Andrew’s Thoughts

I really enjoyed our Club Dinner last Thursday at the Golfie. It was great to see everyone and feel a real feeling of camaraderie and a buy-in to what we want to do this year. We obviously majored on the proposed Prostate Cancer Support Group. Of equal importance was the keenness to look for ways to have fun!

This Thursday I was looking forward to the Business Breakfast with guest speaker Narooma Rocks and Oyster Festival Chair Cath Peachey but uncertainty wrt Covid-19 spread caused us to cancel. We can look forward to hearing from Cath in the near future about the fascinating data analysis they have done from the recent Festival.

The uncertainty surrounding the spread of Covid and the nature of the markets caused us to also cancel our July markets.

As I have mentioned before, the Rotary Club of Narrandera has kindly donated to ‘a ‘bushfire event’ and with their approval, we have arranged to host a dinner for the BlazeAid team at the Cobargo Pub on 5 August, Covid permitting. I urge as many of you as possible to come along and help salute these local heroes.

Last Friday I met with President of RC Bega Anne Ducray who is also a PDG. There was much bonhomie and we have proposed a joint Club meeting with Bega at Cobargo Pub on 25th November – so a date for the diary!

We have much to do, but I really start to sense a new chapter in the Club’s development. So as ever, upward and onward mes amis!


Our first Business Breakfast featured Narooma Oyster Festival Chair Cath Peachey just before the Festival in May. We were to have her back for the July Business Breakfast , now cancelled. Hopefully we will hear from her some time soon. Seen here are President Andrew, Past President Ange Ulrichsen, Cath Peachey and Narooma Chamber of Commerce President Dr Jenny Munro.

This Thursday’s Business Breakfast with guest speaker Narooma Rocks and Oyster Festival Chair Cath Peachey has been cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns.

Out and About

Donate books to Bega’s Book Fair

Some Rotary Rotarians are busy sorting books donated for their Book Fair 13-14 August at Bega Showgrounds. If you have any books you would like to donate, please drop them off at Andrew Constance’s office at 122 Carp St Bega, or Elders at 3/248 Carp St Bega. There is a limit of two to three bags of books in good condition (no encyclopaedias, Readers’ Digests or magazines please). COVID-19 guidelines mean they can’t accept books during the Book Fair.

From Merimbula Rotary

Merimbula’s Changeover Dinner in early July had to be postponed because of COVID-19. Merimbula President 2021-2022 Andy Thorp is delighted Noel Trevaskis has nominated for the position of President of our club for the 2022/23 year


A dinner meeting at Narooma Golf Club with guest speaker Dr Michael Holland on Eurobodalla’s new Regional Hospital, Covid permitting. Dr Holland, well known obstetrician and gynaecologist, has long spearheaded the need for a Level 4 Regional Hospital for Eurobodalla. While the site has been decided near Moruya TAFE, the agreed Local Clinical Services Plan which included the new Level 4 hospital seems to have been overridden by a new Coastal Services Plan which demoted the new hospital to level 3 (what Moruya hospital now is). A disappointed Dr Holland says a new community campaign needs to be mounted to restore the Level 4 plan.

On a lighter note

A well-timed pandemic joke can help us make sense of the uncertain and traumatic times we are in. Here are a few you might like…

I never thought the comment “I wouldn’t touch them with a six-foot pole” would become a national policy, but here we are!

For our friends in the Greater Sydney Lock Down area…

I’m not talking to myself; I’m having a parent-teacher conference.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 8 July 2021

Andrew’s Thoughts

President Andrew Lawson

Well, my first effort at hosting a Zoom meeting last week was a spectacular flop! Note to self – practice, practice! Our friends at the Rotary Club of Narrandera had a good chuckle, and we shall reconvene in August, after lots of practice.
As many of you know, RC Narrandera wanted to ‘donate a pig’ to help bushfire recovery. Well that went into their too hard basket and they are now making a donation instead. I have agreed with them that these funds will be used to host a dinner for BlazeAid at the Cobargo pub, and I encourage us all to join with them and recognise their amazing efforts (COVID-19 restrictions allowing…).

Ange and I are already out and about selling the Whale Watch raffle tickets; we plan to sell outside Woolis and Aldi on 17 July. All proceeds will go to our Prostate Support Group initiative, more about that later.

This week’s dinner meeting is very important when I would like to lay out suggested plans for our Club for 2021/2022; input from everyone will be much appreciated. Hopefully there will be a good attendance. These plans will then need to be endorsed by the Board at the 14 Jul meeting. At this week’s meeting we will hopefully meet Sussana Chung who is highly experience in Rotary and be possibly a new member.


This week’s dinner meeting at Narooma Golf Club (6 for 6.30) will discuss the Club’s proposed plans for 2021/2022. The outcome of this week’s meeting will be endorsed by the Board meeting next week.

