Narooma Rotary Beacon 13 April 2023

Ange’s Thoughts

A round-up of what was quite an active week for our Club is included below; many thanks to all who contributed their time and energy. In this week’s column, I would like to mention two things.

The first is how very proud our Club is of Narooma High’s Robotics Team the RoboRebels who will be winging their way to the World Championships in Houston Texas this week with the support of our community, including this Club. The Board last week decided to donate $500 towards their fundraising quest. We have watched this programme develop over the years, thanks to the dedication of their teachers and the commitment of students. We wish them well.

With Moruya Rotary President Shirl Cornish-Hayes and John Hayes at our last Film Night to raise money for the Polio Campaign.

The other is to share the sad news that John Hayes, husband of Moruya President Shirley died in his sleep last Friday. They were a dynamic duo. John and Shirl were great supporters of our Club and always enjoyed sharing time with us, the last time was for Pride of Workmanship Awards a few weeks ago. Our thoughts are with Shirl and their families as well as our friends at Moruya Rotary.


Dinner Meeting – Club Assembly at Narooma Golf Club 6 for 6.30pm.

The Week that Was

RYDA on Tuesday last week

President Ange Ulrichsen and Julie Hartley accompanied 52 Narooma High Year 11 students at the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) programme at Moruya Racecourse.  Our Club also pays for the bus. The students were supported by their teacher Dion Café. Nicole Keith had been looking forward to it, but unfortunately hurt her knee and ended up on crutches. Many thanks to Julie Hartley for jumping in at the last minute

Ange reports RYDA Eurobodalla is now in its 14th yr. Hats off to Neil Simpson of Batemans Bay Rotary who has coordinated this important programme each year. She said she has enjoyed helping guide the students to various modules over many years with many other volunteers. “Each time I benefit personally,” she said. “Speed and stopping is a key example – always a sobering reminder.”

Julie Hartley and President Ange with Batemans Bay Leading Snr Constable Travis Turner, left, and Sergeant Angus Duncombe with unmarked Police car.

Julie was really impressed with the RYDA programme, describing it as “a great initiative”. “Not having been to RYDA before, I found it most informative,” she said. “The Year 11 students from the three high schools that attended that day were a delight to meet.  I was very impressed with the comprehensive information given to the students. The topics covered were very relevant to young vulnerable drivers; some topics were quite confronting but this is real life and these students are out in the real world when driving.” 

RYDA features highly engaging practical demonstrations, real-life narratives, videos, quizzes and role play. It includes top instructors totally committed to the programme. Coaching tips included – know yourself, risk awareness, self-control, speaking up, and thinking social.

Julie says anyone who has the opportunity to volunteer with this program will not be disappointed.  

PCSG on Wednesday night

The Prostate Cancer Support Group (PCSG) met at the Golfie on Wednesday. While there was only a small attendance, it was worthwhile to those who attended.  Julie Hartley said being a support group, all topics are covered and not necessarily just those to do with prostate cancer!! 

Rotary Easter Races

On Easter Saturday, John Rungen and Laurelle Pacey helped out at the Rotary Easter Charity Day at Moruya Races. They took over from Bay Rotarians collecting donations as people arrived at the races. The wonderful Rotary Race Day coordinator David Ashford of Batemans Bay said the buckets collected $834.85 plus a quarter and three dimes along with a car wash token (!). Bay and Moruya Rotarians work particularly hard on this day; Moruya in the canteen and the Bay including organising race sponsors which this year included Narooma Golf Club, all under David’s watchful eye. We have yet to hear how much was made on the day all up; Moruya Jockey Club usually also makes a hefty donation. This year’s charity is the Carers’ Accommodation at the new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital.

Out and About

We support RoboRebels’ world challenge

Narooma High’s robotics team, the RoboRebels, has qualified to attend the World Championships for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC) to be held in Houston in Texas over the next two weeks. This is an extraordinary achievement. Qualification came after competing successfully in the South Pacific Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in Wollongong in March. Since news of their qualification, the team has been seeking financial support to help them all get to Houston.

The team has worked after school twice a week and every Sunday since January to design, build and program their 2023 competition robot. For this competition, the team focussed on coding the robot to achieve a specific task: to balance itself on a see saw bridge.

RoboRebels FRC team 2023 is five students, 16 to 18, with a passion for science and technology who are completely engaged in robotics and with their eyes on the future of this field. Team members have run holiday robotics camps to raise funds, attended local community technology events and for the last two years have run a Science Day Expo at Narooma High School to showcase emerging technologies and provide hands on science-based opportunities for local Primary School students.

