Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #1617-7

Regular meeting, 15 August

Our meeting this week featured a presentation by Greg Higgins, a first aid trainer, speaking on “Heart Attack and Strokes: What to Do”.  Greg did an excellent job explaining the role of first aid, and how to recognise symptoms of heart attack and stroke and what to do if someone displays symptoms.  One of the important points Greg made was that the role of a first aider is not necessarily to save lives, but to make victims comfortable and stabilise them until paramedics arrive on the scene, and to make sure that paramedics have been contacted.

Heart attack symptoms include chest pain radiating to the jaw and arm (left arm in men, either in women) and nausea.  Symptoms of stroke include facial drooping, arm weakness, and difficulty with speech (combined with Time to act, these symptoms spell the acronym FAST).  Greg also spoke a bit about anaphylactic shock, which results from allergic reaction (mainly to foods like peanuts, shellfish, eggs, etc).  Symptoms include facial swelling, difficulty breathing or swallowing, abdominal cramps, and collapse.  The best course of first aid is application of an epi-pen, which most people with allergies would carry with them.  Greg demonstrated correct technique to administer an epi-pen shot using dummy epi-pens which everyone had a chance to play with.

Greg finished off with a demonstration of a heart defibrillator, with member Alex Thompson following the instructions spoken by the machine and applying them to a two-dimensional representation of a human victim of heart attack.  It was a very interesting and informative talk, which member Dave McKinley acknowledged as he thanked Greg by presentating him with the obligatory kangaroo hide coin pouch.  The evening concluded with a fine session led by Sargeant-At-Arms Ted Hutcheon and a meat raffle, which was won (again) by John Glassford.

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CowManureB&WMoo Poo Working Bee

Just a reminder to all members that a working bee will be held this Saturday at Ted Hutcheon’s place to start bagging Moo Poo, which was picked up by Wayne this week.  Things will kick off at 8:00 am rain or shine. Members Alex, Dave, Daryl, Don, Garth, John G, John B, Neil, Ted and Wayne have indicated that they will definitely or possibly be available to assist, so please be there!  Others are welcome if time permits.


On the lighter side

How to tell the sex of a fly

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a  flyswatter.

“What are you doing?” she asked.

“Hunting flies” he responded.


“Oh, killing any?” she asked.

“Yep, three males, two females” he replied.


Intrigued, she asked “How can you tell?”

He responded “Three were on a beer can, and two were on the phone.”


A puzzler for you

A milkman has two empty jugs, a three-gallon jug and a five-gallon jug.  How can he measure exactly one gallon without wasting any milk?


Answer to last week’s puzzler

The speaker is the daughter of Teresa



Saturday 20 August: Moo Poo working bee. Ted Hutcheon residence, 8:00 am.

Monday 22nd August:  Meeting with visit by John Mason from the Wollundry RC on the Gears and Beers October Long Weekend.

Thursday, 25 August: Australian Rotary Health Indigenous Australian Medical Scholarship Informational Program, Wagga Mercure, 6:30 pm start.

29 August: Bowls & Pizza night (in lieu of regular meeting).  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 pm.  Feel free to invite prospective members (but let Ian J know).

Monday, 5 September: Club assembly.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm start.

Monday, 12 September: Regular meeting and visit by DG Michael Millston. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club.

Wednesday, 14 September: Board meeting.  Don Dyce & Sally Farmer residence. 7 pm.

Saturday, 17 September: Kindra Forest Multipurpose Trail Opening.

Saturday, 17 September: Coolamon Cheese Factory Grand Opening.

Monday, 26 September: CSU Field Day (in lieu of weekly meeting).  Stay tuned for details.

Sunday, 2 October: Gears & Beers. Stay tuned for details!

Sunday, 16 October: President’s Forum and D9700 AGM, Young.

Saturday, 22 October: Hospital Fete. Details to come.

Saturday, 26 November: Street Raffle.

*Partners and Guests Night

Apologies for Monday meetings: call Ian Jennings on 0428 492 157  BY FRIDAY 12:00 pm.