Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for February 2023


HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROTARY – February 23rd 1905


Click on the two links below for the full Monday meeting reports sent on the 8th and the 20th of February:

Monday 6th February

Monday 20th February

Meeting of Monday 27th February

Above: Alicia Carey & Henley Carey, Grandmother Margaret Bell and PP Neil Munro

Tonight President Paul Weston welcomed 20 members and 9 guests (Marylin Jennings, Lorraine Hamilton, Maureen Hulsman, Clare Munro, Gary Truscott, potential member Barry Langtree, Henley Carey, Alicia Carey mother of Henley Carey, and Henley’s grandmother Margaret Bell). This was undoubtedly one of the most emotional talks we have ever been privileged to listen to at Rotary in Coolamon. 

Alicia began by thanking our club for all the support that we have given Henley in the recent past.

Henley has a rare disorder called Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I (MPS I), a rare disease in which the bodydoes not produce enough of an enzyme needed to break down long chains of sugar molecules.  This leads to severe issues with the heart and major organs, affecting connective tissues.

Henley was diagnosed with MPS 1 in 2020.  There is no known cure for MPS 1, but there are treatments that can alleviate the impacts of the disease.  One treatment involves enzyme replacement therapy, which requires monthly transfusions for life, not a very attractive option. The second treatment is a bone marrow transplant, which Henley underwent in 2022. Henley was “lucky” in that a family member, his brother Darcy, was a good match.  The bone marrow transplant required a course of chemotherapy for Henley, which itself was harsh on Henley’s body but the bone marrow transfusion was successful. 

Henley will be looking at many other operations including another hip replacement and work on both of his knees.   Alicia also said that Henley is looking at spinal operations for his spinal curvature problems when he is older.

This family is deserving of all the help that we as a community can provide.  Their biggest challenge is finding and paying for accommodation when they travel to Sydney for Henley’s frequent medical appointments as the Ronald MacDonald House is always fully booked.

You can learn more about this disease on the website below:

Mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I)

We are all determined that our club will continue to support this family.  Ideas for additional fund raising for Henley will be very welcome.

WW Advertiser Story 

This photo was in our bulletin in August 2020 of Henley and his brother Darcy.

PP Neil Munro thanked Alicia, Henley and Margaret for attending our meeting and for the updates on Henley.


  • Grahame Miles advised the meeting that we have three Rotary tables booked for the upcoming trivia night in Coolamon on Saturday.
  • Neil Munro spoke about the Peace dinner last Saturday recognising the 30th anniversary of the first Rotary Peace Community (Wagga Wagga) founded by PP Tony Quinlivan from Kooringal RC.  Paul Weston, Garth Perkin, and Clare Munro also attended the dinner.
  • Brian “Bear” Pattison has been presenting the certificates of appreciation to the donors for our recent raffle and advised the meeting that Bunnings would welcome us to have a BBQ day at Bunnings.
  • This Sunday at Kindra Park Forest is Clean Up Australia Day. All volunteers to be at the gate at 9.00 am. Direct any questions to Ian Jennings.

S@A Garth and his Corporal Dick i.e. the “Two Ronnies” held a very spirited and amusing fines session.  The raffle was won by Daryl Breust.  All in all a very good meeting and such a sobering talk by Alicia Carey that makes us all think hard.



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 4th March – 2023 Charity Tri via Night for Andrew Veigel, who will attend the 2023 World Transplant Games in Perth. Tables of 8 per team at $15 per person; ring 0406 899 386 for bookings.

Sunday 5th March – Clean Up Australia Day. Kindra Park gate, 9 am (Contact Ian Jennings).

*Monday March 6th –  Speaker meeting. Don Dyce will give a talk on his recent trip to Nepal.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Saturday March 18th – BBQ lunch at Garth Perkin’s home,  11.30 am.  BYO, all food supplied.

Saturday March 18th & Sunday March 19thPETS & D9705 Training Seminar. Merimbula, NSW.

*Monday, 20th March 2023 – The Rotary Foundation talk by Rob Byrnes from RI Sydney.  Neighbouring clubs will be invited to attend.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Monday 27th March – Board Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 5 pm.

