Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #06

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #06

Be a Gift to the World







Apologies President Wayne Lewis.

Our guest tonight was Daryl Breust attending his last meeting as a potential member of our club.  The Board has extended an invitation to Daryl to join our club.

Tonight we had a fellowship meeting followed by the August Board meeting.  Tonight it was the turn of Don Dyce our President Elect to give a 10 minute summary of his life to date.

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Don and Sally at Diani Beach Kenya.

Don Dyce has had a full and varied life however his love is farming and that is what he has been doing for many years.  Don has many old friends in the club going back to school in Coolamon and beyond.  His family settled in the Coolamon area in 1896.  Don has three children by his first wife.

Don is an enterprising man and started his journey by raising a few pigs and on sale were enough to get him started in real estate in Wagga.  He has been an artist and a writer and then went back to the land on the retirement of his father.  Don purchased the next door property from PP Bill Innes, now passed on,  so Don’s connections ot Coolamon Rotary go back a long way and we look forward to his year as our President 2016-2017.

I got to know Don a whole lot better by climbing Mount Kenya with him.  It is here he was called “BP” the quiet achiever and that he is.  Don seen below leading the Rotary team up Mount Kenya to the summit of Point Lenana.

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Don Dyce Rotarian Climber and Farmer

So far we have raised around $45,000 from the climb for our beneficiaries including Legacy Australia.

Thank you Don for your support and leadership on this adventure!!!




Next Monday night we have the annual visit of our District Governor and his wife.  DG Gary Roberts and Marilyn Roberts will be with us from 5.30 pm for the Executive, 6.00 pm with the full Board and 6.30 pm for fellowship and to meet all of our members and their partners.

DG Gary will be our speaker for the night.  Smart casual is the go, ties if you want.  Please join us to hear what Rotary International and our District 9700 is doing this Rotary year.

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DG Gary Roberts and his family. {Photo credit PDG John Egan}.


Diary Reminders

BINGO Roster Thursday August 13th:   Ian Jennings (Captain), Henk Hulsman, Don Dyce, John Nulty.

*Monday August 17th DG Gary Roberts Official Visit. All welcome bring your partners.

Friday 21st August Hospital Trivia Night at the Coolamon Sports and Recreation Club. Book a table of 8 $10 per person.  7.00 pm start call Kathy Goss 6927 3447 or Maree Jennings on 6927 3074.  

*Monday 24th August Grahame Miles History of Liverpool England.

*Monday 7th September Guest Speaker: Steve Exton “ Something Interesting”

Monday 14th Fellowship Meeting followed by the September Board Meeting.

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September.  Canberra Australian Rotary Success Conference & Youth Summit 2015 At the Hellenic Club.

Saturday 24th October Coolamon & Ganmain Hospital Fete at Ganmain.

Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th April 2016 D9700 Conference in Wagga Wagga.

Saturday 28th May 2016 – Wednesday June 1st Seoul RICON South Korea  Seoul 2016

*Partners and Guests Night.

Apologies for Monday meetings call Ian Jennings on 0428 492 157  BY FRIDAY 12.00 pm.






A funeral procession pulled into a cemetery. Several carloads of family members followed a black truck towing a boat with a coffin in it.
A passer-by remarked, “That guy must have been a very avid fisherman.”
“Oh, he still is,” remarked one of the mourners. As a matter of fact, he’s headed off to the lake as soon as we bury his wife.”






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Africa goes one year without a case of polio

Just a few days from now, on 11 August, we will mark a tremendous milestone: one full year without a single case of polio caused by wild poliovirus in Africa.

The magnitude of this achievement can hardly be overstated. A polio-free Africa has been within sight, so near and yet so far, for over a decade. The hard work and commitment that have brought us to this point have been nothing short of heroic. Tens of thousands of health workers reached hundreds of millions of children with vaccine, in some of the most difficult conditions imaginable. Together, we have done what once seemed impossible: We have stopped polio in Africa.

Yet this progress, momentous as it is, is still fragile. As long as polio exists in the two remaining endemic countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan, the virus still has the potential to spread and to spark new outbreaks. Now, more than ever, we need the power of all of Rotary to carry us through to the end: not just a polio-free Africa, but a polio-free world.