The first RoboRebels team was formed in 2015 following the successful receipt of a grant from Google, FIRST, Macquarie University and Ford. The team was formed with a view to inspire students to grow a love of science and technology.

Check your Bowels

It’s that time of year again. The annual Rotary BowelCare Programme which Narooma Rotary has always supported is now underway with kits available for purchase until 31 May. This programme is available for everyone regardless of age, whereas the free National Bowel Cancer Screening Program is only provided to those aged 50-74.

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 one simple and cheap test you do at home could save your life.

There are two ways you can purchase your kit this year. Through the online store at, or by phoning the BowelCare office Tuesday to Thursday 9.00 am – 3.00 pm (02) 4341 6695. The cost is $27.50 inclusive of postage and fees, pathology testing and notification of the result to yourself and your nominated doctor.  Please note that if you order more than one kit they may be sent individually. 

BowelCare Australia is a division of CancerCare Australia Limited, ABN 35 154 219 057 (CAL).  


April Business Networking Breakfast

Guest speakers at our next Rotary Business Networking Breakfast on Thursday 20 April are CATH PEACHEY and CARRIE TAYLOR of Narooma Rocks. They will talk about this year’s Narooma Oyster Festival (5-7 May) which is onjust two weeks later. The Breakfast is at Narooma Surf Club 7am sharp.

Last year’s Festival was the biggest yet, attracting over 10,000 people over two days, 76% being from outside the 2546 postcode. It injected an estimated $1.4 million into the local economy in a traditionally quiet time of the year. Cath and Carrie will talk about features of this year’s Festival, the ongoing challenges of staging this world-class event now regarded as one of the world’s most iconic oyster celebrations and one of Australia’s most unique food festivals.  The Festival is delivered by the not-for-profit Narooma Rocks.

Please email if coming by Monday 17th April.  Breakfast is $10. Hope to see you then.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 22 November 2018

The Week that Was 

Last week

Seventeen Rotarians and guests were at last week’s meeting. Both President Rod and Vice President Laurelle were in Sydney so Bob Aston was in the chair.  Guests were our regular Iris and our guest speaker and Geoff’s wife Dr Eleanor Robin. 

Lynn Hastings thanks Eleanor for her engaging presentation.

Eleanor recently wrote a biography of Captain Charles Swanston called Swanston – Merchant Statesman, launched in Hobart in August. Swanston settled in Hobart in 1829 and was a colourful and fascinating character, becoming one of the most influential men of the time in Hobart Town.

He played a key role in setting up the Derwent Bank and under his leadership attracted a large amount of overseas capital. He was also a member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council.  Swanston also played a significant role in the development of the Port Phillip District, hence the naming of Swanston Street in Melbourne in recognition of his achievements.  

 A large part of Eleanor’s talk was about her research and how she tracked down primary resource material . It was interesting to see photographs of some of those documents.  

Betta Home Living barbecue

Saturday dawned looking overcast and stormy, fortunately the skies cleared in time for us to set up outside Betta to serve sausage sandwiches to the hordes turning up to help celebrate the store’s first birthday in the industrial estate.
Numbers were steady and there was lots of debate about onion on the top or underneath the sausage, but a good time was had by all. It also gave us a chance to again promote Rotary in our community.

Thanks to Liz and Julian Barrington-Smith and their team for purchasing the sausages and bread to sell and for giving us the opportunity to promote Rotary. Thanks also to Chris O’Brien, Ange Ulrichsen, John Rungen, Mal Gray, Peter Bull, Julie Hartley, Bob Aston, Iris and Frank Eden for helping out on the day. Julian and Liz were most appreciative. 

Julian and Liz saw a business opportunity when they moved to Narooma. They believed in Narooma’s regional potential and are now making their vision a reality. They have greatly increased their staff, increased their product range and greatly increased their turnover. They really appreciate the community support they have received.

THIS WEEK IS A PARTNERS’ NIGHT with guestspeaker Past Rotary International Director Noel Trevaskis.

Noel will talk about ‘The Rotary Story; Yours and Mine’.

Noel is currently a member of Narooma’s ‘mother club’, the Rotary Club of Bega. He has had extraordinary Rotary experience being on the Board of Rotary International (2016-2018) representing Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Indonesia and the South Pacific Islands (Zones 7 and 8). Noel was our District Governor 2005-2006, and a past Board member and Chairman of Australian Rotary Health. His own personal story too is extraordinary.

Other news

BowelCare results

Our BowelCare coordinator John Rungen has received a report on the results of the 2018 BowelCare campaign across Rotary Districts 9710, 9685 and 9670. It highlights why we participate and why we should continue to do so.

Of the 15,145 people who participated, 973 (6.4%) returned a positive result requiring follow up; not all would have been bowel cancer. Some interesting comments in the report:

  • Sales were down on previous years, mainly due to the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme increasing their eligible age brackets for the free screening kit.Those 75 and over are not eligible for the free kit.
  • Only 85.5% of people who purchased the kit completed the test.
  • More women than men did the test (59% c.f. 41%) except in the under 40 age bracket.

Eurobodalla Drug Action Team

A Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) has been formed with 12 local organisations looking to tackle the drugs problem in the Shire. This is a follow on from the successful Drugs Meeting in Moruya in April, a combined Rotary clubs initiative which attracted over 200 people to discuss local drug and alcohol problems.

MoruyaRotary (and presumably the Shire’s Rotary Clubs?) is represented by Robert Richmond. He will be providing advice on how Moruya Rotary might be able to support this practical follow up to PP Mike Dent’s Drugs Meeting initiative.

On a lighter side

Spotted by Laurelle in Padstow in Cornwall during her recent travels.

More signs to come, courtesy Peter Bull.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 5 October 2017


Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone

We will hold our Mad Hat night next  Thursday 12 October with partners and friends.

Welcome to another busy Rotary Month. This Thursday we welcome PDG Phil Armstrong as the DG’s Representative.

Next Thursday we will raise funds for mental health research with our ‘Mad Hatters Night’. Please bring along your friends and partners to help us raise money for this important research and most importantly wear a hat.

More dates for your Diary: On the catering side, we  have a busy schedule with the early Falcons Rally on the 15th October, the Narooma Motors event on the 21st, and our normal markets on the 22nd.

There are some great stories in the current edition of the Rotary blog Rotary Voices – Stories of Service around the World ( The stories about our work to eradicate polio are especially inspiring. I also enjoyed the article by Quentin Wodon, past president of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill, Washington DC. He listed three lessons he learned as President of his Rotary Club. They were:

  • Prioritise and focus the Club’s energy on one or two goals each year
  • Invest in the local community; while international projects are important and a vital part of Rotary, local projects are more likely to attract new members
  • Serve your members; clubs should respond to the needs and preferences of their members first.

If you get a chance, please read the article.

Have a great week everyone.

Cheers Bob

The Week that Was

Last week Peter Bull toasted the Rotary Club of Puebla in Mexico; Puebla was recently devastated by an earthquake. Puebla, population 5.8 million, has three Rotary Clubs. Puebla R C has 35 members, none of them women, and all Paul Harris Fellows. Their major fundraiser is an annual beauty pageant and they fund a rehabilitation centre.

Daiva Ceicys at NATA Oval, Narooma’s designated fenced dog park.

Daiva takes us inside AWL

It was good to have Daiva Ceicys back with us and especially talking about the Animal Welfare League, a great passion of hers. While many of us may be familiar with AWL’s good work locally finding new homes for dogs and cats, Daiva gave us an insight into AWL at a State level. AWL is a NSW organisation, although similar organisations with different names exist in other states. It works closely with the RSPCA particularly to lobby at the state level for the welfare of animals, e.g. in greyhound racing and puppy farms. It is also involved in investigating instances of suspected cruelty to animals, again with RSPCA.

On the local level, AWL is best known as a rescue organisation taking in animals and finding them new homes, sometimes for people moving into retirement villages. Daiva said they usually have lots of cats and kittens, but not so many dogs. Any animal acquired through AWL comes vaccinated, desexed and microchipped, and prospective new homes are checked. All of this comes at a cost, financed through fundraising, mainly through the Tail Waggers Walk and the AWL garage sale. She said AWL desperately needs new foster carers until new homes are found for the animals. One of the local AWL’s proudest achievements was having NATA Oval fenced for a dog park; they are now lobbying for something similar in Batemans Bay.

Spotted  on Monday, Joan Constable with Bonnie Kreuter (nee Ward), Narooma Rotary’s first Exchange student

Narooma Rotary Exchange student 1972-1973 returns

Narooma Rotary’s first exchange student Bonnie Ward (now Kreutter) returned to Narooma from her home in  New York for a reunion of her class of 1972-1973 at the weekend. She asked me to please pass on her regards to Narooma Rotarians and to say how she is forever grateful to the Club for the extraordinary year she had here. Ron and Joan Constable were her host parents and she has made several return visits to her Narooma family over the years. Bonnie was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Holley in New York.

Our Renewable Expo

We now have flyers available for our Renewable Energy Expo in November, thanks to the expertise of our very own graphic designer Rachel McInnes. Banner and posters coming.

Cheers Laurelle




Narooma Rotary Beacon 21 September 2017

Bob’s Blog

Hello everyone

It was a busy meeting last week with 27 members and guests. Ron Finneran, Steve Goodchild, Graham Brown and Wayne Tuckfield from Merimbula and Pambula Rotary Clubs gave a most interesting presentation on the Sapphire Coast Arts and Sports Youth Development Fund, something I think our area should seriously consider. Laurelle has more elsewhere in the Beacon.

We also heard from our two MUNA students about their experiences recently in Canberra. They had a wonderful time. Thanks again to Sandra and Lynda who supported the students on the Club’s behalf.

We also held our September Board Meeting last Thursday. Key decisions were to:

  • Form a committee to coordinate our 60th Birthday celebrations next August. We have set aside 11 August as a combined Changeover and 60th
  • Assist Moryua and Batemans Bay Clubs to finance three students from Moruya HS to attend NYSF
  • Allocate $1,000 to ShelterBox to assist response to disasters in Asia, Mexico, North America and the Caribbean
  • Allocate $200 to St John’s Ambulance to help them purchase new equipment
  • Write a letter of thanks to Narooma Charters thanking them for supporting our Whale Watching raffle
  • Form a small subcommittee to review the operation of the Market and report by February 2018
  • Commence selling Duck Race tickets on 28 December. Proceeds of the raffle to go towards Australian Rotary Health and our Scholarship Fund.
  • Accept with regret, the resignation of Joan Morgan. Hopefully Joan will be able to continue to help the Club from time to time
  • Support the Lions Club spectacle drive by collecting old spectacles
  • Invite Paul Croker to our meeting on 9 November. We will also invite Expo exhibitors to the meeting. Paul will run a workshop for exhibitors on how to enhance their Expo presentation
  • Man the food van at the Early Falcon’s car rally on 15 October and Narooma Motors events on 21 October and 27 January.

We also decided to hold our Christmas Party on 21 December with a venue to be confirmed. The only get-together over the Christmas holiday period will be on Saturday 20 January at the Aston residence.

It is with sadness that we learnt that Sharlie Young’s mum passed away last week. Our thoughts are with Sharlie, Mike and their family.

Last week’s guests included Rotarians Wayne Tuckfield, left, Steve Goodchild, Graham Brown and Ron Finneran, friont, shown here with President Bob Aston.

Have a great week everyone.

Cheers Bob

The Week that Was

The Sapphire Coast Arts and Sports Youth Development Fund

This is a classic case of how individuals can make a difference. This fund was started 12 months ago by five Rotarians including Paralympian Ron Finneran and Steve Goodchild. Their aim was to support young people from the Bega Valley Shire in taking their arts and sporting pursuits to the next level.

Ron and Steve said that while the south coast is a beautiful place to live, for kids to develop to the elite stage in their respective passion, they need expert tuition which is usually not available in the area. ‘It’s a long way to travel to get it and it’s costly,’ Ron said. ‘That was the stimulus for establishing the fund; to fill this gap.’

However, this fund is not a Rotary project even though Rotarians kicked it off. It’s run entirely by a varied group of volunteers and funded by donations from businesses, community groups, clubs, private individuals and Bega Valley Shire Council. In 12 months, the fund has helped 20 young people under 18 with about $14,000 in grants, each grant usually $250 to $500. Their pursuits have ranged from the viola to women’s rugby, swimming to stage production. Some have reached state level. ‘We can’t always cover the entire costs, but hope to help out with fuel and travel to wherever the kids need to go and sometimes tuition,’ Steve said. They assess individual applications according to need, with many recipients being from single parent families.

‘It has a huge effect on the kids; it can change their lives by opening up more opportunities for them,’ Wayne said. ‘The extra costs involved can be a huge impost on families and parents are sometimes in tears. We get quite overwhelmed with some of the feedback but we couldn’t do it without our sponsors.’

President Bob suggested last week that a similar fund should be established for our area. Since then however, Narooma Sporting and Services Club has also recognised the need and taken an independent but similar initiative (article in this week’s Narooma News). The Club has created a $10,000 fund for Narooma High to assist students with travel and accommodation costs associated with pursuing more elite training or attending competitions and events, and not only for sport.

However that fund covers only Narooma High students. It is unclear at this stage whether anything further is needed. Watch this space…

Narooma High students to MUNA were Isaak Anderson and Cyann Vlatovic, shown here with Narooma Youth Director Lynda Ord and Secretary Sandra Doyle.

Students thank Club for MUNA

It was fascinating hearing from Lynda Ord and Sandra Doyle, and Narooma High students Cyann Vlatovic and Isaak Anderson about MUNA, particularly how many students acted out their country’s world stance and idiosyncrasies so well. Part diplomacy, part theatre it seems. It was a shame Narooma teacher Lachlan ‘Reilly could not join us last Thursday; his support has been vital for the success of our recent MUNA teams.

Narooma’s team represented France. Cyann said she was not sure what to expect. She enjoyed researching France’s stand on particular issues and listening to the arguments put by various teams. Isaak also was not sure what to expect but came away having really enjoyed the experience. Both Cyann and Isaak thanked the Club for its support. Both students were accompanied by family members.

ShelterBox assists

Our Club answered ShelterBox’ request for more financial assistance.  ShelterBox is currently responding to disasters in south-east Asia, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Since the Monsoon season started in June, excessive rain in Bangladesh resulted in catastrophic flooding over about a third of the land. A ShelterBox team is working with Rotary contacts, authorities and other aid organisations to assess needs. The team is also working to understand more about the needs of Rohingya refugees.

In the Caribbean Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc destroying 90-95% buildings on some islands, with Hurricane Maria following. Four ShelterBox Response Teams have been deployed and are working with other aid organisations and Rotary connections to help families who need it most. Those who have lost absolutely everything will receive the traditional ShelterBox, while others receive ShelterKits.

This week: We are in for a really interesting talk by historian Eleanor Robin on the coming of the telegraph and its impact.

Cheers Laurelle

Random thoughts, courtesy Peter Bull

I didn’t make it to the gym today. That makes 1,500 days in a row.

I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.

Everyone has a right to be stupid; politicians just abuse the privilege.






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Beacon 12th May 2016

short notes by bob ant

Isn’t the digital age fantastic!! I turned the computer on at 6 am this morning and at 8.30 I have just finished going through my Rotary emails for the last few days.  As we can now communicate at lot easier than in the past, we now communicate a lot more.

Last Thursday we had our Polio Plus Movie night at the Kinema, for the Narooma Premier of “Eddie the Eagle” . Many thanks to John and Janette for allowing us to host this night, to Chris O’Brien for organising (above and beyond) , to all who helped out and to those who came to support a very worthy cause. The bonus was two fold 1) helping end Polio.  2) A really good movie.

Chris is working on the Cinders night and I hope you are all catching up on your trivia, we need to win so study hard and invite brainy friends!!!

Frank and his team have started putting together a Solar / Alternative expo.  More to come but the ground work so far looks very positive.

Shelter Box has now received full tax deductible status. See article in the next Beacon.

This week we have a board meeting and an update on some of the projects and more.

Have a great weekend


VIEW Club’s Zone Conference

On Wednesday 4th of May Radar, Sandra and I travelled south to attend the VIEW Club’s Zone Conference at Merimbula, as Radar had been invited to be their guest speaker.  It was a pleasant day and were made to feel very welcome – plus we had a delicious lunch!

Radar began by playing his erhu and he played two lovely pieces -one quite slow and evocative, and the other was lively, showing the full range of the instrument.  He played beautifully and everyone listened very quietly and attentively.

He then spoke about Taiwan, and about his experiences as an exchange student.  He soon had the ladies laughing with descriptions of the ‘culture shocks’ he had experienced both at school and at home.  His presentation was great and everyone enjoyed it very much.  Before we left, the local Narooma VIEW Club asked if he would be guest speaker at their club in July!  Sandra and I are designing our business cards now for our new venture as Radar’s Event Managers!!

As some of you would know, the VIEW Clubs support the Smith Family, in particular their Learning for Life program for children and families in need.  It was great to hear about the success stories of those supported through this program and to see the commitment of these local ladies to help others.

– Michael O’Connor

Cinders Trophy Trivia Night and Dinner

The Narooma and Moruya  Rotary Clubs’ Cinders Trophy Trivia Night and Dinner will be held on Thursday 19th May in the Montague Room of Club Narooma on Thursday 19th May at 6pm for 6.30pm. The cost will be $28.00 per head and this includes a 2-course meal with tea and coffee to follow. Please try to invite as many of your friends as possible so we can take the Trophy back!

District News

The latest edition of “District Matters May 2016” is available.

Highlights : Margaret Hassall to be District Governor 2018-19.

They think BIG in Pambula – they made over $3,000 from cooking up Paella !!!


District Assembly 30 April/1 May Berry

District Assembly 30 April/1 May Berry

Attended District Assembly with President Bob Antill.  Unlike my experience at the Annual Conference last year in Canberra in 2015, this had an informative and well presented programme. I attended the Rotary Foundation and International sessions and it was heartening to hear about the work that was being carried out.

It was also my impression that we as a club seem to punch above our weight.

President Antill gave a rundown on how we have put defibrillators around Narooma and now we are hoping with Moruya and Bateman Bay Rotary Clubs to have them throughout the Eurobodella

To be honest I had been in two minds as to the benefits of INTERACT until I heard two young women give a talk at our dinner that night. They were articulate, interesting and forceful in getting their message across as to the value of INTERACT and I left converted.

It was then interesting to hear the next morning about clubs in our District in seeking to establish an INTERACT CLUB. It was readily apparent that it was a major task that required on going intensive support from Rotary Club members, but with such support being in the background. President Antill is hoping to move forward with the planning of an INTERACT CLUB in Narooma and I hope the club will get behind him with support.

He will have my full support in 16/17 and hopefully that will continue in the future.

Some trivia but not trivial, did you realise that there is a BAN on Rotarians being in any other service club?

This was revealed to me when we were told of a rule change that would allow a member of ROTORACT to be also a member of ROTARY. ( catch they have to pay both annual fees).

At first I laughed thinking it was a joke that if you were in rotoract you could not be in rotary. Yes folks it is true. While I have not seen the definition of what is a service club, but presumably you can’t be in CWA and Rotary and ditto for Zonta Probus and obviously Lions.

I am still dumbfounded by this and can’t understand the logic behind this. Why should a membership of Lions debar you from Rotary and vice versa if you fulfil the requirements ( apart from Rotary’s ban) of both service clubs  by serving your community.

Finally, we were told that the rule is now, or will be shortly, that we are only required to have 2 meetings a month and that it need not be specifically a dinner, lunch or breakfast meeting.

Think of the opportunities to liven up Rotary in Naroooma, so hopefully we can put on our thinking caps and come up with innovative meeting suggestions/locations to embrace change which seems to be a key message at the District Assembly if we are to survive and progress.


short words by bob ant

As Summer comes to a close – but not daylight saving – we have another Narooma Rotary Markets under our belt. For a while it looked as if we were going to be down on numbers and then I had a flashback to a movie “build it and they will come”. On Sunday Rotarian’s and friends of Rotary came out of the proverbial woodwork and we had good numbers. David and Rachael joined with Laurelle to control the gate. Michael helped Frank with marking out and then made smoooooth smoothies and freeessssh juice all day, with a little help. Bob Aston and John Doyle assisted by Angie made Donuts and it was great to see Peter Hartley at the BBQ. Fred Fawke from Canberra (Mr ShelterBox) and Pam cooked, Joan and Rob, John and Sandra Doyle and my wonderful partner in grime Merinda. Rolfe assisted as time permitted (definitely well appreciated coffee) and to anyone I may have missed a huge thank you.

Last Thursday night was climate change… this Thursday night is a club assembly on change of another sort. Please feel free to put your two bob’s worth in.  Fred Fawke will also give us an update ion ShelterBox and Fuji.

Following this week’s meeting is a board meeting…. all members are allowed to sit in and watch if you want or take an early mark.

It was an enormous pleasure to recognise the work of Past President Angie with a Paul Harris Fellow award. Our charity, the Rotary Foundation allows for a PHF to be given as a recognition for service to the Rotary family and local, national and international community. In front of a large audience Angie was formally recognised for her service, well done and well deserved.

A question for this Thursday night…. Do you remember Eddie the Eagle?

I hope a lot of magic comes your way this week……. Girls…. Did you pop the question?????