Narooma Rotary Beacon 21 June 2018

Bob’s Blog

Hello everyone

We had a very busy combined Board meeting last Thursday, our last Board meeting for the 2017/18 Rotary year.

At last week’s combined Board meeting, Angie Ulrichsen, incoming President Rod Walker and current President Bob Aston.

We agreed to fund the purchase of musical equipment for local schools from the proceeds of the Busking Competition. The high school will receive $1,000 and each of the five local primary schools will receive $500 each. The Board also donated:

  • an additional $1,000 to the Foundation
  • $2,000 to Australian Rotary Health to support mental health research
  • $1,000 to the RAWCS Dental Project in Timor Leste. Members will recall that Charmaine will be heading there next month to work with this valuable project.

The Board also agreed to transfer $4,500 from the charity account to the scholarship account. This will allow us to make Second Semester payments without having to dip into our term deposit.
The Board also accepted, with regret, the resignations of Bob Antill and Michael O’Connor from the Club. We have written to Bob and Michael thanking them for their service. The Board has offered Bob honorary membership of the Club which I am pleased to advise he has accepted.
Members are reminders that even though the changeover will not take place until 4 August, Rod and the new Board will take up office from 1 July. Although the changeover is an important event it is really a celebration of our achievements and an opportunity to introduce the new Board to the community.
A reminder that if you are an apology for a meeting or if you have guests, please advise me by email by 4pm each Tuesday.

Have a great week


Out and About

Great to hear from PDG and PP Jack Ings

Jack Ings working in our old Rotary food van circa 2000.

President Bob received a lovely note from Jack Ings, a past president of this club and a past District Governor (the only one from our Club) in response to the invitation to our 60th celebrations. Unfortunately he will be unable to join us.

Thank you for thinking of me. I still keep an eye on the club through the weekly bulletins you send me and enjoy reading about what is going on there. Some of the best years of our lives were when we were in Narooma and I shall never forget the great years I had in Narooma Rotary Club. I am still in Rotary through the E club of Melbourne and still on the Board and doing the bulletin and organising the speakers…. I am now in a Nursing home but it is more like a resort and I still take part not only in Rotary but U3A and am still giving some lectures. Please give my best regards to all my friends there and wish everyone a happy 60th anniversary. Jack

Jack wrote the history of Narooma Club for our 40th anniversary which resulted in the Club receiving a PR recognition. He was regarded affectionately by many Narooma members as the supreme Rotary statesman. For many years during the annual Cinders Challenge with Moruya if there was a series of questions on who’s who in Rotary, ‘Jack Ings’ was often our default answer.  It is obvious from Jack’s continued involvement, he still deserves that status.

Changeovers this week

At Moruya… President Bob and Peter Bull will represent our Club at Moruya Changeover.

Moruya President Mike Dent in this week’s Changeover Bulletin says one of the highlights was the outstandingly successful Drugs Meeting in April which attracted over 200 people to discuss drug and alcohol problems in the Eurobodalla. He still hopes they can secure funding for a Local Drug Action Team to initiate programs to address the prevention of AOD problems.  Another highlight was Moruya Club funding seven ShelterBoxes, thanks largely to the efforts of Alan Shephard and team at Moruya Markets throughout the year. Mike concluded: ‘So where to from here … we have a great club but we cannot rest on our laurels and we must confront the future to ensure our continued success. We need to attract new members and vary our programs to meet changing trends in our society.’ Moruya’s incoming President is Ward Hack.

Meanwhile at Batemans Bay…

John Rungen and Laurelle will represent the Club at Batemans Bay’s Changeover on Thursday. Maureen Manning is the outgoing President.

Batemans Bay Rotarians are currently working through the ‘visioning process’ towards their Strategic Plan for 2018-2019. President Elect Alan Russell is pleased everyone has been so open and willing to contribute ideas. The first part was a Club Audit. The second part was discussing ‘what if’ scenarios which offered members the chance to discuss things that had not been discussed for some time and ways forward for the Club. The next part involves each new Director developing their Objectives for the year and presenting them to the Board. The final stage is their Strategic Plan.

This week

Our guest speaker this week is Allan Rees from the 350 Eurobodalla climate action group, accompanied by Paula Howe another member of the team. The goal of the worldwide movement is to restore the planet to health through a rapid transition to 100% renewables in our area and across Australia and no new fossil fuel projects.

Don’t forget to let President Bob know by email by Tuesday 4pm if you are an apology or if you are bringing any guests.

Cheers Laurelle


Narooma Rotary Beacon 14 June 2018

Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone
Well this week was a little quieter on the Rotary front, it was nice to spend the weekend at home catching up on a few chores.

Last Thursday Lynda gave a great presentation on the life of a Celebrant. Two take out messages for me, one don’t let the dog or cat deliver the rings at the wedding ceremony and secondly, and much more importantly, take the time to prepare for what happens when you die. Make sure your family know your wishes for your funeral service and your worldly goods.

Lynda Ord spoke about her recent career as a celebrant. Cup cakes courtesy of her friend Carol Holland.

This Thursday we will have our last Club Assembly for the Rotary year. The main topic will be membership. Please bring along your ideas and suggestions. Board members (both the old and new) are reminded we have a Board meeting this Thursday at 5pm.
Don’t forget on 28 June we will host a thank you event for sponsors and volunteers at the recent Busking Competition. Instead of our normal dinner meeting we will have drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Have a great week.

Out and about

Last week

Lynda Ord never fails to be a fascinating speaker and last week was no exception. She spoke about her life (since 2005) as a celebrant, the last in our series ‘A Rotarian presents’ which President Bob introduced in his year as a vocational programme. It has been highly successful.

Lynda works as a celebrant over the whole south coast although she has cut back and is talking about retiring ‘in a wee while’, likening her retirement to Dame Nellie Melba’s. She said the drawback of being a marriage celebrant was having her weekends booked up two years ahead, and spoke about ‘strange things can happen the night before the wedding’. She is delighted same sex marriage is now legal. Her ‘big passion’ is funerals when she gets to meet the most remarkable people with the most extraordinary stories. She added she is ‘blown away’ by the resilience of some people. Lynda spoke of the reluctance of some people to explore just what their loved ones wanted wrt a funeral etc., cremated or buried, and where they wanted their body or ashes deposited. She emphasised to us all the importance of ensuring your family knows about your life. She referred to the value of The Rest Easy Journal, produced by Shanna Provost, a copy of which she donated to the Wheel.

Local Rotarians receive OAMs

Incoming Pambula Rotary President Lynne Koerbin has been awarded an OAM

Two Rotarians in our area will receive the Order of Australia(OAM), announced this week.

Incoming President of Pambula Rotary Lynne Koerbin will receive an OAM for her service to people with a disability and to community health. Lynne has worked for 35 years with people with disabilities and said it was very humbling to be recognised for her work and how it has made a difference to people. She is well known in the Bega Valley Shire community being president of the Carers Accommodation South East project and working over the past five years to build accommodation at the South East Regional Hospital. Lynne is an occupational therapist by training and has previously managed community health services in the Bega Valley before moving across to disability support services; she is currently a senior planner for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.Bay Rotarian Peter Wood  with wife Lyn.

Bay Rotarian Peter Wood with wife Lyn.

Current Batemans Bay Director Peter Woods has also been awarded an OAM for his services to the community of Batemans Bay and to youth. He has been Batemans Bay Youth Foundation Chairman, since 2005. The Foundation gives Grants to students to attend University or a course at TAFE or an Apprenticeship. The criteria for giving a Grant include academic achievement, personal aptitude for further study and a need for financial help. Since its inception in 1994, the Foundation had given Grants valued at over half a million dollars to 182 students.

Moruya Rotary and ShelterBox

Each Saturday at Moruya Markets, Moruya Rotary has a team that focuses on raising funds for ShelterBoxes. Last Saturday they raised an impressive $1,630 which included a cheque for $1,000. Their bulletin does not say from whence the cheque came.

Timor Leste embraces RYLA

An interesting note in last week’s Batemans Bay newsletter mentioned that Bay Rotarian Peter Kable had presented a fascinating insight into the history of Timor Leste (East Timor) and the great success of RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) in helping to develop the impoverished country.  This prompted me to find out more. You may have seen the article in Rotary Down Under Dec 2017-Jan 2018. Timor Leste with a population of 1.4 million is still one of the poorest countries in the world.  Its main exports are coffee along with some oil and gas.

The Rotary Clubs of Crows Nest and Pennant Hills have worked closely with the Rotary Club of Dili to get this programme happening. The RYLA program has been adapted to suit the Timorese situation and local leaders act as presenters. Almost 680 young people in Timor Leste have gone through the RYLA programme since it was introduced in 2009 and e gone on to achieve great results. All alumni cite the training they received through RYLA has helped them get jobs, scholarships and training ahead of their peers. Four RYLA alumni stood for parliament at the recent elections.  RYPEN has also been expanded in Timor Leste schools

Next week: Our guest speaker will be Allan Rees from the 350 Eurobodalla climate action group, accompanied by Paula Howe another member of the team. The goal of the worldwide movement is to restore the planet to health. The 350 Eurobodalla has been active since the 2015 Paris climate talks and aims to educate people about how the planet’s health can be restored. The group supports a rapid transition to 100% renewables in our area and across Australia and no new fossil fuel projects.

Cheers Laurelle

Narooma Rotary Beacon 7 June 2018

Bob’s Blog

Hello everyone.

Well it was a little less hectic this week after the very successful Busking Competition followed by the Markets.

Last Thursday we hosted Moruya Rotary for our annual Cinders Trophy Trivia Challenge. It was a great night with 60 Rotarians and friends in attendance. The fellowship was great and the competition fierce. In the end I declared a draw with a Moruya team along with a Narooma team coming out on top with a score of 56. Although this caused some controversy, I think the result reflected the spirt of the evening.

Moruya President Mike Dent and President Bob will be joint custodians of the Cinders Trophy for the next 12 months following a draw at last week’e Cinders Challenge.

On Saturday, Therese and I represented the Club at Quota’s 31st Installation Ceremony. It was a great night with over 60 people attending. Quota has had a busy year donating over $26,000 to local, national and international charities. Chris Ryder is the new president of Quota.

This week, our own Lynda Ord is our guest speaker. I am sure Lynda will entertain us with some great stories about the life of a celebrant.

Don’t forget our 60th is not too far away. We celebrate this great event on Saturday 4th August – please keep the date free. This will also be our formal changeover ceremony.


Out and About

The Cinders Challenge

What a great night with Moruya Rotarians last week at Narooma Golf Club for the annual Cinders Challenge. For the first time ever in its long history, it ended in a draw with both clubs sharing the trophy for the year. President Bob organised for Narooma and Moruya Rotarians to share tables over dinner to encourage fellowship and that seemed to have been welcomed by everyone

The scoring system for Cinders seems ‘variable’ depending on the referee, but it is always taken in good spirit. Top table score (as last week with Moruya’s Brainiac matching our Cirrus), total score per Club, or the highest score per Club participant (total Narooma tables or Moruya tables score divided by the number of participants from that Club); perhaps a subject for some future discussion.

Whatever, it was a fun night enjoyed by everyone. Top questions by our absentee quiz master extraordinaire Peter Bull, and ably put by President Bob assisted by Frank with the recording.

Cinders table winners Derek Anderson of Moruya and our own Rod Walker share the new table trophy, courtesy of President Bob Aston’s recyclables, watched by President Bob and Moruya President Mike Dent.

End of the Rotary year

It’s somewhat sobering to think that President Bob’s year is almost at an end and PE Rod’s is about to start. It also sees the end of Noel Trevaskis’ two years as RI Director. Many have appreciated having an RI Director from our District particularly one who has worked as hard for Rotarians in both Australia and New Zealand as Noel has. Noel’s visit to address our Club was postponed because so many were away on the date scheduled but hopefully we will see Noel some time soon.

Meanwhile, we’re invited to join Moruya Rotarians at their Changeover Dinner at Moruya Golf Club on Wednesday 20 June (6.30 for 7). If you would like to go, please book with John Spencer before midday on 11 June.

We’re also invited to Batemans Bay’s Changeover on Thursday 21 June (6.30 for 7) at the Soldiers Club. Cost $35. Partners invited and dress is Lounge suit.

ShelterBox and Guatemala volcano

ShelterBox’s Operations Team in their UK HQ is in touch with colleagues in the Central American country of Guatemala following the eruption of the Fuego volcano and is monitoring what aid is needed in surrounding communities.

ShelterBox Operations Coordinator Anna Dixie said on Monday the disaster was still in the emergency phase, and they were still waiting on an accurate assessment by authorities of the number of people affected. ‘Only then will we will know whether ShelterBox aid can be helpful. If so, we have it stored a short flight away in Panama but, with Guatemala’s main airport closed, access will be one of the initial challenges.’


Unfortunately no one has put up their hand yet to be involved with MUNA this year. Narooma Rotary has sponsored a MUNA team for the past few years. For MUNA to be successful we need a member of the Club to take over responsibility for MUNA. Responsibilities will include liaison with Narooma High, the teacher involved and the team as well as attending the MUNA weekend in Canberra towards the end of August.

A belated Volunteer Week tribute to all Volunteers

National Volunteer Week may have been and gone, but volunteering keeps on keeping on, as demonstrated at our last Markets …  ( apologies for not including this last week).

All volunteers – Rachel and David McInnes and some of the Rotary crew

Narooma Rotary Beacon 31 May 2018

Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone

Late in the afternoon Busking HQ in Easts Riverside Park was full of people counting busking votes and money. Shown around the table are Ashley Stanley, Iris White, Robyn Gourley, Jim Harrold and Ann Harrold, watched over by HQ manager Lynda Ord.

Well it’s been another hectic week for our Club.

Last Thursday we had an outstanding speaker in Fiona McCuaig. Fiona has had some fascinating experiences as a warrior for the environment, especially as a member of the Sea Shepherd crew. It was also great to see so many visitors come to listen to Fiona; hopefully some of our visitors will consider becoming members of our Club. We missed Frank last week but hope the doctors are resolving his health ‘issues’.

Last Saturday’s Busking Festival was an outstanding success. I am told the vibe around town was fantastic lots of visitors checking out the performers and voting for their favourites. A BIG thank you to Sandra and her dream team who organised the day; the Club owes you a great debt of gratitude.

Don’t forget Cinders this Thursday, I am sure we will give Moruya a run for their money. At dinner we will have mixed tables of Moruya and Narooma members so we can share some great fellowship. After dinner we will separate ready for ‘battle’.

Out and About

Busking Festival

What a wonderful and huge community day. Such a good buzz around town, from the Plaza to the Flat. There were many compliments on the day and since about the excellent organisation. Well done Sandra, John and team; all your planning and preparation paid off. Well done too to all those Rotarians and partners who put in a long day on Saturday selling busker votes, providing information and working in Festival HQ at Easts, and then turned up to help at the markets the next day. Great effort.

Busking Coordinator Sandra in full flight at the presentation ceremony at the Golf Club Saturday night.

Festival co-ordinator Sandra understandably was ‘absolutely thrilled’ with the response from the community. At the presentation ceremony at Narooma Golf Club that night, she was effusive with her appreciation thanking spectators (even more than last year), our 55 buskers, our major sponsors Narooma Golf Club, Club Narooma and Narooma Easts Holiday Park, as well as the many businesses and organisations that sponsored prizes and the 35 busker hot spots.

Great to have PDG Phil Armstrong helping out on Saturday, as was his wife Kim (selling Busker Votes nearby), but the photo here is with another volunteer Alison Philip who was ‘enlisted’ at last week’s meeting.

Sandra also thanked the other volunteers without whom it would not have happened – Lions, Quota, Probus, View, CWA and many others – and the four judges – Alan Spencer, long time busker and John and Sandra’s granddaughter Shelby Holland, Cr Lindsay Brown and Fiona Brown of Slightly Twisted Productions. The judges made 22 awards, all sponsored by local businesses or organisations, and there were nine People’s Choice Awards.

Sandra and John’s daughter Nadine did a great job as MC of the presentations, with Tim Bourke and Wayne Redman doing sound and lighting. The presentation ceremony ran seamlessly, preceded by an hour-long concert by buskers organised by Nadine.

David McInnes (as well as Rachel) were on most of the day selling busker votes.

At the presentation, ANBC instigator Alan Spencer of Cooma praised Sandra and her team for ‘showing the way’ with running regional championships. ‘Narooma has introduced a lot of innovation as well as showing how to involve the media, the community and small businesses in the event,’ he said. One innovation this year was combining a car display on NATA Oval with four busking hot spots sponsored by businesses away from the centre of town; a huge success.

Peter Bull and Karen Bull were pounding the pavements spruiking Busker Votes.

The programme on the webpage worked a treat, thanks to John’s expertise. John says it was one of the products that came from an online data entry system he wrote last year. It holds all busker details (details finances, emergency contacts etc.). It then provided an environment for Sandra to schedule in the buskers’ timetables, creates tables of output and feeds the website. That programme now belongs to Narooma Rotary.


The atmosphere continued at Sunday’s markets which were bigger than a normal May market and quite vibrant complete with buskers (including Selby). The markets coincided with a Canberra long weekend which had escaped most of us except some marketers who booked at the last minute. We had steady business throughout the morning and sold all we had in the van. Great work everyone.

Last week

Lynn Hastings thanks our guest speaker last week Fiona McCuaig

Fiona McCuaig, our guest speaker last week, attracted a lot of interest and with good reason. She spoke of her extensive background in conservation and her passion for marine conservation. Some of her talk focussed on her time with Greenpeace’s vessel Sea Shepherd in Antarctica in its campaign to stop whaling there, the ramming of one of its vessel and her being the person whose job it was to dive in and check for survivors, a task she was relieved not to have to perform once all crew were accounted for. She called for support to protect our marine parks, noting the harmful bycatch from some commercial fishing methods, and fearing an apparent watering down of the existing marine park system.

Canberra Rotary celebrates 90 years

The Rotary Club of Canberra celebrates its 90 years with the ringing of the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell on 16 June at 11am and we are all invited. It will be a great celebration of peace and fellowship as part of their birthday celebrations. The Bell is in Nara Park, Flynn Drive, Yarralumla. If you would like to go, please book via email to Meredith Hayes –

This week is our annual battle for Cinders

We welcome over 30 from Moruya Rotary for our annual battle for the Cinders Trophy, currently held by Moruya.  Should be a great fun night. They reckon, as stated in the Moruya bulletin this week, ‘surely by weight of numbers we should be a force to overwhelm them and on their home turf!’ President Bob has told them differently. They have been in training: when their speaker had to withdraw at short notice last week, Keith Armstong stepped in with some Cinders’ training. Members were divided ‘into raucous teams, much given to useless disputations, all adding up to a thoroughly enjoyable meeting’.

They will be coming by bus and, they assure us, with the trophy (not like us when we forgot to take it with us last year).

On a lighter note, courtesy Peter Bull

The biggest lie I tell myself is, ‘’I don’t need to write that down, I will remember it’.

If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.

Of course I talk to myself. Sometimes I need expert advice.



Narooma Rotary Beacon 24 May 2018

Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone

Well it’s that time of year again with the River of Art Festival in full swing. It’s wonderful to see such diverse displays of visual and performing arts as a part of the Festival.

Our Busking Festival Coordinator Sandra Doyle, with River of Art committee members Di Jay, left, Lynne Griffiths and Robin Scott-Charlton at the River of Art launch in Narooma’s SoART Gallery last Thursday. Photo by Rosie Williams

As all members of the Club are aware, this Saturday’s Busking Competition in Narooma is a significant part of the River of Art program; it’s the last major event in the 2018 River of Art Festival. We have heaps of buskers and hot spots and all signs lead to an outstanding day of busking.  Many thanks to everyone who has put up their hands to help. Let’s hope the weather is great and the crowds come out to support our buskers.Such an event of course would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of our Busking Competition organisers Sandra and John Doyle and their team of workers. Thank you Sandra and John for your great work; our Club thanks you for all the work you put into this great event.

Don’t forget our monthly markets follow on Sunday.

This Thursday, our guest speaker is Australian wildlife activist Fiona McCuaig. Fiona has been involved with wildlife activism for over 20 years. She has volunteered in wildlife rehabilitation in Africa, America and Sri Lanka, volunteered in several zoos around the world, and was with Sea Shepherd  for 2½ years including three anti-whaling campaigns in Antarctica and the Faroe Islands. Fiona is also passionate about the necessity of healthy oceans.

Next Thursday (31 May): We host Moruya Rotary for our annual Cinders Trophy trivia competition. I understand Moruya has been practicing for the past few weeks in the forlorn hope that they will retain the trophy. I have full confidence in our Narooma team; I’m sure we will win easily.

Have a great week.

Out and About  

Busking Festival round up

Some of the buskers who will feature at this year’s Festival.

Our Busking Festival and Competition this Saturday promises to be sensational with 55 busker registrations from Victoria, Canberra, Sydney, and out to Cowra and Gundagai. Our hard working coordinator Sandra Doyle anticipates that Narooma will fill with wonderful music ranging from country, blues, jazz and rock, to Scottish bagpipes, as well as dancers, poets and circus acts.

Each act will play at four or five of the 35 busker hot spots around town sponsored by the adjacent businesses.  Extra busker hot spots this year are at the SoART Gallery and School of Arts’ Studios, on NATA Oval and near Quarterdeck.’ A programme listing each busking act and the timetable for each hot spot (9am-3pm) is available online and in hard copy on the day from the Rotary Busking Information Stall opposite the Ice Creamery, from the Visitors’ Centre and from the yellow Rotary-vested Busker Vote sellers.  Profiles of some of the registered buskers are on the website and on Facebook.

A concert from 4pm at the Golf Club will feature a variety of performers from the day, with awards to be presented after 5pm.

Busker votes explained:  Not all buskers will be competing. For those that are, spectators can vote for their favourite busker for the People’s Choice prize of $1,000 by buying a special busker vote from our sellers; each vote costs $1. Back in the Festival office at Easts Van Park, our helpers will count votes for each busker to determine the winner. If the purchaser writes their name on the back of each vote, they enter a lucky draw. Each busker keeps any coin they collect.’

Narooma’s four judges, who will include Cr Lindsay Brown and Fiona Brown from Slightly Twisted Productions, will roam around listening to competitors throughout the day to judge the overall winner. Again the prize is $1,000.

Symons will operate a free bus through the day to ferry people between busking hot spots which extend from the Plaza to the Flat.’

Narooma Lions, Quota, CWA and VIEW Clubs are all pitching in as well as many other volunteers.

Four busking sites will operate on NATA Oval (behind the Visitors’ Centre). Also on NATA will be a display of about 30 classic cars from the Classic and Vintage Motor Club of Eurobodalla, the Montague Motoring Club, Verona Classics and the Groupe Auto Classiche, as well as new cars from the AMH Group of Moruya.

The Festival is hosted by our Club, partnered with River of Art, and is part of the Australian National Busking Championships (ANBC).

Renewable Energy Expo at Moruya

Moruya Rotary is looking at running the Renewable Energy Expo on a trial basis in October, possibly in St Mary’s Community Hall and adjacent carpark. While the Moruya Board is supportive, the Club’s involvement depends on people putting up their hands to form a small working party to plan and run it. Should Moruya decide to go ahead, Frank and others have offered to help with the ‘know how’.

The Moruya bulletin said, ‘overall it has the potential to be a fine project – challenging, imaginative, and of high community benefit’. Should Moruya run with it and it is successful, the proposal is for Moruya and Narooma to host it alternative years. Watch this space.

Cinders, where knowledge is power

Bring ‘all the weird, wonderful and utterly useless facts in your arsenal’, as well as like-minded friends, to our Cinders Challenge next week when we plan to wrest the trophy back from Moruya. Should be a great night and lots of fun. Please make sure you let President Bob know your numbers by Tuesday at 4pm.





Narooma Rotary Beacon 17 May 2018

Bob’s Blog

Bob and Merinda Antill will be sorely missed from everyone in Narooma Rotary Club.

Hello everyone
We had a great turn out on Saturday to say farewell to Bob and Merinda Antill. It was especially pleasing to have past District Governors Maureen Manning and Phil Armstrong in attendance, as well as Phil’s wife Kim.
Bob and Merinda have made a significant contribution to Narooma in general and our Club in particular over many years. Bob has been president of our club on two and half occasions, and held many Board positions as well as being Assistant District Governor for the past three years. Bob has been the glue that has held the Club together for many years. He was the public face of Rotary representing us across the community. He also played a significant role in just about all of our projects and community events. Bob was also a highly regarded photographer, bus driver and landscape gardener for the past 25 years.

President Bob recognised Bob and Merinda Antill as Paul Harris Fellows

Merinda also played a significant role in Rotary as Bob’s partner. She often performed at Rotary events and meetings, taught us about music, playing for us and leading those who could sing to entertain us. Within the community Merinda’s passion for music was always evident. She led the community choir, helped students prepare for their HSC music exams, tutored primary school students in music and played a significant role in her church.

It was a great privilege to recognise Bob with a third Paul Harris Fellowship and Merinda with her first. We wish Bob and Merinda all the best in their new home at Lake Conjola.

This Thursday we were going to hear from Rotary International Director Noel Trevaskis, but in view of us having so many away, I have asked Noel to come later in the year, possibly in July.

Have a great week.

Out and About

Attendance at meetings

We haven’t worried too much about notifying apologies and the attendance of guests since we moved to the Golf Club. We discussed this at last week’s Board meeting and decided we should reintroduce the system of notifying apologies and attendance of guests. If you will be absent from a meeting or if you plan to bring a guest please notify President Bob by email by 4pm Tuesday. Thanks.  Bob

Last Thursday – Inside Peace

Cheryl Walker and Chris O’Brien at last week’s meeting.

Our special guest last week was Cheryl Walker who spoke about an award winning documentary ‘Inside Peace’ on the power of peace to change prisoners’ lives. The film tells of the experience of four inmates at Domenguez State Jail in Texas who attend a Peace Education Programme and begin to rebuild their lives. The programme featured in the film has been run globally in prisons, health, education and many other organisations. The programme is basically a workshop to help people discover inner resources and find personal peace. The film will screen at the Kinema on Friday 1 June at 7.30pm and Saturday 9 June at 2.30pm. Fifty per cent of ticket sales will go to Mental Health Research through Australian Rotary Health.

Cheryl is also looking to run the programme locally.

Busking Update

The signs are up and the excitement in our community is mounting with only about 10 days now until the Busking Festival on Saturday 26 May.

Festival coordinator Sandra reports that busker registrations have been rolling in from across the region, from Canberra, Sydney and Wollongong, Victoria and across south eastern NSW. As of last weekend she had 55 entries with a few more still on the way which translates to over 200 performers from the Plaza to the Flat. Entries range from country, blues, jazz and rock, to Scottish bagpipes, dancers, poets and circus acts. There are more bands this year compared with last, but Sandra is disappointed there are few entries from secondary students in Narooma.

The busking Festival is the final event in the River of Art Festival which will be launched this Thursday night in Narooma.

For those unfamiliar with the event, each act will play through the day at three or four of the 35 busker hot spots around town that are sponsored by the adjacent businesses. A programme detailing the location of each hot spot with a timetable for each act (9am-3pm) will be available online and on the day from an information stall opposite the Ice Creamery on the Flat, the Visitors’ Centre and from the roving Busker Vote sellers who will be wearing a Rotary vest.

Every spectator can vote for their favourite busker for the People’s Choice prize of $1,000 by buying a special busker vote from our sellers; each vote costs $1. Those votes are collected from each busker at the end of the day to determine the winner. The busker gets 10 cents from each $1 vote. Each busker keeps any coin they collect. Narooma’s four judges will be roaming around listening to all competitors throughout the day, with the overall winner’s prize also $1,000.  The Festival culminates with a free concert at Narooma Golf Club by finalists at 5pm and the presentation of prizes.

Narooma Lions, Quota, CWA and VIEW Clubs are helping on the day, as well as many other volunteers.

From our 2018 Tertiary Scholar Alicia Bates

Our 2018 Rotary Tertiary Scholar Alicia Bate.

