Sunday, 30 May 2021

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 2nd June 2021

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 63 No.22

WEDNESDAY 2ND JUNE 2021

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Guest Speaker Kate Huth,  a Rotary Peace Fellow.

Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTER
                        2nd Jun          16th Jun        7th July
Duty Officer      Roly N            Chris B          Jim A 
Assist DO          Phillip S          Keith R          Michael G   
Registration      Paulette S      John McL        Sherryl G
Fellowship        Lionel T         John W           Bill H

WOOLWORTH SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
26 Jun     0730 - 1030    TBA

                1030 - 1330    TBA

PRESIDENT'S NOTES
1. Zonta Seeds of Change Forum on Sat 22 May 2021
It was a privilege to attend this forum against domestic and family violence and Elder Abuse held at the University of the Sunshine Coast. The key note speaker was Rosie Batty. And our own Sherryl G gave a magnificent presentation outlining the background,  approach to and numerous projects that have been completed and are planned for tackling this issue in the Sunshine Coast hinterland by our collaborative partnership of local service clubs under the banner of Speak Up Now. Sherryl also challenged other communities around Australia to adopt our grassroots model to effect change and make a real impact on community attitudes to respect.

2. A huge thankyou also to Ian Demack and the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre as our partner in Speak Up Now for organising a fantastic Candelight Ceremony/ Vigil against Family and Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse at Tesch Park Maleny on Thursday 20 May 2021. Speakers included Cr Winston Johnson, Member for Glasshouse Andrew Powell and Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace who recently chaired a commonwealth investigation into the issue delivering 81 recommendations to tackle D&FV&EA.

Andrew Wallace also spoke of the extent gravity and pernicious impact of pornography on all levels of society, how it is impacting on respect in Australia between family members and steps he sees as necessary to stop our children from being flooded with it through inadvertent searches.
3. The 2021 Maleny Agricultural Show
Wow. The words "Best Show Ever" are already being thrown about. As your President, I am so proud of the selfless involvement of so many of our club members and their partners, past members and their partners, and prospective members in the  planning for, and the tireless and dedicated volunteering of their time and undertaking of enormous contributions to the operation of the Friday Gate, the Parking at Maleny Pioneer Village and Hoppers land, at the guess the weight of the bull competition, and at our Rotary Food Stall.

And apart from the tremendous value for money fare we have provided to so many Show attendees, it was just so satisfying to witness so many people return time and time again for our Maleny Show Stopper Steakburgers , pea and ham soup or pumpkin soup, hamburgers, egg and bacon burgers, hot dogs,  tea or coffees, sausages in a blanket, and wide range of pizzas.
Thank you one and all for making your contribution to a great Maleny Show.

And now it's off for the clean up on Sunday morning.


MINUTES OF MEETING OF 19TH MAY
President Greg opened the meeting with the usual formalities.
Members had a warm welcome for CL Claridge who has returned from an extended stay in NZ. We also welcomed a visiting Rotarian from Melbourne who is also John Whan’s brother.
The meeting received a very comprehensive briefing from President Greg covering a number of topics/events including:
• A student from Maleny Senior High is attending the RYPEN Camp at Coolum,
• Greg, Sheryl, Paulette and Jeff attended the RYDA course at Corbould Park Racecourse. Students from Maleny High and the Maleny Flexi School attended and were all impressed with the program.
• On the 12th May a strong contingent of Rotarians from Maleny attended the dinner at the Sunshine Coast University. Maleny Rotary ran the bar which resulted in a nice profit to the Club
• The Candlelight Vigil and Walk for domestic violence awareness is to be held at Tesch Park on the 20th May.
• Sheryl is to be a key note speaker on the Domestic Violence Awareness program at the the Zonta ‘Seeds of Change Forum’  on 22nd May,
• Jill Morris is holding an environmental day at her property and requested some assistance with car parking.
• President Greg announced that the 2021 Changeover Dinner will be  on 23rd June at The Orangery.

Karen Heading from the Maleny Show committee spoke about the complex issues for the Maleny Show this year. There are significant restrictions and requirements that all members rostered for Show Gate duties needed to be aware of in order to comply with the Show Society’s COVID safe plan. There were a number of questions from the floor and Karen was left with a few extra issues to consider.

After Karen left a number of members spoke briefly on their recent activities including:
• Jeff on a Shelterbox display planned for Sunday 27th June,
• Jeff reported on discussions with Council staff at Mary Cairncross about the number of donated bench seats and plans for their installation somewhere in the Park,
• Bernice spoke about and passed around a roster for the Rotary food kiosk at the Maleny Show.
• Jim spoke about the roster for the Show Gate at the Show.

Sergeant Chris was an apology for the meeting so members were left to self-reflect on their misdeeds and redirected their fines money to the Polio Pig.

Unfortunately the meeting was running over-time so the presentation from CL on the projects in Nepal was held over to a later meeting. CL very graciously accepted the apology from President Greg. We look forward to hearing from her very soon.

The meeting was closed shortly after 8:30.

A MESSAGE FROM ANGELA WITH AN UPDATE ABOUT THE EBENEZER CHILD CARE TRUST
EASTER CELEBRATIONS
The mothers and children joined the rest of the Christian community across the world to celebrate the death and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. They gathered in the chapel to share the word of the Lord and discussed the importance of Easter. The children and the mothers sang and danced in fulfillment of this wonderful occasion.



OUR WONDERFUL DONORS FUND HOUSEWARES 
ECCT Executive Director, Owen Lisulo thanks donors for the ability to purchase 8 mattresses, 2 washing machines, 2 upright fridges and 1 stove for the homes. "It could not have come at a better time than this. We highly appreciate your continued donations to support our mothers and children. These items will help to make work very easy for our mothers” he said.

WELCOME TO RECEPTION CLASS 
Last year only three babies were going to school. Before the beginning of the school term, 6 babies were assessed in order to see if they were ready to start attending school. This has brought the total number of 9 children attending school from the baby's home leaving only two children at home; Brian and Elliot who are less than 2 years old. The children are very excited about this new development. ECCT endeavors to foster an early love of learning in the children. 

NEW VOLUNTEER SOCIAL WORKERS 
We have three Volunteer Social Workers who are currently working with Sunford Muchindu - the permanent Social Worker. We have Beauty, Chinyama, Mulenga, Mumba and Heather Nkobaika who are now working closely with the children. The volunteers have certificates in Psychosocial and Child Counseling.


