Sunday, 14 March 2021

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 17th March 2021

 "THE RANGE"  Vol. 63 No.17


Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for a Business Meeting with AG Wendy Gilson and Vern Gilbert AGFR.

Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

                        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

13th March
0730 -1030  Fran Tickle  Peter McQuoid  Phillip Stark

1030 - 1330  Jim Atkinson  Angela Griffin  Greg Williams

(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
• 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 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: 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.

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.

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.

5th Judy Tilley  26th Rick Vickers



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