Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for January 2023



Coolamon Rotarian Garth Perkin has been announced as the incoming Area Governor for D9705 Area 3. Garth’s  term of office will begin at the start of the next Rotary year on 1 July.

Be sure to congratulate Garth on this honour the next time you see him.



Monday, 23rd  January

Tonight was our first meeting back after the Christmas and New Year holidays.  President Paul welcomed all of our members.  We also held a Board meeting prior to the meeting.

Paul thanked all of our members and the members from the Coolamon Lions who volunteered in one way or another on New Year’s Eve.  The raffle generated a healthy profit which will be going to the Rotary Flood Relief NSW Emergency Flood Relief, RAWCS Project #32-2022-23.  The name of the fund is Central West & Southern New South Wales Communities Funds Distribution, and aims to distribute donated funds to people affected by the floods in Central West and Southern New South Wales communities..

Daryl Breust reported that the recent charity day for     raised $120,000.

Henk Hulsman thanked Bear Brian Pattison for fixing the water pump in our van.

Albert Suidgeest invited members to partake in a working bee to split firewood from trees that were blown down on his property.  Albert will donate $1,000 to the club if he gets a good roll-up with wood splitters.

John Bond shared his idea of a Red Faces night for Coolamon and surrounds open to the public.  John will form a committee to look at the feasibility of this great idea.  So far the following members have put their hands up, Paul W, Scott M, John B and Mary P.

Paul said that he has a number of mossie candles to distribute.  These are part of the flood relief RAWCS project for Eugowra and Forbes; many candles were distributed on NYE, but more are left.  Paul will bring some to next week’s meeting for those members who want a candle or two. Ways to distribute the remaining candles to the community will be explored.

Bear would like us to issue certificates of appreciation to all the business houses and others who donated prizes for the NYE raffle.


Monday, 30th  January

We had a good roll-up of members and one potential new member in Lexi Furner.  Bruce Hamilton was chauffeured to Rotary last night by his guest and wife, Lorraine.  Bruce had some excuse about having his hand operated on.  Great effort by Lorraine and Bruce.

President Paul welcomed our guests and members.

We had a good meeting with plenty of fellowship and some items were discussed:

  • The CRC telephone book — it was suggested that we will need around 2,500 flyers to go to every household in the shire.
  • President Paul suggested that we should enter a table of 8 for the trivia night in Coolamon on Saturday 4th March, for Andrew Veigel to raise funds so that Andrew can attend the 2023 World Transplant Games in Perth. Tables of 8 per team will go for $15 per person. More information about the World Transplant Games can be found here.
  • Lorraine Hamilton advised the meeting that Bernadette Milne was in rehab at the Wagga Base Hospital.  Bernadette is doing well since her fall.
  • Henk Hulsman advised us of the changes to the diary:
    • Monday 7th February – Leslie Weston will be talking about her recent trip to the Netherlands and Romania.
    • Monday 20th February – Board Meeting 5.00p
    • Monday 20th February – Scott Mudd will be giving his talk From Palate to Pulpit.
    • Monday 27th February – Voting to adoption the new Constitution and Club Bylaws.
    • Saturday 4th March – Charity Trivia Night for Andrew Veigel on 0406 899 386 for bookings.
  • John Glassford said that the amended Club Constitution and Bylaws will be sent to all members this week.

We concluded the meeting with a raffle and a quick fines session.


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!

*Monday, 6th February – Guest Speaker. Leslie Weston will talk about her recent trip to the Netherlands and Romania.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday 20th February – CRC Board Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 5 pm.

*Monday 20th February – Guest speaker.  Scott Mudd will give a talk titled “From Palate to Pulpit”.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

*Monday 27th February – Guest speaker. Alicia Carey, mother of Henley Carey, Following Alicia’s talk, we will vote on adoption of the new Constitution and Club Bylaws.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Saturday 4th March – Charity Trivia Night for Andrew Veigel to attend the 2023 World Transplant Games in Perth.


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

Saturday March 31st to Sunday April 2nd – PETS & D9705 Training Seminar. Orange, NSW.

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

Saturday April 1st & Sunday April 2ndPETS & D9705 Training Seminar. Merimbula, NSW.

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

* Partner’s night






Answer to the last Puzzler:

1) Which country rightfully claims to have invented the Pavlova? A: Not Australia, nor New
Zealand. Oddly enough, it was the USA.

Read the story at this link to learn the full story(based on research by an Aussie and a Kiwi); 2) What is actual title of the classic Christmas poem that begins “’Twas the night before Christmas”? A: A visit from Saint Nicholas; 3)
Who wrote the poem referenced in Question 2? A: Clement Clark Moore; 4) Besides Rudolph, what are the names of the eight reindeer that pull Santa’s sleigh? A: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner (Donder), and Blitzen; 5) In the Aussie version of Jingle Bells, what takes place of the “one-horse open sleigh”? A: A rusty Holden ute; 6) In the 1979 song by Elmo and Patsy, what did Grandma get run over by on Christmas Eve? A: A reindeer; 7) In the song “Winter Wonderland”, who was suggested to marry the lovebirds singing the song? A: Parson Brown; 8) When did King Wenceslas look out over the new fallen snow? A: The Feast of Stephen; Extra credit: What is the calendar date of the event referenced in the song?  A: 26 December; 9) What did the three wise men bring as gifts
to Jesus? A: Gold, frankincense, and myrrh; 10) What were the names of the three wise men? A: Gaspar, Balthazar, and Melchior.


This month Puzzler:

Easier one: You walk into a room that contains a match, a kerosene lamp, a candle and a fireplace. What would you light first?

Harder one: You have two ropes that each take an hour to burn, but burn at inconsistent rates. How can you use the ropes to measure 45 minutes? (You can light one or both ropes a time or both ends at the same time.)




Join Parkes Rotary Club and District 9705 Governor, Geraldine Rurenga as we launch the video: “Eugowra Stories- heartache and hope”. The screening and launch will take place at a community BBQ at the Eugowra Bowling Club, at 1 pm on Sunday, 5th February.

The video was produced with a grant from Rotary District 9705. It was put together by the team of Robert Shore and Ian Freestone from the Parkes Rotary Club. Members of the Eugowra community were able to tell their stories of survival and the struggles they face as the town rebuilds. Rotary volunteers who have been working at the showground or conducting fund raisers have also been interviewed.

While some of these interviews have already been shown on the Parkes Rotary YouTube channel this video will be a compilation which captures the heartbreak of the flood and the strength and hopes of a community rebuilding.

Eugowra community members, Rotary volunteers and Rotarians are all invited to attend .In the lead up to the festive season, usually a time for celebration and relaxation, Rotarians were instead supporting residents in Eugowra following the flood disaster. Watch the video below to see the work that has been put in by our members to help others. You can also watch the stories of flood victims at the Parkes Rotary Club YouTube channel. Here are the latest from the Parkes You Tube channel:

Parkes Rotary Club in Eugowra 

Eugowra Still Needs Our Help




 ARMICUS from the Maasai village of Oloimugi in Kenya near the town of Meru on the slopes of Mount Kenya.  We met Armicus in April 2015 after we had climbed Mount Kenya and visited Oloimugi village.

Armicus is a conservationist, cultural ambassador, tour operator, humanitarian, Rotarian and a member of the Rotary Club of Meru, Kenya D9212.

The project aims to engage the local community and other stakeholders in environmental conservation, laying emphasis on river ecosystem protection, restoration, and regeneration of Osinoni Springs which drains into the Isiolo River by planting 5000 tree seedlings.


You can read the full story here: Trees Kenya Notes





January is Rotary Vocational Service Month.



Graphics by Debbie Vance from Canada

This is the last time we held a Vocational Services Award night for the pride in workmanship awards:





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