"THE RANGE" Vol. 56 No. 10
WEDNESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2014
THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speakers Tim & Mary Bagshaw on Hydrotherapy Pool Mobility Exercises - Partners Night.
Please tender apologies to Bernice by noon Tuesday.
19 Nov 3 Dec
Duty Officer Chris B Jim A
Registration Keith R Lionel T
ADO & Scribe Angela G Bill H
Fellowship Ric T Andy S
SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
Malcolm B (Leader) Chris B Bill H
Mike G (Leader) Sherryl G Donna C
MINUTES OF MEETING OF LAST MEETING
Much of the early part of the meeting was taken up by the concern to get the laptop connected to the projector for our speaker’s power point presentation later in the evening. Once again the Club was embarrassed by the disappearance of the right cable to enable the equipment to work. Fortuitously, our speaker's mother had a brainwave and sent for reinforcements in the shape of her friend Julie Shelton of Real Food Festival fame who hotfooted it round to the pub and fixed the right cable to light up the screen – much to everyone’s relief!
While all this was going members tucked into excellent curries, or steak and chips etc. There wasn’t much time for reports though Ric gave a report back on the Melbourne Cup events at Wild Rocket in Montville and the RSL where the Club benefited from the Calcutta competitions he had run. Some of us were lucky with the horses and it was noted that Jim had practised his catwalk technique in the best-dressed couple competition, alongside his elegant wife Elaine who looked a million dollars (and it was her birthday).
We were all interested to learn that, Brodie, a former Maleny High School student, a best friend of our speaker, and a former Club sponsored Science Forum recipient, had been offered a Rhodes Scholarship – a well deserved acknowledgement of his talents. One Rotarian reckoned he would likely become Prime Minister one day.
After being introduced by Lionel, our speaker Miranda Rew-Duffy of Conondale, a former student of MSHS, and now at UQ, provided insights into her studies and long-term work aspirations in the field of conservation and protection of endangered species. From her childhood when she had a bunch of “free range” guinea pigs in the garden, she has been fascinated by the interaction of animals with habitat, which had led her to UQ where she is studying Zoology. Miranda’s fascination with conservation problems in Africa, caused by poaching, lack of water and barriers to natural migration routes, has inspired her decision to gain credits for her degree by going to South Africa with the International Student Volunteers organization. There she will study practices used for the protection of endangered species such as elephant, which are badly under threat, the Black Rhino whose numbers have reduced from 100,000 in the 1960’s to just 4000 in 2012, as well as lion, cheetah, hippopotamus and leopard.
While in South Africa Miranda will be trained in practical animal management techniques in game parks and reserves and the protection of ecosystems; training that she will be able to apply in Australia. Miranda also hoped to learn more about the people of South Africa and their different cultures. She had already raised $1500 towards the $3000 cost of the trip and was working hard to raise the rest.
After such an interesting talk it was clear to members that, in the future, with her evident passion for and training in conservation and preservation of species and ecosystems, Miranda would be making a significant contribution to the need to protect Australia’s precious ecosystems which are under threat from economic and environmental pressures.
MEETING OF 29TH OCTOBER
When the proposed Vocational Visit to The Falls Rainforest Spa Cottages was cancelled at short notice, a successful joint BBQ with Historical Society members was arranged and proved a hit with all present on the night. President Ric presented a cheque for $1000.00 to Stan Collard representing the Society and which was greatly appreciated. This represented the proceeds from the days that we catered for functions held at the Village during September and early October. We have been told that we are welcome to use the facility at the Village at any time for small functions.
Many thanks are due to John and Bernice for arranging the meal and the brown paper bag.
FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
Masonic Hall at 6:30 for 7:00pm for AGM and a $10 meal.
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Jocelyn Morgan on Family History Research.
Masonic Hall for Board Meeting.
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY FOR NOVEMBER
19th Mike & Sherryl
BIRTHDAYS FOR NOVEMBER
2nd Sherryl Gregory 4th Elaine Atkinson 11th Ric Townsend 25th Bill Hankinson
NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
AN AGRICULTURAL TALE
A farmer drove to a neighbour's farmhouse and knocked at the door. A boy, about 9, opened the door. "Is your dad or mom home?" said the farmer.
"No, they went to town."
"How about your brother, Howard? Is he here?"
"No, he went with Mom and Dad."
The farmer stood there for a few minutes, shifting from one foot to the other, mumbling to himself, when the young boy says, "I know where all the tools are, if you want to borrow one, or I can give Dad a message."
"Well," said the farmer uncomfortably. "No, I really want to talk to your Dad, about your brother Howard getting my daughter Suzy pregnant".
The boy thought for a moment, then says, "You'll have to talk to my Dad about that. I know he charges $500 for the bulls -
and $150 for the pigs -
BUT I'VE NO IDEA HOW MUCH HE CHARGES FOR HOWARD".