Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2122-29



Week of February 14th

Tonight President welcomed 17 members to this week’s meeting.


  • Batlow Men’s Shed opening Friday 25th of February at midday. We have 11 going.
  • Temora 2022 District Conference – Members are reminded to register for what promises to be another thought-provoking gathering of Rotarians.  We may organise a bus for Saturday if we get enough interested members (this would facilitate attendance at the dinner at the aviation museum that night). This is likely to be the closest DISCON to Coolamon for some time, so plan on attending!
  • Wollundry Rotary Club’s Wine and Food Festival on Saturday (19 Feb) in Wagga Wagga, 4.00-10.00 pm.
  • Club Assembly on Monday (21 Feb). An email will be sent to each member announcingg this meeting.
  • Reminder that the half yearly subs are due — please pay Henk.
  • District 9705 are looking for clubs to sponsor outward bound students for our Youth Exchange programme.
  • Grahame Miles reported that Steph Cooke could possibly get a grant for our club for as much as $15,000 to purchase a printer for the Coolamon Community Chronicle — sent to the Board for discussion.


Tonight we had PP Henk Hulsman in the spotlight. Here are some highlights of the Q&A session with Albert:

  • Born in Narrandera in 1946
  • Dutch heritage
  • Lived in Ganmain in his early years
  • Henk has two sisters and a brother who passed away recently
  • Maureen and Henk have two children and 3 grandchildren
  • Henk’s father Harmen Hulsman was a Dutchman and lived in Java managing a rubber plantation and ended up in Narrandera and had a few jobs including farm work a motor mechanic and as an accountant.
  • Henk went to St Brendan’s School in Ganmain
  • They then moved to Nowra where Henk attended Nowra High School and continued his studies after year 11 on marketing and accountancy at the UNSW and Macquarie Uni
  • Henk and Maureen met at work in Sydney and have been happily married ever since
  • Henk joined the CBC as an accountant in 1964 and stayed with them for many years, ending up in Coolamon where he joined Rotary and was president in 1984
  • Maureen and Henk loved Coolamon and did not want to move again so he resigned from the CBC and headed up the State Government Employees Union in Wagga and spent 25 years with the SGEU in Wagga until he recently retired. Henk will read one book a week.
  • Henk and Maureen love cruising and visiting European countries



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

Monday 21st February – CRC Club Assembly. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Friday 25th February – Opening of the Batlow Men’s Shed. Batlow, 12.00 pm.

Friday – Sunday, 18th-20th March 2022 – Temora DISCON {District 9705 Conference}.  See:  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 CRC Facebook page which will have all the details for this night uploaded soon.:

Sportsman’s Night featuring Scott Reardon





Give it a minute…



Answer to the last Puzzler: A boat anchor

This week’s challenge: Place a pair of letters in the blank spaces in the words below to give five common words.  The pair of letters must be same for the two sets of blanks for each word, but each word will have a different pair of letters.

1. F __ __ G __ __ N T
2. P A __ __ T __ __ G
3. __ __ C K L I __ __
4. B __ __ D S T __ __ D
5. __ __ A F __ __ T






Thought that some of you might like these before and after photos of our caravan which does sterling work for our club and the events that we attend in support of our local community.



At times it is good to remind ourselves why we have a club assembly and we have one upcoming next Monday the 21st February.  Above all it is the responsibility of the Club Administration Director to plan and set Club assemblies.

A club assembly is an opportunity for all club members to reflect on and discuss club meetings and activities.

 You can use club assemblies to:

  •  Brainstorm ideas for projects and activities
  • Review the club’s strengths, opportunities, and weaknesses
  • Set goals and develop action plans
  • Coordinate committee activities
  • Learn more about Rotary

As always, the members can put their recommendations to the Board for their approval by way of a motion.  This is the best and correct way of protecting the interests of our club and of our members.


RECOMMENDATION # 1, 2, 3 etc.:

Moved by:

Seconded by:

Motion Resolved:  YES/NO

Before planning an agenda, ask members for their input to ensure that the meetings address their interests and concerns. Ask your president and secretary what is the goal of each assembly and how your committee can help plan the meeting. Assemblies can be held throughout the year to address relevant topics, as shown below.


1.  After district training assembly To describe, review, and discuss plans developed at the district training assembly.

2.  After 1 July To discuss and adopt a strategic plan for the year.

3.  Two weeks before the governor’s official visit. To prepare for the visit during the governor’s official visit To talk about the club’s activities and goals with the district governor.

4.  Midpoint of the Rotary year To review the club’s progress toward goals and determine its plan for the rest of the year.

5.  April or May To provide an opportunity for open discussion.

Assemblies are also a good place to question any decisions made by the board through the Rotary year.  Board minutes are distributed to every member by the secretary usually within a week of the board meeting.


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