Sunday, 19 February 2012
Maleny Rotary Bulletin Vol.53 No.31 for 22nd February 2012
Wednesday 22nd February 2012
THIS WEEK’S MEETING
Flaxton Gardens at 6:30 for 7:00pm - Joint meeting with Nambour 76 and "Ethical Hypothetical" by John Boyd.
Please tender meal apologies to Karen Binstead by noon Tuesday.
22nd Feb 29th Feb 7th Mar
Duty Officer Andy S Bernice McL TBA
Registration Sherryl G Malcolm B
ADO & Scribe Mike G Jeff C
Fellowship John W John McL
SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
Bernice McLennan (Leader) John McLennan Angela Griffin Bill Hankinson
Jeff Cornfoot (Leader) Jim Atkinson Geoff Coughlan ANO
LAST WEEK’S MEETING
In the absence of President Greg and the listed Duty Officer PE Karen took the chair and commenced the meeting by welcoming AG. Bill Waterfield and Guest Speaker Colin Sinclair from the Maleny Lion’s Club.
AG Bill spoke briefly but positively on the scope of the activities and projects in which our club has been involved as reported to him in regular Presidential reports. (A rather more optimistic view of the Club from the previous week's meeting - Ed)
• A table has been organized for the Sportsman’s Dinner. One seat remains - contact Jim A if interested.
• An invitation to adopt a road for the Keep Australia Beautiful campaign was not accepted.
• A proposal to support a Mental Health First Aid workshop was received positively and Karen Binstead has accepted the role of organizer.
• Ric outlined his concept for the “Coins on Maple” fund raiser. A mission statement is being prepared for presentation to the club.
• Brian had received a question at the High School re support for Youth Exchange. It was confirmed that Maleny did not wish to accept an incoming student.
• Splendour in the Grass returns to NSW so no catering required at Woodford this year.
• Maleny Show dates are 1st and 2nd June.
• Brian intends to raise any meal issues with the hotel; please mention concerns to him rather than commenting to fellow members.
• Partners' Night on 29th at the hotel; the speaker will be David Crewe.
• An additional storage container is to be hired and housed at McLennan’s. This is required to accommodate material that must be removed from the RSL.
• Hypothetical on Ethics at Flaxton Gardens next meeting. Anyone who wishes to come a little earlier ( perhaps 6.15PM) could enjoy extended fellowship. This invitation has been extended to Nambour 76 members also.
• Date claimer for March is Vocational Visit to Maple 3 on 21st. Cost will be as usual. Mark will provide the meal and explain some of the finer points of running his business.
• Future dates for your diary: April 18th visit to Gallery - wine and cheese (reduced cost) and May 2nd, Pride of Workmanship Awards.
• Chris advised that a marketing exercise is to be undertaken with the assistance of an experienced person in that field.
Rotary Christmas Tree
Chris outlined the concept of a box placed in the main street which the public can fill with vouchers from local businesses. These can then be distributed to the needy by various charitable agencies.
Rotary kits now have TGA approval and distribution will start in May.
Ric had obviously gone to the dogs with his canine humour but still extracted a little cash from members and guests.
Heads and tails jackpotted!!!
Brian Allen introduced Colin Sinclair who spoke on the history ,organization and foundation of Lions. Colin has been in the organisation for 43 years and has been president of the local Lions group for three of those. After considerable research on the topic he presented an historical comparison of the two organisations showing a remarkable parallel between their development . Both commenced in Chicago in the early 1900s, both present awards in honour of their founder, both aim at helping the less fortunate. In Australia, however, Rotary was formed in 1921 with Lions some twenty years later.
Currently both associations are represented in over 200 countries with memberships of 1.35 million Lions and 1.2 million Rotarians. The structure of the association is similar to Rotary in that it consists of a Central International Office in Chicago with Australian offices in Newcastle. There are 19 Districts with a DG and Cabinet and ,of course, clubs. Each club is autonomous within the constraints of their constitution and ethics. A district convention is held each year.
While the focus of Lion’s projects tends to be local, fellowship visits to other clubs and countries are encouraged. Also support is provided to Lion’s International Foundation. Over the years 700 million dollars has been given in grants by this body to support foundations such as the “Fred Hollows” and the fight against measles with Bill Gates. Response to the needs of those in disaster affected areas has also drawn support.
Colin also spoke of the revival of the local club after a period of flagging membership attributing some of this to the efforts of remaining members, the robust nature of fellowship and engagement in worthwhile projects. He finished with the quote:
“I can do something and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do”.
Charlotte proposed the vote of thanks.
FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
25th Feb Working bee at Mary Cairncross Park.
29th Feb Maleny Hotel with a 6:30pm for a 7:00pm for a Partners' Night. The guest speaker will be David Crewe. David is an interesting and inspirational speaker. He will share his worldly experiences which include working for the Queen, writing songs and being involved in Theatre. David’s wife Helen will also be attending. The cost of the meal will be $20 as usual. It will be great to see club members and their partners at this Partner’s Night.
7th March Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:30pm for a review of the recent Club Assembly.
14th Mar Probus 25th Anniversary Tea.
21st Mar Vocational visit to Maple 3 at 6:30 for 7:00pm.
23-25th Mar District Conference at the Events Centre, Caloundra.
BIRTHDAYS FOR FEBRUARY
2nd Shirley L 14th David E 18th Jeff C 28th Marlene H
NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
FROM OUR RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT
A lady goes to her priest one day and tells him, 'Father, I have a problem.
I have two female parrots,
But they only know to say one thing'
'What do they say?' the priest asked.
They say, 'Hi, we're hookers! Do you want to have some fun?'
'That's obscene!' the priest exclaimed,
Then he thought for a moment......
'You know,' he said, 'I may have a solution to your problem. I have two male talking parrots, which I have taught to pray and read the Bible...
Bring your two parrots over to my house, and we'll put them in the cage with Francis and Peter.
My parrots can teach your parrots to pray and worship,
And your parrots are sure to stop saying... That phrase... In no time.'
'Thank you,' the woman responded, 'this may very well be the solution.'
The next day, She brought her female parrots to the priest's house.... As he ushered her in, she saw that his two male parrots were inside their cage holding rosary beads and praying..
Impressed, She walked over and placed her parrots in with them...
After a few minutes, The female parrots cried out in unison:
Hi, we're hookers! Do you want to have some fun?'
There was stunned silence...
The one male parrot looked over at the other male parrot and said,
'Put the beads away, Francis,
Our prayers have been answered!