Narooma Rotary Beacon 17 January 2019

Happy New Year!

Rod’s Ramble

We had ‘ a merry little Christmas’ party at Casey’s in December – a good time was had by all.

I hope the holiday season has been good to you and you have caught up with family and friends. Jennifer and I did something different this year and spent Christmas and New Year on a cruise to the South Pacific.

As Rotarians we have a busy time ahead starting with our informal meeting on Thursday in Quota Park followed by the annual Duck Race on 26th January and the Market on the 27th. These events will need all our support so if you can help please respond to any requests from John Doyle or Charmaine for assistance.

Our first meeting back on the 7th February is a youth night.

The next meeting scheduled for 14th February has been replaced with a joint meeting of Moruya, Bateman’s Bay and Narooma Rotary Clubs on Wednesday 13th February to present the Race Day proceeds to Muddy Puddles. Details closer to the event. Please try and make this night as it is one of the few opportunities we have to interact with other clubs. If we have a good response we can organise carpooling.

Our first guest speaker of the year is on Thursday 21st February when Di White, the Volunteer Coordinator at Monty’s Place, will talk about the value of volunteers and the growth of support networks around Monty’s.

The date of  the Cinders Trivia night in Moruya  is still to be finalised and preparations for the Busking Championships will ramp up towards the 25th May. Again please respond to calls for assistance from our Busking Co-ordinator, John Rungen, as they arise.

I hope to organise at least one vocational visit around the time of our Pride of Workmanship presentations on 11th April. If you have any ideas for a vocational visit let me know. I would also like to organise some social events.

Whew, the last five months of my tenure are going to be busy. It’s also going to be a critical time for the future viability of our Club. While not impossible, it would seem implausible that we could continue to operate without a President. I am appealing to someone to please step forward. Plenty of support is available so don’t let a lack of experience or confidence stop you.

As Mark Twain said,  “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you didn’t do’’. Rod

Coming Up

THIS THURSDAY 17th: Watch the sunset and enjoy fish and chips

Our first get-together for the year is in Quota Park (near the Inlet) this Thursday evening for nibbles and wine (BYO) from 6pm, and then fish and chips from The Inlet (buy your own). Best bring a chair and maybe throw in a small foldup table just in case it’s needed.

This will also be a chance to finalise arrangements for the Duck Race on Saturday 26th and the roster for the markets on Sunday 27th.

Look forward to seeing you then.

Duck Race Saturday 26th

Our Duck Race coordinator Charmaine has worked out that we should drop the 1,000 ducks off Narooma Bridge about 3.30pm on Saturday the 26th. She needs our help from 3pm to get organised.  

We still have tickets to sell and still need ticket sellers for some slots in front of Dalmeny and Narooma IGAs. Charmaine will fill us in on Thursday when we meet in Quota Park. Tickets are also on sale at Narooma Dental Surgery during surgery business hours.

As always, the first duck across the finishing line wins $1,000; the last duck $100. Proceeds this year go towards our Tertiary Scholarship Fund for students from Narooma High. We also make donations to Narooma Surf Club in appreciation of their assistance and to Bermagui CRABS (Cancer Research Advocate Bikers) who lend us the ducks.

Narooma’s top ticket selling team of Murphy and Michael O’Connor at the markets.

The month that was…

Rotary Christmas Races

Rotary Christmas Races on Sunday 23 December were a great success, well attended and enjoyed great weather. This was a combined effort of Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma clubs, with special thanks to Moruya Jockey Club and its manager Brian Cowden for making the event possible. This year’s local charity that will benefit is Muddy Puddles.

Chief Rotary Race Day coordinator was Batemans Bat Rotarian David Ashford. Our Club was unable to provide  helpers on the day, but we contributed the proceeds of our Whale Watching Raffle ($1,735.85) , along with Michael’s efforts of selling Race Day raffle tickets  ($925.90) making a total of $2,660.85 from Narooma towards Muddy Puddles.

