Next Meeting

No.44 15th May

Fellowship (greeting visitors) Mark Hillis
Reception (helps Treasurer)  David Hodge
Furniture (setup & pack away): Tim Hutchings

Rotary Information: Rick Priest

Speaker: Noel Trevaskis - RI Director - Depression/Suicide

Bulletin Editor







May 15,22,29      Paul Murray

Jun 5, 12, 19     Doug Sutton

Jun 26 Jul 3, 10 John Egan

Peter Mackinnon

Paul Murray 

Michael Knight






David Pyke -   May 15
Geoff Breust -   May 22
John Flynn -     May 29
Mark Hillis -      June 05.
Peter Crozier June 12.
Peter Clucas -   June 19.
Laurie Blowes -
John Gray -      
Changeover - June 26.
 Market Rosters
Next Sprout and About Market is May 12th 2018.
OIC - David Hodge has swapped with Pat Ingram
Team - Tim Barter, Laurie Blowes, Graham Burmeister, Doug Conkey, Peter Crozier, David Foster, Phil McIntosh, David Pyke.
Wal Paton has swapped with Frank Fuller.
James Ross has swapped with Richard Rossiter. 
Market Roster for Saturday June 9th
OIC - Pat Ingram
Team - Geoff Breust, David Byfield, John Egan, Gerry Gerlach, Peter Green, Tim Macgillycuddy, Peter MacKinnon, Robert Pearson,
Jeremy Riethmuller, Doug Sutton, Darren Wallace.
May 15, 2018
May 22, 2018
May 29, 2018
Outreach Program. Ashmont Public School.
Jun 05, 2018
Employment Opprotunitiesin Agriculture
Jun 12, 2018
Jun 19, 2018
One Day in the Life of a Paramedic.
Jun 26, 2018
Induction of New President James Hamilton.
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Wagga Clubs

South Wagga
Pres: Milena Dunn
meets:Wagga RSL Club
Mondays at 6:15 PM
Wagga CSU Rotaract
Pres:Clare Lawlor
Meets: CSU  Campus
Every 2nd Wed at 6:15pm
Wagga Wagga
Pres:Elaine Almond
Meets: Wagga Country Club
Thursdays at 6:30 PM
Wagga Kooringal
Pres: Rodney Francis
Meets: Wagga Country Club
Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
Wagga Murrumbidgee
Pres: George Chapman
Meets: The Mantra Pavilion
Tuesdays at 6:15 PM
Wagga Sunrise
Pres: Deidre Tome
Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Meeting 7.30am
2017-18 Executives & Directors
President Elect
Service Projects
Public Relations
Immed PP
Executive Secretary

