Welcome to the new normal. As all members are aware, all Club activities have been cancelled until further notice. Hopefully we will be able to meet again before the new Rotary year commences. However, at this stage it appears unlikely.
Laurelle has asked me to continue as president for the time
being, which I am happy to do as I don’t think I will be required to make too
many decisions. If a decision needs to be made I will consult with Board members
by email. Rod will continue to forward messages from the District and RI for
individual members’ information.
To get the latest from Rotary International regarding COVID-19
click here. It is interesting to note that Global Youth
Exchange for 2020/21 and the 2020 Rotary International Conference have both been
I propose to hold a virtual meeting this Thursday from 6:00pm if
you would like to participate please let me know by Wednesday afternoon so I
can send you the information about how to join. Please remember to bring a
drink with you to the meeting!
Stay safe everyone and keep up the contact with other members,
it is important to keep in touch.
Kind regards Bob
As Bob said, this Thursday we’re having a virtual meeting at 6pm. Have a glass of wine or whatever with you. Let Bob know please if you would like to join and he will send info. Your editor had no problems linking up so it’s obviously quite easy. Thanks Frank and Bob for exploring this.
Out and About
Rotary Youth Driver Awareness update
Neil Simpson reports in the Bay Rotary newsletter that trying to hold RYDA
later this year presents many challenges. These include securing the presenters
and venue and fitting in with all school calendars.
students do exams in late September and start their Year 12 HSC work in October.
With schools closing, Neil predicts all face-to-face learning time will be very
precious. So, once the coronavirus bans are lifted, there is not much
opportunity to get it running for this year.
a joint youth project of Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma Rotary Clubs. It is a
wonderful programme that gives students an extensive introduction to road
safety from understanding how personality impacts risk, to the impacts of a
crash, to how to buy and maintain a safe car. In the RYDA workshop, students
work with their peers to come up with strategies to be better prepared and make
good decisions, both as drivers and as highly influential passengers.
MUNA 2020 postponed
MUNA organisers, the Rotary Club of Canberra Sunrise (RCCS),
have announced the postponement of MUNA 2020. Although it is impossible to say
what the situation will be on 7-9 August, the dates originally scheduled,
current restrictions make it impossible for schools, Rotary clubs and Districts
to properly prepare for the event, particularly where they wish to organise
run-off competitions. As the situation becomes clearer, they will work with all
those interested to identify a date later in the year.
Narooma High teacher Monique Weeks says they are still keen to
participate should it go ahead, so we as a Club need to register our interest
in sponsoring a team at a later date should that be the case. Something for
this Thursday’s meeting perhaps.
What’s also interesting is that RCCS is considering options to
run online MUNA-style events while Covid-19 restrictions are in place, to
provide an opportunity for students to participate in a positive activity
during this difficult time. The format of these would be determined in
consultation with schools involved; at this stage we believe that costs to
participate, if any, would be minimal.
Rotary Youth Exchange suspended
Rotary District 9705 (a combination of previous Districts 9700 and 9710)
has suspended its Youth Exchange Program for the foreseeable future because of the
corona virus pandemic
This means students will not be arriving from overseas in the middle of the year, selection of
Australian students to go overseas in early 2021 has been cancelled, and some
students currently here on exchange have already headed home. All other students
here are being supported in discussion with their parents.
The program is designed to
promote peace and understanding globally as well as to build individual
leadership skills in through the exchange program. Organisers look forward to
the time when the program can recommence; meanwhile Rotarians will be working
hard through the ‘stand down’ time to evaluate the program and determine how to
We had a great time last Thursday preparing and serving meals for all
the volunteers at BlazeAid, Cobargo. I was very impressed with the organisation
of the BlazeAid camp site and their food preparation areas. When we arrived,
John Rungen, Rolf, Therese and I started cooking the meat and vegetarian
skewers whilst Angie and Lynn Hastings finalised the salad preparation along
with buttering the bread kindly donated by our local bakers.
At 6:30 we started serving the much needed food which was greatly
appreciated by all volunteers. In fact we got lots of very positive comments
about our culinary skills, some saying it was even better than food prepared by
top class chiefs a few weeks ago!
Thanks to John and Sandra Doyle and Charmaine who prepared salads, to
Angie, John Doyle and Rolf for organising meat, other food and utensils required
on the night. Also thank you to Lynn Hastings, John Rungen, Angie and Therese
who also prepared salads and Rolf who won over many with his delicious slice.
The BlazeAid crew is doing a wonderful job repairing and replacing hundreds
of kilometres of fencing in and around Cobargo. At this stage they plan to be
in the area until at least Christmas. No doubt we will be called upon again to
help feed the crew.
As you are all aware, we live in strange times with COVID–19 now
infecting more than 1000 people across Australia. We need to take care of
ourselves and our loved ones at this time. Please stay safe.
The NSW Government has closed down all non-essential activities. Because
of this I have decided to cancel Thursday’s meeting and all meetings at least until
the end of May. We may look at holding some virtual meetings using Zoom or some
other video conferencing system. I will email all members later in the week
when we have more information.
Regrettably this week’s meeting at the Golf Club is cancelled, as are
all meetings for the foreseeable future. Tim Burke was to have been our speaker
this week; Tim might run a virtual talk on Thursday; details through the week
if that is the case.
We will continue to publish the Beacon
but maybe only every few weeks or when there is something to report. All
contributions gratefully received.
The Week that Was – Out and About
Thank You Ange
Ange Ulrichsen puts so much thought and effort into finding fascinating
guest speakers for our meetings. She had organised a wonderful line-up through
to June. Hopefully we will be able to catch up with them when we are through
Pride of Workmanship
Already we have received some worthy nominations for this year’s Pride of
Workmanship Awards. These have been postponed to later in the year.
Only a Week Ago
How rapidly things can change. Only a week ago, VP Laurelle Pacey represented our Club (last Monday) at the ‘meet and greet’ with Premier Gladys Berejiklian and some NSW Cabinet members at Club Narooma. Many people were there from Bega Valley and Eurobodalla Shire Councils, the various fire authorities including the Rural Fire service, Police and a multitude of community groups. The idea was to thank everyone for their work through the bushfires and to try to reassure everyone that the recovery would continue even through this Covid-19 crisis.
Batemans Bay Rotary newsletter reminded your editor of some good advice our
Member for Bega Andrew Constance gave last Monday. He said during the fires our
community proved to the world what true resilience and kindness is about. He
said we now need to dig deep and care for our neighbours, our seniors and our
local community and businesses. Our bushfire recovery cannot stop because of
the virus and whilst we all face the disappointment of cancelled community
events and gatherings, we must maintain our spirit. Please ensure everyone
follows the health advice and let’s look after each other.
On a lighter note
This is what social distancing would have looked like in the 1960s…
There are many tools available to help work out social distancing…
We had a great start to last Thursday’s meeting with a tour of the workshop at Georgie’s Fine Jewellery. Georgie and Dave showed us the many processes used to make a piece of jewellery.
We were amazed to learn that they use finely crafted tools, presses, laser welders, microscopes, high tech computer design programs and 3D printers. Georgie and Dave have invested heavily to ensure that the far south coast has the best available jewellery. And of course, they employ award winning jewellers to make it all happen.
We were delighted to welcome Fred and Pam Falk to our vocational tour
and the meeting that followed. Fred, the District Chair of ShelterBox, presented the Club
with a certificate recognising our commitment to ShelterBox. He also
updated us on his quest to collect old or unused hospital equipment for
distribution to those in need.
This Thursday we are off to Cobargo with the evening meal for BlazeAid
so no formal meeting at the Golf Club.
All members are aware of the devastating hold Covid-19 is having across
the world. I don’t think any of us would have thought that cities and countries
would be locked down, sporting and cultural events cancelled, and international
flights all but stopped. However, this is the world we now live in. Let’s hope
the virus is quickly controlled and we can get back on with our lives.
Our job as Rotarians is to help those in need, so please do not hesitate
to help others who may be more adversely impacted by Covid-19 than us. Please
ensure that you read the email sent to all members by RI President, Mark
Maloney and RI President Elect, Holger Knaack.
Advice from PDG Peter Kaye, Chair Zone Insurance and Protection
Committee is that Rotary markets and events should be suspended. Based on this
advice and advice from the Board, I have decided to cancel our markets set down
for this Sunday. A determination about the April markets will be made at a
There is no meeting at the Golf Club this week. Our Rotary team will be providing dinner for the BlazeAid team based at Cobargo. The team (either preparing salads, getting supplies or serving out) consists of Bob Aston, Sandra Doyle, Rolf Gimmel, John Rungen, Ange Ulrichsen, Lynn Hastings and possibly Rod Walker. You do us proud.
The Week that Was
Busking Championships cancelled
Busking Championships committee decided on Monday to cancel the 2020 event to avoid the possible
spread of COVID-19.
Committee chair Di Riley said it was sad
such a decision was necessary. In the media release, she noted how much the organisers
appreciated the support of the event’s loyal sponsors and buskers, and that any funds already paid
would be refunded.
“Everyone was looking forward to it to
help in the recovery from the summer’s bushfire emergency, but our main concern has to be
public safety,” she said. “Our committee
looks forward to a bigger and more vibrant event in 2021.”
The 2020 Narooma Busking Championships was being organised by
Narooma Rotarians with the assistance of a number of community volunteers.
Fred Falk’s visit last week, we heard that 33% of ShelterBox Australia money
comes from D9710 and the three adjoining Districts, possibly largely influenced
by Fred’s hard work on behalf of ShelterBox.
Out and About
Moruya cancels meetings while Bay continues
Moruya Rotary Club has cancelled meetings until further notice, while Batemans Bay Rotary Club continues.
Bay bulletin this week reports: “The future is uncertain meetings will continue
as planned until we are advised to do otherwise.. If you are feeling at all
unwell do not come along to meetings. If there is a change to the situation and
meetings are cancelled you will be advised by email.”
The respective school systems have banned all student excursions due to
the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore RYDA will not go ahead at Moruya on 30/31
March 2020 as planned.
RYDA Organiser Neil Simpson said if the situation improves after winter he will look for
another date September/ October and see if they can get it up and running for
Moruya Rotarians are active in this volunteer organisation which is likely to
be ongoing for many months. Phil Armstrong is part of the Management Team and others
are involved in the fencing teams and administration tasks including catering.
Depending on the day’s program, up to ten fencing teams may go out.
the program is concentrating on securing the boundary fences of the affected
properties. Teams work under the guidance of an experienced team leader to
strip damaged fencing out and replace it with a system agreed to by the farmer
Burke is our scheduled speaker to talk about ‘Never Judge a Book without a
cover’. It promises to be a fascinating talk about his accidental step into the
health care industry and how he operates a business within it, complete with
some great stories and examples of the amazing work produced by some of his
At this stage we are scheduled to meet in the Golf Club’s Board Room. A decision about whether or not to proceed with this meeting will be made at the weekend.
We had a great night last Thursday with our annual Cinders Trivia
Competition against our friendly rivals, Moruya Rotary. The food was excellent
and Peter and Karen Bull were excellent in their roles of quiz master and
assistant. The only down side of the night was we didn’t answer enough
questions correctly and Moruya once again walked away with the Trophy,
congratulations to the Moruya crew on an excellent effort.
This Thursday we start out at Georgie’s Fine Jewellery for a tour of the
workshop before dinner at the Golf Club. Please meet in front of
Georgie’s at 6:00pm sharp. Dinner afterwards will be in the 1st Hole
On 19 March we are due to cook dinner for BlazeAid at Cobargo. I think
it is very important that as a service club we strongly support BlazeAid
volunteers who are doing a wonderful job helping farmers get back on their feet
after the bushfires. Cooking dinner is one simple and practical way we can
help. We will discuss the details at our meeting on Thursday.
There is an excellent article in the Rotarian
/ Rotary Down Under about President
Elect of Rotary International Holger Knaack.
Holger is the first President Elect from Germany and he has some excellent ideas about how
to grow Rotary in our community. You can read the article by clicking here.
Thank you to Ange and John Rungen who have offered to represent the Club
by helping out in the wonderful Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) programme on
Have a great week. Bob
This Thursday we start in front of Georgie’s Fine Jewellery at 6pm sharp
for a tour of the workshop before dinner at the Golf Club’s 1st Hole
Room. Should be a fascinating insight into this wonderful business.
The Week that Was
What a great Cinders evening
Thanks to great work by President Bob and quiz master extraordinaire Peter
Bull and his assistant Karen, plus top food from Paul’s kitchen, this year’s
Cinders was a great evening enjoyed by all.
We had a lovely note from John Spencer on behalf of Moruya Club thanking us for “a thoroughly entertaining night”. John asked Bob to convey their thanks to the kitchen “for the delicious meal and your members for been such excellent hosts”. He added that they “look forward to hosting next year’s battle and retaining our trophy”. Now there’s a challenge! As John mentioned on the night, it used to be regularly won by Narooma with Micki and Ian Thomlinson mentioned as key factors in Narooma’s previous success. With the Moruya contingent was their Danish exchange student Josefine.
More from this week’s Moruya bulletin: Despite Narooma’s attempt to soften our acuity by the warmth of their welcome and the sheer size and quality of their enormous dinners, we (not to put too fine a point on the outcome) won – two teams (Moruya) against three (Narooma). It was good to have Peter Bull back again as quizmaster – a fine range of questions, including three pictorial sheets and a delivery spiced with humour. Our Team 1 scored 65 and our Team 3 scored 64 – scores would have been equal had your Editor on Team 3 not insisted that a sonnet always has 12 lines. So thank you Narooma for a great night of friendship and laughter.
Out and About
Pride of Workmanship Awards
These annual awards which
give employers the opportunity to recognise employees who take great pride in
the work they do and go ‘the extra mile’, are on Thursday 16 April. Letters
have gone out this week to about 50 employers inviting nominations. This is a prestigious
Club event. The cost for a two-course meal will be $35 a head).
helps again at Nerrigundah
The Bay Rotary newsletter
reports that tradesmen and their friends from Sydney have been helping the Mogo
and Nerrigundah communities in their recovery, volunteering their time. At
Nerrigundah, they have been helping turn the disused NSW Department of
Education Field Study Centre that miraculously survived the recent bushfire
into the new community hall for the district. The former hall, the Agricultural
Bureau, was totally destroyed in the fire. They have installed a new kitchen,
new water tanks, and showers and generally assisted the community. Rotary has
donated to the project by supplying building materials, presumably Moruya or
the Bay Clubs. Our Club contributed to the secure storage container on site for
tools and other donated goods.
NEXT WEEK 19 March
of our weekly meeting, we will be cooking dinner for BlazeAid at Cobargo. Ange
is taking the lead on this, having already been assisting down there .Thank you
to all who have offered to help but more are needed. More discussion this
This week’s meeting is one of the biggest on our Narooma Rotary calendar – the annual Cinders Trivia night with our friends from Moruya Rotary. For many years we were unbeatable, however in recent times Moruya have honed their skills and thrashed us on a few occasions. No doubt this week’s competition will be tough, yet fair to all concerned. Please ensure you let Charmaine know numbers by Tuesday, we need to know exact numbers as the Golf Club will charge based on the final numbers we submit on Tuesday afternoon.
Thank you to Laurelle for chairing last week’s meeting in my absence, I understand that Phil Armstrong provided members with some good up-to-date information on Rotary’s bushfire relief efforts on the far south coast.
Thank you also to Lynda Ord and Ashley who dropped into the Leisure
Centre on Saturday to meet up crew from Sydney overseeing ‘Mattress for a Mate
‘ project (please see story below).
We still need a member of the Club to assist Angie at RYDA on 30 March. Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) is a great project that informs learner drivers about the dos and don’ts of driving. The feedback from students and teachers over the years has been excellent and it saves lives, so if you can help out please let me know as soon as possible.
Have a great week everyone, Bob
WEEK IS CINDERS
We are back at Narooma Golf Club to welcome our Moruya Rotary friends
for the annual battle for the greatly coveted Cinders Trophy.Please bring your partners
and all your friends (particularly if they are trivia buffs!) to the Golf Club
for our annual Cinders Trivia challenge with Moruya Rotary Club. Moruya
currently holds the much coveted Cinders trophy and competition will be keen on
the night. As Bob said, please book in any extras with Charmaine. Cost is $32
per person for a two-course meal (entrée and main, two-drop). See you then.
Week that Was
With the Seahorse Room at the Golf Club still being used for the Disaster
Recovery Centre last week, our alternative venue of the School of Arts’ Studios
worked out well with take-aways from the Inlet.
Our guest speaker PDG Phil Armstrong from Moruya was, as always, really interesting. His main thrust was to say there is a lot of Rotary funding available to assist in the bushfire recovery and as usual we can quickly build on funds, viz we put up so much as a club which can be matched by district and also from Rotary International. The first thing is to identify where in the community that money could best be spent and what that community really needs. Phil is also closely involved with BlazeAid at Moruya.
Clean Up Australia Day
We had three helpers on Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday – Ange Ulrichsen, Steve Deck and Laurelle Pacey. President Bob had to pull out due to a heavy head cold, courtesy of catching up with old friends from Nyngan days. A key observation from the clean-up was again the marked absence of bottles and cans compared with several years ago, testament to the success of the introduction of cash for returnables.
Narooma Rotarians Lynn Hastings, Ange Ulrichsen and Lynda Ord were ready
to lend a hand on Saturday and Sunday, if needed, with the distribution in
Narooma of new mattresses to people from Cobargo and Quaama to Batemans Bay who
lost their homes due the recent bushfires.
Lynda dropped by to see if they were needed, having already spotted a
number of burley blokes there. They weren’t but Lynda was very impressed with
the whole project.
The project was coordinated by Sarah Richards from Kurrajong/North Richmond Club in conjunction with The Women for Western Sydney. About 700 mattresses donated by manufacturer AH Beard are being delivered to fire impacted areas across NSW. People had to register with the project to receive the mattresses.
We have another vocational visit, this time to Georgie Staley and Dave O’Brien’s Georgie’s Fine Jewellery. Meet at 6pm at Georgie’s, with dinner at 7 at the Golf Club after. Please ensure you let Charmaine know by next Tuesday if you are an apology and any extras you might like to bring.
Thank you to Angie for organising our visit
to Narooma Marine Rescue last Thursday, a very informative night. We are indeed
fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated group of volunteers to look
after our coast and be on call to assist those in need. Our meal at the Thai
restaurant afterwards was most enjoyable, allowing us to support one of our
local businesses affected by the January bushfires.
Our first market for the year took place on Sunday;
it was a beautiful sunny day with lots of stallholders and a good crowd of
visitors looking for a bargain. Thanks to Chis for all her work in making the
markets happen, to John Doyle and Ange for ensuring the food van ran smoothly,
and thank you also to members, friends and partners who helped out, either marking
out, staffing the gate from the early hours or cooking or serving in the food
van. It was great to see Tony Butcher come along and help at the food van. Tony
and his wife have a weekender at Mystery Bay and they helped us greatly at the
evacuation centre on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Hopefully we will see
more of him in the coming months.
Don’t forget our annual Cinders Trivia Night is next Thursday, 5 March. Peter Bull
assures me the questions will be challenging yet fair to all concerned. Please
invite friends and partners to come along; we need some assistance to beat the
Moruya crew on our own turf. We will need firm numbers to Charmaine by Monday 2
March, the two-course dinner will cost $32.00.
Elsewhere in the Beacon you will read a wonderful email from Tim Dunkelberg. Tim was a Rotary Exchange student in Narooma in 2011/12. Tim tells us about the positive impact our Club had on him as a 15/16-year-old and how he is now involved in the Rotary Family. We can be proud of the fact that our small Rotary Club can and has made a difference.
We still need a member of the Club to assist Ange at RYDA on Monday 30 March. Please let me know if you can help.
Therese and I
are away this week catching up with friends from our time in Nyngan so Laurelle will be in the chair. Please remember that the meeting will
be held at the School of Arts’ Studios, behind the BP and Kinema. Our guest
speaker will be PDG Phil Armstrong. Have a great week everyone.
We welcome PDG Phil Armstrong of Moruya Rotary Club as
our guest speaker. He will talk about BlazeAid in Moruya and outline Rotary’s
support for various fire recovery funds.
Please note a change of venue because our normal Golf Club room won’t be available until next week. We will meet at the normal time 6 for 6.30 at the School of Arts Studios (red cottage behind the BP and Kinema). Please park behind the Kinema (off Garvan Street – the street behind the Kinema) or in the Council car park beside the Kinema and walk down behind the Kinema to the cottage.
Please BYO drinks; wine glasses, coffee and tea are available there. We will phone through an order of takeaway fish and chips to The Inlet to be picked up by one of us and taken back to the cottage.
Hope to see you there.
Great night last week
What a fascinating night last week at Marine Rescue. Paul Houseman took us through the history of the volunteer organisation, established in 2009 with the support of the NSW Government, and with Jillian Kearney showed us their control room.
It brought together members from three former marine rescue organisations along the coast – the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association, Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol and Volunteer Rescue Association’s marine fleet – into a single integrated service. It is not a Government agency but a not-for-profit, community-based organisation.
markets manager Chris O’Brien described the February markets as a ‘medium sized
market’. Takings were gate $1,055.00, van $621.35, wishing well $130.20 (includes
$27.50 from evacuation contributions).
Sunday – Clean Up Australia Day
Our Club has registered with Council to again clean up between Mill Bay and the Apex Boat Ramp on Sunday morning 1 March at 9am – tide should still be ‘lowish’. The high school students will have done a lot of that area so we may just check along the shoreline. Another group will do the shore from the bridge to the end of the caravan park. Start from pool so end up with bags at Ken Rose Park bins. So far Bob Aston, John Rungen, Ange Ulrichsen and Laurelle Pacey have volunteered, but more are welcome. Please contact Laurelle if you can help.
marks its 115th anniversary
Our market day last Sunday was the 115th anniversary of the founding of Rotary, thanks to the vision of Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905 so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Over time, Rotary’s reach and vision gradually extended to humanitarian service. Members have a long track record of addressing challenges in their communities and around the world.
Harris said, “Whatever
Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it
Exchange student Tim thanks us for the opportunities
Dear Bob and Narooma Rotary Club,
I am not sure how many of you will remember me. I was your exchange
student in 2011-2012.* A lot has happened since my time with you, but a lot of
decisions I have made since have been greatly influenced by the experiences and
lessons you gave me. I thought it was important to share this with you.
Today I attended my first Presidents-Elect Training seminar as I will be
the president of the Riga International Rotaract club in the upcoming Rotary
year. One of the topics discussed was the motto that Holger Knaack [incoming
Rotary International President] has set for this year: ‘Rotary opens
Due to my time in Narooma I found this very fitting. You not only gave me
the opportunity to visit a beautiful spot with some of the friendliest people I
have met so far, but you as a Rotary Club gave me the opportunity to become who
I am today. You also gave me the opportunity to see the value community service
can give in life and to spread this further in the world.
It is very important for me that you know that this is not normal for a
youth exchange, sadly also not for one with Rotary. Narooma sets an example and
there are so many other Rotary clubs that I have met since then, that could
learn from you.
Some of the things that were exceptional were:
During your meetings, you
treated me, the 15 year old boy, almost like a regular Rotary member (and I was
always taken along to the meetings – this I have so far only seen in Narooma
and nowhere else!)
You let me be a part of
events you held.
Through this, there are so many things I can now implement in projects
that I help to facilitate.
Rotary today has problems with attracting younger members and a big part
of that problem that I see, is that Rotary invests a lot of time and money into
young people and after their time and money has been invested they see their
duty as being fulfilled. They never get into contact with Rotary again. This
future generation of possible Rotarians is ‘’lost’’. Narooma is very different!
Due to the way that you engaged with me, Rotary will have one more young
member. If all clubs worldwide would be like yours, the statistics that I saw
today would look very different.
The fun and engaging projects that you did set an example for me and my
time in Rotaract. At the moment our Club has just some smaller projects. Most
of them are fundraising events and one is more hands on. In the fundraising
section we organize Regular Pub Quizzes, we host an event where we ask
university professors to be DJs at a local night club and take entrance fees as
well as some other smaller ones. With this we can annually raise about 10 000
Euros. During Christmas we use a small amount of this money to cook a three
course meal together with a Christmas party for 250 people that did not have as
much luck in their lives.
The biggest project that we are planning now, in direct partnership with
one of the local Rotary clubs, is directly influenced (one could also say 100%
stolen) from your club. We are organizing a Rotary Duck Race in Riga (the
Capital of Latvia); this project was initiated by me but you were the ones
that enabled it.
Overall, I wish to say is – “thank you”. I feel that when I was with you and just 16 I did not understand the impact that opportunity would have. Therefore it is important for me that you know how important and valuable the work is that you do. This is especially true for my host parents during that year – Jeremyand Heather, Bob and Merinda, Phil and Daiva.
After I left you and returned to Germany I finished high school. The
year after that I spent in the Peruvian rain forest where I was a volunteer in
a project where 40 young boys without families lived and learned.
When this also impactful year that taught me a lot about how lucky I am
ended, I started my studies. Since then I have been studying medicine in Riga,
I hope this letter shows you how, with your service, you have truly made my life better and I will be trying to pass this service on to many other people. I also hope that it will further motivate you to do the great work that you do.
*Tim came from Karlsruhe in southern Germany, a city of about 300,000 people.
NEXT WEEK – Cinders Challenge
We are back at Narooma Golf Club to welcome our Moruya Rotary friends in
the annual battle for the greatly coveted Cinders Trophy.Please bring your partners and
all your friends (particularly if they are trivia buffs!) to the Golf Club for
our annual Cinders Trivia challenge with Moruya Rotary Club. Moruya currently holds
the much coveted Cinders trophy and competition will be keen on the night. As
Bob said, please send firm numbers to Charmaine by Monday 2 March.
looking forward to this week’s meeting. We will start at Marine Rescue
Headquarters on the hill where the Marine Rescue team will give us an insight
into their volunteering role and how they support and assist those boaters who
venture out to sea. After the demonstration will head to the Na Siam for a
feast of Thai food. Please remember to let me know by 4:00pm Tuesday if you are
or are not attending on Thursday. I need to give firm numbers to the restaurant
by Tuesday evening.
week’s Board meeting, we formally approved payments that we have made to the
various bushfire charities including the Cobargo Bushfire Appeal ($750) and the
purchase of the shipping container for Nerrigundah ($1,100).
discussed how we can best support our 2018 Rotary Scholar, Alicia Bate as she
starts afresh at a new university.
discussions included the possibility of a combined meeting with Lions and Quota
(Angie to follow up) and future directions of the Club. We agreed to revisit
the idea of a ‘Business Breakfast’ to see if a different format will encourage
younger people to join Rotary. Please let me know if you have any ideas or
Thursday we meet at Narooma Marine Rescue (old Pilot’s Station) on the southern
headland at 6pm for a tour of the facility. We will then go down to the Na Siam
Thai restaurant on the Flat for dinner at 7pm. Bob has organised for them to do
a banquet for us @ $30 a head. Please let him know final numbers by 4pm Tuesday.
don’t forget the Markets are this Sunday.
Out and About
Clean Up Australia Sunday 1 March
Our Club has registered with Council to again clean up between Mill Bay and the Apex Boat Ramp on Sunday morning 1 March, with timing TBC depending on tides. So far Bob Aston, John Rungen, Ange Ulrichsen and Laurelle Pacey have volunteered, but more are welcome. Please contact Laurelle if you can help.
Cinders is coming on Thursday 5 March
Please make sure Thursday 5th March is in your diary. Please bring your partners and all your friends (particularly if they are trivia buffs!) to Narooma Golf Club for our annual Cinders Trivia challenge with Moruya Rotary Club. We’re the hosts this year which means we also have to come up with the questions (thank you Peter Bull!). Moruya currently holds the much coveted Cinders trophy and competition will be keen on the night. Moruya Rotarians are currently organising numbers for a bus.
We feed BlazeAid at Cobargo
Our Club has volunteered to provide a meal on Thursday 19 March to the BlazeAid teams working out of Cobargo. BlazeAid is a volunteer-based organisation that works alongside rural families after natural disasters helping rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed, and also helping rebuild local communities. They have been repairing fences in the wider Cobargo area since 23 January. Up until this weekend they have been supplied with dinners from the international charity World Central Kitchen which has operated out of Kelly Eastwood’s Café and Cooking School at Bermagui. We will need a few volunteers to provide salads etc to take down there where we will provide a barbecue dinner to be ready for the volunteer workers at 6.30pm. Please let Bob know if you can help. Dessert ideas?
Bushfire recovery (from Moruya bulletin)
Shire level, involving all three clubs, PDG Phil Armstrong is working to
establish BlazeAid teams at Moruya. Each team would be led by a skilled fencer
supported by fit handymen or handywomen. This activity is centred at the
showground. Already there are 110 cases identified as needing new fences.
Priority would go first to perimeter fencing for large stock holders. Internal
fences and the needs of hobby farmers would be lower on the list. The immediate
need is to find fit volunteers and catering teams.
At the District
Level, again involving PDG Phil, District Governors past and present are
assessing the needs of clubs in the fire areas and possible uses of Designated
District Funds. The RAWCS Rotary Australia Relief Fund is now well on its way
to top the million dollar mark.
Pride of Workmanship Awards
Our annual Pride of Workmanship Awards are on again this year with the presentations on Thursday 16 April. This is one of our most prestigious events of the year, probably second only to the Changeover. Hopefully we will again have a good response from our local businesses. Please let Laurelle know if you think we should target any particular business.
Our guest speaker is PDG Phil Armstrong who will bring us up to date on BlazeAid at Moruya and Rotary’s involvement in the Bushfire recovery in our area.
a relief to see the rain tumbling down over the weekend. Let’s hope it is
enough it’s enough to put out the last of the fires, replenish our water
supplies and help our farmers without doing too much damage to the fire-impacted
Laurelle reports on last Thursday’s meeting later in this Beacon but I was delighted we could make a donation to Narooma Pre-School from the proceeds of last year’s Busking Championships. The updates on the Pre-School provided by Kathy Phipps (Director) and Michael Gardner (President Pre-School committee) were most informative. Michael’s also spoke in his capacity as a member of Narooma Oyster Festival committee and the Chamber of Commerce and reported on their trip to Parliament House in Canberra that day.
Friday PP Rod and I visited Nerrigundah
to hand over a shipping container to that community purchased jointly by
Rotary, Lions and Quota. It will be used to store community assets,
including tools recently donated to the village, so that the old Field Studies
building can be converted into a community hall. I think this a great way the
town’s three service organisations can work together to do something practical
for this village so devastated by the fires. Thanks to Cr Lindsay Brown for
coordinating the purchase and getting Rotary, Lions and Quota involved.
Thursday we will hold our first Club
Assembly for the year. Please remember that if you wish to raise a matter
please let me know beforehand so that I can be better prepared. At the Assembly
I would like to discuss the future direction of the Club including the proposal
held over from last year to hold a business breakfast to encourage younger
generations to get involved in Rotary. I would also like us to consider if we
need to continue with weekly meetings, maybe it is better to meet once a
RYDA will be on again this year, we need at least two volunteers to help on Monday 30 March, please let me know if you are interested.
A board meeting at 5pm at the Golf Club, followed by Club Assembly.
The Week That Was
President Bob acknowledged the efforts during the bushfires of our very own
John Doyle who is a volunteer with the Dalmeny-Kianga RFS. Former member
Michael O’Connor is also an active member of that unit.
mentioned, it was great to be joined last week by Kathy Phipps, Director of the
community-owned Narooma Pre-School, and President of the Pre-School management committee
Michael Gardner. They will use the $500 donation to buy a xylophone (already
have a number of drums which are very popular) and put towards the cost of some
indigenous murals which sounded like they might include something musical.
of the trauma of some kids as a result of the dislocation and uncertainty their
families experienced through January, adding “music and art are natural
therapies for kids”. She said it was a great honour to be director of the
Pre-School which relies on the generosity of volunteers both in time and money.
They both invited us to drop by some time.
Michael then spoke about the difficult times many local businesses are facing following the disastrous loss of tourists over the holiday season due to the fires. “Narooma has burnt, but it hasn’t burned,” he said, explaining that many local businesses rely on the summer tourist season to see them through the year and many families have less income because of a loss of casual jobs or shifts. Many local businesses could fail as a result. “It’s going to be a rough year and winter is looking pretty scary.” He said Narooma businesses were not receiving the assistance other areas directly impacted by fire are receiving, but they were receiving great support from our local MPs Mike Kelly and Andrew Constance, hence their approach to Canberra politicians last Thursday. Unfortunately a Cabinet reshuffle that day reduced the anticipated interest from other politicians including Prime Minister Scott Morrison . “We’re out there championing the cause [on behalf of local businesses], doing the best we can,” he said.
More on the Nerrigundah container
the devastating fires on New Year’s Eve, the Nerrigundah community lost its meeting
place/community hall (the Agricultural Bureau) as well as many homes in the
Steps have been taken to secure the NSW Department of Education’s old Field Studies Centre in Nerrigundah as the community’s new meeting place. The Centre has not been used for at least 15 years and escaped major fire damage so became the repository for the many goods donated post-fire, including much appreciated tools.
Our Club joined with Narooma Lions and Quota to purchase a secure shipping container (each contributing $1,100) so these goods could be moved out of the Centre and stored safely so repairs could begin. The donation was coordinated by Cr Lindsay Brown in conjunction with Nerrigundah RFS Captain Ron Threlfall. The container was delivered on site last Friday by Bay Removals for free. On Saturday Tim Burke of Narooma installed shelving in the container which he donated.
Out and About
Cinders Thursday 5 March
make sure Thursday 5th March is in your diary. Please bring your
partners and friends (particularly if they are trivia buffs!) to Narooma Golf
Club for our annual Cinders Trivia challenge with Moruya Rotary Club. We’re the
hosts this year which means we also have to come up with the questions. Moruya
currently holds the much coveted Cinders trophy and competition will be keen on
the night. Moruya Rotarians are currently organising numbers for a bus for the
night. Very sensible.
at Narooma Marine Rescue (old Pilot’s
Station) on the southern headland at 6pm for a tour of the facility. We will then
return to the Golf Club for dinner about 7.
For our Youth Night last Thursday we welcomed our 2020 Rotary Tertiary Scholar Rory Spurgeon to our meeting along with his parents, Chris and Alison. We also welcomed Tahlia Arnold, Crystal Elmasri and Aisha Thomas and Aisha’s father Andrew to our first meeting of 2020. The Club has assisted Tahlia for the past two years at the University of Wollongong; the Board has agreed to assist Crystal this year in a similar way as she begins her studies, also at UOW. Unfortunately, our 2018 Scholar Alicia Bate could not join us. These young people are great ambassadors for their school and community I am sure that with our continued support they will do well in the future.
Due to some scheduling issues, the combined meeting with Moruya and Batemans Bay set down for 26 February has been cancelled. Funds raised at the Christmas race day will now be presented to Meals on Wheels and Yumaro at the next Moruya race day on Monday 16 March. The Christmas Race day at the end of last year was an outstanding success enabling a donation of $24,000 to Yumaro and Meals on Wheels towards the purchase of a ‘people mover’. A fantastic result.
Organisation for this year’s Busking Championship is well underway thanks to the committee led by Friend of Rotary Di Riley. This Thursday we will present a cheque to Narooma Preschool from profits made at last year’s Busking Championship.
again Narooma was fortunate not to be impacted by fires on the weekend; sadly
those to the south and west of us were not so lucky. Our thoughts continue to
be with those impacted by this ongoing natural disaster.
We welcome Narooma Preschool committee President Michael Gardner and Preschool Director Kathy Phipps who will receive a cheque for $500 from the money raised at last year’s Busking Championships.
The Preschool will put the
money towards their musical instrument programme. They intend purchasing a few
more drums to add to their collection.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
wonderful to have four young people associated with our Club as our guests last
Our Rotary Tertiary Scholar for 2020 is Rory Spurgeon. He heads off this weekend to the Australian National University in Canberra where he has been accepted into the Bachelor of Health Science course with hopes to swap to a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) – Science which is a research-based four-year degree. He will live on campus and is looking forward to playing a lot of sport including AFL and soccer.
Crystal Elmasri is being assisted with her expenses this year as she heads off to the University of Wollongong to study Law with a particular leaning to Immigration Law. She said she is really grateful for Rotary’s assistance. She said she has always had a passion for law and for knowing her rights, and loves discussing controversial issues. She was a member of last year’s MUNA team.
Tahlia Arnold is now starting her third year of psychology at the University of Wollongong and has been accepted as an honours student. As part of her course this year, she will attend a week-long course or conference in Singapore.
Aisha Thomas was also in Narooma High’s MUNA team last year. She is now doing Year 12.
Unfortunately our 2018 Tertiary Scholar Alicia Bate was unable to join us last week; 2019 was her first year on the scholarship. She wrote:
Unfortunately due to our current situation I have made the decision it is better to stay home and wait for what is to come and so I can not share your story with you all myself tonight. On a more positive note. I’d like to let you know what I have done over the past year and my plans for the future.
I began my Bachelor of Animal Science at Charles Sturt University. I was staying on campus and this led me to make some wonderful friends.Unfortunately the overall experience did not live up to my expectations… As my long term goal was to become a vet, an extremely long course, I decided Charles Sturt University was not for me. This has ultimately led to me making a new decision in my career path.
Thankfully 2019 was not so bad for me. I would officially like to announce to you all my engagement to my fiance Denny who is a local boy from Moruya.
This year I will begin a Bachelor of Science at the University of Wollongong at the end of February. I will do a Biology major, with Chemistry and Earth and Environment minors. I have also decided to pick up two mathematic units to fill my credits from Charles Sturt, as well as pick up some distance education Agriculture subjects to widen my teaching subject capabilities.
I look forward to seeing you all again when this monster leaves us.Alicia
On the Evacuation Centre
everyone who assisted at the Evacuation Centre in early January, particularly on
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day when we were inundated with evacuated holidaymakers
and residents from other areas as a result of the bushfires. Bob said he was
very proud of the community’s efforts and “how people just came together”.
Our Club was again asked to be on standby should we be needed to man the barbecue at the Evacuation Centre last weekend. However that call never came.
OUT AND ABOUT
More on Moruya Christmas Rotary Races
Rotary Race day Committee did extremely well both with the race meeting gate
and ticket selling. David Ashford reports the combined Rotary Clubs, assisted
by a $6,000 Rotary District Grant and a $250 donation from Moruya Golf Club, raised
$18,430.80 (after taking out costs of $1,489.25). Moruya Jockey Club donated
a further $5,569.20 to make the combined total of $24,000 raised for Yumaro and
Meals on Wheels.
cancellation of the 26th combined meeting means we will not
celebrate Rotary International’s anniversary this year with our neighbouring
clubs, nor will there be any dinner associated with the presentation. The Race
Day committee hopes to get some coverage from Sky TV of the presentation,
publicising Rotary and the work the Moruya Jockey Club does in our community.
