Narooma Rotary Beacon 11 August 2016

Outside the Square

Remember the pieces of paper I distributed with a rectangle labelled the status quo and a heading Let the Ideas Flow? Only 3 members have returned them so far and after the Club Assembly last week there are lots of ideas out there, so please give me your ideas.

I felt that it was a productive meeting and special thanks to Peter Bull stepping into the shoes of Bob Aston when he is away as editor of the Beacon. It is inevitable that we will need members to take on roles at short notice and the way Bob organised Peter to step in was great and it left one less job for me to try and find someone to take on the task.

THIS IS DELEGATION AT ITS BEST, when I don’t have to delegate because if it comes suddenly into my lap then it is inevitable that I will be left holding the problem.

I loved Peter’s suggestion that we resurrect an old approach to International toasts, that is we toast an overseas Club then contact them to tell them that we have toasted their Club at our meeting. It will hopefully foster some interesting links/news.

Thinking outside the STATUS QUO does not necessarily mean something new, but it can be something old that can be brought back in.

It is your Beacon and so please contribute. One idea that did come up that we could have member profiles and Bob Antill has generously offered his professional skills in taking portraits of member sometime in the future to be with the profiles.

Members might also like to contribute to the Beacon why they volunteer, what got them into volunteering or even a Rotary moment. Jokes, obviously subject to the editor’s knife, can even be sent in.

Special Thanks should go to Frank and his committee who are doing sterling work organising the Renewable Energy Expo. It is a significant task and if good ideas are generated that increase the workload of the committee members should volunteer to help out to reduce the demands placed on individual committee members. This was well illustrated when Chris offered her assistance to help organise a more formal arrangement for dinner on the night of the expo.

Finally, an update on the recent Christmas in July fundraiser takings have now jumped to $1645.37. Wow! What an effort from one Narooma Rotary Meeting, I hope by April I will have plenty of dollar signs in my eyes when I set out on the Bibullmun track.



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The Week that Was

14 Members and 1 guest (Iris) were at last week’s meeting. As Michael has indicated it was Club Assembly and Board meeting night. Items for discussion at the Assembly ranged from the Beacon and International Toasts to the Renewals Expo and Rotary Park.

Bob Antill and Isis took away the raffle prizes

The Week Ahead

This week Annette Kennewell is our guest speaker. Annette is from the South Coast Health and Sustainability Alliance (SHaSA), a not-for-profit group based in Eurobodalla who help to make renewable energy more accessible and more affordable.

According to their Facebook page South Coast Health and Sustainability Alliance SHaSA are a group of volunteers born from the People’s Climate Picnic held in Sept 2013 in Moruya NSW. They are currently working on a project to install rooftop solar power to low incomes houses in the Eurobodalla. Please encourage friends and to come along to the meeting.

Charmaine White

All members know that Charmaine is an outstanding Rotarian contributing to our Club in many ways, such as helping Michael at our recent Christmas in July event. We also know that she contributes beyond our town and country as a volunteer assisting those less fortunate than us in her chosen vocation of dentistry. Below is a YouTube clip that Charmaine has sent me outlining the excellent work done by Rotarians and others in East Timor to ensure that young people get the best dental care possible. Let’s make sure we continue to support Charmaine in her efforts.

We also know that Charmaine is the very proud mother of Liz Cherry who is a singer and performer with the Australian Army Reserve. As most of you know Liz has performed at many sporting and cultural events representing the armed forces, most recently she had the honour of performing the French and Australian National Anthems at the centenary commemorations at Pozieres. Charmaine was there to witness this moving event. Below is a short clip of Liz’s performance.

When Insults Had Class. 

These glorious insults are from an era “before” the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words.

A member of Parliament to Disraeli: “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.” That depends, Sir,” said Disraeli, “whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.

“He had delusions of adequacy.” -Walter Kerr

“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”– Winston Churchill

“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.”-Clarence Darrow “He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.-William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

“Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.”-Moses Hadas

“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.  -Mark Twain

“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.”-Oscar Wilde

“I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one.”-George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

“Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second… if there is one.” -Winston Churchill, in response to Shaw

“I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.”-Stephen Bishop

He is a self-made man and worships his creator.”-John Bright “I’ve just learned about his illness. Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.” -Irvin S. Cobb

“He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.”  -Samuel Johnson

“He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.”– Paul Keating

“In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.”-Charles, Count Talleyrand “He loves nature in spite of what it did to  him.” -Forrest Tucker

“Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?”-Mark Twain

“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.”-Mae West

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.”-Oscar Wilde “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts… for support rather than illumination.”-Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

“He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.” -Billy Wilder

“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But I’m afraid this wasn’t it.”-Groucho Marks