Narooma Rotary Beacon 28 July 2022

Our July Market

What a team! Julie Hartley, David McInnes and Ange Ulrichsen at Sunday’s market

We had a beautiful sunny Sunday for our July Market, although it was a very crisp 7deg at 6am (some felt it was colder…). Our Market Manager Chris O’Brien reported 50 sites and lots of happy customers and stallholders, including two new stallholders. Acting treasurer Julie Hartley reports we took $885.00 at the gate, the van grossed $431.80 and the wishing well $90.5, so a total of $1,407.30 which is not bad for the middle of winter.

Our wonderful Rotary friend Wayne Redman with David McInnes at the barbecue

A diary entry please… We will hold our December Market on Thursday 29 December rather than Sunday 25 December for obvious reasons.


Our Dinner Meeting this Thursday features guest speaker Sol Ramana-Clarke on Medicinal Cannabis. Medicinal cannabis is a medicine that comes from the Cannabis sativa plant (commonly called marijuana). Medicinal cannabis and the recreational drug should not be confused; unlike medicinal cannabis, marijuana is not a medicine and contains unknown quantities of active ingredients and other impurities. Sol will talk about its history, traditional use, modern research about its health benefits, the legalities, as well as the economic benefits of hemp products for farmers. This should be an interesting night so please bring family and friends.

The Week that Was

Carers’ accommodation at new Hospital

Moruya President Shirl writes in their bulletin this week that they have received a letter from Southern NSW Local Health District Chief Executive Margaret Bennett. Shirl quotes…

 ‘Thank you for your correspondence dated 20 June 2022 about the Rotary Club’s plans to raise funds to facilitate the construction of appropriate carer’s accommodation at the new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital. Southern NSW Local Health District strict appreciates and welcomes your efforts to help raise funds.’ The SNSW LHD Project Lead for this project is Louise McFadden from NSW Health.

The board of Moruya Rotary is inviting members and close associates of Moruya, Batemans Bay and Narooma Rotary Clubs plus the nine of the initial group to the meeting on Friday 5 August 10.30am at Moruya Golf Club.  This meeting will plan the way forward and include exploring and consolidating community interest and support. It will aim for a larger gathering in six to eight weeks’ time that will be well publicised  and will invite active community and commercial organisations, political representatives and individual sponsors to join Rotary for this large project. Shirl reports Mayor Matthew Hatcher is enthusiastic about this project.

Out and About


A team from Narooma High will attend this year’s Model United Nation’s Assembly (MUNA) in Canberra from Friday 19 August to noon Sunday 21 August 2022. It’s organised by Canberra Sunrise Rotary Club. MUNA has been disrupted over the last two years because of Covid-19.

MUNA is an annual (usually!) Rotary youth programme which attracts Yr10-12 students from schools across the eastern states, including from the Eurobodalla Shire. It provides students with the extraordinary experience of contributing to a United Nations General Assembly style debate in Old Parliament House, the aim being to increase international understanding and goodwill.

Thanks to the efforts of some of our Narooma Rotarians, Narooma High students and teachers have really connected with this Rotary Project. So, when organisers called for EOIs this year, our ‘sometime Youth Director’ Ange Ulrichsen and Narooma High teacher Monique Wicks got the process moving pronto with registration and consent forms, and voilà all systems are now go. 

Subject to Club Board approval, Narooma Rotary will sponsor a team of three Year 11 students. The cost to the Club is $1,500. The students will represent Iran, the country allocated to them, and debate current political issues relating to Iran. Our students are Yeshe Smith-Macpherson, Ellen Hemsted and Jack Lenihan. Ms  Wicks will travel with them and be with them during this time.

Ange has also liaised with Moruya Club who is sponsoring Carroll College’s team and now both teachers have connected. Both school teams are keen to have mock debates to help give them some confidence before they travel to Canberra. Post MUNA, our Club invites the students and teacher to our Rotary meeting so we can hear about their experience.


Tuesday 2 August: The Prostate Cancer Support Group resumes after a winter break at 6.30pm at a new venue – the Board Room at Narooma Golf Club. Dr Gundi Muller-Grotjan of Braveheart Healthcare will lead discussion.

No dinner meeting on Thursday 4 August, being the first Thursday in the month.

Friday 5 August: Board meeting at 4.15pm in the Board Room at Narooma Golf Club.