Narooma Rotary Beacon 8 February 2018

Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone

President Bob and Peter Bull are possibly taking on board the historic significance of where they were standing, as explained by Laurelle

Well it was back into the swing with our first dinner meeting for 2018. To start the year off Laurelle took us on a tour along the Mill Bay Boardwalk before we arrived at the Golf Club. Laurelle provided us with an informative talk about Narooma and its sawmilling, maritime, tourist and Aboriginal past. Thank you Laurelle for an excellent presentation.

This Thursday we start with a Board meeting at 5:00pm followed by our Youth night. We will meet our 2018 Scholar Alicia Bate as well as Tahlia Arnold. The Board has agreed to provide Tahlia with a one-off scholarship for 2018 only.

Our 2018 Rotary Tertiary Scholar Alicia Bate

Don’t forget that the District Conference will be held 24-25 March at Mittagong. Speakers include the former Governor General Michael Jeffrey and Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide Michael Sawyer. If you want to find out more about the conference click here. It would be great to have a good representation from our Club at the conference.

Have a good week everyone.


Out and about

Our 2015 Tertiary Scholar Carl McEvoy joins us this Thursday

It will be wonderful to be joined on Thursday by Carl McEvoy whose scholarship finished in 2017. He still has another year to complete his degree. Carl reported recently to his counsellor Angie Ulrichsen:

I will finish uni at the end of this year; however I’ve applied for an internship at both the ABC and Channel 7 in their television department. I’m very likely to get it with the ABC as they are in partnership with UTS. It directly ties to my degree and I will hopefully have an interview by the time I get back to Sydney. The internship lasts eight weeks and there is a likelihood of an offer to stay on at the end of it.  I would also like to stay on at university. I have been chatting with UTS Careers and a few of my tutors and would be interested in staying on and becoming a tutor. This would add an additional two years to my course, done part time.

I also have a film script in an online ‘prestigious’ script review company called The Blacklist, that marks and reviews film scripts. The scripts are compiled and marked by people in the industry then returned to you with notes and ways to market the script for sale. If your script is good it is passed on to agents. At the end of the year, the best film scripts are compiled into a list and released on ‘The Blacklist’. Over 300 Black List screenplays have been made as feature films. Those films have earned over $26 billion in worldwide box office and have been nominated for 264 Academy Awards. So it’s a good thing to be a part of.

So there are a few things going on; trying to chip away at the Australian film industry, remaining hopeful, and most of all really enjoying myself.

A call for RYDA volunteers

Narooma’s day at RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) is Monday 26 March at Moruya Racecourse, the week before Easter.  Our Youth Director Lynda needs two volunteers from the Club to host about 50 students from Narooma High for the day.

Lynda says it’s a fascinating day with presentations from local police officers, road accident survivors or family and other presenters.  ‘Given the terrible spate of road crashes over the holiday period, this program I think is one of the most valuable for all Year 11 students at our local schools,’ she said. If you can volunteer for the day please contact Lynda.

This Rotary Month and the Peace Bell in Canberra

February is Rotary International’s peace and conflict prevention / resolution month. It is very appropriate then that the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin’s Peace Bell project will be launched at 10.30am on 23 February in the Nara Peace Park in Flynn Drive, Yarralumla ACT. Everyone is invited.

The Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin partnered with the World Peace Bell Association (WPBA) to raise funds and work towards placing the 23rd World Peace Bell in Canberra. Funds were raised to erect an architect designed pavilion to house the bell on the foreshores of Lake Burley Griffin. The pavilion was designed by University of Canberra architect student Lauren Kasparek and her father Fred, a local architect. The design is based on a Japanese Fan and is made from core ten steel and RHJ girders.

This is Australia’s second peace bell, with the first being in Cowra. The Bell, made from donated melted coins of United Nations member countries, is a significant symbol of peace and has been installed in cities around the world. The WPBA is a Japanese organisation which attempts to raise awareness of the World peace movement by casting and installing Japanese temple bells in locations around the world. It was begun in 1954 by Chiyoji Nakagawa, with the goal of providing peace bells to every country in the world

A few bloopers from the US, courtesy Peter

‘I’ve never had knee surgery done on any other part of my body.’ Winston Bennett, University of Kentucky basketball forward.

‘Smoking kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life.’ Brooke Shields during an interview to become spokesperson for Federal anti-smoking campaign

‘Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992 because we received notice you passed away. May God bless you. You should reapply if there is any change in your circumstances.’ Department of Social Services, Greenville, South Carolina.