Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2021-34




MOTHERS DAY 2021


Hope that you all remembered Mothers day in your way!'



 

Week of 10th May


President Howard was back at the helm and welcomed 19 members and 2 guests to our weekly meeting. The meeting was an opportunity for planning and fellowship, but there were a few notable highlights.  The first was a hearty chorus of "Happy Birthday" for PDG John Glassford, who celebrated a milestone birthday (at his age, every birthday is a milestone!). Susan had arranged for an awesome cake from Nayz Cakes, which tasted as good as it looked and was enjoyed by all.



The second highlight was the announcement that Adrian Lindner has been approved for membership by the board, and will be inducted at a meeting in late May.  Congratulations, Adrian! We'll provide more info on Adrian following his induction.  Following the business proceedings, fill-in Sergeant-at-Arms Dick Jennings fined nearly all those in attendance, including our incoming newest member!  The meeting concluded with the weekly raffle, which was won by Garth.

 

DIARY


Friday 14th May - John Bond's Clearing Sale. Kincora (Millwood Road), 8:30 am - 1:00 pm.

Saturday 15th May - D9705 Assembly. Hennessey Catholic College, Young, 9.00 am  - 5.00 pm.  Click on the map below for a larger version.



 

Monday May 17th - Regular meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Wednesday May 19th - CRC Board Meeting.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7.00 pm.

Sunday May 30th - DisTec21. Young Shire Council, 189 Boorowa St., Young, 10 am - 4 pm.



Saturday June 12 - Wednesday June 16th 2021 - Rotary International Convention.

Saturday June 19th - Ganmain Winter Markets. Ganmain Showgrounds from 12 pm.



* Monday July 5th - Coolamon Rotary Club Changeover.  Coolamon Sport and Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm.

* denotes partner and guest night

 


JUST FOR LAUGHS








 

 



THE PUZZLER


Answer to last week's puzzler: The back of the dartboard!


This week's puzzler:

How can you make the following equation mathematically correct without making any changes to it?

8 + 8 = 91


 

 

ROTARY NEWS


1. ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION




 

Registration is open for the 2021 Virtual Convention.



The 2021 Virtual Convention will be better than ever, opening more innovative opportunities to learn and to engage with the family of Rotary, near and far. You’ll be able to network in virtual lounges, meet new partners in service, and join fun activities with Rotary members from around the world.

COMING SOON: More information about this year’s upgraded virtual experiences including our new fast-paced programs that will have inspiring stories, powerful interviews, and multi-cultural entertainment.

Please continue to check back for more details and updates.

 

2.  Kenyan Rotary clubs sow seeds:




In 2007, Agnes Kiraithe was invited to speak at the Rotary Club of Muthaiga, in Nairobi. At the time, Kiraithe was the chief administrator of what is now the Kenya Children’s Home, and she had come to talk about the organization, which takes in orphaned children from around the city. After her presentation, she looked around the club.

“Initially, I thought Rotary is a place you go and pitch for support,” she says. “But after the first meeting, I started to talk to people, and I said, ‘Hmm, this looks interesting.’ So I started coming to the meetings and made friends, and I stayed on for the fellowship.” She joined in 2008.


Find your tongue


Kenya has a rich and ever-evolving linguistic landscape.

The country, with 48 million people, has two official languages, Swahili and English; a street language spoken in Nairobi, known as Sheng, mixes the two.

Throughout the country, more than 60 other languages are spoken, most of which fall into one of three families: Bantu, Nilotic, and Cushitic.

Kenya is also home to tens of thousands of speakers of Punjabi, Gujarati, and Arabic, evidence of the country’s history as a center of trade.

In addition to their mother tongue, many Kenyans speak at least a few words of English or Swahili.



It wasn’t long before Kiraithe saw the power of Rotary at work. Around that time, a series of violent clashes had broken out in Kenya’s Rift Valley after a deeply divisive national election. A member of the Muthaiga club had connections to communities in that region, where houses had been burned to the ground and people were living in tents. The club raised funds to buy hoes, seedlings, and containers of beans and potatoes for residents to plant.

 

FULL STORY HERE


 

 

 

May is Youth Service Month




 

Graphics by Debbie Vance McKay from Canada.





ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2020-21


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


President: Howard Atkinson

President-Elect 2021-2022: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect Nominee 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director: Albert Suidgeest

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Paul Weston

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Immediate Past President: Daryl Breust

Sergeant @ Arms: Albert Suidgeest

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford



 

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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2021-33





 

Week of 3rd May


President-Elect Albert, filling in for President Howard, welcomed 17 members and 1 guest to our weekly meeting.  After a delicious roast dinner, Grahame and Paul gave a talk on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.  Because a number of members were absent on the night, the talk was more of a teaser, with a more fully developed talk to be given at a later date.  Nonetheless, the talk was a good introduction to a fairly complicated topic.  Grahame discussed the investment aspects of cryptocurrencies, noting that cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum have increased in value substantially over the past year, despite numerous ups and downs.  From an opening price of ca. $175 AUD in 2013, the current price of Bitcoin is > $71,000 AUD!  Although lower in price than Bitcoin, Ethereum has shown some impressive increases in value over the past year: from $319 AUD in May 2020, it has risen to > $4,350 AUD today.  As with all investments, there are no guarantees of unlimited growth, but wise investment decisions can yield handsome gains.

Although cryptocurrencies are starting to be accepted for payment for some goods, they should be viewed as investments at this point.  Paul described some of the arcane aspects of the technology behind Bitcoin, describing blockchain technology and the "mining" process that produces more Bitcoin. Blockchain technology in a transparent ledger system used to validate Bitcoin transactions (to help prevent counterfeiting), and has found uses in many other accounting and engineering systems beyond cryptocurrency exchange.  New Bitcoins are produced by a process called mining, which involves the use of computers to guess a random number that serves to validate each Bitcoin transaction; the first person or group to complete a block of Bitcoin transactions is awarded a number of Bitcoins (or fraction thereof). Because a lot of computing power is needed to correctly complete a substantial number of Bitcoin transactions, a lot of electricity is consumed, which is one of the main criticisms of Bitcoin.  There was a surprising amount of interest in the talks, but those who missed out on Monday will be able to catch up on the more detailed talk promised in a few weeks' time.

Image copyright Getty Images



The evening concluded with a fine session let by fill-in Sergeant-at-Arms Dick, who spared no one with his entertaining fines.  The raffle was won by Paul.

 



 

DIARY


Friday 14th May - John Bond's Clearing Sale. Kincora (Millwood Road), 8:30 am - 1:00 pm.

Saturday 15th May - D9705 Assembly. Young Services Club, Young.  9.00 am  - 5.00 pm.  Hennessey College Young.



 

Sunday May 30th - DisTec21. Young Shire Council, 189 Boorowa St., Young, 10 am - 4 pm.



* Monday July 5th:  CRC Change Over Dinner at the Coolamon Sports Club, 6.30 for 7 pm

* denotes partner and guest night

 


JUST FOR LAUGHS












THE PUZZLER


Answer to last week's puzzler: He was making a shopping list!


This week's puzzler: 

Henk, unbeknownst to most Rotarians, is a master dartsman, and was bragging to his bar mates that he was such a consummate player, he could hit the dartboard in any location at will.

"I'll wager a hundred dollars that, no matter what position you name on the board, I'll be able to hit it."

Albert, tired of Henk's windbaggery, shouted out an answer.

Henk stammered for a few moments and at first refused to pay. The other bar patrons, however, made sure he held up his end of the wager. Henk slammed a hundred dollar bill on the counter and stormed out.

Where on the dartboard did Albert suggest?

 

 

ROTARY NEWS


1. Rotary Coolamon and Wagga Wagga Sunrise Joint Project.


Mount Kenya 2015 April 23-May 3rd


6 Years ago we climbed Mount Kenya to Point Lenana the third highest peak on Mount Kenya.  Some of us who were there are thinking of doing it again to raise funds for Tracy Ochieng's Big Sisters project.  Just thinking that is!!



 

2. Rotary involvement in COVID-19 vaccinations




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.

What is a Vaccine Cold Chain?

Message from the RI President




May is Youth Service Month




 

Graphics by Debbie Vance McKay from Canada.





ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2020-21


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


President: Howard Atkinson

President-Elect 2021-2022: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect Nominee 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director 1: Albert Suidgeest

Service Projects Director 2: Dave McKinley

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Paul Weston

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Immediate Past President: Daryl Breust

Sergeant @ Arms: Albert Suidgeest

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford



 

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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2021-32





 

Week of 26th April


President Howard welcomed 18 members and one guest to our weekly meeting, which featured talks by PDG John G and guest Mick O'Brien.  John provided a brief history of the involvement of Australia and New Zealand in the early stages of WWI at Gallipoli, and his father's involvement in same.  John has been doing a bit of family genealogy lately, and was keen to share his findings with the club.  Feel free to ask John for the details, but it was a most engaging and enlightening talk.  Mick O'Brien followed with a tutorial on Two-Up, the gambling game popular among Aussie servicemen and allowed to played legally around Australia on ANZAC Day.  Mick had previously conducted Two-Up "schools" (the term used for gambling sessions featuring Two-Up) for many years, but has recently retired.  Mick did a great job explaining how the game is played; although the game is simple in concept, the wagering can get a bit complicated and tricky to follow after consumption of alcohol, which is a universal complement to Two-Up.  Those in attendance were very appreciative of the interesting talks by John and Mick. As usual, the evening concluded with an amusing fine session led by Sergeant-At-Arms Albert and raffle, which was won by Garth.

 



ANZAC  DAY 2021




DIARY


* Monday 3rd May - Speaker meeting. Grahame Miles and Paul Weston will talk on cryptocurrency (e.g. BITCOIN); learn how it works and how it will become part of our lives.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Saturday 15th May - D9705 Assembly. Young Services Club, Young.  9.00 am  - 5.00 pm.  Hennessey College Young.



* Monday July 5th:  CRC Change Over Dinner at the Coolamon Sports Club, 6.30 for 7 pm

* denotes partner and guest night

 

GANMAIN HALL


23 April - This was such an amazing night of music.  Sometimes we don't realise what's available to us in our own backyard. Thanks to everyone who supports our beautiful hall because it really is a town treasure.

What a fabulous night!!! If you were one of the lucky ones who saw Bobby Alu & This Way North tonight we hope you enjoyed the show! Thank you to Festival of Small Halls Australia for bringing such talent to our village.


Thanks also to AGC volunteers & friends who cooked soups, ran the bar & spread the word, Rob for the Welcome to Country, Nik for being a great MC, Kate for her production magic, Harry for setting the mood, Bobby, Leisha & Cat... it was an EPIC show.  Thank you all for your support.








JUST FOR LAUGHS








 

ELDERLY While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered, 'The tooth fairy will never believe this!'



THE PUZZLER


Answer to last week's puzzler: Eyelashes.


This week's puzzler:

Bruce needed to go to the store to buy some ingredients to cook with. He started writing them down:
Butter
Milk
Eggs
Baking Soda
Cashews
Oranges
Vinegar
Lemon Juice

What was Bruce making?

 

 

ROTARY NEWS


1)  DISTRICT 9705 ASSEMBLY




To all members of District 9705:

Dear John

Registrations now open

Registrations are now open for the Club Development Seminars (previously known as District Assembly) that will be held at Young on the 15th May and Broulee on the 22nd May.

The Agenda has now been finalised and can be downloaded here

To register for either of the Seminars please click here  Due to Covid the venues have limited us to only 200 at each seminar so please register early and if you need accommodation for the seminars please book this soon.  There is no cost to attending the seminars and morning and afternoon teas and lunch will be provided so please ensure you add your dietary restrictions to the registration where asked.

Steve Hill  PDG 2016 - 18

District 9705 Learning and Development Committee chair


2) DISTEC 21


Click on the image below for a close encounter with DISTEC 21 thanks to Paul Murray for this bit of clever editing.







Welcome to the DisTec21 website.  This page is the main resource for all information relating to the District 9705 Technology Training Seminar in Young on May 30th 2021.  The day starts at 10 am and goes till  4 pm.  The address is Young Shire Council, 189 Boorowa Street, Young.   Morning tea and lunch are included.


The training is targeted at club Presidents and Secretaries, however all Rotarians are welcomed. There is a very limited number of places available.   50 Rotarians is the maximum we can train.   So if you wish to participate in the training you must register first.  We are attempting to encourage clubs in the former district 9710 to attend the training since they have had less experience in the normal use of ClubRunner.  We are planning on providing a LIVE streaming of the day on the district's Youtube Channel and providing video recordings of speakers.

You are advised to register as soon as possible.  This training is a valuable opportunity that would commercially be very expensive to attend.  The day is funded by district 9705, and included with the training is morning tea and lunch and considerable resource materials.


We will provide training in beginning, intermediate and advanced ClubRunner.  In addition to this and perhaps more important, we will be training in the creation and development of news and stories...the basic building blocks of a newsletter, booklet, bulletin, web page, web story and directories.  The Rotarians from DisTec19's produced the stories for the DisTec Dispatch which is avaliable for your review.  We will be refining and building upon this publication.   The use of ClubRunner to communicate our message to ourselves, our families, friends, communities and the general public is the core of the training day.


