Narooma Rotary Beacon 2 February 2023

Ange’s Thoughts

And they’re racing in the 2023 Great Australia Day Rotary Duck Race

What a fabulous Duck Race on Thursday!! Even the rain stayed away; just some light sprinkles as the last ducks were fished out. Thanks to everyone who helped – NSW Maritime, Marine Rescue, kayakers, the public and of course our committed Rotarians. It was a wonderful fun day for the whole community.

I was very proud to announce Milaina Cafe as our 2023 Tertiary Scholar

On the previous night at the Australia Day presentations at the Golf Club, I was very proud to announce that our 2023 Rotary Tertiary Scholar is Milaina Cafe. She intends studying for a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy, Economics (PPE) and a Bachelor of Public Policy at the ANU. David McInnes is her counsellor. We will all be able to hear from Milaina at our Youth Night this Thursday. I hope to see you there.

We have a busy few days ahead of us…

THIS WEEK

Wednesday 1 February: Prostate Cancer Support Group 6.30pm Narooma Golf Club

Thursday 2 February: OUR YOUTH NIGHT

It’s the Club’s first night back at the Golf Club after our holiday break. We will hear from the 2023 winner of our Tertiary Scholarship Milaina Cafe as well as past scholars Raichel Brodie and Elise Dixon. We will also be joined by our  MUNA (Yeshe Smith MacPherson, Jack Lenihan and Ella Hemstead) and RYPEN (Phoebe Coxon and Talon Keith) students again, their families and teachers. 

Friday 3 February: 4.15pm Board Meeting Narooma Golf Club

Saturday 4 February: Expo at Library. Narooma Rotary will join other local organisations with a small stall at the Seniors Expo that Council has organised at the Library. The idea is to attract new members. Set up by 9.30am. Runs 10-1pm. Can you help please?  Please see Ange.

The Week that Was

Clear finish for Duck Race

Our Duck Race coordinators Mike Young and Julie Hartley with the winner

Our Duck Race this year was one of the smoothest races ever, much to the delight of our organisers Mike and Julie. They were excited by how so many in our community have embraced this fun event. It seemed there may have been even more watching this year. David was Bridge organiser, supervising getting the ducks to the starting line on the bridge and then dropping them over on the starting siren from NSW Maritime’s vessel.

Mike said the southerly wind did impact the race encouraging some ducks to take the more scenic route under the boardwalk or into Mill Bay and so were disqualified, but the bulk of the field stayed on course to the finish line.

Regular duck collector Jess Scott has refined retrieval from her paddleboard down to a fine art

There was a clear winner – Duck 88 which crossed the line upside down showing the possible ‘winged keel’ effect. The winning ticket was held by Archie Huggins of the Southern Highlands (wins $1,000).The duck judged last was 171, held by Jenny Bainbridge of Mystery Bay (wins $100).

It was wonderful to see so many come came out in kayaks, boats, and paddle-boards to assist with collecting the 1,000 ducks, as well as Marine Rescue and NSW Maritime. “We couldn’t run this great event without their assistance,” Mr Young said.

Proceeds this year will go towards Carers’ Accommodation at the new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital (the Carers’ Accommodation is a Eurobodalla Rotary initiative) and prostate cancer research through the Narooma Prostate Cancer Support Group.

Duck retrieval in full swing once the winner was declared

Out and About

Bega Rotary’s inaugural Art Fair

Bega Rotary’s recent inaugural Art Fair (19-20 January) with nearly 300 art exhibits was a great success, held alongside their popular annual Book Fair at Bega Showgrounds. About 90 people attended the official opening by South East Arts Executive Director Andrew Gray and Bega Rotary President Phil McDonald.

At the opening

Maz Hamilton was the initiator of the Art Fair and its success was largely due to her persistence and organisational skills.  Bega Rotary reports running the Art and Book Fairs side-by-side worked very well and the patrons loved being able to move between the two events. Charlie Blomfield and John Hamilton organised all the set-up and running of the Book Fair which was very busy on both days. The art show was sponsored by Bega Show Society, Bega Cheese, Big W, Coles, Dan Murphy’s, Design Post, Frill Neck Framing, Inkwell Art Supplies and Woolworths. This is Bega Club’s major fundraiser and there is uncertainty about when Bega can hold its next event because of the upcoming redevelopment of the showgrounds.

Moruya Rotarians in Showground kitchen

A highlight of the recent Eurobodalla Show was the formal opening of a number of buildings at Moruya showground including the refurbished kitchen. The kitchen refurbishment was funded by a $40,000 Australian Government grant matched by $40,000 from Rotary. The Rotary grants were made up of donations from the Rotary of the British Isles Disaster Recovery Trust, Rotary District 9705 Bushfire Recovery Funds s and the Rotary Club of Moruya. Needless to say there was a good representation of Moruya Rotarians. Great effort.

NEXT THURSDAY 9 FEBRUARY

Club Assembly at the Golf Club – 6 for 6.30pm

Narooma Rotary Beacon 26 January 2023

Our summer Fish ‘n Chips get together

A most enjoyable evening was had at our get-together in Quota Park on 12 January with some ordering takeaways from The Inlet. Good to see a few friends as well as partners there, especially Gordon and Di who have been out of action for a while.

THIS THURSDAY –‘D’ for DUCK Day

With the assistance of onlookers, we will drop 1,000 ducks off Narooma Bridge about 4pm this Thursday 26 January for our annual Great Australia Day Duck Race. Organisers Julie Hartley and Mike Young are optimistic for a great race. David McInnes will again do the countdown on the bridge.

All tickets had been sold by Monday; great effort everyone particularly Mike, Ange and Andrew. The first duck across the line wins $1,000 for the person whose ticket corresponds to its number; the last duck across the line wins $100. Judge Laurelle Pacey will indicate to kayaker Rachel McInnes the first duck across the virtual finish line; kayaker Steve Deck will decide the last.

At the ready 26 January 2022 and counting down…

Ange has organised for NSW Maritime and Marine Rescue to assist with pickups including from kayakers. Laurelle has contacted Dalmeny Narooma Bushwalkers’ kayakers group (still waiting to hear if any offers), so hopefully with various friends we will enough people to assist with the collection. Not a single duck has been lost in recent years; here’s hoping we can continue that extraordinary record.

BTW, Acting President Ange is keen for someone else to wear the duck suit this year. Any takers? Kids love it!

Proceeds this year go towards Carers’ Accommodation at the new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital (the Carers’ Accommodation is a Eurobodalla Rotary initiative) and prostate cancer research through the Narooma Prostate Cancer Support Group.

See you on ‘D Day’!

Marine Rescue, NSW Maritime and many others regularly help out. What a great community.

The Week that Was

The Markets

Despite the ‘iffy’ weather on Sunday with a couple of quick downpours, it turned out a good day. Well done to all the regular team especially Markets manager Chris O’Brien, markers out John Rungen and Mike Young (now with two apprentices including Gero) and to our regular team on the day including those who were there from set up to pack up (Ange, John Rungen and Mike Young) and our Rotary Friends stalwarts Wayne Redman, Dave Swilks and Wayne Dineen. 

Takings were gate $1,675.00, wishing well $133.95, van $669.80 (including square sales). Treasurer Mike said Duck ticket sales over the last few days were $1,535.30 (including square sales). Even though we lose a little with the fee on Square Sales, as Mike says, “no Square means no purchases from some customers”.

Out and About

Expo at Library Saturday 4 February

Narooma Rotary will join other local organisations with a small stall at the Seniors Expo that Council is organising at the Library. The idea is to attract new members. Set up by 9.30am. Runs 10-1pm. Can you help please?  Please see Ange.

Any more for District training at Merimbula?

Some of our members plan to go to the District’s President’s Elect Training (PETS) and Club Assembly (now called Learning and Development) at Merimbula 17-19 March. It will possibly be only for a day; waiting to see the programme. It will be at Merimbula Services Club.

District is encouraging all Club members to attend; it’s considered essential for all incoming presidents. District Governor Elect Andrea Grosvenor (a member of Queanbeyan Club) says even if you have been President before, “there are changes that are important to understand so your attendance is vital”.  She says, “These weekends are for all club members including new members. They will help build team spirit within your club and also all will gain a greater understanding of Rotary. One great part of these weekends is the camaraderie and support you will gain from other Presidents and club members; we have an amazing collection of skills and expertise across D9705.”

Please give it some thought; we need to build capacity in our Club for the future.

For our Club Assembly on 9 February

  1. Members will be canvassed for the Business Breakfast Advisory group to meet probably only two to three times a year, mainly to line up speakers. Board suggested could include one or two BB regulars – Sally Bouckley of Southbound Escapes is interested. Next BB is Thursday 16 February.
  2. Members will be canvassed for form a subcommittee to “expedite the purchase of a new catering van utilising the grant monies”.
  3. We will also discuss gaining Donor Gift Recipient status (beneficial for ongoing scholarship benefactors as well as some grants e.g. for new food van)
  4. Our AGM will be reconvened once the 2021-2022 accounts are audited

Dinner at Cobargo with Bega Rotarians

We will meet with President Phil and Bega Rotarians at Cobargo Pub at 6pm on Thursday 23 February. Hopefully Narooma will have a good number.

Clean Up Australia

Our Club is now registered to again take part in Clean Up Australia Day on Friday 3 March at noon, doing our usual Mill Bay to Apex Park beat (please contact Laurelle if you can help). Meet at Mill Bay. Please let Laurelle know if you can help on the day.

Rotary theme 2023-2024

The 2023-2024 Rotary theme has been announced – ‘Create Hope in the World’. RI President-elect Gordon McInally of Scotland calls on Rotarians to create hope in the world by working for peace and mental wellbeing. He urges members to engage in tough conversations and earn the trust that’s necessary to realise these values.

NEXT THURSDAY

Thursday 2 February is Youth Night. It’s the Club’s first night back after our holiday break. Please bring partners and friends; it’s always an inspiring night. Please give numbers to Gero by Tuesday morning before. We will meet the 2023 winner of our Tertiary Scholarship as well as past scholars. We hope to also be joined by our  MUNA (Yeshe Smith MacPherson, Jack Lenihan and Ella Hemstead) and RYPEN (Phoebe Coxon and Talon Keith) students again, their families and teachers. 

Narooma Rotary Beacon 12 January 2023

THIS THURSDAY 12 January

Please join us from 5.30pm this Thursday evening for Club get-together over takeaway ‘Fish & Chips’ (or whatever) in Quota Park on Wagonga Inlet. (Please note not Rotary Park)Bring partners, friends, kids, dogs, chairs and/or a rug, your chosen liquid accompaniment and whatever else ‘floats your boat’. If you haven’t already, please let Gero know if you are coming so we have an idea of numbers. Looking forward to seeing you for a fun night.

The Week that Was

Last Week’s Board Meeting

Three of our regular Rotary food van team – Gero Mitchell, David McInnes and Ange Ulrichsen

Among last week’s Board decisions were:

  • To rotate chairing meetings among members.
  • To reinstate the Business Breakfast Advisory group and maybe include a couple of BB regulars from business – members will be canvassed at the Club Assembly on 9 February
  • To form a subcommittee to “expedite the purchase of a new catering van utilising the grant monies” – members will be canvassed at the Club Assembly on 9 February
  • To investigate gaining Donor Gift Recipient status (beneficial for ongoing scholarship benefactors as well as some grants e.g. for new food van)
  • Our AGM will be reconvened once the 2021-2022 accounts are audited.
  • The Defibrillator which was at Anton’s has now been dropped off to Council’s Narooma depot for installation at the Sport & Leisure Centre. Council will maintain it.
  • Our Club will again take part in Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday 5 March, doing our usual Mill Bay to Apex Park beat (please see Laurelle if you can help).
  • We will meet with Bega President Phil and other Bega Rotarians at Cobargo Pub at 6pm on Thursday 23 February.

Out and About

District invites us all to Merimbula

The District’s President’s Elect Training (PETS) and Club Assembly (now called Learning and Development) have been amalgamated into the one weekend with two meetings on offer – either Merimbula (17-19 March at Merimbula Services Club) or Orange (31 March-2 April). Everyone is encouraged to attend; it’s considered essential for all incoming presidents . A programme will be sent out closer to the time.

DGE Andrea Grosvenor

“This is to assist your club keep costs of both accommodation and travel down while also providing adequate time for the trainers to assist each of you to understand each individual role,” said District Governor Elect Andrea Grosvenor (a member of Queanbeyan Club).

She says even if you are a “green – recycled” President, meaning you have undertaken the role before, “there are changes that are important to understand so your attendance is vital”.  “These weekends are for all club members including new members. They will help build team spirit within your club and also all will gain a greater understanding of Rotary. One great part of these weekends is the camaraderie and support you will gain from other Presidents and club members; we have an amazing collection of skills and expertise across D9705.”

Bega hosts inaugural Art Fair

The Rotary Club of Bega is soon hosting its inaugural Art Fair in conjunction with its Book Fair at Bega Showground Arts and Crafts building on 20-21 January. Entries have come from emerging and established artists in the region.  Opening Night is on Thursday 19 January (6-8pm)

Rotary’s Surfing Fellowship

Members of Rotary’s Surfing Fellowship. Something for the far south coast of NSW?

Pambula Rotary Facebook site recently included a post about Rotary International’s surfing fellowship, perhaps with the idea of linking locally… The Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship (SURF) is one of Rotary’s newest fellowships bringing together more than 1,000 members to share their love of surfing in 35 countries from Argentina to New Zealand.

“The thing I think about is making Rotary relevant to this generation,” says SURF founder Brett Morey. “We talk all the time about bringing youth into Rotary. This is the type of social event that allows us to grow Rotary.” SURF’s mission is to introduce people to surfing, attract young people to Rotary, build connections and mentoring. Strangely some members are in countries with no access to oceans, such as the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Morey says, “members don’t have to be near oceans or seas to capture the spirit of the fellowship. Fun events can include surf outings, to stand-up paddleboard or learn-to-surf events. It’s all about building understanding between people. And that is exactly what the purpose of Rotary is.”

Interestingly the 2023 Rotary International Convention in Melbourne in May will have a SURF booth in the House of Friendship. Eyes will also be on Pambula to see what transpires locally…

Moruya Cup Races

Moruya Rotary’s catering efforts in the Racecourse Kiosk for the Moruya Cup on 2 January were phenomenal and they completely sold out of all food, including a new initiative of ‘a Savoury Plate’. Takings were a healthy $7,505. Manning the Kiosk is Moruya’s major fundraiser.  “Rotary is truly alive and kicking,” said stoked Kiosk Coordinator Steve Young.

COMING UP

Ducks are ready!

Thursday 26 January: Our annual Duck Race – many tickets to sell and then all hands needed on the day please

Thursday 2 February: Our Youth Night is our first night back after our holiday break. We will celebrate the 2023 winner of our Tertiary Scholarship, and as well as past scholars (see above). Hopefully we will also be joined by our  MUNA (Yeshe Smith MacPherson, Jack Lenihan and Ella Hemstead) and RYPEN (Phoebe Coxon and Talon Keith) students again, their families and teachers. 

Narooma Rotary Beacon 29 December 2022

The December Holiday Markets

Great music and lots of colour from the Dalmeny Wahinis followed by the community choir the Catastix

What a stunning December holiday market, thought to be a record, and what a great team effort! Ninety sites for 62 stallholders, the crowds from 9am were amazing. Lots of happy people and again a great vibe. VP Ange reports we sold out of meat and bread even after a couple of restocks, and people still wanted sausages at 2pm!  

Wayne Redman, Robyn McLachlan, Gero Mitchell and David McInnes
Dave Swilks and Rhys Dobson on the BBQ

Top effort by everyone. Big thanks to Markets manager Chris O’Brien (who organised this market over Christmas from Brisbane) and to our wonderful hard working team including Rotary friends Dave Swilks and Wayne Redman who always step up and to our extra helper David McInnes’ nephew Rhys Dobson. Our ‘finishing up’ team didn’t leave until well after 2pm. As Ange so aptly put it, “What a big heart our club has!”.

Lynn Hastings and Ange Ulrichsen in the van

Our treasurer Mike reports gate takings $1,860, wishing well $415, gross van takings $1,863.62 (including $519.20 using the square), making a total from the markets of $4,138.62. (Still to pay IGA Dalmeny and Narooma Meats for eggs and bacon and sausages and rissoles – waiting on invoices).

Mike Young on the gate

Mike also reports we received $2,073.42 from Duck race ticket sales (includes $112.77 from square sales less transaction fee for tickets)… about 17 books worth.

Mike and Robin sold nearly all duck tickets they had at the gate. We’re reserving some raffle books to sell at the 22 January market just before the Great Race on Australia Day.

Christmas Party

Our well attended Christmas Party at the 6 and Out Café at Bodalla was a most enjoyable night. Many thanks to Chris O’Brien for organising it. Just a shame about the cold which drove a few people home earlier than perhaps they intended, while others lingered on.

THIS WEEK:

Happy 75th to Mike Young on the 6th!

No regular Rotary meeting on Thursday 5 January

Friday 6 January 4.15pm: Board meeting Lynn’s place

Out and About

Remembering Norm Hoyer

Great former Narooma Rotarians, the late George Barker and Norm Hoyer at the 2015 Changeover

It was with great sadness we heard of the death of former Rotarian and PP Norm Hoyer on Thursday. Norm was one of the stars in our movie to mark the Club’s 50th anniversary, particularly talking about his initiative of the Club’s Tilba Gold project… For many years, long after they ceased being members, Norm and Kathy Hoyer and George and Ann Barker were regulars at our Changeovers. Our thoughts are with Kathy Hoyer and their family at this time. Norm’s funeral will be held at Tilba Cemetery on 5 January at 11am, followed by a gathering at Mountain View Farm Old Dairy at Tilba Tilba. Laurelle Pacey and Norm worked together recording Tilba’s history, publishing the first edition of Tilba Times in 1995.

More on our Tertiary Scholars

Many thanks to Bob Aston and the three-member interviewing panel of David McInnes, Lynn Hastings and Andrew Lawson for our 2023 Rotary Tertiary Scholar. The winner will be publicly announced at Narooma’s Australia Day ceremony on 25 January.

Meanwhile our 2020 Tertiary Scholar Rory Spurgeon has sent his Second Semester results – a distinction in mathematics and credits in two physics subjects. Rory is doing a Bachelor of Science Honours degree at ANU but is now at the end of his Rotary scholarship. Rory has kept the Club well informed of his progress and been a regular attendee at our Youth nights.

Batemans Bay Markets moves location

Batemans Bay’s Markets, now wholly operated by Batemans Bay Rotary, has moved from Corrigan’s Beach Reserve at Batehaven to the waterfront precinct from the boat shed up to the new bridge in Batemans Bay. Marking the move on Sunday 18th December were Federal Member Fiona Phillips and Mayor Matthew Hatcher after an Aboriginal Welcome to Country. Batemans Bay Rotary will now operate two markets a month, from 9am to 1pm on the first and third Sunday of every month. The markets will now be their major community service project.

NEXT WEEK

Thursday 12 January: proposed Club get together in Narooma Rotary Park for takeaways fish ‘n chips or whatever. TBC.at Board meeting.

Coming Up

Thursday 26 January: Our annual Duck Race – many tickets to sell and then all hands needed on the day please

Thursday 2 February: Our Youth Night is our first night back after our holiday break. We will celebrate the 2023 winner of our Tertiary Scholarship, and as well as past scholars (see above). Hopefully we will also be joined by our  MUNA (Yeshe Smith MacPherson, Jack Lenihan and Ella Hemstead) and RYPEN (Phoebe Coxon and Talon Keith) students again, their families and teachers. 

Narooma Rotary Beacon 15 December 2022

THIS THURSDAY 15 December

Looking forward to your Christmas cheer at our Christmas Party this Thursday at 6pm at the new ‘Six and Out Café’ in Bodalla (the old Malibu Mex and more recently the Downward Dog). We’re out the back in the covered courtyard. There’s some parking behind and elsewhere along the highway.  The Club is providing some wine on the tables (licenced). Please also note that, instead of the usual $10 Christmas present for another member, this year we’re asking for a $10 cash donation for the Narooma OzHarvest group to support local disadvantaged families in our Community through the Festive Season. See you there.

The Week that Was

Our Club moves forward

It is doubtful if our Club has ever experienced anything quite like last week… Despite some upsets in the first part of the Board meeting last Thursday, the Board managed to finish on a brighter note after adjourning for dinner and the AGM.

The AGM was a sombre affair. First members heard via Andrew Lawson’s email that he was stepping down as President and resigning from the Board for several reasons including ill health and spending much of the next six months in the UK; that was read by Julie Hartley in Andrew’s absence. Then members heard from Bob Aston that he will resign from the Club from 18 December after completing his involvement in this year’s awarding of the Narooma Rotary Tertiary Scholarship. Their resignations were received with much sadness by those present.

The President’s report for 2020-2021 was read at the AGM (as printed in the Changeover Beacon) which was something of a slight tonic reminding everyone of just what we do achieve. The AGM will reconvene in a couple of months to approve the financial report once it is audited. (It was good having the advice of our Public Officer Rod Walker and our Area Governor Adam de Totth on hand.)

The elections for the 2023-2024 Board resulted in David McInnes as Vice President, Gero Mitchell Secretary, and Susanna Chung, Lynn Hastings, Laurelle Pacey and Ange Ulrichsen as directors. The President’s, Treasurer’s and President Elect positions are casual vacancies; the Club will see how the next couple of months develop.

The results of the Catering Survey were announced after the AGM. The majority of members favoured continuing catering at the markets and elsewhere. They also favoured purchasing a new catering van over a trailer and marquee. The Board will set up a subcommittee to expedite these.

Board Meeting resumes: After the AGM, the Board and other members reminded themselves of all the good the Club does in our community, especially with our youth, and of the Club’s excellent reputation earned over many years. Consensus was a determination that will continue. Decisions made at the Board meeting included:

  • Topping up the money raised at the recent Kinema Film Night to $1,000 to donate to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative via The Foundation. [The recent Film Night raised $399 from tickets plus $175 from the raffle plus $40 donation from Andrew Lawson, making $614.] Interesting to note that will become $3,000 to the Polio Initiative with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation two-for-one contribution.
  • Donating $1,000 to District 9705 Flood Appeal through RAWCS Project No: 32-2022-23 Central West New South Wales communities flood relief funds distribution Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS).  (The specific purpose is to distribute donated funds to people affected by the floods in Central West New South Wales communities.  Donations to this project are tax deductible, should anyone also like to donate).

We move on and look forward to a rejuvenated Club in 2023 after a Christmas-New Year break. There is a proposal to have a special Board meeting in early January (current board members will be consulted re time and place), and a Club picnic in Rotary Park in mid-January with possibly takeaways. More details to come.

School Presentations

The prestigious Bill Borlase Rotary Memorial Awards to the Boy and Girl Duxes of Narooma Public School were proudly presented last week to Eddie Heathcote and Sarah Brooks by Laurelle Pacey on the Club’s behalf.

The Club makes this major award each year, following money given by Bill to the Club in 1971 for this award. The Club also finances an honour board to record the name of each recipient at the school.

Ange Ulrichsen is presenting two Rotary prizes to students at Narooma High School on Wednesday this week. Each year our Club presents the Narooma Rotary Club Citizenship Award and the Jack and Joy Ings Art Prize (sponsored by former Narooma Rotarian and PDG Jack Ings and his wife Joy).

Our Australia Day Duck Race

At our 2022 Australia Day Duck Race earlier this year

Our annual Duck Race (organised by Julie and Mike) – we have many tickets to sell and then all hands will be needed on the day please. Publicity coming at the end of this week but all markets posters and adverts mention duck tickets will be on sale.

Out and About

From Moruya Rotary on Homelessness

In July, Moruya Rotarians heard about homelessness in the Shire from Anglicare which included their inability to cope with the numbers seeking shelter. This led to conversations with Council. Last week new Moruya Rotarian Rhonnie South from Council summarised how Council had responded.

Working with Homeless Support Services (SHSS) during the winter months, access to hot showers and free laundry services were needed. Council installed two PayWave Kiosks at Moruya and Narooma laundromat facilities, and paid for a commercial dryer at the St Vincent de Paul Society Support Centre in Batemans Bay. All three town centres now have facilities to wash and dry clothes. Council leased and installed two portable shower and hot water units at the North Head Camp to service the 50 homeless people reported to be living on site. This arrangement will end this December.

Coming Up

Thursday 29 December: Our December Holiday Markets (roster to be finalised at Christmas Party)

Early January: proposed Board meeting TBC

Thursday 12 January: proposed Club get together in Narooma Rotary Park for takeaways fish ‘n chips or whatever. TBC.

Thursday 26 January: Our annual Duck Race – many tickets to sell and then all hands needed on the day please

Thursday 2 February: Our Youth Night is our first night back after our holiday break. We will celebrate the 2023 winner of our Tertiary Scholarship, and as well as past scholars (see above). Hopefully we will also be joined by our  MUNA (Yeshe Smith MacPherson, Jack Lenihan and Ella Hemstead) and RYPEN (Phoebe Coxon and Talon Keith) students again, their families and teachers.  

