Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #28
FEBRUARY IS ROTARY’S
Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month
SOCCER BALLS FOR PEACE
Mac Miller and President Valerie Lord RC of Hollywood
Mac Miller, an Aussie, was a presenter at the recent Rotary World Peace Conference in California on January 15-16th. mac also presents at Rotary clubs and has done a TEDx talk, amazing for a 10 year old soccer player!
“I’ve had a great time at the Rotary Club of Hollywood today. Thanks for making me feel so welcome. The club donated US$200 for soccer balls (this is AUS $300).”
At the age of 9 Mac was inspired to send soccer balls to kids in need around the world. In the past three years Mac has built a website; raised funds; arranged for the Australian soldiers to take soccer balls to Afghanistan; met the Governor of Queensland; won a United Nations Association of Australia award; delivered soccer balls to the children of refugees in Australian refugee immigration detention centres, as well as over 4000 soccer balls to kids in 22 countries including Cambodia, Uganda, the Solomon Islands, Nepal, Tibet and the Maldives.
Mac has also written a book called ‘Football – Play It Forward. A 10 Year Old’s Goal of Peace Through Soccer Balls’, which is already an Amazon #1 Best Seller.
Mac is a leader in the making. He spends his free time writing letters asking for support and speaking at events such as Rotary to raise money and awareness of the plight of children who have not had the same opportunities as him to play sport.
Last year Mac completed speaking tours of India and China. As a guest of the Rotary, Mac has spoken to 33 schools and over 11,000 students about why he thinks soccer balls can be an instrument for peace. He was invited back to Shanghai to complete a TEDx Talk.
Just recently Mac has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by a local Rotary Club in his home town of Brisbane.
Mac, now aged 12, is a talented soccer player who one day wants to play for the Australian Socceroos and Manchester United.
This is a great peace project to get behind. A PHF at the age of 9. Mac has been on National TV on The Project and the Today Show.
MEETING MONDAY FEBRUARY 15th. 2016
Trust that you all had a great Valentine’s Day last Sunday.
Last night was a Club Assembly for February. 19 members present another great turn out. It was a lively meeting with many subjects under discussion:
- Henk advised all members that the half yearly funds are now due.
- Ian Durham has two candidates for RYLA both are of a high quality and both are to be supported.
- Reminder to pay Wayne asap for the Polio Plus movie night on March 3rd.
- Neil reported on a quiet bingo night with a small profit.
- Myffy spoke on teh proposed Coolamon Shire monthly newspaper. This was well received and a major project to be undertaken by our club, all systems go and it is looking good, very good.
- Reminders for the D9700 Assembly and Club Directors training to be held at the Grenfell High School on Sunday April 10th starting at 9.00 am. It is highly recommended that all of our incoming directors attend.
- New street raffle set for Sunday 27th February starting at 6.30 am. The roster will be sent round to all members.
- Book now for the D 9700 Conference, always a great event to learn about Rotary. The costs are very reasonable and being in Wagga this year easy to get to.
- Change over night 2016 dates to consider are Monday 27th June or Monday 4th July.
- Huff ‘n’ Puff Vocational visit with Wagga Wagga Sunrise so far 28 members and guests are booked in. Sunrise will have their numbers this week. Meet at 6.30 pm in Cave Street at the big white straw bale building. Tour of all 14 straw bale buildings then dinner in the Ganmain Hall followed by a presentation on straw bale buildings and fellowship. BYO.
- RAGES news included the Borneo challenge for the orangutans.
All in all a great night of club business and fellowship.
Our best wishes to Leslie as Leslie recovers from her recent operation.
Next Monday night we will have a birthday party for Rotary 111 years old. It will also be Paul’s birthday. Not Paul Harris, Paul Weston.
*Monday 22nd February. Celebrate the 23rd February ROTARY’S 111th BIRTHDAY
Saturday 27th February Street Raffle from 6.30 am – 11.00 am.
*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”.
Wednesday 8th March Board Meeting.
BINGO: Thursday March 10th Grahame Miles (Capt) Dave McKinley, Myffy Collette, Bernadette Milne.
Sunday April 10th District Assembly Club Directors Training at Grenfell High School 9.00 am start.
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
Engineer Accidentally Gets Sent To Hell By Mistake…
An engineer dies and reports to the pearly gates. St. Peter checks his dossier and says, “Ah, you’re an engineer — you’re in the wrong place.”
So, the engineer reports to the gates of hell and is let in. Pretty soon, the engineer gets dissatisfied with the level of comfort in hell, and starts designing and building improvements. After awhile, they’ve got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and the engineer is a pretty popular guy.
One day, God calls Satan up on the telephone and says with a sneer, “So, how’s it going down there in hell?”
Satan replies, “Hey, things are going great. We’ve got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and there’s no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next.”
God replies, “What??? You’ve got an engineer? That’s a mistake — he should never have gotten down there; send him up here.”
Satan says, “No way. I like having an engineer on the staff, and I’m keeping him.”
God says, “Send him back up here or I’ll sue.”
Satan laughs uproariously and answers, “Yeah, right. And just where are YOU going to get a lawyer?”
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT
K.R. RAVINDRAN “RAVI”
One of my favorite Rotary convention memories was my first convention in Las Vegas in 1986. I was amazed by the opening ceremony. Share your favorite convention memory and join our gallery:
I entered this photo from Chicago RICON 2005 where I put our Coolamon club banner in the time capsule together with a history of our club and the members at the time.
Join me in Seoul:
DISTRICT GOVERNOR GARY ROBERTS D 9700
I have a copy if you need one of the Legislation to be considered by the 2016 Council on Legislation
Every three years, members from Rotary districts across the globe gather in Chicago to review and vote on proposed legislation. The Council on Legislation is an essential part of Rotary’s governance. Learn more about the Council on Legislation process and review proposed legislation for the 2016 Council, as well as decisions made at previous meetings.
The Council will start with a training and opening session on Sunday, 10 April, at 15:00. After that, sessions will begin daily at 09:00 and end at 17:30. Check the schedule in the registration book for details.
Preview the Council on Legislation
The 2016 Council on Legislation is drawing near. In anticipation of this event, this book containing all legislation to be proposed at the Council has been prepared for your review. The Constitution of Rotary International provides that the Council on Legislation meet every three years at a site determined by the RI Board of Directors. In 2016, the Council on Legislation is scheduled to meet from 10-15 April in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
D9700 will be represented by PDG Irene Jones. 2009-2010.
The Black Mambas Say NO!
RAGES is looking to endorse the Black mambas and their community outreach programme “The Bush babies Programme”
The Lesser bushbaby (Galago moholi) symbolises and defines the external environmental education awareness program, where learners are regarded as babies learning about the bush or environment.
The Bushbabies Program is interlinked into the curriculum of local schools which builds on the children’s interests and should explore the subject matter in a multi-disciplinary manner; therefore we should enhance a child’s skills and build on their present ideas about conservation through a program that provides for a multitude of opportunities for the child’s growth and development.
The objectives of this program are to bring knowledge to life, raise awareness of their surrounding environment, give a better understanding of conservation, lead to sustainable use of resources and install environmental problem-solving skills and ultimately installing an ethical ethos in our future generations.
The Bush Babies Environmental Education Program is an environmental awareness program that is conducted at primary schools in the communities surrounding Greater Kruger National Park.
Griffith daddy long legs kills baby brown snake!
Hanging on a Weethalle farm near West Wyalong “like a trophy”, a brown snake appears to have met its fate after slithering into enemy territory.
But this wasn’t any typical bush predator.
According to farmer Patrick Lees, the snake was killed by a garden variety daddy longlegs – the fangless, venomless “underdog” of the spider world.
“It’s typical Australia,” Mr Lees said.
“I saw it from a distance and thought ‘someone is going to be a hero here’. There’s a few redbacks around, but I wasn’t expecting it to be a daddy longlegs.”
Mr Lees said the snake has been hanging in the same position since Saturday.
“I can’t take down his trophy; he’s earned it,” he said.
Following our meeting where Paul and Leslie Weston gave us a wonderful insight into the USA Presidential election here is a photo of Donald Trump speaking at a New Hampshire Rotary club recently.
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/#