Out and About

Recognition of Service through Rotary

The District Governors’ changeover dinner at Young on Saturday 26 June recognised many Rotarians from across the District. COVID-19 had a play in proceedings as the wearing of masks became mandatory from 6pm, just as the evening was kicking off. This didn’t deter those attending and it was a great night for everyone. Presentations made by outgoing District Governor Michael Moore included the following:

  • District 9705 Rotarian of the Year – PDG Steve Hill of Hall RC
  • For  Outstanding Service through Rotary
    • Fred Fawke – Belconnen RC: As many of us know, our old friend Fred is an inspiring Rotarian who devotes his life to Rotary and the people of the ACT and NSW. He is the driving force behind the District’s Recover, Rehabilitate and Reuse project which spans many Clubs. It rescues equipment not needed by its owners and provides it to people and organisations that need such equipment, both in Australia and overseas e.g. medical equipment, school uniforms, roofing materials. 
    • Two members of Pambula RC – Daryl Dobson and Mick Brosnan who have been at the forefront of bushfire recovery on the far south coast.  Among his extensive service to Rotary, Darryl led Pambula’s water & sanitation project for properties directly impacted by the bushfires overseeing the purchase, delivery and installation of 60 water tanks and 20 septic tanks as well as delivering food for people impacted by the fires and leading working bees on properties. Mick has worked tirelessly since the bushfires hit the local area. As an honorary member of Pambula Rotary and through his association with the Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast, Mick has sourced and delivered 69 caravans to people impacted by the fires as well as homeless for other reasons, and then assisting to connect to services.
  • PP Joan Graham (2nd PHF – Sapphire) – Narrandera RC. Joan was awarded a Sapphire Pin recognising her service not only as an Area Governor but for being such a committed community member and outstanding Rotarian.


Thursday 15 July 7, 2021

Narooma Rocks Chair Cath Peachey

A Business Breakfast at Narooma Surf Club (7am on the dot) Cost is $10. All members welcome. Covid-19 entry requirements.

Guest speaker will be Narooma Rocks Chair Cath Peachey who will report on some fascinating figures from the data analysis to date from the recent Oyster Festival.

The following week, Thursday 22 July

Dinner meeting Narooma Golf Club. Guest speaker will be Dr Michael Holland who will talk about the new Moruya Hospital. He is frustrated the original proposal for it to be a Level 4 Hospital has been overridden by a new Coastal Services Plan which demoted the new hospital to Level 3, which is what Moruya hospital now is. He is now pushing to have the Level 4 Plan restored. Partners and friends welcome. Hopefully the current Covid restrictions in regions will be eased by then.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 1 July 2021

Andrew’s Thoughts

President Andrew Lawson thanks Ange for all she has done in the 2020/2021 year

Well, what an extraordinary week! Our changeover took place last Thursday and we were honoured to have such distinguished guests. It was a special moment for me to present Ange with her flowers and wine from us all at the club. She has been amazing during 2020/21 through such traumatic times; her effervescence and leadership have inspired us all. 

As I said last Thursday, I am humbled at becoming your President and also to be the Narooma Rotarian of the Year. I am very aware of the responsibility that goes with the office and I am conscious that we have much to do. Yet at the same time, I start to see new initiatives, new faces, and chins off chests.

This Thursday will be a club Zoom (usual time, log in info already sent) and hopefully we can ‘Zoom to Broome’ to see Mike. The 8th July will be our first dinner meeting, and I urge you to all attend if at all possible as these kicks off the year. I propose updating everyone on our vision for the year, the planned projects, and how we can all participate and importantly have fun. Please ‘ink into the calendar’.

So as I frequently say, “onward and upward mes amis”! Cheers Andrew

Andrew’s Board – Laurelle Pacey, left, Robyn Miller, Chris O’Brien, Ange Ulrichsen, John Rungen, Lynn Hastings, with Mike Young away.


Zoom meeting this Thursday 6.30pm when we join Mike Young in Broome.

The Week that was

Our Changeover

Our wonderful MC David McInnes with outgoing President Ange

Our Changeover at the Golf Club last Thursday was quite uplifting and fortunately its timing just beat the changed COVID-19 restrictions. Again David McInnes did a great job as our MC. Guests included DG representative PDG Phil Armstrong, our Area Governor Adam de Totth, Moruya President Chris Manahan and his wife Jude, Cr Lindsay Brown and wife Lynn, Cr Phil Constable and Mandy, presidents of other local service clubs, and various members of Rural Fire Service and other emergency services.

Our retiring President Ange Ulrichsen said the 2020/2021 year began with great uncertainty as communities grappled with the challenges of navigating through COVID-19 restrictions and trying to return to some semblance of normality while still keeping everyone safe.

President Ange made a $500 donation to VRA representative Jacqui Smith

Many regular Rotary programmes had to be cancelled, but Ange said the Club was “thrilled to regain some ‘near normality’ with the resumption of monthly markets in September after a seven month’s absence”, holding the Duck Race and the traditional Youth night in January.  We still managed to donate over $25,000 in the year to local and international causes.

She credited members’ “will and enthusiasm”, several fun functions some with other Rotary clubs, the instigation of monthly Rotary Business Breakfasts and the drive of incoming President Andrew Lawson  for contributing to the Club’s success despite the challenges. In recognition of his contributions during his short time in the Club, Ange awarded Andrew Lawson the Club’s Rotarian of the Year.

New President Andrew said he was humbled by being a member of Rotary International and by the honours given to him. He is optimistic about the year ahead which he said would be one of focus, fun, communication and community, so enhancing Rotary International’s theme for the year – ‘Serve to Change Lives’.

PDG Phil Armstrong

He said a major project in his year would be the Narooma Rotary Prostate Cancer Support Group for individuals and families, drawing on the experience of the Rotary Club of Young.

PDG Phil Armstrong in his response to Andrew’s Toast to Rotary International said Narooma Rotary was “a great club that does some amazing things”. He also outlined some of the impressive projects clubs in our Rotary District 9705 still managed to do despite the year’s difficulties.

Sunday’s Market

There was a flurry of phonecalls and emails late Saturday afternoon after the NSW Government brought in tighter COVID restrictions; should we hold the markets, and if so, should we have the Rotary food van. The fact we were not in lockdown meant we implemented our COVID-19 Plan for the markets, operating only two entrances. The new rules were explained to people as they entered, people asked not to enter if they had been in the locked down areas in the past week, masks encouraged, registration essential, and hand sanitising requested. Social distancing was emphasised which also meant we did not operate the food van.

Everyone seemed pleased the market did go ahead and it was such a stunning day.

Moruya Changeover

Moruya Rotary’s Changeover on the Tuesday before ours was also a wonderful occasion. Special awards were presented to Honorary Rotarian Heather Chesher and Past District Governor Phil Armstrong, then PHF awards to three of Moruya’s valued members – Pauline Gleeson, Steve Young and John Spencer. Phil’s handsome “Excellence Award for Exceptional Service” certificate was for his chairmanship of the District Bushfire Recovery Committee (set up to financially support clubs in the recovery from fire devastation). The night was well supported by several members from Batemans Bay Rotary, Cr Rob Pollock and our Area Governor Adam de Totth.

Moruya has a huge board of 19 members; their photo almost needed a wide angle lens!


Resurrecting Cobargo Cemetery

A joint project by the Rotary Club of Merimbula, Friends of Cobargo Cemetery and Bega Valley Shire Council has been completed at Cobargo Cemetery which was impacted by the bushfires. The work included the construction of a new pavilion to provide shelter from rain or heat for loved ones and volunteers, an upgrade to the internal gravel road, replacement of a storage container lost in the fires, repair of a bench seat and fencing damaged in the fires, the installation of a new water tank, and construction of a new reflective rock garden. The Merimbula Club also presented the Friends of Cobargo Cemetery with a new ride-on lawn mower and whipper snipper to replace the maintenance equipment lost in the fires.

Bega Valley Shire Council’s Cemeteries and Halls Officer Katrina Berenguer said Merimbula Rotary had done a fantastic job assisting with the project management as well as the upgrading of internal roads at Bermagui and Pambula cemeteries. Funding for the Cobargo project came from the Friends of Cobargo Cemetery ($10,000), the Rotary Club of Merimbula ($7,000), and the Australian Government under the Drought Communities Programme – Extension ($23,740).


Board meeting on Wednesday 7 July 5pm at Lynn Hasting’s home.

Dinner meeting on Thursday 8 July 6 for 6.30pm.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 24 June 2021

This Week

This Thursday

Our 63rd Changeover is Thursday night (24th) when we thank President Ange for her efforts over the past Rotary year and welcome incoming President Andrew Lawson. It will be in the Seahorse Room at Narooma Golf Club 6 for 6.30pm. David McInnes will be our MC. Bookings have been necessary $44 per person.

The special Changeover Bulletin will be emailed to those on our bulletin list after the Changeover.

This Sunday

Narooma Rotary Beacon 17 June 2021

Ange’s Chat

Our joint Board meeting scheduled for last Thursday had to be postponed much to Andrew’s regret. He had just returned from a flying visit to Queensland to connect with family, but as a key investor he had to prioritise UK business negotiations via Skype.  This important end of year Board meeting has now been rescheduled to this Thursday at 5pm at Lynn Hastings home (details emailed to Board members).

Nevertheless, six intrepid ladies braved the elements last Thursday and enjoyed a great chat over dinner in the 1st Hole – Laurelle, Julie, Gero, Robyn, Lynn and I. We talked about many things including the Vocational visit to the Men’s Shed on Thursday 29 July. The men are really keen to take us on a tour of their premises followed by a fab Greek dinner courtesy of culinary expert Gero. She and I sussed out facilities at the Men’s Shed last week and we’re looking at a max of 30 people dining with their Board and our Club members. It promises to be a great night of fun, food, wine and music. This was my intention to bring wonderful services in our community together to share some joie de vie.

Dr Michael Holland, well known obstetrician and gynaecologist, has long spear headed the need for a Level 4 Regional Hospital for Eurobodalla. A site has now been agreed near TAFE Moruya. He has accepted my invitation to be our guest speaker on Thursday 22 July which promises to be a big night for our community. Rotary Eurobodalla is already on board for this important long term project, much to his appreciation.

As the end of this Rotary year rapidly approaches, I would like to take this opportunity to thank these wonderful Rotarians with whom we have shared so many good times – Frank Eden, Peter Bull, Rolf Gimmel, Charmaine White and Lynda Ord are all moving on. We wish you all the very best and thank you for being such vital and integral members of our Club. You all will be sorely missed.


Regrettably, due to unforeseen circumstances, our Breakfast meeting for this Thursday has had to be postponed. We hope to hear from our scheduled guest speaker later in the year. Zarina Fitzgerald from Apprenticeship Support Australia for the Far South Coast & Snowy Region was going to talk about government assistance for businesses employing apprentices and trainees. Our next breakfast meeting is scheduled for Thursday 15 July.

The Week that Was

From our meeting last Thursday

Robyn Miller referred to a fascinating article in the May issue of Rotary Down Under for her Rotary Toast last week. It was about Rotary’s association with the late Fred Hollows and the Fred Hollows Foundation.

In 1993 Fred was informed he would receive Rotary’s Highest Honour, the Rotary Award for World Understanding. Late that year, at the Rotary International World Conference in Melbourne his wife Gabby received the award posthumously for Fred plus US$100,000 from Rotary that helped launch The Fred Hollows Foundation.

In 2020, the Rotary Club of Melbourne started the End Trachoma Initiative, carrying on Fred’s work, encouraging Rotary Clubs in Australia to help end trachoma in our indigenous communities.

Then, in what approximated the old ‘three-minute talk’, Laurelle Pacey read out an article from her archives about financial assistance our Club gave in 1968 for surgery on the webbed hands of a 6-year old Aboriginal boy from Nerrigundah. At the time there were a number of Aboriginal families working at the Nerrigundah sawmill and picking beans on nearby farms. Apparently around that time Narooma Rotary also sponsored other medical treatment for Aboriginal families at Nerrigundah.

Out and About

Bega Rotary supports End Trachoma 

Bega Rotary is one of many Rotary clubs around Australia taking part in the End Trachoma Now project. Bega Rotarians recently put together 40 kits to help end trachoma, an eye infection that can lead to blindness. The kits are destined for young indigenous communities through schools around Alice Springs. Australia is the only developed country in the world with this disease. 

The kits comprise products such as soap and holder, towels, toothpaste and holder, shampoo, combs and a few extras to encourage young school goers to improve hygiene and reduce the incidence of trachoma. Four members of Bega Rotary – Dorothea, Maz, Suzanne and Chris – have been busy sewing and gathering supplies. Business people in Bega have been generous in donating various products for the bags, while Dr MacKinnon’s donation funded postage and helped in other ways towards the project.

Merimbula Rotary buys fire unit

Last week Merimbula Rotarians handed over a new purpose-built trailer-mounted Fire Fighting Unit to Merimbula RFS (courtesy Merimbula RFS).

In July 2020, the Rotary Club of Merimbula received an unexpectedly generous donation from the community of Lae in Papua New Guinea to put towards bushfire recovery efforts in the region.  Some of these funds were used to purchase two dual-axle galvanised box trailers. This Merimbula Rotary officially handed over a new purpose-built Trailer mounted Fire Fighting Unit to Merimbula RFS. This versatile Unit will be used for many important community-based activities, such as pile burns and asset protection. (From Merimbula Rotary webpage, from article & group photo courtesy of Merimbula RFS)

Merimbula Rotary has also supported the End Trachoma Now Project.


Our 63rd Changeover, when we thank President Ange and welcome incoming President Andrew Lawson, will be in the Seahorse Room at Narooma Golf Club 6 for 6.30pm. David McInnes will be our MC.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 10 June 2021

Ange’s Chat

Lynn Lawson with the empty cheesecake dish at one of the organising committee meetings, proof they not only had fun but ate well!

What a great informative Zoom we all enjoyed last week with Lynn Lawson in her capacity as secretary of the Far South Coast Country Women’s Association of NSW. She was on the organising committee for the 99th Annual Conference held 2-6 May in Bega. Lovely to have Frank Eden (Grandpa) and Iris (Omi) join us as well as Mike Young from Broome basking in 30deg. 

Four hundred delegates attended from all over NSW. The CWA is the single largest women’s advocacy group in Australia and this gives them great lobbying clout. Lasting five days, the conference was the culmination of superb long term planning by a great team which helped make it such a success. They also achieved great business sponsorship together with generous media coverage.

Many motions, all of which originated at the ‘grassroots’ level, were debated and voted on. Lynn highlighted several that were passed:

– to advocate putting prescribed medicinal cannabis medication on the PBS – to mandate Australian wool insulation in all new public buildings in ACT and NSW – to change organ donation registration to opt out rather than opt in.

Others motions included:

–  to advocate for a just transition from coal and gas – to oppose large scale solar plants on prime agricultural land and protect food and fibre security.

There was lots of entertainment and fun, including a bush dance. In the lead up to the conference, the committee organised a stand up cow theme competition involving local schools and had a cow trivia competition, very appropriate for such a significant dairying region.

We came to appreciate that CWA is a vital and highly respected lobby group to all levels of government. Definitely so much more than ‘ tea and scones’.


We’re at the Golf Club with a combined meeting of old and new boards at 5pm, followed by dinner with everyone 6 for 6.30pm. Please let Secretary Rod know if you are coming or not by Wednesday morning.

The Week that Was

Concern about Buckeridge Lookout

The Lookout in April this year… calling out for some TLC

Having finally found out which government agency actually owns Harold Buckeridge Lookout and adjacent land at North Narooma, our Board is now seeking permission from Crown Lands to do some much needed work there. Meanwhile on the Narooma Community Facebook page last week there was some community concern about the Lookout and its sorry state plus an increasing realisation it was/is a Rotary Project. So we responded accordingly, both on our Facebook page and on the Community Facebook page; the story was subsequently picked up by the Beagle Weekly.

Many thanks everyone for your interest in the Harold Buckeridge Lookout at North Narooma which was a Narooma Rotary initiative in 2001. While a lookout was there years before, regrowth had blocked the view so in 2001 Rotary restored the view and created a viewing platform. Harold Buckeridge was a highly respected local forester with State Forests.
Over the years the Club just went in and did what was necessary to maintain it as a lookout, but times have changed. The land and road area is Crown Land under the jurisdiction of its Goulburn office rather than being Council or State Forest land.
As a responsible community organisation, the Club must get the owner’s permission to maintain and restore this wonderful lookout which will become even more popular as the nearby bike trails develop.
We are currently waiting to hear back from Crown Lands’ Goulburn office; hopefully we will get the ‘go ahead’ soon. We will keep the community posted.

Vale Matt Deveson

Matt Deveson at The Whale

Matt and Jen Deveson hosted our Rotary meetings at The Whale for many years until we moved to the Golf Club a few years ago. Matt was a true friend of our Club. His memorial service was held recently at The Whale. Quoting from the Chamber of Commerce’s tribute, “In the past fortnight our community lost a champion when Matt died far too young leaving so great a legacy for his family and the rest of us who knew and loved him”.

The Chamber’s tribute notes Matt and Jen moved to Narooma in 2006. They managed, then later owned, the Whale Motor Inn and Restaurant introducing fine dining and the slow food movement to Narooma with its emphasis on local produce. Matt was a founding member of a revitalised Chamber of Commerce in 2007 which launched the ‘Narooma – How Life should be’ brand, introduced annual business awards, and established the  Oyster Festival. He was involved in organising and running of the Festival over many years, and always a major supporter.

Matt was a member of the Liquor Licensing Board in Eurobodalla, a member of the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund, and had been a member of both Eurobodalla Business Advisory Committee and the Eurobodalla Tourism Board. He instigated the NAB Working Group in Narooma and from there organised the Narooma Community Workshops to develop the Narooma Community Plan – a strategic plan for future development which we heard about at the last Business Breakfast.

Our Club joins with the Chamber of Commerce in offering Jen and Matt’s family our condolences .

Out and About

It is a shame Batemans Bay’s and our Changeovers are on the same night which basically prevents us or them attending each other’s. Moruya representatives though will attend both functions. 


Our June Breakfast Business meeting with guest speaker Zarina Fitzgerald  from Apprenticeship Support Australia for the Far South Coast & Snowy Region. It is again at Narooma Surf Club at 7am and all members are invited. Cost is $10 a head. Bookings essential with PE Andrew.

Zarina will talk about government assistance for businesses. She says with the release of the latest Government Budget, adding apprentices and trainees to your business make both financial and practical sense.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 3 June 2021

Ange’s Chat

Unfortunately I had to lie low last week with a bad cold and so missed our prestigious Pride of Workmanship (POW) Awards. From all accounts it was a great night so thank you to everyone involved.

PE Andrew, left, and POW organiser Laurelle presented Pride of Workmanship Awards on Thursday to Olivia Ford from Narooma Charters, left,Belinda Watson of Dalmeny Long Day Care, Kim Aitchison of Maven Dental Narooma, Dee Cramb from Clearwater Real Estate, Raam Pemberton of Montague Café and Cody Bond of Narooma Meat Centre.

Pride of Workmanship

Our annual presentation of Pride of Workmanship Awards last Thursday was one of those real ‘feel good’ nights.  It enabled seven of our local businesses to publicly recognise key staff members for their contribution and excellent work at a special presentation dinner for 34 people at the Golfie.

Our MC extraordinaire David McInnes demonstrated our Club’s pride in this programme and the support it receives from local businesses. The words expressed by the various business principals about their nominated employees were quite moving. As David said, “What these awards also show is that these businesses care about their employees and our community is the better for that”.

In President Ange’s absence, PE Andrew Lawson presented awards to:

  • Dee Cramb from Clearwater Real Estate
  • Belinda Watson of Dalmeny Long Day Care
  • Kim Aitchison of Maven Dental Narooma
  • Raam Pemberton of Montague Cafe
  • Olivia Ford of Narooma Charters
  • Cody Bond of Narooma Meat Centre.
  • Kate Heffernan of Narooma Pre-School was unable to be there and was presented with her award on Tuesday.
Dave White and Cody Bond of Narooma Meat Centre with PE Andrew

Our awards organiser Laurelle Pacey particularly mentioned two awardees. “It says a lot for Cody Bond that this is his second Pride of Workmanship Award,” she said. “He received his first when nominated by Chris and Robyn Scroggy in 2014 for being head chef at Quarterdeck. This one recognises his contributions as an apprentice butcher at Narooma Meat Centre.”

Dalmeny Long Daycare owner Kerrie Mault, left, awardee Belinda Watson, and PE Andrew

She said Belinda Watson has been a great supporter of these Awards over many years as Director of Dalmeny Long Day Care. “Our Club is really delighted to share with Centre owner Kerrie Mault and her team in recognising your Pride of Workmanship in this way,” Ms Pacey said.

Mike Young donned his ‘100 years top hat’, as seen at the combined Rotary Clubs celebration the previous week (see last week’s photo), to toast all the Rotary Clubs in Australia and New Zealand who are celebrating the centenary of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand.


We will have a Zoom meeting with CWA Far South Coast Secretary Lynn Lawson who will talk about ‘What really happens in the CWA – it’s more than Tea and Scones’. Lynda Ord will host the meeting; Laurelle Pacey will chair.

Out and About

From Moruya Rotary

Our Narooma presence at the centenary celebrations in Moruya recently made it into this week’s Moruya bulletin with the photo of the Narooma table, as seen in last week’s Beacon, and our story about what a great night it was.

The Moruya bulletin also included a comment from our Area Governor Adam de Totth who was delighted with the night, describing it as “a triumph, and that is because you and your teams made it so. It brought the Eurobodalla clubs together in common purpose … it celebrated your histories, successes and friendships … all wrapped up in a fun night. As for feedback … it was in the smiles on all the faces there. It was wonderful to be there.”

Pambula Rotary

Pambula Rotary was one of many proud partners in Pambula’s Melanoma Awareness Day (MAD) at Pambula Beach on Sunday. It was a family fun day with music and activities, prizes and giveaways, and included education about Melanoma and free mini health checks. It was held in memory of local Tracey Beasley and honoured her wish for melanoma awareness.


Board meeting at 5pm at Narooma Golf Club followed by dinner. Please let Secretary Rod know if you are coming or if you are an apology. Hope to see you then.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 27 May 2021

Ange’s Chat

Batemans Bay Rotary President Chris Watson with President Ange at the fabulous Centenary Celebrations.

Our second Business Breakfast, this time at the Surf Club, was again well received by the many businesses attending. Guest speaker Narooma Chamber of Commerce President Dr Jenny Munro AM elaborated on the Narooma and District Community Plan. She began with a brief overview of the effects of the bushfires and Covid lockdown on businesses in our region. Projects proposed in the Narooma Plan highlighted so many wonderful initiatives to promote Narooma and surrounds and provided a message of hope and optimism. Excitement is visibly building among businesses enjoying these monthly breakfast meetings.

The District Club Development Seminar at Broulee was terrific training and networking with so many Rotarians from Bega to Nowra, Southern Highlands to Canberra enriched the experience. RI President Elect Shekhar Mehta gave us all an inspiring message for 2021/22 to dream big and change lives everywhere; “If you can dream it; you can do it”.

Guest speaker Brian Coffey touched us  deeply with his story about connecting with a crippled boy named Charlie from Vanuatu and how ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children) transformed all their lives. Topical sessions during the day included Social Media/Communications, Rotary Foundation, Service Projects, New Rotarians, Youth, Planning for Success and Expanding our Reach. Hats off to District for a top day and really looking forward to the District 9705 Conference in Temora in March next year.

What a great night in Moruya on Saturday to celebrate Rotary’s 100 years in Australia and New Zealand. (Please see the report below)

A big thank you to everyone who helped at the Markets on Sunday. A great atmosphere.


Our prestigious Pride of Workmanship Awards presentation is this Thursday at Narooma Golf Club, 6 for 6.30. The cost is $44 per person for a two course meal. Bookings are essential by Monday evening with secretary Rod Walker.


Rotary Business Breakfast

President Ange, Narooma Chamber of Commerce President Dr Jenny Munro AM, President Elect Andrew Lawson and Narooma High Principal Fiona Jackson at last Thursday’s Rotary Business Breakfast.

Last Thursday’s Business Breakfast was again a great success attracting 24 local business people. Both President Ange and PE Andrew Lawson are delighted with the interest the monthly Business Breakfasts are creating, with many particularly enjoying networking with other local businesses as well as hearing from our speaker.

Guest speaker was Dr Jenny Munro who spoke about projects featured in the Narooma and District Community Plan. The Plan was the result of two workshops involving about 75 locals run by an independent facilitator.

Projects highlighted were:

* the Narooma Bypass and Bridge

* Creation of a world class mountain bike trail system

* Narooma Oyster Experience Centre

* Narooma Arts and Community Centre on School of Arts’ site

* Indigenous Cultural Experiences

Many of these projects aim to create jobs but some at the Breakfast expressed frustration at not being able to fill existing jobs. Dr Munro and Narooma High Principal Fiona Jackson both expressed concern that many young people today seem not interested in working, with Ms Jackson suggesting social media was largely to blame.

The Narooma Bypass was the other hot topic.

District Club Development Seminar

Three of our Rotarians went to the District Club Development Seminar at Broulee on Saturday before they fronted up to the centenary celebrations that night – President Ange, PE Andrew Lawson and Treasurer Elect Mike Young. They all raved about it, both the content and the wonderful camaraderie. No doubt we will hear more about what they learned in coming weeks.

Rotary in Australia’s centenary Saturday

Representing our Club – PE Andrew Lawson, left, and his wife Lynn, Steve Deck, President Ange, Mike and Sharlie Young, and Lynn Hastings, with Laurelle Pacey taking the photo.

What a wonderful night at Moruya Golfie for the combined Eurobodalla Rotary Clubs’ celebration of 100 years of Rotary and Australia and New Zealand. Most people dressed up in 1920s-1930s gear (St Vinnie’s obviously did great business over recent weeks) and the tables looked fantastic. Congratulations to all those involved in the organisation from the Bay and Moruya Clubs. Music was by the fabulous Stitch. President Ange did our Club proud with her speech.

The Moruya Mob at the Centenary Celebrations, with Keith Armstrong, second from right, ‘the boss’ of the mob.


We will have a Zoom meeting withCWA Far South Coast Secretary Lynn Lawson  who will talk about  ‘What really happens in the CWA – More than Tea and Scones’. Lynda Ord will host the meeting; Laurelle Pacey will chair.


Ange’s Chat

What a busy week ahead. Our business breakfast meeting is on Thursday and then the Rotary in Australia centenary celebrations in Moruya on Saturday evening. During the day, the equivalent to what used to be called District Assembly. Then on Sunday the Rotary market.

Our Board meeting last Thursday was great. We progressed many items carried over from previous meetings, including:

  • Consideration of updated Club brochures.
  • Marking out the markets will be done by Julie Hartley and Akash Sharma in future. Thanks to Bob buddying up with them.
  • We’re having a vocational visit to the Men’s Shed on Thursday 29 July to check out their new premises with a Greek dinner organised by our super chef Gero.
  • Laurelle has found out the Harold Buckeridge Lookout is on Crown land rather than Forestry or Council land. She is clarifying further with Crown Lands as to land status and what we can do there.
  • We finalized the standard Club letterhead and branding/business cards.
  • Van refurbishment or alternatives were discussed but bno decision has been made yet.
  • Narrandera RC has been confirmed as our sister Club; we may possibly share future events.
  • The Club Changeover on Thursday 24 June, our most prestigious event of the year, was discussed.
  • Pride of Workmanship Awards night is on Thursday 27 May. Laurelle has sent out 43 letters including two Cobargo businesses which now officially falls within our boundary.
  • PE Andrew held a Planning Day for the board for his year last Saturday
Incoming Treasurer Mike Young and Chris O’Brien and PE Andrew Lawson at last Saturday’s planning day at Wandella for 2021-2022.

This Week

This Thursday (20th)

Rotary Business Breakfast at Narooma Surf Club 7AM with guest speaker Narooma Chamber of Commerce President Dr Jenny Munro on the Narooma and District Community Plan. Catering by Kristy Beecham of the Ice Creamery and Surf Beach Cafe. Cost is $15pp plus $44 for the venue (6.30-8.30). We will start seeking donations from businesses.

This Saturday (22nd)

District 9705 Club Development Seminar (previously known as District Assembly) is at St Peter’s Anglican College at Broulee 9-4. The programme looks really interesting; a shame it coincides with the centenary celebrations.

Rotary in Australia’s centenary Saturday

The combined Eurobodalla Rotary clubs centenary celebration of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand is this Saturday at Moruya Golf Club, 6 for a 6.30 start. Over 100 attending including eight from our Club.

Organisers promise a fun night with music by the fabulous Stitch (won major prizes at the Busking Festival) and dancing. It should be a great night.

The Week that Was

At last week’s meeting

Mike Young reported his participation in the excellent Zoom Rotary Membership presentation the previous Tuesday by Dr Jessie Harman, incoming Zone 8 Director. He said it gave him confidence our club can attract new members and give our current members a boost to our enthusiasm for finding ways to make our volunteerism an integral part of our lives.

Charmaine White toasted the Rotary Club of Phnom Penh in Cambodia which she has visited during her time volunteering as a dentist in a local project. It’s a lunchtime club that provides help in health, education and community development areas.  This includes their project to help people suffering with MEC (meningoencephalocoele) which is a rare a birth defect found in remote villages in Cambodia. At birth the skull fails to close which causes the child’s brain to herniate through the opening near the bridge of the nose. This project has already helped over 70 patients, mostly children, but desperately needs more funding to continue to treat more.

NEXT WEEK Pride of Workmanship

Our prestigious Pride of Workmanship Awards night at Narooma Golf Club. This gives employers the opportunity to publicly recognise one of their employees who displays outstanding qualities in terms of approach, attitude, dedication and commitment to his or her job. It’s not a competition. The cost is $44 per person for a two course meal. Please confirm you are coming with any guests by Monday evening with secretary Rod Walker.


Ange’s Chat

President Ange and Chris O’Brien with Bega Rotarians and Narooma High students at the Bega RYDA last Friday.

It’s been all go over the past week. Chris O’Brien and I assisted at the Narooma High session at Bega’s RYDA on Friday which we found really rewarding and we believe the students gained a lot from it (see below). Our Club also paid for the bus for Narooma High students to RYDA. Then on Saturday I took part in a Zoom meeting (see below).

Our Zoom meeting last Thursday with SHASA dynamo Kathryn Maxwell was a real treat. We got an impressive update on SHASA (South coast  Health and Sustainability Alliance) – SHASA’s key achievements and their vision championing renewable energy, sustainability and community projects in the Eurobodalla.

Partnering with MESA (Micro Energy) has realized solar bulk buy across 20% of regional households; Narooma solar installations at Monty’s Place, Marine Rescue, Men’s Shed; and Moruya projects include The Red Door Hall at St Johns and the Women’s Refuge.

Kathryn Maxwell of SHASA

Other achievements include the Moruya Repair Café and the SHASA Nissan LEAF electric vehicle. Plans are to promote Electric transport for clubs and commercial businesses as well as negotiations for more charging points to make distance travelling more viable for electric vehicles. Future projects also include establishing solar/battery & air filter systems in evacuation designated places like CWA Moruya and Moruya Preschool.

Catastrophic bushfires and future climate issues have also shaped SHASA’s exciting key focus in 2021 e.g. implementing a Micro Grid Energy System locally to support the Grid during power outages especially in smaller towns like Tilba, Potato Point and Bodalla. SHASA is partnering with the ANU and Essential Energy to finance and build a complete micro grid across Eurobodalla. Big picture developments are also being discussed at high levels to establish a National Community Energy Plan.

In thanking Kathryn for her wonderful talk, Mike Young mentioned the possibility of future cooperation in hosting another Renewable Energy Expo in Narooma to which Kathryn gave a thumb’s up.

Many thanks to Lynda Ord for doing our Youth Protection declaration updates.

Birthdays in May – Julie Hartley 19/5. Happy birthday for then Julie.

President Ange


Board meeting at Narooma Golf Club at 5pm. A dinner meeting will follow from 6 for 6.30. Hope to see you then.

The Week that was

Narooma High goes to Bega RYDA

Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) is such a valuable program for student learner drivers in Year 11. It’s a programme our Club has supported for many years. This year Narooma High and Carrol College sent 79 students on 7 May to participate in RYDA organised by Bega Rotary at the Sapphire Coast Kart Club at Frogs Hollow. Bega Rotarian Eric Johnston has offered his place for this purpose over the past 15 years during which time about 6,000 learner drivers have taken part.

President Ange reports an impressive 550 students attended over four days; they were from Mallacoota, Bombala, Bega, Eden, Lumin Christi, Cooma, Jindabyne, Sapphire Coast Anglican as well as the two Eurobodalla schools. “The session presenters were fantastic covering speed and stopping, road choices/risk factors, mind matters regarding the driver’s mind state and crash investigators,” she said. “All were incredibly sobering and educational. The bottom line is about making smart choices. Attitude is key and the driver owns it 100%. We heard personal and very powerful stories from crash victims. It is always good to remember that driving is a privilege, not a right.”

Lunch was provided by Bega Rotary, Pambula Rotary, Bega Lions and Pambula-Merimbula Lions.

Presidents’ Zoom meeting Sat 8 May

President Ange took part in a wonderful Zoom meeting last Saturday with Presidents from Bomaderry, Berrima, Milton Ulladulla, Gerringong, Berry, Bega, and Moss Vale Rotary Clubs. It was chaired by our D9705 Area 6 Governor Adam de Totth.

Ange says it was a great opportunity to catch up, share news and experiences, network and get assistance with projects. “Several from bushfire devastated areas are still dealing with moneys distributed to the needy, co-op vouchers and identifying people who have fallen through the cracks and mental health problems. Issues regarding membership and lack lustre meetings were common. I find the sharing of ideas and opening up really helpful and a positive initiative by District.”


Celebrate Australian centenary

The combined Eurobodalla Rotary clubs centenary celebration of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand is on Saturday 22 May at Moruya Golf Club, 6 for a 6.30 start. Ticket sales have closed with over 100 attending – 36 from the Bay, eight from Narooma, 44 from Moruya and 12 special guests. Batemans Bay is running a raffle. Narooma, Batemans Bay and Moruya Clubs will hold a special dinner to celebrate 100 years on Saturday 22 May at Moruya Golf Club, 6 for a 6.30 start. Organisers promise a fun night with music by the fabulous Stitch (won one of the major prizes at our last Busking Festival) and dancing. It promises to be a great night.

District 9705 Club Development Seminar

If you have not yet registered for the upcoming Club Development Seminars (previously known as District Assembly) at St Peter’s Anglican College at Broulee on 22 May and would like to go, time is running out. Registrations close this Sunday 16 May. No cost. It runs 9-4. The programme looks really interesting; a shame it coincides with the centenary celebrations. Registrations at 2021 Club Development Seminar | District 9705 ( 

Merimbula supports Balinese village

Merimbula Rotary has been providing food packs to residents who need them in the Balinese village of Karangsari in Jembrana Regency, Bali. Karangsari is the home village of a young lady two Merimbula Rotarians are sponsoring to undertake her teaching degree at university.  Kris (her nickname) has arranged packs containing rice, oil, noodles and eggs for families in her village who are struggling as a result of the coronavirus impact on tourism and employment.  She determined which families after consultation with the Village Chief.  The cost so far is $2,000.


Business Breakfast meeting at Narooma Surf Club 7AM with guest speaker Narooma Chamber of Commerce President Dr Jenny Munro on the Narooma and District Community Plan.