Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #38

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #38



Rotary International Conventions are held annually in a different country in the world.  Some conventions have had over 40,000 attend, next year it is in Australia and then Brazil in 2015.  Here are some photos from the 2008 Los  Angeles Convention (remember to click on the thumb nails to get a larger photo):


Hope that you all had a great Mother’s Day!


Monday was a business and board meeting.

Five members will be at District 9700 Assembly this upcoming Sunday in Grenfell.

Next Monday night members are requested to bring their partner and to welcome our three new members to our club.  This will also be a planning meeting for the next Rotary year under Dick Jennings.

Neil Munro reported on bingo and that we made a profit of $330.  Neil thanked the volunteers.

Several names for guest speakers were put forward and Garth Perkin will follow up.

We decided to support the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal all names to Mark Reardon.

This Thursday at 3pm in Coolamon our two Americans Leslie and President Paul Weston will become Australian Citizens, welcome Leslie and Paul!


President’s report

Club members were treated last week to another fascinating instalment in the continuing series of life story presentations by our members.  This time it was Craig Corrigan’s turn, who managed to pull off a very interesting and engaging talk despite the lack of a computer to display his powerpoint images!  It never ceases to amaze me how interesting and varied are the backgrounds of our members.  Craig knew from a fairly early age that he wanted to be in the automotive mechanic business, and got his start in that trade soon after graduating high school.  Despite how mundane our lives may seem to ourselves, others can’t help to be intrigued by the various turns our lives have taken and how our lives have been intertwined with those of others.

Despite the lack of some regulars at this week’s board meeting (Grahame and Henk are off seeing the sights in the Mediterranean), we managed to carry out the vital but sometimes mundane tasks needed to keep the club going.  Discussion of the changeover and speakers for the next two months brought home to me that my turn at the helm is almost over, but there are still a few things I hope to accomplish before the changeover.  Next week’s meeting will be one that you don’t want to miss as we induct three new members (Miffy Clarke, Bernadette Milne, and Ted Hutcheon) and discuss plans for Dick’s year as president.  Please make every effort to attend.  I hope to see you there.

One last thing.  Thursday May 16 is a very special day for Leslie and me as that’s the day for our citizenship ceremony.  The proceedings will kick off at 3:00 at the shire council chambers, so we invite you to join us as we take this very significant step in our lives.

Yours in Rotary,



Diary Reminders

Sunday May 19th District 9700 Assembly and Directors Training at Grenfell.  9.00am Sharp.

Monday May 20th Induction of 3 new members and the 2013-2014 Planning Meeting. Gilbert Catering.

Red Shield Appeal 2013 25-26 May Ganmain and Coolamon Volunteers Required contact Mark Reardon.

Monday May 27th Ian Jennings member’s Night Talk. Club Catering.

Sunday June 2nd Griffith Avanti RC Change Over Lunch at 12 noon.

Saturday June 8th Coolamon Rotary Street Raffle.

June 23-26 2013 Rotary International Convention in Lisbon.   RI Convention Lisbon.

*Tuesday 25th June Wagga Wagga Sunrise Annual Change Over Dinner Country Club Wagga 6.30pm.

*Wednesday June 26th Henty RC Annual Change Over Dinner.  Community Club 6.30pm.

*Thursday 27th June Wagga Wagga Rotary Change over Dinner.

Saturday June 29th District 9700 Annual Change Over Dinner.

*Monday July 1st COOLAMON 42nd Change Over Night.

*Monday July 1st Temora RC Annual Change Over Dinner. Temora Bowling Club 6.30pm.

*Sunday July 7th Junee RC Annual Change Over LUNCH,  noon for 12.30.

*Partners and Guests Night.


My thanks to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta for taking time to officially open the District 9200 Conference on 25 April 2013. Over 2,000 district delegates and partners in service from around the world attended the meeting.




The COL 2013 is over and our representative PDG John Egan will be home soon.  here is a report done by PDG Doug Vincent of Canada.  Doug is a member of ROTI or Rotarians On The Internet and provided us with this information on a daily basis.  Not too many changes to our constitution or by-laws this time around:


COL 2013 Links.

PDG Doug Vincent D 7080 Canada and PDG John Egan D 9700 Australia in Chicago.


An old woman had 3 daughters.

One day she decided to test her Sons-in-law.

One day she was walking along a lake shore with the first son-in-law. Purposefully, she fell down in the lake and started yelling for help.

The first son-in-law jumped into the water and dragged her out into the shore. The next day he found a brand new E Class Mercedes in his door steps with the wordings
“Thank you!!!-Your Mother-in-law who loves you very much!!!”

Another day she was walking along a lake shore with the second son-in-law. Purposefully, she fell down in the lake and started yelling for help.

The second son-in-law jumped into the water and dragged her out into the shore. The next day he found a brand new E Class Mercedes in his door steps with the wordings

“Thank you!!!-Your Mother-in-law who loves you very much!!!”

The third time she was walking with the third son-in-law and she repeated the same. But that guy didn’t respond to her cries for help and didn’t move a single step to save her.

The poor old lady who wanted to test her sons-in-law drowned and died. The next day he found a brand new Rolls-Royce in his doorsteps with the following wordings.

“Thank you very much! Your Father-in-law! !!”

Blind Pilot

One day at a busy airport, the passengers on a commercial airliner are seated waiting for the pilot to show up so they can get under way. The pilot and copilot finally appear in the rear of the plane and begin walking up to the cockpit through the centre aisle. Both appear to be blind; the pilot is using a white cane, bumping into passengers right and left as he stumbles down the aisle. The co-pilot is using a guide dog. Both have their eyes covered with sunglasses.

At first, the passengers do not react thinking that it must be some sort of practical joke. After a few minutes though, the engines start revving, and the airplane begins moving down the runway. The passengers look at each other with some uneasiness. They start whispering among themselves and look desperately to the stewardesses for reassurance. Yet, the plane starts accelerating rapidly, and people begin panicking.

Some passengers are praying, and as the plane gets closer and closer to the end of the runway, the voices are becoming more and more hysterical. When the plane has less than twenty feet of runway left, there is a sudden change in the pitch of the shouts as everyone screams at once. At the very last moment, the plane lifts off and is airborne. Up in the cockpit, the co-pilot breathes a sigh of relief and tells the pilot:

“You know, one of these days the passengers aren’t going to scream, and we aren’t going to know when to take off!”




WA Chief Scientist Lyn Beazley has a vision that every primary school in WA has a set of Magnifying Microscopes.

The Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay, together with the Science Teachers’ Association of Western Australia (STAWA) and the Water Corporation, is making that dream a reality.

The Magnifying Microscope is a small hand-held unit that allows a child to easily move it around to view items indoors or out. An Activity Booklet has been produced by the Water Corporation, in conjunction with STAWA, so that teachers are able to integrate the use of the Magnifying Microscopes with their existing curriculum.

The Water Corporation provide four copies of the Magnifying Microscopes activities booklet and hands-on help for the science teacher in the school. The activities focus on the use of microscopes, plant adaptations to water supply, plant structure and soil composition, and include teacher background notes.

Below is the web site for further information on this wonderful community project.


Magnifying Microscopes

PRID Ken Collins and Ken is the current president of Freshwater Bay

PP Di Collins of the RC of Freshwater Bay.




When in Perth make up athe Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay:

Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay Perth




The Rotary Club of Kenton-on-Sea is selling car bumper stickers to raise awareness and funds for their project saving rhinos.  They are only $1 each if your club wants to order a worthwhile number say 20+ let me know and I will start the process.

PP Bruce Steele-Gray and a great looking hat!



Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka

Governor of District 9700  Greg Brown

Coolamon Club President  Paul Weston

Coolamon Club Secretary  John Glassford

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:

The Orphan Rescue Kit a Coolamon RC Project:

Our Rotary Centennial Twin Club Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa:

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.