flow over the edge per minute. Falling 100m, the spray rises 500 m in the air.

The river is on a basalt plateau that has many large cracks filled with weaker sandstone. The largest cracks run roughly east to west with smaller north-south cracks connecting them. The falls have been receding upstream over the last 100,000 years, eroding the sandstone-filled cracks to form the zig-zag chasms which are called the Batoka gorges. The original Vic Falls was 8 kms downstream from the current falls. It has cut through seven subsequent gorges to be where it is today.

Ebenezer Child Care Trust

Ranji Chara a Sri Lankan grandmother arrived in Livingstone in 2001. She saw the plight of the huge number of orphans and street children and decided to do something about it. Initially she set up a feeding program for street children. She soon realised that more was needed.

Now, 15 years later, the Ebenezer Child Care Trust houses 30 children plus 20 toddlers and babies. Rachael who came to Ebenezer as a teenager is now working with the Elephant Rehab organisation. She is the first Zambian female to work with elephants.

Primary School
The ECCT Primary School was established in 2005 and currently educates over 340 children in classes kindergarten to 7. The children in the Children’s Village and primary school are orphaned and from impoverished homes affected and infected with HIV/AIDS.

ECCT also runs a 40 acre farm to grow food to help feed the children in the Children’s Village and Primary School. When there is an excess of produce it is sold to provide income for ECCT projects.

The farm was purchased in 2009. It’s located 12 kms east of Ebenezer Children’s Village in the Libuyu District, where the soil is more fertile than closer to Livingstone.

In a nutshell the project will construct a school to provide student, teacher and workers education and skill development opportunities as a strategy to reduce the incidence of children orphaned or abandoned as a consequence of HIV/AIDS.

The land for the school on Nakatindi Road is 150m x 140m ie 21,000 sq metres or approx. 5.2 acres or 2.1 hectares

It is proposed the new school will be for years 5-12 with the existing school for Nursery-year 4. The rationale for this change of use is sound. The record of students who graduate from Ebenezer Trust School and then enrol in government secondary schools indicates in general, their grades and their behaviour deteriorate.  For example of the 10 girls who have moved to government secondary schools 8 have become pregnant. Also one of he top boys in the Ebenezer Trust School started and continues to drink since attending a government secondary school. He is also failing his exams. District Education Board Secretary and other Department of Education staff confirm the general pattern of behaviour, high drop out rates, and low grades in government schools. They also confirm many girls become pregnant. The Joint Working Group is still accessing the feasibility of this proposal.

Grant Aided Status with Ministry of Education.
There is strong support for the construction of the primary plus secondary school from stakeholders. Both Livingstone City Council and Department of Education District Planning Section are keen to help in anyway they can.

The Board has approved a student enrolment of up to 40 per cent paying students. There is not only a financial benefit in having paying students, there is also a considerable social benefit. By having a mixed student population the stigma of vulnerable and orphaned children is reduced. These children will also develop social networks and connections within the wider community, which will provide them with greater support and opportunities post secondary school.

The construction of the school will involve disadvantaged and vulnerable youth through the involvement of Youth Community Training Centre. YCTC will work with ECCT and the builders to organise work placements in plumbing and metalwork, bricklaying and plastering, carpentry and joinery and in power electrical.

The project is almost at a standstill after Ranji’s death. It is anticipated Ranji’s replacement, her daughter Jeevani Perera, will be in place as Director within a month or so and things will be set in motion once more.

Chris R-S gave a very appreciative vote of thanks.

9th December
Maleny Street Carnival

14th December
Club Christmas Party at Bill and Marlene Hankinson's.

21st December
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

28th December
No meeting.

4th January
No Meeting

11th January
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

18th January
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Des Harms on Onsite Sewerage.

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

11th Jim Atkinson  15th Robin Thorne


This little gem was printed in the "Federal Gallery" the journal of the "Association of Former Members of the Parliament of Australia."

The Joy of Committees

Oh! give me your pity, I'm on a committee,
Which from morning to night
We attend and amend, contend and defend,
Without a conclusion in sight.

We confer and concur, we defer and demur,
And reiterate all of our thoughts,
We revise the agenda and frequent addenda,
And consider a load of reports.

