Sunday, 16 December 2012

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 19th December 2012

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 54 No. 16

Wednesday 19th December 2012


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


Please tender apologies to Lionel Tilley by noon Tuesday.

                                    Dec 19                 Jan 16

Duty Officer                Jim A                    Sherryl G

Registration                Rick V                   Andy S

ADO & Scribe             Angela G               Ric T
Fellowship                   Lionel T               Keith R


22nd December
Debra Lynde (Leader)  Ric Townsend  Charlotte Golding

5th January
Malcolm Baker (Leader)  John and Bernice McLennan


President Karen welcomed Rod Thamm and Nancy Baker. As we waited for the meals, the following Directors gave reports:

Lionel- wished to know numbers attending our Christmas Party at Maudeys 19 Dec. Reminder to Board members to get summaries in by Friday for next week’s meeting.

Jim- briefed on the known arrangements for the Christmas Street Carnival. The stage will be in front of the Credit Union, so our BBQ will not be there but nearby.

Angela- briefed all on the parking arrangements for Aspara Music at Maleny Botanical Gardens. Brief at 9 am, shifts 10-1 and 1- 4.

Malcolm- advised there is a meeting Thu 6th Dec on the Carols by Twilight event which is scheduled for 7 pm 21st Dec.

Karen- attending SES awards this Saturday. Thanked John W for arranging the presentation shields. Also attending TS Centaur presentation parade on 16 Dec.

Bernice- wine ordered from Clovelly Estate ready for pick up. Sunshine Safari to be at Showground Tue 10th Dec. BBQ lunch for about 20 persons.
Advised on the status of Sherry Wright and her illness.

With all except John W finishing their meals, John W had to have some help with his gigantic portion – split three ways to clean his plate.

Angela then introduced Rod Thamm as Chairman of the Chaplaincy Committee. Rod read a letter prepared by Chaplain Bev from the Primary School, then added some points on the roles that the chaplains undertake with the school children.  He thanked Rotary for its contribution and support. He clarified the issue of teaching of religion by the chaplains and, despite being Christians,  their commitment to not even offering their beliefs or views on religion. The chaplaincy has been going at the primary school for 6 years.

Jim A then thanked Rod and presented him with 2 cheques – one for the primary school and one for the high school.

Chris B and Bill H then gave an outstanding and informative personal view on the link between many members in Rotary, the general Maleny population and the farming community.  Bill mentioned that deregulation has had a major impact on the livelihood of farmers of every persuasion. It was a hard life but
enjoyable for some.  Bill finished by encouraging us to use branded products rather than generic supermarket brands sourced from overseas. This way the profits and benefits are retained in Australia, directly by the farmers.

Rick V gave a vote of thanks to Bill and Chris.

Karen then wrapped up and closed the meeting at 8.23. Well done all.


This award is to recognise the efforts and contribution that a member has made in encouraging community spirit within the State Emergency Service and, where appropriate other organisations.  The award is comprised of a citation, a perpetual plaque which remains in the Headquarters and a miniature plaque/trophy,
which the member retains.  Members cannot self-nominate.  All member have one vote each, nominations commence on 1 October and close on 31 October. In the event of a tie, then voting commences on 1 November and closes on 7 November.

The criteria for this award are that a member should:-
1              Be an active member of Maleny SES Group
2              Not be a Group Executive
3              Must have 50% or higher attendance at SES activities
4              Have attended more than two (2) community activities
5              Promote the Maleny SES Group within the community
6              Be a team player
7              Display a professional attitude at all times while promoting the SES
8              Have excellent communication skills
9              Have a consistently positive attitude
10           Work well with others within the community
11           Work well with other community support organisations
12           Always be looking for ways to benefit the community and the Maleny Group

The 2012 Award was won by Julie Peters. The citation from Pamyla O'Connor, Group Leader reads:

Julie has returned to the group after several years absence due to work.  Since her return Julie has been very active within the group, and enjoys the challenges given to her.  In meeting the criteria of this award Julie has attended over 80% of activities, including activations and community support activities (80%).  She has a positive attitude and supports and leads our teams in a professional manner and sets a standard for others to follow. Julie works well within the group and communicates well in all levels of SES and community support organisations.  Although she has always been “my quiet achiever”, she can be innovative and creative and never ceases to amaze with ideas on benefiting the Group and her community.  Recently Julie has attained her Field Operations rank and has now taken on the role of Acting Deputy Group Leader, Support Services to fill this position due to another members prolonged absence.

