Monday, 29 May 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 7th June 2017

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 58 No.21

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker John King on Rainforest Liqueurs.

Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday 6th.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                               7th June              21st June           5th July          
Duty Officer            Michael G           John W              Andy S          
Assist DO               Jim A                   Ric T                 Keith R                      
Registration            Bernice McL        Chris R-S          John McL
Fellowship              John W                Bill H                 Robin H

17th June
John Whan  (Leader)  Keith Rogers  Chris Ross-Smith

1st July
Chris Brooker  (Leader)  Bill Hankinson  Ric Townsend

At our meeting we were privileged  to have 2 speakers. Firstly President Jeff welcomed Linda Morrell, Assistant District Governor for The Hinterland Cluster
of Rotary Clubs. Linda spoke briefly on her desire for the clubs in the cluster to come together to share information and help each other to grow.

Then we had a very informative talk by Melinda Martin on her life. Melinda was born into the Ashton family with 2 sisters & 1 brother at Boxhill, Vic where her father was a competitive cyclist.  He also had an interest in trotters, owning several horses. In 1966 the family moved up to the Gold Coast where her father followed his pursuit in training and racing trotters.

Then in the early 1970’s they moved to Ballina to build a boat to go prawn trawling. They sailed the boat to Thursday Island & went trawling for 18 months with little success. So they sailed back to the Gold Coast for a period,  then on to Victoria.

 After returning to the Gold Coast, Melinda attended many different schools.  She did part time work after her school day, working at training horses, swimming instructor and in a restaurant. On leaving
school she trained as a nurse at Royal Brisbane Hospital. After graduating, she returned to the Gold Coast for the start of full time nursing career.

Leaving nursing in 1973, Melinda held a number of senior positions -  7 years with QML, followed by SKF, Hollister, and Dansac as Qld Manger,  where she built it up to be number 1. She then moved to Care Fusion, which manufactured IV pumps, where she led the company and managed the sales team;  Philips Healthcare which supplied MRI equipment, where she supervised 45 engineers & 20 sales staff.  So a wonderful career in medical related businesses.

During this time Melinda married Ashley Martin in 1980. They built their first home at Coomera, which they owned for a while before selling. They then bought land in 1989 to build a shed in which they lived, while they owner built their second home . As Ashley was interested in farming, in 1996 they bought land with a rundown house at Conondale with bad tenants who were hard to move out. This house was renovated and they lived there with their son & daughter till 2003 during which
 time Melinda was still working in Brisbane.

 On leaving her job she then became involved in Real Estate, eventually buying Ray White Maleny. Today she loves looking after her clients both buyers and sellers.

Thank you Melinda for sharing your life story with us.

31st May
Masonic Hall at 5:30 for 6:00pm for Club Assembly to fine tune arrangements for the Show.

2nd and 3rd June
Maleny Show

7th June
See above

14th June
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

21st June
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Susie Duncan on Hinterland Bush Links.

28th June
The Orangery at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Club Changeover with Partners welcome. Please pay the cost of $35 per head in advance.

2nd July
Parking duties at Muscle on the Mountain.
1st Mike Edwards  21st Peter Wilkinson

1st Chris and Judi Ross-Smith  16th Alan and Mary Wilson


Something to ponder . . .
 A lawyer, who had a wife and 12 children, needed to move because his rental agreement was terminated by the owner who wanted to reoccupy the home.
 But he was having a lot of difficulty finding a new house.
 When he said he had 12 children, no one would rent a home to him because they felt that the children would destroy the place.
 He couldn't say he had no children, because he couldn't lie -- we all know lawyers cannot and  do    not  lie.
  So he sent his wife for a walk to the cemetery with 11 of their kids.
   He took the remaining one with him to see rental homes with the real estate agent.
   He loved one of the homes and the price was right -- the agent asked:
 "How many children do you have?
   He answered: "Twelve."
   The agent asked "Where are the others?"
   The lawyer, with with his best courtroom sad look, answered  "They're in the cemetery with their mother."
    He got the house.
   MORAL: It's not necessary to lie, one only has to choose the right words............................

.........and don't forget, unfortunately most politicians are  lawyers.

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