In addition to ClubRunner training, we will be using valuable software tools that will advance your I.T. skills.  A sample of the sessions include:



  • Photo, graphics, video and audio editing

  • Video Conferencing and video streaming using Zoom

  • Taking photos with your smartphone and uploading to ClubRunner and Facebook in minutes









April is  Maternal & Child Care Month



Graphics by Debbie Vance McKay from Canada.





ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2020-21


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


President: Howard Atkinson

President-Elect 2021-2022: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect Nominee 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director 1: Albert Suidgeest

Service Projects Director 2: Dave McKinley

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Paul Weston

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Immediate Past President: Daryl Breust

Sergeant @ Arms: Albert Suidgeest

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford



 

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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2021-31




ANZAC DAY SUNDAY 25th APRIL


One of the most poignant photos of WWI:



George William Ladd Thomson, a sergeant in the Main Body of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, is farewelled by his mother. He served in the New Zealand Medical Corps and left Wellington along with the 1st Reinforcements aboard 10 troopships on 16 October 1914. My father George Glassford was in the same convoy that day that left Wellington for Albany and then Egypt.

 

Week of 19th April


President Howard welcomed 19 members and one guest to our weekly meeting, which was largely a bit of a catch-up and fellowship.  A range of topics were discussed, including the upcoming District 9705 Rotary Club Development Seminars (previously called District Assembly), to be held in Young on 15th May.  President-Elect Albert encouraged all incoming board members (as well as any members in general) to attend.  Attendance is free of charge, but attendees need to register for catering purposes (and also to ensure that we do not exceed the limit of 200 imposed because of COVID restrictions).  So, if interested, please register at your earliest convenience (click here to be taken to the registration page).  Carpooling with other members will be an option.

As usual, the evening closed with an entertaining fine session led by Sergeant-at-Arms Albert and our weekly raffle.  Chez once again won the raffle, aided no doubt by the extra raffle ticket awarded for being the first to correctly answer the Puzzler from last week.

 

DIARY


Sunday 25th April ANZAC Day

Monday 26th April - Regular meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Saturday 15th May - D9705 Assembly. Young Services Club, Young.  9.00 am  - 5.00 pm.  Hennessey College Young.



* denotes partner and guest night

 


JUST FOR LAUGHS


Above a very rare photo of a stork delivering a baby



 

Astra and Zenaka from Paris



 

We need more well-trained horses



 



Two Queensland Police Officers were conducting speeding enforcement on the Cunningham Highway, just west of the Amberley Air force Base at Ipswich.

The officers were using hand held radar devices to check speeding vehicles approaching the crest of a hill. The officers were suddenly surprised when their radar guns began reading 500 kms per hour.

The officer attempted to reset the radar guns, but they would not reset and then turned off. Just then a deafening roar over the treetops revealed that the radar had in fact locked on to an RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet which was engaged in a low flying exercise near the location.

Back at the QLD Police Headquarters the Patrol Sergeant fired off a complaint to the RAAF Base Commander.

The reply came back in true RAAF style:

Thank you for your letter. We can now complete the file on this incident.

You may be interested to know that the tactical computer in the Hornet had detected the presence of, and subsequently locked on to your hostile radar equipment and automatically sent a jamming signal back to it, which is why it shut down. Furthermore, an Air-to-Ground missile aboard the fully armed aircraft had also automatically locked on to your equipment location. Fortunately, the Senior Pilot flying the Hornet recognized the situation for what it was, quickly responded to the missile system alert status and was able to override the automated defence system before the missile was launched to destroy the hostile radar position.

The pilot also suggests you cover your mouths when cursing at them, since the video systems on these jets are very high tech.

Sergeant Johnson, the officer holding the left radar gun, should get his dentist to check his left rear molar. It appears the filling is loose. Also, the snap is broken on his holster.

Thank you for your concern.
Wing Commander Brown, SFO
RAAF. Amberley. Ipswich, Qld.

 


THE PUZZLER


Answer to last week's puzzler: The song was 'Happy Birthday'.


This week's puzzler: I am used to bat with, yet I never get a hit. I am near a ball, yet I am never thrown. What am I?


ROTARY NEWS


1. THE ENVIRONMENT



Dear John


Please forward this email to Rotarians in your Club who have an interest in Rotary's new Area of Focus: Environmental Sustainability, which was launched in our District at the Conference last month.


There is a webinar, one of a series, on 4 May at 6pm, on the realities of Net Zero emissions by 2050 in Australia and Asia - there is more info and registration link on our D9705 website


Regards



PDG Michael Milston

Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak

0419 414 959


Governor 2016-2017 | District 9700 – in Wiradjuri Country




2/.  DISTRICT 9705 ASSEMBLY




To all members of District 9705

Dear John

Registrations now open

Registrations are now open for the Club Development Seminars (previously known as District Assembly) that will be held at Young on the 15th May and Broulee on the 22nd May.

The Agenda has now been finalised and can be downloaded here

To register for either of the Seminars please click here  Due to Covid the venues have limited us to only 200 at each seminar so please register early and if you need accommodation for the seminars please book this soon.  There is no cost to attending the seminars and morning and afternoon teas and lunch will be provided so please ensure you add your dietary restrictions to the registration where asked.

Steve Hill  PDG 2016 - 18

District 9705 Learning and Development Committee chair



April is  Maternal & Child Care Month



Graphics by Debbie Vance McKay from Canada.





ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2020-21


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


President: Howard Atkinson

President-Elect 2021-2022: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect Nominee 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director 1: Albert Suidgeest

Service Projects Director 2: Dave McKinley

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Paul Weston

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Immediate Past President: Daryl Breust

Sergeant @ Arms: Albert Suidgeest

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford



 

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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2021-30





Week of 12th April


President Howard Atkinson welcomed 13 members and 5 guests to our weekly meeting.  The members in attendance were treated to a most interesting talk by Wayne McPherson on the topic of freshwater fish of Australia, with an emphasis on species at risk of extinction. Wayne's passion for the topic and his impressive knowledge were evident throughout the talk, and were overshadowed only by some of the depressing statistics regarding the number of species of freshwater fish that have gone extinct over the past 50 years (the number is substantial) and the number that are presently endangered or threatened with extinction.  Sadly, most of those extinctions have been the result of mismanagement of rivers by governmental agencies and water management groups. Removal of favourable habitats in rivers (e.g. "desnagging") and the introduction of problematic species such as European carp have made the situation worse.  Despite all the bad news, there's hope for the freshwater fish of Australia, especially with the passion of people like Wayne and their inclusion on various boards responsible for making decisions that impact water management in the rivers of Australia.  Ian thanked Wayne for a most interesting talk and presented him with a memento of the Rotary Club of Coolamon.

Wayne McPherson making a point.



Ian thanks Wayne for his talk.



Wayne's son showing off a beaut Murray cod.



The evening concluded, as usual, with an entertaining fine session led by Sergeant-at-Arms Albert and our weekly raffle, which was won by someone.

 

 

DIARY


Monday 19th April - Regular meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Wednesday April 21st CRC Board Meeting  Starting @ 7.00pm at the Sports Club NB Time.  Confirmed.

Saturday 15th May - D9705 Assembly. Young Services Club, Young.  9.00 am  - 5.00 pm.  Hennessey College Young.



* denotes partner and guest night

 


JUST FOR LAUGHS








 


THE PUZZLER


Answer to last week's puzzler: Albert: red - 1st; John G: yellow - 2nd; Howard: blue - 3rd; Henk: green - 4th


This week's puzzler:

A man is sitting in a pub feeling rather poor. He sees the man next to him pull a wad of $50 notes out of his wallet. He turns to the rich man and says to him, "I have an amazing talent; I know almost every song that has ever existed."

The rich man laughs, but the poor man says, "I'm willing to bet you all the money you have in your wallet that I can sing a real song with a lady's name of your choice in it."

The rich man laughs again and says, "OK, how about my daughter's name, Joanna Armstrong-Miller?"

The poor man goes home with all the rich man's money. What song did he sing?

Hint: It's a genuine song that nearly everyone knows.

 


ROTARY NEWS



Holger Knaack


President 2020-21


April 2021


This year, we celebrate Earth Day on 22 April with a new sense of purpose. The environment is now an area of focus for Rotary. Solutions for all great tasks always start with you and me, and there is much we as individuals can do simply by changing our behavior: Cutting down on our use of plastic and using energy wisely are just two examples. But now we have the opportunity to do more together.

Supporting the environment is not new to Rotary; clubs have long worked on environmental issues based on local needs. Now climate change — a problem that affects us all, rich and poor — requires us to work together more closely than ever. Alberto Palombo, a Venezuelan engineer living in Brazil and a member of The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers, shares his view.

For 30 years, my work has been to connect with communities and policy officials to take care of the environment. Today, I am excited about Rotary’s opportunities to help reduce environmental degradation and make communities more environmentally sustainable.

In every community where we have a Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact club or a Rotary Community Corps, there are environmental challenges. As Rotary members, we can become stewards of environmental sustainability and adopt the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in our daily lives at home and in our clubs. Then we can incorporate them into our Rotary projects.

My club has been involved with water and environment projects since day one. We seek opportunities to empower Rotarians and foster partnerships in our region and beyond, working with groups such as the Inter-American Water Resources Network and the World Water Council. Local clubs worked with the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Rotary Action Group (wasrag.org) to help Rotary get a seat at the table during the 2018 World Water Forum in Brasilia, where we discussed how communities can recover from environmental disasters like the one caused by the failure of a mining dam on Brazil’s Rio Doce in 2015.

Taking care of the earth is an effort that never stops. To make an impact, we must align our knowledge, abilities, and enthusiasm — and Rotary is already great at doing this. As a volunteer with the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (esrag.org), I have seen how our work for the environment dovetails with much of what we are already doing in water and in our other areas of focus. Rotary members are not passive spectators; we take action. Let’s work together and make a positive impact.

Support from The Rotary Foundation will define this new chapter in our service. Through district and global grant projects, we will build upon our previous projects that help the environment. We will look for ways to collaborate more closely and make a greater impact on global environmental issues. And we will incorporate environmental concerns into all of our programs, projects, and events.

Rotaractors and participants in our youth programs expect Rotary to take a clear position and provide leadership with vision. We will work with them, seeking intelligent solutions to the problems they will inherit. Our incredible members, networks, and Foundation give us the capacity to make an important and lasting contribution. Now, we will discover together how Rotary Opens Opportunities to help us expand our service to preserve the home we all share.

 

April is  Maternal & Child Care Month



Graphics by Debbie Vance McKay from Canada.





ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2020-21


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


President: Howard Atkinson

President-Elect 2021-2022: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect Nominee 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director 1: Albert Suidgeest

Service Projects Director 2: Dave McKinley

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Paul Weston

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Immediate Past President: Daryl Breust

Sergeant @ Arms: Albert Suidgeest

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford



 

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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2021-29




Week of 29th March 2021


HAPPY EASTER TO ALL OF OUR READERS!


Meeting of Monday, March 29th


President Howard welcomed 19 members and guests Maureen Hulsman and Tony Williams (Chez Thompson's grandfather) to our weekly meeting.  After a few routine business items, the members and guests were entertained by two of our own, Paul and John G, who described their recent adventures in exploration of their family genealogies.  The approaches taken by the two speakers was markedly different, but both were able to uncover rich veins of family history and even solve some family mysteries!

Part One - Paul Weston

Paul described how he used online tools to help unravel his family's genealogy.  Paul's challenge to unearth his ancestry was complicated by the fact that prior to his grandparents' generation, all of his ancestors lived in Poland.  Paul described how he was able to learn a lot about his ancestors with the aid of Ancestry.com and other online tools.  The results of a DNA test provided by Ancestry.com confirmed what Paul understood about the origin of his ancestors (Eastern Europe, mostly Poland), and provided some names of distant cousins who might be able to fill in genealogical gaps.  Paul stumbled upon a Polish website which provided access to a rich database of genealogical records maintained in churches in Poland, which allowed him to trace his ancestry back to the early 1800s.  However, going back much further than that will be difficult because many older records were lost or destroyed as the result of repeated invasions of Poland by neighbouring countries and bombing of churches during WWII.  Paul discovered that not one, but two, of his grandmothers were victims of the Spanish Flu when it swept through New York City, where his ancestors settled when they emigrated to the US in the late 1800s.  In case you're wondering, Paul's father changed the family name at the time he married, which was quite common in the US at that time; if he hadn't, Paul would be Paul Wisniewski, not Weston!  Paul's family tree is chockers with dozens and dozens of "skis" and other Polish surnames.

Wedding portrait of Paul's paternal grandfather and grandmother after the loss of the first wife to Spanish Flu



Paul's paternal great-grandmother



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part Two - John Glassford

John spoke on his research into his family mainly on the Glassford side going back to 1632 mostly Scottish with many Glassfords migrating to New Zealand in the early 1800s from England and Scotland.

One of John's early ancestors, William Glassford, in 1838 created a family tree for the clan going back to 1632.  John's mother engaged Somerset House in Edinburgh in the 1950s to trace this side of his family.  Since then a cousin of the family travelled the world especially New Zealand from Devon to bring the family tree up to date.  With the help of a box of photos from his late mother, John is continuing to get the stories behind his immediate ancestors.

