Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2223-13


 



1.  MEETING OF OCTOBER 31st


Tonight's meeting was attended by Phil McIntosh and David Byfield of Wollundry Rotary Club on behalf of the Gears and Beers event run by their club.  This was also a 5th Monday social night!

Scott Mudd introduced his wife Melissa, who attended as a guest. Please come back any time, Melissa!

PP Daryl Breust chaired the meeting in President Paul's absence and after some general business we had reports from Henk on the result of the recent garden viewing which netted around $5,500.  Albert and his committee did a great job despite the weather.  Henk also reported on the catering for the bike event in Coolamon on the weekend; thanks go to Alex, Neil and Clare Munro as well as Henk for doing the work.

Albert reported on the garden viewing and requested that the club make a donation to the three non-Rotarian hosts for allowing their gardens to be included in the programme.

 

Gears and Beers Report by Phil McIntosh and David Byfield


Phil McIntosh gave us a rundown on the event that we helped to run, especially the Dirty 130 ride.  Wollundry RC has been running the event for 8 years now and for the first time Phil said that following the March weekend due to Covid,  the riders of the March weekend engaged the event through social media.  This resulted in the success of the October event.  FOMO was an expression Phil used as a result of this social media phenomenon, Fear Of Missing Out.

Phil spoke about the money shots as there were three excellent photos that came out of the October weekend--simply stunning and will be the reason why the 2023 October event will be a sellout.  The video that was taken of the riders going through Adrian Lindner's canola paddock has been viewed 4,700 times to date on Facebook.

Phil waxes lyrical about so many highlights and thanked our club many times for our involvement and hard work put in by Daryl and all the volunteers that weekend.  Comments from the riders were enthusiastic, leading Phil to proclaim that it was the best Beers & Gears ever!

Phil and David then presented a cheque to President Paul (who was a late arrival after driving all day from Melbourne) and PP Daryl.



Here are some photos of the several thousand taken during the event from the Gears and Beers Facebook page:



 

2.  MEETING OF OCTOBER 24th


Tonight we had 19 members attend our Club Assembly to discuss New Years Eve 2022.

President Paul gave a short report on the D9705 Conference held at the CSU in Wagga Wagga this past weekend.  Paul suggested that we might consider doing an international project for Papua New Guinea given the great need in that country and the fact that PNG is a close neighbour to Australia.  John G also attended the DISCON and gave a brief report.  There is a pictorial story further on in this bulletin.

Albert gave a report on the garden viewing days and thanked all who volunteered their time especially those who are not members of our club.  Despite the weather, the event was quite successful.  Thanks to Albert and his committee for doing such a great job.  All five gardens were different and beautiful in their own way.

See: Open Garden Days

Paul asked for volunteers for the upcoming weekend to man the caravan for the Community Bike Ride at Kindra Park.  Albert will drop off the caravan; so far Alex, Henk, Daryl and Neil have offered to man the van.

After other matters were discussed, Paul opened the Club Assembly and called for a discussion on the following motion of recommendation to the CRC Board:

"That the CRC continues to support the Shire Council's NYE programme as we have done in the past".

After a good robust debate with speakers for and against the motion, it was decided to make the following recommendation to the board:

"That the CRC continues to support the Shire Council's NYE programme as we have done in the past subject to receiving support of the Coolamon Lions Club."

The above motion was passed without dissent.

The evening concluded with a spirited fines session and a raffle with several prizes on offer.

Mystery Bell:



 

3.  MEETING OF OCTOBER 19th


JOINT LIONS AND ROTARY DINNER




 



 

Lions President Alan White and the Coolamon Lions were our hosts at this joint meeting of our two clubs.  Lions had 23 members and guests and Rotary had 19 members and guests attend the dinner. The pre-dinner fellowship was extended to 0ne hour as Lions meet at 7.30 pm.  This was an excellent part of the night.

Lions toasted the King, an old, dying tradition especially as the portrait of the late Queen is still hanging in the dining room.  We learned about the Lions credo and their mission as a service club.   There was a joint fines session led by [email protected] Garth Perkin and his loyal Corporal Dick Jennings.  Lions put up Dave McCann who was no match for the Rotary team.

Alan thanked Rotary for helping with the recent parking for the Ganmain Show.  Alan then introduced Leo de Kroo as the guest speaker and raconteur for the night.



Leo gave a wonderful talk on his life, loves and music.  Leo was married to Just Stone for a few years and Leo's stories of people he has met and worked with over the years was wonderful nostalgia, from playing with his brother as the De Kroo Brothers and meeting up with such luminaries as Col Joy, when his life changed from country music to rock 'n' roll after being inspired by Elvis.

Leo was good mates with Johnnie O' Keefe and appeared on Bandstand and 6 O'Clock Rock.  Great memories of JoK calling him at all times of the night and Kamahl which he thought was a joke at the time.  Leo then started a sing-along quiz show for members and guests, including songs by Neil Diamond, Marty Roberts, Pat Boone and a tribute to Olivia Newton-John.

Leo had some interesting meetings including one with Neil Sedaka who according to Leo was the best part of the meeting!  Leo's standout guy was John Denver, who was a genuine human being according to Leo.

Leo entertained us with Clancy of the Overflow and finished with The Gambler by Kenny Rodgers. All in all, a good night was had by all.

Leo de Kroo




HOWEVER, THE ROTARY BELL HAS GONE WALKABOUT AGAIN!!!!!  We know who the culprit is and we have called in the dog squad to go pay him a visit!!!  Even though they have the Mayor, an ex-policeman, and several councillors as Lions, apparently there has been collusion between these gentlemen to lift our bell in a dastardly plan.

We have engaged the "bell squad", a congress in actual fact, to sort out the theft of our Rotary bell.  This is a heavily armed-to-the-teeth squad of a highly trained team of investigators, be warned!!!!


YOU WILL ALL BE FOUND AND HEAVILY FINED!!!!


 

 

DIARY


*N.B. You are always welcome to bring guests to most of our meetings, just advise Ian Jennings if you want to bring a guest along when you respond to the weekly dinner roll call!

Monday, 7th November - CRC Annual General Meeting, including election of office bearers for 2023-2024. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Thursday 10th November - CRC Board Meeting - Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7 pm.

Monday, 14th November - Regular Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday, 21st November - Regular Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS


LIONS GALLERY


 



 

 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to the last puzzlers: 

Easier one: You'd get paid one cent since six seconds is 1/600th of an hour (and the hourly rate is $6.00 per hour).

Harder one: 1) ROYGBIV - colours of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet); 2) QWERTY - first six letters in the top row of letters in a standard computer keyboard layout; 3) PRNDL - gears in a typical automatic car transmission (park, reverse, neutral, drive, low); 4)  SCUBA - self-contained underwater breathing apparatus; and 5) EGBDF - letters of the musical notes in the lines of the treble clef, from bottom to top. Bonus: SNAFU - situation normal, all fouled up (a US military anagram, although the original version is spicier than that!)

This week's puzzlers: 

Easier one: What comes once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years?

Harder one: Leslie had trouble logging into her CSU email account. After trying her password twice without success, she remembered that the passwords are reset every month for security purposes. She called her supervisor and said, “Hey boss, my password is out of date.” Her supervisor replied, “Yes, that’s right. The new password is different. Listen carefully. I am sure you can figure out the new one. The new one has the same number of letters as your old password, but only four of the letters are the same.” With that, Leslie could correctly log into her email account. What are the new and old passwords?


 

 

ROTARY NEWS


 

1.  DISTRICT 9705 CONFERENCE REPORT




The District 9705 Conference held at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga on 23-24 October. District Governor Geraldine Rurenga and her team, supported by Eilagh Sheils Rurenga and Chair of the Conference Michael Milston, produced a wonderful and well-organised conference. Here are some photos taken by John G; John regrets that Susan and he missed the dinner dance, which reportedly was a lot of fun.

A full report will be available at some stage in the near future:




 



2.  MESSAGE FROM A KENYAN ROTARIAN



The photo above,  from left to right:


Rotary International President Jennifer Jones


Margaret Kimani and PDG Eric Kimani 


Vice Chair of The Rotary Foundation, Larry Lunsford


I WORK ALONGSIDE BILL GATES TO IMPROVE OUR WORLD…YOU TOO CAN!

It has been long since I wrote on Facebook and sitting here in Amsterdam on a long lay-over I wish to share an abundant thought…

This week the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged an astounding US $ 1.2 billion towards the eradication of Polio. This has been covered in the media through-out the world and one may read about it in various places;

Read (Daily Nation): https://nation.africa/.../gates-foundation-pledges-1-2-bn...

Read (Rotary Website): https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes/ending-polio

Read (End Polio Website): https://www.endpolio.org/

In the last couple of years, The Gates Foundation has offered Rotarians 1:2 match-for every dollar we Rotarians raise for Polio they would match with two. This will continue this year. I cannot understand why any Rotarian would not donate $10, $100, $1000 or as much as they are able to, so that we can access the match and get this nasty disease out of the way!!

24th October will be World Polio Day. Traditionally, I will sit with my credit card and make a “small” donation to Polio through Rotary www.rotary.org/donate

I challenge as many Rotarians (and non- Rotarians too can donate!) to make a donation and like me boast to work alongside the greats of this world like Bill Gates to eradicate a disease that is threatening our world again!

As I ponder around the subject of giving, my mind takes me back to the events of this previous week at Rotary headquarters in Evanston, Chicago. We sat through “stories” told by many philanthropists who have donated to Rotary between US $250,000 and US $10 million: https://www.rotary.org/en/donate/recognition

It is unfathomable that an older man or woman would shed tears while thanking Rotary for allowing them the opportunity to give away their US $10 million!!! I am a changed man out of these experiences. My “gospel” of abundance is enlarged- “to him whom much is given, much is expected” but I must also add that this also apply “to him whom little is given, little is expected too!”

What is my call to action here?

One need not be a billionaire to stand alongside Bill Gates or any of the greats of the world. We all can play our little part in whatever station we are in life. If you give nothing to nobody, you deny yourself the joy of opening your hands to receive!

My abundant thinking tells me the world has enough for all of us!

© Eric Kimani

October 2022

 

3. ROTARY ZONE 8 CANBERRA CONFERENCE



A full pictorial story can be found below:







NOVEMBER IS ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH




 

Graphics by Debbie Vance from Canada


 

 

 

 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2022-23


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


President: Paul Weston

President-Elect 2023-2024: John Bond

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Mary Potts

Membership Director: John Nulty

Service Projects Director:  John Bond

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Henk Hulsman

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: Garth Perkin

Immediate Past President and Vice-President: Albert Suidgeest

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford

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Melbourne Cup Sweep Winners



1. Gold Trip (Jockey: J.McDonald, Trainer: C.Waller)

2. Emissary (Jockey: M.Zahra, Trainer: C.Maher & D.Eustace)

3. High Emocean (Jockey: T.M.Nugent, Trainer: C.Maher & D.Eustace)

4. Deauville Legend (Jockey: K.McEvoy, Trainer: J.Ferguson)

5. Realm Of Flowers (Jockey: D.Thornton, Trainer: A. & S.Freedman)

6. Daqiansweet Junior (Jockey: D.Moor, Trainer: P.J. Stokes)

7. Smokin' Romans (Jockey: J.Kah, Trainer: C.Maher & D.Eustace)

8. Stockman (Jockey S.Clipperton, Trainer: J.J.W.Pride )

9. Knights Order ( Jockey: T.Clark, Trainer: G.Waterhouse & A.Bott)

10. Vow And Declare (Jockey: B.Shinn, Trainer: D.T.O'Brien)

11. Arapaho (Jockey: R.King, Trainer: B.Baker)

12. Hoo Ya Mal (Jockey: C.Williams, Trainer: G.Waterhouse)

13. Without A Fight (Jockey: W.Buick, Trainer: S. & E.Crisford)

14. Grand Promenade (Jockey: H.T.Coffey, Trainer: C.Maher & D.Eustace)

15. Young Werther (Jockey: D.M.Lane, Trainer: D.T.O'Brien )

16. Montefilia (Jockey: J.Collett, Trainer: D.L.Payne )

17. Tralee Rose (Jockey: D.Yendall, Trainer: S.W.Wilde )

18. Duais (Jockey: H.Bowman, Trainer: E.A.Cummings)

19. Numerian (Jockey: T.Berry, Trainer: A.S.Neasham )

20. Serpentine (Jockey: J.Allen, Trainer: R.L.Hickmott )

21. Camorra (Jockey: B.J.Melham, Trainer: B. & JD.Hayes)

FF. Interpretation (Jockey: C.Newitt, Trainer: C.Maher & D.Eustace)

SCR. Lunar Flare (Jockey: M.J.Dee, Trainer: G.M.Begg)

SCR. Point Nepean (Jockey: W.M.Lordan, Trainer: R.L.Hickmott)

Here are the results of the Melbourne Cup Sweeps:

Black Tickets:

First David Byfield $30

Second Melissa Mudd $10

Third Albert Suidgeest $5

Last Bruce Hamilton $1

Red Tickets:

First Alex Thompson $30

Second Paul Weston $10

Third Anne Rzeszkowski $5

Last Ian Jennings $1

 

 

 
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ROTARY ZONE 8 CONFERENCE CANBERRA


2022 Rotary Zone 8 Conference



Above Fayeh McKenzie gave us this lovely painting that Fayeh did for our cause in Ukraine and we gave it to Jill and Larry Lunsford as a thankyou for being such gracious guests.


The 2022 Rotary Zone 8 Conference is a partnership between Rotaract and Rotary within Zone 8. Rotaract Australia proposed the concept of the combined conference to RI Director and Conference Convener, Jessie Harman. The Conference Committee is Co-Chaired by Rotaractor Andrew Giumelli and Rotarian John McKenzie and comprised of talented Rotaractors and Rotarians from all across the zone. The Conference was formerly known as the Zone Institute.

The Rotary Zone 8 Conference in Canberra over the past 4 days was simply wonderful and generated many moments which will be remembered for a long time. The following photos may just help capture some of those moments. I borrowed three pics from another post by Rob Uhl, thanks Rob. The conference was very well organised and ran smoothly from start to finish. Thanks to everyone who made it happen especially RID Jessie Harman, PDG John McKenzie and Rotaractor Andrew Giumelli. So many people behind the scenes especially my good mate PDG Greg Marlow. Far too many highlights to list in any order.

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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2223-12


 


 

MEETING OF OCTOBER 10th


President Paul welcomed 18 members and our guest speaker Richard Thompson.

Paul presented Garth with a stubby holder and program from the 100th Illabo Show as Garth had to miss the 100th as he was busy doing work for Rotary.

Albert reported on the recent Driver Awareness day for Coolamon Central School and we made a net profit of $140, another good example of Rotary at work in our community by catering for the event. Volunteers included Albert, Garth, Mary, Howard and Daryl.

Daryl reported on the Gears & Beers weekend where 1200 riders came through Coolamon in the Dirty 130 event.    Wollundry Rotary have done it again with 2,4000 registrations and a great weekend eventuated.  Some 1750 ANZAC cookies were baked by our volunteers. Thank you to all members and friends of Rotary that helped on the day (and before!).

Paul called for players for the business houses bowls competition.

The Lions Club of Coolamon has invited CRC to their meeting on Wednesday, October 19th. We have accepted their offer and have decided to cancel our meeting of 17th October. So far 19 names of members and partners have been put forward.

Albert advised the meeting that the recent tree planting on Leary's Lane went well.

A major topic for discussion was the upcoming Garden Viewing in Coolamon.  Grahame read out the roster for those members who are volunteering their time on the two days (Sunday 16th and Saturday 22nd October).  The list has been sent via email to all members.

Grahame brought up the question of our involvement in NYE this year and suggested that we discuss the matter at the next board meeting.

John G reminded all members present that the AGM is 4 weeks away (Monday 7th November) and that all board positions are vacant apart from the President-elect (John Bond).

GUEST SPEAKER



Richard (Dick) Thompson, brother of the late Bill Thompson, was our guest speaker for the night.  Dick lives in Yorkshire England and has done so for the past 34 years.  Dick started his career as a lawyer at Junee with Commins Hendricks and met his wife, a GP  from England, in Tennant Creek and through his love of Aussie Rules.

