Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2223-07



We had a very positive reaction to this competition at the meeting on Monday.  In order to continue this bit of fun please send us your earliest photo that you have of your self as a baby.  Send an image via email if you can or bring a photo to Rotary and give it to Paul Weston or John Glassford and they will scan the image.   The first correct entry wins a raffle ticket at the next dinner meeting.

This week’s entry:





President Paul welcomed our guest Rev. Scott Mudd as well as 22 members to our weekly meeting.  A special welcome back to Mary, Don and Garth on their return from the Larapinta Trek.  Tonight’s meeting was dedicated in the main to the future of the Coolamon telephone directory, but there were other items to discuss, including:

  • The success at the recent BBQ at Charles Sturt University. Albert, Paul, Mary and Adrian were the volunteers on both days for the lunch BBQ.  CRC were donated $800 for the two luncheons.
  • Anne and Grahame made a trip around the shire to collect donations from the sunflower boxes and replenish the packets of seeds.  They noted that the Ganmain Chemist box was doing exceptionally well.
  • The Ganmain Show, which is featured in this bulletin.


President Paul chaired what was in effect a club assembly style of meeting.  Every member present and one soon to be member had their say and Paul did a great job with the conduct of the meeting.

Members were asked to put cases for and against going ahead with the next edition of our telephone directory.  Paul pointed out that over the years the telephone directory has been the mainstay of our charity giving.  The past two books 2014 and 2018) made the club around $105,000 with 50% going  to local charity, 25% to Rotary projects in Australia and 25% going to international Rotary projects such as ShelterBox and the fight to end polio.

Some points made during the discussions included:

  1.  The directory has been our best money earner and will be hard to replace
  2.  Concern regarding phishing and hence the generation of spam calls.
  3.  People in the shire are asking when the next edition will be published so demand is there.
  4.  Will the phone book take advertisers away from the Coolamon Community Chronicle?
  5.   It is hard work but with all the members helping the committee it can be made light work.

Those were the main points and a vote was taken on a recommendation to be made to the board as follows: That the CRC compile and print the next Coolamon telephone directory with the goal of publishing in July 2023.

The vote of recommendation was carried 22-0.

Paul then called for a member to convene a committee and be the overall chair.  Henk Hulsman volunteered to be that person.  The board will now vote at the next meeting on the recommendation of the members.

Henk got the easy puzzler correct and Bear got it half correct; no one answered the hard puzzler correctly.

S@A Garth Perkin is back from the centre of Australia and with his corporal Dick Jennings fined us all.  The weekly raffle was won by




Mary Potts does it again! Fresh from the Larapinta Trek in central Australia, Mary completed the Wagga Wagga Trail Marathon; according to Mary a fantastic event out in the rain. The run was hard with lots of hills and mud and rain but everyone had a great time.

PS a full report on the Larapinta Trek which Mary, Garth and Don completed last week will be in next week’s bulletin.  Mary, Garth and Don will be speaking on their adventure next week.



*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, 22nd August – Speaker meeting. Garth, Mary and Don will talk on the Larapinta Trek. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday, 29th August – Fifth Monday. Dinner at the Thirsty Crow followed by ten pin bowling in Wagga.

Monday, 5th September – Guest speaker meeting. Phil McIntosh and other Rotarians from Wagga Wollundry will present plans for Gears & Beers. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Sunday October 2nd – Gears and Beers  (details forthcoming).

Sunday 16th October – Coolamon Garden Viewing.  There will be five gardens on display, three on house blocks and two on acreage. Registration will take place at 26 Doubleday Lane.  Cost is $15 per adult with children under 16 free.

Saturday 22nd October – Coolamon Garden Viewing. Details as above.

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

Monday 7th November CRC Annual General Meeting including election of office bearers for 2023-2024.







Answer to the last puzzlers: 

Easier one: Half way. After that, you’d be walking out of the woods.

Harder one: Each son gets three full barrels, one half full barrel and three empty barrels (after pouring the wine from one of the full barrels into two of the half full barrels and combining the wine from two of the half full barrels).

This week’s puzzlers: 

Easier one: What is seen in the middle of March and April that can’t be seen at the beginning or end of either month?

Harder one: There are three crates, one with apples, one with oranges, and one with both apples and oranges mixed. Each crate is closed and labeled with one of three labels: Apples, Oranges, or Apples and Oranges. The label maker broke and labeled all of the crates incorrectly. How could you pick just one fruit from one crate to figure out what’s in each crate?





Now 112 years old the Ganmain Agricultural Show was held on Saturday and we had a part to play in conjunction with Lions Coolamon supervising the car parking.  We also had a ShelterBox on display with Garth Perkin and Don Dyce.  This was a wonderful event run by the Ganmain Show Committee who do a great job year in year out.

Thanks to Brian Bear Pattison, Dick Jennings, Adrian Lindner, Henk Hulsman, John Glassford and Bruce Hamilton for the car parking and Garth Perkin and Don Dyce for looking after the ShelterBox.

Paul and Leslie Weston were at the 3 day dog show also at the Ganmain Showgrounds.

Some photos click on the thumb nail for a larger image.




Members of the Rotary Club of Eco Milano, Italy, including (from left) Olderico Caviglia, Lorenza Mazzoni, Franz Müller, and Yasir Khan, promote environmental sustainability.

Photograph by Lavinia Parlamenti

By Frank Bures

When Lorenza Mazzoni joined her first Rotary club in 2017 in a small town outside Milan, it had a sizeable membership of around 45 people. Less than four years later, the number had fallen by at least a third. “This has happened in many clubs in Italy,” Mazzoni says. “During the pandemic, I think it got worse.”

Mazzoni also left the club — but she didn’t leave Rotary. Instead, she joined the new Rotary Club of Eco Milano, Italy, one of a growing number of clubs in non-traditional formats dedicated to a particular issue or cause — in this case, the environment.








Graphics by Debbie Vance from Canada






Chartered March 3rd, 1971; Sponsoring Club Narrandera Rotary Club

President: Paul Weston

President-Elect 2023-2024: John Bond

Secretary: John Glassford

Treasurer: Mary Potts

Membership Director: John Nulty

Service Projects Director:  John Bond

Youth Services Director: Anne Rzeszkowski

Club Admin Director:  Henk Hulsman

Public Image Director: Grahame Miles

Sergeant @ Arms: Garth Perkin

Immediate Past President and Vice-President: Albert Suidgeest

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmaster: John Glassford