Narooma Rotary Beacon 20 February 2020

Bob’s Buzz

At last week’s Club Assembly – PE Rolf Gimmel and President Bob Aston

Hello Everyone

I am looking forward to this week’s meeting. We will start at Marine Rescue Headquarters on the hill where the Marine Rescue team will give us an insight into their volunteering role and how they support and assist those boaters who venture out to sea. After the demonstration will head to the Na Siam for a feast of Thai food. Please remember to let me know by 4:00pm Tuesday if you are or are not attending on Thursday. I need to give firm numbers to the restaurant by Tuesday evening.

At last week’s Board meeting, we formally approved payments that we have made to the various bushfire charities including the Cobargo Bushfire Appeal ($750) and the purchase of the shipping container for Nerrigundah ($1,100).

We also discussed how we can best support our 2018 Rotary Scholar, Alicia Bate as she starts afresh at a new university.  

Other discussions included the possibility of a combined meeting with Lions and Quota (Angie to follow up) and future directions of the Club. We agreed to revisit the idea of a ‘Business Breakfast’ to see if a different format will encourage younger people to join Rotary. Please let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions.

Regards Bob

THIS WEEK

This Thursday we meet at Narooma Marine Rescue (old Pilot’s Station) on the southern headland at 6pm for a tour of the facility. We will then go down to the Na Siam Thai restaurant on the Flat for dinner at 7pm. Bob has organised for them to do a banquet for us @ $30 a head. Please let him know final numbers by 4pm Tuesday.

Also, please don’t forget the Markets are this Sunday.

Out and About

Clean Up Australia Sunday 1 March

Our Club has registered with Council to again clean up between Mill Bay and the Apex Boat Ramp on Sunday morning 1 March, with timing TBC depending on tides. So far Bob Aston, John Rungen, Ange Ulrichsen and Laurelle Pacey have volunteered, but more are welcome. Please contact Laurelle if you can help.

Cinders is coming on Thursday 5 March

Please make sure Thursday 5th March is in your diary. Please bring your partners and all your friends (particularly if they are trivia buffs!) to Narooma Golf Club for our annual Cinders Trivia challenge with Moruya Rotary Club. We’re the hosts this year which means we also have to come up with the questions (thank you Peter Bull!). Moruya currently holds the much coveted Cinders trophy and competition will be keen on the night. Moruya Rotarians are currently organising numbers for a bus.

We feed BlazeAid at Cobargo

Our Club has volunteered to provide a meal on Thursday 19 March to the BlazeAid teams working out of Cobargo. BlazeAid is a volunteer-based organisation that works alongside rural families after natural disasters helping rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed, and also helping rebuild local communities. They have been repairing fences in the wider Cobargo area since 23 January. Up until this weekend they have been supplied with dinners from the international charity World Central Kitchen which has operated out of Kelly Eastwood’s Café and Cooking School at Bermagui. We will need a few volunteers to provide salads etc to take down there where we will provide a barbecue dinner to be ready for the volunteer workers at 6.30pm. Please let Bob know if you can help. Dessert ideas?

Bushfire recovery (from Moruya bulletin)

At the Shire level, involving all three clubs, PDG Phil Armstrong is working to establish BlazeAid teams at Moruya. Each team would be led by a skilled fencer supported by fit handymen or handywomen. This activity is centred at the showground. Already there are 110 cases identified as needing new fences. Priority would go first to perimeter fencing for large stock holders. Internal fences and the needs of hobby farmers would be lower on the list. The immediate need is to find fit volunteers and catering teams.

At the District Level, again involving PDG Phil, District Governors past and present are assessing the needs of clubs in the fire areas and possible uses of Designated District Funds. The RAWCS Rotary Australia Relief Fund is now well on its way to top the million dollar mark.

Pride of Workmanship Awards

Our annual Pride of Workmanship Awards are on again this year with the presentations on Thursday 16 April. This is one of our most prestigious events of the year, probably second only to the Changeover. Hopefully we will again have a good response from our local businesses. Please let Laurelle know if you think we should target any particular business.

NEXT WEEK

Our guest speaker is PDG Phil Armstrong who will bring us up to date on BlazeAid at Moruya and Rotary’s involvement in the Bushfire recovery in our area.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 13 February 2020

Bob’s Buzz

Hello Everyone

Well what a relief to see the rain tumbling down over the weekend. Let’s hope it is enough it’s enough to put out the last of the fires, replenish our water supplies and help our farmers without doing too much damage to the fire-impacted bushland.

Laurelle reports on last Thursday’s meeting later in this Beacon but I was delighted we could make a donation to Narooma Pre-School from the proceeds of last year’s Busking Championships. The updates on the Pre-School provided by Kathy Phipps (Director) and Michael Gardner (President Pre-School committee) were most informative. Michael’s also spoke in his capacity as a member of Narooma Oyster Festival committee and the Chamber of Commerce and reported on their trip to Parliament House in Canberra that day.

Narooma PP Rod Walker, left, President Bob, Quota representatives Carol Hodges and Susan Pryke, Nerrigundah RFS Captain Ron Threlfall, Narooma Lions President Margaret Latimer and Secretarry Sandra Rafferty, and Cr Lindsay Brown at Nerrigundah.

Last Friday PP Rod and I visited Nerrigundah to hand over a shipping container to that community purchased jointly by Rotary, Lions and Quota.  It will be used to store community assets, including tools recently donated to the village, so that the old Field Studies building can be converted into a community hall. I think this a great way the town’s three service organisations can work together to do something practical for this village so devastated by the fires. Thanks to Cr Lindsay Brown for coordinating the purchase and getting Rotary, Lions and Quota involved.

This Thursday we will hold our first Club Assembly for the year. Please remember that if you wish to raise a matter please let me know beforehand so that I can be better prepared. At the Assembly I would like to discuss the future direction of the Club including the proposal held over from last year to hold a business breakfast to encourage younger generations to get involved in Rotary. I would also like us to consider if we need to continue with weekly meetings, maybe it is better to meet once a fortnight.

RYDA will be on again this year, we need at least two volunteers to help on Monday 30 March, please let me know if you are interested.

Regards Bob

THIS WEEK

A board meeting at 5pm at the Golf Club, followed by Club Assembly.

The Week That Was

Last week President Bob acknowledged the efforts during the bushfires of our very own John Doyle who is a volunteer with the Dalmeny-Kianga RFS. Former member Michael O’Connor is also an active member of that unit.

Busking Championships Coordinator 2019 John Rungen presented the cheque to Narooma Pre-School Director Kathy Phipps and President Michael Gardner.

As Bob mentioned, it was great to be joined last week by Kathy Phipps, Director of the community-owned Narooma Pre-School, and President of the Pre-School management committee Michael Gardner. They will use the $500 donation to buy a xylophone (already have a number of drums which are very popular) and put towards the cost of some indigenous murals which sounded like they might include something musical.

Kathy spoke of the trauma of some kids as a result of the dislocation and uncertainty their families experienced through January, adding “music and art are natural therapies for kids”. She said it was a great honour to be director of the Pre-School which relies on the generosity of volunteers both in time and money. They both invited us to drop by some time.

Michael then spoke about the difficult times many local businesses are facing following the disastrous loss of tourists over the holiday season due to the fires. “Narooma has burnt, but it hasn’t burned,” he said, explaining that many local businesses rely on the summer tourist season to see them through the year and many families have less income because of a loss of casual jobs or shifts. Many local businesses could fail as a result. “It’s going to be a rough year and winter is looking pretty scary.” He said Narooma businesses were not receiving the assistance other areas directly impacted by fire are receiving, but they were receiving great support from our local MPs Mike Kelly and Andrew Constance, hence their approach to Canberra politicians last Thursday. Unfortunately a Cabinet reshuffle that day reduced the anticipated interest from other politicians including Prime Minister Scott Morrison . “We’re out there championing the cause [on behalf of local businesses], doing the best we can,” he said.

More on the Nerrigundah container

During the devastating fires on New Year’s Eve, the Nerrigundah community lost its meeting place/community hall (the Agricultural Bureau) as well as many homes in the Belowra-Nerrigundah-Cadgee area.

The ruins of Nerrigundah’s community hall after the bushfire on New Year’s Eve. Note the toilets at the back survived. Photo by Susan Pryke.

Steps have been taken to secure the NSW Department of Education’s old Field Studies Centre in Nerrigundah as the community’s new meeting place. The Centre has not been used for at least 15 years and escaped major fire damage so became the repository for the many goods donated post-fire, including much appreciated tools.

What will become the new community hall at Nerrigundah, after a few repairs.

Our Club joined with Narooma Lions and Quota to purchase a secure shipping container (each contributing $1,100) so these goods could be moved out of the Centre and stored safely so repairs could begin. The donation was coordinated by Cr Lindsay Brown in conjunction with Nerrigundah RFS Captain Ron Threlfall.  The container was delivered on site last Friday by Bay Removals for free. On Saturday Tim Burke of Narooma installed shelving in the container which he donated.

Out and About

Cinders Thursday 5 March

Please make sure Thursday 5th March is in your diary. Please bring your partners and friends (particularly if they are trivia buffs!) to Narooma Golf Club for our annual Cinders Trivia challenge with Moruya Rotary Club. We’re the hosts this year which means we also have to come up with the questions. Moruya currently holds the much coveted Cinders trophy and competition will be keen on the night. Moruya Rotarians are currently organising numbers for a bus for the night. Very sensible.

NEXT WEEK

Meet at  Narooma Marine Rescue (old Pilot’s Station) on the southern headland at 6pm for a tour of the facility. We will then return to the Golf Club for dinner about 7.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 6 February 2020

Bob’s Buzz

Hello Everyone

For our Youth Night last Thursday we welcomed our 2020 Rotary Tertiary Scholar Rory Spurgeon to our meeting along with his parents, Chris and Alison. We also welcomed Tahlia Arnold, Crystal Elmasri and Aisha Thomas and Aisha’s father Andrew to our first meeting of 2020. The Club has assisted Tahlia for the past two years at the University of Wollongong; the Board has agreed to assist Crystal this year in a similar way as she begins her studies, also at UOW. Unfortunately, our 2018 Scholar Alicia Bate could not join us. These young people are great ambassadors for their school and community I am sure that with our continued support they will do well in the future. 

Tahlia Arnold and Rory Spurgeon at our Youth night last week.

Due to some scheduling issues, the combined meeting with Moruya and Batemans Bay set down for 26 February has been cancelled. Funds raised at the Christmas race day will now be presented to Meals on Wheels and Yumaro at the next Moruya race day on Monday 16 March. The Christmas Race day at the end of last year was an outstanding success enabling a donation of $24,000 to Yumaro and Meals on Wheels towards the purchase of a ‘people mover’. A fantastic result.

Organisation for this year’s Busking Championship is well underway thanks to the committee led by Friend of Rotary Di Riley. This Thursday we will present a cheque to Narooma Preschool from profits made at last year’s Busking Championship.

Once again Narooma was fortunate not to be impacted by fires on the weekend; sadly those to the south and west of us were not so lucky. Our thoughts continue to be with those impacted by this ongoing natural disaster.

Regards Bob

THIS WEEK

We welcome Narooma Preschool committee President Michael Gardner and Preschool Director Kathy Phipps who will receive a cheque for $500 from the money raised at last year’s Busking Championships.

The Preschool will put the money towards their musical instrument programme. They intend purchasing a few more drums to add to their collection.

THE WEEK THAT WAS

It was wonderful to have four young people associated with our Club as our guests last Thursday.

Our Rotary Tertiary Scholar for 2020 is Rory Spurgeon. He heads off this weekend to the Australian National University in Canberra where he has been accepted into the Bachelor of Health Science course with hopes to swap to a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) – Science which is a research-based four-year degree. He will live on campus and is looking forward to playing a lot of sport including AFL and soccer.

Crystal Elmasri is being assisted with her expenses this year as she heads off to the University of Wollongong to study Law with a particular leaning to Immigration Law. She said she is really grateful for Rotary’s assistance. She said she has always had a passion for law and for knowing her rights, and loves discussing controversial issues. She was a member of last year’s MUNA team.  

Aisha Thomas and Crystal Elmasri last week

Tahlia Arnold is now starting her third year of psychology at the University of Wollongong and has been accepted as an honours student. As part of her course this year, she will attend a week-long course or conference in Singapore.

Aisha Thomas was also in Narooma High’s MUNA team last year. She is now doing Year 12.

Unfortunately our 2018 Tertiary Scholar Alicia Bate was unable to join us last week; 2019 was her first year on the scholarship. She wrote:

Dear Rotary

Unfortunately due to our current situation I have made the decision it is better to stay home and wait for what is to come and so I can not share your story with you all myself tonight. On a more positive note. I’d like to let you know what I have done over the past year and my plans for the future.

I began my Bachelor of Animal Science at Charles Sturt University. I was staying on campus and this led me to make some wonderful friends. Unfortunately the overall experience did not live up to my expectations… As my long term goal was to become a vet, an extremely long course, I decided Charles Sturt University was not for me. This has ultimately led to me making a new decision in my career path.

Thankfully 2019 was not so bad for me. I would officially like to announce to you all my engagement to my fiance Denny who is a local boy from Moruya.

This year I will begin a Bachelor of Science at the University of Wollongong at the end of February. I will do a Biology major, with Chemistry and Earth and Environment minors. I have also decided to pick up two mathematic units to fill my credits from Charles Sturt, as well as pick up some distance education Agriculture subjects to widen my teaching subject capabilities.

I look forward to seeing you all again when this monster leaves us. Alicia

On the Evacuation Centre

Bob thanked everyone who assisted at the Evacuation Centre in early January, particularly on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day when we were inundated with evacuated holidaymakers and residents from other areas as a result of the bushfires. Bob said he was very proud of the community’s efforts and “how people just came together”.

Our Club was again asked to be on standby should we be needed to man the barbecue at the Evacuation Centre last weekend. However that call never came.

OUT AND ABOUT

More on Moruya Christmas Rotary Races

The Rotary Race day Committee did extremely well both with the race meeting gate and ticket selling. David Ashford reports the combined Rotary Clubs, assisted by a $6,000 Rotary District Grant and a $250 donation from Moruya Golf Club, raised $18,430.80 (after taking out costs of $1,489.25).  Moruya Jockey Club donated a further $5,569.20 to make the combined total of $24,000 raised for Yumaro and Meals on Wheels.  

The cancellation of the 26th combined meeting means we will not celebrate Rotary International’s anniversary this year with our neighbouring clubs, nor will there be any dinner associated with the presentation. The Race Day committee hopes to get some coverage from Sky TV of the presentation, publicising Rotary and the work the Moruya Jockey Club does in our community.

Batemans Bay guest speaker on insurance

Insurance man Brett McDonald had everyone at Batemans Bay Rotary’s full attention when he was their guest speaker last week. The Bay Rotary newsletter reported he said present losses from bushfires on the South Coast amounted to $1.65 billion and was expected to rise to at least $2 billion.

NEXT WEEK

A board meeting at 5pm at the Golf Club, followed by a dinner meeting.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 30 January 2020

Bob’s Buzz

Hello Everyone 

Welcome to the second half of the 2019/20 Rotary Year 

The fires that have impacted our beautiful south coast community have changed all of us forever. I know we are all greatly saddened when we drive up and down the highway and see the devastation caused to historic towns such as Mogo and Cobargo as well as our stunning national parks and forests. In all of this, we have been very lucky especially when we hear heartfelt stories of homes and properties destroyed. Fortunately to date none of us have had to experience the loss of our home and valued possessions.

Narooma Rotarians , assisted by other volunteers – New Years Day
Narooma Lions were also assisted by other volunteersNew Years’ Day

At the Evacuation Centre: On 31 December, Rotary and Lions responded to calls to prepare and cook food for all those arriving at the evacuation centre. It was a mammoth task, cooking for thousands of people initially before the job was taken over by others as numbers needing feeding were reduced. Supplies seemed to come from nowhere with local businesses large and small donating food and other goods, especially when the power failed. Sometimes the only food we had to cook were a few sausages from someone’s freezer, while at other times were serving up fillet steak, chicken and fish. It shows that when the chips are down the community rallies and responds. Some of our Rotarians continued helping out at the Evacuation Centre, as needed.

PE Rolf Gimmel provided free morning coffees at the Evacuation Centre, in association with Montage Coffee, for over a week.

Thank you to all Rotarians who helped. You are champions. Thank you also to the volunteers who assisted us and Lions on the barbecue, the offers of help far outweighed those needed to cook and serve. I would particularly like to acknowledge the work and leadership of Cr Lindsay Brown at the Evacuation Centre; Lindsay’s drive and determination made it all happen.

I have also been impressed with the offers of assistance we have received from all over NSW, Australia and abroad. Volunteer groups from Wollongong have offered to travel down the coast to assist with rebuilding, residents in a retirement village have offered cash, Rotary Clubs in the USA and UK have asked how they can help and we have been contacted by many individuals including Tim Hoare, the grandson of Eric Hoare (a leading member of our Club many years ago) to offer assistance.

In coming weeks the Board will consider requests for assistance to rebuild our community. Hopefully we will be able to make a small difference to the lives of those who have lost everything in this tragedy.

It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of Judy Gray last Sunday. Our thoughts are with Mal and his family at this difficult time. I understand Judy’s funeral will be held in Tumut on 3 February. I will update you when I have more information.

Australia Day celebrations: On a brighter note, I along with Angie and Lynn, represented the Club at the Australia Day Celebration on Saturday evening. Other members including John Doyle, Sandra Doyle, Lynda Ord, Chris O’Brien and Robyn Miller were also representing the Club along with the RFS and the Community Choir. It was a great night where we were able to honour our volunteer firefighters along with other community volunteers and celebrate Narooma’s community spirit.

President Bob Aston with 2020 Tertiary Scholarship winner Rory Spurgeon and PP Ange Ulrichsen at the Australia Day ceremony.

At the ceremony I was privileged to announce Rory Spurgeon as our 2020 Rotary Scholar. I am sure Rory will be a great ambassador for Narooma and the Club. Rory plans to study Health Science at ANU. I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday night

Regards Bob

THIS WEEK

This Thursday is our Youth Night. We will hear from our 2020 Tertiary Scholar Rory Spurgeon as well as our 2018 Scholar Alicia Bate (doing Bachelor of Animal Science at Charles Sturt University), and Tahlia Arnold (given one-off scholarship) will also be at our first meeting of the year.

THE WEEK THAT WAS

It was disappointing to miss out on both our barbecue in Rotary Park last Thursday (dangerous fire weather!) and our markets on Sunday (cancelled on Council’s instructions so NATA Oval could be used by evacuees). Proceeds from the markets would have gone to one of the bushfire appeals.

OUT AND ABOUT

From Moruya Rotary

At this stage Moruya Rotarians still have their houses standing and  most have power, but a few still can’t move back home while others are having to cope with no sewerage and electricity.

On another sad note Moruya Rotarian Alan Jennaway died last weekj. He was a long time and well respected member of the club.

Last week some Moruya Rotarians had a busy week catering for  the RFS Communications Centre and crews in the field.

From Batemans Bay Rotary

All Batemans Bay Rotarians are safe, but our hearts go out to John Haslem and Hardy Pradhan who lost their homes.  Donations to the Bay have come in from all over Australia which have been received by Bay Rotarian Maureen Manning who organised storage in the Industrial Estate.

Bay Rotarians, with the Bay’s  Australia Day committee, organised an Australia Day Breakfast. Bay Rotarian Dave Ashford was MC. They served 1200 free breakfasts with  most people making a donation to the Bush Fire Appeal, raising $3,313 topped up with donations at their Sunday Markets of $417. They received great media coverage  by ABC TV, SBS and the Bay Post. During interviews, members of the community said it was what the community needed, something to enjoy after the wave after wave of bushfires since November.

From Bega Rotary

One initiative by Bega Rotary was to establish a bank account to facilitate donations and payments for fodder to assist farmers in the wake of the devastating fires around Cobargo. Bendigo Bank provided the initial contribution. Bega Rotary sees this as a short term contribution until the major funders mobilise. By Monday morning, 166 donations had been received totalling $52,770 with the first loads of bales already delivered. You can donate at Bendigo Bank: BSB 633000: A/C 171138555

Meanwhile, the Rotary Clubs of Bega, Merimbula and Pambula are working together to provide relief to individuals and communities in the Bega Valley Shire to recover from the recent devastating bush fires.  This is through  the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society grants program. Donations https://donations.rawcs.com.au/75-2019-20.

Over the long term the clubs both jointly and individually will seek out projects to rebuild infrastructure, institutions and communities to adapt to changing climate patterns.

COMING UP

Thursday 20 February: Ange Ulrichsen has organised an excursion to Narooma Marine Rescue in the old Pilot’s Station on Thursday 20 February at 6pm. Marine Rescue Unit Commander Paul Houseman will take us through the facility, moving to the Golf Club for dinner at 7pm when Paul will be our guest. Hopefully a few from Marine Rescue will join us for dinner. It’s also a great time to invite guests.

Wednesday 26 February: The Combined Rotary Christmas Race Presentation Dinner at Moruya Golf Club.

NEXT WEEK

Dinner meeting at Narooma Golf Club.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 19 December 2019

Ange’s Chat

This is my last formal ‘chat’ for the Beacon as President. From 1 January we welcome Bob Aston who will take over the reins for three months, followed by Laurelle Pacey who’ll take us to the end of the Rotary year.

The election of the new Board for the 2020/21 Rotary Year with Rolf Gimmel as President took place at our AGM last week. Thanks to the incoming Office holders: Vice President Bob Aston, Secretary Rod Walker, Treasurer Lynn Hastings, Directors John Rungen, Ange Ulrichsen, John Doyle and Laurelle Pacey.

Narooma Public School duxes Claire Ovington and Lachlan Druhan

Presentation Days were held last week at both Narooma Public School and Narooma High School and it was my pleasure to present awards on behalf of our Rotary Club. At the Public School I presented the Rotary Bill Borlaise Memorial Award to duxes Claire Ovington and Lachlan Druhan. I presented three Awards at Narooma High School – the Narooma Rotary Club Citizenship Award and the Joy Ings Memorial Art Award both won by Cecilia Colom-Davis. History Awards went to students in Years 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12 for their interest and enthusiasm in the subject.  The high standard achieved by the students was very impressive.

Highlights in my quarter as President  were:

  • Our End Polio fundraising Film ‘Ride Like a Girl’, 24 Oct
  • The Renewable Energy Expo on 2 Nov was another great success showcasing the latest products and local installers. Thanks to our Coordinator Frank Eden and the team
  • Narooma Busking Championship – our Community has embraced this precious event in our town and we now have a new, dynamic team to take it into the future.

Guest speakers were well received at our meetings and a great way to promote our Club to potential newcomers. The variety of interesting topics included the publishing of the cookbook ‘Farmer’, St John, Morocco, Gardening, Climate Change and the role of Community, and Trade Wars by Economist Andrew Elek.

We end 2019 with Australia experiencing crippling drought, water shortages and bushfire crises.  Let’s remember all those who are doing it tough and especially our courageous firefighters.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and may the spirit and peace of this festive season be with you in the coming New Year.

THIS WEEK

It’s our Club Christmas party at The Inlet on Thursday 19 December, 6 for 6.30. Cost is $40 a head. Bring your most festive spirits. Look forward to seeing you

THE WEEK THAT WAS

President Ange and Paul of Paul’s on the Course at Narooma Golf Club

At last week’s meeting we took the opportunity to formally thank Paul at the Golf Club for looking after us so well through the year and to present him with a Rotary wine glass.  We also gave him a box of chocolates to pass on to the ladies in the Office. The move to the Golf Club has certainly been a big success.

On the Bill Borlase Memorial Award

It is interesting to note Bill Borlase was not a member of Narooma Rotary but left $1,000 in 1971 for a Narooma Primary School Dux prize each year to be presented by our Club. A wooden honour board to record the name of each recipient was also presented to the school. That money would have long since been exhausted and the board replaced with new ones in the hall, but Bill’s name lives on.

OUT AND ABOUT

News from Moruya Rotary

  • Moruya Rotarians are building a rather large pizza oven at Yumaro at Moruya.
  • Former Moruya Rotarians Shirley and John Hayes-Cornish from Moruya Rotary (Shirley spoke to us in August) have been asked to help man the Rotary Fellowship for Population and Development (RFPD) booth at the Honolulu Convention. Shirley said In Hamburg the RFPD received US$1.5 million from the German Government to which Rotary has added. Since then a nationwide Family Planning campaign has been organised for Nigeria – life and nation changing. ”So the fellowship and inspiration from Moruya Rotary lives on in this hot topic.” Shirley will be giving a talk about SHE by Pictures at theor new club Caloundra Pacific RC early next year with a view to them supporting the RAWCS program.

Bega Rotary Book Fair

The next Bega Rotary Summer Book Fair will be held 10-12 January in theBega showground pavilion, Upper St Bega. It will be open 9-5 Friday  and Saturday and 9-1 on Sunday. Bega Rotarians are expecting to have over 30,000 fiction and non fiction books for sale.  EFPOS or cash facilities are available for sale.

If you would like to donate some books, books in quality condition can be donated at Elders Real Estate, Carp St Bega and Andrew Constance’s office, also in Carp St. (Note: encyclopaedia, Readers Digest, magazines and books that are not in quality condition do not sell and storage space is at a premium so they would prefer not to receive them. Also they have logistical problems with receiving large / bulk donations of books as a result of moving house, major clean-outs, etc due to limited storage.  

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Sat 21 December: Interviews for Tertiary Education Scholarship 2020

Sunday 22 December:  Eurobodalla Rotary Clubs Christmas Race Day

Friday 27 December: Our big Holiday Markets

Thursday 23 January : Club BBQ in Rotary Park 6 for 6.30

Saturday 25 January: Narooma’s Australia Day community celebration and presentation

Sun 26 January: Lions Club breakfast at Narooma Surf Club. Our Australia Day Market

Thursday 30 January: Our Club resumes at Golf Club with Youth Night

Wed 26 February: Christmas Race Day presentation at the combined Rotary International Birthday Dinner, Moruya Golf Club

Thursday 5 March: Cinders Trivia Night with Rotary Moruya, hosted by Narooma.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 6-8 March: District Conference Ulladulla

NEXT MEETING 

An informal gathering on Thursday 23 January when we will have a Club barbecue in Rotary Park, 6 for 6.30

Some of the worst Cracker Jokes (courtesy Moruya Rotary)

What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck? A Christmas Quacker.

Why did the turkey join the band? Because it had the drumsticks.

What carol is heard in the desert? O camel ye faithful.

What says ‘Oh-Oh-Oh’? Santa walking backwards.

Which athlete is the warmest? A long jumper!

Narooma Rotary Beacon 12 December 2019

Ange’s Chat

Our Narooma Rotary Carolers are no doubt tuning up for this year’s Christmas party – see here at Christmas 2017

Christmas is just around the corner and as 2019 draws to a close we are starkly reminded each day of the dire situation for so many people as the continuing drought wreaks havoc with the unprecedented bushfires blazing in much of NSW and Queensland. Fires are getting closer to our locality with news of outbreaks as close as Nelligen and North Batemans Bay. So please be prepared. Remember Tathra. Have a Fire Plan, clear areas around your house and check out the NSWRFS Website and ‘Fires near Me’ App.

This Thursday is our last meeting for the year; I have advised both Paul Stokes and Julie Bradley. Our Diary Dates show what a busy time we have ahead in the next few weeks. The Board has decided to resume our weekly meetings on Thursday 30 January which will be our Youth night.

The Beacon last week was published online but due to a technical glitch which even Frank has so far not been able to fathom, it could not be emailed. Your Beacon this week will probably come via a different means.

THIS WEEK: AGM

The Board meets at 5, followed by an earlier dinner and then the AGM at 7.15. The AGM will review the year and elect a new Board for President Elect Rolf Gimmel’s year in 2020/21. Rod Walker has previously emailed nomination forms for Board positions for 2020/21.

This week we will also express our thanks to the Golf Club, particularly to Paul and Julie.

OUT AND ABOUT

Rotary Clubs Christmas Race Day

Sunday 22 December is the big combined Eurobodalla Rotary Clubs race day at Moruya Racecourse, the seventh one we have held in conjunction with Moruya Jockey Club. This year’s project is funding a seven-seater community bus to be used by Meals on Wheels and Yumaro.

Our Club has been asked to help on the day with the bucket  collection from cars as they arrive at the Race Course. Laurelle and Ange will do 11.30-12.45 when Rod and Bob will take over until 2.

This month is Rotary’s Foundation Month

You may have read the recent message from RI President Mark Maloney and the Foundation’s Chair Gary Huang which included an update on Polio. Our recent film night to raise funds for World Polio Day was one of over 5,600 events held around the world. (Many such as ours was not a registered event; the 5,600 were registered events).They noted that on 21 August, Nigeria marked three years without a case of wild poliovirus, and the World Health Organization’s African region could potentially be certified wild poliovirus-free next year… If that happens, it will be a tremendous achievement because the continent once suffered three quarters of all polio cases in the world.

Rotary Clubs of Australia Drought Appeal

The Rotary Clubs of Australia some time ago partnered with Channel 9, the Great Northern Brewing Co. and Bendigo Bank to raise funds and in-kind donations for drought affected communities across Australia. The appeal is administered by Bendigo Bank’s charitable arm, Community Enterprise Foundation.

“Ninety-nine per cent of NSW is in drought, as is South-East Queensland and parts of Victoria and South Australia,” said RI District External Relations Director 9800 Philip Archer. “Nationally, one quarter of Australian agriculture is in severe drought. This drought has really affected us all with its far-reaching effects. Nobody is immune. We should be in this together.
“Rotary is up for the challenge encouraging everyone, city-based or country, to make a donation––large or small – to help those struggling to get through. Farmers and farming families are doing it tough, and the flow-on effect to other businesses in drought affected communities is huge. Whatever help and financial support we can give, whatever small thing we can do now will help rural communities get back to normality quicker.”

Rotary along with representatives of drought affected communities will conduct a localised consultation process to understand the needs and assistance required for those directly impacted by the drought. This will define how funds are best allocated in supporting families and communities.

How to Make Donations

1. On line via the following link: https://www.bendigobank.com.au/rotarydrought

2. In person by visiting any branch of the Bendigo Bank:

3. Or by Cheque. Cheques to be made payable to “Community Enterprise Foundation” and posted to Community Enterprise Foundation, PO Box 480, Bendigo, VIC 3552

NEXT WEEK

Next Thursday, 19 December is our Christmas Party at the Inlet, 6 for 6.30pm.

Dates for your Diary

Thursday 12 Dec – Primary School Presentation Assembly

Friday 13 Dec- High School Presentation Assembly

Sat 21 Dec – Interviews for Tertiary Education Scholarship 2020

Sunday 22 Dec –  Eurobodalla Rotary Clubs Christmas Race Day

Sun 26 January: Australia Day Market

Narooma Rotary Beacon 5 December 2019

Ange’s Chat

Andrew Elek, economist extraordinaire and ­Moruya Rotarian, gave us an impressive insight last week into ‘Trade Wars – What’s Going On?’ He certainly has all the credentials to talk on this complex matter given his high level career including beinga Research Fellow at ANU, Senior Economist with the World Bank, APEC and his work on the G20 and the Belt and Road Initiative.

Our stimulating guest speaker last week Andrew Elek was thanked by John Doyle.

The US and China are the key players in this trade war. The current environment is volatile with the US and China attacking each others trade. Andrew feels that China will outlast the tension and is unequivocally at the forefront of technology. The cost so far to the US has been $29 billion annually with the consumers bearing the burden. The long term cost to both powers is phenomenal.  The biggest problem is how the two biggest governments ignore the rules of the game and where there are no rules there can be no trust.

The key problem behind the chaos is America’s determination to remain the world’s largest economy coupled by its fear of being overtaken by China. ­­­ Andrew went on to explain the huge value of trust in international trade built up after WWII when the World Trade Organisation (WTO) was born. The WTO with its 160 members plays a vital role in maintaining transparency, confidence and resolving disputes in the international marketplace. But President Trump is undermining its role, creating his own rules. Let’s hope the WTO retains its place in fostering cooperation and trust on the world stage of international trade.

Eurobodalla Clubs Christmas Race Day

Sunday 22 December is the big combined Eurobodalla Rotary Clubs race day at Moruya Racecourse, the seventh one we have held in conjunction with Moruya Jockey Club. This year’s project is funding a seven-seater community bus to be used by Meals on Wheels and Yumaro.

Our Club has been asked to help on the day with the bucket  collection from cars as they arrive at the Race Course. Laurelle and Ange will do 11.30-12.45 when Rod and Bob will take over until 2.

Dates for your Diary this month

Sunday 8 Dec – 6pm Carols by Candlelight NATA Oval

Thurs 12 Dec – Board Meeting & AGM

Thursday 12 Dec – Primary School Presentation Assembly

Friday 13 Dec- High School Presentation Assembly

Thursday 19 Dec – Christmas Party at the Inlet, 6 for 6.30pm

Sat 21 Dec – Interviews for Tertiary Education Scholarship 2020

Sunday 22 Dec – Eurobodalla Rotary Clubs Christmas Race Day

Friday 27 Dec – Our Markets instead of Sunday 22nd.

THIS WEEK

This week is a normal dinner meeting where we all can all just enjoy each other’s company.

The Week that Was

Ange covered last week’s meeting fairly extensively but a few things from the week follow.

Bush fires close by

Several Moruya Rotary Rotarians have assisted local fire fighting efforts behind the lines; Pauline Gleeson has assisted with catering while two other members have been carting water for fire-fighters in the Shallow Crossing area. Meanwhile our very own RFS member John Doyle is on stand by at Dalmeny. John says” the brigades are only releasing limited people to the out-of-area fires so as to maintain a viable force in the Eurobodalla”, should they be needed.

This month is Rotary’s Foundation Month

You may have read the recent message from RI President Mark Maloney and the Foundation’s Chair Gary Huang which included an update on Polio. Our recent film night to raise funds for World Polio Day was one of over 5,600 events held around the world. (Many such as ours was not a registered event; the 5,600 were registered events).They noted that on 21 August, Nigeria marked three years without a case of wild poliovirus, and the World Health Organization’s African region could potentially be certified wild poliovirus-free next year… If that happens, it will be a tremendous achievement, as the continent once suffered three quarters of all polio cases in the world.

Out and About

Rotary Clubs of Australia Drought Appeal

The Rotary Clubs of Australia some time ago partnered with Channel 9, the Great Northern Brewing Co. and Bendigo Bank to raise funds and in-kind donations for drought affected communities across Australia. The appeal is administered by Bendigo Bank’s charitable arm, Community Enterprise Foundation.

“Ninety-nine per cent of NSW is in drought, as is South-East Queensland and parts of Victoria and South Australia,” said RI District External Relations Director 9800 Philip Archer. “Nationally, one quarter of Australian agriculture is in severe drought. This drought has really affected us all with its far-reaching effects. Nobody is immune. We should be in this together.
“Rotary is up for the challenge encouraging everyone, city-based or country, to make a donation––large or small – to help those struggling to get through. Farmers and farming families are doing it tough, and the flow-on effect to other businesses in drought affected communities is huge. Whatever help and financial support we can give, whatever small thing we can do now will help rural communities get back to normality quicker.”

Rotary along with representatives of drought affected communities will conduct a localised consultation process to understand the needs and assistance required for those directly impacted by the drought. This will define how funds are best allocated in supporting families and communities.

How to Make Donations:

1. On line via the following link: https://www.bendigobank.com.au/rotarydrought

2. In person by visiting any branch of the Bendigo Bank:

3. Or by Cheque. Cheques to be made payable to “Community Enterprise Foundation” and posted to Community Enterprise Foundation, PO Box 480, Bendigo, VIC 3552

NEXT WEEK

Our AGM is next week, Thursday 12 December, at 7.15. It will be preceded by our Board Meeting. Rod Walker has previously emailed nomination forms for Board positions for 2020/21. Everyone is urged to please respond as soon as possible.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 21 November 2019

Ange’s Chat

President Ange with new committee members Averill Berriman, Therese Aston, coordinator Di Riley , Shannon Chambers, Dee Cramb and Cherie Cunninghame.

What great news re the Busking! Our Narooma Busking Championship is now back on track for Saturday 30 May 2020.  That’s thanks to the impressive turnout of over 50 sponsors and other interested people who joined us last Thursday to determine the future of this successful event.

Bob Aston was a maestro facilitator, supported by his clearly defined PowerPoint presentation. Sandra Doyle gave a terrific heartfelt appeal about how precious this event has been for our town while John Rungen spoke about the importance of adhering to tasks and not falling behind.

Within the hour, we had six volunteers come forward from the audience to join four of our members from the old team to form a wonderfully committed new team headed by Coordinator Di Riley who is Chamber of Commerce Vice President. Well done everyone.  Special thanks to the outgoing team members – Sandra Doyle, John Doyle and Lynda Ord – for their superb work and dedication. Rotarians Chris O’Brien, John Rungen, Lynn Hastings and Laurelle Pacey continue in the new team along with Jen French.  Truly a win/win for Rotary and our wonderful community.

This Sunday is of course our monthly markets. Thank you to everyone who will help out on the day.

Rod Walker has sent out an email advising us of the Annual General Meeting to take place at 7.15pm, Thursday 12 Dec. He has attached nomination forms for Board positions for 2020/21 and urges members to respond as soon as possible.

THIS WEEK

We welcome Carolyn Wells who will tell us the Inside Story of the Sapphire Coast Producers Association (SCPA). SCPA is much more than a farmers’ organisation and operates across the south east from Batemans Bay to Eden, Cooma to Canberra. Carolyn is SCPA’s vice president.

The Week that was

Busking Championships stay in Narooma

What a great outcome last week! Strong community support has ensured Narooma will host the 2020 Busking Championships AND in association with our Club. When Sandra Doyle said, “We can’t let it go from Narooma”, she also summed up the general feeling of everyone there. Bob’s excellent presentation placed the situation clearly before everyone with the three options we faced – let it go, some other organisation take it over, or others from outside Rotary take on the vital organising roles.

The result was six new people volunteered to join Rotarians in a new committee to bring about the 2020 Championships, coordinated by Di Riley. The committee’s first meeting is Monday night. The new committee consists of coordinator Di Riley, Averill Berriman of ABC Property Sales, Therese Aston, Shannon Chambers of Easts Holiday Parks, Dee Cramb of Sea Salt Café Dalmeny, Cherie Cunninghame of NAB, Jen French, and Rotarians John Rungen, Chris O’Brien, Lynn Hastings and Laurelle Pacey.

BowelCare Results 2019

Our BowelCare coordinator John Rungen received the Annual Report for Rotary’s 29th annual bowel care awareness programme this week. It highlights the importance of this programme which is available for everyone regardless of age. The Australian Government’s free National Bowel Screening Programme is only available for people between 50 and 75, yet the BowelCare results showed that 70% of the 1174 positives were in the under 50 and over 75 age brackets, particularly over 75. Note that not all positives will end up being the result of bowel cancer but indicate a need to follow up.

Some interesting figures:

  • only 84% of the 16,872 kits sold were tested, showing not everyone got around to using it
  • overall 8.3% of those tested were positive
  • About 60% of those tested were women
  • 55% of those tested were over 75 with 9.6% of those testing positive.
  • 10.4% of those tested under 50 were positive

The 2020 programme will run from 1 April to 31 May. The kits will increase in price from $15 to $20. The BowelCare Australia programme is supported by Rotary D9685, 9710 and parts of 9675, 9670, 9650, 9640 and 9700. It uses the Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) manufactured by Clinical Genomics.

Out and About

Life Education

Moruya Rotarians Rohan Gleeson and Col Jay help drive the Happy Harold’s Life Education van from between schools, all part of their Community Service. Last week they moved it from Narooma Public School to St Bernard’s Primary School at Batemans Bay.

The Life Education programme motivates and empowers children so they can draw on their own knowledge to make safer and healthier choices throughout their lives. Life Education was the vision of the late Rev Ted Noffs 40 years ago in response to the explosion in illicit drug use he saw at Kings Cross and the impact it was having on families. Since then seven million young students across Australia have participated in the programme, thanks to widespread support including from many Rotary Clubs. In 2018, Life Education worked in over 4,200 schools and pre-schools sharing their program with more than 710,000 students.

Dates for your Diary

Wed 26 February: Race Day Presentation at the combined Rotary Birthday Dinner, Moruya Golf Club

Thursday 5 March: Cinders Trivia Night with Rotary Moruya, hosted by Narooma.

6-8 March: District Conference Uladulla

It’s at the new Dunn Lewis Function Centre in Ulladulla. Check out the Conference website for the great line-up of speakers. The logo promotes the Roaring 20s dance night to the music of the Royal Military Band from Duntroon. Early bird tickets end 31 December.

This is the last D9710 conference before we become part of the new and much larger District 9705 on 1 July which will encompass D9710 and D9700.

NEXT WEEK

Economist extraordinaire and Moruya Rotarian Andrew Elek will talk about the reasons behind the trade wars, particularly between the United States and China, and what the future may hold. His impressive career includes being a Visiting Research Fellow at the ANU’s Crawford School of Economics and Government, working extensively in development economics in South Asia and the South Pacific, Senior Economist with the World Bank, and having a central role in establishing APEC in 1989. More recently he has published papers on the G20 and the Belt and Road Initiative.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 14 November 2019

Ange’s Chat

Unfortunately ducks plus markets on the same day can’t work

Last week the Board resolved the dilemma of both the annual Duck Race and the big holiday markets coinciding on Sunday 26 January, Australia Day. The Duck Race requires a lot of commitment by members to get the ducks, sell 1000 tickets, man the event off the bridge and return the ducks to CRABS. All things considered it was just too much for us to cope with, along with the markets.

The Board decided not to hold the Duck Race in 2020. The community can be reassured that the ducks will take off again the following year.

This Thursday we anticipate about 30 community representatives, sponsors and other interested parties, will join us to discuss how we might keep the Busking Championship in Narooma. Bob Aston has kindly agreed to facilitate this meeting and will put forward several options, hopefully leading to a firm commitment from our community to take on the coordinating role of this important event. The night will begin with the Busking meeting, followed by dinner. Not everyone will stay on for dinner.

THIS WEEK

This Thursday the focus is on trying to see if we can keep the Busking Championship in Narooma. Bob will do a PowerPoint presentation.

The week that was

Discussion last week showed that members were pleased with the way the Renewable Energy Expo went and the feedback received from both exhibitors and visitors to the Expo. Frank said many of the exhibitors are preparing quotes as a result of inquiries at the Expo. It was also a great turnout of our members on the day. The Board decided that the Club would not run the Expo in 2020, but possibly run it again in 2021.

Our BBQ team helps Betta Home Living

Our happy team of chefs at Betta Home Living last Saturday
After the BBQ trade had dropped off…

Some members took the van to Betta Home Living to provide a barbecue lunch on Saturday for Betta’s special celebrations. Our very able team consisted of Lynda Ord, Sandra Doyle, Bob Aston, John Rungen, John Doyle and Ash Stanley. Lynda reports, “It was quiet but fun, and really good PR for our Club”. Many of the Betta staff bought sausages, while some of our members ended up buying goods from Betta. Great effort team.

Annual General Meeting

Rod Walker has sent out an email advising us the Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 12 December at 7.15pm. He attached nomination forms for Board positions for 2020/21 and urges members to respond as soon as possible.

Out and About

Carols Sunday 15 December

We will again take the van to Carols by Candlelight on NATA Oval to provide a BBQ dinner. Carols start at 7pm so presumably we will be serving from 6pm. Any volunteers?

Moruya’s Cup luncheon a winner

Last Tuesday’s Moruya Rotary Melbourne Cup luncheon held with the Moruya Jockey Club was a big success. Moruya’s bulletin praised the efforts of organising members John Spencer and Fred Power and the Jockey Club’s generosity and support which resulted in “a truly memorable meeting, in a wonderful venue giving a first class view of the big race”. They had 92 people – 64 Rotarians and guests and 28 Jockey Club members and guests.

Amazingly 63 people won prizes – 51 won cash, eight won Fashions in the Field and four won lucky door prizes. Moruya Club made about $1,200 for their charity account, including a percentage rom the Calcutta and sweeps, with more to come “when the framed Jockey’s trousers are auctioned at the races”, presumably the Christmas races. The Jockey Club has suggested a repeat event in two years’ time.

NEXT WEEK

Carolyn Wells will tell us the Inside Story of The Sapphire Coast Producers Association (SCPA). SCPA is much more than a farmers’ organisation and operates across the south east from Batemans Bay to Eden, Cooma to Canberra. Carolyn is SCPA’s vice president.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 7 November 2019

Ange’s Chat

At the Expo opening last Saturday, Eurobodalla Mayor Cr Liz Innes and Expo committee members Bob Aston, President Ange Ulrichsen, Frank Eden and Laurelle Pacey

Our Renewable Energy Expo last Saturday proved a big hit with exhibitors and the public alike. Thanks to everyone who helped. It was another great Narooma Rotary initiative. Special thanks to the A-Team – our Expo Coordinator Frank Eden, Iris Domeier, Team Manager Bob Aston and journalist extraordinaire Laurelle Pacey.

About 370 people came through the door and were delighted with the latest range of solar technology and information provided by local experts and installers. The Robo Rebels from Narooma High created considerable interest with their junior and senior robotic exhibits, and both science teachers were delighted with the exposure the Expo gave the students and the work they’re doing and the public’s response. The vibe was great and exhibitors are already asking about next year’s event.

Eurobodalla Shire Mayor Liz Innes opened the Expo. I took her on a tour of exhibits and she said how impressed she was by our event, even expressing interest in converting the Council fleet to electric vehicles. Many of us had joy rides in Vin’s Tesla car. What a thrill!

The SHASA raffle was drawn at the end of the day. The three lucky winners can redeem their prizes for solar installs from an expo exhibitor. The raffle was also raising funds to install a solar system at Moruya Women’s Refuge to help with their power costs.

Last week President Ange presented Frank with a Paul Harris Sapphire Pin

At last Thursday’s meeting it was my pleasure to present Frank Eden with a Paul Harris Sapphire Pin, this time for his personal contribution of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation allowing the Foundation to do more good in the world. I also expressed our appreciation to Frank for his ongoing contribution to our Club and our community.

On the Busking meeting: All sponsors, service organisations, school representatives and many others have received a hand-delivered letter inviting them to join us on Thursday 14 November at the Golf Club to thank them for their past contribution to our Busking Festivals and to discuss the future of the 2020 Busking Festival. Let’s hope we get a great response.

THIS WEEK

5pm Board meeting at the Golf Club. This has been brought forward by a week to free up Thursday 14 November for the Busking meeting.

This will be followed by a normal dinner meeting.

THE WEEK THAT WAS

Last Thursday we enjoyed an enjoyable dinner meeting where we finalised arrangements for the Expo. The highlight of the meeting was Ange presenting Frank with a Paul Harris Sapphire pin (see Ange’s chat).

Ange reported she represented our Club at Quota’s Changeover with a high tea at Club Narooma on Sat 26 October.

The Expo

Solahart Far South Coast has new owners and made an impact at the Expo

Our Renewable Energy Expo last Saturday was a great success attracting over 370 people (see Ange’s Chat). Exhibitors seemed to have been kept busy with genuine inquiries. Most people attending seemed to be there with a purpose and their feedback generally was they appreciated having direct access to so many local experts and installers all in the one place.

Our survey showed that about 55% visitors were Narooma-Tilba locals, while three-quarters of the rest came from Ulladulla to Bega.

Our friends from Narooma Lions provided delicious lunches for Expo goers.

Out and About

Rotary Christmas Race Day Committee

The combined Rotary clubs of Eurobodalla’s Christmas Rotary Races at Moruya Jockey Club are on Sunday 22 December. This year we are raising funds for a joint Yumaro and Meals on Wheels Community Bus. The three Clubs’ presidents are on the committee and have been meeting regularly; the next meeting is Wednesday 27 November 5pm at Moruya Golf Club. Michael O’Connor has been doing a grand job selling tickets for the Race Raffle on the Club’s behalf.

From Moruya Rotary

Sadly Moruya Rotary Club has withdrawn its support for the Local Drug Action Team in the Eurobodalla, including its role as ‘grantee’.

A little of Bay Rotary’s history

Bay Rotarian Hugh Scott recently outlined to fellow Bay Rotarians the history of Nelligen Park which is owned by the Bay Club through Nelligen Recreation Park Limited. Many members were unaware of how it came about. In 1975 Mrs Adelaide Neate offered the 6.6 ha block to Rotary for $15,000 and the Club was only too happy to accept. The Nelligen Cup Sports Day continued to be held there, which was then known as Adelaide Neate Rotary Park. The Club obtained a further loan to carry out improvements and establish a toilet block, shelter shed, and amenities/kitchen block etc, now a caravan park. It is because of past Rotarians’ forethought that the Bay Rotary Club can use income from the Park for their Rotary projects.

NEXT WEEK:  Busking community meeting

We’ve invited Busking Championship sponsors of both prizes and ‘hot spots’, school representatives, service organisations, volunteers and other community members to meet with us on Thursday 14 November to discuss the future of the Narooma event and to see how we might work together to keep it in Narooma. It’s also an opportunity to express our appreciation to them for their past support. It’s 6 for 6.30 at the Golf Club; a finger food rather than a sit-down dinner.

We’re looking for people outside Rotary to take on the organisation of this event, with assistance and guidance from Club members. More details tonight.