Sunday, 15 October 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 18th October 2017

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 59 No.7
WEDNESDAY 18th October 2017

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Brian Springer on ShelterBox projects. Partners welcome.

Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday 17th.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                         18th Oct        1st Nov            15th Nov                              
Duty Officer      Ric T             Bernice McL    Malcolm B                                    
Assist DO         Rick V           Angela G          Jeff C                          
Registration      CL C             Chris B             Keith R
Fellowship        Melinda M     John W             Bill H  

21st October
Chris B (Leader) Malcolm B  Volunteer

4th November
Roly N  (Leader)  Andy S  John W

18th November
Jeff C  (Leader)  Angela G  Keith R

Ric Townsend chaired the meeting and welcomed our guests  DG John Lane, ADG Linda Morrell, prospective new member Greg Williams and David's cousin. He then proceeded to set a complicated, multi choice written test on our most important reasons for joining Rotary - answers in three words please.
*Secretary Bernice requested that Youth Declaration Forms to be filled out by all members.
*Jeff C gave a reminder to buy tickets early for the Melbourne Cup Function . The Hinterland Times is to give good publicity for the event.
*Chris B reported that the Interact Club has 14 members attending coffee mornings on Tuesdays. It is going well. A grant application for $20,000 from Andrew Wallace for netball courts to be covered at the school is to be submitted. The cost for covering all the courts is approximately $350,000. The state grant application is in progress.
He also reported on the funeral of our former President Gordon Jones, who had also headed the local  RSL.
*Rick V, who had served with Gordon, spoke of his outstanding achievements during his military career.  Coincidentally he then won the raffle.
* Mercifully the Sergeant's session was both short and sweet.

We then were addressed by DG John Lane who explained that his journey was started by Michael Gregory whose name was on his chain of office.

He had just returned from the Solomon Island and PNG clubs. Very different from ours with 3 or 4 members chatting about Rotary and membership problems. Some highlights were:
Manus are asking for donations for school kindies and also computers.
In Mt Hagen it was election time and oil was poured on the flight runway so no planes could take off or land.
There were fires in houses on Manus Island but no fire engines or any other way to extinguish the fires except by buckets.

He spoke of the need of higher membership numbers to help with administration of the 66 clubs in our District. There has been a loss of 1200 members in 12 months in Australia as a whole. The number of Districts may have to be lowered from 16 to 10-12 by amalgamation. Aging population is of course a contributing factor. However India and Africa have increases in membership numbers.
The governing body of Rotary has made changes to flexibility, to allow clubs to change number of meeting and their format as well as introducing corporate membership.Clubs to be allowed the freedom to do what they need to do still following Rotary principles.

Polio numbers are still decreasing, but still active in Afghanistan and Pakistan. $50 million is needed over the next 3 years to eradicate polio. WHO is committed to assisting eradication of Polio.

He urged club members to log into the internet, Rotary Central, to put forward goals for the year and also enter a record of hours worked on projects to show future partners with Rotary what is contributed.

The Rotary Foundation enables Rotary to do bigger and better projects and has low administration costs.

His wife Helen Bo Morse has as her partner project the Purple Bus.  This vehicle which has Aboriginal paintings covering most of it. It is used to transport Central Australian patients to Alice Springs for dialysis for the many with renal diseases. Nurse Sarah Brown has raised money from selling paintings to enable the purple Bus to have 2 dialysis machines on board so some can be treated without having to travel.

John was thanked by Rick Vickers and was presented with a Platypus bag and one of our calendars.
25th October
Masonic Hall at 5:30 for 6:00pm for Club Assembly.

1st November
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Adria, our YEP Student.

8th November
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

15th November
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with our own CL and a Shed The Light update.

26th Rick and Cilla

12th Gloria Rogers  14th Keith Rogers  16th Kerry Neiper  28th Bernice McLennan  30th Andy Schouteten


Hospital regulations require a wheel chair for patients being discharged. However, while working as a student nurse, I found one elderly gentleman already
dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet, who insisted he didn't need my help to leave the hospital.

After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let me wheel him to the lift.

On the way down I asked him if his wife was meeting him.

'I don't know,' he said. 'She's still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown.'


Morris, an 82 year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical.

A few days later, the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm.

A couple of days later, the doctor spoke to Morris and said, 'You're really doing great, aren't you?'

Morris replied, 'Just doing what you said, Doc: 'Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.'
The doctor said, 'I didn't say that. I said, 'You've got a heart murmur; be careful.'

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