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








Sunday, 28 February 2021

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 3rd March 2021

 "THE RANGE"  Vol. 63 No.16

WEDNESDAY 3RD MARCH 2021

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Rick Paget, the new coordinator of the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre.

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

DUTY ROSTER
                       3rd March      7th March          7th April   
Duty Officer     Paulette S     Jim A                 Phillip  S  
Assist DO          Rick V           Roly N               Ric T     
Registration     Malcolm B      Bernice McL      James McC
Fellowship       John W          Keith R              Chris B

WOOLWORTH SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
13th March
0730 -1030  Fran Tickle + 2 TBA

1030 - 1330  Chris Ross-Smith +2 TBA

PRESIDENT'S NOTES
a) Brian Allen - Its fantastic news to hear that Brian is on the mend after his recent quad bike accident. As Bernice and Gillian have shared, many thanks to our Emergency Services, and hospital staff at SCUH. We all wish Brian a speedy recovery, but as Brian is likely to be “a bit” sore for some time yet, I encourage members to visit Brian in Room 3, Ward 4B at SCUH or you may call him on his Room phone via the Ward. 
(b) At our meeting at The Maleny Hotel on 3rd March under Qld COVID-19 Regulations Rick Paget, the recently appointed Community Coordinator & Development Worker at the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, is our guest speaker and I look forward to his insight to various changes and developments at the MNC. I am also very much looking forward to the induction of Des Crane and his welcome into our Rotary family. 
(c) Our Calendar - We are well into the 3rd quarter of the Rotary Year and although we achieved some fantastic outcomes during February, our calendar for March through to June is looking very busy:
09 Mar 10 am Members of D&FV & Elder Abuse Collaboration to meet at Balmoral. 
09 Mar 11 am Maleny Settlers Green : Management Meeting to discuss selection of playground equipment.
11 Mar D&FV& Elder Abuse forum with hairdressers and beauty and message therapist organised at Maleny Neighbourhod Centre from 6pm to 8 pm. The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre has also agreed to come on board the collaborative partnership. 
14 Mar Ironman event Volunteer assistance by Club members at Mooloolaba from 4.30am to 3pm. 
14 Mar Club members attending Interact Conference. 
17 Mar Wendy Glesson booked in to speak at our meeting at Maleny Hotel.
26-28 Mar Kingaroy – Rotary District Conference. 
This is the last District 9600 Conference. Ever. You won't want to miss this. Registrations Close: 18th March.  Accommodation: Am assured by the 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 Bernice and John McL, Paulette S, Craig S and myself for a fun weekend with some serious networking, education and an opportunity to exchange ideas. I will be distributing raffle tickets to be drawn at the conference at our next meeting. The prizes are out of this world including a motor vehicle. 
17 Apr SC South Cluster Gala Dinner at Maroochydore RSL – (Wendy Gleeson)
24 Apr Hinterland Cluster 100 years of Rotary celebration breakfast at Beersheba Living Museum 8.30 am for 9 am.
8 May Assistance required for Smart Living Society Limited Gambling night at RSL by 6 Rotarians. Club will be paid donation of $1000 - 5.30 for 6 pm Free entry and a meal. Training provided 16 May 2012 Town Meets Country Race Day at Corbould Park organised by Rotary Club of Brisbane 
29 to 30 May 2021 Maleny Agricultural Show . Calling all hands for car parking and Rotary Food stall.
(d) Community Project(s) for 100 years celebrations in 2021. The Board has resolved to proceed with 2 local projects to mark the occassion:
- Peace Poles with up to 10 languages in local schools. An estimate of costs for the poles and the plaques to be obtained.
- An upgrade of the Rotary memorial stone at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve or more resting benches within the reserve.
(e) Our next red bench project is at Maleny Pioneer Village, and I have received a quote for materials from Malcolm Baker for consideration by the Speak Up Now  partners on or before their next meeting on 9 March.
(f) And many thanks to Rick V for giving a well received presentation on behalf of our Club at the MDSRC AGM offering the benefit of our wisdom and experiences for compliance with COVID 19 requirements and condition, so that numerous other Maleny Clubs and organisations may hold planned events during 2021 and beyond. Another fantastic opportunity for our Club to make even more local connections during this year. Be prepared to give Rick a hand if you get a call or tap on the shoulder.

"Its not my year, its our year”.

MINUTES OF MEETING OF 17TH MARCH
What a privilege to have been present at the Rotary Meeting last week on the 17 February – a rare opportunity to welcome the members of the Glasshouse MountaIns Rotary Club to make it a joint meeting; and the presence of Tony Long the incoming Assistant Governor responsible for the new Rotary District 9620 Cluster, which must be one of the largest in our region, representing not only the Glasshouse and Maleny clubs but the clubs in Caloundra and Sunshine Coast and every club in Papua New Guinea. Tony spoke about the upcoming PETS Zoom program in April; the upcoming 13 day RYDA program starting on 6 May when 2300 students were anticipated to attend a program which would include road rider and driver training safety. Members were urged to contact Fran Tickle if there were any Maleny students intending to attend the Interact Conference.

Additionally, a special welcome and congratulations were conveyed to a lovely couple from Glasshouse Rotary who had decided just that day to marry. A beautiful engagement ring that Peter purchased at the Maleny jewellers confirmed the happy announcement.

Other important issues reported included:
1. The huge success of the solar buddies program at the RSL where young students prepared kits each of which had to be accompanied with a handwritten message from the student who put together the kit.
2. Rick Vickers reported the intention of the Club to offer guidance and assistance to The Showgrounds management and other clubs to help them follow the rules required to avoid the spread of the virus at events, especially eating areas. The Club had a significant amount of knowledge having organised events which had been planned and delivered in accordance with Covid19 rules and requirements for tracking any outbreaks of the virus and how to assure very high standards of hygiene in eating areas.
3. Chris Brooker reported that Anzac Day would proceed as normal.
4. Craig and Paulette were working hard to finalise the Club's new website and it was noted that Paulette’s damage to her leg was clearly healing well as she had been able to abandon the crutch.
5. Lionel and Jeff (the 2 gardening gurus) were thanked by the President for completing gardening requirements on the Precinct.
6. For some reason the age of the Presidents laptop was raised with a reminder that the new replacement was still at Concept IT.

The usual fines session inflicted on members included a reverse fine by Roly who fined Chris Brooker for some peccadillo.

Our special keynote speaker was Sam Hughes (who only completed High School 3 months ago) and left us in awe of his imminent planned departure (on 15 March) to journey around Australia on a tractor towing a 7 m trailer loaded with of all things – a redundant flying Doctor plane- demonstrating his plan to follow the REDEX route north to Longreach, Darwin, and across the Nullarbor raising funds for flying doctor centres. He anticipated being en route for up to 12 months. His current sponsors included Rotary (Maleny President donated a cheque), Akubra hats, and his fuel requirements from the local Liberty Station.

FUTURE MEETINGS AND EVENTS
10th March Board Meeting.

14th March Interact Conference at Caboolture

                   Sunshine Coast Ironman Event

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

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 Guest Speaker to be announced.

BIRTHDAYS FOR MARCH
5th Judy Tilley  26th Rick Vickers

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT

A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY TO HEED YOUR DOCTOR'S ADVICE

Sunday, 14 February 2021

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 17th February 2021

 "THE RANGE"  Vol. 63 No.15

WEDNESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2021

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker the Travelling Jackaroo Sam Hughes plus a Business Meeting.

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

DUTY ROSTER
                       17th Feb         3rd March     17th March   
Duty Officer     Bill H              Paulette S     Jim A
Assist DO          Angela G         Rick V           Roly N  
Registration     Lionel T          Malcolm B      Bernice McL
Fellowship       Chris R-S         John W          Keith R

WOOLWORTH SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
20th February
0730 -1030  Roly Neiper   Brian Allen   Fran Tickle
1030 - 1330 Lionel Tilley   Andy Schouteten   Rick Vickers 

PRESIDENT'S NOTES
(a) Past the halfway mark of the 2020/2021 Rotary Year
We have crossed into February 2021 and are gearing up for some interesting and fulfilling service work over the coming months. As I have previously mentioned, Rotary International President Holger Knaack said at the start of his term, “its not my year, its our year”. On the basis of the connections we have made, the opportunities we have opened, and what we collectively are continuing to do and are planning to do during these COVID 19 impacted times to serve our community and to grow and engage our members, I am proud to say his statement rings true for the members of our Rotary Club of Maleny.
(b) Our next meeting at The Maleny Hotel on Wed 17 Feb 2021 under Qld COVID-19 Regulations. We will be blessed with 2 guest speakers at our joint assembly with Glasshouse Rotary Club at our next meeting. The line-up will include:
-local young Wootha adventurer, Sam Hughes the Travelling Jackeroo. Attached is a photo of his rig to which our Rotary signs will be attached shortly;

 

- Tony Long the incoming AG for our new Rotary Cluster as of 1 Jul 2021.
(c) Our Maleny Rotary Settlers Green maintenance crew joined Mike Norman from MDSRC on 10th  February for a working bee to trim the low branches of the top Moreton Bay Fig tree, and clean up and remove the sticks and fallen branches from under it together with the assortment of weeds and grasses popping up in the new gardens that we helped fund and establish last year. A huge thank you to Jeff C, Lionel T, Chris B, Roly N and yours truly. I have attached a few photos of crew members in action.

(d) Sherryl G and myself along Val France, Barb Smith and other members of our Speak Up Now Stop Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse Collaboration attended at the Maleny Pioneer Village on 10th February to be presented with a $500 cheque from the Maleny Horseless Carriage Club. Our next red bench project is at Maleny Pioneer Village, and a DV& EA forum with hairdressers, beauty and message therapists is being organised for 11th March at Maleny Neighbourhood Centre. The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre has also agreed to come on board the collaborative partnership. Attached is a photo of the presentation.

(e) It was also a pleasure to join 6 other Maleny Rotarians last Thursday at 11 am at the Maleny RSL to monitor Year 6 students of The River School assemble Solar Lights. As Sherryl G wrote to School Principal Ann Donoghoe:
“Dear Ann, 
We are very happy to report that the Year 6 class excelled themselves in their behaviour and enthusiastic participation in the Solar Light project yesterday. As you can see from the attached photo, Chris Brooker who coordinated the project and Rotary President Greg Williams were very satisfied with the end result. It was a rich learning experience for the students, I believe (and us). Lots of lessons were learnt and not just about solar light kits and the need for them in energy poor countries. The importance of reading and following instructions, that it’s ok to ask for help, that perseverance wins out in the end (the screws were very tiny and it took a bit of dexterity to get them in right), and that the more kits you make up the more letters you have to write and lots more. Chris also talked about the significance of the RSL hall and some of the memorabilia in there.
Many thanks to Trudi and the parents who attended. We had 7 Rotarians there in all and we all enjoyed communicating with the young people and seeing how happy they were to be involved in the project and so proud particularly when they finished their first kit. 
Chris has organised with Trudi to pick up all the letters early next week and the kits and letters will be returned to the Solar Buddy warehouse to be distributed overseas. Thank you again for enabling us to complete this collaborative project with the River School. We have more projects in the pipeline that we would like to discuss with you too, once we have signed off on this one and sent in the final report. The Rotary Foundation Grant Committee approved a grant of $1000 to assist in the payment of the kits.”

Ann Donoghoe replied to Sherryl: “Thank you so much for this wonderful feedback. The students returned to school very happy with the experience and enjoyed the company of RSL members and the opportunity to work side-by-side doing something that will make a difference to those less fortunate. The photo is fabulous. I will put your email and photo in my next report to our School Board.
Many thanks to Chris B, Sherryl G, Bernice McL, John McL, Jeff C and Ric T for their assistance' 

(f) Several club members also attended the MDSRC AGM on the 11th Feb at 6 pm. Rick V gave a well received presentation on behalf of our Maleny Rotary Club offering the benefit of our wisdom and experiences for compliance with COVID 19 requirements and conditions so that numerous other Maleny Clubs and organisations may hold planned events during 2021 and beyond. Chris B was also reappointed as Patron of MDSRC for the 10th year. The attached photo includes a snap of Jo Turner who has overseen the start up of Maleny Trail Parkrun. The free run or walk is going gangbusters and attracted 119 participants last Saturday. Our financial and other contributions to the commencement of this event are being repaid tenfold with improvement to the health and wellness of our local community.
It was a pleasure to see our own James McC cross the finish line in a smart time last Saturday.
(g) Upcoming events
14 Mar Ironman event Volunteer assistance by club members&nbsp
14 Mar Interact Conference 
17 Mar Wendy Glesson booked in to speak at our meeting at Maleny Hotel
26-28 Mar Kingaroy – Rotary District Conference 
This is the last District 9600 Conference. Ever. You won't want to miss this. Registrations Close: 18th March | Accommodation: First in, best dressed
17 Apr SC South Cluster Gala Dinner at Maroochydore RSL – (Wendy Gleeson)
24 Apr Hinterland Cluster 100 years of Rotary celebration breakfast at Beersheba Living Museum 8.30 am 
8 May Assistance required for Smart Living Society Limited Gambling night at RSL by 6 Rotarians. Club will be paid donation of $1000. 5.30 for 6 pm Free entry and a meal . Training provided.
16 May Town Meets Country Race Day at Corbould Park organised by Rotary Club of Brisbane 
29 to 30 May Maleny Agricultural Show 
(h) Club made several donations and financial commitments :
- Up to $850 towards the purchase of a coffee machine for Maleny Interact Club;
- $1500 to the Rotary Foundation;
- $1000 to the Nepal - Business Entrepreneurship Training & Support for Women with Disability Project; 
- $5000 for our Maleny Rotary Community Grants program with up to a maximum of $1000 per applicant;
- Community Project(s) for 100 year celebrations in 2021. We have resolved to proceed with 2 local projects:
1. Peace Poles with up to 10 languages in local schools. An estimate of costs for the poles and the plaques to be obtained.
2. An upgrade of the Rotary Memorial Stone at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve or more resting benches within the reserve.

MINUTES OF MEETING OF 3RD FEBRUARY
President Greg welcomed members and guest Des Crane to the meeting. Greg advised that the Pride of Workmanship Award to Melanie Franti was duly presented during the week in her workplace at the IGA. The Club container clean-up was successful with those members who assisted reporting that it was a bit of a trip down memory lane. It was decided that some Club memorabilia needed to be farewelled and sadly or otherwise that’s the last we’ll see of Rudolph.
Chris B reported on the Solar Light project which gets underway on Thursday 11 February at the RSL. 20 Year 6 students from The River School will work with the assistance of some Rotary members to assemble the kits which will then be donated to students in schools in need overseas. We have bought 50 kits with the aid of a Rotary Foundation District Grant. The students will also learn about solar energy and the needs of young people in countries that are energy poor. They will also work back at school on writing letters to the recipients of their lights.
Sherryl gave an update on the Domestic and Family Violence project, Speak up Now, which was established as a combined service club project between RC of Maleny, Zonta Club of the Blackall Range, and Quota Maleny. The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre has accepted an invitation to be part of the planning committee for the project. The Historical Society is donating $500 to the project; funds from their recent successful open day. The committee is working on a Cheese and Wine event in March for hairdressers and barbers in town. Representatives of a Bribie Island organisation Hairdressers with Hearts will attend along with other D&FV services to present information and resources for hairdressers.
Lionel reported that calendar sales were up on last year with just a few left. 2000 calendars were printed last year.
Maleny Show May 2021: It is likely that the show will be held in some form, though maybe just a one-day event this year.

Member, Fran Tickle, was our guest speaker for the night. She gave an account of her early life in Brisbane where her life was about family and friends. She loved school except for her music teacher Sister Andrina of whom she was terrified. She always wanted to be a teacher. However, against advice she left school after completing Junior and got her first job.
Through her early teenage years she would accompany her father to the various War Veterans Homes and together with others they would entertain them. Her Dad had a beautiful baritone voice and Fran would play the piano for him and do a bit of singing. Though she didn’t realise it at the time, this was Fran’s first introduction to service of others.
Fran worked from age 15 to her retirement just before she was 69. Her employment included working in a solicitor’s office, 12 years as a civilian with the army and in 1987 she joined Education Queensland at Glasshouse Mountains SS and the next year started at Maleny High School where she served on the Chaplaincy committee for 15 years. This opened up a whole new world for her - the world of young people. She loved working with Chappy and the kids and was drawn to those ones who were doing it tough. “I could see good people inside struggling to get out” she said.
She enjoyed overseas trips to Israel, Turkey, Greece, Ireland and the UK but most influential in her life was a 3 week volunteer stint in the Solomon Islands where she helped to set up a library. She came back with a passion to do something to help make their lives better. So she set about collecting books with the vision of a class of 70 kids and just 20 desks still in her mind. She talked to Chappy who suggested she contact Maleny Rotary and the rest is history. This led to the establishment of the very successful Interact Club at Maleny SHS chartered in 2006 which Fran coordinated. She said “We had the very best kids in Interact. They were enthusiastic, they worked hard, we had fun, we made fools of ourselves, and did all manner of things to raise money”. Fran still keeps contact with many of the students and families whom she helped and paid tribute to Rotary members who worked along with her on Interact projects, as well as school staff including former principal Brian King. Fran summed up her talk by saying that she loved being part of this community, of being involved, in Rotary, the Music ministry at church, Erowal, Choir, her oldies, and her family.

 “This is my life”.

It was wonderful to hear Fran’s story. Her continued involvement in the community, her compassion for those doing it tough, as well as her cheerful and positive nature is an inspiration to us all.

FUTURE MEETINGS AND EVENTS
24th February No meeting.

3rd March Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Rick Paget, the new coordinator of the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre.

10th March Board Meeting.

14th March Interact Conference at Caboolture
                   Sunshine Coast Ironman Event

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

26-28th March Last D9600 District Conference at Kingaroy.

BIRTHDAYS FOR FEBRUARY
18th Jeff Cornfoot  28th Marlene Hankinson

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT

THE BIRTH OF THE INTERNET

In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a healthy young wife by the name of Dorothy. And Dot Com was a comely woman, large of breast, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com. 

And she said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?" 

And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, "How, dear?" 

And Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. The sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)." 

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. 

And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent. 

To prevent neighbouring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures - Hebrew To The People (HTTP). 

And the young men did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS. 

And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land. Indeed he did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates' drumheads and drumsticks. 

And Dot did say, "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others." 

And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel , or eBay as it came to be known. 

He said, "We need a name that reflects what we are." 

And Dot replied, "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators." 

"YAHOO," said Abraham. 

And because it was Dot's idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com. 

Abraham's cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot's drums to locate things around the countryside. 

It soon became known as God's Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE). 

Well, that is how it all began.