Sunday, 29 July 2012

Maleny Rotary Bulletin for 1 August 2012

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 54 No. 4

Wednesday 1st August 2012


Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Karen Syrmis on "The Maleny Coop".


Please tender meal apologies to Lionel Tilley by noon Tuesday.

                                         1 Aug               8 Aug                15 Aug

Duty Officer                      Sherryl G          Not required     John W

Registration                       Lloyd L                                      Jeff C

ADO & Scribe                    Jeff C                                         Angela G                        

Fellowship                        John W                                      Lloyd L                      


4th August
Rick Vickers (Leader)  Debra Lynde  Jeff Cornfoot

18th August
Bill Hankinson (Leader)  Lionel Tilley  Angela Griffin


53rd Changeover Night -Karen Binstead - President 2012-13.

A fine gathering of friends and Rotarians, all dressed up for the special event, occurring all over the nation and the world this month.  MC Chris B was his usual ebullient self, welcomed our special guests and friends and got things moving quickly. After formalities of Toast to Rotary International (Bernice McL) and Grace (John W), entree was served, quickly followed by David Wilson’s recount of a timeless way that a pig can be distracted if it needs to be treated.

Other delicious dinner courses arrived then our next guest speaker, Lisa Plucknett, had us in stitches wi h her poems of everyday life, but seen through her eyes and delivered with her witty and wicked sense of humour. I recommend all her works to give you something to sustain you to laugh at the world. Her works include Love in the Mist, Head in the Clouds, Cow Cockies Lament and  Return of the Fruity Old Tart.  Ric T gave a vote of thanks to Lisa and presented her with  our very own History of Maleny and a copy of the Humanity in Motion book.

IPDG Carolyn Krueger then was welcomed to the lectern. She recalled her special memories of Maleny and of the great activities we have done in the District. She hoped we can again step forward and show what small clubs can do. She then presented our new President Karen with the chain of office and the Club Charter (looked fetching didn’t it?) and the theme from RI President.

The new board was then presented by President Karen and PDG Carolyn with pins, a photo was taken to record the event, then Jeff Cornfoot spoke of the new theme – Peace through Service -and recalled excerpts from RI President Tanaka’s speech earlier in Jan 2012. Angela G then displayed the new theme banner for 

President Karen, in a brief but insightful speech, thanked PP Greg Stevens for his efforts in a difficult year before work took him to NSW. She noted that there have been some problems with members leaving which had caused some anguish but, hopefully, the new format and Club structure and a focus on fun and friendship would bring in new members. Karen invited spouses to join in and be part of that effort.  She concluded by thanking the outgoing and welcoming the incoming board and wished them all well.

In a surprise to all spouses badges, flowers and some well regarded wine was distributed to all.

Jim Atkinson then took to announcing our newest PHF. It did not take long for the audience to work out that if a member  had been in the club for 16 years, had been secretary, sergeant at arms and a bulletin editor, then very few guesses as to the identity were left. A well deserved PHF was then presented to our newest recipient – Keith Rogers. Keith was visibly moved by the honour and uncharacteristically said a brief but eloquent thank you to all.

Then mayhem broke loose as we tried to find the green red and blue dots under or on the seats.  As usual Charlotte was busy talking about other topics to then realise she was but one of three winners – with Danni and Marlene.  Wrapping up the night Sherryl G congratulated Karen on her early start to the Presidency and thanked all for coming along. She specifically thanked IPDG Carolyn and Egon, Governor Elect Trevor Taylor, Andrew Powell our Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection,  our guest speaker Lisa Plucknett and husband Kevin, charter members and honoraries David Burnet and David Wilson, as well as other former members and their partners Irmgard and Rolf, and David F and Chris. 

Last but not least a vote of thanks to Craig and Pauline and the staff of The Terrace for the fabulous food and wine.   MC Chris then closed the meeting.


A new Rotary year is beginning, and with it several programs aimed at helping clubs and districts enhance their projects, share information, and increase membership.  In addition, a new group of leaders will take over at the club, district, and international levels.  Sakuji Tanaka, of the Rotary Club of Yashio, Japan, became Rotary’s 102nd president on 1 July and will encourage Rotarians to foster Peace Through Service.  Wilfrid J. Wilkinson, of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Ontario, Canada, will take over as Rotary Foundation trustee chair.

1. Beginning 1 July, The Rotary Foundation and the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group will work together to offer resources and consulting services on major water and sanitation projects to several districts through a one-year pilot called the project enhancement process.
2. These optional services will enable grant sponsors to tap into the technical expertise of their fellow Rotarians who are professionals in the field.  
3. In order to focus goal setting at the club and district levels on membership activities, the RI Board has set a membership goal of 1.3 million Rotarians by 30 June 2015.
4. The Board has also approved regional membership plans that were created by committees of Rotary leaders led by the directors in each region.
5. Each plan addresses the region’s unique needs and customs.
6. Districts and clubs are encouraged to use the regional membership plans as a guide in developing goals and strategies that are realistic and achievable and take into consideration historical trends and the opportunities within each region.
7. RI will be launching Rotary Club Central in an effort to measure the organization’s global impact.  The new online tool allows clubs to set and track service, membership, and Foundation contribution goals.
8. Through Rotary Showcase, Rotarians can share photos of and information about their clubs’ service projects with the Rotary community and their Facebook friends.
9. By indicating funds spent and hours volunteered, clubs and districts will also be helping track Rotary’s global impact.
10. A new convention website launches later this month, providing the latest news, travel tips, registration, housing information, and more on Rotary’s largest annual gathering.
11. Register now for the 2013 RI Convention in Lisbon, Portugal, 23-26 June.
12. The End Polio Now website will also be redesigned to include infographics, social media campaigns, status reports, and maps.
13. RI will hold three Rotary Global Peace Forums in 2012-13, each consisting of a two- or three-day program to engage and inspire Rotarians and community leaders.  The forums will take place 30 November to 2 December in Berlin, Germany;  25-27 January in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; and  17-18 May in Hiroshima, Japan.
14. The Council on Legislation will meet in April in Chicago to discuss and enact changes to the RI Constitution, RI Bylaws, and the Standard Rotary Club Constitution.  The council meets every three years to review resolutions submitted by clubs, district conferences, the General Council and Conference of  Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, and the RI Board.
15. The Council comprises more than 500 representatives from every part of the Rotary world.
16. As the Future Vision pilot enters its final year, Rotary clubs and districts will start preparing for Rotary’s new grant model, which launches 1 July 2013.


8th August  Board Meeting at the RSL at 7:30pm - no dinner.

15th August  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Peter Wilkinson's 50 Years in Rotary Celebration.

22nd August  Club Assembly at the RSL at 7:30pm - no dinner.

29th August  Details to be announced.


12th Tony L  17th Malcolm B  20th Jocelyn B  28th Lionel T


29th Mike and Angela



With the Games underway and tube trains suffering delays, London Transport is running an advertising campaign featuring the historical background to some of  their more famous destinations - it helps pass the time!

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