Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin # 4

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin # 4


President Paul welcomed all present and especially John Burns on his return from 2 weeks in China with his wife Val.  They took over 2,000 photos had numerous Chinese banquets and were amazed by all the new technology with wealth and poverty on show, from BMWs to beggars in the streets.  We look forward to hearing about their travels  at a later meeting.

Grahame Miles prepared a list of people we should invite to Linda Tillman’s talk on the 6th August, each member took on individual people to invite personally to the talk by Linda on ‘Marketing the Coolamon Shire’.

Monday the 23rd July also saw the induction of our latest member to join Coolamon Rotary for the new Rotary year 2012-2013.

We welcome Christine Atkinson to our ranks with the classification of Aged Care.

Christine Atkinson

President Paul Weston presents Christine with her member’s dinner badge.

The meeting was entertained by Christine with a short life history.  Originally Christine came from Victoria, and is the eldest grand daughter of 27 grand children!  Christine was introduced to community work by her Mother when she was 8 years old and so begun a life time of community service for Christine.  Christine also spent some time in a convent and went onto to hold many worthwhile jobs in her career of care.  Christine’s work with the Westmead Children’s Hospital as well as her time at Camperdown Children’s Hospital was amongst many highlights in her career.
While working to promote the Ronald MacDonald House at the Children’s Hospital Christine persuaded many Rotary clubs including Parramatta and Holroyd clubs to get this project to completion.  For her work the RC of Holroyd awarded Christine a Paul Harris Fellow.  When Christine took up a position in Wagga Wagga she joined the RC of Wagga Wagga and now that Christine is based in Coolamon she has joined our club, Wagga Wagga’s loss our gain.
President Paul on his welcome to Christine wished her all the best and said that we are all looking forward to working with Christine for our community both local and international.  Christine does have a project that she is working on in Kenya.   We are sure that this will become part of our Road MAPS to Africa Project.
Following Christine’s welcome President Paul conducted an introduction to our Club Visioning exercise.  This is the first of these types of meetings to make sure that we go on and prosper as a club long into the future.  President Paul asked us to consider as way of introduction 5 key questions:
1.  What do we want this club to be recognised for by our Community?
2.  How large do we want our club to grow?
3.  What do we do?
4.  Where do we want to be in 2017?
5.  What needs to be done, by whom and by when?

So I thought that you might all be interested in the following article from the RC of Sydney on “Rotary Means Business Networking” meetings.


Rotary Club of  Sydney

Who is the man on the right of Hashim Durani? Answer at bottom of page.

The Rotary Means Business networking events are held every two months when 50 – 70 Rotarians and their business associates undertake some serious networking.

The idea behind this networking activity is to gain useful and reliable business contacts, while at the same time opening the door for others to use your services and refer to their friends – in other words, Rotary members helping Rotary members and their associates.

There is no charge to attend. Drinks, including coffee/tea, may be purchased from the bar area of the venue, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel.

If you have not already registered to receive Rotary Means Business notices, please email or call Tony Benner on 9279 1194 for further information.

Photos and story from the RC Sydney’s Tuesday 24th July the Castlereagh Hotel, Sydney.

Rotary Club of Sydney Rotary Means Business Meeting











Golfing with an older man

A young man who was also an avid golfer found himself with a few hours to spare one afternoon. He figured if he hurried and played very fast, he could get in nine holes before he had to head home. Just as he was about to tee off an old gentleman shuffled onto the tee and asked if he could accompany the young man as he was golfing alone. Not being able to say no, he allowed the old gent to join him.

To his surprise the old man played fairly quickly. He didn’t hit the ball far, but plodded along consistently and didn’t waste much time. Finally, they reached the 9th fairway and the young man found himself with a tough shot. There was a large pine tree right in front of his ball – and directly between his ball and the green.

After several minutes of debating how to hit the shot the old man finally said, “You know, when I was your age I’d hit the ball right over that tree.”

With that challenge placed before him, the youngster swung hard, hit the ball up, right smack into the top of the tree trunk and it thudded back on the ground not a foot from where it had originally lay.

The old man offered one more comment, “Of course, when I was your age that pine tree was only three feet tall.”

“How was your golf game, dear?” asked Jack’s wife Tracy.
“Well, I was hitting pretty well, but my eyesight’s gotten so bad I couldn’t see where the ball went.”
“But you’re seventy-five years old, Jack!” admonished his wife, “Why don’t you take my brother Scott along?”
“But he’s eighty-five and doesn’t even play golf anymore,” protested Jack.
“But he’s got perfect eyesight. He could watch your ball,” Tracy pointed out.
The next day Jack teed off with Scott looking on. Jack swung, and the ball disappeared down the middle of the fairway. “Do you see it?” asked Jack.
“Yup,” Scott answered.
“Well, where is it?” yelled Jack, peering off into the distance.
“I forgot.”





Last week we looked at Fellowships and this week we will focus on the Rotary Golfing Fellowship.

Rotary Fellowship of Golfing

Web Site:

IGFR Golfing


  • To develop and promote worldwide friendship in a sporting, relaxing way
  • To serve the community and humanity, through golfing
  • To promote international understanding and peace

Main activities

  • To ensure the organization of the annual World Golf Championship of Rotarians
  • Activities to be organized by clubs in different countries, whenever possible, all within the scope of Rotarian friendship


Members – every Rotarian of any nationality can apply for membership. entries are made in writing, stating name, address, telephone number, and date of birth, and Rotary club and its address and telephone number. Membership requires payment of either an annual or lifetime membership fee.


50th World Championship

15th September 2012 to 21st September 2012
Lago di Garda Italy 2013

An excellent web site below and promotion for the Rotary Fellowship of Golfing World Championship in Italy later this year:



Rotary International President Elect  Ron Burton.

President of Rotary International  Sakuji Tanaka

Governor of District 9700  Greg Brown

Coolamon Club President  Paul Weston

Coolamon Club Secretary  John Glassford

Coolamon Club Treasurer  Henk Hulsman

Coolamon Rotary Club Inc. P.O. Box 23 COOLAMON N.S.W. 2701

Websites of Interest

Coolamon Rotary Club:

Rotary Down Under on line:

Rotarians For Fighting AIDS:

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.