Sunday, 2 May 2021

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 5th May 2021

  "THE RANGE"  Vol. 63 No.20


Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Guest Speaker Neil Andison on Platypus Whisperer. 

Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

                        5th May           19th May              2nd Jun  
Duty Officer      Michael G         Fran T                 Roly N 
Assist DO          Sherryl G          Jeff C                  Phillip S    
Registration      Laurelle O        Bernice McL         Paulette S
Fellowship        Malcolm B        Alan W                 Lionel T

15th May  0730 - 1030    Jim A       Fran T     ANO

                1030 - 1330    Lionel T    ANO      ANO

(a) Health Updates
I was able to catch up briefly with Judy RS this morning. She expressed her heartfelt thanks for the support from our club members. Many thanks to Jeff C and Chris B who delivered a small table to Erowal so Judy could put photos, cards and flowers on in Chris’s room; and for Jeff C for taking a couple of old garden chairs for her to the dump. Judy was also thankful for those members who have been able to call in to visit Chris and mentioned that Sherryl G had just been in to see him. Thankyou to all of our members for your continuing support for Chris RS and Judy RS.
And we have some good news from Rick V who has thanked all who have asked after Cilla's health. Cilla has now moved to a cardiac ward and is much improved. She is eating a little more and small assisted walks up/down corridor, but still tired. Visits limited to Rick only for some time yet. On behalf of all the club we wish Cilla a full and speedy recovery.
(b) For our next meeting at the Hotel on 5 May under Qld COVID-19 Regulations our mercurial Mike G has organised Maleny’s own Platypus Whisperer Neil Andison to be our guest speaker. We are all looking forward to hearing about Neil’s long term care of and connection with our local platypus. 
(c) Recent Club events and Community Service 
• 6 Apr and 7 Apr Carparking at Australia Zoo as per Roster from Ian Hope RC of Glasshouse. Many thanks to all of our members who helped out with parking at Australia Zoo. It has proved to be a solid source of revenue when so many of our usual other parking activities have been cancelled due to COVID 19.
• 21 Apr While absent in Victoria, I understand I missed a corker of an evening’s celebrations and many tall stories with Past President David Wilson at our meeting at the Maleny Hotel. 
• 24 Apr Hinterland Cluster 100 years of Rotary in Australia celebration breakfast at Beersheba Living Museum. A huge thank you to Bernice M and John M for organising the food and setting up the tables, Bernice M and Sherryl G for organising the kitchen and to John M and Roly N for working the BBQ, to Paulette S for her computer, to Games Director Ric V for leading us all astray at throwing cards, and to John Whan for leading our club representatives in the R100 Hinterland Cluster Baton relay in the 1919 Essex Speedster on the Ziza Field and to all Cluster Rotarians and guests who joined us to celebrate this extraordinary Rotary milestone.

A full suite of photos is shown on the Club's Facebook page.

• 25 Apr Anzac Day in Maleny.  A mega thank you to Chris B and all his team at the Maleny RSL for organising and running a series of fantastic and very well attended Anzac Day Remembrance ceremonies throughout Maleny and Witta. There should be no doubt that the Anzac Spirit is alive and well in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, and that our community does not forget the sacrifices made by so many in the Great War and all the others that have followed for us. Lest we forget.
• I hope Club members are continuing to follow our local young Wootha adventurer Sam Hughes, the Travelling Jackeroo, on his travels and experiences on our facebook page and look forward to an update from Ric T at our next meeting.
• Another huge thank you to Rick V for his continued on-going work with the Maleny Show Society sorting out their COVID 19 compliance requirements. The Show is a goer.
d) Upcoming Events
• 6 May Rotary RYDA Caloundra Volunteers 
Sherry G, Jeff C, Paulette S and myself will be assisting as Student group Leaders for our loca
l Maleny SHS which has come on board the Rotary RYDA program.
• 12 May R&USCCF meeting at USC.
Its still not too late to make your booking for the Annual Joint meeting of Sunshine Coast Rotary Clubs at USC  Innovation Centre in support of the Rotary and University of the Sunshine Coast Community Fund. I have attached an invitation with the booking link. I hope we have a strong turn up by our club. Cost is $30.
• 14 – 16 May RYPEN Camp at Coolum 
Nathaniel Audley who is in year 10 at Maleny SHS and has been in the Interact club since year 8 is our attendee.  
• 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. Expect a quiet word or a shoulder tap over the next few weeks.
• 26 Jun  Maleny Rotary Changeover at a local venue to be decided.
• 17 Jul Winter Blues Concert – subject to successful grant applic to SCC.
• 1 Aug Kenny Cluster Joint meeting with new 9620 DG Wendy at Australia Zoo.
• 28 Aug Pride of Workmanship Dinner 
• 18 Sep Kite Flying Event – Speak Up Now Collaborative Partners with MDSRC at Beersheba Living Museum and Ziza Field. 

With President Greg being interstate, this special meeting was opened by PP Sherryl.  She began by welcoming members and guests.  These included Charter Member and PP David Wilson with his wife Danni, three Honorary  members and six Partners - a great turnout of 35 in all. She asked Jack Wilcox to talk about the paper which he had circulated for the meeting with excerpts from his book "Rotary in Maleny". This showed that there were more references to David Wilson than any other member by a factor of 50%. 
There was were business matters to cover:

Rick V reflected on the changes over the 100 years of Rotary. He announced that the Board was proposing that the possible inclusion of an Acknowledgement of Country before each meeting should be discussed.

Bernice asked for volunteers for the Show Stall with cooking to start at 0800h.

Jim asked for volunteers for the gate at the Show on Friday.  Apparently admission is to be by prepaid ticket.

Chris B thanked those who had volunteered as marshals for the Anzac Day Parade.  He also sought volunteers for the bar at the Rotary and USC Scholarship Night.

A ShelterBox is to be erected beside Peace of Green on 2 May.

If all goes well, it should look like this effort in 2014!

The highlight of the evening was a talk by David Wilson on what may be his final trip to Maleny.  He listed the original Charter Members and noted the presence at our meeting of David Burnett and Chris Brooker who are sons of Charter Members. He then went through each member's category and noted how many of those occupations had ceased to exist in the town today.  He had some fun describing how the dairy farmers were squeezed into the rules of that time.

David then reverted to his popular role of producing humour and had the room in happy fits of laughter.  Sadly this special evening had to come to an end.  Keith R gave the vote of thanks.

2nd May ShelterBox on display beside Peace of Green 

12th May Rotary Scholarship Dinner at USC

19th May Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Business Meeting

26th May Board Meeting

28th and 29th May Maleny Show

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




They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery - if you had to do this to survive, you were "Piss Poor".

But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot - they "didn't have a pot to piss in" & were the lowest of the low.

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500's:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell , brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water!"

Houses had thatched roofs - thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold.

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old. Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

The country is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, one out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive... So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer.

And that's the truth....Now, whoever said History was boring?

1 comment:

  1. What an interesting story of how sayings have come about and still used hundreds of years later