HEALTH TALKS WITH THE CHILDREN 
Social workers Heather and Sunford sat with the toddlers, older boys and girls to discuss various issues that affect them. The topics which were covered during the discussion were; prevention of accidents, hygiene, family values and importance of education. 

Thank you for your continued support and generosity. You have given health, education and hope to over 500 severely disadvantaged Zambian children. 

FUTURE MEETINGS  AND EVENTS
9th June Board Meeting 

12th June RSL at 10am for the launch of Jack Wilcox's new book - Maleny Weather 1880 - 2016

16th June Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:30pm for Business Meeting with Nepal update from CL.

23rd June Changeover Night at The Orangery.

30th June Vocational visit to the Chocolate Factory at 1630h followed by pizzas in Finbars.

BIRTHDAYS FOR JUNE
1st Mike Edwards  

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES FOR JUNE
1st Chris and Judi Ross-Smith  16th Alan and Mary Wilson

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
ITS NICE TO BE RIGHT OCCASIONALLY





Sunday, 16 May 2021

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 19th May 2021

   "THE RANGE"  Vol. 63 No.21

WEDNESDAY 19TH MAY 2021

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for a Business Meeting.

Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTER
                        19th May             2nd Jun          16th Jun 
Duty Officer      Fran T                 Roly N            Chris B 
Assist DO          Jeff C                  Phillip S          Keith R    
Registration      Bernice McL         Paulette S      John McL
Fellowship        Alan W                 Lionel T         John W

WOOLWORTH SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
26 Jun     0730 - 1030    TBA

                1030 - 1330    TBA

PRESIDENT'S NOTES
It's a huge welcome back to CL C and Leon from the land of the long white cloud and I am looking forward to hearing  CL's report on our Nepalese projects.
- Over the past weekend our Rypen representative Nathaniel Audley from Yr 10 at Maleny State High School attended the Rypen camp at Coolum.
- Many thanks again to Sherryl G, Jeff C, Paulette S for joining me recently  to help out with assisting the smooth running and delivery of the RYDA youth driving education project at Corbould Park to a huge cohort of local hinterland students from Maleny State High School, and the Maleny Flexi School accompanied by teachers and staff and who were also joined on the day by students and staff  from Caloundra Christian College. All the students were of their best behaviour, and very engaged. This is a youth driving program that delivers a real impact at a yr 10 level just before many of these students are to start getting either their L or P plates. Saving just 1 life makes it so worth it.
- Our club was also well represented by 14 members and their guests at the recent RUSCCF Dinner and Presention at the USC on 12 May. It was great to hear of the fantastic achievements being made by our local regional university and from the 3 PhD student candidate recipients of this year's scholarship awards. It is hoped that one of the recipients, a creative writer, will attend a Rotary meeting later this year to address us on her work in the Domestic And Family Violence space.
- And a huge thankyou to Chris B and his team Jeff C, Jim A, Alan W and Paulette S who managed a great bar on the night.
- The month of May is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I hope many of you can join me and Sherryl G at the Candelight Vigil at Tesch Park and Walk to the MNC being organised by the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre on 20 May commencing at 5pm.
- And on the following Saturday 22 May, it would be fantastic if we could have as many members as possible to join me in listening to and supporting Sherryl G who will be delivering a presentation on our  local grassroots approach to and achievements that have made by our collaborative partnership known as Speak Up Now in relation to the prevention of Domestic and Family Violence and Elder Abuse at the Zonta Seeds of Change Forum being held at the USC.
- Paulette S is also organising a small group of up to 4 of our Rotarians to provide parking assistance on World Environment Day on the 6th June at Jill Morris' s property known as Book Farm at Reesville where a weed identification forum and eradication project is being held.
- And of course, the Maleny Agricultural Show is almost upon us. It's great to see so many hands being put up for assistance by our members and even others from nearby clubs for either parking duties at the gate and or with food preparation and service at our annual Rotary Food Stall.
- Bernice has reminded me to request that all members who are assisting in the Food Stall must send in to her their Certificate of Completion of the "COVID 19 Dining in" on line course as soon as possible,
- We are still looking for a few members to take on some Directors role in our incoming board. If you are interested, please contact me over the next few weeks.
- And lastly, our Changeover this year will be held at the Orangery on 23rd June. It is a Partners Night. As we change clusters within the new 9620 District, it will be great to have present our outgoing AG for our existing Hinterland Cluster Jan Lawton and our incoming AG for our new Kenny Cluster Tony Long.

Looking forward to catching up with you all either at our next project meeting at the Maleny on 19 May or at the Maleny Show or one of our upcoming activities over the next month.

MINUTES OF MEETING OF 5TH MAY
President Greg welcomed members and guests. There was time for some business before the meal.
• Greg thanked those who attended our successful Cluster Breakfast on Saturday 24 April at the Community Precinct to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia. The morning concluded with John Whan riding in a 1919 Essex Speedster holding the Centenary banner aloft as other club members walked behind in procession around the Ziza Field. A fitting finale to a great morning celebration with the other clubs in our cluster.
• Reminder re the USC Rotary Scholarships Night Wednesday 12 May. Maleny club is running the bar. No cash transactions. $1 added to each drink to cover security costs.
• Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) day at Corbould Park, Caloundra on Thursday 6 May. Greg, Paulette, Jeff and Sherryl will attend. Year 10 Maleny High students plus the Flexi School will be attending.
• Bernice sent around the roster for the Food Stall at the Maleny Show – Fri & Sat 28-29 May. All food service volunteers must do the COVID Safe food training course through TAFE. Send Bernice your certificate when completed. Easy course, registration not so easy.
• Anzac Day services went well. Book vouchers were donated by Rotary to schools.
• Speak Up Now- Domestic and Family Violence project update: May is Domestic and Family Violence Awareness Month.
• Candlelight Ceremony starting at 5pm at Tesch Park on Thursday 21 May, followed by walk to Maleny Neighbourhood Centre for BBQ, speakers and live music.
• Zonta Seeds of Change D&FV Forum at USC, Saturday 22 May, 8am-1pm. Sherryl to do short presentation on behalf of Speak Up Now committee.
• Reminder that the Speak Up Now – Stop Domestic and Family Violence in Maleny and the Blackall Range Project is a combined RC of Maleny, Zonta Club of the Blackall Range and the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre combined project.
• Paulette alerted us to a live comedy act coming to Caloundra which she recommended as a possible club social activity.

