Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin 2018 #3

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin 2018 #3



MEETING January 29th 2018

President Paul welcomed all 19 members and 9 guests at 7.11 pm.  Guests included partners Helen, Susan, Maureen & Marilyn & potential members Anne Rzeskowski & Lyn Schadell. Also attending were guests of Glassfords, Marcell from Germany, Quin & Brandon from Utah.

Our exchange student Lucia has departed host parents Bruests and is now staying out at Digby & Jodie Graham’s at Methul. Youth Director Dave reiterated the need for members to make an effort to take Lucy on outings at weekends or at other times when you might be doing something of interest to Lucia, which can also allow the host family to have some time to themselves.

Business House Bowls starts this Friday, Feb 2 – contact Henk Hulsman if you’re interested.

John spoke on their recent trip to San Diego, California, for the Rotary International Assembly at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.. It is Rotary’s annual training meeting which gives incoming district governors the chance to share ideas for strengthening clubs, etc. Well done John for such dedication & effort to the cause.

‘Be The Inspiration’ is the theme for John’s year as DG.

John met the incoming International President, Barry Rassin, from the Bahamas.

John then went on & presented the Diary for incoming directors; see our Diary below.

  • District Changeover is at the Ganmain Hall on Saturday June 30th & Dick presented a list of possible menu for the members to tick their preference. Caterer will be Michelle Seymour
  • Centenary of Armistice Day on 11/11/2019 – Time Capsule & promote Legacy
  • End Polio Now project – Bike Torch relay.  John has a District goal of $500,000
  • Motto of  -> We ride so that they may Walk
  • 2019 District Conference at Griffith hosted by RC of Griffith – Friday March 29 to Sunday, March 31, 2019.   Saturday Night Dinner dance featuring the Charlston.


John presented Daryl, our president elect, with the ‘Be the Inspiration’ banner he collected from the international assembly in San Diego


John did the traditional shirt swap at the international assembly, swapping an Australian Rotary shirt for a New Zealand one.


Henk won the meat tray raffle

25 Years of Peace Communities

The idea of Peace Communities was initiated in District 9700 in 1992 with Coolamon being the 1st Rotary peace town in the World and  has been embraced by many Rotary Districts, Clubs and Peace Cities now designated around the world.
Rotarians committed to furthering Peace set up Peace symbols on suitable sites. Rotarians and local citizens meet on special days to recognise local citizens, students, schools and organisations for their contribution to Peace in Action within the community.
To this end Rotary is celebrating 25 years of the peace communities holding a peace program over the 23 and 24th of February and includes a Gala Dinner in the Mirage room at the Wagga RSL Club on the 24 Feb. Come and join in the celebration. (details below)
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For more information about peace program click on the link below.

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Quote of the Week

Who made this quote last century?

“Fear is a reaction; courage is a decision”



*Monday, 5th February – Paul Weston to talk on trip to Hawaii.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7 pm.

Thursday February 8th – . BINGO  – Henk (Capt.),  Rod,  Dick,  Will & trainee Captain Wayne

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 & Sunday, 3rd & 4th 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 – 4:00 pm.

Sunday, March 4th – D9700 Assembly  – ALL 2018-2019 Coolamon Club Board Members to attend.   Hilltops Council Hall (Formerly Young Town Hall), Young, 09:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Thursday March  8th 2018 – BINGO.  Neil M (Captain),  Dave McK, Leslie W & Bruce H

*Monday, 19th March – Foundation Dinner Evening. Saint Michael’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,  Ian J  & Alex T (note change)

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

Book accommodation early! Register below

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

Register Here Today:


Community Events

Friday, 2nd February – Business House Bowls.

Saturday March  17th 2018 –  The long Table Charity Event at Kindra Park Oval



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



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

Honored Rotarian

District 9700’s very own Mary Brell, from Orange, has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day awards for her work in supporting the citizens of Nepal. Over the past eight years Ms Brell has made about 15 trips to the Asian nation taking local teachers, doctors, builders and now senior school students from Orange. They have helped, educated and treated the people and rebuilt structures destroyed in a major earthquake in 2015. To find out more on her efforts you can find more information here.

LEADING THE WAY: Mary Brell has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in the Australia Day awards. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0124jkmary1
LEADING THE WAY: Mary Brell has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in the Australia Day awards. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0124jkmary1

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

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


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