Vale PP Marg Perkin


Past President Marg Perkin Coolamon Rotary Club 2011-2012.


Yesterday Coolamon Rotary lost one of our own. Marg Perkin was loved and respected by all who knew Marg since she joined our club on the 3rd of August 2004.

Marg involved herself in all of our projects and never shied from volunteering to help our community.

Marg also got involved in helping those who needed her expertise in South Africa and, in particular, Hout Bay near Cape Town. Marg also used her talents to help enrich the lives of disadvantaged children in Cambodia.

Marg was also a volunteer in India with Dr. Alok Sharma and his Darkness to Light projects.

To Garth and Huw and all of your family and friends of Marg we extend our sincerest condolences.

We will miss your happy smiling face, Marg.  Below are some photos to commemorate Marg’s life in Rotary.

Here is a small sample of PP Marg Perkin's life in our club:


Requiescant In Pace Past President Marg Perkin


 
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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2122-12





 

Week of 20th September


President Albert welcomed 23 members to our weekly meeting; apologies from Bernadette, Alex and Chez.  A great roll up of members! Highlights from the meeting include:

  • Induction of Mary Potts to our club will take place next Monday (27th September).

  • Hospital survey: only 72 in the Shire have filled in the form, which must be completed by 6th October. Look for the email from John G from 16th September for details or just click on this link: https://tinyurl.com/Coolamon.

  • Albert has delivered 15 beds to needy people in the Shire.

  • Ian Jennings has 600 trees arriving to be planted in the wetlands. Contact Ian to find out when helpm is needed.

  • Albert has 200 tomato plants of several varieties at $2 each, with funds going to the CRC Social Committee. They'll be available from the 4th October; contact Albert to reserve yours.

  • Ted Hutcheon has offered to store the timber from Susan Glassford once it is cut into manageable 2 metre lengths.

  • Garth Perkin issued a challenge for all members to donate $10 each to the Rotary Foundation.  All members present made their donation on the night; we invite all absent members to contribute to reach the 100% participation level!




The meeting concluded with an amusing fine session led by Sergeant-at-Arms John B and the raffle, which was won by John N, with minor prizes going to Craig L, Paul and Neil.

 

 

DIARY


Monday 27th September - Regular meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm. Induction of Mary Potts to our club.

Monday 4th October - No meeting (public holiday).

Monday 18th October - District Governor Leo Farrelly OAM Visit. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.  Probably via Zoom - to be advised.

 

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS
















 

 

 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to last week's puzzler: Y. The letters were the initial letters of ascending units of time (e.g. seconds, minutes, etc.)

This week's puzzler:  Here's one for the more mathematically inclined.  Your task is to divine the sequence of numbers (from 1 to 6) that would come after the last one in this series:

  • 1 2 3 4 5 6

  • 6 1 5 2 4 3

  • 3 6 4 1 2 5

  • 5 3 2 6 1 4

  • 4 5 1 3 6 2

  • 2 4 6 5 3 1



 
 

ROTARY NEWS


 

1.  INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE TUESDAY 21st SEPTEMBER




International Day of Peace is closer than you think. In observance of Peace Day, we’d like to share Sofía Brega’s story as a Rotary Positive Peace Activator.

Growing up in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Sofía Brega knew she wanted to be an activist for girl empowerment and women’s rights. To pursue her dreams, she joined Girl Up, an organization that helps build young girls into leaders.

Inspired by their work, Sofía founded a club in Ciudad Juárez called Girl Up Fronterizas. The club focuses on women’s rights and builds awareness of current challenges for women in Mexico and beyond. They also help girls develop leadership, communication, and negotiation skills.

In 2019, Sofía became a Rotary Positive Peace Activator through the Rotary-Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) Positive Peace Workshop. She also founded Activators de Paz Ciudad Juárez, a group that trains other agents of change and develops Positive Peace content for schools.

Empowering Girls


Equality is a fundamental human right that's critical in order to have a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world. Still, girls and women worldwide face inequities in areas including health and education, and they experience significant violence and disproportionate poverty. Rotary encourages clubs and districts to prioritize projects that improve the health, well-being, education, and economic security of girls in their communities and around the world. Develop a club-based initiative, a district grant, or a global grant that engages members of your community in a project that will protect and empower girls. Work to increase equity by ensuring their access to resources that will improve their lives.

Resources



 

2.  5 INGREDIENTS OF A SUCCESSFUL ROTARY CLUB


By Barton Goldenberg, immediate past governor of District 7620 (Maryland and Washington D.C., USA)

Running a successful Rotary club is a bit like baking a cake. You need the right ingredients.

Running a successful Rotary club is a bit like baking a cake. You need the right ingredients

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If you’re a baker, you know that a great cake is made up of individual ingredients that come together to produce something special. A great Rotary club is like that, in that it is made up of a unique mix of ingredients. Here are the five that I have found in most, if not all, successful Rotary clubs.


1. A unique club identity

There are four clubs in my city of Bethesda, Maryland. While they are only a short geographic distance from each other, each has its own identity. The first is a dinner club of 30 members who have been together for years. They are generous in their donations to the Rotary Foundation and our district. The second is a breakfast club with an even balance of older and younger members. They are very supportive and heavily involved with Rotaract and Interact clubs. The third is a lunch club that is proud of its traditions and is committed to domestic and international projects. And the fourth is a breakfast club celebrating its 15th year, with members who speak nine languages and originally come from 11 different countries.

READ MORE HERE.

 

 

 

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month




 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2021-22


Chartered March 3rd, 1971; Sponsoring Club Narrandera Rotary Club


President: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director: Daryl Breust

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Ian Jennings

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: John Bond

Immediate Past President: Howard Atkinson

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford



 

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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2122-11





 

Week of 13th September


President Albert welcomed 21 members to our first meeting back from a brief (three-week) lockdown.  All were happy to be able to meet in person again--hopefully we'll be able to continue meeting like this!  Apologies from Ian Jennings, Dick Jennings and Bernadette Milne.  Dick recently suffered a bit of a fall and is recuperating; we wish Dick a speedy recovery.



Albert designated the meeting primarily a social occasion, but we couldn't resist carrying out a little bit of business.  Albert announced that he had sold several trailer loads of firewood that was cut up at the working bee at the Lindner farm a couple of months ago, the proceeds of which have given a good start to the budget for the social committee.  Albert recognised members who had birthdays recently, including John Nulty, Don, Neil, Ted, and Henk.  John G advised that he has a couple of recently felled trees on his property that the club is welcome to, but the trees need to be cut to lengths short enough to transport.  Some brainstorming will be required as there is an estimated 8 tonnes of timber on offer!



After a generous amount of time for socialising the meeting finished up with a fine session and the weekly raffle, which was won by Howard and Alex.

 

 

DIARY


Wednesday 15th September - Board meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club. 7.00 pm start.

Monday 20th September - Regular meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday 4th October - No meeting (public holiday).

Monday 18th October - District Governor Leo Farrelly OAM Visit. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

 

 

AN IDEA!


Mount Airy Rotary Club, fire company raises $51,000 at second annual duck race





Two rows of delightfully fashionable cardboard cut-out yellow ducks — some decked out in feather boas, others wearing sequined masks and bucket hats — lined the narrow roadway leading up to the Mount Airy (Maryland, USA) Volunteer Fire Company activities building. Another mallard, this one giant and inflatable, greeted families at the top of the hill.  Mary Jo Burkett smiled merrily as she watched people mill about, snacking on popcorn being sold by Scout Troop 829 and pushing baby strollers.

The event — organized by the fire company and Mount Airy’s Rotary Club — had been a lot of work to put together, said Burkett, area governor for Carroll County Rotary clubs, but it had all been worth it.

In the months leading up to the town’s second annual duck race, the fire company and the Rotary club put a siege of yellow rubber duckies up for adoption. People could claim one duck for $10, three for $20 or eight for $50. Over 20 prizes were up for grabs on Sunday, for both random winners and the speediest ducks.


Dennis Regulinski, the company’s assistant treasurer, had another important job on the day. Big block letters on the back of his neon T-shirt announced his temporary title: “DUCK DUMPER.” Just after 2 p.m., he stood at the top of a make-shift canal across from a wooden board carrying three plastic crates piled high with rubber duckies. A Rotarian sat behind him, clutching a thick fire hose that was gushing water.  “5, 4, 3, 2, 1,” a volunteer counted down as rosy-cheeked children squirmed with anticipation. Then, Regulinski and another volunteer set the tiny birds free down the plastic-lined river.


“And they’re off!” the voice over the loudspeaker called.



 

JUST FOR LAUGHS














 

 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to last week's puzzler: 


1. Gulliver/clearness (live and learn)
2. tragicomedy/pentagon (come and go)
3. chinchilla/Magdalene (hill and dale)
4. terrestrial/ecoterrorist (trial and error)
5. thundershower/intellectual (show and tell)

This week's puzzler:  Which letter comes next in the series S, M, H, D, W, M, __? Hint: The answer will be one of the following letters: L, V, Y, T, D

 

 

WIRADJURI SHOPPING LIST




 

ROTARY NEWS


1.  ROTARY RESPONDS TO COVID 19




Rotary is taking action in response to the pandemic as our clubs support COVID-19 vaccination and continued prevention efforts around the world.


Tapping into decades of experience in bringing polio to the brink of eradication, Rotary members worldwide are helping health authorities communicate lifesaving information about COVID-19 and vaccination, combatting misinformation, supporting fair and equal access to vaccines, and curbing the spread of the virus by donating protective gear and other supplies to clinics and hospitals that are under strain.

READ MORE HERE

 


2.   ROTARY ZONE 8 CONFERENCE 11-12th. SEPTEMBER




 





This was a well organised conference for ALL Rotarians in RI Zone 8 Australia and new Zealand.

It was held online in a virtual mode with two days Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday we had some excellent speakers and a break out session in teh afternoon.  This was followed by the PDGs from Zone 8 holding class reunions.

Sunday we had the best of the best in Rotary as speakers including RIPE Jennifer Jones simply outstanding.

It is still not like being there in person never will be.  However next year it is hoped that we will meet in person.  Not sure where but it will be in either new Zealand or Australia.  I have attended 5 Zone 8 Conferences now Sydney, Darwin, Hobart, Christchurch and now Melbourne (on-line).  here are some photos from the weekend:



PRIP Barry Rassin spoke about membership retention and that a sobering statistics is that over the past 10 years Rotary had attracted 1.4 million new members but during that time lost 1.4 million former Rotarians.  If we are to go beyond the current membership of under 1.2 million members we have to look at retention and making Rotary attractive to those who want to serve.

In particular to attract and retain female members which still languishes at around 24% world wide.  PRIP Barry also spoke on a new way to govern and streamline the way we administer and run Rotary clubs in the future.  RI Zone 8 is being promoted as a trial Zone for the new regionalisation proposal.  More details will be forthcoming in the near future.

 


September is Basic Education and Literacy Month




 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2021-22


Chartered March 3rd, 1971; Sponsoring Club Narrandera Rotary Club


President: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director: Daryl Breust

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Ian Jennings

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: John Bond

Immediate Past President: Howard Atkinson

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford



 

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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2122-10





 

Week of 6th September


We had a great rollup on Zoom on Monday night, with 15 members in attendance and getting involved.

Well done Bernadette on getting your system working well.

 



Some points from last night:

  1. Albert will have 200 tomato plants ready in 2 weeks time at $2/plant. Proceeds will go to the social committee.

  2. There is also plenty of composted horse manure available from the Westons.  Contact Paul if interested.

  3.  Discussion on an online raffle -- the decision was not to proceed at present.

  4. Insurance and registration for the caravan passed for payment.

  5. Chez had some good ideas for fund-raising.

  6. CRC AGM is on Monday 15th November.  All members are encouraged to put their hands up for the 2022-2023 Board including President Elect Nominee for 2023-2024.


We had two presentations via YouTube, the first being of a virtual tour of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre.  Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass is the first VR (virtual reality) experience presented to the public by the Louvre Museum and is conceived as part of the Museum’s seminal Leonardo da Vinci exhibition which commemorates the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death in France.

Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass reveals the latest scientific research on da Vinci’s artistic innovation and his painting techniques and processes through exceptional visualization in virtual reality, bringing them to life.

Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass at The Louvre I HTC VIVE ARTS.   You can view it here:


Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass

 



Grahame Miles presented a tribute to Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones. Click HERE to view/listen to it.



 

 

DIARY


Monday 13th September - Zoom meetings until further notice of easing of Covid restrictions.

Wednesday 15th September - Board Meeting via Zoom. 7.30pm start.

Monday 4th October - No meeting (public holiday).

Monday 18th October - District Governor Leo Farrelly OAM Visit.

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September:  Online Zone 8 Conference. 

 

 

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS


Africa is not for sissies!







Still plenty of COVID memes making the rounds.  Some of the better ones:







 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to last week's puzzler: Here are the clues and the answers:


1. hair-control foam - moose (mousse)
2. very exposed - bear (bare)
3. tellin' falsities - lion (lyin')
4. a lamenting cry - whale (wail)
5. a dull person - boar (bore)
6. a precious or loved one - deer (dear)
7.  these make up a chain - lynx (links)

This week's puzzler:  Each pair of words below contains a pair of smaller words. By putting "&" between the words, you can make a familiar phrase. For example, "thighbone/swallowtail" conceals "high & low." Give it a go!

1. Gulliver/clearness
2. tragicomedy/pentagon
3. chinchilla/Magdalene
4. terrestrial/ecoterrorist
5. thundershower/intellectual

 

 

ROTARY NEWS


1.  African region marks one year since being certified wild polio-free




 
WHO’s African region one year wild polio-free On 25 August, Rotary joined our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in marking the first anniversary of the World Health Organization’s African region being certified free of wild polio.

The infrastructure and innovations developed continue to benefit children’s and public health across the continent and play an important role in fighting COVID-19. Read how the GPEI’s new strategy aims to overcome the remaining hurdles to finish the job.





2.  Trek New Zealand's Southern Alps for disaster relief







Join ShelterBox Australia as we trek New Zealand’s incredible South Island to help give families who have experienced disaster the most basic human need: shelter.


Photo by JG.


On this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, you’ll spend six days trekking the spectacular wilderness of the great Southern Alps. Immersed in picturesque alpine scenery, you’ll be in awe of the glaciers and snow-capped peaks, rocky canyons and native forest.

Read More Here






3.  NB:  ROTARY ZONE 8 CONFERENCE 11-12th. SEPTEMBER


 



 
Enjoy the online Zone Conference from anywhere you choose - alone or together with others.

Learning, Leading, Action is this year’s Zone 8 conference theme, putting a spotlight on the essence of Rotarians and the way we get things done.



The theme also gives a clue to the conference content. Hear from speakers who are leading our organisation and our impact, learn from thought leaders and be impressed by a host of Rotarians taking action to change lives in our communities.

Be inspired to Lead Learn Act in new ways that deepen our engagement and increase Rotary’s impact.

Go to this WEBSITE to register


 


September is Basic Education and Literacy Month




 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2021-22


Chartered March 3rd, 1971; Sponsoring Club Narrandera Rotary Club


President: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director: Daryl Breust

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Ian Jennings

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: John Bond

Immediate Past President: Howard Atkinson

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford



 

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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2122-09





 

Week of 30th August


Back to Zoom--not popular with most members, but better than not meeting at all. President Albert welcomed nine members to our weekly meeting, which was a good opportunity to catch up and find out how everyone is dealing with lockdown.  Most of our planned Rotary activities are now on hold--the garden viewing, Gears and Beers, etc.  Gears and Beers has been postponed until March, and the garden viewing may be shifted to autumn as well, but only if the gardens to be included in the tour will be in good nick after the summer.  We will no doubt be discussing plans for fundraisers that can be conducted without contact with the community at upcoming Zoom meetings, so be thinking about what might be done.  We hope that additional members will be joining us at future meetings via Zoom--we were getting a healthy rollup last year, so expect that members will get back into the swing of it soon.  We will be lining up guest speakers and recorded video presentations, which members will no doubt find interesting and worthwhile.



 

 

 

STOP THE PRESSES!


Our Youth Services Director Anne Rzeszkowski has received the great news that our Coolamon Central School applicant Bethany Crocker has been accepted by the committee form the National Youth Science Forum NYSF.  This is a wonderful programme and will take place in Canberra next year.

 
Well done Anne and our congratulations to Bethany Crocker for being accepted into the ten-day National Youth Science Forum for 2022. Positions in the Forum are highly sought after and involve a comprehensive application process. Great work Bethany, your hard work and dedication to learning have paid off.





 

 

 

DIARY


Monday 6th September - Zoom Meetings until further notice of easing of Covid restrictions.

Monday 4th October - No meeting (public holiday).

Monday 18th October - District Governor Leo Farrelly OAM Visit.

Sunday 17th October & Saturday 23rd October - Coolamon Garden Viewing. TBC.

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September:  Online Zone 8 Conference. 

 

 

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS


Thanks to Henk for this one which resonates with my family in Wentworth Falls who have been in lockdown since June 28th and three grandchildren being home-schooled 12, 14 and 17:



 







 

 



 

 

 

 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to last week's puzzler: lion (the clues refer to the position of letters in the given words, not the actual parts of the animals listed)


This week's puzzler:  Can you guess the animals suggested by the following clues?

1. hair-control foam
2. very exposed
3. tellin' falsities
4. a lamenting cry
5. a dull person
6. a precious or loved one
7. these make up a chain

 

 



 

 

ROTARY NEWS


1.  ROTARY ZONE 8 CONFERENCE 11-12th. SEPTEMBER


 



 
Enjoy the online Zone Conference from anywhere you choose - alone or together with others.

Learning, Leading, Action is this year’s Zone 8 conference theme, putting a spotlight on the essence of Rotarians and the way we get things done.



The theme also gives a clue to the conference content. Hear from speakers who are leading our organisation and our impact, learn from thought leaders and be impressed by a host of Rotarians taking action to change lives in our communities.

Be inspired to Lead Learn Act in new ways that deepen our engagement and increase Rotary’s impact.

Go to this WEBSITE to register


 

2. TRACY OCHIENG UPDATE LATEST


Well Tracy continues her progress at the United States International University in Nairobi.

Tracy has three more semesters to go before Tracy graduates with her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Journalism.  We have supported Tracy through our Coolamon RC Road MAPS to Africa projects, in this case our Orphan Rescue Kits.  PDG Fred Loneragan and I would like to thank the club for supporting Tracy for her last 3 semesters before graduation.

This journey began in November 2011 after the Mountains of the Moon climb.  It will culminate at her graduation in September 2022 and with some good fortune, Fred and I hope to be there.

The last time we saw Tracy was at the Wagga Wagga City Council with the Mayor Greg Conkey.



The last report for Tracy that we received from the USIU.


Always remember where Tracy came from and it does not end here.  Tracy has started her project Big Sisters and her goal is to help 200 at risk and vulnerable girls from teh slums of Nairobi who find themselves in the same predicament as she was back in 2011, no hope, no future and the only way out was through prostitution, HIV and eventually dead before 20.


So our one starfish will put 200 stranded starfish back into the ocean to prosper.


This is Rotary at it's best.  If you want a full report on how and where we are now let me know.


September is Basic Education and Literacy Month




 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2021-22


Chartered March 3rd, 1971; Sponsoring Club Narrandera Rotary Club


President: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director: Daryl Breust

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Ian Jennings

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: John Bond

Immediate Past President: Howard Atkinson

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford



 

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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2122-08





 

Week of 23rd August


Another week of lockdown and no face-to-face meetings.  If the lockdown lifts this weekend as originally intended, we will meet next Monday (30th August) at the Marrar Pub for a social night, but all signs are that the lockdown will continue for a while longer.  If we remain in lockdown, we will meet via Zoom on Monday (login details will be provided if needed).  Look for a text message from Club Admin Director Ian over the weekend.

Birthdays this week: Don Dyce

Message from the President: If you substitute your evening glass of red wine with a cup of green tea, there is a good chance you will lose 87% of the little remaining joy you have in your life.

 



Credit to the students from the Caringbah High School for the above meme.

 



 

DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE




Hi everyone

Just as I was about to start my round of visits to you COVID-19 has thrown a curve ball.  The ACT has just announced that the lockdown here has been extended to at least the 2nd of September, and we'll wait and see what NSW will do.  Your Clubs have all received my schedule and I ask you to please get back to the District Secretary as soon as you can and advise her of your alternative meeting arrangements.

I would entreat you all to please consider meeting online rather than going into recess.  There is so much we can be doing online these days that your program directors have lots of options to stay connected with Rotary.  When did you last organise a Club visit to the Learning and Development centre, for example?  Or why not have joint online meetings with other Club in your Area?  Also, there are lots of online seminars and presentations put on by District across Australia.

Since taking on the DG mantle I don't think I've ever attended so many zoom meetings.  But the most surprising thing is that the more you get involved with Rotary, and the more you learn about Rotary, he more interesting it gets.  So can I ask our Membership directors to make a special effort to keep our new members engaged through using all the online resources that are available.

Can I also suggest, that as a lock-down project for your Club, you compile a list of all the alumni you have sponsored over, say, the past 10 years.  Who attended RYDA, RYPEN, RLYA, NYSF or the Science and Engineering challenge?  The District can assist you in contacting them all with the aim of reconnecting with Rotary in some way.

All the best, and please, stay safe in these uncertain times.

Leo Farrelly

District Governor 2021-2022

 

 


DIARY


Monday 30th August - Fellowship meeting (Fifth Monday). Marrar Pub (details TBA).  If the COVID lockdown remains in effect, we will meet via Zoom.

Monday 4th October - No meeting (public holiday).

Monday 18th October - District Governor Leo Farrelly OAM Visit.

Sunday 17th October & Saturday 23rd October - Coolamon Garden Viewing. TBC.

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September:  Online Zone 8 Conference. 

 

 

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS








You'd be surprised what you can find at Bunnings these days!





 

 

 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to last week's puzzler:  You'll have one mouse.


This week's puzzler:  What do you get if you combine the head of a lamb with the middle of a pig, the hind of a buffalo, and the tail of a dragon?

 

 

 

ROTARY NEWS


1.  Guyana Rotary club brings COVID-19 vaccines to remote communities




Members of the Rotary Club of Demerara, Guyana, and government health officials use boats to vaccinate villagers deep in the country’s rainforests. Photo by Indira Mattai.

 

Members and government health officials use boats to reach villages deep in the rainforest


by Ryan Hyland


Members of the Rotary Club of Demerara, Guyana, are using their decades of experience in fighting disease while delivering COVID-19 vaccines and aid to a remote region of the South American country. The Indigenous communities there would not otherwise have access to the vaccine and would remain vulnerable to the virus.

The club’s members have conducted crucial medical expeditions that penetrate the densely forested interior of Guyana for nearly 30 years. In doing so, they’ve developed detailed knowledge of the area and the particular needs of the villages in it. The treks have earned the Demerara club a nickname among nearby Rotary clubs: “the bush club.”

FULL STORY HERE

 

2.  UPDATE FOR RYLA 2022




The D9705 RYLA Committee have been working hard to develop a Covid-Flexible programme for RYLA 2022.  Unfortunately none of us have a crystal ball but we are still working towards RYLA in January 2022.  The format and location may change, however we are still planning on a venue in the Canberra Region.


STOP PRESS:::  As our venue may change we still do not have exact costs for the week but we do have a gift for every Club who sponsors a RYLA 2022 candidate - a $300 discount per candidate!!  The RYLA committee wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the District Board for their belief in the value of RYLA and for their invaluable financial assistance.









August is Rotary Month for Membership & Extension




 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2021-22


Chartered March 3rd, 1971; Sponsoring Club Narrandera Rotary Club


President: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director: Daryl Breust

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Ian Jennings

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: John Bond

Immediate Past President: Howard Atkinson

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford



 

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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2122-07





 

Week of 16th August


COVID-19 strikes again! At the last minute, we were forced to cancel our weekly meeting which was to feature a visit from District 9705 Area Governor Elaine Almond.  So, we had a night off, and hopefully Elaine will be able to reschedule a visit later this year.



 

DIARY


Monday 23rd August - Regular meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm. To be confirmed pending lifting of the Covid 19 lockdown in regional NSW.

Monday 30th August - Fellowship meeting (Fifth Monday). Marrar Pub (details TBA).  If the COVID lockdown remains in effect, we will meet via Zoom.

Monday 4th October - No meeting (public holiday).

Sunday 17th October - Open Garden Viewing

Monday 18th October - District Governor Leo Farrelly OAM Visit.

Sunday 17th October & Saturday 23rd October - Coolamon Garden Viewing. Details TBA.

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September:  Online Zone 8 Conference. 

 

 

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS










 

 

 

 

 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to last week's puzzler:  a blind cat


This week's puzzler:  Mice are famous for their ability to multiply at breakneck speeds. The breed of mouse at Chez's Pet Shop gives birth once a month, giving birth to 12 pups in each litter. Baby mice mature and can give birth two months after they are born.

You picked up one of these cute baby mice at Chez's Pet Shop and brought it home the day after it was born. In 10 months from now, how many mice will you have?

 

 

ROTARY NEWS


1. HAITI EARTHQUAKE SHELTERBOX APPEAL






 

Dear Rotary,

Western Haiti was hit by a huge earthquake on Saturday morning at 08.30 (local time).

The Haitian prime minister has said it has caused 'enormous damage' and at this stage, the death toll is 277, but this figure will certainly grow as the picture becomes more clear.

Haiti has still not recovered after the 2010 earthquake struck, which killed over 200,000 people.

ShelterBox is monitoring the situation and preparing to respond, as we did in 2010. We are liaising with other agencies in the region to understand the full extent of the damage.

ShelterBox Australia

Mike Greenslade
CEO ShelterBox Australia

EDITOR"S NOTE

The CRC have always come to the aid of disasters that happen now and then and usually though ShelterBox Australia.  In the past we always collected for any such disaster and with a ShelterBox for display see below:



 

2.  GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR ROTARY MEMBERSHIP


RID Jessie Harman (Rotary International Director)




 

RID Jessie Harman and a photo by Jessie of Lake Wendouree in Ballarat where Jessie lives.

Article by RID Jessie Harman

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR ROTARY MEMBERSHIP

I have been speaking a lot lately with club and district leaders about the importance of member engagement. Engaged members are at the heart of who we are and what we do and they’re the key to delivering Rotary’s impact. When I speak with leaders, I talk about the important role they play in delivering a positive membership experience; about the things leaders can do to ensure members are involved, engaged and enjoying Rotary.

Yet I’m very aware that member engagement is a two-way street. There are a host of things that individual members can do to ensure they are getting value from Rotary. So here are my six top tips for getting the most out of your Rotary experience.

Tips on Membership

 

August is Rotary Month for Membership & Extension




 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2021-22


Chartered March 3rd, 1971; Sponsoring Club Narrandera Rotary Club


President: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director: Daryl Breust

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Ian Jennings

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: John Bond

Immediate Past President: Howard Atkinson

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford



 

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Week of 9th August


President Albert welcomed 23 members and 1 guest to our weekly meeting.  This week's meeting featured two speakers: Ricky Hard, signwriter from Coolamon, and our own Garth Perkin.  Ricky was on hand to talk about his involvement with the Riverina Redneck Rally, an event that offers excitement and camaraderie to participants as they venture over roads (and things that pass for roads) as they travel from one stop to the next, covering hundreds of kilometres over the course of six days.  The participants are cared for by the rally organisers, who move the belongings of the participants while they attempt to arrive in one piece at the next destination, which is kept a secret until the morning of the next day of action.  Any sort of vehicle is permitted as long as it doesn't have 4-wheel drive, which only serves to make it more "exciting" and unpredictable.  All of this in the name of raising funds for Country Hope, a charitable group that provides a range of support services to rural families with children facing cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.  The rally set out from Coolamon this year because Ricky's team raised the most money in 2020 for the cause, an impressive total in excess of $30,000!  Ricky's team also raised the most in 2019 and they're shooting to top the board again this year.  Daryl thanked Ricky for an entertaining and inspiring presentation and gave him a token appreciation of thanks.

Daryl thanks Ricky Hard for his talk



Our second speaker on the night was Garth, who was the Member in the Spotlight this week.  We learned a bit about Garth's ancestry, education and job history, his family, and his favourites colour, actress/actor, movie, etc.  It's surprising how much we've learned about our members, things that have lain hidden for many years! One of the more surprising things we learned about Garth is that he has hidden artistic talent; Garth displayed a very detailed painting of his family home that he created at the age of 11, a very impressive effort indeed.

Garth showing his recent home on Millwood Road before he performed extensive renovations on the place



As usual, the meeting concluded with a fine session and raffle.  Members are encouraged to provide Sergeant Bondy with more goss; his fine sessions are starting to run a bit thin.  The raffle was won by Leslie, with several auxiliary prizes of homegrown tangelos provided by John G going to several members.

 

Vale Bill Thompson OAM


Bill Thompson, longtime lawyer and community-minded resident of Coolamon, passed away on 3rd August after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease.  Bill was the father of member Alex Thompson and was well known to many members of the club as well as the wider Coolamon community.  The Rotary Club of Coolamon extends its deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Bill Thompson, who is pictured below with his brother Dick, sons Alex, Jack and Charlie, and wife Gabby after being named a Paul Harris Fellow by the club. For more details on the noteworthy contributions of Bill Thompson, click HERE.  Bill Thompson, we salute you.

Bill Thompson (second from left) and family after being awarded a PHF by the Rotary Club of Coolamon



 

DIARY


Monday 16th August - Regular meeting with visit from Area Governor Elaine Almond, new D9705 Area Governor, will be our guest on the evening. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7:00 pm.  Dress is smart casual.  Board members are requested to arrive at 6.00 pm to meet with Elaine prior to the meeting. NB: Mary Potts, our newest member, will be inducted on the night.

 



Monday 16th August - Regular meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm.

Wednesday 18th August - Social Committee Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7 pm. 

Monday 23rd August - Regular meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm.

Monday 30th August - Fellowship meeting (5th Monday). Details forthcoming.

Monday 4th October - No meeting (public holiday).

Sunday 17th October - Open Garden Viewing

Monday 18th October - District Governor Leo Farrelly OAM Visit.

Saturday 23rd October - Open Garden Viewing

 

 

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS










 

 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to last week's puzzler:  Noon, of course! Another acceptable answer: Time to get you clock fixed.


This week's puzzler:  What living creature has four legs, eats cat food, and sees equally well on both ends of its body?

 

 

ROTARY NEWS


1.  ROTARY-BRANDED FACE MASKS


The Rotary e-Club of Brindabella is doing another production run of District 9705 branded face masks.  Orders will be placed soon so please act quickly.

Contact Person:  Rob Uhl  Rotary E-Club of Brindabella

Cost per Mask: $20.00  Masks are WHO approved, washable and re-useable. Up to 15 washes.

Masks are RI Licensed correctly branded and approved.  If clubs or Rotarians wish to order, need to do so quickly as the order will go in within 7 days.

 

Wearing your heart on your sleeve takes a twist when it becomes a mask on your face for these Rotarians ready to promote our service organisation.  Wagga Wagga Sunrise RC below:


From left: Fred Loneragan, Dawn Smith. Deidre Tome, Jenny Groch, Marilyn Walter and Sharon Ferguson

 

2.  MEMBERSHIP MINUTE: Membership and New Club Development Month




August is Membership and New Club Development Month, a time to recognize our members and the incredible work they do locally and globally. In 2021, many Rotarians around the world are working together to curb the pandemic through vaccination drives. After a long year of uncertainty, hope is on the horizon.

