Saturday, 14 May 2022

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 18th May 2022

THE RANGE"  Vol. 64 No.20


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

Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

                           18 May           1 Jun                 15 Jun
Duty Officer        Jim A               Peter McQ         Ric T
Assist DO           
Paulette S       Craig S              Phillip S
Registration        Alan W            Laurelle O          Lionel T
Fellowship          Michael G       John W               Neal A

11 Jun  0730 - 1030   Phillip S   Keith R   Fran T 

            1030 - 1330   John & Bernice McL   James McC
09Jul   0730 -1030   Malcolm B   Sherryl G   Roly N 

           1030 - 1330   Chris B   Bill H    Jim A

It has been a very wet past few weeks in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. I hope that all members and their families have remained safe on our roads and missed as many potholes as possible. Our next meeting at the Maleny Hotel is a Project Meeting. Whilst Covid 19 and flu are still about, there is no need to wear masks or to log in with your Qld App. Although we do not have an official guest speaker lined up, we can  look forward to a job talk from Alan Wilson plus reports from our Directors and some good hearted Rotary fellowship.

Your Rotary Ticket to Good Health: Its time again to get your Rotary Ticket to Good Health. Fiona Barthlomew, Practice Manager at our local Maleny Star Discount Chemist, has confirmed that her first order of Rotary Bowelscan Queensland test kits is now available for purchase at $22.

Koala fodder tree project at Spring Pastures Drive Mapleton:  Paulette S and I attended a meeting last Friday at the Nambour offices of the Sunshine Coast Council with Cr David Law, together with Rod Tunstall, Treasurer, RC of Nambour, Rachel Aspinall, Registered Koala Carer,  Jan Lawton, ADG Malouf Cluster and President RC of Woombye/Palmwoods and Bruce Lawton, Treasurer RC of Nambour 76.  There is a  prospective environmental Rotary project to plant an initial 500 eucalypt trees consisting of a variety of species for koala fodder trees on Sunshine Coast Council bush reserve parkland at Spring Pastures Drive, Mapleton.  The trees will be used by local koala carer Rachel Aspinal and other koala carers. We have also attended a joint Rotary Club meeting last Wednesday night with Nambour 76, Nambour and Woombye/Palmwoods to further discuss and advance the proposal with all 3 clubs.  Earlier in the evening we also attended the home of licensed Koala carer Rachel Aspinal to inspect her facilities and met up with 1 year old Ash – a female Koala recovering from Chlamydia and conjunctivitis. 

Maleny Education Support Fund (MESF):   Six applications have been approved so far in 2022 to support students at our local schools. Youth Director Fran T has been very proactive contacting the participating school principals. Fran T and I will be attending a Maleny Apex meeting on 22 May to seek their further support for this project.

Speak Up Now Say No to Domestic and Family Violence: Huge congratulations to Sherryl G and all the team from Speak Up Now who have been very busy planning events and activities during and/or shortly after the Domestic Violence Month of May as evidenced by the SUN calendar for May and June. Events will include the following:

8 May –  Unveiling Red Bench at Montville Uniting Church.

10 May – Maleny Candlelight Ceremony, Tesch Park, Maleny.

22 May – Unveiling Red Bench at Palmwoods Uniting Church.

3 June – Respectful relationships and kite making workshop at River School.

14 June – Adair Donaldson presentation/workshops at Maleny Chamber of Commerce (business), Maleny State School (primary school students), Maleny State High School (high school students) and at Beersheba Living Museum (coaches, managers and sports administrators).

Draft National Plan to end Violence against Women & Children 2022-2023:  Speak Up Now have submitted feedback to the draft plan and are asking that best practice/successful community intervention by community groups such as SUN be included in the plan as an appendix.

Rotary University Sunshine Coast Community Fund:  This meeting was cancelled because of the weather and will be rescheduled. The Scholarship recipients will be:

Centenary of Rotary  $5,000 Charlotte Raven – Animal Ecology                                                        Rotary  $4,500 each   Lisa Musgrave – Biochemistry, Kirsten O'Callorhan – Human Geography, and Lisa Randell -  Biological Science.                                           

Maleny Interact Club:  Our Club has financially supported four registrations and a teacher of our MSHS Interact Club to attend the District 9620 Interact Conference on 15 May at St Aiden's Anglican School, Corinda. 

Rotary Youth Driving Education:   MRC is now proudly part of RYDA Caloundra incorporating Caloundra, Caloundra Pacific, Glasshouse Country and Maleny Rotary Clubs. Our club representative Paulette S will be attending the next meeting at Corbould Park on 25 May from 9.30 am – 11.30 am with other members intending to help with the RYDA program. Our Club will be involved with the MSHS attendance at Corbould Park on 21st July and on another date to be worked out.

Changeover Dinner: Our changeover has been booked for 29 June at the Maleny RSL. 

Maleny Agricultural Show: I have kept our best news to last. The Show is going ahead on 27 and 28 May. It will be a case of all hands on deck. Jim A is arranging the Gate Roster. Roly N in conjunction with Bernice and John McL (before their departure for well-earned holiday) have been circulating  rosters for the Food Stall. Spots are filling quickly. I hope that all members can be involved at some stage during the event. We need up to 10 volunteers at the Food Stall at busy times throughout the Show.  I am hearing on the grapevine that Roly N, Bernice McL and John McL are putting together another great menu for our Rotary Food Stall which has become the annual Maleny Agricultural Show focal point for the best-priced and tastiest steak burger and an array of other delicious burgers, rolls, soups and soft drinks. 

President Greg opened the meeting with the usual formalities before welcoming our Guest Speaker Scott Willis, Principal of Conondale School.  Greg then thanked all the Rotarians who helped out with the parking at Australia Zoo over the holidays. He then highlighted upcoming events:
- 10 May Maleny Candlelight Ceremony, Tesch Park at 5pm, organised by Speak Up Now. 

- 11 May Combined Meeting Rotary and University of the Sunshine Coast Community Fund (RUSCCF).  

- 25 May RYDA Training Day at Corbould Park Caloundra for Rotarians considering participating in the upcoming driver training days for our local Maleny State High School year 10s and other local schools during July.  

- 27 & 28 May Maleny Agricultural Show with Rotary Food Stall and gate duties.

- 3 June  – respectful relationships and kite making workshop at the River School by Speak Up Now. 

Roly N outlined the need for additional volunteers on the Food Stall roster and asked for volunteers to provide both pumpkin and pea and ham soup.

Jim A asked for more volunteers for the gate on the Friday.

There was then a change of tone as Roly proved to be a ruthless stand in Sergeant.

Renee H introduced our Guest Speaker Scott Willis, the Principal of Conondale State School.  Scott Willis became the Principal at Conondale in April 2021. This is a small rural school with 70 pupils spread over 7 grades in an historic building - in contrast, there are 400 students at Maleny State School.  As an aside, Conondale was the favoured location for our Bike Ed teams when that programme was running.

Scott, who after growing up in Mooloolah Valley, chose to go into education and found his niche in small schools. For Conondale, he spoke of his goals of not only helping his pupils but also building relationships with the teachers, the community and the parents. 

Scott also outlined a case where a grant from the Maleny Education Support Fund had made a vital difference for one of his pupils.  He spoke in praise of the Fund and thanked the Club for its creation.  There was a lively question and answer session from an appreciative audience, 

Phillip gave the Vote of Thanks.

18th May  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for a Business Meeting

25th May  Possible Board Meeting

27 & 28th May  Maleny Agricultural Show

1st Jun   Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for a Dinner Meeting with Guest Speaker Jodie Nolan of Queensland Country Bank  

8th Jun  Board Meeting

15th Jun  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for a Business Meeting

29th Jun  RSL at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Club Changeover 

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

4th Barry and Fran Tickle


I went fishing one morning, but after a short time I ran out of prawns. Then I saw a redbelly black snake with a frog in his mouth.

Frogs are good barramundi bait.    

Knowing the snake couldn’t bite me with the frog in his mouth I grabbed him right behind the head, took the frog, and put it in my bait bucket.

Now the problem was how to release the snake without getting bitten. So, I grabbed my bottle of Bundy Rum and poured a little in its mouth.

Its eyes rolled back, he went limp.

I released him into the creek without incident and carried on fishing using the frog. 

A little later, I felt a nudge on my foot.

 It was that bloody snake with two more frogs.