Sunday, 28 February 2021

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 3rd March 2021

 "THE RANGE"  Vol. 63 No.16


Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Rick Paget, the new coordinator of the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre.

Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

                       3rd March      7th March          7th April   
Duty Officer     Paulette S     Jim A                 Phillip  S  
Assist DO          Rick V           Roly N               Ric T     
Registration     Malcolm B      Bernice McL      James McC
Fellowship       John W          Keith R              Chris B

13th March
0730 -1030  Fran Tickle + 2 TBA

1030 - 1330  Chris Ross-Smith +2 TBA

a) Brian Allen - Its fantastic news to hear that Brian is on the mend after his recent quad bike accident. As Bernice and Gillian have shared, many thanks to our Emergency Services, and hospital staff at SCUH. We all wish Brian a speedy recovery, but as Brian is likely to be “a bit” sore for some time yet, I encourage members to visit Brian in Room 3, Ward 4B at SCUH or you may call him on his Room phone via the Ward. 
(b) At our meeting at The Maleny Hotel on 3rd March under Qld COVID-19 Regulations Rick Paget, the recently appointed Community Coordinator & Development Worker at the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, is our guest speaker and I look forward to his insight to various changes and developments at the MNC. I am also very much looking forward to the induction of Des Crane and his welcome into our Rotary family. 
(c) Our Calendar - We are well into the 3rd quarter of the Rotary Year and although we achieved some fantastic outcomes during February, our calendar for March through to June is looking very busy:
09 Mar 10 am Members of D&FV & Elder Abuse Collaboration to meet at Balmoral. 
09 Mar 11 am Maleny Settlers Green : Management Meeting to discuss selection of playground equipment.
11 Mar D&FV& Elder Abuse forum with hairdressers and beauty and message therapist organised at Maleny Neighbourhod Centre from 6pm to 8 pm. The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre has also agreed to come on board the collaborative partnership. 
14 Mar Ironman event Volunteer assistance by Club members at Mooloolaba from 4.30am to 3pm. 
14 Mar Club members attending Interact Conference. 
17 Mar Wendy Glesson booked in to speak at our meeting at Maleny Hotel.
26-28 Mar Kingaroy – Rotary District Conference. 
This is the last District 9600 Conference. Ever. You won't want to miss this. Registrations Close: 18th March.  Accommodation: Am assured by the DG Neil Black that there is heaps of accommodation available. The conference has been well organised, has several great speakers and a rural Qld town very keen to show off the best of good old country hospitality. 
I encourage as many members as possible to join Bernice and John McL, Paulette S, Craig S and myself for a fun weekend with some serious networking, education and an opportunity to exchange ideas. I will be distributing raffle tickets to be drawn at the conference at our next meeting. The prizes are out of this world including a motor vehicle. 
17 Apr SC South Cluster Gala Dinner at Maroochydore RSL – (Wendy Gleeson)
24 Apr Hinterland Cluster 100 years of Rotary celebration breakfast at Beersheba Living Museum 8.30 am for 9 am.
8 May Assistance required for Smart Living Society Limited Gambling night at RSL by 6 Rotarians. Club will be paid donation of $1000 - 5.30 for 6 pm Free entry and a meal. Training provided 16 May 2012 Town Meets Country Race Day at Corbould Park organised by Rotary Club of Brisbane 
29 to 30 May 2021 Maleny Agricultural Show . Calling all hands for car parking and Rotary Food stall.
(d) Community Project(s) for 100 years celebrations in 2021. The Board has resolved to proceed with 2 local projects to mark the occassion:
- Peace Poles with up to 10 languages in local schools. An estimate of costs for the poles and the plaques to be obtained.
- An upgrade of the Rotary memorial stone at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve or more resting benches within the reserve.
(e) Our next red bench project is at Maleny Pioneer Village, and I have received a quote for materials from Malcolm Baker for consideration by the Speak Up Now  partners on or before their next meeting on 9 March.
(f) And many thanks to Rick V for giving a well received presentation on behalf of our Club at the MDSRC AGM offering the benefit of our wisdom and experiences for compliance with COVID 19 requirements and condition, so that numerous other Maleny Clubs and organisations may hold planned events during 2021 and beyond. Another fantastic opportunity for our Club to make even more local connections during this year. Be prepared to give Rick a hand if you get a call or tap on the shoulder.

"Its not my year, its our year”.

What a privilege to have been present at the Rotary Meeting last week on the 17 February – a rare opportunity to welcome the members of the Glasshouse MountaIns Rotary Club to make it a joint meeting; and the presence of Tony Long the incoming Assistant Governor responsible for the new Rotary District 9620 Cluster, which must be one of the largest in our region, representing not only the Glasshouse and Maleny clubs but the clubs in Caloundra and Sunshine Coast and every club in Papua New Guinea. Tony spoke about the upcoming PETS Zoom program in April; the upcoming 13 day RYDA program starting on 6 May when 2300 students were anticipated to attend a program which would include road rider and driver training safety. Members were urged to contact Fran Tickle if there were any Maleny students intending to attend the Interact Conference.

Additionally, a special welcome and congratulations were conveyed to a lovely couple from Glasshouse Rotary who had decided just that day to marry. A beautiful engagement ring that Peter purchased at the Maleny jewellers confirmed the happy announcement.

Other important issues reported included:
1. The huge success of the solar buddies program at the RSL where young students prepared kits each of which had to be accompanied with a handwritten message from the student who put together the kit.
2. Rick Vickers reported the intention of the Club to offer guidance and assistance to The Showgrounds management and other clubs to help them follow the rules required to avoid the spread of the virus at events, especially eating areas. The Club had a significant amount of knowledge having organised events which had been planned and delivered in accordance with Covid19 rules and requirements for tracking any outbreaks of the virus and how to assure very high standards of hygiene in eating areas.
3. Chris Brooker reported that Anzac Day would proceed as normal.
4. Craig and Paulette were working hard to finalise the Club's new website and it was noted that Paulette’s damage to her leg was clearly healing well as she had been able to abandon the crutch.
5. Lionel and Jeff (the 2 gardening gurus) were thanked by the President for completing gardening requirements on the Precinct.
6. For some reason the age of the Presidents laptop was raised with a reminder that the new replacement was still at Concept IT.

The usual fines session inflicted on members included a reverse fine by Roly who fined Chris Brooker for some peccadillo.

Our special keynote speaker was Sam Hughes (who only completed High School 3 months ago) and left us in awe of his imminent planned departure (on 15 March) to journey around Australia on a tractor towing a 7 m trailer loaded with of all things – a redundant flying Doctor plane- demonstrating his plan to follow the REDEX route north to Longreach, Darwin, and across the Nullarbor raising funds for flying doctor centres. He anticipated being en route for up to 12 months. His current sponsors included Rotary (Maleny President donated a cheque), Akubra hats, and his fuel requirements from the local Liberty Station.

10th March Board Meeting.

14th March Interact Conference at Caboolture

                   Sunshine Coast Ironman Event

17th March Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for a Business Meeting.

26-28th March Last D9600 District Conference at Kingaroy.

31st March Vocational Visit TBA.

7th April Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Guest Speaker to be announced.

5th Judy Tilley  26th Rick Vickers



Sunday, 14 February 2021

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 17th February 2021

 "THE RANGE"  Vol. 63 No.15


Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker the Travelling Jackaroo Sam Hughes plus a Business Meeting.

Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

                       17th Feb         3rd March     17th March   
Duty Officer     Bill H              Paulette S     Jim A
Assist DO          Angela G         Rick V           Roly N  
Registration     Lionel T          Malcolm B      Bernice McL
Fellowship       Chris R-S         John W          Keith R

20th February
0730 -1030  Roly Neiper   Brian Allen   Fran Tickle
1030 - 1330 Lionel Tilley   Andy Schouteten   Rick Vickers 

(a) Past the halfway mark of the 2020/2021 Rotary Year
We have crossed into February 2021 and are gearing up for some interesting and fulfilling service work over the coming months. As I have previously mentioned, Rotary International President Holger Knaack said at the start of his term, “its not my year, its our year”. On the basis of the connections we have made, the opportunities we have opened, and what we collectively are continuing to do and are planning to do during these COVID 19 impacted times to serve our community and to grow and engage our members, I am proud to say his statement rings true for the members of our Rotary Club of Maleny.
(b) Our next meeting at The Maleny Hotel on Wed 17 Feb 2021 under Qld COVID-19 Regulations. We will be blessed with 2 guest speakers at our joint assembly with Glasshouse Rotary Club at our next meeting. The line-up will include:
-local young Wootha adventurer, Sam Hughes the Travelling Jackeroo. Attached is a photo of his rig to which our Rotary signs will be attached shortly;


- Tony Long the incoming AG for our new Rotary Cluster as of 1 Jul 2021.
(c) Our Maleny Rotary Settlers Green maintenance crew joined Mike Norman from MDSRC on 10th  February for a working bee to trim the low branches of the top Moreton Bay Fig tree, and clean up and remove the sticks and fallen branches from under it together with the assortment of weeds and grasses popping up in the new gardens that we helped fund and establish last year. A huge thank you to Jeff C, Lionel T, Chris B, Roly N and yours truly. I have attached a few photos of crew members in action.

(d) Sherryl G and myself along Val France, Barb Smith and other members of our Speak Up Now Stop Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse Collaboration attended at the Maleny Pioneer Village on 10th February to be presented with a $500 cheque from the Maleny Horseless Carriage Club. Our next red bench project is at Maleny Pioneer Village, and a DV& EA forum with hairdressers, beauty and message therapists is being organised for 11th March at Maleny Neighbourhood Centre. The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre has also agreed to come on board the collaborative partnership. Attached is a photo of the presentation.

(e) It was also a pleasure to join 6 other Maleny Rotarians last Thursday at 11 am at the Maleny RSL to monitor Year 6 students of The River School assemble Solar Lights. As Sherryl G wrote to School Principal Ann Donoghoe:
“Dear Ann, 
We are very happy to report that the Year 6 class excelled themselves in their behaviour and enthusiastic participation in the Solar Light project yesterday. As you can see from the attached photo, Chris Brooker who coordinated the project and Rotary President Greg Williams were very satisfied with the end result. It was a rich learning experience for the students, I believe (and us). Lots of lessons were learnt and not just about solar light kits and the need for them in energy poor countries. The importance of reading and following instructions, that it’s ok to ask for help, that perseverance wins out in the end (the screws were very tiny and it took a bit of dexterity to get them in right), and that the more kits you make up the more letters you have to write and lots more. Chris also talked about the significance of the RSL hall and some of the memorabilia in there.
Many thanks to Trudi and the parents who attended. We had 7 Rotarians there in all and we all enjoyed communicating with the young people and seeing how happy they were to be involved in the project and so proud particularly when they finished their first kit. 
Chris has organised with Trudi to pick up all the letters early next week and the kits and letters will be returned to the Solar Buddy warehouse to be distributed overseas. Thank you again for enabling us to complete this collaborative project with the River School. We have more projects in the pipeline that we would like to discuss with you too, once we have signed off on this one and sent in the final report. The Rotary Foundation Grant Committee approved a grant of $1000 to assist in the payment of the kits.”

