Sunday, 11 March 2012

Maleny Rotary Bulletin Vol.53 No.34 for 14th March 2012

"THE RANGE" The Rotary Club of Maleny Inc Bulletin Vol. 53 No. 34

Wednesday 14th March 2012

THIS WEEK’S MEETING

Maleny Hotel with a 6:30pm for a 7:00pm with Guest Speaker our own Jim Atkinson. He will be giving a personal view of a White Christmas.

Apologies
Please tender meal apologies to Karen Binstead by noon Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS
                                      14 Mar                21 Mar           28 Mar

Duty Officer                   Bernice McL        Brian A          Mike G

Registration                  Debra L                Rick V           John W

ADO & Scribe               Brian K                Lionel T         Malcolm B

Fellowship                    Lloyd L                Jim A             Sherryl G

SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER

17th March
Jeff Cornfoot (Leader)  Jim Atkinson  Geoff Coughlan  Brian King

31st March
Brian Doyle (Leader)  Debra Lynde  Greg Stevens  Lloyd Larney

LAST WEEK’S MEETING

The meeting was opened at 7.00pm by the Chairman Keith Rogers. There were 16 members present.  He welcomed the 2 guests - District Governor Carolyn Krueger and the Guest Speaker, Graham Hall from Maleny Harvest.

After the Rotary Grace, Loyal Toast and the Toast to Rotary International the Chairman called for Directors Reports.

The Treasurer had a nil report.

Brian K - Club Service
    *    Invitation to join the Lions Club in a walkathon.
    *    USC Rotary Awards Night - the club will run the bar.
    *    Concreting project at the High School going well and partially finished.

Karen B - President elect
    *    Attended the Opening of the new Activity Centre at the Maleny State School.

Angela G - Community Service
    *    PYOP Raffle proceeding well.
    *    19/20 May    Workshop seminar for Mental Health by Australian Rotary Health.
    *    Application for a grant for the Support for the Ageing has been submitted.

Rick V - IPP
    *    Doors for the Maleny Community Centre being made by the Blackall Range Woodcrafters.
    *    25th Anniversary of the Probus Club being held next Wednesday at MCSR.
    *    "The Bird Book" produced by the MCSR Committee will be launched on 10th April.
    *    Plans are in progress for the redevelopment of the buildings at MCSR.

Charlotte G - Vocational Service
    *    Thanks to Bernice McL and Rick V for their involvement in the "Ethics Hypothetical".
    *    Vocational Meeting at Maple 3 on 21st March will have a 2 course meal.

Bernice McL - Maleny Show
    *    Club must decide if there is sufficient support from members to man the Food Stall.  Urgent response is required to call for volunteers.  After some discussion it was agreed that Rosters will be circulated for both the Gate and the Food Stall to get an idea of numbers. This is critical as the decision must be made with sufficient time for another organisation to step in.  A minimum of 8 persons is required per shift.

The Chairman then handed over to the Sergeant Rick T who received is normal "ovation".  Unfortunately the jokes have not improved.  Angela G won the "heads and tails".

After a coffee break, the Chairman introduced the Guest Speaker, Graham Hall of Maleny Harvest.  Graham gave a an interesting talk commencing with his background of growing up on a dairy farm in Tasmania. Dairying was changed in the mid 60's with the introduction of milk quotas. On leaving the farm he worked in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Industry at all levels: from packing to running a retail shop, to marketing to all states in Australia.

In 1989 he moved to Queensland and continued his involvement as a buyer of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables for the markets travelling some 90,000 kilometres in a year.  In 2008 he bought the Maleny Harvest shop in Maleny.  He then went on to provide some details of the fruit and vegetable market in SE Queensland and gave a brief oversight into the problems of providing good quality fruit and vegetables to meet the customer's requirements.

 Seed companies have had to develop seeds that allow the grower to produce the end product that customers want.  Farm chemicals have now been developed that meet the health requirements.  DPI Inspectors have the right to go to the markets and select and test any produce at the market to ensure it meets the legal requirements.  Traceability has become a major factor in the movement of produce from the farm to the customer.

 He finished with some comments on the effect of the 2011 floods on the fresh fruit and vegetable supply market.  After a number of questions, Graham was thanked by Brian D and presented with a copy of "Humanity in Motion".

Before the meeting was closed, DG Carolyn spoke for a few minutes on the involvement of women in our District and in Rotary in general and also spoke about the District Conference on 23, 24 and 25 March at Caloundra.

Chairman Keith closed the meeting at 8.50pm
   
FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS

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.

28th Mar  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:30pm with Guest Speaker Shane Petersen of Computer IT on "Information Technology".

4th Apr  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:30pm with Guest Speaker Ivan Hankinson.

BIRTHDAYS FOR MARCH

2nd Mar David B  5th Mar Judy T  17th Mar Lloyd L  25th  Brian D  26th Rick V        

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES FOR MARCH

6th John & Beth  22nd Peter & Kay

NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT

SOME POLITICALLY INCORRECT WHIMSY

With this week's meeting falling between International Womens' Day and St Patrick's Day, it might be permissable to promulgate the following cautionary tale:

Paddy's been arrested for punching his wife -  again!!

The judge asks, "Tell me, Mr. Molloy, why do you keep beating her?"

Paddy replies, "I think it's my weight advantage, longer reach and superior footwork."

Perhaps a better example for masculine behaviour would be this reminisence from a member:

"I'll never forget how happy I was when I saw my missus walking down the aisle towards me.

My heart was beating fast and the excitement was unbearable.

It seemed to take an age but eventually there she was, standing beside me.

I gave her a cheeky wink and said, "Get that trolley here, love, they're doing 3 cases of beer for the price of 2."


HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY

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