New members the lifeblood of any organisation and my club Coolamon is no exception.

“President Paul Weston inducted our newest and youngest member last night.  Will Cartwright who will have the vocation as Butcher and will serve with Wayne Lewis on the membership committee.  Welcome Will and we all look forward to working with you for our community in the years to come.  At this moment Rotarian Will is the youngest Rotarian in the world.”

“Welcome to Rotary and our club, Will, we are open to your ideas and will work with you over the years ahead.”

Wayne Lewis with Will Cartwright and President Paul Weston.


This Week DGEJG


Travelled to Orange for the Orange Daybreak breakfast meeting and spoke on RAGES.  Excellent club with growing numbers and a good mix of gender and age.  Was looked after by President Bob Derrick and Jennifer who hosted Susan and I at the their winery Montoro Wines close to Orange.

While in Orange I bought my DG Jacket navy Blue from St Vinnies $6 Bargain!

Visiting Rotary Clubs

One of the best areas of Rotary is visiting other clubs as you travel.  In some cases invited to speak at a meeting.  Last week I went to Sydney for several Rotary related meetings one of which was to talk at the Rotary Club of Sydney Tuesday luncheon meeting.

I enjoyed being able to present RAGES as Chair of the Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species.

Sydney Rotary Club is the second oldest Rotary Club in Australia now 96 years young!

My thanks to Rotarian Richard Poi from the Sydney Rotary Club for the photos.

DisTec17 I.T. Training

Come join us in Young on how to “fly” using computers.


What is DisTec17?

We have online registrations However, limited seating available.  Register early!
DisTec17 is district 9700’s first ever full day of technology training set aside to provide Rotarians with hands on computer training in the most commonly used programs currently in place.
Where and when is it?
It will be held in Young on Sunday Nov 12th from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon
What does it cost?
It is free to all district Rotarians
Who is it for?
The primary target of the training is incoming 2018-19 Presidents, and Secretaries, however it is openExecutive Secretaries and  all district Rotarians.
In some clubs the technology update tasks are reallocated from a President or Secretary to another Rotarian  who may or may not be board members.  This individual is referred to as an  Executive Secretary.  (An Executive Secretary is a person who has been assigned ClubRunner Administrator permission levels equivalent to a Secretary, but does not hold a board position

Sam Owori, President-elect of Rotary International, dies in US hospital

Dear fellow Rotarians,

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I share the sad news that the President-elect of Rotary International, Sam F. Owori, died last night as a result of post-operative complications from a planned surgery.

In this difficult time, I ask you to keep his wife, Norah, the Owori family, and Sam’s millions of friends around the world in your thoughts.

Sam was a special person in so many ways, and his unexpected death is a huge loss to Rotary, his community, and the world. We will provide more details on plans to celebrate his life as they become available.

From the perspective of Rotary leadership, we will share information on the impact and the path forward as a result of Sam’s passing. In addition, we are establishing a memorial fund in Sam’s honor and will provide further details soon.

With enormous sadness,