Narooma Rotary Beacon 30 November 2023

Lynn’s Lines

Last week our outbound Exchange Student Lachie Penglase and members were able to draw on the experiences of several former Youth Exchangees – Dr Fiona Koyvojs, left, Susanna Chung, Vicki Abott (nee Creighton) and Sally Hearder.

A big week. Thank you to David and Rachel McInnes for representing our Club at the joint meeting with Bateman Bay and Moruya Clubs. David was quite inspired by guest speaker Walter Boch of Bankstown Rotary. Through raffles he organised over the years and the Community Chest he established, millions of dollars have been channelled into community projects in Australia and overseas. Walter’s talk was great motivation for the Shire’s fundraising efforts for Carers’ Accommodation for the new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital (CAERH). It was in the Philippines, through RAWCS, that Walter met Shirl and John Hayes of Moruya Rotary.

Last Thursday, our dinner meeting was all about the ‘Exchange experience which included many and varied experiences, all of which were life changing including the strong connections they established. They also gave some insight into the importance of hosting. Many thanks Susanna for organising such a great night.

Senior Constable Bronwyn Burns and a colleague dropped by the Market on Sunday, as did Marie Annand of St Vincent De Paul and Sue Fahey of the Salvation Army. A supply of pamphlets would possibly have been of benefit.

Last Sunday (26th) was our November market and we ‘lucked out’ with perfect weather in among a lot of wet or overcast days ones. We started selling Duck Race tickets at the market and are off to a great start. Our first attempt at a stall to raise awareness of Domestic and Family Violence was sadly lacking in support. We have one of our Squares working again! Thanks again Susanna. Thanks everyone, members and friends who helped out on the day; wonderful effort.

This Thursday we’re looking forward to our Polio Movie fundraising night with Fly from Everest Paraglider Ken Hutt joining us on the night. Drinks and nibbles from 6.30-7pm and raffle on the night. All proceeds go to the End Polio Now campaign.


Thursday 30 November: Fly from Everest at the Kinema

Climbing the world’s highest mountain and then paragliding down is not everyone’s dream, but such a dream drove Berry adventurer and Rotarian Ken Hutt.

Ken Hutt will join us at the Kinema this Thursday for the screening of his film ‘Fly from Everest’.

Ken will join us at the Kinema for the screening of his film Fly from Everest. The film is our fundraiser for the global ‘End Polio Now’ campaign; 6.30 for nibbles with 7pm screening. All tickets $20. Please book through the Kinema 4476 2352. Dress-ups encouraged but please leave paragliders at home.

Last year 62 year-old Ken Hutt hoped to become the oldest man to achieve that feat, but illness on Everest thwarted him. His other major aim was to raise awareness and funds to continue the global fight to eliminate the paralyzing disease polio. He returned in July this year with fellow paraglider Marcus Loane and legally flew from Lobuche Peak near Everest to complete filming for this movie by Joe Carter.

They received publicity and support from around the world. “Our main aim was to get the polio message out there that and we achieved that,” he said. Ken is immensely proud of his team’s efforts; they also raised $300,000 for the cause with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Friday 1 December 5.15pm:

Board meeting at Narooma Golf Club.

The Week that Was

Exchange night last Thursday

Last Thursday was a top night and a timely forerunner to Lachie Penglase’s exchange to Japan, hosted by the Rotary Club of Ogaki in Nagoya. Speakers were Vicki Abbott (Narooma Rotary’s first exchange student), Dr Fiona Kotvojs, Meredith Macpherson, Susanna Chung plus Sally Hearder (the E- Rotarian who will be helping out with hosting our inbound student next year) spoke about their experiences on Rotary Exchanges.

Vickie Abbott (nee Creighton) as Narooma Rotary’s first Exchange Student, went to Westfield in New York State in 1971. She told us stories about going on trips with Rotarians, her first experience of snow, and how she was able to graduate in the USA in full cap and gown regalia. She said her exchange made a huge difference to her life and opened her eyes to new possibilities she felt she would not have seen without the Exchange experience.

Dr Fiona Kotvojs talked about her experiences as an exchange student in South Africa in the early 80s which was a very troubled time there. She had four host families including an Afrikaans and an Indian family. Fiona talked about how living in South Africa reinforced to her the importance of equality and helped shape her career options. 

Meredith Macpherson (nee Watt) had some pertinent advice to give to those currently in the programme. She felt the things she learned, including how to talk to an audience, have stood her in good stead in all aspects of her life especially her working life. Her time as an exchange student in Berkeley, California also included a unique opportunity to attend some university classes. Not the norm!

Susanne Chung spent her exchange year in Wharton, Texas in 2000. She related stories of her different host families and what life was like in American high schools (almost like the movies but not quite). Some highlights included meeting and shadowing a television reporter who imparted words of wisdom about career choices, and attending country music shows to support her host brother who was an aspiring country singer. She also ‘modeled’ her exchange Jacket with all of the badges from her time in Texas.

Sally Hearder spoke mostly about her experience hosting exchange students and the benefits to her kids. When traveling over the years, her kids have looked up various exchange students they had hosted.

Lachie Penglase brought members up to date on where he was in the Exchange process. He has had contact with his hosting club and his first host family to be. He went up this weekend to Canberra for the final District training. He leaves Canberra for Japan on 20 January. 

From Ange with RAWCS in Nepal

Today (Sunday) 19 of us arrived here by bus from the city of Pokhara. Drove 130 km which took 9 hours!!! Road works (what’s new), congestion etc. We enjoyed a wonderful formal welcome tonight by the Rotary Club Dhading Besi which has 32 members. Their major projects are feeding and clothing 300 school kids and renal dialysis but machines are very expensive. We’re now enjoying drinks & dinner.

We’re off to the village of Maidi in central Nepal tomorrow for a week of teacher training, painting classrooms, mental health, optometry and checking for cataracts.  The Nepalese people are delightful and so community minded.  Cheers Ange (proud to be a Rotarian!)

Out and About

Bookings please for Christmas

This year we will have our Christmas dinner in the Function Room of Bodalla Pub on Thursday 14 December 6.00pm for 6.30pm. It will be a 3-course meal with some wine provided. The cost is $65.00 per person; half price for children. Could all members please email Chris indicating whether you will or will not be attending and, if attending, how many people you will bring. No payment is required at this stage and there is no obligation. It is just to get a rough idea of numbers.

CAERH art union tickets

Julie Hartley has picked up tickets for the Club to sell in the CAERH Art Union with the prize an MG electric car. The car is registered with South Coast Autos who have been provided the car ‘on loan’ until the Art Union is drawn (once all 3,000 tickets are sold). Tickets cost $50. We now have tickets… the Board on Friday will decide when we should start selling them.

From Batemans Bay Rotary

The Bay Club supports the St Cecilia Youth Music Scholarships awarded at the St Cecilia Annual Concert at Batehaven. This marks the 27th year of Scholarships. The Club donates the First Prize in the Senior Contemporary Section. Bay Rotarian John Haslem presented a prize in memory of his lovely wife Caryl and the Bay’s Youth and Vocational Director Alan Russell was Master of Ceremonies.


Wednesday 6 December 6.30pm: Narooma Prostate Support Group at Narooma Golf Club

Thursday 7 December: Dinner Meeting and AGM