WEDNESDAY 15TH JULY 2020
THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for a Business Meeting.
APOLOGIES AND MEALS
Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.
Duty Officer Bill H
Assist DO Keith R
Registration James McC
Fellowship John W
SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
None at present.
MINUTES OF ZOOM MEETING OF 1ST JULY
Guest visitor - Asst District Governor Jan Lawton – we were fortunate to have Assistant District Governor, Jan Lawton, present, and she invited Club members to join Rotarians Across Australia on 10th July for virtual (Zoom) fellowship, as well as meet the R100 Centenary Ambassadors, the Governor General and Mrs Hurley who would be launching the National Centenary Campaign. Jan explained that by joining Club Members would witness the “Passing the Baton” ceremony. The baton will carry the symbols of the centenary which will travel far and wide across Rotary clubs and Districts in Australia and New Zealand.
- Our newly minted President Greg Williams greeted and welcomed members to his first meeting as President and he acknowledged it would be challenging to meet the high standard of chairing set by IPP Sherryl Gregory.
- A Rotary International Promo video that was played reinforcing the message of the International President Holger Knaack from Germany that “Rotary Opens Opportunities” encouraging Rotarians worldwide to seize the many opportunities Rotary offers to enrich their lives and the communities they serve.
- Ebenezer Project: it was confirmed that the project, which was initiated as an International Project in 2008, is now complete and the opening of the new school would be held this month. The Club had been key in establishing the proposed school development as a RAWCS project in response to the recommendation of the then Club’s International Chair Bob Hall.
- Maleny Education Support Fund: CL and Angela gave a report on the progress of the project which was established in 2018 and initially funded by the Club, APEX and MCU Charitable Trust. Since then the Lions have more recently donated.
The Fund is auspiced by the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre and donations are held in a Maleny Credit Union Account. The fund accepts applications from Maleny State School, Maleny State High School, Maleny Independent School, and River School. Conondale State School has recently been included though no applications have been made so far.
Only School Principals can apply for funds, and only they know the names of recipients and parental or family contribution has to be made to each application: monetary or other suitable support e.g. portion of Centerlink payment paid directly to the school. A panel of donors assesses the applications which are confidential and only the Principal knows who the recipients for funding are. 21 applications have been approved from commencement.
Initially, applications were primarily for attendence at school camp but over time the requests have been for contributions to the costs of materials etc that families are now required to provide each year e g at the Maleny High School for access to books and equipment depending on course preferences; or in the case of Maleny State School where it is mandatory for parents to provide on the first day of school each year- a box of basic requirements such as reams of paper, glue sticks, headphones, back pack etc at costs ranging from $135 to $190 per student. This may be related to the Federal Government adjustments in funding for State Schools.
- Blues Festival
Discussion took place on volunteering responsibilities for the planned Blues Festival at The Showgrounds.
FUTURE MEETINGS AND EVENTS
16th July Blues Festival
22nd July No meeting
29th July Possible vocational activity
6th August Probable meeting at the Hotel.
13th August Board Meeting
29th August Pride of Workmanship Awards Dinner
BIRTHDAYS FOR JULY
8th Peter McGuirk 11th Roly Neiper and Jacinta Townsend 20th Beth Wann
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