Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for April 14th 2024

Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for Week of 14/04/2024

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Excellent publication and congratulations to all of the editorial staff concerned in putting this together every month. The CCC is now on our club website where you can get back issues from April 2022 to the present, thanks to Paul Weston for doing this.

As important those members who distribute the CCC in our Shire; thankyou!

Meeting of Monday 8th April

President John Bond “Bondy” welcomed 23 members and eight guests tonight. Our guests included, Marilyn Jennings, Trisha Truscott, Sharon Miles, Maureen Hulsman, Susan Wingate-Pearse, Wendy Lindner, and Cathy her sister from Canberra and Gerard Langtry, brother of Barry.  Another excellent role up and it goes to show that if you have a good guest speaker lined up we get a great turn out of members, partners and guests.

We started the meeting with just a couple of items of Rotary business:

  • Anne gave a report on the volunteers for the Wagga Cycle Club Event at the Pomingalarna Reserve.
  • Paul suggested that there will be a board meeting on Monday 22nd April. TBC.
  • Paul said that Henk was the first correct answer to the last puzzler and gets a free raffle ticket.

Our speakers tonight were President Elect Adrian Lindner with Wendy Lindner and the subject was their recent trip to Nepal.  They joined with their church group from Wagga for this adventure.

Adrian started the talk with some details on the Nepalase Nation.  A small country about the two thirds the size of Victoria with a population of 26.4 million.  Some other information on Nepal:

  • Nepal has 8 of the 10 world’s tallest mountains including Everest and all 8 are over 8,000 metres high.
Photo credit to By Solundir – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, 
  • Nepal is the birthplace of Buddha.
  • Religion 81% Hindu, 11% Buddhist, 4% Islam, 3% Christian.
  • 80% of their energy is provided by burning biomass, however there is a growth in hydrolectric power which is exported to India.
  • Nepal have 10 UNESCO heritage sites
  • Nepalese whose Gurkha soldiers are known as the bravest of the brave .
  • Nepal is the home of the famouus Yeti
  • Nepal is also one of the poorest countries in the world with an AUD $2,800pa per capita).

One of Wendy’s highlights was a visit to a mission hospital.  Wendy is a Nurse Anesthetist and was allowed into the operation room where there was a caesarian taking place.  There is a high infant mortality rate in Nepal and access to good facilities in urgent cases is by helicopter.

Adrian went on to show some slides which I have uploaded here from the meeting.  Adrian and Wendy said that the Nepalese people are very friendly and happy.

They were close to the Annapurna range of mountains and in the slides you can see some of the wonderful mountain views.

We all agreed that this was an excellent presentation and talk by Adrian with support from Wendy.

Here are some photos of the photos in the presentation:

Albert Suidgeest announced the loser of the week for the weight competition which was Gary Truscott.  Albert then invited everyone to the Thursday coffee mornings in Coolamon.  The morning walk on the golf course will be tomorrow (wed).

The evening ended with a brief but most amusing fines session by the S@A and his Cpl.  We had a very good raffle with three prizes, of which one was a bottle of red donated by Scott Mudd.  First prize the Foodworks voucher was won by Paul Weston, the bottle of red by Susan and Lexi won the liquorice.


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!

Sunday April 14thWagga Cycle Club Event:  CRC catering lunch and dinner for cycling event at the  Pomingalarna Reserve Wagga Wagga. Volunteers needed.  Details to follow.

Monday April 15th: Normal Club Meeting Coolamon Sport  Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Monday April 22nd: Board Meeting Coolamon Sport  Rec Club, 5.15pm. (To be confirmed).

Monday April 22nd: Normal Club Meeting Coolamon Sport  Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Thursday 25th April:  ANZAC DAY the 109th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli/Çanakkale Savasi.

Monday April 29th: Normal Club Meeting Coolamon Sport  Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Saturday May 11th:  Rotary Health Van visits Coolamon.  


Free Men’s Health Check in Coolamon

Cowabbie Street contact Garth Perkin on 0428 695 117.

*Monday May 20th Polio Plus Tandem Bike Riders visit Coolamon.

Saturday 25th – Wednesday 29th May 2024- Rotary 24 SINGAPORE Convention.


*Friday 25th- Sunday 27th October 2024. D9705 Conference.  Mittagong RSL.  Bookings open now for early bird registrations:




N.B.  ALL of the above images were obtained from Facebook




Mike and Mary McLaughlin, founders of the Trees That Feed Foundation, examine one of the first breadfruit trees they planted in Jamaica over a decade ago.

Courtesy of Trees That Feed Foundation

Can the curiously named breadfruit feed a warming world?

By Amy Hoak

Rotary clubs have taken notice of breadfruit’s potential for addressing food insecurity in the face of climate change. After Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas in 2019, destroying homes, farms, and livelihoods, residents received nearly 5,000 breadfruit trees with support from the Rotary clubs of St. Catharines South, Ontario; Niagara Falls Sunrise, Ontario; and Abaco, Bahamas.

Through Rotary clubs’ partnership with the Trees That Feed Foundation, an Illinois-based nonprofit that has a goal of planting 1 million fruit trees in places dealing with food insecurity and poverty, they also have been involved in efforts to plant breadfruit trees in Jamaica, Haiti, and Pakistan.

“With global climate change affecting millions and the starvation of many due to a lack of sustainable food, this program is one of the most important projects supported by Rotary,” says Cathy Henry, a member of the St. Catharines South club.


Above image credit by Getty Images.


Applications for District Grants for the 24-25 Rotary Year are now open.


  • District grants fund short-term (max one year) local or international projects and activities that support the Foundations Mission of ‘Doing Good in the World’.
  • Clubs are generally expected to contribute financially to the project in addition to the District Grant Funds. Grant funding is not restricted but usually in the range of $500 to $5,000.

Clubs can use district Grants to fund a variety of activities, including:

  • Humanitarian projects, including service travel and disaster recovery efforts
  • Community
  • Vocational Training of any team size or time span
  • Travel costs to and participating in Rotary projects fairs to find project partners
  • Scholarships for any level, length of time, location or area of study

Grants should respond to an identifiable community need and align with one or more “Area of Focus”.






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

  • President: John Bond
  • President-Elect 2024-2025: Adrian Lindner
  • Secretary: Paul Weston
  • Treasurer: Mary Potts
  • Membership Director: Leslie Weston
  • Service Projects Director:  Adrian Lindner
  • Youth Services Director: Scott Mudd
  • Club Admin Director:  Henk Hulsman
  • Public Image Director: Grahame Miles
  • Sergeant @ Arms: Dick Jennings
  • Immediate Past President and Vice-President: Paul Weston
  • Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford
  • Webmaster: John Glassford