Wednesday 30th May 2012
THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Joint Clubs meeting for Rotary Scholarships presentations at USC. Car pooling at the RSL at 5:30pm.
Please tender meal apologies to Karen Binstead by noon Tuesday.
30 May 6 Jun 13 Jun
Duty Officer Not required Jim A Brian A
Registration Karen B Geoff C Debra L
ADO & Scribe Not required Charlotte G Rick V
Fellowship Not required Jeff C Malcolm B
SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
Keith Rogers (Leader) Bill Hankinson Lloyd Larney Geoff Coughlan
Brian Allen (Leader) Ric Townsend Karen Binstead Lionel Tilley
LAST WEEK’S MEETING
Although short on numbers the noise generated by those attending was reminiscent of meetings of the past. Our Chairman Ric T managed to understand the running sheet, after several suggestions from the audience, and so the meeting proceeded. Rick V was welcomed back from his travels but declined to address us in Japanese.
Directors’ reports were few but the Secretary let us know that the High School had sent a very nice thank you letter for our efforts with their new Activity Centre, that the Macular Degeneration Foundation sent us 500 flyers for distribution and we received an invitation to the Pine Rivers RC Change-over dinner. The Bowelscan kit sales are proceeding OK but not up to the level of last year.
Chris B thanked those who managed to transform our food stall at the showground to something like a Christmas cake painted cream whilst at the same time taking home souvenirs of the paint on their clothing. President Karen reminded members that there will be car pooling leaving the RSL at 5.30pm to attend next week’s meeting at USC. The Treasurer was at the meeting, so hadn’t fled to Rio, & assured us that we were quite financial – whatever that means.
Sergeant Bill H extracted funds from us using tales of rather dubious authenticity. John W for his paper hat at Assembly, Brian A for having double smoko at the shed, Ric T using an artists brush to paint the food stall, Keith R for his footy jersey showing he couldn’t make up his mind who he supported and Charlotte who arrived late as she doesn’t wear an ‘on time’ watch. Heads and tails was won by tourist Rick V.
Our guest was Felicity Grigor, a student studying Public Relations at USC, who is volunteering in a PR role with the Maleny Show Society. She has entered the Rural Ambassador competition, which is associated with Rural Shows and was recently selected to represent our area at the next level of judging to be conducted at Maryborough. If successful, and with her personality we are sure she will be, she goes on to the Ekka in Brisbane and then the Royal National in Sydney. Her PR position with the local Show Society sees her directing her efforts encouraging the younger members of our community to become involved with the Show – a job she is very much enjoying.
We then all decamped to return home to watch the Maroons wallop the Blues as we all expected – dubious tries or not, we’ll have them all!*
* Blues supporters are facing the probability of their losing run from 2005 continuing - they might take some consolation from the fact that the Australian cricket team last won the Ashes in England in 2001!
CLUB ASSEMBLY UPDATE
Many thanks to Charlotte for this evidence that members participated in the request to wear silly hats for Rotary Mental Health Day last week.
THE MIRACLE OF THE FOOD STALL
Verily I say unto you that as the half year approached, so did the event which turneth the small town into the social, industrial, commercial and economic centre of the area. The local service club was heavily involved in the upcoming organization; taking responsibility for accepting money from the incoming patrons at the main gate on the first day; catering to the ever-increasing hunger of the patrons for the two days of the event, but wait, the cry rang out, we can do more. Let us not rest on out laurels, let’s paint something and make it look fresh and clean and inviting. And so it was deemed to do this very thing.
On the first day, a man approached the building armed with a bucket, hose and cleaning material, and lo, the building was magically cleaned (well nearly, if the many cobwebs and missed bits are not taken into account). On the second day, a small multitude of workers assembled and were awed by the magnitude of the task. Let’s not tarry, say they all, and they approached the task with vigour and stood on ladders and reached higher points. And stood on the ground and reached lower points. One of the multitude stood on a ladder and showed how musical he was by practicing his ballet to stop the ladder from falling over, and the rest of the multitude were sorely amazed by such a display.
And verily, another of the multitude arrived with many (two) short haired beasts which he attached to a pole with great alacrity and much muttering. He also mistook the task of painting with another and arrived with artist’s brushes but the rest of the multitude promised not to mention that.
What colour should we use for the fair building, said they, for they were all sorely confused by the task of deciding? Wait, said one, we live in dairy country, let us paint it cream and they all fell about with amazement at such decisiveness. Should we paint it like Jacob’s coat and use many colours said they? Nay was the reply, it shall be all the one colour, cream, and so it came to pass, that was the colour. And the multitude tarried for the time and achieved much.
On the second day, the multitude arrived ready again for the task and set to with much ado, apart from the member with the two beasts who arrived fashionably late but, to his credit and forethought, had tarried at the local shopkeeper and purchased tasty morsels of pastry and gruel with bits of meat interspersed. He also brought a further gruel made of overripe tomatoes and brackish water to disguise the taste of the morsels. And so the multitude stood on ladders and the ground and swiped their brushes and rollers over the building and dispersed many spiders and their webs into the black unknown.
And lo, the task was done and much rejoicing was beheld and the multitude dispersed. Many thanks to all who were involved: Lionel, Brian, Ric and Chris.
(With apologies to any OT aficionados)
JACK WILCOX'S NEW BOOK
Club Historian Jack Wicox has just launched his second book about Father John Dobson and the Catholic Parish of Caloundra. Father Dobson was a member of the Rotary Club of Caloundra.
DONATIONS TO RI
1. ON THE ONE HAND
The following letter from the Regional RF Manager has been received through PDG Mike:
"While official advice has not yet been received, we have enough of an indication to expect that the currency exchange rates for Australia and New Zealand will worsen in June. This, of course, is in line with the performance of both currencies against the US dollar over the past few weeks.
Without being firm about the outcome, our expectation is that the Australia dollar will go to parity (at best) against the US dollar, and the New Zealand dollar will go to somewhere around NZ$1.30 to the US dollar.
Next week would be a great time to see contributions flooding in to maximize the benefits of the current rates. While it could be difficult for New Zealand contributors to act in time to take advantage of this current rate, personal contributions in New Zealand can be made through Member Access on the RI website and tax deductibility will be gained. Australian clubs can send contributions in right up to May 31st and individuals can either forward their cheques to Parramatta or make on-line contributions up to midnight on May 31st."
2. ON THE OTHER HAND
CBA predicts that the A$ will finish 2012 at US$1.05. Potential donors, who do not face time constraints, could get more bang for their Aussie buck later in the year.
Disclaimer: The editor is NOT qualified to offer financial advice.
FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
1st & 2nd June Maleny Show
6th June Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Bill Leveritton on "Rotary Fellowships".
13th June TBA
20th June Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Peter Sullivan on "Organ Donation".
27th June Club Changeover Dinner at Tranquil Park
BIRTHDAYS FOR JUNE
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES FOR JUNE
NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
Proofreading is a dying art, wouldn't you say? These examples are from USA papers.
SOMETHING WENT WRONG IN JET CRASH, EXPERT SAYS
POLICE BEGIN CAMPAIGN TO RUN DOWN JAYWALKERS
Now that's taking things a bit far!
PANDA MATING FAILS: VETERINARIAN TAKES OVER
What a guy!
MINERS REFUSE TO WORK AFTER DEATH
No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's!
JUVENILE COURT TO TRY SHOOTING DEFENDANT
See if that works any better than a fair trial!
IF STRIKE IS NOT SETTLED, IT MAY LAST AWHILE
RED TAPE HOLDS UP BRIDGES
You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?
NEW STUDY OF OBESITY LOOKS FOR LARGER TEST GROUP
Weren't they fat enough?!
ASTRONAUT TAKES BLAME FOR GAS IN SPACECRAFT
That's what he gets for eating those beans!
KIDS MAKE NUTRITIOUS SNACKS
Do they taste like chicken?
LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS CUT IN HALF
Chainsaw Massacre all over again!
And the winner is....
TYPHOON RIPS THROUGH CEMETERY, HUNDREDS DEAD
Did I read that right?