Narooma Rotary Beacon 3 November 2022

The Week that Was

Gordon Bentley, left, Christine Stranger, Iris Dormeier and Lynn Hastings ‘Lift their Lids’

What a great night last Thursday for our ‘Lift the Lid on Mental Illness Night’ with many guests (all with hats!) and our interesting speaker Dr David Arthur. David McInnes was our MC for the night, assisted by Rachel with the raffle, with VP Ange Ulrichsen in the chair.

Drawing on his extensive experience both here and overseas, David Arthur spoke about the need for a more holistic approach to mental health care. He spoke of the considerable stress levels of people working in mental health in our region, and the generally poor access to care.

Dr David Arthur

He suggested a more integrated approach with other health care professionals including GPs and Occupational Therapists at the one centre, while also incorporating things like yoga, meditation, acupuncture and community art activities. Nurse practitioners could possibly triage people for treatment.

We raised $230 on the night for Australian Rotary Health’s mental health research; the Board normally considers topping that up, so something for the next Board meeting.

Iris Dormeier was judged to have the best hat on the night, presented with her prize by MC extraordinaire David McInnes.

Early in the evening Laurelle proposed the toast to Australian Rotary Health and the work it does to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians. It’s a project of Rotary Districts across Australia supported by all Rotary Clubs, including ours.  It funds areas that don’t readily attract much funding, and promotes findings to the community. Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia, hence Rotary’s annual fundraiser ‘Lifting the Lid on Mental Illness’.


Congratulations to John Rungen for a big birthday on the 2nd!

This Wednesday 2 November: Prostate Cancer Support Group with guest speakers specialist Men’s Health physiotherapist Jamie Boulding and pharmacist Brad Butt from Canberra. Narooma Golf Club noon-3pm

This Thursday 3: No meeting being the first Thursday in the month.

This Friday 4th at 4pm: Many members will join Iris and Frank Eden’s family to celebrate Frank’s life.

Out and About

Eurobodalla Regional Hospital Carers

The inaugural AGM for Carers Accommodation Eurobodalla Regional Hospital Inc. (CAERH) is onWednesday 16 November at Moruya Golf Club at noon. President Andrew is currently the Deputy Chairman of the Steering Group.

Next Business Breakfast

Our next Business Breakfast on Thursday 17 November at the Surf Club (7am sharp) will feature guest speaker Rod White of Australian Community Media (ACM). He will talk about the future of ‘Narooma News’ and other local newspapers. Rod is ACM’s Group Sales manager for South Coast and Southern Inland NSW.

From Merimbula Rotary

Each month, Merimbula Rotary Club hears from Rotarians or someone from the Community about how they came to live in Merimbula.  Last month, it was the turn of their Vocational Services Director Elvis Amair. Elvis gave a very entertaining presentation on his early life in Jamaica, how he came to study for a Masters Degree in Australia, resuming his job in Jamaica with his Australian wife, and then returning to Australia to work in Bega and subsequently choosing Merimbula as the place to call home.  (Adapted from Merimbula Rotary’s posting on its website)

Spotted in Corryong

Corryong Rotary Club built this impressive clock tower a few years ago adjacent to the local Visitors Information Centre. It is a canti-levered timber structure that uses dual saw blades as clock-faces.


Club Dinner at the Golf Club (6 for 6.30pm).