The Thompsons live in a country area in Yorkshire surrounded by farms, sometimes a cold place, however Dick now prefers the cold to the heat of Australia.  They live between Sheffield and Leeds in a small town called Penistone.



Dick and his wife have been looking after a displaced Ukrainian lady and her 2 children who are eligible to stay in England for 3 years, and who receive benefits and are able to work from day 1.  This was an inspiring story that Dick related to us and good on them. Dick Jennings and Albert have visited Dick in Yorkshire. Albert thanked Dick for his talk and presented him with a Coolamon token of appreciation.

The evening finished with another spirited fines session by Garth and his side kick Dick.  Again no one was spared and it was a great way to end the meeting.

 

QUESTION FROM BULLETIN EDITOR JJG

I have had 4 weeks away from preparing my part for the weekly bulletin.  I have had time to reflect and reset my goals in life in fact a complete circuit breaker.  One area that I have reset is Rotary.  The bulletin has taken up a lot of my time in the 14 years that I have been an editor for the bulletin.  The time has come to look at what you need from the weekly bulletin.

On several occasions I have asked various members what they read and it is obvious that the bulletin has to change.  I have several responses saying that the most important part is the weekly diary.  That some do not read the bulletin in full if at all.

Some ideas include:

 Weekly diary sent via SMS with a monthly report on the club's activities for the previous month.
 Contributions by members to appear in a monthly bulletin especially photos.
 Brief reports on the weekly meetings if interesting, in the monthly bulletin.

NB. The bulletin is published via our website which is by far the cheapest way to get the bulletin published.

Therefore we are looking at ways to maintain our news in a simpler way that does not take up an inordinate amount of time. It takes me 5-6 net working hours per week to continue the bulletin as it is now.

It has been 4 weeks since I was able to write up all the stories that we have been producing.  So far zero complaints that the bulletin has changed or not published at all over the past 4 weeks.  Both Paul and I are still working full time as well as performing our Rotary duties, and the time has come to ask all of you for your input via email please.

At the end of this Rotary year I discontinue my role as a bulletin editor, as well as secretary.  It is extremely unfair to ask one person to hold other positions such as secretary or president and to continue in the same vein. I will continue as web master for the two websites that we are responsible for, which includes Road MAPS to Africa and our CRC Facebook page.

Please let Paul and me know what you want to do and how to achieve a good bulletin and weekly diary.

Write to us with your ideas to:

John Glassford ([email protected]) or:

Paul Weston ([email protected])

I have thoroughly enjoyed being an editor and sending you all stories, Rotary news, jokes and reports.  However my life has to take another tack into the next chapter whatever time that is left for me.  Stepping back from the bulletin a secretarial duties will free up 5- 6 hours a week that I've been spending on the bulletin and God knows how many hours as your secretary.  You can also expect to see a substantial decrease in the number of emails from me. In particular, I am going back to continuing the work for the at-risk and vulnerable children from the slums of Kenya which is why I was invited to join Rotary in the first place, i.e. Road MAPS to Africa, with my great mate PDG Fred Loneragan.

I also have work to do for RAGES, the Rotary Action Group that I founded in particular for these wonderful animals:

Photo by JJG using a Nikon 900 16 mega pixels with a 24-2000mm zoom lens.
One of only 24 giant tuskers left on planet earth!

DIARY


*N.B. You are always welcome to bring guests to most of our meetings, just advise Ian Jennings if you want to bring a guest along when you respond to the weekly dinner roll call!

Saturday 22nd October - Coolamon Garden Viewing.  There will be five gardens on display, three on house blocks and two on acreage. Registration will take place at 26 Doubleday Lane.  Cost is $15 per adult with children under 16 free.

Monday, 17th October - No meeting (meeting shifted to Wednesday meeting with Coolamon Lions Club).

Wednesday, 19th October - Joint meeting with Coolamon Lions Club.  An evening with local singer/guitar player Leo DeKroo.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7:00 for 7:30 pm.

Friday-Sunday 21st-23rd OctoberDistrict Conference.  Joyes Hall, CSU campus, Wagga Wagga (details forthcoming). [NB The district conference will be moving to an October timeslot as of this year, which is why we're having two district conferences in 2022).

Monday, 24th October - Club AssemblyDiscussion of CRC involvement with Coolamon New Year's Eve Festival among other important items.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Friday-Sunday 28th-30th October 2022  - Rotary Zone 8 Conference (Canberra). Rotary Australia New Zealand and Pacific Islands Conference

Monday, 31st October - Social evening. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday, 7th November - CRC Annual General Meeting. including election of office bearers for 2023-2024. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

 

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS












 

 

 


 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to the last puzzlers: 

Easier one: your name

Harder one: ENT (the letters provided were the first letters of the numbers one through seven)

This week's puzzlers: 

Easier one: Your dad tells you that he will pay you $6.00 an hour to wash your hands before dinner. If it takes 6 seconds to wash your hands, how much will you get paid?

Harder one: What well-known items do these sequences of letters represent? 1) ROYGBIV, 2) QWERTY, 3) PRNDL, 4)  SCUBA, and 5) EGBDF. Extra credit: What do the letters in SNAFU stand for?


 

 

ROTARY NEWS


 

1.  DISTRICT 9705 CONFERENCE



Keynote Speakers Include:


Break-out workshops with fellow Rotarians based on your specific interest from the areas of:


* Leadership through different perspectives
* Women in leadership
* The Reconciliation journey for your Club
* D9705  Environmental Showcase
* Building diversity (incl multicultural) into our Clubs
* Diversity and Inclusion (accessibility)
* Service Projects smorgasbord




Panel discussions on Rotaract, Youth Exchange, Wiradjuri Cultural Group Study Exchange team.


Op Shop Ball Saturday Night


6:30pm dinner at the Rules Entertainment by








2.  TRACY'S GRADUATION



As you all know by now Susan and John Glassford travelled to Kenya for our star pupil's graduation day in Nairobi.

From this day in November 2011 to this day in September 2022 it has been one of the most worthwhile parts of my life and that of PDG Fred Loneragan who has supported Tracy all along the way.





There will be a full report and a presentation to our members at a date to be decided.  This ends the first chapter and the beginning of a new chapter on Tracy's life.



Above Tracy and her parents with Susan.

 

 



OCTOBER IS COMMUNITY ECONOMIC & DEVELOPMENT MONTH



Graphics by Debbie Vance from Canada


 

 

 

 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2022-23


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


President: Paul Weston

President-Elect 2023-2024: John Bond

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Mary Potts

Membership Director: John Nulty

Service Projects Director:  John Bond

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Henk Hulsman

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: Garth Perkin

Immediate Past President and Vice-President: Albert Suidgeest

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford

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Garden Viewing October 16th 2022


Above some of the many volunteers that made the day a success.


Just a quick pictorial on the Open Garden Days in Coolamon today being the first of two days the next being next Saturday 22nd October.  A full report will appear in next week's bulletin.  Albert Suidgeest and his committee have done a great job and by all accounts a very successful day.  Here in a thumb nail gallery are 28 photos from today's viewing.

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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2223-11


 


 

MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 19th


President Paul welcomed 16 members and one guest (Matthew Higgonson) to our weekly meeting. "Bear" Pattison reported that the Marrar Campdraft Association was very appreciative of the assistance provided by members of CRC in manning the gate on September 17th and will be making a generous donation to the club. Thanks to those members who assisted on the day. Much of the meeting was taken up with planning for two upcoming major events, Beers & Gears (2nd October) and the garden viewing (16th and 22nd October). Final postings of members for Beers & Gears will be discussed at our next weekly meeting (26th September) and baking of ANZAC biscuits will take place on Saturday (24th September). Mary Potts generated a bit of envy when she described her recent hot air balloon ride over Temora and surrounds. Mary will share photos of her adventure at a later date, but it must have been an impressive sight to see the vast acreages of blooming canola in the district (but she also reported seeing flooded paddocks to the north and east that were anything but yellow because of the extremely wet weather we've endured this winter). The meeting concluded with another rousing fines session led by [email protected] Garth and his offsider, Rotary Dick. The major raffle prize was won by Craig Lambert.

 

DIARY


*N.B. You are always welcome to bring guests to most of our meetings, just advise Ian Jennings if you want to bring a guest along when you respond to the weekly dinner roll call!

Monday, 26th September - Regular meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Sunday 2nd October - Daylight Saving Starts at 2.00 am - clocks go forward one hour.

Sunday 2nd October - Gears and Beers.  Roster to be set at meeting of 26 September.

Monday 3rd October - NO MEETING (Public Holiday).

Monday, 10th October - Regular meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Sunday, 16th October - Coolamon Garden Viewing.  There will be five gardens on display, three on house blocks and two on acreage. Registration will take place at 26 Doubleday Lane.  Cost is $15 per adult with children under 16 free.

Saturday 22nd October - Coolamon Garden Viewing. Details as above.

Friday-Sunday 21st-23rd OctoberDistrict Conference.  Joyes Hall, CSU campus, Wagga Wagga (details forthcoming). [NB The district conference will be moving to an October timeslot as of this year, which is why we're having two district conferences in 2022).

Friday-Sunday 28th-30th October 2022  - Rotary Zone 8 Conference (Canberra).

Rotary Australia New Zealand and Pacific Islands Conference

Monday 7th November CRC Annual General Meeting including election of office bearers for 2023-2024.

 

BABY PHOTO COMPETITION - WEEK 4




 

Who is the Rotarian Above?  First correct answer gets a free raffle ticket at the next meeting.



Last week's entry above: No one guessed that the Rotarian above was a much younger President Paul.

 

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS


 







 


 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to the last puzzlers: 

Easier one: Albert is Don's uncle.

Harder one: a map

This week's puzzlers: 

Easier one: What belongs to you, but everyone else uses it?

Harder one: What are the next three letters following this sequence: OTTFFSS?


 

 

 

ROTARY NEWS


 

1. Regionalisation pilot for Rotary Zone 8 (that's us!)




Zone 8, which coves Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands, is planning to embark on a pilot plan to develop alternative administrative structures overseeing Rotary activities. The plan seems a bit vague because the governance structures are intentionally left unspecified to allow flexibility in adapting new structures as needs arise, but RI is to be commended in allowing this sort of exploration to happen even though it has the potential to diminish the role of RI in the day-to-day operations in the zone. At the end of three years, the experimental structures will be evaluated and decisions regarding their merits of adopting some or all of he alternative structures will be made. Before the pilot can begin, however, there needs to be buy-in by the clubs in Zone 8. Club presidents are voting on behalf of their clubs through 29th of September.

For more information on the regionalisation plan, click here.

 

 


SEPTEMBER IS BASIC EDUCATION & LITERACY MONTH


Graphics by Debbie Vance from Canada


 



 

 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2022-23


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


President: Paul Weston

President-Elect 2023-2024: John Bond

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Mary Potts

Membership Director: John Nulty

Service Projects Director:  John Bond

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Henk Hulsman

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: Garth Perkin

Immediate Past President and Vice-President: Albert Suidgeest

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford

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Tracy’ Graduation

Well, it was a wonderful day in Nairobi yesterday I will post more later.  Tracy is on my mind this morning in Nairobi. Yesterday was one of those days that makes one very proud to be a Rotarian. Susan and I travelled to Nairobi from Ganmain to witness the graduation of our Tracy. What an amazing journey and my eternal thanks to Rotary and all the Rotarians who supported our Road MAPS to Africa project through Coolamon Rotary my club. Here are some photos that tell the culmination of the story of 11 years sponsoring this young lady. From Mathare to the world of opportunity that now awaits Tracy.










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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2223-10


 



VALE YOUR MAJESTY!


Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom thanking ‘Estimate’ for winning the 2013 Ascot Gold Cup





The painting, by Irish artist Tony O'Connor, is unfinished and has attracted a lot of attention on Facebook.  Most comments suggest he  leave the painting in its current unfinished state.



WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 5th


Visit of Griffith Avanti Rotary Club




On Sunday 4th September we hosted the Griffith Avanti RC who were on a "caravan" trip in our area.  They visited the June Liquorice and Chocolate Factory and stayed overnight in Junee on Saturday.  Six members of our club had lunch with them at the Sports Club and  were entertained by Griffith Avanti with a road trip quiz which included questions like when was the hall in Binya opened and so on.  This is a very active club which has breakfast meetings and 60% female members.  They have also gotten behind our Sunflower Seeds for Ukraine Initiative.  One of their main fund-raising activities is recycling vehicle batteries.

Griffith Avanti RC Facebook Page

 



 

Regular meeting - 5th September


Wollundry RC paid us a visit to discuss the upcoming Gears and Beers festival over the October long weekend.  PP Phil McIntosh and PP David Byfield were the speakers from Wollundry RC.



President Paul welcomed our two visiting Rotarians and 19 members, which a very good rollup. Paul reported on the very successful ten-pin bowling night in Wagga which took place on the 5th Monday social night. Grahame Miles presented Alex Thompson with the newly instituted perpetual trophy for winning against the 14 members who took part in the bowling.



We had several items for discussion before the talk on this October's Gears and Beers weekend including:

  • Notice of the meeting at the Wagga Wagga RC on Thursday 15th to hear form the Deputy Head of Mission from the Ukraine Embassy in Canberra, Mr. Volodymyr Shalkivsky.

  • Anne and Mary reported on the catering in Ganmain for the SW Hack event.

  • Flyer on the mango project sent by PDG John Egan on behalf of the RC of Woden Daybreak.

  • Induction of the Rev. Scott Mudd will take place on Monday 12th.

  • Dr. Sumera Amir passed on a her sincere thanks for the relief efforts of ShelterBox in the flooded areas of Pakistan.

  • Albert spoke on the upcoming garden viewing days and advised that there would be a meeting of the committee on 7th September.

  • Paul thanked Anne for distributing the latest issue of the Coolamon Chronicle.

  • Marrar Madness roster to assist with manning the gate this Saturday at the Marrar Sports Ground.

  • Adrian and Wendy are off to Europe.

  • [email protected] Garth and his Corporal Dick managed to fine every person attending.

  • The raffle was won by John G.


GEARS AND BEERS


Phil McIntosh gave a good detailed account of the upcoming Gears & Beers event on Sunday, 2nd of October.  We will need plenty of volunteers.

Phil explained that they had to run the March 2022 event this year owing to the disruptions to Gears & Beers due to Covid in 2020 and 2021.  Phil said that the March event was totally different to the October events of the past due to the dry hot dusty and sometimes windy condition that weekend.  A lot of riders experienced multiple tyre punctures.

The upcoming event has a totally different look due to the generally pleasant conditions and picturesque scenery typical of this time of year in the Riverina.  Bookings are down c.f. to March and previous years, but at present there are 1,200-1,300 booked.  All accommodation in Wagga Wagga is booked out for the October long weekend.

Phil then described how our club will be involved on the Sunday and PP Daryl Breust is across the event on behalf of CRC.  Above all, Wollundry have a brand to protect and reminded us all that we are ambassadors for Gears and Beers.

President Paul thanked Phil and David for the information and for their continued reliance on our club to make this event a success.

Go to their website below for further information: Gears & Beers October 2022



 

MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 12th


President Paul welcomed guests Marilyn Jennings, Sharon Miles, Susan Glassford, Sally Farmer and Scott Mudd along with 19 of our members.  Paul thanked the volunteers that manned the gate at the Marrar Madness event on Saturday, which included Brian, Anne, Mary, Albert, Don, Alex and Howard as well Paul.  There was a large crowd--over 500 attended--and Brian Pattison believes it will become an annual event.

Daryl flagged that the next meeting he will be calling for volunteers for the fast-approaching Gears and Beers event on Sunday, 2nd October.  Daryl also said that on Saturday 24th September we will be baking ANZAC biscuits again for the event; more information will be provided at next Monday's meeting.

 

INDUCTION of Rev. Scott Mudd


Tonight was a special night as President Paul inducted the Rev. Scott Mudd into our club.  Ian Jennings is Scott's sponsor and mentor.  All our members welcomed Scott in the usual manner and wished him well as a member of our wonderful Rotary club.  We are now 30 members strong. Scott is the Anglican priest for our shire and his Rotary classification is Anglican Priest.





