Narooma Rotary Beacon 26 October 2017

Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone

Thank you to Laurelle for chairing last week’s meeting in my absence. From all accounts it was an excellent meeting with an outstanding speaker in Lynne Thomas.

Frank Eden and President Bob Aston gear up for the Renewable Energy Expo on Saturday 25 November while at Sunday’s Market.

It has been another busy week for the Club, catering for Narooma Motors on Saturday and the Market on Sunday. Thank you to members who helped over the weekend.

We will hold a special meeting to launch our ‘Friends of Rotary’ initiative on 2 November. The idea is to encourage prospective members to become Friends of the Club and attend the occasional meeting to learn about Rotary and to volunteer to assist the Club in fundraising and special projects, such as the Expo and Busking competition. Hopefully over time our Friends might even become members. I will provide a few more details at the meeting this week and in next week’s Beacon.

While on the topic of membership, this week’s Rotary Voices lists 10 tips to retain and attract members. Check out the list by clicking here. On Tuesday Rotary International is hosting a webinar on managing leads to attract members. So, if you have a few spare minutes on Tuesday, click here to register; note you will need to register before the event.

Our guest speaker this week is Catherine Boomer, World Vision’s International Senior Advisor for External Engagement and Campaigns.

Have a great week everyone.

Bob

The Week that was

 In thanking our guest speaker Lynne Thomas last week, Michael O’Connor described her talk as ‘enlightening and enchanting’, a sentiment shared by many others.

Michael O’Connor thanks last week’s guest speaker Yuin Elder Lynne Thomas.

Lynne is a local Yuin Elder, a Black Duck woman, who grew up at Wallaga Lake Koori Village which she described as ‘a very special place’. She is currently employed as the Aboriginal Education Officer at Narooma Public School (a state-wide scheme her mother Anne Thomas helped establish), has worked with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and completes a university degree this year. She is also an artist.

Lynne talked about her large extended family who cover ‘a lot of history’ and ‘a very large area of country’ which means she ‘associates’ with many places from the south coast to Botany Bay, mid north coast and across to the Snowy Mountains. Her father Guboo Ted Thomas was a respected Yuin leader. His father was a blacktracker from the mountains around Kosciusko while his mother was the daughter of a Chinese man and French woman from Braidwood. Her mother Ann Thomas was from the mid North Coast.

She said Mumbulla and Gulaga mountains are special and very powerful places with great spiritual significance for Aboriginal people, and spoke of ‘the Great Spirit’ of the Land. She explained the significance of ochre on the forehead ‘to open our heart and eyes to see’. Her parents Guboo Ted and Ann Thomas were among the five south coast Elders who joined the fight for Aboriginal land rights in the 1970s, which resulted in the formation of land councils and the subsequent return of some traditional lands and ultimately traditional owners gaining title to Mumbulla and Gulaga Mountains.

Lynn said her art ‘releases her’ and she finds a lot of inspiration for her art from stories her father told her of when he was a boy. He was taught local Aboriginal lore by ‘the old fella’ Biamanga (Jack Mumbler). Her artwork features on some NPWS interpretative signs. She also writes stories for school kids.

Renewable Energy Expo

The Expo committee is really firming up plans now for the Renewable Energy Expo on Saturday 25 November. We have about 20 exhibitors and a growing number of sponsors. The committee will meet every week up to the Expo. More details next week.

Joint Expo environmental project with School

Sandra Doyle and Narooma Public School Environmental Co-ordinator Michelle Symons with Chloe Tyrrell (Yr 5), back left, Jade Wilson (Yr 4); Liana Naylor (Yr 5), front left, and Kinders Tait Gunthorpe and Eva McGrath and the two bins with experimental lids, part of a joint Rotary-School environmental project.

Sandra Doyle presented two wheelie bins with different lid designs to the students of Narooma Public School last Friday, part of a joint environmental project between students and our Club to reduce schoolyard rubbish. The results will be on show at our Renewable Energy Expo on Saturday 25 November.

Sandra said some students had been concerned about the amount of rubbish in their playground and recognised it as an environmental issue. ‘Over two days, several students picked up 2,000 to 3,000 pieces of rubbish,’ she said. ‘With assistance from teacher and Environmental Co-ordinator Michelle Symons, they did a survey and found the cause seemed to be more with the design of the bin lids rather than with kids being lazy.

‘The school’s location is quite exposed. Often before the kids could get the rubbish into the bins and close the large back-hinged lids, the wind would catch lightweight rubbish and blow it away. So the students looked at types of lid that might work better. Rotary then sourced them through Sulo.’

For the Expo, students will create posters about which lid they think works best, as well as demonstrate the lids in action.

World Polio Day – 24 October

Rotarians are among millions across the world reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio.  Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted from about 350,000 cases a year to just 37 cases of wild poliovirus in 2016. So far, only 11 new cases  have been reported this year, all in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

To sustain this progress and protect all children from polio, Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million each year over the next three years. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk. Since 1985, Rotary has contributed more than US$1.7 billion to ending polio.

Cheers Laurelle

 

 

Narooma Rotary Beacon 19 October 2017

Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone

Our first barbecue team at the Early Falcon Nationals show day of Lynn Hastings, John Doyle and Bob Aston.

When I turned up at the Early Falcon Nationals show day on Sunday morning at 7.30, I thought it was going to be a slow, slow day. However things picked up after about 9.00 and everyone rostered on worked hard keeping up the food to the hordes checking out all the old cars. Lynn Hastings reports we grossed $1,438.20 on the day. If we attribute all the expenses to the rally we still made a profit of more than $480.00, however, it is a little unfair to do this as we still have left over meat and drinks we purchased not just for this event but for next week’s event at Narooma Motors and our Sunday markets. Thank you to everyone who helped on the day, especially to John Doyle for making it all happen and to Ange for ordering the supplies.

Last week’s meeting was a great success with members and guests turning out in some interesting and varied hats to help us ‘lift the lid’ on mental illness. Laurelle has more elsewhere in the Beacon, including some photos. Thank you to Karen Bull and Steve Deck who did a great job as judges.

