COFFS CITY ROTARY • NSW • DISTRICT 9650

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7 questions with Graham Lockett

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This month we spend some time with long-time Rotarian Graham Lockett. Graham, Tell us a little about yourself. I grew up in the regional New Zealand city of Wanganui on the west coast of the North Island (two hours north of Wellington). I was a very active participant in rugby, cricket, athletics, and cross country …Read More >

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Weekly Meeting 12 July 2021

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This week we took stock of the year ahead and discussing possible events that could be run in the 2021/22 Rotary Year. Jay Clowes reminded members of the Ambassador program and on 26 July 2021 Bob Carle, Ross Paul & Terry Maguire will be attending Woolgoolga’s weekly meeting. Bob Carle gave an update on the …Read More >

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President’s message 30 June 2021

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I’m writing this report shortly after a fresh outbreak of Covid-19 led to us cancelling a planned family trip to Sydney to see the musical Hamilton. Our daughter, who has already watched it 10 times on Disney+, was devastated. The trip would have been the first time I saw my parents in person in 2021. …Read More >

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Weekly Meeting 7 June 2021

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This week George Cecato updated members on some council projects and encouraged everyone to get on the Council’s “Have Your Say” web page, read the matters of interest and provide feedback. There are numerous projects and Council needs the feedback. George also advised that he’s been liaising with Pacifc Bay Resort in respect of holding …Read More >

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Weekly Meeting 31 May 2021

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This week, we confirmed that our Changeover Dinner will be held at The National Cartoon Gallery on 3 July. More details to follow in coming weeks. Bob Carle advised that The Festival of Motor Sport is getting great support and announced that the event has been advised it will receive a grant of $50,000 from …Read More >

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Weekly Meeting 17 May 2021

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This week honorary member Warren Grimshaw and past rotarian Tom Murray-Prior paid us a visit. It was good to see them back in our midst. Geoff reported that three prospective attendees for the National Youth Science Forum, students from Jetty High, will be joining us at next week’s lunch to meet the club and tell …Read More >

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Weekly Meeting 10 May 2021

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This week Ian McAllister asked members to assist Coffs Harbour Rotary organising books for Bookfest. If you have some spare time over the next few Thursdays, the work is done from 4pm in the shed at the southern rear of Coffs Harbour Showground. President Jay advised he has been speaking with Dionne at Jetty High …Read More >

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Weekly Meeting 3 May 2021

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This week, we heard that our RYLA candidate Josh is currently attending RYLA at Lake Keepit. We will get him along to a future meeting to give us an overview on how he went. He attended the RYLA 50th Anniversary Dinner on Wednesday night. Terry Maguire advised members of the 2021 Rotary 100 years Great …Read More >

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Weekly Meeting 26 April 2021

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This week, the annual Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) stickers were available. RAWCS was formed to enable Australian Rotarians, Rotary Districts and Rotary Clubs to assist disadvantaged communities and individuals through humanitarian aid projects, and raises funds by selling stickers to Rotarians each year. Members agreed it would be easier for all concerned if …Read More >

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Weekly Meeting 19 April 2021

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This week, Paul McKeon advised members that this year is the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Bunker Cartoon Gallery by our club. Paul also advised that the opening night of the Sandwich Bag Dad exhibition last Friday went well and said it is a great exhibition and well suited to both adults and …Read More >

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Weekly Meeting 12 April 2021

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This week, we spoke about the various things we’ve been doing around town. A donation request from Coffs Harbour Eisteddfod Society was approved for an amount of $200. Additionally, a donation of up to $200 was approved for the Rotary Men’s Health Van. Other requests were deferred until end of year for consideration. Paul McLeod …Read More >

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Weekly Meeting 29 March 2021

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Our guest speaker this week was Dr Alan Tankel, head of the Emergency Department at Coffs Harbour Hospital. Alan told us some interesting facts about Covid-19 and how it has affected our Pacific Island neighbours, PNG and Pakistan along with some stories of his travels to those areas. Alan is working with our club on …Read More >

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Weekly Meeting 14 September 2020

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This week President Jay mentioned that our very own Melissa was noted as the guest speaker at Coffs club on Wednesday. Jay also mentioned that the latest E News had an article about the proposed merger between Rotary districts 9670 and 9650 to form a very large (geographically) District 9660. The merger will officially occur …Read More >

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Weekly Meeting 7 September 2020

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This week, we spoke about the ‘Polished Man’ project that aims to reduce domestic violence against children: Several members agreed to support this cause by painting one fingernail for the month of October and donating to the cause. We’ll keep everyone updated once the project begins. Due to the lack of a guest speaker president …Read More >

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Weekly Meeting 24 August 2020

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Our special guest this week was District Governor Debbie Loveday, who spoke briefly spoke about her experience at the Rotary International conference in San Diego and this year’s presidential theme “Rotary Opens Opportunities” before talking about how Rotary assists throughout the world and on a local level, and how we can use this to promote …Read More >

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Weekly Meeting 10 August 2020

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This week Melissa Nunn advised that Prosper Coffs Harbour is formulating a youth hub directory to assist and increase local arts and creative workshops, and are also working with Coffs Harbour Botanical Gardens to increase botanical and gardening workshops for local youth. Prosper has also recently commenced a Schools’ Environmental Grants Program for local schools, …Read More >

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Weekly Meeting 1 June 2020

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This week we continued our Zoom meetings. Boambee Reserve is booked for Changeover on 4 July subject to complying with lockdown restrictions. It will be a lunch function with BYO (due to dietary requirements etc.) food and drink. President Paul will issue an invitation to DG Phil Hafey and ADG Peter Paff. Macca advised that …Read More >

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Weekly Meeting 18 May 2020

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We met by Zoom again this week. Jay Clowes advised members that there will be learning and development webinars conducted via Zoom this Sunday, 24th May. Various subjects will be covered and if you are part of the incoming board or a committee head, Jay recommends that you check them out if possible. Registrations are …Read More >

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Weekly Meeting 11 May 2020

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This week President Paul advised that he’d received a letter from Waratah Respite Services about issues they’re continually having with antisocial and illegal behavior due to their close proximity to the Community Village. They stipulate the problem isn’t caused by the homeless people utilising Pete’s Place but by a small percentage of people coming into …Read More >

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Weekly Meeting 20 April 2020

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This week we had a good roll-up with 14 members zooming in (Ross Paul stepped out for a moment and missed being in the photo). Additionally Assistant DG Peter Paff joined us. Thanks Peter. President Paul advised that he’d had discussions with Mike Blewitt and Eddie Chau and it was suggested that we cancel this …Read More >

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