Narooma Rotary Beacon 23 November 2017

Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone

Another great meeting last Thursday with an excellent speaker to keep us entertained. Thanks to Trevor Neville, I can now draw a shark that looks something like the real thing! As a former teacher, Trevor’s talk impressed me because he used the art of teaching, breaking things down into easily achievable bits to teach us how to draw and create.

This year’s Renewable Energy Expo is almost upon us. I am sure the Expo will provide all who attend with valuable information about reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, renewable energy and effective waste management. Frank and his committee have done a wonderful job organising the Expo; let’s hope the Eurobodalla community give it the support it deserves.

Don’t forget our Italian Night on 30 November at the Golf Club. It should be a fun night with an excellent speaker. The Club needs accurate numbers to prepare our meal so please indicate your attendance at this week’s meeting. It will also be a great opportunity to invite friends along to experience one of our meetings, so if you get a chance invite a friend to join us.

Also keep in mind our annual Christmas party at Casey’s on 21 December; it will be another opportunity to invite friends along to enjoy some Rotary hospitality.

Have a great week everyone.

Mal Gray thanked our talented guest speaker Trevor Neville.

Cheers Bob

The Week that Was

Trevor Neville, a teacher and artist and currently the librarian at Narooma Public School, proved to be a fascinating guest speaker last week. He spoke about his passion for drawing as a way to engage with students, while also demonstrating that even Rotarians can draw given the right instruction. (President Bob is so thrilled with his shark, it might now be framed!)

Trevor showed us what amounted to a portfolio of some of his wonderfully colourful and happy illustrations, particularly those painted directly onto the windows of Engadine Library, initially for Book Week, and then eventually the windows of all libraries in Sutherland Shire. He said he gets so totally absorbed in drawing that time stops. Narooma students are currently working on some murals at the school where he hopes every student will contribute. Trevor also illustrates stories for children, mostly at schools, and runs drawing workshops for children with six booked over the summer holidays.

Trevor was joined by his wife Michelle (also a teacher at Narooma Public School and the community choir conductor) and their daughter Sammy.

Last week we toasted the Rotary Club of Harare in Zimbabwe while thinking of the current uncertainty in their country. It is the oldest of the seven Rotary Clubs in Harare, chartered in 1930 and was one of the first Rotary Clubs in Africa outside of South Africa. The RC of Harare meets for lunch each Thursday at the Rotary Centre in Harare. It has had many major club projects over the years including a Children’s Home and the Fairways Home for the Aged.

Pacific Island Midwives take a Bay break

Fourteen Moruya Rotarians and partners attended Batemans Bay Rotary’s special meeting at the Soldiers Club on Saturday night to welcome 15 Pacific Island midwives and leaders to the Eurobodalla for a weekend break during their two-week Rotary-sponsored vocational training in Canberra. It is a joint D9710, D9920 Auckland and Pacific Islands and RI venture. The midwives from Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands and Kirabati were undertaking leadership training in a programme designed by the University of Canberra and the College of Midwives.

Moruya PP Pauline Gleeson said ‘as Rotarians we should all be super proud knowing that our organisation is helping our Pacific neighbours in the field of midwifery’. She added that at the dinner the ladies entertained them ‘with humour, singing and some pretty impressive dancing’.

Batemans Bay Rotarians are a cultured lot…

Batemans Bay Rotarians are really getting into the spirit of their relatively recent initiative of Pizza, Poetry and Plonk Nights, according to their latest newsletter. Many partners are also joining in and reciting poetry. They combined the last PPP night with a Hat theme and raised funds for Rotary Health.

Expo and Markets this weekend

We’re in for a busy time this weekend what with the Expo on Saturday and the Markets on Sunday, so hopefully we will have as many hands on deck as possible AND fine weather.



Some ‘groaners’, courtesy Peter Bull

  • What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.
  • I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.
  • They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a Typo.
  • I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.