Saturday, 1 August 2020

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 5th August 2020

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 62 No.3

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Guest Speakers Paula & Bridgette Powers (Twinnies) on Saving Wildlife.

Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS               
Duty Officer   Angela  G
Assist DO      Jeff C
Registration   Fran T
Fellowship    John McL

None at present.

(a)    Future Meetings under the amended Qld COVID-19 Regulations post 8 July 2020
Following concerns expressed by several members after our last meeting on the 15 July 2020., Chris B, and myself attended with Hotel management on 31 July 2020 with regard to the set up of our future meetings at the Maleny Hotel commencing Wed 5 August 2020.

We have taken these concerns on Board and can report the following changes:
•    The Maleny Hotel will continue to comfortably sit and provide meals to our members in our usual lounge room location at the Maleny Hotel.
•    The tables and chairs will be re-arranged from the previous format.  Tables for the meeting will be set at 4 per table, using 6 or 7 tables as required.  Distancing will entail 1.5 m from “back of chair” to ”back of chair”. There is ample area within the room for this placement and we viewed the set up format.
•    Members are requested to sign in for Rotary and also for Maleny Hotel at same point. Wrist tags will be self-issued for Hotel patrons at sign in. The sign in point will be at the entry to our meeting room
•    Members are also asked to remain seated except for going to bar and purchasing drinks. The veranda area will be available for our use but members must be seated.
•    This is to comply with latest requirements by Queensland Health that restaurant patrons be seated for drinks and dining.
•    Chris B will be available to be our “sheep dog” COVID 19 Compliance Officer and moving members from bar meeting room.
•    Members are encouraged to pay for their meals (usual price $20.00) on line to Jim A before the meeting and order at same time using the attached menu which members are familiar with to avoid a crush at the entry point to our meeting room which is from inside the hotel. Please confirm your meal choice at entry
(b) Projects and Activities
As mentioned at changeover, RI President-elect Holger Knaack has challenged all of us as Rotarians with his new theme for 2020-21, Rotary Opens Opportunities, to:
•     create opportunities that strengthen our leadership,
•     help put service ideas into action,
•     improve the lives of those in need, and
•     create change in the world.

Despite the continuing and changing difficulties being presented to us all by the COVID 19 virus, our members have kicked off the new Rotary year doing all of these and so much more.
1.    District Grant Approvals
Thanks to the dogged determination of immediate Past President Sherryl Gregory, the Rotary Club of Maleny was successful with 3 District Grant Applications. These grants are allowing us to complete 3 fantastic local projects
(a)    Domestic Violence Signage Project: -In a joint collaboration with local Zonta, Quota,and  Lions Clubs, newly redesigned Domestic Violence signs are now at the printers and will be available for installation in numerous Mens Amenities in and around Maleny and Montville during the next week, and a Domestic Violence Forum has been planned and is being organised for 5.30 PM on Wednesday 26 August 2020 at the Maleny RSL with highly experienced and knowledgeable speakers from within our Sunshine Coast region.
(b)    Solar Buddies Project
  An initial project meeting has been arranged for next week.

(c)    Interact Aprons Project: Materials have been acquired and club members are meeting tomorrow to progress the logistics of cutting out and printing of the Aprons for the Maleny Interact Club.

2.    Pride of Workmanship Awards
Our Vocation Director Paulette Steele and her energetic team have been wearing out their shoes attending local Maleny businesses during July 2020 seeking nominations for our Pride of Workmanship Awards. Several nominations have been received with nominations closing on Saturday 1 August 2020. Our first Pride of Workmanship Awards ceremony since 2012 will be held at Tranquil Park Resort at 483 Mountain View Rd Maleny on Saturday 29 August 2020 with the nominees and their guests. Please claim the date in your diaries.

3.    Maleny Settlers Green Project
In a local broad based collaborative environmental and recreation project with Maleny District Sport And Recreation Club, Maleny Garden Club, Maleny Apex, Maleny Lions, Maleny Cultural & Historical Society and Friends of Pattemore House, the Club has now completed a Commonwealth Community Environment Grant we obtained in the sum of $20000 to purchase and plant native trees shrubs and groundcovers to
(i) establish a wildlife habitat corridor for rare & endangered local endemic & native species linking the nearby Obi Creek riparian corridor, the isolated Porters Wood rainforest, the Northern Wetlands & the Southern Wetlands located on the Maleny Community Precinct
(ii) use a variety of insect, bird & butterfly attracting host & food plants to provide habitat for rare species
(iii) establish a designated butterfly garden close to a play area for children.
(iv) create a community education resource for learning about animal / plant relationships including their indigenous names
(v) compliment the butterfly attracting vegetation program on the adjoining Maleny Golf course
The grant will now be acquitted
Despite some Maleny weather, the Maleny Rotary green team of Lionel T, Jeff C, Roly N, James M and myself have also completed the installation of garden piping on the cordon steel garden border edging on Wednesday 29 July 2020.

4.    Parking at Australia Zoo
Several members led by our mercurial Chris B helped out the Glasshouse Mountains Club with parking at Australia Zoo during the first week of the last Qld school holidays.

5.    Winter Blues Drive In Concert at Maleny Showgrounds Saturday 18 July 2020
This innovative event sprung out of the need to inject a shot of confidence into and reward our local community for its compliance with COVID 19 restrictions after so many months of lockdown, and to engage with and provide an opportunity for our local musicians to perform for the first time in over 4 months before a live audience and earn much needed remuneration.
The venture could and would not have happened without a highly motivated and dedicated team working around the clock over an amazingly short 5 week period to collaboratively and cooperatively work with the our local Council, Qld Health, Qld Police, Liquor Licensing and an array of local businesses and sponsors together with our own members and partners to provide and serve food, coffee, and alcohol, safely park cars and undertake all set up , conduct the event , clean and pull down everything in compliance with an absolute hoard of rules and regulations.

Thanks to Paulette S, we engaged a great range of local Blues bands including local legend Kevin Borich Express, Vix & the Slick Chix, The Spirit Blues Band ,and local up and comers Accidently on Purpose and arranged the delivery, set up and use of a mega huge and incredibly clear and bright 50 sq metre electronic screen., and the sound and video engineers. I don’t think I have ever seen more leads, microphones, speakers, musical equipment, cameras and lights be installed so quickly, efficiently, and professionally, and then packed up and removed in the same manner. The backstage team together with the sound and video production were amazing

Picture by Ric Townsend

Melinda M raised an unbelievable $ 8500 from our local Maleny sponsors, Rick V and Chris B weaved magic around and through the COVIT 19 Regs , and on the afternoon set up, during the event and in the clean up on Sunday so many members made a vital contribution to the success of the event. A huge thankyou to everyone who made a contribution.

Hard work pays off. Not only was the weather on the night clear and still, but the event was a raging success. We supported our local community, lifted and hopefully changed our profile within our community through an enormous increase in visits to our website, and likes to our facebook page, made a profit that we shall use to fund our own Community Grants scheme, and above all have demonstrated that our club has that entrepreneurial “can do” spirit, that can transform a big dream into a highly successful event. We are reaching out, opening doors and making so many new connections .

6.    Other Grants:
•    Our Commonwealth Volunteer Grant for equipment: The equipment has been purchased. I am yet to acquit this, but will now do so over the next week or so.
•    COVID19 Community Response Grants Continuity and Connectivity Application COV19CC1116 Form Submitted 1 Jun 2020, 8:06pm AEST- was unsuccessful

7.    2021 Rotary Calendar:
The work undertaken by Lionel T and the organising committee has been outstanding, with a record number of entries, despite intervention by the Covid 19 virus. The printing is done and the Calendars are being collected for distribution. Lionel will provide a further update as to whether any photos can be hung at Maple 3.

8.    Maleny Park Run
Jo Turner has contacted me to advise that she lodged an out and back course on the Precinct for final approval. Council has amended the permit slightly, but ParkRun Australia are in agreement with its terms and I expect her to advise that the Maleny Park Run is approved and signed off in the near future. It is envisaged that Parkrun Australia will raise an invoice for a reduced contribution of $ 850 from the funds that has been set aside for the new Maleny ParkRun to proceed.

9.    Rotary District Project Defibulator
It was great to catch up last Tuesday 28 July with DG Neil Black , AG Jan Lawton and Rotarians from our sister cluster Rotary Clubs to celebrate the Handover of the District Project defibulator to the Beerwah Sports Club.

10.    Nepal Earthquake Rehabilitation - Womens' Empowerment Training and Business Development Project Phase 1
It was fantastic to receive the acquittal report from CL and Jim and to read of the outcomes provided to so many women in Nepal.  An outstanding project.

11.    Maleny Education Support Fund
CL and Angela G have given a glowing report of the benefits of this combined project earlier this month and we can look forward to hearing further about the benefits it has provided to local youth throughout the year.

12.    Project to mark 100 years of Rotary in Australia
As mentioned at our last meeting, I would be pleased if you would put on your thinking caps and contact me or any other member of the board about one or more potential projects to mark this remarkable Rotary milestone in Australia.

I look forward to catching up and sharing some fellowship with you all at our next meeting.

President Greg welcomed a good turn out of members and a guest Lyn Dickson to our first dinner meeting at the hotel since March.  He announced that the DG Neil Black, together with his wife and ADG Jan Lawton, will make his official visit on 19 August.  It is planned that he will visit Rotary projects around the town before a Partners Night dinner at the hotel.

Chris B reported that, following his experience at Australia Zoo, he had obtained illuminated batons for traffic direction.

Jeff C said that the plantings at Settlers Green and the steel border edging were complete.  There is still work to do to cover the sharp edges and he called for volunteers.

The District Training Assembly has been fully booked.  Information will be available on line.

The Sergeant made a long awaited return and attempted to recoup the revenue that had been lost over the previous months in a single session.

Final arrangements for the Winter Blues Drive In Concert were discussed.  There was an ovation for the organising committee which had done a huge job on a very short timescale.  Arrangements had been finalised with the State Health Department, Council and the Show Society - the latter had been particularly helpful.
Patrons in the pavilion are limited to 150 and all members working in the pavilion area must complete an online course.
Paulette explained how those parking on the oval could get meals in the pavilion.
Rick said that it was vital that total attendees were kept below 500 - by shutting the oval to parking if necessary.
Greg praised Melinda for the great job in arranging for the screen and sponsorship. He also thanked Paulette for all her work with this project.

Lionel reported that a record number of photographs had been submitted for the calendar and a selection had been made.  Printer proofs were due shortly and sales should start by mid August.

Paulette said that several Pride of Workmanship forms had been handed out and three nominations had so far been received.

President Greg indicated that the Board would be considering a project to mark 100 years of Rotary in Australia.

12th Aug  Board Meeting

19th Aug Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Official DG Visit - Partners' Night.

29th Aug Tranquil Park for Pride of Workmanship Awards - Partners' Night.

2nd Sep Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Greg Ison on PNG Health Project.

15th  Phillip and Janice Stark  29th Angela and Mike

17th Malcolm Baker  20th Jocelyn Brooker  28th Mary Wilson and Lionel Tilley


Saturday, 11 July 2020

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 15th July 2020

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 62 No.2


Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for a Business Meeting.

Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS                
                               17th July          
Duty Officer            Bill H                               
Assist DO               Keith R          
Registration            James McC               
Fellowship              John W            

None at present.

Guest visitor - Asst District Governor Jan Lawton – we were fortunate to have Assistant District Governor, Jan Lawton, present, and she invited Club members to join Rotarians Across Australia on 10th July for virtual (Zoom) fellowship, as well as meet the R100 Centenary Ambassadors, the Governor General and Mrs Hurley who would be launching the National Centenary Campaign. Jan explained that by joining Club Members would witness the “Passing the Baton” ceremony. The baton will carry the symbols of the centenary which will travel far and wide across Rotary clubs and Districts in Australia and New Zealand.

- Our newly minted President Greg Williams greeted and welcomed members to his first meeting as President and he acknowledged it would be challenging to meet the high standard of chairing set by IPP Sherryl Gregory.
-  A Rotary International Promo video that was played reinforcing the message of the International President Holger Knaack from Germany that “Rotary Opens Opportunities” encouraging Rotarians worldwide to seize the many opportunities Rotary offers to enrich their lives and the communities they serve.

-  Ebenezer Project: it was confirmed that the project, which was initiated as an International Project in 2008, is now complete and the opening of the new school would be held this month. The Club had been key in establishing the proposed school development as a RAWCS project in response to the recommendation of the then Club’s International Chair Bob Hall.

- Maleny Education Support Fund: CL and Angela gave a report on the progress of the project which was established in 2018 and initially funded by the Club, APEX and MCU Charitable Trust. Since then the Lions have more recently donated.
The Fund is auspiced by the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre and donations are held in a Maleny Credit Union Account. The fund accepts applications from Maleny State School, Maleny State High School, Maleny Independent School, and River School. Conondale State School has recently been included though no applications have been made so far.

Only School Principals can apply for funds, and only they know the names of recipients and parental or family contribution has to be made to each application: monetary or other suitable support e.g. portion of Centerlink payment paid directly to the school. A panel of donors assesses the applications which are confidential and only the Principal knows who the recipients for funding are. 21 applications have been approved from commencement.

Initially, applications were primarily for attendence at school camp but over time the requests have been for contributions to the costs of materials etc that families are now required to provide each year e g at the Maleny High School for access to books and equipment depending on course preferences; or in the case of Maleny State School where it is mandatory for parents to provide on the first day of school each year- a box of basic requirements such as reams of paper, glue sticks, headphones, back pack etc at costs ranging from $135 to $190 per student. This may be related to the Federal Government adjustments in funding for State Schools.

- Blues Festival
Discussion took place on volunteering responsibilities for the planned Blues Festival at The Showgrounds.

16th July Blues Festival

22nd July No meeting

29th July Possible vocational activity

6th August Probable meeting at the Hotel.

13th August Board Meeting

29th August Pride of Workmanship Awards Dinner

8th Peter McGuirk  11th Roly Neiper and Jacinta Townsend  20th Beth Wann