Friday, 23 December 2011

Maleny Rotary Bulletin Vol 53 No 25 for 11 January 2012

"THE RANGE" The Rotary Club of Maleny Inc Bulletin Vol. 53 No. 25
Wednesday 11th January 2012

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker our own Lloyd Larney on "This Is My Life - Part 1".

Please tender meal apologies to Karen Binstead by noon Tuesday.

                                     11 Jan               18th Jan              25 Jan
Duty Officer                  John McL           Jeff C                  Roly N
Registration                  Bernice McL       Bill H                  Tony H
ADO & Scribe               Rick V                Malcolm B          Jim A
Fellowship                    Angela G             Pat K                  John W

21st January
Rick Vickers (Leader)   Brian Allen   Debra Lynde   Malcolm Baker

4th February
Charlotte Golding (Leader)  Lionel Tilley   Ric Townsend   John Whan

Ably chaired by PP Lionel who welcomed three partners, our guest speaker, and DG Carolyn.
IPP Rick announced the MSHS footpath linking the new building would be constructed next month with Malcolm coordinating.

He then presented PHF recognition to Malcolm, our quiet achiever.  The citation was:

"Malcolm has been with Rotary since 1997. In the last two decades he has steadfastly led and supported many of our activities, especially when it came to moving members (in bulk) from one location to another by bus, and the hands-on construction tasks. He always gets us there and back safely and around this town you will see Malcolm has left his mark in many places.

He has been a part of that group of members who diligently and quietly (well not so quietly as they all have an opinion on what has to be done) get on with the task but everybody knows who is in charge , who has the wisdom and the experience to do the construction tasks the right way.  Many projects saw the light of day because of his belief that it could work and could be done.  We trusted his judgement to get the job started and to get it finished. The recent bus shelter at the MSHS, the BBQ picnic shelter in Pecan Park, the bicentennial project on Howell Knob, the wonderful vandal proof seating at the high school, and so on. This, in today’s world of hustle and bustle, is remarkable and an outstanding achievement, reflecting the wonderful fundamentals of Rotary's principles which we have always admired - that of trust.

Malcolm always puts his teams at ease. This is really neat - creating harmony within a bunch of strong opinionated leaders with a project that we can be proud of and providing economic benefit to some part of the community. As always this was a selfless contribution, with many hours spent preparing for the tasks and keeping the momentum going.

Malcolm, you will always be remembered for your dedication to each task you choose to undertake. This has been acknowledged by many members of the club and of the works in the community. Nevertheless, we would like to now demonstrate our acknowledgement of your selfless service by extending the Rotary hand of friendship and honouring your work. You have played a significant part in raising the profile of Rotary in this community and especially highlighting this Club’s contribution to community projects. You have provided clear evidence that everyone involved in these little landmarks around the hinterland are a lasting legacy to your selfless service.

Malcolm, please accept this Paul Harris pin and wear it with pride and know that you have made an indelible impression on this Club, and on a community that probably doesn’t know who was the instigator of the  many projects around town.


Ladies and Gentlemen I offer you Malcolm Baker, our most recent Paul Harris Fellow."
This was greeted with a standing ovation.

President Greg announced that the Board had agreed to award PP Dick with Honorary Membership and Dick, as usual, was not short of a word.

DG Carolyn presented the Club with The Rotary Foundation Award for the highest per capita giving to the Annual Programs Fund in the District during 2010/11 and commented that our achievement of $402.61 was almost twice as much as the second placed Club, Kingaroy.  IPP Rick, in accepting the award on behalf of the Club,  congratulated all those involved in the Tiber Toga production  which had generated significant funds.

Malcolm – thanks from Maleny Singers for our assistance with Carols by Candlelight, Brian A – 41% of calendars sold, President Greg – hosting of Sunshine Safari successful (thanks Deb), and Xmas Carnival (thanks Jim).

The Rotary Information spot was given by PP Michael - The recent 2011 Zone 8 and 7B Institute for past, present and future Rotary Officers included, for the first time, the attendance of 160 “future leaders” taking overall attendance to around 700.  RIPE Sakuji Tanaka, RID Stuart Heal, TRF Trustees Anne Matthews and Ian Risely, and new General Secretary John Hewko were in attendance.  We were brought up to date on all that is happening in the Rotary world but one of the most significant reports was from RID Stuart Heal who spoke about the problems in Rotary and what could be done to correct present negative trends.  His concerns included:
Rotary is stagnant and costly.
Women comprise only 17% globally (20% in Australia & NZ) of total membership.
Old traditions are holding us back.
Membership retention is poor—Recruitment is not an issue.
We are not attracting (or holding) younger members.
Poor attendance by members is a concern.
He suggested:
Clubs should decide their attendance requirements.
Better PR is required as the public does not recognize Rotary.
RI has moved to have Rotary included in all press announcements regarding the eradication of Polio.
Our brand is confused; too many logos & badges.
The public does not recognize The Rotary Foundation logo as being part of Rotary.
We need a massive campaign for women members.
Should Clubs become Branches and lose autonomy?
Old clubs which don’t embrace change should be allowed to die.
Rotary should be active on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
In a corporate sense, 12 months terms make no sense; should we increase these to two year terms?
John Hewko raised the question of whether the COL should continue in its present form – it is too slow to respond to a rapidly changing world – a continuous online forum may be the answer?  Re-Districting is back on the agenda – 9790 disappears in 2013 and 9570 in 2014 – which leaves us with 20 Districts in Australia.

Our guest speaker, Helen Walker, whose topic was ‘Remote Area Nursing’ was introduced by Chairman Lionel.  Helen has worked in Central Australia and for Mercy Ships in Africa but concentrated her presentation on her work at the 15 Health Centres in the Torres Strait.  One island is a mere 3k’s from the PNG mainland so they have to cope with many PNG nationals coming for treatment and she highlighted two cases – childbirth and snakebite. 

Her work involves a major education component – training indigenous health workers and advising community members on proper diet – preventable health care gives her the greatest satisfaction.  There is no fancy equipment so they have to be an adaptable ‘Jill of all trades’, work on an equal footing with the doctors, while coping with the extreme isolation and lack of amenities. 

 In conclusion, Helen showed some photos of the islands and their inhabitants and explained about their culture.
Helen was thanked by PP Michael on behalf of the Club and presented with the History of Maleny Rotary and Humanity in Motion books.

Chairman Lionel closed the meeting with best wishes for Xmas and the New Year.


18th Jan  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Winston Johnson on "Proposed Combined Service Clubs' Project".

25th Jan  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Tim Bagshaw on "Apex Australia".

1st Feb   Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Lloyd Larney on "This Is My Life - Part 2".


1st Jan C and Kay W,  21st Mike G 


1st Malcolm and Nancy, 19th Greg and Annie


Resignation Letter:

You get a call that you need to go clean out Aunt Martha's storage garage because she died. And, you are told to bring a trailer. Sounds like a pain in the rear but out of respect for your Aunt Martha, you comply. Later you send the following letter to your boss.

Dear Boss:
I'm resigning effective immediately!
The reason for my resignation is that I cleaned my aunt's garage this morning before coming to work, and realized I don't feel like working anymore.
See for yourself..


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