Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #17-18-2

Week of 17 July


This week's meeting was a continuation of last week's planning meeting. President Paul explained the procedures for bringing new members into the club and further expounded on his priorities for the coming year.  Members were reminded that German exchange student Lucia Bohnsack will be arriving in Sydney on 29 July, and will be a guest at our meeting on Monday 31 July, which will be a Christmas in July celebration since it will be the 5th Monday of the month.  The meeting concluded with a brief fine session and meat raffle, which was won by Barry Lillywhite.

 

Plan to be there on Monday night!


Monday night (23 July) will be a special night as we induct our newest member, Howard Atkinson.  Please be there and support Howard on his entry into our club!

 

On the lighter side


Word from Dick Jennings: if you fall off a tractor and need to go to hospital, make sure the tractor is the right colour!

 

Diary


Monday, 24 July: Regular meeting and induction of Howard Atkinson. Guest speaker: Howard Atkinson.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Wednesday, 26 July: Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 4:00 pm.

Wednesday, 26 July: Alzheimer’s Australia NSW Healthy Brain Ageing and Memory Van visit (noon-3:00 pm). Presentation at Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30-8:00 pm.

Monday, 31 July*: Christmas in July.  Bring a gift to the value of $10.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm. Welcome to Lucia Bohnsack.

Thursday, 3 August*: Choirs at the Club.  Wagga Men's Rugby Choir and Murrumbidgee Magic will perform.  Admission $15 (includes finger foods). RSVP by 31 July to Don Dyce (0427 981 456) or Dick Jennings (0427 273 079).  All proceeds to benefit mental health education.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7:00 for 7:30 pm.

Monday, 7 August: Regular meeting.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Thursday, 3 August: Bingo.  Allawah Lodge, 6:45 for 7:30 pm. Roster: Paul (captain), Rod, Myffy, Bernie

Sunday, 12th November:  DisTec17 in Young 10.00am-4.00pm.  Internet and computer skills for bulletin editors and club web masters training.



 

*Partners and Guests Night

Apologies for Monday meetings: call Ian Jennings on 0428 492 157  BY FRIDAY
Posted in Bulletins by Jukie Clark. Comments Off on Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #17-18-2

Rotary Builds Straw Bale House in Bali



It was several years later when I was visiting family in Florida, my Uncle suggested I bring the idea to his local Rotary Club in Tarpon Springs, Florida.    I sent in my presentation and to my delight Dr. Carrie Root and Deb Connelly – members of Rotary Club Tarpon Springs pushed the idea forward and began writing a grant that supported teaching locals how to build sustainably using waste straw in a remote Village in Bali. Rotary Clubs Holiday, Dunedin North, and Dunedin, Florida also participated in raising funds that were matched by District grant 6950 for a total of $16,800 USD which was awarded the following year!   I joined Rotary Club Bali Taman and have discovered a whole new group of people who like to help others.In Bali there are no baling machines so making bales by hand is the only option.



A special thanks to all the people in Rotary, especially RC Tarpon Springs who believed in this project from the start and gave their hard earned money to provide aid to a Village half way around the world. Thank you friends and family who also made contributions and to Kadek Suaradana who led the team in the Village. The people of Nawa Kerti are very grateful and proud to house the first straw bale building and have become new straw bale enthusiast.

FULL STORY HERE
Posted in Bulletins by John. Comments Off on Rotary Builds Straw Bale House in Bali

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #17-18-1

Week of 10 July


The first meeting of our new Rotary year was a planning meeting and an orientation meeting to the new directors.  President Paul Weston listed some of the projects planned for the coming year, and Vocational Services director Ian Jennings described his portfolio and some of his plans for the year.  John Glassford, the District Governor Elect (DGE) for District 9700,  provided an update on plans for the district changeover which will take place in one year’s time in Coolamon or Ganmain.  The meeting concluded with a brief fine session and meat raffle.  Our next meeting will be a continuation of this meeting, with further elaboration of plans for the coming year and description of the portfolios and plans of additional directors.  This is meant to be the last bulletin edited President Paul, who will be handing off duties of bulletin editor to Julie Clark.

