Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2021-3


Week of August 5th

This Monday we held our first club assembly for 2020-2021.  There was an excellent attendance by 18 of our members at the Sport & Rec Club.  Among the items discussed were:

Committee Reports:

Batlow Men’s Shed Committee Chair John Glassford gave a verbal report on the lack of progress due to many factors least of all being that the RC of Batlow has been inundated with offers of help to Regrow Batlow.  John spoke with the Chair of the Bush Fire Relief Committee for D9705 President John Mercer from the Belconnen RC.

Batlow Council will make a decision soon on the land for the Men’s Shed and the Remembrance Gardens.  They will then go to tender for any buildings and landscaping.

CRC will still honour our offer of $10,000 to help Regrow Batlow.

Other committees will be meeting with the Ideas Committee/On Line Raffle Committee meeting this Wednesday at 4.30pm at Grahame Miles’s Home.  Attending will be Grahame, Brian, Ian, Chez, Bernadette and Albert

The Telephone Book Committee is on hold for the time being.

General Business:

  • Bingo – Grahame Miles and Neil Munro have decided to postpone Bingo for the next two months until the weather gets warmer and for confidence to return to the players venturing out in the cold of the night.
  • Tour of Local Gardens – Albert spoke about having an Open Garden Day in September/October 2021 and asked for ideas and for the CRC to claim the date through the Shire.  Albert is looking for impressive gardens to be part of this day.  Albert suggested two Sundays in a row starting at 11 am and finishing at 4 pm.
  • Club Trip to the North Tuppal Woolshed – North Tuppal is owned by Bruce Atkinson and the Atkinson Family.  Howard suggested a trip to visit this famous woolshed and to stay overnight in Finley with the RC of Finley as hosts.  North Tuppal is a 72-stand shearing shed.
  • Coolamon Community Chronicle – Sally Farmer and the team have done a great job with the latest CCC newspaper and Anne and others will distribute this issue.  Howard expressed our thanks to Sally well done.
  • Club Goals for 2020-2021 – Every member has received a copy of the club goals for 2020-2021 and these will be presented to DG Dr. Michael Moore prior to his Zoom visit in November to our club.

Other items of interest included:

  • Neil reported on the passing of a regular bingo player in Mary Robertson.
  • Grahame, Dick and Neil spoke on one of our exchange students from Denmark who was with our club 30 years ago now. They received an email with Stine’s news.
  • Discussion on possible guest speakers without guests.
  • Raffle on August 15th – roster will be sent to members.
  • Fines session and some dubious jokes had everyone leaving with a smile on their faces; thanks Albert.


Banner from D9705

DG Michael Moore, our Rotary district governor, and his wife, Helen, called into Past District 9700 Governor, John Glassford’s home today to present John, on behalf of our club, with our new D9705  banner.


Indigenous Health Scholarship

Rhiannon Coppin is an Indigenous Health Scholarship recipient who is sponsored by the Coolamon Rotary Club.

Rhiannon is currently located in Darwin in the Northern Territory and is studying a Bachelor of Midwifery at Charles Darwin University.  She wrote a letter to the club updating us on her progress (click here to have a read of her letter).

Australian Rotary Health facilitates Indigenous Health Scholarships through Rotary Clubs, who sponsor the students.

Our District, through our Rotary Clubs, is proud to play a part in supporting indigenous students to complete a tertiary education in their chosen field, and provide an opportunity for the students to use their skills and qualifications within their communities and, in turn, close the gap.


Week of August 10th

This Monday night we had another excellent turn up of members and of course no guests.

Tonight concentrated on the report by the Fundraising Committee with Chair Grahame Miles presenting the ideas form their recent meeting.

After much discussion the Board voted to accept the report as read.  Below are some of the fundraising ideas put to the meeting last night:

  • Guessing competition at $2 a ticket – on display in PO or ??
  • Drive-in movie night, with Bluetooth to cars for audio, plus a silent auction
  • Shire-wide variety concert – after COVID
  • Monster raffle to be drawn close to Christmas.

The idea for the raffle is to sell tickets in various locations in Coolamon and neighbouring communities from October to mid-December. Alex & Chez are researching the possibility of selling tickets online.

Ian J offered a trailer to store prizes in and be towed to the various venues.  Tickets will be $2 each or 3 for $5 and printed by a printery in Wagga, with 50 books of 30 and 15 books of 100 to be printed initially.

We hope to have a Rotary banner made, listing all the prizes, with a photo of each prize and the name of donating business, which can be displayed at each sales point; Ian offered to approach Ricky Hard to get a quote for a banner.

The plan is to have a major prize, value of at least $1000, consisting of gardening products in a wheelbarrow, together with a mini hot-house constructed by Albert S.  A range of additional prizes will be awarded to 2nd through to 10th place.  Brian has done an excellent job securing donations of goods from a range of local businesses.

 It would be most encouraging if every member could support our fund-raising committee, to make this a most worthwhile fund-raiser.



Saturday August 15th Street Raffle:

7.00-8.30 am:  Albert, Chez and Alex
8.30-10.00:      Anne and Garth
10.00-11.00:    Dick and Bruce
11.00 -12.00:    Ian and Henk
Monday August 17th PP Marg Perkin will be talking on Cambodia. NO GUESTS please!


You hear my sound; But that’s not me
In fact, we look quite differently
I can have one; it always has two; I can have three
It can be anywhere, but I like sitting in a tree
It comes in many different forms
But I usually come in one
I have an assortment of colours
But eat me & I’m done
It can represent a bond
I can be used to jam
Can you figure out
What it is & what I am?

Answer to the last puzzler: A haiku (a form of Japanese poetry)



Monday, August 17thRegular meeting. PP Marg Perkin will be talking on Cambodia at the Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm. NO GUESTS please!

Wednesday, August 19th – Board meeting. Coolamon Convent, 7:30 pm.

* denotes partner & guest night




Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.

Jones will officially become president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge her.

Jones says she sees Rotary’s Action Plan as a catalyst for increasing Rotary’s impact.


Coolamon Rotarians Daryl Breust and John Glassford “met” Jennifer on a recent Zoom meeting with the RC of East Nassau.  Daryl is seen here presenting a “cheque” for $2,500 for the hurricane Dorian disaster appeal for Abaco Island.  Jennifer and PRIP Barry Rassin can be seen applauding Daryl, it was 3.00 am in the morning but worth the effort.


Put your order in to John Glassford.





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

August is Rotary Membership and New Club Development Month