Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for April 28th 2024

Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for Week of 28/04/2024

Meeting of Monday 22nd April

Our President John Bond “Bondy” welcomed 21 members and 1 guest to the meeting tonight.

Michael Suidgeest was our guest representing Albert again, welcome back Michael.

The evening started with the great weigh in and tonight the winner was Bear or Brian Pattison, we did not have a loser tonight!  Well no one owned up that is.

Paul Weston reported on the previous board meeting and advised the members that we are donating $250 to Circus Quirkus which is supported by the RC of South Wagga Wagga.  A most worthy cause.   Paul also said that funds were coming in for the advertising in the CRC Telephone Book 2024 edition.

Paul reported on the upcoming RYDA or Rotary Youth Driver Awareness week from Tuesday May 7th to Friday May 10th at the Wagga Showground supported by the RC of Wagga Wagga.  The Coolamon Central School year 11 are due on Wednesday the 8th May.  Our club has been  asked to provide volunteers for Friday the 10th May.

Grahame Miles spoke about the RC of Tumut’s three wheeler bikes for the Tumut community as reported on last week.  At $35,000 per tricycle it was out of our means.

Grahame also proposed that we have a social weekend away and a visit to Griffith was suggested as a good area to visit with so many great attractions and accommodation.   It will need someone to champion this idea!

Mary Potts spoke on the upcoming visit of the Rotary Health Van on Saturday May 11th.  We have received a grant of $1,500 to cover the costs involved.  This will cover a mail out and the expenses for the nurse.

Mary also advised us that the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal is coming up soon.

On the 4th May Mary is holding a morning tea at her home with funds going to the Cancer Council of Australia for their Biggest Morning Tea community event.

Australia’s Biggest Tea

Adrian Lindner looking to the next street raffle at Foodworks and suggested fuel as being a good prize.  Details to follow.

Good to see S@A Dick Jennings and Cpl. Garth Perkin in fine form with one of their classic fines session.  No one was spared by these two characters.

The raffle was won by Leslie Weston with second prize going to Vicki Langtry.  All in all another great evening of fun, friendship and some Rotary business.


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!

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 4th Biggest Morning Tea: at Mary Pott’s home in aid of the Cancer Council of Australia.

Tuesday May 7th to Friday May 10th RYDA in Wagga Wagga: Volunteers needed for Friday May 10th. See Rotary News at the end of the bulletin on RYDA.

Saturday May 11th:  Rotary Health Van visits Coolamon.  


Free Men’s Health Check in Coolamon

Cowabbie Street contact Garth Perkin on 0428 695 117.

Saturday May 11th Ganmain Hall Saturday Night Special see: Ganmain Hall May 11th.

Monday May 12th: Normal Club Meeting Coolamon Sport  Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Monday May 20th Board of Directors meeting: 5.15pm at Coolamon Sport  Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

*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:




Scottish beavers are getting drunk and disorderly in public. They have been known to stumble out of pubs clutching bottles of their favourite beverage before vomiting up branches and bark in the gutter. Sometimes they even nip passers by. Police Scotland’s Bad Beaver Branch advise that the public should not approach drunken or even slightly tipsy beavers for their own safety.

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




By Brad Webber

United States

OysterFest has been a calendar highlight of the Pacific Northwest’s fishing industry for more than four decades. The two-day festival is hosted by the Rotary Club of Shelton Skookum, Washington. Last year’s event, held in October, attracted 13,000 seafood enthusiasts and raised $170,000 for community organizations. Seasoned seafarers and landlubbers alike got in some serious shelling, as the victor in a speed-shucking competition opened 24 oysters in 73 seconds. The champion in the half-shell — a separate challenge that also accounts for presentation, with penalties for errant cuts — clocked in at an adjusted time of 2 minutes and 10 seconds. “It is quite an event with the crowd cheering on their favorite to win,” says Laurie Brown, the club’s president-nominee. “Anyone can sign up, but most of the shuckers come from the various shellfish farms or restaurants.”


Passing rates on secondary school entrance exams that have dipped as low as 50 percent have vexed officials in Suriname. The Rotary Club of Paramaribo Residence, whose members include several teachers or retired educators, is aiming to improve those results and reduce dropout rates.

FULL STORY HERE ON: The United States, Suriname, Macoa, Nigeria and Australia.


2.  RYDA MAY 7th-10th 2024

Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) will take place again this year at the Wagga Showground between the 7th and 10th May. This is a one day program for year 11 school students who are learning to drive. It is a wonderful way to help these young people with the awareness of the dangers they face on the road and how to deal with them. We need to do all we can to help with the safety of our young people and the community around us.

Coolamon Central School is scheduled for Wednesday May 8th.  The Coolamon Rotary Club is needed for Friday May 10th and volunteers need to contact Scott Mudd.

Below photos for a past RYDA day in Wagga Wagga name the Rotarians!;






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
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