Coolamon Rotary Bulletin #2223-12




President Paul welcomed 18 members and our guest speaker Richard Thompson.

Paul presented Garth with a stubby holder and program from the 100th Illabo Show as Garth had to miss the 100th as he was busy doing work for Rotary.

Albert reported on the recent Driver Awareness day for Coolamon Central School and we made a net profit of $140, another good example of Rotary at work in our community by catering for the event. Volunteers included Albert, Garth, Mary, Howard and Daryl.

Daryl reported on the Gears & Beers weekend where 1200 riders came through Coolamon in the Dirty 130 event.    Wollundry Rotary have done it again with 2,4000 registrations and a great weekend eventuated.  Some 1750 ANZAC cookies were baked by our volunteers. Thank you to all members and friends of Rotary that helped on the day (and before!).

Paul called for players for the business houses bowls competition.

The Lions Club of Coolamon has invited CRC to their meeting on Wednesday, October 19th. We have accepted their offer and have decided to cancel our meeting of 17th October. So far 19 names of members and partners have been put forward.

Albert advised the meeting that the recent tree planting on Leary’s Lane went well.

A major topic for discussion was the upcoming Garden Viewing in Coolamon.  Grahame read out the roster for those members who are volunteering their time on the two days (Sunday 16th and Saturday 22nd October).  The list has been sent via email to all members.

Grahame brought up the question of our involvement in NYE this year and suggested that we discuss the matter at the next board meeting.

John G reminded all members present that the AGM is 4 weeks away (Monday 7th November) and that all board positions are vacant apart from the President-elect (John Bond).


Richard (Dick) Thompson, brother of the late Bill Thompson, was our guest speaker for the night.  Dick lives in Yorkshire England and has done so for the past 34 years.  Dick started his career as a lawyer at Junee with Commins Hendricks and met his wife, a GP  from England, in Tennant Creek and through his love of Aussie Rules.

The Thompsons live in a country area in Yorkshire surrounded by farms, sometimes a cold place, however Dick now prefers the cold to the heat of Australia.  They live between Sheffield and Leeds in a small town called Penistone.

Dick and his wife have been looking after a displaced Ukrainian lady and her 2 children who are eligible to stay in England for 3 years, and who receive benefits and are able to work from day 1.  This was an inspiring story that Dick related to us and good on them. Dick Jennings and Albert have visited Dick in Yorkshire. Albert thanked Dick for his talk and presented him with a Coolamon token of appreciation.

The evening finished with another spirited fines session by Garth and his side kick Dick.  Again no one was spared and it was a great way to end the meeting.


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*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!

Saturday 22nd 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.

Monday, 17th October – No meeting (meeting shifted to Wednesday meeting with Coolamon Lions Club).

Wednesday, 19th October – Joint meeting with Coolamon Lions Club.  An evening with local singer/guitar player Leo DeKroo.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7:00 for 7:30 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).

Monday, 24th October – Club AssemblyDiscussion of CRC involvement with Coolamon New Year’s Eve Festival among other important items.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Friday-Sunday 28th-30th October 2022 Rotary Zone 8 Conference (Canberra). Rotary Australia New Zealand and Pacific Islands Conference

Monday, 31st October – Social evening. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday, 7th November – CRC Annual General Meeting. including election of office bearers for 2023-2024. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.









Answer to the last puzzlers: 

Easier one: your name

Harder one: ENT (the letters provided were the first letters of the numbers one through seven)

This week’s puzzlers: 

Easier one: Your dad tells you that he will pay you $6.00 an hour to wash your hands before dinner. If it takes 6 seconds to wash your hands, how much will you get paid?

Harder one: What well-known items do these sequences of letters represent? 1) ROYGBIV, 2) QWERTY, 3) PRNDL, 4)  SCUBA, and 5) EGBDF. Extra credit: What do the letters in SNAFU stand for?






Keynote Speakers Include:
Break-out workshops with fellow Rotarians based on your specific interest from the areas of:
* Leadership through different perspectives
* Women in leadership
* The Reconciliation journey for your Club
* D9705  Environmental Showcase
* Building diversity (incl multicultural) into our Clubs
* Diversity and Inclusion (accessibility)
* Service Projects smorgasbord
Panel discussions on Rotaract, Youth Exchange, Wiradjuri Cultural Group Study Exchange team.
Op Shop Ball Saturday Night
6:30pm dinner at the Rules Entertainment by


As you all know by now Susan and John Glassford travelled to Kenya for our star pupil’s graduation day in Nairobi.

From this day in November 2011 to this day in September 2022 it has been one of the most worthwhile parts of my life and that of PDG Fred Loneragan who has supported Tracy all along the way.

There will be a full report and a presentation to our members at a date to be decided.  This ends the first chapter and the beginning of a new chapter on Tracy’s life.

Above Tracy and her parents with Susan.




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