Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin 2018 #1

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin 2018 #1

New Year Edition



Happy new year to all!


New Year 2018 Meme
And in 2015 I just forgot

MEETING January 15th 2018

A great turnout of over 40 people to our first dinner meeting for 2018.  Part of President Paul Weston was still in Hawaii, when he welcomed all and asked for all our guests to be introduced.

Guests included members from Kooringal, Junee & Leeton Rotary Clubs, together with

Tim, Peta, Charlie & Jackson Wykes, our outgoing Exchange Student off to Finland later this week & exchange students Alen Chuang (Taiwan), Mads Hindsgavi (Denmark) & our Exchange student from Germany, Lucia B

Also visiting were Digby, Jodie & Abigail Graham (next hosts for Lucy after Bruests),  potential members Lyn Schadell & Anne Rzeskowski & partners Helen L, Shaz, Maureen H, Lorraine H,  Claire M & Heather McK. Apologies if I missed anyone, as there was quite a crowd

The exchange students spoke briefly on their experiences in Australia thus far & Jackson gave a brief talk on some of the places in Europe he will be visiting in the next year. He again thanked out Club for hosting him as did his mum Peta.



We still need a president elect for 2019; please give some thought to either nominating yourself or nominating another.


Thank you to our new bulletin team

For the foreseeable future the bulletin, which in the past has been in the capable hands of John Glassford, will be now passing into the hands of Grahame Miles, Sarah Collins and Paul Weston while John takes on other commitments. Grahame will be our journalist, composing and writing an article from each meeting and event. Sarah will be acting as editor and publisher by uploading the content to the website, while Paul will be distributing the weblink to all members.

If you have any suggestions or polite criticisms of the weekly bulletin, the team will welcome your input.


Beware the fines!

Ted has nominated Will, the youngest member of the Coolamon Rotary club, to do the fine sessions of our weekly meetings. At our first meeting of the year Will’s sharp eyes and ears didn’t miss a thing and the fines came thick and fast. Congratulations to Will on a job well done, but I think this is a warning to all that we need to be guarding our wallets a little more closely.


‘Be the Inspiration’ Rotary International Assembly in San Diego

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2018-2019 Be The Inspiration! Theme based on the sea and the islands that RI President Elect Barry Rassin lives in. Heavy emphasis on climate change and global warming.


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John and his lovely wife Susan are in San Diego for the ‘Be the inspiration’ Rotary international assembly. I am sure we are all looking forward to hearing about the fantastic things happening in Rotary at the international level on John’s return.

If you want to know more about what John is up to you can catch him on his Facebook page 


January is VOCATIONAL  SERVICE month

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When professionals join a Rotary club, they do so as a representative of their classification. As such, they represent their vocation within the club and exemplifying the ideals of Rotary within the workplace. They are also strongly encouraged to mentor young people, particularly those withing their profession, promote ethical standards and volunteer their professional skills within both Rotary and the wider community.
Learn more about what Rotary is doing in the area of Vocational service Rotary International Web Site


Sunday, 14th January to Saturday, 20th January. Rotary International Assembly in San Diego.  DGE John Glassford will represent District 9700 and the Coolamon Rotary Club.

*Monday, 22nd January – Regular meeting.  Guest speaker: Bridget Pritchett (Bernie’s daughter).  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Friday, 26th January – Festival of Small Halls. Australia Day Festival at Ganmain Hall. $15 adult,  $10 children starts at 6:00 pm. Bar and food on the night (No BYOD).

Monday, 29th January – Regular meeting.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

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

Friday, 2nd February – Business House Bowls. Numbers needed for Rotary team(s).

Thursday, 15th February Board Meeting. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 7:30 pm.

Friday and Saturday, 23rd-24th February – Wagga Wagga Peace Celebration. Details forthcoming.

Saturday, 3rd March  – PETS (President Elect Training Seminar). Coolamon will be represented by PE Daryl Breust. Hilltops Council Hall (Formerly Young Town Hall), Young, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Sunday, 4th March – D9700 Assembly. ALL 2018-2019 Coolamon Club Board Members to attend.  Hilltops Council Hall (Formerly Young Town Hall), Young, 09:30 am -3:30 pm.

Thursday, 18th March – BINGO. Neil Munro Capt, Dave McKinley, Don Dyce, Leslie Weston.

*Monday, 19th March – Foundation Night. Saint Micheal’s Convent with guest speaker District Foundation Chair David Kennedy.

Saturday & Sunday, 5th-6th May – District 9700 CONFERENCE. Roxy Theatre, Leeton.  Book accommodation early!

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

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

* = Partner and guest night


Register Here Today:

Click on the thumbnails for an idea of what you get at a RI Convention.

As above: Chicago 2005, Los Angeles 2008, Montreal 2010, Bangkok 2012, Sydney 2014, Seoul 2016, Atlanta 2017.


Above May 2014 African Night at the Ganmain Hall with 280 seated to dinner, great night!



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:

District Governor John Glassford {Membership & Public Image} Coolamon

District Governor Elect John McKenzie {Service} Orange North

District Governor Nominee {New District} To be appointed

Immediate Past District Governor George Weston {Youth} Leeton

Foundation Director DRFC PDG David Kennedy {Foundation} Blayney

Secretary PP David Benn {Administration} Wollundry Wagga Wagga

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

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




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 0448118003 and Grahame Miles


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