WEDNESDAY 21ST AUGUST 2019
THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for a Business Meeting.
APOLOGIES AND MEALS
Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.
21st Aug 4th Sep 18th Sep
Duty Officer Laurelle O Greg W TBA
Assist DO Michael G Lionel T
Registration John W Jeff C
Fellowship Chris B Ric T
SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
Roly Neiper (Leader) Keith Rogers Paulette Steele
Jim Atkinson (Leader) Michael & Sherryl Gregory
The meeting this week, being the third Wednesday of the month, will be the first of the Business focus meetings. The aim of this format is the keep all members of the club informed of current projects and upcoming events. There will also be a member “Show and Tell” segment. Put your thinking caps on to come up with what you can show & tell us all- meant to be a bit of fun.
Since the Changeover I’ve been meeting with Directors to fine-tune their portfolios for the coming Rotary year. Each Director will be choosing a deputy or two to assist them. Each area has sub-committees which will report periodically to the Director. It would be good if every member was involved in one or more of these sub-committees. Engagement in these different areas of service will enrich our Rotary experience. We are all volunteers, so it is good to share the load. At the meeting this week I will give out an outline of each Director’s area of responsibility and the sub-committees within those areas.
Planning is well underway for our 60th Anniversary dinner in October. 60 years of service is certainly a big milestone in the life of the club. Some of you may remember that my Father Ian attended the Charter Night of the Rotary Club of Maleny on Saturday 10 October 1959. He was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Pine Rivers, also chartered in 1959. Dad kept the Charter Night brochure produced for the night as a souvenir– quite a fancy publication, and I now have it as a treasured Rotary momento. The menu for the night was a reflection of food of the time. This was the menu:
DRINKS AND SAVOURIES
York Ham, Poultry, Tongue
Mixed Green -- Salad Garnished
With Potato Salad and Mayonnaise
Apple Tart and Cream
Plum Pudding and Custard
FRUIT CUP AND SQUASH
NUTS CRACKERS AND CHEESE
TEA OR COFFEE
The Premier of Queensland the Hon G. F. R. Nicklin, MLA attended and gave the response to the toast to ‘The Ladies, Our Guests and Visitors’. I will talk a bit more about the agenda of the Charter night as it is a great piece of social history, not only for our club but for the town of Maleny in general.
PP Alan opened the meeting by welcoming members, visiting Rotarians from the Otaki Club in New Zealand and Guest Speaker Colin Dunn with his wife Maureen.
Lionel mentioned that the photos for the 2020 Rotary calendar will be going up on Monday 2nd September at 3.00pm at Maple3. Jim has been designated to manage this so if anyone else is looking to assist, contact Jim.
Lionel also mentioned that they are looking for a couple of more sales outlets to sell them through as they have lost a couple this year.
Bernice asked if the month of August was right this year!
‘Show & Tell’ was commenced tonight by Alan Wilson and he was the first participant of this new activity at dinner meetings. He produced an Austrian bayonet that was mistakenly bought instead of an Australian one. A bigger item was a Japanese officer’s sword which Alan’s father had brought back from WW2. Alan inherited it after his father has passed away. Both were passed around the room very gingerly.
We had Rotarian guests from New Zealand, Derek and Rosalie. Derek is a two time president. He spoke about his club in Otaki, which is about one hour north of Wellington. Otaki is a new and small Rotary club that is trying to get its membership numbers up. He reported that the Otaki club has a strong youth programme and has an Interact club. NZ has a problem with youth suicide and the club is trying to assist in that area. They also do a lot to fight polio.
Our guest speaker was Colin Dunn who has lived in Maleny for 7 years. He spoke briefly about his various occupations which have included aircraft engineering, pilot, pastor and now working in OHS. As well, he has lived in many places – various states in Australia, South NZ for 7 years, 17 years moving around the Pacific including PNG and the Kiribati Islands, the latter which he was asked to speak mostly about.
Colin spent 3 years in Kiribati, which is made up of 33 coral atolls covering over 8,000,000 square kilometres. Kiribati is part of Micronesia. It has a population of 120,000 people and relies heavily on foreign aid as it has little natural resources. The one industry they have is tuna fishing.
The biggest problems the islands face is water and sanitation which ultimately means health. They have a high level of diabetes as their diet is made up of a lot of white rice and wheat and loads of sugar. The average lifespan there is 55 for males and 63 for females.
They have their own language which is made of only 15 letters and is very hard to learn. To travel there, you want to make sure you get all your shots especially Hepatitis. They have very little tourism.
Paulette gave the vote of thanks.
FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
No formal meeting.
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Guest Speaker Anne-Louise Underwood on Assisted Care System.
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for a Business Meeting.
No formal meeting.
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for USC Survey Report
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES FOR AUGUST
15th Phillip and Janice Stark 29th Angela and Mike
BIRTHDAYS FOR AUGUST
17th Malcolm Baker 20th Jocelyn Brooker 28th Mary Wilson and Lionel Tilley
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
A TRUE WAR STORY
POWs AND MONOPOLY
Starting in 1940, an increasing number of British, Australian and Canadian Airmen found themselves as the involuntary guests of the Third Reich, and the Crown was casting about for ways and means to facilitate their escape. Now obviously, one of the most helpful aids to that end is a useful and accurate map, one showing not only where stuff was, but also showing the locations of 'safe houses' where a POW on-the-lam could go for food and shelter.
Paper maps had some real drawbacks - they make a lot of noise when you open and fold them, they wear out rapidly, and if they get wet, they turn into mush.
Someone in MI-5 got the idea of printing escape maps on silk. It's durable, can be scrunched-up into tiny wads, and unfolded as many times as needed, and makes no noise whatsoever. At that time, there was only one manufacturer in Great Britain that had perfected the technology of printing on silk, and that was John Waddington Ltd. When approached by the government, the firm was only too happy to do its bit for the war effort.
By pure coincidence, Waddington was also the U.K. Licensee for the popular American board game Monopoly. As it happened, 'games and pastimes' was a category of item qualified for insertion into ‘CARE packages', dispatched by the International Red Cross to prisoners of war.
Under the strictest of secrecy, in a securely guarded and inaccessible old workshop on the grounds of Waddington's, a group of sworn-to-secrecy employees began mass-producing escape maps, keyed to each region of Germany, Italy, France or where ever Allied POW camps were located. When processed, these maps could be folded into such tiny dots that they would actually fit inside a Monopoly playing piece.
As long as they were at it, the clever workmen at Waddington's also managed to add:
- a playing token, containing a small compass.
- two-part metal file that could easily be screwed together.
- useful amounts of genuine high-denomination German, Italian, and French currency, hidden within the piles of Monopoly money!
Air crews, taking off from the UK on their first mission, were advised how to identify a 'rigged' Monopoly set – by means of a tiny red dot, one cleverly rigged to look like an ordinary printing glitch, located in the corner of the Free Parking square.
Of the estimated 35,000 Allied POWS who successfully escaped, an estimated one-third were aided in their flight by the rigged Monopoly sets. Everyone who did so was sworn to secrecy indefinitely, since the British Government might want to use this highly successful ruse in another future war.
The story wasn't declassified until 2007, when the surviving craftsmen from Waddington's, as well as the firm itself, were finally honoured in a public ceremony.
It's always nice when you can play that 'Get Out of Jail Free' card!
An interesting bit of history.