Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #01

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #01


PDG Fred Loneragan, President Dick Jennings and Michael McCormack MP Member for Riverina.

{Photo by Maree Jennings.}

Welcome Dick as our president for 2013-3014.  We are looking forward to your year as our president.

Dick would like to see as many members as possible attend the Junee Rotary Club change over this Sunday at 12 midday at the Junee Ex Services Club so far we have 3 members attending.

Our first meeting for 2013-3014 is next Monday night 8th July, and it will be an enjoyable night and Dick would like to see as many members attend as possible as we will be discussing Dick’s goals and plans for the year in Rotary.  This is an important night for all of us to have a say on what we aim to achieve this year.  Also on Monday night we are promised an informative and very interesting talk by Ted Hutcheon on his life.

On Monday July 15th we are scheduled for our first board meeting and in lieu of the normal business meeting that night we would like to support the Lions Club meeting on the Wednesday night see below.  Your input will be welcome next Monday night on this proposal.

Wednesday July 17th the Lions Club of Coolamon have invited us to attend their meeting with Kylie Dunstan NBN Readiness Project Coordinator  from Regional Development Australia.  Kylie will be talking on the NBN roll out.  This promises to be an important meeting not to be missed on what the NBN will mean for the Shire of Coolamon.

Let us hit the ground running and build on the great work done by IPP Paul Weston and his team.





That time of year again when we change our president and other board positions.  This keeps us all motivated and does not allow us to become stagnant or stale in our approach to why we are Rotarians.  This year we see Dick Jennings take the helm of our club and with a new board.  To celebrate this change we have a change over dinner to induct our new president and board members.  It is also a night to celebrate the previous year under IPP Paul Weston.

Coolamon Rotary Club Board

We had a fantastic evening of fellowship, good food and friendship.

Paul had arranged entertainment from the Riverina Conservatorium of Music , these young musicians did a wonderful job and were very much appreciated by all who attended.  All in all we had 80 Rotarians and their guests enjoy the evening.  Included in these were:

District Governor Geoff Tancred and Bettye Tancred, it was DG Geoff’s first official engagement as our DG for D9700 and we feel honoured that Geoff and Bettye came all the way from Orange to grace our special evening, thank you Geoff and Bettye.  Also in attendance was our Federal Member of Parliament Michael McCormack MP.  Our Coolamon Shire Mayor John Seymour and Margaret Seymour also attended and John proposed a toast to Rotary International.

Other notable attendees included PDG Fred Loneragan, PDG John Egan and AG Alan Sharp.  Several Rotary clubs supported our evening including Junee, Narrandera, Wagga Wagga Kooringal, Wagga Wagga Sunrise, Wollundry Wagga Wagga and South Wagga Wagga.   Not to forget the Coolamon Lions Club and the Coolamon Men’s Shed . Thanks to all of you.

Ray Wall from the Coolamon and Ganmain Hospital was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by DG Geoff Tancred.  Ray leaves us for Tasmania soon and we all wish Ray the very best in his new life and he will be missed by all in the Coolamon Shire.  Also we presented two Vocational Service Awards to Claire Munro and Tony Donohue for their work in our Shire.

PDG Fred Loneragan read the Rotary 4 Way Test with explanations on how this test came into being and why it means so much for Rotarians around the world. Fred also presented a framed copy of the 4 Way Test to our member in Canberra Michael McCormack to put on his office wall.

IPP Paul Weston presented his report on the past Rotary year and reflected on a most successful year for this club.  We raised $14,600 which went to many local organisations and included $6,000 to the Coolamon Men’s Shed.

The proceedings were chaired by Mark Reardon who did a great job keeping the night moving along, thanks Mark and to all of our members who helped with the night.  A special thanks to the Ganmain Craft Shop and Ann Brill for doing such a great job on our banners all 211 of them.

Here are some photos of the night and please click on the thumb nails to enlarge them.

Meanwhile in Hout Bay in South Africa:


Coolamon’s Centennial Rotary Twin Club held their annual induction night for the new president and board at the Atlantic Yacht Club in Hout Bay.

Incoming President John Routley is seen here with L/R PP Don Peters, PP Patrick McLaughlin, John Routley, DG 9350 Mike Oschje, Raymond Yosimbom and IPP Peter Dutton.

Message form IPP Hout Bay Rotary Peter Dutton:

“Can I take this moment to personally thank you, Past President Paul Weston and all of your members for your support over the past year.

Every Tuesday our toast includes Coolamon [unless the toastmaster wishes to live dangerously]. The hard work and generosity of Coolamon is always greatly appreciated and the community of Hout Bay the better for it.

My best wishes to incoming President Dick for a fruitful and enjoyable year as president. I am sure it will be. You have great little Club there which never ceases to come up with fresh ideas and to keep the energy flowing.

Kind regards

Peter Dutton
Past President Rotary Hout Bay”



Diary Reminders

*Sunday July 7th Junee RC Annual Change Over LUNCH,  noon for 12.30.

*Monday July 8th Guest Speaker Ted Hutcheon on his life.  Club Catering.

*Wednesday July 10th Narrandera RC Change over dinner Ex Servicemans Club, Narrandera.  6.30 for 7pm

July 11th 2013 BINGO Leslie Weston,  Paul Weston, Wayne Lewis, Ian Durham

Monday 15th July Business meeting followed by a Board Meeting TBC.

Wednesday 17th July Lions Meeting Coolamon Rotary is invited to hear their guest speaker Kylie Dunston from Regional Development Australia talking on the NBN roll out and what it means for the Coolamon Shire.  Dinner meeting 6.30 for 7 pm at the Coolamon Sports and Recreation Club.

Friday 19th July to Sunday July 28th 2013 Up-to-Date Art Exhibition.

Winner of the 2012 People’s Choice Award by artist Tim Morris. The award in 2013 will be sponsored by Treats & Treasures Antiques & Collectables.

*Monday 5th August Shop Locally Campaign Business Houses Meeting.

Thursday 8th August BINGO: Garth Perkin, Grahame Miles, Don Dyce, Rodney Jarrett

*Saturday 17th August Darkness to Light Dinner RC of Wagga Wagga BOOK NOW!

*Monday 30th September DG Geoff and Bettye Tancred’s Club Visit to Coolamon.

Saturday 12th October Coolamon and Ganmain Hospital Fete IN Ganmain.

*Partners and Guests Night.



Kyoko and I wish Ron and Jetta Burton success as they inspire Rotarians around the world to Engage Rotary and Change Lives. We also wish to thank John Hewko and his staff for their outstanding support throughout the year.  Past Rotary International Sakuji Tanaka signing off.  Welcome President Ron Burton and Jetta.


Two Children

Two children were in a doctor’s waiting room.

The little girl was softly sobbing.

“Why are you crying?” asked the little boy.

“I’m here for a blood test, and they’re going to cut my finger,” said the girl.

When he heard this, the little boy started to cry.

“Why are you crying?” asked the girl.

The boy looked at her worriedly and said,

“I’m here for a urine test.”

Gun Powder

A tough old cowboy  from South Texas counselled his granddaughter that if she wanted to live a  long life, the secret was to sprinkle a pinch of gun powder on her oatmeal every morning.

The granddaughter did this religiously to the age of 103 when  she died. She left behind 14 children, 30 grandchildren, 45  great-grandchildren, 25 great-great-grandchildren, and a fifteen-foot hole  where the crematorium used to be.

The Parachute

There were five people aboard an air plane having engine trouble getting ready to crash, however, there were only four parachutes. Everyone wondered what should be done to determine who should get the parachutes.

One person said that he was the smartest thing that hit the face of the Earth, and that he was too smart to die. So, he took one of the parachutes and jumped out of the aircraft. The second person said that she was too important to die, she had children and a family to take care of, and they depended on her to care for them. So, she took one of the parachutes and jumped out of the aircraft.

The third person said that he was too important to die because his family depended on him for survival. He was the head of household and the sole bread winner. So, he took one of the parachutes and jumped out of the aircraft. Finally, there were only two people left, and one parachute. One person was a 12 year old boy, and the other was a 65 year old man. The old man said, “Well son, I have lived a good life, and you are too young to die, you have a long life ahead of you. So, you take the last parachute. The boy asked, “Why, Sir?” The old man said, “Well, there is only one parachute left.”

The little lad said, “Sir there are really two parachutes left.” The old gentlemen asked, excitedly, “Yeah? How?” “Well,” replied the boy, “you know that guy who thought he was the smartest and greatest thing that hit the face of the Earth?

He grabbed my backpack.”





Gates Foundation joins with Rotary to boost polio endgame support

Jeff Raikes, chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, addresses Rotarians during the recent RI Convention in Lisbon.

An announcement at the Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal, set the stage for a bold new chapter in the partnership between Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the campaign for polio eradication.

“Going forward, the Gates Foundation will match two-to-one, up to US$35 million per year, every dollar Rotary commits to reduce the funding shortfall for polio eradication through 2018,” said Jeff Raikes, the foundation’s chief executive officer, in a pre-recorded video address shown during the convention’s plenary session on 25 June. “If fully realized, the value of this new partnership with Rotary is more than $500 million. In this way, your contributions to polio will work twice as hard.”

The joint effort, called End Polio Now – Make History Today, comes during a critical phase for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative . The estimated cost of the initiative’s 2013-18 Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan is $5.5 billion. Funding commitments , announced at the Global Vaccine Summit in April, total $4 billion. Unless the $1.5 billion funding gap is met, immunization levels in polio-affected countries will decrease. And if polio is allowed to rebound, within a decade, more than 200,000 children worldwide could be paralysed every year.


Remember these?  We do not want to go back to these days again.






Mission Statement

To provide medical treatment for children from developing countries in the form of life saving and/or dignity restoring surgery not accessible to them in their home country.

Bettye Tancred the wife of our District Governor Geoff Tancred has chosen ROMAC as the cause for their year in office.  This is a most worthy cause and the proceeds of our raffle on our change over dinner went to ROMAC.

Martin came to Auckland early in the New Year from the small island of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. He and his mother Linda travelled by truck over bumpy dirt roads to the ferry terminal, by banana boat to Buka Island, by plane from Buka Town to Port Moresby before boarding a flight to Brisbane.

After spending 5 hours in a transit lounge in Brisbane they boarded a flight to Auckland and arrived here after midnight, more than 24 hrs after leaving their home.

After only a couple of hours sleep Martin was admitted to Starship and the series of tests began. Overwhelming for anyone – let alone a child under two and his mother who didn’t speak English.

The following day Martin underwent brain and facial surgery. Following surgery, Martin and Linda were hosted by the local PNG community

Five weeks later, Martin he returned home to PNG – developmentally normal, happy and sociable.





Rotary International President Ron Burton

Governor of District 9700 Geoff Tancred

Coolamon Club President  Dick Jennings

Coolamon Club Secretary Paul Weston

Club Treasurer  Henk Hulsman

Coolamon Rotary Club Inc. P.O. Box 23 COOLAMON N.S.W. 2701

Websites of Interest

Coolamon Rotary Club:

Road MAPS to Africa a Coolamon Rotary Project:

Rotary Down Under on line:

The Orphan Rescue Kit a Coolamon RC Project:

Our Rotary Centennial Twin Club Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa:

Don’t forget to regularly check our club web site for current information such as bingo rosters and various newsletters from the District Governor, the School of St. Jude’s, the monthly membership on the move newsletter as well as several other club bulletins.


Bulletin Editor and Web Site:  John Glassford