Monday, 16 September 2013

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 18th September 2013

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 55 No. 6

Wednesday 18th September 2013


Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Thea Cassin of Blackall Range Care Group.


Please tender apologies to Karen Binstead by noon Tuesday.

                              Sep 18            Oct 2          Oct 16      
Duty Officer           Chris B            Bill H         Malcolm B
Registration           Angela G         Paul F        Andy S

ADO & Scribe         Charlotte G     Rick V        Jeff C
Fellowship              John McL        Robin T      John W            

28th September
Rick Vickers (Leader)  Charlotte Golding  Lloyd Larney

12th October
Bill Hankinson (Leader) Angela Griffin  Bernice McLennan


PIC President Ric welcomed several guests including DG Trevor and Robyn and Rotarian Robert Underhill from the Rotary Club of Willeton in WA – banners were exchanged.

Rick reported that Federal Funds had been obtained for the design phase of the MCSR renovation.

Avenues of Service Citation for Individual Rotarians is the highest award a Club can bestow on one of its members.  Recognizing that the strength of the Rotary ideal is founded on the service carried out by club members worldwide, this citation program provides a means for Rotary clubs to personally recognize a member of the club for outstanding efforts in the five Avenues of Service.  The citation commends the service carried out by an individual Rotarian in the club, thereby reinforcing the importance which Rotary places on the personal involvement of each club member in Rotary service activities.

Selection Process
The method of selection is to be determined by the club president.  Club presidents may wish to appoint a special committee to select a nominee, or may ask their board of directors to carry out this responsibility. Club nominations are to be submitted by the club president to Rotary International, with an information copy to the district governor.

• The nominee must have consistently demonstrated support of the Object of Rotary through participation in service activities in each of the five Avenues of Service: Club, Vocational, Community, International, and Youth.
• An individual may only receive this award once.
• The nominee must be an active Rotarian in good standing.
• Rotarians who are ineligible are current club presidents/ current, incoming, and immediate past district governors/ current, incoming, and past RI directors.

• Only one nominee is eligible per club per Rotary year

PIC IPP Karen presented the Avenues of Service Citation to Angela in recognition of her significant contribution to the Club during the last Rotary year.

Our Guest Speaker and Peace Fellow (first ever from PNG) Sarah Garap was introduced by Jim.  She thanked us for the opportunity to attend the 15th Class and commented that she was thankful that it was more hands-on than academic.  The Class consisted of 20 Fellows from 13 countries and most of them had no idea where PNG was!

She enjoyed attending the local Rotary Clubs. We then viewed a short video highlighting her classmates and their activities.  Subjects included fieldwork on human trafficking in northern Thailand, re-building Cambodia, civil war in southern Thailand, peace building and conflict resolution, gun control in USA (but also very pertinent to PNG – Sarah hopes to get recommendations from a 2003 report implemented), and tools for conflict analysis.  She was pleased to see how her previous practical work meshed with the theory and expounded on the triangle of violence – attitude – behaviour – conflict.  Women need to be engaged in order to achieve peace and there needs to be synergy between the community and Government.

On returning home, Sarah has three goals – to introduce peace education into schools (particularly secondary), work on gun control mechanisms, and support the human rights defenders network (a social justice program).  Questions included the relevance of Thailand to PNG to which she replied that apart from giving her another viewpoint, restorative justice and human rights were the same everywhere and she now has many contacts to assist her.  She concluded by saying that we should be ever conscious of conflict issues and DO NO HARM.

Sarah was thanked by Michael who congratulated her on the successful conclusion of her Fellowship and noted the difficult task she had set herself but she had now gained many extra tools to assist her in attaining her goals.

She was given a memento of her visit to the Club.


25th Sep
Club Assembly at the Masonic Hall at 7:00pm with $10 meal.

28th Sep
Community Garage Sale at thr Baptist Centre from 7:00 to 1:00pm.

2nd Oct
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speakers Kris & Angel Randall on Co-Creations App Design.

9th October
Board Meeting at Masonic Hall

16th October
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Jennifer Radbourne of Maleny Arts Council.

23rd October
Club Assembly at the Masonic Hall at 7:00pm with $10 meal.

30th October
Vocational Visit - TBC.

4th John & Bernice  11th Paul & Lynne  18th Andy & Mia  28th Keith & Gloria

29th Mia Schouteten



A passing statistician has pointed out that, whatever their political persuasion, there is a case for Australian cricket supporters to welcome the return of a Coalition government - the light at the end of the tunnel may no longer be an oncoming train.

During the Rudd/Gillard governments Australia played 69 Tests, winning 40 and losing 24 - a win/loss ratio of 1.25.  With there being no wins in the last 9 matches, the ratio was going south.

During the Hawke/Keating era, Australia played 124 Tests, winning 45 and losing 21 for a win/loss ratio of 1.45.  Although this is better than the outgoing government, it pales when compared with the Howard era when the win/loss ratio was 4.1, with 91 wins and 22 losses.

Clearly in the recent past, results have been more positive during Coalition government.  Now might be the time for a wager on the forthcoming Ashes series where an Australian series win is quoted at 7 to 4.

PS This advice comes with a health warning! 


Wife texts husband on a cold winter's morning:

"Windows frozen."

Husband texts back:

"Pour some luke warm water over it."

Wife texts back:

"Computer completely buggered now."


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