Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2122-02


Week of 12th July

President Albert welcomed 21 members and two guests to the first meeting of the new Rotary year, and his first full meeting as president.  After the opening formalities, which included an acknowledgment of country (a new practice for our club), Albert began another new tradition (well, it will become tradition if this continues) of acknowledging a member celebrating a birthday this week, who happened to be John Nulty. Before starting on dinner, guest Rachel McPhail spoke on her initiative to have Aboriginal place names recognised by Australia Post.  AusPost has been supportive of her project, and is permitting customers to include the traditional place name of an addressee between the name and address of the addressee, as shown in the sample below:

John Nulty thanked Rachel for her enthusiastic talk and presented her with token of thanks. [If you’re interested in Australian traditional place names, please visit the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website (click HERE).]

President Albert thanked those members who showed up at Adrian and Wendy Lindner’s property on Sunday to cut for firewood for needy shire residents.  The good rollup made the task go quickly, which was aided by the beautiful weather on the day (see photo below).  The workers were rewarded with muffins freshly baked by Wendy.

The meeting concluded with a rousing fine session led by fill-in Sergeant-at-Arms Dick and the weekly raffle, which was won by Howard and Grahame.




*Monday 19th July – Speaker meetingCarla Gash, new solicitor from Commins Hendriks, “Wills, Power of Attorney and  Enduring Guardianship.”  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7:00 pm.

Saturday 24th July – Street Raffle. Coolamon Newsagency, 7:30 am – noon. Roster TBA.

Monday 26th July – Club Assembly. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7:00 pm.

Wednesday 28th July – Narrandera RC Changeover Dinner. Narrandera Golf Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Monday 16th August – Regular meeting with visit from Area GovernorElaine Almond, new D9705 Area Governor, will be our guest on the evening. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7:00 pm.  Board members are requested to arrive at 6.00 pm to meet with Elaine prior to the meeting.

Above PDG Bruce Gruber D9700 1992-1993 presenting AG Elaine Almond with the DG’s Rotarian of the Year 2018-2019  award for D9700, originally established by PDG Bruce.









Answer to last week’s puzzler:  DEATH

This week’s puzzler:

The Pope has one but doesn’t use it.
Your father has one but your mother uses it.
Nuns do not need one.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has a big one.
Michael J. Fox’s is quite small.
What is it?





1.  Monthly Themes

Each month Rotary has a theme except July which some call the transition month or the new leaders month.  The majority of the 11 monthly themes are associated with the past six Areas of Service now SEVEN.  The new area of service being Supporting the Environment.

As July is usually deemed to be new leaders moth moves are afoot to call July:

July is Rotary Supporting the Environment Month.


The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment.

More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.

In 1990-91, RI President Paulo V.C. Costa made the environment one of his primary causes, creating the Preserve Planet Earth subcommittee, which looked at ways clubs and members could conduct environmental initiatives.

“We have finally caught up to Costa [his vision],” says Past RI President Ian H.S. Riseley, chair of the Environmental Issues task force, which championed the new area of focus.

“As a lifelong environmentalist, I’m delighted that our great organization has recognized that the environment is a worthy and appropriate destination for our project activity,” says Riseley. “This is an exciting moment in Rotary history.”

Supporting the environment becomes Rotary’s seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.

Grant applications for projects will be accepted beginning on 1 July 2021. Gifts and commitments from Rotarians and others will be sought to provide global grant support for the new area of focus.


Current Rotary Monthly Themes 2021-2022


No special designation

1 July — Start of new Rotary officers’ year of service


Membership and Extension Month


Basic Education and Literacy Month


Economic and Community Development Month


Rotary Foundation Month


Disease Prevention and Treatment Month


Vocational Service Month


Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month

23 February — Rotary’s 117th. anniversary


Water and Sanitation Month


Maternal and Child Health Month


Youth Service Month


Rotary Fellowships Month


2.  Rotary’s Seven Areas of Focus

Rotary is dedicated to causes that build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.

The Rotary Foundation strives to process grants efficiently and ensure the quality of grant-funded projects. In each policy statement, you’ll find lists of eligible and ineligible activities, including examples of the types of projects that Rotary clubs and districts have successfully implemented. All grant requests must comply with the policy statement related to their intended area of focus. Project planning is the responsibility of the host club or district.


Down load the above file and you will see how to apply for grants from our foundation for any worthwhile project that falls under one or more of the seven areas of focus.

So far our club has been the beneficiary of three grants from our Foundation.  Two came under Maternal and Child Health for Hout Bay in Cape Town and the other under Basic Education and Literacy for Narok in Kenya.



July is Rotary New Leadership Month




Chartered March 3rd, 1971; Sponsoring Club Narrandera Rotary Club

President: Albert Suidgeest

President-Elect 2022-2023: Paul Weston

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Henk Hulsman

Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro

Membership Director: Dick Jennings

Service Projects Director: Daryl Breust

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Ian Jennings

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: John Bond

Immediate Past President: Howard Atkinson

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

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