Narooma Rotary Beacon 22 April 2021

Ange’s Chat

At our first Business Breakfast President Elect Andrew Lawson, President Ange Ulrichsen, guest speaker Narooma Oyster Festival Chair Cath Peachey and Narooma Chamber of Commerce President Dr Jenny Munro.

Our first Business Breakfast on Thursday at The Inlet was a great success and very well received by the 30 local businesses who attended. Cath Peachey, Chair of Narooma Rocks and the Oyster Festival, was a brilliant choice, speaking about the upcoming Festival, what it means to the area and the strategic planning for growth into the future. She highlighted the need to deliver events beyond the Oyster Festival to create year-round tourism in Narooma and the South Coast. Many thanks to Andrew and our team for a top effort over many weeks in putting the Breakfast meetings together.  Our slogan for 2020/21 is ‘Rotary Opens Opportunities’ and that’s so true.

Our combined club’s celebration of Rotary’s Centenary in Australia is rapidly approaching, on Saturday 22 May at Moruya Golf Club (6 for a 6.30pm). Twenty tickets have been put aside for Narooma Rotary and I really hope we have a good Narooma roll-up; both Batemans Bay and Moruya clubs have almost sold out. If you want to go, please let me know by 22 April. Payment of $35pp is needed soon after.

Our next market is on Anzac Day, 25 April. The RSL have approved us holding our market on that day. As many are away, it’s all hands on deck. We are also grateful to Julie Hartley who has offered to learn how to mark out from Bob Aston as well as our Indian friend Akash.

While on the subject of markets, could someone please volunteer to do the Market Roster in future? Bob Aston has kindly managed it to date but would like to hand over this monthly task.

Thanks to Lynda Ord for volunteering to organise and lay the wreath on the Club’s behalf at Club Narooma on Anzac Day. Ange Ulrichsen

THIS WEEK 22 April

A dinner meeting at Narooma Golf Club. No guest speaker so we can just enjoy good fellowship. Please also have numbers and payment ready for the Centenary dinner on 22 May.

THE WEEK THAT WAS

Narooma Oyster Festival Chair Cath Peachey and President Ange chat with David McInnes.

The first of our monthly Business Breakfasts held on Thursday 15th featured Narooma Oyster Festival Chair Cath Peachey. President Ange and PE Andrew were delighted with the response and widespread support the Club has received from the business community for these meetings.

Cath congratulated our Club on the Breakfast initiative. She welcomed the opportunity to speak to 30 local business people about the Festival’s considerable impact on Narooma and the region.

Rachael Niemoeller of Twig and Blossom and Barrie Wilkinson of Narooma New and Used enjoyed the Business Breakfast at The Inlet.

“Our primary goal is to get people here in May, a traditionally quiet time for tourists, and to promote our region’s wonderful fresh produce, our unique area and showcase the lifestyle here,” she said.

“Our strategy is to target high value visitors from elsewhere, particularly Canberra and Sydney, and encourage them to stay four to five days and experience Narooma and our region. We want to grow awareness of our region as a year-round destination.”

This year’s Festival will be opened by NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres.

Andrew Stewart of The Inlet put on a great continental breakfast for our first Business Breakfast, seen here with Annemarie Narraway of Narooma Audiology.

The 2019 Festival attracted over 5,000 people, 71% from outside the Eurobodalla Shire. Surveys have shown excellent satisfaction levels.

“We work hard to try to engage with as many elements of our community as possible, including having strong Aboriginal involvement, and this year the River of Arts section,” Cath said.

The Festival’s marketing budget is much larger this year thanks to Government grants to assist with the region’s recovery. Part of the budget will host top media who will be treated to an experience of the area as well as the Festival. The value of such extensive media coverage exceeds $1m.

She paid tribute to the Chamber’s vision in establishing the Festival in 2007, and acknowledged the support of the Festival’s partners, some of whom were at the meeting, of the volunteer team behind the Festival, and of the many volunteers who work at the festival each year.

The Festival now costs around $250k to stage each year.

The next Breakfast on 20 May will feature Narooma Chamber of Commerce President Jenny Munro who will talk about the Narooma and District Community Plan.

Out and About

Narooma Rotarians volunteer for RYDA

President Ange, President Elect Andrew Lawson and Chris O’Brien have volunteered to help out at the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) programme on Friday 7 May at the Frog’s Hollow Kart Track, south of Bega. That’s when Narooma High Year 11 students will be there, in lieu of the cancelled RYDA at Moruya this year. President Ange says Bega’s RYDA organiser Eric Johnston is both relieved and delighted. Our Club will pay for Narooma’s bus to and from Bega.

NEXT WEEK 29 April

There is no meeting as per the Club’s new arrangements, being the fifth Thursday in the month.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 15 April 2021

Ange’s Chat

Yoga teacher Tara Moore showed us some simple but enjoyable stretches and yoga exercises

We welcomed a number of guests last Thursday, many of whom were there to hear from our guest speaker Tara Moore. One guest was Immediate Past President Daryl Breust from the Rotary Club of Coolamon; this was his third visit to our Club.

Tara Moore, well-known local yoga teacher, told us “movement equals life”. She spoke about the importance of knowing your own body, being aware of your breathing which gives clarity and calmness, and drinking lots of water.

Lynn Hastings thanked our guest speaker Tara Moore for a stimulating presentation

She had most of us doing some simple stretches and yoga exercises to help us keep nimble and moving, standing up, shoes off, being aware of our posture. For example, slouching compresses the upper torso and limits oxygen in our lungs which can lead to fatigue; a simple remedy is to stand tall and breathe deeply. She showed that chairs are useful for twisting the body to the right and left which energises inner organs. All in all everyone enjoyed a wonderful evening of simple yoga exercises.

Many thanks to Julie Bradley for agreeing to help mark out our markets. Bob will contact her about ‘buddying up’.

Our District 9705 Area 6 Governor Adam de Totth of Canberra arranged for local presidents to meet at Batemans Bay on Sat 10 April. Batemans Bay is regarded as a halfway point for Area 6 which stretches from Gerringong to Pambula.

Presidents Leonie Corrin-Smith of Milton Ulladulla RC and Christine Watson of Batemans Bay RC and I had a lovely lunch followed by a constructive open chat with Adam about issues of concern in our respective clubs. Mutual topics of concern included membership, attendance, and the cost of membership, particularly in trying to attract a younger generation to whom our costs seem prohibitive.

Adam was totally receptive and offered possible solutions such as corporate membership to make business people’s costs affordable by charging such expenses to their Company; thus also enabling a tax benefit.                                                                                      President Ange

THIS WEEK: Thursday 15 April

Our first Business Breakfast is at The Inlet this Thursday at 7am sharp. Guest speaker will be Narooma Oyster Festival chair Cath Peachey who will outline the Festival’s benefits to the region and how local businesses can capitalise on the event’s success. The response from local businesses so far has exceeded expectations. Members are welcome, but need to book with Mike Young by Tuesday at the absolute latest. Members pay for breakfast.

The Week that Was

International Toast to Timor Leste

Last week we acknowledged the Rotary Clubs of Dili & Dili Lafaek whose members will be fairly focussed on the aftermath of the recent flood disaster in Timor-leste. Recent flooding there has damaged infrastructure and many people have lost their homes. RAWCS says quick action in collaboration with the local Rotary Clubs and the Timor-leste Government will assist in getting life back to normal. RAWCS is accepting donations towards this aim.

Narooma Yr 11 go to Bega RYDA

Narooma High has taken up Bega Rotary’s invitation for their Year 11 students to join their Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) programme on Friday 7 May at the Frog’s Hollow Kart Track, south of Bega. Our Board last week approved payment of the bus for Narooma students to Bega.

Bega Rotary has asked us for two Narooma Rotarians to help out on the day. Can anyone help please on Friday 7 May?

Narrandera and Narooma are Sisters

Andrew gave us the good news at the Board meeting that Narrandera Rotary Club wants to link up with us. This initiative encouraged by District will bring much needed interaction between Rotary clubs located inland and along the Coast. Interestingly our visiting Rotarian’s Coolamon Club was sponsored by the Narrandera Club.

Our President Elect Andrew Lawson with visiting Immediate Past President RC Coolamon

Join the three Clubs’ celebration

Narooma, Batemans Bay and Moruya Rotary Clubs will celebrate the Centenary of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand on Saturday 22 May at Moruya Golf Club (6 for 6.30 start). It will be a fun night, 1920s ‘dress ups’ encouraged, with music, dancing and minimal speeches. Music will be by the fabulous Stitch who won our last Busking Festival. Tickets are now available from our treasurer Lynn and I hope we get a good showing from our Club.  Cost is $35 head (two courses, not including drinks). It’s 6 for a 6.30 start. Cost is $35pp (two courses, plus bonus wine on the table).

We’re hoping for a great rollup of Narooma Rotarians, partners and friends. Please have names and payment to Lynn by 7 May.

Out and About

Moruya Rotarians breakfast at Jockey Club

Moruya Rotarians had a barbecue breakfast meeting at Moruya Jockey Club last Tuesday. Rotarians manned the barbecue serving up bacon and egg rolls accompanied by freshly brewed coffee. They were joined by the Presidents and Managers of both the Jockey and Golf Clubs. Their guest speakers were two of Moruya’s leading trainers Lin Morrison and Natalie Jarvis who gave members an insight into the racing industry.

Pambula Rotarians go to Eden

Each month Pambula Rotary tries to connect with local businesses for a vocational visit and to check out a new venue for dinner. In March Pambula Rotarians visited the Sapphire Surprise Anglican Op Shop in Eden for a behind the scenes tour with their very own Janet Brandon who volunteers each week at the shop.
They then went on to the Golden Ocean Bar & Restaurant, still in Eden, for a great meal and opportunity to connect and chat.

NEXT WEEK

A dinner meeting at Narooma Golf Club. At this stage no guest speaker, so we can just enjoy good fellowship.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 8 April 2021

Ange’s Chat

What a fascinating presentation last week on Zoom from Council’s Sustainability Education Officer Gilly Kearney on how can we be less wasteful and more mindful. Thank you Gilly and to everyone who joined in. Many thanks also to Lynda Ord for hosting the Zoom meeting. See report in The Week that Was.

Plans are now being finalised for our inaugural Breakfast meeting next week on Thursday 15 April at The Inlet. Please see Andrew Lawson’s report below.

I would also like to draw your attention to the celebration by our three Eurobodalla Clubs (Narooma, Batemans Bay and Moruya) of the Centenary of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand on Saturday 22 May at Moruya Golf Club. It promises to be a fun night with music, dancing and minimal speeches. Music will be by the fabulous Stitch who won our last Busking Festival. Tickets are now available from our treasurer Lynn and I hope we get a good showing from our Club.  Cost is $35 head (two courses, not including drinks). It’s 6 for a 6.30 start.

Happy birthday this week to David McInnes (5th) and Frank Eden (8th).

Breakfast meetings looking good

Our approaches to many local businesses about our upcoming Breakfast Meetings have been very well received. The response to date has far exceeded expectations. The first meeting is on Thursday 15 April starting at 7am and members are encouraged to come along.

We are lucky to have Narooma Oyster Festival chair Cath Peachey as our first speaker. She will outline the Festival’s benefits to the region and how local businesses can capitalise on the event’s success.              PE Andrew Lawson

This Thursday – at the Golfie

A Board meeting at 5pm at Narooma Golf Club will precede the general meeting.

Our guest speaker Tara Moore will talk about ‘Movement equals Life’. This is a partners’ night so please invite partners and friends. Please make sure you let Secretary Rod know by Tuesday evening if you are coming and if you are bringing any guests. Tara will talk about how well you move, how well you know your body, and how important quality of life is to you. Tara has been practicing yoga for 30 years and teaching it for over 20 years with students of all ages.

The Week that Was

Be less wasteful and more mindful.

Gilly Kearney’s talk last week via Zoom was really informative. She pointed out there is no waste in Nature, everything is ‘circular’. Waste plus running out of resources were putting great strains on our planet. Her talk was based around a ranking of what we should be doing to be more mindful, the top two things being Avoid and Reduce waste.

  1. Avoid – avoid creating something of no value
  2. Reduce e.g. avoid buying packaging of some purchases by buying in bulk, composting food wastes (she mentioned Council run worm farming and composting workshops in March and November each year).
  3. Reuse/ repurpose – clothing is a massive problem in landfill. She asked people to look at clothing pools, clothing swaps, and upcycling
  4. Repair wherever possible
  5. Recycle – outlined what can be recycled through Council pickups; contamination is a major issue with a contaminated load having to go into landfill.
  6. Recover – this can be very expensive and not viable in regional areas
  7. Dispose – this is the last resort

In response to questions, Gilly spoke about the planned obsolescence of white goods, Council’s programmes with local schools and that Rotarians may be interested in attending a future workshop on worm farming and composting.

Rotary Easter Races on Saturday

Mike and Laurelle about to hand over the donations to David Ashford. The buckets were actually quite heavy.

Mike Young and Laurelle Pacey represented our Club at the combined Rotary Clubs’ Race Day on Easter Saturday by manning the donation buckets as patrons arrived to park. It was a good crowd and the first time Moruya Jockey Club had been able to host up to 2,000 patrons with the recent relaxation of Covid restrictions.

Batemans Bay Club organised the sponsors for the six races while Moruya operated their usual canteen. Proceeds from the day will go to community projects for the three Clubs; the exact use is still to be determined. Past projects from the Rotary Race Day have included the Moruya Oncology Unit, defibrillators and Muddy Puddles. The Rotary Race Day has been moved from the Sunday before Christmas to Easter Saturday.

Out and About

Narooma High going to Bega RYDA

Narooma High teacher Dion Café has confirmed Narooma High Year 11 students will be taking up the offer to attend Bega Rotary’s Clubs Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) programme on Friday 7 May at the Frog’s Hollow Kart Track south of Bega. This is instead of the programme run at Moruya which Batemans Bay Rotary reluctantly cancelled this year.

Eurobodalla Coordinator Neil Simpson organised with Bega Rotary to extend their event an extra day if there was interest from two or three Eurobodalla schools. It would be good if we can provide a couple of volunteers to support Bega’s efforts on the day.

Our Club usually funds the bus for Narooma High students. The Board will vote this Thursday on doing it again for this year.

RYDA is an excellent one-day driver safety program coordinated by Rotary that delivers integrated and powerful education to help young adults become better drivers.

NEXT WEEK Thursday 15 April 7am

This is at the Inlet. Guest speaker will be Narooma Oyster Festival chair Cath Peachey who will outline the Festival’s benefits to the region and how local businesses can capitalise on the event’s success.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 1 April 2021

Ange’s Chat

President Ange Ulrichsen, centre, inducted two members into Narooma Rotary last week – Julie Hartley, left, and Gero Mitchell

It was my great pleasure to officially welcome Julie Hartley and Gero Mitchell into our Rotary Club last Thursday.  Rotary International registers new members with a beautiful kit congratulating them on joining the exciting world of Rotary. A moment of pride for all of us, that around the world we make a difference to the quality of life of others and our community.

It was also wonderful to have several guests join us: Meredith Macpherson (nee Watt – Gero’s cousin and our Club’s Rotary Exchange Student  in 1982 who went to Berkley California) – she currently works in water management over a huge geographical area based in Orange, former Narooma High teacher Kerry Jones, and Sue and Glenn Hybinett.

Our guest speaker economist Dr Andrew Elek gave a fascinating talk based on fellow eminent economist Ross Garnaut’s latest book, Reset: Restoring Australia after the Pandemic Recession. Andrew is also a friend of his.

He said now was the right time to spend money to stimulate the economy. He explored the sharp downturn in productivity and trade and posed the big question on how long recession consequences last and the effect long term. Key proposals included the need to cope with technological change, boost productivity and competitiveness, invest in Research and Development, introduce key reforms to protect the vulnerable in our society, and tax reform. He said this is a moment when applying knowledge and integrity to the challenges and transferring this to public policy and across all systems is critical for our future welfare.

Mike Young, left, thanked our guest speaker Dr Andrew Elek

Sunday’s Market produced a great result with gate takings $940.00, van $410.60, and wishing well $322.00, making a total of $1,672.60. Thanks to everyone who helped on what was such a beautiful day of sunshine; special thanks to David McInnes for standing in as Market Manager in Chris’ absence, assisted by Rachel, our wonderful team and our wonderful Rotary friends Dave Swilks and Wayne Redman who helped on the barbecue.

I hope you enjoy the special time over Easter with your family and friends.

THIS WEEK

This Thursday we meet on Zoom

ESC Sustainability Education Officer Gilly Kearney on how can we be less wasteful and more mindful. Lynda Ord will host the meeting to be chaired by President Ange.

Gilly looks after waste education across the Eurobodalla Shire including home composting and worm farming, tips for recycling and how to avoid, reduce, reuse, upcycle and recycle rather that dispose. She has also helped set up Tak3 for the Sea at Narooma SLSC, the water refill stations and school waste warriors.

This Saturday – help at Rotary Easter Races?

As mentioned previously, the combined Clubs’ Rotary Race Day at Moruya Jockey Club has been moved from Christmas to Easter Saturday. Proceeds from the day will go to Rotary community projects for the three Clubs; past projects have included the Moruya Oncology Unit, defibrillators and Muddy Puddles.

Our Club has been asked to do only one thing on Saturday… collect money in buckets as patrons arrive to park, say between 11am and 1.30pm (two shifts) or 11.30-1pm if we can only manage one shift. Any takers? So far Laurelle is the only volunteer. Please contact Rotary’s coordinator David Ashford (Batemans Bay Club) directly on 0418 462 692 and offer a little of your time in our Club’s name. President Ange will be in Canberra with family over Easter, so is unable to help.

You may like to stay for the races. It is a great day.

The Week that Was

Last weekInternational Toast

Mike Young gave some background to the wonderful, work done by New Zealand Rotary’s World Community Service before proposing a toast to them. They provide immediate assistance to their Pacific neighboursfollowing a cyclone, tsunami or earthquake by distributing Emergency Response Kits (similar to Shelter Boxes) and then help communities rebuild their lives. They also assist communities overseas make long-lasting improvements to their economic and social circumstances.

An overview of the District Conference

Narooma Rotary friend David Swilks and PE Andrew Lawson did the first shift on the barbecue at Sunday’s very successful market.

PE Andrew Lawson told members last week his attendance at the District  9705 Conference at Bathurst 19-21 March was “an absolutely exhilarating experience… a great weekend and was clear evidence of what you put in, dictates what you get out”. “I came away very enthused, and enjoyed the fantastic quality of speakers”. The theme was the RI Theme for 2020-21, ‘Rotary Opens Opportunities’.

“It was a great opportunity to network, meet representatives of our possible new sister Club Narrandera and a possible ‘pig roast’ [more details to come], and meet up with others from our Area 6,” he said.

Andrew particularly mentioned:

  • The enthusiastic Dr Jessie Harman (RI Director Elect Zone 8) who is the first woman from Zone 8 to be elected to the RI Board (Zone 8 includes Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands).
  • Senator Fiona Nash on women in leadership
  • Prof John Skerritt who is in charge of the Australian Department of Health’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The TGA is responsible for assessing all COVID-19 vaccines before they can be used in Australia.
  • Admiral Chris Barrie former AC (retired), former Chief of the Australian Defence Force. Since retiring Chris has become increasingly concerned about veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“There was a really well received dinner dance on the Saturday, which was a great success which I unfortunately missed due to work issues with the UK. Many attendees had their partners with them which was good.

“I am now sure we need to participate far more fully in such events, because they are informative, but most importantly are fun!”

April Birthdays

Out and About

Our three Clubs celebrate Centenary

We now have tickets to the combined Clubs’ (Narooma, Batemans Bay and Moruya) special dinner to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand on Saturday 22 May at Moruya Golf Club. It promises to be a fun night with music, dancing and minimal speeches. Music will be by the fabulous Stitch who won our last Busking Festival.

You can buy your tickets from our treasurer Lynn. Cost is $35 head (two courses, no wine on the table). It’s 6 for a 6.30 start.

Narooma High opts for Bega RYDA

Clubs in both Eurobodalla and Bega Valley Shires have run the wonderful Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) programme for local Year 11 students over recent years. However this year Batemans Bay Rotary reluctantly decided not to run it in Moruya but there is a Bega option which Narooma High looks like taking up.

Our Club usually funds the bus for Narooma High students which might also include Year 12 students this year (they missed out last year because of Covid). We’re still waiting for cost details from teacher Dion Cafe at Narooma High.

Eurobodalla Coordinator Neil Simpson organised with Bega Rotary that they would kindly extend their event an extra day if there was interest from two or three Eurobodalla schools. Well both Narooma and Carroll College have expressed interest so here’s hoping. It will be at the Frog’s Hollow Kart Track south of Bega on Friday 7 May. It would be good if we can provide a couple of volunteers to support Bega’s efforts on the day.

RYDA is an excellent one-day driver safety program coordinated by Rotary. It delivers integrated and powerful education to help young adults become better drivers through sessions with road safety experts including Police, Council road safety officers and people whose lives had been turned upside down as a result of car crashes, either from being a crash survivor or from losing someone they love. This national program is regularly revamped by Road Safety Education.

NEXT WEEK:  Thursday 8 April

Our guest speaker Tara Moore will talk about ‘Movement equals Life’. This is a partners’ night so please invite partners and friends.

Tara will talk about how well you move, how well you know your body, and how important quality of life is to you. Tara has been practicing yoga for 30 years and teaching it for over 20.years with students two to 94 years of age.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 25 March 2021

Markets this Sunday 28 March

This Week’s meeting – 25 MARCH

This Thursday, our guest speaker Dr Andrew Elek will talk about what Australia needs to do to recover from the recession caused by Covid 19, drawing on ideas advanced by his friend Ross Garnaut.

It promises to be an interesting night so please invite partners and friends. If you haven’t already done so, please let Secretary Rod (naroomarotary@bigpond.com) know by Tuesday PM if you are attending and, if so, how many guests.

Andrew is ‘a largely retired economist’ who has worked extensively in development economics in South Asia and the South Pacific, and as a Senior Economist with the World Bank. During his time with the Australian Government, he played a central role in establishing the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in 1989.

Since 1994, Andrew has been a self-employed economic policy researcher and part-time consultant to governments of the Asia Pacific region. He is also a member of the Boards of Muddy Puddles (which provides services to children with disabilities) and of Rotary Moruya, and a tutor at Batemans Bay U3A.

Out and About

Can you help at Easter Saturday Races?

As has reported previously in The Beacon, our combined Rotary Race Day has been moved from Christmas to Easter Saturday, 3 April. Coordinator David Ashford and President Ange ask if any Narooma Rotarians can please help collect money in the bucket as patrons arrive to park, say between 11am and 1.30pm. Please contact Ange if you can help.

Proceeds from the day (a six-race programme) will go to community projects for the three Clubs.

Our three Clubs celebrate Centenary

Open Champions at our 2019 Busking Festival Stitch (Zoey Pepper, left, and Bev Long) will play at the special Rotary dinner at Moruya on 22 May.

Narooma, Batemans Bay and Moruya Clubs will hold a special dinner to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand on Saturday 22 May at Moruya Golf Club, 6 for a 6.30 start.

Organisers promise a fun night with music, dancing and speeches kept to a minimum. Music will be by the fabulous Stitch who won one of the major prizes at our last Busking Festival. Cost will be $35 head (two courses, no wine on the table). More details to come.  Hopefully we will have a good showing from Narooma.

RYDA 2021 possibly in Bega

Batemans Bay Rotary has reluctantly decided not to run RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) in Moruya for all Year 11 Eurobodalla students this year. However there is a Bega option. Our Club usually funds the bus for Narooma High students for RYDA.

Eurobodalla Coordinator Neil Simpson said the reasons for not running RYDA in Moruya include needing to conduct a COVID safe excursion while also increasing the exposure of our volunteers to COVID risks. He said some local high schools are also adopting a ‘minimise risk’ approach by cutting out all but essential school activities. While this may change in the coming few months , it will not be possible to get Year 11 students to attend RYDA later in the year because  they will be preparing for their annual exams and starting Year 12 HSC studies.

Neil has spoken with Bega Rotary. They will extend their three day event to four days if there is interest from two or three Eurobodalla schools. Neil has informed all Eurobodalla schools that they can attend the Bega RYDA course at Frog’s Hollow Kart Track south of Bega on Friday 7 May, if they wish. At this stage it is not known if there is any interest. 

Meanwhile Neil has already started planning for Eurobodalla’ RYDA in 2022 to be held early in April 2022 at Moruya Jockey Club.

On a lighter note

Don’t bother walking a mile in my shoes. That would be too boring. Spend 30 seconds in my head. That’ll freak you right out.

NEXT WEEK: We meet on Zoom

ESC Sustainability Education Officer Gilly Kearney will talk about ‘Waste not; Want not’. That is, how can we be less wasteful and more mindful?

Gilly looks after waste education across the Eurobodalla Shire including home composting and worm farming, tips for recycling and how to avoid, reduce, reuse, upcycle and recycle rather that dispose. She has also helped set up Tak3 for the Sea at Narooma SLSC, the water refill stations and school waste warriors.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 18 March 2021

Ange’s Chat    

Watch that space! Narooma Men’s Shed Vice President Wal Sheehan, left, and Rick Hain show where the new sander will go, while President Bernie Perrett receives the cheque from President Ange and Wood Shed Manager Dick Nagle looks on. The sander is from Rick who offered it to the Men’s Shed at a discounted rate.

Our Board last week agreed that we would donate $1,300 to Narooma Men’s Shed for a much needed 600 mm wide Sander  for their wonderful new facility. This is from funds raised from our Australia Day Duck Race. So on Friday, I presented the cheque to Men’s Shed President Bernie Perrett and Project Manager Wal Sheehan. Their gratitude receiving this gift was wonderful to see. We have been invited to join them for a vocational visit at a date to be arranged in the near future.

Great to see Tony Butcher, centre, at last week’s meeting.

Great to see Tony Butcher again last week. We also had two guests, BP Petrol station owner Sanjay Panseriya and his manager Akash ‘Sky’ Sharma. Sanjay is a member of the Rotary Club of Granville and comes here regularly. Both young men were a delight to talk to and are keen to help us at the markets. They also showed interest in possibly becoming members.

Our guests last week were visiting Rotarian Sanjay Panseriya and Akash ‘Sky’ Sharma, seen here with President Ange Ulrichsen and Chris O’Brien

THIS WEEK – no meeting

Please note there is no meeting at the Golf Club this Thursday (18 March). It was scheduled as a breakfast meeting but they will now not start until April.

The Week that Was

More from the Board meeting

It seems that Rotary clubs at a district and shire level don’t seem interested in listing defibrillators in their areas, so our Board is looking at listing all those in our area Bodalla to Cobargo and Bermagui, not only those installed by our Club. Secretary Rod is looking at registration options.

Reports from PE Andrew Lawson were held over to the next meeting.

Planning Business Breakfasts

Our Business Breakfast planning sub-committee chaired by Andrew Lawson has been meeting weekly to put plans together for the venue, speakers and businesses to invite. This is an exciting new initiative designed to tap into the many business people in town interested in our community’s future. With Andrew in Canberra this week, Mike travelling and Chris in Brisbane, they hope to meet this week via Zoom.

Easter Rotary Race Day

As has been reported in an earlier Beacon, after many years the combined Rotary Race Day has been moved from Christmas to Easter Saturday. David Ashford from the Bay Club reports that two Rotarians have gained sponsorship for the six races on 3 April. Sponsors are:

  1. Soldiers Club Batemans Bay                    
  2. Bay Coast Cleaning                                   
  3. Monarch Hotel, Moruya                             
  4. Insurance Advisernet Aust                        
  5. Elders Real Estate, Batemans Bay
  6. John Holland Group

Sponsor packages cost  $1,100 (including GST) and give them the naming rights to a race, a trophy presented by the sponsor, advertising in the race book and on race posters, plus exposure locally and nationally on the TAB race coverage.

Proceeds will go the community projects for the three Clubs

Out and About

RI President on global polio campaign

In a Covid-19 world, Rotary International President Holger Knaack takes stock of the global polio situation in this special interview. You can find it at https://polioeradication.org/news-post/in-covid-19-world-rotary-president-knaack-takes-stock-of-global-polio-situation/

NEXT MEETING 25 MARCH

Our guest speaker will be Dr Andrew Elek who will talk about what Australia needs to do to recover from the recession caused by Covid 19, drawing on ideas advanced by his friend Ross Garnaut. It promises to be an interesting night so please invite partners and friends.

Andrew is ‘a largely retired economist’ who has worked extensively in  development economics in South Asia and the South Pacific, and as a Senior Economist with the World Bank. During his time with the Australian Government, he played a central role in establishing the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation  (APEC) forum in 1989.

Since 1994, Andrew has been a self-employed economic policy  researcher and part-time consultant  to governments of the Asia Pacific region.

He is also a Board member of Muddy Puddles (which provides services to children with disabilities) and of Moruya Rotary, and a tutor at Batemans Bay U3A.

On a lighter matter

I had my patience tested. I’m negative.

If you’re sitting in a public place and a stranger takes the seat next to you, just stare straight ahead and say, “Did you bring the money?”

Narooma Rotary Beacon 4 March 2021

Ange’s Chat

Moruya Rotary President Peter Smith present the Cinders Trophy to President Ange

What a great week it has been.

On Tuesday night we regained the coveted Cinders Trophy at our annual Trivia challenge with Moruya Rotary (see more in Laurelle’s report below). It was a great night (apart from our win!) and a lot of fun thanks to Quiz Master Extraordinaire Keith Armstrong, some great initiatives which made the night run smoothly, and the very warm welcome we received from Moruya.

Last Thursday, Roz Hill from the Rotary Club of Young enthralled us with her talk about the Young Prostate Cancer Support Group which is running so successfully in Young. She is the group coordinator. It was formed as a Community Service Project of Young Rotary Club.

Roz Hill of Young Rotary was thanked by Narooma Secretary Rod Walker

Prostate Cancer afflicts many men in our society; statistics quoted show that 1 in 6 is diagnosed with it. Roz said getting men together to chat, access information and raise their awareness has encouraged  many to visit their doctor for  PSA tests (measures  the prostate-specific antigen) to establish a necessary base line. She said early testing and proactive networking through social and informal coffee meetings is imperative. The group meets once a month, has run for five years and gone from strength to strength. Their sponsors are Tegra Young (Concrete business), NR Sales & Property, and Rotary and are proudly affiliated with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Our Club is considering starting such a group in the future to facilitate awareness. Roz stressed the Rotary brand is highly respected everywhere and can play a great role. Thank you Roz for your wonderful informative presentation, the literature you provided, and the very kind offer to help us along the way.

Our Market last Sunday was wonderful and benefited from it being such a beautiful day. Thanks to everyone who helped. What a team! It also yielded a great result with gate takings $1090, Van $544 (still some expenses to pay), and the Wishing Well $575.

THIS THURSDAY:

No Rotary because we went to Moruya on Tuesday for Cinders.

The Week that Was

Cinders Challenge with Moruya

Moruya’s bulletin this week reported that “some years ago Narooma seemed almost invincible winning the trophy most years”. President Peter Smith said after “some intensive forensic research, it was determined that a particular Rotarian “down there” was identified as a modern day Barry Jones. This unusually knowledgeable person was assessed as being solely responsible for Narooma’s success”. That person was Ian Thomlinson. Peter said “theory was of course translated into reality when eventually Ian retired from Rotary and his departure set us on the road to success”. The truth is it wasn’t only Ian…

Moruya Rotary Quiz Keith Armstrong did a great job

However, Narooma proved this week that our team of 14 Rotarians, partners and friends had such a pool of wonderful trivia between them to bring the Cinders trophy back to Narooma. It was a close tussle, the final scores being Narooma 49, Moruya 48.5.

Keith Armstrong and President Ange

Quiz master Keith Armstrong had four rounds of 10 questions (he said mainly recycled from 2011 with some obvious updates) plus 34 fascinating word puzzles. Rohan Gleeson entered the scores on his computer and only revealed them on screen before the final round. Could Moruya close the gap? They did close it a little, but not enough. Then there was the hidden trophy… It was a wonderful night, great company, lots of fun, well organised and the pizzas and salads were excellent.

It’s our turn to host next year; maybe we should look to Bodalla again as a possible venue.

Remembering Animals in War

Our Club took part in last week’s memorial service for Australia’s Animals of War at Club Narooma on 24 February, our National Day for War Animals. Narooma RSL sub branch was delighted to have 60 people there, their first such memorial service.

