Meeting of 24 February
PP President Daryl welcomed 21 members and 21 guests, including 5 from Batlow, namely Margaret Isselmann, John Hides, PE Sam Hughes, Terry Peel & Terry Murphy. Also attending was D9705 AG Elect Martin Brown from Tumbarumba.
Apologies from Marianne, Henk, Lyn, Dave and Neil.
[The challenge for this week is: Can you spot the spelling errors in the story below? ]
John Bond was asked to introduce his guests Lauren, Meg and Geraldine from the Riverina Conservatorium of Music in Wagga Wagga. Lauren spoke on their desire to give a musical performance at a suitable venue in Batlow to help lift spirits of the community.
Each of the visiting Rotarians from the Snowy Valley Council area introduced themselves and gave a brief on their occupation/interests. Finally Secretary Margaret Isselmann of Batlow Rotary, who can talk under water, so she claimed, gave a more lengthy talk, giving an explanation of why their President Greg couldn’t attend our meeting. She also mentioned the support they have been offered from various organisations after the fires which almost devastated Batlow, such as the Belconnen Rotary Club visiting Batlow and Tumbarumba this weekend with their generous offer, the need for finding a landscape garden designer to help in planning a community garden, etc. She thanked Coolamon Club for their support and expressed her hope that we can work together on a suitable project to help Batlow recover from the recent bushfires.
Terry Peel then spoke briefly on the tradegy of loosing his house and sheds and part of their chestnut orchard to the fires. He commented that in loosing his sheds he also lost all his tools and equipment, which amounted to many thousand of dollars. As an aside, he also spoke on his long term dream of creating a tourist park at the entrance to Batlow. This could be one of the projects we assist Batlow with.
Daryl then presented Secretary Margaret with a certificate recognising the twinning of the Batlow and Coolamon Rotary Clubs.
Albert led a lively fine session, which was followed by a few cheeky cross fines. After the weekly raffle, which was won by John from the Batlow club, Dick auctioned off a “Regrow Batlow” T-shirt, which went to top-bidder Ian. Those sitting near Dick got quite an earful!
JUST FOR LAUGHS
[See earlier in this post for this week’s challenge.]
Monday, March 2nd – Regular meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.
*Monday, March 9th – Speaker meeting: John Egan speaking on Indigenous Health Scholarship program of Australian Rotary Health. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.
Thursday, March 12th – BINGO. Rostered on are Daryl (captain), Bruce (for Don), Dave and Ivan.
Friday-Sunday, March 13th – 15th – Hot rods visiting Coolamon. Our club will cater for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Details forthcoming.
Wednesday, March 18th – Board meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7 pm.
Friday-Sunday, March 20th – 22nd – D9700 District Conference, Temora. Volunteers from Coolamon will be needed to work the Rotary Down Under booth.
Monday, March 30th – Joint meeting with Junee and Temora. Roundhouse Museum (5:00 pm) followed by dinner at the Junee Ex-Services Club, 7:30.
Saturday, April 11th – Coolamon Rotary Easter Markets. Up To Date Store, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. Volunteers will be needed to sell raffle tickets at the door and outside the newsagency. The markets will be accompanied by the UTD Art Battle and will be followed by the town party being run by the Coolamon Shire Council (“Ditch the Dust”).
Sunday, April 19th – DisTec20 (District 9700 technology workshop), Young.
Saturday, April 25th (ANZAC Day) – Catering for Trotting Club, Coolamon Showgrounds.
Saturday & Sunday, May 16th & 17th – District Assembly, Young. Income board members expected to attend.
Monday, May 18th – Club Assembly. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.
June 6-10th – RI Convention, Honolulu.
* denotes partner & guest night
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