Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #13

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #13




Rotaractor Luke Addison has launched a new community hub at Winchester University dedicated to spreading peace and goodwill around the world. He got the idea after meeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu at an international peace conference in June, organised by the international peace education programme, PeaceJam.

An exclusive screening of a film about the life story of Archbishop Tutu was shown at the launch, which was held on Sunday to coincide with the International Day of Peace.

Luke is halfway to raising £40,000 towards the cost of funding the project, which will host regular conferences aimed at young people in Hampshire and host visits from leading human rights specialists. It is hoped that the hub will operate at least four days a week for a three year trial period.

Luke is leader of the Rotaract club at Winchester University, which has underwritten £15,000 to support the first conference and the venture has also been supported with funds from Winchester Rotary Club.


 RIBI Rotaractor Peace Centre



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 District Governor David Kennedy from the Rotary Club of Blayney visits Coolamon.

Last night our DG David joined us for the annual Governor’s visit to the clubs in District 9700.  David met with the board prior to the meeting to outline his goals for this Rotary year.  We had three partners join us in Susan Glassford, Marg Perkin and Christine Lorraine. Also in attendance was Assistant Governor Alan Sharp from Wagga Wagga Sunrise Rotary.

David encouraged us to lighten up and enjoy Rotary.  David’s main message was to increase membership by 5% this and every year.  David invited us to heed the message from our Rotary International President Gary Huang to light one candle each by asking one person to join us.

David also encouraged us to continue to contribute to our Foundation to help fight the disease of polio of which we are this close to eradicating world wide with our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  See a full story on polio in the bulletin below.

Some photos below:

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Diary Reminders

Saturday 4th October Scarecrow Festival by the Coolamon Men’s Shed Volunteers required for the food van from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm


Thursday 9th October BINGO Roster  Neil  Munro  (Captain), Ted Hutcheon, Wayne Lewis, Don Dyce

Friday 10th October HAT DAY 2.00 pm, at Rae and Fred Loneragan’s home and garden in Wagga Wagga.

Monday 13th October Board Meeting NO DINNER Board Members Only.

* Tuesday October 14th Normal Club Meeting at JUNEE  a Joint Coolamon Junee Foundation Meeting with PDG Ian Simpson D9700 DRFC.  

Thursday 16th October Mount Kenya 2015 ANZAC Day Meeting in Wagga Wagga. 

Friday 17th October Run2Raise Raffle at the Bottom Pub $60 per person includes dinner.  Prize a night at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney.  In aid of Alice Bailey-Brown and Kellie Wall.

*Monday 20th October Garth Perkin as our guest speaker.

Thursday 30th October Ray Wall’s farewell Coolamon Sports Club $35 per head.  Tickets by 22nd from Christine Atkinson.

Monday 10th November AGM.

Thursday 13th November BINGO: Ian  Jennings (Captain), Mark Reardon, Henk  Hulsman, Christine Atkinson

*Partners and Guests Night.

Apologies for Monday meetings call Christine Atkinson on 0427 880 158 or 6927 3521 BY FRIDAY 12.00 pm.



Join us on World Polio Day, 24 October.
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Polio Day



Relay for Life

The Rotary Club of Camden has raised $782,000 over the past six years, and was aiming to take it to $1 million this year.






A man uses a tablecloth to fend off snakes scattered in a tax department office in Basti, Lucknow. Two farmers fed up with alleged bribery demands emptied three bags filled with 40 slithering snakes.  One way to deal with the Taxation Department!

The Fish

The warden catches Seamus leaving the vicinity of the reservoir with a bucket of fish. “Aha! I’ve caught you poachin’ fish red-handed,” says the warden. “What do you mean, red-handed?” says Seamus.

“You’ve got a bucket full of ’em right there. You can’t talk your way out of it this time.” “Oh, you don’t understand,” says Seamus, “I’ve not poached a thing. These are me pet fish. I bring ’em to the reservoir once a week for exercise. After they’ve had a good swim, they come back to the bucket and we go back home.”

“Do ya expect me to believe such a tale?” “I can prove it.” say Seamus. So they walk back to the reservoir and Seamus dips the bucket in and the fish swim away. They stand in silence for 20, 30, 40 minutes…no sign of the fish coming back to the pail.

Ha, ya lying rogue! shouts the warden. “Where are your fish?” “What fish?”






Rotarians and friends in Kenya walked around the city to raise awareness about polio eradication and broke the world record for number of photos of people showing the ‘this close’ sign.  Well done Kenya and the Rotary Clubs involved.

Photos from the World Record in Kenya “This Close”

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DG Bimal Kantaria from D 9212 in Nairobi.

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Polio kenya


It’s much less expensive to prevent disease than it is to treat disease.

For example, take a look at polio. To date, US$11 billion has been invested to stop polio‬. Of that, governments worldwide have contributed about $9 billion. Other major contributors are RotaryInternational and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

GPEI Funding Requirements 2013-2018

It is estimated by the GPEI* that the budget required to continue the fight against polio for 2013-2018 is US$5.5 BILLION.  The short fall after the committed funds of US$1.8  BILLION is currently at US$3.7 BILLION.  However it’s estimated that once the burden of polio is lifted, global benefits of $40-50 billion will accrue over the next couple of decades.

*GPEI is made up of the World Health Organisation, Centre for Disease Control, UNICEF and Rotary International.



Road Sign House







This will be a permanent section for the next 12 months in our weekly bulletin and I will update stories to this article as and when we get them.   The Australian Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs have approved our application to be part of the Centenary for ANZAC and we are allowed to use the logo below with some rules on it’s use:

The Mount Kenya 2015 web site can be found here on clicking the banner below:


What is this adventure?

Can you imagine what it is like to stand on one of the highest mountains in Africa?  To spend the day at a mountain lake carved by glaciers?  To gaze across one of the longest, continually inhabited countries in the world? Join the Coolamon and Wagga Wagga Sunrise Rotary Clubs of Australia on the Mount Kenya 2015 ANZAC Day Climb, and you’ll experience all this and more! This 14-day adventure will push you to your limits and be more rewarding than you ever imagined. Over 7 days, you will pass through five different climatic zones, with amazing views across the endless, grassy plains of East Africa and Mount Kenya’s amazing topography. Your efforts on this amazing adventure will allow Rotary to continue our work in Kenya and South Africa, as well to support Legacy Australia on this Centenary of ANZAC Day.

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“This is our century. Take it and run as if our life depends on it…it does!!” ~Paul Hawken 

“We are going to have to figure out what it means to be a human being on earth at a time when every living system is declining, and the rate of decline is accelerating. Kind of a mind-boggling situation­ but not one peer-reviewed paper published in the last thirty years can refute that statement. Basically, the earth needs a new operating system, we are the programmers, and we need it within a few decades.

This planet came with a set of operating instructions, but we seem to have misplaced them. Important rules like don’t poison the water, soil, or air, and don’t let the earth get overcrowded, and don’t touch the thermostat, have been broken. Buckminster Fuller said that spaceship earth was so ingeniously designed that no one has a clue that we are on one, flying through the universe at a million miles per hour, with no need for seatbelts, lots of room in coach, and really good food…but all that is changing.


Congratulations to the Hawthorn Hawks

Hawks Win



Yours in Rotary John Glassford Chair 2014 -2015

Proposed Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species



Bulletin Editor and Web Site:  John Glassford


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 Gary Huang

Governor of District 9700 David Kennedy

Coolamon Club President  Garth Perkin

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:

Proposed Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species RAGES: