"THE RANGE" Vol. 63 No.12
WEDNESDAY 16TH DECEMBER 2020
THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Beersheba Living Museum at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Christmas Party with catering by Senor Paella.
APOLOGIES AND MEALS
Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.
Duty Officer James McC
Assist DO Chris B
Registration Peter McG
Fellowship John W
WOOLWORTH SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
0730 -1030 TBA
1030 - 1330 TBA
After a hectic last few days, I am looking forward to enjoying our Xmas Party with members this Wednesday at the Beersheba Living Museum and wish all members wives, partners and families a very merry Xmas and a happy safe healthy and prosperous 2021.
MINUTES OF MEETING OF 2ND DECEMBER
President Greg opened the meeting with a welcome to all Rotarians, with a special welcome to guests Kerry Nieper and Peter McQuoid (for the last time). This will be the last regular meeting for the year with the final meeting being the Christmas break-up. Updates were provided on the following topics.
Elder Abuse Seminar: Bernice reported that this was an excellent seminar, an excellent presentation held at the Maleny RSL which highlighted the many issues current experienced in our community. Members were encouraged to attend any future seminar.
Memorial to Clem Renouf: A memorial event is being planned to recognise the work done by Clem to Rotary international and polio plus. There will be more about this next year.
Bronze Shelter Box Award: Maleny Rotary was recognised for its contribution to the shelter box program over the last three years.
Blues Festival: Paulette gave an update on the evening event.
Induction: A most important event for the evening was the induction of a new member Peter McQuoid who was sponsored by Jeff Cornfoot. Phillip Stark conducted the ceremony, President Greg presented Peter with his dinner badge and information package, Roly Nieper will be his mentor. All members welcome Peter to the Club and look forward to his involvement in Club activities.
Peter has an accounting, auditing background and has been very active in his professional bodies. He has his own small business, troubleshooting business with financial and management issues. He has also had an active involvement in the community through the ambulance and scouts, and an interest in honey bees.
Guest Speaker: Our guest speaker for the evening, Joanne Turner, was introduced by Sherryl. Joanne has been the guiding force behind Park Run, Maleny which is holding its initial run on 19th December at the Maleny Sports and Recreational Precinct. Park Run has a mission to bring together the community not just to get some healthy exercise but to be a support group for those who attend through contact with others. Park Run is now in 20 countries around the world, 400 locations in Australia, with over 600,000 runners involved. Every Saturday there are 410 events in Aust. The course is 5 Km with members over the age of 11 running or walking the track. The events are run by volunteers who ensure the safety of participants. Joanne had to overcome many issues the get approval for the run, which took nearly two years, working with MDSR, Maleny Golf Club and the Sunshine Coast Council to get everyone on board. Roly Nieper thanked Joanne for bringing Park Run to Maleny and for her tenacity in getting the event up and running.
Closure: President Greg closed the meeting with an invitation to out Christmas Party on 16th December, at the Living Museum.
FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
Social event to be announced.
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES FOR DECEMBER
6th Chris & Jocelyn 12th Jim & Elaine plus Roly and Kerry 17th Lionel & Judy
BIRTHDAY FOR DECEMBER
11th Jim Atkinson
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
CLANCY OF THE OVERFLOW BROUGHT INTO THE DIGITAL AGE
(With apologies to Banjo Paterson)
I had written him a text
Which I'd sent, hoping the next
Time he came in mobile coverage
He'd have time to say hello.
But I'd heard he'd lost his iPhone,
So I emailed him from my smart phone,
Just addressed, on spec, as follows:
And the answer redirected
Wasn't quite what I'd expected
And it wasn't from the shearing mate
Who'd answered once before.
His ISP provider wrote it
And verbatim I will quote it:
'This account has been suspended:
You won't hear from him any more.'
In my wild erratic fancy
Visions come to me of Clancy:
Out of reach of mobile coverage
Where the Western rivers flow.
Instead of tapping on the small screen,
He'd be camping by the tall green
River gums, a pleasure
That the town folk never know.
Well, the bush has friends to meet him
But the rest of us can't greet him:
Out there, even Telstra's network
Doesn't give you any bars.
He can't blog the vision splendid
Of the sunlit plains extended
Or tweet the wondrous glory
Of the everlasting stars.
I am sitting at the keyboard
I'm too stressed out to be bored
As I answer all the emails
By the deadlines they contain.
While my screen fills with promotions
For 'Viagra' and strange potions
And announcements of the million-dollar
Prizes I can claim.
But the looming deadlines haunt me
And their harassing senders taunt me
That they need response this evening
For tomorrow is too late!
But their texts, too quickly ended,
Often can't be comprehended
For their writers have no time to think,
They have no time to wait.
And I sometimes rather fancy
That I'd like to trade with Clancy:
Just set up an email bouncer
Saying 'Sorry, had to go.'
While he faced an inbox jamming
Up with deadlines and with spamming,
As he signed off every message:
A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL.