Sunday, 6 May 2012

Maleny Rotary Bulletin Vol. 53 No.42 for 9th May 2012

"THE RANGE" The Rotary Club of Maleny Inc Bulletin Vol. 53 No. 42

Wednesday 9th May 2012


Vocational Awards Night at the Big Barrel at 6:30 for 7:00pm.  Charlotte advises "There will be fairly substantial finger food available. Only wines and soft drinks- no beer there though I hope we can cope with that. It would be nice if we could dress up a bit to make the occasion a bit special for the awardees."

Please tender meal apologies to Karen Binstead by noon Tuesday.

                                       9 May            16 May             23 May

Duty Officer                    Malcolm B      Chris B              Bill H

Registration                   Sherryl G        Bernice McL      Chris B

ADO & Scribe                 Mike G           Keith R               Lionel T

Fellowship                       Brian A         John McL           Lloyd L


12 May
Chris Brooker (Leader)  Sherryl Gregory  Keith Rogers  Mike Gregory

26 May
Rick Vickers (Leader)  Bernice McLennan  John McLennan   Jeff Cornfoot


Jim Atkinson acted as Chairman/Speaker for the evening. He forgot the donger and refused to wear the traditional robes. He welcomed Keith R back from some surgery.

Directors Reports:

President..Mental Health workshop cancelled due to lack of participants.

USC meeting 30th May..Bus organised, pick up time RSL to be advised. Club running bar at venue as last year.

18th May is Rotary Hat Day, so attendees at Club Assembly on 16th May are encouraged to adorn their fair locks with silly hats or otherwise. Assembly still to be held at High School.

Secretary..Reminded all directors to register for District Assembly.

Treasurer..Rumours he has absconded with the petty cash tin are untrue.

Club Service..Notified of the resignations of Brian Doyle and Brian King.

Community Service..Angela on Leave of Absence. Nil report this week.

International..Kennedy Lucas attending St Judes School has an excellent report card.  Card will be circulated by Secretary.

Youth/New Generations..Books donated to schools in lieu of wreath at Anzac Day service. Director and off-sider attended TS Centaur Committee meeting.

Vocational Service..Awards Night next Wednesday at Big Barrel. Charlotte expects all blokes to “frock up and front up”. Four awardees and their cheer squads will be in attendance.

Public Relations..Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve clean up to be held May/ this space for further details.

Foundation..Polio Challenge has reached $210 million. Polio virus still a problem in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. International Convention in Bangkok commencing this Sunday and finishing next Wednesday. Apparently all sessions will be screened direct to Website.

Bowelscan..operating all of May. Flyers have been distributed. Advertising in MDSRC newsletter and other publications.

Working Bee at High School 0730 Saturdays 12th/19th May for laying of another path to new building. See Malcolm for details.

PYOP (Pick your own Prize Raffle)..Tickets available now for sale however you can. Volunteers required for Friday/Saturday sales outside Newsagency and IGA. See Jim A. urgently as he’s off to nurture small children for three weeks.

Show Gate/Stall rosters are full. All rosters will be emailed so please take note of your nominated times.

Sergeant had fines of usual dubiousity. Stand-in-bloke-sergeant offered money not to tell jokes but it didn’t work !!

Fine of the week…Pres. Karen only had 3.5 hours to make up with husband for attending Rotary on their wedding anniversary.

Heads and tails…no winner so didn’t receive the usual prize which was actually at the meeting.

Highlight of the evening was the showing of the video “Winds of Change” by RI Director Stuart Heal - that was the plan but unfortunately the plan went astray.  After a delayed start of the “fool proof” programme, a short video of “a plane out of sight on a dark night”, some ribald comments of a personal nature directed at the operators' expertise, Windows crashed and we all went home.

PS Fortunately PDG Mike's home theatre worked and he has kindly provided the following synopsis, which unlike Gaul, is in two parts:

The Winds of Change by RI Director Stuart Heal 

For Rotary to move forward another 100 years we must change our culture from that of attendance to engagement.  We need to power up our Clubs to ensure a sustainable revitalisation of our organisation.
Part 1 – research overwhelmingly shows a generational divide – causes now matter more than joining Clubs or going to meetings – new Clubs and E-Clubs are catering for this and growing accordingly.  (Cited a new Club that meets in a different place each week with a mix of social, business, and hands on projects).  Clubs are all different and that is how it should be to meet their community needs but we need to simplify what we do at meetings and change our language (acronyms, make-up, fellowship etc).  We need to empower our members to see beyond the Club and embrace the RI strategic plan to become more innovative and flexible.  Connect with the next generation, do not stifle with rules, use our experience to mentor, encourage a wide diversity of vocational representation and promote business networking.

Part 2 – currently there is more emphasis on meetings than on projects but participation is more important than attendance – more hands at the pump.  Our RI website should be available to all (not just Rotarians) and we should become customer focussed rather than inward looking (he mentioned the appalling statistics of losing 1.2 million members over the last few years).  We are overselling – new members are finding the reality does not live up to the expectation.  We need to expand our partnerships, learning from our experience with polio.  Increase PR grants and decentralise so our public image is developed locally.  Our collection of data is appalling (although the project database is good) – we need online resource and management tools.  We have still some way to go in effective communication although the Rotary magazines are something to be proud of.  Our core values (service, fellowship, integrity, diversity, and leadership) are very important and we must stay true to our principles, BUT rules and traditions are another matter and need to be changed to attune with local needs.  Change is happening so fast, we have to keep up, and we need to get people talking – change creates tension but if we say that we will be the change we want to see, talk about it and do it.  All the good work of the past 107 years will be lost if we do not adapt to change.  

I am confident that we will be up to the task.


12th May  Working bee at High School at 7:30am - contact Malcolm.

16th May  Maleny High School at 6:30 for 7:00 pm for Club Assembly - special hats to be worn.  Please confirm attendance to Pres. Karen ASAP for catering.

19th May  Working bee at High School at 7:30am - contact Malcolm.

24th May  RI President's Dinner at the Gabba.

27th May Launch of ‘A Parish Odyssey (The Dobson Years)’ by Jack Wilcox at the Maleny Catholic Centre at 10:30am.

27th May District Assembly at St Columban's College.

30th May Joint Clubs meeting at USC. Partners' Night with bus provided.


4th Angela G  18th Cilla V  27th Geoff C  


2nd David & Karen




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White minorities still trying to have English recognised as the UK's third language.

Children from two-parent, married, heterosexual families bullied in schools for being 'different'. Tolerance urged.

Manchester schoolgirl expelled for not wearing a burqa:  Sharia law must be enforced.

Japan announces that they will no longer consume whale meat as whales are now extinct and the scientific research fleet are unemployed. UK Government has told the Japanese that Grey Squirrels taste like whale meat.

Britain now has ten Universities of Political Correctness. Professor Goldman of LSPC says there is still a long way to go in the fight to stop people saying what they think.

Britain 's deficit £10 trillion and rising. Government declares return to surplus in 100 years which is 300 years ahead of time. Prime Minister Mohammed Yousuf claims increased growth through more immigration is the secret to success.

Wall Street banks merge to form new super bank, Goldman Rothschild Ebeneezer Epstein Drescher (GREED): Huge bonuses paid to executives to celebrate launch.

Baby conceived naturally! Scientists stumped.

Iran still quarantined. Physicists estimate it will take at least ten more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels.

Jose Manuel Rodrigez Bush says he will run for second term as US President in 2032.

Post Office raises price of stamps to £18 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.

Average weight of a British male drops to 18 stone.

Japanese scientists have created a camera with such a fast shutter speed they can now photograph a woman with her mouth shut.

Supreme Court rules punishment of criminals violates their civil and human rights. Victims to be held partly responsible for crime.

Average height of professional basketball players is now nine feet seven inches.

New law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, fly swatters and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2035 as lethal weapons.

Inland Revenue sets lowest tax rate in decades at 75 per cent.

Bradford won this years FA cup final beating the Hindu Hornets 4-1.

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