Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2122-27



Week of JANUARY 31st

Back at the Sports Club in Coolamon after a long break.  18 members attended the meeting and PP Daryl Breust was in the chair.  Some of the highlights of the night included:

  • Treasurer Henk Hulsman advised all members that our 6 monthly dues were due on January 1st 2022 and that the club has paid Rotary Down Under, District 9705 and that the RI fees are also due to be paid.  Members, please submit your fees to Henk as soon as possible.
  • Daryl brought up the three Facebook pages that the club maintains and asked members for a show of hands as to who uses Facebook.  The majority do have a Facebook presence.  Daryl is in contact with Liam O’Neill who will help us with the promotion of the Scott Reardon night on April 2nd.
  • Daryl then requested volunteers for Gears and Beers as we will need 17 Rotarians to tend the check points over that weekend.  Many volunteers put their names down however more are needed so please advise either Daryl or John Glassford if you can help.  More details will be provided when they become available.  There is information in this bulletin on Gears & Beers bellow.
  • John G reminded members that we have been invited to the opening of the Batlow Men’s Shed on Friday 25th February at 11.00 am.  All members are encouraged to go along. So far we have 10 going including some partners.
  • Dick Jennings spoke on the recent volcano disaster in Tonga and asked the club to support by way of sending a ShelterBox for Tonga.  The Board met and approved the donation of one ShelterBox at AUD $1,000.


In the past our club has actively supported ShelterBox by setting up an actual ShelterBox in Coolamon, Ganmain and at “Kiambo”:

  • Adrian Lindner spoke on Rotary International’s seventh area of Focus:  The Environment.  In particular that D9705 through PDG David Brawn, District Leader, Environmental Envoys Team, Rotary District 9705 is calling for every club to recruit a Club Environmental Representative (CER).  Adrian has volunteered to be Coolamon Rotary’s CER.  PS Adrian is going to the Temora DISCON–are you ?
  • Dick Jennings followed on with the reasons why we should support the Temora District Conference and encouraged us to turn up in large numbers.  There is a story on this year’s DISCON Below with the appropriate links.  It is easy to book online, and  be sure to register for the Saturday night dinner in the Temora Aviation Museum.
  • Board members were reminded that the next board meeting is set for Wednesday the 16th February.  Those present at the meeting agreed to hold a Club Assembly on Monday the 21st February.
  • The meeting closed with a quick fines session and raffle, which was won by Anne.





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

Monday 7th February – Regular Meeting. Coolamon Sports Club 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

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.

Monday February 21st – CRC Club Assembly. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7 pm

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

Friday – Sunday, 18th-20th March 2022 – Temora DISCON {District 9705 Conference}.  See story below:  TEMORA 2022

Saturday and Sunday, 26-27th March – Gears and Beers. See: Gears and Beers WEBSITE.

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






Ready for the Winter Olympics? We’re off to a ripper of a start!





Answer to the last Puzzler:

This week’s Puzzler is a riddle to challenge your grey matter:

Cut me in half and I am nothing. Turn me on my side and I am everything. What am I?



The Ride

Gears + Beers is a unique festival combining our two loves – cycling & craft beer. The festival is held on 26 + 27 March 2022.

The weekend offers a combination of rides catering for all age groups, distances, energy levels and cycling levels. All roads lead to the craft beer festival.

Our flagship ride is the Dirty130. 130km of road, gravel, farms, golden couches, dead camel lane (if you don’t know, you will!) and more gravel. It’s a slog, but totally worth it.

The event is run by the Rotary Club of Wollundry Wagga Wagga with all proceeds going to charity.

One of the courses that goes into Coolamon is the Dirty 130

Date: Sunday, 27th March 2022
Time: 7am
Cost: $140

So much awaits the course veterans and unassuming newbies. In 2022, the picturesque and challenging course will see more gravel, a tiny bit more climbing and even more on-farm trails (through private property). It is a given that the infamous Dead Camel Lane (the wildest gravel sector on course) will feature and leave an impact (on your butt and rubber). It all ends with a roll back home on the black stuff. We’ll have you at the festival holding a cold brew in hand in no time.

Other courses can be found here:

Gears & Beers Courses 2022


2. TEMORA DISCON 2022 MARCH 18-20th.

View the promotional video below:



Dr Chadden Hunter – Keynote Speaker

Few people have seen more remote places and wild animals than Dr Chadden Hunter. From the Sahara desert to the Antarctic ice cap, Chadden has not only braved the elements but returned with award-winning footage and death-defying stories.

The Project Interview


Originally from north Queensland, Chadden grew up surrounded by rainforest and coral reef, an immersion in nature that inspired his life journey. He studied marine biology on the Great Barrier Reef and his passion for wildlife took him on a wild ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ adventure to study gelada baboons in the remote war-torn mountains of Ethiopia for his PhD. While dodging armed bandits and surviving brain parasites he learnt the local language and realised he wanted to communicate with a greater audience.

Go to the website to make your booking and being the nearest Rotary Club to Temora let us all attend and have fun in Temora.

D9705 Conference Temora

The Full Programme:



February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution 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