Narooma Rotary Beacon 5 March 2020

Bob’s Buzz

Hello Everyone.

This week’s meeting is one of the biggest on our Narooma Rotary calendar – the annual Cinders Trivia night with our friends from Moruya Rotary.  For many years we were unbeatable, however in recent times Moruya have honed their skills and thrashed us on a few occasions. No doubt this week’s competition will be tough, yet fair to all concerned. Please ensure you let Charmaine know numbers by Tuesday, we need to know exact numbers as the Golf Club will charge based on the final numbers we submit on Tuesday afternoon.

Our guest speaker PDG Phil Armstrong was thanked by John Doyle at last week’s meeting which was held in the School of Arts’ Studios.

Thank you to Laurelle for chairing last week’s meeting in my absence, I understand that Phil Armstrong provided members with some good up-to-date information on Rotary’s bushfire relief efforts on the far south coast.

Thank you also to Lynda Ord and Ashley who dropped into the Leisure Centre on Saturday to meet up crew from Sydney overseeing ‘Mattress for a Mate ‘ project (please see story below). 

We still need a member of the Club to assist Angie at RYDA on 30 March. Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) is a great project that informs learner drivers about the dos and don’ts of driving. The feedback from students and teachers over the years has been excellent and it saves lives, so if you can help out please let me know as soon as possible.

Have a great week everyone, Bob


We are back at Narooma Golf Club to welcome our Moruya Rotary friends for the annual battle for the greatly coveted Cinders Trophy. Please bring your partners and all your friends (particularly if they are trivia buffs!) to the Golf Club for our annual Cinders Trivia challenge with Moruya Rotary Club. Moruya currently holds the much coveted Cinders trophy and competition will be keen on the night. As Bob said, please book in any extras with Charmaine. Cost is $32 per person for a two-course meal (entrée and main, two-drop). See you then.

The Week that Was

Phil’s Visit

With the Seahorse Room at the Golf Club still being used for the Disaster Recovery Centre last week, our alternative venue of the School of Arts’ Studios worked out well with take-aways from the Inlet.

Our guest speaker PDG Phil Armstrong from Moruya was, as always, really interesting. His main thrust was to say there is a lot of Rotary funding available to assist in the bushfire recovery and as usual we can quickly build on funds, viz we put up so much as a club which can be matched by district and also from Rotary International. The first thing is to identify where in the community that money could best be spent and what that community really needs. Phil is also closely involved with BlazeAid at Moruya.

Clean Up Australia Day

Ange Ulrichsen and Laurelle Pacey ‘cleaning up’.

We had three helpers on Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday – Ange Ulrichsen, Steve Deck and Laurelle Pacey. President Bob had to pull out due to a heavy head cold, courtesy of catching up with old friends from Nyngan days. A key observation from the clean-up was again the marked absence of bottles and cans compared with several years ago, testament to the success of the introduction of cash for returnables.


Narooma Rotarians Lynn Hastings, Ange Ulrichsen and Lynda Ord were ready to lend a hand on Saturday and Sunday, if needed, with the distribution in Narooma of new mattresses to people from Cobargo and Quaama to Batemans Bay who lost their homes due the recent bushfires.

Lynda dropped by to see if they were needed, having already spotted a number of burley blokes there. They weren’t but Lynda was very impressed with the whole project.

The project was coordinated by Sarah Richards from Kurrajong/North Richmond Club in conjunction with The Women for Western Sydney. About 700 mattresses donated by manufacturer AH Beard are being delivered to fire impacted areas across NSW.   People had to register with the project to receive the mattresses.

At Narooma Sport & Leisure Centre at the weekend were Gary Beard of AH Beard who donated the mattresses, Senator Jim Molan, Rotarians Sarah Richards and our very own Lynda Ord, Fiona Kotvjos of Dignams Creek and RFS member who spoke at Narooma’s Australia Day Eve celebrations, and Alyn Beard. Photo by Ashley Stanley.


We have another vocational visit, this time to Georgie Staley and Dave O’Brien’s Georgie’s Fine Jewellery. Meet at 6pm at Georgie’s, with dinner at 7 at the Golf Club after. Please ensure you let Charmaine know by next Tuesday if you are an apology and any extras you might like to bring.