*Monday 27th March – Speaker meeting. Rtn Deidre Tome will provide an update on Rotary’s Peace Projects. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Friday March 31st evening, Saturday April 1st & Sunday April 2nd – PETS & D9705 Club Training Seminar. ORANGE, NSW.

Saturday to Wednesday 27-31 May — Rotary International Convention, Melbourne, Australia.

* Partner’s night








Answers to the last puzzlers:

Easier one: You would you light the match first.

Harder one: Light one end of one rope (let’s call it Rope A) and both ends of the other (Rope B). When Rope B has burned completely, 30 minutes will have elapsed. Then light the other end of Rope A, which has 30 minutes of rope left. The remaining portion of Rope A will burn through in 15 minutes, which will take place 45 minutes after first lighting the ropes.

This month’s puzzlers:

Easier one: What is red and smells like blue paint?

Harder one: The 22nd and 24th presidents of the United States of America had the same parents but were not brothers. How can this be possible?



1. Rotary International President Elect 2023-2024

RIPE Gordon McInally at the RI Zone 8 Conference in Canberra last October.  Seen here with RID Jessie Harman, Ken Hutt from the RC of Berry and DG Geraldine Rurenga.  (Photo by JJG).

R. Gordon R. McInally

President-elect 2022-23

Rotary Club of South Queensferry

West Lothian, Scotland

R. Gordon R. McInally is president-elect of Rotary International. He was educated at the Royal High School in Edinburgh and at the University of Dundee, where he earned his graduate degree in dental surgery. He operated his own dental practice in Edinburgh until 2016. Gordon was chair of the East of Scotland branch of the British Paedodontic Society and has held various academic positions

RIPE Gordon’s theme for 2023-2024 is:

District Governor: DG Andrea Grosvenor

Area 3 Governor: PP Garth Perkin

Coolamon Rotary Club Board 2023-2024: President: John Bond, Vice-President {Immediate Past President): Paul Weston, President-Elect 2024-2025:  Vacant, Secretary:  Paul Weston, Treasurer:  Mary Potts, Foundation:  Neil Munro, Membership: Leslie Weston, Club Administration: Henk Hulsman, Service Projects: Vacant, Youth Services: Scott Mudd, Public Image: Grahame Miles, Sergeant @ Arms: Dick Jennings.



The name Rotary came from the initial meetings being held in rotation at each member’s place of business. The first four Rotarians were: (from left) Gustavus Loehr a mining engineer; Silvester Schiele a coal merchant; Hiram Shorey a tailor; and attorney Paul Harris. 

The world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, was formed on 23 February 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to capture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth.  Rotary’s popularity spread with clubs chartered from San Francisco to New York to Winnipeg, Canada within a decade.

By 1921 Rotary clubs were established on six continents and the organisation adopted the Rotary International name a year later. As Rotary grew, its mission expanded beyond serving club members’ professional and social interests. Rotarians began pooling their resources and contributing their talents to serve communities in need.

The organisation’s dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its motto: Service Above Self. Rotarians in Australia continue to recognise this motto through the awarding of a Paul Harris Fellowship recognition.

Today Rotary International is a worldwide organisation of service clubs with a membership of 1.208 million Rotarians in around 35,400 clubs in 215 countries. Rotary encourages diversity in membership that includes a mix of vocations, ethnic backgrounds, age and genders within Club members. 

Join the Rotary History Global Fellowship and for further information on our history go to:




Here is the story on the Sunflower Seeds for Ukraine appeal as conducted by the Coolamon Rotary Club over the past 10 months.

This report was first published on February the 11th.


This war is not over not by a long shot and here is a photo posted this week on Facebook with teh following story:

“In February 2022, the Russian missile hit a residential building on Lobanovskyi Avenue in Kyiv, a heartbreaking photo of which horrified the whole world and showed Russia’s true intentions.

Russia thought that by committing this war crime they would force the Ukrainian spirit to break and surrender. But still, Ukrainians keep fighting.

Almost one year later, the building is renovated. The damage of the house is no longer visible, but its scar is forever in our hearts. Let each new reconstruction heal our wounds and become a symbol of our unbreakable future.



February is Rotary Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month.



March is Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Month



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