Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #22

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #22





Rotarians for Family Health & AIDS Prevention


Rotary Family Health Days is the signature program of Rotarians For Family Health & AIDS Prevention (RFHA). The program promotes healthy living and disease prevention by implementing a massive, annual campaign in four countries in Africa and in India that provides comprehensive, free health care services tens of thousands of people in underprivileged communities.

The services include lifelong immunizations to children, such as polio and measles vaccines and comprehensive life-saving annual screens such as HIV, TB, Malaria, Diabetes, Hypertension and more.



Above Marion Bunch the woman behind RFFA now RFHA an amazing story.

RFHA How it Began

Below in Montreal June 2010 RFHA Board Meeting:

L-R:  JG; “Olu” PDG Olugbemiga Olowu; Polio Plus Chair PRIVP Mike McGovern;  CEO & Founder Marion Bunch; Foundation Chair PRID Paul Netzel; PDG Mark Doyle and COO Len Lanzi.


MEETING December 4th. 2017

A great role up of members tonight 20 in all.  Our guests included Helen Lewis, Rose Lee Bond and Marilyn Jennings.

Tonight we inducted our latest member Sarah Collins.  Sarah is the daughter of our club secretary and lives in Coolamon.   Sarah is married to Graham and they have two young boys Patrick and Benjamin.  Sarah teaches at Wagga Wagga High School.  Proud parents John and Rose Lee Bond looked on and witnessed Sarah’s induction.

Wayne Lewis is Sarah’s sponsor and introduced Sarah to the club which was followed by President Paul Weston inducting Sarah into our club.  Sarah’s classification is Teacher and will have Dave McKinley as her mentor.

Welcome to our club Sarah you are a breath of fresh air and we look forward to working with you for our community both here and over the seas!

During the meeting Paul Weston advised the members that our Christmas party will be at The Convent courtesy of Howard Atkinson.

The date Saturday December 16th from 6.30pm.


Cost $20 per head numbers to John Nulty 0269273535    0439459196

Catering BBQ by volunteers

B.Y.O. ice will be provided

Partners please bring a plate and contact Jan Nulty for coordination.

In lieu of Christmas presents please bring a wrapped present for those children less fortunate than our children and grandchildren.

Paul also brought up New Year’s Eve and our involvement in the proceedings in Coolamon.  A roster was passed around those present to get volunteers for the night.  This is one of our community related events that we support every year.  It is important that we get as many members as possible to volunteer.


Well nothing like starting your life in Rotary than with a talk on your life and hobby.  Sarah gave us a detailed and interesting account of how she became a resident of Coolamon teaching in Wagga Wagga.

Sarah’s dada John Bond or JB was in the Royal Australian Air Force and as a consequence Sarah had many schools in her life.  Sarah holds a degree in Environmental Management and a Diploma in Education. Sarah has been teaching at Wagga Wagga High School for 17 years now and loves our Youth Exchange programmes.

Husband Graham and Sarah are actively involved in the local community and graham runs a karate school in Coolamon and Alex Thompson is now a Black belt.

Sarah’s hobby and passion is for Bonsai.

Wiki says: “The purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation for the viewer, and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity for the grower.  By contrast with other plant cultivation practices, bonsai is not intended for production of food or for medicine. Instead, bonsai practice focuses on long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a container”.

Sarah is secretary of the Wagga Wagga Bonsai Society and brought two examples of her work to the meeting:

Coolamon Rotary growing and becoming a real force for our community and with members like Sarah we move upwards and onwards.


P.S. Nota Bene!

The bulletin requires an editor as of January 1st 2018.  So far no one has come forward to be that person.  I have to stop being your editor as the workload of being a DG 2018-2019 is increasing daily.  I also have to give up being Chair of RAGES until at the earliest July 2019.  Happy to train that volunteer but first you all must decide on what you will do for the bulletin and in what shape it will take.

So far no one has taken up the challenge to produce our weekly bulletin.  I will not be doing it after next week our last meeting for 2017.  Happy to train whomever puts their hand up and will support them until they get the hang of our bulletin.  First of all we need a discussion on its make up and to do that we need to meet.





*Monday December 11th.  Wind up 2017 meeting!

Thursday December 14th. BINGO. Grahame (Capt.), Bernadette, Myffy, John B.

*Saturday December 16th December.  Christmas Party at the Convent.

New Year’s Eve ALL HANDS in Coolamon.

*Monday 15th January 2018  FIRST Meeting for 2018 Farewell to Jackson Wykes on his journey to Finland for 12 months.

Thursday February 8th 2018. BINGO. Henk (Capt.), Rod, Dick, Alex.

Saturday & Sunday, March 4th & 5th, 2018. PETS (President Elects Training Seminar).

Sunday, March 5th, 2018. D9700 Assembly. ALL Club Board Members to attend.  Young, 09:00-16:00

Thursday March 8th 2018, BINGO Neil Munro Capt, Dave McKinley, Don Dyce, Leslie Weston

Saturday & Sunday, May 5th & 6th, 2018. D9700 CONFERENCE. Roxy Theatre, Leeton.  Book accommodation early!

*Saturday June 30th 2018, District 9700 and Coolamon RC Changeover Dinner at the Ganmain Hall.


*Partners and Guests Night

Apologies for Monday meetings: call John Nulty on 0439 459 196 BY FRIDAY




Here in this School in the south of Nepal in a village called Chitwan a few clients (can you guess their names?!) are painting a mural for the local school kids! ?

This painting, along with many others, are a small part of the contribution that the clients have made to local schools in the area.

Did you leave a legacy on your Schoolies?!







A Friendly Reminder

John Nulty is looking after the apologies for our Monday meetings; could you please make sure you let John know if you are unable to attend a meeting so catering can be finalised before the meeting. John can be contacted on  or 0439 459 196.



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: Julie Clark 


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