Saturday, 17 October 2020

 "THE RANGE"  Vol. 62 No.8

WEDNESDAY 21St OCTOBER 2020

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.

DUTY ROSTERS
                        21st Oct          4th Nov       18th Nov                
Duty Officer    Bernice McL    Fran T         Chris R-S         
Assist DO       Jim A               Alan W        Jeff C                   
Registration    Phillip S          Lionel T        Laurelle O
Fellowship      James McC     Bill H          John McL           

WOOLWORTH SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
14th November
0730 - 1030  Jim A  Bernice McL  Greg W

1030 - 1330  Brian A  Roly N  Rick V

12th December
TBA

MINUTES OF MEETING OF 7TH OCTOBER
We had a couple of guests at our dinner meeting. Ric T introduced Val France for a second time to our meeting and Jeff C introduced Peter McQuoit who is new to Maleny from Samford. I believe Jeff mentioned that Peter was a volunteer at our Blues Drive-In concert in July.
Val F gave a short account about the group Speak Up Now to combat Domestic Violence and the newly restored Red Bench, outside the post office, which is a collaboration of various groups and the Red Rose Foundation. Most of the work on the bench was done by our tireless Malcolm Baker. There will be the official unveiling of the Red Bench on Friday morning 9th October with Councillor Winston Johnston and Val told us there will be more red benches popping up in Maleny.
Lionel T spoke about the Settlers Green on the Maleny Precinct giving us an update on the trials and tribulations of the installation of Children’s Playground equipment. He also did a plug for the 2021 calendars.
Bernice mentioned about the upcoming Mental Health Day on the 21st October, the same date as our next dinner at the hotel. Everyone is to come wearing a hat, of any description.
Jeff C promoted the End Polio dinner he is organizing at the RSL on 28th October.
Paulette spoke about the vocational night and how everyone seemed to particularly enjoy the wine tasting and pizzas at Finbars/Jen’s Pizza.
The conference on Sunday 8th November which this year will be held in Lawnton was mentioned as we need a minimum of two people from the club to attend, so that we are eligible for apply for district and global grants.
Craig S mentioned Movember and so far, he and Greg W are taking part in this. Greg has already started to grow his moustache for next month, however it wasn’t that noticeable yet.
Paulette also talked about the Maleny Commerce organized Christmas Festival this year being held instead at the showgrounds as a Christmas Music Concert and that the service clubs only will be providing food and Chris B has nominated Rotary to run the bar instead of food as it’s easier and more profitable. Whether this proceeds will depend on the grant that Maleny Commerce has applied for.
Bernice gave us a bit of an update about the Christmas Tree Festival and what is happening instead. She had lost her email about the event however recalled that this year to have a Covid safe event, it had been decided to have videos instead of trees. The theme is HOPE.
Jim A updated us on the Sausage Sizzles and how we have been invited to be included in the roster for the Woolies’ ones. Rotary will replace the Historical Society who have been doing it up to now. It was a unanimous decision to join in these as they are far more profitable than those previously held in Maple Street. So, Saturday 17th October will be our first one and it was decided to have two teams, three
people doing the 7.30 to 10.30am shift and a further three doing the 10.30am to 1.30pm shift.
Chris B conducted the sergeant’s fines in his usual style bringing loads of laughter to the evening.


The highlight of the evening was to see Keith Rogers being awarded a Paul Harris fellowship. As you are reading this, Keith is the person who, with undisputed regularity, puts together this blog every fortnight for all of us to read.

Wayne Litherland from ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children) was our guest and speaker for the evening. Since 1988, over 500 children have been assisted in hospitals in Australia and NZ. They now help up to 40-50 children per year from Timor Leste, PNG, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga.
Wayne showed us a video which gave a good coverage of what valuable work ROMAC does. Wayne then related a couple of stories that particularly touched him of children he had encountered and the difference that ROMAC had made to their lives. 
One was the story of Vincent who had not just his first aircraft flight but also his first ride in a car and the puffer jacket they had given him as he was so underdressed for a cold climate which he had never experienced. Later back home on the island, Wayne saw Vincent proudly still wearing his puffer jacket as he played, even though he must have been cooking in it. ROMAC has turned life around for many children over the 32 years.

Paulette gave the vote of thanks.

FUTURE MEETINGS AND EVENTS
23rd October
Train Ride for Polio Day.

28th October
Polio Fund Raising Dinner at the RSL.

4th November
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Clive Waring on Heritage Photos.

8th November
Rotary Foundation Seminar at St Columban's.

11th November
Board Meeting

18th November
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for AGM.

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  31st Gillian Allen

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT 

This is the first time I have heard about Paraprosdokians. Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected and is frequently humorous. Groucho Marx used the form frequently.

1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.

 2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you ... but it's still on my list.

 3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

 4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

 5. We never really grow up -- we only learn how to act in public.

 6. War does not determine who is right, only who is left.

 7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

 8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

9. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

10. In filling out an application, where it says, "In case of emergency, notify... " I answered " a doctor."

 11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

12. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

13. I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.

14. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 7th October 2020

 "THE RANGE"  Vol. 62 No.7


WEDNESDAY 7TH OCTOBER 2020

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Guest Speaker for Wayne Litherland on ROMAC.

APOLOGIES AND MEALS
Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS
                       7th Oct         21st Oct             4th Nov              
Duty Officer   Ric T            Bernice McL       TBA        
Assist DO      Paulette S    Jim A                    
Registration   Michael G    Phillip S
Fellowship     Roly N        James McC
           
SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
None at present

PRESIDENT'S NOTES
I thank all our members who have assisted with the parking of cars over the school  holidays at Australia Zoo. Their voluntary service has helped to keep visitors to Australia Zoo safe, provided an opportunity to meet and catch up with members from our sister clubs at Glasshouse, Woombye-Palmwoods and Nambour whilst also  raising some funds for our club.

Another thank you to Roly and Phillip for conducting an excellent brainstorming session to work out one or more 100 year projects for the club. Please could members continue to expand and/or develop ideas and provide them to Roly and  Phillip. 

 And last Wednesday Paulette organised a fantastic vocational visit to Forest Heart Nursery at Coral Street where we were treated to an informative presentation from Spencer Shaw, followed by a very interesting wine tasting at Purple Palate and a scrumptious wood fired pizza from Jen.

 Lastly could you keep your diaries free firstly to join with me for an early morning Ride for Polio train trip on Friday 23 October from Nambour to Landsborough and also to attend our Polio Dinner being organised by Jeff at the Maleny RSL on Wed 28 Oct 2020.

MINUTES OF MEETING OF 16TH SEPTEMBER
President Greg welcomed partners and guest Craig Sim to the club business meeting. Greg thanked members who had volunteered for the Ironman Event on 13 September at Maroochydore. Sherryl called for helpers to distribute the Domestic and Family Violence signs for Men’s Amenities. Jeff gave information about the Polio Fundraiser Night at the RSL on Wednesday 28 October, as well as calendar selling at the Community Centre kiosk on Wednesday 30 September and Saturday 7 November. Chris B. advised that the Australia Zoo Parking duty roster had been emailed out to members participating throughout the school holidays (19 Sept- 04 Oct).

Paulette outlined the arrangements for the club Vocational Visit on Wednesday 30 September. It will begin at the Forest Heart Eco-nursery in Coral Street at 4.30pm for a look around and educational talk, then move to the Purple Palate at 6pm for a wine tasting of wines from the Mudgee/Orange area of NSW, interspersed with wood-fired Pizza from Jen’s Pizzas. Cost will be $20 for wine tasting and $10 for pizza. Paulette also advised that the Christmas Carnival on Friday 11 December will be in a different format this year. It will be a Music Concert at the Showgrounds, with opportunity for local service clubs to sell food at the event.

Bernice advised that the Uniting Church Christmas Tree Festival will be going ahead but also take a different format this year. The theme will be “Hope” - appropriate for 2020. Rick V explained that the Australia Day Community Expo and Citizenship Ceremony for 2021 was in doubt, due to COVID restrictions. The Sea Cadets are unable to take part in any public events at this stage.

Jim responded to many members enquiries about Beth Whan’s funeral which was held at Caloundra on Tuesday 8 September. Due to COVID restrictions it was invitation only, however the service can be viewed online at the Gregson and Weight website. Jim also advised that the Maleny Quilter’s Group had donated $784.10 to the Rotary Bushfire Appeal which was established earlier in the year. Jim has deposited the funds into the RAWCS Bushfire Appeal account. Sergeant Chris then conducted a short sharp Sergeant’s session.

The highlight of the meeting was the induction of Craig Sim into membership of the club, and the world wide family of Rotary. Craig, who owns a communications business in the main street, and is a former member of Apex, will hold the classification of Communications. Rick V will be his Rotary mentor. He was enthusiastically welcomed into the club by members.

The remainder of the meeting was taken up by a structured brainstorming session conducted by the Membership Committee. The focus of the session was how the club could celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia.  Ideas that would foster membership growth and increased awareness of Rotary ‘s work and world-wide achievements were encouraged. Roly ably chaired the session while Phillip projected the ideas put forward onto the screen. Many suggestions were recorded, showing a variety of ideas for both long and short-term projects and events. These will be prioritised by the Membership Committee for further consideration.

Finally, Lionel reminded members that the 2021 calendars were now on sale at $5 and would be available at meetings for purchase. All submitted photo entries are up for viewing in Maple 3. Michael encouraged members to tune into the Rotary Zone Conference from Alice Springs being held over the following weekend. Speakers from all over the world will be featured. Greg thanked all members and guests for their participation and attendance before closing the meeting.

FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
14th October
Board Meeting

21st October
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Business Meeting.

23rd October
Train Ride for Polio Day.

28th October
Polio Fund Raising Dinner at the RSL.

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  31st Gillian Allen

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
TWO TRUE STORIES

STORY NUMBER ONE
Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago.  Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic.  He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.  Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie."  He was Capone's lawyer for a good reason.  Eddie was very good!  In fact, Eddie's skill at legal manoeuvring kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.
 
To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well.  For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block.
 
Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him. Eddie did have one soft spot, however.  He had a son that he loved dearly.  Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education.  Nothing was withheld.   Price was no object.
 
And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong.  Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.  Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn't give his son; he couldn't pass on a good name or a good example.
 
One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision.  Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done.  He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al "Scarface" Capone, clean up his tarnished name and offer his son some resemblance of integrity.  To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. However he testified.
 
Within the year, Easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street.  But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay.  Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.
 
The poem read:
 "The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour.  Now is the only time you own.  Live, love, toil with a will.  Place no faith in time.  For the clock may soon be still."
 
STORY NUMBER TWO
World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O'Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific. One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission.  After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank.  He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship.

His flight leader told him to return to the carrier.  Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet. As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet. The American fighters had flown on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless.  He couldn't reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet.  Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do.  He must somehow divert them from the fleet.
 
Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dived into the formation of Japanese planes.  Wing-mounted 50 caliber's blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another.  Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent. Undaunted, he continued the assault.  He dived at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly.
 
Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction. Deeply relieved, Butch O'Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier. Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale.  It showed the extent of Butch's daring attempt to protect his fleet  He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft.  This took place on February 20, 1942, and for that action Butch became the Navy's first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Medal of Honor.
 
A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29.  His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O'Hare airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man. So, the next time you find yourself at O'Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch's memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor.  It's located between Terminals 1 and 2.

SO WHAT DO THESE TWO STORIES HAVE TO DO WITH EACH OTHER?............
 

Butch O'Hare was "Easy Eddie's" son.
 







Thursday, 10 September 2020

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 16th September 2020

 "THE RANGE"  Vol. 62 No.6

WEDNESDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 2020

VALE BETH WHAN

A moving ceremony to commemorate the life of Beth Whan was held on 8th September at Gregson & Weight Caloundra. 

Beth had been an integral part of our Club since 1980 when she and John moved to Maleny. She was ever present at Club functions for 40 years and will be sorely missed.

On behalf of all members, our sincerest condolences to John and his family at this sad time.


THIS WEEK'S MEETING 

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

APOLOGIES AND MEALS

Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.


DUTY ROSTERS
                       16th Sep            7th Oct           21st Oct               
Duty Officer    Malcolm B         Ric T               Bernice McL                          
Assist DO        Sherryl G          Paulette S      Jim A                   
Registration     Bill H                Michael G       Phillip S
Fellowship       Peter  McG       Roly N            James McC

SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
None at present.

PRESIDENT'S NOTES
1. It has been a sad start to spring for long term member John Whan with the passing of his beloved wife Beth. Our sincere condolences are with John and his family.

2. Qld COVID-19 Regulations
I want to congratulate members for their social distancing and safe hygiene practices over the past few months and ask that we all remain vigilant in our compliance with these regulations as we move into the last quarter of the calendar year.

3. Domestic and Family Violence collaboration with Zonta, Quota, and Lions Clubs
(a) Auspicing Agreement and MOU 
I am finalising an MOU between the collaborating partners and an Auspice agreement for the funds paid to our club for this on-going project.
(b) Refurbishment of the Red Rose Foundation Bench Seat outside the Maleny Post Office
Post office red paint has been purchased by the club for the refurbishment of the seat and as soon as we have the okay from the Body Corporate of the Riverside Centre , Malcolm B and Ric T (as members of Maleny Mens Shed) will remove the seat, refurbish it and replace it into the same spot.
(c) Domestic and Family Violence Forum
It was a privilege to be involved in the Forum on the 26 Aug at the Maleny RSL which presented a wealth of valuable information to our community through 4 excellent informative and highly experienced speakers. A member of the audience Sr Sgt Detective Daren Edwards from the Maroochydore CIB mentioned during a question from the audience that one of the most difficult problems facing our Society is the need to change our culture and attitudes to domestic and family violence which starts in the family through parents who are teaching /modelling behaviour and attitudes to their children.
(d) Speak Up Now Stop Domestic and Family Violence new logo and letterhead 
The collaborating Partners have also designed a new logo and letterhead 
(e) D&FV signage 
The distribution and fixing of the new blue signage for male toilets throughout Maleny and Witta will be organised by Sherryl G at our next meeting.

4. Pride of Workmanship Awards
Our Vocation Services Director Paulette S and her team together with fantastic contributions on the night from Ric T, Sherry G, and Alan W have held a magnificent Pride of Workmanship Dinner at Tranquil Park on Saturday 29 August 2020. Paulette has also had a great article printed in the MDSRC newsletter with others planned for the GC&MN, SVG and HT. Arrangements are being made to present the remaining award to Melodi Fanti from the IGA during one of our October meetings. As Paulette S has suggested, we should definitely hold the event next year to coincide again with National Skills Week (24th – 30th August 2020 this year).

5. Maleny Settlers Green Project
The Club was also mentioned in the MDSRC Newsletter this week regarding the $35000 funding for the playground equipment. Selection of the equipment is now underway.

6. Nepal - Business Entrepreneurship Training & Support for Women with Disability
Covid 19 and government restrictions including two lockdown periods in Kathmandu Valley have delayed the commencement of this project. Pahichan and Shed the Light Nepal staff decided to implement one component of the project through a virtual workshop. This workshop will be held over three days 12-14 September. The facilitators are blind Nepali women, two of whom live overseas in Denmark and USA where they work as business counsellors to better the position of vision impaired women in those countries. The third resides and works in Nepal.
The aim of the workshop is to enhance the communication and interpersonal skills of women with disabilities and to open new and a wide spectrum of opportunities for business enterprises.
The facilitators will share ideas from abroad and work with the women to find ways to develop effective marketing strategies in the Nepali context. The third day will also be attended by business representatives, NGO/INGO members, stakeholders, government etc. This session will focus on advocacy and networking.
The Rotary Club of New City Road in Kathmandu is supporting the project by contributing supplies to the training program.

7. Kiva 
To date, RCM has provided 125 loans totalling $3250 to people in 29 countries. Loans have been in 12 different sectors, mostly in health, retail, agriculture, education and housing.

8. Maleny Education Support Fund
Since July, the MESF has received and approved five applications for support. Government restrictions under the Covid-19 pandemic have, and are continuing to have financial impacts for families in our area. Business downturn, job loss and family fragmentation are appearing as difficulty for families with children of school age. It is anticipated the number of applications for support from MESF will increase in the next 12 months. 
The Board has just approved another donation of $2500 into the project.

9. Induction of Craig Sim
I am looking forward to the induction of Craig at our next meeting on Wed 16 Sep 2000. I know that Craig will be an outstanding Rotarian, and enthusiastic member of our club, and hope members partners are also able to join with us in celebrating his membership to our club.

10. Upcoming Date Claimers 
(a) Wed 30 Sep 2012 Vocation Visit Wine Tasting and Dinner. Paulette S has organised a vocational visit to Forest Heart Eco Nursery at 4.30pm. Spencer Shaw will take us through what’s happening in gardens in Spring. Paulette expects it to last about 60- 75 mins depending on questions. After that, Paulette has booked us in for a wine tasting at the Purple Palate at 6.00pm. (2 whites and 2 reds) The approximate price for the wine tasting is $20per head and will be confirmed once we get numbers. It will start at 6.00pm and go through to approx. 7.30pm and will be held in Finbars. Wines tasted will also be available to purchase at around the $20 price point per bottle. Then Paulette has booked us in with Jen at Jen’s Pizza, which is linked to Finbars, and she is happy to organize us some pizzas to intersperse with our wine tasting at an approximate price of  $10 per head. 
(b) Ironman 70.3 event Sunshine Coast 13 Sep 2020 –Wishing our members who have volunteered an enjoyable experience at the event.
(c) Australia Zoo Car Parking 19 Sep – 4 Oct 2020 Chris B has organised the roster.
(d) Calendar distribution & Sales at Maleny Kiosk Wed 30 Sep 2020. Jeff C has forwarded around to members a roster and will finalise this if possible at our next meeting. 
(e) RAWCS DIK Container Roster Sat 10 Oct 2020. The Board has decided not to participate in the roster due to the nearby hotspots.
(f) Polio Train Fri 23 October 2020  A Joint local Rotary Club Cluster activity has been planned by AG Jan Lawton and I shall speak further to this at coming meetings.
(g) Polio Dinner at Maleny RSL Wed 28 Oct 2020 . Jeff C is organising a Polio Dinner and Information evening at the Maleny RSL to promote and raise funds for Polio Plus and will speak more to this at our next meeting.
(h) Foundation Seminar 08/11/2020 . A new venue is being located for this Rotary Event.

11. 100 Year Rotary project(s) A special session will be hosted by Roly N and Phillip S at our next meeting to identify one or more projects for the club to undertake.

MINUTES OF MEETING OF 2ND SEPTEMBER

President Greg opened the meeting by welcoming 20 members plus guests Craig Sims, Val France of Quota, Guest Speaker PP Greg Isons and his wife Ann.

PP Sherryl spoke of the successful Domestic Violence forum for organisations on the Range.  Signs to be put around Maleny-SPEAK OUT NOW.

On behalf of Quota, Val presented a cheque for $1,000 as feed money for the "Speak Up Now" campaign which was received with applause.

P Greg then said:
- that the Club was liaising with the Mens' Shed to refurbish the seat outside the Post Office.
- that the Pride of Workmanship Dinner had been a great event for the Club.  He congratulated Paulette for organising the event and thanked the four speakers who addresses the theme "Do it once and do it well".
- that volunteers for the Maroochydore Iron Man event must register on line.
- that the Vocational Visit to the Eco Nursery on 30 September was scheduled for one hour at 4:30pm.  It would be followed by a wine tasting and pizza in Finbars.

Lionel T thanked those who assisted hanging the calendar photographs in Maple 3 and announced that the Kiosk had been booked for sales on 30 September.

The Sergeant made his anticipated assault on the truth - and members wallets.

Chris B introduced PP Greg Isons of Rotary Club of Eumundi to talk about their Project Dogura for Womens Health in PNG. Greg had been brought up in India prior to working for 13 years in PNG. He then served 25 years in the Australian Air Force.

The Eumundi Club started making small donations to PNG before deciding to look at Milne Bay Province for project support. It is one of the poorest areas in PNG   They developed a relationship with Dogura Mission which services the remote areas of Milne Bay. The mortality rate of women during childbirth is 80 times that of Australia and 40 of 1,000 new born babies die.  In Dogura the hospital conditions are spartan.

The Club is committed to an initial project of $7,000 for which it has received a District Grant. It is seeking support from other D9600 clubs. The scope of the project includes some refurbishment of the maternity ward, internal toilet and shower facilities and a sewer connection. This is the first step in Project Dogura which has the following goal:



PP Greg would welcome the involvement of other clubs in the future.  Alan Wilson proposed the vote of thanks.

The meeting concluded at 2030h.

PRIDE OF WORKMANSHIP AWARDS

Acknowledging and recognizing people taking pride in their work is something that’s rarely done. It’s not about winning prizes, it’s purely about taking the time to show appreciation for a job well done.

On Saturday 29th August, the Rotary Club of Maleny did this at a presentation dinner at Tranquil Park and gave several nominated people a ‘Pride of Workmanship’ award plaque in recognition of going above and beyond in their everyday work.

6 people were nominated and regrettably one nominee, Melody Fanti, bakery manager at Super IGA Maleny, was unable to attend due to an IGA work function on the same evening. Rotary club will do a separate presentation to Melody.

The other 5 nominees did attend, together with their respective nominators, the people that took the time to write some words about why they deserved to be recognized for this award.

It was smiles all around and even a couple of tears of joy when each nominee was presented with their award and the person who nominated them spoke about why they deserved to receive this recognition.

It was also wonderful to see such a cross section of people from various walks of life. There were:


Clive Powell – Volunteer groundsman, gardener, painter, joint curator and more at Pioneer Village

Debbie Rossow – Learning Support Facilitator at the Maleny Independent School

Gayle Pope – Library Officer at Maleny Library

Neal Charlton – Electrician & Sole Trader at Traditional Maintenance

Sherri Dan – Food & Beverage Services at Hotel Maleny

The nominees brought their partners and friends along to enjoy the night with them. It was interesting to see some lingering and chatting with each other long after the official part of the evening finished.

A big thanks to Alan Wilson, a past president in the Maleny Rotary Club, who pushed late last year to have this event held again after a gap of 8-9 years. Little did we know then what 2020 held for us and so it seems even more timely that this event was held. Next year, it’ll be on again, so start thinking about who you would like to see recognized to receive a ‘Pride of Workmanship’ award.

FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
16th September  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Business Meeting.

23rd September   No meeting.

30th September  Vocational visit to Eco Nursery at 4:30pm.

3rd October  DIK container loading - cancelled.

7th October  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Wayne Litherland on ROMAC.

14th October Board Meeting.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES FOR SEPTEMBER
4th John & Bernice McLennan  18th Andy & Mia Schouteten  28th Keith & Gloria Rogers

BIRTHDAYS FOR SEPTEMBER
17th Judi Ross-Smith 29th Mia Schouteten

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT 

If you're not familiar with the work of Steven Wright, he's the famous erudite (comic) scientist who once said:  "I woke up one morning, and all of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates." His mind sees things differently than most of us do. . . here are some of his gems:

- I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

 - Borrow money from pessimists - they don't expect it back.

- Half the people you know are below average.

 - A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.

 - A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

- The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

 - How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?

 - When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

 - Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

 - I intend to live forever... So far, so good.

 - What happens if you get scared half to death twice?

 - If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

- To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.

- The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.

- Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don't have film. 

- If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

























Sunday, 30 August 2020

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 2nd September 2020

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 62 No.5

WEDNESDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER 2020

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Guest Speaker Greg Ison on PNG Health Project.

APOLOGIES AND MEALS
Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS                 
                               2nd Sep         16th Sep          7th Oct     
Duty Officer            Chris B          Malcolm B        Ric T      
Assist DO               Laurelle O      Sherryl G        Paulette S   
Registration            Fran T            Bill H              Michael G        
Fellowship              Keith R          Peter McG       Roly N

SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
None at present.

PRESIDENT'S NOTES
(a)    Projects and Activities
1.    Club visit by DG Neil Black and AG Jan Lawton
Many thanks to DG Neil Black and AG Jan Lawton for taking their time to visit our club to learn about our many local club projects over the past 60 years together with all of our current local and international initiatives.
2.    Pride of Workmanship Awards
Our Pride of Workmanship Awards Dinner was held at Tranquil Park Maleny on 29th August at Tranquil Park. and presented the club with a great opportunity to reconnect with the roots of Rotary within the local business community through a Vocational Service project , I very much enjoyed sharing a great evening with our nominees, their nominators, our Rotarians and their partners.
3.    Domestic and Family Violence
In a joint collaboration with local Zonta, Quota, and Lions Clubs, newly redesigned Domestic Violence signs have been printed and should be installed at several locations including facilities owned and controlled by Sunshine Coast Council and the Body Corporate of the Riverside Centre in the near future.
With our collaborating partners, a very successful Domestic Violence Forum has also been held at the Maleny RSL on 26 August with highly experienced and knowledgeable speakers from within our Sunshine Coast region. Together, we have taken the first steps to ignite passion and interest within our community for a real grassroots change of culture to Speak Up Now Say No to Domestic and Family Violence.
4.    Upcoming Date Claimers
•    31.08.2020    Hanging the calendar photos from 3pm at Maple 3.  Lionel T would like to remind us that many hands make light work so if a few of you  can turn up to help it would be great – should all be done just after 4pm.
•    2.09.2020 Next meeting at the Maleny Hotel.

•30.9.20 Arrangements for our next Vocational night on 30 September 2020 have been booked with Forest Heart Eco Nursery at Coral St Maleny followed by a possible wine tasting activity after and then a Pizza night -  to be confirmed at our next meeting.

MINUTES OF MEETING OF 19TH AUGUST
Members were called to order by Chris Brooker, the Sergeant, at 7.05 and President Greg welcomed everyone following the meeting held earlier between Club Board members and 2020/2021 District Governor Neil Black and Assistant Governor Jan Lawton accompanied by Judy representing Zonta. He also acknowledged Craig Sim (former member of APEX) making his second visit to the Club.

Apologies received from Melinda M, Brian A, Bill H, Michael G, James McG, Paulette S, Keith R and CL C.

President Greg commented how good it was to be back at the Club’s regular meeting place – the Hotel Maleny - with the new table and seating layout for dinner which Chris Brooker and the Hotel had devised to comply with the strict Covid19 seating distance requirements.

Sergeant called all to order following an excellent meal and imposed his usual fines for fact or fiction indiscretions; including a bulk fine for the “all female” table for which purpose Rick Vickers presence was ignored!; and also Chris Ross Smith who for some reason was fined for being speechless when “hiding in the barbers”!

Assistant DG Jan updated the Club about the Ironman event on 13 September and sought volunteers to register as part of the Hinterland Group (not Club Group) to help with organising the 3 sessions: 04.30, 08.30 and 12.30 with likely finish by 3pm.

President Greg urged members to register with the Sergeant to volunteer for car parking at Australia Zoo, for which the Club would be paid – the Club had done this once before and had found it to be an easy and pleasant task.

President Greg invited IPP Sherryl Gregory to take the floor to announce Paul Harris Fellow Recognition for two members of the Club, much to their surprise:
 

 

 

 

  -    Angela Griffin, for her many years coordination of the Club-sponsored Rotary Australia World Community Service Project 36-2007- 08 – an Education/Skill Development Program resulting in the construction of a new school for the Ebenezer Child Care Trust orphanage in Livingstone, Zambia; 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-    Lionel Tilley, in recognition of his commitment to leading the annual competition and production of the Club’s largest fundraising project – the much-loved Rotary Calendar. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following the presentations, Rick V introduced DG Neil Black who thanked the Club for the whirlwind tour of Maleny and the pre-meeting with members of the Board, who provided him with an insight into the Clubs’ many activities. He acknowledged that these were difficult times for clubs to try and meet and there were only so many zoom meetings one could take!


He congratulated the Club for thinking outside the box and for pursuing innovative projects, such as the successful Blues Concert, which was the idea of Rotarian Paulette Steele. He shared his view that these unique times provided the opportunity to innovate - he felt it was a time to encourage Rotarians to think differently so as to attract new members; and encourage older members to accept change to the rituals of the past which may no longer fit the new environment. It was important though to try and overcome the continuing loss of members and aim for retention of new members. It was important to attract people who wanted to join and stay long term in the Club.

He spoke of the challenge facing our local clubs resulting from the amalgamation of 2 Districts to create one new District 9630 next year; and he expressed his empathy for DG Elect Wendy Prothero for the challenges and size of the job she faced as DG of the new very large amalgamated District. The aim was to make the transition as smooth as possible and achieve an increase in net growth of members through increasing growth of every Club in the new District.

Neil advised that feelers were being put out to try and find Rotarians willing to assume Assistant Governor positions to help Wendy. Maybe members of Maleny Club might be willing to assist. Neil turned to Craig Sim and said he felt Craig would fit in well and joked there was “no pressure”.

Finally, he urged members to attend the Annual Conference in Kingaroy planned for 26 – 28 March 2021 – the final conference for District 9600 and the last one to be held in the Bush.

In closing the meeting President Greg asked members to help with and participate in the many activities planned for the future including the following:
26 August – Combined Service Clubs Forum at RSL focussed on Domestic Violence – 4 speakers – Contact Val France.
29 August – Pride in Workmanship Awards (likely at Tranquil Park) – Contact Alan Wilson.
3pm on 31 August - Hanging 2021 Calendar photographs at Maple 3 – volunteers to help -Contact Lionel Tilley.
13 September – Ironman event at Sunshine Coast – Register as volunteers of Hinterland Club – Contacts ADG Jan Lawton and Chris Brooker.
3 October – Donations in Kind (DIK) container loading – volunteers needed – please advise Bernice.
19 Sep - 4 Oct - Daily car parking at the Australia Zoo – contact Chris Brooker.

In closing President Greg thanked the DG and ADG for visiting the Club and wished them a safe journey back home; he also reminded members of upcoming special birthdays and anniversaries.  

The meeting concluded at 2030h.

MALENY EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT FUND
We are grateful to CL for the following information which has been forwarded by the Principal of the River School. A parent has written:
 
To whom it may concern:
 
I wanted to personally express my gratitude to your organization for your financial contribution towards my daughter's  camp fees, I was over the moon to receive the news and as you can imagine it has helped immensely with making this experience happen for her. Thank you so very much for your generosity.

PRIDE OF WORKMANSHIP AWARDS
A successful Presentation Dinner was held at Tranquil Park on 29 August.  President Greg handed awards to five nominees.


 

A vote of thanks was given to Paulette Steele for her organisation of the awards and the dinner.  A full report will be posted on a separate blog.

FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
9th September
Board Meeting.

13th September
Ironman at Maroochydore.

16th September
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Business Meeting.

30th September
Vocational visit
 

3rd October
DIK container loading.

7th October
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Wayne Litherland on ROMAC.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES FOR SEPTEMBER
4th John & Bernice McLennan  6th Melinda and Ashley Martin 18th Andy & Mia Schouteten   28th Keith & Gloria Rogers

BIRTHDAY FOR SEPTEMBER
17th Judi Ross-Smith 29th Mia Schouteten

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
NOT COVID 19 RELATED
A GOOD NEWS STORY FROM DIFFICULT TIMES

 It’s 1932 and Australia is in the grip of the Great Depression.
One in three workers are unemployed.
Decrepit shanty towns hug the outskirts of the big cities.
A scrawny rabbit caught in a trap will feed a family for a week.
Country roads are filled with broken men walking from one farmhouse to another seeking menial jobs and food.
 On the outskirts of the South Gippsland town of Leongatha, an injured farmer lies in bed unable to walk – or work.
World War I hero Captain Leo Tennyson Gwyther is in hospital with a broken leg and the family farm is in danger of falling into ruins.
 Up steps his son, nine-year-old Lennie.
With the help of his pony Ginger Mick, Lennie ploughs the farm’s 24 paddocks and keeps the place running until his father can get back on his feet.
 How to reward him?
 Lennie has been obsessively following one of the biggest engineering feats of the era – the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
He wants to attend its opening.
With great reluctance, his parents agree he can go.
 So Lennie saddles up Ginger Mick, packs a toothbrush, pyjamas, spare clothes and a water bottle into a sack, and begins the 1000+ kilometre trek to Sydney.
 Alone.
 That’s right.
 A nine-year-old boy riding a pony from the deep south of Victoria to the biggest and roughest city in the nation.
 Told you it was a different era.
 No social media.
 No mobile phones.
 But even then it doesn’t take long before word begins to spread about a boy, his horse and their epic trek.
 The entire population of small country towns gather on their outskirts to welcome his arrival.
 He survives bushfires, is attacked by a “vagabond” and endures rain and cold, biting winds.
 When he reaches Canberra he is welcomed by Prime Minister Joseph Lyons, who invites him into Parliament House for tea.
 When he finally arrives in Sydney, more than 10,000 people line the streets to greet him.
He is besieged by autograph hunters.
He becomes a key part of the official parade at the bridge’s opening.
He and Ginger Mick are invited to make a starring appearance at the Royal Show.
Even Donald Bradman, the biggest celebrity of the Depression era, requests a meeting and gives him a signed cricket bat.
 A letter writer to The Sydney Morning Herald at the time gushes that “just such an example as provided by a child of nine summers, Lennie Gwyther was, and is, needed to raise the spirit of our people and to fire our youth and others to do things – not to talk only.
“The sturdy pioneer spirit is not dead … let it be remembered that this little lad, when his father was in hospital, cultivated the farm – a mere child.”
 When Lennie leaves Sydney for home a month later, he has become one of the most famous figures in a country craving uplifting news.
 Large crowds wave handkerchiefs.
Women weep and shout “goodbye”.
According to The Sun newspaper, “Lennie, being a casual Australian, swung into the saddle and called ‘Toodleloo!’”.
 He finally arrives home to a tumultuous reaction in Leongatha.
 He returns to school and soon life for Lennie – and the country – returns to normal.
 These days you can find a bronze statue in Leongatha commemorating Lennie and Ginger Mick.
 But Australia has largely forgotten his remarkable feat – and how he inspired a struggling nation.
 Never taught about him in school?
 Never heard of him before?
 Spread the word.
 We need to remember – and celebrate – Lennie Gwyther and his courageous journey.
 It's a great story.
 God knows we need these stories now, more than ever.
 

Saturday, 15 August 2020

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 19th August 2020

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 62 No.4

WEDNESDAY 19TH AUGUST 2020

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for District Governor's visit - Partners' Night.

APOLOGIES AND MEALS
Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS                
                               19th Aug       2nd Sep       6th Sep     
Duty Officer            Rick V           Chris B        Malcolm B
Assist DO               Angela G       Laurelle O   Sherryl G   
Registration            John McL       Fran T         Bill H        
Fellowship              Lionel T         Keith R         Peter McG

SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
None at present.

PRESIDENT'S NOTES
(a)    Future Meetings under the amended Qld COVID-19 Regulations
The various changes made for our last meeting at the Maleny Hotel on 5 August 2020 have been well received by members, and face to face meetings will definitely continue. We will however further improve our procedures by making separate registration and meal ordering areas on entry to the meeting room.
The club also now has an eftpos machine available for meal payments.

(b)    Projects and Activities
1.    Club visit by DG Neil Black and AG Jan Lawton
The club is honoured and excited to have DG Neil Black and AG Jan Lawton visiting at our next meeting at the Maleny Hotel.  We are arranging a short tour of Maleny commencing at 4.30pm and look forward to showing them the results of our many local club projects over the past 60 years.
2.    Pride of Workmanship Awards
Our Vocational Director Paulette Steele and her energetic team have received 6 nominations for the Pride of Workmanship awards from local businesses and organizations. Some of these have had articles written up in the GCM News.
Invitations will be sent out shortly to our first Pride of Workmanship Awards ceremony and presentation dinner since 2012 being held on Saturday 29th August at Tranquil Park. Meal charges are $35 per head for a 2 course dinner. Partners are welcome.
Nominees don’t pay for the dinner but everyone else does including nominators and partners of nominees if they want to come.
The plaques from the Rotary Club of Pennant Hills have been ordered with engraving.
3.    Domestic Violence Signage Project
In a joint collaboration with local Zonta, Quota, and Lions Clubs, newly redesigned Domestic Violence signs have been collected. Permissions for installation are now being sought at several locations including facilities owned and controlled by Sunshine Coast Council and the Body Corporate of the Riverside Centre. I am calling on several of our male members to volunteer to help place the new signage into Mens Toilet Facilities around Maleny and the hinterland.
A Domestic Violence Forum has been organised for 5.30 PM on Wednesday 26 August at the Maleny RSL with highly experienced and knowledgeable speakers from within our Sunshine Coast region. Numbers are limited and as attendance is by invitation only, please contact Sherryl to advise that you are interested in attending as soon as possible.
The club is also donating some new “Post Office Red” paint to assist with the renovation of the listening seat outside the Post Office and it will have a Rotary Logo added to it along with logos from Quota International, Zonta and the Maleny Mens Shed.
4.    Vocational Visit
Arrangements for our next Vocational night on 30 September 2020 have been booked with Forest Heart Eco Nursery at Coral St Maleny followed by a possible wine tasting activity after and then a Pizza night - to be confirmed at our next meeting.
5.    Solar Buddies Project
Chris B has been in contact with Brian Becconsall from RC Kenmore re purchasing kits through that club for Members of RC Maleny to assemble.
6.    Interact Aprons Project:
Materials have been acquired and club members have met to progress the logistics of cutting out and printing of the Aprons for the Maleny Interact Club.
7.    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, our Club has now completed a Commonwealth Community Environment Grant we obtained in the sum of $20,000 to purchase and plant native trees shrubs and ground covers 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.
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.
Our partner MDSRC has also just received confirmation of a Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant in the sum of $35,000 for the purchase and installation of playground equipment, and investigations are now in progress for the selection of appropriate equipment to match the pioneer settler theme of the park space.
8.    Winter Blues Drive In Concert at Maleny Showgrounds Saturday 18 July20
Our innovative fundraising event has been a massive success for the club on so many fronts. We:-
•    supported our local arts community through payments to our musicians and by making an event such as this available to attend in these COVID 19 impacted times,
•    lifted and hopefully changed and improved our profile within our community through an enormous increase in visits to our website, and likes to our facebook page not just from locals but interestingly from Rotary Clubs worldwide,
•    brought to the hinterland the largest outdoor relocatable electronic screen available in Australia,
•    combined an indoor and outdoor drive in concert,
•    made a profit that we shall use to fund our own Community Grants scheme,
•    increased our club event skills tenfold and above all
•    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.
Thanks again to our members for their research, hard work, dedication and time to make this event so successful. Further work is now being done to follow up the gathering of feedback from all partners and the community, and to publish further articles about the event in our local media and the Rotary Down Under Magazine.
9.    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. 2000 calendars have been printed and collected and Lionel is calling for volunteers to hang the photographs at Maple 3 on Monday 31 August.
10.    Maleny Park Run
The Board has approve expenditure of $850 toward the Maleny Park Run establishment costs.
11.    Nepal Earthquake Rehabilitation - Womens' Empowerment Training and Business Development Project Phase 1
The project has been completed. We have received the acquittal report from CL and Jim and it has been so rewarding to read of the outcomes provided to so many women in Nepal.  An outstanding project.
12.    Ebenezer School Project
One of our clubs longest running projects has finally come to an end with the completion of the school and its opening for students. Many thanks to so many current and past members for their valuable contributions
13.    Maleny Education Support Fund
The benefits of this combined project to local youth are continuing and we look forward to further updates on the project from CL throughout the year.
14.    Project to mark 100 years of Rotary in Australia
This is currently a work in progress.  I would be pleased if you would put on your thinking caps and we will also be holding a brainstorming session at our club meeting on 15 September to further establish ideas for a 100 year project to celebrate this remarkable Rotary milestone in Australia and other fundraising ideas.
15.    Membership
It has been resolved by the Board on the recommendation of the Membership committee to:
•    seize the opportunity to promote Rotary at any Club activities or with any projects in which MRC has contributed a significant investment.
•    apply for a suitable grant to review/produce a new club brochure and update our social media platforms to produce a high quality social media product, and that MRC quarantine $1000 per year to be used for communication purposes.
•    that three or four members be identified to generate content for promotional purposes.
16.    Presidents Meeting/ Ironman Event on 13 September 2020
I am attending a Presidents Meeting at Yandina today and will report further on the outcomes as soon as possible and in particular in relation to the times required for participation by our member volunteers at the upcoming Ironman Event.
The Rotary Club of Nambour 76 have 6 volunteers for the morning shift from 4.30am till 8.30am.
Jan is seeking assistance from 8.30 till 12.30.pm, and for the next shift from 12.noon till 3pm. We are required to be at the registration area 15mins to register prior to arriving at the gear tent.
17.    PNG Project
Our guest speaker for the 2 September 2020 meeting from Eumundi RC will be speaking on the PNG hospital project
There should be no doubt that our club has risen to the challenge made by RI President-elect Holger Knaack 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.

MINUTES OF MEETING OF 5TH AUGUST
This was the second dinner meeting at the Hotel since the start of COVID-19 restrictions. The set-up in the dinner room at the first meeting on 15th July was not satisfactory to most of the members. Following that Greg and Chris met with hotel management and the set-up for this meeting was significantly better. Tables were set for four or six and spaced appropriately. The Club’s ‘sheepdog’ and COVID-19 Compliance Officer Chris B was very active nipping at our heels to ensure separation and that members were seated at all times.
We were pleased to welcome two guests – well known locals Craig  Sim of Maleny Communications and Jill Morris.
President Greg opened the meeting with the usual formalities albeit in a mixed order! Meals were served quickly followed by brief reports including:
•    District Grants
•    Domestic Violence Signage Project
•    Pride of Workmanship
•    Maleny Settlers Green working bee
•    Winter Blues concert

The Sergeant Chris, briefly relieved of his ‘sheepdog’ duties, applied a few ridiculous fines.

The programmed guest speakers did not arrive so our guest Craig from Maleny Communications had his arm bent sufficiently to give us an entertaining brief on his experiences as a long term Apex member in several different towns, primarily Mackay and Maleny. It is very evident that Apex members, being a much younger group, get up to a far bit of ‘michief’ while serving the community with their many projects. Craig was thanked by the unprepared ADO Jeff.

Jeff C gave the vote of thanks.

The meeting closed at 8:35pm.

FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
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.

9th Sep
Board Meeting.

16th Sep
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Business Meeting.

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 MASCULINE PROBLEM WITH LOCK DOWN


AND A POSSIBLE SOLUTION


 

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 5th August 2020

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 62 No.3
WEDNESDAY 5TH AUGUST 2020

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

APOLOGIES AND MEALS
Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

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

SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
None at present.

PRESIDENT'S NOTES
(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.

MINUTES OF MEETING OF 15TH JULY
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.

FUTURE MEETINGS AND EVENTS
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.

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
ADVICE SHOULD FACE MASKS BECOME COMPULSORY