Meeting of 29th July 2019
President Wayne welcomed members and our guest speakers. Business arising for the evening included:
- Don’t forget your Working With Children Check
- Temora Rotary is holding a quiz night in association with the Girl Guides on the 31st of August. It would be great if Coolamon Rotary could support them by putting a table together.
- The Up To Date art exhibition was opened last Friday evening and well represented by Coolamon Rotary. It is still open for the next two weeks so make sure you make some time to go check out the very high quality art works on display.
- The Christmas in July was well represented by Coolamon Rotary. It is great to see our members supporting Coolamon Sport & Rec Club.
- President Wayne received an email from Coolamon Preschool to see if Wayne was interested in an advertising space in the cookbook they are developing. Wayne suggested that Coolamon Rotary would also be willing to purchase some space. The particulars will go to the board.
- Albert raised awareness of the ‘My Community Project’, where community members can vote on the allocation of funds to nominated community projects. To register your vote you need to log in to your Service NSW account and search for the Cootamundra electorate. To vote, click on the link for My Community Project. Current local nominations are for Expansion of the Coolamon Fire Museum, a new roof for the Coolamon RSL Museum and enhancing the Coolamon Sports and Rec Club facilities.
- There is a club assembly and planning meeting next week. If you are going to be away and wish to raise an issue, please contact Wayne and let him know.
Guest Speaker: Kevin Farrell from Hot Rodders Association
Kevin and the Hot Rodders are organising their AGM to be in Coolamon from March 14-15th 2020. These types of events are typically a big financial boon to the communities which host them. Often the visiting hot rodders will spend up from $150-$200 dollars each; 50 to 70 cars and up to 140 people are expected to come to the March event. Accommodation in Coolamon is already booked out for the weekend and further caravan accommodation is being sought via the netball/football club so the hot rodders can access toilets and showers. Kevin also shared around some wonderful photo books of past events. We’re being asked to do some catering. The hot rodders are also coordinating with the bottle swap meet in order to attract more people to the town.
The hot rodders are asking our club to cater for breakfast (bacon and egg rolls) on Saturday and Sunday morning over the weekend. Rotary members expressed enthusiasm for the event; final arrangements will be worked out at an upcoming board meeting.
Guest Speaker: David Polhill & Marianne Costello from Fusion
David gave a short presentation on Fusion, a community organisation that began 50-60 years ago to help kids from dysfunctional homes. David pointed out that the biggest needs of these kids are connection, time and love, and that the lack of these things in the home is expressed as negative behaviour.
Fusion seeks to address this need via camps and group activities which enable kids to talk to the Fusion volunteers, which teaches them new skills to connect and help each other and their community and gives the kids a sense of purpose and belonging. Fusion is solely self- and community-funded and is seeking a partnership with Coolamon Rotary to support the kids in the Coolamon area. Currently they are supporting kids on Friday evenings in the Anglican Hall.
Marianne then shared her personal experiences with many of the children she has worked with as a volunteer, and from her stories it was clear that these kids are lucky to have such a dedicated and passionate person to look out for them. Club members enthusiastically offered their support to help the kids and the good work that Fusion is doing.
Click for further information on Fusion.
The evening concluded with a lively fine session led by Sargeant-at-Arms Albert and a raffle, which was won by Paul, with the second prize going to Helen (who graciously passed her prize of a box of oranges to Fusion)
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Who made this quote?
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
Last week’s Quote of the Week was attributed to Boris Johnson.
JUST FOR LAUGHS
The teacher said to his class one day, “Please stand up, anyone who thinks they’re stupid.”
Nobody stood up so the teacher said, “I’m sure there are some stupid students in this class!”
At this point Little Johnny stood up.
The teacher said, “Oh Johnny! So you think you’re stupid then?”
Little Johnny replied, “No, I just felt bad that you were standing up on your own.”
You may want to watch the video from helping hands on how they transform milk bottle lids into prosthetic limbs. Click below.
Monday, August 5 – Club Assembly. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm. (Members only)
Thursday, August 8 – Bingo. Community Centre Hall, 6:45 – 10:00. Henk (aptain), Bruce, Lyn & Anne.
Monday, August 26th – Visit by DG John McKenzie. All members encouraged to attend. Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.
September 20-22 Australian New Zealand Rotary Conference, Christchurch.
Friday, October 4 – Fannie Lumsden concert in Old Junee. Tickets cost $30.
* denotes partner & guest night
Please get your working with children check completed and give the number and expiry date to the secretary ASAP. Failure to do so may mean you are not covered insurance wise when you volunteer at events.
Subs are now due.