One photo opens up answers and at the same time more questions to be answered.  In point is this photo of John's Grand Aunt, Cis Heron, with her nephew and John's Father George James Glassford taken in 1892 in Napier.  It is an original photo and unique.  This photo has enabled John to find his Grandfather on his Grandmother's side.

Another is of George Glassford born in 1821 in Scotland and died in 1903 in Cheshire, a farmer and JG's Great Grandfather.  JG's  Great Great Grandfather's obituary is on the right, just click on the thumb nails for a larger version.  This was a tribute to James Glassford at a clan gathering in Glasgow in 1860.



 

 

DIARY


Monday 5th April - NO Meeting (Easter Monday).

*Monday 12th April - Speaker meeting. Wayne McPherson on "Impact of the 2019-20 Bushfires on Freshwater Fish".  This promises to be a very interesting talk and you are all invited to bring your partners along. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Monday 19th April - Regular meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Wednesday April 21st CRC Board Meeting  Starting @ 7.00pm at the Sports Club NB Time.  Confirmed.

Saturday 15th May - D9705 Assembly. Young Services Club, Young.  9.00 am  - 5.00 pm.  Hennessey College Young.



* denotes partner and guest night

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS


THE SUEZ CANAL




Yorkshire holds its breath as main shipping route of flat caps, whippets and ale is blocked. Ernie Slatherswaite, Master of the vessel told us 'One minute we were fine then a small gust of wind took us.  Yorkshire is set to lose upwards of £3.67 a day until the carnage is cleared, which according to Our Uncle Eric in the pub, could take weeks.







JG Above late 1950s on the way to England on the Braemar Castle from Mombasa via the Suez Canal





 

 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to last week's puzzler: Friday

This week's puzzler: It was Easter in Coolamon and all the Rotarians were happy. The annual Easter egg hunt was just finished. The Easter egg hunt requires four Rotarians to search for one of four coloured eggs and then race to the finish line. Can you figure out which Rotarian found which egg and in which place they finished?

Rotarians - Henk, John G, Albert, and Howard

Easter eggs - blue, red, green, and yellow

Clues:

  • Albert did not finish in 2nd place.

  • John G did not finish in 1st.

  • Albert found the red Easter egg.

  • The Rotarian that finished in 2nd did not find the green egg.

  • Henk did not find the blue egg.

  • Howard did not finish in 2nd.

  • The Rotarian that found the blue egg did not finish in 1st or 2nd.

  • Henk finished in 4th.


 

 

ROTARY NEWS




The Rotary International Convention, scheduled for 12-16 June 2021, in Taipei, Taiwan, will now be a virtual event in response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.

This decision, made by the Rotary Board of Directors, is necessary to protect the health of everyone involved. Rotary will share more details about the 2021 Rotary International Virtual Convention soon.

Virtual Convention Registration

The Virtual Convention will be open to all Rotary members and participants. Event registration will open in mid-April and will include a promotional fee of $49 for 21 days, with an increase afterward to $65. The cost of each preconvention event is $20. Both the convention and preconvention events include access to the House of Friendship.

 

 

March is Rotary Water and Sanitation Month


Graphics by Debbie Vance McKay from Canada




ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2020-21


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


President: Howard Atkinson

President-Elect 2021-2022: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect Nominee 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director 1: Albert Suidgeest

Service Projects Director 2: Dave McKinley

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Paul Weston

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Immediate Past President: Daryl Breust

Sergeant @ Arms: Albert Suidgeest

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford



 

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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2021-28




Week of 22nd March 2021


President Howard welcomed 14 members to our first club assembly of 2021.  Items discussed on the night were:

  • Meals served at our weekly meetings. Item to be discussed  by the catering committee.

  • The new requirement for each club to have a Child Protection Officer.  Anne was appointed to this position because she is currently the Youth Director.

  • RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness), which will be held this year after a year hiatus owing to COVID-19. We will need two members to attend on the day designated for Coolamon (likely 14 May).  The assembly recommended to the board that we pay the fee of $15 for all students who attend the event from Coolamon Central School.

  • Donation to the Leisure Company, the charity nominated by Albert's son, who is competing in this year's Wagga Takes 2.  The Leisure Company is a not-for-profit company that provides recreation, work, and life skill opportunities for people with disabilities.  The club recommended to the board that the club donate $500 to this cause.

  • Members who do not participate in club activities or attend weekly meetings (there are a few).  According to our bylaws, most of the members identified as falling in this category are exempt from club activities and attendance at weekly meetings because they have been members for at least 20 years and their combined age plus years of membership is 85 or more (the "Rule of 85").


The meeting concluded with an entertaining fine session and a raffle.  Albert dug deep again, and levied a fine against Ted for something that occurred around the time that Ted got married (details to remain unrevealed here).  The raffle was won by John G.

 

 

DIARY


*Monday 29th March - Speaker meeting.  PEN Paul Weston on "Adventures in Genealogy" with some contributions from John Glassford. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.



Monday 5th April - NO Meeting (Easter Monday).

*Monday 12th April - Speaker meeting. Wayne McPherson on "Impact of the 2019-20 Bushfires on Fish".  This promises to be a very interesting talk and you are all invited to bring your partners along. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Saturday 15th-16th May - D9705 Assembly. Young Services Club, Young.  10.00 am Sat - 1.00 pm Sun.

* denotes partner and guest night

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS








Guinness is Good for you.

Dublin’s Patrick O’Shea called his lawyer and asked, “Is it true they are suin’ dem der cigarette companies for causin’ people to git cancer?”

“Yes, Patrick, sure is true,” responded the lawyer.

“And now someone is suin’ dem fast food restaurants for makin’ dem fat an’ cloggin’ their arteries with all dem der burgers an’ fries, is that true,?”

“Sure is, Patrick.”

“And that a lady sued McDonald’s for millions when she burned her tongue with that hot coffee that she ordered?”

“Yep.”

“And that a football player sued that university when he graduated and still couldn’t read?”

“That’s right,” said the lawyer.“But why are you asking?”

“Well, I was thinkin’ . . .

What I want to know is, can I sue Guinness for all dem ugly women It made me sleep with.

 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to last week's puzzler: The person in the photo is the man's son.

This week's puzzler: Here's another mind-bender for you: "The day before two days after the day before tomorrow is Saturday. What day is it today?"

 

 

 

ROTARY NEWS


BATHURST DISTRICT 9705 CONFERENCE


Here is a report from PDG John Glassford who attended the 2021 DISCON in Bathurst.



Abercrombie House is where the conference started for the College of Governors high tea and annual meeting.  This year we have Past Governors from D9700 and D9710.  It was a very pleasant meeting and we started to get to know our fellow Governors that attended from both of the old districts.

The welcome BBQ dinner was at the Mount Panorama Car Museum, good fellowship but crook steaks sort of shoe leather material.  The museum was most interesting and at the same time haphazard in it's presentations.



The conference opened with Rotary International Director Elect Jessie Harman who spoke well on all matters topical at the moment.  RIDE Jessie encouraged us all to get our Rotary clubs involved in our 7th Area of Focus, the environment and climate change.





Saturday was a full day of speakers and two areas that were covered included health, the environment and climate change; the 7th Area of Focus for Rotary International.

Will post the rest of the photos in thumb nails.

There were a lot of professor type people who made the presentations, all interesting all had little to do with Rotary.

The Royce Abbey Peace Oration was given by Adjunct Professor John Skerritt the Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Health.  John is also directly responsible for both the Therapeutic Goods Administration and the Office of Drug Control.  This was a very good presentation and covered Covid 19 in great detail.

Dinner was at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre.  Excellent food and a very good after dinner speaker in Professor Robert Booy.  Robert spoke on epidemiology and it was most entertaining. Robert is the professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Sydney.  He covered Measles, Polio, Flu and of course Covid 19.

The Past Governors were called onto sing We are Australian, and we did a good job, even though I could not read the verses I did my best.  All in all a very good conference that was topical with senior academics mostly on health.

Next year the 2022 DISCON will be in Temora and I am sure that we will get a good role up from our club!!!!

So put the 18, 19 and 20th March 2022 in your diary now!

Here are some thumb nail photos so please click on the image for a larger version.



 

March is Rotary Water and Sanitation Month


Graphics by Debbie Vance McKay from Canada





Stroud Street floods in Bulahdelah, on the NSW mid-north coast, after the Myall River broke its banks.  Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian





ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2020-21


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


President: Howard Atkinson

President-Elect 2021-2022: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect Nominee 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director 1: Albert Suidgeest

Service Projects Director 2: Dave McKinley

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Paul Weston

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Immediate Past President: Daryl Breust

Sergeant @ Arms: Albert Suidgeest

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford



 

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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2021-27




Week of 15th March 2021


Howard welcomed 18 members and 4 guests to our weekly meeting. This week's meeting featured a presentation by Annette St Clair, who established the Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust.  Annette's story was quite moving; she described how her daughter, aged 20, developed a lump in her groin that turned out to be a melanoma,  Over the next couple of years, Amie underwent several surgeries, chemotherapy, and experimental radiowave treatment in an attempt to remove the cancer, all to no avail.  After Amie passed away (at the age of 23), Annette was inspired to establish a trust in Amie's name to help victims of melanoma and their families to endure the medical treatments and life adjustments resulting from this cancer.  Normally, melanoma is preceded by an obvious lesion on the skin (following exposure to UV light, either from the sun or tanning beds), but Amie never had any such lesions (although she might have had one that fell away, which sometimes happens).  Annette concluded her talk by encouraging everyone present (especially those that spend a lot of time in the sun) to have regular skin scans in order to detect melanomas in their early stages, when they're easily managed.  Paul thanked Annette for her moving story and increasing awareness of melanoma, one of the more common forms of cancer afflicting Australians.  (for more information, visit the Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust foundation at https://www.amiestclairmelanoma.org.au/about-amie.aspx.

Paul thanks Annette St Clair for a very engaging and informative presentation.



The meeting concluded with a fine session and raffle; fittingly, Annette won one of the raffle prizes.  With regard to the fine session, it must be mentioned that Dick was fined for an event that happened over 20 years ago, which just goes to show how far Albert is willing to go to extract a fine from members!

 

 




Why is March 14th a significant date?

See end of bulletin for the answer!





Rewild is hosting a market in Coolamon in collaboration with The Station Collective and The Sill ;

The details:
🌱 Date: Sunday 28th March 2021
🌱 Where: Station Place, Coolamon
🌱 Time: 10am - 2pm

VENDORS WANTED 🌱 Tap below to join the Rewild Community ~
https://www.rewildandco.com.au/markets/apply/

Sites are limited and we are almost at capacity!

 

DIARY


Wednesday 17th March - Board Meeting.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7.30 pm.

Friday 19th-Sunday 21st March - District 9705 Conference.  Bathurst Convention Centre, Bathurst.

Monday 22nd March - Club Assembly. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Monday 5th April - NO Meeting (Easter Monday).

Saturday 15th-16th May - D9705 Assembly. Young Services Club, Young.  10.00 am Sat - 1.00 pm Sun.

* denotes partner and guest night

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS








 

The Bank President


An elderly woman walked into the Bank of Ireland one morning with a purse full of money. She wanted to open a savings account and insisted on talking to the president of the Bank because, she said, she had a lot of money.

After many lengthy discussions (after all, the client is always right) an employee took the elderly woman to the president’s office.

The president of the bank asked her how much she wanted to deposit. She placed her purse on his desk and replied, ‘$165,000’.

The president was curious and asked her how she had been able to save so much money. The elderly woman replied that she made bets.

The president was surprised and asked, ‘What kind of bets?’

The elderly woman replied, ‘Well, I bet you $10,000 that your testicles are square.’

The president started to laugh and told the woman that it was impossible to win a bet like that.

The woman never batted an eye. She just looked at the president and said, ‘Would you like to take my bet?’

‘Certainly’, replied the president. ‘I bet you $10,000 that my testicles are not square.’

‘Done’, the elderly woman answered. ‘But given the amount of money involved, if you don’t mind I would like to come back at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning with my lawyer as a witness.’

‘No problem’, said the president of the bank confidently.

That night, the president became very nervous about the bet and spent a long time in front of the mirror examining his testicles, turning them this way and that, checking them over again and again until he was positive that no one could consider his testicles as square and reassuring himself that there was no way he could lose the bet.

The next morning at exactly 10 o’clock the elderly woman arrived at the president’s office with her lawyer and acknowledged the $10,000 bet made the day before that the president’s testicles were square.

The president confirmed that the bet was the same as the one made the day before. Then the elderly woman asked him to drop his pants etc. so that she and her lawyer could see clearly.

The president was happy to oblige.

The elderly woman came closer so she could see better and asked the president if she could touch them. ‘Of course’, said the president. ‘Given the amount of money involved, you should be 100% sure.’

The elderly woman did so with a little smile. Suddenly the president noticed that the lawyer was banging his head against the wall. He asked the elderly woman why he was doing that and she replied, ‘Oh, it’s probably because I bet him $100,000 that around 10 o’clock this morning I would be holding the balls of the President of the Bank of Ireland.

