Beacon 26th May 2016

short words by bob ant

After a close fought battle last night we, the Narooma Rotary Club, just pipped the Moruya Club at the post to win the 2016 Cinders Trophy. This annual contest is a lot of fun,  a little confusion but always a good night. Chris O’Brien did an outstanding job, as always, in organising not only the questions but the venue.

Club Narooma looked after us with a great meal, bar service and space in the Montague Room. Steve Young drove Mike Dent and the Moruya crowd down in a bus. All this combined to help make the night run smoothly and keep the fun level high.

The Cinders Trophy comes home !
The Cinders Trophy comes home !

It was fantastic to see the smiling Charmaine return safely from her trip to Cambodia. A quick talk revealed that not only did she enjoy the trip but the hard work the team put in was well appreciated and the “Tip” children can now show their pearly whites. I’m looking forward to her talk and grateful to all who worked to raise money  for them to buy the little things that helped make the trip a success.

May started on a Sunday so the Markets were with us, it seems, early in the month. With the wonderful warm weather we’ve been having it was another busy Sunday.  John Doyle made sure of the numbers and there were plenty of helpers on the day.

Radar and I travelled to Wagga on Sunday afternoon for a quick overnight visit. In his almost full year he has traveled around  the country but Wagga was new to him.

Have a great weekend and a magical week



Rotary Cambodia Dental Team

The Rotary Cambodia Dental Team, led by Narooma dentist and Rotarian Charmaine White, has returned after a most successful two weeks.

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The team treated children from families living on the rubbish dumps around Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh as well as from a local orphanage.

“The problem is huge,” she said. “Our main task was to get these children out of pain.”

“There’s a school on the dump and we accessed kids through the school.

“It’s interesting because there was some fear that extracting teeth could lead to brain damage, but we  spoke with families at a parent information session and explained that was not the case.”

They treated over 200 children with some needing two or three appointments.

“That would equate to about $72,000 worth of work in Australia,” she said.

Ms White said her team was fortunate in being able to use a dental clinic set up by dentist Robert Ogle as well as use his “wonderful translation staff”.

This was a joint project between RAISE Cambodia who coordinated contacts within Phnom Penh, Cambodia World Family who provided the dental clinic, and Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) who provided the working team.

Ms White said they greatly appreciated the generosity of Narooma people who raised over $4,000 for the project.

“We used this to buy disposable things like needles, filling material, gauze, as well as tuk tuk rides,” she said.

“We would bring the kids in from school in tuk tuks as well as provide them with breakfast the first week.”

The team also consisted of Narooma dental assistant Sharon Holcombe, Rotarian and Gold Coast dental hygienist Sharyn Taghoade, and German dentist Marlene Schulz.  All team members paid their own airfares and living expenses.

As a RAWCS project, it was organised in association with the Rotary Club of Phnom Penh.

Ms White said she is already planning a return trip to Cambodia, this time to work with adults in the provinces outside of Phnom Penh who have never had access to any dental treatment.


Beacon 19th May 2016

short words by bob ant

This week we battle with Moruya on our home turf for the coveted Cinders Trophy which we narrowly lost last year. Bring your “Brain’s Trust” and notify numbers by tomorrow (Monday) . and remember that it is at Club Narooma .

Our board meeting last week agreed in principal to the Expo in October to show case what is new and upcoming on the alternate energy field. Frank and his team are getting things together and I’m positive this will be a community event with enormous interest.

Bob Aston suggested that we acknowledge country within our invocation at the beginning of meetings. His suggestion was positively received and Laurelle is putting the words together. This will bring us into line with procedures for most other meetings and groups.

The change over is fast approaching and Michael is getting ready to take control of the bell!!

Deciding how to distribute funds, which our members have raised, to our community is always a big job. We don’t want to just give money for general purposes, if we can help it, but for equipment or something tangible. Still looking for input from members.

Our Polio movie night was a great success and with the money raised from the Polio Pig and a little help from our reserves we are able to send $1,000 to add to the more than 600 from the earlier movie night. Great work all.

Have a great week studying up on trivia



Quota Club Trivia Night

Its that time of year!   The Quota Club also have a trivia night, on Friday 20th May 7pm for 7.30pm at Club Narooma Function Room.

It is being run by with proceeds to the Eurobodalla Riding for the Disabled.

Tables of 2 to 8 at $8 per person. Bookings to Vicki on 0419996419

Website Cookbook

Adding content to the Club’s website is as easy as adding something to facebook, but for the more adventurous, I’ve put together some notes on how to add photos and so on, (which is just a little more tricky).

So here its is the Narooma Rotary Website Cookbook


Pictures from the Movie Night – Eddy the Eagle

Lynn and Sandra
Lynn and Sandra
Libby Walker, Lynda, Peter
Chris, John and Radar
Rachel and Donna
Rachel and Donna
Radar at VIEW Club
Radar at VIEW Club

Shelter Box Update

After many years of hard work, research and information gathering, I’m pleased to announce that we have been granted deductible gift recipient status (DGR) under the OAGDS (Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme). This is great news and our new status will open up opportunities for fundraising with corporales and Private Ancillary Funds.

The timing of the announcement coincides nicely with the approaching end of the financial year. Now is a great time for potential donors to make a tax-deductible gift to ShelterBox Australia!

Below is the latest deployment information from HQ.

ShelterBox World Map


Our response in Fiji is now in its final few days. No more distributions will take place but we will continue to conduct monitoring and evaluation activities over the next couple of days. We are also in the process of signing an MOU with the Red Cross so that we can leave 250 tarpaulins with them to distribute going forward as needed. The total number of distributions are 491 boxes, 293 tents and 401 shelter kits.


The 999 shelter kits which were sent from our pre-positioned stock in Panama have now arrived in Ecuador and the team are in the process of moving it from the compound where it has been unloaded. The remaining 1001 shelter kits and non- food items are expected to arrive in country over the weekend.

In total this will give us 2000 shelter kits, 1700 water filters, and 300 small ShelterBoxes which each contain 1 water filter, 1 kitchen set, 2 solar lights, 2 mosquito nets and 2 water carriers to distribute in Portoviejo, where we will work with local agency PROGAD and Habitat for Humanity. The boxes will be distributed with a shelter kit to those whose homes were completely destroyed in the earthquake.


175 tents were distributed last week and we are in the process of speaking with Relief Aid about distributing more shelter kits in Aleppo City, which continues to experience intense conflict.


Following a distribution of 3000 shelter kits in Paraguay in response to widespread flooding at the beginning of the year, we now plan to send a monitoring and evaluation team to assess the effectiveness and impact of our work helping families displaced by the floods. No date has yet been confirmed for this, but it is a priority and should happen over the next couple of months.

North Korea

A monitoring and evaluation trip is also planned for North Korea and we are working with our contact to confirm a date.


Beacon 12th May 2016

short notes by bob ant

Isn’t the digital age fantastic!! I turned the computer on at 6 am this morning and at 8.30 I have just finished going through my Rotary emails for the last few days.  As we can now communicate at lot easier than in the past, we now communicate a lot more.

Last Thursday we had our Polio Plus Movie night at the Kinema, for the Narooma Premier of “Eddie the Eagle” . Many thanks to John and Janette for allowing us to host this night, to Chris O’Brien for organising (above and beyond) , to all who helped out and to those who came to support a very worthy cause. The bonus was two fold 1) helping end Polio.  2) A really good movie.

Chris is working on the Cinders night and I hope you are all catching up on your trivia, we need to win so study hard and invite brainy friends!!!

Frank and his team have started putting together a Solar / Alternative expo.  More to come but the ground work so far looks very positive.

Shelter Box has now received full tax deductible status. See article in the next Beacon.

This week we have a board meeting and an update on some of the projects and more.

Have a great weekend


VIEW Club’s Zone Conference

On Wednesday 4th of May Radar, Sandra and I travelled south to attend the VIEW Club’s Zone Conference at Merimbula, as Radar had been invited to be their guest speaker.  It was a pleasant day and were made to feel very welcome – plus we had a delicious lunch!

Radar began by playing his erhu and he played two lovely pieces -one quite slow and evocative, and the other was lively, showing the full range of the instrument.  He played beautifully and everyone listened very quietly and attentively.

He then spoke about Taiwan, and about his experiences as an exchange student.  He soon had the ladies laughing with descriptions of the ‘culture shocks’ he had experienced both at school and at home.  His presentation was great and everyone enjoyed it very much.  Before we left, the local Narooma VIEW Club asked if he would be guest speaker at their club in July!  Sandra and I are designing our business cards now for our new venture as Radar’s Event Managers!!

As some of you would know, the VIEW Clubs support the Smith Family, in particular their Learning for Life program for children and families in need.  It was great to hear about the success stories of those supported through this program and to see the commitment of these local ladies to help others.

– Michael O’Connor

Cinders Trophy Trivia Night and Dinner

The Narooma and Moruya  Rotary Clubs’ Cinders Trophy Trivia Night and Dinner will be held on Thursday 19th May in the Montague Room of Club Narooma on Thursday 19th May at 6pm for 6.30pm. The cost will be $28.00 per head and this includes a 2-course meal with tea and coffee to follow. Please try to invite as many of your friends as possible so we can take the Trophy back!

District News

The latest edition of “District Matters May 2016” is available.

Highlights : Margaret Hassall to be District Governor 2018-19.

They think BIG in Pambula – they made over $3,000 from cooking up Paella !!!


District Assembly 30 April/1 May Berry

District Assembly 30 April/1 May Berry

Attended District Assembly with President Bob Antill.  Unlike my experience at the Annual Conference last year in Canberra in 2015, this had an informative and well presented programme. I attended the Rotary Foundation and International sessions and it was heartening to hear about the work that was being carried out.

It was also my impression that we as a club seem to punch above our weight.

President Antill gave a rundown on how we have put defibrillators around Narooma and now we are hoping with Moruya and Bateman Bay Rotary Clubs to have them throughout the Eurobodella

To be honest I had been in two minds as to the benefits of INTERACT until I heard two young women give a talk at our dinner that night. They were articulate, interesting and forceful in getting their message across as to the value of INTERACT and I left converted.

It was then interesting to hear the next morning about clubs in our District in seeking to establish an INTERACT CLUB. It was readily apparent that it was a major task that required on going intensive support from Rotary Club members, but with such support being in the background. President Antill is hoping to move forward with the planning of an INTERACT CLUB in Narooma and I hope the club will get behind him with support.

He will have my full support in 16/17 and hopefully that will continue in the future.

Some trivia but not trivial, did you realise that there is a BAN on Rotarians being in any other service club?

This was revealed to me when we were told of a rule change that would allow a member of ROTORACT to be also a member of ROTARY. ( catch they have to pay both annual fees).

At first I laughed thinking it was a joke that if you were in rotoract you could not be in rotary. Yes folks it is true. While I have not seen the definition of what is a service club, but presumably you can’t be in CWA and Rotary and ditto for Zonta Probus and obviously Lions.

I am still dumbfounded by this and can’t understand the logic behind this. Why should a membership of Lions debar you from Rotary and vice versa if you fulfil the requirements ( apart from Rotary’s ban) of both service clubs  by serving your community.

Finally, we were told that the rule is now, or will be shortly, that we are only required to have 2 meetings a month and that it need not be specifically a dinner, lunch or breakfast meeting.

Think of the opportunities to liven up Rotary in Naroooma, so hopefully we can put on our thinking caps and come up with innovative meeting suggestions/locations to embrace change which seems to be a key message at the District Assembly if we are to survive and progress.


Beacon 5th May 2016

Short words by bob ant

A little late this week as I have been away for a few days.

Saturday and Sunday I attended the District Conference in Berry with PE Michael.  During the first session on District Grants I was asked to speak about our defibrillator program and our matching grant. It was a great conference and the dinner on Saturday night was a highlight.

Today (Wednesday) Radar is bound for Merimbula with Lynda and Sandra to the VIEW Club meeting. Radar was asked to be the guest speaker about being and exchange student.I’m sure he will keep every one entertained.

Last Thursday night was a great evening with Rachael organising our guest speaker Sue Barford, president of the River of Art organisation, what a great asset for our shire.

Lewis Ives who went to Honeywell last year came and talked of the experience. Wow has he come a long way and even his Dad was surprised how he talked to a large audience. Not so long ago he was very shy. This is a very positive outcome for us and our youth projects.

Tomorrow night (5th May) is our Polio Plus movie fundraiser of Eddie the Eagle . Bring ten friends and wear some interesting head gear. Many thank to Chris for her work on making this possible.

Have a good one


Lewis Ives and Lynda Ord
Lewis Ives and Lynda Ord


Sue Barford, President of the River of Art festival

Eurobodalla River of Art is a 10 day festival of live music, theatre, film, visual arts, literature, creative workshops and cultural experiences held along the picturesque NSW far south coast. This area, known as the Eurobodalla Shire, extends between Durras Lake in the north and Wallaga Lake in the south.

Sue Barford, president of the organization spoke to us about the talented and skilled artists whose work is showcased by this festival.  She also spoke about just how important this festival has become – drawing large numbers of people from Sydney, Canberra and elsewhere.

Eddie the Eagle

Eddie the Eagle – Thursday Night  5th May



Beacon 28th April 2016

short words

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


Beacon 21st April 2016

Short Notes

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


Ecuadorian Update

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

And for ShelterBox’s news story,  ‘Deadly earthquake strikes Ecuador’

Kakoda Trail

Ange, Gary Traynor, Michael
Ange, Gary Traynor, Michael

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.

The track runs from Owers Corner in Central Province, 50 kilometres (31 mi) east of Port Moresby, across rugged and isolated terrain which is only passable on foot, to the village of Kokoda in Oro Province. It reaches a height of 2,190 metres (7,185 ft) as it passes around the peak of Mount Bellamy.[1] The track travels primarily through the land of the Mountain Koiari people.

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.

Opinion Corner

– 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.

Archived Newsletters

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:

Older Newsletters

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"

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.”

Book with Peter Gow on 4475 1001.


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 14th April 2016

short words by bob ant

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.

New members Bob and Sandra with Club President Bob
New members Bob and Sandra with Club President Bob Antill

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.

Rotary BowelCare 2016
Rotary BowelCare 2016

Simone Wharfe of Narooma Pharmacy and Narooma Rotary BowelCare coordinator John Rungen say ‘It’s time’ to check your bowels.

Environment Service

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.

  1. A public seminar for August with a couple of guest speakers, to raise awareness of solar energy and solar battery storage.
  2. 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
  3. 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:

  1. Add a fifth test to the four way test – “Will it be of benefit to the environment”.
  2. A post graduate scholarships specific to study renewables, battery storage and similar technologies
  3. 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.
  4. 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 ?
  • Red Hill
  • Mount Pleasant ?
  • Mount Ainslie
  • Black Mountain ?
  • + Arboretum

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.

More information and registration at:

Nerrigundah Memorial Service