Our Meeting
Our President, David Pyke opened the meeting. He hesitated before grace, took a breath, and called for grace to be sung. His comment..........."we need more practise"
News that Lori was at the meeting had drawn a few extra guests, and we wound our way through the introductions. Notable among the guests was Charter President Graham Hornibrook, and Lori's first host mother, Norma Gray. It was the first trip back to Australia for Lori, and her husband Steve.
Pykie had done his homework on Brazil, and trotted out all the yearbook facts and figures on Sofi's home country. It's a good thing that Sofi wasn't relying on this material for her address to the club.
Neil Pinto is driving the efforts to keep Sofi involved with Wollundry - her host club. There are no Wollundry members hosting, and this means that to provide immersion into our club and our culture, we need intense and ongoing contact with her.
Her host family is the Jessups, phone Monica - 0413 954 782.
There will be new host family from May.
Sofi on Safari from 27 March until April 18.
See Neils email for volunteer Declaration form requirements.

Gerry Gerlach reminded us that the conference is on 20th - 22nd March in Temora. Attendees are required to register and this can be done via the District web site. The web site is The website also has a printable document of the Conference Program including the excellent speakers.


David Post provided an update on relief efforts for Drought and Fire affected communities. Batlow and Tumbarumba are discovering the "new normal" with the army and the press moving on after high profile support.

The community of Batlow has found partners with Rotary in Coolamon and Belconnen named. Tumbarumba has had less recognition, and David is keen for Wollundry to fill the gap, especially support for the club's activities. David received an offer of a B-double load of Hay from Blayney, and could not accept until he had identified a need. It went to Tumbarumba, to a very grateful group.


Guest Speaker - Lori
Lori Steiner was our inbound Exchange Student in 1986 - 87. She arrived as a 16 year old from Kamloops, in the Rocky Mountains of Western Canada, in the province of British Columbia. Lori had photos to illustrate her life in the intervening years, but technology let her down. Our filing system was better, and we have this black and white image to look back at.
John Gray introduced Lori as our speaker, but once he got to flanellete pyjamas, he let Lori take over. Her host parents were the Grays, Glennie-Holmes, Aveyards and the Ashtons.
Kamloops is the overnight stop on the Rocky Mountaineer rail trip through the mountains in British Columbia, and has had visits from many in Wollundry Rotary the Benns, Ken Cook, The Hornibrooks, The Davies, Ingrams and Ashtons. She issued an invitation for even more to come.
Rotary exchange continues in the family, Steve and Lori's son Blake went to Brazil in 2011 as a student. He has returned to Brazil twice since, and host parents have visited Kamloops. - Why did we have to wait 33 years????
Steve operates a "hot tub" business, and Lori is a teacher, although her hours are not too strenuous. Her parents live nearby, having downsized from the family farm.
The timing of this trip to Australia was serendipitous, as Lori and Steve were able to sail on Sydney Harbour with the club members, and travelled to Canberra for a look around. The drive into Wagga Wagga was nostalgic, almost teary.
Ken Cook moved the vote of thanks, and remembered specific incidents on the Safari that Lori had managed to forget. Steve's ears pricked up!!!! Our members expressed their appreciation of this visit with generous applause. 
Three generations of Lori's family.
Steve and Lori's wedding.
Family Group.
Warmer Weather.
Secretary's Report
Secretary’s Report for Meeting  No. 32  -  18th February 2020
  • next week's meeting :  No. 33  -  25th February
  • Food & Wine Committee meetings :   every Monday, 5:30pm Commercial Club
  • Rotary Peace Awards :  Sunday 23rd February, Riverina Playhouse, 11am
  • National Youth Busking Challenge :  Saturday 21st March, Baylis St. 
  • D9700 Conference :  20th-22nd March, Temora
  • Food & Wine Festival :  Saturday 28th March (all hands on deck please  -  save the date)
  • Tumba Rail Trail opening :  April
Responsibilities:       Please,
×        Find a Replacement if any of your rostered duties cannot be fulfilled.
×        Register an Apology by Monday 4pm if you are going to be absent from the next meeting.
×        Register a Makeup for a meeting absence whenever you can.

Bulletin Feb. 18th 2020


Next Meeting. No. 33

25th February 2020

Fellowship :   
Greeting visitors

Craig Bromley

Helps Treasurer 

Phil Burgess

Furniture : 
Setup & pack away

Graham Burmeister

Exchange Student Activities roster :

Week comm. Sunday 23rd Feb.  -  David Benn



Bulletin Editor



Feb 18, 25, Mar 3 M Knight

Mar 10, 17, 24       J Egan

Mar 31, Apr 7, 14   D Sutton

Apr 21, 28 May 5   P Murray


25th Feb  -  Rob Nicholson
3rd March  -    Graham Obst
10th March  -  Wal Paton
17th March  -  Rob Pearson
24th March  -  Neil Pinto
 Market Rosters
Swapping - Members are reminded that it is the individual's responsibility to organise a swap. One of the best ways to do that is to check whether you are rostered on well ahead of time and contact someone who is on a market further down the track to arrange a swap.
March 14th 2020

OIC - Gerry Gerlach

Team - Richard Baguley, Geoff Breust, Graham Burmeister, Shane Carroll, John Egan, David Foster, John Gray, David Hodge, Colin Duff (for James Ross), Darren Wallace, David Wishart.

APR 11th 2020

OIC - James Hamilton (for Colin Duff)

Team - Frank Fuller, Peter Green, James Ross (for James Hamilton), Stuart Heriot, Mark Hillis, Pat Ingram, Nick Leywood, Steve McCoy, Paul Murray, Graham Obst, Wal Paton, David Post, 

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
David Post
February 2
Jeremy Riethmuller
February 3
David Byfield
February 4
Greg Conkey OAM
February 5
Pykie Pyke
February 7
Timothy McMullen
February 18
Richard Rossiter
February 20
Mark Hillis
February 28
Spouse Birthdays
February 1
Chrissie Hillis
February 3
Pam Green
February 8
Kay Sutton
February 14
Jacqui Stumpel
February 16
Peter Green
Pam Green
February 4
Paul Murray
Carolyn Murray
February 27
Join Date
Doug Sutton
February 1, 1990
30 years
John Egan
February 1, 1985
35 years
Michael Knight
February 1, 1983
37 years
Paul Milde
February 1, 1995
25 years
Craig Bromley
February 7, 2012
8 years
Shane Carroll
February 19, 2019
1 year
Ken Taylor
February 21, 2012
8 years



 Bill Parker


Sophi Soneme, Liam ONeill, Kirby Odudinski


Craig Bromley, David Byfield, Bob Willis.


Nick Leywood, Greg Conkey, Ward Gaitor, Craig Bromley, David Byfield, Shane Carroll, Ken Cook, John Flynn, John Gray, David Hodge, Tim Hutchings, Stephen McCoy, David Post, Andrew Puckeridge, Doug Sutton, Graham Obst.

Bulletin Editor
Paul Murray
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