Membership Month is a great time to introduce friends and colleagues to the family of Rotary. Here are just a few ideas on how to attract new members and keep them engaged:

FULL STORY HERE

 

FOOTNOTE:


The Tokyo Olympics some moments worth remembering:



Above Rotarian P R Sreejesh of Rotary Club of Kizhakkambalam, District 3201 was the goalkeeper of Indian hockey team which won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Sreejesh was the star of the game with two penalty corner saves in the last 50 seconds.



Gianmarco Tamberi, Italy and Mutaz Essa Barshim, Qatar | High Jump Sharing the Gold medal.



Eliud Kipochoge from Kenya, the greatest marathon runner of all time, back-to-back gold.



In the wee of the night, future Olympians watching makeshift livestream of the games in the backyard from a village in Baringo, Rift Valley, Kenya.



Aussie Peter Bol, a refugee from South Sudan, comes 4th in the final of the men's 400 metres.

 

August is Rotary Month for Membership & Extension




 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2021-22


Chartered March 3rd, 1971; Sponsoring Club Narrandera Rotary Club


President: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director: Daryl Breust

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Ian Jennings

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: John Bond

Immediate Past President: Howard Atkinson

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford



 

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Week of 2nd August


President Albert welcomed 22 members and 1 guest (well, not really a guest since Mary Potts is all but a member, having been approved for membership but not yet inducted) to our weekly meeting.  Albert led a discussion of the garden viewing to be hosted by the club in October, which will hopefully go ahead pending developments on the COVID front. Following that, the members were treated to the first intstalment of Meet the Members, a new meeting activity started by Albert. First up was Daryl Breust, who answered a series of questions posed by the President, from the benign (e.g. "What's your favourite colour?") to the more probing ("Tell us about your career history").  We learned a lot about Daryl, including his ancestry (illustrated by an amazingly detailed family tree shown by Daryl), how he met his wife (Jan) and remarkable details about his sporting accomplishments (all related to Aussie Rules football).  The members were a bit in awe of Daryl's exploits on the footy field, but Garth was game to be the next cab off the rank at an upcoming meeting.

An interesting discussion ensued about the grace recited before dinner at our weekly meetings, with a diversity of opinions expressed regarding the appropriate content of the grace that is recited and whether we should be reciting grace at all.  Most agreed with the idea of having the recitation of a secular grace, with a diversity of grace/acknowledgments that would be rotated among out our weekly meetings, satisfying Albert's desire to get out of the habit of reciting the same grace week after week (which can result in the words of the grace losing their significance).

The meeting concluded with an amusing fine session led by Sergeant Bondy, who managed to extract some coin from the members, particularly Grahame who seems to be a frequent target of the Sergeant of late.  The raffle was won by Grahame, with second prize going to Paul.

 

DIARY


Monday 9th August - Speaker meeting. Guest Speaker: Ricky Hard on the "Red Neck Rally and Camp Quality". Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm. 

Wednesday 11th August - Board Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7 pm. 

Monday 16th August - Regular meeting with visit from Area Governor. Elaine Almond, new D9705 Area Governor, will be our guest on the evening. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7:00 pm.  Board members are requested to arrive at 6.00 pm to meet with Elaine prior to the meeting.

 



Wednesday 18th August - Social Committee Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7 pm. 

October long weekend - Wollundry RC Gears and Beers Festival. Check for the latest news on their web site: https://gearsandbeers.org.au/

Monday 4th October - No meeting (public holiday).

Sunday 17th October - Open Garden Viewing

Saturday 23rd October - Open Garden Viewing

 

 

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS










 

 

 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to last week's puzzler:  Bondy invited only 5 guests; the rest of the guests were invited by the other guests!


This week's puzzler: At noon, you look at the clock in your bedroom. The big hand is on the five and the little hand is in between the 3 and the 4. What time is it?

 

 

ROTARY NEWS


1.  RI President's Message




Shekhar and Rashi Mehta

Shekhar Mehta


President 2021-22


August 2021 - As we focus on membership in Rotary this month, I ask you to help make history this year. For more than 20 years, our membership has stood at 1.2 million. Rotary is a vibrant organization with a 116-year history, members in more than 220 countries and geographic areas, and a rich legacy of work in polio eradication and other humanitarian programs. Rotary has changed so much in our own lives and the lives of others. As we Serve to Change Lives, don’t you think Rotary could have an even greater impact on the world if more people were practicing Service Above Self?

My vision is to increase Rotary membership to 1.3 million by July 2022, and the call to action is simple: Each One, Bring One. This year, I want every Rotarian and Rotaractor to introduce a new person into their club.

We are a membership organization, and members are our greatest asset. You are the ones who contribute so generously to The Rotary Foundation. You are the ones who dream big to bring good into the world through meaningful projects. And of course, you are the ones who have put the world on the brink of eradicating polio.

As we make membership a priority this year, let us focus on diversity by reaching out to younger people and especially to women. Every club should celebrate its new members, and every Rotarian who sponsors a member will be personally recognized by me. And those who are successful in bringing in 25 or more members will be part of our new Membership Society.

Even as we share the gift of Rotary with others, let us be sure to engage these new members, because an engaged Rotarian is an asset forever. And remember that engaging our current members and keeping them in our clubs is just as important as bringing in newcomers. Let us also be ready to form new clubs, especially flexible ones. I am very bullish on clubs that hold virtual or hybrid meetings, and satellite clubs and cause-based clubs can also be very effective ways of growing Rotary.

As you grow more, you will be able to do more. Let us keep empowering girls through our work in each of the areas of focus. Scholarships for girls, toilets in schools, health and hygiene education — there is so much we can do. Projects focused on the environment are also attracting interest the world over. Do participate in these projects locally and internationally to make this world a better place for us and for all species.

Each of you is a Rotary brand ambassador, and all of the wonderful work done by Rotarians around the world needs to be shared outside the Rotary community. Use social media to tell your friends, colleagues, and relatives the stories of Service Above Self.

Finally, I’m challenging every club, during the coming year, to plan at least one Rotary Day of Service that will bring together volunteers from inside and outside Rotary and will celebrate and showcase the work of your club in your community. Visit rotary.org to find out more about all of these initiatives, along with other ways to Serve to Change Lives.

 

2.  Rotary launches new membership recognition programme




To recognize those who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment and success in growing our membership, we have launched a new recognition program. The  is a virtual gallery for those members who have sponsored 25 or more new members. Members can achieve different tiers of recognition as they continue to sponsor more members.

The recognition levels are:

  • Bronze Level: Sponsored 25-29 members

  • Silver Level: Sponsored 30-49 members

  • Gold Level: Sponsored 50-74 members

  • Platinum Level: Sponsored 75+ members


To be included in the Membership Society, an individual has to have sponsored 25 or more new members, and have reported those sponsorships to Rotary. New member sponsorship can only be between active members in the same club, and does not include charter members of a new club.

 with any questions you may have about the new recognition program.



August is Rotary Month for Membership & Extension




 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2021-22


Chartered March 3rd, 1971; Sponsoring Club Narrandera Rotary Club


President: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director: Daryl Breust

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Ian Jennings

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: John Bond

Immediate Past President: Howard Atkinson

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford



 

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Week of 26th July


President Albert welcomed 19 members and 1 guest to our first club assembly of the Rotary year.  Paul reported that the street raffle was quite successful, with lots of tickets sold to those hoping to win the trailerload of firewood.  The raffle was won by former member Myffy Collette, who was very happy to receive the precious load of wood as her supply was running low.  Myffy is holding up well as she manages the household and cares for her ailing husband, Brian.

President Albert chose to use our club assembly to discuss some plans for the coming year, particularly the garden viewing to be held in October, as well as his perspective on tree planting and vegetation loss in Coolamon.  Sergeant-at-Arms Bondy levied a number of entertaining fines, and a few cross-fines rounded out the fines session.  The meeting concluded with the raffle, which was won by Bruce, with second prize going to Bern.

 

DIARY


Wednesday 11th August - Board Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club. TBC.

Monday 16th August - Regular meeting with visit from Area Governor. Elaine Almond, new D9705 Area Governor, will be our guest on the evening. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7:00 pm.  Board members are requested to arrive at 6.00 pm to meet with Elaine prior to the meeting.

 



October long weekend Wollundry RC Gears and Beers Festival. Check for the latest news on their web site:

https://gearsandbeers.org.au/

Sunday 17th October - Open Garden Viewing

Saturday 23rd October - Open Garden Viewing

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS








Understated sign of the year



 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to last week's puzzler:  A haircut!


This week's puzzler:

Bondy was having a big party. He decided on a technique to get lots of people to come. He invited his five closest friends and said that they could each invite 4 people.
Each of those could invite 3.
Each of those could invite 2.
Each of those could invite 1.

Overall, how many people did Bondy invite to his party?

 

 

ROTARY NEWS


1.  ShelterBox Australia Newsletter July 2021


 

 

The film ‘Kunyumba’ followed this family and their recovery process from cyclone Idai


ShelterBox News


Last year Cyclone Idai hit southern Africa, washing away entire villages like Mwalija in Malawi.
As for now, the sun rises. One goes to the farm, one stays at the house and the children go to school. Life is getting restored. Now we are living on higher land, we are living without worries. I feel at home, without any hesitation.

Having lost everything after Cyclone Idai, Stephano and Mary were determined to rebuild their livelihoods, together with the rest of the community in Mwalija. Watch the video to see their story of recovery.

YouTube Story


 

2.   Rotary projects around the globe


Stories from the United States, Nicaragua, Lithuania, Rwanda, Jordan.




After hundreds of Rotary clubs in Zones 33 and 34 provided millions of meals to community members in need during the inaugural year of their Feed 10 Million initiative in 2019-20, District 6910 in northern Georgia is serving up a generous portion in the food drive’s second year. As of late April, the district had provided more than 2 million meals. District 6910 coordinated with the Farmers to Families Food Box program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which was designed to address the waste of produce that was left to rot in fields as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, says Randy Redner, a past president of the Rotary Club of Duluth, Georgia. “The food is paid for by the government. We provide the organization, the volunteers, and the connectivity in the local community to make sure it goes to the people who need it.”

FULL STORY HERE.

 

July is also the Rotary Month for the Environment.




 

 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2021-22


Chartered March 3rd, 1971; Sponsoring Club Narrandera Rotary Club


President: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director: Daryl Breust

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Ian Jennings

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: John Bond

Immediate Past President: Howard Atkinson

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford



 

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