Ann Donoghoe replied to Sherryl: “Thank you so much for this wonderful feedback. The students returned to school very happy with the experience and enjoyed the company of RSL members and the opportunity to work side-by-side doing something that will make a difference to those less fortunate. The photo is fabulous. I will put your email and photo in my next report to our School Board.
Many thanks to Chris B, Sherryl G, Bernice McL, John McL, Jeff C and Ric T for their assistance' 

(f) Several club members also attended the MDSRC AGM on the 11th Feb at 6 pm. Rick V gave a well received presentation on behalf of our Maleny Rotary Club offering the benefit of our wisdom and experiences for compliance with COVID 19 requirements and conditions so that numerous other Maleny Clubs and organisations may hold planned events during 2021 and beyond. Chris B was also reappointed as Patron of MDSRC for the 10th year. The attached photo includes a snap of Jo Turner who has overseen the start up of Maleny Trail Parkrun. The free run or walk is going gangbusters and attracted 119 participants last Saturday. Our financial and other contributions to the commencement of this event are being repaid tenfold with improvement to the health and wellness of our local community.
It was a pleasure to see our own James McC cross the finish line in a smart time last Saturday.
(g) Upcoming events
14 Mar Ironman event Volunteer assistance by club members&nbsp
14 Mar Interact Conference 
17 Mar Wendy Glesson booked in to speak at our meeting at Maleny Hotel
26-28 Mar Kingaroy – Rotary District Conference 
This is the last District 9600 Conference. Ever. You won't want to miss this. Registrations Close: 18th March | Accommodation: First in, best dressed
17 Apr SC South Cluster Gala Dinner at Maroochydore RSL – (Wendy Gleeson)
24 Apr Hinterland Cluster 100 years of Rotary celebration breakfast at Beersheba Living Museum 8.30 am 
8 May Assistance required for Smart Living Society Limited Gambling night at RSL by 6 Rotarians. Club will be paid donation of $1000. 5.30 for 6 pm Free entry and a meal . Training provided.
16 May Town Meets Country Race Day at Corbould Park organised by Rotary Club of Brisbane 
29 to 30 May Maleny Agricultural Show 
(h) Club made several donations and financial commitments :
- Up to $850 towards the purchase of a coffee machine for Maleny Interact Club;
- $1500 to the Rotary Foundation;
- $1000 to the Nepal - Business Entrepreneurship Training & Support for Women with Disability Project; 
- $5000 for our Maleny Rotary Community Grants program with up to a maximum of $1000 per applicant;
- Community Project(s) for 100 year celebrations in 2021. We have resolved to proceed with 2 local projects:
1. Peace Poles with up to 10 languages in local schools. An estimate of costs for the poles and the plaques to be obtained.
2. An upgrade of the Rotary Memorial Stone at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve or more resting benches within the reserve.

President Greg welcomed members and guest Des Crane to the meeting. Greg advised that the Pride of Workmanship Award to Melanie Franti was duly presented during the week in her workplace at the IGA. The Club container clean-up was successful with those members who assisted reporting that it was a bit of a trip down memory lane. It was decided that some Club memorabilia needed to be farewelled and sadly or otherwise that’s the last we’ll see of Rudolph.
Chris B reported on the Solar Light project which gets underway on Thursday 11 February at the RSL. 20 Year 6 students from The River School will work with the assistance of some Rotary members to assemble the kits which will then be donated to students in schools in need overseas. We have bought 50 kits with the aid of a Rotary Foundation District Grant. The students will also learn about solar energy and the needs of young people in countries that are energy poor. They will also work back at school on writing letters to the recipients of their lights.
Sherryl gave an update on the Domestic and Family Violence project, Speak up Now, which was established as a combined service club project between RC of Maleny, Zonta Club of the Blackall Range, and Quota Maleny. The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre has accepted an invitation to be part of the planning committee for the project. The Historical Society is donating $500 to the project; funds from their recent successful open day. The committee is working on a Cheese and Wine event in March for hairdressers and barbers in town. Representatives of a Bribie Island organisation Hairdressers with Hearts will attend along with other D&FV services to present information and resources for hairdressers.
Lionel reported that calendar sales were up on last year with just a few left. 2000 calendars were printed last year.
Maleny Show May 2021: It is likely that the show will be held in some form, though maybe just a one-day event this year.

Member, Fran Tickle, was our guest speaker for the night. She gave an account of her early life in Brisbane where her life was about family and friends. She loved school except for her music teacher Sister Andrina of whom she was terrified. She always wanted to be a teacher. However, against advice she left school after completing Junior and got her first job.
Through her early teenage years she would accompany her father to the various War Veterans Homes and together with others they would entertain them. Her Dad had a beautiful baritone voice and Fran would play the piano for him and do a bit of singing. Though she didn’t realise it at the time, this was Fran’s first introduction to service of others.
Fran worked from age 15 to her retirement just before she was 69. Her employment included working in a solicitor’s office, 12 years as a civilian with the army and in 1987 she joined Education Queensland at Glasshouse Mountains SS and the next year started at Maleny High School where she served on the Chaplaincy committee for 15 years. This opened up a whole new world for her - the world of young people. She loved working with Chappy and the kids and was drawn to those ones who were doing it tough. “I could see good people inside struggling to get out” she said.
She enjoyed overseas trips to Israel, Turkey, Greece, Ireland and the UK but most influential in her life was a 3 week volunteer stint in the Solomon Islands where she helped to set up a library. She came back with a passion to do something to help make their lives better. So she set about collecting books with the vision of a class of 70 kids and just 20 desks still in her mind. She talked to Chappy who suggested she contact Maleny Rotary and the rest is history. This led to the establishment of the very successful Interact Club at Maleny SHS chartered in 2006 which Fran coordinated. She said “We had the very best kids in Interact. They were enthusiastic, they worked hard, we had fun, we made fools of ourselves, and did all manner of things to raise money”. Fran still keeps contact with many of the students and families whom she helped and paid tribute to Rotary members who worked along with her on Interact projects, as well as school staff including former principal Brian King. Fran summed up her talk by saying that she loved being part of this community, of being involved, in Rotary, the Music ministry at church, Erowal, Choir, her oldies, and her family.

 “This is my life”.

It was wonderful to hear Fran’s story. Her continued involvement in the community, her compassion for those doing it tough, as well as her cheerful and positive nature is an inspiration to us all.

24th February No meeting.

3rd March Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Rick Paget, the new coordinator of the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre.

10th March Board Meeting.

14th March Interact Conference at Caboolture
                   Sunshine Coast Ironman Event

17th March Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for a Business Meeting.

26-28th March Last D9600 District Conference at Kingaroy.

18th Jeff Cornfoot  28th Marlene Hankinson



In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a healthy young wife by the name of Dorothy. And Dot Com was a comely woman, large of breast, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com. 

And she said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?" 

And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, "How, dear?" 

And Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. The sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)." 

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. 

And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent. 

To prevent neighbouring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures - Hebrew To The People (HTTP). 

And the young men did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS. 

And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land. Indeed he did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates' drumheads and drumsticks. 

And Dot did say, "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others." 

And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel , or eBay as it came to be known. 

He said, "We need a name that reflects what we are." 

And Dot replied, "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators." 

"YAHOO," said Abraham. 

And because it was Dot's idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com. 

Abraham's cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot's drums to locate things around the countryside. 

It soon became known as God's Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE). 

Well, that is how it all began.  

Sunday, 17 January 2021

 "THE RANGE"  Vol. 63 No.14


Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for My Story by Fran Tickle and Peter McQuoid.

Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

                        3rd Feb         17th Feb         3rd March    
Duty Officer     Jeff C            Bill H              Paulette S
Assist DO          Sherryl G       Angela G         Rick V      
Registration     John McL        Lionel T          Malcolm B
Fellowship       Alan W           Chris R-S         John W    

20th February
0730 -1030  Roly Neiper  Brian Allen  Fran Tickle

1030 - 1330 Lionel Tilley  Andy Schouteten  Rick Vickers 

(a) We are up and running 
Thanks to all our members who attended our first meeting back at the Maleny Hotel, and especially to our newest member, Peter McQuoid for his very humorous recount of some of his work experiences. A further thankyou to those members who attended the Apex Breakfast and the Citizenship ceremony held on Australia Day at the Maleny Showground to witness and welcome 18 new Australian citizens.
(b) Our next meeting at The Maleny Hotel on Wed 3 February 2021 
It looks all clear for us to meet as usual at the Maleny Hotel to share in some further fellowship, tall stories and  interesting guest speakers. 
(c) Community Project(s) for 100 years celebrations in 2021. 
Can I remind members that Rick Vickers has called for members to join a new subcommittee to further research, cost and/or partner with others to undertake one or more beneficial projects and events.
(d) Also confirming that we will be having a joint Assembly meeting with RC of Glasshouse Mountains with a suggested date of 17 February at the Maleny Hotel. 
Tony Long from Glasshouse Club is the incoming AG for our new Rotary Cluster.
(e )Domestic and Family Violence collaboration with Zonta
Hairdressers with Heart Project: The committee met with representatives of this Bribie Island organisation last week and we plan to hold an information event in March 2021 for Range hairdressers to introduce the project. 
(f) 100 Celebration breakfast
At our Presidents Cluster meeting yesterday, it was clear local members were not prepared to travel to the events being organised in Brisbane and preferred a local low cost inclusive event to celebrate 100 years of Rotary.
Presidents from all of our Cluster clubs have made a decision to hold a centenary celebration of Rotary at the Beersheba Living Museum on Saturday 24 April. It will be a BYO breakfast from 8.30am with a charge of $10 per head to provide the seed funding for our Cluster clubs centenary project.
All of our current clubs will continue to be involved in and support the proposed project with the aim of involving all Sunshine Coast Rotary Clubs in the future . Details of the project will follow in due course.

President Greg opened the meeting by welcoming 21 members and two guests, Des Crane and David Kaye. Because of a kitchen delay, he invited Peter McQuoid to give an impromptu preview of his early life. In a very amusing way, Peter said that he had been brought up on a farm in WA and qualified as an accountant.  This somehow led to him to flying in boxes of fresh burramundi from Indonesia to Sydney where he became a fishmonger. That was followed by work on an offshore gas platform before accepting an accountancy role in PNG.  Unfortunately no on knew who he was when he arrived at Cooper's PNG office. This saga was cut short when the meal arrived and we look forward to the second installment.
The Duty Officer for the evening has reported that there was a scintillating Sergeant's Session which was followed by business matters.
- Solar Buddies 
A working bee has been arranged on 11 February at the RSL at 11.30am with children from the River School to assemble 40 for despatch to Asia.
- Red Benches
Andrew Wallace spoke at the installation of the second bench at MNC.  The Sunshine Coast Council is to install four new benches including one in Maleny.
- New Website
Paulette is using the $3,000 grant from the Council to get Clive Waring to upgrade the website and design a new brochure
- Calendars
Rick V reported that sales have been going well.
- Zambia School
Angela G had great news - the school is operational.

10th February Board Meeting.

11th February Solar Buddy workshop at RSL.

17th February Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for a Business Meeting.

3rd March  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker to be announced.

10th March Board Meeting.   

Jeff Cornfoot  28th Marlene Hankinson



A group of seniors were sitting around talking about  all their ailments at the Coffee Club.

"My arms have got so weak I can hardly lift  this cup of  coffee," said  one. 

"Yes, I know," said another. "My cataracts are so bad;    I can't even see my coffee." 

"I couldn't even mark an "X" at election time because  my hands are so crippled," volunteered a  third.

"What?  Speak up! What? I can't hear you,” said one elderly lady.

“I can't turn my head because of the arthritis in my neck,"

Said one, to which several  nodded weakly in  agreement.
"My blood pressure pills make me so dizzy!" exclaimed  another.
"I forget where I am, and where I'm going," said another.
"I guess that's the price we pay for getting old," 
 Winced an old man as he slowly shook his  head.
The others nodded in  agreement.

"Well, count your blessings," said a woman cheerfully.... 
"Thank God we can all still  drive."


Sunday, 13 December 2020

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 16th December 2020

 "THE RANGE"  Vol. 63 No.12


Beersheba Living Museum at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Christmas Party with catering by Senor Paella.

Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

                        16th Dec    
Duty Officer     James McC  
Assist DO          Chris B                
Registration      Peter McG
Fellowship        John W     

16th January
0730 -1030  TBA

1030 - 1330 TBA

After a hectic last few days, I am looking forward to enjoying our Xmas Party with members this Wednesday at the Beersheba Living Museum and wish all members wives, partners and families a very merry Xmas and a happy safe healthy and prosperous 2021.

President Greg opened the meeting with a welcome to all Rotarians, with a special welcome to guests Kerry Nieper and Peter McQuoid (for the last time). This will be the last regular meeting for the year with the final meeting being the Christmas break-up.   Updates were provided on the following topics.
Elder Abuse Seminar: Bernice reported that this was an excellent seminar, an excellent presentation held at the Maleny RSL which highlighted the many issues current experienced in our community. Members were encouraged to attend any future seminar.

Memorial to Clem Renouf:  A memorial event is being planned to recognise the work done by Clem to Rotary international and polio plus. There will be more about this next year.

Bronze Shelter Box Award: Maleny Rotary was recognised for its contribution to the shelter box program over the last three years.

Blues Festival: Paulette gave an update on the evening event.

Induction: A most important event for the evening was the induction of a new member Peter McQuoid who was sponsored by Jeff Cornfoot. Phillip Stark conducted the ceremony, President Greg presented Peter with his dinner badge and information package, Roly Nieper will be his mentor. All members welcome Peter to the Club and look forward to his involvement in Club activities.

Peter has an accounting, auditing background and has been very active in his professional bodies. He has his own small business, troubleshooting business with financial and management issues. He has also had an active involvement in the community through the ambulance and scouts, and an interest in honey bees.

Guest Speaker: Our guest speaker for the evening, Joanne Turner, was introduced by Sherryl. Joanne has been the guiding force behind Park Run, Maleny which is holding its initial run on 19th December at the Maleny Sports and Recreational Precinct.  Park Run has a mission to bring together the community not just to get some healthy exercise but to be a support group for those who attend through contact with others. Park Run is now in 20 countries around the world, 400 locations in Australia, with over 600,000 runners involved. Every Saturday there are 410 events in Aust.    The course is 5 Km with members over the age of 11 running or walking the track. The events are run by volunteers who ensure the safety of participants. Joanne had to overcome many issues the get approval for the run, which took nearly two years, working with MDSR, Maleny Golf Club and the Sunshine Coast Council to get everyone on board.   Roly Nieper thanked Joanne for bringing Park Run to Maleny and for her tenacity in getting the event up and running.    

Closure: President Greg closed the meeting with an invitation to out Christmas Party on 16th December, at the Living Museum.

23rd December
No meeting

30th December
No meeting

6th January
Social event to be announced.

6th Chris & Jocelyn  12th Jim & Elaine plus Roly and Kerry 17th Lionel & Judy

11th Jim Atkinson  



(With apologies to Banjo Paterson)

I had written him a text 
Which I'd sent, hoping the next
Time he came in mobile coverage
He'd have time to say hello.
But I'd heard he'd lost his iPhone,
So I emailed him from my smart phone,
Just addressed, on spec, as follows:

And the answer redirected  
Wasn't quite what I'd expected
And it wasn't from the shearing mate
Who'd answered once before.
His ISP provider wrote it
And verbatim I will quote it: 
'This account has been suspended:
You won't hear from him any more.'

In my wild erratic fancy
Visions come to me of Clancy:
Out of reach of mobile coverage
Where the Western rivers flow.
Instead of tapping on the small screen,
He'd be camping by the tall green
River gums, a pleasure
That the town folk never know.

Well, the bush has friends to meet him
But the rest of us can't greet him:
Out there, even Telstra's network
Doesn't give you any bars.
He can't blog the vision splendid
Of the sunlit plains extended
Or tweet the wondrous glory 
Of the everlasting stars.

I am sitting at the keyboard
I'm too stressed out to be bored
As I answer all the emails
By the deadlines they contain.
While my screen fills with promotions
For 'Viagra' and strange potions
And announcements of the million-dollar
Prizes I can claim.

But the looming deadlines haunt me
And their harassing senders taunt me 
That they need response this evening
For tomorrow is too late!
But their texts, too quickly ended,
Often can't be comprehended
For their writers have no time to think, 
They have no time to wait.

And I sometimes rather fancy 
That I'd like to trade with Clancy:
Just set up an email bouncer
Saying 'Sorry, had to go.'
While he faced an inbox jamming
Up with deadlines and with spamming,
As he signed off every message:



Sunday, 29 November 2020

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 2nd December 2020

 "THE RANGE"  Vol. 63 No.11


Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Joanne Turner on Park Run.

Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

                        2nd Dec          16th Dec    
Duty Officer      Sherryl G        James McC  
Assist DO           Roly N            Chris B                
Registration      Keith R            Peter McG
Fellowship        Malcolm B       John W     

12th December
0730 -1030  Rick V   Chris R-S   Brian A

1030 - 1330  Greg W  TBA   TBA

16th January

1. It is great to hear that Malcolm B is back home from hospital with Nancy, and we all pray for his speedy recovery.

2.Domestic and Family Violence collaboration with Zonta, Quota, and Lions Clubs
(a) Auspicing Agreement and MOU
A draft MOU and Auspice Agreement is being circulated to collaborating partners and Board members of Rotary for comment and approval.
(b) Refurbishment of the Bench Seat outside the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre
A 4L tin of grey primer undercoat has been purchased and supplied to the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre for application to a timber bench seat to be located at the front of the Centre. The balance of the red paint left over after Malcolm B painted the Red Bench at the Maleny Post Office will also be used.
An official opening of the second Red Rose Foundation seat in Maleny is scheduled for noon at the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre on 17 December.

3. Foundation Seminar on 8 November

I was a very proud President of a contingent of 6 lively Rotarians from Maleny at what was the last Foundation Seminar for District 9600 before we merge to be part of District 9620, and have enclosed some photos for perusal.

4. Alan W’s prototype Market Kart
It was a privilege to accompany Alan to the Surfers Sunrise Club on the 14th November to celebrate the Surfers Sunrise club’s 25 year project to make and distribute over 10,000 wheelchairs to people in need of mobility and independence in over 60 countries around the globe.

We were taken on a tour of their fabulous workshop at Arundell and also met up with some of the teachers and students from the Gold Coast hinterland who are also involved in this great humanitarian project.  Our own Chris B has continued to make an enormous personal contribution to this project through the collection of bikes on the Sunshine Coast hinterland, their dismantling and subsequent transport initially to Surfers Paradise but also to Gladstone at his cost. We were also shown improved mobile housing pods based on the original prototype that we displayed at the Hinterland Aussie Day Expo earlier this year.

Interestingly, representatives from the Surfers Sunrise Club informed us that they have entered into arrangements to place the mobile sleeping pods at a local church for use by homeless persons who can also use them to store their valuables during the day. A great local low cost initiative to provide basic shelter for homeless people.
Alan W received some very encouraging remarks about the wide variety of uses to which his Market Kart prototype could be put and it was left at the club for further evaluation. I am certain we will hear further responses from Surfers Sunrise in the near future.

 I was also able to catch up with my cousin Ian Hodge who with his partner Robyn Burton had made arrangements to also donate to the Surfers Sunrise Club the wheelchair of their 16 year old adopted son Elijah – which he had outgrown – and which the club will sell to raise funds for their Wheelchair Project. Elijah is training to represent Australia at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris.

5. Induction of Peter McQuoid
I am looking forward to the induction of Peter at our next meeting. I know that Peter will be an enthusiastic and outstanding Rotarian, and hope members’ partners are also able to join with us in celebrating his induction to our Club and our worldwide Rotary Family.

6. Shelter Box Award 
Last Tuesday evening, it was my honour and privilege to represent our Club to receive a Bronze ShelterBox Champion Award at the 2020 Champion Award Virtual (Zoom) Ceremony that brought clubs together from all over Australia to celebrate the success of providing shelter to families in need.  Our Club was of a few Clubs from our district to receive an award, the others being Nundah,Karana-Bellbowrie,Samford Valley and Caboolture.

7. Website and Facebook Changes
A huge thanks to Phillip S and his team on the changes underway to remake and renew our website and Facebook pages and I encourage all members to take a peek before our next meeting.

8. President’s Cluster Meeting with AG Jan Lawton at Nambour 
Our Cluster Clubs have resolved to commence steps and actions to determine the processes and relevant contacts to best acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by Sir Clem Renouf to the eradication of Polio and the health and wellness of so many people throughout the world in and around the University of the Sunshine Coast with a roadside tree plant, creation of a park and or street renaming.

9. Upcoming Date Claimers 
(a) Elder Abuse Forum
This is scheduled for 10 am for 10.30 am at the Maleny RSL on 1 December. It promises to be a very interesting and informative event and already has over 50 registrations.
(b) RAWCS DIK Container Roster 
I am travelling down with AG Jan Lawton and several Rotarians from other clubs in our cluster to do some work at the Centre at Wacol on 5 Dec. We will be leaving Landsborough no later than 7 am. If any members are interested in joining us for the day, please give me a call.
We are car sharing, so will need to know on Wednesday night so our car arrangements can be finalised
(c) 5 Dec. First Maleny Park Run commencing at 7am sharp at the Beersheba Living  Museum, Parkland Drive off Porters Lane Maleny. Our upcoming guest speaker Jo Turner will discuss the race in greater detail at our next meeting.
(d) 11 Dec Maleny Chamber of Commerce Xmas Concert at Maleny Showgrounds from 5pm. Our Club are running the bar out of the Rotary Food Stall. 
(e) Australia Zoo Car Parking from Boxing Day for about 10 days. Chris B will organise the roster once notified of dates by Glasshouse Club.
(f) Xmas Party 
A booking has been made for the use of the Beersheba Living Museum on 16th December. A great local venue with heaps of space for our enjoyment.
(g) Hinterland Aussie Day Expo
Sadly, the event has been cancelled due to COVID 19.

A small but select group attended despite the attractions of State of Origin 3 and that is was an AGM. President Greg welcomed us and noted the attendance of guest Peter McQuoid before handing the meeting to Jim A to manage the AGM.
The 2019 AGM minutes were accepted and the election of the Board for 2021-2022 was conducted, resulting in the following members being appointed:
President:       Greg Williams
Vice-President:  Michael Gregory
Secretary:       Bernice McLennan
Treasurer:       Jim Atkinson
Directors:       Paulette Steele
                     Craig Sim
                     Angela Griffin / CL Claridge
                     Sherryl Gregory
There was no nominee for President Elect 2022 – 2023
The ‘new’ Board was applauded and there being no further business the AGM was closed.

