Thursday, 10 September 2020

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 16th September 2020

 "THE RANGE"  Vol. 62 No.6



A moving ceremony to commemorate the life of Beth Whan was held on 8th September at Gregson & Weight Caloundra. 

Beth had been an integral part of our Club since 1980 when she and John moved to Maleny. She was ever present at Club functions for 40 years and will be sorely missed.

On behalf of all members, our sincerest condolences to John and his family at this sad time.


Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Business Meeting.


Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

                       16th Sep            7th Oct           21st Oct               
Duty Officer    Malcolm B         Ric T               Bernice McL                          
Assist DO        Sherryl G          Paulette S      Jim A                   
Registration     Bill H                Michael G       Phillip S
Fellowship       Peter  McG       Roly N            James McC

None at present.

1. It has been a sad start to spring for long term member John Whan with the passing of his beloved wife Beth. Our sincere condolences are with John and his family.

2. Qld COVID-19 Regulations
I want to congratulate members for their social distancing and safe hygiene practices over the past few months and ask that we all remain vigilant in our compliance with these regulations as we move into the last quarter of the calendar year.

3. Domestic and Family Violence collaboration with Zonta, Quota, and Lions Clubs
(a) Auspicing Agreement and MOU 
I am finalising an MOU between the collaborating partners and an Auspice agreement for the funds paid to our club for this on-going project.
(b) Refurbishment of the Red Rose Foundation Bench Seat outside the Maleny Post Office
Post office red paint has been purchased by the club for the refurbishment of the seat and as soon as we have the okay from the Body Corporate of the Riverside Centre , Malcolm B and Ric T (as members of Maleny Mens Shed) will remove the seat, refurbish it and replace it into the same spot.
(c) Domestic and Family Violence Forum
It was a privilege to be involved in the Forum on the 26 Aug at the Maleny RSL which presented a wealth of valuable information to our community through 4 excellent informative and highly experienced speakers. A member of the audience Sr Sgt Detective Daren Edwards from the Maroochydore CIB mentioned during a question from the audience that one of the most difficult problems facing our Society is the need to change our culture and attitudes to domestic and family violence which starts in the family through parents who are teaching /modelling behaviour and attitudes to their children.
(d) Speak Up Now Stop Domestic and Family Violence new logo and letterhead 
The collaborating Partners have also designed a new logo and letterhead 
(e) D&FV signage 
The distribution and fixing of the new blue signage for male toilets throughout Maleny and Witta will be organised by Sherryl G at our next meeting.

4. Pride of Workmanship Awards
Our Vocation Services Director Paulette S and her team together with fantastic contributions on the night from Ric T, Sherry G, and Alan W have held a magnificent Pride of Workmanship Dinner at Tranquil Park on Saturday 29 August 2020. Paulette has also had a great article printed in the MDSRC newsletter with others planned for the GC&MN, SVG and HT. Arrangements are being made to present the remaining award to Melodi Fanti from the IGA during one of our October meetings. As Paulette S has suggested, we should definitely hold the event next year to coincide again with National Skills Week (24th – 30th August 2020 this year).

5. Maleny Settlers Green Project
The Club was also mentioned in the MDSRC Newsletter this week regarding the $35000 funding for the playground equipment. Selection of the equipment is now underway.

6. Nepal - Business Entrepreneurship Training & Support for Women with Disability
Covid 19 and government restrictions including two lockdown periods in Kathmandu Valley have delayed the commencement of this project. Pahichan and Shed the Light Nepal staff decided to implement one component of the project through a virtual workshop. This workshop will be held over three days 12-14 September. The facilitators are blind Nepali women, two of whom live overseas in Denmark and USA where they work as business counsellors to better the position of vision impaired women in those countries. The third resides and works in Nepal.
The aim of the workshop is to enhance the communication and interpersonal skills of women with disabilities and to open new and a wide spectrum of opportunities for business enterprises.
The facilitators will share ideas from abroad and work with the women to find ways to develop effective marketing strategies in the Nepali context. The third day will also be attended by business representatives, NGO/INGO members, stakeholders, government etc. This session will focus on advocacy and networking.
The Rotary Club of New City Road in Kathmandu is supporting the project by contributing supplies to the training program.

7. Kiva 
To date, RCM has provided 125 loans totalling $3250 to people in 29 countries. Loans have been in 12 different sectors, mostly in health, retail, agriculture, education and housing.

8. Maleny Education Support Fund
Since July, the MESF has received and approved five applications for support. Government restrictions under the Covid-19 pandemic have, and are continuing to have financial impacts for families in our area. Business downturn, job loss and family fragmentation are appearing as difficulty for families with children of school age. It is anticipated the number of applications for support from MESF will increase in the next 12 months. 
The Board has just approved another donation of $2500 into the project.

9. Induction of Craig Sim
I am looking forward to the induction of Craig at our next meeting on Wed 16 Sep 2000. I know that Craig will be an outstanding Rotarian, and enthusiastic member of our club, and hope members partners are also able to join with us in celebrating his membership to our club.

10. Upcoming Date Claimers 
(a) Wed 30 Sep 2012 Vocation Visit Wine Tasting and Dinner. Paulette S has organised a vocational visit to Forest Heart Eco Nursery at 4.30pm. Spencer Shaw will take us through what’s happening in gardens in Spring. Paulette expects it to last about 60- 75 mins depending on questions. After that, Paulette has booked us in for a wine tasting at the Purple Palate at 6.00pm. (2 whites and 2 reds) The approximate price for the wine tasting is $20per head and will be confirmed once we get numbers. It will start at 6.00pm and go through to approx. 7.30pm and will be held in Finbars. Wines tasted will also be available to purchase at around the $20 price point per bottle. Then Paulette has booked us in with Jen at Jen’s Pizza, which is linked to Finbars, and she is happy to organize us some pizzas to intersperse with our wine tasting at an approximate price of  $10 per head. 
(b) Ironman 70.3 event Sunshine Coast 13 Sep 2020 –Wishing our members who have volunteered an enjoyable experience at the event.
(c) Australia Zoo Car Parking 19 Sep – 4 Oct 2020 Chris B has organised the roster.
(d) Calendar distribution & Sales at Maleny Kiosk Wed 30 Sep 2020. Jeff C has forwarded around to members a roster and will finalise this if possible at our next meeting. 
(e) RAWCS DIK Container Roster Sat 10 Oct 2020. The Board has decided not to participate in the roster due to the nearby hotspots.
(f) Polio Train Fri 23 October 2020  A Joint local Rotary Club Cluster activity has been planned by AG Jan Lawton and I shall speak further to this at coming meetings.
(g) Polio Dinner at Maleny RSL Wed 28 Oct 2020 . Jeff C is organising a Polio Dinner and Information evening at the Maleny RSL to promote and raise funds for Polio Plus and will speak more to this at our next meeting.
(h) Foundation Seminar 08/11/2020 . A new venue is being located for this Rotary Event.

11. 100 Year Rotary project(s) A special session will be hosted by Roly N and Phillip S at our next meeting to identify one or more projects for the club to undertake.


President Greg opened the meeting by welcoming 20 members plus guests Craig Sims, Val France of Quota, Guest Speaker PP Greg Isons and his wife Ann.

PP Sherryl spoke of the successful Domestic Violence forum for organisations on the Range.  Signs to be put around Maleny-SPEAK OUT NOW.

On behalf of Quota, Val presented a cheque for $1,000 as feed money for the "Speak Up Now" campaign which was received with applause.

P Greg then said:
- that the Club was liaising with the Mens' Shed to refurbish the seat outside the Post Office.
- that the Pride of Workmanship Dinner had been a great event for the Club.  He congratulated Paulette for organising the event and thanked the four speakers who addresses the theme "Do it once and do it well".
- that volunteers for the Maroochydore Iron Man event must register on line.
- that the Vocational Visit to the Eco Nursery on 30 September was scheduled for one hour at 4:30pm.  It would be followed by a wine tasting and pizza in Finbars.

Lionel T thanked those who assisted hanging the calendar photographs in Maple 3 and announced that the Kiosk had been booked for sales on 30 September.

The Sergeant made his anticipated assault on the truth - and members wallets.

Chris B introduced PP Greg Isons of Rotary Club of Eumundi to talk about their Project Dogura for Womens Health in PNG. Greg had been brought up in India prior to working for 13 years in PNG. He then served 25 years in the Australian Air Force.

The Eumundi Club started making small donations to PNG before deciding to look at Milne Bay Province for project support. It is one of the poorest areas in PNG   They developed a relationship with Dogura Mission which services the remote areas of Milne Bay. The mortality rate of women during childbirth is 80 times that of Australia and 40 of 1,000 new born babies die.  In Dogura the hospital conditions are spartan.

The Club is committed to an initial project of $7,000 for which it has received a District Grant. It is seeking support from other D9600 clubs. The scope of the project includes some refurbishment of the maternity ward, internal toilet and shower facilities and a sewer connection. This is the first step in Project Dogura which has the following goal:

PP Greg would welcome the involvement of other clubs in the future.  Alan Wilson proposed the vote of thanks.

The meeting concluded at 2030h.


Acknowledging and recognizing people taking pride in their work is something that’s rarely done. It’s not about winning prizes, it’s purely about taking the time to show appreciation for a job well done.

On Saturday 29th August, the Rotary Club of Maleny did this at a presentation dinner at Tranquil Park and gave several nominated people a ‘Pride of Workmanship’ award plaque in recognition of going above and beyond in their everyday work.

6 people were nominated and regrettably one nominee, Melody Fanti, bakery manager at Super IGA Maleny, was unable to attend due to an IGA work function on the same evening. Rotary club will do a separate presentation to Melody.

The other 5 nominees did attend, together with their respective nominators, the people that took the time to write some words about why they deserved to be recognized for this award.

It was smiles all around and even a couple of tears of joy when each nominee was presented with their award and the person who nominated them spoke about why they deserved to receive this recognition.

It was also wonderful to see such a cross section of people from various walks of life. There were:

Clive Powell – Volunteer groundsman, gardener, painter, joint curator and more at Pioneer Village

Debbie Rossow – Learning Support Facilitator at the Maleny Independent School

Gayle Pope – Library Officer at Maleny Library

Neal Charlton – Electrician & Sole Trader at Traditional Maintenance

Sherri Dan – Food & Beverage Services at Hotel Maleny

The nominees brought their partners and friends along to enjoy the night with them. It was interesting to see some lingering and chatting with each other long after the official part of the evening finished.

A big thanks to Alan Wilson, a past president in the Maleny Rotary Club, who pushed late last year to have this event held again after a gap of 8-9 years. Little did we know then what 2020 held for us and so it seems even more timely that this event was held. Next year, it’ll be on again, so start thinking about who you would like to see recognized to receive a ‘Pride of Workmanship’ award.

16th September  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Business Meeting.

23rd September   No meeting.

30th September  Vocational visit to Eco Nursery at 4:30pm.

3rd October  DIK container loading - cancelled.

7th October  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Wayne Litherland on ROMAC.

14th October Board Meeting.

4th John & Bernice McLennan  18th Andy & Mia Schouteten  28th Keith & Gloria Rogers

17th Judi Ross-Smith 29th Mia Schouteten


If you're not familiar with the work of Steven Wright, he's the famous erudite (comic) scientist who once said:  "I woke up one morning, and all of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates." His mind sees things differently than most of us do. . . here are some of his gems:

- I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

 - Borrow money from pessimists - they don't expect it back.

- Half the people you know are below average.

 - A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.

 - A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

- The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

 - How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?

 - When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

 - Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

 - I intend to live forever... So far, so good.

 - What happens if you get scared half to death twice?

 - If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

- To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.

- The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.

- Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don't have film. 

- If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

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