Beacon 28th April 2016

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Another week has flown by. Wednesday Michael and I travelled to Moruya for the combined Rotary Presidents’ meeting. It is good to know that Moruya and Batemans Bay clubs are also doing well and some great things are happening.

Last Thursday night we hosted our annual Pride of Workmanship Awards. This recognises good work of employees as judged by their bosses. It is not a competition but a public recognition and it wouldn’t be possible without the hours of work that Laurelle puts in to make it special. Thank you Laurelle.

Also thanks to Lynda our wonderful MC, Radar on photos, Peter and Lynn for meeting and greeting at the door, Bob Aston for the invocation and John Rungen for a international toast full of information on the positive things Rotary is doing in the world. Thanks also to Mat and Jen and their staff for making all welcome and for providing a great meal.

Thanks go to Julie Clark, Jim Sharpe, Debra Black, Julie Davis, Tracey Benbow, Ray Lawrence, Victoria Wilkin, Rebecca Tyrrell, Christine Lansley, Tracey Tunney and Sarah Navara for their hard work and dedication to their jobs and to their employers for recognising this.

Peter and Karin will be away for a little while whilst Karin undergoes some tests and we wish her a speedy recovery. Jennifer (Rod’s wife) is also recovering at home now and each day she is getting stronger. Our thoughts are with Jennifer and if you’d like to visit, please check with Rod first. Our thoughts are also with Peter H. at this time as he is having treatment and we wish him a speedy recovery.

The Markets were on last Sunday and we were very busy. Everyone loves our Smoothies and the Anzac biscuits were a very welcome addition. We had a very successful result.

And congratulations to Frank and Iris who joined the ranks of Grandparents last week….. Frank’s smile was so wide that Charmaine could count his fillings from two tables back!!

Radar has moved back with us for his final placement. His luggage seems to have increased since last time we saw him !!!


Pride of Workmanship Awards

What a great night last Thursday!
Eleven of our local businesses each recognised a valued employee at our annual Pride of Workmanship Awards at a special dinner at The Whale for over 60 people.
President Bob said how proud the Club is of this program and the support we receive from local businesses.
‘The program offers local businesses the opportunity, through Rotary, to acknowledge the efforts and contributions of employees who consistently achieve a high standard of work performance and show personal qualities worthy of such an award,’ he said.
Our MC extraordinaire for the night, Lynda, described the Awards night as a very positive and uplifting experience, adding that one thing she particularly likes about these awards is that it is not a competition.
She said, ‘What was also inspiring this year was the range of businesses represented’.


Pride of Workmanship Awards

President Bob presented Pride of Workmanship Awards last Thursday to

  • Debra Black (IRT Dalmeny), front left,
  • Tracey Tunney (Whale Motor Inn),
  • Rebecca Tyrrell (Quarterdeck),
  • Julie Davis (Narooma Dental Surgery),
  • Christine Lansley (Tilba Real Milk),
  • Ray Lawrence (Narooma Plumbing);
  • Narooma Rotary Vocational Service Director Laurelle,
  • Victoria Wilkin (O’Brien’s Hotel),
  • Tracey Benbow (Narooma Golf Club),
  • Julie Clark (Dalmeny Long Day Care)
  • Jim Sharpe (Estia Health).

Sarah Navara (Antons) was unable to be there but Lynda and Laurelle presented Sarah’s award to her at work the next day.


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A delighted Sarah Navara, centre, of Anton’s at Kianga, was thrilled to receive her Award from Lynda and her boss Janine Ker on Friday.


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Lynda Ord was our MC for last Thursday’s Awards presentation


RYDA – Rotary Youth Driver Awareness 2016

REPORT ON RYDA – 6th April 2016

On Tuesday 6th April Lynda, Angie, Bob and I attended RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) in Moruya at the Moruya Jockey Club to help supervise District high school learner or soon-to-be learner drivers. The students attending RYDA were from Narooma High School, Batemans Bay High School, Moruya High School and Carroll College.

The students were divided into groups. There were 6 different activities and the groups were rotated throughout these. Our group started with the Road Safety and Awareness talk given by the Safety Officer from Eurobodalla Shire Council. We were all made aware of the potential unseen hazards around us. A film showed driver attention to an oncoming car and where it was headed. A couple of potentially unseen hazards of a parked car and door opening on the driver’s side and a child riding a bike on the footpath were not noted by most and this was quickly realised by the students during the discussion afterwards.

Our next activity was observing the safety components possible in a car and noting the possible safety ratings for purchasing a car. Students then watched demonstrations of braking at various speeds. They were asked to estimate safety distances. They were shocked at how wrong their estimates were, with the final demonstration having great impact on the students. A small dummy was hit at 60 kmph when the speed should have been 50 kmph. The destruction of the dummy certainly impressed them with the differences in safety and speed.

We then attended a talk and discussion with police officers over the various rules to be followed by Learner, Red P-Plate and Green P-Plate drivers. The police enforced the notion that “If you don’t follow the rules, you lose your licence and could lose your car”. It was also emphasised that traffic accidents are not usually accidents but are crashes caused by neglect from a driver.

The next two activities dealt with victims of crashes. The first activity was listening to two gentlemen who had been involved in crashes in some way. The older gentleman had witnessed a mate being killed and had tried to help him. Then years later, he had had to ask one son to view the body of his own brother. The dead son had been on his way home with his brother from a holiday in another state. The second gentleman was an actual victim who had been involved in an horrific local crash. It had not been his fault and the other driver had managed to elude punishment. The victim’s compensation had been eaten away by medical bills but most impressive was that this man who was never supposed to walk again had found the courage to beat this conclusion and had eventually walked after 3 years of hard work. The students found his statement that he had given himself 3 years to walk and if he couldn’t he ‘would blow his head off” rather disturbing and hopefully it gave them food for thought.

The second activity in this category involved watching a film about the repercussions and ripple effect of a young person losing their life. Parents, friends and social mates discussed their feelings and how their child, friend and sibling’s death had impacted on their own lives.

During the last activity the students were asked to complete a personality test to see what personal attributes they needed to consider when they were driving a car. This included watching a film with the usual peer pressure ‘egging on’ in which many young people involve themselves. They then considered their own personality and the actions they would need to pursue to avoid involving themselves in crashes.

Overall it was an excellent course and it would seem most students took at least something away. My thoughts are that possibly the girls were far more willing to ask questions than the boys but this may have been only our group. If this is an overall conclusion from other groups there may be different methods which can be used to coerce the boys to ask more questions.

Sandra Doyle

Beacon 7th April 2016

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After a relaxing weekend off it’s back to work.

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Birthday Bob and Merinda

Last Thursday night we were given not only  history but current information on the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens in Batemans Bay. This is a wonderful part of our area which we don’t think of when we have visitors. Not only worth a look but also worth becoming a friend of the gardens.

Thank you to all who wished me a Happy Birthday and to Merinda for arranging the fantastic cake from Rolf’s. I had a great time and on Saturday morning Merinda took me to Moruya for a surprise trip on the Sea Plane. We took off on the Tuross River, tracked south and circled Montague Island then over Narooma and back to land on the river next to Moruya Markets. Another great idea if you have visitors or just want to get up and see our beautiful lakes and rivers.

This Thursday night we have a Board Meeting and will hopefully be inducting two new members. It should be a good night.

Next Saturday at 1pm at Nerrigundah there is a memorial service commemorating  the 150th anniversary of the shooting of Constable Miles O’Grady. Those who were present when Peter Smith talked on his book about the Clarke Gang will remember the story of the gun battle between the Clarke Gang and the Police outside the Wallis Hotel. During the gun battle O’Grady was fatally shot along with bush ranger Wallis Fletcher.

The service will be at the Miles O’Grady Monument and if attending, you can book in with Jessica Petsalis, Executive officer 4478 9910 or email:

Have a magical week and think of Radar out in the desert enjoying the vast open spaces.



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Victoria Callioni – President of the Friends of the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens

Ronald McDonald House Canberra Cycle 2016

Woden Daybreak Rotary has stepped in to assist Ronald McDonald House Canberra by running Cycle 2016 on 14 May 2016 as a fund raising activity for the Canberra House.

There are two rides: 50 kms and 135 kms. More details and registration are at >

Given the unexpectedness of Woden Daybreak’s participation, we would be very grateful if other clubs could spread the word to any cycling friends or do the ride themselves of course!  Please contact Darren Stevens if you need more information:

Pambula Rotary Club Charity Golf Day

On the weekend of 21/22 May, Pambula Rotary Club is holding a Charity Golf Day at the picturesque Pambula Merimbula Golf Course. see flyers attached.

Included with the normal golf competition both days is ‘A Service Club Challenge’ open to members of service clubs. Saturday, a $200 prize for the Service Club member with the highest score and on Sunday the best score by a service club team ( two out of four must be members of a service club) wins $800. Cheques will be made paid to their nominated charity or service club.

This is a great challenge, a great way to earn valuable dollars for your club. The day will be a lot of fun with great prizes. Proceeds from this weekend will go to the Carers Accommodation at the New Southeast Regional Hospital at Bega.

Rotary Club of Bomaderry Golf Day Friday 15 April 2016

The Bomaderry Club is promoting its Golf Day at the Nowra Gold Club for the John Ryan Memorial Scholarship. The Scholarship is in memory of one its former Club members and is given to a student studying the Bachelor of Medicine Surgery at the Shoalhaven Campus of the University of Wollongong.

Part of the selection criteria is that the student must come from regional NSW and be likely to practice in a rural setting. So far the Club has awarded 2 Scholarships and it has assisted both recipients tremendously allowing them to focus on their studies rather than look for part time work to help them with their finances.

It would be wonderful if Rotarians could come and join us on the day and enjoy a great round of golf at the same time.

Venue: Nowra golf club, fairway drive, Nowra
Cost: $50 per player, which includes, breakfast,  lunch, and a round of golf
7.00am bacon & egg roll
8.00am shotgun start – ambrose 4 person team event.
12.30pm finish golf, refreshment and lunch at approx 1 pm. (Lunch will be b.b.q. Buffet)
1.30-2.00pm presentation of prizes & raffle winners
There are 8 carts for hire on a first in first served basis, players can book their team and/or a cart through the proshop
ph : 4421 2249
Hole in one prize of a hyundai car sponsored by country motor company Bomaderry.  Come and have a fun day

District Matters newsletter

Batemans Bay gets a mention in the April edition

Narooma Duck Race

Our Duck Race made it into the Rotary magazine in the UK/Ireland. Here is the link.; p. 28.


Duntroon Band Concert

Batemans Bay High School Hall
Saturday 16 April 2016

Helpers on the Day
The RMC Duntroon Band concert is one of our major fund raisers for the year and requires a fair bit of support behind the scenes. I hope you and your partner can help out.

Provide a salad or dessert
Our hospitality and home cooking is a real treat for the Band and helps ensure they come back year after year.
Could I ask members… all Rotarians and their partners to prepare either a salad or a dessert for the band’s meal following the concert? If you are unable to attend on the day would you arrange for someone else to bring it along?

The following helpers are needed to make the Band Concert a success.
11:00am Set up quadrangle (3 required) Tables, seating, urns, extension cords. Set out cups. Have tea and coffee, milk, lamingtons (cut in two) and biscuits ready on plates in canteen.
12:00am Set up audience and stage seating (4 required ) Roll out carpet, set up 40 chairs on stage and 400 in hall. Tables and chairs for ticket sellers in foyer. Collect Rotary Wheel from Baywaters Resort and place it in a central place –return same to Baywaters after concert. Display Rotary banners in a prominent place.
1:00pm Lunch for band and workers. (6 required) Confirm Pizza Dominios delivery for 1:00pm Ph 4475 3133 – manager is Jeff Pick up 25 pizzas from Dominos at 12:45pm – Note 2 vegetarian – 2 without cheese. Put out two salads with some plates and utensils. Serviettes and bowls of fresh fruit in bowls on tables. Set up a station for tea, coffee, milk, sugar, cups and urn. Have bottled water and cold drinks in esky.
2:00pm Ticket sellers and ushers (4 required) Man table (2) in foyer – cash float required (see Bruce Clarke). Ushers (2) at door to collect and count tickets.
2:30pm Concert commences (David Harding MC)
2:40 pm Serve tea and coffee at the interval. (All present) Set up tea and coffee, milk, sugar and cups. Ensure urns are boiling. Place biscuits and lamingtons on tables. Clean up and pack equipment away after intermission.
5:30pm. Evening meal (6 required) Check with Band for timing. Set up eskys with cold drinks, bottled water and beer. Have wine glasses and red/white wine available. Cook sausages, onions and chicken on the BBQ and place in trays. Set up serving station with plates, utensils, serviettes, bread, sauces, salt and pepper. Set salads up on tables. Assist serving the food. Bring out desserts and dessert plates and utensils. Clean up quadrangle after band has departed.

In between completing your duties, please feel free to enjoy the concert!

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