WEDNESDAY 20TH MAY 2015
THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Joint Clubs' Meeting at USC for annual Rotary Scholarships presentation.
Apologies to Bernice were due on 13th May.
20 May 3 Jun
Duty Officer USC Meeting TBA
ADO & Scribe
SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
Malcolm B (Leader) Philip S Rick V
Chris B (Leader) Chris R-S Andy S
To be confirmed
Jeff C (Leader) Donna C Bill H
MINUTES OF MEETING OF 6TH APRIL
President Ric welcomed members to the meeting, especially CL Claridge who was inducted during the meeting, with the classification International Community Development. Welcome to the Club CL!
Michael G reported on the Rotary D9600 Conference held the previous weekend at Bribie Island with the theme: “Shine the Light”. Michael described some of the highlights in terms of good guest speakers:
• Ron Seddon from Port Moresby reported on the progress of the Rotarians against Malaria campaign (RAM). The long lasting insecticide treated bed net program has reached almost all of the 22,000 villages in PNG at least once, with villagers receiving new nets every 3 years. The program has been very successful in reducing prevalence and deaths from malaria, with malaria prevalence reduced by more than 80% from 2009 to 2014. This is a huge reduction in malaria in PNG.
• Prof Ian Fraser spoke of his work in linking the human papilloma virus and cervical cancer to create a world-first vaccine. His presentation was followed by a team from PNG who will be supervising a TRF global grant project to vaccinate all school girls in Port Moresby against cervical cancer.
• Other presentations highlighted Post-polio syndrome, Rotary Health indigenous scholarships, Foodbank, Drugs in the workplace, Young novice driver road safety, Muslim Women’s property rights in Pakistan (by a Peace Fellow), RYLA, Rotaract, Computers4Learning project in Arusha, Youth Exchange – and lots more.
Lionel T reminded members that May was Bowel Scan month. New style kits are available at the pharmacy for $15.
Rick V reported that the new Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Management group has met, and the plan for the new education centre is going to the Council, who will report in about 2 months. A Rotary working party will be needed in a couple of weeks to do some replanting in the areas where picnic setting reconstruction has been happening.
Guest Speaker: Michael Wearing from Maleny Men’s Community House.
Michael “Laughing Wolf” Wearing has lived in Maleny for 23 years. He described his background as a soldier in the regular army, with time in Vietnam, and his battle with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and depression when he returned. His father committed suicide while he was in Vietnam, and this tragic event turned Michael to look at the high suicide rates of young males, one of the highest suicide rates in the world, and eventually prompted him to give support to other men who are unhappy and worried, and in need of support. The Men’s House in Fig Street gives help to up to 15 men at a time and also women in need of shelter. The house has a permaculture garden which was donated to them, and they receive support and donations from the Maleny IGA. They would like to be self-supporting and were submitting plans to the Council to lift the house up to put in more accommodation underneath, and have a workshop at the back. More information on the Maleny Men’s House can be found at the following link:
Michael concluded by saying that he believed that they had started something that could be replicated in other towns, in conjunction with local Doctors and the Men’s Help Line.
President Ric closed the meeting, after a decision was made to postpone next week’s Board meeting owing to many board members being away. The next dinner meeting will be on Wed 20 May- a combined Sunshine Coast Rotary Meeting at the University of the Sunshine Coast at Sippy Downs.
FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
Project Meeting at the Masonic Hall with $10 meal.
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with our own Phillip Stark talking on My Story.
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker TBA.
Changeover Dinner at Old Bank Cafe - Partners Night.
BIRTHDAYS FOR MAY
4th Angela Griffin 18th Cilla Vickers 23rd John Hay
NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
A CAUTIONARY TALE FOR THE UNWARY
HUSBAND DOWN IN AISLE 5
A husband and wife are shopping in their local supermarket, The husband picks up a carton of beer and puts it in their cart.
"What do you think you're doing?" asks the wife.
"They're on sale, only $30 for 24" he replies.
"Put them back, we can't afford them" demands the wife, and they carry on shopping.
A few aisles farther on, the woman picks up a $60 jar of face cream and puts it in the basket.
"What do you think you're doing?" asks the husband.
"It's my face cream. It makes me look beautiful," replies the wife.
Her husband retorts: "So does 24 cans of beer and it's half the price."
THAT'S HIM IN AISLE 5.