Week of 31 July
This week’s meeting started of with President Paul informing us of the meetings he has recently attended. Paul attended the Community Drug Action Team meeting last week, where it was decided to put an application together to form a local Local Drug Action Team taking in Coolamon, West Wyalong and Temora. At the Group 5 Presidents meeting, which took place on Sunday, a number of issues of relevance to Rotary clubs in our area, including planning for peace celebrations in September and also in April, 2018 in Wagga Wagga and Coolamon, were discussed. Plans are under way for some joint activities between the clubs in Junee and Coolamon.
Rotary is aiming for each club to plant 10 trees per member this year; Grahame volunteered to be the club’s Tree Co-ordinator. Ian Jennings has a plan to develop a bike trail between Coolamon and Ganmain, which will be an ideal community project and an excellent opportunity for trees to be planted.
The Choirs at the Club performance for Thursday night looks like it will be well supported; thank you to everyone who put their names down to help with setting up and serving the finger food.
Paul presented Neil and Myffy with their director’s pins since they were unable to attend the changeover, where the new board was introduced.
Myffy proudly informed us that The Coolamon Community Chronicle celebrated its 1st birthday with a coloured front and back page and 24 pages of reading in the Chronicle. The newspaper is going well financially, which is very good to hear.
Henk informed the meeting that a copy of the phone book will be ready for proof reading this week and the books should be printed in about a month.
Christmas in July
Christmas in July was very well attended and featured a delicious Christmas dinner prepared by Gilbert. There was a lot of laughing and banter as the Yankee Christmas present exchange got underway. The gifts certainly made for some interesting interaction amongst those present. Some gifts were highly sought after, especially the honey and pink scarf; the hungry shark was another story. I’m sure Christmas in July will be on the social calendar every year.
Introducing our Exchange Student!
Christmas in July was also the 1st event that Lucia Bohnsack, Coolamon’s Rotary exchange student, attended since arriving here on the weekend. Lucia introduced herself, telling us it feels like she has come to a large town; her home town has a population of 300 people! Lucia has been shopping for school uniforms, something that is a bit different as she doesn’t have to wear a uniform at home. Lucia presented the club with a banner from her host club in Germany, the Rotary Club of Einbeck Northheim, which Paul was happy to accept.
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.
Thursday, 3 August*: Choirs at the Club. Wagga Men’s Rugby Choir and Murrumbidgee Magic will perform. Admission $15 (includes finger foods). RSVP by 31 July to Don Dyce (0427 981 456) or Dick Jennings (0427 273 079). All proceeds to benefit mental health education. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7:00 for 7:30 pm.
Monday, 7 August*: Regular meeting. Guest speakers: Several TRAC students will talk about their recent trek on the Kakoda Track. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm.
Thursday, 10 August: Bingo. Allawah Lodge, 6.45 for 7.30 pm. Roster: Paul (Captain), Rod, Myffy, Bernie.
Monday, 14 August: Regular meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6.30 for 7 pm.
Saturday, 19 August: Street raffle. Coolamon Newsagency, 6.30 am – noon.
Sunday, 12th November: DisTec17 in Young 10.00am-4.00pm. Internet and computer skills for bulletin editors and club web masters training.
*Partners and Guests Night
Apologies for Monday meetings: call John Nulty on0439 459 296 BY FRIDAY