Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #14

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #14

Be a Gift to the World


Economic and Community Development Month.

October Theme


Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. We carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and develop opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. We also help strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.

Example Oloimugi Maasai Eco-Village empowering the ladies in craft work and the men in growing vegetables for their village:

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Oloi 1




Last night we had our first Club Assembly for many a long year!  We had 17 members present a great effort from everyone who attended.

Some good conversations and ideas were discussed including a Shire Newspaper led by Myffy and Bernadette which kicked off the night in a positive way.

Dave spoke in detail on the progress of the Moo Poo project and called for volunteers for Saturday morning same place same time to complete the bagging.  So far 190 bags have been sold and we have 253 on hand.

Ian Durham spoke on Youth and the upcoming RYLA programme.  RYLA is for people 18 to 28 employed or in tertiary studies. All past participants are enthusiastic supporters of the programme, it is common for us to hear that it has been a life changing experience.  Our newest member Alex Thompson attended RYLA.

Planning ahead for the 2017 Coolamon Rotary Telephone Book.

Thanks to all those who worked on the Gears and Beers check points and ot those who also worked on the caravan for the scarecrow Festival in Coolamon.

Membership and promotion ideas for our club were also discussed including creating a slogan to attract new members.

The Queensland drought appeal was raised and will be discussed at the next board meeting.  Article at the end of the bulletin on the appeal.

Reminders that:

  • Board Meeting Wednesday (tomorrow)
  • Working bee Moo Poo Saturday 8.30 am
  •  AGM Monday 26th October
  • Next Club Assembly November 2nd.
  • Annual Christmas Party Friday 11th December at Marg and Garth Perkins’ Home.

Thank you to Henk Hulsman who Chaired the meeting.


Diary Reminders

Wednesday October 14th October Board Meeting at the Club 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm snacks provided by the Sports Club $8/head.

*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 Darkness to Light 6.00 pm. RC of Wagga Wagga Ajay Joshi Indian Food from Nilgiris Indian Restaurant in North Sydney.

Saturday 24th October Coolamon & Ganmain Hospital Fete at Ganmain. 3.00 pm START!

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.

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

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 December 11th Annual Christmas party at Marg and Garth Perkins’ Home.

*Monday 29th February Joint Vocational Service Meeting with WW Sunrise in Ganmain at Huff ‘n’ Puff Constructions.

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.



Beer 4 Way Test


A fifteen-year-old came home with a Porsche and his parents began to yell and scream,

“Where did you get that car?”

He calmly told them, “I bought it today.”

“With what money!?” demanded his parents. “We know what a Porsche costs.”

“Well,” said the boy, “this one cost me fifteen dollars.”

The parents began to yell even louder. “Who would sell a car like that for fifteen dollars!?” they asked.

“It was the lady up the street,” said the boy. “Don’t know her name — they just moved in.

She saw me ride past on my bike and asked me if I wanted to buy a Porsche for fifteen dollars.

“Oh my goodness!” moaned the mother, “she must be a child abuser. Who knows what she will do next? John, you go right up there and see what’s going on.”

So the boy’s father walked up the street to the house where the lady lived and found her out in the yard calmly planting flowers. He introduced himself as the father of the boy to whom she has sold a Porsche for fifteen dollars and demanded to know why she did it.

“Well,” she said, “this morning I got a phone call from my husband. I thought he was on a business trip, but I learned from a friend he has run off to Hawaii with his secretary and really doesn’t intend to come back. He claimed he was stranded and asked me to sell his new Porsche and send him the money.

So I did.”


Chines Cat





Ravi Kenya 1

I attended the Zone 20A Institute in Mombasa, Kenya and had the great honor of meeting with President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. In support of First Lady Kenyatta’s Beyond Zero Campaign, the Rotary Club of Muthaiga, with the support of fellow Rotarians in Kenya and with sponsorship from Bank Tanzania Limited, have donated a new mobile clinic. With this clinic, Beyond Zero will continue to provide pre- and post-natal care to children and women throughout Kenya.

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Vanathy and I with RI Director Safak Alpay (far right).



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Wagga Wagga Gears & Beers

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There were 100+ riders head out on the first running of the Dirty 130. The stories of courage, generosity and fellowship we have heard so far are truly epic and exactly why we chose to run this ride!

A massive thanks to Rapha for their support and for helping to grow our event!

See you all next year Thanks to the Wollundry Rotary Club !

Gears 4 DD

Coolamon RC had 12 volunteers as marshals for the event here is PE Don Dyce hard at work marshaling for the Dirty 130k bike ride near Coolamon.


District 9700 Web Site


Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention.  RFHA was RFFA.

Rotary Family Health Days RFHD:

is the signature program of Rotarians For Family Health & AIDS Prevention (RFHA). The program promotes healthy living and disease prevention by implementing a massive, annual campaign in four countries in Africa that provides comprehensive, free health care services tens of thousands of people in underprivileged communities.

The services include lifelong immunizations to children, such as polio and measles vaccines and comprehensive life-saving annual screens such as HIV, TB, Malaria, Diabetes, Hypertension and more.

RFHD 1 Hout Bay

What an incredibly rewarding 3 RFHD days we’ve just had in Hangberg, Hout Bay with Rotary Club of Hout Bay and RC Am Kap. Thanks to everyone for making it such a success! — with John Routley, Athol Rice and Christine Paterson.

RFHD 2 Hout Bay

Our Centennial Twin Club Rotary Club of Hout Bay Interactors were put to good use this week – teaching the kids how to hand wash and looking after our Kids’ Corner!


Founder and CEO of Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention, Marion Bunch, playing alongside the children. (Hold on Marion!) #RFHD — in South Africa.


Rotary International Convention 2016 SEOUL.

Who is going to Seoul come join me there I need help in the RAGES booth in the House of Friendship.



One of the best ways ot learn about Rotary is to attend a Rotary International Convention, RICON.  They are held every year in a different country.  The first RICON that I attended representing Coolamon Rotary Club was Chicago in the Centenary year of Rotary.  It was an eye opener and I learnt so much the plenary sessions were amazing with some wonderful speakers.  Above all I made life long friendships with Rotarains form all around the world.  Here are some memories of 2005 {Click on the thumb nail for a larger picture}:

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The RICON started with a parade with many bands and 100s of marchers I represented ROTI or Rotarains On The Internet.  Chicago architecture is stunning.  The House of Friendship was an eye opener so many different projects form around the world.  I placed our Coolamon club banner and list of members in 2005 in a time capsule to be opened in 2105.  One of the highlights was dinner at the Field museum.

Join me in Seoul in May 2016!

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 Food

Seoul Food!!!

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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Great work K9 patrols and relocating rhino and protecting them. One of our RISK Boxes will be used for K9 patrol support.



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aaa Snakes

‘Prophet’ claims to change temperature, turn people into snakes

Congregants of the End Times Disciples Ministries try to keep warm after the ‘prophet’ supposedly lowers the temperature.

Pretoria – A church that claims to be able to turn people into snakes and allows a ‘prophet’ to jump on congregants without them feeling pain is being lambasted on Facebook.




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This letter I received from Brendan Farrell this week.  Brendan is the man behind this project:

The Burrumbuttock to Bourke Hay run came off the back  of one night I was on the internet site Weatherzone and an article came up in relation to the MANNIX family struggling with the drought on their farm in Bourke. I have a young family just like Ben and Liarne .  It took me three days to track down Ben MANNIX’s phone number and I called him, I promised him a load of donated hay to help him and his family. Once I started ringing friends with trucks and local farmers, it grew to 22 truck loads going to Bourke on the 7th February 2014, to help the farmers out there.


Since then we have completed 10 runs with over 16250 Squares and rolls of donated Hay and helped over 1800 farmers.


The next run we have planned is into QLD and I am hoping to get 100 trucks on the weekend of the 9th of January 2016. So far I have 43 trucks, but we have no funding, these owner driver and companies are aware we have very little funds at this stage for fuel but have jumped on anyway donating their truck, time and fuel at this stage. We have embarked on some fund raising with the Drought Angels who also help drought stricken farmers in QLD.

We are hoping to raise enough funds to cover the cost of fuel for the trucks and any assistance in fund raising is greatly appreciated. Because I believe in doing these hay runs, we not only help farmers and their stock, we show them we care and we also help raise awareness in relation to the devastating drought that is occurring. 

Kind Regards


Brendan Farrell

 Hay run 6

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: