Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #16

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #16


Well we volunteered for the chocolate wheel again this year for our annual hospital fete.  We came and we worked but it was hard going due to the lack of numbers this year.  Maybe a sign of the times but we found it hard to sell the tickets required to run this fund raising part of the hospital this year.

On hand were Ian Durham, Dick Jennings, Ian Jennings, John Glassford, Paul Weston and Leslie Weston.  Clare Munro also kindly volunteered but her services were not required.  Anyhow here are some photos from Saturday morning in Coolamon.  The morning teas were delicious!  Click on the photos for a larger image please.


MEETING October 22nd. 2012

‘How to do Business in the Online Marketplace’ workshop hosted by Web 123. Natasha Vanzetti was the presenter ably assisted by Nicola Bell from Tilma Management.  We attracted some 41 participants and the consensus was that it was well run with some excellent information provided by Natasaha.  Coolamon Rotary and The Coolamon Shire Council sponsored the workshop.

Some notable statements made included:

  • 97% of potential customers research you before they call or contact you via email.
  • Email is a basic requirement in conducting business today.
  • In retail it is essential to deliver exceptional customer service.
  • Build a long term business relationship so keep your web site dynamic and up to date.
  • Facebook is word of mouth on steroids.

In setting up your web site Natasaha said that:

  • Profile your ideal client and build the web site to suit their needs.
  • Ask yourself what is your web site doing?
  • What information are your clients looking for?
  • Put your contact details in the top right hand corner of your web site.
  • You need to look at what your key words are for search engines.

Here are some photos from Monday night’s workshop:

Just some of those who attended the workshop just click on the image to get a larger version.



Another landmark event was held on Monday at the Coolamon Sport and Rec Club.  The Rotary Club of Coolamon and the Coolamon Shire Council jointly sponsored a digital marketing workshop designed to promote electronic media to small businesses in the shire.  Natasha Vanzetti, a partner with web design firm Web123 out of Wagga, presented an hour-long presentation on the imperative for small businesses to establish a presence on the web and the importance of social media for building up and keeping a customer base.  Loads of practical advice along with an extensive question and answer period after dinner, mixed in with plenty of time for fellowship, made for a full and information-packed evening.

It was hard to clear out the last of the participants what with all the lengthy after-dinner conversation, and even Dick Jennings, one of the last remaining Luddites in the club, had a hard time tearing himself away.  Who knows, you might even get an e-mail message from Dick one of these days!  It’s clear that the topic was of great interest to a good cross-section of small businesses across the shire (from Marrar to Ganmain, and Ardlethan to Coolamon), judging from the lively conversation during the dinner break and afterwards.  Thanks go to Coolamon Shire Council for co-sponsoring this event with us and to Linda Tillman for lining up the speaker.  The event will enhance our efforts to boost small businesses in the shire via our “Shop Locally/Be a Shire Buyer” campaign.

Several of us (Ian Durham, John Glassford, Dick Jennings, Ian Jennings, Leslie Weston and I) ran the chocolate wheel at the hospital fête on Saturday morning, and helped raise over $500 for the hospital (courtesy of donated gifts for the wheel), despite the low turnout at the event.

Don’t forget the social evening planned for this coming Monday.  Because it’s the fifth Monday of the month, we’ll be dispensing with our regular meeting and instead will have a purely social gathering and meal at the home of Ian and Marilyn Jennings.  Please let Ian or Marilyn know if you’re planning to attend.  You’ll find details elsewhere in this bulletin.

That’s all for now.

Onward and upward!

Yours in Rotary,




*Monday 29th October Social Night at Marilyn and Ian Jennings home. Start 6.30 for 7.00 pm and  BYO please. Please call Ian or Marilyn on 0428 492 157 or home on 6927 3390.

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

Thursday 8th November:    BINGO on duty:   John Burns,  Henk Hulsman,  Leslie Weston & Paul Weston

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

Monday 19th November Ian Durham Speaker on his journey of life.

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.




Traveling around the world during September I visited many wonderful places and I met countless Rotarians truly dedicated to achieving Peace Through Service. To learn more about the great things happening in the Rotary world, I invite you to read my blog. And thank you for visiting this page.



The Old Man

“Look at ME!” boasted the fit old man to a group of young people. “Every morning I do fifty push-ups, fifty sit-ups, and walk two miles. I’m fit as a fiddle! And you want to know why? I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I don’t stay up late, and I don’t chase after women!”

He smiled at them, teeth white, eyes glittering, “And tomorrow, I’m going to celebrate my 95th birthday!”

“Oh, really?” drawled one of the young onlookers, “How?”


Another Night on the Town

An angry wife was complaining about her husband spending all his time at the pub, so one night he took her along.
“What’ll ya have?” he asked.
“Oh, I don’t know. The same as you I suppose,” she replied.
So the husband ordered a couple of Jack Daniel’s and threw his down in one go. His wife watched him, then took a sip from her glass and immediately spat it out.
“Yuck, that’s the most disgusting thing I’ve ever tasted!” she spluttered. “I don’t know how you can drink this stuff!”
“Well, there you go,” cried the husband. “And you think I’m out enjoying myself every night!”

Jake was dying. His wife sat at the bedside. He looked up and said weakly: “I have something I must confess.” “There’s no need to, ” his wife replied. “No,” he insisted, “I want to die in peace. I slept with your sister, your best friend, her best friend, and your mother!” “I know,” she replied, ” now just rest and let the poison work.”

{Thanks to Tom Telfer from ROTI and the Rotary Club of London North, London, Ontario, Canada}.



World Polio Day is October 24 and Rotary International is using social media to make your voice even stronger. Rotary created a page on the social media service Thunderclap,which enables supporters to sign up to share a single message through their social media accounts. The message will go out at a designated date and time to amplify the voice of our cause.

“It’s World Polio Day & I’m adding my support to end this disease. Join #Rotary in making history. #endpolio:

Rotarians are getting ready to launch events linked to World Polio Day, 24 October, in support of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

Led by RI President Sakuji Tanaka, International PolioPlus Committee Chair Robert Scott, and Rotary Foundation Trustee Stephanie Urchick, delegates to the Rotary institute for zones 24-32 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, will take part in a downtown walk and rally on 19 October. One hundred of the participants will carry signs bearing the End Polio Now message.

For more information about polio, visit:

Polio Victim Kampala Uganda December 2011



Bucket List Aurora Borealis, Canada





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.