Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2021-5


Week of August 24th

We had a guest speaker at our weekly meeting, former club member and PP Marg Perkin.  Marg gave a talk on her trip to Cambodia in November of last year, and delivered supplies and amenities to a school in Pnom Penh and visited an eye clinic in Battambang (as well as taking in some tourist sites).  It was startling to see the conditions facing people in parts of SE Asia, but also heartwarming to see the bright faces of enthusiastic schoolchildren and their appreciation of the gifts and educational programs brought by Marg and the other members of the team of Help Cambodia.  The children entertained the visitors with performances of traditional dance and song, attired in handmade costumes typical of the region.  President Howard presented Marg with a token of appreciation of Marg’s talk, which made quite an impression on those in attendance.

Marg reading to school children in Cambodian school.
President Howard Atkinson presenting token of thanks to Marg.

As usual, the meeting concluded with an entertaining fines session led by Sargent-at-Arms Albert, and as usual, Grahame seemed to dominate the recipient list.  It must have been a slow week, because Albert actually fined himself for a bone-headed move, although it was probably a pre-emptive maneuver because he would have likely been fined by a member who was witness to the event (you’ll have to ask Albert for details, or better yet, come to our weekly meetings to hear these things firsthand!). Fittingly, Albert ended up winning the raffle.  Speaking of raffles, the street raffle held on Saturday was quite productive; thanks to the members who endured the chilly conditions to make it all possible (sorry, I can’t find the roster to mention the members by name).


Henley Carey from Coolamon


There will be a story in the Coolamon Community Chronicle on the journey of Henley Carey.  The photo above was sent to us by Henley’s mother Alicia Carey.




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: 1) red in the face, 2) green eggs and ham, 3) backrub, 4) all thumbs, 5) two left feet, 6) black sheep of the family, 7) big fish in a small pond, 8) tennis shoes (“ten issues” said quickly, but I prefer “lots of issues”), 9) long time, no see, and 10) all in a day’s work.

Can you solve these rebus puzzles that represent common sayings?



The Paul Harris Fellow award is the highest award and recognition where a Rotarian can nominate a well deserving person to receive this award.  That person can be a fellow club member, another Rotarian from another club or a member of the public.

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.

Rotary established the recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships.

Paul Harris Fellow Recognition is both an award for exemplary work in community service or helping those in need, or a method of recognising a substantial donation to The Rotary Foundation.

These awards have been presented to many outstanding leaders in the community, as well as to “ordinary people doing extraordinary things“.  Paul Harris Fellow recognitions have been awarded to over 40,000 people in Australia, and more than 1.3m worldwide.

You can learn more here about the PHF and Donor Recognition


Recipient’s recognition amount level

US$1000 to 1,999 – first PHF
Level One US$2,000 to 2,999.99 – one sapphire
Level Two US$ 3,000 to 3,999.99 – two sapphires
Level Three US$4,000 to 4,999.99 – three sapphires
Level Four US$5,000 to 5,999.99 – four sapphires
Level 5 US$6,000 to 6,999.99 – five sapphires
Level Six US$7,000 to 7,999.99 – one ruby
Level Seven US$8,000 to 8,999.99 – two rubies
Level Eight US$9,000 to 9,999.99 – three rubies

If any member is interested on how we nominate those who have received the PHF recognition over the years, please email John Glassford for a full list of recipients.  This list is available on My Rotary web site under Coolamon Rotary. You will see from this list compiled by JG on how the points for a PHF recognition are allocated by donations from the club and from our own members.



Membership is a critical element of Rotary.

Without members, our organisation would be unable to continue the vital work of Rotary in our local communities and around the world.

Our District Membership Team have secured five speakers for their upcoming Membership Forums, which will provide inspiration and ideas to recruit and retain members; different types of clubs; and how clubs can grow.

Our first speaker in this series will be our very own District Governor Nominee, Geraldine Rurenga from the Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga Murrumbidgee.

For further details about the upcoming forums, please refer to the flyer below.



In 1996, the great African leader Nelson Mandela launched the Kick Polio Out of Africa campaign with Rotary International’s support, setting out a vision for a polio-free Africa. At the time, wild polio paralysed 75,000 children each year. To protect communities from this crippling disease, African leaders, health workers, volunteers, parents, global donors and organizations united to reach every child with polio vaccines.
On 25 August 2020, after four years without a single case of wild polio, the African region has been certified free of wild poliovirus. Decades of extraordinary investment has paid off.
Yet, the job is not finished. These efforts must continue to prevent wild polio from returning and to end all forms of polio for good – both in Africa and globally. #rotaryinternational #endpolionow



Victorian farmer moving his sheep to the other side of the border via a stop over at a Sydney hotel for a 2 week quarantine period.

Meanwhile in New Zealand


Are you man enough?



Monday, August 31stSpeaker meeting. Guest speaker: Kieran Knox speaking on his work in Africa.  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.

Monday November 23rd – District Governor Dr. Michael Moore AM Visit via Zoom 6.30 for 7 pm



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