Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #48

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #48



President Dick Jennings and the members and partners of the Coolamon Rotary Club extend our deepest sympathy to Bernadette and Russel Milne and the extended Milne family, on the sad loss of their daughter Kelly.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this testing time for you, especially our fellow Rotarian Bernadette, we are here for you at all times.



Rotary Means Business is a Fellowship of Rotary International

Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them, and by referring others to them.

“If any one tells you that it is reprehensible to make a dollar or two for the wife and babies from club associates in straightforward business transactions, tell that person that some foreign substance has gotten into his carburetor.”

(Paul P. Harris, January 1911)


MEETING JUNE 30th. 2014

We heard an interesting presentation by three young women from the shire that have decided to raise efforts for needy residents of the shire via various fundraising programmes.  Bronwyn Halden, Jacquie Brown, and Rebecca Bailey Brown described Run2Raise, the group they started and named because of their passion for running, although their fundraising ideas have nil to do with running. They have in mind a number of fundraisers that they wish to operate under the name of Rotary.

There was general consensus by club members present that this was a most worthy venture, and President Dick suggested the members of Run2Raise become Friends of Rotary and that a committee of club members be formed to liaise with Run2Raise, facilitating linkages to Rotary.  Run2Raise members will meet soon to discuss the proposed arrangement and get back to us soon.

Paul Weston requires any names from our members and their guests of those attending our change over dinner on Monday night.  This is urgent as we need to finalise numbers.  Please contact Paul urgently thanks.

Diary Reminders


Thursday 10th July 2014  BINGO Ian  Jennings (Captain), Wayne Lewis, Rod Jarrett, Garth Perkin

Sunday July 13th Rotary Club of Junee Change Over lunch midday in Junee.

Saturday 9th August Coolamon Street Raffle

*Partners and Guests Night.

Apologies for Monday meetings call Christine Atkinson on 0427 880 158 or 6927 3521 BY FRIDAY 12.00 pm.



2014-15 Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang, of the Rotary Club of Taipei, Taiwan, and his wife, Corinna Yao. They met the same year he joined Rotary, 1976.






A seven year old boy was at the centre of a courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with the child custody law and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained to the degree possible. The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried out that they also beat him.

After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him. After two recesses to check legal references and confer with child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the England Football team, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.

DISCLAIMER: No children were hurt in the making of this joke. This story is fictional. Any similarities to anyone living or dead is purely coincidental.
Should this offend you in some way, go get some therapy & grow a sense of humour & I also suggest that you never watch another movie ever again!




2014-15 District 9700 Governor David Kennedy is pictured with Immediate Past District Governor Geoff Tancred at the District Changeover in Blayney.

The 2014-15 District 9700 Board.

L to R: Back Row. PDG Geoff Tancred, Alan Sharp, Alex Krucza, Jill Funnell, PDG Ian Simpson, Peter Gissing, Russ Martin, PDG Ian Tooke.

Front Row: DGN Michael Milston, Mick Doyle, Tony Sinclair, Sue Gordon, Miles Hedge, DG David Kennedy, PDG Fred Loneragan, DGE Gary Roberts.

Immediate PDG Geoff Tancred and Bettye Tancred many thanks for a great year with you as our DG team we wish you well for the future.

Thanks go to PDG John Egan for the above photos.


Seen recently in Mozambique.


Kenyan International Night result of the funds we sent to the Rotary Club of Kenton-on-Sea.

An incredible day spent on the ground by team Chipembere Rhino Foundation…

Another 5 local rhino received their VHF telemetry tracking collars, fitted by CRF trustee, Dr Will Fowlds, and donated by Chipembere Rhino Foundation.

Thanks again to all who supported the Kenyan Night.



This will be a permanent section for the next 12 months in our weekly bulletin and I will update stories to this article as and when we get them.   The Australian Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs have approved our application to be part of the Centenary for ANZAC and we are allowed to use the logo below with some rules on it’s use:

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


Designated as a world heritage site, Mt.Kenya National Park is home to the tallest mountain in Kenya and second tallest Mountain in Africa?   Have you climbed Mt.Kenya?   Up to which peak?



Oloimugi traditional Maasai Eco-village

Armicus Mayan

I have been in communication with a Maasai Moran called Armicus Mayan, (Armicus = translates as ‘dedicated to a faithful implementation of constitution).  Armicus is studying to become a lawyer in Nairobi however he is building an eco-village on his home land near Mount Kenya.

Oloimugi Maasai Traditional eco-Village.

Armicus Mayan & his vision to change the Maasai view & treatment of wildlife.  As I’m sure you’re aware, money is scarce in Kenya & indeed much of Africa (not all) but there’s no help out there if you’ve got nothing.  A 12 year old boy living in the Maasai community in Isiolo Kenya Armicus had been growing sick & sad at the communities treatment of all wildlife around him, he felt that people exploited animals & that firstly it was not right and secondly even if it was, it was not sustainable.  Right on both counts!  But how else can a Maasai community make money when all that people would buy was meat or foreigners would pay to kill animals so that they could sell meat, felt, teeth, bone, tusks & horn.

He now believes that people care enough about wildlife & they also care about fellow humans enough to reach out.  Which is what Armicus is doing right now to us in Rotary.

In his own words Armicus says:

“Jackals are threatening to kill down our way of life as the Illngwesi Maasai community..I like the animals ,but what should I do to convince my fellow villagers that the animals are good; while their source of living (livestock), is attacked daily….just a few days ago, Mzee Olelegei lost 34 goats in two weeks…so far, the government and other wildlife agencies have not intervened…this risks to increase the rift between human and wildlife….conflict as it would be other words put……am can I help this?”

So Armicus wants is developing an eco-village and a place where his fellow villagers, the children, the Moran and the elders can encourage visitors and tourists to share in their way of life and learn the ways of the Maasai.  Stage one is clean water and toilets.

“After installing the water tank for clean water at Oloimugi, I am also planning to build an eco-toilet to improve sanitation…Children to use that water in the tank to plant trees,learn all the best ways to conserve the environment……mothers are also struggling to fetch firewood far away…that is tiresome and time-consuming.  Also, fetching firewood destroys our environment..cutting down of tree breaks the ecosystem… ..A bio-gas plant would help us since we only use cow or elephant dung.”

Immediate needs to get the village going include:

Water tanks and toilet cost: 25,000 Kenyan shillings..installation supplements..Kenyan shillings: 8,000  transportation: 5,000 Kenyan shillings..labour in installation plus food: 12000 Kenyan shillings. . toilet construction: Kenyan shillings 12,000.

TOTAL 60,000 Kenyan shillings or around $750.

This is the first project that we want to work with in conjunction with the Jane Goodall Institute in Kenya and RAGES.  The details of the whole project will be published at a later date.  The whole project complies with The Rotary Foundation’s 6 areas of focus.  I am now working with the idea of getting a Rotary club on the ground in Kenya to work with us and the Jane Goodall Institute Kenya.

In the mean time we can help Armicus with stage 1 as above.

Yours in Rotary John Glassford Chair 2013 -2014

Proposed Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species



Bulletin Editor and Web Site:  John Glassford

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 Ron Burton

Governor of District 9700 Geoff Tancred

Coolamon Club President  Dick Jennings

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:

Proposed Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species RAGES: