Saturday, 11 September 2021

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 15th September 2021

THE RANGE"  Vol. 64 No.5


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

Apologies please to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

                          15 Sep              6 Oct             20 Oct
Duty Officer       Keith R             Craig S          Michael G
Assist DO          Angela G          Fran T           Roly N
Registration       Bernice McL    Neil A             Paulette S
Fellowship        John McL          Peter McQ     Des C

18 Sep    0730 - 1030    Jim A   Phillip S  Sherryl G

               1030 - 1330    Rick V   Fran T   Bernice McL

Our next meeting at the Maleny Hotel on 15 September is a General Meeting subject to our new COVID 19 restrictions. The Delta Strain is having consequential impacts on many of our planned activities and those of so many of other clubs and organisations. Don’t forget to log in with your Qld App and continue bringing your masks - which can be removed when seated. We can look forward to an interesting presentation from Shannon Horsfall on USC Rotary Scholarships.

1. Many thanks to Craig S, and John and Bernice McL for volunteering at  the Mooloolaba Ironman on Sunday 12 Sep in the baggage area.

2. Sherryl G, Paulette S and myself joined our Speak Up Now  partner members Val France, Barb Jones and Ian and Karen Demack at a Hairdressers for Hearts Fundraiser at the Bribie Is RSL on 9 September. It was a great opportunity to network and special mention was made of our new Red Benches and hairdresser and beautician  domestic and  family violence and elder abuse training up here on the Blackall Range.

Special guest was Hairdressers for Hearts Ambassador Lisa Curry and we were thoroughly entertained by her hairdresser husband who is a highly talented look a like Elvis Pressley entertainer. And Ian Demack took home a seafood tray raffle prize to make the journey down the Mountain and back even more rewarding. 

3. Sherryl G attended an inspection of the Palliative Care Rooms at Caloundra Hospital opposite the Caloundra RSL last week and has come away for some great ideas with respect to our hands on service project to renovate the Palliative Care Rooms at the Maleny Hospital.

I can only reinforce the benefit of this project for our community after spending Friday in a ward at the Maleny Memorial Hospital with a 90 year old gentleman (who was waiting to enter a High Care unit at the Palmwoods Retirement Centre) and moreover the speed with which the medical staff acted on the adverse results of an Xray and Ultrasound Scan to my hand. The medical care that our Hinterland community is provided by our local Maleny Memorial Hospital and it's staff is absolutely outstanding. And thank you to Paulette S for driving me at short notice to SCUH, from where this report has been sent.  I look forward to catching up with you all next Wednesday.

And congratulations to Keith and Gloria who celebrate a milestone anniversary this month.

Some Rotary business before dinner included:
• Sherryl gave an update on the Speak Up Now DV project. The latest Red Rose Foundation red bench at the Pioneer Village was unveiled on Tuesday 31/8 by Malcolm Baker and Senior Sergeant Kate Teasdale from the Sunshine Coast Vulnerable Person’s Unit. A good crowd including the Men’s Shed attendees watched the unveiling & presentations, followed by a sumptuous morning tea provided by the Historical Society. The Hairdressers with Hearts on-line DV awareness training has been taken up by 16 local hairdressers/barbers so far, including three from Barbers of Maleny, all of whom received a Pride of Workmanship Award from the club. Renee from Barbers of Maleny attended the meeting.

• Fran described the recent Interact activities which included a wheelchair sports day and RUOK Day.

• Lionel thanked all those who helped to hang the photos submitted for the 2022 calendar at Maple 3 last week. The calendars are now on sale for $6, with a couple of new outlets coming on board to sell them.

• Bernice passed around the roster dates for the Australia Zoo parking for the Sept/Oct school holiday period. 

• Greg reminded members of the date for the rescheduled DG visit to the Kenny Cluster. It will be on Sunday 17 October at Australia Zoo. Members who registered for the original date need to confirm with District Secretary Ian Hope for the new date.

• Paulette announced that the inaugural meeting of the club environment committee had been held with several ideas put forward for future club projects in this area. One was a Conservation survey of platypus in the Obi, possible date 10 October. Paulette also described the Pride of Workmanship Night as a great success with 13 recipients and 86 attendees at the event at Tranquil Park on 21 August.

• Bernice reported on a visit by a group of club members to the Maleny Hospital family rooms with current President of the Hospital Auxiliary, Jan Cornfoot. The work needed could mainly be painting once a suitable colour scheme was decided upon.

• Craig confirmed that the club Vocational Visit to the Pioneer Village on Wednesday 29 September had been locked in for 4pm. Venue for a meal after the visit is still in planning.

Our guest speaker for the night was Darrell Dalton, President of Golf Programs Australia (GPA), assisted by his wife Michelle who is secretary of GPA, and Sophie Bolton who is one of the athletes in the GPA program. Their motto is “Driving Inclusion – Breaking Isolation”.

What seemed like a presentation all about golf turned out to be much, much, more. A little research on the organisation revealed that Golf Programs Australia Incorporated is a social enterprise charity organisation that develops and delivers golf programs for the underprivileged in the community. These include: The Intellectually and physically disabled, youth at risk, mental health programs, programs for the aged and indigenous programs. The charity operates a retail store at 89 Currie Street Nambour which provides opportunities in retail, business & creativity and assists in social enterprise training for individuals living with an intellectual disability (

Darrell who is a golf professional and has a background in nursing gave a potted history of PGAI which started in 2014 as a training program for the Special Olympics. In 2015 it became a registered charity, and the golf program became a springboard to value-add opportunities for social enterprise training for the participants. About 25-30 athletes attend golf activities from 4-6pm at Tanawa Valley Golf and Tennis centre every week.

Michelle described the Social Enterprise training aspect of the organisation, for which she is the trainer and mentor. Students can learn skills such as design, upholstery, interview techniques, journalism, business and accounting. They have both a shopfront and workrooms in Currie Street Nambour - a cross between a golf shop and an Op shop where they sell golfing equipment as well as products produced by the enterprise trainees. The shop opened in 2016 and is run like a family business. A focus is on reusing, recycling and repurposing resources. Michelle highlighted several products which she had on display, including cards made by Sophie and their annual GPAI calendars. 

Darrell and Michelle have a vision to build purpose-built golf facilities in every state and territory for individuals who have an intellectual disability. The facilities would provide training and work placement opportunities in areas such as warehousing, greenkeeping, hospitality and retail. They illustrated their presentation with clips from their You-Tube channel. They have a significant social media presence which includes an Instagram and Facebook page. On their display they had a brochure which showed the bios of some of the students in the video clips, including Sophie whose social enterprise business is called ‘Angel 22’. 

This certainly was a very interesting presentation about an organisation which many of us had not heard about before. For the golf athletes and students in the social enterprise training, GPAI is making a significant impact in their lives. More information on Golf Programs Australia can be found on their webpage at:

29th September  Vocational Visit to Maleny Pioneer Village.

6th October  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for Guest Speaker David Gookegen on Nanangi Music.

13th October  Board Meeting

17th October  DG Visit to Kenny Cluster at Australia Zoo.

20th October  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for a Business Meeting and Lift the Lid for ARH.

4th John & Bernice McLennan  18th Andy & Mia Schouteten  28th Keith & Gloria Rogers

17th Judi Ross-Smith 29th Mia Schouteten


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