Over $1,000 worth of raffle tickets were sold on the day, thanks to Rotarians and friends and Muddy Puddles helpers.  Batemans Bay Rotarians also collected donations at the gate. Raffle prize winners were:  Bronwyn Geppert (Batemans Bay Rotary) the $2,000 travel prize, Chris Smith the Moruya Jockey Club Hospitality Package, Estelle Bamman of Moruya  the Wallabies Jersey, Helen Spears from Albury the Chainsaw donated by Moruya Mitre 10 and Lyn Spanomanolis a Muddy Puddles supporter won the hand-made quilt. 

Muddy Puddles is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2014 by a group of parents of disabled children who were having to travel great distances to find support services. It’s run by CEO Cate McMath and a staff of part time helpers and volunteer support. Its clientele is divided into groups aged 0 to 6 and 7 to teenage. The average number of children under treatment is around 80 to 90 per month. It has a new therapy centre that opened in late 2018

December’s Bumper Markets

What a great markets in December! Lots of happy people and such a great vibe.  Great work Markets manager Chris O’Brien and all the team who help make the markets such a success. Takings were: Gate $1,953.50; van $1,157.60 (hugely busy); wishing well $385.55; and sales of duck race tickets$ 591.00.

Sandra Doyle, Robyn Miller and Lynn Hastings in the van.
BBQ team of Bob Aston, John Rungen, John Doyle, David McInnes and Geoff Robin.

Young students immersed in science

The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is now underway in both Canberra and Brisbane. It’s a fantastic 12-day residential program that gives students from across Australia a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and encourages continued studies in these fields.  

Unfortunately our Club has been unable to attract any Narooma students from even applying for NYSF in recent years.

During the 12-day forum, participants visit science and technology related laboratories and facilities, go on site tours, listen to lectures, take part in workshops, go to social events and participate in group activities that improve communication and presentation skills. They also take part in sessions on entrepreneurship, critical thinking, how to work together effectively, and more. The focus is not solely on academic achievements, but on developing well-rounded individuals with the skills and confidence to determine their futures.

Applications open soon for the 2020 NYSF. Hopefully this time some Narooma students will seize this fantastic opportunity.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 13 December 2018

This will be the last Narooma Beacon until mid-January. However we will be quite busy in the interim.

The Week that Was

President Rod as well as several others were away last Thursday; we had 14 members with Vice President Laurelle in the chair.

Our newest Rotarian Robyn Miller gave her first international toast which was to Rotary’s impressive contribution over many years to the eradication of polio worldwide. [Ang is working on having another film night at the Kinema as a polio eradication fundraiser, probably mid-2019.]

Laurelle organised two rounds of Trivia – one was a ‘Who’s who’, the second round was a combination of local historical and Christmas trivia. Chris O’Brien was the winner, with Lynda Ord a close second.

We combined some happy moments e.g. Mike’s diversion to Young on a recent road trip to pick up some baseball caps emblazoned with ‘Young’ (guess what’s in the family’s Christmas stockings this year) with hearing about one of the many highlights of Ang’s recent European trip – a visit to the wonderful Mont St Michel. Meanwhile Charmaine was busy enlisting the help of members to sell duck tickets (proceeds will top up our scholarship fund).

This Thursday night is our AGM

During the AGM, former President Bob Aston will present his annual report for 2017-2018 which was a very successful year. We will then try and finalise our Board for 2019-2020. At the stage of going to press we still had no nomination for President.

Tahlia Arnold completes first year Uni

You may remember that last December the Club awarded Alicia Bate the 2018 Tertiary Scholarship; she’s been on a gap year this year. The panel was also so impressed with another candidate Tahlia Arnold and her desire to do well at university, they awarded her a one-off scholarship of $3,000 for 2018.

Tahlia has now completed her first year studying Psychology at the University of Wollongong with fantastic results. During this week, Lynda Ord received this wonderful note from Tahlia.

Dear Lynda,

I hope you have been well. I’ve been studying really hard this semester, with 5 subjects and 5 exams (and little time for breaks!) I got my results back just the other day and Ithought you’d like to hear them: ENGL131 82/D, INDS130 83/D, PHIL151 82/D, PSYC12274/C, and PSYC123 89/HD

My family and myself are very proud of my marks, especially my stats result (a HD!). I’ve been taking some Indigenous Studies electives, and hopefully, I will soon be able to claim a minor in either Indigenous Studies or Australian Studies. I think that will be a nice bonus to my Psychology major. 

I’ve made quite a few friends at International House, and I’m pleased to say that some will be staying at iHouse again next year, so I’ll have a good group of friends to hang out with again. Some have even invited me to stay at their homes in Japan! One day in the future, I’ll take them up on their kind offer.

Finally, I’d like to say that none of this would have been possible if you and the kind people at Rotary hadn’t considered me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! First year of uni complete!! 🙂 

A wonderful outcome and big smiles all around! The Board decided this week to award Tahlia an additional $1,000 in recognition of her outstanding results. Hopefully she can join us at our Youth Night in February.

Drought Relief Appeals

The Drought Relief Appeal launched by Rotary Australia, the National Farmers’ Federation and Channel 9 in August raised over $10m to support drought-stricken farmers. The appeal closed at the end of September. The donations were administered by Rotary Australia and distributed to farmers in need with the help of the National Farmers’ Federation.

Funds were distributed  through the CWA, Rotary districts, the Salvation Army and Drought Angels and were used to purchase fodder and stock water, assist with household expenses and also support mental health services.

Moruya Rotarians meanwhile raised $6,000 in their own Drought Relief Project which was distributed to 20 farming families in the West Wyalong area known to be doing it tough, with the assistance of West Wyalong Rotary. Each family received a $300 gift certificate purchased in the West Wyalong business area.  Not only did Moruya Club help the farmers but they were also supporting local business. 

Coming Up

This Friday, Christmas Carols on NATA Oval

Thank you to those who volunteered to man the van at Narooma’s Christmas Carols this Friday evening 6.30-9.30pm – John Doyle, Lynn Hastings, John Rungen, Mike Young and Aish Stanley. Should be good.


 Scholarship interviews this Saturday

This Saturday, our three-member panel which includes President Rod will interview the seven students from Narooma High who have applied for the 2019 Rotary Tertiary Scholarship. Then it’s on to the party!

Club Christmas Party this Saturday night

The Christmas party at Casey’s Café this Saturday night gets underway at 6.30pm. If you haven’t already paid, please pay online before Saturday night; it just makes the night a lot easier. Some wine will be provided by the Club; if you want beer or spirits, please bring your own.

The Club then goes into recess for a few weeks with no formal meetings until 7 February but we will still be out and about in our community.

Markets Friday 27 December

Our Markets Manager Chris O’Brien reports bumper bookings for the holiday markets on Friday 27h December, with a variety of stalls including many new ones. Everyone who will be around has put their names down for the roster; we should be very busy. We will also push our Australia Day Duck Race tickets.

Sunset, fish and chips Thursday 17 January

Our first get-together in 2019 will be in Quota Park for nibbles from 6pm Thursday 17 January and then take-away fish and chips from The Inlet. Best bring a chair and maybe throw in a small fold-up table just in case it’s needed.

This will be chance to finalise arrangements for the Duck Race on Saturday  26th and the roster for the markets the following day.

Back to the Golfie

Our first meeting back at the Golf Club in 2019 will be our Youth Night on Thursday 7 February when we will hopefully get to meet our 2019 Rotary Tertiary Scholar. We’re hoping we might also have as guests some of our previous scholarship winners (depends on work commitments and return to uni arrangements).

Have yourself a merry little Christmas and a safe one.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 6 December 2018

The Week that was

It was wonderful to have Narooma Golf Club’s Event Manager Julie Bradley join us for dinner last week and to receive a Certificate for the Golf Club. This expressed our appreciation for working closely with us to ensure our meetings run smoothly each week. Julie is our ‘go to’ person for our meetings.

President Rod presents a certificate of appreciation to Narooma Golf Club, received by the Club’s Event Manager Julie Bradley

It was all ‘go’ last Thursday at the Golf Club for Narooma High’s Year 10 formal. The students looked fabulous and so grown up, including Julie’s daughter. Julie left us early to join in the festivities upstairs.

Rod had a busy night seeking our input on various matters, including recruiting the 2019-2020 Board. However, we still lack a President for the next year…

Our International Toast last week was to the Rotary Club of the Orkneys which meets at Kirkwall for lunch.

Narooma Rotary Tertiary Scholarship

As members are aware, the Club offers a Tertiary Scholarship to a student from Narooma High to attend university or other tertiary study after they have completed the HSC. The scholarship is valued at $9000.00 over three years. It is funded from a bequest made to the Club many years ago; from time to time the scholarship is also supplemented with funds from our Charity Account.  Proceeds from the 2019 Australia Day Duck Race will go to the Scholarship Fund.

This year, seven students from Narooma High have applied for the Scholarship; each applicant submitted a written application, a CV and a copy of their last school report and their school reference. Students will be interviewed for the Scholarship on 15 December; the winner will be announced at Narooma’s Australia Day celebration.

Eurobodalla Rotary Christmas Race Day

A big thank you to Michael O’Connor who has been busy selling raffle tickets to support the major beneficiary of the Christmas Race Day, Muddy Puddles. He has been selling them in front of IGA and at the last markets. Michael with the help of Murphy sold 27 books raising over $920.00 to help Muddy Puddles – a great effort.  Michael of course attributes his success to Murphy’s salesmanship.

Another sign, on a lighter (but serious) note…

This is a translation of a French church notice, courtesy 
(via Lee) of the Moruya Rotary newsletter  …

When you enter this church it may be possible thatyou hear ‘the call of God’. However, it is unlikely that He will call you onyour mobile. Thank you for turning off your phones. If you want to talk to God,enter, choose a quiet place and talk to Him. If you want to see Him, send Him a text while driving.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 29 November 2018

The Week that Was

Noel Trevaskis OAM is always an inspiring speaker and as our special guest last week he did not disappoint.

Lynda Ord did her research well for her task of introducing Noel, listing his extraordinary achievements over 21 years in Rotary. Most recently (2016-2018) he was the Director on the Board of Rotary International representing Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Indonesia and the South Pacific Islands.

It was fascinating to hear from Noel about ‘the process’ of RI Board meetings extending sometimes over two to three weeks. The papers to read before these meetings were usually over 600 pages.

However, Noel particularly struck a chord with many of our members when he spoke about membership. He said there has been a dramatic drop in membership in Australia and New Zealand as well as an increase in age, and a ‘turning over’ of members about every 10 years. In contrast, he said places like India ,Asia and Africa have had a tremendous growth in membership, largely because of ‘the status’ of being a Rotarian. Noel said unfortunately in some places this has occasionally led to corruption to secure executive positions in clubs.

So, his suggestions on how to retain members?

  • Don’t focus on fundraising, but rather on community service. Noel said people join Rotary because they want to do something for their community, meet new people and make new friends, not to raise funds. Look for good community projects.
  • Be more inclusive of everyone at a meeting. Don’t always sit with the same people. This in particular prompted discussion among members.

We also welcomed Eleanor and Geoff Robin’s friends to our meeting.

Our international toast – to the Rotary Club of Aston

Bob Aston toasted the Rotary Club of Aston in Birmingham – obviously trying to find his roots in ‘the Mother Country’ in preparation for his next trip overseas. The RC of Aston meets over lunch every second and fourth Wednesday of the months at the Aston Villa Football Club.

Bob noted that Birmingham also has Aston University in the city centre. It began as the Birmingham Municipal Technical School in 1895,evolving into the UK’s first College of Advanced Technology in 1956. The University today includes medical, business and engineering schools.

Frank and Rolf discuss the intricacies of our tokens for the wheel.

More on signs, courtesy Peter Bull

On a plumber’s truck:  “Don’t sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.”
At a car showroom: “The best way to get back on your feet – miss a car payment.”
Outside a muffler shop: “No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.”
 

More on signs, courtesy Peter Bull

Narooma Rotary Beacon 15 November 2018

Rod’s Ramble

At last week’s meeting we welcomed our newest member Robyn Miller. We look forward to getting to know Robyn more over the coming months and sharing with her our dedication to the ideal of ‘Service above Self’.

New Narooma Rotarian Robyn Miller was welcomed into the Club last Thursday by proposer Ang Ulrichsen and President Rod Walker

We also had our Board meeting and Assembly last week. I would like to share with you important outcomes from the Board meeting. Firstly, the Board agreed to my suggestion to run a President’s Raffle from February 2019. My very clever wife Jennifer has made a quilt and tickets will be sold up to and including the Changeover on 27 June.

The Board also decided to further investigate some community projects for 2019. These are:

  • Upgrade signage at Ringlands Walk and the pamphlet in conjunction with Narooma Historical Society
  • Check out what can be done re the maintenance of Narooma Scout Hall
  • Look at upgrading Buckeridge Lookout
  • Support IRT’s proposal to build a pathway from the bus stop on the corner of Mort Avenue to the top of Ruth Place, parallel to Club Dalmeny.

On the fundraising front we will investigate the viability of a BookFair.

FOR YOUR DIARY: The Board confirmed these dates

It was wonderful to have former member Enid Holmes with us last week. She said she may not be back for a while. Our thoughts are with Enid and Colin.
  • Saturday 17 November – we are running the Narooma Betta Home Living barbecue, as part of its first birthday celebrations and sale from Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 November
  • 25 November – Market
  • 13 December – AGM and last meeting for 2018
  • Tertiary Scholarship interviews in December
  • Saturday 15 December CHRISTMAS PARTY Casey’sCafé 6.30pm $35 per person payable in advance
  • Friday 28 December – Holiday Rotary Market (instead ofSunday 23 December)
  • 18 January – Social event possibly take-away fish and chipsin Quota Park from anticipated newly opened Taylors/The Inlet
  • 26 January – Duck Race – ticket sellers and duck wranglerswill be needed leading up to this day
  •  7 February first meeting for 2019 – Youth Night.

THIS THURSDAY: Our own Eleanor Robin is our guest speaker.

After a lengthy career as journalist and writer, in retirement Eleanor resumed her study of Australian history.  She was awarded a doctorate from the University of Tasmania in 2017.  Based on her thesis, she has written the biography Swanston – Merchant Statesman, launched by Professor Henry Reynolds in Hobart in August.

Eleanor has revived Swanston’s remarkable story from a treasure trove of bank archives, and highlighted his considerable contribution to the economic, political and social life of Van Diemen’s Land and his leading role in Melbourne’s settlement. Should be interesting.

From Moruya Rotary

Moruya Rotarians recently farewelled PP Geoff Fleming. President Ward Hack said ‘It would be wrong to describe his send off as a funeral’; many stories were told of how Geoff was ‘sharp as a tack, generous and funny to the end’.

From Batemans Bay Rotary

Rotarian Peter Wood OAM spoke last week about his role as Chairman of the Batemans Bay Youth Foundation Inc (BBYF), launched in 1994. It is probably the largest educational charity in Southern NSW.  Since 1994, it’s given 195 students grants totaling $593,500. Its mission is to assist Batemans Bay youth to pursue personal development and advancement in their chosen field.

Peter paid tribute to PP Alex Taylor OAM who negotiated a partnership with Batemans Bay Soldiers Club and the RSL Sub-Branch which continues to this day, with control residing with Rotary.

From Bega Rotary

Bega Rotarians are working towards their annual Summer Book Fair which is on 11-13 January at Bega Showground Pavilion. They expect to have over 30,000 books for sale, many left over from their Winter Book Fair. They have two drop off points in Bega, and have EFTPOS facilities.

With our Board looking at the viability of a Narooma Book Fair, might be interesting to see how Bega does it.

Check out Narooma Exhibition

If you haven’t already seen it, do check out the current exhibition in the SoART Gallery by Narooma Historical Society: ‘Narooma Remembers 1918-2018 – Brave Hearts and Smiling Faces’. It’s being very well received around Narooma.

It’s on every day until the 19th, 10am-4pm. It ends at noon on the 20th.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 30th August 2018

Rod’s Ramble

It was wonderful to catch up with our 2016 Tertiary Scholarship holder Melanie Miller at the markets on Sunday. She is currently doing a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at UNE.

I really enjoyed last week’s meeting where Dianne McInnes gave us an introduction to palmistry. It was a lot of fun.

This week we don’t have a formal guest speaker but encourage you all to come along with a story you are prepared to share. Perhaps the theme can be ‘My most Memorable  Moment’.

Thanks to all involved with Sunday’s market. Takings were Gate $770, Van $394.20, Wishing Well $158.65.

In preparing for our 60th Anniversary celebration, I read the history prepared for our 40th year by PDG Jack Ings. President at the time was Ian Thomlinson; in his message he said:

“The capacity of the Club to give service to the local community and the wider world over a period of 40 years is based on the strength and fellowship of its membership, a reputation that began in the Narooma Club with the Charter Dinner on 15 November 1958.”

Twenty years on these sentiments still ring true.

Cheers Rod

Out and About

President Rod thanks last week’s guest speaker Dianne McInnes.

Last week

A good crowd enjoyed another great speaker last week, thanks to Angie’s diligence. Dianne McInnes (mother of our own David McInnes and of course mother-in-law of Rachael) kept us well entertained with the basics of palmistry. She had us all checking out the shapes of our hands, the length of our fingers etc, and of course the various lines on our palms.  Another very enjoyable night.

October Rotary Markets hosts Club information day

Narooma Lions and Narooma Rotary Clubs are inviting various community clubs and organisations to join them in a Club Information Expo at the October Rotary markets on Sunday 28 October. The aim is to try and recruit new members.

Charmaine White is coordinating it our end. She said the aim is to let everyone in the community know what is available in our area and particularly how much service organisations like Rotary and Lions contribute to our community. ‘Our clubs do make a difference; we are the quiet achievers and could not meet our objectives without the many hours of volunteering by our members.’

She said many service clubs in our area are finding it difficult to recruit new members which makes it difficult to meet services and objectives.

Moruya Rotary has its own Drought Relief project

Moruya Rotarians have really got behind their own drought relief project with $6,000 being distributed with the help of the Rotary Club of West Wyalong. Moruya’s Board made $2,000 available from its Charity Account and various donations and a bucket collection raised a further $4,000.

Moruya’s Col Jay identified that the Rotary Club of West Wyalong serviced one of the worst affected areas; he’s working out details with West Wyalong Rotarian Pat Cleary who runs their Service Projects. Several Moruya Rotarians have gone over there with their caravans – Col and Bronwyn Jay, Steve Young, Rohan and Pauline Gleeson.

West Wyalong Rotarians, with possible help from local firms, will identify the worst hit families. The standard gift will be $200 in the form of a voucher for the local supermarket or possibly a cash cheque. Each envelope contains a letter signed by Moruya President Hack Ward that reads:

We are thinking of you.

Please accept this small gift from the members of the Rotary Club of Moruya. As the current drought spreads and worsens, the people of Australia are becoming more aware of how it impacts on our neighbours further inland. We hope that by sending some money to be spent with your local businesses that this will help you and your family as well as the district economy. Importantly, when things get better, our Club would encourage you to get in touch (contact details at our website www.moruya.rotaryd9710.org.au) and we will help you arrange a holiday in our beautiful district on the South Coast of NSW. Some members have properties suitable for camping and caravans and others will find you a bedroom I am sure. On behalf of all the members of the Rotary Club of Moruya, our best wishes to you and your family in these difficult times.

The Moruya convoy is expected back by Thursday.

Rotary Australia Drought Relief Appeal

The recent Channel 9 ‘Farm Aid’ Telethon, part of the national fundraising drive ‘Fighting for our farmers – Drought Relief Appeal’ was very successful. This appeal is a partnership between Rotary Australia (RAWCS), the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) and Channel Nine. So far the Appeal has raised over $8.65m since it was launched on 2 August.

Donations are being administered by Rotary Australia and distributed to farmers in need with the help of the National Farmers’ Federation. It has already distributed $1m through three organisations: $500,000 to Lions Club’s Need For Feed project to bolster hay runs (hay plus fuel) from Victoria up to NSW, including bringing hay across from Tasmania, and $250,000 each to the Queensland and New South Wales Country Women’s Associations to help farmers pay household bills and/or providing domestic water trucked from nearby towns.

NFF President Fiona Simson said the contribution was a great demonstration of the public’s support for Australia’s farmers; they recognised the importance of balancing the need for immediate relief with the need to handle the donated funds with extreme care.

“These funds have, by and large, been donated by everyday Australians wanting to support the bush through a tough time,” she said. “Our primary objective is to ensure relief is delivered in a way that is targeted, transparent, and beyond reproach. That’s why we’re thrilled to also be partnering with the CWA and Lions. Both organisations have a proven track record in the bush and a strong commitment to working with farmers through hard times. We will continue to work with RAWCS on charitable initiatives and with government on ensuring formal assistance programs are more accessible to those in need, and to increase our industry’s resilience for future droughts.”

Narooma Rotary Club has contributed $1,000 to this appeal.

Renewable Energy Expo 

Moruya Rotary will host this year’s Renewable Energy Expo on Saturday 20 October. It’s in St Mary’s Hall from 7.30am. It would be great to have some Narooma Rotarians drop by, and even help.

For those who love word plays, courtesy Peter Bull

A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.

A will is a dead giveaway.

Police were summoned to a day-care centre where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

A bicycle can’t stand alone; it’s just two tired.

He had a photographic memory but it was never fully developed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Narooma Rotary Beacon 23rd August 2018

Rod’s Ramble

Guest speaker last week was Narooma Public School music teacher Michelle Garcia, seen here with Year 4 student Evie Reakes

Last meeting was full of energy. This was thanks to our guest speaker Michelle Garcia, music teacher at Narooma Public School, and her fellow presenters who included David Manning (yr 6 – a grandson of former Narooma Rotary President Kevin Young) and Evie Reakes (Yr 4). Kevin’s daughter also attended. It made me think that we should make more of an effort to maintain contact with former members and their families, maybe an annual dinner. What do others think?

Please return all Whale tickets to me at out meeting this week or before. We want to sell any remaining tickets at this Sunday’s Market. Thanks to all ticket sellers, the raffle has gone very well.

This week:

Our guest speaker is Dianne McInnes (mother of our own David McInnes and of course mother-in-law of Rachael). Her subject: ‘Palmistry – understanding your characteristics, personality and abilities by looking at your hands.’ Dianne is a perpetual ‘course taker’ so has learned about many interesting subjects. Her last sojourn into education was completing her PhD in 2016. Her thesis analysed the long-term effects of the Tamworth Institution for Boys on those incarcerated there in the 1960s and 1970s. She has had 127 books published on various subjects including biographies, histories and a four- volume encyclopedia on Papua New Guinea.

A REMINDER: Please ensure you email Bob Aston by 4:00pm on the Tuesday prior to a meeting if you will be away from that meeting or if you are bringing guests.

Out and about

Kevin Young’s grandson David Manning, right, was accompanied by guitar teacher Rob Cove

Last week

Michelle Garcia showed us some of the different music programmes she has developed at Narooma Public School in recent years, and  some of the range of musical instruments the school now has. There are lunch time and after school programmes.

Evie Reakes performed ‘Amazing Grace’

Kevin Young’s grandson David Manning, accompanied by guitar teacher Rob Cove, gave an impressive very first public performance, followed by Evie Reakes playing the piano and singing ‘Amazing Grace’ (and she is only in Year 4!). In thanking Michelle, Chris O’Brien expressed what many of us felt, ‘I am thrilled with the development of music programs and musical appreciation at Narooma School’.

We also had an impressive line-up of musical guests – Frank Eden’s daughter Lara Dodds-Eden )professional concert pianist from Canada, her good friend Katie Zagorski (freelance flautist and piccolo player en route from Hobart to Sydney to take up a new contract) and partner Matthew Wade (forensic psychologist),  and a friend of Chris O’Brien’s guitarist Steve Benic (of Kianga).

At last week’s meeting were Frank Eden’s daughter Lara Dodds-Eden )professional concert pianist from Canada, her good friend Katie Zagorski (freelance flautist and piccolo player) and partner Matthew Wade (forensic psychologist)

It was lovely to have Enid Holmes join us last week, seen here with Charmaine White

Coming up at Batemans Bay – the Duntroon Military Band

There are still tickets left for Bateamsn Bay Rotary’s Cabaret Dinner this Saturday evening but get in quick . Numbers are needed for catering and seating. Doors open at 6.30 and the Band will commence at 7pm. This is the Bay’s major community function for the year.

A thought from (a distant) Peter Bull

Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice.

 

Narooma Rotary Beacon 16th August 2018

Rod’s Ramble

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

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

Clifford A Randall RI Pres 1958-59

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

This week 

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

Cheers Rod

Out and about

Last week

Charmaine White in Timor Leste

It was another interesting meeting last week.

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

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

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

Renewable Energy Expo

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

District Conference

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

Would fortnightly meetings encourage younger members?

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

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

Cheers

Laurelle

Narooma Rotary Beacon 9th August 2018

Rod’s Ramble

‘Fun, Fellowship and Family’

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

Hi everyone

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

Bob ‘Techman’ Aston has put the presentations by former presidents Jack Ings, Ian Tomlinson and Peter Bull up on YouTube. The link is https://youtu.be/-DPq1-VTRAY or just search for Narooma Rotary.

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

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

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

This Thursday: 

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

Yours in Rotary, Rod

Out and About

Our 60th celebrations and Changeover

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kidney Kar Rally stops for a Rotary lunch

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

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

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

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

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

More on Rotary drought donations

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

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

Whale Watching Raffle, Rotary Races and Muddy Puddles

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

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

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

President Rod’s Trivia Quiz

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

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

More photos from Saturday night

Narooma Rotary’s 2018-2019 Board: Laurelle Pacey, front left, President Rod Walker, John Rungen; Bob Aston, back left, Lynn Hastings, Ang Ulrichsen, John Doyle

Denise Rungen, Narooma Rotarians Michael O’Connor and John Rungen at Narooma Rotary’s 60th celebrations on Saturday night.

Having cut the cake, past presidents of Narooma Rotary joined in the singing of ‘Happy Birthday’ to the Club. Shown are Brice Grimmond, left, Ang Ulrichsen, current President Rod Walker, Marilyn Gibson, Norm Hoyer, Georgina Staley, Bob Antill, Laurelle Pacey and Bob Aston.

Narooma Rotarian Charmaine White and Jock and Jenny Munro at Narooma Rotary’s 60th celebrations on Saturday night.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 26th July 2018

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

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

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

Mama Mia premiere

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

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

Planning

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

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

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

Rotary in Parliament

Trent Zimmerman is a Member of the House of Representatives and a Rotarian. He recently paid tribute in Parliament to the work of local Rotary Clubs, saying ‘Rotarians do an incredible amount for our community’. He said he had enjoyed his own involvement in his local Rotary Club over many years and encouraged others to think about becoming a member of their local Rotary Club. For more, check this link: https://www.facebook.com/TrentZimmerman/videos/2186660088233702/

This week: Our guest speaker is Julie Griffin

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

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

Out and About

Charmaine reports on Timor Leste

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

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

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

It’s a worry… courtesy Peter Bull

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

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