Coolamon Rotary New Bulletin #15

Monday 23rd April 2018

President Paul welcomed 19 members plus guests Helen, Sally, Wendy & Denise Winkler, our guest speaker for the night. Secretary John announced board meeting topics from last week, which  included approval of the printing of business cards for prospective members. This was followed by a delicious dinner and a talk from our guest speaker, Dr Denise Winkler. To finish off the night, Ted led an entertaining fine session, which possibly wasn’t ‘fair to all concerned’.

Guest Speaker Dr Denise Winkler

Guest speaker Dr Denise Winkler spoke on the value of  ‘stories’ in education. She then went on to tell us her ‘Case Study’ story, to illustrate how her story can educate us about who she is. 

She grew up in USA & was previously from Seattle, near Washington. In the early 2000’s she was searching for a new adventure/career & as a result sought to take up a take up a position at Faculty of Education at CSU in 2003. She went on to tell us her most interesting true love to tragedy life story.

When she arrived at Melbourne airport in 2003 she was hoping for someone from CSU to meet & collect her. She looked around for someone displaying her name; there were a few people there looking for a friend to get off the plane, but no one displaying a name. She approached  one man who seemed to be waiting for someone and he swept her up and kissed her. This obviously was not someone from CSU, however after brief conversation where both realised their mistake, both were intrigued by the chemistry they had.  After a tete a tete John asked her to join him for a coffee, where he then offered to help her find her way to CSU Albury. They exchanged phone numbers and he drove back to Melbourne.

A week or so later, he phoned her and asked if he could come  to Albury to meet up again and Denise agreed. In that time, while seeing her for the second time, he proposed to her after spending a week togther. What a true love story that is! – the editor

They discussed plans and had long conversations over the phone.  Her family questioned her decision to rush into the marriage, suggesting he could be a ‘serial rapist’ or this or that; you just wouldn’t know.  But Denise knew! – the editor

They decided to meet up in Hawaii and it was there they got married. After a honeymoon, they returned to the USA  to have a joyous life together filled with sailing and fun, but sadly after a few years, John became ill with cancer. After months of chemo treatment having been given the all clear they decided to come to Australia for a visit where it was found the cancer had spread to other parts of his body. They had 8 happy years together before he tragically died in 2011 in Melbourne.

This left Denise stranded in Australia having just lost her husband. However she reconnected with her good friend and doctoral supervisor who was working at CSU and has since found a new home in Coolamon. 

Denise finished off by stating that risk taking is important in decisions we make in life. After her talk, she answered a number of thought-provoking questions from her captivated audience.

Leslie thanked Denise for sharing her story with us.

Quote of the Week

Who said this?

“God couldn’t be everywhere so he created women”.


Last week’s Quote of the Week was attributed to Stephen Jay Gould.


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Monday 30th April –  Regular meeting  at Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Saturday & Sunday, 5th-6th May – District 9700 CONFERENCE. Roxy Theatre, Leeton. Suggest booking accommodation early!

*Monday 7 May  – Guest Speaker.  Exchange student Lucia on her Australian Inland Safari at Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Thursday, 10th  May- BINGO.  Paul W  (Captain),  Bern M, Ivan F  & Craig C in Community Centre Hall

Monday 14 May  – no meeting tonight in lieu of tomo night

Tuesday 15th May – Guest Speaker: RI Director Noel Trevaskis. Joint meeting with Junee and Temora at Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

*Monday May 28 – Guest Speaker. Daryl Bruest on Kokoda trek, at Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Thursday, 14th  June – BINGO.  Grahame M  (Captain), Wayne L, Mark R & Ian J   in Community Centre Hall

Saturday, 23rd June to Wednesday, 27th June – Rotary International Convention. Toronto, Canada.

*Saturday, 30th June – Coolamon Rotary Changeover and District 9700 Changeover.  Ganmain Hall.

* denotes partner & guest night

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Community Events

Up to date Art exhibition Friday 27th July  – 12th August, For further information please email: [email protected]






Chartered March 3rd, 1971; Sponsoring Club Narrandera Rotary Club
President: Paul Weston  6927 2972
President-Elect & Service Projects:  Daryl Breust 0409 551 140
Secretary:  John Bond 0427 273 226
Treasurer: Henk Hulsman 6927 3486
Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro 6927 3156
Club Admin Director: Don Dyce 6929 1215
Youth Director: Dave McKinley 6927 8553
Service Projects {Vocational} Director: Ian Jennings 6927 3390
Membership Director: Wayne Lewis 6927 3501
Public Image Director: Myffy Collette 6927 6313
Immediate Past President: Don Dyce 6929 1215
Sergeant @ Arms: Ted Hutcheon 6927 3349
Bulletin Editor: Sarah Collins 0448 118 003 and Grahame Miles



April  is Maternal and Child Health Month

At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, Rotary International provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Their projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs.


Learn more about what Rotary is doing in the area of Water and Sanitation at  Rotary International Web Site



District 9700 Board 2018-2019

The 2018-2019 D9700 Board is coming together nicely and the restructure is going to work and work well.  DGN John McKenzie and DG George Weston are committed to making it work, as are the others on this much smaller Board: The 9700 district that the Coolamon Rotary club was a member of has now been split. Coolamon Rotary will now be a part of District 9705 as of 2020. Details will be updated as they arrive.

District Governor: John Glassford {Membership Retention} Coolamon

District Governor-Elect: John McKenzie {Service Projects} Orange North

District Governor Nominee {New District}: Michael Moore

Immediate Past District Governor: George Weston {Youth} Leeton

Foundation Director: PDG David Kennedy {Foundation} Blayney

Secretary: PP David Benn {Administration} Wollundry Wagga Wagga

Treasurer Finance & Audit: PP Doug Conkey {Budget} Wollundry Wagga Wagga

Communications Director: PP Paul Murray {Public Image} Wollundry

Millennials Director: PP Clare Lawlor {Membership Millennials} Wagga CSU Rotaract

Associate Member: AG Julie Poplin {Assistant Governors}

Other District Appointments

Executive Secretary and Web Master: PP Paul Murray Wollundry Wagga Wagga

District Trainer: PP Geraldine Rurenga Wagga Wagga Murrumbidgee

PETS Facilitator: PDG Tony Monley D9810

Public Officer: PDG Ian Tooke Blayney

2019 Griffith D9700 Conference Chair: PP Ross Grillo Griffith

DIO Insurance/Risk Management: PP Sam Catanzariti Griffith

COL 2019 Representative: PDG Gary Roberts

We are still looking at appointing two more Assistant Governors.

We are also looking at the structure of all the Standing Committees and the Special Committees.

We will post all further news on D9700 2018-2019 on my DGJG Blog:

DG JG 9700 2018-2019


President Ian Riseley RC of Sandringham Melbourne

President Elect Barry Rassin RC of East Nassau The Bahamas

District 9700 Governor George Weston RC of Leeton

District 9700 Governor Elect John Glassford RC of Coolamon

District 9700 Governor Nominee John McKenzie RC of Orange North