Meeting of 12 September
This week’s meeting was a regular one with some special guests. We had a visit from District 9700 DG Michael Milston and his partner, Ann Dib. Also gracing our club with his presence on the night was Caleb Smith, leader of the Salvation Army in Temora. We presented Caleb with a cheque for $1800, which was raised during the Red Shield Appeal in Ganmain and Coolamon in May of this year.
DG Michael gave an stimulating talk on his vision for the coming year, and encouraged the audience to give serious thought to the question “What is Rotary?” Three of our newer members, Myffy Collette, Wayne Lewis and Dave McKinley, had been asked in advance to prepare a response to the question, and it was very interesting to hear their three very different responses. Ann followed Micheal at the podium and gave an interesting and fact-filled presentation on the status of the efforts of Rotarians and partner groups to eradicate polio from the planet. It was exciting to see that the number of locations and new cases has continued to dwindle, with Nigeria and Pakistan the only countries that have not yet eradicated polio. We really ARE getting close to the goal of eradication, and it was timely that we were able to announce that the board had voted to donate $2,000 to Polio Plus at our last board meeting.
The presentations were followed by our weekly raffle (which was won by Ted) and fellowship that lingered into the evening. It was a memorable event and a great way to get to know the new DG and his lovely partner.
Bingo jackpot finally goes off!
A modest crowd of 21 dedicated bingo players (and a few guest players) were on hand Thursday of last week to try their had at bingo. Most had their eyes on the jackpot prize, which had risen to $180, an all-time high for our club bingo. The jackpot was won by a visiting player from Melbourne, who was in town to assist her mother with a recent health problem. Working on the night were Rod Jarrett, Don Dyce and Paul Weston. The jackpot will reset next month, but feel free to play at the next bingo (on 13 October) or any second Thursday (except during January).
Bike Track Opening this Saturday
At 10:00 am this Saturday, the Kindra Bike and Walking Track will officially open. Local dignitaries will be on hand to welcome biking and walking aficionados and the general public to the track, which is a project of the Rotary Club of Coolamon. The club appreciates the financial assistance of District 9700, which provided a matching grant to make the project possible. We’ll have the food van on site to serve sausage sandwiches and drinks to attendees, so those that are rostered on (Daryl, Dave, Henk and John B) are reminded to show up at 9:30 to fire up the barbie.
Coolamon Cheese Ready for Prime Time!
Also opening on Saturday is the cheese factory. They’ll be open from 10:00 – 5:00, so wander over after taking in a snag or two at the bike track. From all reports, the factory and eatery is something to behold, and will likely be a key attraction for tourists to the area.
On the lighter side
You’d better watch out…
The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note and posted on the apple tray:
‘Take only ONE. God is watching.’
Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.
A child had written a note, ‘Take all you want. God is watching the apples.’
There are three switches downstairs. Each corresponds to one of the three light bulbs in the attic. You can turn the switches on and off and leave them in any position.
How would you identify which switch corresponds to which light bulb if you are only allowed one trip to the attic?
Answer to last week’s puzzler: The name of the fourth child was Mary, of course!
Saturday, 17 September: Kindra Forest Multipurpose Trail Opening. 10 am.
Saturday, 17 September: Coolamon Cheese Factory Grand Opening.
Monday, 19 September: Regular meeting. Coolamon Sport and Rec Club. 6:30 for 7 pm. Speaker: John Glassford on his plans for his year as DG (2018-2019).
Monday, 26 September: CSU Field Plot Twilight Tour (in lieu of weekly meeting). Grahame Centre Field Site, cnr Wagga Road & Prices Road, 5-7 pm.
Sunday, 2 October: Gears & Beers. Stay tuned for details!
Monday, 3 October: No meeting (public holiday).
Monday, 10 October: Regular meeting*. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club. 6:30 for 7 pm. Guest speaker: John Piltz (topic: the local drug problem).
Sunday, 16 October: President’s Forum and D9700 AGM, Young.
Monday, 17 October: Regular meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club. 6:30 for 7 pm.
Wednesday, 19 October: Board meeting. Dyce/Farmer residence. 7 pm.
Saturday, 22 October: Hospital Fete. Details to come.
Monday, 7 November: AGM. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club. 6:30 for 7 pm.
Saturday, 26 November: Street Raffle.
25-26 Feb, 2017: Presidents-Elect Training (Paul Weston), Young.
17-19 March, 2017: District 9700 Conference, Orange.
30 April, 2017: District 9700 Assembly (All Directors), Young.
10-14 June, 2017: Rotary International Convention, Atlanta, GA, USA.
*Partners and Guests Night
Apologies for Monday meetings: call Ian Jennings on 0428 492 157 BY FRIDAY 12:00 pm.