Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #1819-16

Meeting of 22nd October, 2018

President Daryl welcomed 22 members & guests Helen L, Jan N, Lorraine H, Maureen H, Sharon M, Barry L, 2 extra guests David Post & Russell Barrow & special guest speaker Leo De Kroo.

Apologies were given from Ian J, Sarah C & Neil M.

Our special guest speaker Leo de Kroo more than spoke, he entertained the 32 of us present, with his stories of growing up in Holland for the first six years of his life and after the war his parents being sent to Indonesia to help in the prison camps. After his father had finished his work there they decided to emigrate to Australia and lived in Perth for a while and then moved to Sydney.

Leo always had a love for music and learnt the guitar and was inspired by the likes of Elvis and others of the mid 1950 genre. In the late 50s he and a mate started up their two-piece band called The de Kroo Brothers and were very persuasive in getting gigs on the Bobby Limb show, Bandstand and Johnny O’Keefe show in the early 1960s. On those shows they worked with some very influential artists of that era, such as Little Pattie, the Bee Gees, the Allen Brothers, Judy Stone, Sandy Scott and many others.

Leo interspersed his talk with songs he strummed and sang, bringing back memories of some of the great songs from that era.  Leo also spoke on the difficulties he encountered in having a stroke last year, the ramifications of that event for him and his recovery.

We will be inviting Leo back at a later date to talk to us about the second part of his life,  living in Dubbo for 45 years, some of that time as a radio announcer, and other adventures he had there.

John N thanks Leo DeKroo for a captivating talk.


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Which famous person made this quote? 

When you write a song you have an idea of how it should be sung, but it doesn’t work out that way if someone else sings and records it.

Source of last week’s quote: Mark Twain.



Saturday,  27th October – Catering for Spring Markets. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club (morning).  Roster:

  • 8 am -10 am:   Henk, Alex & John B
  • 10 am – noon:  Anne & Lyn S
  • Noon-close:  Wayne

* Monday,  29th October – Visit from Wollundry Rotary – Gears and Beers Wrapup. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

* Monday,  5th November – Regular meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Thursday, 8th November – Bingo.  Allawah Community Centre, 7:00-10:00 pm. Roster: Daryl (Capt), John N, Ian, Garth.

Wednesday, 14th November – Board meeting.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7:00 pm.

Monday, 19th NovemberAGM. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Saturday, 1st December – Clearing sale catering – Steve Exton residence. Details forthcoming.

* Saturday, 15th December – Christmas Party. Residence of Daryl & Jan Breust. Details to be finalised.


* denotes partner & guest night


27th October, Gamain Twilight Markets


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

October is Economic and Community Development month


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