 

 

On the lighter side


Rotary humour

It is common practice to expect new Rotarians to give a talk to their fellow Rotarians about themselves, their early life, their training and their job. Later in Rotary life the Rotarian is often expected to fill the speaker diary by giving a talk which is NOT connected with his or her work.  A hobby such as stamp collecting or model trains would be a good example.

Fred arrived at the meeting of his Rotary club to be reminded that he was the speaker for the evening and this was not a "Job Talk".

He had forgotten and was not prepared. He sat at the head table, beside the Chairman for the evening, and thought about a subject during the meal.

When he was announced he spoke about sex. The members listened to every word and asked many questions. It was a success.

When he arrived home, Mary his wife, asked "How was Rotary?"

"It was a good meeting" he said.

"What was for dinner?" she asked.

"Beef, and it was good" he answered.

"Who was the speaker?" she continued.

"I was" he replied.

"What did you speak about?"

Now he can see trouble looming!

"Sailing" he lied.

The next morning Mary was shopping in town and visited the butcher who was also a Rotarian.

"Fred gave a wonderful talk last night" he said.

"Yes" said Mary, "but I don't understand why he chose the subject. The first time he did it he was sick and the second time his hat blew off".

 

The Puzzler


Answer to the last puzzler: A sponge!

 

Diary


Monday, 17 July: Regular meeting. Planning meeting for 2017-2018 (continued).  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Wednesday, 19 July: Board meeting. Weston residence, 7:30 pm.

Monday, 24 July: Regular meeting. Guest speaker TBA.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Wednesday, 26 July: Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 4:00 pm.

Wednesday, 26 July: Alzheimer’s Australia NSW Healthy Brain Ageing and Memory Van visit (noon-3:00 pm). Presentation at Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30-8:00 pm.

Monday, 31 July: Regular meeting.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

*Partners and Guests Night

Apologies for Monday meetings: call Ian Jennings on 0428 492 157  BY FRIDAY
Posted in Bulletins by Paul. Comments Off on Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #17-18-1

Sam Owori, President-elect of Rotary International, dies in US hospital





Ian Riseley President, 2017-18

T +1.847.866.3467F +1.847.866.3390ian.riseley@rotary.org

 

Dear fellow Rotarians,

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I share the sad news that the President-elect of Rotary International, Sam F. Owori, died last night as a result of post-operative complications from a planned surgery.

In this difficult time, I ask you to keep his wife, Norah, the Owori family, and Sam’s millions of friends around the world in your thoughts.

Sam was a special person in so many ways, and his unexpected death is a huge loss to Rotary, his community, and the world. We will provide more details on plans to celebrate his life as they become available.

From the perspective of Rotary leadership, we will share information on the impact and the path forward as a result of Sam’s passing. In addition, we are establishing a memorial fund in Sam’s honor and will provide further details soon.

With enormous sadness,

Ian
Posted in Bulletins by John. Comments Off on Sam Owori, President-elect of Rotary International, dies in US hospital

Change Over from Don to Paul

Monday July 3rd 2017 Coolamon Rotary Club Change Over Dinner.



We had a great evening at the Coolamon Change Over dinner and a lot of fellowship and short speeches was the order of the night.

Thank you to IPP Don Dyce for steering the club onwards and upwards during 2016-2017.  We look forward to another wonderful year of Rotary with President Paul Weston.

Here are some photos from Monday Night July 3rd.

Click on the thumbnail pics for a larger image.



 

 
Posted in Bulletins by John. Comments Off on Change Over from Don to Paul

D9700 and Leeton RC Change Over 2017

Here are some photos from the recent change over dinner for District 9700 and the Leeton Rotary Club.



The District 9700 Board of Directors

Left to Right

PDG David Kennedy The Rotary Foundation

PDG Gary Roberts Administration

PP Doug Conkey Treasurer

DGN John McKenzie Governor 2019-2020

District Governor George Weston

DGE John Glassford Governor 2018-2019

PE Marilyn Roberts Secretary

IPDG Michael Milston

PP Peter Gissing Service Projects

PP Joanne McRae Membership

PDG John Egan Public Image

Carol Weston PHF and DG's Partner

Posted in Bulletins by John. Comments Off on D9700 and Leeton RC Change Over 2017

Atlanta 2017 Convention

The RI Convention in Atlanta was a huge success with 40,000+ or - delegates including yours truly.

Just posting a few photos here of the Convention.  I spent all my time in the RAGES booth and missed all the plenary sessions.  We also had a great break out session courtesy of Rotary Host Organising Committee.  It was full and they closed the doors before we started.

Here in no particular order are some of the moments I remember best:



Happy to have a chat about the event when we have the time.  Also to promote Toronto 2018 and Hamburg 2019 Conventions.  Atlanta was my 7th Rotary International Convention and as memorable as my first in 2005 at Chicago.
Posted in Bulletins by John. Comments Off on Atlanta 2017 Convention

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #1617-37

Week of 29 May


As this was the 5th Monday of the month, we had a special outing this week in lieu of our regular meeting.  We met at Coolamon Cheese with the Rotary Club of Temora and had a fine evening of fellowship and a fabulous meal prepared by Chef Chris of the cheese factory. Following our meal, host Barry Lillywhite led small tours of the production and cheese storage areas of the facility.  A joint fine session led by the Coolamon and Temora sergeants entertained the guests, and a raffle featuring three prizes of local produce finished off the evening.

 

 

Week of 5 June


This week's meeting was a club assembly, so not a lot to report.  However, we did have a notable event on the evening, which was farewelling longstanding member Ian Durham, who recently sold his property in Coolamon and will be moving to be closer to his partner, Christine.  Ian has been a member of our club for 17 years, and has contributed mightily over the years, most notably by heading up the telephone directory effort three years ago.  Henk presented Ian with a farewell gift, and thanked him for year many years of service.  You'll be missed Ian.  Best wishes in this new chapter of your life.



 

 

Reminder: No regular meeting this week (12 June)


Just a reminder that there is no regular meeting this week because of the public holiday.  Happy Birthday, your Royal Highness!

 

On the lighter side


Amazing technology

One day, leaning on the bar, Jack says to Mike "My elbow hurts like hell. I suppose I'd better see a doctor."

Listen, don't waste your time down at the surgery," Mike replies.  'There's a new diagnostic computer at Bloom's.  Just give it a urine sample and the computer will tell you what's wrong, and what to do about it. It takes ten seconds and costs only five bucks.....a lot quicker and better than a doctor and you get club card points".

So Jack collects a urine sample in a small jar and takes it to Bloom's.  He deposits five dollars and the computer lights up and asks for the urine sample. He pours the sample into the slot and waits. Ten seconds later, the computer ejects a printout: "You have tennis elbow. Soak your arm in warm water and avoid heavy activity. It will improve in two weeks".

That evening while thinking how amazing this new technology was, Jack began wondering if the computer could be fooled. He mixed some tap water, a stool sample from his dog, urine samples from his wife and daughter and the cat, and jerked off into the mixture for good measure.  Jack hurried back to Bloom's, eager to check what would happen. He deposited five dollars, poured in his concoction, and awaited the results.

The computer whirred for a little longer than he expected and then printed the following:

1) Your tap water is too hard.  Get a water softener.
2) Your cat's having kittens.  Get a vet.
3) Your dog has ringworm.  Bathe him with anti-fungal shampoo.
4) Your daughter has a cocaine habit.  Get her into rehab.
5) Your wife is pregnant with twins; they aren't yours. Get a lawyer.
...
6) And if you don't stop playing with yourself, your elbow will never get better...

Thank you for shopping at Bloom's the Chemist!

 

The Puzzler


What can hold water even though it has holes?

 

Diary


Monday, 12 June: No meeting (Queen's birthday public holiday).

Thursday, 8 June: Bingo. Roster: Neil (Captain), Wayne, Leslie, Mark. Allawah Lodge, 6:45 (setup) for 7:30 pm.

10-14 June, 2017: Rotary International Convention, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Monday, 19 June: Regular meeting*. Guest Speaker: Lloyd Dolan, CSU School of Indigenous Australian Studies.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Saturday, 24 June: District 9700 changeover. Leeton (details forthcoming).

