Wednesday, 27 May 2015

26th May Meeting - Solomon Islands


Pam, Alf & Sue

Friday night
Sunday morning with CalPac - Keith got up at 3:30am
Onions for breakfast anyone?
District Training
Mark - District Duties

President's Report
Deborah took the floor
(Oaks may not be happy)
Discussed PHFs
Big Al & Jim have been on the grant trail again and have scored a $7,500 grant for the Men’s Shed.
Mark - Club history & Vanatu grant

Solomon Islands
Gordon Watson from CalPac gave a quick run down on the CalPac /Sydney Cove grant.  The first stage is finished.  The second stage is to Choiseul.  Direct flights go from Brisbane to Taro, then it’s a boat trip to about half way down the island.

The project is to construct two toilets and water tanks.  A team leader from our Club is needed by the end of June plus a builder.  The trip costs approx $2,500 pp.  Materials are organised by Kerry in Gizo and boated to the site.

Judy is away for the next five weeks and we better organise a President Elect pronto or maybe she won’t come back.

In the absence of any more director's reports, Julianna jumped in with a plea for a home for her two and a half year old cat - very friendly, but not with other cats apparently. Would make a good "thank you" present for our new President Elect.

Sergeant Gerry
I’d run out of paper by this stage

 & I've seen this surfboard before 
Maybe the owner should get a fine for flaunting it in the Daily

Gary C K Huang
President 2014 – 15

When I began this Rotary year as your president, I wanted us, above all, to Light Up Rotary. I wanted us to share with the world how many wonderful friendships and experiences we have found in Rotary, and how Rotary has transformed and enriched our lives. I knew that by telling others about Rotary, we would increase membership, build stronger clubs, and improve our ability to help people in need.

As we end this 2014-15 Rotary year, I am honored by your response and will always be grateful for how you have risen to this challenge. You have answered my call to Light Up Rotary by holding many successful Rotary Day celebrations in your communities; you have outdone yourselves in your contributions to our Rotary Foundation; and you have moved all of Rotary forward with new members and new clubs.

When I chose my theme for my year as president, I was inspired by the words of Confucius, who said, "It is better to light a single candle than to sit and curse the darkness."

This year, more than 1.2 million Rotarians, along with Interactors, Rotaractors, Rotary Youth Exchange participants, and Rotary Peace Fellows, have lit their own candles in tens of thousands of communities. Together, the lights we have kindled have created a great light that shines for all the world to see.

I thank all of you for the opportunity to serve as your president this year, and for the hard work and dedication of our volunteer leadership and our staff members. I came to them with high expectations – and they delivered.

I also am grateful for the many friends I have made during this Rotary year, and for the wonderful visits I've had to so many places. I will always remember, with great fondness, riding on the Rotary float in the Rose Parade, watching children enjoy the Japanese drummers at the Rotary Day open house at RI headquarters in Evanston, and bicycling through the night in Colombo during the Ride to Light Up Rotary event, celebrating a polio-free Sri Lanka.

I have seen a new energy in Rotary this year, and felt a new excitement. We've seen more and more women and young people join Rotary as well – including my wife, Corinna, and our three children.

I hope that in the year to come, you will continue your wonderful work to Light Up Rotary – and to help it Be a Gift to the World.

Source: Rotary International

Saturday, 23 May 2015

20th May RUSCCF Joint Dinner

Professor Roland De Marco - Pro Vice-Chancellor
MC Win Fowles
Russell Ousley
Andrew Allen
Marion Brown
Alessandra Whaite
 While Win & the boys congratulate Prue,
Deborah gets her chance at the open microphone
 After a brief search, the  the jumbo size diamond
encrusted double platinum plaque destined
for Caloundra failed to be found,
so Deborah made do with the standard gold plaque.
Still, not bad for the $10,000 donated over time
 Elvis has left the room

Monday, 11 May 2015

12th March Meeting - Dr Andrew Olds - Coastal Ecosystems


International Toast
RC in Nepal 
Just over two weeks after thousands died in a mammoth earthquake, Nepal got hit hard again Tuesday by another powerful tremor that has left dozens more dead, more than 1,000 injured.  Tuesday's disaster piled fresh horror on Nepalis still picking up the pieces from last month's quake and its legion of aftershocks. More buildings collapsed, more landslides rumbled and people once again scrambled for their lives.

Dr Andrew Olds, and Alf & Sue’s guests David & Libby Willkie.  Our thoughts go out to David & Libby who are Alf & Sue’s neighbours in Shelly Beach.

Stewart, Helen, Ron & Darryl

Ann & Pam attended a RUSCCF meeting
Alf, Sue and Alan attended the RC Buderim Charity Golf Day
Roger, Deb, Judy and Bernie met with Shane Rosenow for a training session on our new web page

President's Report
USC Joint Meeting Wed next week instead of our usual breakfast.  Put $25 into our General Account.
We need a President Elect for Judy’s year
24th May District Assembley
Thank you card from STEMM for our $3,500 donation
Combined womens’ club meeting coming up in July.

Iain introduced Dr Andrew Olds, a USC lecturer in Animal & Marine Ecology.

Andrew discussed his previous work with UQ and Griffith Uni on the GC.
He is now with USC.

Yes, there is coral in Moreton Bay in spite of recent flooding events in 1974 and 2011.  Andrews research aims to shed light on the processes at work.
Yes, he likes to fish - and I think he may be one up on the average
Management is critical
resiliance & recovery
Changes to Moreton Bay corals after 7500 & 50-200 years
1974 flood wiped out much coral, but some came back
2011 - different response

Mangroves with their interlocking root structure

Carbon storage eg. seagrass

Threats - Food, recreation, erosion

ecological capacity to stay the same after disturbance

Pam reported on USC Joint Meeting
Roger reported on progress of web site
Searching still not up to speed, although now it comes up in a search on page 2

Sergeant Gerry
Did an “information” session and big "give away"

of leftover Golf Day stuff

And remember - Laws not taught in physics.
No. 3. Law of Probability  -  The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

The master and the apprentice

Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented.
It was ruled 'Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden'.. ...
And thus, the word GOLF entered into the English language.