Sunday, 4 April 2021

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 7th April 2021


 "THE RANGE"  Vol. 63 No.18


Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Guest Speaker Madison Crane on YEP Experience.

Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

                        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

17th April
0730 -1030  TBA

1030 - 1330  TBA

(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
• 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 

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.

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

1st Nancy Baker  4th Phillip Stark  12th Chris Brooker  23rd John McLennan  27th Chris Ross Smith & John Whan

13th Jeff & Jan Cornfoot  16th Brian and Gillian Allen 26th Bill & Marlene Hankinson



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