A short and sharp Sergeant’s session followed. The meeting then heard reports on current and future activities. In brief;
- Lionel talked about the lectern funded by Rotary and made by Blackall Range ‘Woodies’ for the MDSRC.
- Sherryl mentioned the Elder Abuse Forum to be held on December 1st at the RSL. No – it will NOT be another Sergeant’s session! 
- Plans for Australia Day are still under discussion. Cancellation is likely.
- The 1st Park Run is planned for 5th December
- The 2019 World Polio Day video will be shown at the Uniting Church days with a theme of ‘Hope’.
- The Club Xmas party/break-up will be on 16th December at the Beersheba Field with catering by Senor Paella.

The meeting ended early so that members could adjourn to watch the Queensland State of Origin team end a recent drought with a series win.

11th December
Christmas Music Concert at the Showgrounds.  The Club is running the bar at the Rotary Food Stall.

16th December
Christmas Party at Beersheba Living Museum with Senor Paella.

23rd December
No meeting

30th December
No meeting

6th January
Social event to be announced.

6th Chris & Jocelyn  12th Jim & Elaine and Roly and Kerry Neiper 17th Lionel & Judy

11th Jim Atkinson  





Saturday, 14 November 2020

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 18th November 2020

 "THE RANGE"  Vol. 63 No.10


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

Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

                         18th Nov       2nd Dec          16th Dec    
Duty Officer     Chris R-S      Sherryl G        James McC  
Assist DO         Jeff C            Roly N            Chris B                   
Registration      Laurelle O    Keith R            Peter McG
Fellowship       John McL      Malcolm B       John W     

12th December
0730 -1030  Rick V   Chris R-S   Brian A  

1030 - 1330  Greg W  TBA   TBA

 16th January

Its been a sad few weeks for our Rotary Club with the passing of Lloyd Larney Past President  1992-1993, Paul Harris Fellow (1989) Caloundra Citizen of the Year 2004 and OAM for Community Service in 2009 and I would like to thank Jim A for his kind words at the opening of our last meeting reflecting on Lloyd’s great contribution to our community in so many areas and for passing on our sincere condolences to wife Shirley and family.

But it was also fantastic to enjoy the company of John Whan returning after the sad loss of Beth. And its great to hear that Malcolm B is recovering well from his recent procedure.

Our Club should be very proud of the work that we are doing within our local community and beyond. Some of the highlights over the past weeks and those approaching are as follows:

Jeff C deserves a huge round of congratulations for organising a very successful End Polio Now Information & Fundraising Dinner at the Maleny RSL enabling the Board to make what we believe is the club’s greatest donation ever to Ending Polio in the sum of $2000. Moreover, as the film that Jeff C selected for viewing on the evening had a focus on “hope”, the Board has further asked Paulette to provide a link to it to the Uniting Church as the clubs contribution to its 2020 Xmas Tree Program. Paulette has now done this, and for anyone interested, it is available for viewing at   World Polio Day Global Update.

Your Board has also moved to increase our RCM’s Kiva Account by $200 following a request from CL who reported that since September, our RCM’s Kiva account received repayments of approximately $250 which has been used to provide 10 new loans as more people are experiencing financial hardship due to Covid-19.

Club members Sherryl G and myself have also continued in conjunction with members from Zonta, Lions, Val France and Dr Barb Smith with the organisation of the upcoming Elder Abuse Forum on Tuesday 1 December 2020 at the Maleny RSL commencing at 10.30 am for 11 am. I encourage as many of our member, partners and their friends to register for attendance. The Elder Abuse Forum will start with a complimentary morning tea, before opening the forum itself at 11am, ending around 12:30pm. As well as physical and emotional abuse, elders often suffer abuse of power by those entrusted with their care. The forum will begin with a 40 minute play (shown as a short movie), which raises issues of elder abuse and the pitfalls in having a Will and Enduring Power of Attorney, as well as how to ensure you retain your rights as you age. The play “Piano Forte” was written by staff at the Suncoast Community Legal Service and has been shown in small theatres within the Sunshine Coast. It is a fun and easily accessible way of introducing these issues for older people. Please RSVP by Monday November 23rd to email: with the following details of all attendees (for COVID records purposes): Name, Street Address, Phone Number, Email Address.

Planning is continuing for our involvement in running the bar at the Maleny Chamber of Commerce Concert Festival at the Maleny Showgrounds on 11th December  as is planning for Aussie Day 2021 on the 26th January.

I ask members to keep an eye out for your rostered dates and times at our Woolworths BBQ. Unfortunately I will be unable to take part this Saturday as previously scheduled as I am accompanying Alan Wilson to display and promote his prototype Market Kart down to Surfers Sunrise Club where we also intend to join them on Saturday at 10 am to celebrate their 10000th Wheelchair in an IR project that has spanned over 25 years.

Phillip S and our Membership and Website committee have also made some tough decisions over the past few days and we can look forward to some great news on changes to our website and its ongoing maintenance.

Can members also please keep the evening of 16 December free for our upcoming Xmas function to be held at the Beersheba Living Museum and catered by Robert from Senor Paella. Details will be provided at our next meeting.

