Saturday, 17 July 2021

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 21st July 2021

THE RANGE"  Vol. 64 No.2


Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Business Meeting plus the induction of Neil Andison - Partners welcome.

Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

                          21st Jul         4th Aug          18th Aug
Duty Officer       Rick V           Malcolm B      Jeff C
Assist DO          Keith R          Lionel T          Paulette S
Registration       Laurelle O     Fran T            Jim A
Fellowship         John McL      Chris B            Alan W

24 Jul     0730 - 1030    Lionel T   Chris B   Angela G

               1030 - 1330    Andy S   Fran T   Roly N

21 Aug    0730 - 1030    Phillip S  Bill H  Maddie Crane

               1030 - 1330    Keith R  Andy S  Neil A

a) Our next meeting at the Maleny Hotel on 21 July is a business meeting. Whilst it’s pleasing that our own Sunshine Coast lockdown has come to an end, we all need to log in with our Qld App, and don’t forget your masks - which can be removed when seated. We can look forward to an interesting presentation from CL on the Kiva project in Nepal before she departs again for Kiwiland, and it will be a Partners’ Night to further our celebration of the induction of Neil Andison aka the Platypus Whisperer into our Rotary family. His mentor will be Ric T.
b) Recent Club events and Community Service
• Many thanks to Chris B, Paulette S, Bernice and John McL for their further parking duties at Australia Zoo, which I have mentioned previously has proved a solid source of revenue to our Club when so many of our usual other car parking and fundraising activities have been cancelled throughout our previous Rotary year due to COVID 19.
• Congratulations to Sherryl G and Val France from our Speak Up Now Collaboration who attended at the Maleny Hotel last Wednesday afternoon for the delivery to the Hotel of 2000 new Speak Up Now coasters for display Spea and use around the Hotel. A copy of each side is attached. The coasters present a powerful, succinct and informative message to patrons of the Hotel.

• Whilst doing the rounds of local businesses promoting our Pride of Workmanship Awards and Dinner, Paulette S, Alan W and myself have been astounded by the number of new and innovative businesses that have started up and are flourishing within our community. We will be visiting local businesses in Coral St and Bicentenary Lane on Monday morning from 9.30 am. If you would like to join us, please contact either Paulettte S or Craig S for arrangements.
• Kite Flying Event. I was able to catch up with Barb Jones from our SUN collaboration to test fly one of the kites we are looking at using. It flew first time in the light breezes.
• Planning Matters. Are you the member of one or more of our club sub-committees? We are involved in many activities and projects throughout our community and beyond, and we will spend a few minutes at our business meeting to confirm memberships of these, with particular attention to ensuring:- every member is on at least one of these,  - members are involved in activities that are of interest to them, and each sub-committee has sufficient members to undertake their work and has a leader and deputy that can report and update a director on their activities/ projects etc. 
c) Upcoming Events
• 28 July Vocational Visit to The Maleny Chocolate Factory behind Monicas Café & Pizza afterwards at Jenn’s Pizza located at Finbars Bicentenary Lane has been postponed to the 4th Wed in July namely Wed 28 July. We hope members are able to reschedule. Please contact Paulette to confirm your attendance.
• 1 Aug Kenny Cluster Joint meeting with new District 9620 DG Wendy at Australia Zoo commencing 8 am to 10 am.
• 21 Aug Pride of Workmanship Dinner.
• 17 Oct Kite Flying Event – at Beersheba Living Museum, Ziza Field and Maleny Settlers Green. We will be working with our Speak Up Now partners, Blackall Range Zonta Club, Maleny Neighbourhood Centre and Maleny District Sport And Recreation Club (Gail Denver) to plan and deliver this new creative arts and recreation event involving local children and their parents with a theme of Domestic and Family Violence and Elder Abuse Prevention.
• Woolworths BBQ Roster. Just a reminder to keep an eye out for the roster.

President Greg opened the meeting by welcoming our guest speaker and followed with updates on current projects – Speak Up Now, Kite Flying (not the bank sort!), Peace Pole, another gazebo, 2022 calendar, our travelling jackaroo is in Ingham, and Pride of Workmanship Awards.  CL reported that she had approached the Queensland Country Bank regarding support for our Education Support Fund.  Greg reminded us that registrations for attendance at the Kenny Cluster meeting with the DG on 1 August at Australia Zoo need to be made by 16 July. 

After good fellowship, Bernice introduced our guest speaker Megan Lee, the new Education and Communications Officer at Barung Landcare.  Megan worked for a number of years as a community outreach officer for Illawarra Landcare in NSW and has an outstanding reputation for building community engagement in caring for the environment, including with young people.  Originally from Wollongong (NSW), she moved to the Sunshine Coast over two years ago to be closer to family, put her roots down, and settle into a new community.  She is passionate about environmental conservation, outdoor adventure, responsible recreation, mental health and wellbeing, how we connect with nature, personal development, and supporting and mentoring young people.  When she’s not ‘working’ you’ll find her out hiking or creating artworks (she is a print maker – lino cuts are her thing!).With the support of an excellent PP presentation, Megan described the history of Landcare and then focussed on Barung’s activities past, present and into the future.  Landcare was launched in 1986 with the support of Government and the Farmers’ Federation and the 1990’s became the decade of landcare.  6,000 groups and 100,000 volunteers quickly spread to 25 countries.  Barung was established in 1989 responding to emerging environmental issues locally – 10% of Australian plants, 20% mammals, and 50% of birds are found in our area.  2.5 million plants have been planted with the help of over 700 members.  Contracting services provide employment for young people.  An extensive nursery provides plants and education.  The annual Wood Expo attracts over 10,000 visitors and the Bunya Dreaming Festival is also popular.  Links have been made with various other groups like Bush Links and the Baroon Catchment Group.  Community workshop events and field days are held regularly and Gardens for Wildlife reinvigorated.  A rainforest and garden for wildlife are being established at Barung’s new home on the Precinct and plans for the new Nature Centre have been approved but it is proving difficult to source the preferred materials due to the current unsettled times so modifications need to be made.

There were a good 15 minutes of questions due to the interest that Megan’s talk had engendered and the vote of thanks was delivered by Michael who commended Megan on her presentation.  President Greg then closed the meeting.  

1st Aug   DG's Kenny Cluster brunch at Australia Zoo.

4th Aug   Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Guest Speaker Shannon                          Horsfall on USC Scholarship.

11th Aug  Board meeting.

18th Aug Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Business Meeting.

21st Aug Pride of Workmanship Dinner at Tranquil Park - Partners Night.

11th Roly Neiper and Jacinta Townsend




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