Sunday, 20 May 2012
Maleny Rotary Bulletin Vol. 53 No.44 23 May
Wednesday 23rd May 2012
THIS WEEK'S MEETING
6:30 for 7:00pm at the Maleny Hotel. This is a late change as the RSL are not screening State of Origin Game 1.
Please tender meal apologies to Karen Binstead by noon Tuesday.
23 May 30 May 6 Jun
Duty Officer Bill H Not required Jim A
Registration Chris B Karen B Geoff C
ADO & Scribe Lionel T Not required Charlotte G
Fellowship Lloyd L Not required Jeff C
SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
Rick Vickers (Leader) Bernice McLennan John McLennan Jeff Cornfoot
Keith Rogers (Leader) Bill Hankinson Lloyd Larney Geoff Coughlan
LAST WEEK’S MEETING
The meeting was held at the High School library with 16 members present. John and Bernice had organised the catering and most of us had remembered the injunction to wear a silly hat to mark Rotary Health Hat Day.
The formal part of the meeting was Club Assembly with Chairman Chris presiding. The topic for discussion was the format and frequency of meetings. Mike G was given the floor. He outlined the historical background from the workshop of February 2011 through the Vision process and the Club Leadership plans. This had culminated in the Board resolution that the following format for Club meetings be discussed by members:
1st and 3rd Wednesdays Dinner meetings
2nd Wednesday Board meeting
4th Wednesday Project based meeting
5th Wednesday Vocational or Service meeting with partners
There were a number of issues raised by speakers from the floor. A vote was called and the changes were adopted unanimously. It was agreed that the new format would start in July to give time for the Board to establish what venue to use for non dinner meetings.
President Karen congratulated Brian Allen on receiving a Volunteer's Certificate of Appreciation from our local MP and also thanked the McLennans for providing the meal.
The meeting closed at 8:30pm.
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, giving a polio vaccine.
Wild viruses and wildfires have two things in common. If neglected, they can spread out of control. If handled properly, they can be stamped out for good.
Today, the flame of polio is near extinction — but sparks in three countries threaten to ignite a global blaze. Now is the moment to act. During the next two weeks, on two continents, two events offer the chance for a breakthrough. First, the leaders of the world’s largest economies, the G8, congregate at the U.S.presidential retreat at Camp David in rural Maryland. A week later, the world’s ministers of health convene in Geneva. Together, they can push to deliver on an epic promise: to liberate humankind from one of the world’s most deadly and debilitating diseases. Polio today survives in only three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. That’s the good news. The bad: we are in danger of falling victim to our own success.
Here’s why: the world is now populated by a generation which has either never been exposed to polio or has been inadequately vaccinated. When the virus strikes under those conditions, the impact can be devastating. We saw that in the Republic of the Congo in 2010 and elsewhere in Africa when an outbreak
killed half of all who were infected. A prompt emergency response by the international community halted that budding epidemic. But the incident gives an idea of the potential consequences of failing to eradicate polio while we have the chance. This year fewer than 100 people were left paralysed by this easily preventable disease, almost all in the three countries I have mentioned. Left unchecked, however, UN epidemiologists warn that a renewed outbreak could cripple as many as one million people within the decade, many of them children — the most vulnerable of the vulnerable.
This threat keeps me up at night because I know how easy it is to address. My wife and I have personally immunized toddlers in Asia and Africa, joining tens of millions of government workers, Rotarians, volunteers, political and religious leaders (not to mention parents) who have worked for decades to ensure that every child is protected. Most recently, we visited India, which just two years ago was home to half of all the world’s children with polio. Now, thanks to a concerted drive, we were able to celebrate India’s first polio-free year in history.
The United Nations, with its partner Rotary International, is driving the global campaign. Our agencies are working hard to reach all children, including those in refugee camps or swept up by natural disasters and hunger emergencies. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative has only half of the $2 billion it needs to procure vaccines and deploy staff to the last bastions of the disease. Now is the critical moment. If we can cover a relatively modest $1 billion shortfall — we can save the world an estimated $40-50 billion in the cost of treatment by 2035, not to mention many lives and many young futures.
When the world’s health ministers gather in Geneva later this month, they will declare a global public health emergency and call on the world to response to the threat of a resurgent polio. As the G8 leaders meet at Camp David, they should be aware of what is coming — and recognize this great opportunity to act in the name of the world’s people. Those meetings will soon be followed by others: the annual gathering of the G20 in Mexico, the Rio+20 conference in Brazil and the European Union summit in Belgium. I hope polio will be on the agenda. I appeal to all leaders, everywhere, to act now to protect future generations. By funding the Global Polio Emergency Action Plan for the next two years, we can make the threat of polio a distant and fading memory.
FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
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.
1st & 2nd June Maleny Show
6th June Maleny hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Bill Leveritt on "Rotary Fellowships".
BIRTHDAYS FOR MAY
4th Angela G 18th Cilla V 27th Geoff C
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY FOR MAY
2nd David & Karen
NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
TWO CAUTIONARY TALES FOR MEN
An old man walks into the barber shop for a shave and a haircut, but he tells the barber he can't get all his whiskers off because his cheeks are wrinkled from age.
The barber gets a little wooden ball from a cup on the shelf and tells him to put it inside his cheek to spread out the skin. When he's finished, the old man tells the barber that was the cleanest shave he's had in years, but he wanted to know what would have happened if he had swallowed the little ball.
The barber replied, "Just bring it back tomorrow like everyone else does."
THE SUPERMARKET STRANGER
A guy goes to the supermarket and notices an attractive woman waving at him. She says “Hello!”.
He's rather taken aback because he can't place from where he knows her. So he says, 'Do you know me?'
To which she replies, 'I think you're the father of one of my kids.'
Now his mind travels back to the only time he has ever been unfaithful to his wife and says, 'Are you the stripper from the bachelor party that I made love to on the pool table with all my buddies watching while your partner whipped my butt with wet celery?'
She looks into his eyes and says calmly, "No, I'm your son's teacher.”
Posted by Rotary Club of Maleny at 16:22