Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #20

Monday 28th May

Paul welcomed 19 members plus guests Anne, Jan, Russell Barrow (CSU) & friends of Daryl & Jan,  Bob & Val Robertson & Bill & Michelle Roberts.

Secretary John read out correspondence.

President Paul had to compete with raffle ticket seller Dick to tell us about an New Ideas planning meeting on June 15; further suggestions for projects are welcome, so if you have an idea let Paul know. 

On 15 June from 9.30 to 12.30 at the Up-To-Date Store is a workshop for community & sporting groups, clubs & communities in The Coolamon Shire.  To register for the event, RSVP to Jess Inch by 1 June.


Guest Speaker Daryl Bruest

Guest Speaker Daryl spoke on his trek of Kokoda 30 months ago when he spent 8 days there.  It had been a dream of Daryl’s to conquer the track & so to celebrate his 60th birthday he invited family members to join him.

They flew into Port Moresby, which they didn’t find to be a very safe place. They then travelled to Popendetta, where they were all packed into open back trucks to travel 2 hours along mostly unsealed roads to the start of the track. They trekked in groups of 20 & had to carry their own rations.

The troupe started about 7 in the morning and had a rest every 2 or 3 hours for up to 30 mins.   The track is very rough with exposed tree roots, etc, which meant you can’t take your eyes off the ground to avoid tripping.   They stayed in a village each night. The trek lasted for 7 days with the last day being the hardest. Daryl greatly admired the strength and fortitude of the porters; and his son donated all his clothes and boots to one of the porters at the end of the trek and received a beautiful hand-carved plaque in return. 

There are many memorials along the way, most of which were funded by Australian Government, as is the school at  Kokoda

After an absorbing presentation, Daryl was thanked by Henk.

Daryl’s talk was very inspirational
Daryl points out the members of the trek as they take a rest break

Red Shield Appeal Roster

We had a good showing by members and a good taking at the Red Shield Appeal at Foodworks this past weekend, but we have more work to do.  We’ll be collecting donations at the footy this weekend, both in Ganmain and Coolamon.  It looks like the games are on SUNDAY, and not Saturday as previously advertised.  We need additional bodies on the day, especially the later shift (12:00-2:00) in Ganmain (see roster below).  Please let Paul know ASAP if you’re able to help!
Coolamon footy (Sunday, 3 June)
10;00-12:00 Daryl & Wayne
12:00-2:00   Daryl & Bondy
Ganmain footy (Sunday, 3 June)
10:00-12:00  Myffy & helper
12:00-2:00   ___________________________

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Quote of the Week

Who said this?

“That’s the fluffy stuff that sits in the ceiling for rats and mice to urinate on “.

Last week’s Quote of the Week was attributed to Prince Harry.


Monday, 4th June – Club Assembly. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Monday, 11th June – no meeting (Public holiday).

Thursday, 14th  June – BINGO.  Grahame M  (Captain), Wayne L,  Howard A & Mark R. 7.15 pm in  Allawah Community Centre Hall.

Monday, 18th June – Guest Speaker. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Wednesday, 20th  June – Board meeting.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7:00 pm.

Saturday, 23rd June to Wednesday, 27th June – Rotary International Convention. Toronto, Canada.

*Monday, 25th June – Farewell Dinner to Lucia.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Saturday, 30th June – Street Raffle.   Outside Coolamon Newsagency

*Saturday, 30th June – Coolamon Rotary Changeover and District 9700 Changeover.  Ganmain Hall.

Monay July 9th – Guest Speaker. DG John Glassford visit to Coolamon Club


* denotes partner & guest night

Community Events

Up to date Art exhibition Friday 27th July  – 12th August, For further information please email: [email protected]


Please get your working with children check completed and give the number and expiry date to the Secretary ASAP. Failure to do so may mean you are not covered insurance wise when you volunteer at events.




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: Sarah Collins 0448 118 003 and Grahame Miles



May is Youth Service Month

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May is the month when Rotary focuses on Youth. The link between Rotary and youth for all our Clubs is amazing. Every club that I have visited engages with our Youth Programmes in some way or another, whether it be Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA), Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN), Rotary Youth Driving Award, Rotaract, Interact, District Scholarships, Rotary International Youth Exchanges, Peer Support Programmes in schools, Cure Kids, Life Education vans, Literacy Programmes in schools, and many others.


Learn more about what Rotary is doing in the area of youth services  Rotary International Web Site



District 9700 Board 2018-2019

The 2018-2019 D9700 Board is coming together nicely and the restructure is going to work and work well.  DGN John McKenzie and DG George Weston are committed to making it work, as are the others on this much smaller Board: The 9700 district that the Coolamon Rotary club was a member of has now been split. Coolamon Rotary will now be a part of District 9705 as of 2020. Details will be updated as they arrive.

District Governor: John Glassford {Membership Retention} Coolamon

District Governor-Elect: John McKenzie {Service Projects} Orange North

District Governor Nominee {New District}: Michael Moore

Immediate Past District Governor: George Weston {Youth} Leeton

Foundation Director: PDG David Kennedy {Foundation} Blayney

Secretary: PP David Benn {Administration} Wollundry Wagga Wagga

Treasurer Finance & Audit: PP Doug Conkey {Budget} Wollundry Wagga Wagga

Communications Director: PP Paul Murray {Public Image} Wollundry

Millennials Director: PP Clare Lawlor {Membership Millennials} Wagga CSU Rotaract

Associate Member: AG Julie Poplin {Assistant Governors}

Other District Appointments

Executive Secretary and Web Master: PP Paul Murray Wollundry Wagga Wagga

District Trainer: PP Geraldine Rurenga Wagga Wagga Murrumbidgee

PETS Facilitator: PDG Tony Monley D9810

Public Officer: PDG Ian Tooke Blayney

2019 Griffith D9700 Conference Chair: PP Ross Grillo Griffith

DIO Insurance/Risk Management: PP Sam Catanzariti Griffith

COL 2019 Representative: PDG Gary Roberts

We are still looking at appointing two more Assistant Governors.

We are also looking at the structure of all the Standing Committees and the Special Committees.

We will post all further news on D9700 2018-2019 on my DGJG Blog:

DG JG 9700 2018-2019


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

District 9700 Governor Nominee John McKenzie RC of Orange North