Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #13

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #13

MEETING October 2nd. 2012

Junee Rotary Club Joint Meeting

Normally we would not be meeting on a long weekend, however we had a very good reason to go to Junee on Tuesday evening.  Past President of our club Dick Jennings nominated Past President Roger Quine from the Junee Rotary Club to receive a Paul Harris Fellow Sapphire Pin.   The nomination was endorsed unanimously by our members.  Dick said that Roger was and still is an outstanding supporter of our club, and has been for many years.  So President Paul Weston, Dick Jennings, Ian Jennings and John Glassford attended this meeting and presentation.

Paul called Roger up and presented the PHF Sapphire to Roger, Dick also spoke in support of the award and all present congratulated Roger on his award.  Roger was extremely surprised and very humble in accepting his PHF Sapphire.  Fay Quine told us that she had a huge blister on her tongue from having to keep the secret from Roger.  Making it even harder was the fact that the Quine’s were expecting news of the imminent birth of a great grand child.  Fay told us during the meeting that indeed a great grand child had been born during the meeting.

Thanks go to Dick for his foresight in honouring Roger in this manner.  It is indeed very rare for a Rotary club to award a member in another Rotary club a Paul Harris Fellow.  Well deserved Roger and thanks for all your wonderful support over the years, from all of our members.

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Despite the long weekend, it was another busy week in Rotaryland.  The Mens’ Shed of Coolamon organised the first ever Scarecrow Festival in town, which brought antique cars and hundreds of visitors to listen to the music and visit the various stalls on offer.  The more adventurous opted for helicopter rides which ran for most of the day.  Coolamon Rotary was on the scene, rolling out the food van for the first time in several years and cooking up Kranskys and footlong hotdogs.  Toward the end of the afternoon, I presented the winner of the live scarecrow contest with a certificate and check for $300, which Rotary ponied up to help fund the event.  Judging from the size of the crowd and the happy faces, this event will become a regular feature on the Coolamon event calendar.

Kay Hull with the best scarecrow and Paul

We had no meeting this week because of the public holiday, but four of us (John G., Dick, Ian J. and I) travelled to Junee on Tuesday evening to share fellowship with the Junee Rotary Club and to present Roger Quine with a Paul Harris Sapphire badge.  It was a touching to see Roger’s reaction to the surprise presentation; according to those that know Roger, it was one of the few times that Roger was left nearly speechless.  It was a very nice evening, and both clubs expressed interest in getting together more often.

Watch this space for details on the digital marketing workshop that Coolamon Rotary is organising for the 22nd of October for local business owners and operators (an co-sponsored by Coolamon Shire).  Also, don’t forget about the business meeting scheduled for 8 October.

That’s all for now.  Onward and upward!.

Yours in Rotary,




Monday 8th October Business Meeting.

Thursday 11th October BINGO on duty: Ian Jennings, John Glassford, Grahame Miles, Mark Reardon.

*Monday 15th October Road MAPS to Africa John Glassford.

*Monday 22nd October WORKSHOP for Coolamon Shire Business people on how to use the Internet for marketing your business facilitated by Linda Tillman and sponsored by Coolamon Rotary and the Coolamon Shire Council.

*Monday 29th October Social Night at Marilyn and Ian Jennings home.

*Monday 5th November Guest Speaker Georgie Roberts from the Red Cross.

Monday 12th November AGM and Election of Office Bearers for 2013-2014.

Sunday November 25th Rotary Markets in Coolamon.

Peace Ceremony in Coolamon February 2013 

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st April 2013  D9700 Conference Leeton

June 23-26 2013 Rotary International Convention in Lisbon. RI Convention Lisbon

*Partners and Guests Night.



Polio eradication was discussed at a special event during the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, 27 September. I encourage you to visit Rotary’s End Polio Now website and to sign the petition urging world leaders to help bridge the funding gap. Every little show of support helps, and this is a fight that we cannot afford to lose.


End Polio Now


End Polio Now


After becoming very frustrated with the attitude of one of the shopkeepers, the young blonde declared, ‘Well, then, maybe I’ll just go out and catch my own alligator and get a pair of alligator shoes for free!’ The shopkeeper replied with a sly smile, ‘Well, little lady, why don’t you go on and give it a try?’

The blonde headed off to the swamp, determined to catch an alligator. Later in the day, as the shopkeeper was driving home, he spotted the same young woman standing waist deep in the murky water, shotgun in hand.

As he brought his car to a stop, he saw a huge 9-foot gator swimming rapidly toward her. With lightning reflexes, the blonde took aim, shot the creature and hauled it up onto the slippery bank. Nearby were 7 more dead gators all lying belly up. The shopkeeper stood on the bank, watching in silent amazement as the blonde struggled mightily and barely managed to flip the gator onto its back.

Then, rolling her eyes heavenward, she screamed in frustration…..



Only in India
Indian Fans



End Polio Now

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a partnership between The World Health Organisation, Rotary International, Centres for Disease Control and UNICEF.   National Immunisation Days or NIDs are days where Rotarians gather to give polio drops.

Jon Deisher form the RC of Anchorage in Alaska, a good friend, has been on these NIDs and here he is below in Chandigahr, Punjab, India … Immunizing children against Polio. “One of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done”.  Jon.

Jon Deisher in India

The pie chart and table below go to show and highlight the cost of this project started by Rotary in 1985.  It has been a partnership with many counties from around the world as well as with the other members of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  So far the cost is over $9 billion.  If you add the voluntary time of countless Rotarians working in the field the amount would be significantly higher.

However there is a large shortfall in funds required to continue with the project to eliminate polio from the face of the earth and it may surprise you to learn just how much is needed to complete the job.  It is going to take countries from around the world to donate large sums of money along with Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation .  Bill and Melinda Gates have also contributed over $1 billion to date.

RI President Tanaka announced at the United Nations last week that Rotary will contribute a further $75 million over the next 3 years.

Here is the GPEI Web Site where you can find all the latest news on the fight against polio.


Global Polio Eradication Initiative.


Polio Expenditure Table




For Henk

Fluffy Puppies



Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka

Governor of District 9700  Greg Brown

Coolamon Club President  Paul Weston

Coolamon Club Secretary  John Glassford

Coolamon 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:

Rotarians For Fighting AIDS AUSTRALIA:

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


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.