Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #42

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #42

Be a Gift to the World




MUNA is underway at NSW Parliament


MUNA was introduced to Australia in 1980 when Rotary clubs in NSW were invited to sponsor a team of two students to represent a nominated country at an assembly modelled on the format and function of the United Nations. By 1995 five Australian students were sponsored to participate in the MUNA conducted by the Rotary Club of San Francisco as part of the Rotary/United Nations Presidential Conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. The purpose of MUNA is to encourage young people to learn about other nations and to understand and appreciate the workings of the United Nations while they develop debating skills and gain self confidence in public speaking.


Well this club continues to surprise.  Last night with no guest speaker, no club assembly or special meeting 19 of our 25 members attended.  Great effort all round followed by a moist enjoyable meeting with plenty of banter, some jokes and a very entertaining fines session carried out by Ted Hutcheon.

We did discuss a few subjects including:

The Bike Track Henk Hulsman reported on the finances of this project and together with two grants we will be up for $600.  Some discussion on endangered species however no one seems to understand how a plant can grow on a used track.

John Glassford talked briefly about the upcoming Convention in Seoul as he leaves on Wednesday for Korea and the Seoul 2016 RICON.

Dave McKinley spoke on the next Moo Poo campaign and thanked Ted Hutcheon for offering up his shed and space to take delivery of the next truck load  of steaming weed free feedlot Moo Poo.  Members are reminded that next Monday night our guest speaker will be Shane Bullock Manager of the Jindalee Feedlot.  As well Dan Fisher and Nicole  will be joining us from Delta Ag.  Delta Ag provided the printed Moo Poo bags for the project.

Dave McKinley also spoke on his progress with getting the Rotary signs at 5 entrances to Coolamon.  Daryl Breust has offered to do the designs which will include space for three other signs e.g. Lions.  These signs will be professionally done and probably powder coated for longevity.  The committee to oversee this project will include, Wayne, Dave, Daryl, Don and Dick.

Myffy Collette spoke on the Coolamon Community Newspaper.  Myffy and Bern have been working hard on this project and it is looking very promising for the first issue coming out in August.  Myffy reported that the Coolamon Central School is very keen to work on this publication.  The early proofs are of excellent quality.  This project is one to watch and help where and when needed.  Regular stories will be required.

Mark Reardon outlined the upcoming Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal set for this Saturday and Sunday in Coolamon and Ganmain.  Mark will have the books and lanyards.  Here is the roster:

Saturday May 28th Coolamon.

1.  Coolamon Food Works

9.30-11 am Sharon Reardon and Paul Weston

11.00-12 pm Wayne Lewis and Trevor Parkes

12.30-2 pm Dick Jennings and Garth Perkin

2.  Coolamon Rovers Football Club Gate

9.30 am-11 am Ian Jennings and Steve Exton

11.00-12.30 Ted Hutcheon and Mark Reardon

Sunday May 29th Ganmain

3. Ganmain Grong Grong Matong Lions Football Club

9.30 am-11.00 Bern Milne and Mark Reardon

11.00 am-12.30 Daryl Breust and Garth Perkin

P.S.  Friends of Rotary Quilt Display at the Up-to-Date Store this Saturday and Sunday.  Following the great success of the quilt project of Marilyn Roberts this Rotary year you are all encouraged to go along this weekend and support this very worthwhile effort and to say thanks.


Quilts Ganmain

Are you keeping snug as a bug in a rug this chilly season?

Featuring a fine collection of patchwork quilts and embroidery, teapots, cosies, vintage sewing machines and more, the Coolamon Patchwork and Craft Display will take place on Sat 28th and Sun 29th of May. Will we see you there? | Pictured: Ganmain Craft Cottage.



Diary Reminders

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

Saturday 28th May Red Shield Appeal Coolamon.

Sunday 29th May Red Shield Appeal Ganmain.

*Monday 30th May Guest Speaker is Shane Bullock on “The Beef Feedlot Industry”.  Shane is The Manager of the Jindalee Feedlot at Stockinbingal.  All members are asked to attend to say a big thank you to Shane for his generous donation of Moo Poo.

Wednesday June 8th Last Board Meeting for 2015-2016.

Thursday June 9th BINGO: Henk Hulsman (Capt), Trevor Parkes, Ted Hutcheon, Dick Jennings.

Saturday June 25th D9700 Change Over in Orange Hotel Conobolas.

*Monday June 27th Change Over Dinner at Coolamon. 

*Partners and Guests Night.

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




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Dame Edna’s Ute or Looute.  This is a real ute.  Click on the pic.



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

 RICON 2016

More than 42,000 Rotary members from over 100 countries will come together in Korea to celebrate Rotary.  Photo Credit: Photo by Rotary International/Alyce Henson


Korea is playing host to Rotary’s largest event of the year, its annual convention. More than 42,000 Rotary members from over 100 countries will come together this month to celebrate service, exchange ideas, and relax among friends at unforgettable concerts and social events. The convention runs from 28 May to 1 June.  Attendees will hear from renowned experts in areas of peace, global health, and human rights.

Our will include photos, videos, a live blog, and social media pages



Immediately before the convention, the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group will host its annual World Water Summit on 27 May, focusing on sustainable strategies for bringing water, sanitation, and hygiene to all communities around the world. The event will feature speeches from experts in the field, including Gary White of and Sanjay Wijesekera, Chief of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for UNICEF.



Attendees, wearing the traditional garb of their home countries, will walk in solidarity for a more peaceful world in the 3K Walk for Peace on 28 May. The event will be complemented by the Rotary Way exhibit, featuring photographs of 111 years of Rotary service.



Speakers from 29 May to 1 June include:

  • , family violence activist and 2015 Australian of the Year
  • , CEO of International Justice Mission
  • Gary Knell, president and CEO of National Geographic Society
  • , former rugby star
  • Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe


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We have made good friends in Rotary especially with the Collins family from Perth.  This family is all about Rotary and Ken is a Past RI Director and Di is a dynamo in Rotary.   Members of the RC of Freshwater Bay in Perth.


A very full bench of friends on the Buddy Bench on its presentation to North Cottesloe Primary this morning. The vibrant colours are proving to be very popular!

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Another Buddy Bench presentation this morning – this time to North Cottesloe Primary School. Seen here trying out the bench is Kath and her daughter.

Look up their microscope project for schools; an excellent enterprise.


Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay Web Site


District 9700 Web Site


The Object of Rotary


The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; in business, professions and community life; with the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship.


Rotary Means Business

The worldwide network of Rotarians adopt the ideal of service in their personal, business and community lives.

The Rotary Network’s purpose and objective are really elementary and put simply is the greatest benefit of being a Rotarian developing friendships with other Rotarians and staying in touch to maintain these friendships regardless of the means.

Rotary International has only one purpose: to create and support Rotary clubs throughout the world.  Rotary clubs have only one purpose: to create Rotarians.

Most people join local Rotary clubs because they want to establish additional friendships with like-minded people and to make an impact, first in their local community and then internationally.

It maybe for business reasons, social reasons or service reasons, but it’s still networking and developing friendships

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This week a new Rotarian just joined in London, Trica Burgess, is passionate about pangolins.  Trica has started a campaign called:



Here a couple of photos from Trica’s campaign:

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 The primary threat to pangolins in Asia, and increasingly in Africa, is illegal hunting and poaching for illicit  international trade, which is largely driven by market demand in East Asia. This trade involves live animals and pangolin meat, which is considered to be a luxury product in consumer markets in Asia, most conspicuously China and Vietnam. Pangolin scales are also traded heavily here; they are used as an ingredient in traditional Asian medicines to treat a range of ailments.
Both meat and scales are seized in trade by the tonne.




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Sharon and Grahame Miles in Japan 23 May 2016


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We have visited some fantastic temples & shrines, many with over 1000 years of history, one of largest bamboo forests in the world & so forth.
We have traveled between various cities on some of the most comfortable & fast trains (over 300k/h) you can imagine.
The Japanese people are most accommodating & polite to everyone, including us tourists & go out of their way to promote the peace message, which especially stood out on our visit to Hiroshama.

We have experienced some of the best of Japanese cuisine in some highly rated restaurants from Tokyo, to Kyoto, to Okayama, to Kochi, to Takamatsu, to Hiroshama.


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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: