Narooma Rotary Beacon 2 May 2024

Our new Van sees action!

President Elect Julie Hartley and Vice President David McInnes at the launch of the Club’s new food van at Sunday’s market.

All members at Sunday’s Market were delighted to have our new food van finally in action. In launching the van, VP David McInnes explained that the purchase of the new van and generator was made possible thanks to a grant from Bendigo Bank’s Community Enterprise Foundation.

David McInnes launches our new food van at Sunday’s Market.

“This will enable the Club to better respond to future emergencies and calls to remote areas, as well as continuing to raise funds at the markets for the many community programmes and projects, locally and globally, that the Club supports,” he said. It shows that Narooma Rotarians are indeed ‘People of Action’, sharing a passion with other Rotarians working to improve our communities and the world. 

Members enjoyed moving into the new modern fit-for-purpose van on Sunday after the anticipation built up over the last 12 months. For those members who worked on the van project, it was wonderful to get such a great ‘thumbs up’ from so many people at the markets. Former Area Governor Adam de Totth popped by for the launch.

Acknowledging our sponsors

Community Banks are located at Bega, Pambula and Bombala. David also acknowledged the continuing support of Easts Holiday Parks and Narooma Community Men’s Shed with storing and transporting the van. More signage and equipment will be added as funds become available.

Our old van has been sold to Southbound Escapes; it will be ‘re-purposed’ as a coffee van; indications are we won’t recognise it! The old van and barbecue did great service over the years, particularly during the bushfire emergency and highlighted the need for the Club to be able to respond again in any future emergency.

Showing the working relationship of the van and cooking area. The van is also equipped to enable cooking inside should it be needed.


Tuesday 30 April 5-6.30pm:

Our Club is co-hosting with ONE New Level 4 Eurobodalla Regional Hospital Advocates in a Q & A Discussion at Narooma Golf Club. The whole community is invited to hear how these planned improvements will benefit the entire Eurobodalla community. Planning for Level 4 services in the new Regional Hospital includes an 8-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and local Radiotherapy Services. The panel of experts includes Member for Bega Dr Michael Holland, representatives from Southern Area Health and Eurobodalla Shire Mayor Matt Hatcher. 

Wednesday 1 May:  

Thursday 2 May:

No Dinner Meeting. Board Meeting 5.15pm at Golf Club

The Week that Was

Our Market

It was a great market on Sunday attracting many holiday visitors as well as our regulars. It was the last weekend in the NSW/ ACT school holidays and of course the Anzac Day weekend, so Narooma was buzzing. We took $1,245 at the gate, $134.60 in the wishing well, and the new van grossed $736.50. So a total of $2,115.10 before expenses.

Out and About

From Batemans Bay Rotary

Batemans Bay Rotary’s Board meeting last week began considering a discussion paper presented by Secretary Neil Simpson on ways to reduce the cost of Rotary membership to members. Their hope is to reduce Club Dues to $100pa from the next Rotary year. Neil is researching several options. Our Club for one will be watching closely…


Thursday 9 May:    Club Assembly – 6 for 6.30 at Narooma Golf Club