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The Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Coonabarabran Inc. Club No 17922 President: Hugh Raadgever Secretary: Jo Wilkin
PO Box 265, Coonabarabran NSW 2357
Club Meetings : Monday 6.00 for 6.30pm Bowling Club 45 Edward St Coonabarabran
ROTARY CLUB OF COONABARABRAN INC
13 May 1949
20 May 2013
Tues 21 May
Fri 24 May
RYDA at the Racecourse
Sat 25 May
Thankyou BBQ for BlazeAid catering volun-
teers at Showground
Sun 26 May
District Training Assembly Gunnedah
Mon 27 May
President’s Port meeting !!!
Fri 31 May - Tues 4 June
Mon 3 June
No meeting - helping at Horse Expo
Mon 10 June
No meeting - Queen’s birthday
Sat 15 June
Club Changeover - Bowling Club, 6.30 for
7pm. $35.00 each.
First meeting for the new regime - Club
27 July to 10 August
Mon 20 May
A great pleasure to welcome Margaret & Bob Geraghty to our meeting on Monday - a chance to renew friendships and to hear a little about their time since leaving Coonabarabran. It was especially good to hear that they now plan to return again, but for longer this time so that they can catch up with more of their friends. As always, our best wishes go
Also lovely to see Trish, Susan, & Sally of course, and about-to-become- member Ian McLean who will be inducted at the Changeover on 15
Events of importance coming up:
RYDA on Friday at the racecourse - 6 needed for ‘chaperones’. First session starts at 9.30am, to finish at 2.00pm. Chairs will be prepared on
Thursday. Thanks to Ian K for his donation to the program.
Thank you BBQ for BlazaAid cooks Saturday 12.30 start - we have
collectively cooked 4,500 meals for $27,000. (Average - $6.00/meal)
District Training Assembly in Gunnedah this Sunday - 9.00 for 9.30 start at the High School. The program for the day is on the club website
(and attached to this email!)
ROSTER Welcome &
27 May Colin Taylor Colin Welsh, Lindsay Wilkin
3 June Doug Winter Peter Young, Kevin Barrington
10 June Aileen Bell Ian Bell, Peter Brookhouse
1. Investment account maturing - Community Mutual
2. Disaster Aid Australia newsletter
3. Letter re ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Project
from Mark Coulton MP
4. ARH newsletter & request for funds
5. Insurance Certificate of Currency for RYDA
6. Directors 2013-14 have been handed out to the in-
Sympathy card to the family of PDG Rupert Richardson
Horse Expo the following week.
Good reports about MUNA in Port Macquarie - stu-
dents will be invited to report back to the club.
Jokers Wild will be $620.00 next week.
It was agreed to recommend to the Board that we spon-
sor a horse rug prize at Horse Expo for $137.00
Rob C has renovated a donated small generator for use in conjunction with the trailer until news of our applica- tion for a Volunteers small grant comes through. Letter
of thanks to Roachs required..
New shop is operating well, with some more community
members coming onto the roster.
Some clubs in the District are beginning to try new ways or structuring their meeting
patterns. This is what one club is planning to try. (They hold an auction once a month
in their specially designated shed to raise funds).
When our new Rotary year begins after Changeover on 17 June, we plan to trial a new
pattern of meetings. This will be a 6-month trial to assess impacts. We will still essen-
tially be providing the opportunity for meeting 4 times a month in a regular way. The
auction will constitute the meeting for the first
week of the month, our standard club meet-
ings will take place on the second and fourth
Mondays of the month and on the third Mon-
day it will be the Board meeting plus any Pro-
ject committees, subcommittees or even a
Club Assembly. With sufficient notice we can
have vocational visits or social events on the
first Monday of the month. Any 5th Monday
in a month could be an assembly or outing.
In light of the weather events in the US lately,
not to mention our own January weather event,
I found the above jobsite rule interesting.
Rotary Book Shop Roster
Wednesday Alan or Jo
Doug & Terry
Thursday Trish Robert &
Friday Wilkin Girls Bob & Jill
If unable to attend please find a substitute
Colin Welsh 68421437
Gordon Jewiss Afternoon only 68421010
Jim Pearson 68421278
Sue Raadgever 68421640
Calling for expressions of interest
from students in Coonabarabran district area
(not necessarily CHS students but
must live at home)
whose dob fell between 1 Jan 98 and 01 Jul 00
for an exchange with students from New Zealand
05 Apr 14 to 30 Sep 14.
NZ is to host first.
For more info, call Kevin 68421538, (CHS stu- dents: school will have a brochure.)
'Rotary Australia-New Zealand Exchange’
Special ‘Guest’ speaker Bob Geraghty
Bob spoke from the heart about the ‘journey’ he and Margaret had been undertaking since their departure
from Coonabarabran. In their first months they stayed with family, and set out on a trip to Mexico to visit
some of Anne’s host families from her YEP exchange. The
drug wars in the country have severely curtailed travel possibili-
ties, but they were still able to go on what Bob called an
‘upmarket backpackers holiday.’
Once back in Australia, they decided to move to the Bateman’s
Bay area, being well situated in relation to their family, and
bought a house at Malua Bay 15 kms to the south in October
It was good to hear that they now plan to return to Coona again
in the near future, and this time they will stay longer so that
they can catch up with more friends. Make it soon, Bob and
Twisted English They told me I had Type A blood, but it was a Type O.
A dyslexic man walks into a bra.
PMS jokes aren’t funny, period.
Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations.
Energiser arrested. Charged with battery.
I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.
How do you make holy water? Boil the hell out of it!
Did you hear about the cross eyed teacher who lost her
job because she couldn’t control her pupils?
When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.
What does a clock do when it’s hungry? It goes back
I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it
Broken pencils are pointless.
I tried to catch some fog. I mist.
Courtesy bulletin of the RC of Sawtell.
Laurie, Kay and Ian from
the BlazeAide crew
Former Rotary Youth Exchange student designs a backpack bed
for the homeless
During Australia’s colder months, emergency shelters often fill to capacity. Many homeless people searching for a warm bed are turned away, handed a piece of cardboard and a blanket for the night.
Tony Clark, an IT entrepreneur, 1992 Rotary Youth Exchange stu- dent, and the founder of the Melbourne-based nonprofit Swags for Homeless, offers an alternative.
In the past year, his organization has distributed more than 3,000 swags, or portable sleeping units, to charities and shelters through- out Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The Backpack Beds, which Clark and his wife, Lisa, designed, are made of a lightweight fabric and have a built-in, 6-foot foam mat- tress and mosquito netting. But most important, they offer warmth with their waterproof, windproof design. The entire assembly weighs only 6.5 pounds and rolls into a backpack.
Clark was inspired to start the nonprofit when he questioned why so many shelters didn’t provide homeless people with proper out- door bedding. He immediately began working on designs for the versatile bed.
“I thought to myself, ‘How would I like to be treated if I slept on the street?’” Clark says. “Homeless people suf- fering from frostbite, hypothermia, and trench foot are common in wealthy countries. A Backpack Bed is an in- terim crisis measure – one that can save the lives of those without shelter.”
The bed, which can be purchased with a A$68 donation, has won four international honours, including the Aus- tralian International Design Award and the German Red Dot “Best of the Best” award – one of the most prestig- ious accolades