Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2122-36





President Albert welcomed 17 members and one guest, former CRC Rotarian, Myffy Collette, to our weekly meeting.  It was wonderful to see Myffy again after a long absence. Perhaps we’ll see more of her?

The raffle for the Sportsman’s night raised $1,460–a good effort by all those who sold tickets, especially Anne and others who sold tickets at the Foodworks store in Coolamon.  We had 9 members at the draw on Saturday night at the Sports Club and the prizes were won by:

  1.  Gourmet hamper  – Sharon Miles
  2.  Half a dressed sheep – Jack Chamberlain
  3.  The other half – Hugo Besgrove
  4.  Beauty Package – Maureen Hulsman

RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) planning meeting at the Wagga Wagga RSL at 5.00 pm Thursday, 7th April. Garth will attend on behalf of the CRC.

Recommendations for the Board to consider are:

  1.  Donation to the Coolamon Swimming Club as they have a big expense coming up to replace the lane ropes and winders.
  2.  Berry Rotary Club donation for para gliding off Mount Everest.

NB Next BoD meeting is Wednesday 13th April at 7.00 pm.

We had another spirited fines session conducted by acting S@A Dick and Corporal Garth.  Of special note was a fine of $5 assessed on all members by Bondy because he is still in intensive care in Sydney, and we are not.  The fine was gladly paid by all members present. Get well soon Bondy!

Received this letter from Bethany Crocker on the notes for Bethany’s talk last Monday:

“Hello everyone, I’m Bethany Crocker, and tonight I am here to thank you all for supporting me and enabling me to experience an amazing opportunity, such that of the National Youth Science forum. The forum was truly an eye-opening experience, full of educational and networking opportunities, as I had the privilege of meeting the likes of Nobel Laureates and Dr Karl. Although, due to the unique circumstances occurring globally, my NYSF experience was widely different from the hybrid event planned, I was still able to make the most of the online seminars and came away with not only, an increased confidence in what my future in STEM may look like, but with an amazing crop of new friendships.

For me, the forum definitely had notable highlights these included meeting Nobel Laureate, Dr Peter Doherty and listening to his lecture on killer T cells, along with another lecture in the field of biology presented by Dr Gurion Ang from the University of Queensland. I also attended an engineering seminar presented by UQ’s Women in STEM program, this was hands down my favourite seminar as it demonstrated every aspect of what each field of engineering has to offer and cemented by desire to pursue a career in engineering. Whilst my NYSF experience isn’t quite over, as I still have in person hub events to attend, I have applied to be a part of the Student Leadership program from the 2023 event. Once again, thank you, Rotary, for your support along this enthralling journey and I hope to speak to you again later this year to share my experiences from the in person visits.

Thank you.’



Bernadette was born in Melbourne and has a sister and a younger brother, David,  who was a jockey.  Her father came from Scotland and her mother was born in Tocumwal.  Her dad died at the young age of 56.  Bern’s father built the Rocklands Dam reservoir:  Rocklands Dam Reservoir.

Here Bern lived with her family and went to school at St Columbus in Berrigan where she left at 15.  Bern’s favourite colour is blue and her favourite past time is horse racing and going to the races.  Bern also enjoys Rotary, book clubs and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

Bern met Russell in Berrigan where Russel was playing football as a coach assistant at $20 per week.  They had 7 children and 24 grandchildren and now 3 great grandchildren.

They ran a mixed business in Berrigan for 8 years and purchased the lease for the Grong Grong pub for 5 years in 1980 and then the Walla Walla pub for 9 years in 1985.  In 1993 they bought the Royal Hotel in Ganmain where they lived for 25 years.  Eventually in 2000 the liquor licence was sold to Sydney at the time of the Sydney Olympics.  After the pub closed down Bern ran a child care centre alongside Myffy.

Bernadette is now retired and living in Wagga Wagga.  Bern is an active and very valuable member of our club

On a visit to Rotary House in Melbourne Bernadette was impressed with the work that Rotary was doing and made enquiries about joining Coolamon Rotary which she did in June 2013 alongside Myffy.  In June 2018 Bernadette and Myffy were made Paul Harris Fellows at the District 9700 and Coolamon changeover night aptly held in the Ganmain Hall. The presentations were made by Past President Paul Weston and Past District Governor George Weston.


