Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2122-26



Week of JANUARY 24th 2022



We were able to meet for the first time in 2022 at the top pub in Coolamon.  Sixteen members attended and we had a good social catch up with those present.

The Batlow Rotary Club have invited our members to the opening of the Batlow Men’s Shed on Friday 25th February at 11.00 am.  Members are asked to advise John Glassford as soon as possible so that we can let Batlow know how many will be attending.  So far we have 10 members including partners going to Batlow.

Chez Thompson spoke on the upcoming Riding for the Disabled event in Wagga Wagga on February the 4th.  Starting time 6.00 pm, closing at 10.00 pm.  To get your tickets to the RDA Hoedown Showdown event please click the link below. It’s going to be a great night for the family, we can’t wait!…/hoedown-showdown-rda…



Monday 31st January – Regular meeting. Royal Tavern (top pub),  6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Friday 4th February – Riding for the Disabled Event, Plumpton Road, Wagga Wagga  6.00 pm. (see above).

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

Wednesday February 16th – CRC Board Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7 pm.

Friday 25th February – Batlow Rotary Club. Opening of the Batlow Men’s Shed 11.00 am (see story below).

Friday – Sunday, 18th-20th March 2022 – Temora DISCON {District 9705 Conference}.

Saturday and Sunday, 26-27th March – Gears and Beers. Details TBA.

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.  Time 6.00-10.00 pm.

To all our Facebook users please start sharing the following page:

Sportsman’s Night featuring Scott Reardon








Answer to the last Puzzler:

This week’s Puzzler: Below are lists of stage names and given names of ten celebrities.  Your task is to match the given names with the more familiar stage names.




RIPE Jennifer Jones announced her theme for 2022-2023 and here is the logo which is complex in its simplicity:

Imagine Rotary the theme for 2022-2023 explained by incoming President Jennifer Jones.

The theme graphic was designed by an Australian indigenous artist to link with the Melbourne convention in 2023.

Circle – connections to one another

Dots around it – Our People

There are 7 Dots because of our Rotary’s 7 areas of focus

Circle + dots around it – Navigation star, our guiding light

Green solid line – digging stick (used when doing hard work);

for us it’s People of Action, represents the tools for getting things done

Colours: Purple, Green & White –

Celebrate DEI- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Freedom to express ourselves differently but still with a special connection.

Purple- Polio

Green- the Environment

White – Peace

Represents Empowerment and Newness and also the colours were utilised for the women’s movement giving us the opportunity to grow our female membership.


RIPE Jennifer Jones Theme



Following the disastrous bush fires of the summer of 2019/2020 as expected we as Rotarians wanted to help in the only way we know.  This was no ordinary fire season and between July 2019 and 13 February 2020, the NSW Rural Fire Service reported that 11,264 bush or grass fires burnt 5.4 million hectares (13 million acres), destroyed 2,439 homes, and approximately 24 megalitres (5.3 million imperial gallons; 6.3 million US gallons) of fire retardant was used.  There were in all 34 people who died as a direct result of the fires and 445 as an indirect result (smoke inhalation).  On top of this disaster was the tragic loss of our wildlife which began early, at the end of the country’s hottest and driest year on record, in September 2019, by February 2020, the Summer of Death fires had killed more than 1 billion animals.

The board decided NOT to act in haste as there was so much money being raised.  On top of this many areas affected were receiving materials such as fencing supplies.  It was not the time for knee jerk reactions to this disaster.

Over $500 million was donated to bushfire appeals during the 2019-20 fire season, which is believed to be the biggest ever amount raised in response to an Australian disaster.

Around $282 million of that was received by three main charities; The Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and St Vincent de Paul.

During this time Daryl Breust was our President and eventually we decided on supporting Batlow and to find out what was really needed for that community.  Several members went to Batlow and met up with the members of the Batlow Rotary Club.  It was suggested that we become Twin Rotary Clubs with Batlow and during a visit by several members of the Batlow RC we signed a Twin Club agreement.  Below President Daryl Breust and Secretary Margaret Isslemann signing the agreement on Monday 24th February 2020.

Following the Batlow RC visit Covid 19 hit the world.  The situation of rebuilding Batlow took another turn and mental health became an issue.  The Batlow Rotarians decided to look at building a Men’s Shed for the well being of the mental health of the men in Batlow.

Our club then decided to put our money that we keep for a rainy day towards the building of the Batlow Men’s Shed.

During our 50th Birthday Party celebrations   Coolamon RC donated $10,000.00 to the Batlow RC President Sam Hughes by Coolamon RC President Elect Albert Suidgeest.

The official opening of the Batlow Men’s Shed will be held on Friday 25th February in Batlow at 11.00 am and we have been invited to attend.  Please let John Glassford know of your intentions.


January is Rotary Vocational Service 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