Narooma Rotary Beacon 30 July 2020

Rolf’s Ramble

Last week’s Zoom meeting… shame about the photographer…

Last week we could enjoy each other’s company at home via Zoom which is the safest place to be at the moment. Thankyou Charmaine for putting the word out there and on Facebook.

Cobargo BlazeAid is in urgent need for a ‘work ute’ to move volunteers and equipment around. The organisation has been able with the help of volunteers, now mostly stranded backpackers, to replace hundreds of kilometres of fences in the Cobargo area alone. The vehicle would only be needed until ordered utes make it across the border from Victoria. Our Club is also discussing again helping out the camp once more with a donation towards catering for the now only about 14 volunteers at the Cobargo Camp.

The long awaited rain finally came. Staying home and staying safe was never as easy for me as it has been over the last few days. If it wasn’t for the garbage bins, I would have stayed dry too.  As Mike predicted three weeks ago, our July market would have been a total washout but thankfully we had already cancelled because of Covid.

This week we’ll have a Zoom meeting again; we’re getting quite good at it now. Everyone can attend and it seems to be suiting us best at this time. Thank you Frank for offering to suss out some possible guest speakers for one or more of our Zoom meetings.

The Rotary Down Under Magazine July issue was interesting as always, full of knowledge, facts and ideas. One article, ‘SHEP goes global’, honoured the work of Shirley and John Hayes-Cornish (guest speakers last year), former members of Moruya Club. Shirley received the District 9710 2019 Excellence in International Award for her work with Sexual Health Education by  Pictures. Congratulations to Shirley and John.

Please let me know if you like to discuss a topic or idea at this week’s meeting. Thank you.

Stay safe

Pres. Rolf


Again a Zoom meeting. Members should have already received details.


From Moruya Rotary

Moruya’s plan to hold the first regular weekly meeting at Moruya Golf Club on Tuesday 4 August was shafted by the latest Covid edicts on permissible bookings in clubs. They think now such meetings at Moruya Golfie may not be until the end of August.

Whether the Moruya Races will be held on 4 August is still up in the air at the time of going to press which means organising Rotary’s roster for the canteen is a work in progress.

Moruya was planning to host the visit of the Men’s Health Education Rotary Van (MHERV) to Moruya during its visit to the south coast, but that visit has been cancelled after consultation with the NSW Public Health Unit. MHERV is a Rotary project, an initiative of D9670. It’s made possible by fundraising, generous sponsorships and time freely given by hundreds of Rotary volunteers. A custom built caravan with a dedicated registered nurse travels New South Wales offering free health screenings to regional and rural men. Les Corrigan of the MHERV Management Team from the Rotary Club of Warners Bay hopes the Covid situation will improve to enable MHERV to reschedule a visit to the south coast in 2021.

From Bega Rotary

The Club’s Rotary Book Fair planned for September has now been cancelled due to the uncertainties caused by COVID-19 restrictions. The Club will try again 7-10 January 2021.

Bega is now meeting formally twice monthly at The Grand Hotel when COVID-19 restrictions allow.  Bega has informal meetings on the other two Thursdays.  

From Batemans Bay Rotary

Bay Rotarians plan to hold their first market for some months on Sunday 16 August, bringing their food van brought out of ‘hibernation’.

They will hold a Zoom meeting this Thursday night with a guest speaker and hope to hold their first dinner meeting for months the following Thursday.

The July issue of Rotary Down Under has an article about former AG Vere Gray and Bronwyn Geppert representing the Bay Club at the Club’s sanitation project in the Philippines. Our Narooma Club made a donation towards this project last year.

The Bay’s newsletter reports that, thanks to the tireless efforts of Maureen Manning, the Club has received a $10,000 grant from the District Bushfire Relief Fund. This money will resource the Mental Health Unit at the Mogo Happy Hub. In addition they have a $3,000 District Grant to assist in obtaining plants to replant gardens of people affected by the bushfires, with Maureen in discussion with the West Wollongong Rotary Club to assist in replanting of the gardens.

Courtesy of Bega’s Rotary newsletter

This really appealed …

Narooma Rotary Beacon 23 July 2020

Rolf’s Ramble

Last week we were able to have a face-to-face meeting at our beloved Golfie with hand-sanitiser, ID and temperature check beforehand. Attendance was awesome. We filled the 1st Hole with 10. Fellowship with a beautiful meal was enjoyed by everyone; no take-aways or cook-at-home meal. I hope we can keep it up.  

The International Toast was to the Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest in England. Thank you Laurelle, always entertaining and informative. It was the first time we could welcome Tony Butcher to one of our meetings. Tony was one of the volunteers who helped us at the Rotary BBQ cook-offs at the unforgettable New Year’s Eve and Day at the Evacuation Centre. We have kept in contact and hope to see more of Tony as a possible new member of the club.

The Board meeting went well, thanks to Rod the secretary extraordinaire (best ever) and of course helped by being face-to-face.  Thank you Lynn for having the books up to scratch. The meeting included a very important discussion about the Markets. The Board decided to cancel the upcoming Market on 26 July after serious consideration along the lines of ‘Stop the spread. Stay home, stay safe’. Thank you Chris and her team who were eager to bring the van back into shape with all the new COVID 19 rules. Only if we can keep a clean environment for our members, visitors and stall holders AND the distance and face-mask rule we might, but only might, have a monthly Market soon. Until we get a vaccine I fear nothing is really going to change. In what position did we humans just put ourselves into?

Thank you everyone who came last week.

Stay safe. President Rolf

THIS WEEK:  This week’s meeting should still be at the Golf Club. Please let Bob Aston know today (Tuesday) if you are not coming to this week’s meeting. We’ll keep you updated if there is any change.

Our guest last week Tony Butcher helped us out at the Evacuation Centre during the bushfire crisis.


Moruya Rotary

Moruya Rotarians were looking forward to their first regular meeting at Moruya Golf Club on Tuesday 4 August (note the move to Tuesday rather than Wednesday meetings), but the latest restrictions limiting bookings in Clubs to ten people puts resumption in doubt.

Similarly Moruya Rotarians are hoping to man the canteen at Moruya Races on 4 August, their major fundraiser through the year, after a gap of many months. But they’re a little wary after their costly experience with the last planned race meeting on Monday, 13 July. They had ordered food, planned menus and filled the roster, but Racing NSW made a last minute decision to abandon the races. So the Club is in close communication with Moruya Jockey Club to clarify whether the August races will go ahead.

Meanwhile Moruya has agreed to host the Men’s Health Van 7-8 September.

Batemans Bay Rotary

Batemans Bay’s new President is Chris Watson. This week’s meeting is in Chris’ home. The Bay Club hopes to have their first dinner meeting since the lockdown on Thursday 6 August.

Bega Rotary

Bega’s new President is Dorothea Polonyi. Their newsletter reports their Rotary Meetings are a little unpredictable at the moment. They aim to have a fortnightly meeting, if possible, on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month and a daytime social get together on the 2nd and 4th Thursday. Members are notified of arrangements in advance. This Thursday they are meeting in the open, (hopefully in the sun) at Kisses Lagoon for lunch with pizza ordered for those coming. Members are asked to bring a drink and a chair.

Bega Club is still planning to have their popular Book Fair in the Bega Showground 18-20 September. With recent restrictions the Book Fair had been delayed from their usual July School Holiday timing.


Possibly at the Golfie. We will keep you informed.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 16 July 2020

Rolf’s Ramble

Outgoing President Bob Aston handed over the chain of office to incoming president Rolf Gimmel.

I feel proud being part of Narooma Rotary and Rotary International and that we continue to do good in communities around the globe. I have adopted the Four Way Test in my daily life and that has helped me make decisions along my journey through life.

My plans for the year ahead? I feel responsible for the well-being of members of our club. Unfortunately the current situation and regulations with Covid 19 require quite a different approach to social gatherings than before, and fundraising activities have become more difficult. 

Hopefully we can keep up the good work and support, such as helping Monty’s Place. Ongoing support for Meals on Wheels is important too as services such as this may become even more necessary in coming months. 

I hope to see you Thursday.

Cheers Rolf


5pm Board meeting at the Golf Club’s First Hole Room

6 for 6.30pm meeting, again in the First Hole Room, followed by dinner and fellowship.

The Week that Was

Our changeover at the Golf Club last Thursday, held under strict Covid restrictions, was certainly different to any previous changeover. But everyone enjoyed our first face-to- face meeting since the lockdown.

Retiring President Bob Aston described the past year as one of the most challenging in the Club’s 62-year history. In the absence of any one person willing to take on the presidency, Charmaine White, Ange Ulrichsen and Bob Aston shared the presidency through the 2019-2020 year.

At the Changeover Bob described the first six months as business as usual with dinner meetings with some great speakers, thanks to Ange Ulrichsen, and our monthly markets. But the second half of the year, overseen by President Bob was through the bushfires and then the Covid-19 lockdown.  Even so, the Club still managed to contribute over $30,488 to local and international causes.

The Club recognised Cr Lindsay Brown as a Paul Harris Fellow at the Changeover.

The Club recognised Cr Lindsay Brown as a Paul Harris Fellow for his community leadership at the Evacuation Centre during the bushfires, while Gloria and Neil Jenkins were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for their generous donation towards bushfire relief in our area. Laurelle Pacey was awarded the Club’s Rotarian of the Year. Disbursements on the night were made to Monty’s Place and to the Dalmeny Rural Fire Service.

President Bob Aston presented Helen Smith of Monty’ Place with a donation, supported by three Rotarian volunteers at Monty’s – Ange Ulrichsen, Chris O’Brien and Robyn Miller.

In handing over the chain of office to our new President Rolf Gimmel, Bob read from a message from an obviously chuffed Narooma PP Ted Bladwell, now in Toowoomba, who had invited Rolf to join our Club 11 years ago.  

“It is very satisfying for a Rotarian to propose and have their nominee inducted into Rotary and to then maintain a worthwhile service record as well as giving to the Community and to Rotary,” PP Ted said. “… It is very gratifying to know that Rolf is a Rotarian who the members of the Narooma Club now look forward to for the year ahead of leadership, direction and fellowship for Rotary.”

President Rolf is optimistic about the year with Rotary International’s theme ‘Rotary Opens Opportunities’ and the return of the Markets.

Special guest was the District Governor’s representative Past District Governor Phil Armstrong.

Gloria and Neil Jenkins


District Awards earned by our neighbours

District Awards given to or neighbours

Rotarian of the Year

PDG Phil Armstrong, the DG’s representative at our Changeover last week, was recently named the District’s Rotarian of the Year for his leadership of the combined Districts’ Bushfire Recovery Committee. That was at the recent District Changeover. In January 2020, Districts 9700 and 9710 formed the combined Districts Bushfire Recovery Committee (DBRC). It needed a dedicated and skilled leader, and that leader was PDG Phil Armstrong from the Rotary Club of Moruya. Phil has had an extensive involvement in Rotary, as have many of his family members. He was District Governor 2012/2013 and has held various key positions in Rotary and business along the way. Phil has led the DBRC in a decisive and caring way since its inception.

Phil has agreed to continue to Chair the DBRC through the next Rotary year and the rest of the Committee is also continuing.

Community Service Award

This was a hotly contested Award. The Rotary Clubs of Bega, Merimbula and Pambula won the District’s Community Service Award for their joint Sapphire Coast Bushfire Recovery project. The three clubs worked together as a Rotary Australia Benevolent Society project (established by RAWCS) to deliver bushfire relief and recovery projects to impacted families and communities.

Centenary of Rotary in Australia

Last Friday saw the launch of a baton which will travel to clubs around Australia over the next 12 months to mark the arrival of Rotary in Australia and the establishment of the Melbourne Rotary Club on 21 April 1921.

The ceremony was watched by 830 Rotarians around Australia as it was streamed live. The Governor General and Mrs Hurley opened proceedings. The R100 Centenary Ambassadors were also introduced; they will carry the baton as it travels across Rotary clubs and Districts.

There is also a R100 Centenary project, “Rotary Give Every Child a Future” which aims to save young lives in Pacific nations. Statistics show that in nine Pacific nations, one in 16 children die before the age of five.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 18 June 2020

Bob’s Buzz

Hello Everyone

Once again, this week we will hold a Zoom meeting rather than a regular face to face meeting. It will be our last Rotary meeting of the 2019/20 year, and what a year it has been.

PE Rolf and President Bob at a February meeting

As previously decided four members of the Club agreed to share the president role, Charmaine started out, followed by Ange. My job was to fill in for January to March; however, I stayed put due to COVID -19 and Laurelle’s back problem.

The first half of the year was normal with our regular meetings with interesting guest speakers, our monthly markets and our 3rd Renewable Energy Expo. The markets continued to earn a reliable income for us and the Renewable Energy Expo was a great success.

Of course, 2020 proved to be anything but normal. January began with terrible bushfires that threatened our community. Rotary was at the forefront of efforts to help out at the Evacuation Centre (at the Sport & Leisure Centre originally built by our Club) for the first three or four days of the crisis, along with Lions and other community groups. We fed hundreds if not thousands of people who had to call the Centre home while the fires raged.

After the fires we managed to visit Marine Rescue, Georgie’s Fine Jewellery and BlazeAid at Cobargo before COVID – 19 set in and our normal face to face meetings were cancelled due to the lockdown.

We managed to keep in touch using electronic means to conduct meetings; it was amazing to see members learn how to use Jitsi and Zoom as well as the protocols that form part of an electronic meeting – namely mute your microphone when not speaking.

The Board met for the last time for this Rotary year last week. We discussed the possibility of holding a market in June and decided against it as we are still waiting on advice from our insurers. We donated $1,500 to Australian Rotary Health to assist mental health research and we discussed options for a district grant to assist the bushfire recovery. The Board also accepted the resignation of Geoff Robin.

The Club will hold its Changeover on 9 July at the Golf Club. We will be limited to 28 participants so please let Rod know if you will be attending. Although the Changeover will be small, it is important we make it a great night for Rolf, our president for 2020/21. 

I will send you log in details for our Zoom meeting on Wednesday evening.

Have a great week. Bob


From Batemans Bay Club

Bateman Bay club will celebrate its 60th birthday this Thursday at its 7.30pm on Zoom and will have a drink at the ready to toast their history. Maybe we could also toast the Club at our earlier Zoom meeting.

A few weeks ago, the Happy Hub opened in Mogo, next door to Grumpy Sweethearts, with PDG Maureen Manning a driving force as part of the Bushfire Recovery effort. This is being run as a counselling centre for bush fire victims and is being well used by Mogo residents. At present the centre is open Tuesday to Thursday with an on-site counsellor and Internet access. Some bush fire victims do not have even a landline phone yet.

Batemans Bay Club has been exploring changes to the format of their meetings. President Elect Chris Watson reported in a recent newsletter that after a lot of discussion, the consensus was to change their meeting structure to a dinner meeting on alternate Thursday nights and to have flexible meetings such as Zoom or social evenings at a suitable venue (maybe the Community Centre), have fun nights such as trivia, poetry and plonk. The options are extensive. They will have guest speakers at some of dinner meetings and possible on Zoom meetings. The overall feeling though was to have some less formality and to get back together in person as soon as possible. She said as with all changes this would be reviewed to ensure the needs of the Club were met.

Some paraprosdokians

Many Moruya Rotarians were first introduced to paraprosdokians by PP Ken McLeod. Their last newsletter had a few more, courtesy of the Club.

  • Where there’s a will, I want to be in it. 
  • We never really grow up — we only learn how to act in public.
  • War does not determine who is right, only who is left. 
  • To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research. 
  • I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you. 
  • You’re never too old to learn something stupid. 

Narooma Rotary Beacon 28 May 2020

Bob’s Buzz

Hello everyone

Australia is slowly changing back to some normality with students returning to school and cafes and restaurants being allowed to cater for small groups. Hopefully we will see a few more visitors coming to town after intrastate travel restrictions are eased next week, giving a much needed boost to our local businesses.

I have been discussing with the Golf Club about when we might return to dinner meetings. With a bit of luck we may even be able to have our Changeover as planned on Thursday 25 June.

At our last Board meeting we decided not to conduct a May or June Market. However, if restrictions continue to ease we may reconsider and have a small June market. If this is the case we will need to do a lot of work to relocate markers for stall holder sites. Even if we do have a market I don’t think we will be able to operate the van; the additional hygiene requirements we would need to put in place to serve food may be too difficult.

Happy birthday Peter Bull

As we near the end of this Rotary Year we can look forward to an exciting new year with our new President Rolf and our new 9705 District. RI President 2020/21 Holger Knaack has chosen the theme ‘Rotary Opens Opportunities’ for the new Rotary Year. If we reflect back on Narooma Rotary over the years, we have created many opportunities both locally and abroad. I am sure 2020/21 will be no different.

Have a great week everyone, especially Peter Bull who turned 60 and 120 months on Friday (29th).


We will have a Zoom meeting this coming Thursday. Bob will send you log in details closer to the time.

Out and About

Clubs ponder changeover possibilities

Like us, all Clubs are wondering how they might do their changeover this year with the uncertainty over what Covid 19 restrictions might be towards the end of the month. Moruya Club, for example, is considering several options for Wednesday 24 June:

  • A small group to conduct the actual handover and a Zoom get together for the rest of members who wish to take part.
  • Their usual venue, Moruya Golf Club, is probably not going to be suitable because of unknown numbers of the public present in the club at any time. However, the Club may be able to take advantage of the relaxed rules from 1 June when gatherings of 40 people are allowed.  It would be a Spartan affair – no partners, no VIPs.
  • The Members’ room at the Race Course could be a possibility
  • Hold a lunchtime gathering at Quarry Park with either attendees providing their own food and drink or hiring caterers.

District Bushfire Recovery Committee update

Committee Chair PDG Phil Armstrong reports they are receiving financial as well as emotional support from many overseas groups. To date it has:

  • A commitment from Rotary International’s Britain & Ireland Disaster Recovery Trust for AU$20,000. This will go towards the construction of a Men’s Shed and Memory Garden in Batlow.  They have also indicated that they would look favourably at applications for money for other projects.
  • A little over AU$27,000 from the Rotary Districts in Thailand.  This will be split between the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens and the Mogo Wildlife Park animal hospital.  The Thai Rotarians want the money to assist with regeneration of flora and treatment of native animals.
  • Received contact about the possibility of money coming from PNG
  • Sri Lanka Rotary would like to work on a Global Grant for a bushfire recovery project.
  • He has also heard from a Canberra Rotarian with friends in the UK and France who wish to contribute to the recovery.
  • The Committee has also received money from Germany.

From Bega Rotary

The Sanitiser station in front of IGA Narooma is from this Bega-inspired project.
  • The Cobargo Hay Project is continuing with $49,000 still available.
  • Three Bega Rotarians are now on the Sapphire Coast Bushfire Recovery Committee.
  • Rotary Drought Fodder Project: RAWCS has received $1M to help a selected number of genuine cattle producers in NSW suffering from intense Drought and the lowest rainfall on record. Bega Rotary was one of several clubs selected in this Zone. They must select five cattle producers who meet the criteria in their area to receive a B-double of cereal hay to help them keep the last of their breeding herds.
  • Sanitiser Project: The Bega Hand Sanitiser Project has been rolled out across south-east NSW to aid in controlling the Corona Virus. This project has been organised by Dr Duncan McKinnon, a member of the Bega Rotary Breakfast Group. This project now extends as far as Nowra with the help of other clubs and organisations. Dr McKinnon has a confirmed an order for 60 more stations, including the Eurobodalla, which includes 18 schools.  A delivery chain has been devised, using local Rotary contacts. Both Moruya and Batemans Bay Rotary clubs are contributing financially. A grant from the District Designated Fund is being sought.
  • Bega Rotary’s Winter Book fair has been postponed until September due to the current restrictions.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 14 May 2020

Bob’s Buzz

Hello Everyone

 A belated Happy Mothers’ Day to all our mothers in our Narooma Rotary Family.

At last some restrictions imposed because of COVID -19 are starting to be removed. I am looking forward to a time when I can go out for a coffee and even a draught beer. Hopefully we can get back to face to face meetings before too much longer.

In the mean time I have organised another Zoom meeting for this Thursday. We will commence at 6:15pm because the Board will be meeting beforehand. I have even organised a surprise guest speaker, so that you don’t have to listen to me prattle on.  I will send out the details on Wednesday evening.

Some interesting looks captured from the last Zoom Rotary meeting

I thought the Zoom meeting we had a fortnight ago was great, it is always interesting to here how others are surviving the lockdown and David McInnes’ musical rendition was something very different, hopefully he will be in fine form again this week. It was also interesting to hear from Mike Young and how his far flung family is coping. The video he sent us of the Broome coast line was breathtaking, thanks Mike for sharing it with us.  Charmaine assures me that she will have her sound sorted by Thursday and Laurelle has managed to download the app so this week’s meeting should be informative and entertaining. 

One of the things we will be discussing at the Board meeting will be our Changeover. Do members have any innovative thoughts on how we might induct Rolf into his role as Narooma Rotary 2020/21 President?

The Club still has some bushfire recovery funds to distribute, your innovative ideas and suggestions on how we can spend these funds are always welcome.

 Have a great week .  Bob


5.15pm – Board meeting on Zoom

6.15pm: Our regular meeting, also via Zoom, with a surprise guest speaker.


Check your Bowels before the end of May

Just a reminder that the test kits for the annual Rotary BowelCare programme are on sale at both Narooma pharmacies as well as Bermagui and Cobargo until the end of May.  This year the kit costs $20.00which includes pathology testing and the pre-paid envelope; both you and your nominated doctor are notified.

Our BowelCare coordinator John Rungen said the Club is proud to support this campaign each year.

Australia has the world’s highest incidence of bowel cancer with 1 in 12 men and women diagnosed with bowel cancer by the age 85; it is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer.

This programme is available for everybody regardless of age, whereas the free National Bowel Cancer Screening Program is only provided to those aged 50-74. This one simple and cheap test you do at home could save your life.

The new District 9705

The new Rotary District 9705 comes into being on 1 July. It will combine the old  District 9700and  District 9710,

In case you missed it… The first 9705 District Governor will be Dr Michael Moore AM PhD of the Rotary Club of Canberra

The District Governor Nominee Designate for the new District 9705 is Geraldine Rurenga of the Rotary Club of Murrumbidgee as the new District Governor Nominee Designate for District 9705.

Geraldine only  joined the Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga Murrumbidgee in 2014 as a new teaching graduate, and  eventually became the President. It is a club new-age club that strives to do things differently. She had already had experience on management committees of a variety of non-profit organisations. Geraldine now works in tertiary education, designing university courses across disciplines and lecturing in teacher education.

Geraldine is passionate about Rotary because of the commitment Rotarians have to improving our world, and the opportunity to build capacity in our community – most importantly through investing in and developing our young leaders.

Rotary grants provide a major boost to Pacific vaccination project.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 30 April 2020

Bob’s Buzz

Hello Everyone

I have decided it’s time to again publish our Narooma Rotary Beacon. We will publish a Beacon every two weeks until normal Rotary activities can be resumed.

President Bob

As you can guess with social isolation, not a great deal has been happening in the Rotary world, however, a few things keep ticking over, Rod has been doing a great job keeping us informed of what has been happening across the District and more broadly.

It is interesting to note that for those of you who receive a hard copy of Rotary Downunder, the subscription rate for 2020/21 will rise to $44.00 while those who receive an electronic version will see the rate fall to $34.00. If you currently receive a hard copy of the magazine and would like to go electronic please let Rod know so that he can update your details on the Rotary Downunder  website. 

The District has received $200,000.00 from the RAWCS National fundraising appeal and we are encouraged to apply for funding to help the bushfire recovery in our area. If you have an idea or suggestion please let me know. There is more information in the latest bulletin from the Rotary Bushfire Recovery Committee. The Committee has a dedicated website, you can access it by clicking here. 

As we struggle with COVID -19 we should remember that this week is ‘World Immunization Week’. Over the years Rotary has done a wonderful job helping to eradicate polio across the world. Each year, Rotary and our partners vaccinate more than 400 million children against polio, it is though the leadership of Rotary that we have almost achieved the goal of a polio fee world. If you want to know more click here 

THIS WEEK – a  Zoom meeting

I suggest that we hold another online meeting this Thursday @ 6:00pm. I would like to use Zoom this time as Jitsi seems to have a number of limitations. I understand there have been some privacy concerns with Zoom; however, I have been told that these have been addressed. A number of other Clubs and organisations have been using Zoom and report it works well. If you would like to attend the meeting please download the Zoom app and let me know you will be joining the meeting so I can send you the details of how to log in. 

Hopefully we are over the worst of COVID – 19 and we can make tentative arrangements in the next month or so to meet face to face. 

Stay safe everyone and enjoy the serenity of isolation 

Cheers Bob


From Moruya Rotary

Moruya Rotary President Marian Pearson is hard at work sorting out her own rural property after the bushfires. Fortunately her house was saved. It’s a big project involving the removal of trees (and cutting them up for firewood), removal and replacement of a large shed, water tank and fences. It will be another few weeks before she will be back to normal domestic arrangements.

From Batemans Bay Rotary

Dave Harding, one of Batemans Bay Club’s outstanding Rotarians, has died. He was President of the St Cecilia Music Scholarships for ten years and organised Royal Military College Band concerts.

More on Bushfire Recovery

The NSW Government has partnered with Minderoo Foundation’s Fire Fund to provide recovery pods” to people rebuilding after the disastrous bushfire season. The design was based on feedback from impacted people in rural and remote locations who need to stay on their properties and in their communities while working towards longer term rebuilding.

The 7.2m x 2.4m units pods are stand-alone temporary accommodation units with built-in electricity, water and ablution systems and would be provided to people for up to two years.

District Bushfire Recovery Committee Chair Phil Armstrong has asked us if we know of anyone in our community who may have fallen through the cracks and not been registered with Minderoo, to please let Bob know and he will in turn let Phil know.

On a lighter note

Reproduced from the April Rotary District 9710 newsletter – not to say our Zoom meeting on Thursday will be anything like this!

Narooma Rotary Beacon 2 April 2020

Bob’s Buzz

Hello Everyone

Welcome to the new normal. As all members are aware, all Club activities have been cancelled until further notice. Hopefully we will be able to meet again before the new Rotary year commences. However, at this stage it appears unlikely.

Laurelle has asked me to continue as president for the time being, which I am happy to do as I don’t think I will be required to make too many decisions. If a decision needs to be made I will consult with Board members by email. Rod will continue to forward messages from the District and RI for individual members’ information.  

To get the latest from Rotary International regarding COVID-19 click here.  It is interesting to note that Global Youth Exchange for 2020/21 and the 2020 Rotary International Conference have both been cancelled.

I propose to hold a virtual meeting this Thursday from 6:00pm if you would like to participate please let me know by Wednesday afternoon so I can send you the information about how to join. Please remember to bring a drink with you to the meeting!

Stay safe everyone and keep up the contact with other members, it is important to keep in touch.

Kind regards Bob


As Bob said, this Thursday we’re having a virtual meeting at 6pm. Have a glass of wine or whatever with you. Let Bob know please if you would like to join and he will send info. Your editor had no problems linking up so it’s obviously quite easy. Thanks Frank and Bob for exploring this.

“Where are we going Pooh?”
” Home Piglet. We’re going home because that’s the best thing to do right now.”
(Kind of cute – Courtesy Batemans Bay newsletter with apologies to A A Milne.)

Out and About

Rotary Youth Driver Awareness update

RYDA organiser Neil Simpson reports in the Bay Rotary newsletter that trying to hold RYDA later this year presents many challenges. These include securing the presenters and venue and fitting in with all school calendars.

Year 11 students do exams in late September and start their Year 12 HSC work in October. With schools closing, Neil predicts all face-to-face learning time will be very precious. So, once the coronavirus bans are lifted, there is not much opportunity to get it running for this year.

RYDA is a joint youth project of Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma Rotary Clubs. It is a wonderful programme that gives students an extensive introduction to road safety from understanding how personality impacts risk, to the impacts of a crash, to how to buy and maintain a safe car. In the RYDA workshop, students work with their peers to come up with strategies to be better prepared and make good decisions, both as drivers and as highly influential passengers.

MUNA 2020 postponed

MUNA organisers, the Rotary Club of Canberra Sunrise (RCCS), have announced the postponement of MUNA 2020. Although it is impossible to say what the situation will be on 7-9 August, the dates originally scheduled, current restrictions make it impossible for schools, Rotary clubs and Districts to properly prepare for the event, particularly where they wish to organise run-off competitions. As the situation becomes clearer, they will work with all those interested to identify a date later in the year.

Narooma High teacher Monique Weeks says they are still keen to participate should it go ahead, so we as a Club need to register our interest in sponsoring a team at a later date should that be the case. Something for this Thursday’s meeting perhaps.

What’s also interesting is that RCCS is considering options to run online MUNA-style events while Covid-19 restrictions are in place, to provide an opportunity for students to participate in a positive activity during this difficult time. The format of these would be determined in consultation with schools involved; at this stage we believe that costs to participate, if any, would be minimal.

Rotary Youth Exchange suspended

Rotary District 9705 (a combination of previous Districts 9700 and 9710) has suspended its Youth Exchange Program for the foreseeable future because of the corona virus pandemic

This means students will not be arriving from overseas  in the middle of the year, selection of Australian students to go overseas in early 2021 has been cancelled, and some students currently here on exchange have already headed home. All other students here are being supported in discussion with their parents.

 The program is designed to promote peace and understanding globally as well as to build individual leadership skills in through the exchange program. Organisers look forward to the time when the program can recommence; meanwhile Rotarians will be working hard through the ‘stand down’ time to evaluate the program and determine how to improve it.

On a lighter note

A guide to paper-free hand dryers, courtesy Tommy Siegel.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 26 March 2020

Bob’s Buzz

Hello Everyone

Some of our Narooma Rotary time at Cobargo BlazeAid last week – John Rungen, Therese Aston and Rolf Gimmel.

We had a great time last Thursday preparing and serving meals for all the volunteers at BlazeAid, Cobargo. I was very impressed with the organisation of the BlazeAid camp site and their food preparation areas. When we arrived, John Rungen, Rolf, Therese and I started cooking the meat and vegetarian skewers whilst Angie and Lynn Hastings finalised the salad preparation along with buttering the bread kindly donated by our local bakers.

At 6:30 we started serving the much needed food which was greatly appreciated by all volunteers. In fact we got lots of very positive comments about our culinary skills, some saying it was even better than food prepared by top class chiefs a few weeks ago!

Lynn Hastings and Ange Ulrichsen at Cobargo BlazeAid last week .

Thanks to John and Sandra Doyle and Charmaine who prepared salads, to Angie, John Doyle and Rolf for organising meat, other food and utensils required on the night. Also thank you to Lynn Hastings, John Rungen, Angie and Therese who also prepared salads and Rolf who won over many with his delicious slice.  

Our Club’s efforts were greatly appreciated by the crew at BlazeAid.

The BlazeAid crew is doing a wonderful job repairing and replacing hundreds of kilometres of fencing in and around Cobargo. At this stage they plan to be in the area until at least Christmas. No doubt we will be called upon again to help feed the crew.

As you are all aware, we live in strange times with COVID–19 now infecting more than 1000 people across Australia. We need to take care of ourselves and our loved ones at this time. Please stay safe.

The NSW Government has closed down all non-essential activities. Because of this I have decided to cancel Thursday’s meeting and all meetings at least until the end of May. We may look at holding some virtual meetings using Zoom or some other video conferencing system. I will email all members later in the week when we have more information.

Regards Bob


Regrettably this week’s meeting at the Golf Club is cancelled, as are all meetings for the foreseeable future. Tim Burke was to have been our speaker this week; Tim might run a virtual talk on Thursday; details through the week if that is the case.

We will continue to publish the Beacon but maybe only every few weeks or when there is something to report. All contributions gratefully received.

The Week that Was – Out and About

Thank You Ange

Ange Ulrichsen puts so much thought and effort into finding fascinating guest speakers for our meetings. She had organised a wonderful line-up through to June. Hopefully we will be able to catch up with them when we are through all this.

Pride of Workmanship

Already we have received some worthy nominations for this year’s Pride of Workmanship Awards. These have been postponed to later in the year.

Only a Week Ago

How rapidly things can change. Only a week ago, VP Laurelle Pacey represented our Club (last Monday) at the ‘meet and greet’ with Premier Gladys Berejiklian and some NSW Cabinet members at Club Narooma. Many people were there from Bega Valley and Eurobodalla Shire Councils, the various fire authorities including the Rural Fire service, Police and a multitude of community groups. The idea was to thank everyone for their work through the bushfires and to try to reassure everyone that the recovery would continue even through this Covid-19 crisis.

The Batemans Bay Rotary newsletter reminded your editor of some good advice our Member for Bega Andrew Constance gave last Monday. He said during the fires our community proved to the world what true resilience and kindness is about. He said we now need to dig deep and care for our neighbours, our seniors and our local community and businesses. Our bushfire recovery cannot stop because of the virus and whilst we all face the disappointment of cancelled community events and gatherings, we must maintain our spirit. Please ensure everyone follows the health advice and let’s look after each other.

On a lighter note

This is what social distancing would have looked like in the 1960s…

There are many tools available to help work out social distancing…

Look after yourselves. Cheers Laurelle