Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for January 22nd 2024

Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for Week of 22/01/2024


From all accounts this year’s NYE street party and fireworks put on by our Coolamon Shire Council was a great success.  Our club and our volunteers played their part and Bear Brian Pattison gave a detailed report on the night.  Bear started by thanking the following volunteers:

  • Dick and Maree for the use of their cool room.
  • Anne for organising the food for the night.
  • Gary, Howard, Dick and of course Bear for working in the caravan.
  • The raffle tickets were sold by: Vicki, Grahame, Henk, Gary, Albert and his brother Michael, Paul, Leslie, Myffy, Bondy, Alex, Dick and Anne.  (I hope I did not miss anyone).

Bear also made a suggestion or two on how we can improve for the next NYE catering and raffle.  Bear feels that we could have sold a lot more raffle tickets if we had more volunteers to help sell the tickets.

Our thanks got to Vicky Langtry for obtaining the prizes with generous donations from Delta Ag, Riverina Coop and Bunnings.


Photos by Paul Weston

Meeting of Monday 22nd January 2024

President John Bond welcomed 18 members and one new member nominee in Vicky Langtry.  It was so good to be back together again after the holiday period.  Plenty of catching up was done with good banter and fellowship long after the meeting was over.

Bondy went over some of the discussions at the board meeting which was held before our weekly meeting.  These items included:

  • New Year’s Eve (See report at the start of this bulletin)
  • The Coolamon Community Chronicle
  • Our annual Christmas party.

Mary’s Treasurer’s report was also presented with the results of NYE.

The shared BBQ proceeds with Lions grossed $1994.00 costs of $1,423.00 Net $570.00

The raffle which was held over two days yielded a net result of $1,687.75, a great result.  Bondy thanked all who helped on the two days and especially Vicky Langtry for getting all the prizes donated for the wheel barrow, which was also donated.

The catering van sold out of steaks and sausages by 9.00pm which included the 450 sausages that we gave away to the children who attended.  We could have sold a lot more on the night as it was a good crowd with good weather.

Bear Brian Pattison spoke at length on NYE and that is in the start of this bulletin.

PE Adrian Lindner reminded those members on his upcoming board, that PETS this year is in 2 places, Batemans Bay on March 8th to March 10th and Cootamundra on March 22nd to March 24th.  Adrian will be going to the Batemans Bay PETS.  ALL members are welcome to attend and learn how Rotary works.

Albert Suidgeest spoke on the proposed Open Garden Days in October and that no gardens have been chosen as yet and asked members to look out for any outstanding gardens in Coolamon.

John G spoke about the CRC Telephone Book and that there will be a meeting of the CRCTB 2024 Committee very soon.  John also suggested that we look at going to the Bright Autumn Festival next year 2025 and we would need to start planning now.  Grahame Miles supported the idea.

We sang a belated happy birthday to Anne Rzeszkowski.

The evening meeting closed with a great fines session by the two characters in our club S@A Dick Jennings and his Corporal, Garth Perkin.  Great fun as always was had by all.

The raffle was won by Vicky even though Vicky drew her own ticket.



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 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.

*Monday 29th January – Guest Speaker: Garth Perkin on his recent trip to Cambodia.  Bring your partners.

PETS & Learning & Development for all incoming Presidents Elect, Board Members, New Members and Directors.

Fri Mar. 08, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. – Sun Mar. 10, 2024 at 12:00 p.m.  Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, 6 Beach Road, Batemans Bay.


Fri Mar. 22, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. – Sun Mar. 24, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. Cootamundra Ex-Servicemen’s & Citizens Memorial Club, Cootamundra.

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

* Partner’s night





Those of us who have Scottish heritage will appreciate these stories on the haggis, neeps and tatties.

The Hunting of the Haggises by the esteemed artist A.I. McBing (1792-1866)

The cruelty of modern-day farm raised haggis

These days, thankfully, we can just go down to your local butcher or God forbid, Tesco, and purchase a farmed one from there.


Always ask for organic wild caught haggis if you can find it.

Douglas McTavish was a great haggis hunter but it was not until his later years before finally getting his quad in one single hunt. Here he is presenting his winning catch…


We talk a lot about haggis in this group, but less about the neeps – or indeed, the tatties. Pictured here is Hector McClure, who has been shovelling mashed potato from the falls of Tubermory for the last 80 years, come rain or shine, to make sure we have enough on our plates for Burns Night:

“Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o’ the pudding-race! Aboon them a’ ye tak your place, Painch, tripe, or thairm : Weel are ye wordy o’a grace As lang’s my arm”.


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



What is Vocational Service in Rotary?

The contribution of your vocational talents to the problems and needs of society. The values expressed in The 5-Way Test and the Declaration for Rotarians in Business and Professions, which promote high ethical standards in the workplace, a central theme of Rotary throughout its history.

Vocational Service is the essence of Rotary and serves as the foundation from which we serve our communities around the world. Vocational Service calls on us to empower others by using our unique skills and expertise to address community needs and help others acquire or refine skills and advance their professional opportunities.

Originally only one representative from each business or profession (vocation) was invited to join a club. Paul Harris felt that if several members of the same profession were to join, they would either sit together and “talk shop” or compete against each other for other members’ business. The idea of “trade-boosting” was gradually eliminated and by 1912, Rotarians were no longer required to exchange business with one another.

Of Rotary’s five Avenues of Service* – Club, Vocational, Community, New Generations and International – Vocational is difficult to define, so it is sometimes called the “Forgotten Avenue of Service”. One reason is Club, Community, International and Youth Service activities usually involve groups of Rotarians. They enjoy the fellowship of Club Service, the satisfaction of serving the needs of their communities, and the hope that their International Service promotes world peace and understanding. But Vocational Service – the second Avenue of Service — is generally conducted by individual members.

Vocational Service focuses on:

  • Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors, and the public.
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, not just those that are pursued by Rotarians.
  • The contribution of your vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community.

Rotary’s Vocational Service Month is a great time to start leveraging vocational service in club projects and activities. The Vocational Service in Action handbook can help you gain a better understanding of vocational service and provide you with ideas to practice it through your service activities, in your personal life, and in your career. Download the handbook and share it with your club members.


2.  RI PRESIDENT’S THEME 2024-2025

The RI President always announces their theme for their year as president at the International Assembly.  This is where all 560+ District Governors Elect go for training before the start of the upcoming Rotary year.  This year it was in Orlando Florida.

RIPE Stephanie Urchick announced that the 2024-25 presidential theme is The Magic of Rotary and called on members to recognize and amplify the organization’s power to save lives.

“Don’t misunderstand me – we are not going to end polio or bring peace to the world by waving a wand and saying some funny words,” Urchick told incoming district governors at the Rotary International Assembly on 8 January. “It’s up to you. You create the magic with every project completed, every dollar donated, and every new member.”

Urchick, a member of the Rotary Club of McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA, said she saw the magic of Rotary on display when she was helping install water filters in the Dominican Republic. Two boys were watching as dirty water entered the filter, then ran out clean at the other end.

“One of the boys grabbed my sleeve and said, ‘Show me the magic again,’” she said. “Obviously, the water filter wasn’t magic. We worked hard to transport those filters, install them, and work with community leaders in the area to maintain them. But those boys knew that easy access to clean water would change their lives. Knowing that I played a small part in that certainly changed my life.”


January is Vocational Service Month


Graphics by Debbie Vance from Canada



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