At last week’s Board meeting we decided:

  • All Rotarians and their immediate family who have one-on-one contact with children and young people must complete ‘Form 3’ in line with Rotary Policy.
  • We will hold our annual Christmas Party at Casey’s on 21 December. The club will provide red and white wine to help us celebrate Christmas.
  • To conduct a special ‘Friends of Rotary’ meeting on 2 November.
  • To liaise with Eurobodalla Shire regarding the planting of one tree for each member of our Club.
  • That the Club write to the DGE and DG regarding the development of an AED data base.
  • To hold weekly meetings of the Expo committee leading up to the Renewable Energy Expo

Lynn Hasting reported that at the end of September the Administration account had a balance of $8,290.82; the Charity 1 account $17,209.78 (note that since then the Friends of Rang’i cheque of $6,200, NYSF payment of $1,000 and van repairs of $2,200 have been deducted from this Charity account); the Expo account a balance of $200.00 and the Busking account a balance of $2,421.50.

I will not be at this week’s meeting so Laurelle will be in the chair. We are fortunate to have Lynne Thomas as our guest speaker this week. Lynne is an Elder of the Yuin community, an Ambassador for Aboriginal culture, an accomplished artist and Education Support Worker at Narooma Public School. I am sure that you will find Lynne’s presentation rewarding and interesting.

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Bob

Hat winners Rolf Gimmel, Iris Domeier and Gordon Bentley.

The Week that Was

Our ‘Lift the Lid’ dinner

Our ‘Hatter’ night last week marked Mental Health Week (and Month) . The idea was to open a conversation on mental health and to raise funds towards Australian Rotary Health mental health research. Members’ hats ranged from Sandra’s and Chris’ exquisite creations to beanies (see photos) and everything in between, including President Bob’s impressive Fedora. It was a difficult task for hat judges Steve Deck and Karen Bull so they narrowed the competition down to the silliest hats, with Rolf Gimmel, Iris White and Gordon Bentley the winners (see photo).

On Australian Rotary Health

Peter Bull gave us some background on Australian Rotary Health (ARH) before launching into two fun trivia quizzes around the hat theme, with the Deck-Pacey duo taking out both prizes. Our Hatters night raised $115 towards ARH, the first of several donations the Club will make to ARH this year.

ARH funds areas of health research that don’t readily attract funding. Since 2000, it has focused on mental health research, more recently on youth mental health, and is now one of Australia’s largest non-government funding bodies of mental health research. ARH funds research grants, Ian Scott PhD Scholarships (named in honour of Rotarian Ian Scott who founded Australian Rotary Health in 1981) and postdoctoral Fellowships.

Guest speaker

Joining us for the evening last week was Liz Ruck, Red Cross’ Community Visiting Coordinator for the Eurobodalla based in Red Cross’ Narooma office (7/114 Wagonga Street). She explained that everything Red Cross does is governed by its seven Fundamental Principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality (worth checking them out in more detail if you are interested). She outlined the work of the Narooma Hub of Red Cross, including its close association with the Wallaga Lake Aboriginal community and it’s Study Centre.

Bob Antill thanks our guest speaker Liz Ruck from Red Cross.

Liz particularly focussed on the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS), a fairly recent initiative by Red Cross to help brighten the lives of socially isolated people. She said an increasing number of aging retirees in Narooma, Moruya and Batemans Bay were becoming socially isolated living in their own homes or even in aged care as they lose friends, have family living elsewhere and therefore receive few visitors.

The CVS matches volunteers one-on-one with people who would like to have someone visit them just to chat, reminisce, listen to music, read the newspaper or possibly take them on an outing. ‘This increases people’s self esteem, reduces their anxiety and depression, and increases their connection with the community, and so increases their confidence and ability to cope. It also often results in friendships. Liz said they are always looking for friendly and reliable volunteers to visit weekly to fortnightly. Initial training is provided, and support and resources are ongoing. If you are interested in working as a volunteer, please ring Liz on 6234 7614

Some background on Red Cross: Formed  in Geneva in 1863 initially as the International Committee for Relief to the Wounded, later to become the International Committee of the Red Cross.   The following year, 12 governments adopted the first Geneva Convention; a milestone in the history of humanity, offering care for the wounded, and defining medical services as ‘neutral’ on the battlefield. Red Cross was formed in Australia at the outbreak of the First World War. Today Australian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement (the International Movement) with millions of members and volunteers operating in over 190 countries. The Movement’s mission is to prevent or reduce human suffering, wherever it is found, always guided by its Fundamental Principles. National Societies, such as Australian Red Cross, act as auxiliaries to the public authorities of their own countries in the humanitarian field and provide a range of services including disaster relief, health and social programs. During wartime, National Societies assist affected civilian populations and support army medical services where appropriate.

Interestingly, Liz mentioned Narooma’s volunteer branch of Red Cross had ceased to exist in recent years after a long history.

The Early Falcon Nationals

We catered for breakfast and lunch on Sunday for the 18th Early Falcon Nationals show day on NATA Oval, hosted by the Classic Falcon Owners Club of NSW. What an extraordinary AND immaculate collection of retro cars that seem to look better with age (ours and theirs perhaps!). As Bob said, after a slow start business picked up. Rolf jumped in at the last minute after the coffee van the organisers had booked decided Batemans Bay was a better bet and shot through earlier that morning. So much for Rolf’s one day off…

Cheers Laurelle

Random thoughts, courtesy Peter Bull

Around politics, government and bureaucracy…

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw

Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. Douglas Casey, classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. Mark Twain

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mea

n politics won’t take an interest in you. Pericles (430 BC)

More photos from our Hatters’ night

Peter Hartley and Chris O’Brien
Sandra and John Doyle

Narooma Rotary Beacon 12 October 2017

Bob’s Blog

Our Mad Hatters night is this Thursday with partners and friends.

Hello Everyone

This Thursday we have a busy meeting with our Mad Hatters Dinner. Don’t forget to bring your groovy hat and money to support Australian Rotary Health’s research into mental health. We will also have a representative from Red Cross at the meeting to fill us in on their work. Peter Bull has also organised some fun ‘politically correct’ trivia for us.

Next year we will celebrate 60 years of Rotary in Narooma – not a bad effort for a small country town. We propose to hold a combined Changeover and 60th Birthday celebration on 11 August 2018. The Board is looking for members to help organise the celebrations, so if you would like to help out please let me know as soon as possible.

It was great to have Phil Armstrong with us last Thursday as District Governor Steve Hill’s representative. Phil has been a great friend of Narooma Rotary for many years and it is always a pleasure to have him visit. Laurelle has a full report of Phil’s visit elsewhere in the Beacon.

As we know, polio eradication has been a goal of Rotary for many, many years and although the task seems impossible at times we continue to make headway. The difficulty for us and other organisations at the moment is how do we eradicate the disease in counties such as Pakistan, where hostile militants often prevent health teams vaccinate children against the disease. There is a great story in this week’s edition of Rotary Voices; click here to read it.

Don’t forget the Early Falcons car rally this Sunday, the Narooma Motors event on 21 October and the Markets on 22 October, they are all great opportunities to raise funds to support local charities.

Have a great week.

Cheers Bob

PDG Phil Armstrong, Angie Ulrichsen who thanked Phil for his presentation, and President Bob Aston.

The Week that Was

It was wonderful to have PDG Phil Armstrong as our guest last week representing DG Steve Hill. Phil said as this is Steve’s second year as DG, PDGs and AGs are trying to ease the pressure on him wherever possible. Steve still intends to visit us and Phil suggested we invite him to the Renewable Energy Expo, the Busking Festival or the Duck Race, all ‘unique Narooma events’ that are ‘community builders’. He praised Narooma Rotary; ‘it’s a very active Club that supports its community very well’ and really does ‘make a difference’.

Phil said Polio Eradication was Rotary International’s continuing first priority and also the District’s. ‘We’re so close with only nine cases so far this year, compared with over 350,000 new cases each year when Rotary first started the project,’ he said.

Phil also outlined DG Steve’s goals for the Rotary Foundation this year:

  • Increase club contributions by 10%
  • Increase individual contributions by 10%
  • Each Club to honour a non-Rotarian in the community with at least one publicly presented Paul Harris Fellow.
  • Host and promote a community event to support World Polio Day 23 October.

Phil also noted that Peace and Conflict Resolution is one of the Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus. RI President Ian Risley (an Australian) and his wife Juliet have set up an endowment fund for future peace in the world; Phil is asking each Club to contribute $500.

During the Board’s earlier discussions with Phil:

  • John Doyle outlined the work he and Frank are doing to try to establish a national database that lists where Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) are located. He asked Phil if it was something Rotary could take up nationally. Phil liked the idea and said he would take it further, hopefully to the get-together of DGs from across Australia.
  • On district amalgamations; Phil said ‘it’s about numbers rather than geography’ and designed to reduce overheads.
  • He also spoke about retaining members and attracting new ones.

Phil presented President Bob with two eucalypts on behalf of DG Steve, a token of RI President Ian Risley’s environmental goal to have every Rotarian plant a tree this year in their community. Phil did not leave empty handed; he won some eggs plus some limes on the chocolate wheel.

In view of Phil’s presentation, it was therefore very appropriate that John Rungen’s international toast was to the Rotary Foundation.

 Cheque Presentation for Rang’i

President Bob Aston presented PP Michael O’Connor with a cheque for Friends of Rangi’i, assisted by PP Bob Antill.

President Bob presented Michael O’Connor with a cheque for $6,000 for the Friends of Rang’i; Rang’i is a small Kenyan village. This was part of the funds he raised associated with his feat walking the Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia. Bob said his ‘mind boggles’ at Michael’s drive, dedication and commitment to undertake this project which also raised $6,000 for polio eradication.

In thanking Bob, Michael acknowledged the wonderful support Bob Antill and Charmaine in particular gave him, and how amazed he was that a walk around the markets could raise up to $600-$700. ‘Hopefully this money will enable Rang’i to start a library,’ he said.

RYLA

Applications for the 2018 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) are now open. RYLA is a six day residential program to enhance the personal development and leadership potential of young people 18–25 years. Our Youth Director Lynda Ord asks everyone to please keep a lookout for potential candidates and to let her know if you think of someone.

RYLA is 13-19 January at the Greenhills Centre, ACT. There is an early bird discount if we register someone by 31 October. Deadline is 30 November. Our last successful applicant Jacob Read (2016) described the experience as ‘life-changing’. He was a trainee with Eurobodalla Shire Council and was given paid leave to attend. Lynda said it is often difficult to find someone for RYLA because many who have just finished Year 12 have work commitments before going on to tertiary studies, while those permanently employed may find it difficult to get leave.

Our food van is being overhauled

John Doyle reported the food van has had some major work done to make it roadworthy. Tyres, springs and suspension fittings were replaced, brakes completely overhauled and wheel bearings replaced. The draw bar and fittings were shot blasted and repainted. The next work will be to the van’s electrical circuit and water system, work that will probably happen at Moruya.

Cheers Laurelle

Some Random thoughts for lexophiles, courtesy Peter Bull

To write with a broken pencil is pointless.
When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.
A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
A boiled egg is hard to beat.
When you’ve seen one shopping centre you’ve seen a mall.
Police were summoned to a daycare centre where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
A bicycle can’t stand alone; it’s just two tired.

 

 

 

Narooma Rotary Beacon 5 October 2017

 

Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone

We will hold our Mad Hat night next  Thursday 12 October with partners and friends.

Welcome to another busy Rotary Month. This Thursday we welcome PDG Phil Armstrong as the DG’s Representative.

Next Thursday we will raise funds for mental health research with our ‘Mad Hatters Night’. Please bring along your friends and partners to help us raise money for this important research and most importantly wear a hat.

More dates for your Diary: On the catering side, we  have a busy schedule with the early Falcons Rally on the 15th October, the Narooma Motors event on the 21st, and our normal markets on the 22nd.

There are some great stories in the current edition of the Rotary blog Rotary Voices – Stories of Service around the World (https://blog.rotary.org). The stories about our work to eradicate polio are especially inspiring. I also enjoyed the article by Quentin Wodon, past president of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill, Washington DC. He listed three lessons he learned as President of his Rotary Club. They were:

  • Prioritise and focus the Club’s energy on one or two goals each year
  • Invest in the local community; while international projects are important and a vital part of Rotary, local projects are more likely to attract new members
  • Serve your members; clubs should respond to the needs and preferences of their members first.

If you get a chance, please read the article.

Have a great week everyone.

Cheers Bob

The Week that Was

Last week Peter Bull toasted the Rotary Club of Puebla in Mexico; Puebla was recently devastated by an earthquake. Puebla, population 5.8 million, has three Rotary Clubs. Puebla R C has 35 members, none of them women, and all Paul Harris Fellows. Their major fundraiser is an annual beauty pageant and they fund a rehabilitation centre.

Daiva Ceicys at NATA Oval, Narooma’s designated fenced dog park.

Daiva takes us inside AWL

It was good to have Daiva Ceicys back with us and especially talking about the Animal Welfare League, a great passion of hers. While many of us may be familiar with AWL’s good work locally finding new homes for dogs and cats, Daiva gave us an insight into AWL at a State level. AWL is a NSW organisation, although similar organisations with different names exist in other states. It works closely with the RSPCA particularly to lobby at the state level for the welfare of animals, e.g. in greyhound racing and puppy farms. It is also involved in investigating instances of suspected cruelty to animals, again with RSPCA.

On the local level, AWL is best known as a rescue organisation taking in animals and finding them new homes, sometimes for people moving into retirement villages. Daiva said they usually have lots of cats and kittens, but not so many dogs. Any animal acquired through AWL comes vaccinated, desexed and microchipped, and prospective new homes are checked. All of this comes at a cost, financed through fundraising, mainly through the Tail Waggers Walk and the AWL garage sale. She said AWL desperately needs new foster carers until new homes are found for the animals. One of the local AWL’s proudest achievements was having NATA Oval fenced for a dog park; they are now lobbying for something similar in Batemans Bay.

Spotted  on Monday, Joan Constable with Bonnie Kreuter (nee Ward), Narooma Rotary’s first Exchange student

Narooma Rotary Exchange student 1972-1973 returns

Narooma Rotary’s first exchange student Bonnie Ward (now Kreutter) returned to Narooma from her home in  New York for a reunion of her class of 1972-1973 at the weekend. She asked me to please pass on her regards to Narooma Rotarians and to say how she is forever grateful to the Club for the extraordinary year she had here. Ron and Joan Constable were her host parents and she has made several return visits to her Narooma family over the years. Bonnie was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Holley in New York.

Our Renewable Expo

We now have flyers available for our Renewable Energy Expo in November, thanks to the expertise of our very own graphic designer Rachel McInnes. Banner and posters coming.

Cheers Laurelle

 

 

 

Narooma Rotary Beacon 28 September 2017

Bob’s Blog

 Hello Everyone

Regular marketer Jerry Raeburn heads to the Rotary van for breakfast.

The weather was reasonably kind to us at the Markets on Sunday with the wind staying away for the first few hours. Treasurer Lynne reports we took $875.00 at the gate and $567.80 at the van, not a bad effort. With a few of our regular helpers away and some sick, numbers were tight so some members did double shifts in the van to cover slots. Thank you to everyone who helped out either marking out the oval, manning the gate, or helping in the van. Your assistance was greatly appreciated.

Next Thursday 5 October PDG Maureen Manning will join us as DG Steve Hill’s representative. Maureen has been a great friend of Narooma Rotary for many years and I am sure she will fill us in on Rotary’s agenda for 2017/18. Maureen would like to meet with the Board before the meeting; we can discuss timing at this week’s meeting. As is usually the case with the DG’s visit, partners are most welcome to attend the dinner meeting to hear Maureen speak. We will also use the occasion to present the remainder of the funds from Michael’s epic walk to the Friends of Rang’I.

The Renewable Expo Committee is working very hard to bring this year’s Expo together. The Expo will provide great insights into how we can reduce our energy consumption, make it less carbon intensive and also save costs. We will assistance from most of our members on 25 November to help make the event successful, so please try and keep the date free.

Have a great week .

Cheers Bob

The Week that Was

Thinking of Puerto Rico’s Rotarians

Last week Charmaine toasted the Rotary Club of San Juan in Puerto Rico in the Caribbean, noting the damage wrought by Hurricane Maria which directly hit the island country the day before. The country has been devastated by high winds, flash floods and mudslides, and its entire power infrastructure destroyed. It will be months before power can be restored. Charmaine pointed out this comes on top of Puerto Rico’s ongoing economic crisis. The Rotary Club of San Juan prides itself on being the oldest continuously operating Rotary Club south of the Tropic of Cancer, this year celebrating its 99th anniversary.

The telegraph revolution

Dr Eleanor Robin after her fascinating talk on the coming of the telegraph, was thanked by Charmaine.

The introduction of the telegraph in the mid nineteenth century was as revolutionary at the time as the mobile phone and internet were in the late twentieth century, possibly even more so, said last week’s guest speaker historian Eleanor Robin OAM PhD.* Up until then, communication had depended on the mail conveyed by horseback or by ship. Before the extraordinary construction of the overland telegraph and on to London, news and mail could take three months to reach England; the telegraph reduced this to about seven hours.

Being a Taswegian, her talk particularly focussed on Van Diemen’s Land, as it was known then. The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce was watching closely developments with the telegraph overseas, but the first telegraph network in Australia was not built until 1854. It was built by young Canadian engineer Samuel McGowan; it ran for 11 miles between Melbourne and Williamstown. McGowan had only arrived in Melbourne the previous year, encouraged by his former work colleague Samuel Morse, inventor of the electric telegraph. Morse saw the potential for the telegraph in the booming Victorian economy. McGowan was soon appointed Superintendent of the Electric Telegraph for Victoria.

The telegraph soon spread across Victoria, linked with other Australian colonies and rapidly became essential for government and commercial activities. Eleanor said the first submarine cable connecting Tasmania and Victoria became operational in 1859, but frequent breakages meant it was abandoned after a couple of years. A more robust and therefore more successful cable link was established via King Island and Launceston in 1869.

Eleanor also noted:

  • the overland telegraph between Adelaide and Darwin and on to London was built in 1872
  • telegram usage in Australia peaked in 1945, with the telephone gradually usurping telegrams
  • Interestingly the last Morse code message on the eastern seaboard was sent in early 1963.

* Eleanor now lives in Narooma, having come from Tasmania via Canberra. She received the Order of Australian in 2013 for services to the protection of the environment and the conservation of Indigenous and cultural heritage. She has worked with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Heritage Tasmania, Australian Heritage Commission and Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation.

PCYC and Rotary D9710 sign MOU

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed recently between NSW Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) and our Rotary District 9710.  There has been a long association between PCYC (and its earlier form) and Rotary, particularly in regional NSW, and this relationship has been strengthened in recent years. The main elements of this MOU are:

  • PCYC club managers and executives are encouraged to join a local Rotary Club and Rotarians are encouraged to join the PCYC Club Advisory Committee
  • Rotary clubs are encouraged to support  the PCYC’s annual Time4Kids fundraising efforts and provide volunteers to assist with PCYC programs
  • Rotary Clubs are encouraged to make places available on our youth programs and on RYLA for their participants
  • Rotary Clubs are encouraged to recognise PCYC staff, volunteers and police with vocational and community service awards

No doubt PDG Maureen Manning will tell us more about this next week.

Tonight we welcome Daiva Ceicys, standing in for Gabe Eichler, who will be telling us about the Animal Welfare League and the wonderful work this dedicated team do locally.  Look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Cheers Laurelle

Random thoughts, courtesy Peter Bull

To suit the occasion tonight… These are classified ads actually placed in UK newspapers.

FREE PUPPIES: 1/2 Cocker Spaniel, 1/2 sneaky neighbour’s dog.

FREE PUPPIES: Mother is a Kennel Club registered German Shepherd. Father is a Super Dog, able to leap tall fences in a single bound.

FREE YORKSHIRE TERRIER: 8 years old, hateful little bastard. Bites!

And one from the Courts…

ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?

WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?

 

Narooma Rotary Beacon 21 September 2017

Bob’s Blog

Hello everyone

It was a busy meeting last week with 27 members and guests. Ron Finneran, Steve Goodchild, Graham Brown and Wayne Tuckfield from Merimbula and Pambula Rotary Clubs gave a most interesting presentation on the Sapphire Coast Arts and Sports Youth Development Fund, something I think our area should seriously consider. Laurelle has more elsewhere in the Beacon.

We also heard from our two MUNA students about their experiences recently in Canberra. They had a wonderful time. Thanks again to Sandra and Lynda who supported the students on the Club’s behalf.

We also held our September Board Meeting last Thursday. Key decisions were to:

  • Form a committee to coordinate our 60th Birthday celebrations next August. We have set aside 11 August as a combined Changeover and 60th
  • Assist Moryua and Batemans Bay Clubs to finance three students from Moruya HS to attend NYSF
  • Allocate $1,000 to ShelterBox to assist response to disasters in Asia, Mexico, North America and the Caribbean
  • Allocate $200 to St John’s Ambulance to help them purchase new equipment
  • Write a letter of thanks to Narooma Charters thanking them for supporting our Whale Watching raffle
  • Form a small subcommittee to review the operation of the Market and report by February 2018
  • Commence selling Duck Race tickets on 28 December. Proceeds of the raffle to go towards Australian Rotary Health and our Scholarship Fund.
  • Accept with regret, the resignation of Joan Morgan. Hopefully Joan will be able to continue to help the Club from time to time
  • Support the Lions Club spectacle drive by collecting old spectacles
  • Invite Paul Croker to our meeting on 9 November. We will also invite Expo exhibitors to the meeting. Paul will run a workshop for exhibitors on how to enhance their Expo presentation
  • Man the food van at the Early Falcon’s car rally on 15 October and Narooma Motors events on 21 October and 27 January.

We also decided to hold our Christmas Party on 21 December with a venue to be confirmed. The only get-together over the Christmas holiday period will be on Saturday 20 January at the Aston residence.

It is with sadness that we learnt that Sharlie Young’s mum passed away last week. Our thoughts are with Sharlie, Mike and their family.

Last week’s guests included Rotarians Wayne Tuckfield, left, Steve Goodchild, Graham Brown and Ron Finneran, friont, shown here with President Bob Aston.

Have a great week everyone.

Cheers Bob

The Week that Was

The Sapphire Coast Arts and Sports Youth Development Fund

This is a classic case of how individuals can make a difference. This fund was started 12 months ago by five Rotarians including Paralympian Ron Finneran and Steve Goodchild. Their aim was to support young people from the Bega Valley Shire in taking their arts and sporting pursuits to the next level.

Ron and Steve said that while the south coast is a beautiful place to live, for kids to develop to the elite stage in their respective passion, they need expert tuition which is usually not available in the area. ‘It’s a long way to travel to get it and it’s costly,’ Ron said. ‘That was the stimulus for establishing the fund; to fill this gap.’

However, this fund is not a Rotary project even though Rotarians kicked it off. It’s run entirely by a varied group of volunteers and funded by donations from businesses, community groups, clubs, private individuals and Bega Valley Shire Council. In 12 months, the fund has helped 20 young people under 18 with about $14,000 in grants, each grant usually $250 to $500. Their pursuits have ranged from the viola to women’s rugby, swimming to stage production. Some have reached state level. ‘We can’t always cover the entire costs, but hope to help out with fuel and travel to wherever the kids need to go and sometimes tuition,’ Steve said. They assess individual applications according to need, with many recipients being from single parent families.

‘It has a huge effect on the kids; it can change their lives by opening up more opportunities for them,’ Wayne said. ‘The extra costs involved can be a huge impost on families and parents are sometimes in tears. We get quite overwhelmed with some of the feedback but we couldn’t do it without our sponsors.’

President Bob suggested last week that a similar fund should be established for our area. Since then however, Narooma Sporting and Services Club has also recognised the need and taken an independent but similar initiative (article in this week’s Narooma News). The Club has created a $10,000 fund for Narooma High to assist students with travel and accommodation costs associated with pursuing more elite training or attending competitions and events, and not only for sport.

However that fund covers only Narooma High students. It is unclear at this stage whether anything further is needed. Watch this space…

Narooma High students to MUNA were Isaak Anderson and Cyann Vlatovic, shown here with Narooma Youth Director Lynda Ord and Secretary Sandra Doyle.

Students thank Club for MUNA

It was fascinating hearing from Lynda Ord and Sandra Doyle, and Narooma High students Cyann Vlatovic and Isaak Anderson about MUNA, particularly how many students acted out their country’s world stance and idiosyncrasies so well. Part diplomacy, part theatre it seems. It was a shame Narooma teacher Lachlan ‘Reilly could not join us last Thursday; his support has been vital for the success of our recent MUNA teams.

Narooma’s team represented France. Cyann said she was not sure what to expect. She enjoyed researching France’s stand on particular issues and listening to the arguments put by various teams. Isaak also was not sure what to expect but came away having really enjoyed the experience. Both Cyann and Isaak thanked the Club for its support. Both students were accompanied by family members.

ShelterBox assists

Our Club answered ShelterBox’ request for more financial assistance.  ShelterBox is currently responding to disasters in south-east Asia, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Since the Monsoon season started in June, excessive rain in Bangladesh resulted in catastrophic flooding over about a third of the land. A ShelterBox team is working with Rotary contacts, authorities and other aid organisations to assess needs. The team is also working to understand more about the needs of Rohingya refugees.

In the Caribbean Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc destroying 90-95% buildings on some islands, with Hurricane Maria following. Four ShelterBox Response Teams have been deployed and are working with other aid organisations and Rotary connections to help families who need it most. Those who have lost absolutely everything will receive the traditional ShelterBox, while others receive ShelterKits.

This week: We are in for a really interesting talk by historian Eleanor Robin on the coming of the telegraph and its impact.

Cheers Laurelle

Random thoughts, courtesy Peter Bull

I didn’t make it to the gym today. That makes 1,500 days in a row.

I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.

Everyone has a right to be stupid; politicians just abuse the privilege.

 

 

 

 

Narooma Rotary Beacon 14 September 2017

Bob’s Blog

Hello everyone

Thank you to Charmaine for showing us through the dental surgery last Thursday. I always find it enjoyable and informative when we as Rotarians share our work and interests. Laurelle has more on Charmaine’s presentation elsewhere in the Beacon.

This Thursday we will hold our September Board meeting commencing at 5:00pm. All members are most welcome to attend if they wish.

We will hold our Mad Hatters Night on Thursday 12 October.

Following the Board meeting, we will be joined by Ron Finneron and his crew from Merimbula to talk about the Sapphire Coast Arts and Sports Youth Development Fund. The Fund supports young people in the sports and arts fields in the Bega Valley who have to attend activities outside the shire. We have also invited several other Narooma organisations to the meeting to hear about the Fund. Hopefully if there is sufficient interest we could form a similar fund in Narooma. We will start with Ron’s presentation at 6:30pm with dinner to follow at 7:00pm.

To Support Australian Rotary Health, we will hold a Mad Hatters’ Tea Party on 12 October so start planning now folk. We need you to dress up on the night with your finest hats and clothes. It will be a partners’ night so please encourage them to come along. Please invite your friends and others as well. It will cost you a donation of at least $5 to join in the fun.

Over the last two weeks we have seen an extraordinary number of natural disasters across the world with deadly floods in Asia, massive earthquakes in Mexico, and devastating hurricanes in the Caribbean and the USA. We have been asked by ShelterBox to provide support which we will consider at our Board meeting. As usual Rotary International has swung into action; to find out what we are doing, click here.

Have a great week everyone.

Cheers Bob

The Week that Was

Merinda assures us she was not concerned at being the pretend patient, watched by Frank and Lynn…
In Narooma Dental Surgery’s sterilisation room – Charmaine, Bob, John, Colin, Lynda and Mike.

Charmaine White ‘presented’ last week with a fascinating back room tour of Narooma Dental Surgery, assisted by practice manager Julie Davis who later joined us for dinner. She showed us the latest equipment in the surgery, some with Merinda Antill as the ‘volunteer patient’.

She then took us into the back rooms we don’t normally see including the sterilisation room and showed us current technology in repairing teeth and  making moulds for

replacement teeth.

It was an eye opener for many of us to see the advances that have been made in recent years to assist patients in keeping their own teeth. We all left with a small showbag filled not with’ sweeties’ but with oral hygiene aids.

The Club’s Tertiary Scholarship

Applications are being called for the 2018 Narooma Tertiary Education Scholarship, now being administered by Youth Director Lynda Ord. Each year the Club awards a three-year scholarship to a student from Narooma High School, thanks to a bequest by Alexander Birch. Our next scholar will be the 28th student Narooma Rotary has helped pursue their studies and achieve their dreams, overall assistance the totalling over $240,000.

The scholarship provides the successful candidate with $3,000 each year for three years provided each semester’s studies are completed satisfactorily. A panel from the Club will interview applicants on Saturday 16 December.

Random thoughts, courtesy Peter Bull

The first, in keeping with last week’s special tour….

TOOTHACHE: The pain that drives you to extraction.

TOMORROW: One of the greatest labour saving devices of today.

YAWN: An honest opinion openly expressed.

WRINKLES: Something other people have….similar to my character lines.

Cheers Laurelle

Narooma Rotary Beacon 31 August 2017

Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone

I am sorry that I will not be able to join you on Thursday evening to thank our Busking sponsors. The success of our Busking Competition was due to the hard work of our organising committee and the support of our sponsors. Business owners in our small community are often asked to support a myriad of events and activities, it is great that they have chosen to support the Busking Competition and it is fitting that we thank them with a special event.

As mentioned elsewhere in the Beacon the Whale Watching Raffle will be drawn on Saturday. Thank you to members who sold tickets in various parts of the town, you help was greatly appreciated.

The major fund raising project for our Club are the Narooma Rotary Markets. The Markets have provided in excess of $12000.00 a year that we donate to a variety of causes. It is important for us that the markets continue to grow and evolve, for this reason I believe that it is time to carry out a quick review of what we do and how we can make a very good activity even better. If you have any ideas or if you would like to be a part of the review let me know.

Just a reminder that our next ‘Rotarian Presents’ night will be at Narooma Dental Surgery on 7 September. Charmaine will fill us in on all things dental. Please be at the surgery at 6:00pm, we will head to the golf club afterwards for dinner and fellowship.

Have a great week everyone.

Bob

The Week that Was

Angie Ulrichsen proposed our international toast to the RC Amsterdam International in absentia via email; she was not well enough to join us at the meeting. Chris O’Brien and Angie had joined the Amsterdam Club International  for dinner at the Hilton Hotel during their recent European jaunt.

Being the summer holidays, the Club’s numbers were down from their normal 40, so those still in town are enjoying informal dinners each week. ‘They were a good bunch of about nine business people from various countries who call Amsterdam home for now,’ Angie said. ‘Chris and I described our Club activities, exchanged banners etc then enjoyed a yummy three-course dinner in the elegant Roberto’s restaurant. Fortunately one member gave us a lift back to our hotel which was on the other side of the city.’  The Club regularly has ambassadors as guests and has formal gala fundraising events.

Renewable Energy Expo Saturday 25 November

Expo coordinator Frank Eden reported from an earlier meeting that night that ‘things are shaping up well’ for the Expo. We are still seeking Expo sponsors and more exhibitors and finalising forum speakers. It will be at the Sport & Leisure Centre from 10am to 4pm. Member for Eden Monaro Dr Mike Kelly will open it in the morning.

The Expo dinner will be in Club Narooma at 6pm (bookings essential) followed by a Forum with three keynote speakers followed by questions to a panel.

Guest speaker Geoff Pryor

Geoff works with the Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre (SRBEC), a regional organisation that delivers business and educational services across southern NSW and the ACT. He is SRBEC’s Bintrim Manager which means he helps businesses reduce waste which he said can reduce costs and save time.

Mike Young thanks our guest speaker Geoff Pryor

He spoke about innovative businesses that are finding new and profitable ways of using all kinds of waste materials, some of them locally.  ‘Waste should be seen as a great resource,’ he said.

More generally, he said regional development generally needs to focus on innovation of products, processes and organisations. Creating and appreciation of the local culture and environment is conducive to innovation and creativity.

Geoff added that BEC is interested in being an exhibitor at the Expo because o its interest in recyclables. An interesting postscript, Geoff has been part of the Tilba Lake community since 1980.

Whalewatching raffle

The whalewatching raffle will be drawn this Saturday 2 September at 12.30pm at Narooma Charters, Narooma Town Wharf. If you can, please be there to support this initiative. This raffle is raising funds to support Eurobodalla Surf Clubs, which is the joint fundraising effort by the three Eurobodalla Rotary Clubs for this year’s Rotary Christmas Races.

We meet at 5.30pm this Thursday to thank the Busking Festival sponsors

This Thursday’s meeting will be a little different. We will meet a little earlier at 5.30 pm for an informal thank the sponsors’ night. It’s a partners night with drinks (first drink is free then you pay) and nibbles, probably in our normal Seahorse Room but please check the sign as you come in. If we have a huge response, we may be in the auditorium upstairs.

Our Festival coordinator Sandra Doyle is keen for us all to circulate among our visitors who will also include representatives from the organisations that received donations from Festival proceeds. Please note dinner is not included in the meeting, but you are very welcome to buy your dinner around at the Club’s bistro after the sponsors function.

Hope to see you then.

Cheers Laurelle

Random thoughts, courtesy Peter Bull

  • 100 years ago everyone owned a horse and only the rich had cars. Today everyone has cars and only the rich own horses.
  • Many animals probably need glasses, but nobody knows it.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 24 August 2017

Bob’s Blog

Hello everyone

This week’s Rotary Weekly has a great article about a new advertising campaign ‘People of Action’  to promote Rotary’s work.

According to the article, many people have heard of Rotary but few actually understand what Rotary clubs do. In fact, 35% of the public is unfamiliar with any Rotary program including those of their local club. Click here to check out the article and the associated material. We will discuss how we can use this material at our next Board meeting.

It has been a confronting week with another terrorist attack in Europe. Our thoughts and prayers are with all victims and their families. Fortunately Rotary as a world-wide organisation continues to work locally and internationally to promote peace and understanding. I’m sure the world would be a better place if more people understood Rotary’s work and commitment to ‘Service Above Self’.

Narooma’s team representing France at MUNA at Old Parliament House in Canberra consisted of Narooma High Year 11 students Cyann Vlatovic (front left) and Isaak Anderson; Sandra Doyle (back left), Narooma teacher Lachlan Reilly and Lynda Ord.

Another example of the good work of Rotary was last weekend’s Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) in Canberra. MUNA helps our young people gain a better understanding of the world, the problems we face, and how to work together to solve them.  A full report on the weekend is in this Beacon. Thank you to Sandra and Lynda for giving up their weekend to support our team from Narooma High.

Have a great week everyone. Regards

Bob

 

The Week that Was

Last week we welcomed Angie back from her recent European jaunt (the Norwegian fjords was a highlight) as well as Iris (fresh from Germany), and it was good to have Julie with us again.

Recent sad events in Charlottesville in the United States prompted President Bob to toast the Rotary Club of Charlottesville, the first of our now rostered international toasts. It is one of three Rotary Clubs in that city and meets every two weeks.

Our guest speaker Tim Burke spoke about Healthy Art.

Tim is well known for his music program on community radio 2EARFM each Tuesday night, his photography, and in recent years for staging various live shows at the Kinema and Golf Club. Before all this Tim was a master cabinet maker working with some of Sydney’s top builders. Then he decided he’d had enough of Sydney and commuting from Narooma and wanted to stay put here.

Tim said he hadn’t prepared a talk but did have a slideshow. ‘My whole life is one big ad lib… Because of an injury I had to reinvent myself and by default ended up in the arts.’ His planned career in  photography couldn’t happen, so his wife Fiona established Slightly Twisted Productions and he ‘ended up in this crazy world of music and the arts’. Now 30 shows later….

Tim Burke: ‘Rotary’s Busking Festival is a real celebration of ‘Healthy Art’.

He spoke about using technology as ‘an incredible tool’ for the arts, particularly smartphones. He does all the film clips for his shows himself, 90% of the graphics are done on his phone and similarly with music. ‘Before I would have had to cart around big expensive gear.’

He feels the Arts is ‘a powerful tool’ but must be inclusive; ‘it’s important people feel part of the Arts’.  He has been on the committee of the River of Arts. ‘I could see the benefit being involved in the arts was giving me…’

Tim did the sound and lighting for our Busking presentation at the Golf Club. He feels the Busking Festival is ‘so fantastic’, ‘people came from everywhere’, and is a real celebration of ‘Healthy Art’ and so inclusive. He said already the Festival is an important part of our community and urged Rotary to ‘protect it’.

Our MUNA team

‘an amazing time’. Over 70 students from 26 schools across the eastern states attended MUNA this year, including students from all five secondary schools in Eurobodalla Shire.

MUNA is an annual Rotary youth programme which provides students with the extraordinary experience of contributing to a United Nations General Assembly style debate in Old Parliament House, the aim being to increase international understanding and goodwill. This is the fourth year Narooma has fielded a team, thanks to the support and dedication of teacher Lachlan Reilly and our Rotarians Sandra Doyle and Lynda Ord. Each school team at  MUNA represents a different nation and debates contemporary global issues from that country’s point of view. Narooma represented France.

Cyan Vlatovic speaks at MUNA

Year 11 students Cyann Vlatovic, Campbell Allison and Isaak Anderson put in a lot of work with their teacher, Sandra and Lynda over many lunchtimes before the weekend, to gainan understanding of France’s history, politics, economics and particular stance on world affairs.

‘We think we’re in safe hands with such knowledgeable, wise and thoughtful young leaders coming through,’ Sandra said. ‘Their thoughts on many provocative resolutions were well researched with many quite lateral ideas on solving issues.’

Sandra and Lynda said it was a fabulous weekend and a special thankyou goes to the organiser Garth Britton and his team from the Rotary Club of Canberra Sunrise for a very successful 21st MUNA.

 A reminder that Thursday  next week is a ‘thankyou’ night for sponsors of the Busking Festival. More details tonight.

 

Narooma Rotary Beacon 17 August 2017

Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone

August is Rotary Membership Month. It is a time we should reflect on how we can build our membership base to ensure that Narooma Rotary continues to be a vibrant Club well into the future.

One of the ideas the Board has been discussing is to promote the idea of associate or friends of Rotary membership. Rod Walker has been doing some research and has checked out what is happening at other clubs to promote the Friends of Rotary concept. Click here to see what is happening at the Rotary Club of Castle Hill, maybe we can implement a similar system at our Club. If you have any suggestions for potential Friends of Rotary please let a member of the Board know.

At last week’s Board meeting we made the following decisions:

  • To hold a combined Changeover/60th Anniversary dinner in August 2018. The new Board will still take over on 1 July 2018
  • Operate the food van at the Old Falcons car rally on 15 October
  • Allocate $1,000 to support Batemans Bay Rotary and RC Intramuros in Manila, Philippines in a water and sanitation project
  • Allocate $200 to Narooma High School to support special education students
  • Allocate $200 to the Bermagui Karate Club to support students attending international competitions
  • Allocate up to $3,000 for food van repairs
  • Invite Ron Finneran from the Sapphire Coast Arts & Sport Youth Development Fund (see below) to speak at our meeting on 14 September 2017 in lieu of a Club Assembly. Representatives of sporting, cultural and service clubs will be invited. The Board also discussed possibly allocating up to $2,000 per annum to the fund in there was agreement that such a fund was needed in the Narooma area.

    We will hold our Mad Hat night on Thursday 12 October with partners and friends. Details to come.
  • Hold an international dinner on 30 November 2017
  • Hold a Mad Hat night on 12 October during Mental Health Month in October to support Australian Rotary Health mental health projects.
  • Reintroduce the International Toast at weekly meetings. Members will be allocated this task as a part of the weekly roster of duties. Members will research a club and provide a brief background to members about the club when they propose the toast
  • Provide a letter of support to the VRA in their attempts to raise funds for the purchase of a rapid response vehicle.

Have a great week everyone

Bob

The Week that Was

It was an intimate gathering at last week’s Club Assembly with many still away. I think the Assembly only had an additional two members to the Board meeting. We’re looking forward to a return of at least two members this week.

The Board meeting reminded us there is a lot of interesting and some fun things happening in coming months. Please stay tuned. We were sad to hear that Ruby Christmass has withdrawn from the Rotary Youth Exchange program, but look forward to seeing her involved in other Rotary programs in the future.

Three Narooma High students are off to the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) in Canberra this weekend with Lynda Ord, Sandra Doyle and teacher Lachlan Reilly. The students will represent France and hope to visit the French Embassy on Friday morning before MUNA begins. What a great weekend it will be for them all. It will be a treat hearing back from them all.

Please note that we have reintroduced the International Toast as an allocated duty each week. The Board would appreciate it if whoever is allocated that duty actually researches a club and tells us a bit about it. It may be from somewhere in the news, one visited overseas, or just a random choice.

More on the Sapphire Coast Youth Development Fund 

Bob mentioned the Sapphire Coast Arts and Sport Youth Development Fund. It  supports local youth under 18 in pursuing their arts and sporting endeavours.* In its first year, the Fund gave out $12,000 in grants to 20 young people across Bega Valley Shire to pursue their passions which ranged from the viola to women’s rugby, swimming and stage production.

The fund was started in September 2016 by Ron Finneran, Steve Goodchild and several others. It’s run by volunteers and funded by donations from businesses and individuals across the Shire with a contribution from Bega Valley Shire Council.

Ron Finnernan has encouraged many across the Sapphire Coast to get behind the district’s talented youth by contributing to the fund. He said where they live is a long way for young people to travel for expert tuition and, while the Fund can’t always cover the entire costs, it can help out with fuel and travel costs.

Ron will be our guest speaker on 14 September. As Bob mentioned, we are inviting other local clubs and sporting organisations to hear what Ron has to say and to see if people think such an organisation is warranted in our area.

*Taken from an article in The Land http://www.theland.com.au/story/4795517/sapphire-coasts-young-talent-deserving-of-help/?cs=4963

 ShelterBox changes

ShelterBox is no longer offering individual box sponsorship and tracking to donors. Reasons include the administrative cost of tracking and that they now supply other aid apart from ShelterBoxes. A note from ShelterBox says they will continue to deploy boxes when needed but can now supply a range of other aid to suit different conditions – tents ShelterKits to repair damaged homes or build emergency shelters, and a range of essential items like solar lights and water filters.

Over the past year, Rotary clubs around the world have over US$2.8m to help more than 20,150 families who have lost everything following some disaster.  The funds enabled deployments to disasters in Afghanistan, Cameroon, Columbia, Ecuador, Fiji, Haiti, Iraq, Mozambique, Niger, Paraguay, Peru, Sri Lanka and Syria. Disasters included floods, political conflict, landslides, earthquakes, hurricanes and cyclones.

For example:

  • ShelterBox worked closely with Rotarians and Rotaractors to assess communities affected by flash floods and mudslides in Peru. As a result, 2,000 solar lights and mosquito nets along with 1000 ShelterKits were distributed. The ShelterKits allowed some families to stay in their homes and temporarily fix damaged structures while the nets and lights were used in camps by families who had lost their homes completely in the floods.
  • Since October 2016, approximately 900,000 people have been displaced in Iraq as forces battled to retake Mosul. ShelterBox and partners, including the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED), have been helping people fleeing the city. Over 6,000 families have received shelter and other aid items, with a further 2,000 families receiving additional essential lifesaving items.  ShelterBox continues to work with partners to reach more families.

Whalewatching raffle tickets

The whalewatching season is nearly upon us, so the date of the draw rapidly approaches – 2 September. We are again indebted to Narooma Charters for their support.

Would everyone please bring in raffle tickets, sold or unsold. The Club has reduced the number of ‘raffles this year from three to two, in response to Members’ wishes. Funds raised in this raffle will go with those raised in conjunction with the Rotary Christmas Races on 24 December to support the Shire’s surf clubs.

Rotary Christmas Races

We need  three or four of our members to help out  at the Rotary Christmas races at Moruya on Sunday 24 December. Any volunteers?

Cheers

Laurelle