Michael introduced our Guest Speaker for the night, Neil Andison, the Maleny Platypus Whisperer. Neil went to sea at age 15. He spent 10 years in the Australian Navy and then 10 years in the RAAF. He retired in 2000 after running an electrical business as well as a job driving cherry pickers. He peppered his presentation with loads of platypus facts as well as photos taken of the platypus he has encountered, and named, in the Obi Obi in the stretch from the Showgrounds to the Community Precinct.
He cleared up early, the misconception that the plural of the Platypus, a marsupial, correctly called Ornithorhynchus anatinus, is ‘Platypus’ not ‘Platypii’ as some of us learned at primary school.
Some platypus facts noted by Neil:
• A fully-grown platypus should have approximately equal proportions of tail, body and head/beak.
• Neil can often tell the female platypus by bare patches on their tails.
• They are genetically similar to birds and reptiles (they walk like a reptile)
• Males have 2 spurs on the inside of the back legs, these spurs have a toxic venom.
• They are found exclusively in Australia & only found east of the Dividing Range.
• They can live up to 20 years in the wild.
• They cannot hear or see, eat or breathe underwater.
• They use electro and mechano receptors to sense their food sources.
• They mate between June- October in Queensland.
• They need to forage for about 16 hours per day to maintain good health, so can be seen at any time of day if you are patient and have time to wait…and wait…to spot them.
• The biggest danger to them are fishing nets- their heads get caught in the netting and as they can only survive about 3 minutes underwater, they drown. Dingoes, Pythons, Birds of Prey as well as feral cats, dogs and also domestic dogs prey on platypus.
• In dry weather they can travel up to 8km overland to reach another waterhole.
• When you see a kingfisher in a creek or waterhole, good chance a platypus may be nearby.
.• Platypus can detect electrical impulses of their prey as well as the pressure waves of obstacles in the water that they need to negotiate.

Neil has an absolute passion for the platypus in the 1.8 km reach of the Obi Obi which he has been observing and photographing for 8 years. He gets up at 4.30am most mornings to walk the creek, looking for the familiar ripples in the water made by the movement of the platypus bills. He has identified at least 11 individuals, many of which he has named and can identify by markings on their bill or head. He showed pictures of Patch, Little Patch, Polyanna and Cleft. In 2020 he turned his passion into a business and now he leads Platypus Whispers tours for small groups on the Obi Obi. His mobile number is: 0412 518 952 or check out his Facebook page if you would like to join one of his 3-hour tours which run from 6am or 4pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Mondays.

Neil was a congenial presenter and fielded many questions. Sherryl gave the vote of thanks and presented him with our bespoke RC of Maleny Platypus bag which he was very happy to receive.

FUTURE MEETINGS  AND EVENTS
26th May Board Meeting

28th and 29th May Maleny Show

2nd June  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:30pm with Guest Speaker Kate Huth, a Rotary Peace Fellow

9th June Board Meeting 

12th June RSL at 10am for the launch of Jack Wilcox's new book - Maleny Weather 1880 - 2016

16th June Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:30pm for Business Meeting 

23rd June Changeover Night at The Orangery.

BIRTHDAYS FOR MAY
4th Angela Griffin  15th Greg Williams  18th Cilla Vickers  22nd Peter McQuoid

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
SOME STORIES HAVE A HAPPY ENDING

Look closely at the picture first and then read the story:

This actually happened to an Englishman, in France, who was totally drunk.

  A French policeman stopped the Englishman's car and asks if he has been drinking.

 With great difficulty, the Englishman admits that he has been drinking all day, that his daughter got married that morning, and that he drank champagne and a few bottles of wine at the reception, and many single malt scotches there-after.

 Quite upset, the policeman proceeds to breath test the Englishman and verifies that he is indeed completely hammered.

He asks the Englishman if he knows why, under French law, he is going to   be arrested. 

The   Englishman answers with a bit of humor, "No sir, I do not! But while we're asking questions,  do you realize that this is a British car and my wife is driving on the other side?”

" Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day!"

 


Sunday, 2 May 2021

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 5th May 2021

  "THE RANGE"  Vol. 63 No.20

WEDNESDAY 5TH MAY 2021

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Guest Speaker Neil Andison on Platypus Whisperer. 

APOLOGIES AND MEALS
Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTER
                        5th May           19th May              2nd Jun  
Duty Officer      Michael G         Fran T                 Roly N 
Assist DO          Sherryl G          Jeff C                  Phillip S    
Registration      Laurelle O        Bernice McL         Paulette S
Fellowship        Malcolm B        Alan W                 Lionel T

WOOLWORTH SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
15th May  0730 - 1030    Jim A       Fran T     ANO

                1030 - 1330    Lionel T    ANO      ANO

PRESIDENT'S NOTES
(a) Health Updates
I was able to catch up briefly with Judy RS this morning. She expressed her heartfelt thanks for the support from our club members. Many thanks to Jeff C and Chris B who delivered a small table to Erowal so Judy could put photos, cards and flowers on in Chris’s room; and for Jeff C for taking a couple of old garden chairs for her to the dump. Judy was also thankful for those members who have been able to call in to visit Chris and mentioned that Sherryl G had just been in to see him. Thankyou to all of our members for your continuing support for Chris RS and Judy RS.
And we have some good news from Rick V who has thanked all who have asked after Cilla's health. Cilla has now moved to a cardiac ward and is much improved. She is eating a little more and small assisted walks up/down corridor, but still tired. Visits limited to Rick only for some time yet. On behalf of all the club we wish Cilla a full and speedy recovery.
(b) For our next meeting at the Hotel on 5 May under Qld COVID-19 Regulations our mercurial Mike G has organised Maleny’s own Platypus Whisperer Neil Andison to be our guest speaker. We are all looking forward to hearing about Neil’s long term care of and connection with our local platypus. 
(c) Recent Club events and Community Service 
• 6 Apr and 7 Apr Carparking at Australia Zoo as per Roster from Ian Hope RC of Glasshouse. Many thanks to all of our members who helped out with parking at Australia Zoo. It has proved to be a solid source of revenue when so many of our usual other parking activities have been cancelled due to COVID 19.
• 21 Apr While absent in Victoria, I understand I missed a corker of an evening’s celebrations and many tall stories with Past President David Wilson at our meeting at the Maleny Hotel. 
• 24 Apr Hinterland Cluster 100 years of Rotary in Australia celebration breakfast at Beersheba Living Museum. A huge thank you to Bernice M and John M for organising the food and setting up the tables, Bernice M and Sherryl G for organising the kitchen and to John M and Roly N for working the BBQ, to Paulette S for her computer, to Games Director Ric V for leading us all astray at throwing cards, and to John Whan for leading our club representatives in the R100 Hinterland Cluster Baton relay in the 1919 Essex Speedster on the Ziza Field and to all Cluster Rotarians and guests who joined us to celebrate this extraordinary Rotary milestone.


A full suite of photos is shown on the Club's Facebook page.

• 25 Apr Anzac Day in Maleny.  A mega thank you to Chris B and all his team at the Maleny RSL for organising and running a series of fantastic and very well attended Anzac Day Remembrance ceremonies throughout Maleny and Witta. There should be no doubt that the Anzac Spirit is alive and well in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, and that our community does not forget the sacrifices made by so many in the Great War and all the others that have followed for us. Lest we forget.
• I hope Club members are continuing to follow our local young Wootha adventurer Sam Hughes, the Travelling Jackeroo, on his travels and experiences on our facebook page and look forward to an update from Ric T at our next meeting.
• Another huge thank you to Rick V for his continued on-going work with the Maleny Show Society sorting out their COVID 19 compliance requirements. The Show is a goer.
d) Upcoming Events
• 6 May Rotary RYDA Caloundra Volunteers 
Sherry G, Jeff C, Paulette S and myself will be assisting as Student group Leaders for our loca
l Maleny SHS which has come on board the Rotary RYDA program.
• 12 May R&USCCF meeting at USC.
Its still not too late to make your booking for the Annual Joint meeting of Sunshine Coast Rotary Clubs at USC  Innovation Centre in support of the Rotary and University of the Sunshine Coast Community Fund. I have attached an invitation with the booking link. I hope we have a strong turn up by our club. Cost is $30.
• 14 – 16 May RYPEN Camp at Coolum 
Nathaniel Audley who is in year 10 at Maleny SHS and has been in the Interact club since year 8 is our attendee.  
• 16 May Town Meets Country Race Day at Corbould Park organised by Rotary Club of Brisbane . Laurelle O will provide more details at our next meeting 
• 29 to 30 May Maleny Agricultural Show . Calling all hands for
Rotary car parking and Rotary Food stall. Expect a quiet word or a shoulder tap over the next few weeks.
• 26 Jun  Maleny Rotary Changeover at a local venue to be decided.
• 17 Jul Winter Blues Concert – subject to successful grant applic to SCC.
• 1 Aug Kenny Cluster Joint meeting with new 9620 DG Wendy at Australia Zoo.
• 28 Aug Pride of Workmanship Dinner 
• 18 Sep Kite Flying Event – Speak Up Now Collaborative Partners with MDSRC at Beersheba Living Museum and Ziza Field. 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF 21ST APRIL
With President Greg being interstate, this special meeting was opened by PP Sherryl.  She began by welcoming members and guests.  These included Charter Member and PP David Wilson with his wife Danni, three Honorary  members and six Partners - a great turnout of 35 in all. She asked Jack Wilcox to talk about the paper which he had circulated for the meeting with excerpts from his book "Rotary in Maleny". This showed that there were more references to David Wilson than any other member by a factor of 50%. 
There was were business matters to cover:

Rick V reflected on the changes over the 100 years of Rotary. He announced that the Board was proposing that the possible inclusion of an Acknowledgement of Country before each meeting should be discussed.

Bernice asked for volunteers for the Show Stall with cooking to start at 0800h.

Jim asked for volunteers for the gate at the Show on Friday.  Apparently admission is to be by prepaid ticket.

Chris B thanked those who had volunteered as marshals for the Anzac Day Parade.  He also sought volunteers for the bar at the Rotary and USC Scholarship Night.

A ShelterBox is to be erected beside Peace of Green on 2 May.

If all goes well, it should look like this effort in 2014!

The highlight of the evening was a talk by David Wilson on what may be his final trip to Maleny.  He listed the original Charter Members and noted the presence at our meeting of David Burnett and Chris Brooker who are sons of Charter Members. He then went through each member's category and noted how many of those occupations had ceased to exist in the town today.  He had some fun describing how the dairy farmers were squeezed into the rules of that time.

David then reverted to his popular role of producing humour and had the room in happy fits of laughter.  Sadly this special evening had to come to an end.  Keith R gave the vote of thanks.


FUTURE MEETINGS  AND EVENTS
2nd May ShelterBox on display beside Peace of Green 

12th May Rotary Scholarship Dinner at USC

19th May Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Business Meeting

26th May Board Meeting

28th and 29th May Maleny Show

BIRTHDAYS FOR MAY
4th Angela Griffin  15th Greg Williams  18th Cilla Vickers  22nd Peter McQuoid

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT

THE DERIVATION OF SOME OLD ENGLISH SAYINGS

DID YOU KNOW ???

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery - if you had to do this to survive, you were "Piss Poor".

But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot - they "didn't have a pot to piss in" & were the lowest of the low.

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500's:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell , brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water!"

Houses had thatched roofs - thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold.

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old. Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

The country is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, one out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive... So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer.

And that's the truth....Now, whoever said History was boring?





Sunday, 18 April 2021

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 21st April 2021

   "THE RANGE"  Vol. 63 No.19

WEDNESDAY 21ST APRIL 2021

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for a Business Meeting plus a visit from Charter Member and PP David Wilson.

APOLOGIES AND MEALS
Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTER
                        21st April        5th May           19th May   
Duty Officer      Lionel T         Michael G         Fran T  
Assist DO          Keith R           Sherryl G         Jeff C      
Registration      Paulette S      Laurelle O        Bernice McL
Fellowship        John McL        Malcolm B        Alan W

WOOLWORTH SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
8th May  TBA

PRESIDENT'S NOTES
1. Hope all of our Rotarian family in Maleny are well and or on the mend. And our prayers are with Cilla Rick and their family as Cilla prepares for surgery this week.
2. Looking forward to a catching up with you all at a fantastic fun and relaxed cluster breakfast  this coming Saturday morning 24 April to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia from 8.30 am for 9 am at the Beersheba Living Museum. It is a partners breakfast too.
3. And many thanks to our members who have helped out with parking duties at Australia Zoo during the school holidays and further thanks in advance for all our members helping out Chris Brooker on Anzac Day. 
4. A reminder that we have a combined RUSCCF meeting coming up at the Sunshine Coast University on 12 May . Cost is $30 per head.
5. The club is also organising a shelter box and will erect it in the vacant land opposite the Community Centre on 2 May to raise funds for Shelter Box. Hoping for a big turnout.
6. Also looking forward to hearng Sherryl G' s report from her presention in relation to the good works being done by our Speak Up Now Say No to Domestic and Family Violence and Elder Abuse at the upcoming Zonta Seeds of Change  Forum.
7. Finally a brief reminder that the Maleny Show is just around the corner.

MINUTES OF MEETING OF 7TH APRIL
President Greg opened the meeting by welcoming members and guests. Our guest speaker was Maddie Crane who was a Rotary Exchange student who recently spent a year in Switzerland. Maddie, like all exchange students had some great (fun) times, however importantly, she also had some life changing experiences.

As Maddie puts it… “My year in Switzerland, thanks to Rotary, was the most amazing and unforgettable experience. Not only was I given the opportunity to pick up German, but also to mingle with people from many cultural backgrounds from across the entire world. My maturity and sense of initiative are considerably different also. Something that I think I was really able to develop from travelling independently and being ‘thrown in the deep end’. [Read: forced to become self reliant which she actually explained in the talk :-)] Despite COVID and all the challenges it brought along, I don’t believe I was disadvantaged or “missed out” at any point whatsoever! Actually, because of it [Covid restrictions] I was able to form much stronger and memorable relationships with my host parents, siblings and Swiss friends. I cherish these chances I had to grow personally much much more than tourist attractions or countries I may have seen otherwise. Thank you Rotary for all of your support and this invaluable experience.”

Ric Townsend gave the vote of thanks.
  

FUTURE MEETINGS AND EVENTS
24th April 100Years of Rotary Breakfast at the Beersheba Living Museum

5th May TBA

12th May Rotary Scholarship Dinner at USC

19th May Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Business Meeting

26th May Board Meeting

28th and 29th May Maleny Show

BIRTHDAYS FOR APRIL
1st Nancy Baker  4th Phillip Stark  12th Chris Brooker  23rd John McLennan  27th Chris Ross Smith & John Whan

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES FOR APRIL
13th Jeff & Jan Cornfoot  16th Brian and Gillian Allen 26th Bill & Marlene Hankinson

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT

A VIEW OF THE AGING PROCESS FROM MY PERSPECTIVE





 

Sunday, 4 April 2021

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 7th April 2021

 

 "THE RANGE"  Vol. 63 No.18

WEDNESDAY 7TH APRIL 2021

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Guest Speaker Madison Crane on YEP Experience.

APOLOGIES AND MEALS
Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTER
                        7th April          21st April        5th May   
Duty Officer     Phillip  S           Lionel T         Michael G
Assist DO          Ric T               ANO                Sherryl G     
Registration     James McC       Paulette S       Laurelle O
Fellowship       Chris B            John McL         Malcolm B

WOOLWORTH SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
17th April
0730 -1030  TBA

1030 - 1330  TBA

PRESIDENT'S NOTES
(a) Health Updates
Its great to hear some very encouraging news with regard to Chris RS. Judy reports that “Chris has rallied and seems to be out of the woods.” Thank you to all of our members for your continuing support for Chris and Judi.
And the good news continues with Brian A who has returned home to make his recovery, albeit that it will take a bit of time. It will be 5/6 weeks before Brian can put any weight on his ankle. A huge thank you again to our members for your contact with Brian and Gillian and your offers of support.
And further good news. I was speaking with Marlene B this morning who confirms that Bill H is also back home after a successful knee operation and is hopping around on one crutch looking for Easter eggs.
On behalf of the Club, I also pass on my heart felt best wishes for Cilla and Rick V and their family as Cilla prepares to undergo a major procedure over the coming weeks.
(b) Our next meeting is at the Maleny Hotel on 7 April under Qld COVID-19 Regulations. A big thank you to our astute Mike G for organising Madison Crane to be our guest speaker at our next meeting. On behalf of the Club, we are all looking forward to listening closely to Madison’s recent experiences throughout Europe as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program and the impact that the program has made on her future aspirations. Madison is the daughter of our newest member Des and wife Kelley. 
(c) Recent Club events and Community Service 
• Thank you to Des C, Chris B and other members for attending the Farewell Luncheon for Past President and former member of our Club Eddie Vann and Linda Vann from their outstanding and long-term leadership positions with our local TS Centaur Naval Cadet Unit on 27 March at the Maleny RSL. Eddie and Linda have been the glue that kept the Unit going, provided so many of our youth with opportunities that would never have otherwise been available to them and have been instrumental in the maturing of so many of our young teenagers into exceptional adults during their time with the Unit. It was also Eddie who had the vision for and was the inaugural Chairman of the annual Hinterland Aussie Day Expo on Australia Day at the Maleny Showgrounds and I also want to thank Eddie and Linda for all their time and support in organising and holding that event. I wish Eddie and Linda all the best on their retirement to Bribie Island.




• Another massive thank you to DG Neil Black and all his conference team for putting on an excellent last Rotary District 9600 Conference at Kingaroy on 26-28 March. It was my absolute pleasure to attend what was my first and last Rotary District 9600 Conference  with a tremendous band of local Rotarians. I have included a photo of our 7 strong contingent of Bernice and John McL, Paulette S, Craig S, Mike and Sherryl G and myself taken at the Gala Dinner at the Kingaroy Town Hall. We were blessed by the organisers with a fantastic array of speakers, mixed with serious networking with members and leaders of so many other clubs from within not only 9600 but also 9640, and so many opportunities for fun and laughter. Craig S found gold at Bethany thanks to a very generous John Bjelke – Peterson after nearly being flown away by the biggest Scotch Gray mosquitoes ever seen on the planet, and I have forever stamped into my memory the lifelike image of a Ford Cortina Hardtop stamping across the Kingaroy State High School Hall stage – all show but no go. 
And a huge thank you to Bernice and John for organising outstanding accommodation for Crag S, Paulette S and myself from where we enjoyed the best view in Kingaroy. 



We have come away with some great ideas on how to retain and grow our membership, and have been reminded of the important life-changing impact that Rotary can have on an individual life and career path and on the lives of so many here at home in Australia and around the globe. Sadly, I report that no member of our Club was successful with any of the great prizes on offer in the Conference Raffle.
The first 9620 District Conference is being held next year in Caloundra and I hope as many members of our Club as possible can attend for all or at least part of next year’s Conference.
• Local young Wootha adventurer Sam Hughes, the Travelling Jackeroo, departed Maleny on 21 March and has been camped at  Roma whilst his tractor underwent some minor repairs before taking on the real outback of Australia. Please keep looking at our Club facebook pages for further updates. Sam must be ready to set off as his tractor cracked about 45 kph on the Roma drag strip this afternoon on the way to raising more money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Dollys Dream.
• Another thank you to Rick V for his continued on-going work with the Maleny Show Society sorting out a plethora of COVID 19 compliance requirements, and especially with the complications arising from the 3 day lockdown of the past week. 
(d) Upcoming Events
• 6 and 7 April Carparking at Australia Zoo as per Roster from Ian Hope RC of Glasshouse.
• 17 April SC South Cluster Gala Dinner at Maroochydore RSL – (Wendy Gleeson)
• 24 April Hinterland Cluster 100 years of Rotary celebration breakfast at Beersheba Living Museum 8.30 am for 9 am. Lets celebrate this extraordinary milestone with our invited guests, fellow Rotarians, and their partners from within our cluster with a blend of fun, fellowship and our relaxed hinterland lifestyle.
• 8 May Assistance being provided by 6 Rotarians at Smart Living Society Limited Casino Gambling night at RSL. Club will be paid donation of $1000. 5.30 for 6 pm Free entry and a meal. Training provided. Other members welcome for a fun evening and a chance to win many prizes. Tickets on sale on Wednesday night.
• 12 May Rotary Scholarship meeting at USC.
• 16 May Town Meets Country Race Day at Corbould Park organised by Rotary Club of Brisbane . Laurelle O will provide more details at our next meeting 
• 29 to 30 May Maleny Agricultural Show . Calling all hands for Rotary car parking and Rotary Food stall
• 3-9 July Borderline Youth Camp
Alan Wilson has provided information on this camp for teenagers aged 15-18 which focuses on youth mental health. Alan’s daughter, Helen, is a leader for the camp and is willing to come to the Club to speak about it. Cost is $490 per person. As Sherryl has reported, “It sounds very good, however it is at Camp Laurence, Lake Moogerah near Boonah, so not sure if we could get interest from teenagers up here considering how far away it is? More information at www.borderlinecamp.com.
• 17 July Winter Blues Concert – subject to successful grant application to SCC.
• 28 August Pride of Workmanship Dinner 
• 18 Sep Kite Flying Event – Speak Up Now Collaborative Partners with MDSRC at Beersheba Living Museum and Ziza Field 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF 17TH MARCH
President Greg opened the meeting with a welcome to all Rotarians, and a special welcome to guests AG Wendy Gilson and AGFR Vern Gilbert who will be talking later in the meeting.

He passed on his best wishes on behalf of the Club to two of our Rotarians who have been laid low, Brian Allen and Chris Ross-Smith, and wished then a speedy recovery.
Updates were provided on the following events which had occurred since our last meeting.
Obi Obi Clean-up: The event was well attended by the community and three of our members made it to clean up a great deal of crap from the area.
Elder Abuse Forum for hairdressers and barbers was a success with over ten people attending. There was much interest in the speakers and some expressed an interest in doing the course on the recognition of elder abuse if fund can be found.
Fran and Sheryl attended the Interact Conference at Caboolture
Laurelle and Jeff assisted at the astronomer’s night which was appreciated by the organisers.
The travelling Jackeroo will be in the Maleny main street on Sunday about 9.00am for the start of his adventure.

Sargeant at arms was absent so there was a free-for-all making fines on each other. It was quite revealing how quickly members were willing to “dob” in each other.

Gala Dinner: AG Wendy Gilson spoke to us about a Gala Dinner being organised by the Sunshine South Cluster Group to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand. It will be held on Saturday 17th April, 2021 at the Maroochydore RSL at 6.30pm. Tickets $100 per head.  She hoped the Maleny Rotary could put a party together.
She also spoke about a Monument being planned to commemorate the centenary, location to be determined. All clubs in the Sunshine Coast Cluster would be depicted along with a time capsule in the base.
Annual Rotary Golf Tournament: Vern Gilbert invited members to join in the 43rd Annual Golf Tournament being organised by the Maroochydore Rotary Club. It will be held on 16-21 May 2012, at the Maroochy River Golf Club and attracts Rotarians Australia wide.

President Greg closed the meeting with an invitation to our next meeting which will be a vocational night at the Maleny Chocolate Factory on 31st March 2021.

FUTURE MEETINGS AND EVENTS
14th April Board Meeting

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

28th April No meeting

5th May TBA

12th May Rotary Scholarship Dinner at USC

19th May Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Business Meeting

BIRTHDAYS FOR APRIL
1st Nancy Baker  4th Phillip Stark  12th Chris Brooker  23rd John McLennan  27th Chris Ross Smith & John Whan

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES FOR APRIL
13th Jeff & Jan Cornfoot  16th Brian and Gillian Allen 26th Bill & Marlene Hankinson

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT

RANDOM THOUGHTS - HOPEFULLY YOUR SMILES FOR THE DAY

When one door closes and another door opens, you are probably in prison...

To me, "drink responsibly" means don't spill it...

Age 60 might be the new 40, but 9:00 pm is the new midnight...

The older I get, the earlier it gets late...

I remember being able to get up without making sound effects. 

I had my patience tested. I'm negative...

When you ask me what I am doing today, and I say "nothing," it does not mean I am free. It means I am doing nothing...

I finally got eight hours of sleep. It took me three days, but whatever... I run like the winded...

I hate when a couple argues in public, and I missed the beginning and don't know whose side I'm on...

When someone asks what I did over the weekend, I squint and ask, "Why, what did you hear?"

When you do squats, are your knees supposed to sound like a goat chewing on an aluminum can stuffed with celery???

Don't bother walking a mile in my shoes. That would be boring. Spend 30 seconds in my head. That'll freak you right out... (This Is The Truth!!!)

Sometimes, someone unexpected comes into your life out of nowhere, makes your heart race, and changes you forever. We call those people cops...

My luck is like a bald guy who just won a comb...
  

 





Sunday, 14 March 2021

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 17th March 2021

 "THE RANGE"  Vol. 63 No.17

WEDNESDAY 17TH MARCH 2021

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for a Business Meeting with AG Wendy Gilson and Vern Gilbert AGFR.

APOLOGIES AND MEALS
Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTER
                        17th March          7th April          21st April   
Duty Officer     Jim A                 Phillip  S          Lionel T  
Assist DO          Roly N               Ric T               ANO     
Registration     Bernice McL      James McC        Paulette S
Fellowship       Keith R              Chris B            John McL

WOOLWORTH SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
13th March
0730 -1030  Fran Tickle  Peter McQuoid  Phillip Stark

1030 - 1330  Jim Atkinson  Angela Griffin  Greg Williams

PRESIDENT'S NOTES
(a) Club Members
On behalf of the club, I pass on my heart felt best wishes for Brian A and Gillian and Chris RS and Judi and their families as Brian and Chris recover from their respective health issues. Likewise for Cilla and Rick V and their family as Cilla prepares to undergo a major procedure over the coming weeks.
(b) Our next meeting at The Maleny Hotel on Wed 7 Apr 2021 under Qld COVID-19 Regulations. Mike G has organised Madison Crane to be our guest speaker at this meeting and I look forward to listening closely to Madison’s recent experiences throughout Europe as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program and the impact that the program has made on her future aspirations. 
Madison also happens to be the daughter of our newest member Des C and wife Kelley. Again, a very warm Maleny welcome to both Des and Kelley into our Rotary Club and our international Rotary family. I have included below some photos from the Induction, and its great to hear that Des is already on our Rotary Calendar committee.

(c) Our Community Service and Upcoming Events
Notwithstanding the approach of Easter, our members have been and will be continuing to serve our community with distinction. Over the past few weeks:
• Obi Clean Up Sherryl G, Paulette S and Greg W attended the Obi Clean Up on Sunday 7 March. It was pleasing to see the improvement in the cleanliness of the Obi in comparison to our previous clean-up about a year ago.
• 14 March Ironman Event Volunteer assistance provided by Craig S, Bernice and John McL and Greg W as part of the Rotary Hinterland Team at Mooloolaba from 4.30 am to 3 pm. We shall be receiving a payment for the service work. 
Sherryl G has been very busy with the Youth Portfolio with the Interact Conference 2021 on 14 March at Caboolture Memorial Hall. We have 2 Rotarians, a teacher & 4 students, registered to attend the conference.
• Interact Aprons District Grant: The final report was submitted on 28 February and District will pay 2/3 of the costs ($319).
• Interact Coffee Machine: We have made a contribution of $ 803.90 for a new Breville Barista Express coffee machine which will be used by the Interactors to raise funds.
• TS Centaur: Past President of our Club Eddie Vann and Linda Vann have retired from their positions with TS Centaur. Des Crane as secretary of TS Centaur has sent out an invitation for this event – a lunch on Saturday 27 March at the RSL. See invitation below: I encourage members who are not attending the District Conference at Kingaroy to attend what will be a great local event.
• Solar Light Project: As Sherryl recently reported to the Board “This project was very successful and enjoyed by the 16 Year 6 students from The River School, 1 staff, 4 parents and 7 Rotary members who attended." Chris B collected all the letters from the school and the completed kits have been returned to Solar Buddy this week. The final report has been submitted to acquit the grant.
• Earlyact. Sherryl G  has also contacted Ann Donoghoe to see if there is any possibility as to whether the school may be interested in forming a club.
• Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN): 16-18 May at Luther Heights, Coolum. Targeting age-14-17 students who want to build their communication and leadership skills. $340 per participant. Will get Fran to see if any interest among Interactors etc.
• Borderline Youth Camp 3-9 July 2021: Alan Wilson has provided information on this camp for teenagers aged 15-18 which focuses on youth mental health. Alan’s daughter, Helen, is a leader for the camp and is willing to come to the Club to speak about it. Cost is $490 per person. As Sherryl has reported, “It sounds very good, however it is at Camp Laurence, Lake Moogerah near Boonah, so not sure if we could get interest from teenagers up here considering how far away it is? More information at www.borderlinecamp.com.
• D&FV Project-Speak Up Now - Stop domestic and family violence: The grant for the DV signs ($432.50) has been received. The project also received a $250 Local Heroes grant from the Andrew Powell program. The cheque was presented on 5th March with Greg W and Bernice McL attending with other members of the group for a photo with Andrew Powell.
• Hairdressers with Hearts had its official national launch on 6 March. Some committee members attended this at Bribie. The launch was accompanied by several press releases and aired on Channel 7 and the ABC. Representatives from HWH will be at our event on Thursday.
• Hairdressers Cheese and Wine Event was held on 11 March at MNC 6-8pm. The event was well organised. Invitations were widely delivered to many hairdressers, massage therapists and barbers across the range. Sherryl G and Greg W attended. 
• Red bench project: Our next project is at Maleny Pioneer Village. The quote for materials from Malcolm B (as a Maleny Mens Shed member) has been accepted and it is hoped that other materials recently donated may also reduce the costs. 
• Rotary Action Group for Family Safety www.ragfamsafe.org. Sherryl G joined this Rotary International group and hopes to find out more about other initiatives throughout Australia and the world relating to family safety awareness. A quote from their website “By sharing ideas and experiences Rotary clubs worldwide can begin to change perceptions of what is safe and what sorts of behaviour are normal and acceptable, and which are not”.
• Rotary SAFE Families Ambassador Clubs Program: www.rotaryclubofMelbourne.org.au/rotarysafefamilies. This program is an initiative of the RC of Melbourne. They have developed resources which include a Toolkit for D&FV awareness and information. Their Ambassador club program is a Rotary 100 Australia project. Sherryl G is exploring  how to become an Ambassador Club and what it involves and hopes this would complement what we are doing with the Speak Up Now project.
• A recent recipient of a Rotary Club of Maleny sponsorship, local young Wootha adventurer Sam Hughes, the Travelling Jackeroo, will be departing soon. Please keep looking at our Club facebook pages for an update.
• Website and Club Brochure: And a huge thankyou to our website team of Phillip S, Ric T, Paulette S and a special mention to Clive Waring for putting together the marvellous changes to our website and new club brochure. As Paulette S recently commented, we now have one of, if not the best website of any Rotary Club, in Australia.
• Our Community Assistance Program to other clubs and organisations: Rick V has been very busy with the Maleny Show Society sorting out a plethora of COVID 19 compliance requirements This is a huge task and many thanks to Ric for taking on the role within our community.
• Maleny Settlers Green:The selection of the playground equipment for stage 1 of the playground is underway.
(d) Upcoming Community Service and Events 
- AG Wendy Glesson booked in to speak at our project meeting at Maleny Hotel
- Sausage Sizzle at Woolworths on 20 March. Check your bulletin for the Roster 
- Rotary District Conference at Kingaroy on 26-28 March. This is the last District 9600 Conference. Ever. You won't want to miss this. Registrations close on 18th March. I am assured by DG Neil Black that there is heaps of accommodation available. The conference has been well organised, has several great speakers and a rural Qld town very keen to show off the best of good old country hospitality. I encourage as many members as possible to join our 7 strong contingent of Maleny Rotarians Bernice and John McL, Paulette S, Craig S, Mike and Sherryl G and myself for a fun weekend with some serious networking, education and an opportunity to exchange ideas. 
- Applications close for the RYLA Camp in May on 29th March.
- 17 April SC South Cluster Gala Dinner at Maroochydore RSL – (Wendy Gleeson)
- 24 April Hinterland Cluster 100 years of Rotary celebration breakfast at Beersheba Living Museum 8.30 am for 9 am.
- 8 May Assistance being provided by 6 Rotarians at Smart Living Society Limited Casino Gambling night at RSL. Club will be paid donation of $1000. 5.30 for 6 pm with free entry and a meal. Training provided. Other members welcome for a fun evening and a chance to win many prizes. 
- 12 May Rotary Scholarship meeting at USC.
- 16 May Town Meets Country Race Day at Corbould Park organised by Rotary Club of Brisbane . Laurelle O will provide more details at our next meeting 
- 29 to 30 May Maleny Agricultural Show . Calling all hands for Rotary car parking and Rotary Food stall.
- 17 July Winter Blues Concert – subject to successful grant application to SCC.
- 28 August Pride of Workmanship Dinner 
- 18 September Kite Flying Event – Speak Up Now Collaborative Partners with MDSRC at Beersheba Living Museum and Ziza Field.
(e) Community Project(s) for 100 years celebrations in 2021. 
- Peace Poles with up to 10 languages in local schools. An estimate of costs for the poles and the plaques has been obtained and selecting participating schools.
- An upgrade of the Rotary memorial stone at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve or more resting benches within the reserve.
- Hinterland Cluster Clubs Centenary Project (long term) – AG Jan Lawton waiting on a response from the State Member for Buderim as to availability of land for a park based peace project.

