Narooma Rotary Beacon 29 September 2016

Outside the Square:

What an effort from Lynn getting all the fruit bagged to make smoothies for the Aerobic healthy activity at the Narooma pool today. Chris Joan and myself helped out and they were consumed as soon as we made them.

Little to report this week as I will be away just after tonight’s meeting so the cupboard is empty.

Have a great week and for those who have grandchildren duty being school holidays have a great time

Last Week’s Meeting:


Our guest speaker was Suzanne Voytas, a well known Author, Geneologist and Family Historian, who spoke about the joys and pitfalls of delving into your family history.

Suzanne has been a compulsive and addicted family history researcher for too many years. She not only worked on her own family history but has helped many people to discover theirs.

She has completed the Society of Australian Genealogist’s Diploma in Historical Family Studies, was the president of the Blue Mountains Family History Society (NSW, Australia ) for five years, as well as holding other committee positions.

One of her many interesting ancestors is Eliza O’Brien per Elizabeth 1828 .

While on a trip to Ireland , she visited the Cork City Gaol and asked for further information about the riot that occurred in July 1827. She was met with blank stares, as there was no recorded information about it. Even President Michael was no help. From that conversation it was suggested that each of the women be researched and hopefully the centre might then be able to put on an exhibition about the first renovators of the gaol. This culminated in the publication of her book, Elizabeth 1828. Suzanne lives ar Ringlands with her husband, who will be our guest speaker next week.

Attendance: 11 members and 4 guests

Wheel: Fruit Baskets of Irish Mandarins – John Doyle (23) & Lynn Hastings (4), Wine – Chris O’Brien (41), Bread – Mike Young (1) & Chocolates – Sandra Doyle (28).

International Toast: President Michael proposed a toast to the RC of Kisumu Winam, Kenya. Michael will be trekking the wilderness of South-West WA next year to raise money for an orphanage in Kisumu Winam. The Rotaract Club of Kisumu Winam, sponsored by the RC of Kisumu Winam, has 325 members! 

30011000         1177426  New President Thomas K’Otieno & his wife Irene. The Rotary Club of Kisumu Winam Meets every Tuesday at Le Savanna Country Lodge from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm







This month’s Market: Gate-$851.60, Van-$550.50 & Wishing Well-$327.25; Total=$1729.35.


Sick-Bay: Lynda Ord is recovering well from her second of two spinal surgeries. It was great to see her in attendance at the Markets showing how to make an Aspen collar look stylish.

Rotarian-at-large: PP Bob Aston reports from Switzerland on yet another gruelling leg of around the world in “as long as I can take!”


Narooma Rotary Beacon 15 September 2016

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Outside the Square:

I will be very brief this week and next week as my Rotary experiences are limited due to limited involvement.

Donna left for Japan on Father’s day and our 23rd wedding anniversary and today, as I write is her birthday, hence my mind on other things.

Thanks Bob and Frank for taking over last Thursday as I was in Mogo trying to learn something about Village ( Narooma is classified as a village in the RFS) firefighting. WHAT HOPE DO YOU HAVE ?.

Ditto to Bob for the Whale Raffle last Saturday and again thanks to Norm from Narooma Charters for his generosity.

Sadly no sausage sizzel for the Council Elections, but alas the bureaucracy won once again to defeat community engagement. Thankfully it was raining so we might have had wet sausages.

This week we are meeting at Charmaine’s for a fun night, sadly I will be in Mogo again for some training and so I wish you all the best and have a great night.

President Michael

Last Week:

Attendance: 11 members

Visiting Rotarian: Jenny Lean (Port Moresby, PNG), Guest: Iris Domeier

International Toast: Rotary Club of Port Moresby, PNG

The Wheel: Eggs – Rolf (8), Port – Bob (43), Wine – Bob again (24)

Happy moments: Laurelle was happy to spend a penny to tell us about the new toilets for Kinema. Although not flushed for funds their committee were able to receive grants to enable this refurbishment to go ahead.

Acting President Bob Antill presented the Club with a Certificate of Appreciation from Dalmeny Rural Fire Brigade for donations made in Bob’s year as President.

PP Charmaine displayed the Rotary Solar Light, an initiative started by the RC of Sutherland, NSW which has the potential to change the lives of millions of people living in third world countries (

Frank & Sandra presented a draft set of By-Laws for the Club to consider, noting, that despite unworkable rules in the Constitution, only the By-Laws could be changes. Frank’s notes follow:

Constitution and Bylaws

Rotary International has some guidelines for how clubs should be run. It is published here:

Take a look at the Manual of Procedure which has Rotary’s policies and procedures. The manual is geared to Rotary club and district leaders and features information that’s most relevant to their roles. It is published every three years to reflect adopted legislation and decisions of the RI conventions, the Council on Legislation, the Rotary International Board of Directors, and the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation.

In that document, there is a standard club constitution which every club must adopt. It can be downloaded here on the same page

Standard Rotary Club Constitution (PDF) (Word)
Note that in the footer of that document, it says “each club admitted to membership in RI shall adopt this prescribed standard club constitution.”

District 9650 has produced a very slightly altered version of this constitution to conform to NSW legislation.

