Narooma Rotary Beacon 9 November 2017

 Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone

President Bob Aston launches Friends of Narooma Rotary.

We had a great night last Thursday with our launch of our ‘Friends of Rotary’ Initiative, thank you to all members who helped get the initiative up and running, hopefully it will be the beginning of a new era for our Club. Laurelle has included an excellent report elsewhere in the Beacon.

Organisation of the Expo is really hotting up (excuse the pun) with sponsors and exhibitors just about finalised. So far we have 23 exhibitors booked in with a couple more to be confirmed – a great effort on the part of Frank and his team. If you want to keep up to date with the latest, check out the website by clicking here.  Please also remember to book in for the dinner after the Expo, we will be asking members to confirm their attendance at Thursday’s meeting.

Paul Croker has cancelled his workshop that was planned for Thursday’s meeting. In his place we have been fortunate to secure the world renowned Frank Eden to address us. Following Frank’s presentation we will have our scheduled  Club Assembly.

On the last Thursday in November we will be having an Italian night at the Club. Hopefully it will be a fun night so please invite your friends. The cost will be $25.00 a head for 2 courses.

Have a great week



The Week that Was

Kim Bush, Noel Bate, Rotarian Charmaine White and Angela Miller at the launch of Friends of Narooma Rotary.

Our Friends of Narooma Rotary

We had another great Rotary night last Thursday for the launch of our ‘Friends of Narooma Rotary’ by President Bob. Bob spoke about Rotary International, how our Club related to the worldwide Rotary network, how our Club was involved in our community and why we started Friends of Narooma Rotary.

We then heard from three ‘Friends’ – Angela Miller, a teacher at Narooma Public School; Kim Bush of Eurobodalla Shire Council and Noel Bate of Narooma Motors – about how Rotary could help them and how they could help us.

Angela Miller loves her job and is always looking for opportunities to offer students. She spoke about the many talented kids at Narooma school and the inspiration they give the others, like the eight Narooma students she recently took to State Athletics and of course the buskers especially the  Rhythm Hunters. ‘We offer students a lot of opportunities but we are always looking for more. She is interested in exploring how they can help Rotary and how Rotary could help them.

Noel Bate said his main association with Narooma Rotary has been through the car shows, and with Chris and Ange. He is interested in helping Rotary however he could.

Friend of Narooma Rotary Joan Morgan and PE Rod Walker.

Kim Bush is a Divisional Manager with Council responsible for children’s services, community and youth services, libraries, arts and cultural development. Her association with our Club began when she was part of the District’s Global Study Exchange team to the United Kingdom in 2006, an experience she said was ‘life changing’. Her participation was organised through Jack Wightman.  She brought back many ideas, many of which she has since implemented.

She said she has since promoted many of Rotary’s youth programs to students, describing their participation in those programs and from speaking to Council as ‘a pathway’. ‘I am truly a Friend of Narooma Rotary,’ she said. ‘Rotary is like a family and a fantastic organisation. Perhaps one day I might become a full member of Narooma Rotary, but not this year.’

Charmaine thanked our speaker including the passion they showed for their jobs.

It was lovely to see Joan Morgan there, another Friend of Narooma Rotary.



Narooma kids star in Australian National Busking Championships

Narooma Public School’s Rhythm Hunters wowed the crowds at the national finals of the Australian Busking Championships in Cooma on Saturday.

Narooma School’s talented Rhythm Hunters won the people’s choice award AND the best school group in the national finals of the Australian National Busking Championships in Cooma over the weekend. They were also runners up in the overall finals.

Sandra, John and Lynda from our Busking Festival Dream Team were of course there as were several others of our winners from May, apart from the very excited 34 Rhythm Hunters’ drummers. The others were Tyler Strucklak & Skye Armstrong of Batemans Bay, Matilda Rose of Bredbo, and John and Sandra’s granddaughter Shelby Grace.

‘I am so overwhelmed with the School’s Rhythm Hunters and the opportunity and experience it has given those students,’ Sandra said.  ‘It’s amazing to see how attentive they all are and how well they follow they teacher Juanita Lowe’s instructions.’ Some of the Narooma students were interviewed by Channel 9 TV. Shelby came second in the People’s Choice.

Well done everyone!