Coolamon Rotary News Bulletin 2018 #9


MEETING March 12th 2018

DGE PP President John Glassford welcomed members & guests to the meeting. Guests were our guest speaker Auntie Gail Clark, together with Jan Nulty & Anne .

Points of discussion at the meeting included:

  • Sat. June 2 in Young – John G needs some helpers at the District Grants seminar.
  • Dave talked on the need for a placement for our Exchange student Lucia after she leaves Digby & Jody Graham’s
  • Street Raffle next Sat 17th – see roster below
  • New DGE Elect for 2019/2020 has been chosen last weekend & is Michael Moore from Canberra
  • Neil gave a report on Bingo from last Thursday, where we had 23 players & the jackpot of  $90 went off. Helpers were Neil M (captain), Bruce H, Don D & Leslie W.
  • Neil also spoke on the Foundation Dinner next week and its organisation. Catered by Howard & Anne & one employee for the night.


Roster for Street Raffle this Saturday.

6.30 to 8.30 am   Don Dyce, Ted H & Julie C

8.30 to 10.30       Bruce H & Henk H

10.30 to midday   Ian J & Paul W & Leslie W


Raffle was won by Grahame M

See Quote of the Week & Club Diary below

 Image result for raffle meme

 Guest Speaker: Auntie Gail Clark, Aboriginal Elder and Teacher

Auntie Gail spoke on her and her peoples connection to Country and the Wiradjuri Nation as well as her life experiences growing up in this region. This included her experience of hiding from the government officials that would have taken her and her siblings as children to be put into forced institutional care. She also spoke on why Coolamon (pronounced Goolamon in the Wiradjuri Language) is so important to Aboriginal people,  with the name thought to have come from  the ‘valley’ created by the two hills on each side of Coolamon, which is reminiscent of the carrying vessel made from the bark of the gum tree that Aboriginal people call a coolamon.  Auntie Gail informed us that Coolamon was a central gathering place for all the Wiradjuri peoples and the starting point each year for the women & men to go off to other districts for initiation ceremonies & learning centers. The men went to Currawarna, while the women to the University hills before they rejoined at The Rock. Auntie Gail also spoke of her strong local family connections throughout the region. 

Auntie Gail had the Rotary members enthralled. We were very privileged that she was willing to share her and her peoples’ story.


Quote of the Week

Who said this? 

“Light travels faster than sound – that is why some people appear bright – until they speak.”

Last week’s Quote of the Week is attributed to the Dali Lama and was guessed correctly by John Glassford.


Saturday, 17th March – Street Raffle outside Newsagent – See roster above.

*Monday, 19th March – Foundation Dinner Evening. Saint Michael’s Convent with guest speaker on Rotary Foundation being PDG Fred Loneragan. Cost will be $35 a head, a portion of which is to go to Foundation. 

Monday, 26th March – Fellowship meeting. No set agenda, just a chance to bat the breeze and get to know each other better.  Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Saturday, 31st March – Easter Markets & U2D  Art Battle. UTDS, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm.

Monday, 2nd April – No meeting (public holiday).

Thursday, 12th April – BINGO.  Daryl B (Captain),  Dave McK (for Don D),  Ian J & Alex T

(please note change from roster sent out)

*Monday 23rd April – Guest Speaker. Denise Winkler on ‘Education’ at Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

Saturday & Sunday, 5th-6th May – District 9700 CONFERENCE. Roxy Theatre, Leeton.

   Suggest booking accommodation early!

*Monday May 7 – Guest Speaker. Daryl Bruest on Kokoda trek, at Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm.

*Tuesday 15th May – Guest Speaker. Noel Trevaskis at Coolamon Sport & Rec Club, 6:30 for 7:00 pm. NB Different meeting night; joint meeting with Junee and Temora.

Saturday, 23rd June to Wednesday, 27th June – Rotary International Convention. Toronto, Canada.

*Saturday, 30th June – Coolamon Rotary Changeover and District 9700 Changeover.  Ganmain Hall.

* denotes partner & guest night


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Community Events

Saturday March 17th 2018 –  The long Table Charity Event at Kindra Park Oval






Chartered March 3rd, 1971; Sponsoring Club Narrandera Rotary Club
President: Paul Weston  6927 2972
President-Elect & Service Projects:  Daryl Breust 0409 551 140
Secretary:  John Bond 0427 273 226
Treasurer: Henk Hulsman 6927 3486
Rotary Foundation Director: Neil Munro 6927 3156
Club Admin Director: Don Dyce 6929 1215
Youth Director: Dave McKinley 6927 8553
Service Projects {Vocational} Director: Ian Jennings 6927 3390
Membership Director: Wayne Lewis 6927 3501
Public Image Director: Myffy Collette 6927 6313
Immediate Past President: Don Dyce 6929 1215
Sergeant @ Arms: Ted Hutcheon 6927 3349
Bulletin Editor: Sarah Collins 0448 118 003 and Grahame Miles

March is WATER and SANITATION  month

More than 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. At least 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water. Our projects give communities the ability to develop and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems and support studies related to water and sanitation.
Learn more about what Rotary is doing in the area of Water and Sanitation at  Rotary International Web Site

District 9700 Board 2018-2019

The 2018-2019 D9700 Board is coming together nicely and the restructure is going to work and work well.  DGN John McKenzie and DG George Weston are committed to making it work, as are the others on this much smaller Board: The 9700 district that the Coolamon Rotary club was a member of has now been split. Coolamon Rotary will now be a part of District 9705 as of 2020. Details will be updated as they arrive.

District Governor: John Glassford {Membership Retention} Coolamon

District Governor-Elect: John McKenzie {Service Projects} Orange North

District Governor Nominee {New District}: Michael Moore

Immediate Past District Governor: George Weston {Youth} Leeton

Foundation Director: PDG David Kennedy {Foundation} Blayney

Secretary: PP David Benn {Administration} Wollundry Wagga Wagga

Treasurer Finance & Audit: PP Doug Conkey {Budget} Wollundry Wagga Wagga

Communications Director: PP Paul Murray {Public Image} Wollundry

Millennials Director: PP Clare Lawlor {Membership Millennials} Wagga CSU Rotaract

Associate Member: AG Julie Poplin {Assistant Governors}


Other District Appointments

Executive Secretary and Web Master: PP Paul Murray Wollundry Wagga Wagga

District Trainer: PP Geraldine Rurenga Wagga Wagga Murrumbidgee

PETS Facilitator: PDG Tony Monley D9810

Public Officer: PDG Ian Tooke Blayney

2019 Griffith D9700 Conference Chair: PP Ross Grillo Griffith

DIO Insurance/Risk Management: PP Sam Catanzariti Griffith

COL 2019 Representative: PDG Gary Roberts

We are still looking at appointing two more Assistant Governors.

We are also looking at the structure of all the Standing Committees and the Special Committees.

We will post all further news on D9700 2018-2019 on my DGJG Blog:


DG JG 9700 2018-2019


President Ian Riseley RC of Sandringham Melbourne

President Elect Barry Rassin RC of East Nassau The Bahamas

District 9700 Governor George Weston RC of Leeton

District 9700 Governor Elect John Glassford RC of Coolamon

District 9700 Governor Nominee John McKenzie RC of Orange North