Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for December 11th 2023

Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for Week of 11/12/2023


Roo-ver, which is expected to weigh around 20 kilograms and be roughly the size of a check-in suitcase, is set to travel to the Moon as part of NASA’s Moon to Mars initiative.

The Australian-made, semi-autonomous rover is expected to land in the South Pole region of the Moon, before spending around 14 Earth days (equal to about half of one Moon day) collecting lunar soil, known as regolith.

Aussie Moon Rover called Roo-ver

Meeting of Monday 11th December

President John Bond welcomed 19 members and two guests Marilyn Jennings and Vicki Langtry.

This was our last meeting for 2023 and began with the results of the great potato growing competition organised by Albert Suidgeest.  The competition rules was the heaviest potato would be declared the winner.  We all purchased seed potatoes from Albert at $5 each and planted them!  The total prize money was $175.00.

In order of weight:

Daryl too small to weigh 1 gram we believe; Anne 34 grams; Gary 50 grams, Mary 59 grams, Bondy 84 grams, Albert 89 grams and the winner was:

The late Neil Munro at a whopping 150 grams.  Clare has asked that the prize money be donated to the club.

Below Neil’s winning potato with Daryl’s magnificent 1 gram spud:

Thanks Albert for organising the competition, a lot of fun and learning was had by all.

Paul reminded the Chronicle committee that there is a meeting Tuesday 12th at 4.00pm

Henk advised the members that the Christmas Party at John Bond’s home is 6.30 for 7.00pm at Wallace Street Coolamon.  Names of those providing salads and deserts were handed around and that the cost was set at $15 per person.

Henk reminded members to bring a chair although John Bond said he has 30 chairs and there are 32 booked in so far.  BYO is a given and glasses if you need them.

Brian Bear and Vicki Langtry are organising prizes for the NYE raffle and a roster was sent round which is attached in a pdf file.  Members may donate suitable gardening materials for the raffle.  Bear is organising a wheel barrow from Rural Supplies.  Our thanks go to those members already donating a prize for the wheel barrow.

Vicki Langtry said that she will join our club next year, wonderful and very welcome news indeed.

S@A Dick Jennings did his usual job of fining members and the prize for the meat voucher was won by Dick.  There were several bags of potatoes that Albert brought along and these were won by various members.

Hannah our regular waitress made some lovely biscuits for our last meeting.  Dick then auctioned a few of these off which fetched up to $4 each, thanks Hannah.

Henk then thanked Di and Gilbert for all the meals they have prepared for us this year.

Another year of meetings comes to an end.

Rosters NYE 23


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 16th December – CRC Annual Christmas Party. President John Bond’s residence, 6.30 for 7 pm.

Saturday 30th December – Street Raffle. Attached.

Sunday 31st December – New Year’s Eve Festival.  Coolamon, 4:30 – 10 pm.

Monday 22nd January – 1st Board Meeting for 2024. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 5:15 pm.

Monday 22nd January – 1st Regular Meeting for 2024. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm.

* Partner’s night


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


The Rotary convention is where friendship and learning come together to inspire you. In Singapore you’ll connect with people of action from around the globe at Rotary’s biggest event of the year.

We’ll share fresh perspectives, inspiration, and hope – with each other and the world! The convention features world-class dining and cultural attractions, distinguished speakers, energizing breakout sessions, and much more.

Join us 25-29 May 2024 in Singapore where we’ll be Sharing Hope With the World!

It’s never too early or late to register for Rotary International Convention—especially Rotary24 in Singapore, Asia’s dazzling garden city, rich in culture and unique experiences. The last day for the early registration discount is 15 December. Register today!






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



The website below gives you a good description of what COP28 is all about:


Above RI Past President Barry Rassin 2018-2019, currently the Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair.

“Rotary is here at COP 28 in strength. Talking about our significant work in eradicating Polio, impacting the reduction of malaria and the new focus on the environment.  More incredible speakers at the Rotary International Pavilion. I wish everyone could hear these messages about energy and the need to change

An historic signing and partnership happened at the Rotary International Pavilion at COP28. Between the National Mission for Clean Ganges, the River system in India, and the Mississippi River City and Towns Initiative. Rotary bringing together the Mayors along the Mississippi along with the program in India.”

Above RI President Gordon McInally 2023-2024. 

“Being part of the Rotary delegation at COP 28 was an honour. Rotary International had such a robust place within the inner Blue Zone. So many informative presentations and opportunities to have meaningful conversations with the UAE Government, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization (WHO) on potential partnerships in the field of mental health.”  Gordon McInally at COP 23.


Distributions of ShelterBoxes in Morocco are complete!

Tens of thousands of people in Morocco have been without shelter since a deadly earthquake hit in September. But thanks to your support, over 1,200 of the most vulnerable families now have tents, blankets, solar lights, and kitchen sets to help them stay warm this winter.

A big thank you to Rotary in Morocco for their tremendous efforts in this response!


December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

Graphics by Debbie Vance from Canada



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