Narooma Rotary Beacon 2 March 2017

The Week that Was

Cutting the cake to celebrate the 112th birthday of Rotary International are Moruya Rotary Club President Pauline Gleeson, Batemans Bay President Jeff Thorpe and Narooma Acting President Laurelle Pacey

There was no meeting last Thursday instead there was a combined meeting of the Narooma, Moruya and Batemans Bay Clubs at Moruya Golf Club last Wednesday to celebrate Rotary’s birthday and to recognise all those involved in last year’s Rotary Christmas Race Day. As members know funds raised when towards the purchase of defibrillators that will be located at key locations across the shire. In all over $25 000 was raised from various sources, allowing for the purchase of 12 defibrillators from St John Ambulance.

Thank you to Laurelle Pacey who wrote a press release on behalf of the Clubs outlining our achievements in financing the defibrillators, it is reproduced below for members’ information.


Rotary installs 12 defibrillators across Shire

Proceeds from Rotary Christmas Races at Moruya last December have purchased 12 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) which will be installed across Eurobodalla Shire.

The AEDs were presented to the shire’s three Rotary Clubs on Wednesday night at their celebration of Rotary International’s 112th birthday, hosted by Moruya Rotary Club.

The Christmas Races were organised by Narooma, Batemans Bay and Moruya Rotary Clubs in conjunction with Moruya Jockey Club, the aim being to raise funds to purchase these life saving devices.

St John’s Business development Manager Ryan Paterson and Rotary Races Committee Chair David Ashford present 12 defibrillators to Moruya Rotary President Pauline Gleeson, Narooma Rotary Acting President Laurelle Pacey and Batemans Bay President Jeff Thorpe.

‘We raised about $25,000 which greatly exceeded our expectations,’ Rotary spokesman David Ashford said.

‘That was thanks to the Rotary raffle, a significant contribution from the Jockey Club, the hardworking Moruya Rotarians in the canteen, donations from Moruya Surf Club buckets, plus a matching grant from Rotary District 9710.

‘We now need to ensure the defibrillators are placed in the best locations in the respective towns.’

The three Rotary clubs will determine all current defibrillator locations and ensure these latest AEDs are installed in the most appropriate locations in the three towns. An app listing their locations is being developed.

The AEDs, purchased from St John’s Ambulance, are used when someone suffers a suspected heart attack.

St John’s Business Development Manager Ryan Paterson demonstrated how they work, stating the first four minutes are vital after someone has a heart attack.

 ‘A shock from a defibrillator can save a life,’ he said.

‘They’re easy to use and maintain, require no training and the machine talks the operator through it.

‘You can’t hurt the person. The machine will only operate if it detects a charge is needed.’

Mr Paterson was so impressed with Rotary’s initiative in the Eurobodalla, he wants to try and get Rotary Clubs in other areas interested in a similar project.

Clean Up Australia

The Club as volunteered to assist with Clean Up Australia on Sunday 5 March. Please let Ange know on Thursday if you can help out.

Relay for Life

This year the Eurobodalla for Life Relay will be held at Bill Smyth Oval from 10:00am Saturday 18 March to 10:00am Sunday 19 March. The Club has agreed to cater for breakfast on Sunday morning. Please volunteer to help out if you can. There will be more information at Thursday’s meeting.

If you want to find out more about the relay, click here.

District Assembly

The District Assembly will be held on 29 & 30 April at Kingsford Smith School, Starke Street, HOLT

The Assembly will commence with a BBQ lunch at 12noon, sessions will commence at 1pm sharp.  There will be a dinner Saturday evening at the Raiders Football Club. Cost of dinner is yet to be confirmed. The assembly will finish at lunchtime Sunday with a BBQ lunch.

Members and incoming Board members are encouraged to attend.

Food for Thought

Mark Huddleston is Membership & PR Chait of Rotary District 9520, he writes some great blogs about a range of issues, especially membership. Click here to see the latest

 The Week Ahead

This Thursday we have a Club Assembly followed by a Board meeting. The agenda for the Assembly is:

  1. Michael’s resignation as president and the way ahead. Laurelle to report.
  2. Update on Michael’s walk; film night and amount Club is contributing to Michael’s fundraising. Bob Antill will report.
  3. Relay for Life Sunday 19 March – we are supplying breakfast. Angie will discuss progress and what we need to organise.
  4. Defibrillators: We now have four defibrillators to install. One will go to True Value Hardware on Glasshouse Rocks Road, one to the Visitors Centre. So we are looking for two other locations. Bob Antill will report and discuss.
  5. One of four District Foundation seminars will be held in Narooma on Saturday 13 May 10.30-3.30pm. Laurelle to report.
  6. Clean Up Australia Day this Sunday. Angie is coordinating. Angie to report.
  7. Cost of meals. Bob Antill to report