Monday, 3 February 2014

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 5 February 2014

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 55 No. 13
Wednesday 5th Febuary 2014


Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Nick Clancy of SCRC on Land for Wildlife.


Please tender apologies to Bernice McLennan by noon Tuesday.

                              5 Feb             19 Feb             
Duty Officer           Jim A             Malcolm B        
Registration            Chris B           Bill H

ADO & Scribe         Jeff C            Keith R
Fellowship            John McL          Bernice Mcl             

15th February
Chris Brooker (Leader)  Jeff Cornfoot plus 1

1st March


President Ric opened the meeting and welcomed our guest speaker Andrea Mandal of Dili Dreaming. As an aid to the catering staff, it was agreed that the meal service would be delayed until 7:15 for this and future evenings.  A number of general reports were received before Chris Brooker stood in for the Sergeant and extracted some unusual - even by his standards-fines from members.

Malcolm Baker introduced Andrea. She is a very energetic lady with great ideas for the betterment of families in Timor Leste. The former Portuguese government did little in the way of educating the local people for the future, employing them in tasks of maids, labourers etc.

On a chance visit to Timor, Andrea saw an opportunity to combine her business of making funky winter hats, scarves and neck ties with the idea of giving families work so they could start their own businesses to finance whole communities in the end. One young man saw this and brought his family along. Andrea taught them the basics and they have gone from strength to strength.

Another problem in Timor was the number of plastic bags as every purchase had to have a plastic carrier bag with it, which was immediately discarded onto the ground. (No thought of littering). These bags are now being cut into strips and woven into water bottle carriers with each carrier taking 15 to 20 bags off the streets.

All this is basic skills taught by Andrea at little cost which leads to income for the participating families. This has been achieved by an enthusiastic and enterprising lady who has pioneered this totally self funded.  Bernice gave the vote of thanks.

The Club set up a stall with a Shelter Box display as well as organising the parking.  Virtually all members were involved in some way.  However the official MDRC photograher was only able to catch Jim on duty with a couple of refugees from car parking duties.


12th February
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

19th February
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Andy Fairburn on Ancient Civilisations in Turkey - partners welcome.

26th February
Masonic Hall at 7:00pm for Club Assembly with a $10 meal.

5th March
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker to be announced.

28-30th March
District Conference at Maroochydore RSL Conference Centre
2nd Shirley Larney  18th Jeff Cornfoot  28th Marlene Hankinson



A young doctor had moved out to a small community to replace a doctor who was retiring.
The older doctor suggested that the young one accompany him on his rounds, so the community could become used to a new doctor.

At the first house a woman complains, "I've been a little sick to my stomach."
The older doctor says, "Well, you've probably been overdoing the fresh fruit.   Why not cut back on the amount you've been eating and see if that does the trick?"

As they left, the younger man said, "You didn't even examine that woman?   How'd you come to the diagnosis so quickly?"

"I didn't have to.   You noticed I dropped my stethoscope on the floor in there?   When I bent over to pick it up, I noticed a half dozen banana peels in the trash.   That was what probably was making her sick."

The younger doctor said "Pretty clever. If you don't mind, I think I'll try that at the next house."

Arriving at the next house, they spent several minutes talking with a younger woman.   She said that she just didn't have the energy she once did and said, "I'm feeling terribly run down lately."

"You've probably been doing too much for the Church," the younger doctor told her.   "Perhaps you should cut back a bit and see if that helps."

As they left, the elder doctor said, "I know that woman well.   Your diagnosis is almost certainly correct, she's very active in the church, but how did you arrive at it?"

"I did what you did at the last house.   I dropped my stethoscope and, when I bent down to retrieve it, I noticed the vicar under the bed."

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