Friday, 10 March 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 15th March 2017

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 58 No.17

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Ken Wishaw on Light Pollution.

Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                                15th Mar            5th Apr            19th Apr            
Duty Officer            CL Claridge       Michael G        Chris B           
Assist DO               Angela G           Sherryl G         David F                      
Registration            Lionel T             Phillip S           Keith R
Fellowship              John W              Alan W             Rick V

25th March
Chris Ross-Smith  (Leader)   Angela Griffin   John Whan

8th April
Rick Vickers  (Leader)   Ric Townsend   Chris Brooker

Our guest speaker for the night was Julia Peddie from the local community group Compassionate Housing Affordability Solutions for Maleny (CHASM).  Julia’s stated intention of her address was to leave members with a greater appreciation of the need for affordable housing in Maleny and, inspired by the potential for the community to find and run our own solutions, to maintain the social diversity and to strategically manage and design our community’s future …and indeed she did.

Julia presented some startling statistics for example: women over 55 are the fastest growing group of homeless in Australia (double that of the UK); only 7% of single mothers in Australia own their home; Maleny has one of the tightest rental markets in the State – this is resulting in people having to move away including young families and pensioners as well as people who have fluctuating incomes such as service workers, the self employed and artistic people. Last year 82 people reported experiencing homelessness to MNC. This is an issue our community must take control of given the lack of interest by the State Government.

To find affordable housing solutions for the community, CHASM was formed in 2016.  The aim is to provide a diverse range of housing options that allow people of all income levels to live in the neighbourhood of their choice and to create a society that is inclusive, improves wellbeing and provides for a sustainable future.

The group has presented three key projects to Council and is in discussion for a display village of small and affordable housing on the Sunshine Coast; the first being rolled out this year is ‘Home Made: Living Small & Simply’ . The first small dwelling will be trialled on the Maple Street Community Garden land.

CHASM is seeking from the community:
•    Landholders wishing to be involved for long-term lease arrangements or provide land donations;
•    Fundraising partnerships;
•    Material donations;
•    Building and trade skills donations;
•    People to help build and obtain a Certificate 1 in Construction;
•    Board members for governance and finance;
•    Crowd-funding help.

Phillip proposed a vote of thanks.

22nd March
Club Assembly at the Masonic Centre now cancelled.

23rd March
RSL at 6:30 for 7:00pm for the Club's 2017 Community Grants Awards - Partners Night.

24th to 26th March
District Conference at Caloundra.

26th March
Bikes to Wheelchairs at the Maleny Showgrounds.

29th March
Possible vocational visit to the new Mary Cairncross Park building - TBC.

5th April
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Sue Larsen on the Fred Hollows Foundation.

12th April
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.
5th Judy Tilley  26th Rick Vickers

6th John & Beth Wann  22nd Peter and Kay Wilkinson


An Irish mother's letter to her son

Dear Son,

We are all doing very well.

You won't recognise the house when you get home - because we have moved. Your dad read in the newspaper that most accidents happen within 20 miles from your home, so we moved 25 miles to Wexford.
I won't be able to send you the address because the last family that lived here took the house numbers when they moved so that they wouldn't  have to change their address.

This place is really nice. It even has a washing machine. I'm not sure it works so well though: last week I put a load in and pulled the chain and haven't seen them since.
Your father's got a really good job now. He's got 500 men under him.  He's cutting the grass at the cemetery.

Your sister Mary had a baby this morning but I haven't found out if it's a boy or a girl, so I don't know whether you are an auntie or an  uncle.

Your brother Tom is still in the army. He's only been there a short while and they've already made him a court martial!

Your Uncle Patrick drowned last week in a vat of whiskey in the Dublin Distillery. Some of his workmates tried to save him but he fought them off bravely. They cremated him and it took three days to put out the fire.

I went to the doctor on Thursday and your father went with me. The doctor put a small tube in my mouth and told me not to talk for ten  minutes. Your father offered to buy it from him.

The weather isn't bad here. It only rained twice this week, first for three days and then for four days. Monday was so windy one of the chickens laid the same egg four times.
We had a letter from the undertaker. He said if the last payment on your grandmother's plot wasn't paid in seven days, up she comes.

About that coat you wanted me to send you, your Uncle Stanley said it would be too heavy to send in the mail with the buttons on, so we cut them off and put them in the pockets.

John locked his keys in the car yesterday. We were really worried because it took him two hours to get me and your father out.
Three of your friends went off a bridge in a pick-up truck. Ralph was driving. He wound down the window and swam to safety. Your other two friends were in the flatbed at the back. They drowned because they couldn't get the tailgate down.
There isn't much more news at this time. Nothing much has happened.
Your loving Mum.
P.S. I was going to send you some money but I had already sealed the envelope.

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