Lionel T has also been instrumental in organising the construction and delivery of a magnificent timber lectern to MDSRC following a conversation with current MDSRC President Mike Norman who inquired as to the possibility of having one supplied by the Montville Woodies.  Lionel took up the gauntlet with his twin hats as a Rotarian and Woodie and mentioned Mikes request at the next Woodies meeting a few days later. One of the Woodies at the meeting, Ron Turner, a former manual arts teacher at Maleny State High School and retiree living on the Range had no hesitation, and  immediately offered to design and build a  timber lectern for MDSRC for use during presentations at the clubhouse and Beersheba Living Museum. Lionel also approached the Maleny Rotary Club to contribute up to $250 towards the purchase of some stainless steel rods and other bits and pieces to be utilised in the design which also met with unanimous support from the Rotary Board. The lectern was delivered about 10 days ago to MDSRC and has met with glowing admiration by members commenting on its modern flowing functional design, made from local timbers comprising red cedar on the vertical column and top place stand and tallowood frame reflecting Ron's masterful timberwork style.  The lectern was originally about 3 inches higher and Lionel felt it may have been a bit tall for some height challenged speakers so he made some minor adjustments by lowering it by 3 inches and enabling  it to be raised and lowered to suit. Bernice McLennan has also provided Lionel with a small metal Rotary badge which has now been affixed to the front of the lectern. A photo opportunity for those involved in this project is being organised.

It is also a pleasure to report that our Club was well represented at the Rotary Foundation Seminar held at Lawnton last Sunday by Bernice M, Angela G, Sherry G, Craig S, Alan W and myself at what was the last Foundation Seminar for our current Rotary District 9600 prior to our formal amalgamation next year into District 9620. Interestingly, the amalgamation will be occurring by amendments passed at the meeting to the 9620 corporate structure as it is already registered in all of the Pacific Island Nations and PNG and would take up to 3 years to do again. The District Office has been sold for $390,000 plus GST, and on completion, the proceeds will be retained to ensure that one years administrative costs are held in reserve to meet the constitution’s requirements.

As President, I shall also be attending our Hinterland Cluster Meeting on 21 November at 9am at 16 Canmaroo Ave Nambour.

In the meantime, Go the Maroons, and hope to see you at the Maleny Hotel this Wednesday evening.

President Greg opened the meeting by welcoming members, guest Peter McQuoit, Guest Speaker Clive Waring and his wife Elizabeth. He mentioned the recent sad death of PP Lloyd Larney OAM.  Jim A attended the funeral and updated the Club on Lloyd's record of service, not only to our Club but to many organiasations in the town.

- Sherryl spoke about Wellness and Elder Abuse; there will be a training session conducted by experts in the field. People attending will report back to their relative clubs re the training received. Three Rotarians will be present. Blue signs have been posted around town.

- Chris/Sherryl have spoken to the River School about the Rotary Solar Light Project which will start February 2021. Looking for Rotarians to assist.

- Jeff C was congratulated for organising a very successful Polio Dinner last week. 48 participants were in attendance with $780 being raised for polio. Members from 5 different Rotary Clubs were in attendance.

- Rotary Foundation Seminar to be held on 8th November at Lions Hall, Gympie Rd, Lawton. Five members will be attending.

- Paulette spoke about the Chamber of Commerce Music Concert at the showgrounds scheduled for 11th December. She has received a Council grant but requires approval from the relevant authorities.

- Jim reported that a grant was received by Rotary and Lions for a new speaker system for the Showgrounds.

- Lionel reported that a quotation for playground equipment for Settlers Green had been received. Installation will have to be piece by piece as funding is obtained.

Guest Speaker Clive Waring reviewed his training and career in the photographic business.  He had virtually retired in Maleny whilst still photographing weddings as Solvershotz.  On 24th March when the PM announced weddings were limited to 5 people, Silvershotz received an immediate cancellation or postponement of 6 months of wedding & event bookings!! 

Having spent six months in isolation, Clive found that there is only so much gardening one can do. Having recently helped an aged aunt move out of her house into a retirement home, Clive inherited boxes of family photos. Fortunately a lot of elderly relatives were able to identify the people were in the photos, where they were born and even the dates they were born and died. He very quickly had a pictorial history dating back to 1900 with all the notations making this a valuable family story. He scanned all the photos from 1900 to 2006, imported digital photos from 2006 to 2020 so that he was able to create a timeline of 120 years with 100 photos. The photos were carefully positioned on his studio computer templates, with text typed next to each photo telling the story. These were printed onto commercial photographic paper, adhered onto acid free board and then book bound using genuine leather for the cover. The result is a legacy heirloom album for the future generations to enjoy.  

Clive believes that society is in danger of losing its family pictorial heritage. He has observed first hand families clearing the homes of deceased relatives and ending up with boxes of loose photos. They may pick out one or two (if they know who they are) and put them in a small frame. The tragedy is that the rest remain in a box in a dark cupboard, until a family member decides to put them in the recycling bin - family history lost forever which is so sad.  His project aims to bring families closer together before it is too late. Now is the time for baby boomers to collate family photos from all their elderly relatives, their own albums and their children. Turn it into a project that brings all the generations together. Using one of the many conference/meeting apps families can meet from all around the world. Young children can ask questions about relatives, living and deceased, then make notes about each person in the

Alan Wilson gave the vote of thanks.

Meeting closed at 8.20pm so we could all go home and watch QLD thrash NSW in the State of Origin. However Blues supporters are smiling as I write.

2nd December
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Joanne Turner on Park Run.

16th December
Christmas Party at Beersheba Living Museum with Senor Paella.

12th Ric and Jacinta 19th Michael and Sherryl

2nd Sherryl Gregory  4th Elaine Atkinson  11th Ric Townsend  25th Bill Hankinson  29th Brian Allen


An elderly Italian man living alone in New Jersey wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, since the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament.

Dear Vincent,
I am feeling pretty sad, because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over.. I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days.

A few days later he received a letter from his son.

Dear Pop,
Don’t dig up that garden. That’s where the bodies are buried.

At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left. That same day the old man received another letter from his son.

Dear Pop,
Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That’s the best I could do under the circumstances.
Love you,