Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2122-21


Week of 22nd November

President Albert reminded all present that the Christmas Party will be at his residence on Saturday from 5.30 pm.  A form was passed around to get names from our members who will attend.  A request was made for salads and sweets.  Please bring garden chairs to sit around “Lake Albert”.

Scott Reardon Visit to Coolamon.  A discussion ensued on the upcoming visit of Scott Reardon on April 2nd. 2022.  Daryl Breust and Brian Pattison outlined some of the ideas being discussed by the committee including:

  • Coolamon FC will run the bar.
  • Funds raised will go to the  Park Trustees, Allawah Lodge and our Hospital.
  • Marketing ideas were discussed and will be discussed in greater depth by the committee.
  • There was a bit of discussion on the ticket price; again, the committee will discuss this further.
  • The committee will work out the best way to proceed.

This coming Monday (29th November) is a 5th Monday, so in lieu of our regular meeting we will be going to the Marrar Hotel for a two course meal prepared by Craig Lambert.  This is a social gathering and the cost is $25 per head.  If you have not already given your name and any guests please let Ian Jennings know as soon as possible.

“Marrar 1900:  The first building of any substance in Marrar was the Royal Hotel which was completed in 1900.  Construction was by Grosvenor Flood, a gentleman with great confidence in the future of Marrar.  ‘Grover’ Flood, as he was generally known, built several other buildings in York Street and all were built to last.  These same buildings stand solid today, a memorial to Flood, the pioneer.

The Royal Hotel was built of mud, or Pise as it was generally known.  This was a method used centuries before in the American West and Spanish settlements in South America, called Adobe.  Flood, who was a good tradesman, did quite a lot of the construction himself, assisted by George Jackson, a man of many trades.  Extra labour was provided by ‘bush carpenters’ who were always plentiful at that time.”


Mary Potts in the Spotlight

Monday night Mary Potts was in the spotlight:

  • Cootamundra born, and attended Backhom PS, Ardlethan CS and Wagga Wagga High School.
  • Mary has 4 sisters and 2 brothers.
  • Mother of 2 daughters and grandmother to 2 grandchildren
  • Enjoys hiking, gardens and running marathons!
  • Enjoyed netball and softball in her youth.
  • Favourite movie is Sister Act and Whoopi Goldberg is her favourite actor.
  • Has visited Scotland and Ireland and wants to visit Italy.
  • Mary has a an interesting family history going back to Ireland.  In 1850, Mary’s great grandfather migrated from Ireland to Australia via England and the USA, eventually settling on a soldier settler’s block in Murrumburrah.
  • Mary has worked as an accountant with Touche Ross in Canberra and Adams Kenneally White Chartered Accountants in Wagga Wagga.
  • We look forward to Mary as our club Treasurer in 2022-2023.

The meeting concluded with the usual fine session and raffle, which was won by Chez.




Saturday 27th November – CRC Christmas Party at Albert and Dianne Suidgeest’s ‘s home. Cost is $15.00 per head. BYO.  PARTNERS NIGHT

Monday 29th November – Social meeting at Marrar Hotel (5th Monday). PARTNERS NIGHT (Cost is $25 per head for a 2 course meal).

Monday  6th December Regular Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7.00 pm.

Monday 13th December – Last meeting for 2021. Visit by Phil McIntosh and 3 members of the Wollundry RC 2022 Gears and Beers committee.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7.00 pm.

Friday 31st December – New Year’s Eve Festival. Cowabbie Street, Coolamon (CRC food van).

Wednesday 19th January 2022 – First Board Meeting for 2022. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7:00 pm.

Monday 24th January – First meeting for 2022. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7.00 pm.

Saturday and Sunday 19 and 20 February – PETS President Elect Training Session {PE Paul Weston}. Cowra.

Friday – Sunday 18th-20th March 2022 – Temora DISCON {District Conference}.

Saturday and Sunday 26-27th March – Gears and Beers

Saturday 2nd April – Sportsman’s Night featuring SCOTT REARDONThe CRC Sportsman’s Committee have organised a fundraising function featuring local Paralympian Scott Reardon.  The event will take place in conjunction with the Coolamon Football Club at Kindra Park.





Something Different:

Swiss photographer John Wilhelm is a photoholic who surprised the internet with his amazing montages in which he features his little family. His 3 daughters and his wife become the actresses of the creative and crazy drama that will make you smile.






Answer to last week’s puzzler: 

The smart choice is Door C.  If the lion hasn’t eaten for three years, it must be dead!

This week’s puzzler:  

Thanksgiving is a major holiday in many countries, notably the US and Canada.  In America, Thanksgiving is observed on the third Thursday in November, while in Canada the observance date is the second Monday in October.  Where does Thanksgiving come after Christmas?




1.  District 9705 Board Vaccination Recommendation

The District 9705 Board recommends that clubs in our district decline attendance at meetings for eligible people who are not fully vaccinated.

The major points are summarised below.  The full text of the guidance for each jurisdiction can be found at These guidelines may change and it is the Club’s responsibility to stay abreast of, and remain compliant with current guidelines.

The guidance of the ACT Chief Health Officer should be followed by all Clubs in the ACT, and the guidance of the NSW Government for all NSW Clubs



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November is The Rotary Foundation Month.


Graphics by Debbie Vance from Canada.




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

Webmaster: John Glassford