Short words by bob ant 27th Dec

“‘Tis the season to be jolly’ – and every one was at yesterdays markets. From marking out to booking in to setting up and running the van and to selling Duck Race tickets – a huge Market was handled amazingly smoothly. It was a busy day but thank you to everyone who could be involved, for coming on board and helping make the day one of our most successful for the year!

As 2015 comes to a close, I think of the last six months as President and how much has happened  in Rotary,  family and business – wow a lot !!

It was very sad to have lost both Jack and George and even more challenging to have them pass away within a few days of each other. Their funerals remind us of how privileged we are to have known them both and worked alongside such wonderful men. I miss Jack’s advice and George’s smile and catch ups. Our thoughts are especially with their family at this time.

I think moving the donuts machine into the gazebo has made a difference to the safety within the van and to the smooth operation of the cooking side at the markets.

Our club is small but what we lack in numbers we make up for in enthusiasm, dedication and friendliness, making Narooma Rotary a pleasure to lead.

Radar, our exchange student, joined us in early August and has settled well into Aussie life. Narooma is a long way from Taiwan and as our first exchange student from Asia, we have all been on a learning curve. If you haven’t been able to take Radar somewhere or if you want to invite him for dinner, please do. You will be rewarded for the experience from being around this fine young man.

Our youth programs are going well and our first meeting back at the Whale, on the 28th January, will be our Youth Night.  I’m hoping to get an Interact Club running this coming year, it will benefit all the young people who reside in the Narooma area and go to Schools north and south of the town. Lots of positive talks have been happening. If you or your partner are interested in getting involved please call me.

Most importantly I want to thank Merinda for her support. When times get busy, we lean heavily on each other for support and I am always grateful for her support.

Have the best New Year ever and looking forward to 2016

Bob

 

Short words by bob ant 20th Dec

Christmas time is often very stressful some but very lonely for others. As we power toward the 25th please take a few minutes to thank all who love you for being an important part of your life. Steal a quiet moment to realise just how lucky we are to be living here and offer friendship to someone in need.

Last Thursday we finalised the meetings for the year with a Christmas Party at Casey’s Cafe. To the staff and chefs who looked after us, to all who came, to our wonderful partners and to every member of Narooma Rotary and Rotary internationally – a big thank you. Looking after each other and offering a helping hand is a fantastic thing to do, and Rotarian’s do it well.

This Sunday the 27th is our last Market for the year. Please join in and help as this will be huge. Every one is welcome, bring your visitors.

Today Laurelle, Angie and myself joined with Moruya and Batemans Bay members at the Rotary Moruya Races. We sold raffle tickets ’till we dropped. Thank you to all who sold tickets over the last few weeks, lots of money hjas been raised for the Oncology Dept at Moruya. Next year we need another deserving project within the Shire….. thinking caps on.

Duck race tickets will be available from this Sunday’s Markets….. need sellers and the roster for ticket sales will be sent this week. We should be able to buy two Shelter Boxes.

Charmaine is embarking on another wonderful humanitarian trip to Cambodia. Funds are needed for basic supplies and at the Christmas party we raised some $300 toward this goal. Thank you to Michael O’Connor for his hard work and initiative. More to come.

To the wonderful team who interviewed all the applications for the Uni Scholarship, well done and much appreciated.

Enjoy Christmas day – you all deserve a day off

Bob

Beacon 17th December 2015

In Brief

Our last meeting was also our Annual General Meeting, but before we got down to business, we had time for the ever popular raffle.  Prizes this week included a laptop bag but no laptop inside!, some very yummy cakes made by Michael, and a very nice pen handmade by John Doyle.  And Bob’s chooks did their bit for Queen and country as usual.

Charmaine brought to our attention the rather unorthodox use of SIM cards to help in the fight against Polio in Pakistan – read more about that “By tracing cellphones, Pakistan makes inroads in war against polio”

And a further toast to a Rotary club in Nairobi whose claim to fame is that they are the only club that has a leather banner!

We also presented Lindy Drury with a Paul Harris fellowship for her amazing efforts organising the Beatles concert last year.

Lindy Drury awarded a Paul Harris fellowship
Lindy Drury awarded a Paul Harris fellowship

School Presentations

Narooma Public School, the Narooma Rotary Bill Borlaise Memorial Award

Bill Borlase was not a member of Narooma Rotary but left money in 1971 for the girl and boy duxes of Narooma Public School and for an honour board to record the name of each recipient.
At the School’s presentation day last week President Bob Antill presented this award to the two duxes –Drew Thompson and Samara Walther (see photo).
The Honour Board was filled a few years ago and the Club paid for a new one in the new hall.

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Narooma High School

Meanwhile Lynda Ord was busy on the Club’s behalf at Narooma High.
Each year our Club sponsors the Narooma Rotary Club Citizenship Award.
We also present several awards on behalf of former Rotarians…

  • Eric Hoare Memorial Prize for Technology Design
  • Eric Hoare Memorial Prize for Senior Science and Maths

Eric Hoare was a widely respected member of Narooma Rotary and of our community. His contemporaries in the Club said his chief attribute was ‘a restless intellect’. Before retiring, he was a senior scientist with CSIRO at its Griffith Agricultural Station.
Eric could, and did, speak to the Club on widely divergent subjects. His talks were always interesting and often jolting. Before his death he had been in the habit of providing money for prizes in mathematics and science at the High School
His wife Isabel continued these awards after Eric’s death, and now her family still continue them after Isabel’s death at Isabel’s request. Our Club presents them on the family’s behalf.

  • Jack and Joy Ings Art Prize

This is sponsored by former Narooma Rotarian and PDG Jack Ings (now living in Melbourne) and his late wife Joy.

Christmas Carols

Takings in the van Sunday night at the carols came to $763, it was a very good night, we sold out of sausages twice!

And we sold lots & lots & lots & lots & lots & lots & lots of perfect donuts!!!

Christmas Party

Coming up this Thursday night – the Christmas Party at Caseys Cafe – see you there.

Hah Hah

This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore

Community Carers Accommodation

Community Carers Accommodation

– President Lynne Koerbin, Community Carers Accommodation South East

Some good news has been received concerning our carers accommodation project.

The Hon Warren Truss has confirmed that our grant application to the National Stronger Regions Fund has been successful.  That means that the Federal Government will provide us with $450,000 to match the $450,000 we have on hand…. giving us enough funds in total to construct the first stage of our carers accommodation project in 2016.

This really is a dream come true for us! It’s been a huge team effort and I want to thank every one for their contribution to our fundraising to date .. because without the cash at hand we wouldn’t have been able to secure this matched amount to make stage 1 a reality. Thanks also to everyone who sent in letters to Mr Truss to help lobby for the allocation – it’s hard to say whether it made a difference, but we definitely got the result we were all hoping for.

I can’t seem to get the smile off my face – this really is such exciting news for the project!

Feel free to share the news.

The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation is ranked in the top 10 charities in the world. The scores — ranked on a scale of 1 to 100 — are based on financial health, accountability and the transparency of reporting. TRF is ranked at Number 5 in the world.

Please click on the link below. Please use this information when seeking contributions and take great pride in what it says.

the-top-10-charities-changing-the-world-in-2015.html

It seems that Foundation giving has been taking a back seat in our District as can be seen from the latest Foundation Newsletter, we are somewhat behind on our previous year’s giving, with a gap of 8.4% on the Annual Fund giving and 59.3% behind on our contributions to Polio. Remember 50% of what we give to the Annual Fund comes back to us in 3 years’ time by way of District Grants as well as Global Grant funds and that enables us to engage in matches for Global Grants thus accessing more Rotary Foundation Funds. I am sure that you all realise the importance of our continued effort to support the Polio campaign so that we can get the job done, not forgetting of course that for every dollar you raise it is matched by a further $2.00 by the Bill and Belinda Gates Foundation.

 

Beacon 10th December 2015

Phil Rose Receives Rotary Vocational Excellence Award

Narooma Rotary presented retired architect Phil Rose with a Vocational Excellence Award at its meeting last week.  President Bob  said this Award recognises individuals living or working in our community who excel in their profession or business, exhibit high ethical standards and enrich our local community.
‘We particularly wanted to recognise Phil’s vision of shared pathways along Narooma’s foreshore reserves and of the boardwalk, and his work in ensuring the boardwalk, widely supported by the community, became a reality’.

‘These shared pathways and the boardwalk have greatly enriched our community by enhancing Narooma’s livability, improving our health and wellbeing, and being a considerable tourist attraction.’

Mr Rose said he felt ‘very honoured to receive this award’.

He came to Narooma 27 years ago for his ‘sea change’, attracted by the natural and built environment as well as the many good surfing spots.   ‘However since then I have found that by far the most important thing is the community, its spirit and friendship,’ he said. ‘The feeling of being part of this community has been my reward, not to mention the variety of work and all the fantastic clients.’

The Club presented Mr Rose with a certificate and a booklet entitled ‘Narooma’s Battle for the Boardwalk’, compiled by Vocational Director Laurelle Pacey.  ‘It’s a timeline for the Mill Bay Boardwalk from the initial concept through to today based on council reports of the time, newspaper articles and cartoons, and reports by Phil Rose and his associates,’ she said.  ‘The boardwalk was completed in 2001, not all that long ago, but many people have forgotten what was involved, and many people new to the area since have no knowledge of it.’

‘The amazing thing is it was never officially opened, and there is nothing on the Boardwalk to explain its history.’

A copy of the booklet is now in Narooma Library’s local studies reference collection and one will be presented to Council for its records.

Rotary Phil Rose presentation (Medium)

Narooma Rotary President Bob Antill presents the Club’s Vocational Excellence Award to retired architect Phil Rose particularly for his work on shared pathways and the boardwalk.

Short words by bob ant

Last week was extremely busy on every front – the business, family and Rotary.

On Wednesday evening I attended Moruya for the final meeting of the race day committee which seems to be in hand and running well. A credit to Vere, Mike and all the crew. Our part is getting in and selling raffle tickets. On the day, 20th of this month, we are tasked with selling the last round of tickets and helping with the caterers, if required, and whatever needs extra person-power.

I then attended Moruya’s club meeting in my role as assistant DG (group 1) as part of my investigation into serious allegations made by some in the Moruya community against the Moruya Club. Without going into details the Club has attracted a lot of venom from a very small part of the Moruya community for doing nothing more than putting in an expression of interest for the Markets as advertised by the council. The council are required to do this every five years and any incorporated, non-profit organisation has the right to put in an EOI (Expression of interest) and the council will weigh them up and in February make a determination. Emotion is running high but despite the venom to try to force the club to withdraw their EOI, they are holding firm and letting the democratic process proceed.

This Thursday night is our AGM, if you haven’t put in an EOI of your own for positions within the club, please do. Fill out the form and bring it along. It will also be our last meeting at the Whale for this year. I’d like to personally thank Mat and Jen for again looking after us during 2015 and we look forward to returning in February.

The Christmas party is at Casey’s. It will be an informal affair with lots of fun and a few surprises. Numbers need to be finalised as quickly as possible, so if you haven’t put your name down yet please let Rod know straight away.

Don’t forget we have a huge market on December 27th and as many hands as possible will need to be on deck. Then in January another market and then the duck race.

This Friday night Radar is playing at Club Muzo at Club Narooma from 8 pm.

Have a great week
Bob

Youth Programs

There’s quite a lot happening in Youth Programs at the moment. Lewis Ives heads off to Sydney for the Honeywell Engineering Summer School from 6 to 11 December 2015 in Sydney.

Eden Brennan and Georgia Poyner will be attending the Conoco Phillips Science Experience at Macquarie University from 13 to 15 January 2016.

Our latest candidate Jacob Read will be attending RYLA from 11-16 January in Canberra. For those of you not so familiar with RYLA or the Rotary Youth leadership Award as it is called, it provides opportunities for young people to access a range of influential, motivational and inspirational speakers and trainers through various activities. The program introduces attendees to the concepts of effective leadership and is very highly regarded.

Jacob has been on a traineeship with the Eurobodalla Shire Council which ends at the end of February. He came very highly recommended by his managers at the Council and he’s very keen to attend RYLA.

 

Community Carers Accommodation

– President Lynne Koerbin, Community Carers Accommodation South East

Some good news has been received concerning our carers accommodation project.

The Hon Warren Truss has confirmed that our grant application to the National Stronger Regions Fund has been successful. That means that the Federal Government will provide us with $450,000 to match the $450,000 we have on hand…. giving us enough funds in total to construct the first stage of our carers accommodation project in 2016.

This really is a dream come true for us! It’s been a huge team effort and I want to thank every one for their contribution to our fundraising to date .. because without the cash at hand we wouldn’t have been able to secure this matched amount to make stage 1 a reality. Thanks also to everyone who sent in letters to Mr Truss to help lobby for the allocation – it’s hard to say whether it made a difference, but we definitely got the result we were all hoping for.

I can’t seem to get the smile off my face – this really is such exciting news for the project!

Feel free to share the news.

The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation is ranked in the top 10 charities in the world. The scores — ranked on a scale of 1 to 100 — are based on financial health, accountability and the transparency of reporting. TRF is ranked at Number 5 in the world.