Flexibility is provided by allowing each club to have its own set of bylaws. The constitution and the bylaws together are often referred to as “the constitution”, which can be confusing at times. Again, District 9650 has produced a recommended set of by laws which conform to NSW Legislation and RI. The committee looking into this has made a copy of that and is using google docs to collaborate, alllowing ideas and suggestions together with draft replacements and additions to the bylaws to be added into the text, colour coded etc.

If you want to help out or you are interested in progress, Frank, Sandra or Rod can send you a link.

When we have these bylaws in a state that we (and Michael) are not unhappy with, we will again invite everyone to have a read. Then we will have a special meeting to approve them. No-one should come to that special meeting and get a surprise about the content – it is your club and the by laws will from time to time restrict what we can do, so it is important to get them right.

If we do get them right, they should be documents we never have to worry about.

Frank Eden


Rolf showed us some wonderful slides from his recent trip home to Switzerland and particularly the train trip & views from Jungraujoch (3446m).

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Coming events: Monty’s Place upcoming Movie Night at the Narooma Kinema on Friday 16th September.

Monty’s Place upcoming Movie Night at the Narooma Kinema on Friday 16th September (the night before it is released to the public). Monty’s will be glad of any assistance that Rotarians can give on the night.

The movie is the new Beatles Documentary ‘Eight Days a Week’. 7pm for 7.30pm. $20 includes wine & nibbles. It will be fabulous journey back to the sixties. Guests can dig out their 60s and Beatles clothes and come and join the fun.

The film will raise funds for Monty’s Place which serves a scrumptious meal to some of the more needy and isolated people in our community every Wednesday from 12.00 to 1.30pm at the church hall under the Water Tower in Narooma. Everyone is welcome..

Next Week: FUN NIGHT – fine food, wine (BYO) and adult games.

Charmain’s home: 24 William St, Dalmeny 6.00-6.30 – until late

Be there or be square.

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Narooma Rotary Beacon 8 September 2016


A very small square this week, as I will be away from this weekend and missing the next few meetings due to firefighting training.

By the time this comes out, the winner of the Whale Raffle should be known. Many thanks to Norm of Narooma Charters for his generous support to our Club and Shelterbox.

We welcomed back Lyn and Rolf from their visits home to Seattle and Switzerland respectively. Next Thursday, after the suggestion from the Club member who comes up with these things, Peter B, they will regale you with the highlights of their visits.

This will be followed I hope by a lively discussion on our proposed new Constitution and By Laws as these documents are central to the functioning of our club. Please let Frank know during the week and before the meeting what changes etc., you think should be made to our present Constitution and Rules ( hopefully will be renamed By-Laws).

Our fun night, thanks to the generosity of Charmaine will be at her home on the 15th September and she and Bob have been given a few ideas to make it “fun”.

Finally, can members please contribute to the Beacon as Peter would love to have your contributions. – Pres. Michael


Narooma News article – Rotary Raffle winner.

As the plight of those who have been displaced from their homes unfolds on the nightly news, Government agencies and NGO (Non Government Organisations) rally with personnel to assist.

Watching we often think about how we can help, but helping can be as simple as buying a raffle ticket.

On Saturday the 3rd of September, just after noon at Narooma Town Wharf, Nick Ingersole of Narooma Charters plunged his hand into a large box of tickets stubs and drew out the winner of the Rotary Narooma Whale Watching Raffle.

The lucky winner was Mandy Wheatley of Narooma who can look forward to a magical Whale watching trip on one of Narooma Charters boats during the upcoming season, thanks to the generosity of Narooma Charters and all who bought tickets.

The money raised by Rotary Narooma will go toward ShelterBox and shelter kit Australia Disaster Relief.

“Rotary Narooma is a proud supporter of ShelterBox. We raise money to donate to this cause because it is tangible, we can see a positive result for the money donated. Each year we conduct the Whale Watching raffle in August and our Duck race on Australia Day for ShelterBox. “ President of Narooma Rotary Michael O’Connor said.

President Michael added “When we purchase a ShelterBox ($1,000 ea) we get a number and can track when it has been deployed anywhere in the World. Transparency for where the money we raise is spent is very important to Rotarians and the community of Narooma we serve”.

Thank you to all who bought a ticket in the raffle, you are winners who have played a small part in helping people in Australia and the World when a disaster strikes.

Congratulations Mandy Wheatley and Narooma Charters for your support.


Attendance: 14 members, 1 guest (Iris)

International Toast: Lynn Hastings proposed the International Toast to the Rotary Club of North Seattle.

3-Minute Talk: Mike Young spoke of the Rotary Club of Broome’s Dragon Boat Race. This annual event is a series of boat races by inexperienced paddlers against many obstacles, such as crocodiles and a killer 8.5 metre tide! As this event cannot be fully described in 3-minutes, Mike took 20-minutes!

Club Assembly: As Chris & Laurelle were away, the Club Assembly was quickly over with full consensus on all matters raised!

The Wheel: Eggs – won by Sandra (15), Chocolates – Angie (30), Chocolates – Peter B (14), Wine – Pres. Michael (29) and Port – Mike Y. (12)

Happy Moments: Were dominated by the return home of Rolf from Switzerland & Lynn from Seattle.

This Week’s Puzzle: Club members Rod Walker & Peter Bull  celebrate 50 years association with Rotary this month. Both were Foundation Members of the Interact Club of Sydney Boys High School 1966. The following photo contains both members. Can you identify them by sending an email correctly indicating where in the photo they are.

Interact 1967

The Minotaur.