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Changing of the guard
at Maleny Rotary

by Cameron Outridge

It was a star-studded night at the changeover dinner of the Rotary Club of Maleny, held at the RSL Club on July 2.

The guest list of over 85 included Mal Brough, Don and Heather Aldous, Cr Pauline Clayton and RSL president Frank Beattie.

It was a very special night and special location for the Rotary Club of Maleny as prominent
RSL identity and Rotary President, Chris Brooker was handing over to Gordon Jones, also prominent in the RSL.

In what is a special honour for the Rotary Club of Maleny, the new District Governor Tony Holmes is a member of the Maleny Club.   As DG he is responsible for 74 Rotary Clubs in South East Queensland, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

Rotarians Chris Brooker, John Bolton, and former president Nick Matthews were awarded Rotary International’s highest honour by being initiated as Paul Harris Fellows for their contribution to Rotary.


From left, Incoming President Gordon Jones, District Governor Tony Holmes and Outgoing President Chris Brooker.

BELOW LEFT  Paul Harris Fellow, Nick Matthews.

BELOW RIGHT  Paul Harris Fellow, John Bolton


Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary, which celebrates its centenary next year.   The three new Paul Harris Fellows all acknowledged the significance of the help and patience displayed by their partners during the year.

Sherryl Gregory was awarded a Citation for her work across the whole range of Rotary activities.  Appropriately Frank Beattie recited the Ode.

The MC for the evening was Lloyd Atkins, who broke the news that two Maleny Rotarians, Sandy Hollsten and Chris Jenkinson had become engaged.

A former President, Lionel Tilley gave a moving Toast to Rotary International (RI), reminding everyone of the leading role being taken by Rotary, world-wide in attacking greed and avarice and Rotary’s outstanding record serving humanity on a wide range of fronts.   In responding to the Toast to Rotary International, DG Tony Holmes stressed the need for effective leadership, and emphasised Rotary’s promotion of service and peace.  He urged all Rotarians to share their knowledge and skills in responding to the challenges that laid ahead, referring to the theme for the year “Lend a Hand”.  The meeting, thanks to the deft hand of MC, Lloyd Atkins, proceeded in a relaxed and friendly way. There was lamenting at the passing of Chris Brooker’s immortal phrase “blokes and blokettes”.

The local Rotary icon, Peg Burnett kept everyone in stitches with her trip down memory lane about other “changeovers” remembering when the annual fees were 3 guineas.   She remembered when the State Governor graced the Maleny changeover dinner.   Other changeovers were held at private homes where South Pacific was performed, with Peg in a grass skirt.    Her sharpest memories are about women in Rotary, known as Rotary Tarts in the early days (for their cooking skills).   She reminded everyone that Rotary had spawned Apex and Probus (Rotary without the work). In a touch of deja-vous, she remembered when there was a BBQ on Howell’s Knob, since pulled down, where there were many parties involving kids.   Disadvantaged kids were brought up from the city and taught the ways of a dairy community.

Chris Brooker was generous in his praise for those who had helped him during the year.   In accepting the mantle of leadership, Gordon Jones focussed on the Rotary theme for the year, Lend a Hand, and seeks to harness the skills of the Club to ensure its application to health, education and literacy.   Gordon, in introducing his team for 2003-2004, said that he would need help and guidance during the year and has no doubts that it will be forthcoming.


ABOVE:   Rotary Incoming Board for 2003-2004
  ABOVE:  Lloyd Owens, Master of Ceremonies for the night

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.