Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2021-20

Week of 25 January

Our first regular meeting of 2021 took place on Monday, 25 January. IPP Daryl Breust welcomed twenty members and several guests. This was a general catch-up meeting welcoming members back from the Christmas break and an opportunity for long-overdue fellowship.  Grahame gave a rundown of the Monster Raffle, which produced a tidy profit to be shared among the Coolamon-Ganmain Hospital, Allawah Lodge, and the club.  Thanks are due to the Monster Raffle committee for their superlative effort to make this happen. The meeting concluded with the weekly raffle, which was won by Chez.



Hope you all had a Happy Australia Day!

Click on Kylie or on the link below.



Monday 2nd February – Regular meeting Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Friday 26th February Neil and Clare Munro’s Clearance Sale starting at 9.00am volunteers needed please contact Dick Jennings for details on how you can help.


Our District 9705 Governor Dr. Michael Moore AM and PP Helen Moore will be our honoured guests.

Friday 19th-Sunday 21st March 2021.  District 9705 Conference in Bathurst.



The main program is on Saturday and Sunday,  20th and 21st March in Bathurst, with a Welcome Reception on Friday evening at 5pm. The details for reception are:

The Welcome Function is an informal event being held at the Bathurst Motor Racing Museum at Mount Panorama, Bathurst which is at the entrance to the Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit. It is an impressive museum.

An informal BBQ Dinner will be served by Bathurst Rotary Clubs.  The cost is $27 per person and Rotarians will register and pay for the function on the Booking Website which will go live as soon as the District Board approves the finances.  Note that the museum is only able to hold 300 guests at the venue outside, with 200 inside being the maximum allowed under Covid rules.

 The Motor Racing Museum is a very interesting venue with a large number of racing cars.

 Drinks will be available for purchase from the Museum.

 The format is informal; smart casual dress and BBQ meal.  DG Michael Moore will make a short welcome speech at an appropriate time.

The conference will take place in the Bathurst Entertainment centre not the Convention centre as advertised above.





In recognition of Australia Day, this essay from Douglas Adams, author of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (a little long, but worth the read!):


“Australia is a very confusing place, taking up a large amount of the bottom half of the planet. It is recognisable from orbit because of many unusual features, including what at first looks like an enormous bite taken out of its southern edge; a wall of sheer cliffs which plunge into the girting sea.

Geologists assure us that this is simply an accident of geomorphology, but they still call it the “Great Australian Bight”, proving that not only are they covering up a more frightening theory, but they can’t spell, either.

The first of the confusing things about Australia is the status of the place. Where other landmasses and sovereign lands are classified as continent, island or country, Australia is considered all three.

Typically, it is unique in this.

The second confusing thing about Australia is the animals. They can be divided into three categories: Poisonous, Odd, and Sheep. It is true that of the 10 most poisonous arachnids on the planet, Australia has 9 of them. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that of the 9 most poisonous arachnids, Australia has all of them.

Any visitors should be careful to check inside boots (before putting them on), under toilet seats (before sitting down) and generally everywhere else.

A stick is very useful for this task.

The last confusing thing about Australia is the inhabitants.

A short history: Sometime around 40,000 years ago some people arrived in boats from the north. They ate all the available food, and a lot of them died.

The ones who survived learned respect for the balance of nature, man’s proper place in the scheme of things, and spiders. They settled in and spent a lot of the intervening time making up strange stories.  They also discovered a stick that kept coming back.

Then, around 200 years ago, Europeans arrived in boats from the north.

More accurately, European convicts were sent, with a few deranged people in charge. They tried to plant their crops in autumn (failing to take account of the reversal of the seasons), ate all their food, and a lot of them died.

About then the sheep arrived, and have been treasured ever since. It is interesting to note here that the Europeans always consider themselves vastly superior to any other race they encounter, since they can lie, cheat, steal and litigate (marks of a civilised culture they say), whereas all the Aboriginals can do is happily survive being left in the middle of a vast red-hot desert – equipped with a stick.

Eventually, the new lot of people stopped being Europeans on ‘extended holiday’ and became Australians. The changes are subtle, but deep, caused by the mind-stretching expanses of nothingness and eerie quiet, where a person can sit perfectly still and look deep inside themselves to the core of their essence, their reasons for being, and the necessity of checking inside their boots every morning for fatal surprises. They also picked up the most finely tuned sense of irony in the world, and the Aboriginal gift for making up stories. Be warned.

There is also the matter of the beaches. Australian beaches are simply the nicest and best in the world, although anyone actually venturing into the sea will have to contend with sharks, stinging jellyfish, stonefish (a fish which sits on the bottom of the sea, pretends to be a rock and has venomous barbs sticking out of its back that will kill just from the pain) and surfboarders. However, watching a beach sunset is worth the risk.

As a result of all this hardship, dirt, thirst and wombats, you would expect Australians to be a sour lot. Instead, they are genial, jolly, cheerful and always willing to share a kind word with a stranger. Faced with insurmountable odds and impossible problems, they smile disarmingly and look for a stick. Major engineering feats have been performed with sheets of corrugated iron, string and mud.

Alone of all the races on earth, they seem to be free from the ‘Grass is greener on the other side of the fence’ syndrome, and roundly proclaim that Australia is, in fact, the other side of that fence. They call the land “Oz” or “Godzone” (a verbal contraction of “God’s Own Country”). The irritating thing about this is… they may be right.


Don’t ever put your hand down a hole for any reason – WHATSOEVER.

The beer is stronger than you think, regardless of how strong you think it is.

Always carry a stick.

Air-conditioning is imperative.

Do not attempt to use Australian slang unless you are a trained linguist and extremely good in a fist fight.

Wear thick socks.

Take good maps. Stopping to ask directions only works when there are people nearby.

If you leave the urban areas, carry several litres of water with you at all times, or you will die. And don’t forget a stick.

Even in the most embellished stories told by Australians, there is always a core of truth that it is unwise to ignore.


They pronounce Melbourne as “Mel-bin”.

They think it makes perfect sense to decorate highways with large fibreglass bananas, prawns and sheep.

They think “Woolloomooloo” is a perfectly reasonable name for a place, that “Wagga Wagga” can be abbreviated to “Wagga”, but “Woy Woy” can’t be called “Woy”.

Their hamburgers will contain beetroot. Apparently it’s a must-have.

How else do you get a stain on your shirt?

They don’t think it’s summer until the steering wheel is too hot to handle.

They believe that all train timetables are works of fiction.

And they all carry a stick.


Answer to the last puzzler: 1) sand box, 2) long underwear, 3) tricycle, 4) 3 degrees below zero, 5) six feet underground, 6) just between you and me, 7) split level, 8) life after death.

This week’s puzzler:

If an apple costs 40 cents, a banana costs 60 cents and a grapefruit costs 80 cents, how much would a pear cost?




Taipei RICON now a virtual convention which is understandable under the circumstances.  The next RICON will be Houston 2022 then Melbourne 2023. {RICON Rotary International Convention}



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

President: Howard Atkinson

President-Elect: Albert Suidgeest

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director 1: Albert Suidgeest

Service Projects Director 2: Dave McKinley

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Paul Weston

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Immediate Past President: Daryl Breust

Sergeant @ Arms: Albert Suidgeest

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford

January is Rotary Vocational Service Month