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.
Back from a stunning week off and tackling the emails and generally catching up.
Last week Merinda and I went to Canberra Zoo where we stayed for two nights with a Cheetah, not in the same room but next to us. Everything about the time there was first class from the food, to the tours and the staff.
Thank you to Laurelle for holding the fort during my absence.
Saturday we were able to pick up Radar on his return from the super “Reef to Rock 2016” trip. He chatted happily all the way home – he had a wonderful time!
Laurelle has been hard at work organising the Pride of Workmanship Awards which will happen this Thursday night. It is always a great night as we recognise hard working employees nominated by their employers.
This Sunday is our ANZAC Markets. If you have already put your name down, thank you! If not and you can help, please do so asap.
Please make sure you let Anthony know by Tuesday if you are not coming on Thursday night. Is is assumed that you will be attending and eating unless you advise otherwise. Your meal will be charged to you if notice is not received.
Many thanks to Lynn for organising a new fridge for the van and a working bee this morning to install it. Thank you to Lynda, Ashley and John Doyle for your wonderful support and help today.
Have a magical week
The Ecuadorian government has today requested international assistance to help with the relief effort following the major earthquake that hit Ecuador on Sunday 17 April. A ShelterBox assessment team consisting of operations coordinator Jon Berg (UK) and response team volunteer Kara Lapso (US) will arrive in Ecuador on Wednesday 20 April. The assessment team is in contact with the government, other responding agencies and rotary, and has started the process of identifying the type and quantity of aid required. ShelterBox has aid prepositioned in Panama, Bolivia and Colombia and the wider team is currently looking into options for getting this into Ecuador as soon as we have a fuller understanding of what is needed.
Information is now starting to come out of the most affected areas, which have been difficult to access due to extensive landslides. Aftershocks are continuing, and there have now been more than 130 since the initial earthquake.
For further detail on the situation, please see the Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affair’s (OCHA) update for 17 April, 2016
Gary Traynor spoke to us about the Kakoda Trail, a topic he is passionate about. He has done the walk many times, often leaving the path to look for artifacts. There is a lot of unexploded ordinance still left lying about – and still capable of causing harm.
An engaging speaker, he reminded us of the close encounter our country had because of the threat from the Japanese at that time.
The following is from Wikipedia . .
The Kokoda Trail or Track is a single-file foot thoroughfare that runs 96 kilometres (60 mi) overland – 60 kilometres (37 mi) in a straight line – through the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea. The track was the location of the 1942 World War II battle between Japanese and Allied – primarily Australian – forces in what was then the Australian territory of Papua.
Hot, humid days with intensely cold nights, torrential rainfall and the risk of endemic tropical diseases such as malaria make it a challenging trek. Hiking the trail normally takes between four and twelve days; the fastest recorded time is 16 hours 34 minutes.
– Frank Eden
This week I received an email from Clubrunner proudly claiming 8,000 clubs as customers worldwide. As you will recall, our website was formerly managed by Clubrunner software, and cost us around $400 per year. We now use WordPress hosted with Ventraip and all up it costs approx $40 per year. And for many reasons, what we have now is a much better website than before.
Some quick arithmetic – 8,000 times $400 is 3.2 million dollars – a darn lot of money in my opinion.
Despite I have an IT background, I managed to steer clear of anything to do with websites in my career so I dont have any extra advantages over other mere mortals. But WordPress is just so easy it doesnt require much expertise!
Often we don’t think beyond the walls of our clubrooms – but every club faces the same set of problems – and a website is just one of them. One wonders why website hosting is not a service provided at the district level? Using subdomains we could even avoid the cost of domain registration.
Many thanks to Bob Aston, who had kept (electronic) copies of our old newsletters. I have made them all into PDFs, standardised the naming and loaded them up. So now we have all newsletters available from 2005. There is some interesting reading in that lot.
I’ll make them easier to find, but for now, you can find them all here:
And dont forget you can let Google find stuff in those old newsletters.
To search for all occurrences of Ringlands Walk, do a search like this:
"Ringlands walk" site:naroomarotary.org.au
Note the double quotes and the restriction of the search to just our website. But don’t try it straight away, as it can take a few days to weeks for google to index our site, and all the names of the newsletters have changed.
Earlier newsletters will still need to be scanned, but fortunately, they will still be searchable. It just takes time to do.
Plants & Fungi of the Narooma Rainforest Field Day
Narooma has our very own fungi expert, Teresa Van Der Heul. She led up an excursion into a couple of patches of rainforest this week, it was a fascinating look at the often extremely tiny world of fungi, and the very important part played by fungi and molds in the ecosystem. The tour is to be repeated on the 17th May, 10am – 3pm. I can highly recommend it.
10 – 12 Ringlands Point Littoral Rainforest
12 – 1 Lunch Break at Quota Park, Riverside Drive, Narooma. BYO lunch or purchase something from the Boatshed Cafes.
1-3 Box Cutting Rainforest, Kianga Rd, North Narooma
Take two informative walks through the different types of rainforest which exist at Narooma – the Wagonga Inlet Littoral Rainforest and the Box Cutting Rainforest with Botanist, Jackie Miles. Learn to identify the native rainforest plants and the threatening weeds. Land Services Officer, Peter Gow will be discussing a range of weed control techniques.
Littoral Rainforest on the Far South Coast
Littoral Rainforest is listed as an Endangered Ecological Community (EEC) under both NSW State (Threatened Species Conservation Act) and Commonwealth (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act) legislation, due largely to clearing and the threat to remaining stands from weeds, feral animals such as deer, fire and the activities of people (track creation, littering, plant collection, soil disturbance etc). Other less obvious threats include the loss of critical fauna elements from the ecosystem, that are needed for pollination or seed dispersal (e.g. cassowaries in north Queensland, which are the only dispersal agents for some large-fruited tree species), and the introduction of plant pathogens such as the recently arrived South American myrtle rust.
The Importance of Fungi
Fungi specialist, Teresa Van Der Heul, will point out some amazing fungi which are present in these ecosystems.
“Fungi are vastly underappreciated, yet without them our world would not be the same. They are nature’s recyclers turning dead wood and plant material such as lignum and cellulose, back into individual components to be reabsorbed by living organisms including humans. Without fungi we would not have bread, alcoholic beverages or cheese; cows and other ruminants would be unable to digest plant material which would effectively eliminate dairy and beef from our diet. Gardening would cease and nutrients taken from the earth would never be replaced. Plant debris would be washed into the water ways essentially choking off life to seagrass and aquatic critters. There would be no antibiotics. Neither we nor our ecosystem can survive without fungi.”
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.
This week has been a great week in Rotary for me. On Tuesday I travelled, together with Angie, Lynda and Sandra, to Moruya to help out with RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness). This revamped project takes year 11 students and instills in them the responsibilities of driving and the consequences of their actions.
Topics covered included the impact of a crash on individuals, family, friends, extended family and more, the Police, crash survivors telling their stories, driving experts on car safety and more. There was more interaction from the students this year and I think the message was getting through. Well done to Neil Simpson and his crew and to all who gave up time, again, for this great project.
Last night it was my privilege to induct two new members to our fantastic club. Sandra Doyle has gone from being a wonderful friend and supporter to a full member and Bob Aston has returned to Narooma and our Club. A Club can only function with members and our strength comes from them. Thank you.
Our Board Meeting last night was very productive and in the last item, Frank and Angie talked about community projects which embrace the future. With Climate Change and exciting options for renewable energy and more emphasis on the environment, it makes sense that we as Rotarians are looking at what we can do, no matter how small, to assist our community. A great example is the solar panels on the Narooma Kinema. A great project with which we were able to help, it is and will be a huge benefit to the community for decades to come. Exciting things are afoot!
Keep your eyes and ears open and if there is an organisation that is in need of help with equipment, then maybe we can help at the Changeover time (End of June). Also, if you think there is a member of our community who is not fully recognised for his or her work, maybe we could rectify that with a Paul Harris acknowledgement. Let me know.
Have a great week
It’s time to check your bowels
Rotary’s annual bowel cancer awareness campaign is now underway, again with the latest testing kits introduced last year.
The BowelCare campaign is assisted by Rotary Clubs in south-east NSW including Narooma Club.
Kits will be on sale in Narooma, Cobargo and Bermagui pharmacies until 31 May.
BowelCare coordinator Rod Chippindale says the campaign encourages everyone over 50 to have a bowel cancer test by buying a test kit from their local pharmacy.
‘We’re pleased we now offer the highest quality Australian-made test in our kit – Clinical Genomics’ Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT),’ Mr Chippendale said.
‘It still tests for hidden blood in the stool, which can be an early sign of bowel cancer, but medicines and food don’t interfere with it so it tends to be more accurate and have fewer false positives than other tests.’
Narooma Rotary BowelCare coordinator John Rungen said Narooma Rotary Club is proud to support this campaign each year.
‘That’s because this one simple and cheap test you do at home could save your life,’ he said.
Gastroenterologist Dr Howard Hope said Bowel Cancer is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer.
‘Rotary’s efforts encourage around 150,000 people across Australia to test regularly each year,’ he said.
‘Through this campaign, a large number of bowel cancer cases are detected that otherwise may not have been found so early and bowel cancer is one of the most curable cancers if detected early.’
The kit (with instructions) costs $15 from local pharmacies. A pre-paid envelope is included.
The $15 covers the cost of the kit, pathology tests and the reporting of results to both you and your nominated doctor. Strict medical confidentiality is maintained at all times.
It is a not for profit project managed and supported by Rotary clubs across Australia to improve community health.
Simone Wharfe of Narooma Pharmacy and Narooma Rotary BowelCare coordinator John Rungen say ‘It’s time’ to check your bowels.
At the board meeting, there was some time spent discussing ideas around the issue of climate change and what our club can do about it. The ideas were the result of a few earlier brainstorming sessions and ranged from easy to difficult; from the largely symbolic, to raising awareness, to encouraging renewable energy projects either locally or overseas. A couple of ideas gained immediate support and we will begin to research and plan for those.
A public seminar for August with a couple of guest speakers, to raise awareness of solar energy and solar battery storage.
An October market with a renewable energy “expo” theme. We would invite local solar installers, a battery-storage supplier, solar hot water installers, the Council to explain its solar strategy, the ATA Canberra Branch who have a special trailer for exactly this purpose, a representative from the Solar Council, Switched on Cycles, and some cars from the Canberra Electric Vehicle club, a representative from SolarShare, and also from 350.org
Collaborate with the Bega club to look at solar solutions for villages in Timor Leste. Ange will follow up on this.
For sure we want to be part of the solution rather than be bystanders, especially if we can simultaneously achieve multiple objectives. For completeness, here are some other proposals which could be considered:
Add a fifth test to the four way test – “Will it be of benefit to the environment”.
A post graduate scholarships specific to study renewables, battery storage and similar technologies
To work with the Council to encourage them to use renewable energy for all their facilities, and work with them on a plan to make it happen.
Work with ClearSky to find suitable sites for Solar projects (this would cost the club nothing). ClearSky is a not-for-profit company created by CEFE in Bega. Their business model is to find a customer with a suitable roof who has high day-time electricity usage (preferably 7 days a week). They then engage their commercial partners to build the system and after it is built, they find one or more investors to stump up the cash for it. The investors get their money back, plus a good rate of dividends over 6 or 7 years whereupon ownership of the installation is transferred to the customer. It’s a win win for everyone. There is no shortage of investors! Our club’s part would simply be to help find potential customers. With this approach, we could facilitate renewable energy projects for not-for-profit’or community owned retirement homes, medical centres, hospitals etc. anywhere in NSW.
Any thoughts or suggestions please speak to Angie or Frank.
Rotary Five Peaks + 1 Challenge
Canberra Sunday 24 April 2016
Mount Stromlo ?
Mount Pleasant ?
Black Mountain ?
Pick as many peaks as you like!
Add the Arboretum’s Dairy Farmers Hill to the Classic Five Peaks.
Choose the longer Uriarra route of up to 118 km or a shorter route up to 83 km.
Rotary provides great snacks for your enjoyment at two refreshment stops.
Your ride will help ROMAC provide children from developing countries with life
saving/ dignity restoring surgery and help DORIS support women and children
leaving domestic or family violence.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a magical week and think of Radar out in the desert enjoying the vast open spaces.
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 > https://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/cycle-2016.
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: email@example.com.
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
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!