Next Meeting. No. 17

23rd Oct. 2018

Fellowship :  Phil McIntosh
(greeting visitors)
Reception Tim McMullen
(helps Treasurer)  
Furniture :  James McNaughton
(setup & pack away)

Rotary Information: Rick Priest (tbc)

Speaker: Vocational Visit to Men's Shed 

Bulletin Editor






Oct 23                 J Egan

Oct 30, Nov 6,13    P McKinnon

Nov 20,27, Dec 4   P Murray

Dec 11,18, Jan 8,  M Knight

Jan 15, 22,29        D Sutton


23rd October  -  Peter Clucas
30th October  -  John Gray
 Market Rosters
Next Saturday Market is Saturday 10th November 2018.  Roster :
OIC -  Ken Taylor (for Neil Pinto)
Team  -  Laurie Blowes, Geoff Breust, Greg Conkey, Frank Fuller, Peter Green, Malcolm Robertson (for Nick Leywood), James McNaughton, Kerry Pascoe, David Pyke, Doug Sutton, David Wishart
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
Sat 8th December 2018 :
OIC Michael Knight
Team - Tim Barter, David Benn, Phil Burgess, David Byfield, Ken Cook, John Ferguson, Ward Gaiter, Stuart Heriot, Phil McIntosh, Graham Obst, Andrew Puckeridge, Rick Priest, Ken Taylor
Sat 9th Feb 2019 :
OIC Craig Bromley
Team - Doug Conkey, Greg Conkey, Peter Crozier, John Egan, John Flynn, John Hawkins, Tim Hutchings, John Ireland, Peter MacKinnon, John Mason, Paul Milde.

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Cheers,    Paul
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
John Ferguson
October 15
Ken Cook
November 9
James Hamilton
November 20
Paul Murray
November 22
Neil Pinto
November 23
Spouse Birthdays
Cathy Pyke
October 1
October 4
Cathy Willis
October 6
Karen Walsh
October 11
Ros Breust
October 26
Judi Dunning
October 27
Jenni Riethmuller
November 15
Helen Paton
November 22
Cassandra Nicholson
November 23
Robyn Rossiter
November 24
Renae Elrington
November 30
John Flynn
October 1
Peter Clucas
October 7
Robert Nicholson
Cassandra Nicholson
October 10
Malcolm Robertson
November 5
David Pyke
Cathy Pyke
November 11
Richard Rossiter
Robyn Rossiter
November 14
Wal Paton
Helen Paton
November 14
Ken Taylor
Jacqui Stumpel
November 15
Kerry Pascoe
November 15
Craig Bromley
November 25
Daniel Burns
Danielle Goss
November 28
Robert Pearson
November 28
Join Date
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
James Hamilton
November 1, 1990
28 years
John Flynn
November 1, 1993
25 years
Pat Ingram
November 1, 1985
33 years
Jeremy Riethmuller
November 5, 2013
5 years
Tim Barter
November 9, 2010
8 years
Daniel Burns
November 19, 2015
3 years
John Ireland
November 20, 1984
34 years
Bulletin Editor
Paul Murray
Dr Alok Sharma
Dr Alok Sharma was our first speaker of the meeting as it was his first time attending Wollundry and he had to leave early for surgery.

He wanted to announce to members a Fundraising Dinner for 'Darkness to Light'.  Darkness to Light is a project of the Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga and has been able to look after the eye care needs of about 20,000 patients in India, East Timor and in the Riverina area over the last 13 years.   Darkness to Light in India is a RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Services) project.and donations are tax deductible.   

The Fundraiser will be held 3rd November 2018 at ACTA The Range Function Centre 6 Tasman Rd Wagga Wagga.  The evening includes a first class two course meal costing $100 per head / tables of 10.  Tickets are available from the Commercial Club or online or commercial-club/live-shows/

The Keynote speaker will be Alicia Quirk, the Gold-medal winner at the Rio Olympic Games 2016 Women's 7s Rugby.
Alek also recognised that members are busy and may not be able to attend the evening but would like to support the project.  He provided a donation form that members can use to make a donation to the project.  Click here to download the form.
Nobel Peace Prize Link
John Ferguson's sister Barbara has worked in  The Democratic Republic of Congo for many years.  Our club has been a supporter of her very worthwhile projects.
Barbara was influenced and inspired to go to the Congo Dr Denis Mukwege, and forwarded the following letter to brother John:
> Dr Denis Mukwege, an obstetrician in The Democratic Republic of Congo is joint winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize announced today.  

> In 1999 he set up the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu to help some of the estimated 48,000 women in the country who had been violently raped in a 12 month period - many required surgery to repair internal damage and/or treatment for HIV infection.  
> I first read about him and his work in a report in the SMH on 24 November, 2007 that changed my life and sent me to Congo to try to help at The HEAL Africa Hospital in Goma.  

> In 2018, 70 armed groups continue to roam the country and rape women with relative impunity. 

> Barbara
Presidents report
President’s Report 9th October 2018
Good to see many members wearing various types of hats for Hat Day to raise awareness about mental health and raising funds for research.
Road Safety Youth Driver Awareness Programme is planned to occur at wagga Show Ground between 25 and 29 March 2019. The driver training programme will involve up to 700 High School students. Our club will be involved on the Wednesday. Minutes of the recent committee meeting forwarded to our club committee.
Working bee on the maintenance of marquees will be held this Thursday 11th October commencing at 8am at Rotary shed. There are a number of marquees that require repairs. If you are available, please attend the working bee.
9700 District Annual General Meeting and President’s meeting will occur on Saturday 20th October at Young.
A friendly reminder to members who pay their club subscriptions quarterly that their subs are due now.
Very Good report has been received on Tim Hutchings progress after his major operation last week. The operation was very successful and Tim hopes to return to Wagga Wagga from Melbourne by the close of this week.
We welcomed Wal Paton back to Wagga Wagga and the Club from his recent illness and stay in a distant hospital.
Club members extend their sympathy and condolences to Christine and Mark and family members on the passing of Christie’s father. Our thoughts and prayers are with Christine, Mark and family members at this time of grief.
Enjoy your day with your neighbours and fellow club members
Secretary's Report
Dates for the Diary :
October now  -  next Quarterly Subs payment due
Saturday 20th October  -  Fusion 18, Victory Memorial Gardens
Sunday 21st October  -  Exchange Student activities roster -  Col Duff
Sunday 21st October  -  CanAssist Foundation Month High Tea, RSL Club, 11am ($60)
Thursday 1st November  -  Creating Hope in Cambodia, "Bohemian Rhapsody" Film Night
Saturday 3rd November  -  "Darkness to Light" Dinner, Commercial Club, $100
Tuesday 13th November  -  AGM
Sunday 9th December  -  Christmas Party  @  Michael Knight's
Responsibilities :  please,  
-  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.
Our Meeting


Our Sergeant this week was David Benn, who attacked John Gray's sartorial elegance and pilloried anyone who did or didn't bet on the winner of the Everest.
He then preceded to malign several members with a version of The Man From Snowy River.
The poem is brilliant and features later in this bulletin.


Due to the efforts of Paul Milde, hat day has raised $500 towards research into Mental Health. This money is spent by Australian Rotary Health to further the knowledge and treatment of the causes of mental health issues .

It needs to be stressed that ARH is totally separate  from The Rotary Foundation


Irene Chung our International exchange student told of her time with Doug and Wendy Conkey who took her along the river where she saw two snakes, and a kookaburra, plus a couple of cockatoos. She also visited Sydney which she said is a wonderful city! To hear this young woman's English develop is wonderful!
Members are reminded to include Irene in your activities as much as possible. 




Paul Milde has asked for volunteers for Fusion to set up tents on this coming Saturday. If you can help it would be really appreciated.

Gents I need your Help! This is a Club Project. Please consider.
Over the last four years we have assisted the Fusion Multi Culture Festival by setting up & packing up our tents.
  I'm looking for volunteers to help me set up & pack up this Saturday 20th October 2108. The set up is 9.30 am and pack up is 9.30 pm at Victory Memorial Gardens.
I need two trailer drivers and at least eight members.
This is a community project.
I will be calling for volunteers at Tuesday's Club meeting. 
Thank you for your consideration.
Chairman of the Projects Committee, David Byfield announced the following donations which needed the club's approval.
$3000 to St Vincent Paul,
$1000 to the multicultural council to assist with English lessons,
$15000 to Shelterbox to provide much needed relief in disaster areas,
and $1500 to be given as a scholarship to the Conservatorium.
All passed without question.
Incoming President David Pyke outlined our financial position for the  year past.
Suffice to say the club is in a very healthy position, and our three major earners are progressing really well.
We have distributed some $166000 to projects that year.
The Saturday Market. Colin Duff was market OIC for the month. His team were David Pyke, Paul Murray, Jonty Shuter, John Gray, Laurie Blowes, John Ferguson, Rob Pearson, Nick Leywood, James McNaughton, James Ross and Greg Conkey.Together they collected1
$1530 for the sites,$763 at the gate, $95 of which was notes, and $519 for the barbecue.
A Grand Total of $2652 when all costs were covered.
Winner was Burmo, on the 9th draw
Today was poet's day. David Benn gave a wonderful rendition of The Man From Wollundry Rotary", followed by a phone in from Neil Pinto. Shortly after that came Rick Priest with "Tomorrow will Do", closely followed by Doug Conkey with John O'Brien's "Well all be Ruined". Mal Robertson gave us "Shearing in the Bar", a lament by an old shearer who never used tar, in the bar at least.
Burmo gave a great rendition of a Robbie Burns classic,"What can a Young Lassie Do?" and then we finished with a quiet one from David Benn which was called "C'est la Vie." Not to be outdone Rick Priest had the last word with a modernised "Clancy".
Here is David's effort.
WOLLUNDRY POET'S DAY with sincere apologies to Mr Patterson!!
There was movement at Wollundry, when Milde passed the word around
about Wollundry Rotary Club's Poet's Day
They had joined their cultural forces, and they had to make a pound
So, the sergeant's cracks would fill them with dismay.

All the fried and noted sliders, whose behaviour's been under par
are mustered and all feel a tinge of fright
For that Sergeant loves hard riding, at catching mates out - he is a star
But of course, he stuffs his accusations full of shite.

There's Robertson, who made his pile when wool prices were way up
Like Stuart Heriot, he now takes a blow
Wishart and Gray are whinging cockies, will those tight buggers cough up?
Or will they do a Kerry Pascoe and just not show?

Laurie Blowes the jerry-builder, will ride in to lend a hand
No worse reprobate ever held the reins,
Except maybe Michael Georgiou, and Graham Burmeister's in that band
Plus, Geoff Breust whose dirty deeds are done in planes.

And up in the air, he dodges, Ken Taylor's weedy beasts

 *   they're something like a plane, but undersized
perfect for perving on sheilas, sunbaking half-naked at least
or annoying Pete Clucas, as he's flying by.

But still this club is very needy, you can't doubt their power to pay
Their fines, for holding back would never do
It's a long and tiring process, when each Sergeant has his day
To get a quid from this tight and motley crew.

So, let the moths out Mayor Conkey, your O.A.M. won't save you now
Dr Baguley might have to perform some C.P.R.
Let's extract some gold from Crozier, McKinnon will show us how
And Mark Hillis is sure to donate a near-new car!

There's McCoy in the spotlight, what's that awful sound he's made
When he fished for his wallet - oh the pain!
Obst has taken out his   Abacus, Milde's smile has begun to fade,
Oh Gawd, Cedric Priest's blowing hot air again!

Tennis guru, John Ferguson's made an offer - said instead of paying a fine
He'll show us tricks he can do with his balls
And in lieu of filthy lucre, McMullen wants to give us wine
While John Smith said he can arrange some free phone calls.

Paul Murray's offering IT advice, to tech-retards and dinosaurs
James McNaughton's offering legs of pork
David Pyke said he could advise us, how to avoid succession wars
While Flynny would tell us naughty Irish jokes from County Cork.

A foot-long Subway voucher's what young Puckeridge'd like to pay
Frank Fuller's fine will be in a brown paper bag
"I'm safe. They can't fine a President"- Hamilton was heard to say
Gaiter said, "you're gone mate - this sergeant's no flamin' fag!"

McIntosh lay down the law - "Just cough up you buggers, when you're called
There's only one exception here - just one, alright?

 *   A bloke's who's really short of a quid, so his fine must be very small
And that's our battling mate, poor old Michael Knight".

So down at Wagga Wagga, where Adrian Whiting stands at stud
And commands a massive service fee
The Wollundry boys all pull together, in drought, blizzard, fire and flood
They really are a magnificent sight to see.

...... if you weren't mentioned in this poem - bloody well pay up!
Great effort by everyone!!
Oct 9th Meeting Photos
                                          Click on the photo to see a larger image 
                      Burmo had Irene out for lunch and included a number of friends
Snow , Irene , Mayan and Burmo