Sunday, 28 June 2020

Rotary Club Of Maleny President's Message

Incoming President Vision 2020-2021 Year
This address was delivered at the Changeover Meeting today 28th June.

Firstly, we all need to acknowledge and thank our immediate Past President Sherryl Gregory for her tireless enthusiasm, energy, compassion, commitment, co-operation, collaboration, organisation, research, flexibility and absolutely outstanding leadership in what must surely be the most long lasting disruptive event to face nearly every organisation and club around the globe during our lifetimes.
Through her efforts, we have enjoyed some fantastic zoom meetings, and undertaken and completed so many of our activities that are set out in the annual report since the advent of COVID 19.
Please join with me to show our appreciation.
Secondly, I also want to acknowledge the recent passing of Sir Clem Renouf, affectionately known as the Dynamo from Down Under, and former Rotary International President, one of the most humble of Rotarians  yet one who has left the world such a better place with the legacy of his work to eradicate polio. Truly an inspiration to all of us.
I will now turn to my vision for 2020-21: Rotary Opens Opportunities
With such an outstanding contribution to matters of local state national and international significance over the past 60 years, and with the backgrounds, work experience, contributions and interests of our current members, it is truly an honour and privilege to have the opportunity to serve as your President of the Rotary Club of Maleny for the coming year.

At the International Assembly held earlier this year, RI President-elect Holger Knaack said
“Rotary is not just a club that you join. It is an invitation to endless opportunities…It opens opportunities to serve in a project as big and historic as End Polio Now and also in a small community project, where you just plant a tree. ...Everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere.”
With his new theme for 2020-21, Rotary Opens Opportunities, he has challenged all Rotarians 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.
So my question to you today is - Are we seizing our opportunities.?

Goal 1.  To seize new opportunities in the coming year
During the coming week, we are seizing a new opportunity to forge a stronger partnership with our sister Glasshouse Club by assisting with parking duties at Australia Zoo over the School holidays, and in turn earning some funds to substitute in part for those lost through the cancellation of so many events over the past 4 months.
With our Winter Blues Drive in Concert, we are seizing a new opportunity to re-connect with our local artists and musicians by organizing a concert that meets the COVID 19 health requirements at the Maleny Showgrounds on Sat 18 July 2020  -and judging by ticket sales, it promises to be a huge success – albeit we have much work yet to complete.
We are seizing a new opportunity to reconnect with our business roots and local businesses and employees through our Pride of Workmanship Recognition Program culminating in a presentation dinner on Saturday 29 August 2020.
And we are seizing a new opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people less fortunate through our new international project in Nepal
Goal 2.  To continue our good work with an array of other existing projects and events including our involvement in the Hinterland Aussie Day Expo, and parking at the Maleny Wood Expo, Maleny Agricultural Show, Qld Cross Country Races, Muscle on the Mountain - Maleny Show and Shine, the sale of food at the Maleny Agricultural Show, the Rotary Calendar, our Rotary Grants Scheme, the joint local service projects such as Maleny Settlers Green and Prevention of Domestic Violence, Maleny Christmas Tree Festival, the Maleny Christmas Street Carnival, and our regular Rotary Club of Maleny Blog.
But can and/or should we do more?
The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment - to bring about positive change in the world.
Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.
Grant applications for projects will be accepted beginning on 1 July 2021. Gifts and commitments from Rotarians and others will be sought to provide global grant support for the new area of focus.
Goal 3 - as part of the new area of focus and within the UNEP-Rotary Adopt A River Initiative,-  to Adopt the Obi Obi Creek from its source to its merge with the Mary River and that we undertake environmental projects within its catchment, like Obi Obi Clean Up days such as Clean Up Australia Day or other water improvement, revegetation or weed clearing projects, and that we look at how we can seize opportunities to partner with other environmentally concerned local residents and organisations to undertake such projects.
Goal 4.  To leave our meeting venue and meeting arrangements the same as in previous years. For our first meeting next week I propose that it to be by zoom and we will look at the impact of upcoming proposed changes to the  COVID 19 meeting arrangements and after consultation with members determine whether our first in person meeting should take place on Wednesday 22 July 2020 at the Maleny Hotel.
Goal 5. To ensure that we have fun, through
(a)         friendly, relaxed and engaging meetings, with a wide range of informative and topical guest speakers, and
(b)        holding some other new events such as a dress up walk around Maleny, a car rally and/or another event similar to the very successful limerick evening.
Goal 6. To commission a new website and club information brochure tailored for new members.
Goal 7. To increase club membership by 5 members.
Goal 8. To amend the Club Constitution to meet changes required by amalgamation.
I am looking forward to an exciting year for our club and now take the opportunity to introduce our new Board of Directors for 2020 2021. 

President                       2020 - 2021                            Greg Williams

Vice President              2020 - 2021                            Michael Gregory

Secretary                       2020 - 2021                            Bernice McLennan

Treasurer                      2020 - 2021                           Jim Atkinson

President Elect              2021 - 2022                           TBA


1)       Vocational Events/Pride of Workmanship/
       Winter Blues Drive in Concert                             Paulette Steele
2)       Membership/Public Relations                              Phillip Starke
3)       International/Foundation/Environment                Jeff Cornfoot
4)       Community Relations/Events & Other Projects   Rick Vickers
5)       Youth                                                                    Sherryl Gregory

Friday, 26 June 2020

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 1st July 2020

THE RANGE"  Vol. 62 No.1

A Zoom meeting has been arranged starting at 5pm.  Log in details have been circulated separately.

Apologies please to Bernice as soon as possible.

Angela Griffin

None scheduled at present.

Our fifth Zoom meeting commenced at 1700h and, after overcoming some technical problems, President Sherryl welcomed 23 members and guest Judith Ross-Smith, Immediate Past President of the Zonta Club of Blackall Range.  Unfortunately one member was unable to resolve her problems.  The meeting commenced with President Sherryl reporting the death of Past RI President Sir Clem Renouf who was a long time mentor to PDG Michael, wrote the forward to our Club history, and attended our 50th Birthday celebrations to launch the book.  As a tribute to Clem we then viewed the Polio Eradication video from the 7.30 Report some years ago.

President Sherryl then introduced IPP Judith of the Zonta Club who updated us on the progress with the combined services club’s Domestic Violence initiative.  She thanked us for successfully getting a District Grant and contributing Club funds towards the project and, in answer to a question on Council approval for the erection of signs, mentioned that they had no problem with Brisbane Council who installed all the Zonta signs for them.  However, locally they have not as yet been able to get the signs into public toilets so would be contacting our Councillor to seek his assistance.  The incoming President of Lions is keen to join Rotary, Zonta, and Quota in this combined community project.

Paulette updated us on the proposed Winter Blues Concert scheduled for 18 July at the Showgrounds.  A submission has been made to Council.  It is proposed that there will be up to 200 cars in the oval with big screen and radio/phone audio links and room for 100/140 in the hall.  Food will be pre-ordered, supplied by the Hotel, and delivered to cars and tables.  There will be a bar.  Four well known bands including the High School Youth Band are booked to perform but the sound system is still a work in progress.  Many helpers will be needed on the day to set up, park cars in designated spaces, man the bar, meet and greet, and clean up afterwards.

PEGreg and PP Alan have been walking the streets canvassing businesses about our Pride of Workmanship Awards scheduled for 29 August at Tranquil Park.  Advertisements have also been placed in all local papers.  Greg outlined plans for our Changeover which will be a relaxed affair at the Sport and Rec Clubhouse 1200 for 1230 on Sunday 28 June.  It will be BYO food and drink but gourmet sausages will be available and there will be music.  Maximum attendance will be limited to 40 – 20 inside and 20 outside.

Roly then treated us to his memorable moments – mud bathing in the Dead Sea and Opera in Cathedral Gorge deep in the Bungle Bungles NT – a highlight of the Kimberly trip he recently went on.  It does have amazing acoustics and many tourists are moved to sing there.

In general business Lionel informed us that all advertising slots for the 2021 calendar have been filled with many advertisers electing to continue to pay full price.  Rick reported that the enclosure at the back of the  Food Stall at the Showgrounds has been completed thanks to Malcolm and his four helpers.  Bernice reminded us that the annual meeting at the USC would now be by Zoom on 24 June.  PE Greg advised that he had attended the District Zoom meeting the previous Friday, the Budget had been approved, and meetings would in future be monthly.  Paulette brought up the subject of the Interact Aprons but this needs to be discussed further.

President Sherryl then thanked all attendees, especially the presenters, hoped those members with computer glitches would get them sorted out, and closed the meeting.

8th July Board Meeting

15th July Zoom Club Meeting at 5pm.

29th July Possible vocational activity

28th June Changeover 12:00 for 12:30pm at Sport and Rec Clubhouse.

18th July Winter Blues Concert at Showgrounds - duty rosters circulated.

29th August Pride of Workmanship Awards Dinner

8th Peter McGuirk  11th Roly Neiper and Jacinta Townsend  20th Beth Wann


Interesting facts about Railroad Tracks & space shuttles

The U.S. Standard railroad gauge  (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches.
That's an exceedingly odd number.

Why was that gauge used?
Because that's the way they built them in England, and English expatriates designed the U.S. Railroads.
Why did the English build them like that?
Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the gauge they used.
Why did 'they' use that gauge then?
Because the people who built the tram ways used the same jigs and tools that they had used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.
Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing?
Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in England, because that's the spacing of the wheel ruts.
So, who built those old rutted roads?
Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (including England) for their legions. Those roads have been used ever since.
And the ruts in the roads?

Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels.
Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome, they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing.
Therefore, the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot.
In other words, bureaucracies live forever.
So the next time you are handed a specification, procedure, or process, and wonder, 'What horse's ass came up with this?', you may be exactly right.
Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses.

Now, the twist to the story:
When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, you will notice that there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank.
These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs.  The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory in Utah.

The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit larger, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site.
The railroad line from the factory  happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains and the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel.
The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses' behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse's ass.

And you thought being a horse's ass wasn't important!

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Rotary Club of Maleny Pride of Workmanship Awards

The Rotary Club of Maleny is recommencing their Pride of Workmanship Awards this year to provide businesses and organizations with an opportunity and a way to acknowledge and thank employees who have gone above and beyond in their work and demonstrate an excellent work ethic. 

Given the COVID19 times, some employees have gone to exceptional lengths to help their managers and businesses in this difficult period.

Nominees for the Pride of Workmanship program will be presented with a special plaque, which has their name engraved on it, in recognition of their achievements.

A presentation dinner will be held at Tranquil Park on Saturday 29th August where the recipients will be presented with their plaques. Nominators will explain the reasons and the achievement behind why each recipient was chosen. This is a great way to publicly recognise their employees for their efforts.

Nominations commence now and the close off date is August 1st. Please click HERE to download your nomination forms. 

If you wish to know any other information about these awards, please contact Paulette at