Saturday, 28 January 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 1st February 2017

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 58 No.14

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Max Lindegger on Ecological Solutions.

Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                               1st Feb            15th Feb           1st Mar               
Duty Officer            Keith R            Rick V               Roly N                     
Assist DO               Lionel T           Phillip S            Angela G                      
Registration            Malcolm B       Bernice McL     John McL
Fellowship              Jim A               David F             Bill H

11th February
Chris Brooker  (Leader)  Phillip Stark  Jim Atkinson

25th February
Malcolm Baker (Leader)  Lionel Tilley  Andy Shouteten

The Scribe reports:

 My 3 minute spot was just a bit of a summary of the staff PD that I had done that day with a presenter, Ashley Fell, a social demographer from McCrindle Research. The title of the presentation was Future-proofing careers and engaging with Twenty-first century learners. The presentation was very interesting not only in its content and relevance, but in the way it was presented in a very engaging and visual manner. McCrindle call themselves “Visual translators, information designers, and research communicators”. The general gist of the content was that to engage with Generation Z (current school cohort- young people aged 7-21) we needed to know more about their characteristics. Social research indicates that they will have high mobility and in their lifetime have on average, 5 careers, 15 homes, and 17 jobs. 1 in 2 will gain a university degree, compared to Gen X (37-51yr olds) where it is 1:4. Gen Z has also been termed “Screenagers”. They generally relate more to Leadership styles which allow Collaboration and Contribution, rather than Command and Control. They want to have a learning environment characterised by Visual rather than Verbal information; Try and See rather than Sit and Listen; the teacher acts as a facilitator, in a Learner Centric and flexible, open-book environment, with high access of glass and devices. There are 2 billion Gen Z’s in the world at present. The message overall to the teachers in the audience was to Be Real, Be Relevant, Be Responsive, and Be Relational. The PD session was concluded with handing out A5 infographic cards with a summary of the data presented in a visual/graphic way. If Rotary members are interested in Social Demographics as I am, there is more interesting information on the website.

Other Issues Raised.
a.DIK Saturday 4/3/2017
Bus will leave from Landsborough Train Station Saturday morning.

b.Linda Morrell will be our Cluster Assist District Governor-She comes from the Cooroy Club.

c.Change Over dates for new Maleny President is to be 2 weeks before or after 1/7/2017.

d.District Training Assembly is on Sunday 19/2/2017 for all 2017-2018 Club Officers.

e.Rotary is having a film night on Thursday 2nd February at Bribie Island Picture Theatre -Fund Raising for  Polio Plus.

f.Greg Hale President Rotary Club of Nambour is organising a Special Get together for all cluster Clubs and interested parties at Clois on Rosemount 246 Petrie Creek Road Nambour to greet Gemma Sisia from St Judes’s.
A time is yet to be organised however it will be sometime in March 2017. Gemma will also be speaking at our District Conference.
Our Guest Speaker was Des Harms from Sunshine Coast Council and he spoke about risk associated with on site sewerage Systems.  The Fact Sheet covering this topic is given below.

Septic systems

Septic systems are one of a range of treatment systems available for people to treat and disperse their sewage while living in unsewered areas.  A septic system consists of a septic tank combined with a soil absorption system and/or transpiration beds or pump out connections.  A septic tank is a structurally sound watertight tank used for the treatment of sewage and liquid waste from either a single household or multiple dwellings.

How do septic systems work?
Septic tanks hold wastewater for a minimum of 24 hours to allow the contents to separate. Inside the septic tank, heavier solids sink to the bottom and are broken down by bacteria. This reduces the quantity of solids in the tank by transforming them into sludge, which builds up in the bottom of the tank.
Fatty materials such as grease and oil float to the surface of the tank to form a layer over the liquid called scum.
The remaining liquid, called effluent, flows from the tank into the drainage beds/trenches to soak into the surrounding soil where it may undergo further treatment.
When a septic tank system is correctly installed and maintained, it should work effectively for many years.
Septic tank failures
If a septic tank accumulates too much sludge and scum, the effective volume of the tank is reduced, which reduces the amount of separation that can take place. This means not all the solids, grease and oils will separate and pass out of the septic tank and into the drainage beds/trenches. This can clog the soil surrounding the drainage beds/trenches.
To prevent this, septic tanks need to be de-sludged (pumped out) regularly, roughly every 3 to 5 years, this can vary depending on the volume and solid load of the wastewater and should be monitored annually by a plumber or service agent. De-sludging must be completed by a licensed liquid waste contractor, who will open the septic tank and pump out the contents.
A healthy septic tank is a living ecosystem where good bacteria thrive in the right proportions to break down human waste and prepare the effluent for further treatment in the land application area.
Contact with effluent must be avoided
Septic tanks do not kill pathogenic bacteria, viruses or parasites. Septic tank effluent must be treated with extreme caution.
Contact with people, food, clothing and pets must be prevented. It is vital to wash hands thoroughly if they come in contact with effluent.
Septic systems have the potential to contaminate ground and surface water and are not suitable for sites where setback distances from waterways cannot be obtained and sites that have soils unsuitable for the absorption of effluent.
In these locations or in higher density developments further treatment followed by surface or subsurface irrigation should be considered.
The key function of a septic tank is to separate solids, grease and oils out of the wastewater before it enters the drainage beds and/or trenches.
Regulations and recommendations
An on-site septic system requires approval from the local council before it is installed. The regulations that apply to single household systems differ from those for multiple dwellings. Systems treating sewage from equal to or greater than 21 equivalent persons require a license from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
Council has the authority to approve septic systems for individual properties and ensure systems do not have adverse impacts on health and the environment. Local councils are responsible for ensuring the approved system is installed according to Australian standards and any special conditions, and is maintained and operated correctly.

8th February
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

15th February
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Helen Walker on Cocos Island Nursing.

22nd February
Club Assembly at the Masonic Centre - no meal.

1st March
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Julia Peddie (CHASM) on Housing Affordability.
18th Jeff Cornfoot  28th Marlene Hankinson


When God Sends You Help, Don't Ask Questions

She hurried to the pharmacy to get medication, got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys inside.

The woman found an old rusty coat hanger left on the ground.  She looked at it and said, "I don't know how to use this."

She bowed her head and asked God to send her some help.

Within 5 minutes a beat-up old motorcycle pulled up, driven by a bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag.  He got off of his cycle and asked if he could help.  She said:  "Yes, my daughter is sick.I've locked my keys in my car. I must get home.  Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?"

He said, "Sure."  He walked over to the car, and in less than a minute, the car door was open. 

She hugged the man and through tears, softly said,

"Thank you, God, for sending me such a very nice man."

The man heard her little prayer and replied, "Lady, I am not a nice man.  I just got out of prison yesterday; I was in prison for car theft." 

The woman hugged the man again, sobbing and said:

"Oh, thank you, God!  You even sent me a professional."

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