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 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.


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


Beacon 31st March 2016

Short Notes by Bob Ant

Another successful market …. huge Market, Easter Sunday. Thank you to all who helped make this a possibility. To David and Rachael and Laurelle who organised the gate, to Michael and Frank for marking out and working in the van, John and Sandra, John, Peter, Bob Aston, Frank’s visitor Peter, Lynda and Ashley, Lynn, Merinda, Gordon Bentley from Dubbo, John Rungen, Charmaine, and to those who worked cleaning the van last weekend. Many hands make light work and the wonderful turn out today really eased the load.

During last week I attended the funeral for Ron Constable. Ron was not only a long established part of the community but also a fellow Rotarian from our Club. Our thoughts go out to his wife Joan and their children.

Last Thursday evening we had no official guest speaker but a wonderful fellowship and a lot of laughs. Frank’s friend Peter also filled in a spot telling us about his walking trips in Australia.

Now Easter is almost behind us I look forward to the grass slowing and a chance to catch up with things.

Take care and see you on Thursday evening,



The 27/3/2016 Easter markets were a big success.

Gate    $1,014.00
Van     $1,162.20
Well         267.50
Total   $2,443.70

Well done everyone who helped out.

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Peter Kasper

Last weeks “unofficial” speaker was Peter Kasper, who hails from Austria.  Peter spent some time at ANU studying renewable energy and megawatt storage for levelling fluctuations in the electricity grid.  He now works for Pantec, an automation company based in Switzerland.  (Think about very large machines with lots of moving parts that need to move together to produce a result – eg 30 metre long weaving machines).  In his spare time he is building an electric car and playing his clarinet in the Sinfonische Blasorchester Vorarlberg

On a previous visit to Australia, Peter did the walk from Orbost to Mallacoota, through the Croajingolong National Park, a very difficult walk of 100km taking 10 days or so.  Being out of mobile phone reception, carrying all of your own water and food, and no beer ! – certainly a test of stamina and endurance that changes the way you feel about the word around you.

Peter is staying with Frank and Iris at Clark Bay Farm, and has been making himself useful as a “wwoofer”.  OK, well we have allowed him to see some touristy stuff as well, here he is pictured below at Potato Point, trying to work out the engineering that went into the building of the wharf – does anyone know how long it is since it last functioned? Surely a good topic for a short talk at a future meeting?

Iris and Peter Kasper at the old Potato Point Wharf
Iris and Peter Kasper at the old Potato Point Wharf

The Art of Pen Making

John Doyle told us a little about the art of making pens.  The stock part can be purchased via the internet.  The fun part is making the barrel which can be made of acrylic or wood.  This is mounted in a small lathe, and turned down with very sharp chisels.

Coating the wood with super glue gives it a hard shiny appearance and preserves it forever.

The other end of the pen can be used to swipe on your phone.  Note to self – remember to use the correct end of my new pen !!!!

Pen made by John Doyle
Pen made by John Doyle

This Weeks Speaker (31st March)

The speaker on Thursday is Victoria Callioni who is the President of the Friends of the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens.

Beacon 24th March 2016

Greg Curry

Senior Constable Greg Curry was our guest speaker last week.  Greg works for PCYC with youth that need assistance.  An inspiring speaker, he emphasised the need for respect, and for understanding.

PCYC has many programs for the kids to be involved in, up and down the coast.

When the court, or the police refer kids to him, he does his best to give them reasons to leave the house each day and even manages to get long term truants to attend school.

It’s people like Greg who work to prevent youth being caught up in a cycle of involvement with the police force, the courts, and ultimately jail.

Well done Greg!

Rolf and Greg Curry
Rolf presents a booklet to Greg Curry



Narooma Rotary buys defibrillator for IGA on The Flat


Chris O'Brien in front of the defibrillator at the Dalmeny IGA
Chris O’Brien in front of the defibrillator at the Dalmeny IGA

Narooma Rotary Club has purchased a defibrillator, which has been installed in Narooma IGA on The Flat.

Project coordinator Chris O’Brien said this was the third defibrillator the club has purchased for the community; the first was installed at Narooma Plaza, just inside Woolworths entrance, the second is at Dalmeny IGA.

Local paramedic Mark Jolly said sudden cardiac arrest is the main cause of death in Australia.

“The first four minutes are vital, that’s well before an ambulance can respond,” he said.

“For every minute that passes, the chance of survival reduces by 10 per cent. A shock to the heart from a defibrillator is the only definitive treatment so having one on hand can save a life. Defibrillators these days are easy to use and maintain, require no training and talk the operator through it.”

Narooma IGA’s Michelle is delighted with its installation and the added safety it gives the community.

Other defibrillators in the Narooma-Dalmeny area are located at Club Narooma, Club Dalmeny and Narooma Golf Club.

Tripela LikLik Pik

There was an Oscar-winning performance of the Three Little Pigs last week, all in Pidgin English.

The picture says it all . . .


Tripela LikLik Pik

Radar Report

Radar led a team from Narooma High School last week to Sydney to participate in the Australian Robotics Championship held at Olympic Park. The ultimate winners were a team from Taiwan, but Narooma was mentioned in despatches.

Radar 1

This week Radar was the guest speaker at Moruya Public School’s Harmony Day. He mesmerised the assembly with stories of Taiwan & a recital on his instrument.

Radar 2

Next week he heads off on his RYE Safari and won’t be back to Rotary till the end of April.

Radar 3

The Perfekt PC

I bought a fanless PC.

Chook with sunniesNow I am suffering from PNPS – Post Noisy PC Syndrome. It is so quiet I have no idea if the machine is turned on or not.  But wait, there’s more. Now I hear the monitors.  They whine.  They buzz.  I never could hear them before over the din made by the fans in my old PC.

Mr Google suggested a solution – turn up the brightness on each monitor and the whine goes away.  Yeahhh. Now I have to wear my sunnies when sitting at my computer 🙂



Hah Hah

After a talking sheepdog gets all the sheep in the pen, he reports back to the farmer: “All 40 accounted for.”   “But I only have 36 sheep,” says the farmer.

“I know,” says the sheepdog. “But I rounded them up.”


Beacon 17th March 2016

Short words by bob ant

Last Thursday night we were inspired by Kris McCauley OAM. Thank you to Mike  for his researched introduction and Peter for his wonderful words of thanks.

The evening was also the first having a main only and I think it was successful !?! Thank you to Michael for bringing chocolates for dessert. I put the suggestion that if we wanted to drop the port we could instead give the job of bringing something to share to a lucky member, chosen the week before. Toss the idea around and get back to me or at the next board meeting.

Many people will be away or have guests on Easter Thursday. If we could know numbers that will be available we can plan alternatives. Let Anthony know by Thursday’s meeting for the following.

Markets are Easter Sunday and we will be very busy. Need all hands on deck please. John D has the roster on line or let him know if you have a problem using that facility.

Our charity, The Rotary Foundation turns 100 this year. Arch Klumph  kicked the idea off with a donation of $26.50 (us) to a massive $123 million 2014-15 . CNBC Television in America named Rotary Foundation in “the top 10 charities changing the world in 2015”. We do do good stuff for all and thanks to you and your efforts we continue to lead the way.

Focus on Fiji is now firmly on how devastating Winston was. As help is arriving to the remote islands it is obvious that the rebuilding will be a long project. ShelterBox are on the ground and we know this will be appreciated by those who have been displaced.

Our coverage in the Narooma News this week was fantastic and we can now move forward with the matching grant and set up another life saving machine. Suggestions?

Have a great weekend and see you next Thursday with our guest from PCYC.

Take care

Kris McCauley

Colin is deaf in one ear – he’s never told me which one”. Kris McCauley on how she and her husband were able to run a very successful business in Canberra.

At our Thursday night meeting Rotarian Mike Young introduced our guest speaker Kris McCauley OAM who expanded on the challengers of small business and working with your partner to achieve success without killing each other.

Kris has been more than a hard working partner in a business, she is wife and mother, a leader in the motor industry body – past President of the MTA in the ACT (and now patron), recognised by government as an advisor, a uni student at 50 and much more.

This remarkable woman says it straight. “Governments fantasise that they help contribute to small business”,  “got my OAM by being irritating” “getting my masters at 50 changed a lot of people in Canberra”.

Why do couples start small business “not to make money but for many other reasons. Being their own boss, been retrenched and many more

Kris and her husband Colin developed the habit of calling each other on an extension line at the close of each day to discuss what had been happening and debrief, even though they were sitting a desks near each other.

