Saturday, 29 September 2012

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 3rd October 2012

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 54 No. 10

Wednesday 3rd October 2012


3rd Oct  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker John Couchman.   .


Please tender meal apologies to Karen Binstead by noon on Tuesday.

                                           Oct 3                    Oct 17

Duty Officer                       Chris B                  Sherryl G

Registration                       Mike G                  Chris B

ADO & Scribe                    Ric T                     Mike G                

Fellowship                        Sherryl G               Ric T              


13th October
Malcolm Baker (Leader)   John McLennan   Bernice McLennan

27th october
Jim Atkinson (Leader) Sherryl Gregory   Mike Gregory

LAST DINNER MEETING - 19th September

The meeting was opened by President Karen with 12 members, 2 partners and 2 visitors in attendance. DO Charlotte welcomed District Governor Dai Mason, as well as ADG Helen Fox.

PDG Michael Gregory proposed an International Toast to the Rotary Club of Barry in District 1150 in Wales, into which our DG Dai was inducted. This club was formed in 1937 and is still going strong today.

ADG Helen Fox was given some minutes to advertise a wine tasting to support polio eradication.

Bernice informed us that Friends of Ebenezer will be organizing a fundraising event in the Maleny Botanic Gardens on 4th October 2012. Our Club has been asked to manage the traffic on that day and also look after the sausage sizzle.  It was decided that we accept the traffic management, but not the sausage sizzle duties.  All proceeds will go to Friends of Ebenezer.  Karen will inform Lenore Button.

We were also asked to manage a sausage sizzle on the 27th of October 2012 on behalf of Bookfest. Karen will inform/contact Jan Cornfoot.

Charlotte proposed that our club will accompany the Rotary Club of Nambour 76 to a combined meeting at the Sunshine Coast University in mid October.  There might be a clash of dates as we are due to meet in the Hotel that week. President Karen will follow up.

DG Dai enlightened us about Rotary International activities like Peace Through Service, as well as district projects such as our VTT visit to Holland and their reciprocal visit to the Solomons and PNG. He highlighted that the District directory will go electronic and gave details about the next District Conference at Twin Waters. He asked for support for his wife Sue's project concerning Wildlife Rescue and Care. Our club gave a $200 donation to this worthy project.

ADO Andy , on behalf of the Club, thanked DG Dai for his visit and offered him our 2013 calender as well as  The History Of The Rotary Club Of Maleny book.

President Karen closed the meeting at 8:30pm.


This Club has had another successful year.  Members will be impressed by their 2012 report below.

Activities - Fundraisers

- Valentine’s Day Roses and Lollipops
- Attended the Annual Interact Conference at St. Columban’s, Caboolture.  Maleny High School Interact Club was awarded the Phillip Blakey Shield for being the best Interact Club in District 9600 for the third time in 5 years.
- Bunnings Sausage Sizzle
- Shave for a Cure (6 staff members and 14 students took part in the shave).  We raised almost $12,000-00.  This included Free Dress, BBQ, Hair Colouring and the Shave)
- 2 Election Day BBQ’s
- Visits to Maleny Kindy
- Big Cuppa Morning Tea for Cancer
- Joined with Maleny RSL to clean up the banks of the Obi Obi in town
- Worked with Maleny Rotary on the Food Stall at the Maleny Show
- Pancake Brekky
- Friday morning coffees for staff
- Icy Cups, available every day, for students
- Cold drinks sold to staff, and available all year round
- Pie Drive
- iPad Raffle
- Night at the Races (joint event with Interact and Chaplaincy)
- Sent books, pencil cases, etc. to Solomon Islands
- Free Dress and BBQ with funds to our Maleny High School Chaplain ($1500-00)
- Free Dress, BBQ and Slime the Teacher for World Vision 40 Hour Famine ($1050-00)
- Sponsored the Motivational Media Presentation “I Risk” to all year levels ($1265-00) – some of very own Year 12’s appeared in this presentation
- Donated $200-00 worth of children’s winter pyjamas to the Salvation Army
- Donated $200-00 worth of children’s winter pyjamas/clothing to Maleny St Vincent de Paul Society
- Sponsored two (2) students (to assist with expenses) who were selected to represent sport at a State level ($500-00)
- Sponsored the QCS breakfast for Year 12 students in conjunction with Chaplaincy

Upcoming Events for Term 4

- AGM for our Maleny High School Interact Club
- Car Wash
- Maleny Trailriders Weekend
- Bunnings Sausage Sizzle
- Free Dress and BBQ at School
- Shoebox Appeal
- Maleny Kindy Visit

Donations yet to be Made

- School Project ($5,000-00) approx. (There are 2 elements to this)
- Friends of Ebenezer (for their work in Zambia) ($500-00)
- Sendai House in Japan ($300-00)
- Shoebox Appeal ($400-00)


Ramesh Ferris, polio survivor and member of the Rotary Club of Whitehorse-Rendezvous, Yukon, Canada

I had the honor recently of meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in his home in Cape Town, South Africa, where I had a chance to talk to him about polio eradication. The archbishop has been a wonderful supporter of Rotary’s efforts to rid the world of this paralyzing, horrific disease, as a participant in the “This Close” public awareness campaign. He was also a speaker at the World Peace Symposium in Birmingham during the 2009 RI Convention.

The archbishop and I have something in common: we both survived polio.

I was stricken with polio at the age of six months in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. With no means of access to rehabilitation, my mother placed me in a Canadian-founded orphanage. After my adoption by a Canadian family, I underwent a series of surgeries and physical rehabilitation and learned to walk with crutches and braces for the first time between the age of 3-4. Polio affected my lungs, and I contracted pneumonia nine times before my 11th birthday.

After a visit to India in 2002, I decided to found Cycle to Walk Canada, a charity focused on polio eradication, education, and rehabilitation. In 2008, I  hand-cycled 4,400 miles (7140kms) across Canada, participating in hundreds of media interviews along the way and making presentations in over 200 schools, Rotary Clubs, churches, and various levels of government. The campaign raised thousands of dollars, some of which went toward Rotary’s polio eradication efforts.

Since then, I have continued to keep up my efforts to build awareness for polio eradication by meeting with government leaders and statesmen whenever the opportunity arises.  It was amazing to visit the archbishop and be able to share part of my personal journey with him. We need to keep spreading the word, and letting our governments know just how important it is to end polio once and for all. We are truly “This Close,” but we need to finish the job. We cannot become complacent in our fight against polio. The World Health Organization estimates that 10 million children would be paralyzed over the next 40 years if  we don’t continue our fight!


Many members use IGA's Community Chest programme to assist our Club.  IGA is appealing against Council's decision to turn down a planning application.  They are asking members of the public to sign a petition in their favour.  If anyone would like to lend their support, please go to


10th Oct  Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

17th Oct  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Tim Bagshaw on the Hydrotherapy Pool.

24th Oct  Masonic Hall at 7:00pm for a Polio Project Meeting.

31st Oct  Vocational visit to Mukti - to be confirmed.


2nd  Geoff & Merlin  26th  Rick & Cilla


8th Debra L  12th Gloria R  14th Keith R  28th Bernice McL  30th Andy S  31st Gillian A



Annie, 6 years old, gets home from school.
She had her first family planning lesson at school. 

Her mother, very interested, asks; "How did it go?" 

"I died of shame!" She answers !

"Kirsty from over the road, says that the stork brings babies.
Sally next door said you can buy babies at the orphanage.
Peter in my class says you can buy babies at the hospital."

Her mother answers laughingly "But that’s no reason to be ashamed?"

"No, but I can’t tell them that we were so poor that you and daddy had to make me yourselves!" 

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