Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin # 7

Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin #7

BUSINESS MEETING August 13th. 2012

We had 9 members present tonight.  It was a combined business and board meeting.  President Paul welcomed us and said how pleasing it was to have had such a succesful meeting last week with Linda Tilman and 63 present at that meeting.  A follow up meeting will be held on Monday 3rd September and those who were invited on the 3rd will recieve a return invitation to workshop ideas on how to improve their own business in the Coolamon Shire.

We welcomed back Neil Munro from his fact finding trip to the USA in particular Arizona.  Neil gave a short talk on the adventure and was impressed by the the tour that was organised with visits to John Deere factories which covered 100 acres.  Neil was also impressed with the Grand Canyon.  Neil said that the USA is in the grip of a drought which is affecting this year’s wheat and corn harvest.  The positive side to this drought is that wheat prices are going up and up.

John Deere Web Site



This one of the best projects that I have seen lately.  Sasa Designs are run by an organisation called DOOR and it is to give hope to deaf women in Nairobi.  Unemployment is at a high 60% rate in Kenya and if you are impaired in anyway there is no hope to get work and hence live.  A young Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Megan MacDonald works with Sasa Designs which in Swahili means now.  We met Megan at the Los Angleles Rotary Convention and have stayed in touch ever since.  Megan studied at the University of Nairobi in economics for micro credit projects.

Here is Megan’s Blog and Megan writes beautifully.  There She Goes

Rotarian Megan MacDonald

Here are some of the beautiful jewellery made by the deaf ladies at Sasa Designs.

We hope to have some of these items in Wagga Wagga soon for sale at Uneke.


SASA Designs


Rotary International 2012-13 President Sakuji Tanaka

Dear fellow Rotarians,

During August, Membership and Extension Month in Rotary, I’m asking all Rotarians to send a unified message about what Rotary is and why they joined. If we convey our passion for Rotary to others I’m convinced that membership will increase.

So please share your special Rotary Moment with someone and help promote Rotary’s humanitarian mission and our goal to achieve Peace Through Service.



I was delighted to be able to join Consul General of Japan Okamura, District Governor Merriweather, and other Rotarians from District 6450 on the Rotary Float in the 83rd Annual Bud Billiken Day Parade. The cheers from the crowd brought huge smiles to our faces as we raised our hands together for peace.

Sakuji Tanaka
President, Rotary International



This ought to make you feel better about your computer skills!

Real recorded conversations!

Jesse Tanchanco
RC Loyola Heights
RID 3780
Quezon City, Philippines

Tech  support:    What kind of computer do you have?
Customer: A  white one.


Tech support:   Click on the ‘my computer’ icon on to the left of the screen.

Customer:    Your left or my left?


Customer:    Hi, good afternoon, this is Martha, I can’t print. Every time I try, it says, ‘Can’t
find  printer.’  I’ve even lifted the printer and placed it in front
of the monitor, but the computer still says he can’t find it.


Tech  support:    What’s on your monitor now, ma’am?
Customer:    A teddy bear my boyfriend bought for me at the 7-11.

Customer:   My keyboard is not working anymore.
Tech  support:   Are you sure it’s plugged into the computer?
Customer:   No. I can’t get behind the computer.
Tech  support:    Pick up your keyboard and walk 10 paces back.
Customer: OK!
Tech support:   Did the  keyboard come with you?
Customer: Yes.
Tech support:   That means the keyboard is not plugged in.

Customer:   I can’t get on the Internet.
Tech support:    Are you sure you used the right password?
Customer:   Yes, I’m sure. I saw my colleague do it.
Tech  support:    Can you tell me what the password was?
Customer:   Five dots.

Tech  support:    What anti-virus program do you use?
Customer: Netscape.
Tech support:   That’s not an anti-virus program.
Customer:   Oh, sorry… Internet Explorer…

Customer: I have a huge problem. A friend has placed a screen saver on my computer, but
every time I move the mouse, it disappears.

Tech support:    How may I help you?
Customer:   I’m writing my first email.
Tech support:    OK, and what seems to be the problem?
Customer:   Well, I have the letter ‘a’ in the address, but how do I get the little circle around

This one and the next are our personal favorites!
A woman customer called the Canon help desk with a problem with her printer.
Tech support:   Are you running it under windows?
Customer:   ‘No, my desk is next to the door, but that is a good point. The man sitting in the cubicle
next to me is under a window, and his printer is working fine.’

And last but not least!
Tech  support: ‘Okay Bob, let’s press the control and escape keys at the same time. That brings up a task list
in the middle of the screen.. Now type the letter ‘P’ to bring up the Program  Manager.’
Customer:   I don’t have a P.
Tech  support:   On your keyboard, Bob.
Customer:   What do yo
Tech support: ‘P’……on  your keyboard, Bob.





The Rotary Club of Cotonou Ifê, Benin, celebrates Rotary’s anniversary with a cake in February. The club is one of several formed recently in Benin

Eight years ago, Géné Villaça-Crestia was asked by her district governor to start a new Rotary club in her country, Benin.

She had been a Rotarian for only four years and didn’t really know where to begin. But she had a few things working in her favor: Villaça-Crestia is extremely passionate about Rotary, and she doesn’t take no for an answer.

“I don’t hesitate to drive to people’s places and come back again,” says Villaça-Crestia of her recruitment style. “I don’t wait for them to get back to me and tell me they don’t have time. I insist and go after them until they understand what Rotary is all about and the good it will do them to join.”

Villaça-Crestia’s techniques have been extremely effective. Within three months of her district governor’s request, she helped launch the Rotary Club of Cotonou Rive Gauche, Benin, and became the charter president. During the next two years, she helped form three other clubs, including two composed almost entirely of younger Rotarians.




Rotary International President 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:

Road MAPS to Africa a Coolamon Rotary Project:

Rotary Down Under on line:

Rotarians For Fighting AIDS AUSTRALIA:

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.