Narooma Rotary Beacon 16th August 2018

Rod’s Ramble

I have spent the last 10 days babysitting four granddogs and their house in Carwoola. The highlight was when it snowed one morning.

Thanks Laurelle for chairing the last meeting and congratulations again to Charmaine for her continuing efforts in Timor Leste. Her work not only reflects well on her but on Rotary also. It is our only International project and we are very grateful for her efforts.

Clifford A Randall RI Pres 1958-59

As we are in our 60th year I thought I would share the occasional Rotary historical anecdote. In 1958-59, the year we were chartered, there were 9,878 Rotary Clubs in the world and 464,245 Rotarians. The Rotary Foundation totalled $US624,711. Six new countries were represented – Ghana, Guyana, Jamaica, Madagascar, Nepal, and Rwanda. The R.I. President was Clifford A Randall from Milwaukee. His theme was ‘Help Shape the Future’.

This week 

Our guest speaker this week is Michelle Garcia, a music teacher at Narooma Primary School. Her presentation entitled ‘Music for the Primary Student’ will explain her new music program for students Kindergarten to Year 6. She will whizz through singing, rhythms and instruments leading us into the After School Music Program; you will meet the after school teachers, learn what they do and be entertained. We have a number of Rotarians away so please bring as many friends as you can.

Cheers Rod

Out and about

Last week

Charmaine White in Timor Leste

It was another interesting meeting last week.

Charmaine White spoke about her recent two weeks with the dental project in Timor Leste, her eighth ‘tour of duty’ on an aid project. It was a joint RAWCS, Lions and Carmelite nuns’ project.Charmaine has considerable admiration for the people of Timor Leste who she says “earned their independence”. She is impressed that everyone works – men, women and kids. Since independence they have greatly improved literacy. She said under the Portuguese, only 5% of the population was literate. Under the Indonesians,10%. Now it’s about 65%.

She also spoke about the ‘missing’ generation because of the wars; there’s a lot of younger people and older people, but not many in between. Unfortunately few of the younger generation respect the knowledge of their Elders about their land. Power was off eight times during her two weeks there, so they had to resort to their trusty back-up generator. She mentioned a solar panel project at the Carmelite orphanage that no longer worked because rats had eaten through the wires. Charmaine has followed it up on her return and has contacted the Australian supplier who will try to have it fixed by their local agent and the wires encased in conduit to hopefully prevent the problem recurring.

Also last week, membership was discussed at the Club Assembly and how to possibly reach newcomers to the area, perhaps in conjunction with other clubs and organisations.

Renewable Energy Expo

Moruya Rotary’s plans for hosting the 2018 Renewable Energy Expo are well advanced. It will be held on Saturday 20 October in St Mary’s school hall.

District Conference

Registrations are now open for the District Conference to be held in Cooma 5-7 October. Registrations and details are on the District website.

Would fortnightly meetings encourage younger members?

New Moruya President Hack Ward thinks they might; he has proposed that their Club trial fortnightly meetings with the hope of attracting younger members. He contacted three clubs who had made that change and received generally favourable views. All Moruya Rotarians will be given the opportunity to vote for or against the trial. Their meeting this week will hold a short forum to discuss the issue and then all members will be emailed asking them to vote. If 75% of those replying are in favour of the change, it will be trialled for a six month period from January 2019.

Coming up at Batemans Bay – the Duntroon Royal Military College Band



Narooma Rotary Beacon 9th August 2018

Rod’s Ramble

‘Fun, Fellowship and Family’

Eurobodalla Shire Mayor Cr Liz Innes, Narooma Rotary Past President Bob Aston and President Rod Walker and Member for Bega Andrew Constance reflect on Narooma Rotary’s 60 years of service to the community.

Hi everyone

Nearly 100 people attended our 60th Anniversary and Changeover on Saturday night including special guests NSW Transport Minister and Member for Bega Andrew Constance, Eurobodalla Shire Mayor Cr Liz Innes and our District Governor Margaret Hassall. All feedback has been very positive. It was great to see so many different people from across our community joining us to celebrate 60 years of Narooma Rotary Club, including our fellow Rotarians from Moruya, Bega and Batemans Bay.

Bob ‘Techman’ Aston has put the presentations by former presidents Jack Ings, Ian Tomlinson and Peter Bull up on YouTube. The link is or just search for Narooma Rotary.

Thanks to everyone who helped feed the Kidney Kar Rally on Sunday; 151 people enjoyed soup and a rissole or steak sandwich and some slice. We grossed $2,400. It ended up being a longer day than anticipated due to two accidents with the stragglers not arriving until 3.00pm. As usual Narooma Rotarians rose to the challenge.

The Board has approved an initial $1,000 donation to the 2018 Drought Relief Fund to support drought-affected farming families. The Fund, launched last week, is a partnership between Rotary Australia, the National Farmers Federation and Channel 9. The Board also approved a $300 donation to Meals on Wheels.

Tickets in the Whale Watching Raffle are selling fast at the two IGAs and at the Plaza. At this pace we will be sold out by the end of the month. If you are having trouble selling tickets, please let me know.

This Thursday: 

Laurelle will chair the meeting because I will be away. If you have something you would like to discuss at Club Assembly, please try and let Laurelle know in advance. Our speaker will be Charmaine who will talk about her recent work in Timor Leste.

Yours in Rotary, Rod

Out and About

Our 60th celebrations and Changeover

District 9710 Governor Margaret Hassall, NSW Minster for Transport and Member for Bega Andrew Constance and President Rod Walker.

What a great night on Saturday! The auditorium looked terrific as we celebrated 60 years of Narooma Rotary in grand style and the vibe was really wonderful. The central mats, made by Sandra for each table from some of the many banners we have been given over the years, set off each table. Congratulations came from Mayor Liz and Andrew, while our District Governor Margaret Hassall read out a congratulatory message from Rotary International President Barry Rassin.

Outgoing President Bob Aston awarded Sandra Doyle with Rotarian of the Year.

Highlights included messages of congratulations from three past Rotary Presidents unable to attend – Jack Ings, Ian Thomlinson and Peter Bull – followed by a PowerPoint review of Narooma Rotary’s 60 years’ of service (U tube link . Both Mayor Liz and Andrew were particularly impressed by the Club’s past construction projects including the building of Narooma Sport & Leisure Centre. Andrew suggested we might like to consider a new Narooma Bridge as a future project, a suggestion quickly declined by President Rod.

We also incorporated our official changeover into the evening’s proceedings with immediate Past President Bob awarding Sandra Doyle with the Rotarian of the Year Award, and naming Frank Eden and John Doyle as Paul Harris Fellows.

Our Busking Festival winner Yasmine Russell came all the way from Wollongong to entertain us during the evening.

Kidney Kar Rally stops for a Rotary lunch

Helping feed the Kidney Kar Rally: Sandra Doyle, left, Ang Ulrichsen, Iris Dormeier, Chris O’Brien Lynn Hastings and Laurelle Pacey

After the gala 60th celebration, many Rotarians fronted up next day to provide lunch for about 150 people from 45 cars as they passed through Narooma on the 30th annual Kidney Kar Rally. Several Rotarians had also found time to make soup (some very tasty combinations!) which we served to some very appreciative participants along with steak or rissole sandwiches with the works.

Spokesperson Marie Paine said the nine-day 4,000 km rally from Goulburn to Queanbeyan via Ballarat raises funds to support Kidney Australia’s Kidney Kids Camps. These camps allow kids with kidney disease to enjoy camps and activities while still receiving the necessary medical care via the mobile dialysis bus.

Cooking up a storm at the Kidney Kar Rally were John Rungen, left, John Doyle, Bob Aston and Frank Eden.

The Rally route travels through many towns and villages as well as uses a number of tracks through National Parks and State Forests. Each car has to raise its own sponsorship. Narooma local Heather Snell was among the participants.

More on Rotary drought donations

Further to what President Rod has said about our initial donation to the recently launched Drought Relief Fund, a partnership between Rotary Australia, the National Farmers Federation (NFF) and Channel 9… As a registered charitable organisation, Rotary Australia will collect and administer  donations which will be tax deductible.

The NFF, the farmers’ peak body, will direct funding to the relief organisations best placed to make an impact for farmers on the ground. It has undertaken to ensure 100% of funds collected are applied to the large gambit of needs currently being experienced by farmers, including fodder and water shortages, help with everyday living expenses and access to health and financial support services.

Whale Watching Raffle, Rotary Races and Muddy Puddles

John Rungen, left and President Rod Walker sell some tickets to Narooma local Joan Lynch.

Money raised through this year’s Whale Watching Raffle will go as our contribution to the combined fundraising by the combined Rotary Clubs of the Eurobodalla and the Christmas Races at Moruya in December. Muddy Puddles will be this year’s recipient of these efforts by Rotary and Moruya Jockey Club. Representatives from Muddy Puddles addressed Moruya Rotary last week, so a few facts taken from the Moruya bulletin include:

  • It’s a not for profit organisation established in 2014 by a group of parents of disabled children who were travelling great distances to find support services.
  • Been difficult establishing the body
  • It is a Registered Provider with NDIS of disability services for children in Eurobodalla.
  • It’s run by CEO Cate McMath and a staff of part time helpers with the support of a group of volunteers.
  • The clientele are divided into groups aged 0 to 6 and 7 to teenage. The average number of children under treatment is around 80 to 90 per month.
  • The present premises in the Industrial Estate are inadequate and a new a new therapy centre is being constructed, opening 19 October.

President Rod’s Trivia Quiz

The trivia quiz returns due to popular demand. Sandra Doyle was our winner last time. First in with the correct answer will assume her title as Rotary Quiz Master.

  1. Who was the legendary Benedictine monk who invented champagne?
  2. Name the largest freshwater lake in the world?
  3. Where would you find the Sea of Tranquility?
  4. What is someone who shoes horses called?
  5. What item of clothing was named after its Scottish inventor?

More photos from Saturday night

Narooma Rotary’s 2018-2019 Board: Laurelle Pacey, front left, President Rod Walker, John Rungen; Bob Aston, back left, Lynn Hastings, Ang Ulrichsen, John Doyle
Denise Rungen, Narooma Rotarians Michael O’Connor and John Rungen at Narooma Rotary’s 60th celebrations on Saturday night.
Having cut the cake, past presidents of Narooma Rotary joined in the singing of ‘Happy Birthday’ to the Club. Shown are Brice Grimmond, left, Ang Ulrichsen, current President Rod Walker, Marilyn Gibson, Norm Hoyer, Georgina Staley, Bob Antill, Laurelle Pacey and Bob Aston.
Narooma Rotarian Charmaine White and Jock and Jenny Munro at Narooma Rotary’s 60th celebrations on Saturday night.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 26th July 2018

Rod’s Ramble – ‘Fun, Fellowship and Family’

“Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.”

At Mama Mia – Here we go again: Heather Ferguson , left, Sandra Doyle and Chris O’Brien

Mama Mia premiere

Last Thursday we had a great night at the Mama Mia premiere. Eighty-two people attended and by all accounts everyone had a good time. The movie was well received. Thanks to Angie and the catering team for their effort and to all those who donated to the raffle, and to Rachel and her mother-in-law for selling the tickets. We made over $700 dollars for the Polio campaign, a good result.

Lynda Ord, Lynda’s friend and Ang Ulrichsen at Mama Mia recently.


I emailed you all a plan for this year in which I highlighted some critical omissions:

  • We could do with another Director to take on co-ordination of our Youth programs and the Duck Race.
  • We still need a President Elect for 2019-20 to prepare for the next year and co-ordinate International, Foundation and ARH activities.

Both these roles can take as much or as little time as you like. No one will be judging your performance; we just need someone to step up. If you are interested let me know.

Rotary in Parliament

Trent Zimmerman is a Member of the House of Representatives and a Rotarian. He recently paid tribute in Parliament to the work of local Rotary Clubs, saying ‘Rotarians do an incredible amount for our community’. He said he had enjoyed his own involvement in his local Rotary Club over many years and encouraged others to think about becoming a member of their local Rotary Club. For more, check this link:

This week: Our guest speaker is Julie Griffin

Julie is a Diabetes Educator and Registered Nurse. Her topic: ‘It’s complicated…. Is it possible to live well with Diabetes?’ Julie has been nursing since 1980 and trained at both Mater Misericordia and Royal North Shore Hospitals in Sydney. Since 2008 she has been working on Diabetes, and currently works full time for Eurobodalla Community Health covering Narooma, Moruya and Batemans Bay areas.

Please don’t forget to let Bob know if you are bringing guests.

Out and About

Charmaine reports on Timor Leste

Our very own Rotarian dentist Charmaine White in Timor Leste recently.

After meeting up with the Week 1 Team in Dili (comprising two translators, one nurse and three dentists), we headed off to Maubara to get equipment and dental supplies. We drove through Baliabo and on to Maliana near the West Timorese border, a long bumpy drive of over six hours. We were lucky to find a nice place to stay; a seminary that had been converted into accommodation. Food was local fare – rice nasi goreng, mi Goring.  We even found some pasta and pizza a few times

Week 1:  We worked in three places – the local Maliana hospital, a local school and a village Cailaku that had never seen a dentist. We got to see community and school students. Examinations 838, extractions 268 and fillings 206 plus some scaling as well. Our main aim was to relieve pain. Some of the teeth would have been sore for months if not years. Betel nut chewing is still a big problem in the Maliana district.
Week 2: A dentist team swap at Dili  – one flew out and one joined us. Then we spent three days in Bogoro School with 900 students. The last two days were at Maubara clinic which is a room In the Carmelites convent. The local dental nurse Nico had screened all the children so we just had to do the work mainly extractions (258) and fillings (197).
Overall we saw 1,261 children in the two weeks. We extracted 527 teeth; only three refused treatment i.e. ran away or cried. There are so many brave children in Timor Leste We filled 406 teeth, did a few scales (49) and prevention on teeth fissure seals.

It’s a worry… courtesy Peter Bull

I was at Melbourne Airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, ‘Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?’

To which I replied, ‘If it was without my knowledge, how would know?’ He smiled knowingly and nodded, ‘That’s why we ask’.



Narooma Rotary Beacon 19th July 2018

Rod’s Ramble

Fun, Fellowship and Family

Mal Gray should have gone out and bought a lottery ticket on Friday; he won three of the four prizes from the chocolate wheel at last week’s meeting.

I would like to start this week’s Ramble with a message from our RI President Barry Rassin that succinctly summarises Rotary for me.  It’s an extract from a longer article in the July Edition of Rotary Down Under

Barry wrote: One year ago the RI Board adopted a new vision statement: “Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.” That simple sentence distills so much of what is essential about Rotary. We unite, because we know that we are far stronger together than we could ever be alone. We take action, because we are not dreamers, but doers. We work to create lasting change that will endure long after involvement has ended – across the globe and in our communities. And perhaps most important of all, we work to create change in ourselves – not just building a better world around us, but becoming better people ourselves.”

THIS WEEK Mama Mia Premiere for PolioPlus

This week we are at the Kinema (not the Golf Club) for a polio fundraiser. I hear tickets are selling fast so we should have a great night. If you can help with catering and the raffle, please get there about 6.00pm.

At last week’s Club Assembly Lynda Ord explained the amendments to the Child Protection Form

This Sunday’s Market

We still have may have two vacancies on the market roster for cooks on the 10.00am shift this Sunday 22nds July. Ctrl+ Click here ROSTER and enter your name if you can help.

60th Anniversary Celebration and Changeover Ceremony

Our 60th Anniversary Celebration on 4 August is only two weeks away. We have about 40 acceptances. If you have not yet accepted, please do so straight way. Entertaining us will be one of our Buskers,  and the Eurobodalla Shire Mayor Liz Innes and District Governor Margaret Hassall are also coming. We also hope to have a few surprise guests.This event will replace our meeting of the 2nd August.

Mayor Liz Innes recently said : So many of our most admired organisations are volunteer-driven. Surf Life Saving Clubs, Rural Fire Service, Meals on Wheels, Cancer Council volunteers driving cancer patients to Canberra for treatment. And what about local sporting clubs, and school P&Cs. Regional and rural communities survive and thrive on the generosity and good hearts of local people giving their time to help those around them.”

Anthony Whittle enjoying one of our Mad hatters nights a few years ago. 

 Vale Anthony Whittle

Seven representatives of our club attended Anthony’s funeral at Milton this week. It was an emotional celebration of Anthony’s life held overlooking a lake and rolling countryside. About 200 people attended, and family and friends made emotional speeches honouring Anthony’s life. A representative of his ‘work family’ from Narooma Plaza Pharmacy  also spoke. As is often the case, we learnt a lot about Anthony that we didn’t know. How sad that we didn’t get the chance to know him better. Its moments like these that you realise how important the Rotary family is and the importance of keeping connected in the good and the bad times.

From the Board

Moruya Races in 2018 will draw on the Melbourne Cup Day meeting and the Christmas races to raise funds. The charity partner is Muddy Puddles which provides services to disabled children. A representative will attend our meeting on 9th August to tell us all about their work.

Trivia Quiz – there’s a prize for the first correct answers

I thought I would start a trivia section of the Ramble so we can get some early practice in for Cinders in 2019 (and find out who reads the Beacon). The first correct answer emailed to me at wins a prize and the honour of being quiz master for the week.

  1. How many countries are larger than Australia?
  2. In what state/territory was the highest recorded temperature, of 53°C, recorded?
  3. Australia has the world’s largest sand island. What is its name?
  4. In what year was Advance Australia Fair proclaimed as the national anthem by the Governor-General?
  5. Do all states/territories have the same blood alcohol limit for non-probationary drivers?

Cheers Rod

Out and About

Charmaine, teeth and Timor Leste

We’re all looking forward to hearing from Charmaine about her two weeks working in Timor Leste with three other Australian dentists. Charmaine says it’s a well-run joint Rotary RAWCS/Lions/Carmelite nuns project. You will recall her telling us of  the relationship between toothache, chewing betel nut to relieve it, and that betel nut can cause cancer of the mouth and oesophagus. So eliminating toothache should reduce the risk of oral cancers. Our Club recently donated $1,000 to this project.

District Conference – the Cooma Adventure

District Conference registrations open soon for this year’s District Conference which will be in Cooma  5-7 October. Hop[efully we will be able to get a few people together to represent teh Club.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 12th July 2018

Rod’s Ramble

Planning for 2018-19

Outgoing Bob Aston hands over to our new  President Rod Walker at last week’s meeting.

Our meeting this Thursday is our Club Assembly at which I will present a draft business plan as endorsed at the Board Meeting. My intention is to take a ‘steady as she goes’ approach.

Over the last two years we have added two major events to our Rotary year – the Renewables Expo and the Busking Championship. Members have sacrificed time with their families and businesses to ensure their success; for a variety of reasons we will be missing the input of some key people in 2018-19. As you know, Moruya Rotary will host the Renewables Expo this year in a great example of inter-club co-operation.

I can also announce that John Rungen has agreed to lead the Busking Championship team this year and we will be seeking assistance from interested people from the community. Thanks John for stepping up. Members please give John all the help you can muster over the next 11 months.

This week Lynda Ord will also give us an update on the Rotary Youth Protection Policy which has been impacted by some legislative changes. It is an additional administrative burden we have to bear to ensure we practice due diligence.

Growing membership

I said last week that membership growth would be a major focus. The ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for July 2018 has some interesting strategies on attracting new members. In particular it highlighted a toolkit now available to assist in engaging with young professionals. This toolkit will help you rethink membership, from a broad perspective down to a tactical level, that you can adapt to your area. Topics include characteristics of your audience, your club’s culture, ideas for outreach and engagement, and the long-term benefits of becoming a Rotarian. I would like someone to review this material and consider if we could use some of these ideas. Let me know if you are interested.

Mama Mia premiere

I also talked last week about the need to have fun at Rotary, to build on the fellowship benefits of being a Rotarian, and to embrace the broader Rotary family. Hosting the Mama Mia Here We Go Again movie premiere at the Kinema on Thursday 19th is a chance to have fun while also raising funds for eradication of Polio worldwide. This will replace our meeting that night.

Let’s kick off the year with this big event. Invite partners, family and friends even total strangers. Get your tickets early as this will be a popular movie with the broader community, after all, who doesn’t like ABBA. We will also need a hand with catering and raffle ticket selling on the night.

Please don’t forget to bring prizes for the raffle in this Thursday night.

President Rod’s table last week.


Out and about

Our mini Changeover

It was good to have a ‘symbolic changeover’ to President Rod last week, supported by a table of Rod’s friends. Stand by for the 4th  August for our official changeover and  60th celebrations!

Polio update prompted by  fundraiser

With the polio fundraiser next week and Ang’s drawing out attention to the polio campaign at last week’s meeting, a few reminders of what it’s all about, courtesy Rotary International’s webpage.

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a public-private partnership led by national governments with five partners – the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide. So that’s :

  • five core partners
  • involved 200 countries
  • involved 20 million volunteers
  • over 2.5 billion children vaccinated
  • US$10 billion international investment
  • the goal is a polio–free world

Progress toward eradicating polio worldwide was a recurring theme at the recent Rotary International Convention in Toronto. Two notable polio occasions at the Convention were when:

  • Rotary International President Ian Riseley presented Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with Rotary’s Polio Eradication Champion in recognition of his leadership and Canada’s contributions to polio eradication. Trudeau highlighted Canada’s continued commitment to working towards a world without polio, a world with gender equity, and a world where everyone has a chance to succeed. He expressed a wish that his children would grow up in a polio-free world, and encouraged Rotarians to continue their important work to achieve eradication worldwide.
  • Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal Princess Anne praised Rotary for its work in fighting polio. She spoke of Rotary’s ‘extraordinary reach’, its extensive understanding of cultures and languages, its members’ “endearing habit of leaving (their) egos at the door”, and the organisation’s ingenuity at overcoming obstacles that baffled others. In doing so, she said Rotary with its partners has brought polio to almost full global eradication.

    We pay tribute to our fellow Rotarian Anthony Whittle who passed away suddenly on 3rd July 2018, aged 36. Anthony, left, hosted a really interesting ‘a Rotarian presents’ at the Plaza Pharmacy earlier this year.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 5 July 2018

Rod’s Ramble 

Rod Walker, Narooma President 2018-2019

It is a great honour to be your President in the 60th year of Rotary in Narooma. When I look back on the great presidents of the past and the fantastic achievements of such a small club, it is a daunting prospect.

I will say more about my approach to the presidency at this week’s meeting. I will outline our business plan for the year at the Changeover on Saturday 4 August. Suffice it to say, I enjoy some of the formality that used to be an integral part of Rotary culture. It was a structured approach that resonated with the industry in which I worked and was a counterpoint to the informality of the sporting clubs I was involved with at the time. I felt privileged to be a member of Rotary.  You will see some more formality from me in 1918-19 whether you embrace it or not is up to you.

It’s worth considering  there are at least four former presidents still living in Narooma and no longer members of the Club and probably another six to 10 former members. If this much experience was lost in the corporate world then there would be a major review of the workplace culture to see what is going wrong. Membership will be a major focus for me but hand in hand with that is looking after the wellbeing of our current members. Therefore my theme for 2018-19 is ‘Fun, Fellowship and Family’ I will elaborate on this at this week’s meeting.

This Week: For my first meeting as President, I invite partners and friends to join us as we begin the 60th year of Rotary in Narooma. In the spirit of ‘Fun, Fellowship and Family’ it will simply be an opportunity to share a meal and a few stories in the company of the wider Rotary family. Please let Bob Aston know if you are bringing guests on Thursday or if you are an apology. Unless he hears otherwise, he will assume you are coming.

Regards Rod

Sandra Doyle presents Michelle Garcia of Narooma Public School with a $500 donation from the Busking Festival.

Out and about

Busking Festival buys musical instruments 

We wrapped up the 2018 Busking Festival with a ‘thank you’ night in Narooma Golf Club’s auditorium last Thursday for sponsors and volunteers. We also made donations with Festival proceeds to six local schools. Festival coordinator Sandra Doyle said the Festival in May was a huge success with the town buzzing from the Flat to the Plaza. ‘It would not have been possible if Rotary did not have the support of the many sponsors (both of prizes and hots spots) and all the wonderful volunteers from our community,’ she said.

Sandra Doyle presents Brendan Constable of Bermagui Public School with a $500 donation .

In Bob Aston’s last official function as President 2017-2018, he added his thanks to those who helped on the day, as well the Club’s appreciation to Sandra and her ‘Dream Team’ for their initiative and hard work in staging the of Narooma Public School Festival.

Sandra presented cheques to Narooma High School ($1,000) and to each of the five primary schools in Narooma Rotary’s catchment ($500 each), proceeds from the busker hot spots and busker votes, topped up by the Club. She said these donations would enable each school to purchase more musical instruments to encourage students to further their musical experience. One of Sandra’s little ‘twists’ for the evening was a display by Narooma Camera Club of candid shots of some of the buskers on the day, with a people’s choice.

Bob’s year ends

It may seem strange not having an official handover at this time of the year, with Bob’s year just seemingly morphing into Rod’s with our official changeover not until the 60th celebrations in August. However it is perhaps important at this point to pay tribute to Bob’s leadership over the past 12 months and to all that we have achieved, while also looking forward to a new ‘captain’ for the next 12 months. Another good year ahead!

Please don’t forget to let Bob know if you are bringing guests on Thursday night by 4pm Tuesday.

Bob would also like to know if you are coming to the changeover/60th celebrations on Saturday 4 August.

Cheers Laurelle

A date for your diary!


Narooma Rotary Beacon 28th June 2018

Bob’s Blog

Hello everyone
Welcome to my last blog as President of Narooma Rotary. Although I will provide a full report to members at our combined changeover and 60th on 4 August, it is well worth reflecting on our achievements over the past 12 months, especially as we are a very small Club.
Have we made a difference? I think we have.

  • We have provided much needed information to the local community about renewable energy.
  • The Busking Competition has made a difference, it helped build community spirit and though the donations we have made from our profits many students at our local schools will be able learn a musical instrument.
  • We have also helped to make a difference to the lives of meant through our donations to The Foundation (both the Annual Fund and Polio Plus), to RAWCS and Australian Rotary Health.
  • We have also made a difference through our donations to local organisations such as Narooma Surf Club, RFS and Monty’s.

