Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #28
MARCH IS ROTARY LITERACY MONTH
An adult Maasai Moran warrior starts to learn how to write and read at Oloimugi.
Adult literacy is as important as basic learning fro primary school age children at the Oloimugi Maasai Village. One of the projects we will be supporting through the Mount Kenya 2015 ANZAC Day Climb.
Basic Education and Literacy is one of the 6 Areas of Focus of the Rotary Foundation.
Today, global literacy statistics paint a gloomy picture. Illiteracy threatens over 785 million adults worldwide, translating into one in every five people on the planet, with either no or just basic reading skills. Two-thirds of the illiterate population is women.
Our twin club Hout Bay Rotary’s first Interact Club was chartered yesterday with Silikamva High School in Imizamu Yethu, Hout Bay – The proud fellow Rotarian Interact President Stephano Nkosi with Hout Bay Rotary President Christine Paterson and the Interact members
Our thoughts are with the people of Cape Town battling large bush fires there right now:
Big fire raging on the mountain in Muizenberg this evening. Our thoughts go out to our friends in Hout Bay and the fire fighters, volunteers and helicopter pilots trying to put out the fire tonight. Stay safe Hout Bay!
MEETING MONDAY MARCH 2nd. 2015
Well we had a good meeting tonight with 17 members and guests present presided over by PP Dick Jennings who as always does a wonderful job, most enjoyable fellowship.
Congratulations to Ian and Marilyn Jennings for the birth of their second grand daughter yesterday. As usual we celebrated with a bottle of port to wet the baby’s head another girl.
Ian Durham advised all present of the upcoming RYDA week Rotary Youth Driver Awareness campaign and that 24 students from year 11 from Coolamon Central School will be attending on March 9th. We are required ot volunteer on Friday 13th March. Now known as Road Safety Education a Rotary Project:
Ian also informed us of the upcoming RYLA week or Rotary Youth Leadership Awards to be held near Wagga Wagga for 18-28 year old tertiary students entries close on March 13th:
We also had a talk on the new Rotarian Action Group RAGES by the Chair of this, RAG John Glassford.
See the regular stories of RAGES at the end of the bulletin and visit the RAGES web site.
All members are requested to support The Rock Challenge on Sunday morning from 7 am onwards.
Thanks go to Peter Sparks from the RC of Griffith Avanti for making this video.
Just For FUN!
*Sunday March 8th The Rock Challenge Mount Kenya ANZAC Day 2015 Climb.
Monday 9th-Friday 13th March RYDA at the Wagga Wagga Showgrounds. Coolamon on duty Friday 13th March see Ian Durham.
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 Craig Riley “Changes in the Meat and Butchering Industry”
Saturday 21st March to Sunday 22nd March D 9700 CONFERENCE at Cowra. Book Now.
*Monday 23rd March 2015 Guest Speaker Vanessa Warren Agronomist with Delta Ag worked 12 months in the USA.
Saturday April 4th ROTARY EASTER MARKETS in COOLAMON.
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.
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT GARY HUANG
Above the full Rotary International Board how many Directors can you name?
In Rotary, we have the opportunity to build bonds of friendship with fellow Rotarians around the world. And once a year, at our international convention, we have the chance to get together with all of our Rotary friends, to share new ideas, plan new service, and just have fun.
What better way to celebrate the end of the 2014-15 Rotary year, and Light Up Rotary with your friends, than to travel together to the 106th annual Rotary International Convention in São Paulo, Brazil? Whether you have never been to a convention before or are an experienced convention goer, this will be one you won’t want to miss. Preregistration pricing ends on 31 March, so plan now for the biggest Rotary party of the year.
The convention will begin on Saturday, 6 June, and after the opening ceremony there will be a traditional Brazilian Carnival party and a Samba School Parade at the Anhembi Sambadrome. Even if you think you have no rhythm or can’t carry a tune, you will find yourself dancing, singing, and laughing all night long. The party and parade will feature the bright colors, feathers, and sequins of Carnival costumes as well as the sights and sounds of samba, the Afro-Brazilian music and dance, and the delicious food and drinks of São Paulo.
DISTRICT GOVERNOR DAVID KENNEDY D 9700
Presidents Elect Training Seminar was held in Young over the weekend. Can anyone see PE Wayne Lewis?
DGE Gary Roberts and team carries out the training over two days and one night. The theme for 2015-2015 is:
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
A group of 40-year-old friends discuss where they should meet for dinner.
Finally the men decide that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the waitresses there….have low-cut blouses and nice boobs.
10 years later, at 50 years of age, the group once again discuss where they should meet for dinner. Finally it is agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the food there….is very good and the wine selection is good also.
10 years later at 60 years of age, the group once again discuss where they should meet for dinner. Finally it is agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because they can…eat there in peace and quiet and the restaurant has a beautiful view of the ocean.
10 years later, at 70 years of age, the group once again discuss where they should meet for dinner. Finally it is agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the…..restaurant is wheelchair-accessible and they even have an lift.
10 years later, at 80 years of age, the group once again discuss where they should meet for dinner. Finally it is agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant……because they have never been there before!
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ONLY IN AFRICA
OUT OF AFRICA
MOUNT KENYA 2015 ANZAC DAY CLIMB
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:
So looking forward to going home. We will be attending the Dawn Service for ANZAC Day on Point Lenana in honour of all ANZACS and especially my father, a Kiwi, who landed at Gallipoli on April 25th 1915. There will be 10 of us including one Kiwi. We will have the service play the Last Post and toast our ANZAC heroes and they are heroes. We are looking for a Turkish climber or two to shake hands with us. George Glassford migrated to Kenya in 1919. We could see Mount Kenya every day from the coffee shamba he developed, now Karanguru Coffee Estates.
FRIDAY NIGHT BOWLS IN COOLAMON.
Congratulations to Craig Corrigan now President of the Coolamon Sports and Recreation Club.
LATEST NEWS FROM RAGES.
Dr William Fowlds said today “We have decided to name Thandi’s rhino calf Thembi, meaning hope in isiXhosa. The name seemed to fit best given that this little calf has brought fresh hope and energy to those who struggle to secure the future of our rhino. She is a new generation of life, one we hope will never experience a poaching incident like her mother and namesake Themba.”
Dr William Fowlds of Investec Rhino Lifeline commented at event: “The name Thembi seemed to fit best given that this little calf has brought fresh hope and energy to those who struggle to secure the future of our rhino. She is a new generation of life, one I hope will never experience a poaching incident like her mother and namesake Themba.”
Dr Fowlds continues: “This story has become one of the most successful awareness building campaigns that this crisis has generated to date. These rhino have taken the brutality of poaching into the living rooms of people all across the world and they have stirred us to action in ways that we could never have hoped for. And now, when rhino poaching is more than twice as severe as it was back then, both Thandi and little Thembi remind us about the value of life for this species.
Thank you all for your suggestions and wonderful support over the past 3 years. We can’t believe that today is three years on from the horrific poaching.
We are making T Shirts for RAGES members to invest in. These are being made in Wagga Wagga and shipped all over the world. Get your order in to John Glassford. We start printing them this Thursday.
Several well known conservationists are about to sign the poster and as soon as we have the photos we will share them with you. In the meantime Besureis are composing and recording the song “Africa” to go with the poster campaign; it is amazing!
Bulletin Editor and Web Site: John Glassford
Yours in Rotary John Glassford Chair 2014 -2015
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: 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/#