Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2021-4


Week of August 17th

We’re fortunate to be able to continue to meet in person (with appropriate social distancing) considering the restrictions on gatherings in New South Wales.  We had a good roll-up at our weekly meeting, and those in attendance were rewarded with free drinks courtesy of Bern, whose horse Man of Peace won again at Randwick.  The evening feature our first guest speaker of the Rotary year (more on that later) as well as a special ceremony acknowledging the contributions of one of our members.  Howard kept the members in suspense as he described the contributions of this member, most notably extensive involvement with Gears and Beers and the construction of the food van shed.  Those who hadn’t already guessed the person were clued in when Howard noted that this person had served as president for 1-1/2 years, which could only have been Daryl Breust, who served as president in 2018-2019 and for the second half of 2019-2020.  For his dedicated service, Daryl was named a Paul Harris Fellow, an award that was richly deserved.  Daryl was soundly applauded for this accomplishment.

President Howard Atkinson presents Daryl Breust with his PHF certificate.

Our guest speaker was our entomologist member Paul, who spoke about dung beetles and the project that currently employs him, the Dung Beetle Ecosystems Engineers project.  Paul shared some interesting life history facts about dung beetles, especially the tunnelling species that were introduced by CSIRO to take care of livestock dung which began accumulating in the landscape after the British colonists introduced cattle and other livestock to Australia.  Paul described the many benefits that dung beetles provide to Australian agriculture and introduced the Dung Beetle Ecosystems Engineers project, which is a multi-million dollar project funded by the federal government and Meat and Livestock Australia with many objectives and cooperating institutions.  CSU is heading up the project, and Paul and Leslie are heavily involved in the project.  For more details, visit the Dung Beetle Ecosystem Engineers (DBEE) website (  The presentation inspired many questions from those in attendance.

Albert led another entertaining fine session, which left those in attendance with a smile on their faces and a few less coins in their pockets, especially Grahame.

Dick Jennings sporting his personalised face mask.


The Coolamon Rotary board of directors held their monthly meeting at the Coolamon Convent on Wednesday.  Although there were not a large number of resolutions passed, there was much productive discussion on a range of topics.  The minutes will be distributed to members shortly.



Coolamon Rotary Club AGM Monday November 9th 2020.  President-Elect Albert will be looking for volunteers to serve on his board for 2021-2022.  All positions are as a rule declared vacant at the AGM and will be filled on that night.  Please contact Albert if you are interested in serving on his board.


Answer to the last puzzler: The speaker of the riddle is a pear, and the other item is a pair.

How many of these rebus puzzles can you solve?



1.  D9705 Bush fire recovery update

Many Clubs are working well on their own or in conjunction with other Clubs to work through the recovery process. Many of the planned projects are under way and progressing well while others are being held up by COVID-19 restrictions and limitations. A few points to highlight what Rotary as well as many other organisations are doing towards the recovery are below.

2.  Spring into Alice, September 19-20


3.  District Governor Dr. Michael Moore, AM, PhD

DG’s Message – August 2020




Monday, August 24thSpeaker meeting. Guest speaker: Marg Perkin, who will talk about her recent volunteer work in Cambodia.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday, August 31stSpeaker meeting. Guest speaker: Kieran Knox, topic TBA.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday, September  7thRegular meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday, September  14th – Speaker meeting. Guest speaker: TBA.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Wednesday, September 16th – Board meeting. Coolamon The Old Convent, 7:30 pm.

Monday, September  21stRegular meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday, September  28thSpeaker meeting. Guest speaker: TBA.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday, October 5th  – No Meeting (Labor Day Holiday)

Thursday, October 8th – BINGO.  Allawah Community Centre, 6:45 – 10:00 pm.  Roster: Paul (captain), John B, Dave and Brian.

Wednesday, October 18th – Board meeting. Coolamon The Old Convent, 7:30 pm.

Monday, October  19thClub Assembly.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday, November 9thAnnual General Meeting.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.


Message from PDG George Weston: RYPEN has been cancelled for this Rotary Year due to COVID-19. Hoping that this is only temporary. Please keep up the good work with Rotary and our Youth Programmes.  Regards,


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