Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2021-28

Week of 22nd March 2021

President Howard welcomed 14 members to our first club assembly of 2021.  Items discussed on the night were:

  • Meals served at our weekly meetings. Item to be discussed  by the catering committee.
  • The new requirement for each club to have a Child Protection Officer.  Anne was appointed to this position because she is currently the Youth Director.
  • RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness), which will be held this year after a year hiatus owing to COVID-19. We will need two members to attend on the day designated for Coolamon (likely 14 May).  The assembly recommended to the board that we pay the fee of $15 for all students who attend the event from Coolamon Central School.
  • Donation to the Leisure Company, the charity nominated by Albert’s son, who is competing in this year’s Wagga Takes 2.  The Leisure Company is a not-for-profit company that provides recreation, work, and life skill opportunities for people with disabilities.  The club recommended to the board that the club donate $500 to this cause.
  • Members who do not participate in club activities or attend weekly meetings (there are a few).  According to our bylaws, most of the members identified as falling in this category are exempt from club activities and attendance at weekly meetings because they have been members for at least 20 years and their combined age plus years of membership is 85 or more (the “Rule of 85”).

The meeting concluded with an entertaining fine session and a raffle.  Albert dug deep again, and levied a fine against Ted for something that occurred around the time that Ted got married (details to remain unrevealed here).  The raffle was won by John G.




*Monday 29th March – Speaker meeting.  PEN Paul Weston on “Adventures in Genealogy” with some contributions from John Glassford. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

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Monday 5th AprilNO Meeting (Easter Monday).

*Monday 12th April Speaker meeting. Wayne McPherson on “Impact of the 2019-20 Bushfires on Fish”.  This promises to be a very interesting talk and you are all invited to bring your partners along. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Saturday 15th-16th May – D9705 Assembly. Young Services Club, Young.  10.00 am Sat – 1.00 pm Sun.

* denotes partner and guest night



Guinness is Good for you.

Dublin’s Patrick O’Shea called his lawyer and asked, “Is it true they are suin’ dem der cigarette companies for causin’ people to git cancer?”

“Yes, Patrick, sure is true,” responded the lawyer.

“And now someone is suin’ dem fast food restaurants for makin’ dem fat an’ cloggin’ their arteries with all dem der burgers an’ fries, is that true,?”

“Sure is, Patrick.”

“And that a lady sued McDonald’s for millions when she burned her tongue with that hot coffee that she ordered?”


“And that a football player sued that university when he graduated and still couldn’t read?”

“That’s right,” said the lawyer.“But why are you asking?”

“Well, I was thinkin’ . . .

What I want to know is, can I sue Guinness for all dem ugly women It made me sleep with.



Answer to last week’s puzzler: The person in the photo is the man’s son.

This week’s puzzler: Here’s another mind-bender for you: “The day before two days after the day before tomorrow is Saturday. What day is it today?”






Here is a report from PDG John Glassford who attended the 2021 DISCON in Bathurst.

Abercrombie House is where the conference started for the College of Governors high tea and annual meeting.  This year we have Past Governors from D9700 and D9710.  It was a very pleasant meeting and we started to get to know our fellow Governors that attended from both of the old districts.

The welcome BBQ dinner was at the Mount Panorama Car Museum, good fellowship but crook steaks sort of shoe leather material.  The museum was most interesting and at the same time haphazard in it’s presentations.

The conference opened with Rotary International Director Elect Jessie Harman who spoke well on all matters topical at the moment.  RIDE Jessie encouraged us all to get our Rotary clubs involved in our 7th Area of Focus, the environment and climate change.

Saturday was a full day of speakers and two areas that were covered included health, the environment and climate change; the 7th Area of Focus for Rotary International.

Will post the rest of the photos in thumb nails.

There were a lot of professor type people who made the presentations, all interesting all had little to do with Rotary.

The Royce Abbey Peace Oration was given by Adjunct Professor John Skerritt the Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Health.  John is also directly responsible for both the Therapeutic Goods Administration and the Office of Drug Control.  This was a very good presentation and covered Covid 19 in great detail.

Dinner was at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre.  Excellent food and a very good after dinner speaker in Professor Robert Booy.  Robert spoke on epidemiology and it was most entertaining. Robert is the professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Sydney.  He covered Measles, Polio, Flu and of course Covid 19.

The Past Governors were called onto sing We are Australian, and we did a good job, even though I could not read the verses I did my best.  All in all a very good conference that was topical with senior academics mostly on health.

Next year the 2022 DISCON will be in Temora and I am sure that we will get a good role up from our club!!!!

So put the 18, 19 and 20th March 2022 in your diary now!

Here are some thumb nail photos so please click on the image for a larger version.


March is Rotary Water and Sanitation Month

Graphics by Debbie Vance McKay from Canada

Stroud Street floods in Bulahdelah, on the NSW mid-north coast, after the Myall River broke its banks.  Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian


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