Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #35

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #35




Belgian Rotary Magazine


This Monday we had our monthly board meeting as well as our business meeting.

We decided on several resolutions and arranged a planning meeting for our incoming President Dick Jennings.

Next week we have the pleasure of the company of Alex Thompson who will be talking about is week on the RYLA course in Wagga Wagga.  Please bring a guest along next Monday night:

Alex Thompson can be seen in the back row 4th from the left of the photo.  The RYLA team is seen here with our Federal Member of parliament the Hon. Michael McCormack member for the Riverina.



This year our Rotary International District 9700 held our annual conference in Leeton.  It was a huge success and in attendance form Coolamon were Dick and Marie Jennings and John Glassford who has now attended 10 D9700 conferences.  Great organisation led by Ruth Wade from Leeton with some excellent and inspiring speakers.  Here are some photos from what was a most enjoyable weekend.

The Art Deco Roxy Theatre in Leeton was the venue for the conference, well worth a visit.  Click on the thumbnail photos below.



*Monday  April 29th RYLA Student Alex Thompson and the RC of Wagga Wagga Murrumbidgee.  Gilbert Catering.

*Monday  May 6th. Member’s Social Night Craig Corrigan on his life: “Nuts and Bolts”.   Club Catering.

Thursday May 9th  BINGO Rostered on: Dick Jennings, Mark Reardon, Ian Durham, Rodney Jarrett.

Monday May 13th Business and Board Meeting all members welcome to attend.

Sunday May 19th District 9700 Assembly and Directors Training at Grenfell.  9.00am Sharp.

Saturday June 8th Coolamon Rotary Street Raffle.

June 23-26 2013 Rotary International Convention in Lisbon.   RI Convention Lisbon.

*Tuesday 25th June Wagga Wagga Sunrise Annual Change Over Dinner Country Club Wagga 6.30pm.

*Wednesday June 26th Henty RC Annual Change Over Dinner.  Community Club 6.30pm.

*Thursday 27th June Wagga Wagga Rotary Change over Dinner.

Saturday June 29th District 9700 Annual Change Over Dinner.

*Monday July 1st COOLAMON 42nd Change Over Night.

*Monday July 1st Temora RC Annual Change Over Dinner. Temora Bowling Club 6.30pm.

*Sunday July 7th Junee RC Annual Change Over LUNCH,  noon for 12.30.

*Partners and Guests Night.


The Council on Legislation is being held in Chicago on 21-26 April 2013. The Council meets every three years and has the authority to amend RI constitutional documents. The clubs in each district select a Rotarian to represent them at the Council, and these representatives are the voting members. The Council gives clubs a say in the governance of our association. I look forward to a productive meeting.


Sometimes it does take a rocket scientist!

Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically to launch standard 4 pound dead chickens at the windshields of airliners, military jets and the space shuttle, all traveling at maximum velocity. The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of the windshields.

British engineers heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the windshields of their new high speed trains. Arrangements were made, and a gun was sent to the British engineers.

When the gun was fired, the engineers stood shocked as the chicken hurled out of the barrel, crashed into the shatterproof shield, smashed it to smithereens, blasted through the control console, snapped the engineer’s back-rest in two, and embedded itself in the back wall of the cabin, like an arrow shot from a bow.

The horrified Brits sent NASA the disastrous results of the experiment, along with the designs of the windshield and begged the U.S. scientists for suggestions.

NASA responded with a one-line memo —

“Defrost the chicken.”


An American tourist went into a restaurant in a Spanish provincial city for dinner, and asked to be served the specialty of the house. When the dish arrived, he asked what kind of meat it contained.”Senor, these are the cojones,” the waiter replied.

“The what, you say? ” exclaimed the tourist.”They are the testicles of the bull killed in the ring today,” explained the waiter.  The tourist gulped but tasted the dish anyway, and found it delicious.

Returning the following evening, he asked for the same dish. After he finished the meal, the tourist commented to the waiter: “Today’s cojones are much saltier and smaller than the ones I had yesterday.

“True, senor,” agreed the waiter. “You see the bull, he does not always lose. ”

Another Blonde Joke

A blonde goes into work one morning crying her eyes out.

Her boss, concerned about his employee’s well being, asks sympathetically, “What’s the matter? ”

The blonde replies, “Early this morning I got a phone call saying that my mother had passed away. ” “I’m terribly sorry to hear that. Why don’t you go home for the day… we aren’t terribly busy. Just take the day off to relax and rest. ”

The blonde very calmly explains, “No, I’d be better off here. I need to keep my mind off it and I have the best chance of doing that here. ”

The boss agrees and allows the blonde to work as usual. “If you need anything, just let me know,” he says.

A few hours pass and the boss decides to check on the blonde. He looks out over his office and sees the blonde crying hysterically. He rushes out to her, and asks, “Are you going to be okay? Is there anything I can do to help? ” “No,” replies the blonde, “I just got a call from my sister, and she said that HER mom died too! ”





John Hewko RI Secretary with Council on Legislation delegates Rupert Ross to his left and Vladimir Donskoy of Russia and David Edwards of Barbados to his right

Our Rotary parliament stared deliberations on our constitution and by-laws this week and here is a brief summary of the first day of debate and discussions:

Today we started the official process of discussing and voting on the enactments which have been submitted by Clubs and Districts over the past several months.  The Council of Legislation (COL) meets every three years with a representative selected to attend from each District.  The purpose is to consider submitted proposals for revisions or additions to our RI Constitution and Bylaws,  standard Club By-laws as well as items contained in the Manual of Procedure (MOP).   Below I will recap some of the more interesting decisions made today that will have an impact on our clubs.

Many of the proposed enactments this morning were about changes to the standard club by-laws regarding the appointment of officers and directors.  While some regions of the world wanted to include Secretaries and/or Treasurers on the board, others wanted to leave this to each club to determine as the current by-laws state.  After much discussion the vote was 285 to 211 in favour of including the Club Secretary as a member of the board.  This will become effective July 1, 2013.

There was an lot of discussion on a variety of attendance recording criteria with many of them having an affect of relaxing or watering down the attendance requirements.  Many felt that the downgrading of attendance expectations would potentially make a club weaker and was almost like admitting defeat, rather than selling Rotary benefits and conducting engaging meetings and activities that members would look forward to attending.

An interesting proposal was to include the words “engaging in a club’s service project” as an additional option to earn credit for attendance.  An amendment to add “and activities” to this clause was passed and then the main motion passed 340 in favour to 165 against.  Previously a similar option was only available if each club passed a motion stating such activity was acceptable.

It was proposed that a member who is ill or physically unable to maintain regular attendance, be allowed to participate via electronic audio-visual means and thus receive attendance credit.  Some felt this would be too costly, would limit fellowship or was not necessary with the leave of absence provisions.  Others felt that if we have accepted eClubs with this same use of technology, then there is no reason we should not support this submission.  Surprisingly it failed 204 to 309.  This is the first example of where I think we lost our common sense.

There was a lot of debate on proposals to allow Clubs to meet a minimum of twice per month or every other week, compared to the present policy of weekly.  This would be up to each club to decide and many felt that inconsistency would be very confusing, especially for those wanting to do make-ups.  It was felt that this would weaken the fellowship and weekly bond we share and go against what Rotary was founded on.  Others suggested we need to keep pace with the changes in our society if we wish to attract younger professionals, many of whom seem to be too busy for a weekly commitment.

Comments were shared regarding the uniqueness of Rotary with weekly meetings and other service clubs like Lions and Kiwanis who meet twice a month.  Results show that their approach does not attract membership and in fact, based on statistics, they are likely worse off than we are.  Others felt that those who cannot make weekly meetings can still maintain their attendance requirement and accomplish the “every other week” concept through the 50% provision.

In the end, there was an emotional plea from one representative who motivated us to “not admit defeat” by lowering the attendance bar with the resultant weakening and eroding of clubs and member commitment.  He got a resounding round of applause.  In our own District we have evidence from a pilot club which indicates moving away from weekly meetings does not improve membership commitment or numbers.  It seems to have a reverse affect.

More details will become available through the ROTI or Rotarians On The Internet Fellowship.  ROTI but you need to sign up:

OR go here for the results of the resolutions:   COL 2013

Thanks to PDG Doug Vincent from Canada for the news out of Evanston today.

PDG Doug Vincent
D7080 COL Representative
RC Woodstock-Oxford, ON Canada



Chicago Frank Lloyd Wright

The Rookery

209 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, Il 60604

Rotary Club of Chicago or Rotary One.




Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka

Governor of District 9700  Greg Brown

Coolamon Club President  Paul Weston

Coolamon Club Secretary  John Glassford

Club Treasurer  Henk Hulsman

Coolamon Rotary Club Inc. P.O. Box 23 COOLAMON N.S.W. 2701

Websites of Interest

Coolamon Rotary Club:

Road MAPS to Africa a Coolamon Rotary Project:

Rotary Down Under on line:

The Orphan Rescue Kit a Coolamon RC Project:

Our Rotary Centennial Twin Club Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa:

Don’t forget to regularly check our club web site for current information such as bingo rosters and various newsletters from the District Governor, the School of St. Jude’s, the monthly membership on the move newsletter as well as several other club bulletins.


Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #26

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #26



Since February 23rd 1905


The month’s Bingo was held as always even though the numbers were down all had a good night.  The raffle tickets went AWOL and ended up in Grahame’s shower or bathroom and we still do not know who or why.  Volunteers were Dick  Jennings, John Glassford, Neil Munro and Grahame Miles.

Bingo calling by Neil assisted by Dick


Col Patterson

We had 11 members in attendance and the following guests:  Val Burns, Ted Hutcheon, Alex Thompson, Wayne Lewis, Matthew Debronski and Rod Bartram.  This week we had the pleasure of the company of Col Patterson who was our guest speaker.  Col told us many facts about his long life in Coolamon.  Col is especially proud of his work within the community of Coolamon.  Recently Col was involved in the Coolamon Scarecrow festival, which was a huge success.  Also Col was one of the founders of the Coolamon Historical & Advancement Society or CHAS.  Col is looking at supporting a Cheese Factory Co-op for Coolamon.  Col was also voted as Coolamon’s Citizen of the year in 1999.

Col sees the growth of Coolamon to some 3,500 in the years to come.  Grahame Miles thanked Col and presented him with our Kangaroo money pouch.  A good night of fellowship then ensued.

Some photos below of the meeting on Monday:

Alex Thompson and Matthew Debronski.  Alex is going to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) this year and alongside him is Matthew who has been on a RYLA course and spoke highly of his experience at RYLA.  Our club will be sponsoring Alex to RYLA this year in Wagga Wagga.

Col Patterson, Grahame Miles and Dick Jennings.


President’s report

It’s been a fairly busy week in Rotary world.  The week kicked off with a very enjoyable and well attended meeting at the Sport & Rec Club on Monday.  Alex Thompson was introduced as our RYLA nominee for this year, and we got to hear a perspective on RLYA from one of last year’s participants, Matthew Debronski who clerks for Bill Thompson’s law firm.  We also got to hear a very interesting perspective on RYLA from Ted Hutcheon, who was a RYLA participant many moons ago.  The featured speaker for the evening, though, was Col Patterson, who was born in Coolamon in 1935 and has owned and operated many businesses locally.  In addition to his many business interests, Col has helped organise many events to promote the shire, including last year’s inaugural Scarecrow Festival.  It was inspirational to see what one individual can do with a bit of initiative and imagination.

I attended the Murrumbidgee Rotary Club’s weekly meeting on Tuesday, along with the presidents of many of the local Rotary Clubs.  The guest speaker was Mary Sherman of the Rotary Club of Norman, Oklahoma.  Surprisingly, Mary was there not to speak about Oklahoma, but rather the Rotary International convention to be held in Sydney in 2014.  It really is a great opportunity to attend an RI conventional at minimal cost, so save the dates of 1-4 June, 2014 and plan to attend.  If you are planning to attend, the sooner you make your reservation, the better, because registration fees steadily increase after December of 2013.

Click on the logo below for more information on Sydney 2014.

Our next meeting is a members’ meeting and will feature John Glassford recounting his life story (or at least the first 21 years, according to John!).  Should be an interesting evening, so I hope to see you there!

Yours in Rotary,





Saturday February 23rd and Sunday February 24th PETS at Young. (President Elect Training).

*Monday 25th February Club Member Night John Glassford “Into and Out of Africa My Story.”  Club catering

George Glassford and John Glassford Kenya 1949

*Monday March 4th David Jenkins from Charles Sturt University Veterinary Department Guest Speaker.  Gilbert catering.

Monday 11th March Business and Board Meeting Club catering.

Thursday, 14th March at 7.30 pm:   Rotary BINGO  – rostered on are  –  Henk Hulsman,  John Burns, Grahame Miles and John Glassford.

*Monday 18th March Guest Speaker Ross Sinclair RAAF Forest Hill RAAF base speaking on the modern day Air Force.   Gilbert catering.

*Monday 25th March Club Member Night Henk Hulsman.  Club catering.

Saturday 29th March Rotary Community Easter Markets in the Up-to-Date-Store,  complemented by ‘Grand Designs Coolamon Style’  & a main street full of 100 or so Hot Rod Cars.

Monday April 1st NO Meeting Easter Monday.

*Monday 8th April Max Chapman Europe on a Shoe String.

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st April 2013   D9700 Conference Leeton.

Saturday June 8th Coolamon Rotary Street Raffle.

June 23-26 2013 Rotary International Convention in Lisbon.   RI Convention Lisbon.

*Monday July 1st our 42nd Change Over Night.

*Partners and Guests Night.

**West Wyalong Fellowship Night**

You are invited to a night of inspirational Rotary fellowship Wednesday 6 March 2013
7.00 for 7.30pm at the West Wyalong S&C Sports Club,  Tallimba Rd.

Cost per head – $40 which includes a drink and dinner (Two courses main & dessert)

Guest Speakers are two inspirational former RI directors Stuart Heal and Tom Thorfinnson.

Click here for details.



15th February 2013

In Vienna, Austria I attended a Rotary event that included a concert of chamber music performed by Rotary alumni. The music was delightful and I want to thank both the Rotarians who organized the event and the musicians for a very memorable evening.

Rotary Alumni Musicians play for President Tanaka.


Need a caption?

The Cranky Parrot

Jerry received a parrot for his birthday.

The parrot was fully-grown with a bad attitude and worse vocabulary. Every other word was an expletive. Those that weren’t expletives were, to say the least very rude.

Jerry tried hard to change the bird’s attitude and was constantly saying polite words, playing soft music, anything he could think of to try and set a good example. Nothing worked.

He yelled at the bird and the bird yelled back. He shook the bird and the bird just got angrier and became even more rude. Finally in a moment of desperation. Jerry put the parrot in the FREEZER.

For a few moments he heard the bird squawk and kick and scream. Then suddenly, there was a quiet—–

-Not a sound for half a minute. Jerry was frightened that he might have hurt the bird and quickly opened the freezer door.

The Parrot calmly stepped out onto Jerry’s extended arm and said: “I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I will endeavor at once to correct my behavior. I really am truly sorry and beg your forgiveness.”

Jerry was astonished at the bird’s change in attitude and was about to ask what had made the difference and caused such a dramatic change when the parrot continued: “May I ask what the chicken did???”

Stress Disorder

A woman accompanied her husband to the doctor’s office. After his checkup, the doctor called the wife into his office alone.   He said, “Your husband is suffering from a very severe stress disorder.   If you don’t do the following, your husband will surely die.”   “Each morning, fix him a healthy breakfast. Be pleasant at all times.   For lunch make him a nutritious meal. For dinner prepare an especially nice meal for him.

Don’t burden him with chores.   Don’t discuss your problems with him, it will only make his stress worse.   No nagging.   And most importantly, make love with your husband several times a week.   If you can do this for the next 10 months to a year, I think your husband will regain his health completely.”

On the way home, the husband asked his wife. “What did the doctor say?”   He said you’re going to die,” she replied.

The Gallops





February 14th 2013

It has been a while since we reported on Shelter Box Australia.  As always Shelter Boxes have been deployed in many parts of the world these past few months.  Shelter Box is still one of Rotary’s best projects and continues to grow.  Closer to home Shelter Boxes have been deployed to the Solomon Islands following the recent earthquake and tsunami there.

Relief supplies have begun trickling into tsunami-hit communities in the Solomon Islands, as another powerful aftershock rattled the Pacific nation in the wake of last week’s 8.0-magnitude earthquake.

The New Zealand  High Commissioner Mark Ramsden announced yesterday that “New Zealand is committed to helping a friend and neighbour at a time of need,” Mr Ramsden said.

“These supplies, many of which have been generously donated by New Zealand businesses, will go some way to meeting the needs of people on Santa Cruz who have lost almost everything in the tsunami.”

ShelterBox SRT’s Lyndon Tamblyn and Owen Smith both from New Zealand are now on the ground in Honiara working with our partner World Vision and local Rotarians to get their much needed supplies to families in need.

Shelter Box Solomon Islands
Recent deployment to the Philippines January 2013




Rotary Club of Anchorage Alaska District 5010.

The RC of Anchorage has 250 members

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM

Dena’ina Center

600 W 7th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501
United States

Jon Deisher from the RC of Anchorage sent us the following photos from India where he is part of the Alaska polio NID (National Immunisation Days) this year:

The Taj Mahal from the rear photo by Jon Deisher taken 19th Feb 2013


Rotary worldwide to help save rhino

Over 900 killed in 2013 in South Africa alone.

Click on the logo below to see what we can do:


Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka

Governor of District 9700  Greg Brown

Coolamon Club President  Paul Weston

Coolamon Club Secretary  John Glassford

Club Treasurer  Henk Hulsman

Coolamon Rotary Club Inc. P.O. Box 23 COOLAMON N.S.W. 2701

Websites of Interest

Coolamon Rotary Club:

Road MAPS to Africa a Coolamon Rotary Project:

Rotary Down Under on line:

The Orphan Rescue Kit a Coolamon RC Project:

Our Rotary Centennial Twin Club Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa:

Don’t forget to regularly check our club web site for current information such as bingo rosters and various newsletters from the District Governor, the School of St. Jude’s, the monthly membership on the move newsletter as well as several other club bulletins.


Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #19

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #19

MEETING November 12th. 2012


Our monthly business and board meeting followed our AGM for 2012.  Amongst the business discussed was the election of our office bearers for 2013-2014:


President Elect 2013-2014:  Dick Jennings

Secretary:  Paul Weston

Treasurer:  Henk Hulsman

Foundation Director:  John Glassford

Club Administration Director: Ian Jennings

Service Projects Director:  Garth Perkin assisted by Christine Atkinson (raffles) and Neil Munro (bingo).

Membership Director.  Grahame Miles.

Youth New Generations Director.  Ian Durham

Vocational Services Director.  Neil Munro

Public Relations Director.  Leslie Weston

Vice President & Immediate Past President:  Paul Weston

Bulletin Editor and Club Web Site.  John Glassford

Sergeant @ Arms. Garth Perkin


Venue Historic Up-to-Date Store in Coolamon

All members are asked to assist the running of the markets and volunteers are called for so far we have:

John Glassford, Paul Weston 8.30am -11.00am

Ian Durham, Ian Jennings and John Burns 11.00am-1.00pm

Paul Weston and Garth Perkin 1.00pm-3.30pm

Please contact Grahame Miles to volunteer.


Monday 19th November Ian Durham Speaker on his journey of life.  Partners night please bring a guest.

Sunday November 25th Rotary Markets in Coolamon.

Monday December 3rd Business Meeting and last meeting for 2012

Thursday December 13th BINGO rostered on: Garth Perkin,  Ian Jennings, Ian Durham, Mark Reardon

Friday December 21st Christmas Party

Monday 4th February 1st Meeting for 2013

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st April 2013   D9700 Conference Leeton

June 23-26 2013 Rotary International Convention in Lisbon. RI Convention Lisbon

*Partners and Guests Night.


We celebrated Interact’s golden anniversary at the World Headquarters in grand style with this beautiful cake. Happy anniversary Interactors! We are all very proud of you.



The Nun

A cab driver picks up a nun. She gets into the cab, and the cab driver won’t stop staring at her.

She asks him why he is staring and he replies, “I have a question to ask you but I don’t want to offend you.”

She answers: “My dear son, you cannot offend me. When you’re as old as I am and have been a nun as long as I have, you get a chance to see and hear just about everything. I’m sure that there’s nothing you could say or ask that I would find offensive.”

“Well, I’ve always had a fantasy to have a nun kiss me.” She responds,

Well, let’s see what we can do about that: #1, you have to be single and #2 you must be a Catholic.”

The cab driver is very excited and says, “Yes, I am single and I’m Catholic too!”

The nun says, “OK, pull into the next alley.” He does and the nun fulfills his fantasy.

But when they get back on the road, the cab driver starts crying. “My dear child.” said the nun, “Why are you crying?”

“Forgive me sister, but I have sinned. I lied, I must confess, I’m married and a I’m a Baptist.”

The nun says, “That’s OK, I am on the way to a Halloween party, and my name is Kevin.”







Hello Folks,

Ever wanted to participate in immunizing children against Polio? Here’s your chance. As some of you already know, the February National Immunization Day (NID) in India may well be the last Indian NID, although regional or Sub-NIDs may continue. The last reported case of polio in India was in January 2010. Because the polio virus may survive for up to 3 years in the environment, it is thought that a country must be absent a case of polio for that period of time to be confirmed as “Polio Free.” In other words, if there are no further cases of polio in India to January 2014 then the NID in February 2013 will be the last needed in India.

I will be leading a team of Rotarians to India in February to participate in the NID. There is room for additional participants. I’d enjoy meeting and getting you know you. If you are interested in joining us, more information is available on our facebook page: Click here –

INDIA Polio NID 2013

At your request via private email, I will send you further information regarding the trip and how to join us. The exact NID dates between Feb 4 and Feb 20 are determined by the Indian Government, which have not yet been announced. However, our team will immunize children in the Mewat region, in and around the village of Punhana, South of Delhi. Punhana is the site of the last reported polio case in India. Concurrent with the NID will be visits to Agra/Taj Mahal, Jaipur, flights to Cochin and Chennai and contacts with Rotary clubs, Rotary projects and Rotarians. Side trips are possible to both Kathmandu and Chandigarh.

This may be the last chance to participate in an NID in India. Let me know as soon as possible of your interest. Contact can be made via my address above: Put “India NID” in a personal email. Full details of itinerary, expenses, and other arrangements will be sent to you directly. Serious inquiries only please.

Onward and upward,

Jon Deisher, PP

Anchorage Rotary/D5010

Anchorage, ALASKA.


THANK YOU Jon Deisher for the story and the photos hope it inspires some Aussies to join your team in India next year.

You can contacy Jon through me, John Glassford at Coolamon.







Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka

Governor of District 9700  Greg Brown

Coolamon Club President  Paul Weston

Coolamon Club Secretary  John Glassford Coolamon

Club Treasurer  Henk Hulsman

Coolamon Rotary Club Inc. P.O. Box 23 COOLAMON N.S.W. 2701

Websites of Interest

Coolamon Rotary Club:

Road MAPS to Africa a Coolamon Rotary Project:

Rotary Down Under on line:

The Orphan Rescue Kit a Coolamon RC Project:

Our Rotary Centennial Twin Club Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa:

Don’t forget to regularly check our club web site for current information such as bingo rosters and various newsletters from the District Governor, the School of St. Jude’s, the monthly membership on the move newsletter as well as several other club bulletins.