Batemans Bay guest speaker on insurance
Insurance man Brett McDonald had everyone at Batemans Bay Rotary’s full attention when he was their guest speaker last week. The Bay Rotary newsletter reported he said present losses from bushfires on the South Coast amounted to $1.65 billion and was expected to rise to at least $2 billion.
meeting at 5pm at the Golf Club, followed by a dinner meeting.
to the second half of the 2019/20 Rotary Year
fires that have impacted our beautiful south coast community have changed all
of us forever. I know we are all greatly saddened when we drive up and down the
highway and see the devastation caused to historic towns such as Mogo and
Cobargo as well as our stunning national parks and forests. In all of this, we
have been very lucky especially when we hear heartfelt stories of homes and
properties destroyed. Fortunately to date none of us have had to experience the
loss of our home and valued possessions.
At the Evacuation Centre: On 31 December,
Rotary and Lions responded to calls to prepare and cook food for all those
arriving at the evacuation centre. It was a mammoth task, cooking for thousands
of people initially before the job was taken over by others as numbers needing
feeding were reduced. Supplies seemed to come from nowhere with local
businesses large and small donating food and other goods, especially when the
power failed. Sometimes the only food we had to cook were a few sausages from
someone’s freezer, while at other times were serving up fillet steak, chicken
and fish. It shows that when the chips are down the community rallies and
responds. Some of our Rotarians continued helping out at the Evacuation Centre,
Thank you to all Rotarians who helped. You are champions. Thank you also to the volunteers who assisted us and Lions on the barbecue, the offers of help far outweighed those needed to cook and serve. I would particularly like to acknowledge the work and leadership of Cr Lindsay Brown at the Evacuation Centre; Lindsay’s drive and determination made it all happen.
also been impressed with the offers of assistance we have received from all
over NSW, Australia and abroad. Volunteer groups from Wollongong have offered
to travel down the coast to assist with rebuilding, residents in a retirement
village have offered cash, Rotary Clubs in the USA and UK have asked how they
can help and we have been contacted by many individuals including Tim Hoare,
the grandson of Eric Hoare (a leading member of our Club many years ago) to
coming weeks the Board will consider requests for assistance to rebuild our
community. Hopefully we will be able to make a small difference to the lives of
those who have lost everything in this tragedy.
with great sadness that we heard of the death of Judy Gray last Sunday. Our
thoughts are with Mal and his family at this difficult time. I understand
Judy’s funeral will be held in Tumut on 3 February. I will update you when I
have more information.
Australia Day celebrations: On a brighter note, I along with Angie and Lynn, represented the Club at the Australia Day Celebration on Saturday evening. Other members including John Doyle, Sandra Doyle, Lynda Ord, Chris O’Brien and Robyn Miller were also representing the Club along with the RFS and the Community Choir. It was a great night where we were able to honour our volunteer firefighters along with other community volunteers and celebrate Narooma’s community spirit.
ceremony I was privileged to announce Rory Spurgeon as our 2020 Rotary Scholar.
I am sure Rory will be a great ambassador for Narooma and the Club. Rory plans
to study Health Science at ANU. I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday
is our Youth Night. We will hear from our 2020 Tertiary Scholar Rory Spurgeon
as well as our 2018 Scholar Alicia Bate (doing Bachelor of Animal Science at
Charles Sturt University), and Tahlia Arnold (given one-off scholarship) will
also be at our first meeting of the year.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
disappointing to miss out on both our barbecue in Rotary Park last Thursday (dangerous
fire weather!) and our markets on Sunday (cancelled on Council’s instructions so
NATA Oval could be used by evacuees). Proceeds from the markets would have gone
to one of the bushfire appeals.
OUT AND ABOUT
From Moruya Rotary
stage Moruya Rotarians still have their houses standing and most have power, but a few still can’t move
back home while others are having to cope with no sewerage and electricity.
another sad note Moruya Rotarian Alan Jennaway died last weekj. He was a long
time and well respected member of the club.
week some Moruya Rotarians had a busy week catering for the RFS Communications Centre and crews in the
From Batemans Bay Rotary
All Batemans Bay Rotarians are safe, but our hearts go out to John Haslem and Hardy Pradhan who lost their homes. Donations to the Bay have come in from all over Australia which have been received by Bay Rotarian Maureen Manning who organised storage in the Industrial Estate.
with the Bay’s Australia Day committee, organised
an Australia Day Breakfast. Bay Rotarian Dave Ashford was MC. They served 1200
free breakfasts with most people making
a donation to the Bush Fire Appeal, raising $3,313 topped up with donations at
their Sunday Markets of $417. They received great media coverage by ABC TV, SBS and the Bay Post. During
interviews, members of the community said it was what the community needed,
something to enjoy after the wave after wave of bushfires since November.
One initiative by Bega Rotary was to establish a bank account to facilitate donations and payments for fodder to assist farmers in the wake of the devastating fires around Cobargo. Bendigo Bank provided the initial contribution. Bega Rotary sees this as a short term contribution until the major funders mobilise. By Monday morning, 166 donations had been received totalling $52,770 with the first loads of bales already delivered. You can donate at Bendigo Bank: BSB 633000: A/C 171138555
Meanwhile, the Rotary Clubs of Bega,
Merimbula and Pambula are working together to provide relief to individuals and
communities in the Bega Valley Shire to recover from the recent devastating
bush fires. This is through the
Rotary Australia Benevolent Society grants program. Donations https://donations.rawcs.com.au/75-2019-20.
Over the long term the clubs both jointly and individually will
seek out projects to rebuild infrastructure, institutions and communities to
adapt to changing climate patterns.
Thursday 20 February: Ange Ulrichsen has organised an excursion to Narooma Marine Rescue in the old Pilot’s Station on Thursday 20 February at 6pm. Marine Rescue Unit Commander Paul Houseman will take us through the facility, moving to the Golf Club for dinner at 7pm when Paul will be our guest. Hopefully a few from Marine Rescue will join us for dinner. It’s also a great time to invite guests.
Wednesday 26 February: The Combined Rotary Christmas Race Presentation Dinner at Moruya Golf Club.