Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #16

Monday 30th April 2018

President Paul welcomed 20 members as well as guests Helen & Lorraine. Point of discussion for the evening were: 

  • Wayne thanked all those members who helped out with the catering at the Coolamon Trots on Sunday.
  • Secretary John presented the correspondence which included a request from Up-2-Date Art Exhibition for a prize sponsorship.
  • Volunteers requested to work the catering van  at a clearing sale on May 18th – sheet to be sent around to enable a roster to be constructed.
  • President Paul talked about the need to get the trees in the ground at the showground before the end of the Rotary year.  Ian announced that planting can’t be started until we get a decent rain.
  • Next board meeting 16th May.
  • Dave reminded us of the need for us to all register for ‘working with children’.
  • Wayne presented a ‘Matekeeper’ program he is trying to glean interest in to support mental health in the community. Below is a brief that Wayne kindly supplied  on the Matekeeper program. Thank you to Wayne for supplying this to for the bulletin.


Matekeeper Program


Rural Outreach Counselling Inc ( ROC) is an organisation formed by Mr John Harper , Mr David Post and a very  good committee all of whom are well aware of this problem we call MENTAL HEALTH. ROC is an organisation that is a little different to other organisations that help with mental health problems in that it relies on sponsorship to do their good work. They are not government funded.

Organisations or individuals that would like to help with sponsorship are requested to contact John, David or Wayne via the a contact numbers at the end of this article.

Mental health is an issue for the entire community. Most people will feel the impact of a mental illness at some time in their lives, either through their own experience, or through family or friends.


ROC is looking for ‘Matekeepers’; people in our community that can look out for others that are struggling with mental health problems. They are looking for MATEKEEPERS not only in Coolamon but in other rural towns and regional centres. at this stage in the Riverina. ROC is hoping to expand at a later date.

So if you are interested in becoming a Matekeeper, ROC will provide training and help & be able to help others. The Matekeeper program is focussed on the need to intervene early in life, early in illness and early in episode. Early intervention in poor mental well- being will hopefully, minimise the negative impact of mental illness and so be a positive force in suicide prevention.

The aim of the Matekeeper program is to bring people who are passionate about mental health together to talk about suicide prevention, forge new connections to professional services and build self-confidence in lessons learnt from the Matekeeper lived experience and to be proactive within rural and remote communities in suicide prevention.



If you Need more information please call John Harper on 0447 431 422, David Post on 0408 221 697 or Wayne Lewis from the Rotary Club of Coolamon on 0427 311 174.


Quote of the Week

Who said this?

“Before Elvis there was nothing”.

Last week’s Quote of the Week was attributed to a Jewish proverb or Rudyard Kipling (although it was subject to some debate).


In the theme of last week’s quote



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

*Monday. 7 May  – Guest Speaker. Exchange student Lucia on her Australian Inland Safari at Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Thursday, 10th  May- BINGO.  Paul W  (Captain),  Bern M, Ivan F  & Craig C in Community Centre Hall.

Monday, 14 May  – no meeting tonight in lieu of tomo night

*Tuesday, 15th May – Guest Speaker. Noel Trevaskis at Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

*Monday, May 28 – Guest Speaker. Daryl Bruest on Kokoda trek, at Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Thursday, 14th  June – BINGO.  Grahame M  (Captain), in Community Centre Hall

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

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

Monday, July 9th – Guest Speaker. DG John Glassford visit to Coolamon Club.

* denotes partner & guest night

Register Here Today

Community Events

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


Please get your working with children check completed and give the number and expiry date to the Secretary ASAP. Failure to do so may mean you are not covered insurance wise when you volunteer at events.




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