all, we have cancelled this week’s meeting due to a number of factors
converging that meant holding a meeting was no longer practical.
guest speaker John Griffiths from the Kinema will be rescheduled to a later
date. Hopefully we can draw a much bigger crowd for him then. John would have
been feeling low anyway after the Wallabies were beaten by the Pumas Saturday
week’s meeting whilst the numbers were small a good time was had by all
with much laughter and merriment. This will be the last meal from the Golf Club
Bistro in its present state with it undergoing major renovations over the next
Whale Watching raffle was drawn this week the winner being Crystal
Atkins from Batemans Bay. Here is the article I have submitted to the media.
CLUB OF NAROOMA WHALE WATCHING RAFFLE WINNER
Saturday saw the drawing of the Rotary Club of Narooma’s annual Whale
Watching raffle donated by Narooma Charters. Nick Ingersoll and family were
on hand at the Narooma Wharf to draw the winning ticket which belonged to
Crystal Atkins of Batemans Bay. Crystal volunteers with the Animal Welfare
League and was delighted to be this year’s winner. The whales are already on
the way south and pods of up to 10 whales are a common sight on Narooma
Charters tours. Narooma Charters has been a long-term supporter of Rotary and
this year the raffle raised over $1,700 for Rotary’s charity partner Muddy
Puddles. Muddy Puddles provides services to children with disabilities that
assist them in reaching their full potential. President of the Rotary Club of
Narooma, Rod Walker, congratulated Narooma Charters for their continued support
and added that the assistance we receive from across the Narooma business
community is outstanding and the main reason Rotary can do the work it does.
is Literacy Month
and Ange has organised for the 27th September two guest speakers
from Narooma Primary School Katrina Cross & Tania Hextell. The title of
their presentation is A Peek into
Literacy and Numeracy in 2018.
The doctor is in (from Rotary Weekly)
Tyrone ‘Doc’ Bledsoe has a prescription to ensure that
young black men attend and finish college: the Student African American
Brotherhood. Bledsoe, past president of the Rotary Club of Reynolds
Corners, Toledo, Ohio, USA, believes that with SAAB, he has made a
breakthrough in solving the quandary that has bedevilled educators,
sociologists, and politicians for decades: how to tear down the walls of
institutionalized racism that have blocked the path of achievement for so
many young men of colour. Click here to read the story
It seems that it was all quiet on the front this week with President, Rod and Vice president Laurelle away travelling. It was left to Past President Bob to run the show.
We were fortunate to have Cate McMath the CEO of Muddy Puddles with us as out guest speaker. Cate gave us a great insight into the growth and development of the organisation. Muddy Puddles was started by parents and community volunteers in the Batemans Bay area to support young people with a disability. The aim of Muddy Puddles is to build a ‘Community where all children are encouraged and enabled to reach their unique potential’
Muddy Puddles has just completed a state of the art Therapy Centre in Batemans Bay. The Centre was made possible through a grant provided by the NSW Government. Services provided by Muddy Puddles include:
· Assessment and development plans
· Individual therapy sessions
· Group programs
· Parent/carer support
Muddy Puddles provides support to children across the early years (0 – 6), primary years and teens and young adults (to 18 years).
Muddy Puddles will be a very worthy recipient of funds raised at the Eurobodalla Rotary Clubs Christmas Race Day.
Travel as a force for peace
By Rick Steves (From Rotary Weekly 7 September 2018)
Rick Steves, author of travel guidebooks and host of the public television series Rick Steves’ Europe, explains why he has come to view travel as a force for peace in the September issue of The Rotarian. Steves believes encouraging young people to travel, such as through Rotary Youth Exchange and Peace Fellowships, is one of the most practical investments we can make in peace. Says, Steves, “people to people connections help us learn that we can disagree and still coexist peacefully.”To read the full story click here
Some more humour (Thanks to Peter Bull and Diane Lovatt)
Notices in church bulletins
Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other items to be recycled Proceeds will be used to cripple children. The sermon this morning: ‘Jesus Walks on the Water. ‘The sermon tonight: ‘Searching for Jesus.’
Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered. The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
Pot-luck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM – prayer and medication to follow
This week’s Ramble comes from Carwoola where we are celebrating my grandson Callum’s 18th birthday. Boy how the time flies. They had 10mm of rain the day we arrived which was very welcome, and it was good to see that there were significant falls in other areas. Already the countryside here has a green tinge. Let’s hope there is more rain on the way in the right places. Our club has made a $1,000 donation through a Rotary RAWCS project set up to help drought effected farmers. It is the same project as that being heavily promoted on Channel 9. The Drought Relief Appeal has been an incredible success. So far $9,487,377 has been raised to support drought-stricken farmers. The donations are being administered by our good friends at Rotary Australia and are being distributed to farmers in need with the help of the National Farmers’ Federation. For more detail on where the funds are going double click here.
We have sold all the Whale Raffle tickets raising just over $1,700 for Muddy Puddles our charity partner this year for the Moruya Races fundraiser involving Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma Rotary Clubs. Thanks to all who sold or bought tickets. I have to single out the efforts of Ange and Michael O’Connor who sold over 50% of the tickets. I am attending a joint meeting next week where I will have more detail on how we can assist on the two race days this year. Our guest speaker this week is the CEO of Muddy Puddles Cate McMath.
The First Four
On 23 February 1905, Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Loehr’s office for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting. Harris’s desire for camaraderie among business associates brought together these four men and eventually led to an international organization of service and fellowship. Double click here to read about each of the first four Rotarians and about Harry L. Ruggles, who is often called the “fifth Rotarian.”
Laurelle, along with Steve, has jetted off to Europe for a couple months of touring and catching up with friends – we wish them well on their journey. I am filling in for a couple of weeks until Peter Bull returns from Queensland, so if you have an article for the Beacon please let me know.
The Week that Was (Thanks to Frank for providing some information)
Forgetting that I was the fill in editor last week I forgot to take notes, so I have had to rely on my memory. We were fortunate to have Frank And Iris’ friend, Peter Kasper, with us. Peter gave us a great insight into his life growing up in Austria and travelling to many parts of the world including Australia. He also told us about some of the loves he has had along the way. Peter makes regular trips back to his second home – Australia.
Frank tells me he and Iris first met Peter when he joined the Canberra City Band about 20 years ago. He was studying his Masters at ANU at the time. Peter currently works for Pantec, an automation company that writes software to control big industrial machines like printers, weaving machines or robots. He plays clarinet in the Symphonic Wind Orchestra Vorarlberg and does very well at it. You can listen by clicking here (you will need an iTunes account to hear it all).
Frank also tells me that he drives a Renau Zoe (Click the link to check it out it is a pretty cool car).
Rod also updated us about our links to the virtual world including our webpage, Facebook page and You Tube presence.
A reminder that if you are an apology or if you are bringing guests please let me know by 4:00pm Tuesday, preferably by email.
Semi Annual Dues
If you have not paid your semi annual dues, please do so as soon as possible.
Getting Older (thanks to Diane Lovatt and Peter Bull)
As a senior citizen was driving down the motorway, his car phone rang.
Answering, he heard his wife’s voice urgently warning him, “Vernon, I
just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way on I-25.
Please be careful!”
“Hell,” said Vernon, “It’s not just one car. It’s hundreds of them!”
Becoming a Senior
Barb was lying in bed one night. Larry was falling asleep but Barb was
in a romantic mood and wanted to talk.
She said: “You used to hold my hand when we were courting.”
Wearily he reached across, held her hand for a second and tried to get
back to sleep.
A few moments later she said: “Then you used to kiss me… “
Mildly irritated, Larry reached across, gave her a peck on the cheek
and settled down to sleep.
Thirty seconds later she said: “Then you used to bite my neck…”
Angrily, Larry threw back the bed clothes and got out of bed.
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.
Out and About
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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’.
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.
Out and about
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Who was the legendary Benedictine monk who invented champagne?
Name the largest freshwater lake in the world?
Where would you find the Sea of Tranquility?
What is someone who shoes horses called?
What item of clothing was named after its Scottish inventor?
“Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.”
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.
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
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’.
I would like to start this week’s Ramble with a message from our RI President Barry Rassin that succinctly summarises Rotary for me. It’s an extract from a longer article in the July Edition of Rotary Down Under.
Barry wrote: One year ago the RI Board adopted a new vision statement: “Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.” That simple sentence distills so much of what is essential about Rotary. We unite, because we know that we are far stronger together than we could ever be alone. We take action, because we are not dreamers, but doers. We work to create lasting change that will endure long after involvement has ended – across the globe and in our communities. And perhaps most important of all, we work to create change in ourselves – not just building a better world around us, but becoming better people ourselves.”
THIS WEEKMama Mia Premiere for PolioPlus
This week we are at the Kinema (not the Golf Club) for a polio fundraiser. I hear tickets are selling fast so we should have a great night. If you can help with catering and the raffle, please get there about 6.00pm.
This Sunday’s Market
We still have may have two vacancies on the market roster for cooks on the 10.00am shift this Sunday 22nds July. Ctrl+ Click here ROSTER and enter your name if you can help.
60th Anniversary Celebration and Changeover Ceremony
Our 60th Anniversary Celebration on 4 August is only two weeks away. We have about 40 acceptances. If you have not yet accepted, please do so straight way. Entertaining us will be one of our Buskers, and the Eurobodalla Shire Mayor Liz Innes and District Governor Margaret Hassall are also coming. We also hope to have a few surprise guests.This event will replace our meeting of the 2nd August.
Mayor Liz Innes recently said : “So many of our most admired organisations are volunteer-driven. Surf Life Saving Clubs, Rural Fire Service, Meals on Wheels, Cancer Council volunteers driving cancer patients to Canberra for treatment. And what about local sporting clubs, and school P&Cs. Regional and rural communities survive and thrive on the generosity and good hearts of local people giving their time to help those around them.”
Vale Anthony Whittle
Seven representatives of our club attended Anthony’s funeral at Milton this week. It was an emotional celebration of Anthony’s life held overlooking a lake and rolling countryside. About 200 people attended, and family and friends made emotional speeches honouring Anthony’s life. A representative of his ‘work family’ from Narooma Plaza Pharmacy also spoke. As is often the case, we learnt a lot about Anthony that we didn’t know. How sad that we didn’t get the chance to know him better. Its moments like these that you realise how important the Rotary family is and the importance of keeping connected in the good and the bad times.
From the Board
Moruya Races in 2018 will draw on the Melbourne Cup Day meeting and the Christmas races to raise funds. The charity partner is Muddy Puddles which provides services to disabled children. A representative will attend our meeting on 9th August to tell us all about their work.
Trivia Quiz – there’s a prize for the first correct answers
I thought I would start a trivia section of the Ramble so we can get some early practice in for Cinders in 2019 (and find out who reads the Beacon). The first correct answer emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org wins a prize and the honour of being quiz master for the week.
How many countries are larger than Australia?
In what state/territory was the highest recorded temperature, of 53°C, recorded?
Australia has the world’s largest sand island. What is its name?
In what year was Advance Australia Fair proclaimed as the national anthem by the Governor-General?
Do all states/territories have the same blood alcohol limit for non-probationary drivers?
Out and About
Charmaine, teeth and Timor Leste
We’re all looking forward to hearing from Charmaine about her two weeks working in Timor Leste with three other Australian dentists. Charmaine says it’s a well-run joint Rotary RAWCS/Lions/Carmelite nuns project. You will recall her telling us of the relationship between toothache, chewing betel nut to relieve it, and that betel nut can cause cancer of the mouth and oesophagus. So eliminating toothache should reduce the risk of oral cancers. Our Club recently donated $1,000 to this project.
District Conference – the Cooma Adventure
District Conference registrations open soon for this year’s District Conference which will be in Cooma 5-7 October. Hop[efully we will be able to get a few people together to represent teh Club.
Our meeting this Thursday is our Club Assembly at which I will present a draft business plan as endorsed at the Board Meeting. My intention is to take a ‘steady as she goes’ approach.
Over the last two years we have added two major events to our Rotary year – the Renewables Expo and the Busking Championship. Members have sacrificed time with their families and businesses to ensure their success; for a variety of reasons we will be missing the input of some key people in 2018-19. As you know, Moruya Rotary will host the Renewables Expo this year in a great example of inter-club co-operation.
I can alsoannounce that John Rungen has agreed to lead the Busking Championship team this year and we will be seeking assistance from interested people from the community. Thanks John for stepping up. Members please give John all the help you can muster over the next 11 months.
This week Lynda Ord will also give us an update on the Rotary Youth Protection Policy which has been impacted by some legislative changes. It is an additional administrative burden we have to bear to ensure we practice due diligence.
I said last week that membership growth would be a major focus. The ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for July 2018 has some interesting strategies on attracting new members. In particular it highlighted a toolkit now available to assist in engaging with young professionals. This toolkit will help you rethink membership, from a broad perspective down to a tactical level, that you can adapt to your area. Topics include characteristics of your audience, your club’s culture, ideas for outreach and engagement, and the long-term benefits of becoming a Rotarian. I would like someone to review this material and consider if we could use some of these ideas.Let me know if you are interested.
Mama Mia premiere
I also talked last week about the need to have fun at Rotary, to build on the fellowship benefits of being a Rotarian, and to embrace the broader Rotary family. Hosting the Mama MiaHere We Go Again movie premiere at the Kinema on Thursday 19th is a chance to have fun while also raising funds for eradication of Polio worldwide. This will replace our meeting that night.
Let’s kick off the year with this big event. Invite partners, family and friends even total strangers. Get your tickets early as this will be a popular movie with the broader community, after all, who doesn’t like ABBA. We will also need a hand with catering and raffle ticket selling on the night.
Please don’t forget to bring prizes for the raffle in this Thursday night.
Out and about
Our mini Changeover
It was good to have a ‘symbolic changeover’ to President Rod last week, supported by a table of Rod’s friends. Stand by for the 4th August for our official changeover and 60th celebrations!
Polio update prompted by fundraiser
With the polio fundraiser next week and Ang’s drawing out attention to the polio campaign at last week’s meeting, a few reminders of what it’s all about, courtesy Rotary International’s webpage.
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a public-private partnership led by national governments with five partners – the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide. So that’s :
five core partners
involved 200 countries
involved 20 million volunteers
over 2.5 billion children vaccinated
US$10 billion international investment
the goal is a polio–free world
Progress toward eradicating polio worldwide was a recurring theme at the recent Rotary International Convention in Toronto. Two notable polio occasions at the Convention were when:
Rotary International President Ian Riseley presented Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with Rotary’s Polio Eradication Champion in recognition of his leadership and Canada’s contributions to polio eradication. Trudeau highlighted Canada’s continued commitment to working towards a world without polio, a world with gender equity, and a world where everyone has a chance to succeed. He expressed a wish that his children would grow up in a polio-free world, and encouraged Rotarians to continue their important work to achieve eradication worldwide.
Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal Princess Anne praised Rotary for its work in fighting polio. She spoke of Rotary’s ‘extraordinary reach’, its extensive understanding of cultures and languages, its members’ “endearing habit of leaving (their) egos at the door”, and the organisation’s ingenuity at overcoming obstacles that baffled others. In doing so, she said Rotary with its partners has brought polio to almost full global eradication.