Auctioneer Dick made an appearance to auction off most of the contents of the gourmet hamper which was won by Sharon Miles which Sharon kindly donated back to the club.  The hamper was divided into three lots which were auctioned off by Dick.   Garth, Adrian and John Nulty were the highest bidders on the boxes.  The gourmet chocolate box went to Alex.

The raffle prizes were won by Daryl and Grahame.



*N.B. You are always welcome to bring guests to most of our meetings, just advise Ian Jennings if you want to bring a guest along when you respond to the weekly dinner roll call!

Monday April 11th – Regular Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Wednesday April 13th – Board of Directors Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7 pm.

Monday April 18th – Easter Monday. NO Meeting (public holiday).

Monday April 25th – ANZAC Day. NO Meeting (public holiday).

Saturday 21st May – D9705 Club Development Seminar {formerly called District Assembly}.ALL 2022-2023 Board Members need to attend. West Wyalong, 9 am start.

Monday 4th July – CRC 51st Changeover. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Friday-Sunday 21st-23rd October – District Conference.  Joyes Hall, CSU campus, Wagga Wagga (details forthcoming). [NB The district conference will be moving to an October timeslot as of this year, which is why we’re having two district conferences in 2022).

Friday-Sunday 28th-30th October 2022  Rotary Zone 8 Conference Canberra.

Rotary Australia New Zealand and Pacific Islands Conference.








Answer to the last Puzzler: The missing number is 48. All of the numbers are multiples of six (1 x 6, 2 x 6, through 9 x 6), but missing was 8 x 6 (48).

This week’s puzzlers:

1. An easier one, at the request of Dick:

Saturday and Sunday, I am big.
Tuesday through Thursday, I am small.
Monday and Friday, I am non-existent.
What am I?

2. A more challenging one:

Some horses are grazing in a pasture.  The horses are an unspecified number of mares and their fillies, and the relationships among them include the following: grandmother/granddaughter (1), mother/daughter (3), sister/sister (1) and aunt/niece (1).  What is the number of mares and fillies, and exactly how are they related? The number of mares is equal to number of fillies, and each mare has one filly.






In 2005 Coolamon and Hout Bay became Centennial twin clubs and we started the main project of raising funds to build and refurbish an AIDS and TB Clinic, which has since become a model for South African Health.

Coolamon House, as it is called in honour of our club, was opened in 2013 and along with two other beneficiaries, Nonceba and Phumlani, we have contributed over $US 100,000 to Hout Bay.  This includes a TRF Matching Grant for US$22,000.  Story below (click on the link):

Coolamon House Hout Bay RC

Last week was the induction of the 2022 / 2023 president of The Rotary Club of Hout Bay – Carolyn Herrick. The dinner was held at The Manor Hotel in Hout Bay. Carolyn takes over from President Alison Rice on 1 July 2022.
President Alison presented the Paul Harris Fellow award to Denise Hopkins for her exceptional service to Rotary.
Awards were also presented to Carolyn Herrick, Marcelo Andrade, Joelle Searle, Keith Bull and Harriet Purser for their outstanding service.
Carolyn also announced her new board for the coming year. Congratulations to all.



When one starts a new project it is important to keep the information flowing otherwise one loses momentum.  Rotary International based in Evanston Illinois, where our head office is located, has a General Secretary and CEO, and his name is John Hewko.  John and his wife, Marga, are from Ukraine.

The latest: One example comes from Rotary Chicago president Marga Hewko. She felt so moved by stories posted on Facebook by a woman working in Ukraine — who also detailed them in the Chicago Tribune — that she found three homes for Ukrainian refugees.

The Rotary Club of Chicago, or Rotary One, as it known, was the first Rotary Club and was founded in 1905 by Paul Harris and three business associates.  Marga Hewko is this year’s president.  Rotary One has over 200 members and has their own foundation with assets of over AUD $4 million.

John Hewko said, “Moved by stories posted on Facebook, my wife, Marga Hewko, reached out to contacts in Germany and found homes for three refugees. I’m incredibly proud of her and her willingness to help refugees fleeing Ukraine. My parents experienced similar situations, stories that she and I know all too well; as she stated to Axios, the only difference is that these stories are happening live in front of us today. It’s just heartbreaking.”

Our Rotary International Director for our RI Zone 8, Jessie Harman, is meeting with John Hewko on Thursday and says:

“Hi John,

I will see John Hewko next week and personally tell him about the project.  I know he will be delighted.
Regards  – and have a great weekend. “
Looks like our project will reach the top of Rotary International, thanks to RID Jessie Harman.





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

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