On Saturday I, along with Lynda Ord, Sandra Doyle and Peter Bull interviewed 12 Narooma High students for the Narooma Rotary Scholarship. Although standards varied we can be assured that all applicants were great representatives of their school. We will announce our 2018 Scholar at the Australia Day Awards evening on 25 January. The successful applicant will be a wonderful ambassador for Narooma Rotary. One thing that became very clear during the interview process – we must promote ourselves with young people in our community. Very few of the applicants had a good knowledge of Rotary and what it does.
This week we celebrate Christmas with dinner at Casey’s. I am sure it will be a great night with good food and excellent fellowship. I understand Merinda has put the choir through their paces at secret training sessions and all will be in fine form by the time Thursday comes around. I have been asked not to sing – I can’t understand why! Remember the Club will provide all the drinks on the night, so just bring yourself, dressed in the Christmas Spirit.
Don’t forget our next meeting will be on 20 January 2018 at our place. It will be a cocktail party with a range of mouth-watering cocktails to choose from. The cost will be $20 including drinks and finger food. We will of course run a raffle with a range of interesting prizes to choose from.
Therese and I wish you and your families all the best for the festive season.
The Week that Was
The worldwide Rotary family
Last week we were reminded three times of the wonderful worldwide network of Rotary.
Charmaine White, recently returned from visiting a friend in Chicago, toasted the Rotary Club of Long Grove in Chicago which she visited while there. It’s a breakfast club with a really active crew, she said. One Rotarian had recently returned from helping out in Puerto Rico after Cyclone Irma, and another was off soon to assist in Nicaragua which is also recovering from a recent cyclone.
Then Chris O’Brien and Angie Ulrichsen presented President Bob with a banner from the RC of Amsterdam which they visited at the Hilton Hotel during their recent overseas jaunt.
AND we again welcomed Jenni Lean from the Rotary Club of Port Moresby, now living in New Zealand, who was in Narooma visiting her brother Jeff.
Our Annual General Meeting last week elected the 2018-2019 Board with Rod Walker already confirmed as President. The meeting elected Vice President Laurelle Pacey, Treasurer Lynn Hastings, and four Directors – Angie Ulrichsen, John Rungen, John Doyle, and Sandra Doyle.
The Club is still looking for a secretary for 2018-2019, and a President Elect 2019-2020.
Carols by Candlelight
We had a top team serving sausage sandwiches at the Carols by Candlelight on NATA Oval, while some of our Rotarian choristers were on stage singing their hearts out. John had to get extra sausages, such was the demand, while those in the van loved the simplicity of only selling the one thing, except that took from their great skills of ‘on-selling’…
If you can, please take a spot on the roster for selling duck tickets. Super seller Michael O’Connor was spotted in front of IGA Narooma this week going really well. Good spot, next to the moving Santa that can keep kids (and ticket sellers) amused for hours.
See you Thursday night at Casey’s Café.