Next Meeting. No. 11 

11th Sept.  2018

Fellowship :  David Foster
(greeting visitors)
Reception Frank Fuller
(helps Treasurer)  
Furniture :  Ward Gaiter
(setup & pack away)

Rotary Information: Rick Priest (tbc)

Speaker:   Rachel Whiting, CEO of RDA Riverina

Bulletin Editor






Sep 11, Michael Knight

Sep 18, 25, Oct 2, D Sutton

Oct 9,16,23            J Egan

Oct 30 Nov 6, 13    P McKinnon

Nov 20, 27 Dec 4   P Murray


11th September-  Peter Clucas
18th September-  Peter Crozier
25th September-  John Gray
 Market Rosters
Next Saturday Market is Saturday 8th September 2018.  Roster :
OIC - Michael Knight
Tim Barter,
John Flynn,
David Hodge,
Paul Milde  
Tim McMullen
James McNaughton,
Andrew Puckeridge 
Adrian Whiting,
Bob Willis
Craig Bromley
Steve McCoy
Trailers  -  Craig Bromley,
Frank Fuller,
Adrian Whiting, 
Andrew Puckeridge
Saturday 13th October 2018 :
OIC  -  Steve McCoy
Team  -  Colin Duff, Tim Hutchings, Paul Murray, John Gray (for Paul Milde), Robert Pearson, Jeremy Reithmuller, Malcolm Robertson, James Ross, Jonty Shuter, Darren Wallace, Bob Willis
Saturday 10th November 2018 :
OIC  -  Neil Pinto
Team  -  Laurie Blowes, Geoff Breust, Greg Conkey, Frank Fuller, Peter Green, Nick Leywood, James McNaughton, Kerry Pascoe, David Pyke, Doug Sutton, David Wishart
Attendance Report
John Hawkins
Geoff Breust.
Greg Conkey.
Ken Cook.
Peter Crozier.
Colin Duff.
Gerry Gerlach.
John Gray.
David Hodge.
Nick Leywood.
John Mason.
James McNaughton.
Graeme Obst.
Wal Paton.
Robert Pearson.
Neil Pinto.
Andrew Puckeridge.
Malcolm Robertson.
John Smith.
Doug Sutton.
Ward Gaitor.
Daniel Burns.
Graham Burmeister.
Steve McCoy.
Visiting Rotarian:
John Glassford. DG.
Club Guests:
Irene Chung.
Lisa Thomas.
David Post.
Make Ups:
Phil McIntosh.
David Byfield.
Frank Fuller.
District Cmtee.
Paul Murray.
Gears and Beers.
Paul Milde.
Peter McKinnon.
Rick Priest

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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Doug Sutton
September 12
Ken Taylor
September 12
Craig Bromley
September 26
John Ferguson
October 15
Spouse Birthdays
Helen Fuller
September 11
Barb Heriot
September 17
Carolyn Murray
September 23
Rachel Whiting
September 28
Cathy Pyke
October 1
October 4
Cathy Willis
October 6
Karen Walsh
October 11
Ros Breust
October 26
Judi Dunning
October 27
Phil McIntosh
Lynette McIntosh
September 9
Frank Fuller
Helen Fuller
September 21
John Flynn
October 1
Peter Clucas
October 7
Robert Nicholson
Cassandra Nicholson
October 10
Join Date
Richard Baguley
September 19, 2017
1 year
Robert Nicholson
September 23, 2014
4 years
Puck Puckeridge
October 24, 2017
1 year
David Wishart
October 27, 2015
3 years
Mark Hillis
October 28, 1994
24 years
Gerry Gerlach
October 30, 2007
11 years
John Ferguson
October 30, 2007
11 years
Kerry Pascoe
October 30, 2007
11 years
Bulletin Editor
Michael Knight
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Presidents report
President’s Report 4th September 2018
Thanks to Geoff Breust for chairing the meeting last week.
Special part of our meeting today was the induction of David Post to our club. Welcome David.
The month of September is designated as Basic Education and Literacy month.
Members are asked to insert their names on the Gears & Beers roster as all hands on deck are required.
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards programme) applications received for 2019. The programme will be a joint approach by D9700 and D9710. The programme will be conducted between 13th & 18th January 2019. Applications close on 30 November 2018. Details passed along to appropriate club committee.
Details for Honeywell Engineering summer science received and passed along to relevant club committee. The programme will take place from 2nd to 7th December 2018.
David Byfield and I have been invited to attend a meeting at Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga on the 13th September. The meeting will be chaired by Mayor Greg Conkey and the topic is “The future of Service Clubs in Wagga Wagga”.
The next “Darkness to Light” dinner will be held on the 3rd November at the National Clay Target complex Copland Street. Tickets are available from Civic theatre.
Zone 8 Australian & NZ conference takes place on14th to 16th September in Hobart.
Community Fun afternoon to be held on 23rd September in the victory memorial gardens organised by WWCC. Our club will be providing all our marquees for the function.     
The Forrest Centre is holding a movie fund raising night on Thursday 13th September commencing at 7pm in Forum 6. Funds raised will be donated to the TFC Hospice.
Drought relief update –NSW Government announced 20 new farm gate counsellors & frontline mental health workers. Centre of Rural & Remote Mental Health has a web site Each rotary district will receive $250,000 for the purpose of distribution to drought affected people. Methodology of distribution of funds is to be determined.
Mental health is taking centre stage. NSW farmers Association local branch is organising information session titled “Overcoming Adversity and managing Mental Health”. Information session is to be held on 7th sept from 9am to 12 noon at Wagga Council meeting room. Keynote speakers are Sam Bailey, Kevin McCrum and Merilyn Limbrick.
Active farmers and Murrumbidgee Landcare are partnering and bringing a road show focusing on individual health of Farmers. Workshops will be held at Stockinbingal Bowling Club on 10th sept, Tarcuta RSL Club on 11th sept, Lockhart ex Servicemen’s Club on 12th sept, Hay Golf club on 13th Sept. Times are 6pm to 8.30pm.
The management and coordination of drought relief is a complex issue which requires strategies to be put into place recognising the need to respect the dignity of individuals and reduces duplication of tasks by volunteer and government organisations. The Federal Government has appointed a national drought relief coordinator Major General Stephen Day.
Enjoy your day in the service of the community.
Week 10 Meeting - 04 September
President James was back from "being absent", and opened the meeting with Rotary Grace and the toast. Guests and Visiting Rotarian, DG John Glassford were welcomed, and members back from travels were acknowledged.
Laurie Blowes has returned from his odyssey in the Northern and North Western regions of our island, and confided that during his 16 232km of driving, he had no requirement to operate the windscreen wipers on his vehicle.
Exchange Student Irene was called out to the front, bringing a tupperware container of goodies that her mother had sent out to her. She shared them with all at the meeting, and they turned out to be a type of shortbread biscuits with slivers of fruit inside.
Later in the meeting, David Byfield reported that four members of Wollundry - David Pyke, Rick Priest, Phil McIntosh and himself had attended the awards ceremony for the Riverina, of the Volunteer of the Year. Wollundry Rotary were presented with a certificate acknowledging that we were nominated in the category.
Our guest at Todays meeting - Lisa Thomas was in Wagga Wagga for a training session with the organisation Business Network International. Lisa spoke on the goals of that group, the challenges that it shares with Rotary, and told us that both her parents were Paul Harris Award holders, and had worked for Rotary in the Solomon Islands.,
Secretary's Report
Reminders -
Dates for the Diary :
Sunday 9th September  -  Exchange Student activities roster -  Geoff Breust
Sunday 9th September  -  Clubrunner Training on-line, 7:00pm
Monday 10th September  -  next Rotaract meeting, CSU, 6:00 for 6:30pm
Tuesday 11th September  -  next Gears & Beers Committee meeting, Commins Hendriks, 5:30pm
Wednesday 12th September  -  Committee Chair reports to Directors
Thursday 13th September  -  "Christopher Robin" Movie Night for The Forrest Centre Hospice, 7:00pm.
Saturday 15th September  -  The Forrest Centre Hospice Opening, 10:30am  Lewisham Ave.
Monday 17th September  -  next Board meeting, Commercial Club, 5:30pm
Tuesday 18th  to Thursday 20th September  -  Henty Machinery Field Days
Sunday 23rd September  -  Council Drought Concert, Victory Memorial Gardens, 1:00-3:30pm
Sunday 30th September - Gears & Beers Festival
Responsibilities  -  please, put your name on the Roster for the Gears & Beers Festival if you haven't already, find a replacement if you cannot fulfil a rostered duty, register an Apology by 4pm on Monday if you are going to be absent from the next meeting, and register a Make-up for a meeting absence whenever you can.
David Post Induction.
David Post was inducted as a new member for Wollundry Rotary at our meeting today. He had been introduced and sponsored by David Been. 
David and David met through their shared association in Riverina Bluebell, and Rural Outreach counselling, areas that are currently in dire need due to ongoing drought and its social impact.
The committees that David will serve on are to be the Drought Relief Cmtee, and the Saturday market Cmtee - after we established that the Sunday Market Cmtee has little need of his expertise. In his remarks, David (Post) thanked his sponsor, acknowledged his family, and told us that he was also a member of the Ulysses Club - he will have more mates than he knew.
A record was then set - quickest back to the podium after induction - as the topic sprang back to Drought relief.
Drought Relief Progress
DG John Glassford was asked to brief the club members on recent developments in Rotary involvement with drought relief. John told us that the Channel 9 appeal had reached $9.3 million, and that our District (with D 9710??) had been allocated $250 000, subject to successful application. 
DG John is reluctant to proceed with an application unless there is a clear path to distribute the money in an effective and fair manner. He asked for input from our members, and fielded the feedback. Ideas from the meeting entered on existing conduits for assistance, especially the CWA and Rural counselling groups. There was also much discussion about timing - The crisis will hit later in our area with different rainfall patterns and crop seasons.
Rotary has a reputation for high efficiency in disaster relief, and no doubt this has played a part in being asked to help. If we pass the money to another group (CWA) who may also receive an allocation from this appeal, are we saying that it is all too hard?
President James commented on current assistance from State and Federal Government, including 20 new farmgate counsellors, an information session "Overcoming Adversity and Managing Mental Health" to be held at the WWCC meeting room on Friday 7th Sept. 9.00am to Midday.
David Benn  was quick to tell us that we had special expertise in our club now, with David Post's involvement in Rural Outreach Counselling. A mere ten minutes after induction, David was hauled out to offer his experience on the attitudes and emotions of drought relief recipients.
Respect for the dignity of families was the focus. Food hampers distributed from Sydney had caused embarrassment within a community, but travel to drought areas, spending money within the community - helping businesses and debt relief were valuable and appreciated.
David Post made the point that Suicide rates were enormous, and that worse was to come - the hot and dry summer ahead will create additional crisis for people on the land and the support community trying to help. The feedback he is getting is that few farmers will plant crops this year - Weather forecasts are not good.
Another subject that came up related to weed infestations caused by moving hay to drought areas, introducing new weeds. This is a dilemma, but in the short term, the hay is very welcome.
Frank Fuller had little time for a Sergeant Session, but he understands one basic truth - that the fines are a commentary on human frailties. 
A DG in an All Blacks shirt, A returning Club President that needs retraining like cops after lunch, Seven Davids in the club, a nut and a washer so far - wheres the bolt.
All over very quickly.
Gears and Beers
Coolamon Rotary are very supportive, and man many of the checkpoints on the longer rides for Gears and Beers. They have indicated that there will be some "heavy" agricultural equipment alongside the road to show visiting cyclists from the "smoke" how things are done in the bush. 
This 150 tonne grain mother bin is made in Coolamon, and may feature along the route of the rides that go that far. 
ClubRunner Training
Add to your diary / Calendar.
We have a number of new members and a few older members that are unfamiliar with Clubrunner.  It is quite easy to learn to use the program. To help those members become familiar with the software, and learn how to send emails to all our members, I will be having a online training  session (using Zoom) on Sunday evening September 9th at 7pm.  You will also become familiar with our Zoom conferencing software. 
If you are interested in attending the session, please send me an email at and I will add you to the list.