Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #26
FEBRUARY IS ROTARY’S
Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month
WHAT ARE ROTARY PEACE FELLOWSHIPS?
Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building. Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.
Check out the Rotary Peace Map to see where our alumni are creating positive change.
MEETING MONDAY FEBRUARY 1st. 2016
We held a club assembly last night and we had a very good roll up of our members. Among the subjects discussed were:
- New Year’s Eve results a profit of $1,422 from the night and excellent result.
- Healthy Town Challenge at the Up-to-Date Store on the 9th Feb at 6.00 pm.
- RYDA (Rotary Youth Diver Awareness) meeting in Wagga Wagga Tuesday (tonight) at 5.15 pm.
- Can Assist night guest speaker to be invited.
- Shire Emergency Fund to be discussed at tomorrow night’s Board meeting.
- Easter markets to be held on Saturday 26th March in conjunction with an art battle on stage.
- Music Trivia Night to be organised for September at the Ganmain Hall.
- Vocational visit to Huff n Puff a joint Club meeting with Wagga Wagga Sunrise.
- RYLA Candidates called for.
- International Night in Ganmain May 14th.
So we have plenty on in the near future and to this end we list the current sub-committees below. Any member who wishes to join a sub-committee is welcome, very welcome, to share the workload. At the moment we have the following sub-committees in action:
President Wayne Lewis is a member of each sub-committee.
- Easter Markets: Chair Leslie Weston with Paul Weston, Ian Durham, Ian Jennings, Don Dyce and Grahame Miles.
- Membership: Chair Leslie Weston with Bernadette Milne, Myffy Collette, John Glassford, Mark Reardon.
- Vocational Visit: Huff ‘n’ Puff: Chair Dave McKinley with John Glassford, Alex Thompson, Paul Weston, Don Dyce, Susan Glassford.
- Club Service: Chair Dick Jennings with Trevor Parkes, Ian Jennings, Ted Hutcheon, John Nulty.
- Youth Service: Chair Ian Durham, Steve Exton.
- Coolamon & District Newspaper: Chair Myffy Collette, Bernadette Milne and Paul Weston.
- Bike Track: Chair Ian Jennings, Dick Jennings, Garth Perkin.
- Bingo: Chair Grahame Miles, Neil Munro.
- International Night: Chair John Glassford with PDG Fred Loneragan, Ndungi Mungai, Alex Thompson, Don Dyce, Wayne Lewis.
- 2016-2017: Chair Don Dyce with the 2016-2017 Board members.
You will note some names keep cropping up on various sub-committees so put you r hands up and join one or more of the teams above.
Reminder next week’s meeting is very topical and Leslie and Paul Weston will talk on the upcoming USA Presidential race to the White House. It will be a very interesting talk and should be fascinating to get Leslie and Paul’s insight on this important event in 2016 which ultimately affects the whole world. Bring your partner and guests.
*Monday 8th February The USA 2016 Presidential Elections explained by Leslie and Paul Weston. Really looking forward to this talk by Leslie and Paul.
Tuesday 9th February The Healthy Town Challenge at the Up–to-Date Store Contact Bronwyn Hatty 0427 536 456.
BINGO: February 11th 2016 Neil Munro (Capt) Wayne Lewis, Ted Hutcheon, Dick Jennings.
Monday 15th February. T.B.A.
Monday 22nd February. T.B.A.
Tuesday 23rd February ROTARY’S 111th BIRTHDAY
*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 28th May 2016 – Wednesday June 1st Seoul RICON South Korea
*Partners and Guests Night.
Apologies for Monday meetings call Ian Jennings on 0428 492 157 BY FRIDAY 12.00 pm.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT
In life, sometimes the experiences that matter the most are the briefest. They pass in the blink of an eye: a few days, a few hours, a few moments. They are the experiences that illuminate the landscape of our memory, shining brightly even years later. They are the moments in which we see, suddenly, something we had not seen; we understand something we had not understood; we forge a connection we had not expected.
For me, this has been a Rotary year like no other. I have been around the world, traversing countries and continents. I have been to places I had never seen before, and I have returned to familiar places and seen them, as for the first time, through the lens of Rotary.
When you travel for Rotary, you travel with a different sense of perspective and a different sense of purpose. There is an awareness of being part of something larger than yourself. When you board a plane or a train, or leave your home in the dark hours of early morning, you may be leaving for lands unknown – but at your destination, there will be no strangers. There will be Rotarians, waiting and welcoming. There will be work to do, something to learn, and perhaps something to teach.
DISTRICT GOVERNOR GARY ROBERTS D 9700
Put the above dates in your diary and let us have a good roll up from Coolamon. Always a good weekend of fellowship and learning about Rotary. I have been to the past 12 DISCONS and highly recommend this one to you in Wagga Wagga.
DISCON Chair Michael Knight Wagga Wollundry 6922 3164 (home) [email protected] 0412 376 570
More details on the programme will be available soon.
Above: DG Gary and Marilyn are in New York visiting their daughter Heidi and visited the United Nations to learn more about Peace in our time and Rotary at the UN.
The Rotary Foundation has been improving lives since 1917. Learn about our work and help us celebrate 100 years of doing good in the world.
The Rotary Foundation
This not-for-profit organization works to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace. Using Rotary Foundation grants, Rotary’s 34,000 clubs across the globe develop and carry out sustainable humanitarian projects and provide scholarships and professional training opportunities.
One of its biggest initiatives aims at eradicating polio through its PolioPlus program, launched in 1985. Since then, Rotary and its partners, including the World Health Organization and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have immunized more than 2.5 billion children, reducing the incidence of polio by 99 percent and eradicating it from all but three countries.
DISTRICT LEADERS SET TO CELEBRATE FOUNDATION’S CENTENNIAL
Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith asked district governors in training at the International Assembly to lead the celebration of the Foundation’s centennial year, 2016-17.
“You are the primary contacts between the Foundation and our 34,000 Rotary clubs in the world. The success of the centennial celebration is largely in your hands,” said Klinginsmith at a 19 January general session. “Catch the spirit and spread the word about the importance of celebrating our success.”
Since the Foundation was established in 1917, it has spent more than $3 billion on programs and projects to improve the lives of millions worldwide, said Klinginsmith.
The centennial celebration officially kicks off in May at the Rotary Convention in Korea and culminates at the 2017 convention in Atlanta.
LATEST NEWS FROM RAGES.
The dramatic footage shows a calf being darted by a compassionate veterinary team after it was injured by a poacher’s snare.
The traumatic scenes took place at the Olaro Motorogi Conservancy in South West Kenya, after a call came through reporting a calf dragging a snare on his hind leg.
But when the SkyVets from David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Kenya Wildlife Service tried to treat the two-year-old, the protective mother tried to rouse her baby from the anaesthetic – before also being darted to ensure her parental instincts did not interfere with the rescue effort.
Tanzania elephant poachers kill British helicopter pilot
A British helicopter pilot has been shot dead by elephant poachers in Tanzania, the conservation charity for which he was working has said.
The Friedkin Conservation Fund said Roger Gower had been tracking poachers on Friday in the Maswa Game Reserve when they fired on his helicopter.
One of his colleagues said he had been shot as he flew near the carcass of one of three elephants killed by poachers.
Charity founder Dan Friedkin said the organisation had lost “a dear friend”.
The Foreign Office has confirmed the death of a UK national in Tanzania and said it was providing assistance to the family.
Photographs of the crashed helicopter showed apparent bullet holes in the fuselage. A spokesman from Tanzania National Parks, Pascal Shelutete, said: “Three elephant carcasses that were found indicated that whoever shot the chopper down was on a serious illegal hunting spree.” He added that poachers can be “heavily armed with sophisticated military weaponry”.
Three men have been arrested by Tanzanian police. The natural resources and tourism minister, Jumanne Maghembe, said: “The suspects are in the hands of police. They are cooperating, and soon more people making up the poaching gang will be netted and brought to justice.”
ONLY IN AFRICA
The Elephants that came to dinner | Mfuwe Lodge, Zambia
You will enjoy this video a must visit one day.
The banner of a Hampshire based rotary club has been put on display in space.
The Rotary Club of Locks Heath Banner is taking pride of place in a window of the International Space Station (ISS).
It’s all thanks to astronaut Major Tim Peake, who is part way through a six month mission on the ISS.
Major Peake’s godmother is a member of the Locks Heath club.
When fellow member John Hopwood found out, he asked if an approach could be made to see if Major Peake would take the banner and display it.
Mr Hopwood, who is the club’s publicity relations chairman, was taken aback when the answer was yes.
Bulletin Editor and Web Site: John Glassford
Yours in Rotary
John Glassford Chair 2014 -2016
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: http://coolamonrotary.com
Road MAPS to Africa a Coolamon Rotary Project: http://www.mountainsofthemoon.org/
Rotary Down Under on line: http://flipflashpages.uniflip.com/2/26587/49598/pub
Mount Kenya 2015 Web Site incorporating the ORK: http://theork.com/
Our Rotary Centennial Twin Club Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa: http://www.rotaryhoutbay.org
Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species RAGES: http://www.endangeredrag.org/#