Narooma Rotary Beacon 8 December 2022

Andrew’s Thoughts

At our Polio Eradication campaign film fundraiser last Sunday – VP Ange Ulrichsen with Moruya Rotary President Shirl and husband John Hayes supporting our Club’s fundraiser

Well, these last few weeks have been challenging and indeed unsettling for the Club, but we are about to move on to more settled and happier times. The result of the van poll will be announced on Thursday and there is unanimous resolve to get behind the result which reflects the true spirit of the Club. So let’s all turn up to the AGM and celebrate the way forward. 

Sunday was our movie night which was a resounding success as ever. Sincere thanks to chief organiser Ange Ulrichsen, with catering team of Chris O’Brien, Gero Mitchell and Laurelle Pacey, and Master Raffler David McInnes. My bout of asthma saved you from my impressions of Richard III!

So, AGM this Thursday and of course the eagerly anticipated Christmas Dinner the following week for which Chris has worked tirelessly.

Onwards and upwards mes amis as we move forward as a regenerated group.

THIS THURSDAY 8 December

5pm: Board Meeting at Golf Club

6 for 6.30pm: Dinner Meeting with AGM at Golf Club.

The Week that Was

Draft minutes of our meeting last Thursday to discuss future catering arrangements for the Club at the markets and elsewhere have been circulated to all members.

Last Sunday’s Polio Film Night

Master Raffler David McInnes with Sean Burke who won the superb bottle of red donated by President Andrew, one of many prizes donated for the raffle.

Our Film Night at the Kinema on Sunday was our annual event to raise both awareness and funds for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. We’ve still to get the figures from Jade, but we believe about 50 people came to see The Lost King (about $350 then).

It was a thoroughly good night with great nibbles and wine, an enjoyable film and a very informative outline by David about the Global Polio campaign and Rotary’s pivotal role in initiating it over 30 years ago. He then spoke passionately about our Rotary Youth programmes and the difference some of our programmes make to students’ lives. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes for the raffle which raised $171.00. (Only one person dressed up, supposedly as an archaeologist, but she won’t be doing that again!)

On our Tertiary students

Rory Spurgeon (2020), doing a Bachelor of Science Honours degree at ANU, has now come to the end of his Rotary scholarship. We wish him well for what we know will be a wonderful future. Rory has kept the Club well informed of his progress in that time through his counsellor Bob Aston and been a regular attendee at our Youth nights.

Elise Dixon (2021) has been studying for a Bachelor of Medical Science at ANU remotely for the first two years of her scholarship (initially prompted by Covid lockdowns). That’s been difficult but has continued to pass her studies with a few credits. She is off to Canberra next year to study on campus. Lynn Hastings is her counsellor.

Raichel Brodie (2022) is doing a Bachelor of Psychology at ANU. Her counsellor Andrew Lawson is delighted with her recent results (six high distinctions and two distinctions). She’s doing honours in psychology and considering doing a Masters.

From Moruya Rotary

Moruya had its AGM last Tuesday (30 November). Sixteen were elected for the 2023-2024 Rotary Year to serve under Andrew Elek as President, including Vice President Allan Veness and Jeff Proud as Treasurer. Their position of Secretary is still vacant. Their Board had a short impromptu meeting before this week’s Club Meeting to discuss changes to the Palliative Care Vehicle Project.

District response to floods

Rotary District 9705 continues to collaborate in Central West NSW with Resilience NSW which greatly values the assistance of Rotary. There are indications of spirits improving amongst some in the quite damaged Eugowra community. Robert Shore (President RC of Parkes) of the Rotary Flood Coordination Team has been onsite at Eugowra and at Cudal identifying critical needs.  

A Rotary Action Team is onsite at Eugowra led by Michelle Duncan (President RC of Orange Daybreak) and comprises volunteers from Orange Daybreak assisted by Bathurst.  They may be relieved by volunteer support from other D9705 clubs.

At present, the best way to support the District’s flood response is by monetary contributions to RAWCS Project No: 32-2022-23 Central West New South Wales communities flood relief funds distribution Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS).  The specific purpose is to distribute donated funds to people affected by the floods in Central West New South Wales communities.  Donations to this project are tax deductible.  Several clubs in other Districts have done so already. Maybe one for our Board meeting this week?

NEXT WEEK

Christmas Party at Bodalla

Our Christmas Party on Thursday 15 December at 6pm is at the new ‘Six and Out Café’ in Bodalla (the old Mexican Munchies and more recently the Downward Dog). We’re out the back in the covered courtyard. There is parking behind as well as along the highway.  The Club is providing some wine on the tables (licenced). Please also note that, instead of the usual $10 Christmas present for another member, this year we’re asking for a $10 cash donation for the Narooma OzHarvest group to support local disadvantaged families in our Community through the Festive Season.

Coming Up

Mike and Julie counted the ducks last week before they (the ducks!) headed off to the local creek for their first training session. Mike reports all ducks present and correct.

Thursday 29 December: Our December Holiday Markets

Thursday 26 January: Our annual Duck Race – many tickets to sell and then all hands needed on the day please (organised by Julie and Mike)

Thursday 2 February: Our Youth Night is our first night back after our holiday break. We will celebrate the 2023 winner of our Tertiary Scholarship, and as well as past scholars (see above). Hopefully we will also be joined by our  MUNA (Yeshe Smith MacPherson, Jack Lenihan and Ella Hemstead) and RYPEN (Phoebe Coxon and Talon Keith) students again, their families and teachers.  

Narooma Rotary Beacon 1 December 2022

Andrew’s Thoughts

Our guest speaker author Dr Diane McInnes was thanked by Lynn Hastings

Unfortunately I had to miss last Thursday’s meeting which from all reports was a very special night. (See Laurelle’s report below) It included inspiring reports back from our two Narooma High students who went to RYPEN in Wagga Wagga recently and a fascinating talk by Dr Diane McInnes on her writing career as well as ‘how to write a book’. The meeting was much enjoyed by all. Unfortunately several members couldn’t make it because of medical issues; we wish them a speedy recovery.

The weather held for Sunday’s market (after the minute-long downpour at about 8am!) and they were a great success with a big crowd and a great vibe. As ever, it is thanks to all those who helped; we have a great team. While the final sum raised is not yet available, it is envisaged we achieved our usual excellent result. It was also the first time we sold the 2023 Duck Race Tickets. As ever, the response from the community was amazing and 10% of the tickets are already sold.

This Thursday sees our special dinner meeting to discuss and consider the proposal for a new van, now that the Grant application has been successful. Well done Francoise, Lynn and Laurelle. We all know some in the Club hold strongly held views on this matter but now everyone needs to listen, decide, and move on. Mutual respect and good grace are fundamental.

The next day (Friday!) is our December Board meeting which will essentially be a prelude to the AGM on Thursday 8th.

This Sunday is our Film night at the Kinema screening The Lost King to raise funds for the global campaign to eliminate polio. Please bring friends and rellies to what should be a great evening. Drinks and nibbles provided, and David will be ‘Master Raffler’ again. If anyone would like to donate something, please contact David. Dress ups are encouraged – impersonation of Richard III especially!

Our Christmas Dinner is on Thursday 15th December at the 6 and Out Café at Bodalla. Mike Young has already circulated pre-payment details and please also let Chris O’Brien know names.

Phew! A busy few weeks ahead of us! But onwards and upwards mes amis!

The Week that Was

Narooma High Year 9 Advisor Carly McMahon, Talon Keith, Phoebe Coxon and Ange Ulrichsen

Rotarians and our many guests enjoyed a wonderful and uplifting night last Thursday when we heard first from two Year 9 Narooma High students Phoebe Coxon and Talon Keith about their RYPEN experiences.

The Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN) is designed to be a challenging weekend for students who demonstrate good potential but who could benefit from a boost in their self-esteem and confidence. Listening to Phoebe and Talon speak last Thursday, they certainly gained both. They spoke about the challenges of talking with people they didn’t know about all kinds of things, how inspiring they found the whole weekend and how they made many new friends. Their Year 9 Advisor Carly McMahon (who nominated them for RYPEN) and their parents and grandparents were absolutely thrilled with what Phoebe and Talon gained from the weekend. They are so impressed with Rotary for putting on this programme and for our Club for sponsoring these students. Great work Ange for reviving our great Rotary Youth programmes at Narooma High after the Covid hiatus over the last couple of years.

Then after dinner we enjoyed hearing from much published author Dr Diane McInnes, after first a somewhat riotous introduction by her obviously very proud son David. David’s introduction started detailing Dianne’s fascinating life and her books, so much so Diane had to pull him up so she still had something to talk about.

Diane’s talk was like a romp through her life, told with great humour and considerable insight. Her first published work was an article in the Australian Women’s Weekly in the 1960s. Since then she has written many articles and published 125 books, on anything and everything from kids’ books, e.g. The Talking Pig, How Coconuts came to Papua New Guinea, to murder mysteries. “Anything anyone asks me to do, I’ll do,” she said, the subject and style of book often reflecting where she was living at the time. Places she’s lived include Papua New Guinea and Malaysia. One undertaking she’s quite proud of is the four-volume Encyclopaedia of Papua New Guinea, but “I’ll never do that again!”

On writing, “You can write anything you want if you’re prepared to research.” She showed that in some of her titles e.g. Five Drops of Blood, Sex Trafficking, and in doing a PhD in Criminology. All her crime books are based on real cases.

“Everyone has a book inside them. Just do it,” she said. One last valuable hint, “don’t edit until you’ve finished the first draft”.

A great night, perhaps even one of our best!

THIS WEEK

This Thursday 1 December: a Club dinner meeting to discuss our Club’s catering future and the possible acceptance of a grant to buy a new purpose-built van.

Friday 2nd: December’s Board meeting at 4.15pm in the Board Room

Sunday 4th: Film Night The Lost King – Polio fundraiser. Narooma Kinema 6.30 for 7pm.

Our amateur ‘archaeologist’ David McInnes need go no further in his search forThe Lost King’ than Narooma Kinema this Sunday for our polio fundraising night.

Out and About

Our Christmas Party

Our Christmas Party on Thursday 15th December is at the new ‘6 and Out Café’ in Bodalla (the old Mexican Munchies and more recently the Downward Dog). There is parking out the back and elsewhere along the highway.  The price of $40 each is for a three-course meal. If you haven’t already done so, please pre-pay by this Tuesday via our Administration Account to confirm numbers (please see Mike’s recent email). The Club is providing some wine on the tables. Please also let Chris O’Brien know names.

