Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for May 26th 2024

Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for Week of 26/05/2024

Meeting of Monday 20th May 2024

Our President John Bond “Bondy” welcomed 20 members and 5 guests to the meeting tonight.  Our guest speakers were Joyce and Phil Ogden from the RC of South Launceston.  As well we had Marilyn Jennings, Lorraine Hamilton and Maureen Hulsman.

Some business was discussed including:

  • Paul Weston on the board meeting prior to this meeting which included agreeing to invite Michael Suidgeest to join our club as a Friend of Rotary.  The board also agreed to a second raffle prize of $15.
  • Mary Potts is looking after our efforts for the Red Shield Appeal and wants to take a bucket down the main street this Saturday May 25th if anyone would like to join here please let Mary know.  We will be at the football between Ganmain and Coolamon on the gate.  As well Bear and Barry Langtry will be doing Marrar.
  • Henk Hulsman gave a brief report on the progress of the 2024 CRC Telephone Book.  Money is coming in and to date we have sent invoices totalling over $30,000.

We then had the pleasure of learning about our two guest speakers and their quest to raise funds for our signature health project Polio Plus.  They are riding a tandem bike from Adelaide to Sydney this following on their epic ride from Perth across the Nullabor to Adelaide.

Their motto or campaign slogan is Hit Polio for SIX!

They will have visited 30 clubs on this leg form Adelaide to Sydney giving the talk and raising the funds.  Our club agreed to donate $1,000 to their ride.  This $1,000 will then become $3,000 with the Melinda and Bill Gates 2:1 bonus.

Joyce and Phil gave a great account of the history of poliomyelitis and how Rotary became involved in 1985 in the Philippines.  More information in the bulletin below uner Rotary news.

President Bondy presented the couple with our club banner and a “cheque” for $1,000.

The meeting as always finished with the S@A and the Cpl. doing their best to raise more funds from the fines and the raffle for the Polio Plus ride.  Well done Garth and Dick.  The raffle was won by Gary Truscott, 2nd prize JJG and 3rd Don Dyce.

If you want to donate to their epic effort please go to this website:

As well there is a good story on page 8 of this month’s RDU magazine.


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

Monday 27th – May Regular Meeting at the Coolamon Sport  Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Monday 3rd – June Regular Meeting at the Coolamon Sport  Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Monday 10th – June NO Meeting King’s Birthday. 

Monday 17th – June Regular Meeting at the Coolamon Sport  Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

Monday 24th – June Regular Meeting at the Coolamon Sport  Rec Club, 6.30 for 7.00 pm.

*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



1.  Australian tandem bike ride raises awareness for polio eradication

Tasmanians Phil and Joyce Ogden from South Launceston Rotary Club riding through Coolamon on their way from Adelaide to Sydney, as part of Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign.  Here are a few photos of Phil and Joyce in Coolamon on the way to Sydney.

Bon voyage and good luck Joyce and Phil thanks to Mary Potts for the photos above.

Here are some stories on their epic journey:

Perth to Adelaide 2022

Shepperton May 1st 2024


Polio this week as of 15 May

Wild Polio Virus Summary:

The number of wild polio cases for 2024 as of May 15, 2024 is 5. There were 2 in Pakistan and 3 in Afghanistan.

The total number of wild polio cases for 2023 were 12. There were 6 in Pakistan and 6 in Afghanistan.

The total number of wild polio cases in 2022 were 30. There were 2 in Afghanistan, 20 in Pakistan, and 8 in Mozambique.

The total number of wild polio cases in 2021 were 6. There was 1 in Pakistan, 1 in Malawi, and 4 in Afghanistan.

The total number of wild polio cases in 2020 were 140. There were 84 in Pakistan and 56 in Afghanistan.

The GPEI website (Global Polio Eradication Initiative).

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a public-private partnership led by national governments with six partners – the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Gavi, the vaccine alliance. Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide.

Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralysing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $19 billion to the effort.  Of that 5 billion has been donated by the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation.



Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centres.

Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals to become effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and internship and field-study expenses.



Rotary International is launching a new peace center at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul, Turkey.

New Peace Centre in Turkey








Chartered March 3rd, 1971; Sponsoring Club Narrandera Rotary Club

  • President: John Bond
  • President-Elect 2024-2025: Adrian Lindner
  • Secretary: Paul Weston
  • Treasurer: Mary Potts
  • Membership Director: Leslie Weston
  • Service Projects Director:  Adrian Lindner
  • Youth Services Director: Scott Mudd
  • Club Admin Director:  Henk Hulsman
  • Public Image Director: Grahame Miles
  • Sergeant @ Arms: Dick Jennings
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