Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin 2018 #2

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin 2018 #2



MEETING January 22nd 2018

President Paul welcomed all 16 members and guests at 7.06pm.  Guests included partners Helen & Sally & potential members Anne Rzeskowski & Lyn Schadell, together with guest speaker Bridget Pritchet, daughter of Bern Milne

Our club have put together 2 Business House Bowls teams, which commence on Friday Feb 2. If you’d like to join them please contact Henk

Daryl spoke on the need to encourage all members to give the host families a break whenever possible by taking Lucy on outings at weekends or when ever, so the family can have some time to themselves.  As yet she has spent no time on an Australian farm, so it would be great if that could happen in the near future.

A new Bingo roster has been drawn up for 2018, which includes 2 new captains; thanks Daryl & Wayne for volunteering that responsibility. All signed up members of our Club have been included on the roster at least once during the year, so please don’t let the side down.  The roster will be sent out to all members in the next week, so please print it out for your reference.

We also remind members that if you can’t make your rostered slot to arrange a swap with someone rostered the following month; it is not the responsibility of the Captain to do that.

Foundation dinner is on Monday, March 19, hosted by Howard & Anne at the Old Convent

And an upcoming charity event announced by Dick is on Saturday, March 17 on the Kindra Park Oval. There will be live music & a 3-course dinner under the stars. It is being conducted by the Kindra Park trustees it’s title  –  the long table charity event.

Contact Rhonda Robinson on 0427 273009 for more info.

Newly appointed Sargeant Will C did a most entertaining fine session, even though some claims were a little dodgy.  And guess who won the raffle??

Guest Speaker Bridget Pritchet

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Guest Speaker Bridget Pritchet spoke on her work in the Salvation Army, sponsored by the Gloria McKerrow Foundation, on her work in the Salvation Army, working in Rural Community school programs at no cost to the school. It involves building relationships within the community, early intervention anger management program, called Red Cap, developing team work, social skills & self esteem, especially anti-bullying strategies. Photo shows Henk thanking and presenting Bridget with our exclusive kangaroo money pouch.

Henk thanks Bridget for a most informative talk.

Henk presenting guest speaker Bridget with kangaroo hide pouch.


We still need a president elect for 2019-2020; please give some thought to either nominating yourself or nominating another.


John and Susan at the ‘Be the Inspiration’ Rotary International Assembly in San Diego


The International Assembly has now concluded and we are looking forward to John giving us a full update at next weeks meeting.

Winning the War on Polio

Time magazine recently posted an article on the War against polio stating; As recently as 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio each year, and the disease was endemic in 125 countries. In 2017 there have been only 16 cases, in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. With a case count so low, the question now is a straightforward one: Will 2018 be the year we get to zero?

We certainly hope so and Rotary has been a big part of making it happen. If you want to read the full article you can find it here.

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


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, with DGE John Glassford speaking on his recent trip to San Diego.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Thursday, 8th February. BINGO. Henk (Capt.), Rod, Dick, Will, and trainee captain Wayne.

Friday, 2nd February – Business House Bowls.

*Monday, 5th February – Speaker meeting (speaker TBA).  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

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, 8th March – BINGO.  Neil M (Captain),  Dave McK, Leslie W & Bruce H

Saturday, 17th March –  The Long Table Charity Event at Kindra Park Oval

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

Saturday, 31st March – Easter Markets & U2D Art Battle. UTDS, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm.

Thursday, 12th April – BINGO.  Daryl B (Captain),  Don D,  Howard A  & Alex T

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.


* denotes partner & guest night


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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