Please also note that, instead of the usual $10 Christmas present for another member, this year we’re asking everyone to bring $10 cash as a donation to the Narooma OzHarvest group to support local disadvantaged families in our Community through the Festive Season.

From Moruya Rotary

Last Week Moruya Rotarians welcomed Counsellor Rob Pollock, the newly elected President of CAERH (Carers’ Accommodation Eurobodalla Regional Hospital). He summarised the present position with the new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital, the Carers’ accommodation and the way ahead. Based on his experience in leading the efforts to update the hospital’s Oncology Unit, he was confident that there would be public support for CAERH. Based on the Bega experience in achieving carers’ accommodation, he forecast a lengthy campaign, working closely with the new hospital building contractors.

NEXT Thursday 8 December

This will be a Club dinner meeting for our AGM.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 24 November 2022

Andrew’s Thoughts

ACM’s Group Sales manager for the South Coast Rod White chatted with Roger and Teaghan Abboott of Easts after last Thursday’s Business Breakfast

It is good to be back! Unfortunately due to jet lag, I missed the Business Breakfast which, by all accounts, was a good meeting with guest speaker Rod White of Australian Community Media talking about the future of Narooma News and our other local papers.

Perhaps the most significant development over the last week was the award of the grant for the van replacement, subject to some procedural issues. Congratulations to Francoise, Lynn and Laurelle for their outstanding efforts. 

Because the van replacement is such a material development for the Club, the Board decided to have an extra dinner meeting on Thursday 1st December where we will all have the opportunity to discuss our views in the spirit of goodwill and mutual respect. The Board has also agreed that a confidential vote of all members would then be done; the Club will support the outcome, whatever that may be.

As we roll into December, we look to our AGM on the 8th, and also our Christmas Party on Thursday 15th December at the ‘6 and Out’ Café at Bodalla. The cost is $40 per head. With a break from tradition, we shall not have the usual ‘$10 Secret Santa’. Rather, recognising the impacts of economic hardship on the less well off, we shall levy an additional $10 per head for OzHarvest to distribute as they think fit. Please bring $10 cash on the night. So yes a change, but a worthy one, and I urge all to come for what is always an excellent evening!

Finally don’t forget the Markets on Sunday 27th November, where we shall launch ticket sales for the 2023 Australia Day Duck Race which will be in aid of the proposed Carers’ accommodation at the new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital and the Prostate Cancer Research.

THIS WEEK

What a bumper night at Narooma Golf Club this Thursday (6 for 6.30pm). Please note just for this event we will be in the Member’s Room at the rear of the Club, to the left of the pokies.

Dr Dianne McInnes, author of many published books, will talk about what’s involved in writing a book. Narooma High Year 9 students Phoebe Coxon and Talon Keith will also report back about their experiences at the  Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) at Wagga Wagga last weekend. Please bring partners and friends. Numbers to Gero please by noon on Tuesday.

THIS SUNDAY – MARKETS

THE WEEK THAT WAS

ACM’s Rod White

Last week’s Business Breakfast featured Australian Community Media’s Group Sales manager for the South Coast and Southern Inland NSW Rod White. Rod spoke about ACM’s business nationwide and more particularly on the South Coast. ACM now has only two offices on the south coast – Batemans Bay and Bega. There is no intention of reopening an office in Narooma. Like most businesses, they too are finding it difficult to attract staff. Rod will forward a summary of the statistics he mentioned to be circulated to attendees. He said the Narooma News was one of the most viable of their mastheads on the south coast.

Our Business Breakfasts will now have a two month break, resuming in February after the busy season.

Coming Club events

Sunday 4 December: Our fundraising Film Night for Polio Plus is on Sunday 4 December at 6.30 for 7pm. The film will be The Lost King which is a dramatisation of the story of amateur historian who initiated the search to find King Richard III’s which had been lost for over 500 years. They were found under a car park in Leicester. Everyone is encouraged to dress up for the occasion. Help is wanted by Ange and team with the nibbles and drinks please see them this Thursday.

Thursday 8 December: Our AGM.

Thursday 15 December: Our Christmas Party at 6 and Out Café at Bodalla. It will be a three-course meal for $40. The Club will supply a few bottles of wine. Numbers are needed urgently so please pay you $40 a head to the Club’s Administration Account (Treasurer Mike will circulate details) by this weekend.

Out and About

Carers’ Accommodation Progress

The AGM of the Carers’ Accommodation Eurobodalla Regional Hospital (CAERH) was held last week. Elected were President Cr Rob Pollock, Secretary Steve Young of  Moruya Rotary, Treasurer Dave Gibson  (former Treasurer Car Club), Vice President John Nader of Moruya Rotary,  Public Officer Peter Smith of Moruya Rotary, Publicity Officer Shirley Hayes-Cornish of Moruya Rotary, Committee Andrew Elek of Moruya Rotary, Leslie Crompton of Batemans Bay Lions, and  Steph Carter. The new Hospital is scheduled for completion late 2025.

NEXT WEEK – 1st December

The Board decided to have an extra dinner meeting for all members on Thursday 1st December to allow free and open discussion about the Club’s catering options at the markets. It will be 6 for 6.30 at the Golf Club.