Rotarian Peter Bull thanked Kris on behalf of the club and made a presentation of the book Rotary Humanity in Motion. Narooma is certainly a winner with Kris and Colin retiring to our beautiful part of the coast.


Cyclone Winston

Cyclone Winston, the strongest cyclone ever to make landfall on Fiji

Some 120,000 people are estimated to need urgent humanitarian shelter assistance following Cyclone Winston, the strongest cyclone ever to make landfall on Fiji.  As a result of strong winds and multiple tsunami-like storm surges, which hit Fiji on February 20th 2016, up to 90% of structures have been destroyed in the hardest hit areas and shelter is an immediate priority.

ShelterBox response to Cyclone Winston

ShelterBox has been working with Sea Mercy to deliver aid to affected islands.  ShelterBox response teams are currently distributing 100 tents and 82 ShelterBoxes in the most hard-hit villages, and 208 more ShelterBoxes and 2000 solar lights are en route for Fiji.  However, this number is only scratching the surface, and the operations team has identified a large number of additional households who are in desperate need of shelter. The team plans to send 2000 ShelterBoxes to meet this shelter challenge.

Why are ShelterBoxes the best solution for families displaced by Cyclone Winston?

At present, there is a lack of ready-to-use lumber and shelter building material on the islands.  This means that the distribution of shelter kits would encourage unsustainable cutting of timber that would result in environmental degradation and lead to decreased disaster risk resilience. ShelterBoxes are therefore the best current solution to support families displaced by Cyclone Winston as they enable rapid distribution and are not dependent on the provision of further materials.  The tents will ensure that families have access to safe and secure shelter as quickly as possible and will help them to resume livelihood activities.

We need to raise $2 million to provide shelter for 2000 households in Fiji.

In order to support the 2000 households who have lost their homes, ShelterBox needs to raise an additional $2 million.  ShelterBox’s support will enable families whose homes were destroyed in the cyclone to move into secure, dry shelter and return them their dignity.  The 2000 solar lamps will provide light, protect vulnerable families from threat and enable them to resume livelihood activities.

Are you able to help meet this need?

Does this disaster resonate in your club?  Do you have donors who’d be interested in supporting this response?  The closer we can get to $2 million, the more shelter we are able to provide to families who lost their homes in the cyclone.

If you are able to contribute to this total, it would help us to reach more families whose lives have been devastated by this storm.  To contribute, go to

We really appreciate everything that you do and want to thank you in advance for making an extra push for families displaced by Cyclone Winston.  Together we can give safe shelter to 2000 homeless families.

Giant Koala Attacks Sydney

Leaving behind him a trail of death and destruction, a giant Killer Koala attacked the city of Sydney last week. The damage bill has been estimated as “in the millions”.

By chance, Rotarian Peter Bull, his wife Karen and visiting black belt Tai Chi and Urdu exponent Radar, were in Sydney at the time and engaged with the mad marsupial.  They were able to calm down the bad bear and  prevent further mayhem.  The mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, praised their actions, “they are heroes”, she said.

Peter invited the arboreal herbivore for a visit to Narooma, “a holiday is just what you need” he said. Narooma is “How life should be

PeterBull and Radar

Rotary Cambodia Dental Team Fundraiser

You are invited to come along and have  a fun night with live entertainment and music

WHAT To Bring $30 each and BYO Wine

WHEN Next Friday night 18 March 6.00 for 6.30 pm

WHERE My Heaven on Earth Cafe Bate St  Central Tilba

WHY Money raised will go towards Rotary Cambodia Dental Team

Please RSVP for catering purposes before Thursday 17 March

RSVP email:   or  mobile: 0418121963
or possibly:


Present Our 30th Anniversary Ball
6:30 FOR 7:00PM
Tickets $60 pp

TWO COURSE MEAL  Be entertained by the music of Sarabande.

MC for the evening will be local radio presenter Ian Campbell.
This is a fundraising event, with all proceeds going to the redevelopment of the Gardens Visitors Centre. If possible, for catering purposes, please reserve your place before 6th May.
Tickets on sale at the Botanic Gardens, Moruya Books or by direct deposit into the Friends account: BSB: 641 800; Acct # 200175567.  Please notify payment via email (  Please provide dietary requirements and contact details when collecting tickets. Supported by the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club. Enquiries: Fran Anderson; 0427 580 533;

POSTER can be viewed here.


Beacon 3rd March 2016

short words by bob ant

As Summer comes to a close – but not daylight saving – we have another Narooma Rotary Markets under our belt. For a while it looked as if we were going to be down on numbers and then I had a flashback to a movie “build it and they will come”. On Sunday Rotarian’s and friends of Rotary came out of the proverbial woodwork and we had good numbers. David and Rachael joined with Laurelle to control the gate. Michael helped Frank with marking out and then made smoooooth smoothies and freeessssh juice all day, with a little help. Bob Aston and John Doyle assisted by Angie made Donuts and it was great to see Peter Hartley at the BBQ. Fred Fawke from Canberra (Mr ShelterBox) and Pam cooked, Joan and Rob, John and Sandra Doyle and my wonderful partner in grime Merinda. Rolfe assisted as time permitted (definitely well appreciated coffee) and to anyone I may have missed a huge thank you.

Last Thursday night was climate change… this Thursday night is a club assembly on change of another sort. Please feel free to put your two bob’s worth in.  Fred Fawke will also give us an update ion ShelterBox and Fuji.

Following this week’s meeting is a board meeting…. all members are allowed to sit in and watch if you want or take an early mark.

It was an enormous pleasure to recognise the work of Past President Angie with a Paul Harris Fellow award. Our charity, the Rotary Foundation allows for a PHF to be given as a recognition for service to the Rotary family and local, national and international community. In front of a large audience Angie was formally recognised for her service, well done and well deserved.

A question for this Thursday night…. Do you remember Eddie the Eagle?

I hope a lot of magic comes your way this week……. Girls…. Did you pop the question?????


Climate Change – a Humanitarian Crisis

Rotary has a strong focus on humanitarian issues. Malaria for example kills 600,000 people each year, and we feel strongly about finding solutions.

But climate change kills up to 10 times as many as malaria, 4.5 million people each year.  The report, Climate Change Kills More People Than Terrorism  which came up with that number, included the effects of extreme weather, droughts and floods,  food security, nutrition, and water safety, and most importantly the health effects of pollution due to the burning of fossil fuels.  The economic cost of malaria is about $12 billion, while the same report lists the economic cost of climate change at 1 trillion dollars.

So, if malaria is an issue that Rotary cares about, then climate change should be also.

Rotary has a positive agenda, we are not lobbyists and protesters, we do stuff –  but the challenge is to work out what to do. And that is the challenge which our guest speaker Dr Karin Geiselhart spoke to.  What can community groups do?

The opportunity to help the arts council put 10 kW of panels on the roof of the cinema is a good example of what’s possible. Our contribution of $5,000 was for about a third of the cost of the system, and our bit will result in a saving of about $40,000 over 25 years (One third of 40kWhrs per day, x 365 x 25 at  33c per kWhr).

Eight times what we put in. That’s a win to the local community.

And the system has a double benefit – it will make a substantial contribution in the fight against climate change, avoiding 180 tonnes of CO2 over it’s lifetime, that’s more than 100,000 cubic metres.  To visualise that much CO2, imagine, a 3m square (about the size of a bedroom). Now build walls on each side of that square right up into space beyond the atmosphere.  Now swap out the air and replace with CO2, that’s the quantity we are talking about.

So there’s a win that will benefit everyone, not just the people of Narooma.

We killed two birds with one stone, a local benefit and a global one.  The challenge for an organisation like ours is to find projects like this that maximize the benefits for each dollar and especially to find projects that have a recurring benefit for decades to come.

Solar on the Cinema

Rotary presents cheque for $5,000 for 10kW system on the Narooma Cinema
Rotary presents cheque for $5,000 for 10kW system on the Narooma Cinema

Climate Change – Dr Karin Geiselhart

Our speaker this week was Karin Geiselhart, who spoke to us about  “Adapting to climate change – where science and ethics meet”.

Karin started by reminding us of some of the predictions made by the IPCC, many of which are being felt already in the form of extreme weather events.  These in turn have a humanitarian and an economic cost experienced to a much greater degree by the developing world and the poorest communities – and these are the very people that many Rotary programs are designed to help.

“Risks are unevenly distributed and are generally greater for disadvantaged people and communities in countries at all levels of development”

Further out, the affects will likely be very grim indeed.  Karin pointed out the last time CO2 levels  were as high as they are now ( 400ppm) was millions of years ago, a time not very suitable for humans.  Even a small rise in sea level would disproportionately affect the poorest people, indeed most of the worlds major cities are close to sea level.

Karin spoke about sustainable development goals, so many of them are in line with the objectives of Rotary projects

  1. No poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-Being
  4. Quality education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean water and sanitation
  7. Affordable and clean energy
  8. Decent work and economic growth
  9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  10. Reduced inequalities
  11. Sustainable cities and communities
  12. Responsible consumption and production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life below water
  15. Life on land
  16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
  17. Partnerships for the goals

A lively discussion followed Karin’s talk. A good point was raised about losses on the Electricity Grid – which are roughly proportional to the distance between generator and consumer.  Since we are a fair way from most generators, the losses here on the South Coast are higher than elsewhere, making every solar installation here even more effective.

Ang presented with Paul Harris Fellow Award

President Bob presents Paul Harris Fellow Award to Ang Ulrichsen
President Bob presents Paul Harris Fellow Award to Ang Ulrichsen

111th Rotary Birthday

President Bob blows out the candles on 111th Rotary Birthday Cake
President Bob blows out the candles on 111th Rotary Birthday Cake

Position Vacant

Due to the Newsletter Editor being in a wife free zone ( woops that should be a wifi free zone), the last two newsletters didn’t quite make it to the printing press.  This could have been prevented by having an Assistant Newsletter Editor, so please don’t hesitate to step forward.


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This weeks quizz:      What is weird about this photo?



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Beacon 11th February 2016

Narooma helps Cambodia’s tip kids


Saturday’s afternoon tea to raise funds to support the Rotary Cambodia Dental Team Project led by our very own Charmaine White was a huge success, thanks largely to the generosity of Michael O’Connor and Donna.

Charmaine is leading the five-member team which will spend 14 days in May treating children living on the rubbish dumps around Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh.

‘The problem is huge,’ she said. ‘A couple of thousand of the country’s poorest families scavenge an existence on the tips.

‘There’s now a school there and we’ll initially treat the kids through the school.

‘Our main task will be to get these children out of pain.’

The team will use an existing dental clinic set up by Australian dentist Robert Ogle who spends two weeks a month in Phnom Penh and two weeks at his Gympie practice, as well as his translators.

‘We’ll use the funds raised in Narooma to buy the disposable things we need, like needles, anaesthetics, filling material, gauze,’ she said.

‘We’ll buy them here and carry them over and leave anything left over for the clinic.’

Some of the money raised will also be used to transport kids in from the tip in tuk tuks.

The team also consists of Narooma dental assistant Sharon White, Rotarians from the Gold Coast dental hygienist Sharyn Tagahoade and Hilda Resburn, and German dentist Marlene Schulz.

All team members pay their own airfares and living expenses.

Michael and Donna were delighted Saturday’s afternoon tea raised $1,654 ‘which far exceeded our expectations’. They generously opened up their home and supplied the food and refreshments.

‘Together with $630 donated largely by Bluewater Dragons members before the day, and a whip around at the Rotary Christmas Party, that makes a total of $2,585 so far,’ he said.

‘Everyone has been great – the Dragonboat people, RFS members, the Numnutz, staff and clients of Narooma Dental Surgery and other friends, as well as Narooma Rotarians.’

Further fundraisers will be held in March.



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Rotary Cambodia Project 5

Afternoon tea hosts Donna Anderson and Michael O’Connor, left, with Narooma dentist and Rotarian Charmaine White, her dental assistant Sharon White, and Narooma Rotary president Bob Antill at the Rotary afternoon tea fundraiser for the Rotary Cambodia Dental Team project.


John, Rod and Peter
John, Rod and Peter

Shaping your future with Rotary


‘Shaping your future with Rotary’ exhibition set up at Narooma High School this week highlighting the great Youth programs we sponsor. This is now the second year Angie has taken it to the school to showcase to promote Rotary at the start of the school year. Several teachers there this morning were keen to share this information with students.