Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #36/37

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #36/37





Next week the Rotary International Conference or RICON opens in Brazil.

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The Programme Highlights

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Brazilian music superstar Ivete Sangalo, a Latin Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, will perform at the closing plenary session of the 2015 Rotary International Convention in São Paulo, 9 June. Sangalo’s music is a high-energy fusion of Afro-Brazilian sounds called axé.


MEETINGS MONDAY MAY 18th & 25th. 2015

Covering two meetings in this bulletin.

Monday 18th we had Winfred Holzapel as our guest speaker.  Winfred is a fine young man and a great choice to go to the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra.  Winfred gave a great account of the 2 weeks spent there and it is obvious that Winfred enjoyed the experience immensely.

The main benefit that he got from the forum was to meet 400 like minded young people from all over Australia.  As well Winfred was able to see a flight simulator for the Lockheed F35 fighter jet.  It was a most interesting talk and we are very proud to know this young future scientific engineer, and to have sponsored him to the Forum.

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PP Ian Jennings presents the Roo Pouch to Winfred.

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Dick Jennings fines Myffy and Bernadette.

Now to last Monday night.  Again another excellent turn out of members, guests and friends. All in all 20 people were present on a cold night.  David Benn from Wollundry Rotary made up a meeting with us and recited 3 very funny poems for us.

Maree Bernoth was our guest speaker.  Maree works at the Charles Sturt University as a lecturer in Nursing, Midwifery, and Indigenous Health.  Maree was accompanied by her husband Max.

Maree spoke on Community and what it means in today’s Australian society.  A good look at what community means and how our rural areas lack service in aged care and more work is being done on research into this area of our health service.

Maree and Max did say that they found a wonderful community in the people of Coolamon and felt very welcome in Coolamon.  “Coolamon owns their community”, is a great way to look at how rural areas look after their own.

Maree went on to advise us all to have a guardian with power of attorney to speak for ourselves when we are unable to do so.

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Maree receives a vote of thanks and a Roo Pouch from Don Dyce.


Bingo made a profit of $303 thanks Grahame Miles. Next night is June 11th see diary for roster.

Red Shield see Ted Hutcheon who will be at Foodworks on Saturday and the Ganmain Football on Sunday upcoming.

Ardlethan Chemist needs some prostrate testing kits.

Trevor Parkes won the raffle.



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A man observed a woman in the grocery store with a three year old girl in her basket. As they passed the cookie section, the child asked for cookies and her mother told her “no.” The little girl immediately began to whine and fuss, and the mother said quietly, “Now Ellen, we just have half of the aisles left to go through; don’t be upset. It won’t be long.”

He passed the Mother again in the candy aisle. Of course, the little girl began to shout for candy. When she was told she couldn’t have any, she began to cry. The mother said, “There, there, Ellen, don’t cry. Only two more aisles to go, and then we’ll be checking out.”

The man again happened to be behind the pair at the check-out, where the little girl immediately began to clamor for gum and burst into a terrible tantrum upon discovering there would be no gum purchased today. The mother patiently said, “Ellen, we’ll be through this check out stand in five minutes, and then you can go home and have a nice nap.”

The man followed them out to the parking lot and stopped the woman to compliment her. “I couldn’t help noticing how patient you were with little Ellen…”

The mother broke in, “My little girl’s name is Tammy… I’m Ellen.”

 {They will get better!!}


Diary Reminders

Monday 1st June Guest Speaker Garth Perkin on Nepal

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

Monday 8th June Public Holiday Board Meeting at Garth and Marg Perkin’s House.

Thursday 11th June, BINGO Ian  Durham (Captain), Myffy Collette, Ted Hutcheon, Bernadette Milne

Monday 15th June Don Dyce and John Glassford on the Mount Kenya ANZAC Day Climb

Monday 22nd June Dr. Barney Dalgarno on the NBN and IT.

*Monday, June 29th.  Annual Change Over Dinner

Monday July 6th President Wayne Lewis 1st Meeting.

*Partners and Guests Night.

Apologies for Monday meetings call Ian Jennings on 0428 880 158 or 6927 3521 BY FRIDAY 12.00 pm.


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President Huang and Corinna, pictured with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.

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President Huang and his wife Corinna, with District 9212 Governor Bimal Kantaria (2nd from right) and his wife Hiral with First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.

Bimal Kantaria has joined the RAGES Executive Board.






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Check out the latest images from our response in Nepal to see some of the people we have been helping, along with some of the difficult terrain our teams have had to cross to reach remote communities:



27 New Clubs This Year in D9212 

One of the great things about Rotary is that you get to visit other clubs when you travel abroad or within Australia.  We were luck to be in Kenya for the D9212 Conference at Diani Beach near Mombasa.  We were also lucky to be the first international visitors to two brand new Rotary Clubs one in Nyeri and the other in Nairobi.

DG Bimal Kantaria has chartered 27, yes, 27 NEW Rotary clubs in his year as DG.  All the members at the D9212 Conference were young, hardly a grey hair in view.  This is refreshing and encouraging so what are they dong that we are not.  Seems to me that the y have brought the fun back into Rotary with so much laughter and good times.  They also do a lot of community work in Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and South Sudan.

Here are some photos from the latest club Limuru chartered this week and sponsored by a Rotaract Club!

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Can you go home and be greeted like family after 50 years away.  Just had these photos sent to me from Kenya via Karunguru Estates the owners of our old coffee farm we called Ridge Estate. It was a wonderful day for me and we were treated like family. The New Zealand flag is for my father George who planted all the coffee trees on around 700 acres. Dad also built the home from 1920-1928 and then my Mother added to it. All the stone was quarried on the farm. Mum built the dining room which could seat 33! Kibby Karithi who with his family own the property, called it the ballroom! Great day and uplifting to see the old home being loved and lived in with a great family.

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Well the climb is done and dusted.  HOWEVER the fund raising continues with talks by our team over the next few months.  Here are the members of our team on Mount Kenya:

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


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One of the major reasons for the African adventure was to establish what Rotary can do on the ground in Kenya and South Africa to help stop the poaching.


Can you imagine a world without rhinos, elephants and lions?  Over 30,000 elephants killed last year and only 400,000 remain not sure of the accuracy of these figures, some say a whole lot less.  We know that in South Africa alone 1,215 rhinos were killed last year and the number is going up as we speak.  We know that there are around 20,000 Southern White Rhinos left and under 5,000 black rhinos. 5 Northern Black Rhinos are left but all beyond breeding, now they are all but extinct.
We met and looked at three great organisations working on the front line of this war in Kenya and South Africa:
1.  The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for elephants. Kenya
2.  The Chipembere Rhino Foundation for rhinos. South Africa
3.  The Jane Goodall Institute and Jane’s Roots & Shoots Projects.  (Dr Dame Jane Goodall is our Patron). Kenya and South Africa.

There will be a May newsletter done asap for all our members.

Here is a video of Dr William Fowlds done for RAGES:

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Thandi and her baby Thembe; Thandi was poached and Dr Fowlds saved her.

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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: