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.


D 9700 GSE Team to Kansas

A farewell dinner for the GSE team traveling to Kansas in September was held at the home of Paul and Judy Cox in Orange. Almost 50 guests enjoyed a dinner prepared by Judy and the members and wives of the Rotary Club of Orange Calare. Special guests included DG Greg Brown and Lyn, PDG and GSE Chair Neal Fogarty and Barbara and AG John McKenzie and Lynne.

The GSE team performed a dress rehearsal of their presentations prepared for the Rotary Clubs in Kansas. The night rounded off with a Skype hook up with Arlen Honts GSE coordinator in Wichita Kansas who looked very fresh considering it was 5:30 am in Wichita The team depart for Kansas on August 31st.


Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin # 7

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #7

BUSINESS MEETING August 13th. 2012

We had 9 members present tonight.  It was a combined business and board meeting.  President Paul welcomed us and said how pleasing it was to have had such a succesful meeting last week with Linda Tilman and 63 present at that meeting.  A follow up meeting will be held on Monday 3rd September and those who were invited on the 3rd will recieve a return invitation to workshop ideas on how to improve their own business in the Coolamon Shire.

We welcomed back Neil Munro from his fact finding trip to the USA in particular Arizona.  Neil gave a short talk on the adventure and was impressed by the the tour that was organised with visits to John Deere factories which covered 100 acres.  Neil was also impressed with the Grand Canyon.  Neil said that the USA is in the grip of a drought which is affecting this year’s wheat and corn harvest.  The positive side to this drought is that wheat prices are going up and up.

John Deere Web Site



This one of the best projects that I have seen lately.  Sasa Designs are run by an organisation called DOOR and it is to give hope to deaf women in Nairobi.  Unemployment is at a high 60% rate in Kenya and if you are impaired in anyway there is no hope to get work and hence live.  A young Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Megan MacDonald works with Sasa Designs which in Swahili means now.  We met Megan at the Los Angleles Rotary Convention and have stayed in touch ever since.  Megan studied at the University of Nairobi in economics for micro credit projects.

Here is Megan’s Blog and Megan writes beautifully.  There She Goes

Rotarian Megan MacDonald

Here are some of the beautiful jewellery made by the deaf ladies at Sasa Designs.

We hope to have some of these items in Wagga Wagga soon for sale at Uneke.


SASA Designs


Rotary International 2012-13 President Sakuji Tanaka

Dear fellow Rotarians,

During August, Membership and Extension Month in Rotary, I’m asking all Rotarians to send a unified message about what Rotary is and why they joined. If we convey our passion for Rotary to others I’m convinced that membership will increase.

So please share your special Rotary Moment with someone and help promote Rotary’s humanitarian mission and our goal to achieve Peace Through Service.



I was delighted to be able to join Consul General of Japan Okamura, District Governor Merriweather, and other Rotarians from District 6450 on the Rotary Float in the 83rd Annual Bud Billiken Day Parade. The cheers from the crowd brought huge smiles to our faces as we raised our hands together for peace.

Sakuji Tanaka
President, Rotary International



This ought to make you feel better about your computer skills!

Real recorded conversations!

Jesse Tanchanco
RC Loyola Heights
RID 3780
Quezon City, Philippines

Tech  support:    What kind of computer do you have?
Customer: A  white one.


Tech support:   Click on the ‘my computer’ icon on to the left of the screen.

Customer:    Your left or my left?


Customer:    Hi, good afternoon, this is Martha, I can’t print. Every time I try, it says, ‘Can’t
find  printer.’  I’ve even lifted the printer and placed it in front
of the monitor, but the computer still says he can’t find it.


Tech  support:    What’s on your monitor now, ma’am?
Customer:    A teddy bear my boyfriend bought for me at the 7-11.

Customer:   My keyboard is not working anymore.
Tech  support:   Are you sure it’s plugged into the computer?
Customer:   No. I can’t get behind the computer.
Tech  support:    Pick up your keyboard and walk 10 paces back.
Customer: OK!
Tech support:   Did the  keyboard come with you?
Customer: Yes.
Tech support:   That means the keyboard is not plugged in.

Customer:   I can’t get on the Internet.
Tech support:    Are you sure you used the right password?
Customer:   Yes, I’m sure. I saw my colleague do it.
Tech  support:    Can you tell me what the password was?
Customer:   Five dots.

Tech  support:    What anti-virus program do you use?
Customer: Netscape.
Tech support:   That’s not an anti-virus program.
Customer:   Oh, sorry… Internet Explorer…

Customer: I have a huge problem. A friend has placed a screen saver on my computer, but
every time I move the mouse, it disappears.

