Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #31

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #31




The first four Rotarians: Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram Shorey, and Paul P. Harris, Chicago 1905.




Through academic training, study, and practice the Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who are catalysts for peace and conflict resolution in their communities and around the globe. Graduates of the program are reintegrating refugees in Sudan, creating jobs for disadvantaged women in India, and supporting reconstruction in devastated regions of the world.


Each year up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are chosen to participate in a master’s degree or certificate program at one of our partner universities. Fellows study subjects related to the root causes of conflict through a variety of lenses and explore innovative solutions that address real world needs. We have peace centers around the globe:

Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (certificate program)

Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US

International Christian University, Japan

University of Bradford, UK

University of Queensland, Australia

Uppsala University, Sweden

Learn more about the Rotary Peace Fellowship

The University of Queensland is proud to partner with The Rotary Foundation to provide a tailored Masters Degree, aimed at potential world and community leaders, designed to have a practical effect on addressing international and regional conflicts.




P.R.I.P. Royce and Jean Abbey RC of Essendon

With great sadness that I inform you of the passing today of Royce Abbey AO. DCM, Past President Rotary International. Royce Abbey was RI President in 1988-89 and was a very popular and respected member of the Rotary Club of Essendon in District 9800.

Our friend, our Rotary Leader and Mentor to all who knew him, Royce will be sadly missed by all of us.

Royce has passed away following a short illness. The family have asked for privacy.


David Bennett
Rotary Club of Brimbank Central
Rotary District 9800, Victoria, Australia.

One of Australian Rotary’s ‘national treasures’ was taken from us last Thursday with the passing of RI Past President Royce Abbey. Not just one of the great Rotarians of all time but also a distinguished businessman, decorated soldier, devoted family man and a magnificent leader in every way, Royce Abbey’s legacy to Rotary is enormous. He challenged Rotarians to ‘Put Life Into Rotary. Your Life’ as he led the Rotary world in 1988/89. Royce’s service above self provided an inspiration to many thousands of Rotarians in all parts of the world. His memory lives on …”Bob Aitken Past Editor of Rotary Down Under.”




We had 12 guests and 12 members attend the meeting last night.  President Dick Jennings welcomed all to this joint meeting between Wagga Wagga Sunrise and Coolamon.  Among our guests were Bill Thompson and Alex Thompson,  Bernadette Bodel from Ganmain, Mark Janetzki from Henty RC, Susan Glassford, Albert the dog whisperer from Coolamon, PP Barry Lillywhite and PP Ray Foley.  Representing Wagga Wagga Sunrise were PDG Fred Loneragan, President Peter Gissing, President Elect  Hendrik-Jan van Ieperen, Ndungi and Jeanette Mungai and  Kiprono Langat.


Last night PDG Fred Loneragan and John Glassford launched the Mount Kenya 2015 ANZAC Day Climb.  Fred and John presented a slide show outlining the reasons for the adventure and showed photographs of  the second highest mountain in Africa Mount Kenya with her three peaks, Batian, Nelion and Point Lenana.  The date set for the summit is April 25th 2015.   So far there are 4 climbers joining the team from the Australian Army, all women who are training for Everest.

There is also a second team going as supporters who will go on safari during the time the other team is climbing.  We have not finalized the trip as yet however we will be visiting Hout Bay in South Africa on the way up to Kenya.  Hout Bay Rotary Club is our Rotary Centennial Twin Club.  Once in Nairobi we will be visiting one of the projects of the Rotary Club of Nairobi in Mathare for the Viara Junior Academy that we are supporting.

Some of the Wagga Wagga Sunrise members and Coolamon with a ring in from Henty at last night’s meeting.

The two clubs have joined forces for the Mount Kenya 2015 Adventure.  The presidents of Wagga Wagga Sunrise and Coolamon, Peter Gissing and Dick Jennings together with both incoming presidents Hendrik-Jan van Ieperen and Garth Perkin as well as the joint Mount Kenya team leaders PDG Fred Loneragan and John Glassford had a meeting prior to the talk and agreed to fomalise the partnership between our two clubs.


President Elect Garth Perkin gave a quick talk on the Presidents Elect Training Seminar held in Young on the weekend.  Garth will talk more on this in the weeks ahead.

Diary Reminders

Wednesday 26th February Hout Bay Rotary Club 28 years old party!  Happy birthday Hout Bay Rotary!

*Monday 3rd March Guest speaker Bill Fraser from the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Monday 3rd March Coolamon Rotary is 43 Years Old.

Monday March 10th Regular Meeting followed by a Board Meeting, all members very welcome to attend

Thursday March 13th BINGO Rostered ON: Henk Hulsman, Don Dyce, Neil Munro, Wayne Lewis

Friday 14th March Trike Convention Catering in Wagga Wagga proceeds to Ronald McDonald House in Wagga Wagga.

Monday 17th March Internet Workshop Night with Paul Weston and John Glassford.  Bring your communication device with you, includes tablets, smart phones and lap tops.

Monday March 17-Friday March 21st RYDA in Wagga Wagga (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness)

Friday March 21st-Sunday March 23rd D9700 Conference in Orange.

Saturday 22nd March Music for Mates Concert in Coolamon.

*Monday 7th April Des Carmody Guest Speaker “Gallipoli Victory or Defeat?”

Thursday April BINGO Rostered ON: Leslie Weston, Paul Weston, Ian Jennings, Ted Hutcheon

Saturday 19th April EASTER MARKETS in Coolamon.

*Saturday May 10th International Night in Ganmain for AFRICA’S rhinos.

Thursday May 8th BINGO Rostered ON: Bernadette Milne, Miffy Collette, Ian Durham, Mark Reardon

Sunday 18th May D9700 Assembly in Grenfell

Saturday 24th May Red Shield Appeal Street Stall.

Sunday June 1st-Wednesday June 4th.  SYDNEY 2014 RI Convention See promotion at the end of this bulletin.

Thursday June 12th BINGO Rostered ON: John Glassford, Neil Munro, Christine Atkinson, Henk Hulsman

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June Wagga Wagga Book Fair.

Saturday 28th June D9700 Change Over Dinner in Orange.


*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 Ron Burton thanked staff for supporting the decisions and plans of Rotary members for a stronger and more sustainable #Rotary Foundation through Future Vision, which is now the new Rotary grants.

Learn more about Rotary grants



The Centipede

A man goes into a pet shop and tells the owner that he wants to buy a pet that can do everything.

The shop owner suggests a faithful dog.

The man replies, “Come on, a dog?”

The owner says, “How about a cat?”

The man replies, “No way! A cat certainly can’t do everything. I want a pet that can do everything!”

The shop owner thinks for a minute, then says, “I’ve got it! A centipede!”

The man says, “A centipede? I can’t imagine a centipede doing everything, but okay… I’ll try a centipede.” He gets the centipede home and says to the centipede, “Clean the kitchen.”

Thirty minutes later, he walks into the kitchen and… it’s immaculate! All the dishes and silverware have been washed, dried, and put away the counter-tops cleaned the appliances sparkling the floor waxed. He’s absolutely amazed.

He says to the centipede, “Go clean the living room.”

Twenty minutes later, he walks into the living room. The carpet has been vacuumed the furniture cleaned and dusted the pillows on the sofa plumped, plants watered.

The man thinks to himself, “This is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. This really is a pet that can do everything!”

Next he says to the centipede, “Run down to the corner and get me a newspaper.”

The centipede walks out the door. 10 minutes later… no centipede.

20 minutes later… no centipede. 30 minutes later… no centipede.

By this point the man is wondering what’s going on. The centipede should have been back in a couple of minutes. 45 minutes later… still no centipede!

He can’t imagine what could have happened. Did the centipede run away? Did it get run over by a car? Where is that centipede?

So he goes to the front door, opens it… and there’s the centipede sitting right outside.

The man says, “Hey!!! I sent you down to the corner store 45 minutes ago to get me a newspaper. What’s the matter?!”

The centipede says, “I’m goin’! I’m goin’! I’m just puttin’ on my shoes!”

The Genie

A woman was cleaning her attic with her cat by her side for company. Amongst the boxes and old papers she found a little lamp. She picked it up and wiped it off with her apron, when “POOF” out popped Genie. “I will grant you three wishes” proclaimed the Genie.

The woman thought for a moment and said “I wish I was the most beautiful 20 year old woman in the world, I wish I had more money than I knew what to do with, and I wish you would turn my cat into the most handsome prince around.”

The Genie nodded and after a huge cloud of dust cleared, the Genie was gone and so was the lamp.

The woman looked at herself and she was certainly beautiful. She was surrounded with scads of money in Large Bills. She flung an armful in the air and watched it flutter down around her. She giggled with delight at the mountains of cash.

Then she turned to look where her adoring cat once stood. There in the feline’s place stood a tall, dark, handsome man with chiseled features, a washboard stomach, broad shoulders, and a soccer-players-tush. She walked over to him, he put his arms around her, brushed his hand upon her cheek, looked deep into her eyes and whispered softly, “Now, aren’t you sorry that you had me neutered?




EVANSTON, Ill., USA (18 February 2014) — The continued fight to eliminate polio gets an additional $36 million boost from Rotary in support of polio immunization activities and research to be carried out by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which aims to end the disabling viral disease worldwide by 2018.

The funding commitment comes at a critical time as the eradication initiative focuses on stopping polio in the three countries where the virus remains endemic: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Stopping polio in those countries is crucial in order to halt the recent spate of outbreaks in countries where the disease had previously been beaten and where mass immunizations of children via the oral polio vaccine must continue until global eradication is achieved.

