Academic journal article Rural Society

Rotary in Maleny: 50 Years of Service

Academic journal article Rural Society

Rotary in Maleny: 50 Years of Service

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Rotary in Maleny: 50 Years of Service By Jack Wilcox AM Rotary Club of Maleny, Maleny QLD, Australia ISBN: 978-0-64650-71-0 2009 viii + 184 pages

Jack Wilcox AM has written an engaging, generously illustrated, and handsomely produced history of the first fifty years of Rotary in Maleny. In the absence of significant quantities of written records, he has been thrown back on the shifting sands of oral tradition, as his heartfelt Prologue with its four conflicting 'eye-witness' accounts of the recovery of the lost engagement/wedding ring at the council/Rotary cleanup of various disputed locales attests. All of these recollections, Wilcox writes, have a core of truth, 'but like the Maleny mist, time [has] blurred some of the edges'. Obliged to 'draw a line in the sand', he has chosen to use them to enliven his narrative of the club's changing membership and its fine tradition of community service.

Each chapter charts a decade's events in a way that will appeal most strongly to those who have been involved in them. But the book will also interest other readers because of the way Wilcox has traced the transformation of the village of Maleny. …

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