 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to last week's puzzler: There are a number of  possible solutions to last week's puzzler, one of which is shown below.  This one involves moving the indicated match from the number eight on the left, making it a nine, and placing it  in the middle of the zero on the right, making it an eight.  Now the equation is mathematically correct (9+3=12, and12-4=8).

This week's puzzler: A man looking at a photograph says, “Brothers and sisters I have none, but that man’s father is my father’s son.” Who is in the photo?

 

 

 

ROTARY NEWS



1. MAR 27-28 ROTARY AUSSIE PEACE WALK 2021


A World Peace Bell one of 24 in the World. A 365 kg Temple style Bell hung in dramatic pavilion on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.

 






In 2021, Rotary celebrates 100 years of community service in Australia and New Zealand. The 2021 event will also be recognised as the 30th Canberra Two-Day Walk.  Register now for the two day challenge on 27-28 March 2021.



Event Director, Chris Edwards, explained a key component of the vision for the 2021 event; ‘By renaming the event the Rotary Aussie Peace Walk, we hope to create a colourful festival weekend focused on peace. And, because of travel restrictions, our overseas friends can’t get here, so we encourage every entrant, to choose a country to represent. It may be their place of origin or just a country they are passionate about. But to choose a country and bring a little of the culture of your chosen country to the event.’

https://aussiepeacewalk.com.au/entries-open-for-2021/


2. New Rotary Foundation grant supports scaling proven malaria program in Zambia


The $2 million grant goes toward Rotary club-led Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia program; an additional $4 million contributed by partners the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and World Vision USA.



FULL STORY HERE


 

MARCH 14th


Every year on March 14, the world celebrates Pi Day to recognise the mathematical constant, pi (π). It defines the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter (circumference = π*diameter) and the value for π is 3.14. The day was recognised in 1988 by physicist Larry Shaw as he organised a large-scale celebration at the San Francisco Exploratorium in the United States. In 2019, UNESCO’s 40th General Conference decided to observe Pi Day as the International Day of Mathematics.



 

March is Rotary Water and Sanitation Month



Graphics by Debbie Vance McKay from Canada


 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2020-21


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


President: Howard Atkinson

President-Elect 2021-2022: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect Nominee 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director 1: Albert Suidgeest

Service Projects Director 2: Dave McKinley

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Paul Weston

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Immediate Past President: Daryl Breust

Sergeant @ Arms: Albert Suidgeest

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford



 

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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2021-26




Week of 8th March 2021


President Howard welcomed 18 members to a rather subdued regular meeting compared to last week's anniversary extravaganza.  The meeting was an opportunity to catch up on business, upcoming events and a bit of fellowship.  Dick was congratulated for organising the food and drink served at Neil's clearing sale, along with all those who helped out on the day.  Alex, Chez and Albert were congratulated for assisting with Clean Up Australia Day, which was held on Sunday. Alex received special recognition for being the longest-serving participant in Clean Up Australia Day; he's been at it since he was 8!

Albert led an amusing fine session, as usual. The raffle was won by Chez, which only figures because she won both raffle prizes at Friday evening's Business House Bowls (for which she was deservedly fined, on account of the fact that she was the one that drew both winning numbers on Friday!).

Below is a belated birthday greeting from our sister club in South Africa, which appeared in Bay Breezes, the bulletin of the Hout Bay Rotary Club:



 

 



 

DIARY


*Monday 15th March - Speaker Meeting. Annette St Clair will speak on "The Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust". Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Wednesday 17th March - Board Meeting.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7.30 pm.

Monday 22nd March - Club Assembly. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Friday 19th-Sunday 21st March - District 9705 Conference.  Bathurst Convention Centre, Bathurst.



 

Saturday 15th-16th May - D9705 Assembly. Young Services Club, Young.  10.00 am Sat - 1.00 pm Sun.

* denotes partner and guest night

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS








 

SOME IRISH JOKES FOR SAINT PATRICK'S DAY, MARCH 17th


Bloke at the racecourse whispers to the paddy next to him "Do you want the winner of the next race?"
Paddy replies "No tanks, oi've only got a small yard."

Paddy and Mick found three hand grenades and decided to take them to the police station.
Mick: "What if one explodes before we get there?"
Paddy:  "We'll lie and say we only found two!"

A coachload of paddies on a mystery tour decided to run a sweepstake to guess where they were going..... the driver won £52!

Paddy finds a sandwich with two wires sticking out of it.
He phones the police and says "Bejasus I've just found a sandwich dat looks like a bomb."
The operator asks "Is it tickin?"
Paddy says "No, oi tink it's beef,"

Joe says to Paddy "Close your curtains the next time you're making love to your wife.
The whole street was watching and laughing at you yesterday."
Paddy says "Well the joke's on them because I wasn't even at home home yesterday."

Mick walks into Paddy's barn and catches him dancing naked in front of a tractor.
Mick says "Oi Paddy, what ya doing?"
Paddy says "Well me and Mary haven't been getting on in the bedroom lately & the therapist recommended I do something sexy to a tractor."

The Irish have solved their own fuel problems.
They imported 50 million tonnes of sand from the Arabs and they're going to drill for their own oil...

Paddy says  to Mick "I'm ready for a holiday, only this year I'm going to do it a bit different.
3 years ago I went to Spain and Mary got pregnant.
2 years ago I went to Italy and Mary got pregnant.
Last year I went to Majorca and Mary got pregnant."
Mick asks "So what are you going to do this year?"
Paddy replies "I'll take her with me!"

Paddy says to Mick "Christmas is on a Friday this year."
Mick says "Let's hope it's not the 13th."

Paddy's in the bathroom and Murphy shouts to him "Did you find the shampoo?"
Paddy says "Oi did, but it's for dry hair and I've just wet mine."

 


THE PUZZLER


Answer to last week's Puzzler: The letter "r".

This week's puzzler: Can you move one match in the diagram below to make the equation  mathematically correct?



 

 

 

ROTARY NEWS


MARCH 26 - CENTENARY PEACE DINNER




The Centenary Peace Dinner - 26 March

ROTARY PEACE DINNER


Join us at a Formal Dinner with a theme of Peace and Indigenous Art Auction to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand.

All proceeds will aid in implementing the Rotary centenary project, Give Every Child a Future.

6 pm, Friday 26 March 2021.
Peninsula Room, National Museum of Australia, Canberra.



