Friday, 1 December 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 6th December 2017

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 59 No.10

WEDNESDAY 6th December 2017

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
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
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  

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

30th December
TBA

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
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.
     
FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
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.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES FOR DECEMBER
6th Chris & Jocelyn  12th Jim & Elaine and Roly & Kerry 17th Lionel & Judy

BIRTHDAYS FOR DECEMBER
11th Jim Atkinson 

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
A PHILOSOPHICAL OBSERVATION ON SURVIVAL

NATURE IS ALWAYS A GOOD TEACHER; OUR PART IS TO PAY ATTENTION.......

 WOLF PACK
                                                                            
(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

UPDATE ON RAWCS PROJECT 7 2016-17 SHED THE LIGHT NEPAL

ROTARY CLUB OF MALENY

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 http://vimeo.com/243516283  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

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


APOLOGIES
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  

SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
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

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING


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.
       
FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
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.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY FOR NOVEMBER
19th Mike and Sherryl

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

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
A HOPEFUL PARABLE
AN OLD DOG TEACHES ITSELF NEW TRICKS

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!

























Thursday, 26 October 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 1st November 2017

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 59 No.8
WEDNESDAY 1st November 2017

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Adria, our YEP Student.

APOLOGIES
Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday 31st.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                         1st Nov            15th Nov        6th Dec                              
Duty Officer      Bernice McL    Malcolm B     Michael G                                    
Assist DO         Angela G         Jeff C             Sherryl G                          
Registration      Chris B             Keith R          Andy S
Fellowship        John W             Bill H             Ric T  

SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
4th November
Roly N  (Leader)  Andy S  John W

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

2nd December
John & Bernice McLennan  (Leader)  Lionel T

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
President Alan opened the meeting by welcoming members, partners, Adria, our guest speaker Brian Springer, Greg Williams and members of his family.  He then proceeded to induct Greg as a member of the Club which was greeted by a standing ovation.  Greg spoke of his history in Maleny and his work with a number of  community organisations.  He looked forward to contributing to the Club.

Ric T reported that he had carried out his psychology test with the Glasshouse Club. There was a suggestion that the two Clubs might debate "Is wine preferable to beer?" or some other weighty topic on the Vocational night of 29th November.

Jeff confirmed that he had attended the Interact AGM.  It was a good meeting and the committee positions were filled.  The Club had had a successful year and had thanked Fran whose last meeting it was.

Bernice urged members to return their Youth Declaration forms so that they could be submitted to District before 17 November.

Alan informed us that an iPad had been donated to the High School for a student with special needs.

Lionel won the raffle.  This put him in good stead compared to the other unfortunates present who fell foul of the Sergeant's fake news.

Brian Springer, D9600 Ambassador for ShelterBox, began by thanking the Club for its past donations for ShelterBoxes.  He informed us that it was now possible to make smaller donations for other emergency supplies such as family tents, ShelterKits, water filters and mosquito nets.

He gave an audio-visual presentation covering the type of relief work that ShelterBox and Rotary have undertaken.  ShelterBox was founded in 2000 in the town of Helston, Cornwall, UK. That same year the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard adopted it as its millennium project. ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that provides temporary shelter and life saving supplies to displaced families. ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organisations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide.

Brian explained that the work for ShelterBox would never be completed as natural disasters will continue to occur worldwide, meaning an ongoing need to supply displaced families with basic shelter, helping to turn despair into hope.

Lionel gave the vote of thanks.
       
FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
8th November
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

15th November
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with our own CL and a Shed The Light update.

22nd November
Masonic Hall at 5:30 for 6:00pm for Club Assembly.

29th November
Vocational Night - TBC

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY FOR NOVEMBER
19th Mike and Sherryl

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

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
A HUSBAND'S POETIC RECOLLECTIONS

I have a little GPS
I've had it all my life
It’s better than the normal ones
My GPS is my wife

It gives me full instructions
Especially how to drive
"It's thirty miles an hour", it says
"You're doing thirty five"

It tells me when to stop and start
And when to use the brake
And tells me that it's never ever
Safe to overtake

It tells me when a light is red
And when it goes to green
It seems to know instinctively
Just when to intervene.

It lists the vehicles just in front
And all those to the rear
And taking this into account
It specifies my gear.

I'm sure no other driver
Has so helpful a device
For when we leave and lock the car
It still gives its advice.
It fills me up with counselling,
Each journey's pretty fraught;
So why don't I exchange it
And get a quieter sort?

Ah well, you see, it cleans the house,
Makes sure I'm properly fed,
It washes all my shirts and things
And - keeps me warm in bed!

Despite all these advantages
And my tendency to scoff,
I do wish that once in a while
I could turn the damned thing off.
   






Sunday, 15 October 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 18th October 2017

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 59 No.7
WEDNESDAY 18th October 2017

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Brian Springer on ShelterBox projects. Partners welcome.


APOLOGIES
Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday 17th.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                         18th Oct        1st Nov            15th Nov                              
Duty Officer      Ric T             Bernice McL    Malcolm B                                    
Assist DO         Rick V           Angela G          Jeff C                          
Registration      CL C             Chris B             Keith R
Fellowship        Melinda M     John W             Bill H  

SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
21st October
Chris B (Leader) Malcolm B  Volunteer

4th November
Roly N  (Leader)  Andy S  John W

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

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Ric Townsend chaired the meeting and welcomed our guests  DG John Lane, ADG Linda Morrell, prospective new member Greg Williams and David's cousin. He then proceeded to set a complicated, multi choice written test on our most important reasons for joining Rotary - answers in three words please.
*Secretary Bernice requested that Youth Declaration Forms to be filled out by all members.
*Jeff C gave a reminder to buy tickets early for the Melbourne Cup Function . The Hinterland Times is to give good publicity for the event.
*Chris B reported that the Interact Club has 14 members attending coffee mornings on Tuesdays. It is going well. A grant application for $20,000 from Andrew Wallace for netball courts to be covered at the school is to be submitted. The cost for covering all the courts is approximately $350,000. The state grant application is in progress.
He also reported on the funeral of our former President Gordon Jones, who had also headed the local  RSL.
*Rick V, who had served with Gordon, spoke of his outstanding achievements during his military career.  Coincidentally he then won the raffle.
* Mercifully the Sergeant's session was both short and sweet.

We then were addressed by DG John Lane who explained that his journey was started by Michael Gregory whose name was on his chain of office.

He had just returned from the Solomon Island and PNG clubs. Very different from ours with 3 or 4 members chatting about Rotary and membership problems. Some highlights were:
Manus are asking for donations for school kindies and also computers.
In Mt Hagen it was election time and oil was poured on the flight runway so no planes could take off or land.
There were fires in houses on Manus Island but no fire engines or any other way to extinguish the fires except by buckets.

He spoke of the need of higher membership numbers to help with administration of the 66 clubs in our District. There has been a loss of 1200 members in 12 months in Australia as a whole. The number of Districts may have to be lowered from 16 to 10-12 by amalgamation. Aging population is of course a contributing factor. However India and Africa have increases in membership numbers.
The governing body of Rotary has made changes to flexibility, to allow clubs to change number of meeting and their format as well as introducing corporate membership.Clubs to be allowed the freedom to do what they need to do still following Rotary principles.

Polio numbers are still decreasing, but still active in Afghanistan and Pakistan. $50 million is needed over the next 3 years to eradicate polio. WHO is committed to assisting eradication of Polio.

He urged club members to log into the internet, Rotary Central, to put forward goals for the year and also enter a record of hours worked on projects to show future partners with Rotary what is contributed.

The Rotary Foundation enables Rotary to do bigger and better projects and has low administration costs.

His wife Helen Bo Morse has as her partner project the Purple Bus.  This vehicle which has Aboriginal paintings covering most of it. It is used to transport Central Australian patients to Alice Springs for dialysis for the many with renal diseases. Nurse Sarah Brown has raised money from selling paintings to enable the purple Bus to have 2 dialysis machines on board so some can be treated without having to travel.

John was thanked by Rick Vickers and was presented with a Platypus bag and one of our calendars.
      
FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
25th October
Masonic Hall at 5:30 for 6:00pm for Club Assembly.

1st November
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Adria, our YEP Student.

8th November
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

15th November
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with our own CL and a Shed The Light update.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY FOR OCTOBER
26th Rick and Cilla

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

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
FURTHER PROBLEMS FOR THE ELDERLY
1. A NURSE REPORTS FROM HOSPITAL

Hospital regulations require a wheel chair for patients being discharged. However, while working as a student nurse, I found one elderly gentleman already
dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet, who insisted he didn't need my help to leave the hospital.

