Saturday, 2 May 2015

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 6th May 2015


Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Michael Wearing on Mens' House.

Please tender apologies to Bernice by noon Tuesday.

                             6 May                   20 May        
Duty Officer         Michael G             USC Meeting     

ADO & Scribe     Sherryl G

Registration         Bernice McL           

Fellowship           John McL
9th May
Lionel T (Leader)   Robin T   John W

23rd May
Malcolm B (Leader)   Philip S   Rick V

President Ric opened the meeting by welcoming our many guests including PDG Eric Woods, our PP Eddie Vann and the other representatives of the local Community Groups that had been chosen as the recipients of the Club's Community Grants awards.  There were 29 people attending; he was again reminded that he had omittted to welcome CL Claridge. He explained that the Club Board had initiated these awards inspired by MCU and Bendigo Bank. Thirteen Community Groups had applied and eight had had their proposals accepted and he applauded them for their success.

He then went on to explain that the Board had undertaken this scheme as something of a PR exercise to encourage new members.   He then said:
In recent times I have heard a number of things said about Rotary Maleny that indicated that there is not a great understanding about what we do in the Maleny Community.  We are not:
-"Just Funny Old Blokes That Cook Sausages".
-"You're the parking attendants with the begging buckets".
-“Your a group that sends our money overseas when there are disasters”.
-"Its only a club for business men isn't it?"  And perhaps the worst of all, "Does money you raise go to towards your dinners?"

Perhaps we have a bit of a public relations problem.  Here’s a quick list of what we've done this year:
Funded a Low Cost Housing/ Homeless Accommodation Study in Maleny $2500
Contributed to the Maleny Hospital Memorial Walk $1500
Approved funding for the Maleny Men's Shed Slab $8500
Paid for the new Historical Society Road Sign $1500
Purchased a Time Capsule to be placed next to the The Maleny Cenotaph $1000
Donated the Maleny Swimming Club “Splash for Cash” prizes $300
Agreed to fund the running of a Nurse’s vehicle for the Blackall Care Group $2000
Provided funds to Art for Place for local community artworks $100
Agreed to pay for public seating in the Precinct adjacent to the Golf Club $600
Additionally there are the Community Grants that are being distributed tonight.

Sure we made some International Donations
“Polio Plus” is a program that Rotary world wide contributes to in the fight against this terrible disease. This year we contributed $2,000.
Provided a “Shelter Box” for distribution to an overseas disaster $1,000.

How do we raise funds you may ask?
Yes we cook sausages and hold out begging buckets, however we also run a very successful Show Stall and produce a high quality and popular Maleny Calendar each year. Lots of work, lots of fun however it’s about our desire to help our wonderful community.  By the way… we pay for our own dinners and our club is made up of both men and women.  Want to help your community? Why not consider joining our Club?  Its only a couple of hours a week. Oh and we are no longer very formal either, it's more about having some fun!

Cath Overden of MNC told the meeting that 2000 people came through the Centre. She gave a case study about their important work helping people in need.  Their aim is to keep people out of crisis.  Donations, which are tax deductible, would be welcome.

Barry Smith of Art4Place kindly referred to Club members as unsung heroes and presented President Ric with some examples of his work.

After the meal, Chris B was allowed his wicked way with both members and guests.  He even fined Vince Carberry for failing to do a good job as his school teacher.  As he was leaving Vince was heard to mutter something about silk purses and female porkers auditory appendages.

President Ric then presented grant cheques to the following:

Eddie Vann/ TS Centaur/ 15 cadets to attend a one day survival course in Conondale.
Sue Carberry/ Friends of Pattemore House/ Furniture.
Jill Cutting/ Friends of the Library/ To buy CD book players for Erowal residents.
Cath Ovenden/ Malany Neighbourhood Centre/ Mental Health First Aid course for 50 volunteers.
Barry Smith/ Art4Place/ Ornamental sculptures and public seating.
Vince Carberry/ Maleny Croquet Club/ For the purchase of lightweight mallets and balls to enable elderly, youth and handicapped people to play.
Heatther Cameron/ Idaho Maleny/ To support their May event at the RSL.
Ron Hilton/ Maleny Players/ To allow two disadvantaged children to attend theatre classes.

PDG Eric then spoke about the role of the Rotary Foundation in aiding the funding of projects such as that evening's grants.  He congratulated the Club on this initiative and reported that a number of clubs in our District were considering following suit.  There had also been interest from the USA following a report to RI.

After a group photograph, the meeting closed.

6th May
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Michael Wearing on Mens'House.

13th May
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

20th May
Combined Clubs meeting at USC for Rotary Scholarship Awards - Partners welcome.

27th May
Project Meeting at the Masonic Hall with $10 meal.

29&30th May
Maleny Show.

3rd June
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with our own Phillip Stark talking on My Story.

24th June
Changeover Dinner at Old Bank Cafe - Partners Night.

4th Angela Griffin  18th Cilla Vickers  23rd John Hay


I have a little Satnav, It sits there in my car
A Satnav is a driver's friend, it tells you where you are.
I have a little Satnav,
I've had it all my life
It's better than the normal ones, my Satnav is my wife.

It gives me full instructions, especially how to drive
"It's sixty miles an hour", it says, "You're doing sixty five".
It tells me when to stop and start, and when to use the brake
And tells me that it's never ever, safe to overtake.

It tells me when a light is red, and when it goes to green
It seems to know instinctively, just when to intervene.
It lists the vehicles just in front, and all those to the rear
And taking this into account, it specifies my gear.

I'm sure no other driver, has so helpful a device
For when we leave and lock the car, it still gives its advice.
It fills me up with counselling, each journey's pretty fraught
So why don't I exchange it, and get a quieter sort?

Ah well, you see, it cleans the house, makes sure I'm properly fed
It washes all my shirts and things, and keeps me warm in bed!
Despite all these advantages, and my tendency to scoff
I only wish that now and then, I could turn the bugger off.

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