Sunday, 15 July 2012

Maleny Rotary Bulletin for 18th July 2012

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 54 No. 2

Wednesday 18th July 2012


Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Bev Seagroatt on Maleny State School Chaplaincy.


Please tender meal apologies to Lionel Tilley by noon Tuesday.

                                  18th Jul             25 Jul               1 Aug

Duty Officer                Chris B             Brian A             Angela G

Registration                 Brian A            Jim A                Lloyd L

ADO & Scribe              Malcolm B       Rick V               Jeff C                          

Fellowship                    Rick V             Malcolm B        Charlotte G                    


21st Jul
Mike Gregory (Leader)  Sheryl Gregory  Charlotte Golding  John Whan

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

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


A Board Meeting was held at the RSL and will reported on separately.


The meeting was opened by Chairman Mike who conducted the formalities before introducing the Guest Speaker for the night, our own Sherryl Gregory.

Sherryl ran a power point presentation of the enormous changes in the vocational education system at her school, which interested the club members as many of us had not had any connections with the education system for many years. These included the recent addition of a new Kitchen and Hairdressing facility to St Columbans College which happens to be the most up to date vocational training facility within the registered  training schools in Queensland if not Australia at the present time.

Sherryl spoke of the focus on vocational education which is preparing the students for the world of work and also their careers.  The aim is to have students leaving school with both academic and vocational skills and at least one national qualification and 85% of year 12 students leave school with at least one vocational qualification.

Employability skills include -
- Communication
- Team Work
- Problem solving
- Initiate enterprise
- Planning & organizing
- Self management
- Commonsense
- Technology

These attributes are encouraged through sport and commence around years nine and ten. Work experience starts at year ten and students arrange their own work experience and then approach the school for contact with the business owner as this is required for insurance purposes. Job opportunities are no longer there for students to leave school at year 10.

Bernice complimented Sherryl on her obvious passion for her work and also her effort in ensuring her students leave school with the knowledge and skills to obtain work and pursue their chosen career. Many thanks Sherryl, for your informative session.The students at St Columbans College are in good hands.


Dear fellow Rotarians,

I am part of the first generation to grow up in Japan after a terrible war. I think it is natural that my countrymen now place a great priority on peace. We saw where militarism brought our country, and we also saw the great economic growth that came when our nation made the choice to embrace peace.

This was the decision that allowed Japan to grow and thrive. It allowed generations of children to grow up in safety, to become educated, to improve their lives. It fundamentally changed the Japanese attitude toward other countries and cultures. It caused us to open our minds, to become more tolerant, to seek greater understanding.

And it allowed us to redirect our energies toward positive goals. In Japan, it is traditional to prioritize the needs of the society over the needs of the individual. This has always been part of our culture. In the weeks and months following the great earthquake and disaster of March 2011, this was what helped us to survive and rebuild.

This is a lesson that I think the whole world can learn from, in a positive way. When we see the needs of others as more important than our own needs – when we focus on a shared goal that is for the good of all – this changes everything. It changes how we relate to the world. It changes our priorities. And it changes how we understand the idea of peace.

In the 2012-13 Rotary year, peace will be our focus and our goal, and I will ask all Rotarians to actively work for Peace Through Service.

A belief in the power of service lies at the very heart of Rotary. By making service our priority, we put the needs of others above our own. We empathize more deeply with the difficulties of other people; we become more generous with our time and resources, and more open to new ways of thinking. Instead of trying to change others, we recognize that everyone and everything has something to teach us.

Through service, we become more tolerant of our differences and more grateful for the people in our lives. Our sense of gratitude drives us to understand others better and to see the good in everyone. Through better understanding, we learn to respect others. With mutual respect, we live with others in peace.

And so I ask you all to put Peace Through Service at the forefront of your Rotary work this year, and to commit to a Rotary goal of a more peaceful world.

Sakuji Tanaka
President, Rotary International 


25th July  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.

1st August  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Karen Syrmis on "The Maleny Coop".

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.


20th Beth W





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