Dream Cricket in Nepal

One of the best projects going on in our District 9700 is Dream Cricket.

Currently being promoted in Nepal by Mary Brell from the Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak.  Mary is in Nepal with the REAL SCHOOLIES from Orange.  What a wonderful project.

The Schoolies brought Dream cricket to Nepal today! Everyone involved had a wonderful day and the schoolies experience something extremely humbling. An great initiative and start to an ongoing international friendship!



Compassion and Love

الانثى معطاء حتى في الصغر .. لا أعرف من تكوني ولكنك تستحقي لقب أجمل طفل على وجه الأرض

Posted by Dr. Moutaz Kokash on Tuesday, 24 October 2017


Young 12th November 2017

What a great day and my thanks to PP Paul Murray and PP Geraldine Rurenga for their professional and dedicated work.  Paul Murray prepared an excellent programme which was well received by the 50 delegates.  21 Clubs were represented including Coolamon with President Paul Weston, Henk Hulsman, Alex Thompson and JG.

Distec17 Flyer Final

From Andrew Best:

On 14 November 2017 at 08:51, Andrew Best <[email protected]> wrote:

Dear DGE John,

I am really happy to read the event was a success. Congratulations on drawing in such a large number to a training day like this.

I’m sure we can provide the same support, or possibly physically attend next years event. Thanks for your openness to the light side of my video, I’m glad it was well received.

Its incredible Polio had such an impact on so many Rotarians. I am sorry for the loss of your friend. It is stories like this that motivate me to do as much as I can.

As of today, I have raised $15,300 USD. Once matched by the Gates foundation, that will look like $45,000 USD.

I  hope I can make the ride event you have planned. Let’s hope dates don’t clash.

Once I’ve completed the Tucson ride, I will certainly provide any ideas or feedback I have.





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