Julie was surprised, delighted ánd proud to receive this award, as it demonstrates the confidence and respect of her peers for her.  I am delighted that Rotary has sponsored the Group through this award and appreciate Karen coming along to announce the winner and present this award.  Thank you.


Deb reports that despite the rain we still managed to have fun with all the Sunshine Safari Students. We served them sausages and coleslaw then dessert was of course Colin Janes ice cream. The students came from different parts of the world. Students sang us songs and made a drawing of President Karen.

 I would like to thank Bernice and John for preparing lunch for us, Chris B for seeing that we had a BBQ to cook on, President Karen and Rick V. for coming and visiting with the students. We sent the Sunshine Safari home with a little bit of Maleny by giving them a copy of our Rotary calendar. Its always such a joy to see the students that Bernie and John bring with them.

Thanks Deb for the photos that have been posted at


Our organiser Jim A reported that our stall will have raised about $850 during the evening.  He thanked the volunteers who had assisted him.  President Karen also passed her congratulations to all concerned.



Nearly 1,000 Rotarians, UN officials, Rotary youth program participants, and guests gathered at the United Nations in New York City on 3 November to hear panelists discuss ways to advance global peace. The annual Rotary-UN Day event drew slightly fewer people than usual this year because of disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy, which had slammed into the northeastern United States several days earlier. But those who were able to attend celebrated the relationship between the two organizations, which dates back to 1945, when Rotary members acted as delegates, advisers, and consultants to the United Nations Charter Conference.

During the opening panel, RI President Sakuji Tanaka said the relationship between the two organizations is a natural and enduring connection because both are committed to peace.  “I truly believe that the world today is a better place with Rotary and the United nations in it,” Tanaka said. “Neither the United Nations nor Rotary is in a position to solve all of humanity’s problems. But that is not our goal. Our goal is simply to make things better. We take what we have, and do what we can.” 

Tanaka, who chose the RI theme of Peace Through Service for his year in office, said there is a connection between service and peace. “It has to do with caring for other people and understanding their needs. When we recognize that the purpose of our lives is being helpful to others, it changes the way we feel about other people,” he said. “If our goal is service, we do not want to argue or fight. We want to live together in peace, and have greater inner peace ourselves.”

Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Wilfrid J. Wilkinson asked attendees to continue to advocate for a polio-free world and to keep up the momentum toward eradicating the disease. In doing so, he said Rotary and the UN will be building a world of peace. “We can create one of the great miracles of polio eradication: days of tranquility, when those involved in an armed conflict call a cease-fire to allow children access to health care,” Wilkinson said. “To save children from polio, we’ve convinced people to lay down their arms in Afghanistan, Southern Sudan, and Somalia. That’s something no one else has been able to do. And if that’s not practicing peace, I don’t know what is.” 

21st Dec  Carols by Twilight

26th Dec  No meeting

2nd Jan  No meeting

9th Jan  Board Meeting at Masonic Hall

16th Jan  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Jane Stanley.

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


6th Chris & Jocelyn  12th Jim & Elaine  12th Ric and Jacinta  17th Lionel & Judy


11th Elaine A  21st Karen B




A woman and a baby were in the doctor's examining room, waiting for the doctor to come in for the baby's first examination. The doctor arrived and examined the baby. He checked his weight, and being a little concerned, asked if the baby was breast-fed or bottle-fed.

'Breast-fed,' she replied...

'Well, strip down to your waist,' the doctor ordered.

She did. He pinched her nipples, pressed, kneaded, and rubbed both breasts for a while in a very professional and detailed examination.

Motioning to her to get dressed, the doctor said, 'No wonder this baby is underweight. You don't have any milk.'

'I know,' she said, 'I'm his Grandma, but I'm glad I came.'

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