Saturday, 11 February 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 15th February 2017

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 58 No.15
WEDNESDAY 15TH FEBRUARY 2017

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Helen Walker on Cocos Island Nursing.

APOLOGIES
Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                                15th Feb           1st Mar           15th Mar              
Duty Officer             Rick V               Roly N            CL                     
Assist DO                Phillip S            Angela G         Angela G                      
Registration             Bernice McL     John McL        Lionel T
Fellowship               David F             Bill H               John W

SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
25th February
Malcolm Baker (Leader)  Lionel Tilley  Andy Shouteten

11th March
Jeff Cornfoot  (Leader)  Roly Neiper  Keith Rogers

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
PP Sherryl stepped into the breech & chaired the meeting in her usual efficient style – although interruptions from some noisy persons were frequent.
Chris reported that the Interact Club held their first meeting with 14 members & enthusiasm was expressed to attend the forthcoming Interact Conference.
In March a combined Clubs’ meeting to welcome Gemma Sisia from School of St.Jude will be held at Rosemount with our members invited to attend.
Rick V. reported on a successful Australia Day event at the showgrounds where, although numbers may have been a bit down, those exhibiting were very pleased with the day. Phillip S. received 27 responses to the Club survey at the event. A DVD of the event taken from a drone will soon be available for viewing.
Those members wishing to attend the District Assembly to be held at Caboolture were advised to let Bernice know asap.
Chris demonstrated once again his amazing ability to create fact from fiction & extracted $$ from his unfortunate victims.

 Our guest speaker Max Lindegger proved to be the most entertaining for quite some time. He gave us a chronological timeline of his activities since leaving his homeland Switzerland at the age of 22 up to the present time. A mechanical engineer wishing to expand his horizons he sought something more than yodelling, cows and mountains & arrived in Australia without a word of English. His initiative in seeking employment saw him work in industry in Sydney for a few years then move to the Sunshine Coast to work with a civil engineering group which had a strong environmental bias.

 His leaning towards environmental matters over time saw him move to Crystal Waters where he established his own business which became involved in over 60 third world countries and employed 5 staff. His strong enthusiasm for providing the means for people in the third world to become self sufficient in food, shelter and education has seen him constantly travelling to sub-Saharan Africa and south east Asia, particularly Cambodia where he was able to tell us of the general deplorable state of living following Pol Pot’s ravages. His approach to improving the ecological environment through teaching the local population rather than relying on foreign aid handouts has a much more lasting & long term benefit.

A most interesting talk from an extremely enthusiastic philanthropist (I’m not talking $$ but physical effort) who could have continued to enthral us for another hour but for our time contraints.

Max was awarded the Australian Prime Minister's Centenary Medal for distinguished achievement in the field of developing sustainable communities in 2002.  Max and his wife Trudi received the Sunshine Coast Environmental Council Award in 2004 for Sustainable Agriculture.

FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
22nd February
Club Assembly at the Masonic Centre - no meal.

1st March
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Julia Peddie (CHASM) on Housing Affordability.

4th March
DIK loading

8th March
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

15th March
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Ken Wishaw on Light Pollution.
    
BIRTHDAYS FOR FEBRUARY
18th Jeff Cornfoot  28th Marlene Hankinson

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
A TALE OF AN OPTIMIST


Frank always looked on the bright side. He would constantly irritate his friends with his eternal optimism.

No matter how horrible the circumstance, he would always reply, "It could have been worse."

To cure him of his annoying habit, his friends decided to invent a situation so completely bad, so terrible, that even Frank could find no hope in it.

On the golf course one day, one of them said, "Frank, did you hear about Tom? He came home last night, found his wife in bed with another man,
shot them both and then turned the gun on himself!"

"That`s awful," said Frank, "But it could have been worse."

"How in the hell," asked his angry friend, "Could it have been worse?"

"Well," replied Frank, "If it had happened the night before, I`d be dead now!"







Saturday, 28 January 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 1st February 2017

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 58 No.14
WEDNESDAY 1ST FEBRUARY 2017

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Max Lindegger on Ecological Solutions.

APOLOGIES
Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                               1st Feb            15th Feb           1st Mar               
Duty Officer            Keith R            Rick V               Roly N                     
Assist DO               Lionel T           Phillip S            Angela G                      
Registration            Malcolm B       Bernice McL     John McL
Fellowship              Jim A               David F             Bill H

SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
11th February
Chris Brooker  (Leader)  Phillip Stark  Jim Atkinson

25th February
Malcolm Baker (Leader)  Lionel Tilley  Andy Shouteten

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The Scribe reports:

 My 3 minute spot was just a bit of a summary of the staff PD that I had done that day with a presenter, Ashley Fell, a social demographer from McCrindle Research. The title of the presentation was Future-proofing careers and engaging with Twenty-first century learners. The presentation was very interesting not only in its content and relevance, but in the way it was presented in a very engaging and visual manner. McCrindle call themselves “Visual translators, information designers, and research communicators”. The general gist of the content was that to engage with Generation Z (current school cohort- young people aged 7-21) we needed to know more about their characteristics. Social research indicates that they will have high mobility and in their lifetime have on average, 5 careers, 15 homes, and 17 jobs. 1 in 2 will gain a university degree, compared to Gen X (37-51yr olds) where it is 1:4. Gen Z has also been termed “Screenagers”. They generally relate more to Leadership styles which allow Collaboration and Contribution, rather than Command and Control. They want to have a learning environment characterised by Visual rather than Verbal information; Try and See rather than Sit and Listen; the teacher acts as a facilitator, in a Learner Centric and flexible, open-book environment, with high access of glass and devices. There are 2 billion Gen Z’s in the world at present. The message overall to the teachers in the audience was to Be Real, Be Relevant, Be Responsive, and Be Relational. The PD session was concluded with handing out A5 infographic cards with a summary of the data presented in a visual/graphic way. If Rotary members are interested in Social Demographics as I am, there is more interesting information on the McCrindle.com.au website.

Other Issues Raised.
a.DIK Saturday 4/3/2017
Bus will leave from Landsborough Train Station Saturday morning.

b.Linda Morrell will be our Cluster Assist District Governor-She comes from the Cooroy Club.

c.Change Over dates for new Maleny President is to be 2 weeks before or after 1/7/2017.

d.District Training Assembly is on Sunday 19/2/2017 for all 2017-2018 Club Officers.

e.Rotary is having a film night on Thursday 2nd February at Bribie Island Picture Theatre -Fund Raising for  Polio Plus.

f.Greg Hale President Rotary Club of Nambour is organising a Special Get together for all cluster Clubs and interested parties at Clois on Rosemount 246 Petrie Creek Road Nambour to greet Gemma Sisia from St Judes’s.
A time is yet to be organised however it will be sometime in March 2017. Gemma will also be speaking at our District Conference.
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Our Guest Speaker was Des Harms from Sunshine Coast Council and he spoke about risk associated with on site sewerage Systems.  The Fact Sheet covering this topic is given below.

Septic systems

Septic systems are one of a range of treatment systems available for people to treat and disperse their sewage while living in unsewered areas.  A septic system consists of a septic tank combined with a soil absorption system and/or transpiration beds or pump out connections.  A septic tank is a structurally sound watertight tank used for the treatment of sewage and liquid waste from either a single household or multiple dwellings.