Guest Speaker: Hon Dr Brendan Nelson AO



Single: $155 pp
Table of 10: $1,500



 

 

March is Rotary Water and Sanitation Month



Graphics by Debbie Vance McKay from Canada


 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2020-21


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


President: Howard Atkinson

President-Elect 2021-2022: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect Nominee 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director 1: Albert Suidgeest

Service Projects Director 2: Dave McKinley

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Paul Weston

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Immediate Past President: Daryl Breust

Sergeant @ Arms: Albert Suidgeest

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford



 

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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2021-25




Week of 1st March 2021


50th PARTY SOUVENIR EDITION




Marie Jennings suggested that we contact Nay of Nayz Cakes in Wagga Wagga.  Nay baked and iced our cake for the party and not only that, Nay donated the cake to our Rotary club in appreciation of all that Rotary does.  Please consider Nay for your next party cake.  You can find Nayz Cakes here:

NAYZ CAKES

The event was very well supported by the 120 Rotarians, partners and guests who attended on Monday night.  Our District Governor Dr. Michael Moore AM with his wife PP Helen Moore were our special guests for the night.

Our Master of Ceremonies was PP Dick Jennings who did a superb job of keeping everyone amused and on time. There are so many people to thank for the party, too many to mention here, however you all know who you are and what you contributed to making the night the success that it was.

The highlights of the evening, well, there were several, starting with the toasts and including Hout Bay Rotary Club, our Rotary International 2005 Centennial Twin Club.  (Letters of congratulations appear in the bulletin from Hout Bay).  The Hon. Steph. Cooke MP Member for Cootamundra, proposed a toast to our charter members and spoke some inspiring words on why Rotary Clubs and Lions are needed in our local communities.

DG Michael's talk was well received by all who attended, which included Narrandera (our sponsor club in 1971), Junee, Temora, Wagga Wagga Sunrise, Wagga Wagga Murrumbidgee, Wollundry Wagga, Wagga Wagga Kooringal, Wagga Wagga, Canberra, Tumbarumba and Batlow Rotary Clubs were.  Lions Coolamon were with us along with many others too numerous to mention here.

The birthday cake was cut by the daughters of our first President Keith West, Cheryl Crocker and Sandra West with the president of Narrandera RC Robert Norrie assisting.

Three major presentations were made on the night which included:

Batlow Rotary Club for $10,000.00, presented to Batlow RC President Sam Hughes by Coolamon RC President Elect Albert Suidgeest.  Our club made a decision regarding supporting the bush fire ravaged areas close to us who had an active Rotary Club.  We chose Batlow to support with their Regrow Batlow project.  On hand were four members of Batlow Rotary including President Sam Hughes.  The money will be used to get a Men's Shed up and running in Batlow.  Batlow's men lost many tools in the fires and they also believe that the Men's Shed will help with the mental health of the men of Batlow.

Two other important presentations were made, one to the Coolamon and Ganmain Hospital by PP Grahame Miles, which was accepted by facility manager Pam Samways.  Our third presentation was to Allawah Lodge and made by PP Daryl Breust to Simone Fuller on behalf of Allawah Lodge.

Finally thank you to Di and Gilbert Kong for the food and to all who helped get the food onto the tables.

The evening in photos as seen through the eyes of our "resident" professional photographer, PDG John Egan from the Wollundry Wagga Rotary Club.  Just click on the thumbnail for a larger photo.  Many many thanks, John.



 

 

SOUVENIR PROGRAMME Available by writing to [email protected]

 

 

"TELGRAMS" FROM HOUT BAY ROTARY:


IN 2005 HOUT BAY AND COOLAMON ROTARY CLUBS BECAME  ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CENTENNIAL  TWIN  CLUBS




Click on the link below for the "telegrams" from three of Hout Bay's best!

 

Hout Bay Tributes


 





 

 

THE GRAND OPENING OF OUR ROTARY SHED


After many years of moving our caravan around for shelter it became apparent that we needed a permanent home for this very valuable piece of our fund raising assets.  Up steps Steph Cooke MP for the NSW Seat of Cootamundra.  PP Daryl Breust and his committee went about applying to the State Government through Steph and we were given a grant to build the shed.

The shed is large enough to house our caravan and other items that need storage.  On the eve of our 50th Birthday Party, Steph came down to Coolamon to officially hand the shed over to our club.  Below are some photos of the event. Our eternal thanks to Steph Cooke for her hard work in helping to obtain this grant for our club.

Daryl Breust and his team including Henk Hulsman and Albert Suidgeest did a great job on the building and it will stand the  test of time for years to come.  Our thanks also go to the Coolamon Shire council for allowing our club to build the shed at the Coolamon Showgrounds.  Mayor John Seymour OAM represented the Coolamon Shire Council at the opening; thank you Mayor John.





 



 

 

 

DIARY


Monday 8th March - Regular Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Wednesday 17th March - Board Meeting.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7.30 pm.

Monday 22nd March - Club Assembly. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Friday 19th-Sunday 21st March 2021.  District 9705 Conference in Bathurst.



 

Saturday 17th May D9705 Assembly at Young 9.00am-5.00pm.

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS


 





NASA has a poster hanging with bees that reads:

"Aerodynamically a bee's body is not made to fly; the good thing is that the bee doesn't know ".

The law of physics says that a bee cannot fly, the aerodynamic principle says that the breadth of its wings is too small to keep its huge body in flight, but a bee doesn’t know, it doesn’t know anything about physics or its logic and flies anyway.

This is what we can all do, fly and prevail in every moment in the face of any difficulty and in any circumstance despite what they say.

Let us be bees, no matter the size of our wings, we take flight and enjoy the pollen of life."

 

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THE PUZZLER


This week's puzzler: What is seen in the middle of March and April but never at the beginning or end of either month?

 

 

 

ROTARY NEWS




This year's Club and District Development Seminar (aka the District Assembly) will be held on Saturday the 15th May at the Young Services Club.  We've decided to run this as a one day event starting at 9am and finishing at 5pm.  This will be a a busy but interesting day and feedback we have received shows a clear preference for the one-day format.

ALL  members are encouraged to attend as this is an event specifically intended to train your Club's 2021-2022 executive teams and develop your members as Rotarians.  There will be specific sessions for Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers as well as practical sessions on the the Direct ClubRunner database, web pages, club bulletins and the best ways to leverage social media.  You will be able to learn more about membership and club development, learning and development, public image, Youth programs and the broad range of service project opportunities available to your Club.

Please advise PE Albert Suidgeest of your attendance, thanks.

Does not matter how you get there; just get there:



 

March is Water and Sanitation Month



Graphics by Debbie Vance McKay from Canada


 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2020-21


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


President: Howard Atkinson

President-Elect 2021-2022: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect Nominee 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director 1: Albert Suidgeest

Service Projects Director 2: Dave McKinley

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Paul Weston

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Immediate Past President: Daryl Breust

Sergeant @ Arms: Albert Suidgeest

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford



 

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