Please click on the link below. Please use this information when seeking contributions and take great pride in what it says.

the-top-10-charities-changing-the-world-in-2015.html

It seems that Foundation giving has been taking a back seat in our District as can be seen from the latest Foundation Newsletter, we are somewhat behind on our previous year’s giving, with a gap of 8.4% on the Annual Fund giving and 59.3% behind on our contributions to Polio. Remember 50% of what we give to the Annual Fund comes back to us in 3 years’ time by way of District Grants as well as Global Grant funds and that enables us to engage in matches for Global Grants thus accessing more Rotary Foundation Funds. I am sure that you all realise the importance of our continued effort to support the Polio campaign so that we can get the job done, not forgetting of course that for every dollar you raise it is matched by a further $2.00 by the Bill and Belinda Gates Foundation.

Hah Hah

How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.

Beacon 3rd Dec 2015

Global Climate Day

These guys look happy – could it be they are optimistic for a good outcome at the Paris Climate Change Conference?

Ang and Iris

With the current focus on Paris and the potential of global cooperation to reduce emissions, it seems timely to share some information on local and community options for renewable energy.  The following organisations provide much needed opportunities, especially for people who are renting or otherwise not able to use their own rooftop.

CLEARSKY is a not-for-profit company – an offshoot of Clean Energy For Eternity (CEFE) in Bega.  Investors put their money into a trust, which funds the installation of solar panels for a fixed period of typically 7 years. Suitable candidates for an installation are sites where power is used during the day, for example the IRT or Estia Health at Dalmeny. After 7 years the end user owns the installation, and the investors receive their money back plus interest, a win-win for everyone.  www.clearskysolar.com.au

SOLAR SHARE is a community solar farm in the ACT, anyone can join, with a minimum investment of $500.   The investment is as safe as they come – with a 20 year ACT Government backed contract.
solarshare.com.au

CORENA is an organisation that accepts donations which are then used to provide interest-free loans to community organisations to pay for solar installations and energy efficiency measures. The loans are repaid over time, and their repayments help fund subsequent projects. Your money provides tangible reductions in carbon emissions almost immediately, and keeps on working far into the future! Suitable to those with a philanthropic urge. In our area they have provided rooftop system to Tulgeen Disability Services in Bega.   corenafund.org.au

Uber

At our last meeting,  Peter Bull gave a very interesting short talk, comparing taxis and the service provided by UberX.  There was some spirited discussion following Peter’s talk.  Coincidentally, there was an article in the current edition of “Choice”, so if you want to know more, try to grab a copy of the November edition from the library or your nearest newsagency.

Raffle Tickets

Raffle ticket sales for the Moruya Rotary Christmas Race Meeting on 20th Dec will be outside the Narooma Newsagency and IGA on the Flat over the next two weeks.  If you can help, let Lynda know.  She has the cash tin and some posters if you need them.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM on the 10th Dec needs people to nominate for positions. Don’t wait to be asked, please let Michael know if you are willing to take a position.

The biggest pain in being president is finding people to fill essential roles within the club. Most roles can be filled by two people sharing the load.

Abundant Water

from Joshua Parsons

Dear fellow Rotary family members.  I would like to tell you all about a guy I met some time ago now by the name of Sunny Forsyth’s work with Abundant Water. We met at RYLA in 2013 where  Sunny talked about the work that he and the Abundent Water team have been working on in Laos, training people to make a clay pottery water filter which was designed at the ANU. They train women to make filters which enable them to earn an income operating a small business selling water filters to their communities to allow for clean water.

But firstly a little about me, I am  a member of the Rotaract Club of University of Canberra,
2009 RYE Student to Lund Sweden from Canberra Australia,
2013 RYLA D9710 participant,
2014 IRYLA Participant,
RYE Committee Member D9710 as of 2014

I personally think this is a great project and I would  really like to hear feed back as well as the knowledge that you have taken this to your clubs and shared this amazing project.

A little bit about Abundant Water’s new project in Nepal.

Many women with histories of exploitation and abuse have been left particularly vulnerable in the wake of the 2015 Nepalese earthquakes.

Remarkably, however, ten of these women have called on us to help them to make and sell claypot water filters.

Training will bring clean drinking water, an opportunity for these women to establish their own water filter businesses, an opportunity for these women to become community leaders, and hence an opportunity for this project to be sustainable in the long term.

You can be a main character in this inspiring story of change.  

The Women’s Rehabilitation Centre Nepal (WOREC) and Abundant Water co-production is called our ‘Tell a Story of Abundance’ campaign.  For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/624250447716166/

If you would like to be more involved then join our social media team https://www.facebook.com/groups/AWNepal/

We need to raise $20 000. So all help is welcome.  The campaign is up and running as of Tuesday, 24 November 2015.

We are offering rewards to connect, inspire, and inform our donors to tell their own Story of Abundance: from a big social media shout out, to an exclusive end of workshop group call with Noukham and one of her Nepali trainees, or an online master class where Abundant Water leaders share the secrets of our success.  Our rewards will connect, inspire, and inform you to tell your own Story of Abundance.

Please help raise awareness by sharing the Facebook group with your friends. Regards

Kind Regards,
Joshua Parsons & The Abundant Water team

More pictures from “Boats Afloat”

Dragon boat
Dragon boat

 

Wagonga Princess
Wagonga Princess

 

Ha Ha

The roundest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

Short words by Bob Ant

What a week of fun, sadness, discussion and good old-fashioned community service.

Tuesday afternoon we celebrated Radar’s 17th birthday at Rotary Park with a BBQ. Thanks to all who contributed and attended, to Lynn for her assistance, to Charmaine for her excellent BBQ skills and to Michael for the fantastic birthday cakes.

Sadly Peter Hartley’s mother passed away on Tuesday after a short illness. Our thoughts and sympathy go out to Peter and Julie and their family.

On Thursday night we had a board meeting – sorry for the lack of notice due to a technical problem – but everyone rallied and we got through it. We decided to increase the donation for the Narooma Primary School Dux boy and girl to $75 each. We also cleared the funding for Jacob Reed to go to RYLA.

On Friday morning, the White Ribbon Day March from the Golf Club to NATA Oval, which was organised by the NSW Police,  was a great success. Our role was to supply the BBQ and cook for all the people who participated. Starting at 7.30 am we set up and then cooked like crazy from 10.30, packed up and finished by 1pm. My thanks to all who joined in, helped, marched and offered help. Special thanks to John and Sandra, Ash and Lynda, Lynn, Angie, Rod and Mike. Hopefully I haven’t missed anyone. Following less than a week after the markets it was a great effort…. we did well.

Ticket selling for the Moruya Races – our combined Eurobodalla Club fund raiser – is well under way. Find some time, if you can … if you want to buy some tickets bring your money to the meeting.

This week, Narooma Rotary’s award for Vocational Excellence will be presented to a man who has helped shape Narooma. Bring your partners, friends etc…. let Anthony know ASAP for numbers.

Most importantly, have a great week.

Cheers

Bob

 

 

 

Beacon 26th November

Pulling Teeth in Timor Leste

What a great turnout on Thursday night to hear Charmaine speak.   The trip got off to a shaky start with the airplane being unavailable and connections missed.

The Dentistry project is supported by Rotary, by Lyons, and by the Carmelite Nuns. Charmaine  spoke of the challenges for sterilisation of equipment and the need to ensure gloves lasted the distance as they were in short supply. While the gloves were on, the dentists got to be quite bossy (since she/he needed to keep the gloves clean)

Some very interesting points were raised, for example the condition of teeth improved the further Charmaine got from “civilisation”. The chewing of Betel Nut causes oral cancer, with the possibility of treatment quite remote, but she is hopeful that there may be a chance to break the cycle with the current generation.

As I knew that there would be a few away, I endeavoured to take a video using my phone, so if you want a copy, please let me know ( Frank), and I will provide a copy on USB stick.  Its a bit shaky, since I didn’t have a tripod, but the sound is surprising clear.

Charmaine
Charmaine
Charmaine's crew from the Dental Surgery
Charmaine’s crew from the Dental Surgery

Joy Ings

Some notes from Jack Ings. . .

For the past ten years I have provided a cash amount to Narooma High School for an annual presentation of prize for achievement in art.

Since our leaving of Narooma, I have requested that a Narooma Rotarian make the presentation at the Annual High School Prize giving event in the name of Joy and Rotary.

Joy had always been involved in art but when we were living in Singapore she had the wonderful opportunity of studying under three masters of different aspects of the art of Chinese Brush painting.

During one break from the heat of Singapore, she returned to what was then our holiday home in Narooma and became a foundation member of the Narooma Art and Craft Society.

When we retired to Narooma, she became very active in the Society, giving classes in Chinese Brush painting and participating in all their shows and events.

Inevitably she won her class in the annual show and later, so did some of her pupils. Her paintings were of high class; having sold her very first that she entered into a show while we were still in Singapore. She also completed a number of commissions.

Joy was very community minded and took part in all the activities for which I was awarded an AM (she always jokingly said she should have got the PM). But our club did honour her with a Paul Harris Fellow when I was the 9710 District Governor.

We both worked at the High School assisting with remedial reading and general literacy problems. Hence her interest in the Art being taught at the school.

She was twice President of the Narooma Quota club and once the President of the Narooma Ladies Probus Club and when we moved to Shoalhaven Heads to be closer to hospitals and specialists, she joined with me, as a charter member of the Gerringong Sunrise Rotary Club.

Unfortunately, her health gave out and she could not continue in Rotary in her final years but you can see why I am anxious to create this prize to be in perpetuity and linked to the Rotary club.

Note from the editor:  Jack still is in Rotary, holding positions in the Eclub of Melbourne. A true example of “service above self”.  Lynda will be presenting this award at the high school.

WHITE RIBBON DAY

27th November 2015 – Community Service.

At 7.30 we need to bring the van in to NATA Oval and set up as we do for the markets (near the power box) BBQ at the rear.  We will need at least 3 people to set up and be ready to cook at approx 11am.

The BBQ area will need at least 3 bodies and 3 in the van (the more the merrier).  The Police are supplying sausages , patties, bread and onions, catering for up to 300 people.
Should be finished by 1pm.

Markets

The markets were a success despite the rain.  Thank you to every one, members and partners for your wonderful effort.  Takings were : Gate $600, Van $389.80  Wishing Well $93.50

And thank you to Lynda for stepping in an selling raffle tickets for the Race Day.

More Photos from James Bond Night

John and Sandra

John and Sandra

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Short words by bob ant

Hi everyone, I’m a bit late this week but rain makes grass grow and that increases my workload.

Last Thursday evening Charmaine took us on a detailed and very interesting journey through her Timor Leste trip. For the members and guests (of which there were many) it was not only an insight to the work of Rotary but acknowledgement of how lucky we are to have Charmaine in our club. Well done and thank you.

With great defiance to the weather Gods the Markets went ahead on Sunday and we actually made money but more importantly so did the stall holders. It was fantastic to see the amount of members and partners and visiting Rotarian’s who turned up to help, staying right through to pack-up.  Thanks to all.

Tickets are now available for the raffle for the Christmas Race Day combined with Moruya and the Bay. The books are big so we need numbers to hit the streets and sell, sell, sell. Thank you to Lynda for starting the ball rolling at the Markets and Rolfe has a book at his shop. If you want a book yell out but please we must find a little time each to sell. This is better than giving each member a book of 100 to sell!!!

This Friday, 27th is the White Ribbon March against domestic violence. We are assisting the Police by running the BBQ at Nata Oval. Thank you to those who are able to help. Information is coming to you and members. If you have a bit of time and want to join the march it leaves the Golf club about 9am. This is not political and you can wear your Rotary shirt and/or badge.

Somebody has a birthday tomorrow – Join us at Rotary Park at 6 to celebrate.

Have a great week

Bob

 

Beacon 19th November 2015

Boats Afloat

Rotarian Laurelle Pacey pictured below at the annual Narooma “Boats Afloat”. Laurelle and husband Steve were being towed by a pet Australian fur seal. Their creative approach to floating about won them first prize in the prettiest umbrella category.

 

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Laurelle and Steve

 

Shirley from Moruya sends us some more info on the work they did in Timor Leste.

Bluebird Program Incorporated  – “Living Improvements.”

A donation from Moruya Rotary Club in Australia was specifically used to improve the water supply for families in rural Kandal Province.  A 3000 litre rain water tank had been purchased along with pipework and materials for a tank stand.  Work had started to build a tank stand that will allow the fresh water to gravitate to the house of the Dong family whose three children are supported by Bluebird.

Water Filter 1
A special water filter and bacteria testing equipment were purchased in Australia and used to test the water supply of the family of Sarin in Chor Teal District of Kandal Province.

The family lives immediately next to badly contaminated water that floods the area under their house. The filter now provides a source of clean water.

The results of testing for “e coli” bacteria and the source of typhoid showed the water clear of contamination after it flowed through the filter.

Water Filter 2

The family have been shown how to use and maintain the equipment. The Government have laid a water pipe in the area and the family home may be connected to this in about a year. Bluebird supports the education of three children from this family.

 

Water Filter 3