Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2122-24


Week of December 13

Our last meeting for 2021 was a self catering meeting and we did have guests present including one of our past members Sarah Colins (nee Bond).  It was wonderful to catch up with Sarah in Coolamon visiting her family.  We had four members from the Wollundry Rotary Club in Phil McIntosh, David Byfield,  Frank Fuller and PE Phil Burgess, who were on hand to discuss plans for Gears & Beers, which will be held in March after being postponed by COVID.  Also present were 17 members.

After dinner Phil McIntosh from Wollundry RC outlined the upcoming Bears and Gears event to be stage in March 2022.  Our club’s involvement will be on the 27th March.

Phil showed maps of where we will be needed to guide riders at intersections and where best to cater for the riders and public on the day.  Phil said that so far they have received over 3,100 registrations for the weekend.  Gears and Beers 2022 will be held at the regular time over the October log weekend.

For more information on Gears and Beers please go top their Facebook page and their website listed below:

Sarah our visiting Rotarian and past member won the raffle!

Thanks to all who cooked, helped set up and clean up following the meeting.

Now one of the salads had a secret ingredient and I wonder how many knew of this particular fruit it was in the HOT salad with red chillies, mangoes, papaya,  rock melon, capsicum, cheese, croutons and various greens.  This mystery fruit is green on the outside and pink in the middle, is 125 mm in diameter has a pithy outside; any ideas?



Paua shell Christmas tree, Napier New Zealand
Northern Lights!
The scientist’s Christmas tree
‘Christmas Tree on a Snowy Night’, Trumansburg, NY



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

Members are asked to keep an eye out for details on the roster which will require volunteers for NYE.

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.









Answer to the last Puzzler: A lawsuit.

Here are some rebus puzzles to ponder over the holiday break!


1. Letter from our Rotary Centennial Twin Club, Hout Bay RC.

“Dear Paul and John,

The last couple of year have not been easy for Rotary in Hout Bay and indeed Coolamon.  Zoom is not my favourite form of contact and how I miss the Rotary spirit of a meeting.
Our meeting room has wonderful reminders of the links with yourselves in Coolamon. Not least the table mats (who ever said that Rotarians were untidy eaters?) and of  course  we pass the framed blazer of the exchange student Ashley Kaimowitz who brought to the Club’s attention the wonders of the Nonceba Centre.”
“Some of the Coolamon members who came to SA to climb will remember the special place the Nonceba Centre held and the few members who sat in on a consultation with a young rape victim. My fellow Rotarians will wonder why Nonceba gets a mention before the amazing project headed by PP Patrick Mclaughlin.”
“I refer to the project to extend the Hout Bay Clinic at the height of the Aids pandemic, this was Rotary working not just locally but internationally and particularly the really wonderful support from Coolamon. There is no way for us to measure the “good” this project has and continues to do now mainly with feeding programmes. The many inhabitants of Imuzu Yethu have a warm feeling towards Rotary and continue to help with a great support of the IY Team.  Their help makes projects requiring manpower possible and for the HBRC to further support this growing community.”

“But this missive was mainly to extend to you all at Coolamon Rotary (with President Ali’s approval given perhaps unknowingly)
Don Peters”


Coolamon Shire Wide Christmas Light Competition is on NOW!🎆
This year, Coolamon Lions Club is offering cash prizes for the best efforts in the following categories
• Best residential decoration – $500 and $250 runner up
• Best decorated shop front or business house – $500 and $250
runner up
• Best decorated mailbox or front farm gate (RMB addresses) –
$300 (proudly sponsored by Coolamon Chaser Bins).
There is no entry fee, simply decorate your house or shop front by 14th December and send a photograph to the Lions Club Facebook Page to be in the running for a prize. If you don’t use social media, you can email your picture to the Lions Club secretary, David McCann at [email protected].
There’s just one catch—Your display must have a LION 🦁 included somewhere in it. The Lion can be a toy, a picture anything, as long as it’s a LION 🦁and can be seen in your picture!
The competition starts on 29th November, entries for all sections must be submitted by the 10th December. Judging will take place on 11th & 12th December and winners announced on the 15th of December 2021.



December is Disease Prevention & Treatment 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

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