Narooma Rotary Beacon 27 April 2017

Short Words

Last Thursday night we celebrated our annual Pride of Workmanship Awards at the Whale and our thanks to Mat and Jen and the staff for putting on a great night. But this night didn’t just happen without the hard work of Laurelle and the great MC job from Lynda. Maybe next year we’ll fill the auditorium at the Golf Club as this Award goes from strength to strength.

Sunday’s markets were again a great success. The sunshine, the buskers, the atmosphere and most of all the great company. Well done to everyone involved and thank you for the great effort.

Some market entertainment

Michael had his last bucket collection parade (with Mal’s help) before heading off to start his walk, raising an additional $236.00 taking total funds raised beyond his goal of $10,000.  On Monday morning, he hoped onto the Premier Bus at 8.30am for the first leg of the trip. He starts his walk along the the Bibbulmun Track at the end of the week. Our thoughts will be with him as he undertakes this epic journey.

This weekend is the Assembly in Canberra, hopefully we will get some clarification on “Form 3” and child protection issues – I’m looking forward to that.

On Wednesday night at Moruya Rotary Club’s meeting, founding member Ron Cheshire will be talking about the battle of Milne Bay in New Guinea during WWII. Ron was there and is the only remaining member of his outfit left. Very topical at the moment.

ANZAC day at Narooma has the dawn service and the 11am service. Many of our members will be attending in various rolls and I wish you well.

Thursday night is “fun with Maths “, should be a great night. See you then.


Bob Ant

Michael O’Connor – more off than usual! (an article by Bob Antill)

Murphy give Michael some last minute instructions

While the dolphins in the movie Hitchhikers Guide sang “so long and thanks for all the fish” Narooma adventurer Michael O’Connor preferred another movie quote as he boarded the bus to Sydney saying: “I’ll be back”.

Rotarian Michael boarded the Premier bus to Sydney on Monday morning, the first leg of his great adventure to walk the 1,000 kilometres on the Bibbulmun Track from Albany to Perth in Western Australia.

Inspired by his late sister and supported by Narooma Rotary, Michael has spent the last six months raising money and training for this epic adventure. “Through the generosity of total strangers we have been able to raise $10,000 which will be equally shared between “Polio Plus” and “Friends of Rangi”.

Rotary’s goal to end Polio in the World is getting close. Twenty years ago there were many 100’s of thousands of cases in the World. Last year less than 30 cases were recorded worldwide. “Friends of Rangi” are helping build a library for the School they support in Kenya.

Funding the walk himself, Michael is satisfied in the knowledge that all the money raised is going to these two good causes and the wonderful folk of Narooma are supporting him all the way.

He’ll be back with many tales of his adventure.

Editor’s Note

Michael sent a short text to say that he was on his way and that he enjoyed his last breakfast in Narooma for a while with Bob and Merinda at Casey’s. Michael also tells me that he now realises that Bob is the most honest person he has ever met. Evidently Bob returned an envelope today to the Narooma Newsagency this morning after he accidently picked up en extra one last week when he purchased a card!

The Week that Was

As reported by President Bob, last week was another busy one for the Club with our Pride of Workmanship Awards Night and the April monthly market. The markets were a hive of activity with several new stall holders and plenty of buskers to keep us entertained. Gross takings included $1160.00 at the gate; $625.35 Van in the van and $158.95 from the wishing well.

Pride of Workmanship Awards (from a media release by Laurelle Pacey)

Narooma Rotary President Bob Antill, front left, presented Pride of Workmanship Awards last Thursday to Sally Ritchie, Sophie Taylor, Jenni Laughran, back left, Noel Bate, Leanne Drysdale, Karen Tasker and Nathan Adams. Narooma Rotary Vocational Director Laurelle Pacey is top left.

Seven Narooma businesses recognised valued employees at Narooma Rotary’s annual Pride of Workmanship Awards at a special dinner at The Whale on Thursday night.

Narooma Rotary President Bob Antill said Rotarians are proud of this program and the support it continues to receive from local businesses.

‘It offers them the opportunity to publicly acknowledge the efforts and contributions of particular employees to their businesses,’ he said.

MC Rotarian Lynda Ord described the prestigious event as ‘better than the Logies’.

‘Unlike the Logies, it’s not a competition and that’s its strength,’ she said. ‘Everyone nominated by their employer receives an award. ‘It gives employers a very positive way to acknowledge their appreciation for the contributions by individual staff members. We’re often uplifted in the way they describe their appreciation; their words are sometimes quite moving.’

Those who received awards this year were:

  • Sophie Taylor (Dalmeny Long Day Care)
  • Leanne Drysdale (Estia Health)
  • Karen Tasker (IRT Dalmeny)
  • Noel Bate (Narooma Motors)
  • Jenni Loughran (Tilba Real Dairy)
  • Sally Ritchie (Wagonga Street Medical Clinic
  • Nathan Adams (Whale Motor Inn).

Rotaract Outstanding Project Awards announced

A club in Sri Lanka earned top honors for a three-year project to revitalize a rural community, and six regional winners were recognized. Entries came from 52 countries this year. Click here to read the story.

The Week Ahead

This Thursday Bob Aston (the Editor) will entertain us with all things mathematical. You may like to try to solve this very old problem just to get your mind in the frame.

After a flood three married couples found themselves surrounded by water, and had to escape from their holiday hotel in a boat that would only carry three persons. Each husband was so jealous that he would not allow his wife to be in the boat or on the bank with any other man (or men) unless he himself was present.

Find a way of getting the couples across the water to safety which requires the smallest number of boat crossings. Swimming is not allowed and helicopters are not available.

In the good old days a mathematics teacher’s tools usually consisted of some chalk (dustless was a great invention), a metre rule and a text book. On special occasions the teacher would reward students with a film called ‘Donald in Mathmagic Land’. You can view it below. It was made in 1959.

Don’t forget to bring a calculator with you if you have one!

Some Humour – Thanks to Peter & Karen Bull and Di Lovatt

Smart Arse Answers

It was mealtime during a flight on a British Airways plane: “Would you like dinner?” the flight attendant asked the man seated in the front row.
“What are my choices?” the man asked.
“Yes or no,” she replied.
A lady was picking through the frozen Chickens at a Woolworths store but she couldn’t find one big enough for her family. She asked a passing assistant, “Do these Chickens get any bigger?”

The assistant replied, “I’m afraid not, they’re dead.”

The policeman got out of his car and the teenager he stopped for speeding rolled down his window “I’ve been waiting for you all day,” the Cop said.
The kid replied, “Well I got here as fast as I could.”
When the policeman finally stopped laughing, he sent the kid on his way without a ticket.

A truckie was driving along on a country road. A sign came up that read “Low Bridge Ahead.”
Before he realised it, the bridge was directly ahead and he got stuck under it.
Cars were backed up for miles. Finally, a police car arrived. The policeman got out of his car and walked to the lorry’s cab and said to the driver, “Got stuck, eh?”

The lorry driver said, “No, I was delivering this bridge and ran out of diesel!”