After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let me wheel him to the lift.

On the way down I asked him if his wife was meeting him.

'I don't know,' he said. 'She's still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown.'

2. A DOCTOR REPORTS

Morris, an 82 year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical.

A few days later, the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm.

A couple of days later, the doctor spoke to Morris and said, 'You're really doing great, aren't you?'

Morris replied, 'Just doing what you said, Doc: 'Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.'
'
The doctor said, 'I didn't say that. I said, 'You've got a heart murmur; be careful.'




Sunday, 1 October 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 4th October 2017


"THE RANGE"  Vol. 59 No.6
WEDNESDAY 4th October 2017

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for DG's Official Visit - Partners welcome.

APOLOGIES
Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday 3rd.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                            4th Oct             18th Oct                               
Duty Officer         Jim A                Ric T                                
Assist DO            Robin H            Rick V                          
Registration        John McL          CL C
Fellowship           Keith R             Melinda M  

SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
14th October
Mike and Sherryl Gregory (Leader)  Chris Ross-Smith

28th October
ANO  Phillip Stark  Malcolm B

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
With President Alan at another service club event, Jim chaired the meeting and welcomed guests. Chris reported that he represented the club on the support committee for TS Centaur. A requirement for the group is to have community support in their operation. Chris also reported that the Interact Club is going well with 22-25 members attending meetings. They are looking at a succession plan for the teacher support to continue the great work that Fran has done with  the Interact Club over the years.

Jim reported that three members had worked on the car parking at the community tree planting at the Community Precinct on Sunday 17 September. Three other members were engaged in the planting which was in the wetland area east of the Light-horse Museum.

Guest speaker for the night was Alan Still from the Maleny Weather Station. Alan explained that he had moved from Brisbane to Elimbah before coming to Maleny in 2015. Meteorology is his hobby, while computing and specifically, designing and building websites, is his occupation. He started his presentation with a lesson on Meteorology 101. He said that weather had 4 ingredients - Moisture, Temperature, Wind and Pressure. He compared this to the 4 Ingredients cookbook.

“Combine these and you can cook up a storm” he said. He described the detailed Maleny weather records kept since 1893, and sent around a few laminated sheets of historical data for our interest. He paid tribute to the late Patrick Stacey who had recorded weather at the Maleny Weather Station in Tamarind Street, since the 1980’s.

Alan, with two other Maleny residents Mal and David, has set about creating the Maleny Weather website at www.malenywx.com . It is a comprehensive and highly interactive website which was launched in June 2017. Alan unpacked the features and sections of the website for us. There are sections on the weather station itself, and the number of reports it can calculate and display, as well as short and long term weather forecasts on the ‘weather’ tab. Other sections include climate, astronomy - Alan said weather and astronomy go hand in hand, as well as history of the weather station.


Members are encouraged to check the site out to see the full range of information it contains, which is very amazing since the site has only been operational such a short time.

Alan concluded his presentation with descriptions of the four basic cloud forms, cloud forecasting, and he showed us some images of weird cloud examples. It was an interesting talk, and Alan and his team are to be congratulated for their enthusiasm and endeavours to create the website which will prove to be a valuable community resource.

Sherryl gave the vote of thanks.
       
FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
11th October
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

18th October 
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker TBC.

25th October
Masonic Hall at 5:30 for 6:00pm for Club Assembly.

1st November
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker TBC.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY FOR OCTOBER
26th Rick and Cilla

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

 ROTARIANS AT WORK
Our roving reporter caught this action shot on the Bruce Highway


 AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
THIS OUGHT TO  MAKE ALL GRANDPAS FEEL WARM & FUZZY !!!

With apologies in advance to our Lady Members.
  













A six year old goes to the hospital with her grandmother to visit her Grandpa.

When they get to the hospital, she runs ahead of her Grandma and bursts into her Grandpa's room.

"Grandpa, Grandpa," she says excitedly, "As soon as Grandma comes into the room, make a noise like a frog!"

"What?" said her Grandpa.

"Make a noise like a frog!"

"Why?" asked her Grandpa.

"Because Grandma said that, as soon as you croak, we’re all going to Disney Land!”