Sunday, 28 June 2015

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 1st July 2015

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 57 No. 1

WEDNESDAY 1st July 2015

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Rachel Lockman on Fitness.

Apologies to Jim before noon on Tuesday.

                            1st Jul            15th Jul            5th Aug    
Duty Officer        Jim A              Lionel T           Michael G                 
Assist DO           Alan W           Ric T                Sherryl G                    
Registration        John W          Malcolm B       John McL     
Fellowship          Keith R           Andy S            Bernice Mcl        
4 July
Jim A (Leader)  John W   Keith R

18 July
Michael and Sherryl G (Leader)   Phillip S

1 August
John and Bernice McL (Leader)   Lionel T

A pleasant and successful evening was held at the Old Bank Cafe.  The outgoing President Ric Townsend welcomed past, present and honorary members together with their partners plus other guests.  After an excellent meal, Jeff Cornfoot was installed as our President for the new Rotary year to general acclaim.
The New Team
Meeting opened by President Ric (his penultimate meeting) and he introduced our member Phillip Stark as guest speaker.

President Ric also covered the Historical Society sign (nearly there), thank you letters to Interact members, Low Cost Housing meeting at Neighbourhood Centre and something else the Scribe is now unable to read.

Chris B gave a brief report on Bike Ed at Montville, unfortunately it turns out we can’t do it as we don’t have necessary training certificates issued by Cycling Australia.

Chris B also did a scintillating Sergeant's session fining all and sundry; some fines had a grain of truth but most were figments of a suspect imagination.

After the break, Rick V introduced Phillip who gave an off the cuff talk on his life.  Phillip was born in Ipswich in 1952, where his father, an ex WW11 soldier, worked a dairy farm near Millbourne. He attended school up to Year 10 (Junior), applied for the Air Force, missed out due to deafness, went back to school, applied for and won a position with Ipswich City Council as cadet Health Surveyor and was called up for National Service but deferred.

He transferred to Gold Coast City Council at Coolangatta and met his wife Janice in Brisbane mid 1975. He then moved north to Mulgrave Shire Council, finished High School, completed a Bachelor of Business and then a double degree in Accounting and Local Government. He was appointed Chief Environmental Health Officer, off again to Atherton Shire Council as Deputy Shire Clerk.  He developed an interest in regional affairs with other like minded officers and was appointed CEO in 2001 until 2008 when local councils were amalgamated.

Phillip said these were very rewarding years with investigation and implementation of a shared services model based on Armidale Council. He took his redundancy and began as Finance Officer with Cassowary Coast Council, rose to Director of Corporate Services until 2009 when he moved further south to the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Phillip has done some consulting work with various councils up till 2014.

In his private life, he and Janice have travelled extensively throughout the world and have an avid interest in photography and gardening as well as children and grandchildren.  A vote of thanks was proposed by Chris Brooker.

And then we all went home to watch Queensland get beaten by NSW in State of Origin and, except for a couple of unbelievers, suffered depression for the rest of the week.

I came and talked to Maleny Rotary Club in November last about my proposed volunteering trip to South Africa to help with wildlife conservation. I thought it was about time I let everyone know how it went, as you were all so supportive of me. I would be happy to come and talk to you all about it and show you some photos but it may be hard to arrange a time that suits, so I will mention a few of the highlights of my trip.

I spent two weeks at Masebe Nature Reserve, which is five hours drive north of Johannesberg, in the Watersberg district. Masebe was a breathtaking place with amazing sandstone cliffs and savannah country. Along with twelve other volunteers I helped carry out research on the types of vegetation and also the species that were present in the park. This will be used to determine what and how many animals the reserve can support. In the past it was heavily poached and many animals need to be reintroduced once again, now that poaching is under control.

Every morning we got up at 5am, had breakfast and watched the sun rise, then jumped onto the back of utes (or bakkies) and headed out into the reserve. This is the best time of day to see Africa, and we often waved to locals along the road too. Babboons, chameleons, wildebeast, zebra and impala were a common sight, and if we were lucky we might see a giraffe, mongoose, hyena or jackal. Some days we also visited the surrounding villages and schools, where we got to meet the locals and also talk about conservation. The people were some of the happiest and most welcoming of souls I've ever met.

Overall South Africa was an amazing experience that I will never forget. I have made life-long friends, and have become even more passionate about the importance of wildlife conservation. I am currently applying to volunteer at Australia Zoo to get even more experience.

I would like to thank Maleny Rotary Club once again for their generous contribution. I am forever grateful.

8th July
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

15th July
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Kelly Tilse and Father on Weddings at Tiffany’s.

22nd July
Project Meeting at the Masonic Hall with $10 meal.

29th July
Vocational visit TBC.

5th August
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Brody Foy on Rhodes Scholarship.

12&13th September
Parking duties at Real Food Festival.

11th Jacinta Townsend  20th Beth Wann


A father walks into a restaurant with his young son.

He gives the young boy three 10c coins to play with to keep him occupied.

Suddenly, the boy starts choking and going blue in the face....

The father realises the boy has swallowed the coins and starts slapping him on the back....

The boy coughs up 2 of the 10c's but is still choking.

Looking at his son, the father is panicking, shouting for help.

A well dressed, attractive, and serious looking woman, in a blue business suit is sitting at a coffee bar reading a newspaper and sipping a cup of coffee.

At the sound of the commotion, she looks up, puts her coffee cup down, neatly folds the newspaper, places it on the counter, gets up from her seat and makes her way, unhurried, across the restaurant.

Reaching the boy, the woman carefully pulls down his pants; takes hold of the boy's' testicles and starts to squeeze and twist, gently at first and then ever so firmly.. tighter and tighter !!!

After a few seconds the boy convulses violently and coughs up the last of the 10c's, which the woman deftly catches in her free hand.

Releasing the boy's testicles, the woman hands the coin to the father and walks back to her seat at the coffee bar without saying a word.

As soon as he is sure that his son has suffered no ill effects, the father rushes over to the woman and starts thanking her saying, "I've never seen anybody do anything like that before, it was fantastic. Are you a doctor? "

'No,' the woman replied.

'I'm with the Australian Tax Office.'

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