Saturday, 29 June 2013

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 3rd July 2013

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 55 No. 1

Wednesday 3rd July 2013

At last week's Changeover Dinner Ric Townsend was inducted as the Club President for the 2013-14 Rotary year, taking over from Karen Binstead.

Thanks to Deb and others, there is a separate blog post of photographs of that evening.


Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Gary Burke & wife Nicky on Identify Theft.


Please tender apologies to Karen Binstead by noon Tuesday.

                                     Jul 3                 Jul 17      
Duty Officer                Chris B              Bernice McL      

Registration                John McL           Bill H

ADO & Scribe            Bernice McL       Chris B
Fellowship                  Bill H                 John McL            

6th July
John and Bernice McLennan (Leaders)  Ric Townsend

20th July
Rick Vickers (Leader)  Lionel Tilley  Robin Thorne


Cindy Schwenn from Sylph Circus came along to address the club. She gave a very interesting talk and this is what she said:

"First of all thank you very much for $3500 towards the outdoor aerial rig! You’ve given us a means to share
what we do with the community! ($700 on top was happily funded by Sylph Circus to cover costs of the cable ladder, exchange rates and import duty).

Over the past 3 weeks the rig has come to good use.

Saturday classes were run among a browsing Garden Show audience on June 8.  Students were able to practice improvising and presenting in a relaxed environment.

 Last week the River School Yr 5 class was able to practice and perform their end of term culminating circus presentation on their own school grounds to a community audience.  They were invited by the principal to perform again at their end of year concert. A home schooling group has approached me to teach classes during school hours. Access to school halls is limited during school hours, the rig opens up this possibility.

So what is a sylph?

1. An imaginary spirit of the air.
2. A student of Sylph Circus.

What is Sylph Circus?

A small business established in 2011 by Cindy Schwenn offering circus aerial tuition to mainly young people in the Maleny community. Currently 7 classes per week catering to 58 students from ages 5 to 17yrs with one adult student and waiting lists of almost 20 families and two home schooling groups. Several adults have also enquired about adult classes.Classes run after school and on Saturday’s during the school term with some holiday workshops in the break and a summer school planned for this year.


To provide non-competitive circus training to mainly young people in the Maleny area.
To offer an inclusive performance event once a year that is artistically focused.
To have a strong message embedded within our major performance that enriches the community consciousness in some way.
To enrich Maleny’s creative culture by providing circus entertainment.

What do circus classes involve?

Aerial classes are small with a maximum of ten students.
Warm ups and cool downs with stretch and strength based activities.
Circus skills in the following aerial apparatus: static trapeze, single point trapeze, tissu (silks or aerial fabric), lyra (aerial ring). Acro balance and basic tumbling skills. Basic contortion. Creative devising, developing and rehearsing of acts.

“The Show”

Each year students look forward to ‘the show’, our major annual performance event held at MIAC.
Students work on developing acts for 2 to 3 terms for our show. It teaches them about creative and expressive processes and gives them a strong sense of achievement and togetherness. Each show is narrated in a storytelling tradition that embeds transformation and initiation tales within the circus presentation. It gives meaning and depth to our work and lives, enabling Sylph’s to become positive role models among their peers.

What else?

Performance opportunities at community events (more so now that we have an aerial rig to allow us access to more venues). Highly skilled guest trainers (both national and international) offering workshops to Sylph students. Access to training opportunities for students such as interstate circus festivals and intensives. Circus training in schools for special projects (eg: the River School, High School next term).

The Benefits

Confidence, self-esteem, identity, courage
Strength and flexibility, coordination, body awareness
Creativity, imagination, passion, self-expression
Group work, cooperation, sharing, encouragement
For me: I get to do what I love full time, share it with others and see how it enriches the lives of others!  Aren’t I lucky!

Benefits for the community!

A culture enriched by circus arts.
A positive activity for young people to enjoy.
Entertainment and positive storytelling experiences for audiences.
Workshop opportunities for participants.
An asset for local event organisers.

A bit about me!

Although I did some gymnastics when I was a kid, I discovered circus late in life.  This is now my seventh year of aerial practise.  I’m still passionate about it and always looking for opportunities to improve my skills. I have a visual arts (degree) and an Indian dance,  storytelling and physical theatre background that feeds into my performance creation. I’m a registered school teacher. I’m currently working on a solo show, a personal storytelling circus theatre work, to be completed next year.


Jane spoke to the Club recently to thank us for the sponsorship that resulted in her becoming the Maleny Show Princess.  This week she won the Regional finals in Gympie and will progress to the State finals which will be held at the EKKA in August.


10th Jul  Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

17th Jul  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speakers Mike and Sherryl Gregory on the Lisbon Convention.

24th Jul  Masonic Hall at 7:00pm for Club Assembly.

31st Jul  Visit to Australia Zoo Animal Hospital at 6:30pm with a dinner venue to be arranged.


11th Jacinta Townsend  20th Beth Whan



Supermarket Doctor

One day, in line at the company cafeteria, Joe says to  Mike, "My elbow hurts like hell. I  guess I'd better see a  doctor."

"Listen,  you don't have to spend that kind of money,"  Mike replies. "There's a diagnostic  computer down at the local supermarket. Just give it a urine  sample and the computer will tell you what's  wrong and what to do  about it. It takes ten  seconds and costs ten dollars. A lot cheaper than a doctor."

So, Joe deposits a urine sample in a small jar and takes it to the supermarket.

He deposits ten dollars and  the computer lights up and asks for the urine sample. He pours the sample into the slot and  waits.

Ten seconds later, the  computer ejects a printout:

"You  have tennis elbow. Soak your arm in warm water and avoid heavy activity. It will improve in two  weeks. Thank you for shopping at  *****."

That evening, while  thinking how amazing this new technology was, Joe began wondering if the computer could be  fooled.

He mixed some tap water, a stool sample from his dog, urine samples from his wife and daughter,  and a sperm sample from himself for good  measure.

Joe  hurries back to the store, eager to check the results. He deposits ten dollars, pours in his concoction, and awaits the  results.

The  computer prints the  following:

1. Your tap water is too hard. Get a water softener. (Aisle 9)
2. Your dog has ringworm.  Bathe him with anti-fungal shampoo.  (Aisle 7)
3. Your daughter has a  cocaine habit. Get her into rehab.
4. Your wife is pregnant with twins. They aren't yours.  Get a lawyer.
5. If you don't stop  playing with yourself, your elbow will never get better.


No comments:

Post a Comment