Coolamon RC Bulletin for Week of July 14th 2024


Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for Week of July 14th 2024

Meeting of Monday 8th July 2024

Our first meeting for the new Rotary year began with president Adrian Lindner welcoming 17 members along to what became an excellent start to the new Rotary year.

Adrian gave a short summary of the preceding board meeting of which all members will receive the minutes within 7 days.

Adrian read out a thank you letter from Claire Munro expressing here deep felt thanks for the tribute we paid to PP Neil Munro PHF, with a special reference to Bondy the resident cellist.  There was also a thank you letter from Allawah Lodge for the donation towards their work in our community.

Rural Supplies Petrol Offer letter to Adrian:

I have received your email regarding sponsorship. We are happy to let you have our litres for dollars promotion for the month of August 2024

How does it work?  We pay .0025 cents per litre for every litre of fuel sold for the particular month

How do you get more money? Simply push the fact to your members to fill up at Rural Supplies Coolamon…….. the more we sell the more you get, so it’s in your groups interest to push the fact

How much money will you expect at the end of month?  We normally sell around 200,000 litres per month so 200,000 x .0025 = $500 of course that varies with the amount we sell.

Adrian handed out the D9705 Directory and a leaflet on the Dinner programme for August and September.  This leaflet will be printed on our printer and left at various locations in our Shire.  We have a busy schedule upcoming so keep an eye out for the leaflet and for the diary in this bulletin.

Adrian reminded all present that we have our first guest speaker in Annette St. Clair from the Melanoma Institute of Australia will speak on melanoma and skin care.

Acting Secretary JJG spoke briefly about the Working With Children Check numbers that all members must have and must renew when they come up every 5 years.

Adrian then outlined some of the upcoming events and more discussion took place on the proposed work ahead of us as a club during the night.

Reports were then given by:

  1. Treasurer Mary Potts advising all members that our 6 monthly membership fees of $150 are now due.  The club has paid Rotary International and Rotary Down Under as well as our D9705 fees.  So it is up to each and every member to pay on time please.  (Well done Mary for making it to the meeting last night, soldier on).
  2. Service Projects Director Anne then spoke on the following events that we have been asked to provide catering for;
    • CSU Open Day Sunday 28th July from 10.30-2.30pm.  We have been asked to provide a quote for 400 bacon and egg rolls.  We discussed charging $10 per roll which is a gross return of $4,000.  A list for volunteers was sent around and Anne got a good response.  It will require our food van to be taken to the site at the CSU.
    • BBQ at CSU farm on Wednesday 31st July 11.30am to 2 pm    We did the event 2 years ago and it was good remuneration for little outlay.  Syngenta provided the meat/bread etc we provided to van and manpower (3-4 people would be enough).  We also need someone with a vehicle that can tow the van from the CSU to the farm and from the site back to Coolamon.  Recommendation:  We undertake this event and volunteers were forthcoming at the meeting.
    • Marrar Madness Saturday 7th September.  We need around 12 volunteers for this event that starts at 10.00am and finishes at 7.00pm.  We decided to support this event again this year and we have a number of volunteers however more are needed.  Contact Anne.
    • Red Nose day in Coolamon August 9th.  We were asked to run a BBQ on this day.  However we decided not to do this one as it would provide competition to the local businesses in Coolamon.

3.  Youth Services Director Scott Mudd has a good handle on the portfolio and will be looking at some special projects for our youth.  This will include:

    • An emphasis on youth vocational training with education and career advice and help in many areas.  Some of Scott’s ideas will include nursing, teaching and trades.  Adrian and Scott will be meeting with the Coolamon Central School to see how we can facilitate this.
    • Other programmes such as RYLA, RYPEN, RYDA and the NYSF will be supported.  (NB if you need the acronyms translated please let me know).  Looking good for Youth in 2024-2025.

4.  Public Image Director Grahame is looking at the 5th Monday meetings and suggested that we attend the   Ganmain Sports Club on Wednesday July 31st in lieu of the Monday meeting.  The next 5th Monday is in September and it was suggested that we could go to the Ariah Park Hotel for lunch again in lieu of the regular Monday meeting on the 29th September.  There was general consensus that both days would be suitable.

Adrian spoke on corporate membership and that he is looking at getting the larger organisations and businesses to join our club as a corporate member.  This will involve changing our By-Laws to accommodate this.

Other business done included a request by Daryl for the club to thank the Coolamon Rovers Football and Netball clubs for their support for the Red Shield appeal held at the Coolamon Sports events recently.  Mary Potts will help with this.

Albert presented John Nulty with a box of chocolates for his 81st birthday and John was given a hearty happy birthday song.  John then shouted the bar for his happy day.

NB: Albert Suidgeest advised us that he now has 5 gardens for the Open Garden days to be held on Sunday 20th and Saturday 26th October.  These gardens included some town gardens and other larger gardens.  Lorraine Farrelly has agreed to do Devonshire teas as part of her garden viewing.

Albert then held his first session as this year’s S@A and as he always does recited a couple for jokes and fined a few members mainly Bondy for his national anthem played many times at our change over dinner and Barry for running down a sheep.

The raffle was won by Anne and second prize to JJG.

All in all an excellent start to the new Rotary year and the preparation put on by our President was noted and very much appreciated.

The meeting closed on time and was followed by a meeting of the CRCTB 2024 committee while the other members retreated the bar to celebrate with John Nulty.



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 15th July – Speaker Meeting. Annette St. Clair will speak on melanoma and skin care. Coolamon Sport  Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

*Monday 22nd July – Social Night. Get to know your member meeting. Coolamon Sport  Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

*Monday 29th July – Social Dining out 5th Monday. Bring your partners and guests.  Meeting will be at the Ganmain Sports Club.  CONFIRMED 6.30 FOR 7.00pm.

*Monday 5th August – Speaker Meeting. Deidre Tome (Wagga Sunrise) will speak on domestic violence.  Coolamon Sport  Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Monday 12th August- CRC Board Meeting. Coolamon Sport  Rec Club, 5.00 for 5.15 pm.

Monday 12th August- Regular Meeting. Coolamon Sport  Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

You can download the full programme here and note that it will change and that will be reflected in the weekly bulletin:

CRC Program 24-25

Sunday October 6th Gears & Beers Dirty 130 Wollundry RC.  Website

Sunday October 20th Open Gardens Day


Saturday October 26th Open Gardens Day

*Friday 25th/Sunday 27th October – D9705 Conference.  Mittagong RSL.  Bookings open now:

D9705 Conference

One of the highlights will be DG Michael Lapina, a treat indeed.  Yes Michael the current D9800 District Governor, and I heard him sing at the Zone 8 Conference in Canberra.   Michael and Heather McInally also had the Singapore Convention delegates give them a 6 minute standing ovation following their duet.  As you know Heather is the wife of Past RI President Gordon McInally.



All of the above images were obtained from Facebook.




One of the enjoyable parts of being a Rotarian is the visiting of other clubs in your area or when you travel in the world.  Wherever you go there is a Rotary club probably in the town or city that you are visiting.  There are some 1,172,671 members in 38,851 clubs in 528 districts in 221 countries around the world.

To find a club simply go to and the go to Club Search:

Type in teh city or town and there will be a list of clubs in that area.  You can then click on the club that you would like to visit to get meeting times, venues and contact details.  I always do this prior to travelling anywhere as it is always a meaningful and rewarding way to meet local people.

Before the meeting introduce yourself and ask if you can exchange club banners.  Most clubs still practice this tradition.  Coolamon has a box of club banners that you are welcome to so take a few with you along on your next trip away from Coolamon.  I have exchanged with over 60 different clubs now around the world including Chicago ONE in 2005.  (The very first Rotary club that was formed in 1905 by Paul Harris.)

When you return to our club you can then present the banners that you have collected to the meeting.  We then attach these banners to our displays which we put up for special occasions.

Here is one banner that I exchanged in Samoa in 2010.  This was with Marco Kappenberger who lives in Apia and is a member of the Rotary E-Club of Latinoamérica, Secretary 2007-08,  District 4200,  Environment Fellowship of Rotarians, President Apia, Samoa.

Here are some of the many banners that we have as a club exchanged over the years:






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

  • President: Adrian Lindner
  • President-Elect 2025-2026: Mary Potts
  • Secretary: Paul Weston
  • Treasurer: Mary Potts
  • Rotary Foundation Director: Gary Truscott
  • Membership Director: Brian Pattison
  • Service Projects Director:  Anne Rzeszkowski
  • Youth Services Director: Scott Mudd
  • Club Admin Director:  Ian Jennings
  • Public Image Director: Grahame Miles
  • Sergeant @ Arms: Albert Suidgeest
  • Club Environment Representative:  Adrian Lindner
  • Immediate Past President and Vice-President: John Bond
  • Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford
  • Webmaster: John Glassford