MINUTES OF MEETING OF 3RD MARCH
President Greg welcomed members, guests and partners. Bernice provided an update on member, Brian Allen, who has been hospitalised after a serious accident on his property. A roster of Rotarians is being organised to mow the lawn around Brian’s house.
There was time for some business before the meal.
• Chris B advised that the Anzac Day street parade would go ahead this year. Volunteers are required to assist with contact tracing records before the march starting at Cooke Park and also at the RSL for the lunch.
• Paulette advised that the Clean Up Australia activity would focus on the Obi surrounds from the Showgrounds to Gardener’s Falls. Turn up at 7.30am at Tesch Park Sunday 7 March.
• Bernice conducted a ballot which was required for all clubs in District 9600 to endorse the election of the new 2021-2022 Rotary District 620 board to start 1 July 2021. This was passed unanimously.


Important business of the night was the induction to membership of Des Crane. Des was accompanied by his wife, Kelley. Phillip introduced Des with a short bio which described his working life in various regional areas of Queensland and his early training as a baker. He moved from baking to environmental work and gained a degree in production and horticulture. Most recently he has been employed as a farm manager for a pharmaceutical company. This employment led to some time spent in Germany and managing their farm in Kingaroy where the raw product for various pharmaceutical products is grown. Des and Kelley and their family have an acreage in Conondale. Des was enthusiastically welcomed as a member by all Rotarians present. 

Guest speaker for the night was Rick Paget, newly appointed as the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre Coordinator and Development worker. Rick has come to this position with a wealth of experience in a variety of areas including travel and tourism, social work, and community development. He has combined this with being a community pastor and a professional coach. He left Western Australia with his family in 2013 and headed to the Sunshine Coast and has never left.
Rick paid tribute to his Grandfather, Barry Paget, who was a dedicated Rotarian in the UK, particularly active in the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians. He recounted a special trip around Europe with his grandfather where they flew to various cities to meet up with other Flying Rotarians – sounded quite an adventure
He gave a short history of the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, established in 1992 which is independent, not for profit and a registered charity. It is governed by a managing Committee and has close links to the Flexi-School which is housed in its premises. At present they are working on a 3-year plan. While this is still a work in progress, Rick listed areas of Future Outward Focus. These were Community well-being, Youth, Families and the Elderly, Housing and Homelessness, Indigenous/First Nations, and Disaster Response. Rick described many of the projects operating out of the centre which included the Community Lunch held every Thursday, Emergency relief and the free street pantry, Service Referral, the Fix-it café, TULE- a grief and dying support group, and counselling and JP services
Rick expanded on the area of Housing and Homelessness with several statistics for the Sunshine Coast area:
• 1500 people are experiencing homelessness or are marginally housed
• 1942 people are registered for housing assistance
• 1325 of these are considered very high need
• 769 of these are rough sleepers.
Rick described some of the initiatives being investigated to alleviate this serious situation on the Coast. These were the Bed-down project and a Sleep Bus which could accommodate 20 people overnight and could move to different locations each night. He also mentioned the Maleny Women’s House which can accommodate 3 women for short term accommodation. The Neighbourhood Centre is working on trying to make The Women’s House project more sustainable and looking at different models to run it.
Rick supported his talk with a very professional power-point presentation. The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre is certainly an asset to our community and it was very good to hear directly from Rick about the current situation and future plans for the centre.









FUTURE MEETINGS AND EVENTS
26-28th March Last D9600 District Conference at Kingaroy.

31st March Vocational Visit TBA.

7th April Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Madison Crane on YEP Experience.

14th April Board Meeting.

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

BIRTHDAYS FOR MARCH
5th Judy Tilley  26th Rick Vickers

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT

AS OUR MEETING FALLS ON ST PATRICK'S DAY, PERHAPS AN IRISH JOKE