Narooma Rotary Beacon 24 November 2022

Andrew’s Thoughts

ACM’s Group Sales manager for the South Coast Rod White chatted with Roger and Teaghan Abboott of Easts after last Thursday’s Business Breakfast

It is good to be back! Unfortunately due to jet lag, I missed the Business Breakfast which, by all accounts, was a good meeting with guest speaker Rod White of Australian Community Media talking about the future of Narooma News and our other local papers.

Perhaps the most significant development over the last week was the award of the grant for the van replacement, subject to some procedural issues. Congratulations to Francoise, Lynn and Laurelle for their outstanding efforts. 

Because the van replacement is such a material development for the Club, the Board decided to have an extra dinner meeting on Thursday 1st December where we will all have the opportunity to discuss our views in the spirit of goodwill and mutual respect. The Board has also agreed that a confidential vote of all members would then be done; the Club will support the outcome, whatever that may be.

As we roll into December, we look to our AGM on the 8th, and also our Christmas Party on Thursday 15th December at the ‘6 and Out’ Café at Bodalla. The cost is $40 per head. With a break from tradition, we shall not have the usual ‘$10 Secret Santa’. Rather, recognising the impacts of economic hardship on the less well off, we shall levy an additional $10 per head for OzHarvest to distribute as they think fit. Please bring $10 cash on the night. So yes a change, but a worthy one, and I urge all to come for what is always an excellent evening!

Finally don’t forget the Markets on Sunday 27th November, where we shall launch ticket sales for the 2023 Australia Day Duck Race which will be in aid of the proposed Carers’ accommodation at the new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital and the Prostate Cancer Research.


What a bumper night at Narooma Golf Club this Thursday (6 for 6.30pm). Please note just for this event we will be in the Member’s Room at the rear of the Club, to the left of the pokies.

Dr Dianne McInnes, author of many published books, will talk about what’s involved in writing a book. Narooma High Year 9 students Phoebe Coxon and Talon Keith will also report back about their experiences at the  Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) at Wagga Wagga last weekend. Please bring partners and friends. Numbers to Gero please by noon on Tuesday.



ACM’s Rod White

Last week’s Business Breakfast featured Australian Community Media’s Group Sales manager for the South Coast and Southern Inland NSW Rod White. Rod spoke about ACM’s business nationwide and more particularly on the South Coast. ACM now has only two offices on the south coast – Batemans Bay and Bega. There is no intention of reopening an office in Narooma. Like most businesses, they too are finding it difficult to attract staff. Rod will forward a summary of the statistics he mentioned to be circulated to attendees. He said the Narooma News was one of the most viable of their mastheads on the south coast.

Our Business Breakfasts will now have a two month break, resuming in February after the busy season.

Coming Club events

Sunday 4 December: Our fundraising Film Night for Polio Plus is on Sunday 4 December at 6.30 for 7pm. The film will be The Lost King which is a dramatisation of the story of amateur historian who initiated the search to find King Richard III’s which had been lost for over 500 years. They were found under a car park in Leicester. Everyone is encouraged to dress up for the occasion. Help is wanted by Ange and team with the nibbles and drinks please see them this Thursday.

Thursday 8 December: Our AGM.

Thursday 15 December: Our Christmas Party at 6 and Out Café at Bodalla. It will be a three-course meal for $40. The Club will supply a few bottles of wine. Numbers are needed urgently so please pay you $40 a head to the Club’s Administration Account (Treasurer Mike will circulate details) by this weekend.

Out and About

Carers’ Accommodation Progress

The AGM of the Carers’ Accommodation Eurobodalla Regional Hospital (CAERH) was held last week. Elected were President Cr Rob Pollock, Secretary Steve Young of  Moruya Rotary, Treasurer Dave Gibson  (former Treasurer Car Club), Vice President John Nader of Moruya Rotary,  Public Officer Peter Smith of Moruya Rotary, Publicity Officer Shirley Hayes-Cornish of Moruya Rotary, Committee Andrew Elek of Moruya Rotary, Leslie Crompton of Batemans Bay Lions, and  Steph Carter. The new Hospital is scheduled for completion late 2025.

NEXT WEEK – 1st December

The Board decided to have an extra dinner meeting for all members on Thursday 1st December to allow free and open discussion about the Club’s catering options at the markets. It will be 6 for 6.30 at the Golf Club.