Narooma Rotary Beacon 28 November 2019

Ange’s Chat

All was revealed to us by Carolyn Wells about the inside story of SCPA ( Sapphire Coast Producers Assoc) last week. SCPA is all about supporting the grower and inspiring locals to buy produce here where we live. An amazing organisation, established in 1992 to support and promote sustainable food production and regenerative agriculture in the South East region of NSW. It now has a flourishing and vibrant network so vital in this age of Climate Change. It supports local growers to engage with ecologically sound production practices.

Carolyn Wells give the inside story on SCPA at last week’s meeting

With over 2,900 subscribers to their online newsletter, SCPA plays a pivotal role in providing marketing and networking opportunities. Current SCPA Projects include Bega and Tilba Produce Markets, Bega Valley Seed Savers, SCPA Workshops by experts to benefit producers to enhance biodiversity and learn useful farming skills. 

A very popular initiative has been on building and cultivating community with neighbourhood food swaps. In addition climate smart farming Workshops administered by SCPA are being piloted in Wapengo, Quaama, Brogo and Bemboka.

Food Security is so important in our region as weather conditions impact and SCPA is playing an impressive role to safeguard our community’s food source.

Have a great week – Ange

RAWCS 2019 Bushfires Appeal

Rotary Clubs have been invited by District to donate to one or several of the following RAWCS Projects: Our Board made a decision to donate $500 to each at this stage.

  • Qld Bushfire Relief Appeal
  • NSW Bushfire Farmers in Need Appeal
  • Taree & Mid Coast Bushfire Relief Appeal.

Rotary Market 24/11

Thanks to everyone for a very successful market. Chris O’Brien said it would be a big one and it was! We had 82 stalls and 58 stallholders. LP Duo from Tuross entertained us with easy listening music and there was a definite a holiday buzz already in the air.

The van returned $463.30, The wishing well $123.05 and the gate $1445.00

The Christmas market is filling up fast and Chris doing a great job expects about 100 stalls on Friday 27 Dec. It will be all hands on deck!

Dates for your Diary

  • Thursday 12 December 2019 – BOARD MEETING & AGM
  • Thursday 12 December 2019 – Primary School Presentation Assembly
  • Friday 13 December 2019 – High School Prsentation Assembly
  • Sunday 15 December 2019 – Carols by Candlelight NATA Oval
  • Thursday 19 December 2019 – Christmas Party at the Inlet, 6 for 6.30pm
  • Saturday 21 December 2019 – Interviews for Tertiary Education Scholarship 2020
  • Sunday 22 December 2019 – Eurobodalla Rotary Clubs Christmas Race Day
  • Sunday 26 January 2020 – Australia Day Celebrations, Presentations & Market
  • Wednesday 26 February 2020 – Race Day Presentation at the combined Rotary International Birthday Dinner, Moruya Golf Club
  • Thursday 5 March 2020 – Cinders Trivia Night with Rotary Moruya, hosted by Narooma.
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday 6-8 March 2020 – District Conference Ulladulla

Tonight’s Speaker

Tonight’s speaker is Andrew Elek, Andrew is a member of Moruya Rotary and economist extraordinaire he is going to give us the low down on tradfe wars and the role the US and China play. I recoken it will be pretty interesting given the latest media interest in China.

Andrew has worked extensively in development economics in Asia and the South Pacific, including as a Senior Economist with the World Bank.

From 1985 to 1987, he served as Chief Economist in the Economic Planning Advisory Council of the Australian Government. From 1987 to 1990 Andrew was head of the Economic and Trade Development Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In 1989, he was the inaugural chairman of APEC Senior Officials, with a central role in the establishment of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation process.

From 1990 to 1994 Andrew was a Senior Research Fellow at the ANU, then became self-employed, thinking and writing about international trade policy and international economic cooperation. He has published many policy-oriented papers, including on APEC and the G20.

Andrew was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1991, for service to international relations.

From ‘The Conversation’

Please bring along your friends and family to hear Andrew’s fascinating presentation. Please let Charmaine know if you plan to bring a guest.