Wherever you live, whether your country has just conquered polio or has been polio-free for decades, we need your voice, and your help. I ask all of you to read and use the materials in thistool kit to find ways to raise awareness in your community, and beyond. We need every Rotarian, in every Rotary club, to be talking about polio: making sure that media outlets report on our progress and our elected officials see polio eradication as a global priority. Your grassroots work helps drive the increased media coverage we have seen in the past year, which in turn drives global backing of our work to eradicate polio. Together, we will keep polio front and center in our communities and on our national agendas, keeping up the energy and the momentum that will push us through to the finish.

The battle in Africa has, for the moment, been won, but we need the strength of every Rotarian to help us win the war. Together, we will End Polio Now and truly Be a Gift to the World.

Warm regards,
K.R. Ravindran
President, Rotary International

Rotary and Be a Gift to the World


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 Experience: Victor Escat from France, Katarina Janzon from Sweden and Yohsuke Takata from Japan are enjoying studying in Wagga. Picture: Les Smith. Wagga Wagga Advertiser.
While the rest of us are shivering this winter Swedish exchange student, Katarina Janzon, feels quite comfortable with winters at home generally getting down to minus 20 degrees.

Katarina is currently studying at Wagga High School with two other exchange students, Victor Escat  from France and Yoh Takata from Japan.

The three students are on the Rotary Youth Exchange for 12 months staying with host families around Wagga.

With 1040 students Wagga high is a lot bigger than Katarina’s school at home which has just 150 students.

At home, the school day is shorter, classes are longer and students cannot choose their subjects.

Victor’s school in France is around the same size as Wagga and he cannot choose subjects and the school day is much longer.


District 9700 Web Site





 South Sudan

Photo Credit: LuAnn Cadd

Groenendijk and younger kids take a break from jumping on the center’s trampoline. Staff say it’s her energy that holds Confident Children out of Conflict together.

From the of The Rotarian

The girls were alone. Their families were dead, or gone, or lost in the broken landscape of southern Sudan. They had nowhere to turn, and no one to turn to. Some lived in the market, others in the cemetery. When Cathy Groenendijk saw them, she couldn’t help herself. She offered them tea, then some food, then a place to sleep in her guesthouse.

“In the morning, we would sit together and talk about what had happened the night before,” Groenendijk remembers. “And what I heard I could not believe. I could not believe it.”

One girl’s father had died, and after the funeral, she never saw her mother again. She was living on the streets with some other kids when four men started chasing them. The other girls were faster. She fell behind and was caught and raped by all four men. Groenendijk knew a doctor who repaired the physical damage, saving her life.






Seoul 2016

The 2016 Rotary Convention is your chance to meet Rotary members from around the globe. You’ll reconnect with old friends and make new ones while exploring different cultures and exchanging ideas for a better world.


Something for every Rotarian

Whether you’ve just joined Rotary or are a longtime club member, our annual convention will deepen your understanding and appreciation of Rotary. You’ll make personal connections on a global scale, discover new ideas for making positive change, and return to your club inspired and energized to take action. All this and the chance to explore Korea’s capital, Seoul.

The Seoul convention will be a unique experience highlighted by once-in-a-lifetime activities arranged by the Host Organization Committee:

  • Tour Korea with local Rotary members
  • Enjoy stirring music and dance performances by local artists
  • Show off your talents at the Rotary Family Talent Contest

RICON 2016






A huge thanks to Martin “Pottz” Potter, Kelly Slater, Owen Wright for signing our Say No poster. You guys are amazing. What an honour.

Please check out their incredible day arranged by Brent Cook from Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF) along with the World Surf League (WSL) who spear-headed the involvement of the top athletes competing on the Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour with CRF and the foundation’s efforts in rhino conservation.


Today August 10th is World Lion Day

Here is a stark reminder of what has happened ot their population.




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Elephant plumber!




Ian H.S. Riseley, of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2017-18. He will become the president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge him.

Riseley says that meaningful partnerships with corporations and other organizations are crucial to Rotary’s future.

“We have the programs and personnel and others have available resources,” says Riseley. “Doing good in the world is everyone’s goal. We must learn from the experience of the polio eradication program to maximize our public awareness exposure for future partnerships.”






Bulletin Editor and Web Site:  John Glassford

Yours in Rotary John Glassford Chair 2014 -2016

Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species
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.

Rotary International President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran

Governor of District 9700 Gary Roberts

Coolamon Club President  Wayne Lewis

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:

Mount Kenya 2015 Web Site incorporating the ORK:

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

Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species RAGES: