Narooma Rotary Beacon 8 June 2017

Short Words

A much quieter weekend to catch our breath after the Busking Competition and Market last weekend.

Last Thursday night we held our last Board meeting before changeover. We discussed using the Whale watching raffle proceeds to go toward the race day and not sell race day raffle tickets. This is because, three raffles in a row is taking its toll on our small band of ticket sellers. All members were very enthusiastic about this change.

Bowel Scan has now finished and much thanks goes to John Rungen for chasing up the final numbers, collecting the money which we banked. John then took the cheque to Dalmeny for Lyn to counter sign before putting it in the mail. Thank you again John for going above and beyond.

We’ve started transferring the prize money from the Busking Competition to the various winners. This will take a few days as we have a limit on how much we can transfer in one go. It is not worth the hassle to increase the limit then drop it again after we have finished making the payments.

We still have funds to disperse from the Charity Account, I would like to finalise donations before the Changeover.

Chris and the birthday cake

Please let me know if you have any suggestions.

Rolfe excelled himself again with a wonderful cake he made and was presented to Chris O’Brien to celebrate her birthday. Chris was not only happy because it was cake but it also meant we had desert on Thursday night.

Have a great week

Bob Ant.

The Week that Was

As Bob, has indicated it was a quiet Rotary week after a few weeks of intense effort with various functions and activities.

14 Members also with Iris attended our Thursday meeting as usual the Golf Club provided us with some excellent meals with lots of choice. At the Club Assembly, we discussed ideas for the next Rotary year including raffles, guest speakers, funding priorities and social activities.

Bob also updated us on Michael O’Connor’s decision to end his epic walk due to injury. All members were grateful that he made a sensible decision to pull up stumps. Hopefully we will see Michael back to Rotary in a week or so.

Frank worn the lemons (for lemonade), Peter Hartley won the chocolate almonds, Laurelle the red wine (again!) and Lynda Ord the white wine.

The Week Ahead

This week we welcome Bill Barker  who will talk to us about marine life in the Batemans Marine Park.

The Batemans Marine Park extends from the most northerly point of Murramarang Beach near Bawley Point to the southern side of Wallaga Lake entrance at Murunna Point.

The marine park:

  • covers approximately 850 km2, extending from the three-nautical-mile offshore limit of NSW waters to the mean high water mark within all rivers, estuaries, bays, lagoons, inlets, and saline and brackish coastal lakes (excluding Nargal Lake);
  • include offshore islands including Tollgate Islands and Montague Island.

The park was established in April 2006 and its zones and management rules commenced in June 2007.

An outstanding feature of the park is the large expanses of rocky reef that support a diverse array of fish, invertebrates and algae. Rocky shores, offshore rocky reefs, kelp beds, seagrasses, mangroves, sponge gardens, sandy beaches, estuaries and open waters are key habitats.

Within the park, Montague Island Nature Reserve is:

  • a breeding place for over 40,000 sea birds;
  • an Australian and New Zealand fur seal haul-out site;
  • a nesting location for three shearwaters (mutton bird) species, crested terns and silver gulls;
  • a nesting site for 8000 to 12,000 little penguins – Australia’s only native penguin.

Large aggregations of morwong, trevally and snapper are found off Montague Island, along with pelagic species such as kingfish, albacore and yellowfin tuna that follow the warmer currents.

Many of the park’s highly significant coastal lakes and lagoons, which include Durras, Brunderee, Tarourga and Brou Lake, have been recommended for protection. These smaller lakes intermittently close and open to the sea, creating the unique environments predominantly found along the state’s south coast.

The park lies within the country of the Yuin people, who maintain a strong connection to the area’s sea country.

(Notes from Batemans Marine Park website. For more information click here)

Upcoming membership webinars for 2016-2017

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Telling our story: Communicating about Rotary in the community

Thursday 8 June 2017, 8.15 am (AEST)

A strong brand, and high levels of community awareness and understanding are critical to the future of Rotary.  In this very exciting webinar event, we feature David Alexander, Chief Communications Officer for Rotary International, based in Evanston.  David will focus on ‘telling our Rotary story’ and Rotary’s latest ‘People of Action’ campaign.

Learn how to ensure Rotary resonates in your community:


More information? Contact Jessie Harman, Project Lead, Regional Membership Plan (Zone 8) at

Golf Club Membership

A reminder that all members of the Club should also join the Narooma Golf Club. 2017/18 memberships are now due. Social membership for the year is $15.00.

Some Humour

Getting Old (Stolen from Moruya Club)

A group of men, all turning 50, decided they would lunch at Maxims in Bondi because the waitresses had big breasts and wore mini-skirts. Ten years later, all turning 60, they agreed that they would meet at Maxims in Bondi because the waitresses were attractive, the food and service was good and the beer selection was excellent. Ten years later, all turning 70, they again selected Maxims at Bondi because there was plenty of parking, they could dine in peace with no loud music, and it was good value for money. Ten years later, all turning 80, it was again Maxims at Bondi – the restaurant was wheelchair accessible and had a toilet for the disabled. Ten years later, all turning 90, the friends discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally, it was agreed that they would meet at Maxims at Bondi because they had never been there before. Editor’s note. This scurrilous ageist yarn comes from John Gillett.

60th High School Reunion (thanks to Di Lovatt)

He was a widower and she a widow.

They had known each other for several years being high school classmates and having attended class reunions in the past without fail.

This 60th anniversary of their class, the widower and the widow made a foursome with two other singles.  They had a wonderful evening, their spirits high. The widower throwing admiring glances across the table. The widow smiling coyly back at him.

Finally, he picked up courage to ask her, “Will you marry me?”

After about six seconds of careful consideration, she answered, “Yes,….. yes I will!”

The evening ended on a happy note for the widower. But the next morning he was troubled.  Did she say “Yes” or did she say “No?”  He couldn’t remember. Try as he would, he just could not recall. He went over the conversation of the previous evening, but his mind was blank.  He remembered asking the question but for the life of him could not recall her response. With fear and trepidation, he picked up the phone and called her.

First, he explained that he couldn’t remember as well as he used to. Then he reviewed the past evening.  As he gained a little more courage he then inquired of her. “When I asked if you would marry me, did you say “Yes” or did you say “No?”

“Why you silly man, I said ‘Yes, Yes, I will.’ And I meant it with all my heart.”

The widower was delighted. He felt his heart skip a beat.  Then she continued. “And I am so glad you called because I couldn’t remember who asked me!”

A Blast from the Past

Do you recognise these two? Evidently they are showing off the Cinders Trophy from 1995! I understand that we had a big win.