Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2021-36


Week of 24th May

President-Elect Albert welcomed 18 members on a chilly autumn evening to our weekly meeting. A good night of fellowship and project planning was enjoyed by those in attendance. A roster was passed around for the Red Shield Appeal, which will be conducted at the entrance to the Coolamon Foodworks this coming Saturday and Sunday morning (see roster in the diary below).  Dick and Garth conducted a very entertaining fine session, eliciting fines from nearly all those in attendance.  The raffle was won by Craig L.

Members are reminded that we will have a fellowship-only meeting next Monday, 31 May since it is the 5th Monday of the month (which doesn’t happen too often!).  We had considered meeting at another venue, but concluded that there are no options for a meal on a Monday evening, so we will self-cater the meeting.  As usual, reply to Ian’s message if you will not be in attendance.


Super Blood Moon

Australians had an opportunity to witness a rare celestial event on Wednesday, 26th May: a super blood moon. A supermoon occurs when the full moon appears larger than usual because of its proximity to the Earth (it’s orbit is elliptical, so the distance between the Earth and moon fluctuates periodically).  When the Earth lines up directly between the sun and full moon, it casts a shadow over the moon, temporarily darkening it (referred to as a lunar eclipse).  When a lunar eclipse coincides with a supermoon, we get a super blood moon because the moon takes on a reddish tint in the shadowed area because the refracted sunlight that reaches the moon passes through the Earth’s atmosphere.  Super blood moons do not occur frequently; one occurs every several years, but is visible only from limited areas of the Earth.  The next super blood moon will occur in 2033.  Below are some pics that I took of the super blood moon, one at the start of the eclipse and another at totality.  The pics were taken with a Canon D5200 digital SLR with a 55-300 mm lens. – Paul Weston



Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th May – Red Shield Appeal. Coolamon Foodworks, 8 am – noon. Rostered on for Saturday are 8:00-9:00 Mark; 9:00-10:00 Ted & Bern; 10:00-11:00 Alex & Henk; Sharon R. Rostered on for Sunday are 8:00-9:00 Mark; 9:00-10:00 Ted; 10:00-11:00 Paul; 11:00-12:00 Sharon.

Sunday May 30th – DisTec21. Young Shire Council, 189 Boorowa St., Young, 10 am – 4 pm.

Monday May 31st – Self-catered Fellowship Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday June 7thRegular Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Saturday June 12th – Wednesday June 16th 2021 – Rotary International Convention (Virtual). Story in this bulletin for more information.  Registration is only $65, so give it some thought!

Monday June 14th – Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday (NO meeting).

Wednesday June 16th – FINAL Board Meeting for 20-21 Sports Club at 7.00pm

Saturday June 19th – Ganmain Winter Markets. Ganmain Showgrounds from 12 pm.


Monday June 21st – Regular Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday June 21st – Wollundry Wagga RC Changeover Dinner. Wagga Wagga RSL Club, 6.30 for 7 pm, $30 per head.  Dress: jacket and tie.

Wednesday June 23rd – PE Albert Suidgeest’s Board Planning Meeting. 6.30 pm at Albert’s house (Coolamon Boarding Kennels, Doubleday Lane).

Saturday June 26th – RI District 9705 Changeover Dinner.  Young Ex-Services Club 6.00 – 8.30 pm.

Monday June 28th – Final CRC Meeting for the 20-21 Rotary Year. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Saturday July 3rd – Temora RC Changeover Dinner. Temora Golf Club, 6.30 for 7 pm, $40 per head. Dress: jacket and tie.

* Monday July 5th – Coolamon Rotary Club Changeover.  Coolamon Sport and Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm.

* denotes partner and guest night



Impossible dachshunds



Answer to last week’s puzzler: envelope

This week’s puzzler: What English word retains the same pronunciation, even after you take away four of its five letters?





Registration is open for the 2021 Virtual Convention.

12-16th JUNE 2021 Programme HERE

The 2021 Virtual Convention will be better than ever, opening more innovative opportunities to learn and to engage with the family of Rotary, near and far. You’ll be able to network in virtual lounges, meet new partners in service, and join fun activities with Rotary members from around the world.

COMING SOON: More information about this year’s upgraded virtual experiences including our new fast-paced programs that will have inspiring stories, powerful interviews, and multi-cultural entertainment.

Please continue to check back for more details and updates.





Here are some pictorial highlights from 7 past Rotary International Conventions.

2005 Chicago USA, 2008 Los Angeles USA, 2010 Montreal Canada, 2012 Bangkok Thailand, 2014 Sydney Australia, 2016 Seoul South Korea, 2017 Atlanta USA.

{PS  Can you guess who was playing at the Hollywood Bowl?}


May is Youth Service 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: Albert Suidgeest

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