Narooma Rotary Beacon 31 October 2019

Ange’s Chat

Market stalwarts John Doyle, Markets Manager Chris O’Brien and President Ange Ulrichsen at last Sunday’s markets.

What a busy 10 days what with the Polio film night last Thursday, our Renewable Energy Expo this Saturday, and the markets in between.

Rachel and David McInnes ran the raffle and judged ‘fashions in the field’ .

We marked World Polio Day last Thursday in style with 70 people joining our film fundraiser at the Kinema for the Narooma premiere of Ride like a Girl.  It is a great true Australian story about Michelle Payne making history as the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup riding Prince of Penzance in 2015. It captivated everybody who cheered as one as we relived Michelle crossing the finishing line against so many odds. Before the main film we screened a short Rotary film on Rotary’s polio eradication history.

Drinks and nibbles were enjoyed by the crowd many of whom got into the spirit of the occasion and came dressed for the races. Thanks to Chris for organising wine and nibbles and to our super duo Rachel and David McInnes who ran the raffle and judged ‘fashions in the field’. Thanks also to all those who brought in nibbles, donated prizes or helped on the night. We cleared $645 ($490 tickets, $250 raffle, and $40 donation less $135 food/drink expenses).

On the Busking Festival: All sponsors, service organisations, school representatives and others will receive a hand-delivered letter this week inviting them to join us on Thursday 14 November at the Golf Club to both thank them for their past support of our Busking Championship and to discuss how we might keep the event in Narooma in the future.


We can enjoy a quiet dinner meeting when we will discuss final arrangements for what we hope will be a very successful Renewable Energy Expo this Saturday.

Renewable Energy Expo

The Club’s Renewable Energy Expo committee of Bob Aston (chair), Frank Eden (coordinator), his ‘secretary’ Iris Domeier, President Ange Ulrichsen and Laurelle Pacey had their last meeting before the Expo on Monday. They’ve met regularly over the last four months. It’s been frustrating finalising the number of exhibitors with some slow to return the necessary paperwork and payment. It now looks like we will have 15 exhibitors.

The Expo targets anyone wanting to save on power bills and be more environmentally sustainable. It’s on this Saturday (10-4) in Narooma’s Sport & Leisure Centre. We expect that the Expo, a Narooma Rotary Community Project, will attract visitors from across south-eastern NSW. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered for the Expo roster which will be finalised this Thursday. Eurobodalla Shire Mayor Liz Innes will officially open the Expo at 10.30am.

We expect 16 exhibitors: Energy Options, Heavenly Heat, Horizon Solar & Electrical, Micro Energy Systems Australia (MESA), Simmark, Solahart Far South Coast, South Coast Green Energy (Narooma Electrics), Southcoast Health and Sustainability (SHASA), Sunny Afternoons,, Moruya Bikes, Skild Enterprises camper conversions, Designer Eco Tiny Homes of Ulladulla, AMH Auto Group, AEVA Electric Vehicle Association, and Narooma High Robotics.


Sunday’s Markets

Thankfully we didn’t have the wild winds of Saturday but insteadwere able to enjoy a lovely sunny and fairly calm day. The takings at the markets were gate $856.40, food van $424.80 and the wishing well $101.40, making a total of $1,382.60. John Doyle often struggles to fill the roster but then miraculously, come the markets, members seem to just turn up to help. Wonderful!

Last Sunday’s marketsdiscussing the best way to cook bacon? Rod Walker, Bob Aston, John Rungen, John Doyle and Robyn Miller

A date for your diary – Thursday 19 December

The Inlet restaurant is now booked for our Christmas party. We have over 30 coming to enjoy a delicious feast. Cost is $40 pp and BYO. 6 for 6.30pm.

Out and about

From Moruya Rotary

Last week the Rotary Club of Moruya presented a special Community Service Award to John and Shirley Hayes-Cornish who spoke to us a few months ago. The Award recognized their outstanding contribution to both the local and international community during their five years with Moruya Rotary and was greeted with a standing ovation by those present. This was their last meeting before they departed for sunnier climes in Queensland.

Other news: Moruya Rotary is hosting the Men’s Health (MHERV) van 11-12 November’ the van will park opposite Moruya Post Office. This van with medical staff will provide important basic medical check-ups for men.

From Batemans Bay Rotary

The Bay Club met on Tuesday last week (instead of the usual Thursday) so they could spend the evening with the Rotary Recreational Vehicle Fellowship (Rotary Caravanners) at Nelligen Park. The Club supplied a barbecue for 100 people, no easy feat. Bay Rotarian David Ashford had organised a tour for about 50 Rotarians on the Monday to local places off the beaten track. After dinner, Rotarian George Browning (former Anglican Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn) gave an interesting presentation on Leadership and Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Desmond had stayed for a week with George and his wife Margaret in Canberra when George was Bishop. The Caravanners all had a great time in the Batemans Bay area.


Our November Board meeting will be next week (Thursday 7 November) at 5pm instead of the following Thursday (14th) so it doesn’t clash with our Busking community meeting. A quiet dinner meeting will follow.