Narooma Rotary Beacon 13 June 2024

The Week that Was

Great news! The Board last week approved membership applications by Amanda James and Ann Hegerty. This means three new members will be inducted at the Changeover on Thursday 27 June – Amanda, Ann and Laurence Babington. Laurence’s membership was approved at May’s Board meeting. Welcome to you all!

People of Action

The Board also supported the Club including RI’s branding of ‘People of Action’ in all our marketing.

Update on Exchange Students

Susanna Chung reported to the Board on Lachie’s progress; he’s with his second host family until the end of June. Our incoming exchange student Hilma of Finland arrives at Moruya Airport on 25th July. Not long away! Susanna has done a great job organising host families. Three confirmed; fourth still to be finalised. Thank you Susanna for all your hard work and dedication.

DGR 2025

Last week’s Board meeting also endorsed the Club’ organisation of next year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) on Sunday 18 May 2025. DGR Coordinator Françoise Cleret has already booked NATA Oval and sought feedback from various groups who joined us this year; all will be back next year.

The 2024 DGR united motorcyclists on the same day in 959 towns/cities in 105 countries around the world, all for the vital cause of men’s health. Over 113,00 riders donned dapper attire, men and women, fired up their classic and vintage styled bikes and raised awareness and over US$7.6 million for prostate cancer and men’s mental health on behalf of charity partner, Movember. Narooma contributed AU$10,967.00 from 73 riders.  

The Board also endorsed disbursements of accumulated funds to the 30 June to various community groups and Rotary projects. Details in the Changeover Bulletin on the night.


Club Assembly 6 for 6.30pm at Narooma Golf Club.

Out and About

PCSG guest speaker 19 June

Urologist Dr Chi Can Huynh

Leadng Urologist Dr Chi Can Huynh will be guest speaker at the next Prostate Cancer Support Group (PCSG) meeting on Wednesday 19 June 6.30pm at Narooma Golf Club. The Narooma PCSG is a Club initiative.

Dr Huynh will discuss developments in the treatment of prostate cancer and associated prostate issues. While his private surgery is in Sydney at the Male Clinic, he also holds teaching hospital positions in the Southern NSW Health District and consults in both the public and private sectors in Moruya and Bega.

Our PCSG Coordinator Julie Hartley says This is a wonderful opportunity to hear about the latest surgical techniques for prostate cancer and for erectile dysfunction. “His coming to our area means that men now don’t have to go to Sydney or Canberra for consultations and operations; they can do it here.” Everyone is welcome including partners and friends.

The Magic of Rotary

Rotary International President-elect Stephanie Urchick’s presidential theme for 2024-25 is The Magic of Rotary. She is a member of the Rotary Club of McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA.

Stephanie explains why she adopted the theme colours of orange and sky blue in the logo.  Orange is a dominant colour of autumn, the end of one phase and the beginning of another; the primary colour of change. Blue is associated with knowledge and intelligence, trust, loyalty, and dependability. “Combined, these colours represent our burning need to move forward together as we change ourselves and change the world,” she said.

Why The Magic of Rotary as the theme for her year? “It’s not a matter of waving a wand and saying some funny word to make things happen. It’s up to each and every one of us. “You create the magic with every project completed, every dollar donated, and every new member inducted.” She also adds, “It’s up to us to make sure there’s a whole line of people behind us, ready to keep the magic going.”

Changeover invitations

Our Narooma Changeover will be held in the Golf Club on Thursday, 27 June, 6 for 6.30. Cost $40. John Rungen (0408 547 238) has sent invitations out to all members and Friends of Rotary.

Bega Changeover and 70th Anniversary Thursday 20 June6.00 for 6.30. Bega Golf Club at Tarraganda. Cost $48. Special guest incoming DG Rob Uhl. RSVP 14 June.

District Changeover at the Services Club in Young on Saturday 22 June, 6 for 6.30. Cost $50. Details on the District Website.

Moruya Changeover at Moruya Golf Club Tuesday 25 June.  

Batemans Bay Changeover will be held in the Soldiers Club on Thursday 18 July, 6 for 6.30. Cost $50 Reply Neil Simpson by 11 July, 0418 668 194

District Conference

Registrations are now open for the 9705 District Conference to be held in the Mittagong RSL from 25 to 27 October. Full details on the District website.


Wednesday 19 June

Thursday 20 June: Business Breakfast

Guest speaker is Eurobodalla Shire Council General Manager Warwick Winn. Starts 7am at Narooma Surf Club. Warwick will talk about the challenges of managing a regional versus metropolitan council and major issues facing Eurobodalla Shire Council. He is also happy to have a Q&A session.

Bookings are essential with Laurelle Pacey by Monday 17th at the latest.  Breakfast costs $10.  This will be our last Business Breakfast until September after a two month winter break.