Narooma Rotary Beacon 2 September 2021

Andrew’s Thoughts

It’s been a week where probably our worst fears have been confirmed. So it looks like it will be Zoom meetings for the foreseeable future. 

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Our noble leader Andrew

We had a good catch up last Thursday for the seven of us who Zoomed. It was good to see our old mate Gordon Bentley who managed to escape the clutches of Dubbo just before the lockdown and who will probably be around Narooma for a while.

So what for the future? We shall obviously formally adopt a draft programme at our upcoming Zoom Board Wednesday week, but we have to be realistic. Our breakfast program has been moved to Spring and it looks like the Prostate Cancer project will follow the same route.

In order that we don’t get totally Zoomed out, I am proposing only two meetings per month on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays. Let’s see how that works.

But let’s not lose what we have gained so far in 2021. We’re becoming a close knit group which is great, and we need to keep in touch, and care for each other. For those not comfortable with Zoom. let’s call them from time to time to see that they’re travelling well both physically and mentally. 

Keep those chins up, mes amis!!


Not even a Zoom meeting this Thursday.

The Week that Was

Our great Cobargo night keeps on giving

Our Club and Cobargo BlazeAid received more good publicity this week in the September issue of The Triangle, much to President Andrew’s delight. It was about our wonderful night at Cobargo Hotel with the Cobargo BlazeAid volunteers, hosted by Narrandera and our own Club.

Andrew also put in a plug for how we would welcome people from the Cobargo, Bermagui and Tilba area who may be interested in becoming Club members. Our story had previously run in local online papers Narooma News (as well as the hard copy) and the Beagle Weekly soon after the dinner.

Moruya on D9705’s Environmental Team

Moruya’s Rotary bulletin had an article this week about our District’s Environmental Team. You will recall that last year Rotary International added the Environment as a new seventh area of focus. In response this year, Rotary Down Under has been running a series of relevant articles under the heading ‘Our Earth Our Home’.

Our District has set up a committee under PDG David Brawn of the Rotary Club of Berry. Its charter is to encourage Rotary clubs in District 9705 to embrace the new area of focus and to initiate environmental projects in their areas. Moruya President Chris Manahan and Derek Anderson are members of the committee which hopes to recruit more members. Maybe it’s time for our Club to explore our Renewable Energy Expos again?

The photos that launched our Radar news

Our  former Exchange student Jui-Da ‘Radar’ Lin from Taiwan

Lynn Hastings recently spotted our  former Exchange student Jui-Da ‘Radar’ Lin from Taiwan on Instagram in a white coat with a stethoscope. So here are the photos! Radar was with us 2015-2016 during Bob Antill’s year as President. Bob and Lynn think Radar is studying medicine, possibly radiography, and would be about half way through his course, so he’s possibly doing an internship.

Out and About

More postponements due to Covid-19

Due to the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation, RYPEN 2021 has been postponed. RYPEN Coordinator Darren Wallace said they are investigating possible dates for the camp in the first half of 2022, and will advise all clubs of the new dates ASAP. They plan on running another RYPEN in November 2022.

On a lighter ‘Lockdown’ note…

Now is definitely not the right time to start surrounding yourself with positive people.

Yeah, I have plans tonight. I’ll probably hit the living room around 8 or 9!

Never in my wildest of wild dreams did I ever think I would go up to a bank teller with a mask on and ask for money.

Chinese doctors have confirmed the name of the first person to contract Coronavirus. His name is Ah-Chu.

Is September too early to put up the Christmas tree? I am up to date with everything else.


Wednesday 8 September, a Board Meeting on Zoom at 4-6pm (please note earlier time).

Thursday 9 September, a Zoom Club meeting 4-5pm (please note earlier time).