Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #37

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #37

Be a Gift to the World



 April Theme


Tonight we had a very good and enjoyable meeting with our own catering, i.e. a BBQ on the Rotary/Lions BBQ at the Sports Club.  The steaks were the best (thanks Henk), and cooked to perfection by Daryl Breust and Steve Exton.  Our two intrepid Ganmain members Myffy Collette and Bernadette Milne provided the salads.  All in all a big effort from all concerned.

Our guest speaker tonight was Georgia Booth from Ganmain.  Georgia is still at the Kinross School in Orange and took the opportunity to talk about her experience at the Honeywell National Summer School that Georgia attended recently.

Guests tonight included Michelle and John Booth from Ganmain, Darcy Miles grandson of Grahame Miles and Phoung from Vietnam.  Partners Sharon Miles, Marilyn Jennings, Helen Lewis and Susan Glassford along with 19 members attended a great turn out.

President Wayne Lewis congratulated John and Susan Glassford on their appointment as District Governor  Nominee Designate and partner as Governor to District 9700 for the Rotary year 2018-2019.

President Wayne Lewis spoke of the upcoming District Conference in Wagga Wagga on Saturday and Sunday 23rd and 24th.  More members were invited to attend.  Wayne advised the meeting that the Southern Aurora will be in Coolamon on Monday ANZAC Day with a trip to Junee and back to Coolamon leaving at 1.30 pm and returning by 3.00 pm.


Several reports presented including the vandalism of the flag poles in Lions park, a successful Bingo Night raising a net $349.  Pride of workmanship awards nominations required by Dave McKinley.  Myffy spoke briefly on the Coolamon newspaper and that the Coolamon Community Diary will be coming to our Club.

Ted Hutcheon conducted a very amusing fines session as Sergeant and Susan won the raffle of a beautiful box of organic garlic products donated by the Booth family.

A committee meeting was held after the meeting to plan the Rotary Friendship Exchange visit starting on ANZAC Day with 11 visiting Rotarians and partners from the USA District 5610.  A full report and photos in next week’s bulletin.

Guest Speaker Georgia Booth

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Georgia spoke very well of Rotary and thanked the club for sponsoring her to the Honeywell Summer Camp.  Georgia visited the UNSW, Sydney University, Sydney Technical University and Wollongong University.  Georgia took part in several civil engineering projects including making a parachute to drop an egg from the 1st floor of a building and it did not break.

Georgia visited Blue Scope Steel, RAAF base and SITA Waste Management facilities.  Georgia was able to discuss future careers in Civil Engineering and is keen to do Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering  as well still competing in triathlons.

PP Ian Durham thanked Georgia and presented her with a well engineered kangaroo money pouch.

All of our members were very impressed with Georgia and hope that one day Georgia will come back to give progress talks on her career.

Please support the Booth family from Ganmain and their garlic growing enterprise:

Ganmain Garlic

Woodpark Ganmain contact John Booth 0427 276 402.

Ganmain Garlic is unbleached, less traveled and full of flavour!

Ganmain Garlic


Diary Reminders

Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th April 2016 D9700 Conference in Wagga Wagga.

Monday April 25th ANZAC Day 2016 USA District 5610 USA Friendship Exchange.

Monday May 2nd Club Assembly Business Meeting.

Monday May 9th.  TBA.

Wednesday May 11th Board Meeting.

Thursday May 12th BINGO: Ian Jennings (Capt), Steve Exton, Rod Jarrett, Ivan Furner.

*Saturday May 14th International Night at the Ganmain Hall in aid of RAGES Inc.

Saturday 28th May 2016 – Wednesday June 1st Seoul RICON South Korea  Seoul 2016

Saturday June 25th D9700 Change Over in Orange

*Monday June 27th Change Over Dinner at Coolamon. DEFINITE.

*Partners and Guests Night.

Apologies for Monday meetings call Ian Jennings on 0428 492 157  BY FRIDAY 12.00 pm.



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2015-16 RI President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran



John F. Germ is board chair and chief executive officer of Campbell and Associates Inc., consulting engineers. He joined the firm as an engineer in 1965 after four years in the U.S. Air Force. He serves on the boards of several organizations, including the board and executive committee of the Public Education Foundation, Orange Grove Center Inc., and as board chair of Blood Assurance Inc. He also is founder and treasurer of the Chattanooga State Technical Community College Foundation and president of the Tennessee Jaycee Foundation.

He was Tennessee Young Man of the Year in 1970; Engineer of the Year, 1986; Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year, 1992; and Tennessee Community Organizations Volunteer of the Year, 2009. He is a recipient of the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award and the Arthritis Foundation Circle of Hope Award. In 2013, the White House recognized him as a Champion of Change.

Germ joined Rotary in 1976 and has served Rotary as vice president, director, Foundation trustee and vice chair, aide to the Foundation trustee chair, chair of Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge, RI Board Executive Committee member, RI president’s aide, Council on Legislation representative and chair, membership zone coordinator, chair of numerous committees, area coordinator, RI training leader, and district governor.

Germ has received RI’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Judy, are Benefactors and members of the Arch Klumph Society of The Rotary Foundation. They have four children and six grandchildren.




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2016 District Conference ‐ Wagga Wagga

April 23–24, 2016

Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre

Still time to make your booking.  See you there!





 OUR D9700 representative to COL 2016 was PDG Irene Jones.
 DG Irene Jones

The 2016 Council on Legislation may well be remembered as one of the most progressive in Rotary history.

Not only did this Council grant clubs more freedom in determining their meeting schedule and membership, it also approved an increase in per capita dues of $4 a year for three years. The increase will be used to enhance Rotary’s website, improve online tools, and add programs and services to help clubs increase membership.

The Council is an essential element of Rotary’s governance. Every three years, members from around the world gather in Chicago to consider proposed changes to the policies that govern the organization and its member clubs. Measures that are adopted take effect 1 July.

The tone for this year was set early, when the RI Board put forth two proposals that increase flexibility. The first measure allows clubs to decide to vary their meeting times, whether to meet online or in person, and when to cancel a meeting, as long as they meet at least twice a month. The second allows clubs flexibility in choosing their membership rules and requirements. Both passed.

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Representatives also approved removing six membership criteria from the RI Constitution and replacing them with a simple requirement that a member be a person of good character who has a good reputation in their business or community and is willing to serve the community.

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Council member Dominque Dubois holds up a green card to indicate support of a motion while Sandeep Nurang ponders his response during the 2016 Council on Legislation.  Photo Credit: Monika Lozinska.

What does it all mean?  Well we will have to update our Club Constitution and Club Bylaws at the AGM and then submit the documents ot the NSW Fair Trade Department for Incorporation of our club to continue.  This will require a special resolution and subsequent votes in the affirmative.  We have to remain incorporated otherwise the liability reverts to the individual members.

There are several resolutions and amended clauses that will have to be incorporated in our Constitution and Bylaws and once these are clear we will write them up and alter the documents prior to our AGM for pour members ot vote on.

Anyone interested in learning how to do this give me a call please the next time will be in 2019.


Kenya Ivory Burn

Kenya prepares for world’s largest ivory burn

Ahead of the mass burning event to take place in Nairobi National Park on Saturday 30th April, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) personnel have begun transferring over 100 tonnes of seized ivory and 1.35 tonnes of rhino horn to the site.

Due to the sheer size of the stockpile, KWS Director, Kitili Mbathi, explained how the transfer will work, “We are moving them into the containers initially collecting them here and then we will transport them to the ivory burning site in readiness for the burn.”

Mbathi also explained how the high prices of such commodities are to blame for the high poaching rate. “This is part of our plea for the total ban of ivory and rhino horn trade globally.”

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is proud to be a part of this significant event and will reporting live from the site using ‪#‎WorthMoreAlive‬



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At Calingiri WA a bale compaction press using 400 tonnes of hydraulic pressure and compresses a 8′ x 4′ x 4′ 750 kg oaten hay bale to 1.2 m x 1.2 m x 900 mm for shipping to China.  The machine is 20 years old and is portable.

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Bulletin Editor and Web Site:  John Glassford

Yours in Rotary 

John Glassford Chair 2014 -2016

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 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:

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: