Thursday, 1 October 2020

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 7th October 2020

 "THE RANGE"  Vol. 62 No.7


Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Guest Speaker for Wayne Litherland on ROMAC.

Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

                       7th Oct         21st Oct             4th Nov              
Duty Officer   Ric T            Bernice McL       TBA        
Assist DO      Paulette S    Jim A                    
Registration   Michael G    Phillip S
Fellowship     Roly N        James McC
None at present

I thank all our members who have assisted with the parking of cars over the school  holidays at Australia Zoo. Their voluntary service has helped to keep visitors to Australia Zoo safe, provided an opportunity to meet and catch up with members from our sister clubs at Glasshouse, Woombye-Palmwoods and Nambour whilst also  raising some funds for our club.

Another thank you to Roly and Phillip for conducting an excellent brainstorming session to work out one or more 100 year projects for the club. Please could members continue to expand and/or develop ideas and provide them to Roly and  Phillip. 

 And last Wednesday Paulette organised a fantastic vocational visit to Forest Heart Nursery at Coral Street where we were treated to an informative presentation from Spencer Shaw, followed by a very interesting wine tasting at Purple Palate and a scrumptious wood fired pizza from Jen.

 Lastly could you keep your diaries free firstly to join with me for an early morning Ride for Polio train trip on Friday 23 October from Nambour to Landsborough and also to attend our Polio Dinner being organised by Jeff at the Maleny RSL on Wed 28 Oct 2020.

President Greg welcomed partners and guest Craig Sim to the club business meeting. Greg thanked members who had volunteered for the Ironman Event on 13 September at Maroochydore. Sherryl called for helpers to distribute the Domestic and Family Violence signs for Men’s Amenities. Jeff gave information about the Polio Fundraiser Night at the RSL on Wednesday 28 October, as well as calendar selling at the Community Centre kiosk on Wednesday 30 September and Saturday 7 November. Chris B. advised that the Australia Zoo Parking duty roster had been emailed out to members participating throughout the school holidays (19 Sept- 04 Oct).

Paulette outlined the arrangements for the club Vocational Visit on Wednesday 30 September. It will begin at the Forest Heart Eco-nursery in Coral Street at 4.30pm for a look around and educational talk, then move to the Purple Palate at 6pm for a wine tasting of wines from the Mudgee/Orange area of NSW, interspersed with wood-fired Pizza from Jen’s Pizzas. Cost will be $20 for wine tasting and $10 for pizza. Paulette also advised that the Christmas Carnival on Friday 11 December will be in a different format this year. It will be a Music Concert at the Showgrounds, with opportunity for local service clubs to sell food at the event.

Bernice advised that the Uniting Church Christmas Tree Festival will be going ahead but also take a different format this year. The theme will be “Hope” - appropriate for 2020. Rick V explained that the Australia Day Community Expo and Citizenship Ceremony for 2021 was in doubt, due to COVID restrictions. The Sea Cadets are unable to take part in any public events at this stage.

Jim responded to many members enquiries about Beth Whan’s funeral which was held at Caloundra on Tuesday 8 September. Due to COVID restrictions it was invitation only, however the service can be viewed online at the Gregson and Weight website. Jim also advised that the Maleny Quilter’s Group had donated $784.10 to the Rotary Bushfire Appeal which was established earlier in the year. Jim has deposited the funds into the RAWCS Bushfire Appeal account. Sergeant Chris then conducted a short sharp Sergeant’s session.

The highlight of the meeting was the induction of Craig Sim into membership of the club, and the world wide family of Rotary. Craig, who owns a communications business in the main street, and is a former member of Apex, will hold the classification of Communications. Rick V will be his Rotary mentor. He was enthusiastically welcomed into the club by members.

The remainder of the meeting was taken up by a structured brainstorming session conducted by the Membership Committee. The focus of the session was how the club could celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia.  Ideas that would foster membership growth and increased awareness of Rotary ‘s work and world-wide achievements were encouraged. Roly ably chaired the session while Phillip projected the ideas put forward onto the screen. Many suggestions were recorded, showing a variety of ideas for both long and short-term projects and events. These will be prioritised by the Membership Committee for further consideration.

Finally, Lionel reminded members that the 2021 calendars were now on sale at $5 and would be available at meetings for purchase. All submitted photo entries are up for viewing in Maple 3. Michael encouraged members to tune into the Rotary Zone Conference from Alice Springs being held over the following weekend. Speakers from all over the world will be featured. Greg thanked all members and guests for their participation and attendance before closing the meeting.

14th October
Board Meeting

21st October
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Business Meeting.

23rd October
Train Ride for Polio Day.

28th October
Polio Fund Raising Dinner at the RSL.

26th Rick and Cilla

12th Gloria Rogers  14th Keith Rogers  16th Kerry Neiper  28th Bernice McLennan  30th Andy Schouteten  31st Gillian Allen


Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago.  Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic.  He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.  Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie."  He was Capone's lawyer for a good reason.  Eddie was very good!  In fact, Eddie's skill at legal manoeuvring kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.
To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well.  For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block.
Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him. Eddie did have one soft spot, however.  He had a son that he loved dearly.  Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education.  Nothing was withheld.   Price was no object.
And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong.  Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.  Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn't give his son; he couldn't pass on a good name or a good example.
One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision.  Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done.  He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al "Scarface" Capone, clean up his tarnished name and offer his son some resemblance of integrity.  To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. However he testified.
Within the year, Easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street.  But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay.  Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.
The poem read:
 "The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour.  Now is the only time you own.  Live, love, toil with a will.  Place no faith in time.  For the clock may soon be still."
World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O'Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific. One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission.  After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank.  He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship.

His flight leader told him to return to the carrier.  Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet. As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet. The American fighters had flown on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless.  He couldn't reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet.  Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do.  He must somehow divert them from the fleet.
Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dived into the formation of Japanese planes.  Wing-mounted 50 caliber's blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another.  Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent. Undaunted, he continued the assault.  He dived at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly.
Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction. Deeply relieved, Butch O'Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier. Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale.  It showed the extent of Butch's daring attempt to protect his fleet  He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft.  This took place on February 20, 1942, and for that action Butch became the Navy's first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Medal of Honor.
A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29.  His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O'Hare airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man. So, the next time you find yourself at O'Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch's memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor.  It's located between Terminals 1 and 2.


Butch O'Hare was "Easy Eddie's" son.


  1. Another amazing story Keith! I don't know where you find them but thanks so much for sharing them with us.

  2. Easy Eddie would be very proud of his son