Wednesday 24th October 2012
THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Masonic Hall at 6:30 for 7:00pm for World Polio Information and Fund Raising Night
APOLOGIES Please tender meal apologies to Lionel Tilley.
Duty Officer Mike G
Registration Mike G
ADO & Scribe Sherryl G
Fellowship Sherryl G
SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
27th October Jim Atkinson (Leader) Sherryl Gregory Mike Gregory
10th November John Whan (Leader) Angela Griffin Brian Allen
MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Charlotte proposed an International Toast to the R/C Aarhus D1450, Denmark. The first (chartered 1925) of eight clubs in the City which meets on Monday evenings, sponsors a Rotaract Club, and has 58 members.
Brian, recently returned from a trip to Tahiti, presented the Club with the banner of the R/C Moorea, D9920. He had met up with AG Juliette Philippe, a Past President, and she had gone out of her way to assist.
Calendar sales are past 600.
Chris informed us that plans are afoot for two social outings to Old Petrie Town and the silent movies at Pomona. He and President Karen had attended a seminar on the recruitment of younger members and reported on information gained. The Xmas appeal has gained several vouchers already. He and Deb attended the NYSF Orientation at USC.
“On the Spot” was Andy who regaled us with his adventures on his 104 day, 44 port, round-the-world cruise. Wining, dining, and dancing – from Sydney to Darwin, Malaysia, Mumbai (Leopold’s Bar), Oman, Jordan (Petra), Egypt (pyramids). Unfortunately we had to stop there as time ran out.
Ric reported that the Club has a spare external hard drive and that he is running the Calcutta at the RSL on Melbourne Cup Day with some of the profits coming back to us.
Sherryl introduced our guest speaker, Apex member Tim Bagshaw, to give us an update on the Maleny Hydrotherapy Pool Project. There had been many challenges over the past ten years mainly over a venue with various suggestions being deemed unsuitable. Eventually it was decided to align with the Swimming Club to ‘piggy-back’ on the new pool so as to save on infrastructure costs and at last matters are gaining traction with Council agreeing to a $40,000 feasibility study.
Again, a suitable venue is a challenge – the precinct has been ruled out because of cost and two possible sites in town are being considered. It needs 2 acres at least. Plans had been drawn up for a 25 metre pool plus hydrotherapy plus parking for 50 cars. Tim emphasised that there were at least 50 residents who would use the hydrotherapy pool each week, it could cater for 20-30 people at a time, and would be used for many physical ailments. There would be a meeting next Tuesday to provide feedback on the study and it was hoped that grants would be available from all levels of Government.
Finally, Tim took the opportunity to advertise and demonstrate the new App for IPhone, IPad, and Android, of the Maleny Business Directory. He also indicated that we could expect favourable treatment if we wanted to advertise ourselves.
Tim was thanked by Michael for his informative presentation and presented with the books Humanity in Motion and our Club History.
Michael encouraged members to bring their partners, neighbours, friends, relations, and community contacts to our Polio information and fundraising night next Wednesday. Our children and grandchildren are still at risk as long as there is still polio anywhere in the world!
ROTARY ROLLERS BUS TOUR: Sunday 25 NOVEMBER
A trip to Old Petrie Town. Leave 9am Back 4pm. Bus $10 per head. Come along to enjoy a great social outing with Rotarians and partners and friends – fun and games on the way, lots of interesting things to see at Old Petrie Town, lunch at the markets, head back to the hills with a sing-song along the way. Friends welcome – bus holds 57 so lots of space.
ROTARY COMMITS AN ADDITIONAL $75 MILLION TO HELP ERADICATE POLIO AND OTHER STORIES
Rotary International has committed US$75 million in additional funding to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative over the next three years. Rotary, which has already contributed nearly $1.2 billion to the GPEI, announced the commitment at a 27 September high-level side event on polio eradication convened by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
• Follow stories about polio eradication on Rotary’s blog.
Rotary International shared the polio eradication message with the world on 29 September during a massive charity concert in New York’s Central Park, organized by the Global Poverty Project. Headlined by the Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, and Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Global Citizen Festival 2012 drew a live audience of more than 60,000, and many more online and via television broadcasts.
Perseverance and dedication are qualities that both Paralympic athletes and Rotarians use to reach their goals. British Rotarians used the excitement surrounding the opening day of the 2012 Paralympic Games on 30 August to rally government dignitaries from the United Kingdom and Pakistan at an event held to raise funds for Paralympic athletes and Rotary’s PolioPlus program.
Rotarians in districts 5790 and 5810 (Texas, USA) took a “think globally, act locally” approach to raising funds for polio eradication and public awareness of the disease last month. Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United Nations, Zahir Tanin, spoke at an End Polio Now dinner in Arlington on 24 August. The following night, the Rotarians sponsored an End Polio Now event at a Texas Rangers baseball game with the Minnesota Twins.
Activities roundup Thirty Rotarians in District 7680 (North Carolina, USA) raised about $100,000 in climbing the 19,300-foot summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. District 7350 (merged on 1 July with District 7370 to form District 7360) raised $46,300 with a districtwide bicycle ride through parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, USA.
Richard Ward, of the Rotary Club of Kew Gardens, Greater London, England, garnered about $3,400 in donations for shaving off his shoulder-length locks at the Kew Horticultural Society Show.
District 7610 (Virginia, USA) organized an End Polio Now Night at a Washington Nationals baseball game, netting $2,250 for PolioPlus. For most home games during the remainder of the season, the Washington Nationals also contributed $5 to polio eradication for every ticket sold online to purchasers who used the promotional code ENDPOLIO.
Rotarians in District 1080 (England) are selling jars of Stokes Sauces Real Mayonnaise that bear a specially printed label featuring the End Polio Now logo. The company donated 2,500 jars of the product, which are being sold in a pack that includes a cookbook and a leaflet on PolioPlus. Purchasers of the mayonnaise are also encouraged to fill the empty jars with spare coins for polio eradication.
FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
31st Oct Vocational visit to Mukti at 6pm.
7th Nov Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Rabi Shah, Peace Fellow from Nepal.
14th Nov Board Meeting
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES FOR OCTOBER
2nd Geoff & Merlin 26th Rick & Cilla
BIRTHDAYS FOR OCTOBER
8th Debra L 12th Gloria R 14th Keith R 28th Bernice McL 30th Andy S 31st Gillian
A NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT FROM OUR EDUCATIONAL CORRESPONDENT
With Year 12 examinations imminent, spare a thought for those a the lower levels of the education ladder!
If you've ever gone to Catholic school (or even if you haven't), we hope you will appreciate this one!!
1 + 2 = 3
Until a child tells you what they are thinking, we can't even begin to imagine how their mind is working.....
Little Zachary was doing very badly in maths. His parents had tried everything...tutors, mentors, flash cards, special learning centers. In short, everything they could think of to help his maths. Finally, in a last ditch effort, they took Zachary down and enrolled him In the local Catholic school.
After the first day, little Zachary came home with a very serious look on his face. He didn't even kiss his mother hello. Instead, he went straight to his room and started studying. Books and papers were spread out all over the room and little Zachary was hard at work. His mother was amazed. She called him down to dinner. To her shock, the minute he was done, he marched back to his room without a word, and in no time, he was back hitting the books as hard as before.
This went on for some time, day after day, while the mother tried to understand what made all the difference. Finally, little Zachary brought home his report Card.. He quietly laid it on the table, went up to his room and hit the books. With great trepidation, His Mum looked at it and to her great surprise, Little Zachary got an 'A' in maths.
She could no longer hold her curiosity. She went to his room and said, 'Son, what was it? Was it the nuns?' Little Zachary looked at her and shook his head, no.. 'Well, then,' she replied, Was it the books, the discipline, the structure, the uniforms? WHAT WAS IT?'