Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #1819-13

Meeting of 17th September, 2018

This was not a normal dinner meeting as we had a special presentation from the Rural Outreach Counselling (ROC) representatives.

President Daryl welcomed 13 members & 12 guests. Wayne introduced our 2 guest speakers, David Post & John Harper, to talk on the ROC & the Matekeeper program.

Some points of interest included:

  • ROC MateKeeping is a community self-help program which addresses mental well-being and suicide prevention in rural and remote Australia.
  • Their slogan is “mates share the good times and care during the bad”.
  • 1 in 5 Australians experience some form of depression in their life.
  • A scary fact is 2866 deaths occurred in Australia due to suicide in 2016, with 1 in 3 being male.
  • At the local level suicide prevention is more about community mobilisation, the same that happens around bush fires, flood, cyclones, and other disasters.
  • In small towns people gather around to help their fellow neighbours and town folk.
  • What we all need to do is to reach out and listen and a ROC Matekeeper will support, motivate, etc.  people with mental health problems, so they can be assessed and given help and care.
  • A MateKeeper needs to develop & use 4 skills:
    • Look – Listen – Let somebody know &   Take care of your.self

The ROC team is asking for people to be trained in the Gatekeeper program, such as the QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) program, which can be completed online. 



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Which famous person made this quote? 

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”

Source of last week’s quote: Margaret Mead.



Sunday, 30th September – Beers & Gears followed by Antique Fire Engine Muster, Coolamon. Marshalls for Beers & Gears please come to Lion’s Park at 8:00 on Sunday to pick up vests, water, etc.

Monday, 1st  October –  BINGO captains meeting  – Coolamon Sport and Rec Club, at 7:30 pm. No club meeting (public holiday).

Thursday, 10th OctoberBINGO. Allawah Community Centre, 6:45-10:00. Paul (Captain), John B, Sarah, Julie.

* Monday,  22nd October – Guest speaker: Leo De Kroo on his  life in the 60’s – De Kroo Brothers  up until now. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

* denotes partner & guest night


Sunday, 30th SeptemberBeers & Gears followed by Antique Fire Engine Muster, Coolamon.

Gears and Beers so far has raised!!!!!


Annual subscription fees are due.

Please get your working with children check completed and give the number and expiry date to the secretary ASAP. Failure to do so may mean you are not covered insurance wise when you volunteer at events.




Chartered March 3rd, 1971; Sponsoring Club Narrandera Rotary Club
President: Daryl Breust 0409 551 140
President-Elect: Wayne Lewis 6927 3501
Service Projects: vacant
Secretary: Paul Weston  6927 2972
Treasurer: Henk Hulsman 6927 3486
Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro 6927 3156
Club Admin Director:  Daryl Breust 0409 551 140
Youth Director: Dave McKinley 6927 8553
Membership Director: Wayne Lewis 6927 3501
Public Image Directors: Myffy Collette 6927 6313 / Bernadette Milne
Immediate Past President: Paul Weston  6927 2972
Sergeant @ Arms: Ted Hutcheon 6927 3349
Bulletin Editor: Sarah Collins 0448 118 003 and Grahame Miles

September is Basic Education & Literacy Month


DISTRICT 9700 2018-19

District Governor: John Glassford {Membership Retention} Coolamon

District Governor-Elect: John McKenzie {Service Projects} Orange North

District Governor Nominee {New District}: Michael Moore

Immediate Past District Governor: George Weston {Youth} Leeton

Foundation Director: PDG David Kennedy {Foundation} Blayney

Secretary: PP David Benn {Administration} Wollundry Wagga Wagga

Treasurer Finance & Audit: PP Doug Conkey {Budget} Wollundry Wagga Wagga

Communications Director: PP Paul Murray {Public Image} Wollundry

Millennials Director: PP Clare Lawlor {Membership Millennials} Wagga CSU Rotaract

Associate Member: AG Julie Poplin {Assistant Governors}

Other District Appointments

Executive Secretary and Web Master: PP Paul Murray Wollundry Wagga Wagga

District Trainer: PP Geraldine Rurenga Wagga Wagga Murrumbidgee

PETS Facilitator: PDG Tony Monley D9810

Public Officer: PDG Ian Tooke Blayney

2019 Griffith D9700 Conference Chair: PP Ross Grillo Griffith

DIO Insurance/Risk Management: PP Sam Catanzariti Griffith

COL 2019 Representative: PDG Gary Roberts

Assistant Governor (Area 6): Paul Weston

We are also looking at the structure of all the Standing Committees and the Special Committees.

We will post all further news on D9700 2018-2019 on my DGJG Blog:

DG JG 9700 2018-2019



President: Barry Rassin, RC of East Nassau The Bahamas

District 9700 Governor: John Glassford, RC of Coolamon

District 9700 Governor Elect: John McKenzie RC of Orange North