Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2122-39



President Albert welcomed our guests Charles McClintock and Dr. Joe from Coolamon Medical Centre along with 16 of our members.

Albert made a few announcements which included next week’s meeting being self catered, street raffle scheduled for Saturday May 14th, board meeting on Tuesday May 1oth, Club Assembly on Monday May 16th to discuss the Sunflower Seeds for Ukraine initiative, and the Red Shield Appeal on May 28th and 29th.


Our guest speaker was Charles McClintock, a committee member of the Riding for the Disabled Association of Wagga Wagga.  Charles was the guest of Chez and Alex, who are volunteers with RDA.  Charles described the program, which provides therapeutic horse-riding opportunities for people with mental and physical disabilities.  The program is mostly run by volunteers, and requires a substantial operating budget.  The Wagga affiliate alone needs ca. $250,000 annually to operate.  They have an op shop in Wagga Wagga that makes them $80-90,000 per annum, so there is a large shortfall that needs to be made up, which is largely filled by corporate donations, fund-raising events and, above all, small donations from the public.  If you wish to make a donation, visit the Wagga Wagga RDA website (Wagga Wagga RDA) or click on this link: Donate to RDA Wagga Wagga.  Chez thanked Charles for his interesting presentation, and presented him with a token of appreciation
Chez presenting Charles McClintock with a token of appreciation for his presentation.

The meeting concluded with the weekly raffle, which was won by guest Dr Joe and Henk.




*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 May 9th – Speaker meeting. Phil McIntosh (Wollundry RC) will provide a recap of Gears & Beers. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm.

Tuesday May 10th – BoD Meeting.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7 pm.

Monday May 17th – Club Assembly (focus on Sunflowers for Ukraine).  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm.

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

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

Tuesday August 2nd – Larapinta Trek (benefit for ShelterBox) (with Garth Perkin, Mary Potts and Don Dyce).

Larapinta Trek 2022 for ShelterBox

Saturday/Sunday October 1st-2nd – Gears and Beers (Wollundry RC).

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 rebus answers from top left to bottom right are: around-the-world trip, lemonade, long legs, advice, spaceman, big bad wolf, many thanks, download, no idea, comfortable, forty years, and excuse me.

This week’s puzzlers:

Easy one: A man is standing alongside a river, and his dog is on the other side. The man calls his dog, who immediately crosses the river without getting wet and without using a bridge or a boat. How did the dog do it?

Tougher one: One winter evening, Albert was in his lounge sitting by the wood fire. All of a sudden, a rock crashed through his window.  He got up and looked out the window just in time to see three neighborhood kids, who were brothers, run around a corner. Their names were Steven, Mark and Lachie Jones. The next day Albert found a note on his door that read “? Jones. He broke your window.” Which of the three Jones brothers should Albert question about the incident?




1.  DISTRICT 9705 2022 Learning and Development Seminar

It is hoped that all incoming Directors which includes the President Elect, Secretary and Treasurer will attend one of the venues for what we all know as District Assembly and Training for the incoming board members of our club. There will be two seminars, one in Goulburn (May 14th)  and one in Parkes (May 21st)  to cover the size of this District of ours.

These Seminars are NOT just for the Board but for all Club members.  I encourage you all to try and attend one of them! 


This year the District Learning and Development seminar days will be held in two places to enable as many people as possible to attend. The first one will be held in Goulburn on Saturday 14 May at the Goulburn Services Club, and the second one on Saturday 21 May in Parkes at the Parkes Leagues Club.
These seminars are designed to provide information about Rotary at the club level, all the way up to Rotary International. Participants will be encouraged to share ideas on club projects, different types of clubs and the many different approaches to the running of clubs. This is particularly important for those who are taking on Board positions, committee members or project organisers in the coming Rotary year. The seminars are also a way for any Rotarians interested in learning more about Rotary, the Foundation, the roles of Presidents, Treasurers, Secretaries, and the general organisation of clubs.
Each seminar day will begin at 9.00am and finish by 4.30pm. There will be a dinner organised for those people who intend staying over at each location.  There will be a place on the registration site to indicate if you intend staying for the dinner.
The Federal Election has now been called and will be held on Saturday 21 May. This is the same day the District seminar will be held in Parkes and this may cause some people a problem if they are involved in election activities on the day.  However, there is the option for those people to attend the Goulburn seminar instead. For others, there is the option of pre polling or postal votes if Parkes is a more convenient location.

Registrations Here


The District Website now has the registration available for both venues and you are encouraged to register as soon as possible. 
These Seminars used to be called The District Assembly
Saturday 14 May in Goulburn at the Goulburn Services Club
Saturday 21 May in Parkes at the Parkes Leagues Club


“We all understand Ukrainians need a place of peace. No one would want to be pushed out of their country. When I see what Rotarians are doing worldwide to support Ukraine, it makes me proud to be a Rotarian.”

Thank you to Per Høyen and his wife, who, after communicating with friends in the Lviv International Rotary Club, learned of a young man from Ukraine who needed a place to stay.

They provided him with a place of peace, learn more:





May 1st is as good a day as any to get this project up and running.
We now have 11 clubs from the Coomera River RC in Queensland to the Highton RC in Victoria with sunflower seeds all sent to them by the 27th April.  There are other clubs who do not need seeds as they can get them locally.
There are still many who will need seeds, however we still have 150kgs or so in stock which will be plenty.
Still working on the display/donation boxes and those who I have spoken with feel it is a good idea however, we need 1,000 boxes to bring the cost down from $17.00 per box for 100 to $4.00 per box for 1,000.  In the meantime this should not stop us from getting donations in the Rotary way.  I was given another $20 on Friday for one packet of seeds.
It is early days and the good news is that the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations, through their Humanitarian Aid Initiatives Director, Diahanna Senko, wants to get their youth to sell the packets of seeds around Australia.  Diahanna is in touch with Guy Glenny, our RAWCS Project Manager for the Ukraine Appeal, and they speak on a regular basis.
The latest news of the partnership with the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations, RAWCS and Caritas Ukraine can be viewed here:




Street Art Kiev



Graphics by Debbie Vance from Canada.





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