Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #13


Monday 9th April 2018

President Paul welcomed all members and their guests. Guest for the evening included Helen Lewis, Marilyn Jennings, guest speaker Daniel Fisher and to-be-inducted Coolamon Rotary members Anne Rzeszkowski and Lyn Schadel.

Points of discussion on the evening:

  • Easter market day was very successful with a net of ca. $1200 made on the day. Big thank you to Wayne for the use of his trailer for the firewood (and cutting the wood with Dick and Dave) and the bottom pub for their voucher for a meal for four that were used for the raffle prizes.
  • The last batch of Rotary shirts have arrived; if you have ordered one please collect and pay Henk ASAP.
  • Happy 56th birthday to Ian J
  • Dave gave us an update on our exchange students Lucia and Jackson. Lucia is currently on safari around Australia, and Jackson is apparently having the time of his life in Finland and is so busy with winter sports he rarely even gets around to contacting his parents.  Please see below for full report.
  • Reminder to consider attending the D9700 District Conference in Leeton. It is a great opportunity to see what Rotary is up to in the area. Registration link below in the diary.
  • Bingo roster this week is Dave, Alex and Don.
  • Board meeting will be Wednesday, 18th April.
  • Reminder there is a club assembly next week.

We also inducted our new Rotarians  Lynn and Anne. It is fantastic to see the Coolamon club continue to grow and gain strength with each new member.

Wayne and president Paul Welcomed our new members Anne (l) and Lyn (2nd from right)

See Club Diary below

The Raffle was won by Myffy.  Given that the prize was an XXL t-shirt which would not fit Myffy in a million years, Myffy kindly asked that it be auctioned off by Dick and was purchased by Ted for a princely sum of $20.00.

Rotary club of Coolamon youth exchange report

(Contributed by Youth Director Dave McKinley)

Our exchange student Lucy left on Sat. 7th April along with 40 other overseas Rotary exchange students on a whirlwind safari tour, a 3-week tour to Adelaide, Kings Canyon, Uluru, Alice Springs and to the coast at Cairns, down the Qld. coast, to Sydney then home to Wagga on April 27.

I spoke to Lucy on behalf of our Rotary Club the night before her departure and she was very excited and very much looking forward to the trip. On her return she is to spend one further week with Jodi and Digby Graham at Methul, then on Sat. May 5th spend 4 weeks with Club President Paul and his wife Leslie. The remaining 4 weeks of Lucy’s year with our club will be spent with Peta and Tim Wykes before she flies home on July 9th. I would encourage all members who can include Lucy in any activity to do so during the last few months of her stay with us.

Lucy will be our guest on at least 2 occasions (apart from farewells etc.) prior to her departure.

Apparently Jackson is still enjoying a new raft of winter sporting activities in Finland. I am a bit concerned he is not making much contact with our club. His mother shares the same concerns re his contact with his family — too busy he claims.


Guest Speaker Daniel Fisher from Delta Ag

Daniel Fisher, branch manager of the Coolamon branch of Delta Agribusiness since it opened in 2008, gave us a riveting presentation on Delta Agribusiness.

Daniel explained how Delta Ag was first conceived of by  a group of eight blokes that were working in the industry and were disillusioned by the way the industry had become so corporatised and wanted to return to a more locally focused business model. Consequently they decided to open their own business with branches at Young and Harden, with a model whereby the workers in the business have the option to buy shares in the business and therefore have a voice in how it is run and managed. However, it seems it was very hard going after initially opening as the established corporate businesses threatened any suppliers who were willing to supply Delta. Luckily, Delta were able to overcome this roadblock by being able to buy Lachlan Fertiliser which was a subsidiary of Combined Rural Traders (CRT), giving them the purchasing power need to stay afloat and be competitive.

Delta’s primary focus is on having the right people and service in their branches because ‘people buy from people’ and they must be doing it right as today Delta Ag has 28 branches across the region with 230 employees, 61 of which are shareholders in the business. Typically the business runs on very small margins and often runs at a loss 8 months of the year, the 4 months in summer when farmers are buying supplies for the next crop being the most profitable. The Coolamon branch is one of the best branches in Delta, primarily because it supplies for both cropping and livestock, giving it a broad diversity of sales. However, each branch is different and has its own unique strengths that cater to their local communities.

Daniel was then awarded the Rotary Vocational Excellence award for excellence in workmanship from the Coolamon Rotary club for the fantastic culture he has built up in the Coolamon branch and the his community-minded approach.

A big thank you to Daniel for his talk on the history and philosophy of Delta Ag and for his commitment to the Coolamon community.
The Delta Ag Philosophy and business focus.

Quote of the Week

Who said this? 

“I think tolerance and acceptance and love is something that feeds every community  “

Last week’s Quote of the Week was attributed to Henry Ford.



Thursday, 12th April – BINGO.  Daryl B (Captain),  Dave McK (for Don D),  Ian J & Alex T. (please note change from roster sent out).

Monday 16th April – Club assembly. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

*Monday 23rd April – Guest Speaker: Denise Winkler on ‘Education’. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Saturday & Sunday, 5th-6th May – District 9700 CONFERENCE. Roxy Theatre, Leeton.

   Suggest booking accommodation early!

*Monday May 7 – Guest Speaker. Daryl Bruest on Kokoda trek, at Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

*Tuesday 15th May – Guest Speaker. Noel Trevaskis at Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm. NB Different meeting night; joint meeting with Junee and Temora.

Saturday, 23rd June to Wednesday, 27th June – Rotary International Convention. Toronto, Canada.

*Saturday, 30th June – Coolamon Rotary Changeover and District 9700 Changeover.  Ganmain Hall.

* denotes partner & guest night


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Community Events

Up to date Art exhibition Friday 27th July  – 12th August, For further information please email: [email protected]





Chartered March 3rd, 1971; Sponsoring Club Narrandera Rotary Club
President: Paul Weston  6927 2972
President-Elect & Service Projects:  Daryl Breust 0409 551 140
Secretary:  John Bond 0427 273 226
Treasurer: Henk Hulsman 6927 3486
Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro 6927 3156
Club Admin Director: Don Dyce 6929 1215
Youth Director: Dave McKinley 6927 8553
Service Projects {Vocational} Director: Ian Jennings 6927 3390
Membership Director: Wayne Lewis 6927 3501
Public Image Director: Myffy Collette 6927 6313
Immediate Past President: Don Dyce 6929 1215
Sergeant @ Arms: Ted Hutcheon 6927 3349
Bulletin Editor: Sarah Collins 0448 118 003 and Grahame Miles

April  is Maternal and Child Health Month

At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, Rotary International provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Their projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs.


Learn more about what Rotary is doing in the area of Water and Sanitation at  Rotary International Web Site

District 9700 Board 2018-2019

The 2018-2019 D9700 Board is coming together nicely and the restructure is going to work and work well.  DGN John McKenzie and DG George Weston are committed to making it work, as are the others on this much smaller Board: The 9700 district that the Coolamon Rotary club was a member of has now been split. Coolamon Rotary will now be a part of District 9705 as of 2020. Details will be updated as they arrive.

District Governor: John Glassford {Membership Retention} Coolamon

District Governor-Elect: John McKenzie {Service Projects} Orange North

District Governor Nominee {New District}: Michael Moore

Immediate Past District Governor: George Weston {Youth} Leeton

Foundation Director: PDG David Kennedy {Foundation} Blayney

Secretary: PP David Benn {Administration} Wollundry Wagga Wagga

Treasurer Finance & Audit: PP Doug Conkey {Budget} Wollundry Wagga Wagga

Communications Director: PP Paul Murray {Public Image} Wollundry

Millennials Director: PP Clare Lawlor {Membership Millennials} Wagga CSU Rotaract

Associate Member: AG Julie Poplin {Assistant Governors}


Other District Appointments

Executive Secretary and Web Master: PP Paul Murray Wollundry Wagga Wagga

District Trainer: PP Geraldine Rurenga Wagga Wagga Murrumbidgee

PETS Facilitator: PDG Tony Monley D9810

Public Officer: PDG Ian Tooke Blayney

2019 Griffith D9700 Conference Chair: PP Ross Grillo Griffith

DIO Insurance/Risk Management: PP Sam Catanzariti Griffith

COL 2019 Representative: PDG Gary Roberts

We are still looking at appointing two more Assistant Governors.

We are also looking at the structure of all the Standing Committees and the Special Committees.

We will post all further news on D9700 2018-2019 on my DGJG Blog:


DG JG 9700 2018-2019


President Ian Riseley RC of Sandringham Melbourne

President Elect Barry Rassin RC of East Nassau The Bahamas

District 9700 Governor George Weston RC of Leeton

District 9700 Governor Elect John Glassford RC of Coolamon

District 9700 Governor Nominee John McKenzie RC of Orange North