Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for November 13th 2023

Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for Week of 19/11/2023

Meeting of Monday 13th November

President John Bond welcomed 18 members, 4 visiting Rotarians from Wollundry RC and 2 guests.

Wollundry were represented by President Darren Wallace, Phil McIntosh, David Byfield and David Benn.  Our guests were Terry Kiss and Albert’s brother Michael Suidgeest.

We toasted the Chopperoos world champion Aussie axe men who last week defeated the USA, Canada and New Zealand in 4 disciplines.

After dinner Phil McIntosh gave a report on the 2023 October Gears & Beers event held over the October long weekend.  Phil and the committee were concerned that seeing this event was held, not long after Covid 19 came under control, that it would not be a success.

Phil said that it was one of the best Gears & Beers events and exceptional and passed all expectations.  There were some 2,600 entrants with a great day which brought out the Mums & Dads and their children.  This year the emphasis was to give the participants a great time.

Phil said that the 2022 event through the canola at Adrian Lindner’s property sold the event for 2023.  The ride through the wheat crop this year will sell the 2024 event.  There was also a lot of social media posts during and following the 2023 G&B and here the participants told the story.

Phil went on to thank our club members who volunteered their time for the Dirty 130 and the 115 event.  Phil emphasised that without our participation it would not be feasible to run  the G&B.  2024 will be the 10th anniversary of Gears & Beers and again Phil thanked our club and said that Wollundry is in awe of our efforts.

Wollundry President Darren Wallace then presented a cheque for $8,000 to our President John Bond, Adrian Lindner and Albert Suidgeest.  Albert did a power of work in organising our support and our volunteers.  Thank you Albert, Adrian and all the volunteers.



Other Business:

  • Melbourne Cup Sweep winners:

$5 Sweep 1st Lexi, 2nd Mary, 3rd Ted and last Howard

$2 Sweep 1st John Nulty, 2nd Howard, 3rd John G, last Brian Bear Pattison.

  • Mary reported on the recent cycle event near Wagga
  • Anne on the Wagga Cycle Club Event.  CRC catered for lunch and dinner for cycling event at Pomegolarna Reserve Wagga Wagga.  We made a net profit of around $800 and the volunteers were: Alex, Brian, Lexi, Mary, Marilyn, Ted, John Bond, Garth, Gary and Anne. Photos below by Mary Potts thanks.
  • Henk Hulsman reported on the CRCTB 2024 book and advised the members that we stand to make a profit of an estimated $45,000.  The CRCTB 2024 committee has recommended to the CRC Board that we should go ahead with the compilation of the 2024 CRCTB.
  • The raffle was won by David Byfield 1st prize, John Bond 2nd and Grahame 3rd.
  • S@A Dick Jennings conducted another epic of a fines session.  Dick and corporal Garth impressed the visiting Rotarians that they asked them to attend a Wollundry meeting!!!
  • Dick then suggested that the evening should finish with a recital by David the “Rotary Bard” Benn.  David was in fine form and gave us two great renditions the first was Mulga Jim and the other was the one handed poker machine.


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 20th November – CRCTB 2023  Board meeting at 5.15pm at the Sports Club.

Monday 20th November – CRC Annual General Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm.

Monday 11th December – CRC Last normal meeting for 2023 Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm.

*Saturday 16th December – CRC Annual Christmas Party at President John Bond’s home. Details will follow.

* Partner’s night



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




Here is some information on our Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

Our mission

The Rotary Foundation helps Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.

What impact can one donation have?

  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.

You can a lot more on how our Foundation works by going to the following two websites:

At the end of the 2022 Financial year our net assets stood at USD $1,255,570,000.  Our Foundation has been voted as a 4 star charity the highest level as designated by Charity Navigator.

“This charity’s score is 100%, earning it a Four-Star rating. If this organization aligns with your passions and values, you can give with confidence.

This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores, weighted as follows: 85% Accountability & Finance, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, 5% Culture & Community.”

November is our Rotary Foundation Month

Graphics by Debbie Vance from Canada



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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