Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #06
AUGUST IS MEMBERSHIP AND EXTENSIONS MONTH.
“Renew and Revitalise”
“Just like any other product you have to market your club in the local community, there is nothing like a highly visible hands-on project to get you noticed. Get the newer member to organise it. Ditch as many of the “formal” elements from most meetings, just keep them for special occasions. Don’t just nod to equality, diversity and minority inclusion, you are supposed to be representative of your area. Get involved with schools, they are a font of new members, teachers, parents, local authorities etc. don’t be afraid to work with other societies, cross fertilisation is healthy!” John Mackail, D1040, Wakefield, UK.
“Rotary started changing for me after that. I found that the more engaged I became in Rotary and the work of The Rotary Foundation, the more I saw the magic of Rotary and how it changed lives. Each of us has our own reason for joining Rotary — but I believe we all want to make a difference. We all want to be doing something meaningful. That is absolutely essential for us to remember when we talk about membership,” said RI President Ron Burton for Membership Month, which is in August. RI President Ron Burton.
MONDAY AUGUST 5th MEETING
Leslie Weston Introducing the Speakers
Monday night was one of Coolamon Rotary’s initiatives our Shop Locally Campaign. Leslie Weston and Ian Jennings are working hard with other members to conduct business meetings in Coolamon for the business people of the Shire of Coolamon. This meeting attracted many of the leaders in business from Coolamon, Ganmain and Marrar. In all 21 people attended plus our members which included several members who have a business in the Shire.
The guest speakers were Michael Reid from the State Government Employees Credit Union in Wagga Wagga and Julian McLaren from the Wagga Wagga Business Chamber and it’s current president,Julian is also a Councillor in the Wagga Wagga City Council. Michael spoke first on how his Credit Union was now in Small Business Loans secured by residential mortgages. Michael told us that we need money to make money and that to speculate is to accumulate. The SGECU has a range of products now at very low interest rates for local business houses to take advantage of.
Julian spoke on the bigger picture and talked about the Australian economy and how we are going. Julian was not afraid to broach all manner of subjects including global warming, interest rates, coal seam gas, the need for a recession to clean up the economy. There was not enough time to ask both speakers a series of questions however they answered many from those present. All in all a thought provoking evening and well done Ian Jennings and of course Marilyn as well as Leslie Weston.
President Dick Jennings closed the meeting and reminded all members that next Tuesday we will be going to Junee instead of meeting on Monday.
Paul Weston thanks Michael Reid and Grahame Miles thanks Julian McLaren
Thursday 8th August BINGO: Garth Perkin, Grahame Miles, Don Dyce, Rodney Jarrett.
Monday 12th August NO MEETING
*Tuesday 13th August Joint Meeting with Junee in Junee Featuring the Wagga Wagga Male Rugby Choir. Numbers to Christine Atkinson 0427 880 158.
*Saturday 17th August Darkness to Light Dinner RC of Wagga Wagga BOOK NOW!
*Monday 19th August Honeywell Science Presentation and Guest Speaker Darrell Breust from Coolamon.
*Monday 26th August John Franklin Guest Speaker . Times and life living in the Northern Territory.
Friday August 30th Steam Train in Coolamon Morning Tea. Volunteers required.
*Monday 2nd September Guest Speaker Colleen Wilson Lord OAM.
Tuesday 3rd September Memory, Movement and Motivation Information Day Coolamon by Colleen Lord OAM Health and Wellness Day at the Allawah Community Centre. Contact Clare Munro: 6927 3548.
Thursday 12th September BINGO: Christine Atkinson, Mark Reardon, Dick Jennings, Neil Munro
*Monday 30th September DG Geoff Tancred’s Visit.
Sunday 6th October Coolamon Scarecrow Festival.
Monday 7th October NO Meeting Labour Day Weekend.
Thursday 10th October BINGO: Ian Jennings, John Glassford, Grahame Miles, Ted Hutcheon
Saturday 12th October Coolamon and Ganmain Hospital Fete IN Ganmain.
Saturday 26th October Street Raffle in Coolamon.
Late November early December date TBA: Early Pre-Christmas Rotary Community Market Day in Coolamon.
Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd February PETS in Young
Friday 14th March Trike Convention Catering in Wagga Wagga proceeds to Ronald McDonald House in Wagga Wagga.
Friday March 21st-Sunday March 23rd D9700 Conference in Orange.
Sunday 18th May D9700 Assembly in Grenfell
Saturday 24th May Red Shield Appeal Street Stall.
Sunday June 1st-Wednesday June 4th. SYDNEY 2014 RI Convention See promotion at the end of this bulletin.
*Partners and Guests Night.
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT RON BURTON:
The private sector plays a central role in creating solutions for the world’s most pressing needs, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said before the closing bell on Wall Street to welcome NYSE Euronext to the UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative. #Rotary was also there! In the photo (from the left) are Rotary District 7230 Governor Matts Ingemanson, UN Secretary-General Ban, and RI President Ron Burton.
President Ron’s August Message:
We’re going to make sure that the work we do in Rotary is solid, effective, and sustainable. And we’re going to make sure that Rotary itself will last – by committing to our goal of 1.3 million Rotarians in our clubs by the year 2015.
That goal is a little different from membership goals we’ve had in the past. The goal isn’t just bringing in new members. The goal is growing Rotary. The goal is making Rotary bigger, not just with more members, but with more involved, engaged, motivated members who will be the ones to lead us into our future.
Each of us has our own reason for joining Rotary – but I believe we all want to make a difference. We all want to be doing something meaningful. That is absolutely essential for us to remember when we talk about membership.
We’re not asking just anyone to join Rotary. We’re looking to attract busy, successful, motivated people who care. We’re asking them to take their valuable time and give it to Rotary. So if they say yes, and they come and join our club, then we’d better be showing them that their time in Rotary is well spent.
K.R. (Ravi) Ravindran, of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2015-16. Ravindran will become the president-nominee on 1 October if there are no challenging candidates.
Ravindran’s top priority for Rotary will be to increase membership. Also, it’s important for Rotarians to speak with a consistent voice and share their stories, especially through social media, so others can see the impact Rotary has had in their lives, he said.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
By the time the sailor pulled into a little town every hotel room was taken.
“You’ve got to have a room somewhere,” he pleaded. “Or just a bed, I don’t care where.”
“Well, I do have a double room with one occupant — an Air Force guy,” admitted the manager, “and he might be glad to split the cost. But to tell you the truth, he snores so loudly that people in adjoining rooms have complained in the past. I’m not sure it’d be worth it to you.”
“No problem,” the tired Navy man assured him. “I’ll take it.”
The next morning, the sailor came down to breakfast bright-eyed and bushy tailed.
“How’d you sleep?” asked the manager. “Never better.” The manager was impressed.
“No problem with the other guy snoring?” “Nope. I shut him up in no time,” said the Navy guy. “How’d you manage that?” asked the manager.
“He was already in bed, snoring away, when I came in the room,” the sailor explained. “I went over, gave him a kiss on the cheek, and said, ‘Goodnight beautiful,’
…And he sat up all night watching me.”
Two sisters, one blonde and one brunette, inherit the family ranch.
Unfortunately, after just a few years, they are in financial trouble.
In order to keep the bank from re-possessing the ranch, they need to purchase a bull from the stockyard in a town far away so that they can breed their own stock. They only have $600 left.
Upon leaving, the brunette tells her sister: “When I get there, if I decide to buy the bull, I’ll contact you to drive out after me and haul it home.”
The brunette arrives at the stockyard, inspects the bull and decides she wants to buy it. The man tells her that he will sell it for $599, no less. After paying him, she drives to the nearest town to send her sister a telegram to tell her the news.
She walks into the telegraph office and says: “I want to send a telegram to my sister telling her that I’ve bought a bull for our ranch. I need her to hitch the trailer to our pickup truck and drive out here so we can haul it home.”
The telegraph operator explains that he’ll be glad to help her, then adds: “It’s just 99 cents a word.”
Well, after paying for the bull, the brunette only has $1 left. She realizes that she’ll only be able to send her sister one word. After a few minutes of thinking, she nods and says: “I want you to send her the word “comfortable.”
The operator shakes his head. “How is she ever going to know that you want her to hitch the trailer to your pick up truck and drive out here to haul that bull back to your ranch, if you send her just the word – “comfortable?”
The brunette explains: “My sister’s blonde. The word’s big. She’ll read it very slowly . . .
ERIC VAN SOEST
There is one in every club!
THE NEW ROTARY
As you may know, we will soon be launching a whole new rotary.org. My Rotary will feature a number of social tools designed to build and deepen relationships between Rotarians and Rotaractors and seek resources for service projects. We would like to take this opportunity to ask you to serve as one of our early adopters for the newly created My Rotary.
Because Rotary Fellowships and Rotarian Action Groups work in an assortment of project areas, you are in an excellent position to be among the first to populate these new tools when they launch with projects and discussions, as well as provide us with valuable feedback on the user experience so we can ensure that the global community of Rotary experiences the best possible product.
Be on the lookout for #RISocial updates, and join the conversation online by using #RISocial in your tweets and Facebook posts to help us spread the word about how these new tools will make it easier for Rotarians to better serve our global community. These new tools will make it easier than ever to raise funds for service projects, find partners, recruit volunteers, connect to others in the Rotary world and start important conversations.
If you are interested in being an early adopter, please sign up here, and be sure to encourage those in your Fellowship or Action Group to do the same. Early adopters will help to populate these new tools with content after launch. If you have an idea to help us spread the word about #RISocial do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] and let us know!
When we engage Rotary, we change lives.
Rotary Service Connections
ONLY IN AFRICA
Some of the things you do not see anywhere else:
CAUSES WORTH SUPPORTING
PROPOSED ROTARIAN ACTION GROUP FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES or RAGES
This week I am inviting you to join RAGES the proposed Rotarian Action Group for the Rhino, Elephant, Orangutan and other endangered species.
We now have 51 members from 11 different countries and we apply to Rotary International for approval this week. The application will be considered at the Rotary Board meeting in Evanston in October.
Membership is FREE! What we are looking for is for membership and for those joining us to create awareness and to take action in supporting one of the RAGES endorsed projects we have and will list on our web site.
Simply go to the registration page and apply. You can also follow us on Facebook:
FACEBOOK PAGE RAGES this is the open group.
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: http://coolamonrotary.com
Road MAPS to Africa a Coolamon Rotary Project: http://www.mountainsofthemoon.org/
Rotary Down Under on line: http://flipflashpages.uniflip.com/2/26587/49598/pub
Mount Kenya 2015 Web Site incorporating the ORK: http://theork.com/
Our Rotary Centennial Twin Club Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa: http://www.rotaryhoutbay.org
Proposed Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species RAGES: http://www.endangeredrag.org/#
ROTARY CONCERT AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
When: 8pm, 2 June 2014
Experience an extraordinary performance at the famous Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. With its grand setting, gorgeous wooden panelling and cathedral‐like ambience, the world‐renowned Concert Hall is Sydney Opera House’s most prestigious and majestic space. Immerse yourself here, in a Classical‐Romantic Symphonic performance by this acclaimed 65‐piece orchestra. You will enjoy a performance to remember.
Further details to be provided in the coming months
One ticket to the concert at the Sydney Opera House. Free transport provided using free public transport pass provided courtesy of NSW Government.
Bulletin Editor and Web Site: John Glassford