Beacon 22nd October 2015

Jack Wightman

It is with a heavy heart that I heard Jack Wightman had passed from this mortal life but I have peace in knowing that he will be reunited with his beloved Carolyn. Jack has been a mainstay of our club for many years. He was always a fountain of Rotary knowledge, a great lover of red wine and had a wry smile. He will be missed by all and our thoughts are with his family.

The funeral will be held on Monday afternoon 26th October at the Presbyterian Church in Marine Parade, 1pm then to the Narooma Cemetery followed by fellowship and refreshments at Club Narooma.

Farewell Major Jack

– Bob Antill

 Jack Wightman
Jack Wightman


Combined Meeting with Moruya

Some ab fab hats at the combined meeting put the Moruyans to shame. . .

Charmaine and Bob
Charmaine and Bob
Lynda, Ang, Radar and Sandra
Lynda, Ang, Radar and Sandra
Rachel, Iris, David and Frank
Rachel, Iris, David and Frank

Monica the new district governor from Canberra outlined the goals for the year.  We combined the event with hat day, and raised  $400 in a wine auction, which will go towards mental health research. A highlight was the bus trip up and back; spirits were high on the return journey with some spontaneous outbursts of singing, albeit with some disagreements on which key in which to sing.


Gnomes and Buycycle

From Enid Holmes . . .

Rotary in Canberra is alive and well, in the last month I have been helping Canberra East with the painting of the gnomes at Floriade. This is a well loved tradition, and many gnomes are sold. Most children stay and paint them there and then  (some take them home unpainted.) They are then allowed to dry and are sprayed to waterproof them. They can then be picked up and taken home, or left to go in the competition.  Some schools do this as a school project and they usually have a theme about them.

The competition gnomes are all left on display, and many people wander through just to look at the gnomes, and of course they see it is a Rotary project, and we do get asked questions about Rotary.

As I said this is run by Canberra East club, and as this is a small club they enlist the help of other clubs. Then at the end of the day, these clubs get a portion of the takings.

Canberra Rotary Club has started up a new project. It is called “Canberra Buycycle.” To buy and sell pre loved bikes. People can, sell, buy or donate bikes. The first market is to be this Sunday, at the Fitters workshop, next to the Old Bus Depot markets.  On Monday Minister  Shane Rattenbury came to open the event and wish it well. I have included some photos of this event.

Charmaine is Back !

Charmaine at Bobanaro, Timor Leste
Charmaine in East Timor

The kinder children all came to see the volunteer dentists from Australia. No tears from any of them. Some needed fillings and extractions but most children  had good teeth. Plain food, not much sugar, a good basic diet would be the reason.

Overall our trip was a great success – we saw over 800 people mainly children and of course adults after school times with long-standing tooth aches. We did over 1000 various treatments.

There were two dentists in the first week and three dentists in the second week. We had no days off and worked every day or we were travelling to villages. The most remote town was Bobanaro eight and a half hours drive from Dilli.

This is a joint NGO project run with Carmelite Nuns, Rotary and Lions and it has been going for ten years.

Short Words from Bob Antill

Today Radar wanted to go on a push bike ride so we rode to Tilba to organise his work experience with Orit. It was a long ride taking in the scenic route (via Ridge Road) but we made it…. my legs are jelly but I did give him 46 years and 10 gears head start and we made it home!!!!!!!

This weeks guest speaker is from RDA and should be of enormous insight for us all.

This Sunday’s market will see me missing in action, I’ll be photographing a wedding in Sydney over the weekend. I hope it will be a great one.

Radar will be at the district conference thanks to Lynda, Enid and Colin.

Have a great week

Crazy Weather

Gosh, it was 38 degrees the other day – great weather for cycling.  And just a week or two earlier it was snowing

Radar cycling at Central Tilba
Snow snapped by Bob on Brown Mountain