Wednesday 19th February 2014
THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Andy Fairburn on Ancient Civilisations in Turkey - partners welcome.
Please tender apologies to Bernice McLennan by noon Tuesday.
19 Feb 5 Mar 19 Mar
Duty Officer Malcolm B Sherryl G Lionel T
Registration Bill H Andy S Jeff C
ADO & Scribe Keith R Mike G Angela G
Fellowship Bernice Mcl John W John McL
SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
Jim Atkinson (Leader) Mike & Sherryl Gregory
Bill Hankinson (Leader) Keith Rogers Lloyd Larney
John McClennan (Leader) Andy Shouteten Robin Thorn
MINUTES OF MEETING OF 5TH FEBRUARY
President Ric opened the meeting with brief formalities, welcomed the guest speaker Nick Clancy and announced to acclaim that he had 'nothing to report'.
Rick V reported on the Mary Cairncross Management committee and the Council's restructure plans.
Angela reported on a communication from the Rotary Club of Livingstone and updated the meeting on Ebenezer activities.
Lionel mentioned an approach from Winston Johnstone about a joint service club project to clean up the road verges and creek banks in the Gardiners Falls & Obi Obi area. The Sunshine Coast Council has been approached for funding.
Chris briefly covered the MDSRC Aussie Day Expo - deemed a great success and will be an annual event on Australia Day, with improvements.
Michael G briefed the meeting on Rotary Foundation matters, in particular the Polio Eradication programme. The great news was that India was now deemed free of polio, Nigeria is reporting a very low incidence but that Afghanistan is a problem with the Taliban attacking polio volunteers.
Chris has been active, as usual, with a trip to DIK with cloth and another planned with books.
Heads & tails was won by Mike G - again!
The guest speaker was Nick Clancy, Land for Wildlife Extension Officer, Sunshine Coast Council. Nick gave a very informative presentation on his role and the 3 main Council programmes that he is involved in - Land for Wildlife, Voluntary Conservation Agreements and Landholder Environment Grants.
Nick began by stating that the Sunshine Coast had one sixth of the area of Kakadu National Park with many times the biodiversity. He stressed the importance of government and council support for the private landholders to maintain and improve this level of biodiversity. The Land for Wildlife program originated in Victoria and has spread throughout Australia.
South East QLD has over 4000 registered Land for Wildlife properties, including 1150 on the Sunshine Coast covering 1600ha. Voluntary Conservation Agreements in this area cover 75 properties & 1500ha. Nick is also responsible for Landholder Environment Grants where landholders can apply to council for financial assistance for a wide diversity of projects including weed control, fencing waterways, re-vegetation etc.
Anyone interested in Council support for an environmental project on their property should check the Sunshine Coast Council website. Applications close on 24 February.
The meeting closed at 8:15.
FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
Vocational visit by bus from Maleny to Nambour Mail Centre with dinner at Nambour RSL.
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Allen Burrell on Mercy Ships.
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Janelle Rees on Climate Reality Project.
Masonic Hall at 7:00pm for Club Assembly with $10 meal.
District Conference at Maroochydore RSL Conference Centre.
BIRTHDAYS FOR FEBRUARY
2nd Shirley Larney 18th Jeff Cornfoot 28th Marlene Hankinson
NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
ANOTHER MEDICAL TALE
SENIOR DRIVERS NO LONGER NEED DRIVER'S LICENCE
He rushed to help an elderly lady driver out of the car and sat her down on a lawn chair.
He said with excitement, "You appear quite elderly to be driving."
"Well, yes, I am," she replied proudly. "I'll be 97 next month, and I am now old enough that I don't even need a driver's licence anymore."
"You don't need a driver's license anymore?!?"
That's right! The last time I went to my doctor, he examined me and asked if I had a driver's licence.
I told him 'yes' and handed it to him. He took scissors out of the drawer, cut the licence into pieces, and threw them in the waste basket, saying, '
You won't need this anymore'.
So I thanked him and left!"
"Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many."