Saturday, 17 November 2012

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 21 November 2012

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 54 No. 14

Wednesday 21st November 2012


Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Anthony Ross of SC Regional Council on Mary Cairncross Park Building Renewal Project.


Please tender apologies to Lionel Tilley by noon Tuesday.

                                            Nov 21                  Dec 5

Duty Officer                         John McL               TBA

Registration                         Bernice McL

ADO & Scribe                     Malcolm B
Fellowship                           Brian A


24th November
Rick Vickers (Leader)  Lloyd Larney  Bill Hankinson

8th December
Lionel Tilley (Leader)   Keith Rogers   Andy Schouteten


Change of venue for the meeting, twice, for the one night, created a situation that one could not have envisaged could happen. The hotel double-booked our room, so the meeting was moved to the Masonic Hall, and when it was found it also was booked, the meeting landed at the Rotary Food Stall area at the Showgrounds. Due to quick work by some stoic members, the show/meeting went on in the ‘fresh’ air – Maleny style.

Our guest speaker, Rotary World Peace Fellow – Rabi Shah, from Nepal enjoyed the unique experience. PDG Eric Wood, who transported Rabi up, is used to Maleny uniqueness, as is DG Elect Trevor Taylor and Robyn who also attended. 25 members, partners and guests attended the meeting, indicating the interest in the speaker.

Rabi gave us a snapshot description of his country Nepal
•  a land-locked country reliant on India for many resources
•  51 X smaller than Australia
•  Over 100 ethnic groups and 70 languages in the mostly Hindu nation
•  Cows are sacred to them and they worship ‘everything’ with many million ‘gods’
•  Resources such as fuel are scarce and it is common to wait in a queue for several hours to get petrol
•  Most people live with their extended family

He then talked about the World Peace Fellowship program. He is studying a Master of International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Queensland. The aim for funding the program is to have an Endowment Fund which continues to fund the scholarships. For further information on this valuable scholarship program – go to the link below.

Rabi described his background and how he plans to use the knowledge and skills learnt through his studies. He had been involved in Nepal in the repatriation of the Maoist insurgents. He is travelling to Washington for his practicum/internship, which is a part of his studies. When he returns to Nepal he said he would simply need to ‘get a job’ – but one that would ‘make someone’s life a better life’. He said he was extremely grateful to The Rotary Foundation, and Rotarians, for the opportunity he has had to be a World Peace Fellow.

 Rabi fielded a wide range of questions including topics such as rural schooling in Nepal, the relationship between Nepal and China, and the Gurkhas.  It was a good night, despite the challenging setting in the open air. Special thanks were given to Chris Brooker, Bernice and John McLennan for ensuring that the ‘show went on’.

to Old Petrie Town. Leave 9am from Showgrounds.  Return 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 and neighbours welcome – bus holds 57 so lots of space.

Names to Sherryl ASAP at


With the High School due to celebrate its centenary next year, Chris has provided some photos of the move from the Cedar Street site to Bunya Street.

A class room loaded and ready to go!

Another one about to be moved.  Note the dunny in the background.

A tight squeeze getting over the bridge.


Posted on November 1, 2012 for Rotary International by John Hewko

From the time I came aboard as general secretary of Rotary International in July 2011, one of my top priorities has been to help ensure that Rotary receives the credit it deserves for its leadership role in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative as we move ever closer to a polio-free world.  I’m happy to report that 2012 has been a good year in terms of keeping Rotary “in the story” as the news media have covered a series of major developments in polio eradication. Of course, we can do more, but we are making significant progress in increasing the recognition of Rotary.

World Polio Day
We have many great examples from coverage surrounding World Polio Day on 24 October, including The Business Standard (India),, NPR, Die Welt (Germany), the Huffington Post, and numerous regional and local media outlets.  The Huffington Post also published an op-ed I co-authored with Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Another op-ed I wrote appeared in Biotech-Now, the website operated by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the world’s largest biotech trade group.

The Chicago Sun-Times, PR Week, and other media also reported on our new World’s Biggest Commercial public outreach campaign at  Last month, Rotary also enjoyed high visibility in the coverage of the special session on polio eradication during the UN General Assembly. The event was covered by TIME MAGAZINE, the Toronto Globe & Mail, Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report, and UN News Centre, among others.

Right after the UN event, Rotary got great exposure through our participation in the Global Citizen Festival concert in Central Park. More than 60,000 people were there, and thousands more watched the live stream. Just before rock legend and polio survivor Neil Young closed the concert, I was on-stage to drive home the End Polio Now message, joined by actress Archie Panjabi, a Rotary “This Close” campaign celebrity; Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, daughter of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari; and Ramesh Ferris, a Canadian Rotarian and polio survivor. Each of us emphasized the key role that Rotary has played in the global effort to fight polio.

In June, Rotary received a nice mention in a Washington Post editorial, and in January and February we also figured prominently in coverage of India’s removal from the polio-endemic list after a full year of no new polio cases. Stories were carried by The Economist, Reuters, and the BBC, among others.

Morale boost
As we move forward, all of this media coverage not only accurately recognizes Rotary’s leadership role in polio eradication – a wonderful morale booster for Rotarians who have worked so hard for so long to end polio – it raises awareness and support for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative itself at this crucial point in the campaign.  Media successes like this don’t just happen. It takes a lot of hard work requiring a solid media strategy; tight coordination between Rotarians in the field, RI staff, and our polio eradication partners; and the resources to pull it all together.

25th Nov  Rotary Rollers bus trip to Petrie Old Town

28th Nov  AGM at the Masonic Hall

5th Dec  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Chris Davis who is the Chaplain at Maleny High School.

12th Dec  Board Meeting at Masonic Hall

19th Dec  Christmas Party at Maudy's Restaurant at 6:30 for 7:00pm.

22-24 Mar  District Conference at Twin Waters - registration now open.


7th Dick & Heather  19th Mike & Sherryl


1st Charlotte 2nd Merlin & Sherryl  4th Elaine  11th Judy  25th Bill  29th Brian A



With the Australian Professional Tour under way, here are a couple of golfing stories.

Police are called to an apartment and find a woman holding a bloody 5-iron standing over a lifeless man.
The detective asks, "Ma'am, is that your husband?"
"Yes" says the woman.
"Did you hit him with that golf club?"
"Yes, yes, I did." The woman begins to sob, drops the club, and puts her hands on her face.
"How many times did you hit him?"
"I don't know -- five, six, maybe seven times.....just put me down for a five."

A golfer teed up his ball on the first tee, took a mighty swing and hit his ball into a clump of trees. He found his ball and saw an opening between two trees he thought he could hit through.
Taking out his 3-wood, he took a mighty swing. The ball hit a tree, bounced back, hit him in the forehead and killed him.
As he approached the gates of Heaven, St. Peter asked, "Are you a good golfer?"
The man replied: "Got here in two, didn't I?

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