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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Darren Wallace
May 2
Timothy Macgillycuddy
May 2
James Ross
May 9
David Foster
May 13
Tim Barter
May 13
Adrian Whiting
May 15
Richard Baguley
May 15
David Benn
May 19
John Smith
May 26
David Hodge
May 27
Geoff Breust
May 30
Peter Green
June 3
J Gray Gray
June 6
John Hawkins
June 6
Paul Murray
June 10
James McNaughton
June 19
Paul Milde
June 20
Spouse Birthdays
Nola Pinto
May 26
Susan Macgillycuddy
May 26
Lynette McIntosh
June 2
Jenni Duff
June 7
June 13
June 17
June 19
Dawn Georgiou
June 22
Lou Shuter
June 22
Graeme Obst
Carol Obst
May 6
Paul Milde
May 7
Doug Sutton
Kay Sutton
May 16
Michael Georgiou
Dawn Georgiou
May 22
Neil Pinto
Nola Pinto
May 24
Join Date
James McNaughton
May 2, 2017
1 year
John Hawkins
May 11, 2010
8 years
Graham Burmeister
May 13, 1978
40 years
Ken Cook
May 13, 1978
40 years
Laurie Blowes
May 13, 2008
10 years
James Ross
May 20, 2003
15 years
Geoff Breust
May 27, 2008
10 years
Frank Fuller
May 29, 2001
17 years
Darren Wallace
June 1, 2010
8 years
David Byfield
June 2, 1979
39 years
Peter Mackinnon
June 18, 2002
16 years
Timothy Macgillycuddy
June 19, 2012
6 years
Timothy McMullen
June 21, 2016
2 years
Bulletin Editor
Paul Murray
Presidents Report May 08 
Congratulations to Michael Georgiou on receiving a Paul Harris Fellowship today. Michael certainly displays a commitment to 'Service Above Self' to benefit local and international communities. Well done Michael!
Our guest speakers today Sharon, Peter and Liz Crean are great examples of humanity at it's best. We wish them well with their project BeyondWater in East Africa. 
Thank you to all the members who attended the District Conference in Leeton on the weekend. Congratulations to George Weston and his team for a top Conference. Next year's conference is being held in Griffith.
Jindabyne Trip 18/5 to 21/5. Please advise Rob or Mark if you are going. Will be a trip to remember.
Tree Planting Project Sunday 24th June. Change Over 26th June.
Next week's Guest Speaker is Noel Trevaskis RI Director. Don't miss his presentation.
Once again thank you for your support. See you next Tuesday at the Commercial Club 12.30 pm.
Secretary's Report 09th May
Rosters are printed in the left hand column of this Bulletin.
Please find a Replacement if any of your rostered duties cannot be fulfilled.
Please register an Apology by Monday pm if you are going to be absent from the next meeting.
Makeups do matter and there are plenty of opportunities to register a Makeup for a meeting absence, so please do so whenever you can.
Next Sprout and About Market:  This Saturday 12th May.
OIC : David Hodge has swapped with Pat Ingram 
The Team : Tim Barter, Laurie Blowes, Graham Burmeister, Doug Conkey, Peter Crozier, David Foster, Phil McIntosh,
David Pyke.
Wal Paton has swapped with Frank Fuller
 James Ross has swapped with Richard Rossiter
Dates for your Diary:
Next Rotaract Club meeting is on Monday 21st May at Farmers Home Hotel. We need a volunteer to represent our club.
Jindabyne Trip:  18th - 21st May 2018
Fernanda De Barba visit:  25th May, 10.00am at Infuso.
Rotary Tree Planting:  Postponed further from May to 24th June due to lack of sufficient rainfall.
Our Changeover date Tuesday 26th June. 
As Paul has already said, thank you for everyone who attended District Conference. Next year will be even better. Please consider coming especially if you have never been to one, you will not be disappointed.
Our Meeting 24th April 2018
President Paul opened the Anzac Day meeting with a minutes silence, a toast to
the queen and welcome to our guests and returning travellers.
Congratulations to Our President elect for 2019-20 will be David Pyke.
Next weeks meeting is a vocational visit to ERIN EARTH Kildare ave 12.30pm.
Rotary Information - John Hawkins.
John gave us an insight into how volunteers for the Shelter Box program are
chosen. A rigorous 12 month program of training is used to select 20 people
from 350 applicants to assist with the program. Training is intense and covers 
operations in the field, media work and liasing with authorities. Shelter Box needs
163 volunteers per year of which 20% are Rotarians.
President Paul Congratulates Claire Lawler on her entering the Miss Wagga Quest.
Claire reminded us that the Rotoract meeting is held on 7th May at CSU and members are welcome to attend and support the new club.
Seargants Session - John Gray
John stood in for Mark Hillis who stood in for Peter Clucas.
BBQ cleaners were fined, along with John Hawkins for scaring everybody away from
volunteering for Shelter Box  programs!
Tim MacGillicuddy needs a big hole for recycling stuff China no longer wants!
Congo Global Grant - Doug Sutton
Doug gave us an update on the amazing progress achieved with a Rotary International grant that was supported by our club and partnering Rotary club
in Elvira District DRC.
The funds were used to create and stock a pig raising and fish farming enterprise
that was run by a local group of widows and dependents. The project provided a
stable food supply and a source of income for community.
The ANZAC on the Wall - David Benn
The Anzac on the Wall  

I wandered thru a country town 'cos I had time to spare,
And went into an antique shop to see what was in there.
Old Bikes and pumps and kero lamps, but hidden by it all,
A photo of a soldier boy - an ANZAC on the Wall.

"The Anzac have a name?" I asked. The old man answered "No,.
The ones who could have told me mate, have passed on long ago.
The old man kept on talking and, according to his tale,
The photo was unwanted junk bought from a clearance sale.

"I asked around," the old man said, "but no one knows his face,
He's been on that wall twenty years,   deserves a better place.
For some one must have loved him so, it seems a shame somehow."
I nodded in agreement and then said,  "I'll take him now."

My nameless digger's photo, well it  was a sorry sight
A cracked glass pane and a broken frame - I had to make it right
To prise the photo from its frame I  took care just in case,
"Cause only sticky paper held the cardboard back in place.

I peeled away the faded screed and much to my surprise,
Two letters and a telegram appeared before my eyes
The first reveals my Anzac's name, and  regiment of course
John Mathew Francis Stuart -  of Australia's own Light Horse.

This letter written from the front, my interest now was keen
This note was dated  August seventh 1917
"Dear Mum, I'm at Khalasa Springs not far from the Red Sea
They say it's in the Bible - looks like Billabong to me.

"My Kathy wrote I'm in her prayers  she's still my bride to be
I just cant wait to see you both you're all the world to me
And Mum you'll soon meet Bluey, last month they shipped him out
I told him to call on you when he's up and about."

"That bluey is a larrikin, and we all thought it funny
He lobbed a Turkish hand grenade into the Co's dunny.
I told you how he dragged me wounded in from no man's land
He stopped the bleeding closed the wound with only his bare hand."

"Then he copped it at the front from some stray shrapnel blast
It was my turn to drag him in and I thought he wouldn't last
He woke up in hospital, and nearly lost  his mind
Cause out there on the battlefield he'd left one leg behind."

"He's been in a bad way mum,  he knows he'll ride no more
Like me he loves a horse's back he was a champ before.
So Please Mum can you take him in, he's been like my brother
Raised in a Queensland orphanage he' s never known a mother."

But Struth, I miss Australia mum, and in my mind each day
I am a mountain cattleman on high plains far away
I'm mustering white-faced  cattle, with no camel's hump in sight
And I waltz my Matilda by a campfire every night

I wonder who rides Billy, I heard the pub burnt down
I'll always love you and please say hooroo to all in town". 
The second letter I could see  was in a lady's hand
An answer to her soldier son there in a foreign land

Her copperplate was perfect, the pages neat and clean
It bore the date  November 3rd 1917.
"T'was hard enough to lose your Dad,  without you at the war
I'd hoped you would be home by now - each day I miss you more"

"Your Kathy calls around a lot since you have been away
To share with me her hopes and dreams about your wedding day
And Bluey has arrived  - and what a godsend he has been
We talked and laughed  for days about  the things you've done and seen"

"He really is a comfort, and works hard around the farm,
I read the same hope in his eyes that you wont come to harm.
Mc Connell's kids rode Billy, but suddenly that changed
We had a violent lightning storm, and it was really strange."
"Last Wednesday  just on midnight, not a single cloud in sight
It raged  for several minutes, it gave us all a fright
It really spooked your Billy - and he screamed and bucked and reared
And then he rushed the sliprail fence, which by a foot he cleared"

"They brought him back next afternoon, but something's changed  I fear
It's like the day you brought him home, for no one can get near
Remember when you caught him with his black and flowing mane?
Now Horse breakers fear the beast that only you can tame,"
"That's why we need you home son" - then the flow of ink went dry-
This letter was unfinished, and I couldn't work out why.
Until I started reading  the letter number three
A yellow telegram delivered news of tragedy
Her son killed in action - oh - what pain that must have been
The Same date as her letter - 3rd November   17
This letter which was never sent, became then one of three
She sealed behind the photo's face - the  face she longed to see.

And John's home town's old timers -children when he went to war
Would say no greater cattleman had left the town before.
They knew his widowed mother well - and with respect  did tell
How when she lost her only boy she lost her mind as well.
She could not face the awful  truth,  to strangers she would speak
"My Johnny's  at the war you know ,  he's coming home next week."
They all remembered Bluey he stayed on to the end
A younger man with  wooden leg became her closest friend

And he would go and find her when she wandered old and weak
And always softly say  "yes dear - John will be home next week."
Then when she died Bluey moved on, to Queensland some did say
I tried to find out where he went, but dont know to this day
And Kathy  never wed - a lonely spinster some found odd
She wouldn't set foot in a church - she'd turned her back on God
John's mother left no will I learned on my detective trail
This explains my photo's journey, that clearance sale
So I continued digging cause I wanted to know more
I found John's name with thousands in the records of the war
His last ride proved his courage - a ride you will acclaim
The Light Horse Charge at Beersheba of everlasting fame

That last day in October back in 1917
At 4pm our brave boys fell - that sad fact I did glean
That's when John's life was sacrificed, the record's crystal clear
But 4pm in Beersheba is midnight over here.......
So as John's gallant sprit rose to cross the great divide
Were lightning bolts back home a signal from the other side?
Is that why Billy bolted and went racing as in pain?
Because he'd  never feel his master on his back again?
Was it coincidental? same time - same day - same date?
Some proof of numerology, or just a  quirk of fate?
 I think it's more than that,  you know, as I've heard wiser men,
Acknowledge there are many things that go beyond our ken

Where craggy peaks guard secrets neath dark skies torn asunder
Where hoofbeats are companions to the rolling waves of thunder
Where lightning cracks like 303's and ricochets again
Where howling moaning gusts of wind sound just like dying men
Some Mountain cattlemen have sworn on lonely alpine track
They've glimpsed a huge  black stallion -  Light Horseman on his back.
Yes Sceptics say, it's swirling clouds just forming apparitions
Oh no, my friend you cant dismiss all this as superstition
The desert of Beersheba - or windswept Aussie range
John Stuart rides forever there -  Now I dont find that strange.
Now some gaze at this photo, and they often  question me
And I tell them a  small white lie, and say he's family.
 "You must be proud of him." they say - I tell them, one and all,
That's why he takes  the pride of place - my ANZAC on the Wall.
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Photos from the April 17th Meeting