Narooma Rotary Beacon 8 April 2021

Ange’s Chat

What a fascinating presentation last week on Zoom from Council’s Sustainability Education Officer Gilly Kearney on how can we be less wasteful and more mindful. Thank you Gilly and to everyone who joined in. Many thanks also to Lynda Ord for hosting the Zoom meeting. See report in The Week that Was.

Plans are now being finalised for our inaugural Breakfast meeting next week on Thursday 15 April at The Inlet. Please see Andrew Lawson’s report below.

I would also like to draw your attention to the celebration by our three Eurobodalla Clubs (Narooma, Batemans Bay and Moruya) of the Centenary of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand on Saturday 22 May at Moruya Golf Club. It promises to be a fun night with music, dancing and minimal speeches. Music will be by the fabulous Stitch who won our last Busking Festival. Tickets are now available from our treasurer Lynn and I hope we get a good showing from our Club.  Cost is $35 head (two courses, not including drinks). It’s 6 for a 6.30 start.

Happy birthday this week to David McInnes (5th) and Frank Eden (8th).

Breakfast meetings looking good

Our approaches to many local businesses about our upcoming Breakfast Meetings have been very well received. The response to date has far exceeded expectations. The first meeting is on Thursday 15 April starting at 7am and members are encouraged to come along.

We are lucky to have Narooma Oyster Festival chair Cath Peachey as our first speaker. She will outline the Festival’s benefits to the region and how local businesses can capitalise on the event’s success.              PE Andrew Lawson

This Thursday – at the Golfie

A Board meeting at 5pm at Narooma Golf Club will precede the general meeting.

Our guest speaker Tara Moore will talk about ‘Movement equals Life’. This is a partners’ night so please invite partners and friends. Please make sure you let Secretary Rod know by Tuesday evening if you are coming and if you are bringing any guests. Tara will talk about how well you move, how well you know your body, and how important quality of life is to you. Tara has been practicing yoga for 30 years and teaching it for over 20 years with students of all ages.

The Week that Was

Be less wasteful and more mindful.

Gilly Kearney’s talk last week via Zoom was really informative. She pointed out there is no waste in Nature, everything is ‘circular’. Waste plus running out of resources were putting great strains on our planet. Her talk was based around a ranking of what we should be doing to be more mindful, the top two things being Avoid and Reduce waste.

  1. Avoid – avoid creating something of no value
  2. Reduce e.g. avoid buying packaging of some purchases by buying in bulk, composting food wastes (she mentioned Council run worm farming and composting workshops in March and November each year).
  3. Reuse/ repurpose – clothing is a massive problem in landfill. She asked people to look at clothing pools, clothing swaps, and upcycling
  4. Repair wherever possible
  5. Recycle – outlined what can be recycled through Council pickups; contamination is a major issue with a contaminated load having to go into landfill.
  6. Recover – this can be very expensive and not viable in regional areas
  7. Dispose – this is the last resort

In response to questions, Gilly spoke about the planned obsolescence of white goods, Council’s programmes with local schools and that Rotarians may be interested in attending a future workshop on worm farming and composting.

Rotary Easter Races on Saturday

Mike and Laurelle about to hand over the donations to David Ashford. The buckets were actually quite heavy.

Mike Young and Laurelle Pacey represented our Club at the combined Rotary Clubs’ Race Day on Easter Saturday by manning the donation buckets as patrons arrived to park. It was a good crowd and the first time Moruya Jockey Club had been able to host up to 2,000 patrons with the recent relaxation of Covid restrictions.

Batemans Bay Club organised the sponsors for the six races while Moruya operated their usual canteen. Proceeds from the day will go to community projects for the three Clubs; the exact use is still to be determined. Past projects from the Rotary Race Day have included the Moruya Oncology Unit, defibrillators and Muddy Puddles. The Rotary Race Day has been moved from the Sunday before Christmas to Easter Saturday.

Out and About

Narooma High going to Bega RYDA

Narooma High teacher Dion Café has confirmed Narooma High Year 11 students will be taking up the offer to attend Bega Rotary’s Clubs Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) programme on Friday 7 May at the Frog’s Hollow Kart Track south of Bega. This is instead of the programme run at Moruya which Batemans Bay Rotary reluctantly cancelled this year.

Eurobodalla Coordinator Neil Simpson organised with Bega Rotary to extend their event an extra day if there was interest from two or three Eurobodalla schools. It would be good if we can provide a couple of volunteers to support Bega’s efforts on the day.

Our Club usually funds the bus for Narooma High students. The Board will vote this Thursday on doing it again for this year.

RYDA is an excellent one-day driver safety program coordinated by Rotary that delivers integrated and powerful education to help young adults become better drivers.

NEXT WEEK Thursday 15 April 7am

This is at the Inlet. Guest speaker will be Narooma Oyster Festival chair Cath Peachey who will outline the Festival’s benefits to the region and how local businesses can capitalise on the event’s success.