How do septic systems work?
Septic tanks hold wastewater for a minimum of 24 hours to allow the contents to separate. Inside the septic tank, heavier solids sink to the bottom and are broken down by bacteria. This reduces the quantity of solids in the tank by transforming them into sludge, which builds up in the bottom of the tank.
Fatty materials such as grease and oil float to the surface of the tank to form a layer over the liquid called scum.
The remaining liquid, called effluent, flows from the tank into the drainage beds/trenches to soak into the surrounding soil where it may undergo further treatment.
When a septic tank system is correctly installed and maintained, it should work effectively for many years.
Septic tank failures
If a septic tank accumulates too much sludge and scum, the effective volume of the tank is reduced, which reduces the amount of separation that can take place. This means not all the solids, grease and oils will separate and pass out of the septic tank and into the drainage beds/trenches. This can clog the soil surrounding the drainage beds/trenches.
To prevent this, septic tanks need to be de-sludged (pumped out) regularly, roughly every 3 to 5 years, this can vary depending on the volume and solid load of the wastewater and should be monitored annually by a plumber or service agent. De-sludging must be completed by a licensed liquid waste contractor, who will open the septic tank and pump out the contents.
A healthy septic tank is a living ecosystem where good bacteria thrive in the right proportions to break down human waste and prepare the effluent for further treatment in the land application area.
Contact with effluent must be avoided
Septic tanks do not kill pathogenic bacteria, viruses or parasites. Septic tank effluent must be treated with extreme caution.
Contact with people, food, clothing and pets must be prevented. It is vital to wash hands thoroughly if they come in contact with effluent.
Septic systems have the potential to contaminate ground and surface water and are not suitable for sites where setback distances from waterways cannot be obtained and sites that have soils unsuitable for the absorption of effluent.
In these locations or in higher density developments further treatment followed by surface or subsurface irrigation should be considered.
The key function of a septic tank is to separate solids, grease and oils out of the wastewater before it enters the drainage beds and/or trenches.
Regulations and recommendations
An on-site septic system requires approval from the local council before it is installed. The regulations that apply to single household systems differ from those for multiple dwellings. Systems treating sewage from equal to or greater than 21 equivalent persons require a license from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
Council has the authority to approve septic systems for individual properties and ensure systems do not have adverse impacts on health and the environment. Local councils are responsible for ensuring the approved system is installed according to Australian standards and any special conditions, and is maintained and operated correctly.


FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
8th February
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

15th February
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Helen Walker on Cocos Island Nursing.

22nd February
Club Assembly at the Masonic Centre - no meal.

1st March
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Julia Peddie (CHASM) on Housing Affordability.
    
BIRTHDAYS FOR FEBRUARY
18th Jeff Cornfoot  28th Marlene Hankinson

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
CONSUMER ADVICE - ALWAYS USE A PROFESSIONAL
A TALE OF DIVINE INTERVENTION

When God Sends You Help, Don't Ask Questions

She hurried to the pharmacy to get medication, got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys inside.

The woman found an old rusty coat hanger left on the ground.  She looked at it and said, "I don't know how to use this."

She bowed her head and asked God to send her some help.

Within 5 minutes a beat-up old motorcycle pulled up, driven by a bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag.  He got off of his cycle and asked if he could help.  She said:  "Yes, my daughter is sick.I've locked my keys in my car. I must get home.  Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?"

He said, "Sure."  He walked over to the car, and in less than a minute, the car door was open. 

She hugged the man and through tears, softly said,

"Thank you, God, for sending me such a very nice man."

The man heard her little prayer and replied, "Lady, I am not a nice man.  I just got out of prison yesterday; I was in prison for car theft." 

The woman hugged the man again, sobbing and said:

"Oh, thank you, God!  You even sent me a professional."


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 18th January 2017

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 58 No.13
WEDNESDAY 18TH JANUARY 2017

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Des Harms on Onsite Sewerage.

APOLOGIES
Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS
                       
                               18th Jan       1st Feb            15th Feb                
Duty Officer            Ric T            Keith R             Rick V                     
Assist DO               Alan W         Lionel T            Phillip S                      
Registration            Andy S         Malcolm B       Bernice McL
Fellowship              John W         Jim A               David F

SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
14th January
Ric Townsend (Leader)  Chris Ross-Smith  John Whan

28th January
Rick Vickers  (Leader)  Michael and Sherryl Gregory

11th February
Chris Brooker  (Leader)  Phillip Stark  Jim Atkinson

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
President Jeff opened the meeting with a welcome to our outgoing Youth Exchange Student, Mollie Beckmann, her mum Michelle and a hosted exchange student, Nicole, from Italy (no, not Rotary).

After the usual preamble, Jeff gave a short (5 minutes ??), very interesting and informative talk on Rotary Foundation with reference to a book he has on it. Luckily he was only up to page 25 or the talk could have been longer.

Our sergeant gave his usual brief and bull fine session. Even had a modicum of truth in a couple.

After the coffee break, Mollie gave a short introductory talk (copy attached) and was then subjected to a Q and A. Mollie spoke with knowledge of the program and a good grasp of the fundamentals. She has recently returned from the Sunshine Safari whereby both inbound and outbound students are taken on a bus trip to local areas and obtained a lot of information from interacting with the other students.

Mollie was also the past President of Maleny Interact Club.  She leaves late January for Spain for 12 months. We wish her all the best for an enjoyable and interesting exchange.

"Hi everyone and thank you for having me tonight.
I wasn't too sure what exactly I was expected to say tonight so I hope you don't mind that I have prepared a short introduction about myself, where I am going and what I am hoping out of this experience. So for those I haven't had a chance to meet yet, my name is Mollie Beckmann and, as of today, I will arrive in district 2242 in Spain in exactly a month. About 5 months ago Chris Brooker approached our Maleny High School lnteract club presenting the opportunity of spending one year in a foreign country. My family has had international students- not through Rotary- since my mum was in primary school and so I have always wanted to do an exchange but didn't know about the possibility of doing it through Rotary. I am so grateful to all of you for giving me this opportunity.

District 9600 has never sent or received a student from Spain before, so myself and a girl Mia from Noosa will be the first. About 2 months ago I was sent the first email from my host family. Before this, the only information I knew was that I was going to Spain, nothing else. ln this email my host mum Anna explained that I will be staying with them for 6 months, giving me only two host families. Whilst I am with her, I will have three younger brothers- which is not too far from what I have here and will attend a school about 5 minutes from my home.

My house is in a small town called Valls about 10 minutes north of Tarragona by the beach. This means that I will be about 40 minutes from Barcelona. Most people I have spoken to were not particularly au fait with the geography of Spain, myself included, so I have a map to show you where I will be. ln Spain, there are three multidistrict's, 2201, 2203 and mine; 2242. My district covers the north east section of Spain which means it covers the entirety of the Catalunya region.

 ln Catalunya they are actually a bilingual community, meaning I will need to learn both Catalan and Spanish. From this exchange I hope to learn about myself. I will be welcomed into a new country, a new school, a Rotary club, a town and a family. I will learn from their culture and their ways of doing things. I will be open-minded and come home more adaptable and flexible than I have ever been. I will leave with not just my family here but with two other families that I love just as much. They are many things I hope to gain from this exchange, but what I hope for most is to not leave after having a great year vacation to come home, but be leaving a second home after making friends and having family that live up to the ones I have here.
Thank you for having me here tonight, and even more, thank you for giving me this opportunity. I will always be grateful."

FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
25th January
Club Assembly at the Masonic Centre - no meal.

26th January
Australia Day at Maleny Showgrounds.

1st February
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Max Lindegger on Ecological Solutions.

8th February
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

15th February
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker TBC

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY FOR JANUARY
1st Malcolm and Nancy

BIRTHDAYS FOR JANUARY
1st Jan Cornfoot & Kay Wilkinson  21st Michael Gregory

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
A POSSIBLE GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE

1981 & 2005 - TWO INTERESTING YEARS
  
Interesting Year 1981
1. Prince Charles got married.
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe .
3. Australia lost the Ashes.
4. The Pope died.

 
Interesting Year 2005
1. Prince Charles got married.
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe .
3. Australia lost the Ashes.
4. The Pope died.

 
Lesson to be learned:

The next time Prince Charles gets married, someone should warn the Pope - and Cricket Australia.