We compose and propose, we suppose and oppose,
And points of procedure are fun;
But though various notions are brought up as motions,
There's terribly little gets done.

We resolve and absolve, but we never dissolve,
Since it's out of the question for us.
What a shattering pity to end our committee,
Where else could we make such a fuss.

(Author Unknown)

                                                    AND FINALLY


Friday, 11 November 2016

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 16th November 2016

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 58 No.10

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker our own Dr CL Claridge on her visit to Ebenezer.

Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                               16th Nov        7th Dec            21st Dec                
Duty Officer            Phillip S         Malcolm B        Jim A                     
Assist DO               Chris R-S       Mike G            Chris B                      
Registration            Sherryl G       Ric T                Bill H
Fellowship              Bernice McL  John W            Roly N     
19th November
Lionel Tilley  (Leader)  John and Bernice McLennan

3rd December
Jim Atkinson  (Leader)  Chris Ross-Smith  Angela Griffin

17th December
Bill Hankinson  (Leader)  Keith Rogers  Andy Shouteten   

- Attendance & Apologies
- Minutes of previous meeting held 26th October 2016
- Business arising from meeting
  Confirm attendance at Christmas Party
- Financial report-all funds accounted for on Treasurer Jim's return from an overseas break.  Melbourne Cup Function very successful.Close to $7,000.Full report next Meeting.
- General business
  Bernice raise opportunity of having our Christmas party on 14/12/2016 at Bill Hankinson's.        
- Next meeting Date –Directors meeting 9/11/2016
- Close

Our Guest Speaker was Wendy Rosenfeldt on Transcendental Meditation & Ayurvedic Health.
She listed and explained the 8 benefits of Transcendental Meditation.  These are:
5.Brain power
We enjoyed the presentation and how these 8 points were drawn out and shared.  A copy of her Power Point presentation is attached to the bulletin notice.

We are indebted to Ric T for the following post on the Maleny Locals Helping Locals Facebook page:

The Rotary Club of Maleny's Melbourne Cup Day raised quite a few thousand dollars for The Blackall Range Care Group and The Maleny Neighbourhood
 Centre... and some local individuals had a win as well... :-)
 ...well done Nicole

23rd November
Masonic Hall at 5:30 for 6:00pm for Club Assembly and Annual General Meeting.

29th November
Rotary Foundation Centennial Dinner at Eatons Hill.

2nd December
Carols by candlelight

7th December
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Rae Guyder on Interplast.

9th December
Maleny Street Carnival

14th December 
Club Christmas Party at Bill and Marlene Hankinson’s.

21st December

12th Ric and Jacinta  19th Mike and Sherryl

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


Yesterday my daughter e-mailed me again, asking why I didn't do something useful with my time.

“Like sitting around the pool and drinking wine is not a good thing?” I asked.

Her talking about my  "doing-something-useful" seems to be her favorite topic of conversation. She was "only thinking of me", she said and suggested that I go down to the Senior Centre and hang out with the  gals.

I did this and when I  got home last night, I decided to play a prank on her.

I e-mailed her and told her that I had joined a Parachute Club.

She replied, "Are you nuts? You are 78 years old and now you're going to start jumping out of  airplanes?"

I told her that I even got a Membership  Card and e-mailed a copy to her.

She immediately telephoned me and yelled, "Good grief, Mum, where are  your glasses?!"

"This is a Membership to a  Prostitute Club, not a Parachute  Club."

"Oh man, I'm in trouble again,” I said,  “I really don't know what to do. I signed up for five jumps a week!!"

The line went quiet and her friend  picked up the phone and said that my daughter had fainted.

Life as a Senior  Citizen is not getting any easier, but sometimes it can be ever so much fun.  

Friday, 28 October 2016

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 2nd November 2016

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 58 No.9

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Wendy Rosenfeldt on TM & Ayurvedic Health.

Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                                 2nd Nov           16th Nov               7th Dec                
Duty Officer             CL C                 Phillip S               Malcolm B                     
Assist DO                Alan W              Chris R-S             Mike G                   
Registration             Bernice McL     Sherryl G              Ric T
Fellowship               John McL          Bernice McL        John W     
5th November
Phillip Stark  (Leader)  Roly Neiper  Ric Vickers

19th November
Lionel Tilley  (Leader)  John and Bernice McLennan

Our guest speaker October was Michael Gillies from the Department of Environment with the Sunshine Coast Regional Council who is heading the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Building Renewal.  Michael acknowledged the long involvement of Maleny Rotary with the Mary Cairncross Reserve which started with the very early days when the land was first made available by the Thynne family, and continues to this day.

The building renewal is a $4.5 million project funded jointly by the SSC Council and the Queensland Government. It will combine the café with an educational/discovery centre and a 150 metre walk area which will take visitors into the park and link the café with the discovery centre.

Currently there are over 260,000 visitors to the reserve each year and it is anticipated that this will increase quickly with the new building development. The main driver of the redevelopment was to improve the educational facility for those visitors who do not take the walks through the reserve. The new educational facilities will utilise modern technology made up of interactive visual displays and with limited text to read. It is hoped that displays will be changed every three months.

Planning for the redevelopment started about ten years ago with wide consultation on what would be required in a new facility. Actual work commenced slowly in April 2016, with the relocation of flora and fauna away from the building site, even the rats and echinococcus. Over 20 endangered species were relocated into the reserve. Fortunately, only one tree had to be removed to accommodate the building and walk way.

Michael showed the meeting a considerable number of pictures of the artist impressions of the new building, which will be two stories with café on the bottom and the educational centre on the top level overlooking the Glass House Mountains. It will be a modern structure but designed to tone in with the natural environment with time. Visitors will enter through two large wooden doors made of cedar. Epiphytes will be encouraged to grow on the exterior of the building to help blend it in with the natural features of the reserve.

It is estimated the project will be completed by mid 2017, possibly earlier around Easter. Interested parties will be invited to inspect the redevelopment which may provide Rotary with a chance of a preview.

Roly gave a vote of thanks for this presentation.

The Club was mentioned (in glowing terms) quite a few times during that day. The donation was much appreciated. Not sure about the proud owners of the duck trophies being reminded why they won them.

16th November
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker our own Dr CL Claridge on her visit to Ebenezer.

23rd November
Masonic Hall at 5:50 for 6:00pm for Club Assembly and Annual General Meeting.

29th November
Rotary Foundation Centennial Dinner at Eatons Hill.

30th November
Meeting cancelled.

7th December
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Rae Guyder on Interplast.

14th December
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

19th Mike and Sherryl

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



A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out her stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest.

After a moment or two, the vet shook her head and sadly said, "I'm sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away."

The distressed woman wailed, "Are you sure?"

"Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead," replied the vet.

"How can you be so sure?" she protested. "I mean you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something."

The vet rolled her eyes, turned around and left the room. She returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom.

He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head.

The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room. A few minutes later she returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room.

The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck." The vet turned to her computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which she handed to the woman. The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill.

  "$150!" she cried, "$150 just to tell me my duck is dead!"

The vet shrugged, "I'm sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it's now $150."


Friday, 7 October 2016

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 19th October 2016

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 58 No.8

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Michael Gilles with an MCSR update.

Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

                               19th Oct         2nd Nov             16th Nov                 
Duty Officer            Andy S           CL C                  Phillip S                     
Assist DO              Roly N             Alan W              Chris R-S                      
Registration           Malcolm B      Bernice McL      Sherryl G
Fellowship             Keith R           John McL           Bernice McL     
22nd October
Mike & Sherryl Gregory (Leader)  Andy Shouteten

5th November
Phillip Stark  (Leader)  Roly Neiper  Ric Vickers

A near full house of members enjoyed a lively meeting on Wednesday and had the pleasure of welcoming Greg Williams of MDRSC, a replacement for Mike Norman, former President of MDSRC, who was in the throws of relocating to the Gold Coast.

An unexpected treat was a short story from Chris Brooker about the origins of the iconic Rotary Bridge over the Obi Creek, which sadly had been demolished that day having fallen into disrepair - see below.  Though replaced with a smart new bridge it is sad to see the old icon gone.

Various fines were administered by the Sergeant, including CL, who was celebrating her birthday; Bernice seemingly cat napping during last week’s meeting; Alan managing to con Bill into transporting his redundant kitchen from Bribie Island to the Historical Society’s premises for future pot boiling; Sherryl’s upcoming 50th High School Reunion – she looks too young; and the Scribe for peeping at two pythons getting very friendly in the Obi Creek one springtime morning.
Announcements included – the need for 4/5 volunteers to help with car parking for the opening of the Beersheba Museum on 29 October; that SSCC had announced intentions to rezone to community use, the land at the corner of McCarthy Road used by the Historical Society and the Men’s Shed etc.

Greg Williams gave an excellent presentation updating the Club on the development of the Maleny Precinct so far and future plans, with special reference to the unique Beersheba Museum commemorating the Light Horse regiments that bravely fought in WW1 and WW2 due to be opened on 29 October. The Museum building, which would be the home of the 5th Light Horse Troop in Maleny , would also be available for community groups.  A new extension was to be constructed for the Bridge Club together with a large car park. To expand the activities the horsey community had plans for “Eventing” events and the establishment of a cross country horse trail.
Greg also reported that the Golf Club had just got permission for the extension of the course to 18 holes. Greg finished by formally acknowledging the financial support of the Club for the Museum, which had come at a critical time when extra funds were needed to undertake the internal fit out of the new building; and then asking for volunteers to help with the painting of the inside of the building.  He kindly presented the Club with a Certificate of Appreciation.

President Jeff thanked Greg for the excellent talk and presented him with some Rotary literature and the Club’s unique Maleny Platypus bag.

Chris Brooker spoke of the history of the Rotary Bridge.  In early Maleny, access to the Showgrounds was from the other side of the Obi Obi creek by a log placed over the creek.  It is believed that the original log came from Cork's property in Reesville.  This state of affairs carried on until the early 1990s when Rotary decided to sponsor a bridge across the creek.  The original idea came from Winston Johnson who was tied up with the Show  Society and just out of Council.  Winston reports that he was in Orange NSW and saw a bridge in a park down there, took some photos, showed them to Lloyd Larney, who was our President at the time, and it was away.

The bridge was designed by Tom Moodie, a structural engineer and RSL member, built by Hoopers Engineering in Montville, transported to Maleny by semitrailer and lifted into place by George Moffat's crane. Not a big crane, only truck mounted.  The bridge fitted to a millimeter.

Jill Jordan who was local Councillor at that time attempted to get Council to fund the bridge but failed. So Rotary completely funded the bridge from the drawing up of plans to completion.  Rotary members and other volunteers set up the earthworks, placed the bridge in position and painted it.  At a later date, Council funded the walkway to the bridge.  A subsequent project in the mid 90's, using"work for the dole", provided the broadwalk from Coral Street to the Showgrounds.  If the bridge had not been built, the broadwalk would not be there today - another thing for which to thank Rotary.  Also when the broadwalk needed maintenance, Rotary played its part in clearing and weeding a section.

PP LLoyd and members in 2015

In 2004, Lloyd Larney was chosen as Caloundra City Council Citizen of the Year to honour his achievements as a volunteer.

Unfortunately over the years, age and rust contributed to making the bridge unsafe and Council eventually decided to replace it.  The new one cost about
$300,000 but does not have anywhere near the charm and charisma of the original.  Recently Maleny Golf Club applied to have the old bridge given to them
to be placed over a culvert. Council was happy with the idea.  However when the Golf Club arranged for an engineer to inspect the bridge, unfortunately it was found that the progress of the rust had rendered it beyond economic repair.

26th October
Masonic Hall at 5:50 for 6:00pm for Club Assembly with nibbles.

2nd November
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Wendy Rosenfeldt on TM & Ayurvedic Health.

9th November
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

16th November
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker our own Dr CL Claridge on her visit to Ebenezer.

23rd November
Masonic Hall at 5:50 for 6:00pm for Club Assembly with nibbles.

26th Rick and Cilla

12th Gloria Rogers  14th Keith Rogers  16th Kerry Neiper  28th Bernice McLennan  30th Andy Schouteten 


December 2015 Statistics On Airport Full Body Screening:

Terrorists Discovered        0

Transvestites                  133

Hernias                       1,485

Hemorrhoid Cases      3,172

Enlarged Prostates      8,249

Breast Implants         59,350

Natural Blondes                 3

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 5th October 2016

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 58 No.7

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Mike Norman on the Light Horse Museum.

Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS                    
                               5th Oct          19th Oct           2nd Nov                  
Duty Officer            David F          Andy S             CL C                     
Assist DO               Angela G       Roly N               Alan W                       
Registration            Rick V           Malcolm B         Bernice McL
Fellowship              Chris B          Keith R             John McL     
8th October
Phillip Stark (Leader)  John Whan  Ric Townsend

22nd October
Mike & Sherryl Gregory (Leader)  Andy Shouteten

President Jeff opened the meeting by welcoming members and Guest Speaker John Wightman.  Reports included:

- Bernice said that a bus was available for those attending the RF Centenary Dinner.

- Lionel requested assistance in taking down the calendar photographs in Maple 3.

- Chris B reported that the parking done at Witta Fest had been appreciated.

- Chris R-S recommended the production of "Groucho" to members.

Our Guest Speaker John Wightman's topic was: “How to help lemurs to survive despite everything that is happening in Madagascar and the World”

Madagascar is a large island 500 km, at the nearest point, from the coast of Tanzania. It is approximately 1600 km N-S and a maximum of 600 km E-W . Most of the interior is about 500 m asl with a high point of 1400 m. Madagascar separated from mainland Africa 160 million years ago, so its plant and animal life has developed very much in its own way. Links with African species are tenuous except where human intervention has introduced exotic species by accident or for trade and sustenance. Even the Malagasy people are special. The first colonists came from SE Asia, probably Indonesia, and brought rice, to be followed by colonists from eastern Africa, who brought cattle.  The Malagasy people are thus a unique blend two races that has developed in isolation.  It was a real pleasure and privilege to live among these long-suffering, gentle and soulful (? just listen to their music) people for a couple of weeks.

Madagascar is, therefore, home to many kinds of animals that are not found anywhere else (except in zoos). The best known are the lemurs . They are mainly tree dwellers. Some have a restricted habitat – perhaps small clumps of one species of bamboo, others roam widely through the rainforest feeding on a diversity of food materials. There are about 100 species known to exist: unknown species may still be lurking in the forests awaiting discovery. Once, there may have been twice that number of species. The downward spiral is caused by the intervention of humans: either their environment has been destroyed to make way for agricultural activities, or they have been eaten as bush tucker.
The reasons for this are many, but the root cause is simple. The human population of Madagascar is doubling every 20 years and the agricultural sector, though large, cannot keep pace with the food requirements of the population – some indicators are in the end note .  Young people in the country side cannot find jobs even though this is where they are needed, so they drift to urban centres and become additional unemployed burdens on the food chain.

John and Waltraud Wightman were asked by WILMA to spend time at the The Centre ValBio  which is just across the river from the Ranomafana National Park, a 41,601 ha protected area in Madagascar's south-eastern rainforest. This rain forest reserve was established in 1991 and was declared a World Heritage Site in July 2007. Our mission was to evaluate the feasibility of diversifying the food production processes by replacing monocrops growing on hillsides with agroforestry (farm forestry) systems of crops, oil seed trees and replanted rain forest trees. Such systems boost crop production by 40%, produce an organic substitute for diesel fuel (biodiesel) and obviously restore lemur habitat.

In short, such a process is eminently feasible. The staff at the Centre ValBio caught onto the idea immediately as it was just one step further than the concepts that they are already promoting. The leaders of the local farmer cooperatives that we met were at the least interested.  The idea was to assume that the boundaries of the park were unviolated and to start restoring the land that had been cleared around its periphery – and then work outward from there. However, what we found on the farms around the national park was somewhat depressing.

