Narooma Rotary Beacon 1 April 2021

Ange’s Chat

President Ange Ulrichsen, centre, inducted two members into Narooma Rotary last week – Julie Hartley, left, and Gero Mitchell

It was my great pleasure to officially welcome Julie Hartley and Gero Mitchell into our Rotary Club last Thursday.  Rotary International registers new members with a beautiful kit congratulating them on joining the exciting world of Rotary. A moment of pride for all of us, that around the world we make a difference to the quality of life of others and our community.

It was also wonderful to have several guests join us: Meredith Macpherson (nee Watt – Gero’s cousin and our Club’s Rotary Exchange Student  in 1982 who went to Berkley California) – she currently works in water management over a huge geographical area based in Orange, former Narooma High teacher Kerry Jones, and Sue and Glenn Hybinett.

Our guest speaker economist Dr Andrew Elek gave a fascinating talk based on fellow eminent economist Ross Garnaut’s latest book, Reset: Restoring Australia after the Pandemic Recession. Andrew is also a friend of his.

He said now was the right time to spend money to stimulate the economy. He explored the sharp downturn in productivity and trade and posed the big question on how long recession consequences last and the effect long term. Key proposals included the need to cope with technological change, boost productivity and competitiveness, invest in Research and Development, introduce key reforms to protect the vulnerable in our society, and tax reform. He said this is a moment when applying knowledge and integrity to the challenges and transferring this to public policy and across all systems is critical for our future welfare.

Mike Young, left, thanked our guest speaker Dr Andrew Elek

Sunday’s Market produced a great result with gate takings $940.00, van $410.60, and wishing well $322.00, making a total of $1,672.60. Thanks to everyone who helped on what was such a beautiful day of sunshine; special thanks to David McInnes for standing in as Market Manager in Chris’ absence, assisted by Rachel, our wonderful team and our wonderful Rotary friends Dave Swilks and Wayne Redman who helped on the barbecue.

I hope you enjoy the special time over Easter with your family and friends.


This Thursday we meet on Zoom

ESC Sustainability Education Officer Gilly Kearney on how can we be less wasteful and more mindful. Lynda Ord will host the meeting to be chaired by President Ange.

Gilly looks after waste education across the Eurobodalla Shire including home composting and worm farming, tips for recycling and how to avoid, reduce, reuse, upcycle and recycle rather that dispose. She has also helped set up Tak3 for the Sea at Narooma SLSC, the water refill stations and school waste warriors.

This Saturday – help at Rotary Easter Races?

As mentioned previously, the combined Clubs’ Rotary Race Day at Moruya Jockey Club has been moved from Christmas to Easter Saturday. Proceeds from the day will go to Rotary community projects for the three Clubs; past projects have included the Moruya Oncology Unit, defibrillators and Muddy Puddles.

Our Club has been asked to do only one thing on Saturday… collect money in buckets as patrons arrive to park, say between 11am and 1.30pm (two shifts) or 11.30-1pm if we can only manage one shift. Any takers? So far Laurelle is the only volunteer. Please contact Rotary’s coordinator David Ashford (Batemans Bay Club) directly on 0418 462 692 and offer a little of your time in our Club’s name. President Ange will be in Canberra with family over Easter, so is unable to help.

You may like to stay for the races. It is a great day.

The Week that Was

Last weekInternational Toast

Mike Young gave some background to the wonderful, work done by New Zealand Rotary’s World Community Service before proposing a toast to them. They provide immediate assistance to their Pacific neighboursfollowing a cyclone, tsunami or earthquake by distributing Emergency Response Kits (similar to Shelter Boxes) and then help communities rebuild their lives. They also assist communities overseas make long-lasting improvements to their economic and social circumstances.

An overview of the District Conference

Narooma Rotary friend David Swilks and PE Andrew Lawson did the first shift on the barbecue at Sunday’s very successful market.

PE Andrew Lawson told members last week his attendance at the District  9705 Conference at Bathurst 19-21 March was “an absolutely exhilarating experience… a great weekend and was clear evidence of what you put in, dictates what you get out”. “I came away very enthused, and enjoyed the fantastic quality of speakers”. The theme was the RI Theme for 2020-21, ‘Rotary Opens Opportunities’.

“It was a great opportunity to network, meet representatives of our possible new sister Club Narrandera and a possible ‘pig roast’ [more details to come], and meet up with others from our Area 6,” he said.

Andrew particularly mentioned:

  • The enthusiastic Dr Jessie Harman (RI Director Elect Zone 8) who is the first woman from Zone 8 to be elected to the RI Board (Zone 8 includes Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands).
  • Senator Fiona Nash on women in leadership
  • Prof John Skerritt who is in charge of the Australian Department of Health’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The TGA is responsible for assessing all COVID-19 vaccines before they can be used in Australia.
  • Admiral Chris Barrie former AC (retired), former Chief of the Australian Defence Force. Since retiring Chris has become increasingly concerned about veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“There was a really well received dinner dance on the Saturday, which was a great success which I unfortunately missed due to work issues with the UK. Many attendees had their partners with them which was good.

“I am now sure we need to participate far more fully in such events, because they are informative, but most importantly are fun!”

April Birthdays

Out and About

Our three Clubs celebrate Centenary

We now have tickets to the combined Clubs’ (Narooma, Batemans Bay and Moruya) special dinner to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand on Saturday 22 May at Moruya Golf Club. It promises to be a fun night with music, dancing and minimal speeches. Music will be by the fabulous Stitch who won our last Busking Festival.

You can buy your tickets from our treasurer Lynn. Cost is $35 head (two courses, no wine on the table). It’s 6 for a 6.30 start.

Narooma High opts for Bega RYDA

Clubs in both Eurobodalla and Bega Valley Shires have run the wonderful Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) programme for local Year 11 students over recent years. However this year Batemans Bay Rotary reluctantly decided not to run it in Moruya but there is a Bega option which Narooma High looks like taking up.

Our Club usually funds the bus for Narooma High students which might also include Year 12 students this year (they missed out last year because of Covid). We’re still waiting for cost details from teacher Dion Cafe at Narooma High.

Eurobodalla Coordinator Neil Simpson organised with Bega Rotary that they would kindly extend their event an extra day if there was interest from two or three Eurobodalla schools. Well both Narooma and Carroll College have expressed interest so here’s hoping. It will be at the Frog’s Hollow Kart Track south of Bega on Friday 7 May. It would be good if we can provide a couple of volunteers to support Bega’s efforts on the day.

RYDA is an excellent one-day driver safety program coordinated by Rotary. It delivers integrated and powerful education to help young adults become better drivers through sessions with road safety experts including Police, Council road safety officers and people whose lives had been turned upside down as a result of car crashes, either from being a crash survivor or from losing someone they love. This national program is regularly revamped by Road Safety Education.

NEXT WEEK:  Thursday 8 April

Our guest speaker Tara Moore will talk about ‘Movement equals Life’. This is a partners’ night so please invite partners and friends.

Tara will talk about how well you move, how well you know your body, and how important quality of life is to you. Tara has been practicing yoga for 30 years and teaching it for over 20.years with students two to 94 years of age.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 25 March 2021

Markets this Sunday 28 March

This Week’s meeting – 25 MARCH

This Thursday, our guest speaker Dr Andrew Elek will talk about what Australia needs to do to recover from the recession caused by Covid 19, drawing on ideas advanced by his friend Ross Garnaut.

It promises to be an interesting night so please invite partners and friends. If you haven’t already done so, please let Secretary Rod ( know by Tuesday PM if you are attending and, if so, how many guests.

Andrew is ‘a largely retired economist’ who has worked extensively in development economics in South Asia and the South Pacific, and as a Senior Economist with the World Bank. During his time with the Australian Government, he played a central role in establishing the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in 1989.

Since 1994, Andrew has been a self-employed economic policy researcher and part-time consultant to governments of the Asia Pacific region. He is also a member of the Boards of Muddy Puddles (which provides services to children with disabilities) and of Rotary Moruya, and a tutor at Batemans Bay U3A.

Out and About

Can you help at Easter Saturday Races?

As has reported previously in The Beacon, our combined Rotary Race Day has been moved from Christmas to Easter Saturday, 3 April. Coordinator David Ashford and President Ange ask if any Narooma Rotarians can please help collect money in the bucket as patrons arrive to park, say between 11am and 1.30pm. Please contact Ange if you can help.

Proceeds from the day (a six-race programme) will go to community projects for the three Clubs.

Our three Clubs celebrate Centenary

Open Champions at our 2019 Busking Festival Stitch (Zoey Pepper, left, and Bev Long) will play at the special Rotary dinner at Moruya on 22 May.

Narooma, Batemans Bay and Moruya Clubs will hold a special dinner to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand on Saturday 22 May at Moruya Golf Club, 6 for a 6.30 start.

Organisers promise a fun night with music, dancing and speeches kept to a minimum. Music will be by the fabulous Stitch who won one of the major prizes at our last Busking Festival. Cost will be $35 head (two courses, no wine on the table). More details to come.  Hopefully we will have a good showing from Narooma.

RYDA 2021 possibly in Bega

Batemans Bay Rotary has reluctantly decided not to run RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) in Moruya for all Year 11 Eurobodalla students this year. However there is a Bega option. Our Club usually funds the bus for Narooma High students for RYDA.

Eurobodalla Coordinator Neil Simpson said the reasons for not running RYDA in Moruya include needing to conduct a COVID safe excursion while also increasing the exposure of our volunteers to COVID risks. He said some local high schools are also adopting a ‘minimise risk’ approach by cutting out all but essential school activities. While this may change in the coming few months , it will not be possible to get Year 11 students to attend RYDA later in the year because  they will be preparing for their annual exams and starting Year 12 HSC studies.

Neil has spoken with Bega Rotary. They will extend their three day event to four days if there is interest from two or three Eurobodalla schools. Neil has informed all Eurobodalla schools that they can attend the Bega RYDA course at Frog’s Hollow Kart Track south of Bega on Friday 7 May, if they wish. At this stage it is not known if there is any interest. 

Meanwhile Neil has already started planning for Eurobodalla’ RYDA in 2022 to be held early in April 2022 at Moruya Jockey Club.

On a lighter note

Don’t bother walking a mile in my shoes. That would be too boring. Spend 30 seconds in my head. That’ll freak you right out.

NEXT WEEK: We meet on Zoom

ESC Sustainability Education Officer Gilly Kearney will talk about ‘Waste not; Want not’. That is, how can we be less wasteful and more mindful?

Gilly looks after waste education across the Eurobodalla Shire including home composting and worm farming, tips for recycling and how to avoid, reduce, reuse, upcycle and recycle rather that dispose. She has also helped set up Tak3 for the Sea at Narooma SLSC, the water refill stations and school waste warriors.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 18 March 2021

Ange’s Chat    

Watch that space! Narooma Men’s Shed Vice President Wal Sheehan, left, and Rick Hain show where the new sander will go, while President Bernie Perrett receives the cheque from President Ange and Wood Shed Manager Dick Nagle looks on. The sander is from Rick who offered it to the Men’s Shed at a discounted rate.

Our Board last week agreed that we would donate $1,300 to Narooma Men’s Shed for a much needed 600 mm wide Sander  for their wonderful new facility. This is from funds raised from our Australia Day Duck Race. So on Friday, I presented the cheque to Men’s Shed President Bernie Perrett and Project Manager Wal Sheehan. Their gratitude receiving this gift was wonderful to see. We have been invited to join them for a vocational visit at a date to be arranged in the near future.

Great to see Tony Butcher, centre, at last week’s meeting.

Great to see Tony Butcher again last week. We also had two guests, BP Petrol station owner Sanjay Panseriya and his manager Akash ‘Sky’ Sharma. Sanjay is a member of the Rotary Club of Granville and comes here regularly. Both young men were a delight to talk to and are keen to help us at the markets. They also showed interest in possibly becoming members.

Our guests last week were visiting Rotarian Sanjay Panseriya and Akash ‘Sky’ Sharma, seen here with President Ange Ulrichsen and Chris O’Brien

THIS WEEK – no meeting

Please note there is no meeting at the Golf Club this Thursday (18 March). It was scheduled as a breakfast meeting but they will now not start until April.

The Week that Was

More from the Board meeting

It seems that Rotary clubs at a district and shire level don’t seem interested in listing defibrillators in their areas, so our Board is looking at listing all those in our area Bodalla to Cobargo and Bermagui, not only those installed by our Club. Secretary Rod is looking at registration options.

Reports from PE Andrew Lawson were held over to the next meeting.

Planning Business Breakfasts

Our Business Breakfast planning sub-committee chaired by Andrew Lawson has been meeting weekly to put plans together for the venue, speakers and businesses to invite. This is an exciting new initiative designed to tap into the many business people in town interested in our community’s future. With Andrew in Canberra this week, Mike travelling and Chris in Brisbane, they hope to meet this week via Zoom.

Easter Rotary Race Day

As has been reported in an earlier Beacon, after many years the combined Rotary Race Day has been moved from Christmas to Easter Saturday. David Ashford from the Bay Club reports that two Rotarians have gained sponsorship for the six races on 3 April. Sponsors are:

  1. Soldiers Club Batemans Bay                    
  2. Bay Coast Cleaning                                   
  3. Monarch Hotel, Moruya                             
  4. Insurance Advisernet Aust                        
  5. Elders Real Estate, Batemans Bay
  6. John Holland Group

Sponsor packages cost  $1,100 (including GST) and give them the naming rights to a race, a trophy presented by the sponsor, advertising in the race book and on race posters, plus exposure locally and nationally on the TAB race coverage.

Proceeds will go the community projects for the three Clubs

Out and About

RI President on global polio campaign

In a Covid-19 world, Rotary International President Holger Knaack takes stock of the global polio situation in this special interview. You can find it at


Our guest speaker will be Dr Andrew Elek who will talk about what Australia needs to do to recover from the recession caused by Covid 19, drawing on ideas advanced by his friend Ross Garnaut. It promises to be an interesting night so please invite partners and friends.

Andrew is ‘a largely retired economist’ who has worked extensively in  development economics in South Asia and the South Pacific, and as a Senior Economist with the World Bank. During his time with the Australian Government, he played a central role in establishing the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation  (APEC) forum in 1989.

Since 1994, Andrew has been a self-employed economic policy  researcher and part-time consultant  to governments of the Asia Pacific region.

He is also a Board member of Muddy Puddles (which provides services to children with disabilities) and of Moruya Rotary, and a tutor at Batemans Bay U3A.

On a lighter matter

I had my patience tested. I’m negative.

If you’re sitting in a public place and a stranger takes the seat next to you, just stare straight ahead and say, “Did you bring the money?”

Narooma Rotary Beacon 4 March 2021

Ange’s Chat

Moruya Rotary President Peter Smith present the Cinders Trophy to President Ange

What a great week it has been.

On Tuesday night we regained the coveted Cinders Trophy at our annual Trivia challenge with Moruya Rotary (see more in Laurelle’s report below). It was a great night (apart from our win!) and a lot of fun thanks to Quiz Master Extraordinaire Keith Armstrong, some great initiatives which made the night run smoothly, and the very warm welcome we received from Moruya.

Last Thursday, Roz Hill from the Rotary Club of Young enthralled us with her talk about the Young Prostate Cancer Support Group which is running so successfully in Young. She is the group coordinator. It was formed as a Community Service Project of Young Rotary Club.

Roz Hill of Young Rotary was thanked by Narooma Secretary Rod Walker

Prostate Cancer afflicts many men in our society; statistics quoted show that 1 in 6 is diagnosed with it. Roz said getting men together to chat, access information and raise their awareness has encouraged  many to visit their doctor for  PSA tests (measures  the prostate-specific antigen) to establish a necessary base line. She said early testing and proactive networking through social and informal coffee meetings is imperative. The group meets once a month, has run for five years and gone from strength to strength. Their sponsors are Tegra Young (Concrete business), NR Sales & Property, and Rotary and are proudly affiliated with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Our Club is considering starting such a group in the future to facilitate awareness. Roz stressed the Rotary brand is highly respected everywhere and can play a great role. Thank you Roz for your wonderful informative presentation, the literature you provided, and the very kind offer to help us along the way.

Our Market last Sunday was wonderful and benefited from it being such a beautiful day. Thanks to everyone who helped. What a team! It also yielded a great result with gate takings $1090, Van $544 (still some expenses to pay), and the Wishing Well $575.


No Rotary because we went to Moruya on Tuesday for Cinders.

The Week that Was

Cinders Challenge with Moruya

Moruya’s bulletin this week reported that “some years ago Narooma seemed almost invincible winning the trophy most years”. President Peter Smith said after “some intensive forensic research, it was determined that a particular Rotarian “down there” was identified as a modern day Barry Jones. This unusually knowledgeable person was assessed as being solely responsible for Narooma’s success”. That person was Ian Thomlinson. Peter said “theory was of course translated into reality when eventually Ian retired from Rotary and his departure set us on the road to success”. The truth is it wasn’t only Ian…

Moruya Rotary Quiz Keith Armstrong did a great job

However, Narooma proved this week that our team of 14 Rotarians, partners and friends had such a pool of wonderful trivia between them to bring the Cinders trophy back to Narooma. It was a close tussle, the final scores being Narooma 49, Moruya 48.5.

Keith Armstrong and President Ange

Quiz master Keith Armstrong had four rounds of 10 questions (he said mainly recycled from 2011 with some obvious updates) plus 34 fascinating word puzzles. Rohan Gleeson entered the scores on his computer and only revealed them on screen before the final round. Could Moruya close the gap? They did close it a little, but not enough. Then there was the hidden trophy… It was a wonderful night, great company, lots of fun, well organised and the pizzas and salads were excellent.

It’s our turn to host next year; maybe we should look to Bodalla again as a possible venue.

Remembering Animals in War

Our Club took part in last week’s memorial service for Australia’s Animals of War at Club Narooma on 24 February, our National Day for War Animals. Narooma RSL sub branch was delighted to have 60 people there, their first such memorial service.

Our ‘wreath’ equivalent for the Animals at War Memorial Service

Other groups represented included WIRES, Eurobodalla Animal Welfare League (AWL), Dog Obedience Club, Marine Rescue Narooma, Narooma Quota, CWA, Narooma Community Choir and a strong contingent from Narooma High School and Carroll College. Most laid wreaths; our Club instead thought a basket full of various animal treats was more appropriate which was then passed onto AWL. Charmaine White, Gero Mitchell, Laurelle Pacey and Chris O’Brien made it happen.

The main speaker was Professor Geraldine Hunt (sister of Dr Kate le Barrs, one of our local vets). The Community choir, with Lynda Ord and Sandra Doyle, sang a song Sandra had written especially for our war animals.

Breakfast Meeting

A small group from the Club met early this week to plan the breakfast meetings which will be coordinated by Andrew Lawson. Andrew was pleased with the progress made at the first planning meeting and anticipates such meetings will occur each week to ensure the breakfast meetings get off to a good start. The first breakfast meeting is planned for Thursday 15 April.

World Rotary Day 23 February

Unfortunately we missed mentioning last week that World Rotary Day and Rotary International’s 116th birthday was on 23 February (Charmaine though was on the ball on our Facebook page). Since Paul Harris and three friends met on 23 February 1905 in Chicago, Rotary has spread worldwide.

Rotary International is now one of the most important global humanitarian service organizations, bringing together 1.2m men and women in 35,000 clubs in 537 districts in more than 200 countries and territories. They come from all walks of to pool their skills, time and energy to support the most urgent humanitarian causes. Rotarians work passionately not only on sustainable actions and solutions at the local or international level, but also support important issues such as peace and conflict resolution, prevention and treatment of illness, water and sanitation, the health of mothers and children, literacy and education, the environment and economic development globally and locally. Rotary International is also the catalyst and spearheading partner in the global effort to eradicate polio.

Joining a local Rotary Club is of course the key to the world of Rotary.

Out and About

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is on next Monday 8 March. Women in Rotary has organised an online Breakfast that seems to be mainly for businesses 9-12 March with the theme for speakers “A Bold New World”. If you are interested in finding out more, please google it.

Moruya Probus ‘killed by Covid’

Moruya Rotary established Moruya Probus as a Community Service in 1994, initially for men but then also open to women. The purpose of every Probus Club is “to advance intellectual and cultural interests among adult persons who have retired or are semi-retired from their former occupations”. But Moruya Probus has now folded; Moruya Rotarians say it was “killed by Covid”. No one at Probus’ February meeting was interested in taking on an active position so those present voted to close.


Board meeting at 5pm at Narooma Golf Club followed by a dinner meeting and Club Assembly 6 for 6.30. Hope to see you there.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 25 February 2021

Ange’s Chat

President Ange Ulrichsen

Our Zoom meeting last Thursday monthly to further explore ideas for the proposed monthly breakfast meetings went really well. Thanks to Lynda for hosting, to Laurelle for deputising in Andrew’s absence, and to all who participated. Previous points raised about the breakfast meetings were discussed in detail and general consensus reached on our objective and the way forward. The first breakfast meeting at Casey’s Café will be on Thursday 15 April. The next step is to form a Breakfast Committee comprising just a few members to further plan this new venture.

I was delighted to represent the Club at the official opening of the Men’s Shed on Sunday. It was a great occasion; it seemed like most of the town was there. They have built an amazing complex which is a fantastic achievement. Men’s Shed President Bernie Perrett spoke at length and emotionally about the difficulties they had to overcome over some time, especially funding and regulations, and praised the men for their passion and hard work especially during Covid. Bernie also paid tribute to three of their members who died during the last year, all from cancer, Peter Hartley being one of them. The Hartley family has donated a ‘state of the art’ greenhouse to the Men’s Shed. The men are thrilled a horticulturist has now joined their ranks. Other speakers included Member for Bega Andrew Constance and Member for Eden Monaro Kristy McBain.

I joined Bay and Moruya Rotary representatives at a meeting with Moruya Jockey Club Executive Officer Ken Brown on 16 February. The purpose was to discuss moving the Rotary Charity Race Day from the Sunday before Christmas to Saturday 3 April (which also happens to be Easter Saturday) and moving the Narooma Cup to Sunday 19 December (Sunday before Christmas). Ken expects the Easter Race Day would attract over 1,000 people on, apparently similar numbers to previous Christmas Race Days. Batemans Bay and Moruya presidents have agreed to approach local businesses for sponsorship, many of whom have supported us in the past. It was suggested the change from December to April for the Rotary Charity Race day could suit the three Clubs who might have more troops available at this time. Rotary would have buckets at the gate for both this Easter meeting and the Narooma Cup Meeting. Interestingly the proposal is for Rotary to still have the Christmas Raffle raffle at the Narooma Cup on 19 December.

It was fortuitous to have all three Rotary Club Presidents together on 16 February so we also discussed the possibility of a special combined event to celebrate the Centenary of Rotary in Australia. All are keen. At this stage, consensus seems to favour a daytime celebration in Moruya.

Don’t forget our Market this Sunday. There are still some gaps in the roster but hopefully by Thursday night we will have filled it.


We welcome Roz Hill from the RC of Young will talk about the Prostate Cancer Support Group. Please invite partners and friends along to hear about this important health issue. Numbers to Rod please by Tuesday PM.

The Week That Was

Our mighty Duo reports from PETS

PE Andrew Lawson and Treasurer Elect Mike Young attended the President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) in Temora last weekend and found it generally informative, well presented and inspiring. Andrew will report to us before dinner on Thursday night. Andrew says they both came away well aware of what is expected of them and with a long ‘to do’ list, including the following “real positives”:

DGE Leo Farrelly
  • Incoming Rotary International President is Shekhar Mehta of Calcutta-Mahanagar India. His theme is Serve to Change Lives’.
  • Meeting incoming Batemans Bay and Moruya Presidents Nicole McDonald and Chris Manahan respectively. We will work closely together when relevant.
  • Incoming DG is Leo Farrelly of RC Belconnen who impressed as being very personable.
  • We sat together as Area 6, which stretches to Gerringong in the north, and to the Highlands in the west. Our Area Governor is Adam de Totth from Tuggeranong who is keen for everyone to work together as a large team. We agreed to meet monthly, alternating Zoom and face to face. Venue still to be determined. I look forward to working with Adam and the Team.
  • Things to do, currently may be in hand by others, include our Insurance return, and any grant applications from the Rotary Foundation need to be submitted by 31 May.
  •  Attendance at the District Conference in March at Bathurst was “very highly encouraged” by Adam de Totth. I think we need to encourage more engagement at Rotary events as new Officers and Members come on board, to enhance their Rotary education. For instance, there is Technology development training school on 21 May, aimed at website and social media skills, and the Club Assembly in Young 15-16 May for Incoming Officers

Out and About

District Conference Bathurst  March 19-21

There is still time to register through the District Website for what promises to be a very interesting weekend, with a program featuring many well-known speakers.

Probus invitation to 30th dinner

Bermagui Probus Club has invited representatives from our Club to their 30th Anniversary Dinner on Monday 15 March. Is anyone available to go? Our Club sponsored their Club’s formation. Bermagui Probus’ Lorraine Courtis said they realise it is highly unlikely any of the Rotary members from 30 years ago are still active in Rotary, but if possible they would like to have a representative from our Club to join them to present the Certificate sent from Probus South Pacific Ltd to mark the occasion. Four Narooma Probus members will also be going. Please let Ange and Rod know if you can go.

Fred Fawke Recovers and Reuses

Fred’s grandson Kyle assisted by Michael Hulse of Moruya resizes a ridge cap.

Our old friend Fred Fawke of RC Belconnen is currently coordinating the sourcing of roofing to replace roofing damaged in hail storms and its redistribution (Recover, Rehabilitate and Reuse). His team is sourcing supply in Canberra and coordinating recovery through localised contacts for recipients. Fred says to date supply has gone to locals in Tumburumba, Wagga, Temora, Dalton, Bumbalong, Bugendore, Braidwood, Nerriga, Mogo, Moruya and Nerrigundah. Fred recently had a call from Tilba Dairy owners on behalf of a local farmer for sheets of corrugated sheet metal roofing. They, as do others involved in distribution process, trade at Epic Farmers Market in Canberra. Fred will keep us posted.

World sock record for Centenary 

Rotary clubs in District 9650 have embarked on an ambitious project to mark the centenary of Rotary in Australia by constructing the world’s longest washing line of socks. The RC of Taree North has already kicked off a sock collection drive in the Manning ahead of the world record attempt in Port Macquarie; odd socks, old socks, new socks but no surgical socks.

The Clubs aim to build a washing line 10km long with more than 100,000 socks pegged to it, challenging the 2014 world record set by a German group who constructed a 6km washing line with 69,152 socks. Construction of the washing line starts in June. About 1,000 people will then work in small teams to orderly peg the socks using up to 150,000 stainless steel pegs lent by Melbourne business Activated Eco. The challenge will raise funds for Rotary programs in the Port Macquarie area, Australian Rotary Health, Rotary International Foundation and Lifeline.


Cinders Moruya Tuesday 2nd

Please note our Club is off to Moruya on Tuesday for our annual Cinders Trivia Challenge. It’s 6.30 for 7pm at Moruya Golf Club. So far we have at least 13 members and friends going, but we are always keen for more particularly any who are great with ‘trivia’. We will enjoy the Golf Club’s Pizzas with a bottle of wine per table.

Please note there will be no Club meeting on Thursday 4 March.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 18 February 2021

Ange’s Chat

President Ange thanks David and Rachell McInnes for such a great day.

Narooma-Moruya Rotary and friends Valentine’s Day Car Rally was fantastic with about 40 participants geared up to go. True to form, our El Supremo rally organiser David McInnes tested our wits and directional abilities navigating the streets of Tuross and solving challenging cryptic clues which tested us to the max. The questions over seven pages were highly detailed e.g. ‘find the house number with  fish on the wall’, ‘Go tigers’ was especially cryptic with the answer being a house named ‘Richmond’, and ‘turn left at the Uni’ ( the clue being Monash St). David throws himself into any venture with great gusto, so we really appreciated the huge effort he and Rachel put into this fun event.

Moruya Rotary President Peter Smith with Narooma President Ange Ulrichsen.

The day was aimed at lightening up Rotary after the weird 2020 year and sharing the love with fellow Rotarians and friends as we move through the new year. How lucky were we to have brilliant sunshine to brighten the day. We all appreciated the barbecue Rachel and David put on in their lovely garden and the live music by our wonderful local musicians which all helped make the day wonderful. Prizes were presented to those teams who scored highly on the clues (Narooma’s ‘Santa team’ won overall) and even for the limerick about the rally (Sharlie Young won). Derek Anderson’s team from Moruya won the equivalent of the wooden spoon.

So good to see Frank Eden and Iris at Potato Point, with Chris O’Brien.

It was great to see Frank and Iris again who were able to get special Council transport to Potato Point.

The last rally car with Chris, Pamela and Rhonda turned up at 5.30pm (!) much to our surprise. They doggedly persevered and finished hungry but happy and were thrilled to win some prizes for their sheer determination.

Thank you again David and Rachel for the superb event you arranged so expertly. You truly are our Dream Team for 2021.

A reminder that our annual Cinders Trivia Challenge with Rotary Moruya is on Tuesday 2 March, 6.30 for 7pm at Moruya Golf Club, $20pp. Please ensure you let Rod know if you are going. We need all the brain power we can muster!

A special request from Bob: can someone please take over responsibility for the markets roster from March through to June.

Narooma’s winning Rally team of Heather Ferguson, Charmaine White, Julie Bradley and Lynn Hastings


Lynda Ord and Andrew Lawson will co-host a Zoom meeting this Thursday opening at 6.15 for a 6.30pm start to further discuss the planned monthly breakfast meetings at Casey’s Café now scheduled to start 15 April. Members should have received draft notes from last Thursday’s meeting.

Out and About

PETS this Weekend

PE Andrew Lawson and Mike Young are off to Temora this weekend for the President Elect Training Seminar. This will help Andrew prepare for his year as President. It is a requirement by Rotary International and all clubs’ constitutions that Presidents Elect attend PETS. Safe travels Andrew and Mike.

Moruya Rotary newsletter on Centenary

The Moruya Rotary newsletter reports that planning is already underway for an event in May for the three Eurobodalla clubs to recognise and celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia.

The first four Rotary Clubs in our Oceania Region – Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington and Auckland – were established almost simultaneously with the arrival in Australia of two Canadians J Layton Ralston and James Davidson, who were charged with getting Rotary started in this part of the world. No doubt the strong and binding ANZAC tradition in 1921 would have been significant with the inclusion of the two New Zealand Capital cities. Their journey to Australia was particularly commendable, taking into consideration the fact that WW1 was still being wound up and the Spanish Flu was still raging in parts of the world.

Moruya Rotarians have now started ‘the gears turning’ towards put our minds towards initiating a function to celebrate what is no doubt the most significant Rotary occasion we will see and experience in our lifetimes. There are a number of ideas floating around and I believe that with the high level of interest in the occasion, we will definitely require a Sub -Committee to focus on producing an extravaganza that will be remembered for years to come.

NEXT WEEK Thursday 25th

Roz Hill from the RC of Young will talk about the ‘Prostate Cancer Support Group. Please invite partners and friends along to hear about this important health issue. Numbers to Rod please by Tuesday PM.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 11 February 2021

Ange’s Chat

It was wonderful to hear from our President Elect Andrew Lawson last Thursday as our guest speaker. Andrew entertained us with a fascinating talk in which he unraveled some of the many threads of his life.

Andrew was born in London in 1950 and his family moved to Essex at an early age. He said being a student of the Humanities fashioned him. He attended London Metropolitan Uni where he read Accounting and Law.

PE Andrew Lawson at last week’s meeting

Andrew is passionate about many things especially Rugby Union, having started to play 1st team footie in Year 10. He said he was very fortunate to have been approached by the Harlequin Football Club, the most prestigious Rugby club in England where he played 2nd and 3rd grade. An equal love is Folk Music and he spoke with great fondness of a folk club in Essex where Paul Simon was a regular as well as various pop stars. Needless to say he’s a regular at the Cobargo Folk Festival.

Andrew’s long, varied and high level career has spanned the continents.  He started with a chartered accountancy firm. He then dropped tax and audit to work on special projects such as with TNT on acquisition searches, “an enthralling exciting time”. Having then decided public accounting was not for him, he became the Chief Financial Officer for a major UK conglomerate which included, among other things, the UK’s largest bottler of edible oils.

Then he was in the United States for three years sorting out efficiency issues at the company’s Nuclear Maintenance Operations in Virginia. He returned to the UK in 1987 when he started a consulting business with his second wife Maggie which continued until 2007. Finally, he is chairman of a UK company that manufactures ophthalmic equipment in China with an office in Hong Kong, both of which are extremely successful in the current climate.

Family is a vital part of Andrew’s life. He has two children and grandchildren in the UK, so with Covid he has obviously not seen them for a year. He has a daughter supervising bull breeding on a cattle station in Theodore, Queensland and a son (ex ANU) who is an immigration lawyer with Home Affairs in Canberra.

Andrew’s Harlequin jersey still fits. He’s promised to wear it one night…

Andrew and Lynn have known each other since teenage years and their paths crossed many times. Lynn moved to Australia in the 1980s. They finally married in 2007 when Andrew moved to Australia; they initially lived in Brisbane. They moved to Wandella five years ago. Their house fortunately survived the bushfires, but not some of their outbuildings. It was during their evacuation to Narooma during the fires that we first met Andrew.

Andrew says he is honoured to be a member of our Rotary Club, as are we to have him join us.

A postscript – Andrew’s Harlequin jumper still fits! He also follows Tottenham Soccer Club, “it’s in the blood”. ­


This Thursday

We’re at the Golf Club for a dinner meeting 6 for 6.30pm. Organise next Thursday’s breakfast meeting

This Sunday (14 February)

This is our Valentine’s Day Car Rally when we will be joined by our Moruya Rotary friends. It is being organised by our car rally supremo David McInnes, so it promises to be a fun day.

Time: meet 11.45 above Tuross boatshed/café at corner of Trafalgar Rd and Nelson Pde Tuross Head to scrutineer and head off at noon.

Cost: $20/car (money is pooled for fabulous prizes). David suggests four people per car (driver, navigator and cryptic riddle solvers).

Lunch is a barbecue at Chez McInnes, 88 Long Point St, Potato Point (beef or chicken burgers with salad, some veg) along with live music. Cost $10. Please bring your own chairs, plates, cutlery, glasses and drinks.

If you do get lost (unlikely!), please call David on 0419 863 303.

At last week’s meeting, President Ange Ulrichsen, left, Secretary Rod Walker, Lynda Ord, Charmaine White and Gordon Bentley, a regular from Dubbo Rotary

The Week that Was

From last week’s Board meeting

The board made some major decisions, one prompted by the cost now in using a room at the Golf Club. Many thanks to Bob Aston for providing us with background papers on two major issues for the Board’s consideration. The following decisions were made after considerable discussion, to last until the end of this Rotary year.

Meeting venues and times:

  • Meet at the Golf Club each month only on the second and fourth Thursdays. The cost is $27 rather than $22 per person to cover the extra cost.
  • Have a Zoom meeting on the first Thursday of the month. That way Frank Eden and Iris can join us as well as David McInnes and PE Andrew if they’re away, and Gordon Bentley if he is home in Dubbo. It also allows us to more readily access some more remote speakers, such as former tertiary scholars and exchange students
  • Have Board meetings on the second Thursday
  • Trial a breakfast meeting at Casey’s Café on the third Thursday in March (18th), April (15th) and May (20th). More details to come
  • Any fifth Thursday will be a ‘day of rest’ so no meeting 29 April.

The 2021-2022 Board will review these arrangements.

The Food Van

Bob highlighted the significant issues with our van, such as its age and general neglect. Many Board members are reluctant to do away with the van so it got down to the cost of fixing it compared with the cost of replacement versus alternatives. Various board members undertook to make inquiries re fixing various components while Bob will look at possible replacement cost. They will report back to the next Board meeting.

Out and About

From Bega Rotary

Bega Rotary were finally able to hold their Book Fair last weekend at Bega Showgrounds.  Bega has run the book fair for 12 years and typically holds it twice a year in January and July. It’s the Club’s major fundraiser. The bushfires in January 2020 and then Covid in July postponed the fair until January, but then that was rescheduled for February due to the border closure with Victoria.

Bega Rotarians had all measures in place to respect COVID-19 regulations. The Showground Pavilion was set up with fewer tables and spaced apart to respect the 1.5 metres ruling. Donated books for sale were deemed safe from the virus having been in storage since March 2020.Interestingly, Bega only accepts quality books.

Treasurer of Bega Rotary Charlie Blomfield said the most popular genre in the non-fiction books is cookery and gardening while the most popular genre overall is children’s books. They encourage children’s reading by making the first five books free.

Celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Australia

Batemans Bay and Moruya Clubs are considering geetti g together , possibly somet time in May, to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia. More discussion to come, possibly including with Narooma….


Thursday 18 February: no meeting

The following week, Thursday 25th: Roz Hill from the RC of Tumut will talk about the ‘Prostate Cancer Support Group. Please invite partners and friends along to hear about this important health issue.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 4 February 2021

Ange’s Chat

Narooma Rotary Tertiary scholars with their Club counsellors: Lynda Ord, left, Tahlia Arnold, Lynn Hastings, Elise Dixon (2021), Rory Spurgeon (2020) and Bob Aston.

What a delightful Youth Night we had last week, our first formal meeting for 2021. It was a celebration of our youth from Narooma High and their educational endeavours.

Our Tertiary Scholars were our guest speakers and included Elise Dixon (2021), Rory Spurgeon (2020), and Tahlia Arnold. We also heard from one current and one former Scholar who couldn’t make it – Cassidy Kerr (2019) and Carl McEvoy (2015) – who emailed us with an update. More details from our scholars are in the Week that Was.

I was also very impressed to hear from Narooma High Principal Fiona Jackson and the two School Captains Abbey Dawson and Patrick Sly. Fiona gave us a riveting glimpse into the challenging events of 2020 starting with bushfires and then Covid.  Both had a huge impact on the entire school community. Fiona guided students and teachers through it all with the physical, mental and emotional health and safety of them and their families paramount. With Covid came the need to provide school education online which was a mammoth task. She praised her executive, superb staff and students who worked together to adapt to this change.

Abbey and Patrick impressed us with their wonderful student initiatives such as a Diversity Program to address issues such as racism, sexuality and body image at the school. Patrick also mentioned their move to encourage more students to understand Aboriginal culture and for everyone to accept and appreciate each other’s differences. Another key focus of the leadership group is on building greater team spirit across the school.

They were all so inspiring. Makes me realise how appropriate Narooma High’s motto is – ‘Together we soar’.

THIS WEEK Thursday 4 February

This Thursday we’re at the Golfie again.

5pm: our Board will meet to discuss important proposals regarding future Club meetings and the Rotary Van. Vice President Bob Aston will chair this meeting.

6pm: Dinner meeting with guest speaker our very own PE Andrew Lawson who will talk about his life to date. Should be quite fascinating. Please let Secretary Rod know if you will be there and if you are bringing guests.

The Week that Was

Our Scholars star at Youth night

Last Thursday our annual Youth night was unlike previous years being almost completely focussed on our Tertiary Scholars. That was because none of our other Rotary youth programmes ran last year because of Covid.

Bob Aston gave us an excellent summary of the status of our Rotary Tertiary Scholarship scheme which started with a $108,000 bequest from the late Alexander Birch in 1989/1990 to help Narooma High students pursue tertiary studies. This year’s scholar is the 31st student assisted by this scholarship, assistance that has totalled $267,000 so far. Bob pointed out the scheme’s days are numbered because we are now eating well into the capital. He estimates we have enough funds for probably another four scholarships.

Our latest Tertiary Scholarship winner is Elise Dixon with her counsellor Lynn Hastings.

We met our 2021 Rotary Tertiary Scholar Elise Dixon. Elise will study for a Bachelor of Medical Science at the Australian National University (ANU). She thanked the Club for this “amazing opportunity”. Elise’s counsellor (club contact) is Lynn Hastings.

Our 2020 Scholar Rory Spurgeon also joined us. Rory is doing a Bachelor of Science Honours degree at ANU. He said the first four weeks of uni were wonderful but then the lockdown hit and he spent two months back in Narooma. Last year was all done on line, except for Chemistry practicals.  He is doing a major in Physics but is enjoying Chemistry so much he may do a Chemistry major.  His other subjects are Maths and Computer Science.  His results were again excellent.  Rory has secured a job as coordinator of his college (Fenner Hall) sports.

Our 2019 Scholar Cassidy Kerr was unable to join us but her counsellor Rod Walker read a short note from her. Cassidy is doing a double degree in Law and Psychology at the University of Wollongong.  She was very pleased with her results last semester, her best to date, achieving two Distinctions and two Credits despite the challenges of online learning. She thanked the Club for its ongoing support.

Tahlia Arnold also joined us and was introduced by her Counsellor, Lynda Ord. Tahlia was awarded a partial scholarship in 2018 and 2019 for her Bachelor of Arts studies majoring in psychology, so impressed was the scholarship panel with her attitude and commitment. She has now completed her degree.

Carl McEvoy, our 2015 Scholarship winner, had hoped to join us but couldn’t because of work commitments but sent a lovely email to President Ange who had been his counsellor. Carl completed a Bachelor of Communications (Media, Arts & Production) at UTS. Carl was employed last year on TV productions Big Brother and The Farmer wants a Wife, but Covid forced the shows to close. Through lockdown he and mates put together a film called ‘Unexpected Guests’ showing at some mini film festivals. Carl is currently employed on another reality show called ‘Australia’s Ninja Warrior’. He is also awaiting the result of an international script writing competition where he advanced to the semi-finals from a field of 2000 competitors.

More on Narooma High Principal Fiona Jackson and the Captains…

Fiona emphasised that communications was key to getting through 2020, particularly through the bushfires, with good information based on experience crucial. The school maintained close contact with bushfire affected families and organised counselling when needed. A lot of procedures Narooma High implemented under Fiona’s leadership have now been adopted by other schools.

Tertiary Scholarship winner Elsie Dixon, left, with 2021 School Captains Abbey Dawson and Patrick Sly, with Narooma High Principal Fiona Jackson.

She is proud of both staff and students for their resilience and the way they quickly adjusted to teaching under Covid restrictions. Students who had no computer at home were provided with laptops. Years 11 and 12 had four days of face-to-face teaching at a time when most other schools had much less, thanks to a tremendous effort by staff and students.

Current year 12 School Captains Abbey Dawson and Patrick Sly spoke about how the school’s leadership team has been encouraged to implement their own programmes. Abbey described the student initiated Diversity Program within the school to address major issues including racism, sexuality and body image. Patrick spoke of the need for more involvement in Aboriginal learning by getting participating groups to celebrate their history and stories. The team has also initiated a senior school uniform, while Year 12 now has their own designated area with coloured tables to brighten up the place.

(with some contributions from Mike Young)

Out and About

Narooma-Moruya Valentine’s Day Car Rally

Rally organiser David McInnes is planning a great day for us on Sunday 14 February. This will be in conjunction with Moruya Rotarians; it looks like maybe 20 might join us.

Test your wits and directional ability. Navigate the streets of Tuross Head meandering to Potato Point for a BBQ and live music. Along the way find the answers to questions that have not really been asked. Solve riddles that have no answer. Hopefully, you do not get lost!

When: Sunday 14th of February 2021. 11:45am scrutineering, 12pm start

Where: At the meeting of Trafalgar Rd & Nelson Parade Tuross Head, near the public toilets, above Tuross Boatshed and Cafe.

Rally Costs: $20 per car (minimum two people per car, maximum – the number of seat belts!)

BBQ: $10/head BYO refreshments To book: Please email numbers and dietary requirements to Also open to non-members.

News from Philippines Global Grant Project

The Rotary Clubs of Batemans Bay and Intramuros (Manila) are joint partners in a Global Grant Project in the Philippines under the WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) category of the Rotary Foundation. Narooma, along with Yass and Moruya Clubs have provided financial support. Vere Gray of Batemans Bay Club sent this update.

At long last, the project to provide a gravity-fed water supply and toilets to two villages in Barangay Inararo, four hours drive north of Manila, is finally underway.  Visits by Intramuros Rotarians to start the project were delayed because of Covid. However one member who lives in the area has been working hard with various officials to secure the necessary Certificates of Compliance to enable the project to commence, as well as securing the services of a drill team.  From the well, water will be pumped to a storage tank and then gravity fed via a pipeline through the villages.  A toilet will be provided at each outlet point (10 of them). Attached are a couple of photos of the initial visit on 26 January. This is the second Global Grant Project Batemans Bay has done with Intramuros. 

            The Bay’s first joint Project provided 52 toilets in three villages (which Vere visited with Bronwyn Geppert in February 2020 before lockdowns) has won their District 8310 ‘Champion of Champions Award’ for 2019-2020.  A video taken during their visit is on the RC Batemans Bay website.  It’s also been used in the Philippines’ Foundation Training Seminars.  Narooma and Moruya Rotary Clubs are mentioned in the video as financial supporters.

Presidents-Elect Training Seminar (PETS)

President Elect Andrew Lawson and Mike Young are off to Temora 20-21 February for PETS. This will help Andrew prepare for his year as President. It is a requirement by Rotary International and all clubs’ constitutions that Presidents Elect attend PETS.


The format for next week’s meeting will be determined by the Board this Thursday. Details at this Thursday’s meeting. Details will also be in the next newsletter and on our webpage.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 28 January 2021

Ange’s Chat

January has proved quite an eventful start to 2021, first with the get-together in Quota Park on the 21st with takeaways from The Inlet. Shame about the breeze but it was good to catch up with so many.

Thank you everyone for the great effort making our market last Sunday such a success, especially Chris O’Brien for organizing 81 sites. The place was buzzing with crowds of locals and tourists and perfect summer weather. Takings were fantastic: Gate $1,458, Van $887 and Wishing Well $412. It was also great to see Tony Butcher and his wife Lisa at the market; Tony helped Andrew on the barbecue.

Great to see Tony Butcher and his wife Lisa at Sunday’s market. Tony helped Andrew Lawson on the barbecue. Both Tony and Andrew joined our Club after seeing the Club’s efforts at the Evacuation Centre during the bushfires.

On Monday at the Australia Day presentations, I was delighted to announce that the recipient of this year’s Narooma Rotary Tertiary Scholarship is Elise Dixon. She is the 31st student from Narooma High School to be awarded this three-year $9,000 scholarship, thanks to a bequest made by Alexander Birch. Elise intends studying for a Bachelor of Medical Science at the ANU in Canberra.

Then it was all hands on deck for our annual Australia Day Duck Race when 1,000 ducks were launched off the bridge. A special thanks to Charmaine White for managing this year’s event. Thanks also to everyone who helped including the flotilla of kayakers and even Maritime Services who scooped up the ducks before they reached the bar. The holder of the winning duck ticket 932 was young Murray Lyons of Bodalla who just happened to be at the boat ramp and was gobsmacked to know he had won $1,000. The lucky last duck was 508, won by Heldi Pilli of Potato Point.

A very excited Murray Lyons of Bodalla won first prize on this year’s Duck Race.

This Week

This Thursday is our Youth Night, our first formal Rotary meeting for 2021. Elise Dixon, our 2021 Tertiary Scholars will join us as well as last year’s awardee Rory Spurgeon and Tahlia Arnold. Carl McEvoy (our 2015 Tertiary Scholarship winner) has sent an update on his life since graduating with a Bachelor of Communication (Media Arts & Production) from UTS. Narooma High Principal Fiona Jackson will also join us together with this year’s school captains Abbey Dawson and Patrick Sly.

The Week that Was

The Covid factor in this year’s Duck Race

Mike Young, foreground, looks on with some alarm as some ducks start heading behind the training wall and out of the race.

Who’d have thought that Covid affected the Duck Race. Well, it all started when we did the right thing by social distancing the duck bags and their bearers from the middle of the bridge towards the southern shore.

It wasn’t long though before some ducks closest to the training wall decided to take advantage of the high water and head over the wall for the relatively still waters behind, so officially taking them out of the race. This then split our retrieval efforts, making it more difficult to collect the stayers who kept heading past the finish line towards the town wharf. (It’s wonderful how many Rotarians and friends take to the water each year to help including one regular boat. Tremendous effort. )

Thanks to the kayakers, ducks collected from behind the wall were stockpiled on the island behind the wall for later retrieval so the kayakers could return to the main game. The pile attracted the interest of a few light-fingered lads who visited in their kayaks; those ducks have since rejoined their friends.

Then there was the problem after the race with the falling tide, how to retrieve the ducks from the island which had since been bagged (four bags – very heavy) and too far to carry. The solution? They were floated back on boogie boards to the shore near the caravan park (not as easy as it sounds!). As Steve Deck neared the shore on the final trip, his activity aroused the interest of Fisheries Officers who wondered what was in the bags… Laughs all round.

Out and About

Rotary’s Valentine Day Car Rally

Our Valentine’s Day Rotary Car Rally with Moruya Rotarians is on Sunday morning 14 February culminating with a yummy barbecue lunch at Chez McInnes at Potato Point. Rally organiser extraordinaire David McInnes will give more details next week. Rod Walker will be taking numbers for catering needs. Moruya hopes to have at least 20 people join us.

Cinders Challenge

Moruya Rotary has pencilled in Tuesday 2 March as the date for our annual Cinders Challenge at Moruya Golf Club. Please put it in your diary. Should be a great night. Hope everyone is in training…

Australian Rotary celebrates 100 years

This year is the Centenary of the foundation of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand. The Rotary Clubs of Melbourne and Sydney both formed in 2021. Interesting that Sir John Monash was a founding member of the Melbourne Club. Sir John was noted for his brilliant command of the Australian Army Corps in France which proved instrumental in turning the tide of the First World War. He also oversaw the amazing demobilisation of 160,000 Australian soldiers in Europe, a task that took up to nine months to get them home.

Thinking caps on for doing something special this year to celebrate the centenary ; there has been a suggestion we could do something special with Moruya and Batemans Bay Clubs.

NEXT WEEK Thursday 4 February

5pm: Board meeting at the Golf Club particularly to discuss important issues regarding future meetings and the Rotary Van.

A dinner meeting will follow when our newest member PE Andrew Lawson will talk about his life.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 21 January 2021

Ange’s Chat

Our December market was a great success, thanks to everyone who helped out and lots of holidaymakers as well as locals.

Seasons Greetings! I hope you are all loving our Summer break.

Thanks everyone for helping at our bumper December market on the 27th. As PE Andrew said, “it shows what a great team can do”. What’s more it was great fun and was enjoyed by a large crowd including many holidaymakers. If you haven’t already seen it, please check out Bob Aston’s promotional video on the market on our Facebook page. Thanks Bob.

Charmaine’s daughter Mel and grandkids helped Robyn Miller with duck ticket sales

Running the December market really was all hands on deck. We’re particularly grateful to Rotary friends Dave Swilks, Wayne Redman and Robin McLaughlin for helping out. A special thank you to Chris O’Brien for doing such a great job organising our stallholders.

We finished selling all the Australia Day Duck Race tickets at the market, apart from a few books still with people. That must be a record. Thanks to Michael O’Connor for his superb selling support and to CharmaineWhite’s family selling tickets with such gusto at the December market. We took $1,260 at the gate, van $739.10 (gross), the wishing well $417.45, and $1,450.85 from Duck tickets.

Many thanks to our barbecue team of Bob Aston, John Rungen, Andrew Lawson and Mike Young for helping out at the special holiday event for kids on Bill Smyth Oval earlier this month. Well done for flying our Rotary flag.

We have lots happening over the next two weeks. We start back into the swing of things with a social get-together with fish and chips  this Thursday 21 January at Quota Park. Please make sure you give Chris O’Brien your orders to expedite things on the day (have you seen the queues!). Suggest you  also bring a chair (maybe a small table) and good cheer.

Then on Sunday 24th it’s our January markets. Bob has sent the roster around; hopefully we can fill in any holes this Thursday. Thanks Bob and all.

Then on the 25th January our 2021 Rotary Tertiary Scholarship winner will be announced at the Australia Day ceremony at the Golf Club.

The next day, on Australia Day, we have our famous Duck Race with a 10am launch off the bridge. No doubt our Duck Race Manager Charmaine will be calling for helpers at our get-together on Thursday.

Then the following Thursday is our Youth night (see details below).

Look forward to seeing you this Thursday. Ange

THIS WEEK Thursday 21 January

This Thursday we are having a social holiday get-together at Quota Park (near Quarterdeck) 6pm for 6.30pm.

If you haven’t already done so, please let Chris O’Brien by Tuesday afternoon if you are coming (on 0408 489 247 or   if you are bringing any guests, and what you and your guests would like to pre-order. There are three options, all at $12. Option 1: Blue Grenadier & Chips; Option 2: Salt and Pepper Squid and Chips; Option 3: Snack Pack of 1 seafood stick, 2 fish cocktails and 2 calamari.

The Week that Was

Remembering PP Ted Bladwell

Ted and Sam Bladwell in Narooma in 2008

Much loved former President of our Club Ted Bladwell died recently and his funeral was held on the 7th. Our Club sent flowers as well as a tribute to Ted which was read out.

Ted became a great friend of mine and a wonderful mentor, a friendship initially forged through Rotary. Ted was secretary during my year as President in 2007-2008 and I couldn’t have wished for a better secretary. His mantra was …. “We can do this”….. and we did.

Ted was President after me and during his year we celebrated the Club’s 50th Anniversary. Ted was a real ‘doer’ and always so considerate. Many members, past and present, remarked on the wonderful ‘Sam and Ted team’, as Sam also became a much loved member of our Club. Their years in Narooma are remembered as fun and happy times. Our members’ memories of Ted included his commitment to Rotary and its ideals, and how he made it a priority each market day to take Rotary donuts to the staff at the caravan park in appreciation of them storing our food van. We were all sad when Ted and Sam moved north, but many of us have visited them when within striking distance of Toowoomba. Laurelle Pacey

Out and About

Our Rotarians lend a hand

Andrew Lawson and John Rungen in action

Our Rotary Club was invited to cook a barbecue for a holiday event for kids at Bill Smyth Oval on the 12th. It was  sponsored  by Campbell Page, Mission Australia, PCYC, Save the Children, Headspace, the NSW Police Force and Eurobodalla Shire Council. Thanks to PP Charmaine for liaising with Tanya Borge of Campbell Page which led to our involvement. 

NSW Police provided the sausages etc while our expert team of Bob Aston, John Rungen, Andrew Lawson and Mike Young manned  the barbecue. We cooked on our old gas BBQ because there was no electricity supply at the Oval amenities block due to major construction works at the site.  Fortunately, the gas bottles were full  but we identified the need for fitness classes for Rotarians after having to lift the gas BBQ over the oval fence (all gates were locked!).

PCYC organised activities for the children, including archery lessons (with the arrows pointing at targets away from roads and houses), inflated ‘bump balls’ where the kids could roll around inside a big inflated ball (like a donut) and bang into each other without any damage.  It was hilarious to watch.  So was the ‘backyard’ cricket which attracted all the sponsor representatives as well as the kids. Save the Children provided some fun activities for very young children, their parents and carers.  It was a privilege to meet many of the kids and observe their excitement from taking part in this event. Headspace had a stand which offered mental health services for 12 to 24 year olds.

Andrew and Mike took it easy when business was slow

The numbers of kids were less than expected, perhaps highlighting the need for more promotion for any future event. The fact  it was also a very good beach day may have affected numbers. A similar event was run at Moruya the day before and at Batemans Bay the following day.   Mike Young

NEXT WEEK Thursday 28 January

Next Thursday is our annual Youth Night back at the Golf Club. It will be a great night with our 2021 Rotary Scholarship winner, some past scholars and Narooma High principal Fiona Jackson. Please let Rod know numbers by the Tuesday before.