Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #20

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #20


PDG Fred Loneragan and PDG David Kennedy above

D9700 Rotary Foundation Director, PDG David Kennedy reminds us:


Poliomyelitis (polio) is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens
children in some parts of the world. The poliovirus invades the nervous system and
can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age but mainly
affects children under five. Polio is incurable, but completely vaccine-preventable.

In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global
polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed
more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5
billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a
role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the

Polio Today

Today, there are only three countries that have never stopped transmission of the
wild poliovirus: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Just 37 polio cases were
confirmed worldwide in 2016, which is a reduction of more than 99.9 percent since
the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day.
Our Challenge

Our collective challenge as Rotarians is to assist in the final push to eradicate this
disease once and for all.

During this month of November, being the month in which we acknowledge and
celebrate the works of our Rotary Foundation, it would be ideal to make our annual
donation towards PolioPlus knowing that each of our Club or individual dollars will
be matched 2:1 by the gates Foundation.


Progress on Global Grant for Kisiriri in Narok, Kenya.


Global Grant in Narok. Kenya

This is a joint effort between Coolamon Rotary Club, Lake Chelan RC USA and the RC of Milimani in Nairobi.

Our contribution comes from the Kilimanjaro Climb 2007 now that we have the Rotary Foundation District Designated Funds of US$13,000 available to supplement this grant from or Foundation.

We met the team from District 9212, East Africa, in Atlanta and now things are moving.



Our AGM started with some general business and Paul Weston welcomed our newest member Sarah Collins. We also received the resignation of PP Ian Durham who has moved to Morpeth near Newcastle for his retirement.  We wish Ian and Christine all the very best.

Treasurer Henk Hulsman read out the accounts for the 2016-2017 Rotary year and our club is in good health financially.

Our club is involved in end of year school presentations at the following schools in our Shire:

Ganmain Public School Tuesday December 5th Myffy Collette and Bernadette Milne 6.30pm

Coolamon Central School Wednesday December 6th President Paul Weston 6.00pm with Will Cartwright

Beckom Public School Thursday December 7th Daryl Breust 6.15pm

Marrar Public School Thursday December 7th Ted Hutcheon 6.15pm

The following schools have not advised on dates and times:

Ardlethan with Will Cartwright and Alex Thompson

St Michael’s Coolamon Neil Munro

St Brendon’s Ganmain Myffy Collette and Bernadette Milne.



Our Annual General Meeting went well and President Elect Daryl Breust filled the following positions for 2018-2019:

President 2018-2019: Daryl Breust 
Secretary:  John Bond
Treasurer:   Henk Hulsman
President Elect 2019-2020: TBA
Rotary Foundation Director:  Neil Munro
Membership Director:  Wayne Lewis
Club Admin Director:  Ian Jennings
Youth Director:  Dave McKinley
Service Projects:  TBA
Public Image Director:  Myffy Collette and Bernadette Milne
Immediate Past President: Paul Weston
Sergeant @ Arms:  Ted Hutcheon
Bulletin Editor: TBA
Webmaster:  John Glassford


Saturday at the Wykes home there will be a BBQ for the District 9700 Exchange Students.  This includes Jackson Wykes on his way to Finland and our inbound student Lucia Bohnsak.

Jackson is going to be the guest of the Rotary Club of Urjalan in District 14120 and leaves for Finland on the 19th January 2018.

Rotary Club of Urjalan Finland

Urjalan Facebook Page

Jackson’s home is on the Ardlethan Road leaving Coolamon go over three hills and their property is on the right hand side where the road flattens out!  Please advise Dave McKinley or Daryl Breust if you will be attending.








*Monday, November 27th.  Regular meeting.  Guest speaker: Outbound Coolamon Youth Exchange Student Jackson Wykes. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday, December 4th: Newest Member Sarah Collins.  Sarah will be speaking about her hobby bonsai and her life.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Monday December 11th.  Wind up 2017 meeting!

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

*Saturday December 16th December.  Christmas Party at the Convent.

New Year’s Eve ALL HANDS in Coolamon.

Monday 15th January 2018  FIRST Meeting for 2018

Thursday February 8th 2018. 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 2018, BINGO Neil Munro Capt, Dave McKinley, Don Dyce, Leslie Weston

Saturday & Sunday, May 5th & 6th, 2018. D9700 CONFERENCE. Roxy Theatre, Leeton.  Book accommodation early!

*Saturday June 30th 2018, District 9700 and Coolamon RC Changeover Dinner at the Ganmain Hall.


*Partners and Guests Night

Apologies for Monday meetings: call John Nulty on 0439 459 196 BY FRIDAY



Update on the Orange Daybreak RC Schoolies to Nepal

Yesterday the schoolies were tourist in Kathmandu. They visited two major tourists sites the Pashupatinath Temple one of the oldest Hindu Temples in Nepal and Buddha Stupa. A wonderful insight into the Nepali culture,


Here we are! Schoolies 2017 being welcomed? in Chitwan! Such a overwhelming experience!



Ellen Degeneres had this logo created to stop Trump and his decision to allow imports of elephants and lion trophies into the USA.  Any funds that Ellen raised here goes to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi.


The Elephant in the Room by Ellen (great segment)




Andrew Best RI Parramatta Office Tucson PolioPlus Ride

Andrew I Did It !!!!!
6hrs 28 minutes.
$47,000 raised for #Polio
All 6 staff completed the ride



An expensive dog story again from the Westons:

Would you believe that his rock is worth $1,200?  The dog?  Priceless, his name Trevor!


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 459 196.



Chartered March 3rd 1971 Sponsoring Club Narrandera Rotary Club
President: Paul Weston  6927 2972
President Elect & Service Projects :  Daryl Breust 0409 551 140
Secretary:  John Bond 0427 273 226
Treasurer: Henk Hulsman 6927 3486
Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro 6927 3156
Club Admin Director: Don Dyce 6929 1215
Youth Director: Dave McKinley 6927 8553
Service Projects {Vocational} Director: Ian Jennings 6927 3390
Membership Director: Wayne Lewis 6927 3501
Public Image Director: Myffy Collette 6927 6313
Immediate Past President: Don Dyce 6929 1215
Sergeant @ Arms: Ted Hutcheon 6927 3349
Bulletin Editor: Julie Clark 


President Ian Riseley RC of Sandringham Melbourne

President Elect Barry Rassin RC of East Nassau The Bahamas

District 9700 Governor George Weston RC of Leeton

District 9700 Governor Elect John Glassford RC of Coolamon