The Rotary grants include $6.8 million for Afghanistan, $7.7 million for Nigeria and $926,000 for Pakistan. Grant amounts are based on requests from eradication initiative partners UNICEF and the World Health Organization, which work with the governments of polio-affected countries to plan and carry out immunization activities.






Bruce Leslie and Killer… South African National Parks special operations K-9 unit!  Interesting choice of weapon though …the famous para-troopers FN  7.62 as used by the selected troops in the Rhodesian war!  Now used to protect rhinos and elephants from the  poachers.  In 2013 1,004 rhinos poached in South Africa alone.



Neema Monyancha from Nakuru Kenya
“I met with Neema’s mother, Naomi today and her’s is a heart breaking story.  The family fled Kericho at the height of the post election violence in January of 2008.  Neema’s father was a businessman in the town and was doing well for his family and Naomi was a stay at home mom.
During the violence, their business, home and property were burnt down and they fled with only the clothes on their backs.  The family stayed briefly with relatives in Nakuru and both Naomi and her husband found odd jobs to support their family.  Things have not been easy for this family that was not officially recognized as IDPs since they did not live in an IDP (Internally Displaced People), camp and so did not receive any support from the government.
They have struggled to put 3 other children through high school, feed, cloth and house them. The husband is now psychologically affected and may need professional help, leaving only the mother to work and take care of the family and the burden is too heavy for her. As a mother, I feel her pain when her children cannot have the very basic of needs met.
Jaine Kamau
PE Rotary Club of Nakuru Kenya.”
This is a job for Rotary and would any of you reading this post please contact me and we will start a project to raise the funds for her schooling which is around $900 per annum.

Daily Nation Kenya





Gemma Sisia, Australian author and founder of the St. Jude’s School in Tanzania, has confirmed her participation in the ‪#‎ricon14‬ breakout program on Monday, 2 June from 15:30-17:00.. She was a plenary speaker in Brisbane (2003).

Gemma is a countrywoman from New South Wales, Australia who had grit and determination to build St Jude’s in East Africa, to help children break out of the cycle of generational poverty. Through her travels, she met and married a Tanzanian, Richard Sisia and her father-in-law gave them land on which to develop a school.

On returning from Africa to Australia, she sought the help of local Rotary Clubs to make her dream come true. Her first donor gave her ten dollars and generous Rotarians pitched in, donating thousands of dollars and supplies towards the project. They even travelled over to Arusha to lend a hand and build classrooms.

In 2002, St Jude’s began with only three students and one teacher and it now gives a free, high quality education to more than 1,800 children. It is remarkable how far the school has progressed over a decade, with well-stocked classrooms, three campuses, boarding rooms and playing fields.

Gemma is eternally grateful to Rotarians, donors, sponsors and supporters who are helping St Jude’s fight poverty through education. She is a proud mother to her four children, Nathanial, Jacob, Isabella and Louisa.




The Hunter Valley a 2 hour drive from the centre of Sydney.


Photos by Matt Lauder Photography



The programme Click to Enlarge:


Rotary International Conventions are held annually in a different country in the world.  Some conventions have had over 40,000 attend, this year it is in Australia and then to Brazil in 2015.  Here are some photos from the history of conventions:

Convention History:

This photo was acquired by Jack M. B. Selway and donated to the Rotary International Archives Dept. It is a rare picture of the 1911 Portland convention delegates.

Until the Houston convention in 1914, Rotary had celebrated all its conventions in August. After the convention in Buffalo, 18-21 August 1913, the dates of the Houston convention were changed to 22-26 June 1914. Subsequently, the conventions of San Francisco (1915)and Cincinnati (1916) were celebrated in July. At that point, Rotary established a tradition, programming the convention for a date near the end of the Rotary year, in May or June.

Although the present practice to identify the salient president of Rotary International with the convention that is celebrated at the end of his or her year of office, does not necessarily apply to the conventions celebrated during the term of office of Frank L. Mulholland, 1914-15.  He was chosen by the delegates of the Houston convention, and he participated in the convention of San Francisco, 18-23 July 1915. Russell Greiner, 1913-14, and Arch Klumph, 1916-17, celebrated two conventions during their terms in office; they shared these conventions with their predecessors and successors.

Trivia: The smallest convention was the first, 1910, with 60 attendees. The largest registration number, to date, was 43,381 at the 2004 convention in Osaka, Japan




One of the Rotary Clubs that we receive their weekly bulletin is the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs in Atlanta.  PDG Barry Smith from Sandy Springs has joined RAGES and gave a presentation to a joint meeting of the Sandy Springs RC and the RC of Emory Druid Hills also in Atlanta.  The presentation has resulted in several new members of RAGES from that talk by PDG Barry.  Here are some photos and a link from that meeting:

Thanks Barry!




Yours in Rotary John Glassford Chair 2013 -2014

Proposed Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species


Bulletin Editor and Web Site:  John Glassford

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 Ron Burton

Governor of District 9700 Geoff Tancred

Coolamon Club President  Dick Jennings

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:

Proposed Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species RAGES: