Friday, 12 January 2018

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 17th January 2018

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 59 No.11
WEDNESDAY 17th January 2018

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Cody Schaeffer on Youth Transition Seminar.

Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday 16th.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                           17th Jan          7th Feb        21st Feb                             
Duty Officer        Roly N             Ric T            Malcolm B              
Assist DO           Angela G         Keith R        Jeff C          
Registration        Bernice McL    Bill H            CL C
Fellowship          John McL         Phillip S       Melinda M

27th January
Malcolm Baker (Leader)  Chris Brooker  Greg Williams

10th February
Ric Townsend  Phillip Stark Angela Griffin

This was a busy meeting, chaired by President Alan, and attended by several guests.
The meeting started with the AGM, chaired by Jim, minutes taken by Bernice. Details of AGM proceedings can be read when minutes are distributed to Club members.

The general meeting followed with many reminders of forthcoming events:
- January Social Event: First Wednesday in January at Roly and Kerry’s place
- Parking for Golf Club Pro-Am: Saturday 16 December, see Chris B.
- National Cross Country Event: August 2018 (expected 1200 competitors, and 4000 visitors) 2 day event at Community Precinct- parking duties planned.
- Maleny Street Carnival: Friday 9 December, volunteers called for BBQ.
- Club Christmas Party: at Bill and Marlene’s place on Wednesday 20 December.
- Community Grants Applications are now open: last year 14 local clubs benefited with grants of up to $1000 each.
- Australia Day Community Expo: Volunteers needed to set up and for parking duties at the Showgrounds.

Other notices involved:
- Sunshine Coast Council Disaster Management Exercise: Rick V. reported on this successful exercise and thanked members who took part.
- Polio Pig: For the information of visitors, Angela noted the significance of the pink pig which was passed around for small change donations. She gave an update on how the worldwide Polio Eradication program was progressing.
- Vocational Education news: Sherryl reported on a new national vocational training strategy as below:
Real skills promotion to help raise the status of VET.  The VET Information Strategy was launched at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra and includes the new ‘real skills for real careers’ initiative and tagline, and a revamped My Skills website.

The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews said that raising the status of vocational education and training was a key priority.
"The fact is that VET qualifications lead to successful, meaningful, professional careers with great salaries and outstanding career prospects,” Ms Andrews said.
All the information about the VET Information Strategy including resources can be found here.

Guest Speaker for the meeting was Assistant Governor, Linda Morell, from The Rotary Club of Cooroy. Linda brought to attention the wealth of information on the Rotary International website in the member’s section: My Rotary at 

Linda gave a snapshot of the My Rotary section of the website, explaining how to register and log in, and the features of the dashboard. There is a section for all clubs, which can show club goals, member statistics, club projects etc. However this is only useful if kept updated with current information. Linda showed a You Tube video titled “Welcome to the Rotary Community” which explained each section of the My Rotary member’s section. She encouraged club members to register and log in to explore the website for themselves.
Sherryl gave the vote of thanks.

President Alan closed the meeting with the reminder that the next meeting at the Hotel will be Thursday 14 December with a special guest speaker.

A hearty Christmas type meal consisting of a large roast dinner followed by mince pies had been organised by our President Alan. Directors reminded us of our Christmas party to be held at the Hankinson’s on the 20th and the parking duties at the golf club ProAm on 16th. Our Exchange Student Adri told us of his participation in the recently held Sunshine Safari, thanking the Club for its help and assistance.

The Polio Pig went squeaking around the tables but our fiendish Sergeant remained silent so no tales of dubious authenticity were told.

Our guest speaker Kim Kirkman, formerly of 10 Tenors fame, gave us a most entertaining thumbnail sketch of his background as well as providing us with some delightful music on his harp. He had an early musical background with his Mother very keen for him to play violin but as he was not destined to turn into a maestro he moved on to the cello and finally fell in love with the harp. He was for some years a members of the 10 Tenors & organised the first international tour for the group. Overseas touring and living in London ended when he returned to Australia to compose and teach music at the Uni campus in Mackay. The beauty of the Maleny hinterland finally won his heart and he settled, along with his wife and daughter, at Crystal Waters where he found an acoustically delightful house to continue with his music.

An urge to assist others with their musical journey saw him establish the ‘Lift’ studio at Balmoral where he teaches music, organises and conducts 3 choirs and enchants audiences with his harp recitals. As well as being an extremely talented harpist, should he give up the harp, he could well succeed as a comedian given the tales he regaled us with. A delightful talk finished with Kim giving us a vocal rendition of an amusing Christmas story accompanied by his harp playing.

Lionel gave the vote of thanks.

This Award was presented to Reinhard Ryva at the recent awards ceremony organised by the local SES.

24th January
Masonic Hall at 5:30 for 6:00pm for Club Assembly.

31st January
Possible Vocational Visit to Mountain Liqueurs.

7th February
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker John Szkutko on Playing the Tuba.

14th February
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

21st February
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Gordon Jones video and Greg Williams "My Story".

1st Malcolm and Nancy

1st Jan Cornfoot & Kay Wilkinson  21st Michael Gregory


A lot of monkeys lived near a village.

One day a merchant came to the village to buy these monkeys!

He announced that he will buy the monkeys @ $100 each.

The villagers thought that this man is mad.

They thought how can somebody buy stray monkeys at $100 each?

Still, some people caught some monkeys and gave it to this merchant and he gave $100 for each monkey.

This news spread like wildfire and people caught monkeys and sold it to the merchant.

After a few days, the merchant announced that he will buy monkeys @ $200 each.

The lazy villagers also ran around to catch the remaining monkeys!

They sold the remaining monkeys @ $200 each.

Then the merchant announced that he will buy monkeys @ $500 each!

The villagers start to lose sleep! ... They caught six or seven monkeys, which was all that was left and got $500 each.

The villagers were waiting anxiously for the next announcement.

Then the merchant announced that he is going home for a week.  And when he returns, he will buy monkeys @ $1000 each!

He asked his employee to take care of the monkeys he bought.  He was alone taking care of all the monkeys in a cage.

The merchant went home.

The villagers were very sad as there were no more monkeys left for them to sell it at $1000 each.

Then the employee told them that he will sell some monkeys @ $700 each secretly.

This news spread like fire.  Since the merchant buys monkey @ $1000 each, there is a $300 profit for each monkey.

The next day, villagers made a queue near the monkey cage.

The employee sold all the monkeys at $700 each.  The rich bought monkeys in big lots.  The poor borrowed money from money lenders and also bought monkeys!

The villagers took care of their monkeys & waited for the merchant to return.

But nobody came!  Then they ran to the employee.

But he has already left too !

The villagers then realised that they have bought the useless stray monkeys @ $700 each and unable to sell them!

Bitcoin may well be the next monkey business!!!

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