Friday, 31 March 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 5th April 2017

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 58 No.18

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

Apologies to Jim before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                               5th Apr           19th Apr        17th May            
Duty Officer            Michael G       Chris B         CL Claridge           
Assist DO               Sherryl G        David F         Malcolm B                      
Registration            Phillip S          Keith R          Ric T
Fellowship              Alan W           Rick V            Bill H

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

22nd April
Jim Atkinson  (Leader)  Michael and Sherryl Gregory

President Jeff opened the meeting with a report about the success of the DIK packing trip (10 Club members had travelled to Brisbane) and the recent decision of the Board to give $500 each to DIK and ROMAC.

Though the Maleny Interact Club did not win best presentation at the recent Conference they were congratulated on winning it every year for the past 3 years. The Award this year had gone to the most recently established Interact Club near Gympie.

Chris Brooker spruicked the bikes for wheelchairs project – 10 bikes had been stripped so far and more volunteers were needed to dismantle bikes that had been donated.

Other issues covered included: Gazebo sign (now sorted), Community Grants Dinner arrangements, MCSR tour for interested Rotarians on 29 March, Historical Society Open Day on 7 May. There was serious notice of the new Rotary requirements in relation to volunteering involving children – in future the Blue Card was not sufficient and a full police check was now needed for each member. Members were warned never to be alone with an under 18-year-old child.

Chris Ross Smith spruiked the Arts Council event at Community Centre at 2pm on 26 March – Eleanor’s Story.

The Sergeant extracted a few coins from the unwary.

Ken Wishaw, Professor of Paramedic Science at the Sunshine Coast University, was our speaker for the evening. He had been a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army and a doctor in Buderim but now retired to pursue his lifelong passion of astronomy.  Ken enthralled us with a fascinating talk about the search for and successful identification of a site in Maleny for stargazing.

He showed us extraordinary photographs of distant planets and stars taken with an iPhone through a telescope at the Maleny Golf Club and educated us about space, stars, planets, moons, solar systems and galaxies.

Apparently, the Maleny Golf Course is potentially one of the top astronomy sites in Australia and, with the support of Cllr Jenny McKay, Ken was in negotiations with the Sunshine Coast Council for the formal designation of the Maleny Golf Course as an “astro tourism” site – the goal being an open air planetarium that would attract stargazers far and wide.
There is to be a demonstration on 24 March on site and the first public event was planned for 1 April.
Ken was seeking feedback on the idea and support – more information on  Angela gave the vote of thanks.

A short report on this successful event at the RSL and details of the recipents of the awards have been published on our blogsite.

12th April
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

19th April
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Sharon Tregonning on Advanced Care Planning.

26th April
Masonic Hall at 5:30 for 6:00pm for Club Assembly.

3rd May
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

10th May
Combined Clubs Meeting at USC.
1st Nancy Baker  4th Phillip Stark  8th David Fraser 12th Chris Brooker  23rd John McLennan  27th Chris Ross Smith & John Whan

13th Jeff & Jan Cornfoot  26th Bill & Marlene Hankinson


In Florida, an atheist created a case against Easter and Passover Holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days. The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.

The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, "Case dismissed!"

The lawyer immediately stood and objecting to the ruling saying, "Your honor, How can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others.
The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays..."

The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, "But you do. Your client, counselor, is woefully ignorant."

The lawyer said," Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists." 

The judge said, "The calendar says April 1st is April Fool's Day. Psalm 14:1 states, 'The fool says in his heart, there is no God.' Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that, if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day.

Court is adjourned..."

You gotta love a Judge that knows his scripture!

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