Coolamon Rotary

Welcome to the Official site for the Rotary Club of Coolamon. We live in a small town but achieve big things, from local events and fundraisers, services such as Bingo and Blue light Discos, to large International Projects such as MAPS and KILI 28/8, stick around and have some fun, thats what we do!

October 31, 2007

Fellowship Night

Indian Curry Fellowship Night at Grong Grong.

The Head Table

Some of the characters in our Rotary Club enjoying themselves.

The Middle Table more laid back with two visitors from the Naranderra Rotary Club.

The Family Table with the Lillywhite and Durham families.

Rotary is not just about adults having dinner. Maybe the curry was a wee bit hot Maddison?

A good night had by all and a break from the traditional Rotary meeting.

Thanks Max and the staff at the Grong Grong Motel.

October 24, 2007

Toast To South Africa

We "flew" the South African Flag at last Monday's meeting in honour of the Springboks world cup triumph and toasted our twin club Hout Bay Rotary.

The Kili 28/8 team at Hout Bay in Cape Town at their meeting to welcome us in true South African hospitality and style . We were treated extremely well by our twin club. This is just one of the many international programmes available through joining Rotary International.

October 22, 2007

Rotary Community Service

The Hospital Fete supported by Coolamon Rotary.

Rotarians Max Chapman and Barry Lillywhite operating the chocolate wheel.

The fete was held this year at the Coolamon railway station just some of the crowd who supported the many stalls.

The Lions came and as always were to be found waiting for a feed.

The Rotary Flag

Ernie Thomas from Coolamon raising the Rotary Flag in Lions Park Coolamon.


Coolamon Bingo Night Friday 19th October

Below is some of the action from our popular bingo nights held every month in Coolamon. Funds raised go to the Coolamon and District Hospital.

The caller Rotarian Annette Green and her assistant Curtis Armstrong, Curtis is on community service for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

Heads Down for a full house! The Bingo players and supervisor Garth Perkin.

October 09, 2007

Open Garden Day October Kiambo

Sue and Max Chapman conducted an open garden weekend to raise funds for the New South Wales Cancer Council and Rotary's Shelter Box project.

The garden built and maintained by Sue and Max is one of the finest examples of any garden anywhere. This generous contribution of their time and hard work was supported by the Rotary Club of Coolamon. The funds raised over the weekend reached $4,000.

Thank you Sue and Max.

Enjoy the pictorial story below:

"The Entry"

No one gets past these two Rotarians collecting and selling raffle tickets at the gate of "Kiambo". Barry Lillywhite and Bill Innes.

Sue Chapman enjoying her guests and Sue is in the middle of this group of keen gardeners.

Just a small part of this wonderful garden. Photos cannot do justice to the work that has gone into the development of this garden you will have to wait until the next time Max and Sue open up the garden again.

A potential gardener enjoying the flowers.

Sausages done the Rotarian way by Bert Browning.

Scones anyone? Maureen Hulsman working hard in the canteen.

Max the gardner with two guests.

The Shelter Box being put together by "Sapper" Ian Durham.

Other Rotarians claim to have helped Ian, Bert Browning, Ian Durham, Henk Hulsman and Mark Fitzsimmons.

President Grahame Miles shows visitors to the garden how Rotary Shelter Boxes work around the world. To see how this idea by one man, Tom Henderson a Rotarian from England, gives shelter for people in disasters around the world see the following website:

Mount Kilimanjaro Climb

On the Roof of Africa

Three Rotarians who reached Uhuru Peak raising funds for three projects in Africa. Another example of what Coolamon Rotary does, so far we have raised over $70,000 for the children of Africa.

Peter Sparks Griffith Avanti, Mark Horton Dubbo and Craig Corrigan Coolamon.
Details of the climb and why we organised the climb can be found here:

Kili 28/8

Change Over Dinner 2007

Our new President Grahame Miles and his wife Sharon Miles.

President Grahame Miles being inducted as President by Past President Ed Byford. The change over night was held at the Anglican Hall in Coolamon.

Some of the guests including Rotarian David Benn and his wife Cherie from the Wollundry Rotary Club in Wagga Wagga.

District Governor John Egan welcomes guests and Rotarians to the evening.

Induction of New Member

Induction of Rotarian Annette Green

Coolamon Rotary welcomes new members from all walks of life. Women are now making up a fair percentage of new Rotarians around the world. It is no longer a male dominated organisation. In fact our new District Governor Designate for 2009/10 is Irene Jones from Bathurst.

Lions Park

Coolamon Lions Park

Every weekend the Rotary Flag together with the Australian Flag and the Rotary Peace Flag are flown in Coolamon. Coolamon is the first village in the world to become a Rotary Peace Town. Just one of the many activities that The Rotary Club of Coolamon is involved with-World Peace.