Sunday, 16 October 2011

Maleny Rotary Bulletin Vol 53 No 16 for 19 October 2011

"THE RANGE" The Rotary Club of Maleny Inc Bulletin Vol. 53 No. 16
Wednesday 19th October 2011

"Up The Tiber" celebration at Tranquil Park at 6:30 for 7:00pm - Partners' Night.

Please tender meal apologies to Karen Binstead by noon Tuesday.

                           19 Oct             26 Oct                  2 Nov
Duty Officer         Angela G        Sherryl G             Chris B
Registration          Lloyd L           Mike G                Jim A
ADO & Scribe      Lionel T           Angela G            Brian A
Fellowship           Charlotte G       Malcolm B         John W


29th October
Angela Griffin (Leader)   Malcolm Baker   Brian Allen   Tony Holmes

12th November
Rick Vickers (Leader)  Debra Lynde  Jeff Cornfoot  Geoff Coughlan


A Club Assembly was held at Maleny State High School library. The BBQ was well handled by Brian D and the “Brown-paper-bag” was the work of Lionel T - there were some unkind comments that Brian A would have had the beer colder.

The meeting was opened with thanks to Jim A & Chris B for the excellent catering at ‘Mary Cairncross’.

Club Assembly was introduced by Brian K. who was our ‘Chair’ for the meeting.  He started by showing a film clip shown about how Rotary could be very much a “Family Affair” as illustrated by an American Rotary Club.

The meeting discussed:-

Club Constitution & By-Laws
  Brian D tabled the existing by-laws with proposed changes that would make them compliant with RI's guidelines and the Office of Fair Trading regulations.  The constitution specifies the make up of the Board. These documents will be tabled at the AGM and any proposed amendments are to be put forward in writing at least 2 weeks before that meeting.

Club future membership
  After discussion,it was accepted that the figures quoted were only targets.  A general request was voiced that we need to look after our new Rotarians better and give them the Rotary knowledge we have gained by experience and make them feel more welcome !!!

Club support for RF
  Mike G spoke on this topic.  Amongst other fund raising suggestions, he proposed that the Sergeant's fines pool should be broken down as individual contributions to RF.  The meeting was against this.  After discussion it was decided to leave the ‘fines’ as at present with the individuals option to put in a ‘gold coin’ should they so wish.

Club Board structure
   The incoming President Karen B said she would be using the same board structure as at present.

Club meeting format
  A proposal to have the Duty Officer act as the Chairman of the meeting was discussed. It was decided to give this a trial with the proviso that any Duty Officer can relinquish the job to the President if he/she so wishes.

The meeting closed with thanks to Brian K for both running the meeting and providing the venue.


26th Oct  Guest speaker will be Pantea Beigi who is a Rotary Foundation World Peace Fellow. Partners' Night at Maleny Hotel.

2nd Nov   Business meeting at Maleny Hotel.

9th Nov   AGM at Maleny Hotel.

16th Nov  Polio Plus function - details to be announced.

26th Nov  No Brainer Ball at the Showgrounds to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research.


1st Greg S   2nd Leanne K   8th Debra L   Sherry W  12th Gloria R   14th Keith R
16th Kerry N   28th Bernice McL   30th Andy S   31st Gillian A    


2nd Geoff and Merlin  3rd David and Jean  18th Brian and Pamela  26th Rick and Cilla



I received the following message earlier this week from a member who shall remain nameless:

An Englishman, an Irishman and a South African walk into a bar. Must have been the Auckland International Departures lounge ......

Does this pass the Four Way Test?  Is it fair to all concerned?

SEQUEL:  The Englishman said: "Come on fellows, lets get some beers in before the Welsh and the Aussies get here!"


Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn't always fair;
- and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).  His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.

 Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate: teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.  It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;
I Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I'm A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

Interesting and sadly rather true.

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