Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #14

Monday 16th April 2018

President Paul welcomed all members  to the Club Assembly.

Points of discussion on the evening:

    • Daryl reported that last week’s Bingo was only attended by 10 players and asked Rotarians to please come along in the future to help build support for this community activity which generates funds to provide amenities for the local hospital.
    • A big congratualations to the editors of the Coolamon Chronicle who did a fantastic job with this month’s edition.
    • The LCAH committee would appreciate the support of Rotary members if they find the opportunity to go down to this Rural  Supplies this Saturday from 8 am to 12 – noon for a free sausage sandwich and information on regular bowel cancer screening, one of the top five cancers in Australia.
    • It was pointed out to the Bulletin editor that last week’s happy birthday to Ian J incorrectly put his age down as 56. In all fairness however, that was the age I was told and published, even if it was a little tongue in cheek. If you want to know exactly what age Ian was celebrating, you’ll have to ask him yourself.
    • Grahame rejoined us for the meeting this week after a cruise around New Zealand. He made us all a little jealous by reporting that he had a fantastic time, with the food and entertainment on the cruise being excellent and that his visit to Hobbiton (the set of the hobbit village from the movie Lord of the Rings) was very enlightening and well worth the time.
    • District Governor-Elect John encouraged all Rotarians to go to the district conference in Leeton on 4-6 May. Sara Brown, one of the guest speakers, is paticularly inspirational. He also added that $25 dollars of each member’s annual fees go to the district conference, so why not go and get your money’s worth.
    • The progress on the shed for storing the food van and other items was discussed. Daryl handed out a copy of the drawings submitted to council  for an 10 x 8 m shed at a cost of $32,000, including slab, electrical and labour. There was further discussion on the conditions of use that will be required and the interests of the show committee, as well as possible future use of the show grounds. However, it was deemed that such discussion, though important, was still speculative.
    • Incoming president Daryl and the board are looking for ideas to make the best use of district grants. If you have any ideas, can you please forward them on to a board member.
    • Moo Poo – Ted is looking to buy half a truckload and would like to make the purchase via Rotary; full discussion was left until Wednesday’s board meeting.
    • Discussion on possible future community and fundraising events was put forward. It was suggested that we may wish to put on an open garden tour in spring with the possibility of a garden produce competition and a garden demonstration, e.g. How to do a Bonsai tree by Sarah, in the afternoon as added incentive to get people to come out to Coolamon. All were in general agreement that Spring would be the best time for such an event.
    • There was some discussion on compensating host families for the cost associated with hosting our exchange student Lucia. Most members were in general agreement. However, it was pointed out that such an arrangement should have been made prior to accepting an exchange student, but as it all happened very quickly on this occasion this was overlooked. The board will make a decision on the issue on Wednesday. It was also agreed that it would be best if families with children going on exchange were the families most suited as hosts and should be nominated into the future.
    • Wayne said he had a stainless steel bench that could used for the refurbishment of the food van if it will fit.
    • Don’t forget that Noel Travaskis, Rotary International director, will be coming on the 15th of May and we will be meeting on Tuesday rather than Monday that evening. Be sure to be there.
    • Wayne suggested we get Justin from the Office of Environment and Heritage to come out as a guest speaker.

After a fruitful evening of discussion the meeting was closed at 9:00pm


And just for a laugh

Quote of the Week

Who said this?

“The most important tactic in an argument next to being right is to leave an escape hatch for your opponent so that he can gracefully swing over to your side without an embarrassing loss of face. “

Last week’s Quote of the Week was attributed to Lady Gaga with John once more the winner.



*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 CONFERENCERoxy Theatre, Leeton.

   Suggest booking accommodation early!

*Monday, 7 May – Guest Speaker. Lucia Bohnsack (exchange student) 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.

*Monday, 21 May – Guest Speaker. Daryl Bruest on Kokoda trek, at Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

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

LCAH committee holding a sausage sizzle on Saturday 21st April at Rural Supplies from 8 am to 12 – noon with free information on regular bowel cancer screening

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