Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #11

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #11

Be a Gift to the World


SEPTEMBER IS ROTARY Basic Education and Literacy Month

One of our sponsored vulnerable and at risk girls from the Mathare area of Nairobi, Quinter Ochieng, is now set to go to Teachers College.  Quinter has been a star pupil and is now qualified as a midwife.  Quinter now wants her teacher’s diploma so that she can go back to Mathare and teach other young women.  We started funding Quinter and her sister following the Mountains of the Moon 2011 climb.

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This week was a quiet one for our club however we had Bingo on Thursday, Cool Grass breakfast on Sunday and a general meeting followed by our September board meeting.  We had plenty of volunteers at Marg and Garth Perkin’s home for the Cool Grass breakfast.

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The meeting tonight was a combination of a normal dinner followed by a board meeting.

There has been much discussion following the board meeting and President Wayne has consulted with several of our members and we are going to change the meeting structures, not by any great deal but with the welfare of the members in mind.  It is encouraging to see so many new members who want to become involved in the club so to this end we will have a monthly meeting for the members run by the members something like a Club Assembly, Planning Night, Discussion Night.  This will be on the 2nd Monday of each month to begin with.  The board will meet on another night.

“Moo Poo”:  Dave McKinley and Wayne Lewis will be collecting 27 tonnes this week.  27 tonnes of the best quality of composted weed free Moo Poo.  The members who volunteered to start bagging this gold will meet at Wayne’s property on Saturday at 8.30 am.  More volunteers are needed with a wide mouth shovel.

Join us with shovels at Gate 123 Lesterfield Lane off the Ganmain Coolamon Road.  So far we have 9 volunteers, well done.

N.B.  Remember to put in your diary Monday 12th October for a Club Assembly Fellowship Discussion and Planning Meeting.  Everyone will have a chance for their say and to work for the future of our club.

Guess Who has accepted our invitation to join our club?

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Diary Reminders

Saturday 19th September GANMAIN Markets. 

Saturday September 19th.  Rebuild Nepal Spirit of Community.  Speakers Marg and Garth Perkin at Allawah Community Centre at 3.00 pm.  With the Coolamon Dance Whisperers.

Sunday September 20th Royce Abbey Oration in Wagga Wagga.  Rotary Peace by Steven Marks AM. 

*Monday 21st September Matt Quade: “Security in Afghanistan, Libya and Somalia- A Hands on Experience.”

Friday 25th September Comedy and Blue Grass with Pete Denahy at the Ganmain Hall 7.30 pm Tickets $20 call 6927 6010 or tickets at the door.

*Monday 28th September  Mrs Clarke   “My Life of Crime”

Sunday October 4th Gears & Beers Festival and Cycle Run by Wollundry Rotary Club.  We now have the list of check points call Don Dyce or Wayne Lewis for details.  More volunteers needed. 

Monday 5th October NO MEETING Labor Day NSW Holiday.  October Board Meeting at 7.00 pm TBC.

Thursday 8th October BINGO Roster:  Ian Durham (Capt) Steve Exton, Rod Jarrett, Don Dyce.

Monday 12th October CLUB ASSEMBLY & Fellowship, Discussion and Planning Meeting.

*Monday 19th October Coolamon Shire Council Mayor John Seymour and General  Manager Tony Donoghue.  N.B. VOCATIONAL VISIT AT THE SHIRE OFFICES. 6.30 SHARP {Followed by dinner at the club).

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

Saturday 24th October World Polio Day.

Monday 26th October AGM and Election of Office Bearers for 2016-2017.

Monday 2nd November Club Assembly Fellowship and Planning Meeting.

Friday November 6th Light the Night Leukemia Foundation in memory of Greg Armstrong.  Details to follow.

*Monday 9th November Guest Speaker Dr. Leslie Weston and Leslie’s Travelogue.

Wednesday 11th November November Board Meeting TBC.

Thursday 12th November BINGO Roster: Henk Hulsman (Capt.), Daryl Breust, Myffy Collette and Bernadette Milne.

*Monday 16th November Guest Speaker Ann Baker Sisters Housing Enterprises Inc. (SHE Inc.) is a community based not for profit organisation providing medium term supported accommodation for single women ….


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.



Titanic (2)

Three blokes were working on a high rise building project, Macca, Chook and Simmo. Chook falls off and is killed instantly. As the ambulance takes the body away, Simmo says,”Someone should go and tell his wife.” Macca says, “OK, I`m pretty good at that sensitive stuff, I’ll do it.”
Two hours later, Macca comes back carrying a slab of VB. Simmo says,”Where did you get that, Macca?”
“Chook’s missus gave it to me.” “That’s unbelievable, you told the lady her husband was dead and she
gave you beer?” Macca says, “Well not exactly. When she answered the door, I said to her, “You must be Chook`s widow.”
She said, “No, I’m not a widow.”
And I said, “Wanna bet me a slab”








Ravi Education

Every child has the right to go to school, but 58 million children around the world don’t have access to basic education. Stand with Rotary and millions of other youth, teachers, parents, and advocates to Stand ‪#‎UpForSchool. Together we can create the biggest petition in history and show the world how Rotary can mobilize their communities to support education and literacy.



There was once a strong young man who was offered a job as a woodcutter. He set about his task with energy: The first week, he turned 18 trees into firewood. The second week, he worked just as hard, but was surprised to find he had chopped only 11 trees. The third week, despite working nonstop from morning till night, the number was six, and he went despairingly to the foreman to offer his resignation. “I am losing my strength. I can no longer cut as many trees as I once could.”

The foreman looked at the young man, who seemed to him in fine health. “Have you thought of sharpening your ax?” he asked.

“Sharpen my ax? Who has time to sharpen an ax?” the young man asked indignantly. “I have been too busy chopping wood!”




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“Thank You, The President of the Republic of Kenya, for receiving the “Beyond Zero” mobile clinic on my behalf at State House, Nairobi”.  First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.

The mobile clinic was donated by Rotary International and delivered by Rotary International President Ravi Ravindran and members of the Rotary Clubs of Kenya.


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Young Youth

This weekend Young hosted the inbound / outbound exchange student training. The photo is of all the students involved. We wish them well on this amazing journey.



Internationally-acclaimed lawyer to deliver Royce Abbey Oration in Wagga.  Sunday September 20th.

Steven Mark AM


MODERN-DAY racism will be the theme of the keynote address at Rotary District 9700’s annual International Day of Peace in Wagga on September 20.

Steve Mark AM, chairman of the Australian section of the International Commission of Jurists and former president of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board, will deliver the Royce Abbey Oration.

The speech will be part of Rotary’s International Day of Peace luncheon at the Wagga Country Club.

Wagga was declared a Peace City in 1993 and the concept, now known as peace communities, has spread around the world.

Cootamundra is the latest Riverina centre to me proclaimed a peace community, in November, 2014.

N. B.  Coolamon is the first Rotary Peace Town in the world.

District 9700 Web Site


Rotary Water Project

The Rollin’ with Rotary team, clockwise from top left, Adam Barth, Kathy Fahy, Jason Browne, RI Director Jennifer Jones, and Marie Fallon, stop off at Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, on 6 August. Photo Credit: Rotary International/Alyce Henson.
Members of the news media had gathered, along with the mayor of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and a group of Rotary members, on the bank of the murky Detroit River. It was early August and the members were about to amaze the reporters on hand.

Jason Browne and Adam Barth, members of Rollin’ With Rotary, a four-person team of Rotary members who visited a dozen cities this summer, dipped a bucket into the polluted water. The reporters watched as they poured the brownish water into a filter, part of a $1,000 survival kit that Rotary and its project partner ShelterBox distribute to disaster victims worldwide. The water came out clear. Browne, Barth, and their teammates drank glassfuls and grinned broadly.

Then they invited Mayor Drew Dilkens to take a drink. “He survived,” says Rotary International Director Jennifer Jones, laughing. “And the media went nuts!” Jones, who is from Windsor, traveled with the team.



Rotary International Convention 2016 SEOUL.

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.

Seoul Palace

◆ Gyeongbok Palace

Yi Seong-gye founded the Chosun Dynasty in 1392 and designated Hanyang (now Seoul) as the capital. He had a new palace built there and named it Gyeongbok (Felicitous Blessing) Palace. It was burned to ashes during the Japanese invasions of Korea from 1592 to 1598 and rebuilt in 1867. Visitors to the palace can watch the royal guard changing ceremony every hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the main gate.

Seoul is the ideal location for a Rotary convention and a delightful travel destination to explore. You’ll find traditional tea houses and regal palaces alongside posh shopping malls and bustling markets. Make sure to include extra time in your travel plans to experience the wonders of Seoul.


Warm, friendly people

Seoul may be the largest metropolis in Korea but its residents embrace visitors with a warmth more typical of a small town. Its high-tech transportation system and multilingual signs make getting around Seoul – and the convention – safe and easy. And you can stay connected to friends and family with free Wi-Fi at the convention venue.

Come to Seoul and experience the hospitality of a world-class city.

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Bukchon Hanok Village






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Sir David Attenborough Narrates.

Some of the richest and most biodiverse forests in Indonesia will soon be opened up for commercial exploitation under a plan drafted by the new government of Aceh.

The proposed spatial plan puts two huge forest conservation areas under threat. Nationally protected by Indonesian law, the 2.6 million-hectare tropical Leuser Ecosystem has been identified as one of the “world’s most irreplaceable protected areas” and is rapidly gaining support in Aceh and around the world to be fully recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Less than 6,300 Critically Endangered Sumatran orangutans remain. If this plan is passed by Indonesia’s Central Government, the Sumatran orangutan will slip into extinction within a few short years.




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Aussie Snake

An eastern brown snake stealing a sausage right off a barbeque. The image by Newcastle reptile controller Geoff Delooze was taken at a picnic in the Blue Mountains. It shows an eastern brown snake eating a sausage whole.






Hay Run


The mission:  To help our farmers who are facing real hardship in the face of severe drought, get on board and help Brendan and his team out!  Phone  0439322605.

The Goal to get 100 trucks to Queensland in January so far 34 have been sponsored.

There are two ways to sponsor:

  1.  Pay for the fuel for one truck at $1,000 per truck
  2. Donate hay/straw one semi takes 42 large bales of hay or straw.

The “Burrumbuttock to Bourke” Hay run has completed 7 successful hay runs and hoping to continue helping our farmers in drought affected areas.

Donations are to be made to the Rotary Club of Sydney as they handle all monetary donations on our behalf as we are not an organisation, just a bunch of blokes trying to help out a fellow Aussie in times of hardship.


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: