Narooma Rotary Beacon 25 August 2022

Andrew’s Thoughts

Well the start of our 22/23 programmes seem fated. At the beginning of August, we had to cancel the Prostate Cancer Support Group meeting due to ‘venue time’ issues. Last week it was the Business Breakfast’s time to suffer when Jenn Black came down with Covid.  I’m pleased to announce though she will be back with us for our October meeting; when I saw her yesterday she was on the mend but obviously still very washed out.

Last weekend our Narooma High team went to MUNA in Canberra and we look forward to hearing of their experiences at this Thursday’s dinner. As you know, assisting the fine young people at Narooma High is high on my priorities and has always been a major priority of our Club.

This Thursday’s meeting is also going to be very special with Lynne Thomas, a Yuin Elder, coming to talk to us. It’s a talk I’ve been eagerly awaiting since I joined Rotary two years ago. This will be special and I urge you all to attend and bring your friends too.

I would remind you we have raffle Tickets to sell for whale watching with proceeds going towards the Carers’ Accommodation project for the new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital. Even if you do not fancy ‘public facing’ please take a book or two for family and friends; please don’t leave it to Ange and a few others.

This Sunday is our August Markets where it will be ‘all hands to the pump’ as usual, and also a good opportunity to sell raffle tickets. The roster will be circulated at Thursday’s meeting.

So as ever, it is onwards and upwards mes amis!


Lynne Thomas

This will be a top night so please invite partners and friends. Our guest speaker is Yuin Elder Lynne Thomas, a teacher and cultural consultant. She will talk about Dreaming stories and their importance, and some special places that speak to connection to country. We will also hear from our three Year 11 Narooma High students who attended the recent Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) – Yeshe Smith-Macpherson, Ellen Hemsted and Jack Lenihan accompanied by their teacher Monique Wicks.

The Week that Was

RYPEN is back!

Another great Rotary youth project is back after Covid. Applications are now open for D9705’s Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN) at Boorambola Sport & Rec Camp at Wagga Wagga 11-13 November. RYPEN aims to give young people self confidence and self-esteem and to enhance a belief in their abilities and talents.

It is not about rewarding the super confident or those who already have leadership skills. Equally, it is not for young people with behaviour problems or other serious issues. RYPEN targets students who are often overlooked for leadership or other programs and just need an opportunity to discover their untapped potential. These are the young people who will gain so much from RYPEN.

Each Club is responsible for sponsorship of RYPEN participants ($400 each student) who in the past have been identified by school staff. This is still to be discussed by our Board. More information to follow. Our Club in the past has asked for a family contribution.

From Moruya Rotary

Moruya Club has already sold some of our Whale watching Raffle tickets, being the first fundraiser for the proposed Carers’ Accommodation at the new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital. They sold a whole book at their meeting last week.

Also… Looking for something to do with your books that are surplus to requirements? Look no further. Moruya’s bulletin this week mentions the Moruya Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd September in the Vulcan Street shop next to LJ Hooker. If you have any books to donate please contact Kath Smith on 4473 8116 or Mobile 0413 53 1951 this week. BUT, please, no magazines, Readers Digests, Cook Books or Encyclopedias. The Auxiliary has a reputation for having good quality books on offer and nothing over $5.

Out and About

From Bega Rotary

Speaking of books, Bega Rotary’s Spring Book Fair is at the Bega Showground Pavilion on Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September 9am -5pm. Good quality books plus DVDs will be available. Entry is by gold coin donation and sales are by EFTPOS or cash. Covid safe arrangements are in place. Please bring a bag. Bega Rotary is still accepting donations of small quantities of books at the offices of Elders – 3/248 Carp St Bega or Dr Michael Holland MP – 122 Carp St Bega. Donations of books will also be accepted at the Book Fair.


No meeting next Thursday 1 September being the first Thursday in the month.

Friday 2 September 4.15pm: September Board meeting at Narooma Golf Club.