Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #17-18-14

Week of 9th October

Last night’s meeting was a busy night with 30 Coolamon and Junee members and guests attending. It was a slightly different meeting as we had a film crew, filming a short segment for an upcoming promotional video promoting the benefits of living in regional areas. Junee Rotary’s new exchange student, Allan from Taiwan, and their outbound exchange student, Jasmin Phillips, attended the meeting, as did Coolamon’s exchange student from Germany (Lucia Bohnsack) and outbound student Jackson Wykes.

John B. bought the new PA system to the meeting; it has 2 microphones, a USB port, bluetooth and a remote. The system works very well; everyone could hear what was being said.

Dick moved a motion that Coolamon Rotary provides the catering for Ronny and Mon Hogg’s clearing sale on the 28th October and that all money raised  be donated to cancer research. John Higginson from Junee Rotary offered Coolamon the use of their mobile BBQ Trailer for the clearing sale if our food van isn’t able to be used.

Daryl thanked everyone who helped with the smooth running of Bears and Gears especially members’ partners who baked Anzac biscuits. Daryl estimates there were 600 bike riders on the ride. A big thank you for the big effort by members who worked in the food van; it was a long and busy day, well done.

Music 4 Mates and Shear 4 Mates event is being held at Coolamon Sports and Rec Club this weekend. If you are attending and would like to help out, please tell the organisers and they will find something for you to do.

Junee and Coolamon combined meeting

Allan and Lucia

Allan has been in Australia for only a short time, and it has been a big adjustment for him. Allan’s home town in Taiwan has a population of 3.9 million people, and the school he attends at home has 2500 students. Junee has 200 students and all of Junee knows he’s an exchange student. Allan has been busy since arriving; he has been camping, but he has to work on his fitness as he has found it hard climbing mountains. I’m sure Allan will enjoy his stay in Junee.

Lucia updated the members on what she has been up to. Lucia has been in Coolamon for 10 weeks; she started off in year 10 at Coolamon Central School when she arrived, but she is now in year 11. Lucia said the Australian education system is much less demanding than the German system. Lucia has been on a school excursion to Canberra visiting Old and New Parliament House and the War Memorial; she would like to return to Canberra to spend more time looking around. Lucia is surprised at how cold it is here and enjoyed the chance to go skiing. She also enjoyed a visit to Bermagui, walking on the beach and swimming.

Clare Munro’s Trip to Papua New Guinea

Clare was not able to attend Monday’s meeting to accept the donation for the mission she will be visiting. Clare provided this message:

Please accept my apologies for not being present to accept your mission donation.

Thank you for the invitation to tell you of my upcoming trip to Papua New Guinea. My cousin Bernadette regularly visits PNG to support/mentor the Presentation Nuns in the west Sepik region and she has agreed for me to visit with her on this occasion.

As a retired Community Nurse it is hoped I may be able to speak with the sisters, approx 25, on a one-on-one basis in an effort to ensure they are caring for their own health. (They lost their much loved leader to breast cancer last year). Encourage them to seek help early & maybe change some habits.

No doubt this will be an extreme learning curve for me, I hope & pray I can earn some trust from the local nuns and not become a burden to anyone.

I’m looking forward to visiting the local hospital, a mission health clinic and participating in the Family Violence workshop to be run by Gary Austin from USA.

Sydney to Port Moresby Fly 4 hrs

Port Moresby – Wewak Fly 2 hrs with a stop at Madang, Stay a day or two, hopefully catch up with the 3 nuns currently doing their HSC examinations. These ladies are in their 20’s +.

Wewak – Aitape 5 hrs in a Glorified truck with seats on the back but Bern promises me the front seat, travel time depends on the state of the rivers, maybe I’m in for a “walk on water” Apparently you dry off very quickly. Will spend most of our time in Aitape.

Aitape-Arop and Malol, the areas decimated by the tsunami 1998. This ia apparently one of the most beautiful areas in the world.

Aitape-Ningil on the truck again for about 4 hrs, dirt floor school rooms, medical clinic etc. Convent burnt down recently.

Thank you and kind regards,

Clare Munro

Mental Health Forum

The Mental Health Forum held on the 27th of September was a very informative and well attended night. David Post and John Harper launched ROC (Rural Outreach Counselling) a new not-for-profit counselling service. The Leeton Carlo’s Riders Club screened their DVD, Our Stories of Depression, which showed people suffering from mental illness sharing their stories and struggles. Some of the people on the DVD were present on the night and spoke to the audience about how they are on the road to recovery and how to get help. There were a number of people who were in the audience who also spoke of their struggles. Copies of the DVD, Our Stories of Depression, were handed out on the night; if you would like to watch this DVD, I’m sure Wayne Lewis would have a few copies. I have a copy if anyone would like to borrow it.


Congratulations Alex

Alex received the Coaches Award at Coolamon Rovers Football Presentation night


Lost BLUE ROTARY BANNER — does anyone know where it is???



$7 per bag. 3 bags for $20

Available from Delta Ag (Coolamon) and Ag & Vet (Ganmain).

Delivery available: phone Dave on 6927 8553 0r Wayne on 0427 311 174.


On the Lighter Side

Things I never knew:

  • A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
  • The dot over the letter i is called a tittle.
  • A raisin dropped into a fresh glass of champagne will bounce up and down continuously from top to the bottom of the glass to the top.
  • A duck’s quack doesn’t echo and nobody knows why.
  • On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.



Thursday, October 12th: BINGO. Allawah Lodge, 6:45 pm. Roster: Neil (Capt.), Don, Alex, Dick.

Sunday, October 15th: D9700 AGM and President’s Forum. Young Country Club, 10.00 am-1.00 pm.

Monday, October 16th: Business Meeting.  Coolamon Sport and Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Wednesday, October 18th: Board meeting.

Monday, October 23rd*: Guest speaker meeting.  Joanne Connoley, CSU lecturer and Coolamon resident, will give a presentation on platypus and wildlife. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday, October 30th*: Special meeting. Tour of Howard Atkinson and Ann Baker’s renovated convent which will be operating as a function centre, followed by dinner prepared by Ann.  Convent, Bruce St, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday, November 6th*: Guest speaker meeting. Lucia Bohnsack (exchange student). Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Thursday, November 9th: BINGO. Roster: Ian (Capt.), Daryl, Garth, John N.

Sunday, November 12th: DisTec17. Internet and computer skills for bulletin editors and club web masters training. Young, 10.00 am-4.00 pm.

Wednesday, November 15th. Board Meeting.

Monday, November 20th: AGM and Election of Officers. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Wednesday, November 22nd. Board Meeting.

Thursday, December 14th: BINGO. Grahame (Capt.), Bernadette, Myffy, John B.

Thursday, February 8th: BINGO. Henk (Capt.), Rod, Dick, Alex.

Saturday & Sunday, March 4th & 5th, 2018. PETS (President Elects Training Seminar).

Sunday, March 5th, 2018: D9700 Assembly. ALL Club Board Members to attend.  Young, 09:00-16:00

Thursday March 8th: BINGO. Neil (Capt.), Dave, Don, Leslie.

Saturday & Sunday, May 5th & 6th: D9700 CONFERENCE. Roxy Theatre, Leeton.  Book accommodation early!


*Partners and Guests Night

Apologies for Monday meetings: call John Nulty on 0439 459 296 BY FRIDAY



A Friendly Reminder

John Nulty is looking after the apologies for our Monday meetings; could you please make sure you let John know if you are unable to attend a meeting so catering can be finalised before the meeting. John can be contacted on  or 0439 459 296.