Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #21

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #21




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MONDAY MEETING 25th November 2013

Last weekend our club deployed a ShelterBox to Coolamon and Ganmain and so far we have raised enough to support 3 ShelterBoxes for the Philippines, including one donated by a local farmer.  Here  are some photos from the two deployments:

Welcome back Garth Perkin from his and Marg’s trip to India with Alok Sharma and the Darkness to Light project and we had 11 members attend last night’s meeting which was held in two parts:


Grahame Miles and Ian Jennings reported on the day in Coolamon.  Our thanks go to Henk Hulsman, Ian Jennings, Ian Durham and Grahame Miles for the sterling effort that was put in over last Friday where the two Ians did a 10 hour shift.

Miffy Collette and Bernadette Milne reported on the Ganmain effort which was on the Saturday.  Miffy said it was a pleasure to be able to promote Rotary in Ganmain with the ShelterBox and it made a huge difference to  the people of Ganmain who could see what the money was required for.  Our thanks go to Miffy, Bernadette, Paul Weston and Leslie Weston for supporting the cause.

Miffy and Bernadette in Ganmain on Saturday.

Coolamon raised around $1,500 and Ganmain $1,000, not that there is any competition between the two villages!  It was noted that this type of cooperation between the two villages was excellent for promoting Rotary in the Coolamon Shire.

It was the general feeling of the meeting that we recommend to the board that our club matches  the donations from the community and that in all we should send 5 ShelterBoxes to The Philippines.


The second half of our meeting was devoted to a think tank on membership which was led by Grahame Miles our membership Director ably assisted by Leslie Weston. Grahame outlined the benefits of being in Rotary and serving the local and wider community that we live in.

Many ideas were discussed and we decided to continue with these think tanks next year, the bottom line seems to be that people will join Rotary if they can contribute in some way that makes them feel good.  Top of the list was friendship and fellowship.  We will also be looking at ways to make it more affordable for all of our members, and we will need to come up with a new format for our meetings in the future.


We received this email from PP Butch Liebenberg in Hout Bay on the completion of our Matching Grant with our Rotary Foundation to help build the Clinic known as Coolamon House in Hout Bay, a total of Rand 500,000 which included Rand 127,000 from the Rotary Foundation:

“Hi John,

Wonderful to hear from Patrick of Medical Hope Fame that he has presented his final account on completion of Coolamon Clinic to the powers that be. This project started with your phone call to me at some ungodly hour on a Sunday Morning probably in 2006. I think it was 5 am, and from there it is history. You and your team have done  amazing work to help us establish a very functional and well equipped Clinic for the 40,000 people living in our informal settlement in Hout Bay, known as Imizamo Yethu. Wonderful stuff  John, your club should be very proud of its achievement.  Coolamon Clinic is a landmark known to all here in Cape Town.  Sister Carolis who was the sister in charge at the Clinic until about 9 months ago, said to me it was the most functional Clinic in Cape Town and an absolute pleasure to work in an  environment where all is functional.

I sometimes think there was some divine intervention after taking that early morning call from you ,you said you had tried phoning 3 club presidents before phoning me that morning 6 years ago and none had answered the phone (not surprising at 5am).  Hey John, my phone is on 24 hours a day, you can still phone me anytime, day or night , no problem for me.

It has been wonderful working with you. Please pass on my personal greetings to all the stars that climbed Mount Kili on our behalf. They are all welcome back to stay with Lyn and I in Hout Bay at any time.

Lots of Love to Susan and Yourself from us both in Hout Bay

Butch and Lyn”

PPS This is why I joined Rotary.


Diary Reminders

Wednesday 27th November Music for Mates Meeting

Monday 2nd December Regular Meeting followed by a Board Meeting, all welcome.

Thursday 12th December CHRISTMAS BINGO Garth Perkin,  Myffy Collette, Ian Durham, Mark Reardon

Monday 9th December regular meeting

Monday 16th December Part 2 of the Membership Think Tank and the last meeting for 2013.

Christmas Party to be announced shortly.

Saturday January 25th Coolamon Street Raffle.

Thursday 13th February BINGO Dick Jennings, Rodney Jarrett, Neil Munro, Christine Atkinson

Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd February PETS in Young

Friday 14th March Trike Convention Catering in Wagga Wagga proceeds to Ronald McDonald House in Wagga Wagga.

Friday March 21st-Sunday March 23rd D9700 Conference in Orange.

Monday March 17-Friday March 21st RYDA in Wagga Wagga (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness)

Saturday 22nd March Music for Mates Concert in Coolamon.

*Saturday May 10th International Night in Ganmain for AFRICA’S rhinos.

Sunday 18th May D9700 Assembly in Grenfell

Saturday 24th May Red Shield Appeal Street Stall.

Sunday June 1st-Wednesday June 4th.  SYDNEY 2014 RI Convention See promotion at the end of this bulletin.

*Partners and Guests Night.



Aga Khan University visit Kampala.
Rotary President Ron Burton recently visited the advanced nursing program at Aga Khan University (AKU) in Uganda. With its strategic partner, AKU, Rotary fills the need for health sector reform in the East Africa region by supporting scholarships for students to study nursing and midwifery at AKU.
Rotary President Ron Burton recently visited the advanced nursing program at Aga Khan University (AKU) in Uganda. With its strategic partner, AKU, Rotary fills the need for health sector reform in the East Africa region by supporting scholarships for students to study nursing and midwifery at AKU. 

Learn more about Rotary’s packaged grants at




A blonde was driving home after a game and got caught in a really bad hailstorm. Her car was covered with dents, so the next day she took it to a repair shop. The shop owner saw that she was a blonde, so he decided to have some fun. He told her to go home and blow into the tail pipe really hard and all the dents would pop out.

So, the blonde went home, got down on her hands and knees and started blowing into her tailpipe. Nothing happened. So she blew a little harder, and still nothing happened.

Her blonde roommate saw her and asked, ‘What are you doing?’ The first blonde told her how the repairman had instructed her to blow into the tail pipe in order to get all the dents to pop out.

The roommate rolled her eyes and said, ‘Uh, like hello!

You need to roll up the windows first.’

The Tractor

Cletus is passing by Billy Bob’s hay barn one day when, through a gap in the door he sees Billy Bob doing a slow and sensual striptease in front of an old green John Deere.

Buttocks clenched, he performs a slow pirouette, and gently slides off first the right strap of his overalls, followed by the left. He then hunches his shoulders forward and in a classic striptease move, lets his overalls fall down to his hips, revealing a torn and frayed plaid shirt.

Then, grabbing both sides of his shirt, he rips it apart to reveal his stained T-shirt underneath. With a final flourish, he tears the T-shirt from his body, and hurls his baseball cap onto a pile of hay.

Having seen enough, Cletus rushes in and says, “What the heck are you doing, Billy Bob?”

“Jeez, Cletus, ya scared the bejeezers out of me,” says an obviously embarrassed Billy Bob. “But me’n the Ol’ Lady been havin’ trouble lately in the bedroom d’partment, and the therapist suggested I do ‘something sexy to a tractor’.”

[Don’t make me come ‘splain this to you — Read the last line again, slowly — out loud.]




Rotary members in the Philippines pack relief goods for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Hundreds of Rotary clubs around the world are also coordinating emergency aid packages for hard-hit communities.
Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Rotary District 3860, Phillipines

Rotary clubs around the world are pledging emergency aid to communities in central Philippines after last week’s massive typhoon flattened entire coastal towns and villages, killed thousands of people, and displaced nearly 600,000 more.

The situation remains dire as widespread destruction has made food, water, and medicine scarce in remote areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm to make landfall on record.

Rotary President Ron Burton is urging our 34,000 clubs worldwide to continue to assist storm victims.

“I know we all want to help. I am urging our clubs to take action to provide emergency aid now and begin planning for the future when we can help rebuild homes, schools, and businesses,” says Burton. “We are in the business of helping people in need.”

Rotary partner ShelterBox has committed aid for 4,000 families in the form of emergency shelter and other relief assistance.

Such disasters are “exactly why we entered into our partnership with ShelterBox,” says Burton. “It gives Rotary members worldwide the opportunity to respond immediately and in a very meaningful way to the life-threatening conditions faced by the people of the Philippines.”

For nearly 100 years, Rotary clubs in the Philippines have been creating positive change in their communities. The first Philippine Rotary club was formed in Manila in 1919. Today, more than 800 Rotary clubs throughout the Philippines give members the chance to make a difference at home and around the globe.

Rotary’s work to eradicate polio, our top priority, began in the Philippines. In 1979, Rotary funded the immunization of six million children with the oral polio vaccine. Based largely on the success there, the World Health Assembly authorized the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in which Rotary is a spearheading partner.

Rotary clubs in the Philippines have improved water and sanitation, led medical and dental missions, created literacy programs, and participated in reforestation plantings. When a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Philippines in September, clubs were there to bring aid to those in need.

“Rotary members often are both first-responders and rebuilders when major disasters strike because clubs are present in every corner of the world,” Burton says. “We continue with recovery efforts long after international relief agencies have gone because Rotary clubs are part of the communities we serve.”

You can help typhoon victims by working with relief agencies like these:




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See any lionesses around here?




Rtn. Jon Deisher from Alaska in India on a NID trip to immunize Indian children.

Rotary, along with our partners, has reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We are close to eradicating polio, but we need your help. Whether you have a few minutes or a few hours, here are some ways to make a global impact and protect children against polio forever.

Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2 billion children against polio in 122 countries. For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.

You can maximize support for polio eradication within your club and your community by organizing a fundraiser.

A polio victim that we saw in Kampala on our way to the Mountains of the Moon 2011.





The Host Organising Committee for the Rotary International Convention 2014 looks forward to welcoming you to Sydney, Australia’s beautiful harbour city and host of the 2000 Olympic Games.

The Rotary International Convention 2014 will be held at Sydney Olympic Park from Sunday 1st June to Wednesday 4th June 2014. There will be plenty of exciting and interesting things going on during the Sydney Convention, only some of which will be at the convention itself. We invite you to get out and explore our wonderful city and experience our Aussie culture first hand. This section of our site will help you uncover what’s on in Sydney and around our island nation during the 2014 Sydney Convention.


Register early for Sydney convention and save

Register early for the 2014 Rotary International Convention in  Sydney, Australia, 1-4 June, and pay US$100 less than the on-site  registration fee. Rotary’s annual convention is a wonderful way to experience the true internationality of Rotary, as you connect with leaders, exchange ideas, and get inspired to take action to benefit communities worldwide.

The programme Click to Enlarge:


Here are some photos from Bangkok 2012:




Congratulations to Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo winner of Best Festival Event at QLD Tourism Awards. Thank you to all our sponsors, Rotarians and over 700 volunteers who help put on this wonderful event.

PRAISE for this year’s rodeo has continued to flow after the team took out the Festivals and Events category at the weekend’s Queensland Tourism Awards.

It was the second year in a row the Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo won the award, with event manager Donna Cole and long-time volunteers Merilyn Harding and Sharon Wilkinson attending the ceremony in Brisbane on Friday night.

A massive amount of work is put in by hundreds of people behind the scenes to stage an event this size  and stature in a remote location,” Mrs Cole said.

We are incredibly grateful for the loyalty and support our sponsors, the board, Rotary and our wonderful volunteers.”


Bulletin Editor and Web Site:  John Glassford

Don’t forget to regularly check our club web site for current information such as bingo rosters and various newsletters from the District Governor, the School of St. Jude’s, the monthly membership on the move newsletter as well as several other club bulletins.

Rotary International President Ron Burton

Governor of District 9700 Geoff Tancred

Coolamon Club President  Dick Jennings

Coolamon Club Secretary Paul Weston

Club Treasurer  Henk Hulsman

Coolamon Rotary Club Inc. P.O. Box 23 COOLAMON N.S.W. 2701

Websites of Interest

Coolamon Rotary Club:

Road MAPS to Africa a Coolamon Rotary Project:

Rotary Down Under on line:

Mount Kenya 2015 Web Site incorporating the ORK:

Our Rotary Centennial Twin Club Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa:

Proposed Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species RAGES: