Next Meeting. No. 27

15th Jan. 2019

Fellowship :  Graham Burmeister
(greeting visitors)
Reception Daniel Burns
(helps Treasurer)  
Furniture :  David Byfield
(setup & pack away)

Rotary Information:
Rick Priest (tbc)



Bulletin Editor






Jan 15, 22, 29     D Sutton

Feb 5, 12, 19      J. Egan

Feb 26, Mar 5, 12   P. McKinnon

Mar 19, 26, Apr 2   P. Murray


15th January  -  John Flynn
22nd January  -  Peter Clucas
29th January  -  John Gray
 Market Rosters
Next Saturday Market is Saturday 9th February 2019.  Roster :
OIC -  Phil McIntosh (for Craig Bromley)
Team  -  Richard Baguley (for Tim Hutchings), Doug Conkey, Peter Crozier, John Egan, John Flynn, John Hawkins, David Hodge (for Peter Mackinnon), John Ireland, John Mason, Wal Paton (for Paul Milde), Darren Wallace (for Greg Conkey)
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 9th March 2019 :
OIC John Gray
Team -  Richard Baguley, Laurie Blowes, Geoff Breust, David Foster, Gerry Gerlach, Peter Green, David Hodge, David Pyke, James Ross, Darren Wallace, David Wishart
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Laurie Blowes
January 22
David Wishart
January 24
Nicholas Leywood
January 27
Phil Burgess
January 27
Stephen McCoy
January 28
Bob Willis
December 1
Graham Burmeister
December 1
John Mason
December 8
Jonty Shuter
December 29
Spouse Birthdays
January 4
Diane Wishart
January 5
January 15
January 23
January 27
December 6
December 9
December 18
December 27
David Benn
Cherie Benn
January 4
Ward Gaiter
Dannyelle Gaiter
January 4
Jonty Shuter
Lou Shuter
January 5
Rick Priest
January 5
Geoff Breust
Ros Breust
January 12
Puck Puckeridge
Sally Puckeridge
January 21
Greg Conkey OAM
Jenny Conkey
January 24
John Egan
January 26
Peter Mackinnon
December 7
John Ireland
December 27
Gerry Gerlach
December 30
Join Date
Adrian Whiting
January 17, 2017
2 years
Tim Hutchings
December 12, 2017
1 year
Greg Conkey OAM
December 13, 1993
25 years
Peter Clucas
December 14, 1999
19 years
Peter Green
December 16, 2014
4 years
David Pyke
December 18, 2012
6 years
Graeme Obst
December 19, 2017
1 year
Bulletin Editor
Michael Knight
Club Guests:
None this Week.
Our Partners:
None this Week
None this Week
Make Ups:
None this week
Jeremy Reithmuller
Greg Conkey
Craig Bromley
Peter Crozier
John Ferguson
Ward Gaiter
Tim Hutchings
Peter Mackinnon
John Mason
Phil McIntosh
Tim McMullen
Graeme Obst.
Robert Pearson
Neil Pinto
Malcolm Robertson
Steve McCoy
Jonty Schuter
Graham Burmeister
Again we have embedded videos, which your email program may not be able to display.  To ensure that you see everything in the bulletin, I would advise all members to read the bulletin online.  To read the bulletin online, just click on the sentence that appears above the bulletin banner.  The link that starts with the question... "Having trouble viewing this email.?.." and then it gives you the online link..."click here to view online" .  Click on that link, above the banner, and you will see the best possible version of the bulletin.   
Cheers,    Paul
President's Report
President’s Report 8th January 2019
Happy New Year and welcome to 2019
Invitation has been received to attend Public Image seminar at Young on Sunday 10th February 2019. Focus will be to improve your public image knowledge including social media, use of photographs, publishing in local media, etc. The seminar is specifically targeting Presidents, Presidents Elect, Director of Public Relations and any other members interested in how to promote Rotary to the wider world.
Drought update - $1M is available to 334 needy families due to drought in D9700 & D9710 for the period May & June 2019. The Wagga Wagga LGA is excluded at this juncture. Drought Community Support Initiative by Commonwealth Government is available to provide immediate assistance to farmers, farm workers, and farm suppliers/contractors who are facing hardship arsing from the impact of drought in eligible LGA’s. $30M has been allocated for DCSI for use by 30th June 2019 and funds will be funnelled through CWA, RAWCS, St Vincent de Paul society, and Salvation Army. The benefit provided is limited to one per household to a maximum of $3,000.
The main subject for business and discussion was that the chairman’s position for Food & Wine Festival has become vacant. It was expressed that the position is necessary and that a member will need to fill the position within the next week as important decisions need to be made in a timely manner in order to provide a smooth operational platform for the festival. It was decided at the meeting that a meeting of the Food & Wine Festival committee and other interested members be convened at 5.30pm Tuesday on the deck of the Commercial Club. The meeting is to allow discussion on our options and a way forward.
Enjoy your New Year serving and benefiting the wider community         
Secretary's Report 
Dates for the Diary :
Sunday 13th January  -  Exchange Student Activities Roster  -  Tim Hutchings
Sunday 20th January  -  Exchange Student Activities Roster  -  Pat Ingram
Sunday 13th to Friday 18th January  -  RYLA, Canberra
Sunday 10th February  -  Rotary Public Image Seminar, Young
Friday 1st March  -  Polio Plus Film Night
Saturday 23rd March  -  Food & Wine Festival  (save the date)
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st March  -  Dist. Conference, Griffith (register on-line), accommodation reserved
1st to 5th June 2019  -  Rotary International Convention, Hamburg, Germany (make-up opportunity)
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.
Food and Wine Developments
President James advised the members that a letter of Resignation had been received from Laurie Blowes. James made the distinction that the letter had been "received", but not accepted by the Board, pending further efforts to dissuade Laurie from leaving the club.
The implications of this action were discussed, especially as it relates to the upcoming Food and Wine festival, and the critical decisions that needed to be made in the short term.
The Food and Wine committee meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday evening had been cancelled, but a decision was made that the meeting proceed, with an emphasis on restructuring the committee to reduce the workload and achieve better delegation of planning and implementation tasks.
At the Food and Wine committee meeting, which was chaired by President James, we were briefed by Paul Milde on preparations to date, issues with sponsors and existing committee structure.
Incoming Club President, David Pyke accepted the role of interim committee chairman, with an understudy appointed - Andrew Puckeridge.
A further appointment of a operations manager to take on the role vacated by Tim McGillycuddy remains open.
District Conference
Gerry Gerlach is keen to have a large contingent of Wollundry Rotarians spend the weekend in Griffith, on the 29th to 31st March. This is of course the District Conference, and DG John Glassford is planning a spectacular and inspiring programme to farewell Griffith from our District.
Accomodation has been booked at the Grand Motel, at rates are better than Trivago, Expedia, Hotels Combined or any 0ther website - Just $170 per night 
Life Story - Phil Burgess.
Phil started his life story with his first Rotary meeting - in Tumbarumba, as a 15yo school pupil, going to a vocational night where the speaker was the supervisor from the local telephone exchange. This made enough of an impression for Phil to sign on with the PMG, and head to Sydney to commence training a few years later. He was one of 700 TIT's to start in NSW that year - between courses at both Homebush and Alexandria.
After graduation, Phil returned to the Riverina, and began his career in the group "Country Installations". In the sixties, the industry was retiring manual exchanges, updating to automatic equipment. As soon as one generation of technology was operational, it was time to move on to something better - Phil described it as "like painting the Harbour Bridge." After a 30 year career, Phil was with "Network Design and Construction" and when this group proved to be unsuitable for privatisation, he took a redundancy in 1999.
Back in Tumbarumba, Phil bought an acreage, raised cattle, and grew "medicinal and culinary herbs." The slow and deliberate emphasis on this description raised a hum of comment around the room, provoking further comment about "share farmers in the back corner, near the creek."
The intensive farming operation, the herbs , was undermined by cheap imports and closed, so Phil went into retail - specifically furniture, White goods, Electrical and carpet. He ran this business successfully for ten years, but his wife suffered ill health, and Phil nursed her for several years until she died about five years ago.
Back on the farm, Phil continued with his cattle, "in a big house on a few acres, not a happy man" He finally relocated to Wagga Wagga, has a new partner, Anita, and old friends including Paul and Carolyn Murray. The Farm has sold, the tractor is gone to Gelston Park, Home is in at the Grange and Phil's second ever Rotary meeting was as a guest of Paul Murray at Wollundry
We have three Telstra TIT's in our club, Technicians in training. They all would have been PMG TIT's in their day.
Rotary Information
Rick Priest presented this session today, and he was prompted by reading the DG's newsletter, to notice the number of our club members who had taken on District responsibilities. Effectively, a large group of Wollundry Rotarians have tasks at board, administration in District 9700.
Rick ran off a list of names of our members with D9700 responsibility, and clearly many of us were unaware how embedded we are in the district.
Rick went on to outline some of the changes that will occur as we become D9705 - not to mention conferences on the coast!!!!!!
Picture for Sale
Eighteen eaters at todays meeting, but the bulletin editor reckons that there were at least a dozen of these Burgers delivered to the room.
No culinary judgement, no Masterchef or My Kitchen Rules adjudication is warranted, but I love the photograph. I wonder if I can sell it!!!!!!!!!!