Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #27

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #27



110 Birthday 110 Paul Harris 110 Years ROTARY


The first four Rotarians. From left: Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram E. Shorey, Paul P. Harris. Between 1905 and 1912. Courtesy of Rotary International.

On 23 February 1905, Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Loehr’s office for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting.

Harris’s desire for camaraderie among business associates brought together these four men and eventually led to an international organization of service and fellowship.


Tonight we had a great turnout with 16 members and 4 guests including our guest speaker Cindy Cassidy the CEO from Farm Link. Dave McKinley attended again and Dave is looking at us and may join our club in the future.

President Garth Perkin changed the conduct of the night and all went well with only essential discussion on matters that needed discussion.  Among these PP Neil Munro presented the Chair for Allawah Lodge which he demonstrated with PE Wayne Lewis.  These chairs will cost $490 each and the Allawah Lodge will need 10 of them. This is a safety chair and works well.

The Chair 1 The Chair 2

We decided as a group to ask Scotty Reardon to look at another date for his inspirational talk a date which gives us more notice to do justice to this remarkable man.

Other Issues discussed were the bulletin while the Bulletin Editor will be away, matter not resolved and all members are asked for their input to solve this matter.  The Rock Challenge was brought up by PE Wayne and all members were asked to support the day at The Rock on Sunday March 8th starting at 7.00 am. The Rock Challenge is in aid of the Mount Kenya ANZAC Day 2015 Climb.

Our guest speaker Cindy Cassidy was introduced by PP Ian Jennings, and we learnt that Cindy was an Ariah Park lady was educated at Macquarie University and Sydney University and has worked for the CSIRO, the Australian Wheat Board and the Australian Barley Board.  Cindy is passionate about her work.

Cindy is the CEO of Farm Link which has 320 members and they assist their members who are into farming as a business to develop new and innovative framing practices.  Cindy said that “farmers are like fishermen and always overestimate how much grain they are going to get!”



As there are a few members of our club who are farmers it was a well received talk and attracted many questions.

The Speaker

Cindy Cassidy.

The raffle was won by Garth Perkin.


Diary Reminders

Thursday 26th February 2nd Best Marigold Hotel Movie contact Wagga Wagga RC.

Saturday 28th February & Sunday 1st March PETS at Young.

Monday March 2nd TBA

*Sunday March 8th The Rock Challenge Mount Kenya ANZAC Day 2015 Climb.

The Rock 02

Monday 9th-Friday 13th March RYDA at the Wagga Wagga Showgrounds.

Monday March 9th Have-a-Chat followed by the monthly Directors. 

BINGO Thursday 12th March, Neil  Munro  (Captain), Dick Jennings, Don Dyce, Henk Hulsman

*Monday March 16th Guest Speaker 16 March Craig Riley “Changes in the Meat and Butchering Industry”

Saturday 21st March to Sunday 22nd March D 9700 CONFERENCE at Cowra.  Book Now.


BINGO Thursday 9th April, 2015 Ian  Jennings  (Captain), Ted Hutcheon, John Glassford, Mark Reardon

Saturday 11th April – Sunday May 10th Mount Kenya ANZAC Day 2015 Climb in Kenya.

April 13th-April 20th RYLA Camp

Sunday May 3rd D9700 Assembly at Grenfell

BINGO Thursday 14th May, Grahame Miles (Captain), Paul Weston, Wayne Lewis, Dick Jennings

Saturday 6th June – Tuesday 9th June 2015 RI Convention Sao Paulo BRAZIL.

*Partners and Guests Night.

Apologies for Monday meetings call Christine Atkinson on 0427 880 158 or 6927 3521 BY FRIDAY 12.00 pm.



Gary in Nepal 1

Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang and his wife, Corinna, attended District 3292’s South Asia Conference on Peace,
held in Lumbini, Nepal on 6-9 February 2015.

Gary in Nepal 2




DG David Message

“This is a changing world; we must be prepared to change with it. The story of Rotary will have to be written again and again.”
Paul Harris 1935.





Mount Isa Welcome

Chinese man decides to move to Australia after 50 years of living in Shanghai . He buys a small piece of land near Mt Isa.

A few days after moving in, the friendly Aussie neighbour decides to go across and welcome the new guy to the region . He goes next door but on his way up the drive-way he sees the Chinese man running around his front yard chasing about 10 hens . Not wanting to interrupt these ‘Chinese customs’, he decides to put the welcome on hold for the day.

The next day, he decides to try again, but just as he is about to knock on the front door, he looks through the window and sees the Chinese man urinate into a glass and then drink it. Not wanting to interrupt another ‘Chinese custom’, he decides to put the welcome on hold for yet another day.

A day later he decides to give it one last go, but on his way next door, he sees the Chinese man leading a bull down the drive-way, pause, and then put his head next to the bull’s bum. The Aussie bloke can’t handle this, so he goes up to the Chinese man and says , “Jeez Mate, what the hell is it with your Chinese customs? I come over to welcome you to the neighbourhood, and see you running around the yard after hens. The next day you are pissing in a glass and drinking it, and then today you have your head so close to that bull’s bum, it could just about shit on you.”

The Chinese man is very taken back and says, “Sorry sir, you no understand, these no Chinese customs I doing, these Australian Customs.”
“What do you mean mate,” says the Aussie. “Those aren’t Australian customs.”

“Yes they are, man at travel agent tell me,” replied the Chinese man. “He say to become true Australian, I learn chase chicks, drink piss, and listen to bull-shit.”

reading glasses



 Sydney Rotary

Members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening take a break during a project in Guatemala with Hug it Forward.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Danielle Lallement/Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening

Members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening meet three times a month at a wine bar after work, share a social outing once a month, and promote all their activities on social media like Meetup and Facebook.

As the first evening club in the city, it has attracted many young professionals from Silicon Valley tech firms whose work schedules keep them from joining a more traditional club that meets for breakfast or lunch. But more than that, the evening format has helped the club grow by 30 percent since it received its charter in mid-2013.





‘Making a plan’  has never been so aptly displayed than by this brave painter dangling from a 30m tower in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. An empty 40 gallon drum, some rope and three trusted companions to hoist him up this cellphone tower was all it took to get the job done.

A brush with death 2


A brush with death 1

It was quite the process watching them set up. Firstly a man has to climb up the inside of the tower, throw a rope over the crow’s nest to his colleagues who attach the drum. The man at the top then climbs down and gets into the drum and is hoisted up whilst the others manoeuvre him around to the different bolts.  It’s  a dodgy business, if they were to let go, he would come plummeting down.



 Baboon rider



This will be a permanent section for the next 12 months in our weekly bulletin and I will update stories to this article as and when we get them.   The Australian Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs have approved our application to be part of the Centenary for ANZAC and we are allowed to use the logo below with some rules on it’s use:

The Mount Kenya 2015 web site can be found here on clicking the banner below:

Point Lenana

Point Lenana our goal at 16,355 feet or 4,985 metres.  Point Lenana is named after the Paramount Chief of the Maasai Nation. 1904 to 1911.

Lenana 001

Here is why we are doing this letter received 25th February from one of our sponsored girls Neema:

Neema letter Feb 2015




 Leunig Book

Kiama Lighthouse

As the celebration of Rotary’s 110th anniversary continues, the Rotary Club of Kiama have lit up their famous lighthouse at the Kiama Blowhole Lookout



The signatures keep coming thanks to Duke Ingram and Besureis in London.  This week Virginia McKenna of Born Free fame, took time out of her busy filming schedule to sign our campaign poster SAY NO!

Virginia McKenna Says NO!


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Bulletin Editor and Web Site:  John Glassford

Yours in Rotary John Glassford Chair 2014 -2015

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 Gary Huang

Governor of District 9700 David Kennedy

Coolamon Club President  Garth Perkin

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: