Saturday, 13 May 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 17th May 2017

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 58 No.20

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker our own Melinda Martin on "My Story".

Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                              17th May              7th June           
Duty Officer           CL Claridge          Rick V           
Assist DO               Malcolm B           Jim A                      
Registration            Ric T                    Bernice McL
Fellowship              Bill H                   John W

20th May
Lionel Tilley  (Leader)  Andy Shouteten  Malcolm Baker 

3rd June
Jeff Cornfoot  (Leader)  Roly Neiper  Phillip Stark

President Jeff opened the meeting and Chris Brooker gave us a rundown on the members required for the following events:
•    Wood Expo Parking
•    Maleny Show
•    Muscle on the Mountain
Our Guest Speaker was Sharon Tregoning whose topic was Advanced Care Planning. She described this in a detailed presentation which is attached to the bulletin notice.

Basically she outlined how you can capture your wishes for your end journey and provided a bucket list to help achieve this goal.  She explained how a number of significant items played their part.

A potentially difficult topic was explained sympathetically and lucidly.  It is recommended to all that her presentation be read in its original.

David Fraser gave the vote of thanks and managed to get ANO to capture the event.

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

31st May No meeting

2nd and 3rd June
Maleny Show

7th June
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker John King on Rainforest Liqueurs.

14th June
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

21st June

28th June
Club Changeover at The Orangery with Partners welcome.

2nd July
Parking duties at Muscle on the Mountain.
4th Angela Griffin  18th Cilla Vickers  23rd John Hay

Written  across the wall of the cave were the following  symbols:

It was considered a unique find and the writings were said to be at least 3000 years old!
The piece of stone was removed, brought to the  museum, and archaeologists from around the world came to study  the ancient symbols.
They held a huge meeting after months of  conferences to discuss the meaning of the markings.

The  President of the Society  pointed to first drawing and said:

"This is a  woman. We can see these people held women in high esteem.  You can  also tell they were intelligent, as the next symbol is a donkey, so  they were smart enough to have animals help them till the soil.

The next  drawing is a shovel, which means they had tools to help them."


Even further proof of their high intelligence is the fish which means that if a famine hit the earth and food didn't grow, they seek food from the sea.


The last  symbol appears to be the Star of David which means they were evidently Hebrews."
The audience applauded enthusiastically.

Then a little old Jewish man stood up in the back of the room  and said,

"Idiots... Hebrew is read from right to left... It says: 'Holy Mackerel, Dig the Ass on that Chick!'"

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 19th April 2017

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 58 No.19

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Sharon Tregonning on Advanced Care Planning.

Apologies to Jeff before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                               19th Apr           17th May            
Duty Officer            Chris B             CL Claridge           
Assist DO               David F            Malcolm B                      
Registration            Keith R             Ric T
Fellowship              Rick V              Bill H

13th May
Lionel Tilley (Leader)   Andy Shouteten  Malcolm Baker

27th May
Jeff Cornfoot  (Leader)  Roly Neiper  Phillip Stark

President Jeff welcomed members and guests to the meeting. He reported that the Club had gained good PR in the Glasshouse Country and Maleny News and a positive response to the Community Grants evening held at the RSL last month. Rotary also features in the current Hinterland Times - advertising the calendar photo competition. Several members reported that the District Conference held at Caloundra last weekend went well. Past RI President Glen Kinross’s speech was particularly mentioned.

Reminders were given about the 2017 Maleny District Sports and Recreation Club Awards night to be held on Sat 22 April at the RSL. It would be good to have a Rotary table. The club has nominated the Interact Club for one award. Some discussion was held on the sausage sizzle trial of later starting and finishing times. Results were mixed - the position of the sizzle could affect the takings, and Rotary PR may be more the priority than fundraising. Our incoming exchange student from Spain arrives on 4 July. Jeff thanked Malcolm who has agreed to be his counselor. Lionel announced that this would be the last year of the Rotary Bowel Scan program. Kits in hand would be sold at the usual venues. The Federal Government will be running their progamme after that.

Sue Larsen from the Fred Hollows Foundation was welcomed at the guest speaker. Sue is the National Fundraising Manager for the Foundation, which started 25 years ago. Sue previously worked for Thai International Airlines for 20 years and met Fred Hollows through her work there, and his work in Eritrea and Nepal. Fred loved indigenous Australia and launched the National Trachoma Programme. Trachoma is an eye disease endemic in lots of indigenous areas. Fred pioneered and revolutionised cataract surgery through the use of the perspex intra-ocular lens. He set about reducing the cost of the lenses and the operations, and training local people to do the work.

Sue’s presentation highlighted lots of statistics relating to the need to treat preventable blindness, and about the success and extent of the Foundations’ work in 25 countries including Nepal, Eritrea, Northern Africa, South East Asia, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
• 32.4 million people in the world are blind
• 90% live in developing countries
• 3 out of 5 of them are women
• 4 out of 5 have preventable blindness
• In 2015 the Foundation reached 890,066 in eye operations and treatment
• 64,613 people had been trained, including 232 surgeons
• $2.4 million has been invested in equipment and technology
• $25 donation can restore sigh t- a gift that is life-changing.

It was gratifying to be reminded that Rotary International had kick-started the Foundation with a $100,000 donation presented to Gabbi Hollows at the Melbourne Rotary International Convention in 1992. Sue’s presentation reassured us that the work that Fred Hollows pioneered is still being carried out by the Foundation, which is now stronger and reaching more communities- providing affordable and sustainable eye care, investing in people to carry on the work in the 25 countries it has reached. Sue outlined ways that people can get involved as volunteers, and/or in participating in fundraising activities such as Coastrek  coming up on the Sunshine Coast in July. For more information visit or the Fred Hollows Foundation website at :

Sue finished the presentation with a video showing the remarkable work of the Foundation through the commentary of Ray Martin, the Foundation’s first chairman, travelling to a remote area in Laos where surgery was needed to be carried out on twins, both born with cataracts. 

Sherryl gave the vote of thanks.

22nd April
MDSRC Awards Dinner at the RSL.

26th April
Masonic Hall at 5:30 for 6:00pm for Club Assembly.

29th April to 1st May
Car parking duties at Maleny Wood Expo.

3rd May
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

10th May
Combined Clubs Meeting at USC.

17th May
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker TBC.
1st Nancy Baker  4th Phillip Stark  8th David Fraser 12th Chris Brooker  23rd John McLennan  27th Chris Ross Smith & John Whan

13th Jeff & Jan Cornfoot  26th Bill & Marlene Hankinson


Several days ago, as I left a meeting, I desperately gave myself a personal search. I was looking for my car keys.

They were not in my pockets. A quick search in the meeting room revealed nothing.

Suddenly I realized I must have left them in the car. Frantically, I headed for the car park.
My husband has scolded me many times for leaving the keys in the ignition.
My theory is the ignition is the best place not to lose them. His theory is that the car will be stolen.

As I scanned the car park I came to a terrifying conclusion! His theory was right. The car park was empty.

I immediately called the police. I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys in the car, and that it had been stolen.

Then I made the most difficult call of all.
"Hello My Love", I stammered; I always call him "My Love" in times like these. "I left my keys in the car, and it has been stolen."

There was a period of silence. I thought the call had disconnected, but then I heard his voice. He barked, "I dropped you off!"

Now it was my time to be silent. Embarrassed, I said, "Well, come and get me."

He retorted, "I will, as soon as I convince this policeman I have not stolen your bloody car."

This is what they call, " the Golden Years!"

Friday, 31 March 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 5th April 2017

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 58 No.18

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Sue Larsen on the Fred Hollows Foundation.

Apologies to Jim before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                               5th Apr           19th Apr        17th May            
Duty Officer            Michael G       Chris B         CL Claridge           
Assist DO               Sherryl G        David F         Malcolm B                      
Registration            Phillip S          Keith R          Ric T
Fellowship              Alan W           Rick V            Bill H

8th April
Rick Vickers  (Leader)   Ric Townsend   Chris Brooker

22nd April
Jim Atkinson  (Leader)  Michael and Sherryl Gregory

President Jeff opened the meeting with a report about the success of the DIK packing trip (10 Club members had travelled to Brisbane) and the recent decision of the Board to give $500 each to DIK and ROMAC.

Though the Maleny Interact Club did not win best presentation at the recent Conference they were congratulated on winning it every year for the past 3 years. The Award this year had gone to the most recently established Interact Club near Gympie.

Chris Brooker spruicked the bikes for wheelchairs project – 10 bikes had been stripped so far and more volunteers were needed to dismantle bikes that had been donated.

Other issues covered included: Gazebo sign (now sorted), Community Grants Dinner arrangements, MCSR tour for interested Rotarians on 29 March, Historical Society Open Day on 7 May. There was serious notice of the new Rotary requirements in relation to volunteering involving children – in future the Blue Card was not sufficient and a full police check was now needed for each member. Members were warned never to be alone with an under 18-year-old child.

Chris Ross Smith spruiked the Arts Council event at Community Centre at 2pm on 26 March – Eleanor’s Story.

The Sergeant extracted a few coins from the unwary.

Ken Wishaw, Professor of Paramedic Science at the Sunshine Coast University, was our speaker for the evening. He had been a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army and a doctor in Buderim but now retired to pursue his lifelong passion of astronomy.  Ken enthralled us with a fascinating talk about the search for and successful identification of a site in Maleny for stargazing.

He showed us extraordinary photographs of distant planets and stars taken with an iPhone through a telescope at the Maleny Golf Club and educated us about space, stars, planets, moons, solar systems and galaxies.

Apparently, the Maleny Golf Course is potentially one of the top astronomy sites in Australia and, with the support of Cllr Jenny McKay, Ken was in negotiations with the Sunshine Coast Council for the formal designation of the Maleny Golf Course as an “astro tourism” site – the goal being an open air planetarium that would attract stargazers far and wide.
There is to be a demonstration on 24 March on site and the first public event was planned for 1 April.
Ken was seeking feedback on the idea and support – more information on  Angela gave the vote of thanks.

A short report on this successful event at the RSL and details of the recipents of the awards have been published on our blogsite.

12th April
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

19th April
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Sharon Tregonning on Advanced Care Planning.

26th April
Masonic Hall at 5:30 for 6:00pm for Club Assembly.

3rd May
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

10th May
Combined Clubs Meeting at USC.
1st Nancy Baker  4th Phillip Stark  8th David Fraser 12th Chris Brooker  23rd John McLennan  27th Chris Ross Smith & John Whan

13th Jeff & Jan Cornfoot  26th Bill & Marlene Hankinson


In Florida, an atheist created a case against Easter and Passover Holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days. The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.

The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, "Case dismissed!"

The lawyer immediately stood and objecting to the ruling saying, "Your honor, How can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others.
The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays..."

The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, "But you do. Your client, counselor, is woefully ignorant."

The lawyer said," Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists." 

The judge said, "The calendar says April 1st is April Fool's Day. Psalm 14:1 states, 'The fool says in his heart, there is no God.' Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that, if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day.

Court is adjourned..."

You gotta love a Judge that knows his scripture!

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny's Small Grants for Community Groups March 2017


 At a very successful dinner on 23rd March at the RSL, the Rotary Club of Maleny held an awards night  where 15 local community groups were presented with cheques to enable them to finance projects that had been submitted for approval.

President Jeff Cornfoot explained the background to the scheme:
"For the last 3 years the Rotary Club of Maleny has called for applications from local Community groups for grants of up to $1000 to assist with specific projects. The 2017 program has been completed with 15 groups sharing a record $10,200." 
The attached video presentation lists the successful applicants (in alphabetical order) and the projects for which they had requested funding.  Special thanks are due to Ric Townsend for the production and posting of this video.


Friday, 10 March 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 15th March 2017

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 58 No.17

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Ken Wishaw on Light Pollution.

Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                                15th Mar            5th Apr            19th Apr            
Duty Officer            CL Claridge       Michael G        Chris B           
Assist DO               Angela G           Sherryl G         David F                      
Registration            Lionel T             Phillip S           Keith R
Fellowship              John W              Alan W             Rick V

25th March
Chris Ross-Smith  (Leader)   Angela Griffin   John Whan

8th April
Rick Vickers  (Leader)   Ric Townsend   Chris Brooker

Our guest speaker for the night was Julia Peddie from the local community group Compassionate Housing Affordability Solutions for Maleny (CHASM).  Julia’s stated intention of her address was to leave members with a greater appreciation of the need for affordable housing in Maleny and, inspired by the potential for the community to find and run our own solutions, to maintain the social diversity and to strategically manage and design our community’s future …and indeed she did.

Julia presented some startling statistics for example: women over 55 are the fastest growing group of homeless in Australia (double that of the UK); only 7% of single mothers in Australia own their home; Maleny has one of the tightest rental markets in the State – this is resulting in people having to move away including young families and pensioners as well as people who have fluctuating incomes such as service workers, the self employed and artistic people. Last year 82 people reported experiencing homelessness to MNC. This is an issue our community must take control of given the lack of interest by the State Government.

To find affordable housing solutions for the community, CHASM was formed in 2016.  The aim is to provide a diverse range of housing options that allow people of all income levels to live in the neighbourhood of their choice and to create a society that is inclusive, improves wellbeing and provides for a sustainable future.

The group has presented three key projects to Council and is in discussion for a display village of small and affordable housing on the Sunshine Coast; the first being rolled out this year is ‘Home Made: Living Small & Simply’ . The first small dwelling will be trialled on the Maple Street Community Garden land.

CHASM is seeking from the community:
•    Landholders wishing to be involved for long-term lease arrangements or provide land donations;
•    Fundraising partnerships;
•    Material donations;
•    Building and trade skills donations;
•    People to help build and obtain a Certificate 1 in Construction;
•    Board members for governance and finance;
•    Crowd-funding help.

Phillip proposed a vote of thanks.

22nd March
Club Assembly at the Masonic Centre now cancelled.

23rd March
RSL at 6:30 for 7:00pm for the Club's 2017 Community Grants Awards - Partners Night.

24th to 26th March
District Conference at Caloundra.

26th March
Bikes to Wheelchairs at the Maleny Showgrounds.

29th March
Possible vocational visit to the new Mary Cairncross Park building - TBC.

5th April
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Sue Larsen on the Fred Hollows Foundation.

12th April
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.
5th Judy Tilley  26th Rick Vickers

6th John & Beth Wann  22nd Peter and Kay Wilkinson


An Irish mother's letter to her son

Dear Son,

We are all doing very well.

You won't recognise the house when you get home - because we have moved. Your dad read in the newspaper that most accidents happen within 20 miles from your home, so we moved 25 miles to Wexford.
I won't be able to send you the address because the last family that lived here took the house numbers when they moved so that they wouldn't  have to change their address.

This place is really nice. It even has a washing machine. I'm not sure it works so well though: last week I put a load in and pulled the chain and haven't seen them since.
Your father's got a really good job now. He's got 500 men under him.  He's cutting the grass at the cemetery.

Your sister Mary had a baby this morning but I haven't found out if it's a boy or a girl, so I don't know whether you are an auntie or an  uncle.

Your brother Tom is still in the army. He's only been there a short while and they've already made him a court martial!

Your Uncle Patrick drowned last week in a vat of whiskey in the Dublin Distillery. Some of his workmates tried to save him but he fought them off bravely. They cremated him and it took three days to put out the fire.

