Monday 13 November 2023

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 22nd November 2023

 THE RANGE Vol 65 No 10

Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for the AGM to be followed by a Business Meeting plus Neil talking about the recent Platypus Conference in Victoria.

Apologies please to Bernice by noon on Tuesday.

                              22Nov        06 Dec          20Dec
Duty Officer         Neal A         Scott W          Roly N
ADO                     Greg W       Michael G      Keith R
Registration          Fran T        Malcolm B      Craig S
Fellowship            John W       Murray A        James McC

09 Dec  0800 - 1100  Lionel T   Bruce K   Peter McQ

              1100 - 1330  Roly N   Ric V   Scott W

I understand Craig mentioned at the last meeting about our vocational night 29 November. He has arranged with Tove Easton from Easton Lawyers to give us a talk about estates, wills and powers of attorney. I am sure most of you have got this sorted, however there's often something new to learn that you weren't aware of. We will meet at their offices at 5.00pm and it will last about 45 minutes depending on questions; then for those interested, we will wander on down to Finbars for pizza and beverages, or anywhere else if anyone knows of somewhere open close by.

As it's rolling towards the end of the year, other than parking duties at Australia Zoo coming up again in just over 4 weeks, it's time to do some Christmas celebrating! Roly and Kerry Neiper have offered their house once more this year so we can have our end of year Christmas get together there. So mark 20 December as the date for this and we will let you know what the go is concerning food as time gets closer.

Jumping forward to 2024, we have traditionally had a social night for our first meeting of the year; however as that date will be the 3rd, it has been decided to skip this meeting as it is too close to New Year celebrations. So the first time we will meet in January is the 17th.

Upcoming Meeting
Wednesday 22 November 
This is our AGM. If you are contemplating joining the Board, all positions are open. Talk to any of the current members including myself to find out more information. To proceed, fill out the nomination form Bernice sent to everyone last week. There will also be nomination forms available on the night.
Neil aka The Platypus Whisperer will be our guest speaker and he will fill us in about his recent platypus conference at the Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria.

Wednesday 6 December 
A change for this night now as I received a call from Rhianna from the Youth Exchange. They have 4 students from our District 9620 who will be going overseas to participate in this wonderful experience. They will be visiting various clubs on the Sunshine Coast during the first week of December and will be attending our dinner on that evening.
So, it is going to be very interesting to hear from them and their expectations and we can also ask them questions about what made them wish to do this etc.

Wednesday 20 December 

Christmas get together at Roly and Kerry's home in Reesville.

Wednesday 17 January 
First Business Meeting of the year. Let's talk about what is coming up on our calendar for 2024 and  hear any interesting ideas to do something different.

Wednesday 31 January 
Our first 5th Wednesday on the year. So let's see what may come up for it!

The very well attended meeting was chaired by Greg W in the absence of President Paulette who was in Victoria gargling her tonsils with fine whisky and gin.  Greg welcomed members and several visitors including Partners Gillian A, Kerry N, Helen W, Elaine A, a visiting Rotarian from Nova Scotia Kim McDonald-Wicks, the Chaplain from the Maleny State School Chris Vaughan and our guest speaker Cougar Lutze.
Jim A had left the Polio Pig at home and so made do with a glass to top up the Polio funds while Chris, in his inimitable style, managed to fleece the members of their hard-won dollars through tales of misdeeds, whether based on fact or not. He also mentioned that all were welcome to attend the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the RSL.

Chris Vaughan gave us an overview of a school project based on disadvantaged children in years 3 to 6 being given an adult mentor for one hour per week. She invited Rotarians who may wish to become involved to contact her for further information.

Rick V advised that the Peace Pole erected at the River School will be officially commissioned on 3rd November with an invitation to our members to attend. He has subsequently issued this report.

"After a few false starts, the Rotary Peace Pole was again centre stage for a delightful ceremony at the River School on 3 Nov. While International Peace Day was 21 Sep, the children were away on school holidays, so we waited for an appropriate day in Term 4. Ten students from the Wattle Group (I think about 10 year olds) each made a contribution to the very moving ceremony, with yours truly reading the Peace Message from the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Principal Anne Donohoe was the MC and explained in a moving introduction that peace in the world starts with acts of kindness at home and at school with each other. 
Lots of barefeet (shoes are optional at this school)  had to dodge the bindies, hiding in plain sight, being noted with a few ouches and squeals.
The event concluded with all singing the John Lennon classic - "Imagine". How fitting to end the ceremony!"

Fran T, who had known our guest Speaker Cougar Lutze during his time at Maleny SHS formally introduced him. Since leaving school, he had completed a degree in architecture and worked in Brisbane. Cougar gave a very interesting address on his planned vision of helping villagers in Tanzania. He recently commenced fundraising activities in Australia through such activities as marathon running and will be undertaking an ultra marathon before returning to Tanzania. Having spent three months recently in a small village there, and recognising the needs of the local population, he has decided to return in March next year and spend two years with the community whilst fund raising via Australian contacts. His vision is to improve the educational facilities for the youth through the building of a school and the provision of educational opportunities. As well he hopes to help adults develop small business acumen. He demonstrated a very visionary approach to the whole project and explained how he sees social media, as adopted by the younger generations, being of real importance in advancing his dream.

Craig S gave the vote of thanks.

Following closing remarks on birthdays and wedding anniversaries, Greg W wished us all safe travel and we all went home.

29Nov  Vocational visit to Easton Lawyers to be followed by a pizza at Finbars.  
06Dec  Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm for a Dinner Meeting with Guest Speakers from the District's Youth Exchange Programme.

13Dec  Board Meeting

20Dec Christmas Party at Roly and Kerry's home

03Jan  No meeting

6th  Chris & Jocelyn Brooker  12th  Jim & Elaine Atkinson  Roly& Kerry Neiper  17th  Lionel and Judy Tilley

11th Jim A   14th Lenah K  29th Murray A  30th Zach Harris


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