This will be my last Ramble for my Presidency. Not much to report in this last week unless our depleted Cinders team can come home with the trophy.
Cinders is on this Wednesday (12th) at Moruya so there is no regular meeting this Thursday (13th). I am away now until the end of June, as is VP Laurelle, so Charmaine will warm the chair from 20th June. As this is my last Ramble, I would like to thank all members for allowing me to be your President in 2018-19.
There were some notable achievements in the year and we distributed $27,749 to local and international charities, our Tertiary Scholarship holders, and funding other youth activities. I will single out a few for my gratitude as without them we would not have pulled off the fundraising and community events we did. The list indicates the breadth of our activities and how well we do with a small membership. They are in no particular order:
- Laurelle Pacey for her counsel as Vice-President, our vocational awards night and the Beacon
- Bob Aston for his work as Secretary and his work promoting our Tertiary Scholarship
- Sandra Doyle as assistant secretary and general dogsbody. She was everywhere.
- Lynn Hastings our ever vigilant Treasurer
- Chris O’Brien for managing the Markets (and those who worked on the markets).
- Angie Ulrichsen for our speakers, film night, the Whale Watching raffle, RYPEN, RYDA and van purchases.
- John Doyle for market logistics and caravan management
- John Rungen for heading the Busking Championship committee (and everyone on that Committee) and the Bowel Cancer program
- Charmaine White for the Australia Day Duck Race and her work in Timor Leste
- Peter Bull for assisting with the selection of our Tertiary Scholarship recipient and the occasional good joke
- Frank Eden for managing the web site
- Rolf Gimmel for caravan duties and his consistent work as Sergeant-at-Arms
- Every other member for contributing when and where they could to the markets, raffle selling, 60th birthday celebrations, busking and barbecues.
- AND to Michael O’Connor raffle seller extraordinaire
We are trialing a new form of leadership for 2019-2020. Let’s get behind our ‘Presidents Four’ and have another great year contributing to our community. All the best to Charmaine and her Board for 2019-20. Rod
THIS WEEK: Our Cinders Trivia Trophy
This Wednesday (12 June) we join our friends at Moruya Rotary to battle over trivia for the much coveted Cinders Trophy. It’s always a lot of fun. This year we are playing on their home turf at Moruya Golf Club, commencing 6.30 for 7pm. Cost is $17 pp. What we will lack in numbers we are sure to make up for in quality.
There will therefore be no meeting this Thursday 13 June.
The Week that Was
Last week was a fairly laid back meeting with many away but still lots of chat, a slide show of the Busking Championships.
PP and PE Charmaine White gave the International Toast to the Rotary Club of Dili in Timor Leste, a club she is associated with through the dental project in Timor Leste. The Rotary Club of Dili was chartered in 2002 with 32 Members.
Meanwhile, our travelling correspondent PP Bob Aston spotted a redundant phone box in Wales that has been-re-purposed to house a defibrillator… alas Frank and John, any redundant phone-boxes in our area seem to have already been removed.
Out and About
Moruya and Bay Rotary Changeovers
We have been invited to attend Moruya’s Changeover on Wednesday 26th and Batemans Bay’s on Thursday 27th June. If you would like to attend one or other, please contact President Rod Changeovers .
Bega Rotary Winter Book Fair
Bega Rotary’s Book Fair is on next month from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July in the Bega Showground Pavilion. This is a mammoth undertaking by the Bega Club
They are expecting to have over 30,000 fiction and non-fiction books ready for sale. With storage space at a premium, they only accept books in quality condition and do not accept Encyclopaedias or Readers Digest which do not sell, They will be moving storage facility before the next book fair.
Bega and Monaro RYDA
Over 300 Bega Valley and Monaro Year 11 students recently attended the Bega RYDA at Frog’s Hollow Go Kart Track south of Bega. Bega Rotary has coordinated the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Program since 2007, catering for 5,000 students. Narooma High students’ first RYDA was at Bega (and possibly the second) before they started going to Moruya. Schools that participated this year were Bega High, Eden Marine High, Bombala High, Lumen Christi Catholic College, South Coast Anglican College, Monaro High and Jindabyne Central with a small group from Moruya.
NEXT WEEK (20th):
Retired Narooma engineer Jeff Lean will talk about the social and economic drivers of climate change, subjects he has studied closely. Jeff feels considerable confusion and misinformation by government, financially interested parties and well-meaning but ill-informed green groups have clouded the issues and delayed working towards solutions. He will also discuss meaningful community and individual actions.
FOLLOWING WEEK (27TH):
Our guest speaker will be the new Principal of Narooma High Fiona Jackson.