Our ‘wreath’ equivalent for the Animals at War Memorial Service

Other groups represented included WIRES, Eurobodalla Animal Welfare League (AWL), Dog Obedience Club, Marine Rescue Narooma, Narooma Quota, CWA, Narooma Community Choir and a strong contingent from Narooma High School and Carroll College. Most laid wreaths; our Club instead thought a basket full of various animal treats was more appropriate which was then passed onto AWL. Charmaine White, Gero Mitchell, Laurelle Pacey and Chris O’Brien made it happen.

The main speaker was Professor Geraldine Hunt (sister of Dr Kate le Barrs, one of our local vets). The Community choir, with Lynda Ord and Sandra Doyle, sang a song Sandra had written especially for our war animals.

Breakfast Meeting

A small group from the Club met early this week to plan the breakfast meetings which will be coordinated by Andrew Lawson. Andrew was pleased with the progress made at the first planning meeting and anticipates such meetings will occur each week to ensure the breakfast meetings get off to a good start. The first breakfast meeting is planned for Thursday 15 April.

World Rotary Day 23 February

Unfortunately we missed mentioning last week that World Rotary Day and Rotary International’s 116th birthday was on 23 February (Charmaine though was on the ball on our Facebook page). Since Paul Harris and three friends met on 23 February 1905 in Chicago, Rotary has spread worldwide.

Rotary International is now one of the most important global humanitarian service organizations, bringing together 1.2m men and women in 35,000 clubs in 537 districts in more than 200 countries and territories. They come from all walks of to pool their skills, time and energy to support the most urgent humanitarian causes. Rotarians work passionately not only on sustainable actions and solutions at the local or international level, but also support important issues such as peace and conflict resolution, prevention and treatment of illness, water and sanitation, the health of mothers and children, literacy and education, the environment and economic development globally and locally. Rotary International is also the catalyst and spearheading partner in the global effort to eradicate polio.

Joining a local Rotary Club is of course the key to the world of Rotary.

Out and About

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is on next Monday 8 March. Women in Rotary has organised an online Breakfast that seems to be mainly for businesses 9-12 March with the theme for speakers “A Bold New World”. If you are interested in finding out more, please google it.

Moruya Probus ‘killed by Covid’

Moruya Rotary established Moruya Probus as a Community Service in 1994, initially for men but then also open to women. The purpose of every Probus Club is “to advance intellectual and cultural interests among adult persons who have retired or are semi-retired from their former occupations”. But Moruya Probus has now folded; Moruya Rotarians say it was “killed by Covid”. No one at Probus’ February meeting was interested in taking on an active position so those present voted to close.

NEXT WEEK: 11 MARCH

Board meeting at 5pm at Narooma Golf Club followed by a dinner meeting and Club Assembly 6 for 6.30. Hope to see you there.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 25 February 2021

Ange’s Chat

President Ange Ulrichsen

Our Zoom meeting last Thursday monthly to further explore ideas for the proposed monthly breakfast meetings went really well. Thanks to Lynda for hosting, to Laurelle for deputising in Andrew’s absence, and to all who participated. Previous points raised about the breakfast meetings were discussed in detail and general consensus reached on our objective and the way forward. The first breakfast meeting at Casey’s Café will be on Thursday 15 April. The next step is to form a Breakfast Committee comprising just a few members to further plan this new venture.

I was delighted to represent the Club at the official opening of the Men’s Shed on Sunday. It was a great occasion; it seemed like most of the town was there. They have built an amazing complex which is a fantastic achievement. Men’s Shed President Bernie Perrett spoke at length and emotionally about the difficulties they had to overcome over some time, especially funding and regulations, and praised the men for their passion and hard work especially during Covid. Bernie also paid tribute to three of their members who died during the last year, all from cancer, Peter Hartley being one of them. The Hartley family has donated a ‘state of the art’ greenhouse to the Men’s Shed. The men are thrilled a horticulturist has now joined their ranks. Other speakers included Member for Bega Andrew Constance and Member for Eden Monaro Kristy McBain.

I joined Bay and Moruya Rotary representatives at a meeting with Moruya Jockey Club Executive Officer Ken Brown on 16 February. The purpose was to discuss moving the Rotary Charity Race Day from the Sunday before Christmas to Saturday 3 April (which also happens to be Easter Saturday) and moving the Narooma Cup to Sunday 19 December (Sunday before Christmas). Ken expects the Easter Race Day would attract over 1,000 people on, apparently similar numbers to previous Christmas Race Days. Batemans Bay and Moruya presidents have agreed to approach local businesses for sponsorship, many of whom have supported us in the past. It was suggested the change from December to April for the Rotary Charity Race day could suit the three Clubs who might have more troops available at this time. Rotary would have buckets at the gate for both this Easter meeting and the Narooma Cup Meeting. Interestingly the proposal is for Rotary to still have the Christmas Raffle raffle at the Narooma Cup on 19 December.

It was fortuitous to have all three Rotary Club Presidents together on 16 February so we also discussed the possibility of a special combined event to celebrate the Centenary of Rotary in Australia. All are keen. At this stage, consensus seems to favour a daytime celebration in Moruya.

Don’t forget our Market this Sunday. There are still some gaps in the roster but hopefully by Thursday night we will have filled it.

THIS WEEK

We welcome Roz Hill from the RC of Young will talk about the Prostate Cancer Support Group. Please invite partners and friends along to hear about this important health issue. Numbers to Rod please by Tuesday PM.

The Week That Was

Our mighty Duo reports from PETS

PE Andrew Lawson and Treasurer Elect Mike Young attended the President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) in Temora last weekend and found it generally informative, well presented and inspiring. Andrew will report to us before dinner on Thursday night. Andrew says they both came away well aware of what is expected of them and with a long ‘to do’ list, including the following “real positives”:

DGE Leo Farrelly
  • Incoming Rotary International President is Shekhar Mehta of Calcutta-Mahanagar India. His theme is Serve to Change Lives’.
  • Meeting incoming Batemans Bay and Moruya Presidents Nicole McDonald and Chris Manahan respectively. We will work closely together when relevant.
  • Incoming DG is Leo Farrelly of RC Belconnen who impressed as being very personable.
  • We sat together as Area 6, which stretches to Gerringong in the north, and to the Highlands in the west. Our Area Governor is Adam de Totth from Tuggeranong who is keen for everyone to work together as a large team. We agreed to meet monthly, alternating Zoom and face to face. Venue still to be determined. I look forward to working with Adam and the Team.
  • Things to do, currently may be in hand by others, include our Insurance return, and any grant applications from the Rotary Foundation need to be submitted by 31 May.
  •  Attendance at the District Conference in March at Bathurst was “very highly encouraged” by Adam de Totth. I think we need to encourage more engagement at Rotary events as new Officers and Members come on board, to enhance their Rotary education. For instance, there is Technology development training school on 21 May, aimed at website and social media skills, and the Club Assembly in Young 15-16 May for Incoming Officers

Out and About

District Conference Bathurst  March 19-21

There is still time to register through the District Website for what promises to be a very interesting weekend, with a program featuring many well-known speakers.

Probus invitation to 30th dinner

Bermagui Probus Club has invited representatives from our Club to their 30th Anniversary Dinner on Monday 15 March. Is anyone available to go? Our Club sponsored their Club’s formation. Bermagui Probus’ Lorraine Courtis said they realise it is highly unlikely any of the Rotary members from 30 years ago are still active in Rotary, but if possible they would like to have a representative from our Club to join them to present the Certificate sent from Probus South Pacific Ltd to mark the occasion. Four Narooma Probus members will also be going. Please let Ange and Rod know if you can go.

Fred Fawke Recovers and Reuses

Fred’s grandson Kyle assisted by Michael Hulse of Moruya resizes a ridge cap.

Our old friend Fred Fawke of RC Belconnen is currently coordinating the sourcing of roofing to replace roofing damaged in hail storms and its redistribution (Recover, Rehabilitate and Reuse). His team is sourcing supply in Canberra and coordinating recovery through localised contacts for recipients. Fred says to date supply has gone to locals in Tumburumba, Wagga, Temora, Dalton, Bumbalong, Bugendore, Braidwood, Nerriga, Mogo, Moruya and Nerrigundah. Fred recently had a call from Tilba Dairy owners on behalf of a local farmer for sheets of corrugated sheet metal roofing. They, as do others involved in distribution process, trade at Epic Farmers Market in Canberra. Fred will keep us posted.

World sock record for Centenary 

Rotary clubs in District 9650 have embarked on an ambitious project to mark the centenary of Rotary in Australia by constructing the world’s longest washing line of socks. The RC of Taree North has already kicked off a sock collection drive in the Manning ahead of the world record attempt in Port Macquarie; odd socks, old socks, new socks but no surgical socks.

The Clubs aim to build a washing line 10km long with more than 100,000 socks pegged to it, challenging the 2014 world record set by a German group who constructed a 6km washing line with 69,152 socks. Construction of the washing line starts in June. About 1,000 people will then work in small teams to orderly peg the socks using up to 150,000 stainless steel pegs lent by Melbourne business Activated Eco. The challenge will raise funds for Rotary programs in the Port Macquarie area, Australian Rotary Health, Rotary International Foundation and Lifeline.

NEXT WEEK

Cinders Moruya Tuesday 2nd

Please note our Club is off to Moruya on Tuesday for our annual Cinders Trivia Challenge. It’s 6.30 for 7pm at Moruya Golf Club. So far we have at least 13 members and friends going, but we are always keen for more particularly any who are great with ‘trivia’. We will enjoy the Golf Club’s Pizzas with a bottle of wine per table.

Please note there will be no Club meeting on Thursday 4 March.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 18 February 2021

Ange’s Chat

President Ange thanks David and Rachell McInnes for such a great day.

Narooma-Moruya Rotary and friends Valentine’s Day Car Rally was fantastic with about 40 participants geared up to go. True to form, our El Supremo rally organiser David McInnes tested our wits and directional abilities navigating the streets of Tuross and solving challenging cryptic clues which tested us to the max. The questions over seven pages were highly detailed e.g. ‘find the house number with  fish on the wall’, ‘Go tigers’ was especially cryptic with the answer being a house named ‘Richmond’, and ‘turn left at the Uni’ ( the clue being Monash St). David throws himself into any venture with great gusto, so we really appreciated the huge effort he and Rachel put into this fun event.

Moruya Rotary President Peter Smith with Narooma President Ange Ulrichsen.

The day was aimed at lightening up Rotary after the weird 2020 year and sharing the love with fellow Rotarians and friends as we move through the new year. How lucky were we to have brilliant sunshine to brighten the day. We all appreciated the barbecue Rachel and David put on in their lovely garden and the live music by our wonderful local musicians which all helped make the day wonderful. Prizes were presented to those teams who scored highly on the clues (Narooma’s ‘Santa team’ won overall) and even for the limerick about the rally (Sharlie Young won). Derek Anderson’s team from Moruya won the equivalent of the wooden spoon.

So good to see Frank Eden and Iris at Potato Point, with Chris O’Brien.

It was great to see Frank and Iris again who were able to get special Council transport to Potato Point.

The last rally car with Chris, Pamela and Rhonda turned up at 5.30pm (!) much to our surprise. They doggedly persevered and finished hungry but happy and were thrilled to win some prizes for their sheer determination.

Thank you again David and Rachel for the superb event you arranged so expertly. You truly are our Dream Team for 2021.

A reminder that our annual Cinders Trivia Challenge with Rotary Moruya is on Tuesday 2 March, 6.30 for 7pm at Moruya Golf Club, $20pp. Please ensure you let Rod know if you are going. We need all the brain power we can muster!

A special request from Bob: can someone please take over responsibility for the markets roster from March through to June.

Narooma’s winning Rally team of Heather Ferguson, Charmaine White, Julie Bradley and Lynn Hastings

THIS WEEK

Lynda Ord and Andrew Lawson will co-host a Zoom meeting this Thursday opening at 6.15 for a 6.30pm start to further discuss the planned monthly breakfast meetings at Casey’s Café now scheduled to start 15 April. Members should have received draft notes from last Thursday’s meeting.

Out and About

PETS this Weekend

PE Andrew Lawson and Mike Young are off to Temora this weekend for the President Elect Training Seminar. This will help Andrew prepare for his year as President. It is a requirement by Rotary International and all clubs’ constitutions that Presidents Elect attend PETS. Safe travels Andrew and Mike.

Moruya Rotary newsletter on Centenary

The Moruya Rotary newsletter reports that planning is already underway for an event in May for the three Eurobodalla clubs to recognise and celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia.

The first four Rotary Clubs in our Oceania Region – Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington and Auckland – were established almost simultaneously with the arrival in Australia of two Canadians J Layton Ralston and James Davidson, who were charged with getting Rotary started in this part of the world. No doubt the strong and binding ANZAC tradition in 1921 would have been significant with the inclusion of the two New Zealand Capital cities. Their journey to Australia was particularly commendable, taking into consideration the fact that WW1 was still being wound up and the Spanish Flu was still raging in parts of the world.

Moruya Rotarians have now started ‘the gears turning’ towards put our minds towards initiating a function to celebrate what is no doubt the most significant Rotary occasion we will see and experience in our lifetimes. There are a number of ideas floating around and I believe that with the high level of interest in the occasion, we will definitely require a Sub -Committee to focus on producing an extravaganza that will be remembered for years to come.

NEXT WEEK Thursday 25th

Roz Hill from the RC of Young will talk about the ‘Prostate Cancer Support Group. Please invite partners and friends along to hear about this important health issue. Numbers to Rod please by Tuesday PM.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 11 February 2021

Ange’s Chat

It was wonderful to hear from our President Elect Andrew Lawson last Thursday as our guest speaker. Andrew entertained us with a fascinating talk in which he unraveled some of the many threads of his life.

Andrew was born in London in 1950 and his family moved to Essex at an early age. He said being a student of the Humanities fashioned him. He attended London Metropolitan Uni where he read Accounting and Law.

PE Andrew Lawson at last week’s meeting

Andrew is passionate about many things especially Rugby Union, having started to play 1st team footie in Year 10. He said he was very fortunate to have been approached by the Harlequin Football Club, the most prestigious Rugby club in England where he played 2nd and 3rd grade. An equal love is Folk Music and he spoke with great fondness of a folk club in Essex where Paul Simon was a regular as well as various pop stars. Needless to say he’s a regular at the Cobargo Folk Festival.

Andrew’s long, varied and high level career has spanned the continents.  He started with a chartered accountancy firm. He then dropped tax and audit to work on special projects such as with TNT on acquisition searches, “an enthralling exciting time”. Having then decided public accounting was not for him, he became the Chief Financial Officer for a major UK conglomerate which included, among other things, the UK’s largest bottler of edible oils.

Then he was in the United States for three years sorting out efficiency issues at the company’s Nuclear Maintenance Operations in Virginia. He returned to the UK in 1987 when he started a consulting business with his second wife Maggie which continued until 2007. Finally, he is chairman of a UK company that manufactures ophthalmic equipment in China with an office in Hong Kong, both of which are extremely successful in the current climate.

Family is a vital part of Andrew’s life. He has two children and grandchildren in the UK, so with Covid he has obviously not seen them for a year. He has a daughter supervising bull breeding on a cattle station in Theodore, Queensland and a son (ex ANU) who is an immigration lawyer with Home Affairs in Canberra.

Andrew’s Harlequin jersey still fits. He’s promised to wear it one night…

Andrew and Lynn have known each other since teenage years and their paths crossed many times. Lynn moved to Australia in the 1980s. They finally married in 2007 when Andrew moved to Australia; they initially lived in Brisbane. They moved to Wandella five years ago. Their house fortunately survived the bushfires, but not some of their outbuildings. It was during their evacuation to Narooma during the fires that we first met Andrew.

Andrew says he is honoured to be a member of our Rotary Club, as are we to have him join us.

A postscript – Andrew’s Harlequin jumper still fits! He also follows Tottenham Soccer Club, “it’s in the blood”. ­

THIS WEEK

This Thursday

We’re at the Golf Club for a dinner meeting 6 for 6.30pm. Organise next Thursday’s breakfast meeting

This Sunday (14 February)

This is our Valentine’s Day Car Rally when we will be joined by our Moruya Rotary friends. It is being organised by our car rally supremo David McInnes, so it promises to be a fun day.

Time: meet 11.45 above Tuross boatshed/café at corner of Trafalgar Rd and Nelson Pde Tuross Head to scrutineer and head off at noon.

Cost: $20/car (money is pooled for fabulous prizes). David suggests four people per car (driver, navigator and cryptic riddle solvers).

Lunch is a barbecue at Chez McInnes, 88 Long Point St, Potato Point (beef or chicken burgers with salad, some veg) along with live music. Cost $10. Please bring your own chairs, plates, cutlery, glasses and drinks.

If you do get lost (unlikely!), please call David on 0419 863 303.

At last week’s meeting, President Ange Ulrichsen, left, Secretary Rod Walker, Lynda Ord, Charmaine White and Gordon Bentley, a regular from Dubbo Rotary

The Week that Was

From last week’s Board meeting

The board made some major decisions, one prompted by the cost now in using a room at the Golf Club. Many thanks to Bob Aston for providing us with background papers on two major issues for the Board’s consideration. The following decisions were made after considerable discussion, to last until the end of this Rotary year.

Meeting venues and times:

  • Meet at the Golf Club each month only on the second and fourth Thursdays. The cost is $27 rather than $22 per person to cover the extra cost.
  • Have a Zoom meeting on the first Thursday of the month. That way Frank Eden and Iris can join us as well as David McInnes and PE Andrew if they’re away, and Gordon Bentley if he is home in Dubbo. It also allows us to more readily access some more remote speakers, such as former tertiary scholars and exchange students
  • Have Board meetings on the second Thursday
  • Trial a breakfast meeting at Casey’s Café on the third Thursday in March (18th), April (15th) and May (20th). More details to come
  • Any fifth Thursday will be a ‘day of rest’ so no meeting 29 April.

The 2021-2022 Board will review these arrangements.

The Food Van

Bob highlighted the significant issues with our van, such as its age and general neglect. Many Board members are reluctant to do away with the van so it got down to the cost of fixing it compared with the cost of replacement versus alternatives. Various board members undertook to make inquiries re fixing various components while Bob will look at possible replacement cost. They will report back to the next Board meeting.

Out and About

From Bega Rotary

Bega Rotary were finally able to hold their Book Fair last weekend at Bega Showgrounds.  Bega has run the book fair for 12 years and typically holds it twice a year in January and July. It’s the Club’s major fundraiser. The bushfires in January 2020 and then Covid in July postponed the fair until January, but then that was rescheduled for February due to the border closure with Victoria.

Bega Rotarians had all measures in place to respect COVID-19 regulations. The Showground Pavilion was set up with fewer tables and spaced apart to respect the 1.5 metres ruling. Donated books for sale were deemed safe from the virus having been in storage since March 2020.Interestingly, Bega only accepts quality books.

Treasurer of Bega Rotary Charlie Blomfield said the most popular genre in the non-fiction books is cookery and gardening while the most popular genre overall is children’s books. They encourage children’s reading by making the first five books free.

Celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Australia

Batemans Bay and Moruya Clubs are considering geetti g together , possibly somet time in May, to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia. More discussion to come, possibly including with Narooma….

NEXT WEEK

Thursday 18 February: no meeting

The following week, Thursday 25th: Roz Hill from the RC of Tumut will talk about the ‘Prostate Cancer Support Group. Please invite partners and friends along to hear about this important health issue.