Beacon 26th November

Pulling Teeth in Timor Leste

What a great turnout on Thursday night to hear Charmaine speak.   The trip got off to a shaky start with the airplane being unavailable and connections missed.

The Dentistry project is supported by Rotary, by Lyons, and by the Carmelite Nuns. Charmaine  spoke of the challenges for sterilisation of equipment and the need to ensure gloves lasted the distance as they were in short supply. While the gloves were on, the dentists got to be quite bossy (since she/he needed to keep the gloves clean)

Some very interesting points were raised, for example the condition of teeth improved the further Charmaine got from “civilisation”. The chewing of Betel Nut causes oral cancer, with the possibility of treatment quite remote, but she is hopeful that there may be a chance to break the cycle with the current generation.

As I knew that there would be a few away, I endeavoured to take a video using my phone, so if you want a copy, please let me know ( Frank), and I will provide a copy on USB stick.  Its a bit shaky, since I didn’t have a tripod, but the sound is surprising clear.

Charmaine's crew from the Dental Surgery
Charmaine’s crew from the Dental Surgery

Joy Ings

Some notes from Jack Ings. . .

For the past ten years I have provided a cash amount to Narooma High School for an annual presentation of prize for achievement in art.

Since our leaving of Narooma, I have requested that a Narooma Rotarian make the presentation at the Annual High School Prize giving event in the name of Joy and Rotary.

Joy had always been involved in art but when we were living in Singapore she had the wonderful opportunity of studying under three masters of different aspects of the art of Chinese Brush painting.

During one break from the heat of Singapore, she returned to what was then our holiday home in Narooma and became a foundation member of the Narooma Art and Craft Society.

When we retired to Narooma, she became very active in the Society, giving classes in Chinese Brush painting and participating in all their shows and events.

Inevitably she won her class in the annual show and later, so did some of her pupils. Her paintings were of high class; having sold her very first that she entered into a show while we were still in Singapore. She also completed a number of commissions.

Joy was very community minded and took part in all the activities for which I was awarded an AM (she always jokingly said she should have got the PM). But our club did honour her with a Paul Harris Fellow when I was the 9710 District Governor.

We both worked at the High School assisting with remedial reading and general literacy problems. Hence her interest in the Art being taught at the school.

She was twice President of the Narooma Quota club and once the President of the Narooma Ladies Probus Club and when we moved to Shoalhaven Heads to be closer to hospitals and specialists, she joined with me, as a charter member of the Gerringong Sunrise Rotary Club.

Unfortunately, her health gave out and she could not continue in Rotary in her final years but you can see why I am anxious to create this prize to be in perpetuity and linked to the Rotary club.

Note from the editor:  Jack still is in Rotary, holding positions in the Eclub of Melbourne. A true example of “service above self”.  Lynda will be presenting this award at the high school.


27th November 2015 – Community Service.

At 7.30 we need to bring the van in to NATA Oval and set up as we do for the markets (near the power box) BBQ at the rear.  We will need at least 3 people to set up and be ready to cook at approx 11am.

The BBQ area will need at least 3 bodies and 3 in the van (the more the merrier).  The Police are supplying sausages , patties, bread and onions, catering for up to 300 people.
Should be finished by 1pm.


The markets were a success despite the rain.  Thank you to every one, members and partners for your wonderful effort.  Takings were : Gate $600, Van $389.80  Wishing Well $93.50

And thank you to Lynda for stepping in an selling raffle tickets for the Race Day.

More Photos from James Bond Night

John and Sandra

John and Sandra