Monday, 26 June: Regular meeting. Planning meeting for President-Elect Paul's year at the helm.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday, 3 July: Coolamon Rotary changeover. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

*Partners and Guests Night

Apologies for Monday meetings: call Ian Jennings on 0428 492 157  BY FRIDAY
Posted in Bulletins by Paul. Comments Off on Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #1617-37

Tracy Ochieng at University in Nairobi

Tracy our wonderful student from Mathare in Nairobi writes:

"Some of my pictures
This was after anatomy session

Made lotsa friends in school

The semester is really flying."


Tracy is in her first semester at the United States International University in Nairobi.  Tracy is doing her degree in Pharmacy.  Very proud of this young lady who is doing so well.


Posted in Bulletins by John. Comments Off on Tracy Ochieng at University in Nairobi

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #1617-36

Week of 15 May


Our guest speaker at this week's meeting was Catherine Warren, who heads up the Riverina branch of Days for Girls, an international program to assist young women coming of age in Africa.  The focus of the group is to provide sustainable sanitary products for girls as they start their monthly cycles in order to allow them to stay involved in school and lead productive lives and not be relegated to a subservient lifestyle where they are often treated as second-class citizens (or worse) and their monthly cycle is viewed pretty much as a curse.  Local women in the shire meet once a month to sew and assemble the kits, which are distributed to girls in several African countries.  The sewing group made 50 kits over the past year, which Jan Breust presented to Catherine on the night.  Myffy thanked Catherine for a very impassioned presentation and gave her a kangaroo hide change purse as a token of thanks.

 


Week of 22 May


This week's meeting featured a presentation by guest speakers Gordon Saggers and Paul Galloway, members of the Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga.  Gordon described their project in Timor L'Este, building a school for primary school children in Tutuala.  The school was desperately needed after the destruction of buildings as rebels pillaged the community as the local government took control of the area, including appropriating the tiny building that had functioned as the only school for the community.  A relatively modest expenditure of $30,000 was able to get the school built and equipped.  Gordon became aware of the needs of the community of Tutuala when he had recently visited to do free dental work for the residents of Timor L'Este (Gordon is a practicing dentist in Wagga).  Just another example of a high-impact project benefitting needy people and executed by dedicated and selfless Rotarians. Good on ya, boys! Julie Clark thanked Gordon & Paul, presenting them with a kangaroo hide coin pouch.



 

Reminder: No regular meeting this week (29 May)


Just a reminder that there is no regular meeting this week.  We'll be having a social night with the Rotary Club of Temora at Coolamon Cheese.

 

On the lighter side


International one-upsmanship
Recently, Germany conducted some scientific exploration involving their best scientists. Core drilling samples of earth were taken to a depth of 50 m and during the core examinations, small pieces of copper were discovered. After running many arduous tests on these samples, the German government announced that the ancient Germans 25,000 years ago had a nationwide telephone network.

Naturally, the British government was not that easily impressed. So they ordered their own scientists to take their core samples at a depth of 100 m. From these samples, they found small pieces of glass and soon announced that the ancient Brits 35,000 years ago already had a nationwide optical fibre network.

Irish scientists were outraged. So immediately after this announcement, they ordered their scientist to take samples at a depth of 200 m but found absolutely nothing. They concluded that the ancient Irish 55,000 years ago were an even more advanced civilisation, as they already had a mobile telephone network in place.


The Puzzler


The Puzzler is on stress leave this week as he recovers from the rigours of work. Maybe next week...

Answer to last puzzle

The trees were arranged in a star pattern, with trees located at each point of the star and at the intersections of each line connecting the points to each other.


Diary


Monday, 29 May*: Social Night (5th Monday), joint with Temora Rotary. Coolamon Cheese, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday, 5 June: Club assembly. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday, 12 June: No meeting (Queen's birthday public holiday).

Thursday, 8 June: Bingo. Roster: Neil (Captain), Wayne, Leslie, Mark. Allawah Lodge, 6:45 (setup) for 7:30 pm.

10-14 June, 2017: Rotary International Convention, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Saturday, 24 June: District 9700 changeover. Leeton (details forthcoming).

Monday, 3 July: Coolamon Rotary changeover. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

*Partners and Guests Night

Apologies for Monday meetings: call Ian Jennings on 0428 492 157  BY FRIDAY
Posted in Bulletins by Paul. Comments Off on Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #1617-36