Tech support:    How may I help you?
Customer:   I’m writing my first email.
Tech support:    OK, and what seems to be the problem?
Customer:   Well, I have the letter ‘a’ in the address, but how do I get the little circle around

This one and the next are our personal favorites!
A woman customer called the Canon help desk with a problem with her printer.
Tech support:   Are you running it under windows?
Customer:   ‘No, my desk is next to the door, but that is a good point. The man sitting in the cubicle
next to me is under a window, and his printer is working fine.’

And last but not least!
Tech  support: ‘Okay Bob, let’s press the control and escape keys at the same time. That brings up a task list
in the middle of the screen.. Now type the letter ‘P’ to bring up the Program  Manager.’
Customer:   I don’t have a P.
Tech  support:   On your keyboard, Bob.
Customer:   What do yo
Tech support: ‘P’……on  your keyboard, Bob.





The Rotary Club of Cotonou Ifê, Benin, celebrates Rotary’s anniversary with a cake in February. The club is one of several formed recently in Benin

Eight years ago, Géné Villaça-Crestia was asked by her district governor to start a new Rotary club in her country, Benin.

She had been a Rotarian for only four years and didn’t really know where to begin. But she had a few things working in her favor: Villaça-Crestia is extremely passionate about Rotary, and she doesn’t take no for an answer.

“I don’t hesitate to drive to people’s places and come back again,” says Villaça-Crestia of her recruitment style. “I don’t wait for them to get back to me and tell me they don’t have time. I insist and go after them until they understand what Rotary is all about and the good it will do them to join.”

Villaça-Crestia’s techniques have been extremely effective. Within three months of her district governor’s request, she helped launch the Rotary Club of Cotonou Rive Gauche, Benin, and became the charter president. During the next two years, she helped form three other clubs, including two composed almost entirely of younger Rotarians.




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:

Rotarians For Fighting AIDS AUSTRALIA:

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 # 3

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin # 3


Gary Roberts

Monday the 16th July saw our first guest speaker for 2012-2013.  Past Assistant Governor Gary Roberts (Murrumbidgeee Rotary Club) spoke to us on membership.  Gary brought with him Mitchell Kilham also a member of the RC of Murrumbidgee.   Gary outlined some ideas for our members to look at implementing to attract new members and to retain our current members.  We all had an excellent discussion with Gary and Mitchell.  Many ideas were  canvassed and it was decided to dedicate next week’s meeting to a think tank on how we will implement our ideas.  This in the form of a shortened Club Visioning meeting.

Mitchell spoke about how at the age of 22 he became a Rotarian and after going to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Mitchell loved the concept of helping others in need in countries such as Vanuatu, Fiji and Samoa with the RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service).  So Mitchell joined Rotary and will be more than happy to visit our club again to help us with explaining to women and men in his age group the benefits of joining Rotary.  One thing Mitchell did emphasise is that his generation are very keen to do good in the world around them, travel and have fun at the same time.

Grahame Miles won the raffle and Dick Jennings conducted a very spirited and professional auction of two dinners at the club, funds raised go to the cost of our weekly dinner shortfall. We need more members!

Garth Perkin and Dick Jennings reminded members of our two very interesting guest speakers on the 30th July and 6th August.  President Paul has said that hese meetings will be open to the public in our area and that we should all make a big effort to ask as many people along who may enjoy the nights.

*Monday July 30th Guest Speaker Jarrad McPherson on Fishing in Laos Gilbert Catering.  *PARTNERS NIGHT

Jarrad McPherson with fish in Laos


*Monday August 6th Guest Speaker Linda Tillman on Marketing the Coolamon Shire (Gilbert Catering.)  *PARTNERS NIGHT

Testimonial from the Coolamon Shire Council

Linda Tillman of Tilma Management is assisting us to develop and implement a plan that will show everyone else what our residents already know – that Coolamon Shire is a beautiful, friendly and culturally rich part of regional NSW that must be visited! The strategies planned are creative and unique and based on Linda and her team’s in-depth knowledge of the tourism industry, our target markets and Tilma Management’s passion and flair for tourism and destination marketing.
Terrey Kiss – General Manager, Coolamon Shire Council


Harnessing the sun’s power to cook

Rotarian Allart Ligtenberg spends three months abroad every year, telling anyone who will listen about solar cooking.

Solar cookers use reflective materials such as glass, mirrors, or aluminum foil to concentrate sunlight and convert it into heat for cooking.

Ligtenberg, a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos, California, USA, was sold on the virtues of the devices more than three decades ago after his company, Hewlett-Packard, sent him to India in 1979. An avid hiker, he spent time trekking through the mountains of Nepal and was spellbound by the country’s beauty, but also troubled by its poverty.

Back home, he saw a newspaper ad for solar cooker blueprints. He sent the company a US$10 check and built the cooker, which he still uses in the yard of his California home.

Ligtenberg realized that if the people of Nepal could harness the sun’s power for cooking and water purification, they might be able to alleviate some of their health, environmental, and energy problems. Women wouldn’t have to walk far from home, spending valuable time and risking attack, to find wood for fuel. Deforestation would decrease. Vegetables and fruits could be dried, reducing spoilage. Water could be pasteurized, killing bacteria.

During the nine months he spends back home, Ligtenberg works to secure funding for projects, including Rotary Foundation Matching Grants, and to develop other efforts, such as starting carpentry and metalworking classes in Nepal, distributing devices that can purify water without boiling, and getting solar cookers into developing nations like Afghanistan, Indonesia, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Mongolia, and Haiti.

“This simple technology solves problems,” he says, “one village at a time.”


Rotary 2012-2013 Theme

How many languages can you recognise?

R.I. President Sakuji Tanaka explains:  “The design for my theme includes cherry blossoms, which represent the Japanese aesthetic that nothing is perfect or permanent. The bird is an origami crane, a symbol of peace and hope. The blue background was chosen because it is associated with peacefulness, serenity, and nature.”



The Lonely Frog

A lonely frog, desparate for any form of company telephoned the Psychic Hotline to find out what his future has in store.

His Personal Psychic Advisor advises him, “You are going to meet a beautiful young girl who will want to know everything about you.”

The frog is thrilled and says, “This is great! Where will I meet her, at work, at a party?”

“No” says the psychic, “in a Biology class.”

The lawyer

A very successful lawyer parked his brand-new Lexus in front of his office, ready to show it off to his colleagues. As he got out, a truck passed too close and completely tore off the door on the driver’s side. The lawyer immediately grabbed his cell phone, dialed 911, and within minutes a policeman pulled up.

Before the officer had a chance to ask any questions, the lawyer started screaming hysterically. His Lexus, which he had just picked up the day before, was now completely ruined and would never be the same, no matter what the body shop did to it.

When the lawyer finally wound down from his ranting and raving,the officer shook his head in disgust and disbelief. “I can’t believe how materialistic you lawyers are,” he said. “You are so focused on your possessions that you don’t notice anything else.”

“How can you say such a thing?” asked the lawyer.

The cop replied, “Don’t you know that your left arm is missing from the elbow down? It must have been torn off when the truck hit you.”

“My God!” screamed the lawyer. “My Rolex! My Rolex!”.

Thanks to Tom Telfer Editor Joscoe’s Journal

ROTI Charter Member

Caption translation required or maybe not?



RI Fellowships Logo

Rotary Fellowships are autonomous, international groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses, and Rotaractors who join together to:

  • Share a common interest in worthwhile recreational activities (sports, hobbies, etc.)
  • Further their vocational development through acquaintance with others of the same profession
  • Make new friends around the world
  • Explore new opportunities for service
  • Have fun and enhance their Rotary experience

Learn more about Rotary Fellowships.

How to get involved?

Consider joining a Rotary Fellowship that addresses your interest. To get started

  • View complete list of Rotary Fellowships.
  • Consult the Rotary Fellowship Directory to get in touch with group(s) you’re interested in.
  • View a list of Suggested Rotary Fellowships and offer to help organize a prospective fellowship.

How to organize a new Rotary Fellowship?

Forming a new Rotary Fellowship takes a lot of work, but as Rotarians who have established a group will attest, the effort is worthwhile. Before submitting a proposal, plan to develop a strong network of prospective members in at least three countries. You can start by posting your idea on the list of  Suggested Rotary Fellowships.

Latest Proposed Rotary Fellowship:

Mountain Gorilla Tracking

First Rotary Gorilla Tracking Day

President of Rotary International  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:

Rotary Down Under on line:

Rotarians For Fighting AIDS:

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.




Group Study Exchange Team from District 1010 Scotland visits Coolamon

Here are some photographs of the visit by the Group Study Exchange team from District 1010 in Scotland.  They met with us on Monday 26th March at our regular Monday night meeting.  Thanks to Ian Durham for the photos.

District 9700 Conference at Young

Thank you to our District Governor Ian Simpson and his wife Jean Simpson for an excellent conference in Young.  Also many thanks to the Rotary Club of Young for all their hard work in organising the conference.  Some very good speakers and a great band on the Saturday night.  However the best part as always was fellowship and that was abundant and catching up with fellow Rotarians is always a high light of any conference.

Here are some photos of the weekend in Young thanks to PDG John Egan for these photos.

Busy Rotary Week


It has been a very busy week for Rotary at Coolamon with the District Conference and the visit of the GSE Team from Scotland.  I will upload stories on all the fun times we have had over the past 7 days as soon as I recover!