SOW SUNFLOWER SEEDS FOR UKRAINE



 

Painting by the artist Oleksiy Shekshuuev


Ukraine is on the mind as with everyone. Our Sunflowers for Ukraine initiative is taking off through Rotary. I met with the farmer Doug Bruckner from Collingullie on Tuesday Doug is donating half a tonne of sunflower seeds to my Rotary Club Coolamon. We are looking at the logistics and so far it is looking very feasible. Half a tonne of sunflower seeds!  Anyone guess how many seeds that is?  This is one way of packaging and 80 seeds in the bag works well, use a small scoop. The bag is about 100mm x 70mm they can be bought online in bulk at 2 cents each.

Here is the link that will take you to the bags:

Cello Bags

The logistics for this initiative can be downloaded here:

Logistics


We have the art work for the cards that go in the bags if you need to print you own.  Otherwise Quick print in Wagga Wagga can print them for you.



 

 

We have plenty of  seeds available for mailing or collection from Ganmain.  The bags and the cards are easy to produce. It is the filling of the bags that takes time and manpower.  My estimate is that 10 good people can fill 100 bags with the card to the bag with say 40 seeds into each bag within an hour.  That is 1,000 bags of seeds.  Which is a good result all round.  We have been approcahed by our Coolamon Central School to help fill the bags.

Now the answer to how many seeds in one kilogram:

I have counted the seeds from one sunflower which weighed 93 grams and I got 1,557 seeds. So 1kg of seeds would then yield 16,000 seeds and 500kgs gives us 8 million seeds enough to fill 200,000+ bags with 40 seeds per bag.

Once the seeds are harvested we will collect the seeds from Doug Bruckner of the Gnadbro Pastoral Company and they will be in one bulk bag weighing 500kgs.  We will then package them into 1 kg bags enough to make up say 200 bags with 80 seeds per bag.  NB  the Yates seeds package had 30 seeds in it and cost $4 per packet so we can double the yield if we halve the number of seeds per bag!

Now we believe that the best way to obtain donations is by displaying teh seeds and the project in a display/donations box similar to this mock up we are using at the moment.  They will cost $4.00 each plus postage.



 

My contact details are in the flyer below:

 

 



 

UPDATE ON THE SUNFLOWER SEEDS


The sunflower seeds are in the bin! Some photos from this morning's harvest. Thanks so much Doug Bruckner you are a champion. We look forward to collecting your generous donation for Ukraine.



The seeds are now in Ganmain ready for posting.  Sunflower seeds for Ukraine update. Yesterday one of our Coolamon Rotary members Garth Perkin and I went out to The Rock to collect the seeds. Doug Bruckner who donated the seeds was there to load us with as many seeds as we needed. Based on the 10 kgs. I got last week, we only loaded what we needed. The bag was heavy, the two of us could not lift it. So we are up and away and next week I will send seeds out to those who have asked for them. Thanks again to Doug Bruckner of Gnadbro Pastoral.



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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2122-41



WEEK OF MAY 16th





Town Entry Signs

Coolamon Shire Council would like to present the final and completed concepts for the new town entry and exit signs for each town in the shire.

Each town will be represented with their individual colour and identifying symbol. Please be mindful that the digital images are as close as possible to the colours that will be used on the actual signage but there may be slight variations upon completion. All aspects of the design will be visible and identifiable entering and leaving each town.



Meeting of Monday, 16th May


This week's meeting was held at the Top Pub as Gilbert is still away.  Past President Daryl Breust was in the chair as president since President Albert Suidgeestis away on a well-earned holiday to Western Australia.

In attendance were 15 members and 4 guests.  Guests included Holly Wright, English teacher from the Coolamon Central School, students Bethany Crocker and school captain Summer Buchegger, and Adrian Lindner’s guest, Ross Walters. After Daryl welcomed those in attendance, the meeting took place in two parts.  First Daryl spoke on the upcoming Red Shield Appeal and asked for volunteers for the two days that we are collecting. The roster for Sunday, 29th May can be found below in the diary. Daryl reported that the street raffle was won by Glen West and that we netted $400.95 in sales.  Thanks to Albert for getting the trailer of wood split and loaded into the trailer and parking it in Cowabbie Street.

Part two of the meeting was a presentation by John Glassford on the progress and the logistics of the Sunflower Seeds for Ukraine initiative by our club.  Full report in this bulletin.

The evening concluded with a fines session led by Ian and Dick Jennings and the raffle, which was won by  John Nulty.


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 21st May - D9705 Club Development Seminar {formerly called District Assembly}.ALL 2022-2023 Board Members need to attend. Parkes, 9 am start.

Monday 23rd May - Regular meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Saturday 28th May - Red Shield Appeal. Footy at Kindra Park.

Sunday 29th May - Red Shield Appeal. Coolamon Foodworks. Roster: 9.00 - 10.30 am - Paul Weston and Mark Reardon; 10.30 - 12.00 pm - Henk Hulsman and Sharon Reardon; 12.00pm - 2.00pm - Mary Potts and Anne Rzeszkowski.

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

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

Monday 13th June - No meeting (public holiday).

18th, 19th 20th June - Catering for Southern Region Dog Show. Ganmain showgrounds.

Monday 4th July - CRC 51st Changeover. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Tuesday August 2nd - Larapinta Trek (benefit for ShelterBox) (with Garth Perkin, Mary Potts and Don Dyce).

Larapinta Trek 2022 for ShelterBox


Saturday/Sunday October 1st-2nd - Gears and Beers (Wollundry RC). 

https://gearsandbeers.org.au/



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

 


JUST FOR LAUGHS








 

More witticisms

  • You're not fat, you're just... easier to see.

  • If you think nobody cares whether you're alive, try missing a couple of payments.

  • My therapist said that my narcissism causes me to misread social situations. I’m pretty sure she was hitting on me.

  • My 60-year kindergarten reunion is coming up soon and I’m worried about the 75 kilos I’ve gained since then.

  • The pharmacist asked me my birth date again today. I'm pretty sure she's going to get me something.

  • The location of your mailbox shows you how far away from your house you can be in a robe before you start looking like an escaped mental patient.

  • Money can't buy happiness, but it keeps the kids in touch!

  • The reason Mayberry was so peaceful and quiet was because nobody was married. Andy, Aunt Bea, Barney, Floyd, Howard, Goober, Gomer, Sam, Earnest T Bass, Helen, Thelma Lou, Clara and, of course, Opie were all single. The only married person was Otis, and he stayed drunk.


 

 

 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to the last Puzzlers: 

Easier one: The scene described is 10-pin bowling.

Harder one: The wise man told the two sons to switch camels; if they reached the destination first on their brother's camel, their camel would come in last and they would win the inheritance!

This week's puzzlers: 

Easier one: What is special about these words: job, polish, and herb?

Harder one: A man describes his daughters as follows: “They are all blonde, but two; all brunette but two; and all redheaded but two.” How many daughters does he have?

 

 

ROTARY NEWS


1.  SUNFLOWER SEEDS FOR UKRAINE


John started by asking Mary and Anne to speak on their district training in Goulburn over the weekend.  Anne and Mary enjoyed the day very much, learned a lot and said that every member should attend these training sessions.

Mary and Anne said that they displayed our mock up display/donation box and had a lot of enquiries and several donations for a packet of seeds.



It was so encouraging to have Holly Wright, Bethany Crocker and Summer Buchegger attend our meeting.  It was Holly who first wrote to us offering the school’s help.  Holly said:

My name is Holly Wright, and I am the SRC coordinator at Coolamon Central School for 2022. I know you have been in contact with Bethany Crocker about us helping you out with the Sunflowers for Ukraine project being run by your Rotary club. We are very keen to help out in any way we can and would love to hear more about it, and how we can get involved.”

John went into the logistics of the project and gave Bethany and Summer 2kgs. of seeds, 1000 cards and 1000 packets.  They are going to get their classmates and others involved in filling the packets with the seeds.  We will then start to sell these in the community.

John advised the meeting that he had ordered 1000 display boxes.  So far, we have pledges for 250 and the artwork will be ready this week.

The boxes will be displayed at high traffic places such as sports clubs, RSL Clubs, supermarkets and the like.  The RC of Brisbane Waters in Gosford have asked for 100 boxes.

At the recent Wagga Wagga Sunrise meeting John gave a presentation on the project and WW Sunrise have set aside $1.000 for 100 of the boxes and several thousand cards.  They are going to leave the boxes and seeds at many different venues in Wagga.

Latest news is that Past Editor of Rotary Down Under, PDG Bob Aiken, has written an article for Rotary on the Move on our initiative.  It starts:

“Coolamon Rotary Club and Past District Governor John Glassford, (a member of the Coolamon Rotary Club), have hit on the unique concept of selling sunflower seeds to raise funds to support the Ukraine Crisis Appeal…..

You will have to read the rest when it is published.



John Glassford is pictured with his PDG classmate Susan Wakefield and Club President Garry Smith (left) during a recent visit to the Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains, when he handed over the first bag of Ukraine Sunflower Seeds. — Image by: Issa Shalhoub.

 

2.  CRC BLAST FROM THE PAST


More memories and if you have any photos of the past please send them to us, thanks.  In no particular order.



 

 

 

MAY IS YOUTH SERVICE MONTH



Graphics by Debbie Vance from Canada.


 

 

 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2021-22


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


President: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director: Daryl Breust

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Ian Jennings

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: John Bond

Immediate Past President: Howard Atkinson

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford


 
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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2122-40




 

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY


Trust that you all enjoyed Mothers Day 2022.  This is from New Zealand:



 

World of WearableArt (WOW)


Seraph is inspired by the strong and regal Greco-Roman goddesses. She evokes power, authority, and femininity. A great day to celebrate the strength of women and mothers. Happy Mothers Day! We hope all mothers are being looked after goddess-style today. Garment: Seraph, Amelia Taverner & Eleanor Beeden, New Zealand.

 

WEEK OF MAY 9th


We had 13 members and 5 guests to our meeting on Monday night, which was self-catered by our members. Our guests were Dr. Joe again, Susan Glassford, Myffy Collette, Phil McIntosh and David Byfield, both visiting Rotarians from the Wollundry RC. The steaks were very tender and well cooked by Henk Hulsman and Daryl Breust:



Sorry about the blurred photo but they were both going so fast!

The main event of the night was the presentation to our club from Wollundry RC for our work for the recent Gears and Beers weekend.  Phil thanked our members and said that without us turning up in force they could not hold the Dirty 130 or the 115 events.  Special mention for the hard work that Daryl Breust put in again this year for this event.



Phil said that the gross funds raised so far were around $300,000 for the March event for Gears and Beers.  This is an amazing result and gets bigger every time they run this event.  The next one will be on the long weekend in October from October 1st and 2nd.



Albert briefly discussed some upcoming events including the Ganmain dog show in June which on advice form Leslie Weston will be the Southern Region Dog Society's biggest classic dog show this year.  It is likely that our catering skills will be needed for the three-day event.

Saturday is the street raffle in Coolamon.  The prize this time is a trailer load firewood.

Brian Pattison has requested the use of our club food van for the Marrar camp draft event at the end of May.

Red Shield appeal is on Saturday 28th May at Foodworks and on Sunday 29th May at the football at Kindra Park.

We have also been asked to work with the Coolamon Lions on the gate for the Ganmain Show in August.

Stand-in [email protected] Ian Jennings conducted a fine session and the raffle was won by Anne (meat voucher) and Susan (bottle of wine).

All in all, a good evening of friendship and fellowship with great steaks.

 

 

 

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 May 17th - Club Assembly (focus on Sunflowers for Ukraine).  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm.

Saturday 21st May - D9705 Club Development Seminar {formerly called District Assembly}.ALL 2022-2023 Board Members need to attend. Parkes, 9 am start.

Saturday 28th May - Red Shield Appeal. Footy at Kindra Park (roster to be circulated) AND Coolamon Foodworks (roster to be circulated).

Sunday May 29th - Red Shield Appeal. Coolamon Foodworks (roster to be circulated).

18th, 19th 20th June - Catering for Southern Region Dog Show. Ganmain showgrounds.

Monday 4th July - CRC 51st Changeover. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Tuesday August 2nd - Larapinta Trek (benefit for ShelterBox) (with Garth Perkin, Mary Potts and Don Dyce).

Larapinta Trek 2022 for ShelterBox


Saturday/Sunday October 1st-2nd - Gears and Beers (Wollundry RC). 

https://gearsandbeers.org.au/



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

 


JUST FOR LAUGHS








Some random observations on life...

  • I just read that 4,153,237 people got married last year.  Not to cause any trouble, but shouldn't that be an even number?

  • Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool. I gave him a glass of water.

  • If I had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they would eventually find me attractive.

  • A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it.

  • Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?

  • My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll see about that.

  • I think my neighbour is stalking me because she's been googling my name on her computer. I saw it through my telescope last night.

  • They say that money talks ...but all mine ever says is good-bye


 

 

 

 

 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to the last Puzzlers: 

Easier one: The river was frozen. Harder one: Albert should question Mark.  If you listen to the message rock tied on the  read out, the answer will jump out at you (try it!).

This week's puzzlers: 

Easier one: Dead on the field lie ten soldiers in white,
felled by three eyes, black as night.
What's going on here?

Harder one: An Arab sheik is getting old and must leave his fortune to one of his two sons. He makes a proposition: Both sons will ride their camels in a race, and whichever camel crosses the finish line LAST will win the fortune for its owner. During the race, the two brothers wander aimlessly for days, neither willing to cross the finish line. In desperation, they ask a wise man for advice. He tells them something, then the brothers leap onto the camels and charge toward the finish line. What did the wise man say?

 

 

 

ROTARY NEWS


1.  LARAPINTA TREK UPDATE




Click on the photo above for a video on Larapinta.

We now have three trekkers for Larapinta in August.

Mary Potts, Don Dyce and Garth Perkin.  They start the trek on August 2nd.  The goal is to each trekker to raise $3,000 for ShelterBox Australia.

Further information can be found on their relative donation pages on the ShelterBox Larapinta website:



Situated in the heart of Northern Territory’s Outback, the Larapinta Trail is one of Australia’s premier long distance hikes.

Winding its way some 231 km along the incredible West MacDonnell ranges, it traverses ridges and plains, and passes through some of the most amazing gorges in the country. 

Distance :   143.5 miles (231 km)

Avg. Time :   13 – 15 days



 

2.  CRC BLAST FROM THE PAST


Just going through some of the archives and thought that some of you may enjoy these photos and I have many.

Still going strong and we may post a few more in the next bulletins.  Click on the thumb nail for a larger image.

 



 

 

 

MAY IS YOUTH SERVICE MONTH



Graphics by Debbie Vance from Canada.


 

 

 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2021-22


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


President: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director: Daryl Breust

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Ian Jennings

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: John Bond

Immediate Past President: Howard Atkinson

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford


 
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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2122-39




 

WEEK OF MAY 2nd


President Albert welcomed our guests Charles McClintock and Dr. Joe from Coolamon Medical Centre along with 16 of our members.

Albert made a few announcements which included next week's meeting being self catered, street raffle scheduled for Saturday May 14th, board meeting on Tuesday May 1oth, Club Assembly on Monday May 16th to discuss the Sunflower Seeds for Ukraine initiative, and the Red Shield Appeal on May 28th and 29th.



 
Our guest speaker was Charles McClintock, a committee member of the Riding for the Disabled Association of Wagga Wagga.  Charles was the guest of Chez and Alex, who are volunteers with RDA.  Charles described the program, which provides therapeutic horse-riding opportunities for people with mental and physical disabilities.  The program is mostly run by volunteers, and requires a substantial operating budget.  The Wagga affiliate alone needs ca. $250,000 annually to operate.  They have an op shop in Wagga Wagga that makes them $80-90,000 per annum, so there is a large shortfall that needs to be made up, which is largely filled by corporate donations, fund-raising events and, above all, small donations from the public.  If you wish to make a donation, visit the Wagga Wagga RDA website (Wagga Wagga RDA) or click on this link: Donate to RDA Wagga Wagga.  Chez thanked Charles for his interesting presentation, and presented him with a token of appreciation


Chez presenting Charles McClintock with a token of appreciation for his presentation.



The meeting concluded with the weekly raffle, which was won by guest Dr Joe and Henk.

 

 

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 May 9th - Speaker meeting. Phil McIntosh (Wollundry RC) will provide a recap of Gears & Beers. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm.

Tuesday May 10th - BoD Meeting.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7 pm.

Monday May 17th - Club Assembly (focus on Sunflowers for Ukraine).  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm.

Saturday 21st May - D9705 Club Development Seminar {formerly called District Assembly}.ALL 2022-2023 Board Members need to attend. Parkes, 9 am start.

Monday 4th July - CRC 51st Changeover. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Tuesday August 2nd - Larapinta Trek (benefit for ShelterBox) (with Garth Perkin, Mary Potts and Don Dyce).

Larapinta Trek 2022 for ShelterBox

Saturday/Sunday October 1st-2nd - Gears and Beers (Wollundry RC). 

https://gearsandbeers.org.au/
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

 


JUST FOR LAUGHS










 

 

 

 

 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to the last Puzzler: The rebus answers from top left to bottom right are: around-the-world trip, lemonade, long legs, advice, spaceman, big bad wolf, many thanks, download, no idea, comfortable, forty years, and excuse me.

This week's puzzlers:

Easy one: A man is standing alongside a river, and his dog is on the other side. The man calls his dog, who immediately crosses the river without getting wet and without using a bridge or a boat. How did the dog do it?

Tougher one: One winter evening, Albert was in his lounge sitting by the wood fire. All of a sudden, a rock crashed through his window.  He got up and looked out the window just in time to see three neighborhood kids, who were brothers, run around a corner. Their names were Steven, Mark and Lachie Jones. The next day Albert found a note on his door that read "? Jones. He broke your window." Which of the three Jones brothers should Albert question about the incident?

 

 

ROTARY NEWS


1.  DISTRICT 9705 2022 Learning and Development Seminar


It is hoped that all incoming Directors which includes the President Elect, Secretary and Treasurer will attend one of the venues for what we all know as District Assembly and Training for the incoming board members of our club. There will be two seminars, one in Goulburn (May 14th)  and one in Parkes (May 21st)  to cover the size of this District of ours.

These Seminars are NOT just for the Board but for all Club members.  I encourage you all to try and attend one of them! 

 
This year the District Learning and Development seminar days will be held in two places to enable as many people as possible to attend. The first one will be held in Goulburn on Saturday 14 May at the Goulburn Services Club, and the second one on Saturday 21 May in Parkes at the Parkes Leagues Club.


These seminars are designed to provide information about Rotary at the club level, all the way up to Rotary International. Participants will be encouraged to share ideas on club projects, different types of clubs and the many different approaches to the running of clubs. This is particularly important for those who are taking on Board positions, committee members or project organisers in the coming Rotary year. The seminars are also a way for any Rotarians interested in learning more about Rotary, the Foundation, the roles of Presidents, Treasurers, Secretaries, and the general organisation of clubs.


Each seminar day will begin at 9.00am and finish by 4.30pm. There will be a dinner organised for those people who intend staying over at each location.  There will be a place on the registration site to indicate if you intend staying for the dinner.


The Federal Election has now been called and will be held on Saturday 21 May. This is the same day the District seminar will be held in Parkes and this may cause some people a problem if they are involved in election activities on the day.  However, there is the option for those people to attend the Goulburn seminar instead. For others, there is the option of pre polling or postal votes if Parkes is a more convenient location.

Registrations Here


 
The District Website now has the registration available for both venues and you are encouraged to register as soon as possible. 


These Seminars used to be called The District Assembly


Saturday 14 May in Goulburn at the Goulburn Services Club

Saturday 21 May in Parkes at the Parkes Leagues Club


2.  UKRAINE UPDATES




"We all understand Ukrainians need a place of peace. No one would want to be pushed out of their country. When I see what Rotarians are doing worldwide to support Ukraine, it makes me proud to be a Rotarian.”

Thank you to Per Høyen and his wife, who, after communicating with friends in the Lviv International Rotary Club, learned of a young man from Ukraine who needed a place to stay.

They provided him with a place of peace, learn more: https://on.rotary.org/3F4OqwD

 

SUNFLOWER SEEDS FOR UKRAINE


N.B. CLUB ASSEMBLY MONDAY 16th. MAY DEDICATED TO THE PROJECT.




 
May 1st is as good a day as any to get this project up and running.


We now have 11 clubs from the Coomera River RC in Queensland to the Highton RC in Victoria with sunflower seeds all sent to them by the 27th April.  There are other clubs who do not need seeds as they can get them locally.


There are still many who will need seeds, however we still have 150kgs or so in stock which will be plenty.


Still working on the display/donation boxes and those who I have spoken with feel it is a good idea however, we need 1,000 boxes to bring the cost down from $17.00 per box for 100 to $4.00 per box for 1,000.  In the meantime this should not stop us from getting donations in the Rotary way.  I was given another $20 on Friday for one packet of seeds.


It is early days and the good news is that the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations, through their Humanitarian Aid Initiatives Director, Diahanna Senko, wants to get their youth to sell the packets of seeds around Australia.  Diahanna is in touch with Guy Glenny, our RAWCS Project Manager for the Ukraine Appeal, and they speak on a regular basis.


The latest news of the partnership with the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations, RAWCS and Caritas Ukraine can be viewed here:



 



 

 


Street Art Kiev


 

MAY IS YOUTH SERVICE MONTH



Graphics by Debbie Vance from Canada.


 

 

 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2021-22


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


President: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director: Daryl Breust

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Ian Jennings

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: John Bond

Immediate Past President: Howard Atkinson

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford


 
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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2122-38




 

 

 

WEEK OF APRIL 25th


ANZAC DAY EDITION


COOLAMON ANZAC DAY 2022


Photos by Linda Nolan from Ganmain (dawn service) and Sharon Miles (daytime service)











 

STORIES FROM OUR MEMBERS


1. MARY POTTS


A little information on some of my relatives who served:


My grandfather, Phillip John Golden, enlisted in the AIF 36th Battalion on 2/9/1916 and was injured in France on 6/6/1918 and was sent to a war hospital and then sent home to Australia.


He embarked in Sydney on  on HMAT SUEVIC 11/11/1916. He drew a returned soldier's block in Beckom in 1921 and farmed and lived at Berrima in Beckom until 1954, when his son Tom took over the running of the farm.


My great uncle, Thomas Golden, enlisted 7/11/1914 in the 13th Battalion AIF and embarked at Melbourne on HMAT Berrima on 22/12/1914 and  was killed at Gallipoli on 1/5/1915. He was 24 years old.


Three of my mother's brothers served in the 2nd World War and were fortunate to return home.


George (Joe) Alexander O’Reilly born 30/9/1914, NX 164598.  From memory, Joe served most of his time in New Guinea. He only had bad memories of his time serving his country, from what he shared with us.


James (Jim) Patrick O’Reilly, NX 102057. Jim was born 4/5/1919 and also served his time in New Guinea.


Leo Denis O’Reilly, NX 130211, born 27/9/1921. Leo spent time in Singapore and New Guinea.


My brother, Raymond Patrick Golden, was in the navy and served time in Vietnam around 1969. He doesn’t like to talk about what he went through whilst in Vietnam, however he does talk about his experience a little more than he used to.


My ex-husband, Donald John Potts, was in the RAAF for over 20 years. We spent time in Wagga Wagga, Canberra and Malaysia. He luckily didn’t have to go into any areas of major conflict.


Footnote on Mary:

Getting help after my run in Narrandera




I had leg cramps and didn’t feel very well. Peta Wykes took my shoes off for me and Mary (a lovely lady from the coffee van) gave me her chair and looked after me.  Margaret Smith Mary said that she knows you; her sister went to school with you and also Mick used to shear for them or their family. She and her daughter were very kind to me (I think her daughter was making the coffee).


2.  ADRIAN LINDNER



The following is my father's WW2 experience. He lived on our family farm between The Gap and Coolamon. At the time of the war he was living with his mother in Wagga.


About November of 1941, Keith Lindner (aged 18) received a "call-up" for military service in the 2nd World War. He actually joined the RAAF but they were too slow to process his application. Before any action happened he was in the army. However, he maintained his interest in military planes and enjoyed attending air shows, more recently at Temora.

He left home on 2nd January 1942 and was drafted into the 2nd Division Signals. This was the communications branch for the Army utilising Morse code.

Whilst on leave in 1944, he enjoyed a visit to the family in Wagga Wagga, where he was given a 'right royal welcome' by his mother and younger brothers and sisters.  They found him to be somewhat of a curiosity with all his army gear and equipment.  They had never seen and handled things like gas masks, tin hats, etc.

Some highlights for him during the war years were;

1) On one secret mission, they were told they were going on a "fishing trip" except it was undertaking secret surveillance and reconnaissance duties along the west coast of Australia due to the threat of a Japanese invasion.

2) Another memorable occasion was meeting up briefly with his father, Eric, in New Guinea, who was also a soldier (mechanical engineers corp) in the army (see photo above).

3) When located on the island of New Britain, off New Guinea, Keith, along with fellow signalmen Selwyn Barnes and Morris Gissing (future mayor of Wagga and founder of Gissing's Pharmacy), maintained 24-hour radio coverage on the front line for 8,000 Australian troops who faced some 50 to 60,000 Japanese in Rabaul. By making communications of fake troop movements, they bluffed the enemy into thinking there were facing many more thousands of Australians.

4) While in New Britain, Keith was accidentally shot in the leg, and would likely have bled to death if his fellow signalmen had not quickly applied their tourniquet.  Keith was forever grateful for this instantaneous action.

5) Whilst recovering from his wound, the war came to a close, so he was able to take part in the Victory March in Melbourne.

Following the war, and having been promoted to sergeant, Keith returned to civilian life in mid-1946.


 

3.  CHUNUK BAIR AUGUST 8th. 1915 by John Glassford


1990 painting of the battle of Chunuk Bair by Ion G. Brown (Alexander Turnbull Library)



GALLIPOLI! It was a lunacy that never had the chance to succeed, an idiocy generated by muddled thinking. By attacking the Turks, the allies merely allowed the Turks the opportunity to kill British, ANZAC and French soldiers in large numbers.

The high point of the New Zealand effort at Gallipoli, the capture of Chunuk Bair, underlined the leadership qualities of Lieutenant-Colonel William Malone.

Two columns of the New Zealand Infantry Brigade carried out the attack, which began on 6 August. The operation started well, but delays meant not all the infantrymen had reached Rhododendron Spur by the time the assault on the summit started next morning. After the Auckland Battalion tried and failed, Malone insisted that the Wellingtons’ attack should be delayed until after nightfall.

The Wellington Battalion occupied the summit before dawn on 8 August. With sunrise came a barrage of fire from Ottoman Turks holding higher ground to the north. A desperate struggle to hold Chunuk Bair ensued. By the time the Wellingtons were relieved that evening, only 70 of the battalion’s 760 men were still standing. Malone was one of the casualties, killed by an Allied shell about 5 p.m.

Ottoman forces recaptured the position on 10 August from British troops who had relieved the New Zealanders.

My father, 2nd. Lt. George James Glassford, was in the 1st Wellington Battalion and missed Chunuk Bair as he was wounded on July 27th on Gallipoli and was in hospital in Cairo.  Dad returned to the Gallipoli campaign to be with his mates.  Dad served a total of 154 days on Gallipoli and a total of 4 years and 212 days in the New Zealand Army.

"Sgt Maj. GJ Glassford of the main body, now serving in France, recently refused an offer to proceed to NZ to receive a commission.  He is among the first 20 having the longest service in Gallipoli."



 

 

THE LEMON SQUEEZER HAT




 

Lt. Colonel William Malone, commanding officer of the 1st Wellington Battalion, invented the "lemon squeezer" head dress. Originally for his Taranaki Rifles Regiment, the hat was designed to mirror the outline of Mount Taranaki.


Sergeant George Glassford (with the lemon squeezer hat).  At Gallipoli before the Chunuk Bair offensive. I am told that the rest of the men in his platoon shown here did not make it.


 

 

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 May 2nd - Guest Speaker Charles McClintock from Riding for the Disabled. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm. *Partners and guests welcome.

Monday May 9th - Phil McIntosh Wollundry RC Gears & Beers Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm.

Tuesday May 10th - BoD Meeting.   7.00pm Sports Club.

Monday May 17th - Club Assembly devoted to Sunflowers for Ukraine.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm.

Saturday 21st May - D9705 Club Development Seminar {formerly called District Assembly}.ALL 2022-2023 Board Members need to attend. Parkes, 9 am start.

Monday 4th July - CRC 51st Changeover. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 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).

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

Rotary Australia New Zealand and Pacific Islands Conference

 



 

 

By 9GAG Cliffs of Gallipoli


 


It is said that these bullets collided on Gallipoli in 1915 (Source unknown).


 





 

 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to the last Puzzlers:

Easy one - a priest; Harder one - 5:35

This week's puzzler: What objects/phrases do the following images represent?



 

 

 

 

 

APRIL IS MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH MONTH




 

Graphics by Debbie Vance from Canada.


 

 

 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2021-22


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


President: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director: Daryl Breust

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Ian Jennings

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: John Bond

Immediate Past President: Howard Atkinson

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford


 
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WEEK OF APRIL 11th


We had 18 members along to a self catered evening of fellowship and fun.  President albert had a few things to say including birthday wishes to Ian Jennings and presenting Ian with a bottle of wine.

John Bond is out of intensive care and Neil Munro visited Bondy in hospital in Sydney and gave us a report on his condition.  Bondy also sent us an email and asked us to fine John Nulty if he got a banana split.  John Nulty followed up with some very amusing insights into his wisdom highlights (grey hair).

Albert advised us that the wood drive before ANZAC Day is postponed as we now have enough wood for a trailer or two.  Trevor Jose has been invited to the Wednesday board meeting at Trevor's request.

Dinner was cooked by several of the lads and many salads appeared following Albert's call for salads via SMS.  It is unknown as to why the call was put out in the first place, but members rallied to the cause and we had enough salads for an army.  Chez created a dubious jelly; it was not the jelly, but the chocolate eggs buried in the jelly that caused quite a reaction.

Henk made a suggestio9n that we may be asked to cater for the ANZAC Day Trotting meeting at the Coolamon Showgrounds; be prepared if a call goes out for help.

Anne (still in COVID isolation), has already filled 250 bags for the Sunflowers for Ukraine project.  JG brought the members up to date and reported that the 500 kg of seeds will be collected on Thursday by JG and stored in Ganmain ready for packing into 1- to 2-kg bags for distribution.  JG said that we will launch the project on May 1st.  There are 20 clubs around Australia and 2 Districts who will join us, but more are expected as it's only early days.

Acting [email protected] Ian fined a few members including Albert and JG for the WW Daily Advertiser Dangerous headline.

The raffle was won by Howard, Daryl and Mary.

Thanks to all the members who contributed by cooking, making salads and sweets as well as washing up that made the night a happy event.

NB:  NO MEETING Easter Monday and NO MEETING ANZAC Day; we will be back on the 2nd May.

 

Vale Brian Clarke


Dr Brian Clarke, longtime partner of former Coolamon Rotarian Myffy Colette, passed away peacefully at his residence in Ganmain this past week. Funeral plans are being finalised, but members are advised that men are requested to wear a tie to the service (Brian was a huge fan of ties and Myffy can provide one to members without one) and that flowers should not be sent to Myffy's residence but should accompany the coffin to the cemetery.

 

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!

Wednesday April 13th - Board of Directors Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7 pm.

Monday April 18th - Easter Monday. NO Meeting (public holiday).

Monday April 25th - ANZAC Day. NO Meeting (public holiday).

Monday May 2nd - Regular Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm.

Monday May 9th - Regular Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm.

Saturday 21st May - D9705 Club Development Seminar {formerly called District Assembly}.ALL 2022-2023 Board Members need to attend. West Wyalong, 9 am start.

Monday 4th July - CRC 51st Changeover. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 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).

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

Rotary Australia New Zealand and Pacific Islands Conference

 


JUST FOR LAUGHS








The crew of a British Airways A380 Flt 268 made a wrong turn during taxi for departure at Heathrow, and came nose to nose with another aircraft. The furious ground controller (a female) started yelling: "Speedbird 268" where are you going? I instructed you to turn right on 'Charlie' taxiway; you turned right on 'Delta'. Stop right there"

Continuing her verbal lashing of the embarrassed crew, she shouted: " It'll take forever to sort this out due to your screw up. Hold your position and don't move until I tell you to. You can expect progressive taxi instructions in about a half hour and I expect you to go exactly where I tell you, when I tell you, and how I tell you. You got that?"

The frequency went very quiet until an unknown male pilot broke the silence... "Wasn't I married to you once?"



 

 

 

 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to the last Puzzlers: Riddle - the letter 's'; Harder one - two mares and two fillies, with one of the mares being the daughter of the other.

This week's puzzlers:

1. Easier one: He has married many women, but has never been married. Who is he?

2. Harder one: What time should be displayed on clock 5 below if it follows the pattern exhibited in clocks 1 through 4?



 

 

 

ROTARY NEWS


1.  FLY FROM EVEREST





Rotary has had many champions working for the cause … and one such champion is Ken Hutt of the Rotary Club of Berry, New South Wales Australia.


In 2014 Ken climbed the World’s sixth highest mountain, Mt Cho Oyu in Tibet, and then successfully paraglided back to Base Camp, all for raising awareness for the PolioPlus campaign. Now, he is taking on another challenge for PolioPlus … by planning a World Record assault and paraglide from the summit of Everest in May 2022.


"Dear Fellow Rotarians in our District 9705

Our quest for the eradication of Polio has endured many challenges, interruptions and obstacles over the past 35 years but still we hold the course with eradication as close as ever.

With wars, pandemics, bushfires, floods and the need to spread our very hard earned dollars across many important and very deserving areas it is difficult to maintain our commitment to Polio eradication.  With our Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation arrangement, a small investment soon becomes a considerable amount that we know, really makes a difference.

I am making a plea with your club being involved in a united effort and making a very big difference to our collaborative contribution to Polio eradication.

In the next 8 weeks I will be travelling to Mount Everest, with the intention of flying a Paraglider from as high a possible on the mountain, even from the summit itself, and creating history in the name of Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign , as we all are creating history if we can achieve our goal in eradicating Polio.

Ken Hutt

Rotary Club of Berry, NSW

0418 205225"

FULL STORY HERE



 

2.  SUNFLOWERS TO UKRAINE


 

UPDATE ON THE SUNFLOWER SEEDS




The sunflower seeds are in the bin! Some photos from last week's harvest. Thanks so much Doug Bruckner you are a champion. We look forward to collecting your generous donation for Ukraine.





 

 

APRIL IS MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH MONTH




 

Graphics by Debbie Vance from Canada.


 

 

 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2021-22


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


President: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director: Daryl Breust

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Ian Jennings

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: John Bond

Immediate Past President: Howard Atkinson

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford


 
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WEEK OF APRIL 4th


President Albert welcomed 17 members and one guest, former CRC Rotarian, Myffy Collette, to our weekly meeting.  It was wonderful to see Myffy again after a long absence. Perhaps we'll see more of her?

The raffle for the Sportsman's night raised $1,460--a good effort by all those who sold tickets, especially Anne and others who sold tickets at the Foodworks store in Coolamon.  We had 9 members at the draw on Saturday night at the Sports Club and the prizes were won by:

  1.  Gourmet hamper  - Sharon Miles

  2.  Half a dressed sheep - Jack Chamberlain

  3.  The other half - Hugo Besgrove

  4.  Beauty Package - Maureen Hulsman


RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) planning meeting at the Wagga Wagga RSL at 5.00 pm Thursday, 7th April. Garth will attend on behalf of the CRC.

Recommendations for the Board to consider are:

  1.  Donation to the Coolamon Swimming Club as they have a big expense coming up to replace the lane ropes and winders.

  2.  Berry Rotary Club donation for para gliding off Mount Everest.


NB Next BoD meeting is Wednesday 13th April at 7.00 pm.

We had another spirited fines session conducted by acting [email protected] Dick and Corporal Garth.  Of special note was a fine of $5 assessed on all members by Bondy because he is still in intensive care in Sydney, and we are not.  The fine was gladly paid by all members present. Get well soon Bondy!

Received this letter from Bethany Crocker on the notes for Bethany's talk last Monday:

"Hello everyone, I’m Bethany Crocker, and tonight I am here to thank you all for supporting me and enabling me to experience an amazing opportunity, such that of the National Youth Science forum. The forum was truly an eye-opening experience, full of educational and networking opportunities, as I had the privilege of meeting the likes of Nobel Laureates and Dr Karl. Although, due to the unique circumstances occurring globally, my NYSF experience was widely different from the hybrid event planned, I was still able to make the most of the online seminars and came away with not only, an increased confidence in what my future in STEM may look like, but with an amazing crop of new friendships.

For me, the forum definitely had notable highlights these included meeting Nobel Laureate, Dr Peter Doherty and listening to his lecture on killer T cells, along with another lecture in the field of biology presented by Dr Gurion Ang from the University of Queensland. I also attended an engineering seminar presented by UQ’s Women in STEM program, this was hands down my favourite seminar as it demonstrated every aspect of what each field of engineering has to offer and cemented by desire to pursue a career in engineering. Whilst my NYSF experience isn’t quite over, as I still have in person hub events to attend, I have applied to be a part of the Student Leadership program from the 2023 event. Once again, thank you, Rotary, for your support along this enthralling journey and I hope to speak to you again later this year to share my experiences from the in person visits.

Thank you.'

 

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: BERNADETTE MILNE




Bernadette was born in Melbourne and has a sister and a younger brother, David,  who was a jockey.  Her father came from Scotland and her mother was born in Tocumwal.  Her dad died at the young age of 56.  Bern's father built the Rocklands Dam reservoir:  Rocklands Dam Reservoir.

