Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for May 12th 2024

Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for Week of 12/05/2024

Meeting of Monday 6th May 2024

Our President John Bond “Bondy” welcomed 23 members and 1 guest to the meeting tonight.  Our guest was Melissa Mudd.  It  was a social night with business in between fellowship.  Some items of interest that were discussed included:

  • Paul announced that the puzzler was won by Scott and Adrian.
  • Garth asked if anyone would like to go to Tumut with him on this Wednesday night it maybe Garth’s last club visit as our Area Governor.
  • Henk reminded us about the upcoming RYDA week currently under way in Wagga.  We have two volunteers attending on Friday Anne and Henk, others are very welcome.
  • Mary spoke on the upcoming visit of the Rotary Health van on Saturday.  Mary has enough volunteers. The event starts at 9.30am and goes to 3.00pm.  The visiting nurse is staying at Sweet Briars and Mary is organising to have dinner with the nurse at 6.00pm at the Hotel.  So far Mary, Alex, Garth and Scott will be going along.
  • Daryl and JG spoke about Youth Exchange following a recent plea for help from D9705.  The email we received follows this report.  Both Daryl and John spoke on the benefits of Rotary Youth Exchanges.   It was suggested that we invite a former CRC Exchange student to come back to the club and speak on where they are now.  Millie Butt and Jackson Wykes are two such RYE alumni that we could invite along.
  • Adrian said that he was very interested in the RYE Programme and is keen to get the club involved.
  • Grahame reported that Mary held a very successful Biggest Australia Tea last Saturday and had raised $950 of which it took a few seconds for that to top $1,000 during the meeting.  Grahame donated his winnings from last meeting’s guessing competition.  It was moved to donate the raffle money and fines session to the Cancer Council via Mary.  Congratulations Mary!
  • Adrian has organised two street raffle dates for June being Friday 7th and Saturday the 8th of June.  Suggested prizes included firewood OR petrol, NOT both.
  • Barry liked the social meeting last Monday and thought that we could have one a month or regular events; the next 5th Monday will be Monday July 29th all ideas welcome.
  • Paul confirmed that our changeover dinner is set for Monday July 1st at the Sports Club.
  • Bear reminded us that the Red Shield Appeal is set for June 23rd-24th.  Further details will be worked out by the Board.
  • Bear spoke about potential guest speakers and we all agreed that we all need to look at inviting interesting people to come along and be our guest speaker.  Several ideas were put and President Bondy has an interesting 20 minute video to show one night.

The evening concluded with the raffle which was won by Grahame with the second prize of a heart blood pressure machine to Gary.

THEN these two got to work on the fines session:

So much fun was had and I don’t think that anyone was spared and we all knew that the money was going to the Cancer Council that night.

Well worth attending every Monday night no reason to change our format as they say what is not broken no need to fix.  Good fellowship followed.


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!

Tuesday May 7th to Friday May 10th – RYDA/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 health checks for anyone. Cowabbie Street, 9.30 am – 3.30 pm. Contact Garth Perkin for details on 0428 695 117.

Saturday May 11th – Ganmain Hall Saturday Night Special (see: Ganmain Hall May 11th)

Monday May 13th – Regular Club Meeting. Coolamon Sport  Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Saturday May 18th – Mingle in the Garden & Gallery with Myffy celebrating her 80th journey around the sun and the 1st anniversary of Linda’s Lush Creative Galleries in Ganmain, 12-00pm to 5.00pm.  RSVP to Myffy by May 10th please.

Monday May 20th – Board of Directors meeting. Coolamon Sport  Rec Club, 5:15 pm.

*Monday May 20th – Polio Plus Tandem Bike Riders visit Coolamon. Coolamon Sport  Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

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


*Monday July 1st. CRC Annual Change Over Dinner at the Coolamon Sport  Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.  Details and cost to follow. Guests and partners are very welcome.

*Friday 25th – Sunday 27th October – D9705 Conference.  Mittagong RSL.  Bookings open now for early bird registrations:



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




Good morning all Rotarians from D9705

I am putting this out there to everyone on this group so you are all aware of the situation that our Rotary District 9705 Youth Exchange Program now faces.

Due to the failure of our clubs to support our program we now find ourselves in the unfortunate position of not being able to find enough host clubs to accept the required number of Inbound Students into our district.

Not have enough clubs to even sponsor an Outbound Student.

The fact that we cannot find sponsor clubs for Outbound students just astounds me and if we cannot place our Inbound Students then we cannot send out Outbound students.

Our committee is currently seeking clubs to help us out of this current predicament however if we are unsuccessful we will have no choice but to shut down the District RYE Program.

We cannot back ourselves into a corner and not be able to meet our obligations to reciprocating with our overseas partners.

This is a last ditch plea to help if you can.

I would welcome any assistance you may be able to provide, please consider co hosting with another club if it helps.


Mike Whitten

Chair D9705 RYE.


This is one outgoing exchange student that we supported.  Millie Butt from Marrar who went to Belgium for 12 months.  I am sure that Millie would love to visit the club and talk about her experiences in Belgium.  This was in 2010.

“Our Marrar Rotary Exchange Student Millie Butt has returned home from 12 months in Belgium.  By all accounts Millie had a great time and will be giving a talk to our club in the near future.  We at Coolamon Rotary are extremely proud of Millie’s achievements in Belgium and Europe and we know that Millie did herself, our club and Australia proud in representing Coolamon in Belgium.  We look forward to Millie’s talk.”

Here is Millie’s last report from Belgium:




One event we could plan for would be a visit to the mayfield gardens at Oberon next Autumn say April 2025.  This is an amazing garden and they have a great cafe restaurant.  Oberon Rotary Club would help guide us and we could also meet with them on their normal meeting night.

Tuesday night at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start at the Oberon RSL Club. We have a monthly Fellowship Dinner on the 1st Tuesday of every month (except January). Visitors are most welcome to join us.

Mayfield Gardens Oberon

How about we set a date say Tuesday May 5th 2025?






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