Sunday, 17 October 2021

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 20th October 2021


THE RANGE Vol 64 No. 8

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for a Business Meeting and Guest Speaker Donna Turner MHSH Chaplain.

Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

                          20 Oct             3 Nov              17 Nov
Duty Officer       Michael G       Jim A               Rick V
Assist DO          Roly N             Phillip S          Alan W
Registration       Paulette S       Laurelle O      John McL
Fellowship         Des C             Malcolm B       Keith R

30 Oct    0730 - 1030    Des C   Lionel T   Bill H   

               1030 - 1330    Andy S   Keith R   Neal A

Our next meeting at The Maleny Hotel on Wednesday 20 October is a Business/Project Meeting. Don’t forget to log in with your Qld App and continue bringing your masks  which can be removed when seated. 

Sherryl G will speak to us about “Lift the Lid on Mental Illness” which is Australian Rotary Health’s National annual fundraising day for mental health research. Each year approximately 1-in-5 Australians will experience a mental illness and in order to help future generations of young Australians, we need to look ahead through research and find out how we can prevent this type of illness occurring. As we are also celebrating Hat Day, please wear your most eye-catching hat. 

Club Events, Activities and Community Service -
Nomination of Rotary Club of Maleny President Elect for 2021/22:
Huge congratulations to Paulette S on her nomination and election.

Historic induction of 2 new members:
A massive welcome again to Renee Harris and Murray Anderson. Many thanks to Bernice McL, Rick V, mentors Roly N and Sherryl G and all the membership team for your hardwork in ensuring everything was in place for a very memorable occasion. We can be assured that our Club and the Maleny and Sunshine Coast hinterland region will be a better place because of their service and fellowship.

Raising Awareness against Domestic Violence:
More thanks to our Rotarians who attended a luncheon meeting with Andrew Powell and Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Child Abuse, Amanda Camm.  I understand that Amanda was very interested in the collaborative work we are doing up here. Through Speak Up Now, we have also been invited by the Queensland Domestic Violence Prevention Council to participate at and present to the Sunshine Coast Regional Council in November.  Sherryl G will be attend on behalf of Rotary along with delegates from Zonta and MNC.

Elder Abuse Forum:  
Speak Up Now are currently planning a second Elder Abuse forum to be held on 13th December with a 9am start and all are welcome to attend.  Please let Sherryl G or me know if you would like to come along. Everyone who attended the forum last year found it interesting and helpful.

Kenny Cluster joint meeting for DG Wendy's official visit 17th October 2021:
Thank you to all our members who have attended our joint Kenny Cluster meeting on Sunday morning. This will be the first of such meetings within our new Cluster and also our first visit by DG Wendy in her new role.                   

Mary Cairncross Reserve:
There is an open invitation to celebrate Mary Cairncross Reserve turning 80 with a picnic on 20th October at the picnic ground at the reserve from 10 am to 12 Noon. BYO food and drinks.

Maleny Selectors Green: 
A Maleny Selectors Green Meeting is arranged with Clare Staines, (Principal Landscape Architect from Council's Landscape Design Planning Department onsite on 28th October at 8 am to do the final layout of the interactive landscape design for the childrens’ play area.

Christmas Tree Lights Display at the Uniting Church:
Paulette S, Jim A, Roly N and myself attended with Nancy Baker from the Uniting Church and their Treasurer on 5th October to decide upon a location for our lights display. A site has been selected on the eastern side of the Church building with access to power. Jim A and Roly N are working on a lights budget and lighting plan.

October is End Polio Month:
Keep an eye out for information regarding the Polio Train and or other events to take action on or before World Polio Day on 24 October to promote awareness of Rotary’s polio eradication efforts, raising funds etc in the fight against polio, because as long as polio exists anywhere, it remains a threat everywhere.

District 9260 AGM:
To be held at 9am on 7th November at Phil Boron Centre (Bostock House), Ellerton Drive, Wacol, Qld, 4076. I will be attending for voting purposes but am keen to have other Rotarians attend along with me. 

Joint Rotary Bus Trip:
Craig S has changed the date for this planned trip and electronic scavenger hunt with our sister Glasshouse Club to  21st November because of a date clash with the District AGM. We will be looking for definite numbers by Wednesday night.

Our 2021 Xmas Party:
There has been a change of venue to Bill and Marlene Hankinson’s home on the Maleny -Landsborough Road on 15th December. 

President Greg welcomed members, Partners, new members, a visiting Rotarian and others to a full house meeting.  The highlight of the evening was the induction of two new members carried out by Rick Vickers.  The first was Renee Harris, the owner of Barbers of Maleny who was accompanied by her husband Zach.

The second was Murray Anderson who is a recently retired grazier from Theodore. Both were welcomed into the Club by a standing ovation from those present.

In a surprise move, our guest Val France from Speak Up Now presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Jim Atkinson for his assistance to their organisation.

Although members were delighted to see Chris Brooker returning to our meetings, his resumption of his duties as Sergeant was not so popular.
Our Guest Speaker was Dr John Whiteoak, who is a Management Lecturer in Leadership, Strategy and Organisational Behaviour at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and has taught at the Queensland University of Technology, Otago University (in NZ), Griffith University, and Zayed University (in the UAE). His topic was Burnout which is a complex issue.  If it were not, it would have been fixed.  Fairness is one component of Burnout, and it also underpins organisational health.  If we do not feel appreciated, we feel isolated. Burnout is the antithesis of engagement.  It was found that 3 out of 10 workers are engaged in work; 5 out of 10 are not engaged and 2 out of 10 are actively disengaged. In 2019, ‘Official Occupational Syndrome’ was made a ‘Medical’ condition.  COVID has certainly imposed more stress on people, and makes for disconnected workforces.
When looking at the workplace, we have ‘Quality’ and ‘Quantity’.  Quality gives people a good sense of accomplishment.  With Quantity (sales driven) - we can lose the meaning in our work. One very serious and sad note was that 4 workers from Parks & Gardens had committed suicide in the last 18 months.  John stressed that it is important to have the trust of our co-workers, and to have emotional safety.  If you do not feel safe, you do not have a voice. 
John has supported more than 50 organisations with their internal development activities, and is the author of over twenty cultural and management reviews.  He has specialised expertise in developing employee safety and engagement, training interventions in the construction, mining, and manufacturing industries.  In addition, he has developed and delivered practical training for literally hundreds of managers and frontline workers.  He is a respected speaker in these areas.
His talk was accompanied by excellent slides and Fran Tickle gave the vote of thanks.

3rd November  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Guest Speaker Shannon Horsfall on Rotary and USC Scholarship.

7th November  District AGM

10th November Board Meeting.

17th November Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for AGM and a Business Meeting.

21st November  Joint Club Bus Trip

15th December  Christmas Party

26th Rick and Cilla

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


Text of a letter from a kid from Eromanga to Mum and Dad. (For Those of you not in the know, Eromanga is a small town, west of Quilpie in the far south west of Queensland )  

Dear Mum  & Dad,

I  am well. Hope youse are too. Tell me big brothers Doug and Phil that the Army is better than workin' on the station - tell them to get  in bloody quick smart before the jobs are all gone! I wuz a bit slow in settling down at first, because ya don't hafta get outta bed
 until 6am. But I like sleeping in now, cuz all ya gotta do before brekky is make ya bed and shine ya boots and clean ya uniform. No bloody horses to get in, no calves to feed, no troughs to clean - nothin'!! Ya haz gotta shower though, but its not so bad, coz there's lotsa hot water and even a light to see what ya doing!

At brekky ya get cereal, fruit and eggs but there's no kangaroo steaks or goanna stew like wot Mum makes. You don't get fed again until noon and by that time all the city boys are buggered because we've been on a 'route  march' - geez its only just like walking to the windmill in the bullock paddock!!

This one will kill me brothers Doug and Phil with laughter. I keep getting medals for shootin' - dunno why. The bullseye is as big as a  bloody dingo's arse and it don't move and it's not firing back at ya like the Johnsons did when our big scrubber bull got into their prize cows before the Ekka last year! All ya gotta do is make yourself comfortable and hit the target - it's a piece of p...!! You don't even load
 your own cartridges, they comes in little boxes, and ya don't have to steady yourself against the rollbar of the roo shooting truck when you reload!

Sometimes ya gotta wrestle with the city boys and I gotta be real careful coz they break easy - it's not like fighting with Doug and Phil and Jack and Boori and Steve and Muzza all at once like we do at home after the muster.
Turns out I'm not a bad boxer either and it looks like I'm the best the platoon's got, and I've only been beaten by this one bloke from the Engineers - he's 6 foot 5 and 15 stone and three pick handles across the shoulders and as ya know I'm only 5 foot 7 and eight stone wringin' wet, but I fought him till the other blokes carried me off to the boozer. 

I can't complain about the Army -  tell the boys to get in quick before word gets around how bloody good it is.

Your loving daughter,