Sunday, 2 December 2012

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 5th December 2012

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 54 No. 15

Wednesday 5th December 2012


Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker John Ruddle on "the Year of The Farmer".  There will also be School Chaplaincy presentations to Rod Thamm for the State School and Chris Davies for the High School.


Please tender apologies to Lionel Tilley by noon Tuesday.

                                     Dec 5                    Dec 19

Duty Officer                 Angela G                 Jim A

Registration                Lionel T                    Rick V

ADO & Scribe              Rick V                     Angela G
Fellowship                   Jim A                       Lionel T

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

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


It came as no surprise to those of us at this well attended meeting that the President gave over the bulk of the meeting to the proposals for building renewal at our beloved Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. After all it was our first major project back in 1959 to create and maintain the “reserve and sanctuary”. Rotary’s relationship with Mary Cairncross spans 53 years and Bill H provided some neat historical anecdotes to prove it.

Anthony Ross and Shana Douglas of the MCSR and Sunshine Coast Regional Council gave an excellent presentation of the need, benefits and challenges. They explained the two options 2a and 3 that appeared to best optimise the objectives for achieving renewal whilst mitigating the risks of potential overuse and over commercialisation that might damage the overall goal of conservation and education, and put at risk the potential benefit to the regional economy.

Questions and comments ranged over admission fee policies (confirmed there would be no introduction of fees), competition the new restaurant might create for existing local catering businesses, how the construction period of 8-10 months might be handled, the fact that the work could not commence unless funding were provided by other levels of government.

Somehow during the rest of the time we managed to eat, have some fellowship and report on the following active Club issues:
1. Ric reported that the Board had agreed to provide support through US based Kiva for revolving microloans to support enterprise in poor countries; individual Rotarians could support too with a small donation of $25, some had already done so.
2. Jim the moneyman reported that so far this year the Club had distributed close to $16,000 locally and internationally, including $6000 to Maleny State High School, $3000 for the timber for the new Community Centre doors; $1000 to polio eradication (more than $300 of which had been raised through our loveable pink polio pig); $1000 for a Shelterbox, and many smaller donations to local groups like the Maleny Players, Maleny Swimming Club, Maleny Sports and Recreation Club. The Club was also delivering a $5000 positive ageing program funded by SCRC.
3. Reminder of the bus trip on 25 Nov to Petrie – names to Sherryl.
4. Chris reported that the Xmas Voucher donations amounted to $650 and these would be given to the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre to distribute to needy families.
5. Chris reported on new membership prospects.
6. Rick announced the new community centre doors would be delivered on Friday and publicity had been arranged.
7. Bernice asked for numbers for the AGM, which would take place over pizzas at the Masonic Hall next week.
8. 5 copies of the Beerwah Writer’s Group Children’s book were sold at $10 each. Great Xmas presents if anyone else want to buy.
9. We would be displaying a Xmas Tree at the Uniting Church Festival and Charlotte would arrange to get some Rotary Wheel decorations.
10. Karen would take up the place on the upcoming First Aid course organised by MSRC.
11. 7 members volunteered to help with car parking and cash and ticketing at APSARA Music Festival on 9 December. More welcome. We would also be loaning our 2 BBQ’s for the event.
12. Rick, Lloyd and Bill were reminded of sausage sizzle duties this coming Saturday
13. Bill H was wished a happy birthday for 25th.


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9th Dec  Car parking and ticketing at Aspara Music Festival

12th Dec  Board Meeting at Masonic Hall

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

26th Dec  No meeting

2nd Jan  No meeting

9th Jan  Board Meeting at Masonic Hall

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


6th Chris & Jocelyn  11th Jim & Elaine  12th Ric and Jacinta  17th Lionel & Judy


12th Elaine A  21st Karen B  26th Jill L



On the first day, God created the dog and said:

'Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.'

The dog said: 'That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?'

So God agreed.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said:

'Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span.'

The monkey said: 'Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the Dog did?'

And God agreed.

On the third day, God created the cow and said:

'You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.'

The cow said: 'That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years.. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?'

And God agreed again.

On the fourth day, God created humans and said:

'Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years.'

But the human said: 'Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?'

'Okay,' said God, 'You asked for it.'

So that is why for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family.. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren.. And for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.

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