Narooma Rotary Beacon 8 July 2021

Andrew’s Thoughts

President Andrew Lawson

Well, my first effort at hosting a Zoom meeting last week was a spectacular flop! Note to self – practice, practice! Our friends at the Rotary Club of Narrandera had a good chuckle, and we shall reconvene in August, after lots of practice.
As many of you know, RC Narrandera wanted to ‘donate a pig’ to help bushfire recovery. Well that went into their too hard basket and they are now making a donation instead. I have agreed with them that these funds will be used to host a dinner for BlazeAid at the Cobargo pub, and I encourage us all to join with them and recognise their amazing efforts (COVID-19 restrictions allowing…).

Ange and I are already out and about selling the Whale Watch raffle tickets; we plan to sell outside Woolis and Aldi on 17 July. All proceeds will go to our Prostate Support Group initiative, more about that later.

This week’s dinner meeting is very important when I would like to lay out suggested plans for our Club for 2021/2022; input from everyone will be much appreciated. Hopefully there will be a good attendance. These plans will then need to be endorsed by the Board at the 14 Jul meeting. At this week’s meeting we will hopefully meet Sussana Chung who is highly experience in Rotary and be possibly a new member.


This week’s dinner meeting at Narooma Golf Club (6 for 6.30) will discuss the Club’s proposed plans for 2021/2022. The outcome of this week’s meeting will be endorsed by the Board meeting next week.

Out and About

Recognition of Service through Rotary

The District Governors’ changeover dinner at Young on Saturday 26 June recognised many Rotarians from across the District. COVID-19 had a play in proceedings as the wearing of masks became mandatory from 6pm, just as the evening was kicking off. This didn’t deter those attending and it was a great night for everyone. Presentations made by outgoing District Governor Michael Moore included the following:

  • District 9705 Rotarian of the Year – PDG Steve Hill of Hall RC
  • For  Outstanding Service through Rotary
    • Fred Fawke – Belconnen RC: As many of us know, our old friend Fred is an inspiring Rotarian who devotes his life to Rotary and the people of the ACT and NSW. He is the driving force behind the District’s Recover, Rehabilitate and Reuse project which spans many Clubs. It rescues equipment not needed by its owners and provides it to people and organisations that need such equipment, both in Australia and overseas e.g. medical equipment, school uniforms, roofing materials. 
    • Two members of Pambula RC – Daryl Dobson and Mick Brosnan who have been at the forefront of bushfire recovery on the far south coast.  Among his extensive service to Rotary, Darryl led Pambula’s water & sanitation project for properties directly impacted by the bushfires overseeing the purchase, delivery and installation of 60 water tanks and 20 septic tanks as well as delivering food for people impacted by the fires and leading working bees on properties. Mick has worked tirelessly since the bushfires hit the local area. As an honorary member of Pambula Rotary and through his association with the Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast, Mick has sourced and delivered 69 caravans to people impacted by the fires as well as homeless for other reasons, and then assisting to connect to services.
  • PP Joan Graham (2nd PHF – Sapphire) – Narrandera RC. Joan was awarded a Sapphire Pin recognising her service not only as an Area Governor but for being such a committed community member and outstanding Rotarian.


Thursday 15 July 7, 2021

Narooma Rocks Chair Cath Peachey

A Business Breakfast at Narooma Surf Club (7am on the dot) Cost is $10. All members welcome. Covid-19 entry requirements.

Guest speaker will be Narooma Rocks Chair Cath Peachey who will report on some fascinating figures from the data analysis to date from the recent Oyster Festival.

The following week, Thursday 22 July

Dinner meeting Narooma Golf Club. Guest speaker will be Dr Michael Holland who will talk about the new Moruya Hospital. He is frustrated the original proposal for it to be a Level 4 Hospital has been overridden by a new Coastal Services Plan which demoted the new hospital to Level 3, which is what Moruya hospital now is. He is now pushing to have the Level 4 Plan restored. Partners and friends welcome. Hopefully the current Covid restrictions in regions will be eased by then.