Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #35



MEETING MONDAY 27 April, 2015

posted by Henk Hulsman

An excellent meeting attended by 24 members a guests. There were three guest speakers at this meeting (Karyl Dellinger, Bronwyn Hatty and Libby Cruickshank), all contributing information in regard to the Local Health Advisory Committee (LHAC) which comprises seven ladies at present. However they are seeking contributions from community minded people who would be welcome to join them.

Karyl  Dellenger, the acting CEO at Coolamon Ganmain Hospital, who spoke on her wish to make the hospital area more family friendly.

For example Karyl would like family groups, with small children, to feel as though they may permit the kids to run around and have fun while they are visiting one of the patients.

There are currently twelve long-term patients at the hospital, only some of whom receive regular visits from friends or relatives.  We can all imagine how bored a person must become lying in bed for days at a time. The staff do a wonderful job in trying to entertain patients, be it with music or dancing.  Any outside participation would be welcome when you stare at four walls all day.

Karyl suggested that Rotary may like to hold an outdoor meeting, at the hospital, in a less formal format. Possibly a barbeque outside on the lawn, allowing those patients that are able to come along and hear what is going on in their community.

Bronwyn Hatty, Community Development Officer with Coolamon Shire Council, Spoke on involving groups such as Rotary, Lions, Men’s Shed or school groups who could visit patients from time to time to provide them with an outside interest. Possibly “adopt” a resident.

If Rotary were to try a barbeque meeting, we would have to bring along our own barbeque, as the hospital does not have one. There is a pergola which could be utilized.

If the evening was a success, then possibly a grant could be applied for to build a suitable area in the grounds.

Libby Cruickshank reinforced her associates’ ideas.

There were a number of questions and suggestions that may permit the above suggestions to come to fruition.

Rotarian Myfanwy Collette moved a vote of thanks to our guests and presented them with a kangaroo money pouch each.


Myffe (2nd from right) posing with (left to right) Bronwyn Hatty, Karyl Dellenger and Libby Cruickshank.

Sharon Walsh from the Ganmain Guardian, who was a guest speaker the previous week, also attended this meeting to hear the presentation from the LHAC group.  She also brought along a copy of this week’s Ganmain Guardian, the first copy of which was auctioned off by Rotarian Mark Reardon. After a great deal of spirited bidding it was knocked down to Dick Jenning for $10.

Ian Jennings reported that he had sent an SMS to President Garth and Marg who are currently in Nepal. It was answered and they are OK despite the earthquake.

John Glassford notified us via e-mail that the Mt Kenya climb was successfully completed by 9 of the 12 intrepid climbers, which included Alex Thompson and Don Dyce (photo blow).


Well done to all.


On the lighter side


Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighbouring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him but was moved by Arthur’s youth and ideals.  So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could answer a very difficult question.  Arthur would have a year to figure out the answer and, if, after a year, he still had no answer, he would be put to death.

The question?…What do women really want?  Such a question would perplex even the most knowledgeable man, and to young Arthur, it seemed an impossible query.  But, since it was better than death, he accepted the monarch’s proposition to have an answer by year’s end.

He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everyone: the Princess, the priests, the wise men and even the court jester.  He spoke with everyone, but no one could give him a satisfactory answer.

Many people advised him to consult the old ugly woman, for only she would have the answer.

But the price would be high; as the woman was famous throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged.

The last day of the year arrived and Arthur had no choice but to talk to the old woman.  She agreed to answer the question, but he would have to agree to her price first.

The old ugly woman wanted to marry Sir Lancelot, the most noble of the Knights of the Round Table and Arthur’s closest friend!

Young Arthur was horrified.  She was hunchbacked and hideous, had only one tooth, smelled like sewage, made obscene noises, etc.  He had never encountered such a repugnant creature in all his life.

He refused to force his friend to marry her and endure such a terrible burden; but Lancelot, learning of the proposal, spoke with Arthur.

He said nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to Arthur’s life and the preservation of the Round Table.

Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the woman answered Arthur’s question thus:

What a woman really wants, she answered….is to be in charge of her own life.

Everyone in the kingdom instantly knew that the woman had uttered a great truth and that Arthur’s life would be spared.

And so it was, the neighbouring monarch granted Arthur his freedom and Lancelot and the ugly woman had a wonderful wedding.

The honeymoon hour approached and Lancelot, steeling himself for a horrific experience, entered the bedroom.  But, what a sight awaited him. The most beautiful woman he had ever seen lay before him on the bed.  The astounded Lancelot asked what had happened.

The young beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she appeared ugly, she would henceforth, be her horrible deformed self only half the time and the beautiful maiden the other half.

Which would he prefer?  Beautiful during the day….or night?

Lancelot pondered the predicament.  During the day, a beautiful woman to show off to his friends, but at night, in the privacy of his castle, an old ugly woman?  Or, would he prefer having a hideous woman during the day, but by night, a beautiful woman for him to enjoy wondrous intimate moments?

What would YOU do?

What Lancelot chose is below.

BUT….make YOUR choice before you scroll down below.
Noble Lancelot said that he would allow HER to make the choice herself.

Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all the time because he had respected her enough to let her be in charge of her own life.

Now….what is the moral to this story?

The moral is…..

If you don’t let a woman have her own way….
Things are going to get ugly…

Diary Reminders

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

Sunday, 3rd May: D9700 Assembly at West Wyalong venue West Wyalong High School.

Monday, 4th May: Regular meeting (guest speaker Annaliese Guthrie on her recent RYLA experience).

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.

*Monday, June 29th.  Annual Change Over Dinner

*Partners and Guests Night.

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



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:


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Bulletin Editor and Web Site:  John Glassford

Yours in Rotary John Glassford Chair 2014 -2015

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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: