Monday, 18 June 2012

Maleny Rotary Bulletin Vol. 53 No. 48 of 20 June 2012

"THE RANGE" The Rotary Club of Maleny Inc Bulletin Vol. 53 No. 48

Wednesday 20th June 2012


Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Peter Sullivan on "Organ Donation".


Please tender meal apologies to Karen Binstead by noon Tuesday.

                                         20th Jun        27th Jun             4th Jul

Duty Officer                     Sherryl G       Bill H                 Karen B

Registration                      Mike G          John W              Jeff C

ADO & Scribe                    Lionel T        Bernice McL      Chris B

Fellowship                         Lloyd L         John McL          Keith R


23 Jun
Brian Allen (Leader)   Ric Townsend   Karen Binstead   Lionel Tilley

7th Jul
Jim Atkinson (Leader)  Bernice & John McLennan  Malcolm Baker


Chairman Charlotte began the meeting with the usual formalities including an International Toast to the Rotary Club of Oslo with 14 members present.  Since it was a State of Origin match night there was general agreement that a quick meeting was a good meeting!!  Our “chair” navigated through the night with a good deal of speed and we finished by 8:00pm, which must be close to a record!!

Brief Reports were presented:
President Karen mentioned that she was still waiting for two annual reports and that she would appreciate numbers for the Changeover Dinner on 27th Jun.

Secretary Lionel has received invitations to several Changeover Nights. He canvassed interest in attending any of these, particularly Glasshouse, our daughter club. An email requesting this information is to be sent.
He is also emailing a report on the Show activities compiled by Bernice and John for the Club's consideration. Letters of thanks for assistance by non Rotarians at the Show have been sent and Certificates presented to the participating Interactors. Also the prize winners of the PYOP raffle, drawn at the Show, have been notified.

Community.  A $5000 grant has been received from Sunshine Coast Council to assist in setting up a Feldenkrais programme for the Positive Ageing project. A grant for the purchase of a Gazebo for Rotary is still being considered.

Youth.   Information has been received on an upcoming Career Expo for students.

Blood Bank.   Brian Allan announced that the task of putting up signs for the Blood Bank previously done by Rotarian B.A. had been passed to the more youthful and limber Apex boys. Brian is to retain the reflective vest!

Membership.  A new membership proposal is under way. Thanks to Bernice for this proposal.

Chris Brooker stated that it was good to see that the Queen’s Birthday Honours list had contained quite a few Rotarians as well as other worthy community recipients.

The sergeant being indisposed ( was it man flu???), retired Sergeant Ric T. was called back to serve. To observe the significance of State of Origin night all wearing blue shirts were fleeced.  Deb was in trouble for not taking photos of the men at the Show gate and her excuse that Jim had her selling tickets elsewhere did not wash.  Jim also was penalised.  Karen paid up for having given her “greens” to John McL and Chris B at dinner ( At least she got some!!).
Chris was punished for requesting more emails from the Sergeant than Ric’s wife in Hong Kong requires.
The sergeant accepted more money  from Chris to not tell one of his now infamous jokes.

After a brief coffee break Rotarian Chris gave a talk on the Navy Cadets at T.S.Centaur and their association with Rotary over the years.  This has taken two forms - both direct involvement of the Club and through individual Club members involvement with cadets. The initial establishment of the Cadet unit was  instigated by Eddie Vann, who was also a member of the Rotary Club, in 1995 and Rotary was an invited guest at the Unit’s recognition parade in 1997. Other Rotary members provided assistance – Lloyd Larney as SES co-ordinator was able to offer the SES Shed as a meeting place for parades. Rotary has donated a prize for Helmsman of the Year for many years and also provided some assistance in the building of the current unit headquarters.

When in 2010 the unit faced difficulties and the possibility of closure,  a meeting of community members was held. Two Rotarians, Dick Andrew and Chris Brooker, were part of this group and the local service club representation was considered the catalyst in the group’s recovery. At its lowest point TS Centaur had no staff and only three remaining members. With the support of the aforementioned committee they have developed to boast five staff and twenty-three cadets. Many of these cadets are also members of the Interact Club based at Maleny High School thus continuing an association with Rotary.

Charlotte (doubling up as ADO as well) thanked Chris for his presentation.

The meeting closed, after a few housekeeping announcements, with the final salute “Go the best team”.


PDG Mike G writes:
Rotarians can now learn about Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation online, at This site enables Rotarians to take interactive courses in subjects like the RI Strategic Plan and Rotary's areas of focus. Rotarians can customize their user profile, track their progress in their registered courses, and print certificates upon completion. Each course also has its own online community where registrants can interact with one another and with course moderators. To register for a course, log on to Member Access and click on "Learn."


No matter what side of the political fence you're on, hopefully you will find THIS  FUNNY and VERY telling! It just all depends on how you look at things.

Judy Rudd, an amateur genealogy researcher in south east Queensland, was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that ex Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's great great uncle Remus Rudd was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Melbourne in 1889. Both Judy and Kevin Rudd share this common ancestor.

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows at the Melbourne Gaol. On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription:

'Remus Rudd horse thief, sent to Melbourne Gaol 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Melbourne-Geelong train six times. Caught by Victoria Police Force, convicted and hanged in 1889.'

So Judy recently emailed ex Prime Minister Rudd for information about their great great uncle Remus Rudd.

Believe it or not, Kevin Rudd's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:

"Remus Rudd was famous in Victoria during the mid to late 1800s. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Melbourne­Geelong Railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to
resume his dealings with the railroad.

In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the Victoria Police Force. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honour when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."

Now that's how its done - that's real POLITICAL SPIN.

Unfortunately research indicates that the photo is of Tom "Black Jack" Ketchum, a murderer and train robber who was hanged in Clayton, New Mexico in April 1901 - but why spoil a good yarn!.


27th June  Club Changeover Dinner at Terrace of Maleny Restaurant at 6:30 for 7:00pm.  This is a Partners Night, $40pp for 4 courses plus tea/coffee.
 RSVPs by SUNDAY 24 JUNE with dietary requirements to Karen 5494 3677.

4th July  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm.

11th July Board Meeting - venue TBA.


20th Beth W









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