Narooma Rotary Beacon 19th July 2018

Rod’s Ramble

Fun, Fellowship and Family

Mal Gray should have gone out and bought a lottery ticket on Friday; he won three of the four prizes from the chocolate wheel at last week’s meeting.

I would like to start this week’s Ramble with a message from our RI President Barry Rassin that succinctly summarises Rotary for me.  It’s an extract from a longer article in the July Edition of Rotary Down Under

Barry wrote: One year ago the RI Board adopted a new vision statement: “Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.” That simple sentence distills so much of what is essential about Rotary. We unite, because we know that we are far stronger together than we could ever be alone. We take action, because we are not dreamers, but doers. We work to create lasting change that will endure long after involvement has ended – across the globe and in our communities. And perhaps most important of all, we work to create change in ourselves – not just building a better world around us, but becoming better people ourselves.”

THIS WEEK Mama Mia Premiere for PolioPlus

This week we are at the Kinema (not the Golf Club) for a polio fundraiser. I hear tickets are selling fast so we should have a great night. If you can help with catering and the raffle, please get there about 6.00pm.

At last week’s Club Assembly Lynda Ord explained the amendments to the Child Protection Form

This Sunday’s Market

We still have may have two vacancies on the market roster for cooks on the 10.00am shift this Sunday 22nds July. Ctrl+ Click here ROSTER and enter your name if you can help.

60th Anniversary Celebration and Changeover Ceremony

Our 60th Anniversary Celebration on 4 August is only two weeks away. We have about 40 acceptances. If you have not yet accepted, please do so straight way. Entertaining us will be one of our Buskers,  and the Eurobodalla Shire Mayor Liz Innes and District Governor Margaret Hassall are also coming. We also hope to have a few surprise guests.This event will replace our meeting of the 2nd August.

Mayor Liz Innes recently said : So many of our most admired organisations are volunteer-driven. Surf Life Saving Clubs, Rural Fire Service, Meals on Wheels, Cancer Council volunteers driving cancer patients to Canberra for treatment. And what about local sporting clubs, and school P&Cs. Regional and rural communities survive and thrive on the generosity and good hearts of local people giving their time to help those around them.”

Anthony Whittle enjoying one of our Mad hatters nights a few years ago. 

 Vale Anthony Whittle

Seven representatives of our club attended Anthony’s funeral at Milton this week. It was an emotional celebration of Anthony’s life held overlooking a lake and rolling countryside. About 200 people attended, and family and friends made emotional speeches honouring Anthony’s life. A representative of his ‘work family’ from Narooma Plaza Pharmacy  also spoke. As is often the case, we learnt a lot about Anthony that we didn’t know. How sad that we didn’t get the chance to know him better. Its moments like these that you realise how important the Rotary family is and the importance of keeping connected in the good and the bad times.

From the Board

Moruya Races in 2018 will draw on the Melbourne Cup Day meeting and the Christmas races to raise funds. The charity partner is Muddy Puddles which provides services to disabled children. A representative will attend our meeting on 9th August to tell us all about their work.

Trivia Quiz – there’s a prize for the first correct answers

I thought I would start a trivia section of the Ramble so we can get some early practice in for Cinders in 2019 (and find out who reads the Beacon). The first correct answer emailed to me at wins a prize and the honour of being quiz master for the week.

  1. How many countries are larger than Australia?
  2. In what state/territory was the highest recorded temperature, of 53°C, recorded?
  3. Australia has the world’s largest sand island. What is its name?
  4. In what year was Advance Australia Fair proclaimed as the national anthem by the Governor-General?
  5. Do all states/territories have the same blood alcohol limit for non-probationary drivers?

Cheers Rod

Out and About

Charmaine, teeth and Timor Leste

We’re all looking forward to hearing from Charmaine about her two weeks working in Timor Leste with three other Australian dentists. Charmaine says it’s a well-run joint Rotary RAWCS/Lions/Carmelite nuns project. You will recall her telling us of  the relationship between toothache, chewing betel nut to relieve it, and that betel nut can cause cancer of the mouth and oesophagus. So eliminating toothache should reduce the risk of oral cancers. Our Club recently donated $1,000 to this project.

District Conference – the Cooma Adventure

District Conference registrations open soon for this year’s District Conference which will be in Cooma  5-7 October. Hop[efully we will be able to get a few people together to represent teh Club.