Beacon 17th March 2016

Short words by bob ant

Last Thursday night we were inspired by Kris McCauley OAM. Thank you to Mike  for his researched introduction and Peter for his wonderful words of thanks.

The evening was also the first having a main only and I think it was successful !?! Thank you to Michael for bringing chocolates for dessert. I put the suggestion that if we wanted to drop the port we could instead give the job of bringing something to share to a lucky member, chosen the week before. Toss the idea around and get back to me or at the next board meeting.

Many people will be away or have guests on Easter Thursday. If we could know numbers that will be available we can plan alternatives. Let Anthony know by Thursday’s meeting for the following.

Markets are Easter Sunday and we will be very busy. Need all hands on deck please. John D has the roster on line or let him know if you have a problem using that facility.

Our charity, The Rotary Foundation turns 100 this year. Arch Klumph  kicked the idea off with a donation of $26.50 (us) to a massive $123 million 2014-15 . CNBC Television in America named Rotary Foundation in “the top 10 charities changing the world in 2015”. We do do good stuff for all and thanks to you and your efforts we continue to lead the way.

Focus on Fiji is now firmly on how devastating Winston was. As help is arriving to the remote islands it is obvious that the rebuilding will be a long project. ShelterBox are on the ground and we know this will be appreciated by those who have been displaced.

Our coverage in the Narooma News this week was fantastic and we can now move forward with the matching grant and set up another life saving machine. Suggestions?

Have a great weekend and see you next Thursday with our guest from PCYC.

Take care

Kris McCauley

Colin is deaf in one ear – he’s never told me which one”. Kris McCauley on how she and her husband were able to run a very successful business in Canberra.

At our Thursday night meeting Rotarian Mike Young introduced our guest speaker Kris McCauley OAM who expanded on the challengers of small business and working with your partner to achieve success without killing each other.

Kris has been more than a hard working partner in a business, she is wife and mother, a leader in the motor industry body – past President of the MTA in the ACT (and now patron), recognised by government as an advisor, a uni student at 50 and much more.

This remarkable woman says it straight. “Governments fantasise that they help contribute to small business”,  “got my OAM by being irritating” “getting my masters at 50 changed a lot of people in Canberra”.

Why do couples start small business “not to make money but for many other reasons. Being their own boss, been retrenched and many more

Kris and her husband Colin developed the habit of calling each other on an extension line at the close of each day to discuss what had been happening and debrief, even though they were sitting a desks near each other.

Rotarian Peter Bull thanked Kris on behalf of the club and made a presentation of the book Rotary Humanity in Motion. Narooma is certainly a winner with Kris and Colin retiring to our beautiful part of the coast.


Cyclone Winston

Cyclone Winston, the strongest cyclone ever to make landfall on Fiji

Some 120,000 people are estimated to need urgent humanitarian shelter assistance following Cyclone Winston, the strongest cyclone ever to make landfall on Fiji.  As a result of strong winds and multiple tsunami-like storm surges, which hit Fiji on February 20th 2016, up to 90% of structures have been destroyed in the hardest hit areas and shelter is an immediate priority.

ShelterBox response to Cyclone Winston

ShelterBox has been working with Sea Mercy to deliver aid to affected islands.  ShelterBox response teams are currently distributing 100 tents and 82 ShelterBoxes in the most hard-hit villages, and 208 more ShelterBoxes and 2000 solar lights are en route for Fiji.  However, this number is only scratching the surface, and the operations team has identified a large number of additional households who are in desperate need of shelter. The team plans to send 2000 ShelterBoxes to meet this shelter challenge.

Why are ShelterBoxes the best solution for families displaced by Cyclone Winston?

At present, there is a lack of ready-to-use lumber and shelter building material on the islands.  This means that the distribution of shelter kits would encourage unsustainable cutting of timber that would result in environmental degradation and lead to decreased disaster risk resilience. ShelterBoxes are therefore the best current solution to support families displaced by Cyclone Winston as they enable rapid distribution and are not dependent on the provision of further materials.  The tents will ensure that families have access to safe and secure shelter as quickly as possible and will help them to resume livelihood activities.

We need to raise $2 million to provide shelter for 2000 households in Fiji.

In order to support the 2000 households who have lost their homes, ShelterBox needs to raise an additional $2 million.  ShelterBox’s support will enable families whose homes were destroyed in the cyclone to move into secure, dry shelter and return them their dignity.  The 2000 solar lamps will provide light, protect vulnerable families from threat and enable them to resume livelihood activities.

Are you able to help meet this need?

Does this disaster resonate in your club?  Do you have donors who’d be interested in supporting this response?  The closer we can get to $2 million, the more shelter we are able to provide to families who lost their homes in the cyclone.

If you are able to contribute to this total, it would help us to reach more families whose lives have been devastated by this storm.  To contribute, go to

We really appreciate everything that you do and want to thank you in advance for making an extra push for families displaced by Cyclone Winston.  Together we can give safe shelter to 2000 homeless families.

Giant Koala Attacks Sydney

Leaving behind him a trail of death and destruction, a giant Killer Koala attacked the city of Sydney last week. The damage bill has been estimated as “in the millions”.

By chance, Rotarian Peter Bull, his wife Karen and visiting black belt Tai Chi and Urdu exponent Radar, were in Sydney at the time and engaged with the mad marsupial.  They were able to calm down the bad bear and  prevent further mayhem.  The mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, praised their actions, “they are heroes”, she said.

Peter invited the arboreal herbivore for a visit to Narooma, “a holiday is just what you need” he said. Narooma is “How life should be

PeterBull and Radar

Rotary Cambodia Dental Team Fundraiser

You are invited to come along and have  a fun night with live entertainment and music

WHAT To Bring $30 each and BYO Wine

WHEN Next Friday night 18 March 6.00 for 6.30 pm

WHERE My Heaven on Earth Cafe Bate St  Central Tilba

WHY Money raised will go towards Rotary Cambodia Dental Team

Please RSVP for catering purposes before Thursday 17 March

RSVP email:   or  mobile: 0418121963
or possibly:


Present Our 30th Anniversary Ball
6:30 FOR 7:00PM
Tickets $60 pp

TWO COURSE MEAL  Be entertained by the music of Sarabande.

MC for the evening will be local radio presenter Ian Campbell.
This is a fundraising event, with all proceeds going to the redevelopment of the Gardens Visitors Centre. If possible, for catering purposes, please reserve your place before 6th May.
Tickets on sale at the Botanic Gardens, Moruya Books or by direct deposit into the Friends account: BSB: 641 800; Acct # 200175567.  Please notify payment via email (  Please provide dietary requirements and contact details when collecting tickets. Supported by the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club. Enquiries: Fran Anderson; 0427 580 533;

POSTER can be viewed here.