Tuesday, 5 May 2020

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 61 No.21

A Zoom meeting has been arranged starting at 5pm.  Log in details have been circulated separately.

Apologies please to Bernice as soon as possible.

None at present

None scheduled at present.

Thank you so much to all members who were able to connect to our first whole club on-line Zoom meeting last Wednesday. I admit it was a bit chaotic at the beginning. Being an amateur at ‘Zooming’, and chairing and hosting the meeting on my iPad, was a bit of a challenge. But we made it, and 24 members joining on our first try was beyond my expectations. Thanks all.
For those who missed the meeting, this is a bit of a rundown from my memory:
• Chris B described how he made Anzac Day in Maleny 2020 still a very respectful and meaningful celebration.
• CL reported from Dunedin, New Zealand on how the COVID-19 restrictions had been implemented. She praised the leadership in the country and said it was outstanding with clear levels of restrictions implemented.
• Lionel T reported on the 2021 Rotary calendar. He said that we required 26 advertisers and was contacting them all with the possibility of offering 50% discount on advertising. Entries for the photo competition close on 12 June. If you know of any budding photographers, encourage them to submit an entry.
• Greg W spoke about what he had learnt from being a candidate in the recent local government elections. His experience in making videos to get the message across and the research he had to do to answer questions from the community were processes he felt he could use to benefit his Rotary presidency year.
• Bernice reported on the good news emails she had received from recipients of the 2020 RC of Maleny Community Grants.
• Jim gave an impromptu report on the club’s finances. With the loss of the Wood Show and the Maleny Show and expected reduced income from the calendar, the club may have limited income for the next 12 months.

This month we are going back to the regular meeting dates of 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month for general Club meetings, and board meetings on the 2nd week of the month. We will meet on Zoom for the foreseeable future, at the time of 5pm. Each week, I will send out an Agenda the day before the meeting, so that you know what to look forward to for the upcoming meeting.  You will have already received the Zoom invitation for this week’s meeting using the District Zoom account. Looking forward to connecting with you all again this week.Blast from the Past

I love social history, and our own club’s own history is very interesting to look back on. Checking the Rotary Bulletin for 5 May 1999, we hosted the RC Club of Kawana (sadly this club has now closed) to our weekly meeting. The previous week we held a very successful Business and Professional Night with Bob Ansett as our guest speaker. It was a bumper night with 120 attendees. Bob delivered a speech full of good humour, anecdotes, and insights into his business story. He encouraged the audience to run a business where “the staff wanted to come to work, to be recognised and acknowledged for doing a good job”.

The week was capped off with a Progressive Dinner on the Saturday night. The evening started off at The Food Gallery in Maple Street where member Frank Price had arranged a wonderful array of nibblies. We then boarded Malcolm and Nancy Baker’s coach and headed for Reesville where we had soup at the Gregory residence (we had cooked enough for a whole army). Then on to Witta where Pamela and Brian Doyle with the help of Elaine Atkinson had prepared a tasty spread of curries, Italian chicken and Stroganoff with exquisite condiments. Then to David Wilson’s place for sweets, coffee and chocolates. What a night to remember – all organised by Jim Atkinson. Let’s do that again sometime.

A couple of weeks before we had supported a local fellow, Rob Cole, who often buskered around Maleny, by donating a cheque to him for $500 from the Disaster Fund. His caravan had burnt down and he had lost everything. We still manage the Maleny and District Disaster Fund and at present there is just over $24,000 in the fund. So, the club history continues, and I hope this period of social isolation and meeting remotely makes us more strong and resilient.

Remember to send into Keith any items of interest you have for the bulletin. Lionel has asked that we send in photos for the 2021 Calendar. We must have some budding photographers amongst us. Come on, where are your ‘photos of the week’ that I challenged you for?? I hope you like my Boobook Owl pic. I look forward to catching up with you all again on Wednesday.

31st May  Maleny Show. 

13th May Zoom Board Meeting.

20th May Zoom Club Meeting at 5pm.

3rd June Zoom Club Meeting at 5pm.

4th Angela Griffin  15th Greg Williams  18th Cilla Vickers


A Boobook Owl

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