Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #24

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #24

Be a Gift to the World



  • Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. Learn more in  and the .
  • The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life.
  • There will be a Vocational Services Meeting on Monday February 29th at Huff ‘n’ Puff Constructions in Ganmain.  This is a joint meeting with Wagga Wagga Sunrise.

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Latest build by Huff ‘n’ Puff Constructions at Rylstone.



Our first meeting for 2016 was a casual one with several guests including partners Marilyn Jennings, Helen Lewis, Heather McKinley, and Joan and Alan Bell guests of Ian Durham.  As well 14 members were present.

President Wayne Lewis welcomed all and started the evening by thanking all the volunteers who made New Year’s Eve such a success.  Wayne also read out a letter of thanks form Allawah Lodge for our donation of three power lift reclining chairs.

Ian Durham outlined the upcoming RYLA week and called for nominations of women and men between the ages of 18-28.  The week will be held at the CSU Orange Campus form the 11-15th April 2016.  RYLA Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.

Myffy spoke on the proposed Coolamon and District Newspaper.

Grahame Miles invited all members and partners to consider going to “the Searchers” in Wagga Wagga on February 18th.

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Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre Thursday Feb 18  & tickets are :
Group 8+: $64.90 each.  

Next meeting will begin at the Fire Museum  in Cowabbie Street opposite the Up-to-Date Store at 6.30 pm SHARP followed by dinner at the Sports Club.

On display at the Museum will be a vast collection of fire fighting memorabilia from around the state, the country and the world.

Striving to educate visitors of the history of our brave fire fighters and the equipment used throughout the years will be Manager/Owner Chris Berry who was a Retained Fireman and Engine Keeper for 22 years.

Donations welcome.
Coolamon Fire Museum
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We also had a three minute talk by Ian Durham on his life, would you believe 7 minutes?
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Ian Durham in Vietnam where he served in 1997 as a sapper.
STOP PRESS!!  Graeme Callander from Wagga Wagga RC will be with us next Monday night to promote the Polio Plus evening in Wagga Wagga on Thursday March 3rd to see Dame Maggie Smith in:
“The Lady in the Van”.
To see the trailer for this movie go here:


Oscar Award winner, Maggie Smith, is excellent as a homeless woman who parks her campervan in Norman Bennet’s garden for 15 years, in this enjoyable film about their poignant relationship. Funds raised by this event will contribute to Rotary’s world wide PolioPlus Project which is very close to completely eradicating polio.
The Lady in the Van presented by The Combined Rotary Clubs of Wagga Forum Cinema 6 Trail St Wagga Wagga 7.00 pm Thursday 3rd March 2016 $20.00 per head.

Diary Reminders

*Monday 25th January Vocational Services Meeting at the Coolamon Fire Station Museum.  Followed by a talk by Graeme Callander RC of Wagga Wagga on the upcoming  film starring Maggie Smith in support of  polio plus.  March 3rd 2016.

Tuesday 26th January AUSTRALIA Day at Marrar Public School from 8.00 am 

Monday 8th February Normal Meeting Speaker TBA.

Wednesday 10th February Board Meeting at the Sports Club 7.00 pm. (No dinner).

BINGO: February 11th 2016 Neil Munro (Capt) Wayne Lewis, Ted Hutcheon, Dick Jennings.

*Monday 29th February Joint Vocational Service Meeting with WW Sunrise in Ganmain at Huff ‘n’ Puff Constructions.

*Thursday March 3rd Polio Plus Film Night in Wagga Wagga. “the Lady in the Van”.

Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th April 2016 D9700 Conference in Wagga Wagga.

*Saturday May 14th International Night at the Ganmain Hall in aid of RAGES Inc.

Saturday 28th May 2016 – Wednesday June 1st Seoul RICON South Korea  Seoul 2016

*Partners and Guests Night.

Apologies for Monday meetings call Ian Jennings on 0428 492 157  BY FRIDAY 12.00 pm.




How many locks not locked first correct entry wins the 5 raffle tickets?


A honey bee must tap two million flowers to make one pound of honey.

An etiquette writer of the 1840’s advised, “Ladies may wipe their lips on the tablecloth, but not blow their noses on it.”

Astronaut John Glenn ate the first meal in space when he ate pureed applesauce squeezed from a tube aboard Friendship 7 in 1962.

Aunt Jemima pancake flour, invented in 1889, was the first ready-mix food to be sold commercially.

Caffeine: there are 100 to 150 milligrams of caffeine in an eight-ounce cup of brewed coffee, 10 milligrams in a six-ounce cup of cocoa, 5 to 10 milligrams in one ounce of bittersweet chocolate, and 5 milligrams in one ounce of milk chocolate.

Capsaicin, which makes hot peppers “hot” to the human mouth, is best neutralized by casein, the main protein found in milk.

Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), a natural substance that is reputed to stimulate the same reaction in the body as falling in love.

Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40 percent of the world’s almonds and 20 percent of the world’s peanuts.

During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, (1897-1898) potatoes were practically worth their weight in gold. Potatoes were so valued for their vitamin C content that miners traded gold for potatoes.

Fortune cookies were invented in 1916 by George Jung, a Los Angeles noodle maker.

Goulash, a beef soup, originated in Hungary in the 9th century AD.

Haggis, the national dish of Scotland: take the heart, liver, lungs, and small intestine of a calf or sheep, boil them in the stomach of the animal, season with salt, pepper and onions, add suet and oatmeal. Enjoy!






 I offer my sincere condolences to the victims of the deadly bomb attack outside a polio‬ immunization center in Quetta, Pakistan.

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Rotary condemns deadly attack on polio security personnel in Pakistan


Rotary members and our partners in the fight to eradicate polio offer our heartfelt condolences and express a deep sadness in the wake of a horrific bomb attack in Quetta, Pakistan, that took the lives of at least 15 security personnel today.

This attack outside a polio immunization center is a stark reminder of the dangers faced by Rotary, our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, and the brave women and men on the front lines of our effort to protect all children from the paralyzing effects of polio. While the bombing will be investigated, one thing is clear: The security personnel who were killed died because their job was to protect teams of polio immunizers. We applaud the government’s commitment to continue the vaccination campaign throughout Pakistan, which is one of only two countries where the poliovirus is still endemic.
Today we pause to honor the sacrifice made by the heroic police officers killed. Yet our 30-year commitment to end polio remains steadfast. Even as we absorb the horror of this bombing, we are redoubling our efforts to educate families and build confidence in the safety of polio vaccines, and to engage community and religious leaders to support our campaign.
We are closer than ever to achieving a polio-free world. Vast improvements have been seen in Pakistan, with more than 80 percent fewer cases in the country than in 2014. In order to stop polio in Pakistan in 2016, we must ensure the safety of vaccinators to reach every child.
And today, our release of $35 million in grants for polio eradication signals our determination to finish the job to which thousands of courageous individuals have committed themselves, and to never forget the sacrifices made by those who lost their lives in this effort.



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This year the Conference Committee headed by Michael Knight will bring to the District the best Rotary gathering you will ever experience outside an International Convention.
You can register online or download a form and send it in.  Click here to go to the District Conference Website.
Friday Night will be “Club Night”  you are free to celebrate as a club. Saturday night we will rock the town with a Beatles concert in the Civic Theatre, following a choice of a home hosted meal or out on the town as you please.
Make sure you put the dates in your diary and make arrangements to be in Wagga Wagga for Conference 2016 TOGETHER.
We will have not one, but TWO Past RI Presidents presenting during the Conference along with a stellar line up of great presenters and time for celebration.
PRIP Bill Boyd will be the RI President’s Representative and will address the Conference on the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group. Bill is one of the best presenters in Rotary and passionate about clean water and sanitation saving lives around the world.
PRIP Kalyan Banerjee will be our special guest and will speak on Peace. For those who attended the RI Convention in Bangkok you will remember his address to the Convention, it was the most lucid and inspiring address Marilyn and I have ever heard. I have requested him to bring his wonderful understanding of peace and how we all may contribute to a peaceful world.
You can register online or download a form and send it in.  Click here to go to the District Conference Website.

District 9700 Web Site


RIPE John Germ



 Theme John Germ 02 2016-2017


Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President-elect John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.

Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.

“I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity,” said Germ.

Rotary members around the globe are serving humanity by providing clean water to underdeveloped communities, promoting peace in conflict areas, and strengthening communities through basic education and literacy. But none more important than our work to eradicate polio worldwide, he said.



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Rotary International President-elect John F. Germ announces his presidential theme ‘Rotary Serving Humanity.’
Photo Credit: Rotary International/Monika Lozinska
More comments from John Germ:

Germ, a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, encouraged attendees to return to their clubs and communities and spread the word about Rotary’s role in the fight for a polio-free world.

“People who want to do good will see that Rotary is a place where they can change the world. Every Rotary club needs to be ready to give them that opportunity,” Germ said.

Enhancing Rotary’s image isn’t the only way to boost membership. “We need clubs that are flexible, so our service will be more attractive to younger members, recent retirees, and working people.”

He added: “We need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward.”


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Alamaya learns a new trick… it involves spraying our unsuspecting visitors with mud!

Alamaya has emerged as the joker of the Nursery group and has picked up a habit of standing on the edge of the mud bath, but close to the rope cordon during the 11am public visit. With the visitors busily taking pictures of him, he sucks mud up via his trunk and, before they know it, he sprays them all!

You can read more about this mischievous but gentle little bull who has had a tough start to life here:



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 Kudu Photographed by Etienne Oosthuizen.





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Click on the image below for a snapshot of the programme in Seoul.




P.S. I have booked my hotel and flights to Seoul.

Please listen to the 2016 RI Convention Host Organization Committee Chair SangKoo Yun’s warm invitation message!


Bulletin Editor and Web Site:  John Glassford

Yours in Rotary John Glassford Chair 2014 -2016

Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species
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 K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran

Governor of District 9700 Gary Roberts

Coolamon Club President  Wayne Lewis

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:

Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species RAGES: