Sunday, 14 February 2021

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 17th February 2021

 "THE RANGE"  Vol. 63 No.15


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

Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

                       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

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

(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.

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.

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.

18th Jeff Cornfoot  28th Marlene Hankinson



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.  


  1. I don't know where you keep finding them Keith but certainly keep them coming! Hilarious!!