Sunday, 12 August 2012

Maleny Rotary Bulletin for 15 August 2012

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 54 No. 5

Wednesday 15th August 2012


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


Please tender meal apologies to Lionel Tilley by noon Tuesday.

                                  15 Aug          22 Aug            29 Aug

Duty Officer                John W         No roster         Angela G

Registration                Jeff C                                    John W

ADO & Scribe            Angela G                                Jeff C                    

Fellowship                Sherryl G                      


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

1st September
Keith Rogers (Leader)   Karen Binstead   Lloyd Larney


Meeting chaired by our new (almost) President Karen. She moved things along and welcomed our guest General Manager Karen Syrmis from the Upfront Club and the Maple St Cooperative Store. Due to family commitments, Karen spoke first about the origins of the cooperatives in Maleny and gave a potted history of their achievements, goals, structures and volunteer base.  Both have green accreditation and aim to use sound ethical, environmental, social and financial processes in the way they manage the businesses.  The store and the club attempt to use local produce at every chance and support Comfort, a disability group who grow their own food for sale and consumption.  While supporting many ideals in the community, their main focus at the moment is youth at risk and those not well through illness. They helped the youth along with practical work experience and training in both premises.

Karen concluded  by thinking aloud that a goal for the future would be to have a produce distribution centre based in Maleny. She left us with a small delicious memento from the cooperative store and club.

Then followed a small history lesson on the previous shop owners in Maple St Maleny by Chris B, Bill H and John W.  Rick V thanked her for her entertaining and insightful talk, reflecting that many of her ideas align with the aims of Rotarians. He presented her with a history of Maleny through the eyes of Rotary and the book Humanity in Motion.

Then followed a summary of directors' reports and announcements. Lionel T advised about a proposal to be the Inc conduit for a Friends of Maleny Library Grant. Nearly all agreed that it was a good idea, except the person who has to do all the money transactions.  Also a gentle reminder about the upcoming dinner for Peter Wilkinson will be a partners’ night and that board reports by Saturday before the board meeting at the RSL next Wed at 7 pm (all invited if you want to attend).

Treasurer Jim lamented and apologised for his lack of connectivity to the world through his emails but the problem should be fixed soon. We all managed to get our half yearly invoices though before his system went belly up. Jim also noted the mention of ROMAC in the Courier Mail and its involvement in getting a girl from the Solomon Is to medical care in Brisbane.

Chris B reminded us that this is membership month so we should think hard about bringing along at least one guest. Bill mentioned that next Easter will be the Maleny State School's 100 year anniversary and outlined some of the events with which we could assist.

Rick V mentioned and thanked those who attended the Mary Cairncross working bee (see below) and predicted the next one will probably be in late October. The Maleny Community Centre committee has approved the design of the community doors for which our club has contributed $3000 towards the cost.

Karen gave a special thank you to Chris B for his MC efforts at the changeover dinner.

Sgt Bill managed to extract fines from just about everyone with even some elements of truth in some of the fines. Malcolm B won the heads and tails.

Sherryl G outlined some club service points including that the speaker schedule is almost full. The sausage sizzle roster was confirmed for this Saturday as being only 3 members from now on.

Michael G announced that the money from the Foundation has been banked and now needs to be spent on the High School activity centre for mirrors, sound system and safety alarm.

Ric T outlined a brief update on the Money on Maple concept and that RC of Indooroopilly may be assisting with raffle sales etc.

Karen closed the meeting at 8.18 pm precisely. Well done.



Apologies to Lionel for the delayed publishing of this summary.

The project went well this year with great co-operation from both Maleny & Mapleton pharmacies - so I gave them both a cake!  We sold 345 kits with 249 returned (72% return rate which is about average). To date no positives have been indicated for the Hinterland area although 21 positives have been detected over the rest of the district.

We are still failing to attract the “younger” demographic; a group now recognised as fairly vulnerable. Disappointingly 91% of returned kits were from persons aged 60+; only 7.2% were from the 50-59 age group. Nearly 15% were first time users of the project. A total of 105 kits were unsold which will give us a (head?) start for next year.


Dear fellow Rotarians,

What is Rotary? When I ask Rotarians this question, they often give vague answers. And when I asked myself this question, I had to think about it. August is 

Membership and Extension Month in Rotary, and I want all Rotarians to be able to send a unified message about what Rotary is and why they joined.

The key to increasing membership is for every Rotarian to be convinced that it's good to be a Rotarian, and to convey that passion to others. In Rotary, we 

have a tendency to be humble and keep our achievements to ourselves. But we must share them with those around us and with the world.

Every Rotarian has a specific moment that stands out and has a special meaning. Some people refer to this as their "Rotary Moment." I believe it is very 

important to share this moment with others. Facts and numbers can only go so far, but sharing a personal experience can open doors and build friendships.

That's why I decided to create some sample messages that I call "Rotary Moments." You can use these one-minute and three-minute messages to answer the 

question "What is Rotary?" in a way that is most personal to you. They will help you talk about the projects you've been involved in, how they've helped 

your community, and what's been most meaningful to you.

To strengthen Rotary, we need more members. But unless those members are convinced of the benefits of the organization and can share that passion with 

others, expanding Rotary won't be meaningful.

If every Rotarian is happy about being a Rotarian and spreads the word with a clear, unified message – if every Rotarian around the world can be his or her 

own PR department – the combined, collective effect will be enormous. These sample messages will help us all clearly communicate our enthusiasm to others. 

This will lead to an increase in new membership and in member retention.

The messages are available for free download at, and Rotarians can buy other membership materials at

I believe that the purpose of every life is to help others and contribute to society. Once Rotarians begin using these samples, the world will become more 

aware of how Rotary is helping people live that way. I encourage you to share your Rotary Moment with other Rotarians as well as non-Rotarians.

Sakuji Tanaka
President, Rotary International 


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

29th Aug  Details to be announced.

5th Sep   Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm.  Guest speaker to be advised.

9th Sep  Real Food Festival


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


29th Mike and Angela



Only  an Aussie could pull this one off ! A true story from Mount Isa in  Queensland ..

A routine Police patrol car parked outside a local neighbourhood pub late in the evening. The officer noticed a man leaving the bar so intoxicated that he could barely  walk.

The man stumbled around the car park for a few minutes, with  the officer quietly observing. After what seemed an eternity and trying  his keys on five vehicles,the man managed to find his car,into which he fell. He  was there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and  drove off.

Finally he started the car and switched the wipers on and off (it was a fine  dry night). Then he flicked the indicators on, then off, tooted the horn and  then switched on the lights.  He moved the vehicle forward a few  metres, reversed a little and then remained stationary for a few more minutes as some more vehicles left. At last he pulled out of the car park and started to drive slowly down the road.

 The Police officer, having  patiently waited all this time, now started up the patrol car, put on the  flashing lights, pulled the man over and carried out a breathalyser test.  To his amazement the breathalyser indicated no evidence of the man's intoxication.

The Police officer said "I'll have to ask  you to accompany me to the Police station - this breathalyser equipment  must be broken."

"I doubt it," said the man, "tonight I'm the designated decoy".

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