(Editor's note we need to get a portrait of King Charles III).

Auctioneer Dick conducted a spirited auction of two dinners--no need for a microphone when Dick is in full flight!



The members and guests then signed a card congratulating Tracy Ochieng on her graduation (see story in Rotary news below).

Talk by Susan and John Glassford from Huff  'n' Puff



Tonight Susan and John spoke about the past 19-23 years on starting a new business in Ganmain.  John celebrated 19 years as a member of the Coolamon RC and thanked David Benn from Wollundry who introduced JG to Grahame Miles who became JG's sponsor.   The last time we had a talk on straw bale building was in 2003 so it was a good opportunity to see what Huff 'n' Puff have done during that time.

Here is a small sample of what has been done during those years.



As usual the meeting ended up with a raffle with two prizes and a very entertaining fines session with [email protected] Garth and Cpl. Dick.

 

DIARY


*N.B. You are always welcome to bring guests to most of our meetings, just advise Ian Jennings if you want to bring a guest along when you respond to the weekly dinner roll call!

Monday, 19th September - Regular meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Monday, 26th September - Regular meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Sunday 2nd October - Daylight Saving Starts at 2.00am - clocks go forward one hour.

Sunday 2nd October - Gears and Beers.  Roster to be set at upcoming meetings.

Monday 3rd October - NO MEETING (Public Holiday).

Monday, 10th October - Regular meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Sunday, 16th October - Coolamon Garden Viewing.  There will be five gardens on display, three on house blocks and two on acreage. Registration will take place at 26 Doubleday Lane.  Cost is $15 per adult with children under 16 free.

Saturday 22nd October - Coolamon Garden Viewing. Details as above.

Friday-Sunday 21st-23rd OctoberDistrict Conference.  Joyes Hall, CSU campus, Wagga Wagga (details forthcoming). [NB The district conference will be moving to an October timeslot as of this year, which is why we're having two district conferences in 2022).

Friday-Sunday 28th-30th October 2022  - Rotary Zone 8 Conference (Canberra).

Rotary Australia New Zealand and Pacific Islands Conference

Monday 7th November CRC Annual General Meeting including election of office bearers for 2023-2024.

 

BABY PHOTO COMPETITION - WEEK 4




Who is the Rotarian Above?  First correct answer gets a free raffle ticket at the next meeting.



Last week's entry above: Several correct answers in that it was Dick Jennings.



In the previous week Jann Breust correctly answered that the Rotarian above is John Glassford.

 

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS










 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to the last puzzlers: 

Easier one: A towel.

Harder one: Silence

This week's puzzlers: 

Easier one: Albert is the brother of Bruce. Bruce is the brother of Craig. Craig is the father of Don. So how is Albert related to Don?

Harder one: I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I?


 

 

 

ROTARY NEWS


 

1.  HONORARY ROTARIANS


Honorary Rotarians.

Section 6 — Honorary Membership. This club may elect honorary members for terms set by the board, who shall:

(a)   be exempt from paying dues;

(b)   not vote;

(c)   not hold any club office;

(d)   not hold classifications; and

(e)   be entitled to attend all meetings and enjoy all other privileges in the club, but have no rights or privileges in any other club, except to visit without being a Rotarian’s guest.

 
One famous Honorary Rotarian is King Charles III seen below wearing his Rotary pin.   Charles III is an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Banchory-Ternan  in District 1010 Scotland.  The town of Banchory (pop 7,650 in 2016) lies on the north side of the River Dee some 18 miles west of Aberdeen, Europe's oil capital.





2.  TRACY MONIQUE OCHIENG




This story is coming to an ending and a beginning of the next chapter in Tracy's life.  The Coolamon Rotary Club's Mountains of the Moon team first met Tracy in the slums of Nairobi, Mathare.  That was in November 2011 where the Rotary Club of Nairobi (Chartered 1933) had invited us to a school presentation.  This was to thank us for helping with the Orphan Rescue Kits which enabled many children to attend school in Mathare.

THE ORPHAN RESCUE KITS

Tracy was one of two primary school children from Mathare to make a presentation and PDG Fred Loneragan and John G were very impressed with this young lady.  They contacted Tracy through the RC of Nairobi and asked if they could sponsor her through high school.  Tracy's future was very bleak indeed if Tracy could not attend high school.  So began a long journey of 11 years.  Fred and John funded her education at the Bishop Okoth Secondary School for Girls on the shores of Lake Victoria.

Fred and John then decided to make sure that Tracy went on to college, so they sponsored her to attend the United States International University.  Tracy started studying pharmacy but found this was not for her so she switched to journalism and media phycology.  Tracy graduates on Saturday September 24th and both Susan and John G will be in Nairobi to witness her graduation.

The vast majority of the funds for Tracy's education  came from the Mountains of The Moon climb in 2011 and the Mount Kenya climb in 2015.  These funds for Tracy only represented a small percentage of the $300,000 that Road MAPS to Africa has raised, since 2007, with the three climbs in East Africa and other fund raising activities including donations from many Rotary clubs including Coolamon. Congratulations, Tracy, on reaching this important milestone--we wish you success in the next phase of your life!





 

 

 


SEPTEMBER IS BASIC EDUCATION & LITERACY MONTH


Graphics by Debbie Vance from Canada


 



 

 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2022-23


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


President: Paul Weston

President-Elect 2023-2024: John Bond

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Mary Potts

Membership Director: John Nulty

Service Projects Director:  John Bond

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Henk Hulsman

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: Garth Perkin

Immediate Past President and Vice-President: Albert Suidgeest

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford


 
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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2223-09


 


 

 

WEEK OF AUGUST 29th


SOCIAL NIGHT IN WAGGA WAGGA




On the 5th Monday for months that have five Mondays we organise a social evening away from our club.  On 29th August a number of members and partners journeyed  to Wagga Wagga for dinner and ten pin bowling.

The Riverina Hotel was booked and we had an excellent dinner of above-average pub food.  We then went around the corner to the ten pin bowling alley near the Forum 6 Cinema.

We had 15 players in three groups of 5.  The overall winner was Alex Thompson, who won the bowling pin trophy.  Some of us have never played this game before and it showed!  The evening was a good way to forget about Rotary matters and just enjoy our own company.

Here are some photos of the evening:



 

DIARY


*N.B. You are always welcome to bring guests to most of our meetings, just advise Ian Jennings if you want to bring a guest along when you respond to the weekly dinner roll call!

Sunday, 4th September - Luncheon with Griffith Avanti Rotarians. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 12:30 pm.

Monday, 5th September - Guest speaker meeting. Phil McIntosh and other Rotarians from Wagga Wollundry will present plans for Gears & Beers. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Thursday, 8th September - Board Meeting.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7 pm.

Saturday, 10th September - Marrar Madness. CRC will assist with parking at the Marrar Sport Ground. Rostered on from 9:00-noon are Anne, Mary and Bear; noon-3:00 Albert, Don and Bear; 3:00-6:30 Howard, Paul and Bear.

*Monday, 12th September - Guest speaker: John Glassford of Huff n Puff Constructions will speak on advances in straw bale buildings. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday, 19th September - Guest speaker meeting.

Sunday, 2nd October - Gears and Beers  (details forthcoming).

Sunday, 16th October - Coolamon Garden Viewing.  There will be five gardens on display, three on house blocks and two on acreage. Registration will take place at 26 Doubleday Lane.  Cost is $15 per adult with children under 16 free.

Saturday 22nd October - Coolamon Garden Viewing. Details as above.

Friday-Sunday 21st-23rd OctoberDistrict Conference.  Joyes Hall, CSU campus, Wagga Wagga (details forthcoming). [NB The district conference will be moving to an October timeslot as of this year, which is why we're having two district conferences in 2022).

Friday-Sunday 28th-30th October 2022  - Rotary Zone 8 Conference (Canberra).

Rotary Australia New Zealand and Pacific Islands Conference

Monday 7th November CRC Annual General Meeting including election of office bearers for 2023-2024.

 

BABY PHOTO COMPETITION - WEEK 3


The photos are coming in albeit slowly, don't be shy.



WHO IS THE ROTARIAN ABOVE?

Last week's entry:





 

JUST FOR LAUGHS


 

 

 









 



THE PUZZLER


Answer to the last puzzlers: 

Easier one: A tea bag

Harder one: There are four girls and three boys in the family.

This week's puzzlers: 

Easier one: What gets wet while drying?

Harder one: What disappears as soon as you say its name?


 

 

 

ROTARY NEWS


 

1. MANGOES IN CANBERRA




Mangoes in Canberra RC of Woden Daybreak


[NB: Just a note to those outside Canberra area. The mangos are being picked up from Canberra so you might need to make some arrangements. It seems a good deal to me, either way.]



Mangoes are coming!









The end of winter is definitely in sight when the word 'mangoes' appears in a subject line!


Woden Daybreak Rotary's mango fundraiser is on again and the details are above.


We have been in touch with the farmers and are very happy to report that the mango crop looks good this year.


This year the fundraiser supports two wonderful Rotary programs: the eradication of polio and Operation Cleft.:




GREEN MANGO CURRY RECIPE



2. ROTARY ZONE 8 CONFERENCE CANBERRA 2022



Welcome to the 2022 Conference




 

The 2022 Rotary Zone Conference is a partnership between Rotaract and Rotary. Learn more in the video from conference organisers below:

 

Zone 8 Conference Canberra 2022


There is a very good line up of speakers organised including:



Alex Rubin is a Major in the Australian Army with a background in operational planning, military instruction, humanitarian assistance and diplomatic engagement with allied partners.

Alex is one of the highest qualified Thai linguists in Defence and uses these skills to enhance bilateral relations and international engagements. During 2018, Alex was deployed on short notice to the Thailand Cave Rescue mission as the Australian military contingent commander and lead planner. For his work in this mission Alex was awarded the Companion of Direkganabhorn and a royal acknowledgement by the King of Thailand.

Will you join me in Canberra?

 

 

 

 


SEPTEMBER IS BASIC EDUCATION & LITERACY MONTH


Graphics by Debbie Vance from Canada


 



 

 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2022-23


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


President: Paul Weston

President-Elect 2023-2024: John Bond

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Mary Potts

Membership Director: John Nulty

Service Projects Director:  John Bond

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Henk Hulsman

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: Garth Perkin

Immediate Past President and Vice-President: Albert Suidgeest

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford


 
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SUNFLOWER SEEDS FOR UKRAINE AUGUST NEWSLETTER



The demand continues for seeds and information on this initiative for sunflower seeds for Ukraine.

Please click on the following links to get the pdf files:

 

Sunflower August News -Part 1


Sunflower August News Part 2


 

 
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