Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2021-25

Week of 1st March 2021


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The event was very well supported by the 120 Rotarians, partners and guests who attended on Monday night.  Our District Governor Dr. Michael Moore AM with his wife PP Helen Moore were our special guests for the night.

Our Master of Ceremonies was PP Dick Jennings who did a superb job of keeping everyone amused and on time. There are so many people to thank for the party, too many to mention here, however you all know who you are and what you contributed to making the night the success that it was.

The highlights of the evening, well, there were several, starting with the toasts and including Hout Bay Rotary Club, our Rotary International 2005 Centennial Twin Club.  (Letters of congratulations appear in the bulletin from Hout Bay).  The Hon. Steph. Cooke MP Member for Cootamundra, proposed a toast to our charter members and spoke some inspiring words on why Rotary Clubs and Lions are needed in our local communities.

DG Michael’s talk was well received by all who attended, which included Narrandera (our sponsor club in 1971), Junee, Temora, Wagga Wagga Sunrise, Wagga Wagga Murrumbidgee, Wollundry Wagga, Wagga Wagga Kooringal, Wagga Wagga, Canberra, Tumbarumba and Batlow Rotary Clubs were.  Lions Coolamon were with us along with many others too numerous to mention here.

The birthday cake was cut by the daughters of our first President Keith West, Cheryl Crocker and Sandra West with the president of Narrandera RC Robert Norrie assisting.

Three major presentations were made on the night which included:

Batlow Rotary Club for $10,000.00, presented to Batlow RC President Sam Hughes by Coolamon RC President Elect Albert Suidgeest.  Our club made a decision regarding supporting the bush fire ravaged areas close to us who had an active Rotary Club.  We chose Batlow to support with their Regrow Batlow project.  On hand were four members of Batlow Rotary including President Sam Hughes.  The money will be used to get a Men’s Shed up and running in Batlow.  Batlow’s men lost many tools in the fires and they also believe that the Men’s Shed will help with the mental health of the men of Batlow.

Two other important presentations were made, one to the Coolamon and Ganmain Hospital by PP Grahame Miles, which was accepted by facility manager Pam Samways.  Our third presentation was to Allawah Lodge and made by PP Daryl Breust to Simone Fuller on behalf of Allawah Lodge.

Finally thank you to Di and Gilbert Kong for the food and to all who helped get the food onto the tables.

The evening in photos as seen through the eyes of our “resident” professional photographer, PDG John Egan from the Wollundry Wagga Rotary Club.  Just click on the thumbnail for a larger photo.  Many many thanks, John.



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Click on the link below for the “telegrams” from three of Hout Bay’s best!


Hout Bay Tributes





After many years of moving our caravan around for shelter it became apparent that we needed a permanent home for this very valuable piece of our fund raising assets.  Up steps Steph Cooke MP for the NSW Seat of Cootamundra.  PP Daryl Breust and his committee went about applying to the State Government through Steph and we were given a grant to build the shed.

The shed is large enough to house our caravan and other items that need storage.  On the eve of our 50th Birthday Party, Steph came down to Coolamon to officially hand the shed over to our club.  Below are some photos of the event. Our eternal thanks to Steph Cooke for her hard work in helping to obtain this grant for our club.

Daryl Breust and his team including Henk Hulsman and Albert Suidgeest did a great job on the building and it will stand the  test of time for years to come.  Our thanks also go to the Coolamon Shire council for allowing our club to build the shed at the Coolamon Showgrounds.  Mayor John Seymour OAM represented the Coolamon Shire Council at the opening; thank you Mayor John.






Monday 8th March – Regular Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Wednesday 17th March – Board Meeting.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7.30 pm.

Monday 22nd March – Club Assembly. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

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


Saturday 17th May D9705 Assembly at Young 9.00am-5.00pm.




NASA has a poster hanging with bees that reads:

“Aerodynamically a bee’s body is not made to fly; the good thing is that the bee doesn’t know “.

The law of physics says that a bee cannot fly, the aerodynamic principle says that the breadth of its wings is too small to keep its huge body in flight, but a bee doesn’t know, it doesn’t know anything about physics or its logic and flies anyway.

This is what we can all do, fly and prevail in every moment in the face of any difficulty and in any circumstance despite what they say.

Let us be bees, no matter the size of our wings, we take flight and enjoy the pollen of life.”


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This week’s puzzler: What is seen in the middle of March and April but never at the beginning or end of either month?





This year’s Club and District Development Seminar (aka the District Assembly) will be held on Saturday the 15th May at the Young Services Club.  We’ve decided to run this as a one day event starting at 9am and finishing at 5pm.  This will be a a busy but interesting day and feedback we have received shows a clear preference for the one-day format.

ALL  members are encouraged to attend as this is an event specifically intended to train your Club’s 2021-2022 executive teams and develop your members as Rotarians.  There will be specific sessions for Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers as well as practical sessions on the the Direct ClubRunner database, web pages, club bulletins and the best ways to leverage social media.  You will be able to learn more about membership and club development, learning and development, public image, Youth programs and the broad range of service project opportunities available to your Club.

Please advise PE Albert Suidgeest of your attendance, thanks.

Does not matter how you get there; just get there:


March is Water and Sanitation Month

Graphics by Debbie Vance McKay from Canada



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

President: Howard Atkinson

President-Elect 2021-2022: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect Nominee 2022-2023: Paul Weston

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