I went to the doctor on Thursday and your father went with me. The doctor put a small tube in my mouth and told me not to talk for ten  minutes. Your father offered to buy it from him.

The weather isn't bad here. It only rained twice this week, first for three days and then for four days. Monday was so windy one of the chickens laid the same egg four times.
We had a letter from the undertaker. He said if the last payment on your grandmother's plot wasn't paid in seven days, up she comes.

About that coat you wanted me to send you, your Uncle Stanley said it would be too heavy to send in the mail with the buttons on, so we cut them off and put them in the pockets.

John locked his keys in the car yesterday. We were really worried because it took him two hours to get me and your father out.
Three of your friends went off a bridge in a pick-up truck. Ralph was driving. He wound down the window and swam to safety. Your other two friends were in the flatbed at the back. They drowned because they couldn't get the tailgate down.
There isn't much more news at this time. Nothing much has happened.
Your loving Mum.
P.S. I was going to send you some money but I had already sealed the envelope.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny and Mary Cairncross Park


This new building was formally opened by the Governor in the presence of invited guests.  Amongst these was Chris Brooker representing the Rotary Club of Maleny.  The text of Chris's speech which covers our Club's involvement with the establishment of this Reserve is given below.

"Your Excellency, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentleman.

I congratulate Sunshine Coast Council for their foresight in upgrading the facilities here to the magnificent structure in which we are and thank you for inviting me to talk as recognition of Rotary’s involvement in what is one of the longest running projects involving Rotary in Australia. 58 years.

Unfortunately, sometimes the history of our contribution to the Reserve gets lost in the annals of time and records.

Photos of the original opening show Sir Henry Abel Smith escorted by two Rotarians, Norm Tesch as Past President and Vic Waddell current President.
I have relied heavily on the book Rotary in Maleny, written by Jack Wilcox OAM and my own recollections.
In October 1959, after the Club had discussions with Landsborough Shire Council and in consultation with Elizabeth Thynne, it was agreed that the new Rotary Club of Maleny would create and maintain the Reserve and Sanctuary as the Club’s first major project. Without Rotary, this Reserve wouldn’t have happened and we have been involved with the Reserve in various capacities since then.
The Charter President, Norm Tesch, wished to have the Reserve open in October 1960. Thousands of hours of volunteer work over the next two decades by Rotary members, wives, their children and friends turned the 100 acres of Natural Scrub into an enduring tourist attraction. .

Almost every weekend, most of the members worked to clear dead trees and lantana, clear and establish walking tracks from the original snigging tracks, dig toilets, remove rubbish (no wheelie bins in those days) identify and name trees, erect shelter sheds, water tanks and toilet blocks, tables and fireplaces and mow the grass. Imagine 12 Rotarians with old Victas in a line mowing grass in summer every weekend.

 The Cairn at the front was erected as a memorial to Mary Williamina Cairncross in 1964; Sir Henry Abel Smith again did the honours.

In 1968 the small bridge over the creek was another Rotary project.
 1985 saw the replacement of tables and perimeter posts and in 1987, the Rixon Burnett walk was declared. Rixon was a past Rotarian and Shire Councillor and probably pivotal in the original talks between Rotary and Landsborough Council.
1989 Rotary funded and constructed a children’s playground and Apex built the fence along the side of the park track and in 2002 we donated 5 hardwood seats and we today maintain representation on the management committee of the Reserve.
As a Rotarian, I am very proud of our history and continuing participation with Mary Cairncross. Another Rotarian, my dad, Bert Brooker, was involved right from the start and I was one of the kids who spent countless hours playing on the grass here, catching leeches in the creek and honing my driving skills, at 15, by taking Bert’s Falcon for a spin down to Landsborough Rd cnr. Only did that once though.

Mayor Jamieson and Councillor McKay, once again my sincere congratulations.

Thank you.