Saturday, 28 January 2012

Maleny Rotary Bulletin Vol.53 No.28 for 1st February 2012

"THE RANGE" The Rotary Club of Maleny Inc Bulletin Vol. 53 No. 28

Wednesday 1st February 2012


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


Please tender meal apologies to Karen Binstead/Lionel Tilley by noon Tuesday.

                             1st Feb            8th Feb         15th Feb

Duty Officer           Chris B            Brian K           Lloyd L

Registration           Angela G         Geoff C          Lionel T

ADO & Scribe        Keith R             Brian D          Charlotte G

Fellowship             Sherry W           Andy S         Brian A


4th February

Charlotte Golding (Leader)  Lionel Tilley  Ric Townsend  John Whan

18th February

Mike Gregory (Leader)  Sherryl Gregory  Chris Brooker  Karen Binstead


17 Members and Guest Speaker Tim Bagshaw from Maleny Apex Club were welcomed by the Chairman Jim Atkinson.

VP Mike Gregory advised the meeting that Roly Nieper and Peter Wilkinson had tendered their resignations. Mike also requested that members complete the membership satisfaction survey and submit them to the facilitator Tony Freeman by January 31st.

Lionel announced that due to the Therapeutic Drugs Administration evaluating all bowel scan packs, this year’s Bowel Scan program would not take place until June or July.  Lionel also asked members to consider joining the Calendar Committee to fill two positions that have become available.

Charlotte requested members to attend the joint meeting with Nambour 76, which is to be held at Flaxton Gardens on Wednesday 22nd February. The meeting is to take the form of a Hypothetical on the subject of Ethics.

Rick Vickers advised that the Probus Club of Maleny would celebrate its 25th Anniversary at a morning tea to be held at Mary Cairncross on Wednesday 14th March. As the Maleny Rotary Club established this Probus Club, it would be good if some members could attend.  Rick said that a decision is yet to be
made whether Splendour in the Grass will be held at Woodford again this year. Rick also announced that a working bee would be held at Mary Cairncross Park on Saturday 25th February and assured the meeting that there would be meaningful work to do !!!

In the absence of Sergeant Rick, Bill ran the Sergeant's session in his usual efficient manner and extracted money from all members as well as our Guest Speaker whom “we normally don’t fine” !!!

Brian King introduced the Guest Speaker Tim Bagshaw who spoke on Apex. The Maleny Apex Club was chartered in 1962 by the Nambour Apex Club under the guidance of our own Peter Wilkinson, who was a member of the Nambour Apex Club at the time. Apex itself was started in 1930 by three Geelong Vic.
Architects who tried to join Rotary but the rule of Rotary at that time prohibited more than one member from each profession becoming a member. They then set up their own club and called it Apex.

The major fund raiser for the Club is the Maleny Business Directory. The Directory was started 31 years ago by Apexian Alan Heading and has grown so much over the intervening years that in 2011 it raised $86,000 for the club. This enables the club to support many projects both locally and nationally with the emphasis on putting money back into the local community from where they raise their funds.

In 2011 the club helped fund the Road Craft project for Maleny High School Students at a cost of $24000, and as well they fund, to the tune of $7000 annually, holidays in Maleny for Leukemia and Cystic Fibrosis
sufferers from throughout Queensland. Tim said that despite women being able to be members of Apex, the Maleny Club did not have any female members and he felt that if women were to become members it would change the nature of the Maleny Club. T

Tim also advised that, like all clubs, they were having difficulty in recruiting new members, particularly younger members.

Chairman Jim thanked Tim for speaking to the Club and presented him with a copy of Humanity in Motion.


8th Feb  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Club Assembly

15th Feb  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Colin Sinclair on "Lions International".

22nd Feb  Flaxton Gardens at 6:30 for 7:00pm - Joint meeting with Nambour 76 and "Ethical Hypothetical" by John Boyd.

25th Feb  Working bee at Mary Cairncross Park.

14th Mar  Probus 25th Anniversary Tea.

23-25th Mar District Conference at the Events Centre, Caloundra.


2nd Shirley L  14th David E  18th Jeff C  28th Marlene H



As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a Funeral Director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man.  He had no family or  friends,
so the service was to be at a pauper's' cemetery in the back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop to ask for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight.  There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down;the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.

And as I played 'Amazing Grace,' the workers began to weep. They wept,I wept, we all wept together.

When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."

Apparently I'm still's a man thing!

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