I think we have also made a difference at a club level:

  • We have learnt about the work of our members through our ‘Rotarian Presents’ nights
  • We have been kept informed through a range of thought provoking speakers at many of our meetings.

In conclusion I would like to thank all members for their guidance and support throughout the year I would also like to acknowledge the dedication and commitment of the Board; you have made my life easier. All the best to Rod and his crew for the 2018/19 Rotary year.

Out and About

Our overworked morning barbecue crew of John Doyle, Mal Gray and John Rungen enjoy the winter sun with off duty gate keepers Rachel and David McInnes.

Sunday’s Markets

Last Sunday’s markets was a little quiet, being our smallest market for the year but good atmosphere for those who came, enlivened by the great music from buskers LP. Great work on the gate with David and Rachel (standing in for Chris who was away enjoying ‘grandma time’) along with our regular team of eager helpers.

Needless to say, being relatively quiet, the barbecue team had plenty of time to enjoy the sun, as the photo shows.

Moruya Changeover

President Bob and Peter Bull represented our Club at Moruya’s Changeover last week at Moruya Golf Club. Outgoing President Mike Dent reported the Club had donated about $33,000 to the local and international communities over the past year. Both Mike Dent and incoming President Ward Hack spoke of the need to attract younger members. The average age of Moruya’s 50 members is 71 years and four months (will be interesting to work out ours). Much like our Club, when Moruya Club started 62 years ago, its members were drawn from the town’s main businesses and would have had an average age around 40. One suggestion new president Ward is putting to the Club to rejuvenate membership is to change their meetings from weekly to fortnightly.

Batemans Bay Changeover

John Rungen and I represented our Club at Batemans Bay’s changeover. Their changeover included an impressive line-up of all past presidents in the Club. Outgoing President Maureen Manning stepped down from her third (and she says final!) term as President, but still continues at the District level as RYPEN Chair. Interesting to note the Batemans Bay Board includes someone solely responsible for membership.

New President Alan Russell is also our new Assistant Governor (taking over from Bob Antill) for the year.

The Busking Festival fills the town with music.

This Thursday

Please don’t forget that our ‘Thank the Sponsors and Volunteers Night’ this Thursday starts at 5.30pm  upstairs at the Golf Club. Please bring your partners with you.  Sandra describes it as ‘mainly a social gathering with a couple of little twists’.

Cheers Laurelle



Narooma Rotary Beacon 21 June 2018

Bob’s Blog

Hello everyone

We had a very busy combined Board meeting last Thursday, our last Board meeting for the 2017/18 Rotary year.

At last week’s combined Board meeting, Angie Ulrichsen, incoming President Rod Walker and current President Bob Aston.

We agreed to fund the purchase of musical equipment for local schools from the proceeds of the Busking Competition. The high school will receive $1,000 and each of the five local primary schools will receive $500 each. The Board also donated:

  • an additional $1,000 to the Foundation
  • $2,000 to Australian Rotary Health to support mental health research
  • $1,000 to the RAWCS Dental Project in Timor Leste. Members will recall that Charmaine will be heading there next month to work with this valuable project.

The Board also agreed to transfer $4,500 from the charity account to the scholarship account. This will allow us to make Second Semester payments without having to dip into our term deposit.
The Board also accepted, with regret, the resignations of Bob Antill and Michael O’Connor from the Club. We have written to Bob and Michael thanking them for their service. The Board has offered Bob honorary membership of the Club which I am pleased to advise he has accepted.
Members are reminders that even though the changeover will not take place until 4 August, Rod and the new Board will take up office from 1 July. Although the changeover is an important event it is really a celebration of our achievements and an opportunity to introduce the new Board to the community.
A reminder that if you are an apology for a meeting or if you have guests, please advise me by email by 4pm each Tuesday.

Have a great week


Out and About

Great to hear from PDG and PP Jack Ings

Jack Ings working in our old Rotary food van circa 2000.

President Bob received a lovely note from Jack Ings, a past president of this club and a past District Governor (the only one from our Club) in response to the invitation to our 60th celebrations. Unfortunately he will be unable to join us.

Thank you for thinking of me. I still keep an eye on the club through the weekly bulletins you send me and enjoy reading about what is going on there. Some of the best years of our lives were when we were in Narooma and I shall never forget the great years I had in Narooma Rotary Club. I am still in Rotary through the E club of Melbourne and still on the Board and doing the bulletin and organising the speakers…. I am now in a Nursing home but it is more like a resort and I still take part not only in Rotary but U3A and am still giving some lectures. Please give my best regards to all my friends there and wish everyone a happy 60th anniversary. Jack

Jack wrote the history of Narooma Club for our 40th anniversary which resulted in the Club receiving a PR recognition. He was regarded affectionately by many Narooma members as the supreme Rotary statesman. For many years during the annual Cinders Challenge with Moruya if there was a series of questions on who’s who in Rotary, ‘Jack Ings’ was often our default answer.  It is obvious from Jack’s continued involvement, he still deserves that status.

Changeovers this week

At Moruya… President Bob and Peter Bull will represent our Club at Moruya Changeover.

Moruya President Mike Dent in this week’s Changeover Bulletin says one of the highlights was the outstandingly successful Drugs Meeting in April which attracted over 200 people to discuss drug and alcohol problems in the Eurobodalla. He still hopes they can secure funding for a Local Drug Action Team to initiate programs to address the prevention of AOD problems.  Another highlight was Moruya Club funding seven ShelterBoxes, thanks largely to the efforts of Alan Shephard and team at Moruya Markets throughout the year. Mike concluded: ‘So where to from here … we have a great club but we cannot rest on our laurels and we must confront the future to ensure our continued success. We need to attract new members and vary our programs to meet changing trends in our society.’ Moruya’s incoming President is Ward Hack.

Meanwhile at Batemans Bay…

John Rungen and Laurelle will represent the Club at Batemans Bay’s Changeover on Thursday. Maureen Manning is the outgoing President.

Batemans Bay Rotarians are currently working through the ‘visioning process’ towards their Strategic Plan for 2018-2019. President Elect Alan Russell is pleased everyone has been so open and willing to contribute ideas. The first part was a Club Audit. The second part was discussing ‘what if’ scenarios which offered members the chance to discuss things that had not been discussed for some time and ways forward for the Club. The next part involves each new Director developing their Objectives for the year and presenting them to the Board. The final stage is their Strategic Plan.

This week

Our guest speaker this week is Allan Rees from the 350 Eurobodalla climate action group, accompanied by Paula Howe another member of the team. The goal of the worldwide movement is to restore the planet to health through a rapid transition to 100% renewables in our area and across Australia and no new fossil fuel projects.

Don’t forget to let President Bob know by email by Tuesday 4pm if you are an apology or if you are bringing any guests.

Cheers Laurelle


Narooma Rotary Beacon 14 June 2018

Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone
Well this week was a little quieter on the Rotary front, it was nice to spend the weekend at home catching up on a few chores.

Last Thursday Lynda gave a great presentation on the life of a Celebrant. Two take out messages for me, one don’t let the dog or cat deliver the rings at the wedding ceremony and secondly, and much more importantly, take the time to prepare for what happens when you die. Make sure your family know your wishes for your funeral service and your worldly goods.

Lynda Ord spoke about her recent career as a celebrant. Cup cakes courtesy of her friend Carol Holland.

This Thursday we will have our last Club Assembly for the Rotary year. The main topic will be membership. Please bring along your ideas and suggestions. Board members (both the old and new) are reminded we have a Board meeting this Thursday at 5pm.
Don’t forget on 28 June we will host a thank you event for sponsors and volunteers at the recent Busking Competition. Instead of our normal dinner meeting we will have drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Have a great week.

Out and about

Last week

Lynda Ord never fails to be a fascinating speaker and last week was no exception. She spoke about her life (since 2005) as a celebrant, the last in our series ‘A Rotarian presents’ which President Bob introduced in his year as a vocational programme. It has been highly successful.

Lynda works as a celebrant over the whole south coast although she has cut back and is talking about retiring ‘in a wee while’, likening her retirement to Dame Nellie Melba’s. She said the drawback of being a marriage celebrant was having her weekends booked up two years ahead, and spoke about ‘strange things can happen the night before the wedding’. She is delighted same sex marriage is now legal. Her ‘big passion’ is funerals when she gets to meet the most remarkable people with the most extraordinary stories. She added she is ‘blown away’ by the resilience of some people. Lynda spoke of the reluctance of some people to explore just what their loved ones wanted wrt a funeral etc., cremated or buried, and where they wanted their body or ashes deposited. She emphasised to us all the importance of ensuring your family knows about your life. She referred to the value of The Rest Easy Journal, produced by Shanna Provost, a copy of which she donated to the Wheel.

Local Rotarians receive OAMs

Incoming Pambula Rotary President Lynne Koerbin has been awarded an OAM

Two Rotarians in our area will receive the Order of Australia(OAM), announced this week.

Incoming President of Pambula Rotary Lynne Koerbin will receive an OAM for her service to people with a disability and to community health. Lynne has worked for 35 years with people with disabilities and said it was very humbling to be recognised for her work and how it has made a difference to people. She is well known in the Bega Valley Shire community being president of the Carers Accommodation South East project and working over the past five years to build accommodation at the South East Regional Hospital. Lynne is an occupational therapist by training and has previously managed community health services in the Bega Valley before moving across to disability support services; she is currently a senior planner for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.Bay Rotarian Peter Wood  with wife Lyn.

Bay Rotarian Peter Wood with wife Lyn.

Current Batemans Bay Director Peter Woods has also been awarded an OAM for his services to the community of Batemans Bay and to youth. He has been Batemans Bay Youth Foundation Chairman, since 2005. The Foundation gives Grants to students to attend University or a course at TAFE or an Apprenticeship. The criteria for giving a Grant include academic achievement, personal aptitude for further study and a need for financial help. Since its inception in 1994, the Foundation had given Grants valued at over half a million dollars to 182 students.

Moruya Rotary and ShelterBox

Each Saturday at Moruya Markets, Moruya Rotary has a team that focuses on raising funds for ShelterBoxes. Last Saturday they raised an impressive $1,630 which included a cheque for $1,000. Their bulletin does not say from whence the cheque came.

Timor Leste embraces RYLA

An interesting note in last week’s Batemans Bay newsletter mentioned that Bay Rotarian Peter Kable had presented a fascinating insight into the history of Timor Leste (East Timor) and the great success of RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) in helping to develop the impoverished country.  This prompted me to find out more. You may have seen the article in Rotary Down Under Dec 2017-Jan 2018. Timor Leste with a population of 1.4 million is still one of the poorest countries in the world.  Its main exports are coffee along with some oil and gas.

The Rotary Clubs of Crows Nest and Pennant Hills have worked closely with the Rotary Club of Dili to get this programme happening. The RYLA program has been adapted to suit the Timorese situation and local leaders act as presenters. Almost 680 young people in Timor Leste have gone through the RYLA programme since it was introduced in 2009 and e gone on to achieve great results. All alumni cite the training they received through RYLA has helped them get jobs, scholarships and training ahead of their peers. Four RYLA alumni stood for parliament at the recent elections.  RYPEN has also been expanded in Timor Leste schools

Next week: Our guest speaker will be Allan Rees from the 350 Eurobodalla climate action group, accompanied by Paula Howe another member of the team. The goal of the worldwide movement is to restore the planet to health. The 350 Eurobodalla has been active since the 2015 Paris climate talks and aims to educate people about how the planet’s health can be restored. The group supports a rapid transition to 100% renewables in our area and across Australia and no new fossil fuel projects.

Cheers Laurelle

Narooma Rotary Beacon 7 June 2018

Bob’s Blog

Hello everyone.

Well it was a little less hectic this week after the very successful Busking Competition followed by the Markets.

Last Thursday we hosted Moruya Rotary for our annual Cinders Trophy Trivia Challenge. It was a great night with 60 Rotarians and friends in attendance. The fellowship was great and the competition fierce. In the end I declared a draw with a Moruya team along with a Narooma team coming out on top with a score of 56. Although this caused some controversy, I think the result reflected the spirt of the evening.

Moruya President Mike Dent and President Bob will be joint custodians of the Cinders Trophy for the next 12 months following a draw at last week’e Cinders Challenge.

On Saturday, Therese and I represented the Club at Quota’s 31st Installation Ceremony. It was a great night with over 60 people attending. Quota has had a busy year donating over $26,000 to local, national and international charities. Chris Ryder is the new president of Quota.

This week, our own Lynda Ord is our guest speaker. I am sure Lynda will entertain us with some great stories about the life of a celebrant.

Don’t forget our 60th is not too far away. We celebrate this great event on Saturday 4th August – please keep the date free. This will also be our formal changeover ceremony.


Out and About

The Cinders Challenge

What a great night with Moruya Rotarians last week at Narooma Golf Club for the annual Cinders Challenge. For the first time ever in its long history, it ended in a draw with both clubs sharing the trophy for the year. President Bob organised for Narooma and Moruya Rotarians to share tables over dinner to encourage fellowship and that seemed to have been welcomed by everyone

The scoring system for Cinders seems ‘variable’ depending on the referee, but it is always taken in good spirit. Top table score (as last week with Moruya’s Brainiac matching our Cirrus), total score per Club, or the highest score per Club participant (total Narooma tables or Moruya tables score divided by the number of participants from that Club); perhaps a subject for some future discussion.

Whatever, it was a fun night enjoyed by everyone. Top questions by our absentee quiz master extraordinaire Peter Bull, and ably put by President Bob assisted by Frank with the recording.

Cinders table winners Derek Anderson of Moruya and our own Rod Walker share the new table trophy, courtesy of President Bob Aston’s recyclables, watched by President Bob and Moruya President Mike Dent.

End of the Rotary year

It’s somewhat sobering to think that President Bob’s year is almost at an end and PE Rod’s is about to start. It also sees the end of Noel Trevaskis’ two years as RI Director. Many have appreciated having an RI Director from our District particularly one who has worked as hard for Rotarians in both Australia and New Zealand as Noel has. Noel’s visit to address our Club was postponed because so many were away on the date scheduled but hopefully we will see Noel some time soon.

Meanwhile, we’re invited to join Moruya Rotarians at their Changeover Dinner at Moruya Golf Club on Wednesday 20 June (6.30 for 7). If you would like to go, please book with John Spencer before midday on 11 June.

We’re also invited to Batemans Bay’s Changeover on Thursday 21 June (6.30 for 7) at the Soldiers Club. Cost $35. Partners invited and dress is Lounge suit.

ShelterBox and Guatemala volcano

ShelterBox’s Operations Team in their UK HQ is in touch with colleagues in the Central American country of Guatemala following the eruption of the Fuego volcano and is monitoring what aid is needed in surrounding communities.

ShelterBox Operations Coordinator Anna Dixie said on Monday the disaster was still in the emergency phase, and they were still waiting on an accurate assessment by authorities of the number of people affected. ‘Only then will we will know whether ShelterBox aid can be helpful. If so, we have it stored a short flight away in Panama but, with Guatemala’s main airport closed, access will be one of the initial challenges.’


Unfortunately no one has put up their hand yet to be involved with MUNA this year. Narooma Rotary has sponsored a MUNA team for the past few years. For MUNA to be successful we need a member of the Club to take over responsibility for MUNA. Responsibilities will include liaison with Narooma High, the teacher involved and the team as well as attending the MUNA weekend in Canberra towards the end of August.

A belated Volunteer Week tribute to all Volunteers

National Volunteer Week may have been and gone, but volunteering keeps on keeping on, as demonstrated at our last Markets …  ( apologies for not including this last week).

All volunteers – Rachel and David McInnes and some of the Rotary crew