The land form was a series of small hillocks, rising 100-200 m from the valley bottoms. Rice was growing in the valleys and on terraces up the hillsides. The upper slopes and ridges, many of which had recently been burned to clear land, were planted with maize and cassava, and some peanuts and beans. Cassava was predominant in many areas. The tubers of this crop weigh 3-5 kg and are pure carbohydrate. They remove a lot of the nutrients from the soil in the 6 month growing season. Re-fertilizing the land is not a local custom. We found many plants were infected with cassava mosaic virus, a crippling disease that had recently found its way from Africa.  All cultivation was with what they call a ‘hoe’. It is a digging stick with a long handle and a steel blade measuring about 120 x 70 mm. There was no mechanization. This limits family farm size to <1 ha, unless additional income brought in enough money to employ labourers.

No mechanization? 1 days work brings in USD 1.00. 1 L of diesel fuel cost (then) USD 2.20. This indicates that the Malagasy economy is completely out of step with the rest of the world. A loan to buy a small tractor? – interest rates were 30-50% pa. We saw one tractor in 14 days. It was a wreck, rusting away outside some Government offices.

Rice yields were low – <3 tonnes/ha. Small adjustments to the cultivation practice could have increased yields by x3 to x5 but the better off farmers would not in the additional labour to benefit from the advanced technology – that was actually developed in Madagascar.  And then there were the Ancestors. These are the spirits of the deceased family members who live among the trees on the tops of hills where they were buried. Village elders consult the elders when it comes to making decisions about how where and when to grow crops and, no doubt, other matters. Invariably the advice is to burn more trees each November – so that is what happens. Perhaps it is the Indonesian ancestry – the Indonesians are great burners of forests.

Sadly, these burning operations resulted in slips. The land is denuded by the burning and then along come tropical cyclones and the soil is washed off the bedrock and into the paddy fields below. This is clearly a compounding problem made worse by the increasing frequency of the cyclones. So, in addition, we have climate change issues to deal with. So if we wanted to work with the locals to help them improve food production, and farm income (by selling biofuel), and to recreate lemur habitat, the Ancestors have to persuaded that this is the way to go and we would need to find a better way of digging the soil – just for a start.

A project involving the development of tree nurseries and planting demonstration agroforestry plantations would go a long way towards the influencing the minds of the ‘ancestors. It is simply a matter of showing that it is possible to radically increase the productivity of the land and grow trees at the same time. If the Maleny Rotary Club has linkages that can help the people of Ranomafana help themselves (and the lemurs) by securing their food supply we shall be please to pitch in.

Chris R-S gave an eloquent vote of thanks.

Thanks to the other Chris for this link to a lemur site -

12th October
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

19th October
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Michael Gilles with an MCSR update.

26th October
Masonic Hall at 5:50 for 6:00pm for Club Assembly with nibbles.

1st November
Maleny Rotary Club Melbourne Cup lunch at Maleny Manor.

2nd November
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Wendy Rosenfeldt on TM & Ayurvedic Health.

26th Rick and Cilla

12th Gloria Rogers  14th Keith Rogers  16th Kerry Neiper  28th Bernice McLennan  30th Andy Schouteten 


A C-130 was lumbering along when a cocky F- 16 flashed by.

The jet jockey decided to show off.

The fighter jock told the C-130 pilot, 'watch this!' and promptly went into a barrel roll followed by a steep climb.

He then finished with a sonic boom as he broke the sound barrier.

The F-16 pilot asked the C-130 pilot what he thought of that?

The C-130 pilot said, 'That was impressive, but watch this!'

The C-130 droned along for about 5 minutes and then the C-130 pilot came back on and said:
'What did you think of that?'

Puzzled, the F-16 pilot asked, 'What the heck did you do?'

The C-130 pilot chuckled.

'I stood up, stretched my legs, walked to the back, took a leak, then got a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll.'

When you are young & foolish - speed & flash may seem a good thing!

When you get older & smarter - comfort & dull is not such a bad thing!

Us older folks understand this one, it's called S.O.S.


Sunday, 18 September 2016

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 21st September 2016

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 58 No.6

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker John Whiteman on Global Food Security and Madagascan Lemurs. 

Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

                             21st Sep        5th Oct         19th Oct                  
Duty Officer          Lionel T         David F         Andy S                             
Assist DO             CL C              Angela G      Roly N                       
Registration          John W          Rick V          Malcolm B   
Fellowship            Phillip S         Chris B         Keith R     
24th September
John and Bernice McLennan (Leader)  Malcolm Baker

8th October
Phillip Stark (Leader)  John Whan  Ric Townsend

22nd October
Mike & Sherryl Gregory (Leader)  Andy Shouteten

Members were privileged to have Cathy Booth as our guest speaker, project leader and founder of the Umojo Orphanage Kenya which is now a RAWCS project. Cathy is inspirational with her enthusiasm and her leadership abilities which have driven the project from inception to the intake of its first children.
As a child, Cathy always wanted to work in an orphanage and teach young children but it was only after four children, six years in PNG that she returned to the Bundaberg area and successfully studied to be a teacher.  She also has a passion for travel visiting Kenya for the first time in 2010. She was overwhelmed with the poverty and the daily hardships of everyday life for the Kenyan people.
In 2011, Cathy returned to Kenya to teach as a volunteer in a number of orphanages after raising funds from family and friends. Overall, it was one of the most rewarding experiences of her life. She decided she would start her own charity and begin fundraising to build her own orphanage.

 On the 30th July, 2011, Cathy launched her own non-profit organisation – Umoja Orphanage Kenya. Umoja is Swahili for unity and togetherness, Her Moto; Together we will achieve the
extraordinary.  Umoja was made a project of Rotary Australia World Community Services (RAWCS) has received support from Rotary clubs, both in Australia and overseas. It has also been supported heavily by Australian Aid

Umoja’s goal is to build individual children’s homes, where children will be homed in a ‘family’ environment. Construction of our first children’s home started in October 2014. It was completed in July 2016 allowing the first five children to enter the orphanage.

Umoja Children’s Village –Ukunda will be self-sustainable through a permaculture model by farming crops and animals and selling excess produce to the surrounding villages. A safari side-business will also return profits back into the project to help pay local staff who will work in our orphanage. By employing local Kenyans the orphanage can provide invaluable skills for the future.

Umoja Orphanage Kenya aims to help children but it will also help communities break the cycle of poverty.

First Childrens' Home under construction


 Roly gave a vote of thanks and congratulated Cathy on her achievement in difficult circumstances.

28th Sepember
Masonic Hall at 5:50 for 6:00pm for Club Assembly with cheese and biscuits.

5th October
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Mike Norman on the Light Horse Museum.

12th October
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

19th October
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Michael Gilles with an MCSR update.

4th John & Bernice McLennan  18th Andy & Mia Schouteten  28th Keith & Gloria Rogers

17th Judi Ross-Smith  29th Mia Schouteten



LOGON: Adding wood to make the barbie hotter.
LOG OFF: Not adding any more wood to the barbie.
MONITOR: Keeping an eye on the barbie.
DOWNLOAD: Getting the firewood off the ute.
HARD DRIVE: Making the trip back home without any cold tinnies.
KEYBOARD: Where you hang the ute keys.
WINDOWS: What you shut when the weather's cold.
SCREEN: What you shut in the mozzie season..
BYTE: What mozzies do
MEGABYTE: What Townsville mozzies do.
CHIP: A pub snack.
MICROCHIP: What's left in the bag after you've eaten the chips.
MODEM: What you did to the lawns.
LAPTOP: Where the cat sleeps.
SOFTWARE: Plastic knives and forks you get at Red Rooster.
HARDWARE: Stainless steel knives and forks - from K-Mart.
MOUSE: The small rodent that eats the grain in the shed.
MAINFRAME: What holds the shed up.
WEB: What spiders make.
WEBSITE: Usually in the shed or under the veranda.
SEARCH ENGINE: What you do when the ute won't go.
CURSOR: What you say when the ute won't go.
YAHOO: What you say when the ute does go.
UPGRADE: A steep hill.
SERVER: The person at the pub who brings out the counter lunch.
MAIL SERVER: The bloke at the pub who brings out the counter lunch.
USER: The neighbour who keeps borrowing things.
NETWORK: What you do when you need to repair the fishing net.
INTERNET: Where you want the fish to go.
NETSCAPE: What the fish do when they discover a hole in the net.
ONLINE: Where you hang the washing.
OFFLINE: Where the washing ends up when the pegs aren't strong enough