Here Bern lived with her family and went to school at St Columbus in Berrigan where she left at 15.  Bern's favourite colour is blue and her favourite past time is horse racing and going to the races.  Bern also enjoys Rotary, book clubs and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

Bern met Russell in Berrigan where Russel was playing football as a coach assistant at $20 per week.  They had 7 children and 24 grandchildren and now 3 great grandchildren.

They ran a mixed business in Berrigan for 8 years and purchased the lease for the Grong Grong pub for 5 years in 1980 and then the Walla Walla pub for 9 years in 1985.  In 1993 they bought the Royal Hotel in Ganmain where they lived for 25 years.  Eventually in 2000 the liquor licence was sold to Sydney at the time of the Sydney Olympics.  After the pub closed down Bern ran a child care centre alongside Myffy.

Bernadette is now retired and living in Wagga Wagga.  Bern is an active and very valuable member of our club

On a visit to Rotary House in Melbourne Bernadette was impressed with the work that Rotary was doing and made enquiries about joining Coolamon Rotary which she did in June 2013 alongside Myffy.  In June 2018 Bernadette and Myffy were made Paul Harris Fellows at the District 9700 and Coolamon changeover night aptly held in the Ganmain Hall. The presentations were made by Past President Paul Weston and Past District Governor George Weston.

 



Auctioneer Dick made an appearance to auction off most of the contents of the gourmet hamper which was won by Sharon Miles which Sharon kindly donated back to the club.  The hamper was divided into three lots which were auctioned off by Dick.   Garth, Adrian and John Nulty were the highest bidders on the boxes.  The gourmet chocolate box went to Alex.



The raffle prizes were won by Daryl and Grahame.

 

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 April 11th - Regular Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Wednesday April 13th - Board of Directors Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7 pm.

Monday April 18th - Easter Monday. NO Meeting (public holiday).

Monday April 25th - ANZAC Day. NO Meeting (public holiday).

Saturday 21st May - D9705 Club Development Seminar {formerly called District Assembly}.ALL 2022-2023 Board Members need to attend. West Wyalong, 9 am start.

Monday 4th July - CRC 51st Changeover. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 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).

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

Rotary Australia New Zealand and Pacific Islands Conference.

 


JUST FOR LAUGHS












 

 

 

 

THE PUZZLER


Answer to the last Puzzler: The missing number is 48. All of the numbers are multiples of six (1 x 6, 2 x 6, through 9 x 6), but missing was 8 x 6 (48).

This week's puzzlers:

1. An easier one, at the request of Dick:

Saturday and Sunday, I am big.
Tuesday through Thursday, I am small.
Monday and Friday, I am non-existent.
What am I?


2. A more challenging one:

Some horses are grazing in a pasture.  The horses are an unspecified number of mares and their fillies, and the relationships among them include the following: grandmother/granddaughter (1), mother/daughter (3), sister/sister (1) and aunt/niece (1).  What is the number of mares and fillies, and exactly how are they related? The number of mares is equal to number of fillies, and each mare has one filly.


 

 

 

ROTARY NEWS


1.  HOUT BAY ROTARY CLUB CENTENIAL TWIN




In 2005 Coolamon and Hout Bay became Centennial twin clubs and we started the main project of raising funds to build and refurbish an AIDS and TB Clinic, which has since become a model for South African Health.







Coolamon House, as it is called in honour of our club, was opened in 2013 and along with two other beneficiaries, Nonceba and Phumlani, we have contributed over $US 100,000 to Hout Bay.  This includes a TRF Matching Grant for US$22,000.  Story below (click on the link):

Coolamon House Hout Bay RC


Last week was the induction of the 2022 / 2023 president of The Rotary Club of Hout Bay - Carolyn Herrick. The dinner was held at The Manor Hotel in Hout Bay. Carolyn takes over from President Alison Rice on 1 July 2022.


President Alison presented the Paul Harris Fellow award to Denise Hopkins for her exceptional service to Rotary.



Awards were also presented to Carolyn Herrick, Marcelo Andrade, Joelle Searle, Keith Bull and Harriet Purser for their outstanding service.

Carolyn also announced her new board for the coming year. Congratulations to all.




 

2.  SUNFLOWERS TO UKRAINE


When one starts a new project it is important to keep the information flowing otherwise one loses momentum.  Rotary International based in Evanston Illinois, where our head office is located, has a General Secretary and CEO, and his name is John Hewko.  John and his wife, Marga, are from Ukraine.

The latest: One example comes from Rotary Chicago president Marga Hewko. She felt so moved by stories posted on Facebook by a woman working in Ukraine — who also detailed them in the Chicago Tribune — that she found three homes for Ukrainian refugees.

The Rotary Club of Chicago, or Rotary One, as it known, was the first Rotary Club and was founded in 1905 by Paul Harris and three business associates.  Marga Hewko is this year's president.  Rotary One has over 200 members and has their own foundation with assets of over AUD $4 million.



John Hewko said, "Moved by stories posted on Facebook, my wife, Marga Hewko, reached out to contacts in Germany and found homes for three refugees. I'm incredibly proud of her and her willingness to help refugees fleeing Ukraine. My parents experienced similar situations, stories that she and I know all too well; as she stated to Axios, the only difference is that these stories are happening live in front of us today. It's just heartbreaking."






Our Rotary International Director for our RI Zone 8, Jessie Harman, is meeting with John Hewko on Thursday and says:

"Hi John,
I will see John Hewko next week and personally tell him about the project.  I know he will be delighted.

Regards  - and have a great weekend. "


Jessie


Looks like our project will reach the top of Rotary International, thanks to RID Jessie Harman.

 

 

APRIL IS MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH MONTH




 

Graphics by Debbie Vance from Canada.


 

 

 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2021-22


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


President: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director: Daryl Breust

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Ian Jennings

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: John Bond

Immediate Past President: Howard Atkinson

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford


 
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Sunflowers Harvested

This is a quick update on the progress of the Sunflowers for Ukraine initiative.  Doug Bruckner from Gnadbro Pastoral Company at Collingullie invited us over to witness the harvest.  President Albert Suidgeest and I went to his farm and we were interviewed by the Riverina ABC Radio station.

The seeds are in the bin and we will collect them next week.

 



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STOP PRESS!


SPORTSMAN'S NIGHT POSTPONED

The Sportsman's Night this Saturday has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.  As soon as another date becomes available we will let you all know.  The raffle will still be drawn on Saturday evening.



 

WEEK OF MARCH 28th


President Albert opened the meeting and welcomed our two guests and our twenty one members--a great rollup again.  Our guests were Bethany Crocker, our guest speaker, and her grandmother, Cheryl Crocker.  Cheryl is the Daughter of Keith West, who was our Charter President in March 1971. Bethany is a Year 12 student at Coolamon Central School who was sponsored by our club to attend the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) this year, which was largely held online because of the pandemic.

Albert wished Alex Thompson a happy birthday and presented Alex with a bottle of  wine, not that Alex drinks wine!

Albert then sent a get well card around for John Bond, Bondy is in hospital in Sydney and would love us to call him.  We are sure that Bondy will be home soon.

Daryl Breust spoke on  Gears and Beers which took place on Sunday and advised the meeting that it was a huge success.  There are a series of photos in this bulletin.  Daryl thanked all 21 members who volunteered their time on Sunday.  Thanks went also to those who worked on Saturday baking 60 batches of ANZAC biscuits which yielded 1750 biscuits: a mighty effort!  Not forgetting Ian Jennings who graded one of the sections for the Dirty 130 ride to make it passable and very dusty just for a change!

At Lions Park the rest stop was very busy and our team, including Jan Breust, handed out ALL the ANZAC biscuits, 70 kg of bananas, melons and water.  There were 1,600 riders on the Dirty 130 ride and 400+ riders on the 115 km ride.  All up, in excess of 2,000 riders passed through Coolamon on Sunday morning.  There will be a de-briefing with Wollundry Rotary in two weeks' time.  Daryl was seconded to do the radio interview on the ABC.

Thank you Daryl and your committee--a tremendous effort!

Bethany Crocker was introduced by our Youth Services Director Anne Rzeszkowski and spoke on her experience as a NYSFparticipant held earlier this year.  Bethany enjoyed the experience immensely and thanked the club for our sponsorship.  Bethany said that the experience confirmed her plans on becoming an aerospace engineer.   Ian Jennings presented our small gift to Bethany as a token of thanks.



Daryl then spoke on the upcoming Sportsman's night which was to take place this Saturday but which has now unfortunately been postponed.

John G spoke briefly on the progress of the Sunflowers for Ukraine project and read out a letter of support from our Rotary International Director for Zone 8, Jessie Harman.  JG explained that the project was moving fast and that the donor of the sunflowers, Doug Bruckner, will notify us when the seeds will be harvested.  Ian Jennings has invited Doug Bruckner and his wife Clare to one of our meetings.

The highlight of the night was without doubt the stand-in [email protected] Dick and his Corporal, Garth.  Dick and Garth spared no one and we had a lot of fun.  The raffle was won by Brian and second prize, the bantam eggs from Howard, went to Ian Jennings.

Finally Daryl announced that the club bowls team won the whole tournament.

 

DIARY


Saturday, 2nd April - Sportsman's Night featuring SCOTT REARDON and VANESSA LOW. The CRC Sportsman's Committee have organised a fundraising function featuring local Paralympian Scott Reardon and his wife Vanessa Low, also a Paralympian.  The event will take place in conjunction with the Coolamon Football Club at Kindra Park.  Time 6.00-10.00 pm.  POSTPONED DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES.

Monday April 4th - Regular Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday April 11th - Regular Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday April 18th - Easter Monday. NO Meeting (public holiday).

Monday April 25th - ANZAC Day. NO Meeting (public holiday).

Saturday 21st May - D9705 Club Development Seminar {formerly called District Assembly}.ALL 2022-2023 Board Members need to attend. West Wyalong, 9 am start.

Monday 4th July - CRC 51st Changeover. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 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).

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

Rotary Australia New Zealand and Pacific Islands Conference.

 


JUST FOR LAUGHS








Best beer in the world!  100 years old.





 

 


THE PUZZLER


Answer to the last Puzzler: There will be a total of 63 games played. Interestingly, this is one less than the number of teams in the tournament, which is always true for a single-elimination tournament.

This week's puzzler:



 

 

ROTARY NEWS


1.  GEARS AND BEERS MARCH 27th, 2022














"And once again the ANZAC biscuits were an absolute hit - Coolamon Rotary we salute you 🙌"





Another very well organised Gears and Beers weekend by the Wollundry Rotary Club and Chair Phil McIntosh.  Our club did a great job with so many of our members volunteering in all the areas in which we were needed.

Daryl Breust, the chair of the Gears and Beers Coolamon committee, and the committee members worked hard to make sure that Coolamon did our job well.  Some 21 members and several partners were involved from baking ANZAC biscuits to being marshals on the event.  The Dirty 130 and the 115 riders were our responsibility some 1,600 entrants in the Dirty 130 category.  Overall Gears and Beers had over 3,000 entrants.  This resulted in the amazing result of over $200,000 being raised by Wollundry RC, which will go towards local charities in the Wagga Wagga area.

The next Gears and Beers will be held over the October long weekend this year (1st-3rd October).

Some photos from Sunday and our members at work!

Click on the thumbnails for a larger photo.



THE END!



2. SUNFLOWERS TO UKRAINE


The project is gathering at a fast pace and we have plenty of enquiry including the following clubs:

Rotary Clubs from Sydney and the RAWCS Eastern Region Manager for the RAWCS Project #83-2014-15, Guy Glenny from the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove.  Guy called me yesterday following an email to him via one of my classmates, PDG Sue Hayward, other supporting clubs include Tuggeranong, Hall, Narrandera, Lower Blue Mountains, Bundaberg East, Young, Orange, Canberra , Forbes, Wagga Wagga Sunrise, Griffith Avanti and others.

Narrandera want 2kgs of seeds.

Above all was the letter of support from our Rotary International Director for RI Zone 8, Jessie Harman:

Hi John,

Here is a simple testimonial.  If it's not sufficient or if you want more, please come back to me.  Thank you for everything you are doing.  


Sunflowers for Ukraine

This ‘Sunflowers for Ukraine’ project is a simple way that we can show our support for the victims of the war in Ukraine.  The funds we raise will provide desperately needed relief for those who seek it; the sunflowers we plant will stand as evidence of our solidarity and our hopes for a brighter, peaceful future for all.

I encourage you to get involved.  

Jessie Harman

Rotary International Director, 2021-2023



This is a very important step forward for our club and  Jessie was the first person to respond to our Facebook post on the project around March 2nd. where Jessie said:

"A lovely idea - and I especially like the sentiment of joining together to do it as a united body".

We are working with RAWCS and the  Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations. I will have an update on the logistics and the partnerships with RAWCS, Caritas Ukraine and the Australian Ukrainian Organisations very soon.

You can view the progress of the RAWCS Project for Ukraine here:

 

Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief Aid


 

MARCH IS WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE MONTH



Graphics by Debbie Vance from Canada.


 

 

 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2021-22


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


President: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director: Daryl Breust

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Ian Jennings

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: John Bond

Immediate Past President: Howard Atkinson

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford


 
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Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2122-34



Highlights from the DISCON BBQ in Temora








Week of March 21st




We had 21 members present--a great rollup--and one apology.  President Albert welcomed those present and announced that the meeting was to consolidate our part in Gears and Beers, which will take place this coming Sunday, the 27th of March.  However Albert asked the three Temora conference goers for their short appraisals.  Adrian gave a very good and concise report on the events of the weekend.  Paul spoke on the inspirational aspect of district conferences and learning new ideas from other clubs.  John G spoke about meeting up with old friends and making new ones.

Daryl Breust then went through the duties of the marshals and the roster for Gears and Beers.  Daryl showed where all the marshals will be stationed and what to expect.  The baking of the ANZAC biscuits will take place on Saturday morning from 9.30am at the school.

Two rides will be coming through Coolamon in opposite directions, the Dirty 130 and the 115km ride.

Daryl requested that all marshals read through the Gears and Beers manual, which was forwarded to all member via email on the 21st of March.

Here is the roster--just click on the image for a larger version:



Other business on the night included discussion of the Sportsman's Night on April 2nd at Kindra Park.  Mary Potts and Anne  Rzeszkowski have been selling raffle tickets and handed out 20 tickets per member for them to sell at $2 each or 3 for $5.  Albert then gave out some of the entry tickets for the night; don't forget to record to whom you sold the tickets. Entry tickets are also for sale at the Coolamon Post Office and via Albert.

Dick Jennings was the stand in [email protected] and left no one out in his amusing fines session.

The raffle was won by Chez (1st prize) and Alex (2nd prize). An investigation has been launched to determine how Chez seems to have rigged the raffle to land in her favour far too often!

 

 

 

DIARY


Sunday, 27th March - Gears and Beers. See: Gears and Beers WEBSITE.

Monday, 28th March - Speaker Meeting. Bethany Crocker will speak on her participation in the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) earlier this year. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Saturday, 2nd April - Sportsman's Night featuring SCOTT REARDON and VANESSA LOW. The CRC Sportsman's Committee have organised a fundraising function featuring local Paralympian Scott Reardon and his wife Vanessa Low, also a Paralympian.  The event will take place in conjunction with the Coolamon Football Club at Kindra Park.  Time 6.00-10.00 pm.

You can now buy tickets from the Coolamon Post Office.


To all our Internet users: please start sharing the CRC Facebook page, our website and the booking form links which will have all the details for this night.

A Night with Vanessa Low and Scott Reardon Links.

Monday April 18th - Easter Monday. NO Meeting

Monday April 25th - ANZAC Day. NO Meeting

Saturday 21st May - D9705 Club Development Seminar {formerly called District Assembly}.ALL 2022-2023 Board Members need to attend. West Wyalong, 9 am start.

Monday 4th July - CRC 51st Changeover. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.
Friday-Sunday 21st-23rd October DGE Geraldine Rurenga's Wagga Wagga D9705 Conference.


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

Rotary Australia New Zealand and Pacific Islands Conference.

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS











This is a conversation between a man and his wife. Please note that she asks five or six questions which he answered quite simply; but, then she is speechless after answering only one question. l bet this happens more often than not to most husbands out there:

Woman: Do you drink beer?

Man: Yes.

Woman: How many beers a day?

Man: Usually about three.

Woman: How much do you pay per beer?

Man: $5.00 which includes a tip (this is where it gets scary!).

Woman: And how long have you been drinking?

Man: About 20 years, I suppose.

Woman: So a beer costs $5 and you have three beers a day which puts your spending each month at $450. In one year, it would be approximately $5400, correct?

Man: Correct.

Woman: If in 1 year you spend $5400, not accounting for inflation, the past 20 years puts your spending at $108,000 correct?

Man: Correct.

Woman: Do you know that if you didn’t drink so much beer, that money could have been put in a step-up interest savings account and after accounting for compound interest for the past 20 years, you could have now bought an airplane?

Man: Do you drink beer?

Woman: No.

Man: Where is your airplane?



THE PUZZLER


Answer to the last Puzzler: A major goal is worth 8 points and a minor goal is worth 3.

This week's challenge: The NCAA college basketball tournament is underway in America, an annual rite of spring for basketball fans.  In the tournament, 64 teams play single elimination games to end up with a champion after five rounds (the number of teams remaining is halved after each round is played). How many games in total are played to determine the winner?

 


ROTARY NEWS


1. Sunflowers for Ukraine


The "launch" of our project in Temora was done by Acting Governor Michael Moore at the start of the conference on Saturday morning.  As the proceeds will be going to RAWCS Caritas Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief Aid I was invited to share the RAWCS booth at Temora.  This worked out well and most of the 80 bags of seeds and flyers went quickly.  Many enquiries and expression of interest to support the project.

I was asked several times what Rotary is doing for Ukraine and here is a very recent article from the Rotary magazine in Ukraine (22nd March 2022).  Sent by a good friend of mine from Rotarians On The Internet.

Rotary in Ukraine 23 March 2022

I have been working on the art work and need to comply with Rotary's branding so here is my latest attempt:



Some great news from the Rotary club of Hall via Rtn. Emma Bell:

"Thanks for the link to your website. Do you have/want a similar page on the district website since this is a project for the district to get behind?

I have reached out to a Rotarian who is fabulous with graphic design. She is super busy so no guarantees but I will let you know if she is able to assist with the artwork for the cards and flyers.

Couldn’t agree more that this is an important and worthwhile effort and I hope to support you in any way I can.

I can also flag that the RC of Hall is interested in supporting this project and we would like seeds."

Emma Bell PHF

District 9705 Chair of Communications


 

2. TEMORA D9705 CONFERENCE




Above Dick Jennings head BBQ chef cooking gluten free sausages and beef patties! 

There are four pages on our website with photos and stories of the Temora Conference.  Just click on the links below.

 

 
1.  The Welcome BBQ Friday Night  (Coolamon Chefs well BBQ Specialists)


2.  Part 2 Temora DISCON Saturday Proceedings   (With a repeat of the BBQ.)





 

MARCH IS WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE MONTH



Graphics by Debbie Vance from Canada.


 

 

 

ROTARY CLUB OF COOLAMON Inc. 2021-22


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


President: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director: Daryl Breust

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Ian Jennings

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: John Bond

Immediate Past President: Howard Atkinson

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford


 
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TEMORA 2022 ROTARY CONFERENCE PART 4 SUNDAY March 20th 2022

As always all good things come to an end and Sunday was a morning session and we concluded the conference at mid-day.

There were three very good sessions starting with youth.  PDG George Weston is the Youth Chair for D9705 and introduced the speakers.

Rotarian Emma Jayne Bell from the Rotary Club of Hall.  What an inspiration this young lady is and Emma will lighten up any gathering.  Emma is a great speaker and has done so much in Rotary.  Emma was an Exchange student and went to New York where Emma was hosted by the RC of Peekshill.  Emma loved that 12 months with her host families.  Emma also attended RYLA and was the Charter President of the Rotaract Club of the University of Canberra.

Emma since joined the RC of Hall in 2021.  Emma now looks after our social media platforms for D9705 in particular Facebook.  A breath of fresh air is Emma Bell:



 

We then had two of the areas of D9705 give presentations on one of their club projects.  First was Ash Pagett who gave a presentation on the RC of Weston Creek's project in Sri Lanka called Educational Uplift.  A small project initially however the idea is taking off and they are doing great work there:

Educational Uplift Sri Lanka



Another highlight was the presentation on the RC of Berry and their Rotary Nature Play Park.  Phil Crocker the President of the RC of Beery had us amazed at what this club achieved for the children and not so children with the building of this play park.

The Shoalhaven City Council, the State Government of NSW and the Commonwealth Government all got behind the project.  The total cost was $6.5 million and the RC of Berry built it!  It is a very safe environment and is getting plenty of use.  The play park was opened in January 2022.



After morning tea we were given a wee chat about Rotaract by the current D9705 Rotaract Representative Shawn Wilson and the incoming D9705 Rotaract Representative Libby O'Brien.

The main take away from these two inspirational speakers was that we need to all work together in Rotary as partners.  Shawn made some interesting observations:

  • Rotaract is not a farm for Rotary

  • Not a children or youth project

  • Not a social media consultancy.

  • Age is not the criteria as anyone can now join Rotaract from the age of 18 the 30 year old cut off does not apply anymore.


Shawn wants to see Rotary and Rotaract intertwined and we have so much to gain by working together.

Finally the best to last with Dr. Chadden Hunter.  Nothing to do with Rotary but everything to do with ordinary people doing extraordinary things (well that is Rotary is it not?)

Chadden is the producer and director for the BBC and for Sir David Attenborough and the Planet Earth series.  Chadden said that the series have attracted 500 million viewers.  The talk was wonderful and most entertaining.

Dr. Chadden is an Australian wildlife biologist and filmmaker.  After completing a PhD on gelada baboons in Ethiopia, Chadden worked with the National Geographic and Discovery Channel.  Chadden's work with Sir David is legendary from snow leopards.......well you know the story.

Dr. Chadden Hunter

 

Behind the scenes of David Attenborough’s documentaries


 



Our heartfelt thanks go to:

DG Leo Farrelly for the hard work planning this event since Leo became our Governor Nominee.  It takes 3 years of planning to put a district conference on.

To the Chair of the conference committee Peter Kain from the RC of Belconnen.

President Brendon Fritsch and all the members of the Temora Rotary Club who worked so hard in the planning and on the weekend and of course the weekends and days before the event.

The MC and Chair of the conference from the RC of Hall Andrew Giumelli who ran a smooth conference.

Our sincere thanks to IPDG Michael Moore AM PhD and Helen Moore from the RC of Canberra who stepped in for DG Leo over the past two months.

DGE Geraldine Rurenga was unable to attend due to family.  However Geraldine will be taking the reins on July 1st and her conference will be in Wagga Wagga from Friday October 21-Sunday October 23rd 2022.  The event will be held at Joyes Hall at the CSU In Wagga Wagga.  Join us then to Imagine Rotary.



 

 

 

 
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