Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for November 20th 2023

Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for Week of 26/11/2023

Meeting of Monday 20th November

President John Bond welcomed 20 members, and 2 guests.  Michael Suidgeest and Past President of the CRC 1992-1993 Neil Black.  PP Neil is now a member of the Frankston RC in Melbourne.

Before the CRC Annual General meeting scheduled for tonight.  President John Bond started the meeting by saying grace.  We had some business to discuss which included:

  • Paul Weston gave a report on the Board meeting which preceded the AGM.  Some of the major points discussed at the board were:
    • A report on the possible purchasing of a BBQ trailer was discussed at the Board meeting and rejected.
    • Approved that the CRC Telephone Book 2024 goes ahead and that a club assembly be held on Monday night to take the project to the next stage..
    • Approved the $600 for the Young Driver Simulator to attend the Coolamon Central School on the 28th and 29th November, volunteers will be needed.
    • New Year’s Eve was discussed and it was decided that there would be no catering van.  We will conduct a raffle on the 30th and 31st. UPDATE the matter will be put to the club assembly on Monday night following a letter from council requesting our involvement, if at all possible.
    • The last meeting for the year will be Monday 11th December.  The first meeting of 2024 will be Monday 5th February.
    • The Christmas Party will be held at President John Bond’s home, 78 Wallace Street in Coolamon.  “Cost of Christmas party:   If we self cater with a spit etc, as was discussed last meeting, probably about $25.00 per person.   Bondy was indicating that some members could bring along salads, potato bake, etc. We would need to send around a list of who is attending and what they would like to bring. Nibbles ?    Bring along own drinks.  Chair possibly.”
    • Printing for Sally Farmer approved.


President Elect Adrian Lindner then took the Chair and opened the CRC AGM 2023.  A quorum was present and the minutes of the 2022 CRC AGM was read and approved.

  • Treasurer Mary Potts then gave the club’s financial report for the 2022-2023 Rotary year.  Some highlights included a gross profit of $4,500 for the Coolamon Community Chronicle which will hold the Chronicle in good stead for 2024.  The Treasurer’s report as presented was approved.
  •  Past President Paul Weston said that his report for 2022-2023 has been tabled and is available on line.

The Election of Office Bearers took place and the results are below:


President Adrian Lindner

President Elect 2025-2026 Vacant

Secretary Paul Weston

Treasurer Mary Potts

Foundation Director Gary Truscott

Membership Director Brian Pattison (Bear)

Club Administration Director Ian Jennings

Service Projects Director Alexis Furner

Youth Services Director Scott Mudd

Public Image Director Grahame Miles

Sargent @ Arms Albert Suidgeest

Immediate Past President and Vice-President: John Bond

Non Board Positions:

Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford

Webmasters: Mark Rosendahl Bunk Media Canada, John Glassford and Paul Weston.

D9705 Environmental Representative, Coolamon RC: Adrian Lindner

PE Adrian congratulated and thanked all of his board members for 2024-2025.

The meeting concluded with a fines session by S@A Dick Jennings who is missing his Cpl Garth who is still in Cambodia.  The raffle was won by Adrian.

All in all a very good evening of Rotary business and plenty of fellowship and a lot of laughs.



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 27th November – CRC Club Assembly.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm.

Monday 4th December – CRC normal 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.

Saturday 30th December Street Raffle TBA

Sunday 31st December New Year’s Eve TBD

Monday 5th February 2024 1st Meeting for 2024 – 6.30 for 7.00pm at the Sports Club in Coolamon.

* Partner’s night



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


The old man placed an order for one hamburger, French fries, and a drink. He unwrapped the plain hamburger and carefully cut in half, placing one half in front of his wife.

He then carefully counted out the French fries, dividing them into two piles and neatly placed one pile in front of his wife. He took a sip of the drink, his wife took a sip and then set the cup down between them.

As he began to eat his few bites of hamburger, the people around them were looking over and whispering. Obviously they were thinking, ‘That poor old couple-all they can afford is one meal for the two of them.’

As the man began to eat his fries a young man came to the table and politely offered to buy another meal for the old couple. The old man said, they were just fine-they were used to sharing everything. People closer to the table noticed the little old lady hadn’t eaten a bite. She sat there watching her husband eat and occasionally taking turns sipping the drink.

Again, the young man came over and begged them to let him buy another meal for them. This time the old woman said,

“No, thank you, we are used to sharing everything.”

Finally, as the old man finished and was wiping his face neatly with the napkin, the young man again came over to the little old lady who had yet to eat a single bite of food and asked,

“What is it you are waiting for?”

She answered, “My turn for the Teeth.”



The 2024-2025 CRC Board of Directors with Adrian Lindner as president deserve our thanks for putting their hands up to direct our club.  The good news is that there are three new faces who have never been on the board.  The return of our longest serving member deserves mention in dispatches.

Over the past three November week’s bulletin I have written up about our Rotary Foundation hopefully the articles will be useful for our new Foundation Director and all members.  This week I will write about the Service Projects portfolio.


In the main our club supports our various local community projects, some are simply community service while others raise funds for our community.  Some of these that we have engaged in the past include:

  • Gears and Beers
  • Marrar Madness Rodeo
  • Open Garden Days
  • Cycle the Track Event
  • Street Raffles
  • Wagga Cycle track, Pomingalarna – catering
  • Kindra Park Walkway and Bicycle Track
  • NYE Catering Van
  • Christmas Shoe Box
  • Larapinta Trek for ShelterBox
  • Road MAPS to Africa – Coolamon House, Hout Bay, School of St Jude’s, Arusha, Bishop Masereka’s AIDS Clinic, Kasese, Orphan Rescue Kenya and Tracy Ochieng, Kisumu.
  • Cambodia Prektol Village, Phnom Penh.
  • Hospital fete.

This is a very broad portfolio and covers so many projects that Rotary supports locally, nationally and on an international scale.   The list below is one that applies to D9705 in particular in highlights are six projects that our club has supported in the past.

1. Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) – including Bushfire Recovery Project and Drought Steering Project
2. Triple R [Recover, Rehabilitate Reuse] + Donations in Kind (DIK)
3. Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM)
4. Australian Rotary Health (ARH)
5. Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC)
6. Interplast
7. Operation Cleft
8. End Trachoma
9. NSW/ACT Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA)
10. Peace Communities
11. Protecting the Environment
12. Rotary Action Groups
13. Vocational Service + Wiradjuri Cultural Exchange
14. ShelterBox
15. Disaster Aid
16. Rotary Alumni



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
  • Immediate Past President and Vice-President: Paul Weston
  • Bulletin Editors: Paul Weston and John Glassford
  • Webmaster: John Glassford