Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for September 2023

Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for the Month of September

The weekly bulletins published below click on the link:

Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for September 7th 2023

Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for September 14th 2023

Coolamon Rotary Bulletin for September 24th 2023


Meeting of Monday 25th September 2023

President John Bond welcomed 20 members and one past member, in Bernadette Milne, (so good to see Bernie), to the meeting, another good roll up of members.  Maintaining this level of attendance every week is a great sign of the health of our club.

There was not a lot of business discussed tonight and some of the items included:

  • Telephone Directory – So far we only have 8 of the 18 x 4 pages of the 2018 entries returned from those members that took them home, of which 2 of the 8 have not been phoned as yet.  On Monday 9th meeting we will have an update of the returns to date.  It is important for future charity giving by our club that we get this all done in the next few weeks.
  • Albert advised the meeting that there was a possibility of one garden owner agreeing to have their garden available for next October’s Open Garden Day.  Albert encouraged all of us to come up with potential gardens as soon as possible, as it takes close to a year of planning and work to make this happen.
  • Howard had a story or two to tell on his meetings with Tim Fischer in the past, or two minute Tim, as he was known. Did you know that Tim Fischer used to read his 2 minutes from a piece of paper that Tim had hidden in his hat?
  • Albert then held an information session for the upcoming Gears and Bears Festival.  This included a map that Albert had prepared, which made it easy for the marshals to locate their positions on Sunday morning. In all Albert gave a concise outline in great detail as to what we are expected to do.
  • Gary Truscott and Barry Langtry will be giving their talk on their life histories, Barry on the 9th October and Gary on the 16th of October.
  • John G advised the members present of his 20 years since being introduced to Rotary by Grahame Miles and being inducted on September 28th 2003.

Another good night of friendship and fun concluded with the fines session by “one crutch”, Dick Jennings our S@A, who did a great job of collecting fines and we did like the fine on Albert for giving Dick a sterile potato for the potato growing competition.

The raffle was won by Grahame (1st prize) with secondary prizes of home made salts and garnishes by Lexi, lemons and eggs won by John G, Bear, Albert and Mary.


Gears and Beers with the Dirty 130 arriving at Dead Camel’s Lane Sunday October 1st.

More photos in a pictorial below in Rotary News.


Members have been asked to express their interest and subsequent volunteering for two upcoming events:


Saturday 21st of October – Country Makers Market from 9 am to 1 pm.  Catering by club To Be Confirmed and volunteers will be needed.

This event will be held at Redgrave park in Coolamon and those interested should contact Adrian Lindner.


Saturday 4th Nov 2023, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Bike Ride + Walk : Kicking off from 10 am

A family friendly bike ride and walk. Pick from four different courses:

  • Gilgai Track – Coolamon to Ganmain 32 km return. The ride will include the long distance which will be 16 km to Ganmain and return. Riders can turn around at any point along the track.
  • Kindra Forest – Up to 10 km of loops within Kindra Forest
  • Coolamon Urban Track – 8 km loop
  • Ganmain Murumbang Interpretive Walk

The longest ride is the Gilgai Track which will take you from Coolamon to Ganmain. It’s 16 km each way. Take a rest in Ganmain with delights to enjoy. All three tracks will start from Redgrave Park. Riders can pick their suitable distance. (Riders and walkers can turn around at any point once on the track).

Please note at places along the track it can get narrow for two-way traffic, please pull to the side and let others pass.

This is a FREE event but we request that you register online.

Party in the Park : 10 am – 5 pm

Join us for plenty of fun in Redgrave Park. Enjoy live music, food vendors, kid’s activities and entertainment. Pack a picnic rug for a chilled afternoon.

This event is organised by Coolamon Shire Council and proudly funded by the NSW Government.


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 2nd October – NO Meeting:   October Labour Day weekend public holiday.

Saturday 7th October and Sunday 8th October – Volunteers needed see Mary Potts for the:


*Monday 9th October – Member’s Talk Barry Langtry.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm.

Thursday 14th and Friday 15th October – CRC Street Raffle at Foodworks. Roster to be set at meeting of 9th October.

*Monday 16th October – Member’s Talk Gary Truscott.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm.

Friday 20th-Sunday 22nd October – Rotary District 9705 Annual Conference. Queanbeyan.

Saturday 21st October – Country Makers Market. Redgrave Park, Coolamon, 9.00am to 1.00pm.  Catering Van To Be Confirmed and volunteers will be needed.

Saturday 28th-Sunday 29th October – Rotary Zone 8 Virtual Conference.

Saturday 4th November – Tackle the Track Bike Ride 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Saturday 11th November – Wagga Cycle Club Event.  CRC to cater lunch and dinner for cycling
event at Pomegolarna Reserve Wagga Wagga. Volunteers needed.

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

* Partner’s night


The final domesticated Scottish haggis herd to ever exist was raised in the town of Selkirk, nestled in the Scottish Borders. Editor’s note: I lived for 12 months near Selkirk and can confirm that they are very hard to see.

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


The Puzzler

Answer to the last puzzlers:

  • Riddle: Your tongue tastes better than it smells.
  • Math puzzle: The probability that the remaining marble is also white is 2/3.

This month’s puzzlers:

  • Riddle: How can the number four be half of five?
  • Brain teaser: Four people are crossing a bridge at night, so they all need a torch—but they have only one that lasts for 15 minutes. Alice can cross in one minute, Ben in two minutes, Cindy in five minutes and Don in eight minutes. No more than two people can cross at a time; and when two cross, they have to go at the slower person’s pace. How do they get across in 15 minutes?




Sunday October 1st the October Labour day weekend, sees our club involved in the Wollundry Rotary Club’s annual Gears & Beers Festival.  This year Albert Suidgeest was the Chair of the our club’s planning and  volunteers committee.  Albert did a great job in taking over from Daryl Breust, who has done this job over the past few Gears & Beers Festivals.

The volunteers began working the week before on the preparation of the Rotary ANZAC biscuits which are now famous.  These biscuits were baked on the previous day being Saturday 30th September. Thanks to Mary Potts for the photos below:


The event started on time on Sunday morning with the Dirty 130 and the Roadie 115.

Photo above from the Gears & Beers Facebook page.

Our club supplied many volunteers as marshals and especially those partners who volunteered at the half way station in Lions Park.  I will get a list of the volunteers at some stage, thanks to all who played a part in the event this weekend.

A message form Gears & Beers just received via Facebook:

“A fabulous job as always Coolamon Rotary Club, thanks.”

The Gears & Beers Facebook page has some great photos of the Dirty 130 and the Roadie 115:

Gears & Beers Facebook Page.

Gears & Beers Website

Some photos from today:

By Mary Potts:



By John Glassford:


October is RI’s Community Economic & Development 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
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