Secretary Sandra has received a note from the United States from our 2018 Tertiary scholar Alicia Bates who is enjoying a gap year before starting university in 2019.

I have been in the States for two months now and loving it. The culture is so different and such a worthwhile experience. I did my very touristy look around Texas within my first week. They really do do bigger. Cars, food, cities you name it. Cars, food, cities, I definitely see why it can be hard to find good too. I’m very settled into the small town of Como. Much more expansive than the size of Tilba considering they have the same population. The farm is gorgeous and the family are amazing people. Hope all is well back home.


Narooma Rotary Beacon 10 May 2018

Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone

Ashley Stanley and John Doyle completed the last bit of  cleaning with ‘specialist equipment’. It will be spick and span for the next Markets.

Sadly last Friday’s Oyster Festival Community Night had to be cancelled due to persistent high and dangerous winds. I know this must have been a difficult decision for the organisers; however, given the circumstances, I think they make the correct decision. Unfortunately for us we missed an opportunity to make some much needed funds for our charity account. Fortunately we were able to freeze the meat and donate perishables to other charities. Thanks to all those who volunteered to man the van and barbecue.

Also on a positive note we gave the van a great ‘spring clean’ inside and out in preparation for the Festival, thanks to John Doyle, Ashley and Laurelle who did a great job cleaning and polishing. The van is sparkling, especially after John and Ashley cleaned the roof.

Peter Bull showed us his office where he continues his fascinating work as a chiropractic radiographer.

Last Thursday’s meeting was a bit of a mixture. We started at Peter Bull’s place for another in our series ‘a Rotarian presents’. Peter talked to us about his work as a Chiropractic Radiographer; he reviews x-rays from all over Australia and even the UK and works for a company where everything is done remotely. Their radiographers and admin staff have never actually met and worked together face to face. Peter’s pride and joy is his dictation system that allows him to complete reports without having to use a keyboard.

When we arrived at the Golf Club for dinner, we were joined by PCYC Far South Coast Club Manager Jason Hough and three other Police representing PCYC. Their speakers gave us an interesting insight into the history and role of PCYC (PCYCs were originally started with the help of Rotary). One of the main issues for the Far South Coast is how the PCYC can effectively operate as an outreach service covering town and communities from Batemans Bay to Eden.

I will fill you in on the weekend’s District Assembly at Batemans Bay on Thursday.

Have a great week everyone

Out and About

Last week

President Bob and  PCYC Far South Coast Club Manager Jason Hough.Last week 

Last week we had surprise guests from Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW (PCYC).They included CEO Dominic Teakle, Regional Manager Ian Kirk, Far South Coast Manager Jason Hough, and NSW Police Youth and Crime Prevention Command Superintendent David Roptel. We were lucky to have them as Dominic, Ian and David were on a familiarisation trip to the Far South Coast Club. It was only a chance conversation between President Bob and the local PCYC Manager Jason that led to them all (except Jason) joining us for dinner.

Jason spoke about the outreach model used by the Far South Coast Club, given that his area of responsibility covers both Eurobodalla and Bega Valley Shires.  He said the Club has been running activities along the coast including archery at Narooma, Zumba Kids at Moruya and soon Junior Fitness at Eden and Bega. He will be forming two management committees, one for each Shire, and is looking for Rotary members to join those committees.

Our guests from PCYC last week were Ian Kirk, left, Superintendent David Roptel and Dominic Teakle with President Bob.

Dominic spoke about the long association between PCYC and Rotary beginning with the establishment of the first Police Rotary Boy’s Club in Woolloomooloo some 80 years ago. PCYC want to acquire two hubs in the Far South Coast from which to base their operations, with activities radiating out from the hubs as well as within them.  He indicated that PCYC liked to own and manage their facilities so that other programs and groups could use then in PCYC downtimes (during the day when kids are at school etc) to maximise their use and to raise funds.

He also hopes to acquire two small eight seater buses, one for each Shire, to transport participants to their activities.  To achieve this he is looking for a friendly car dealer who may be willing to provide buses at a reduced cost as part of a sponsorship program, as well as fundraise for their purchase.

Superintendent David Roptel has just taken up the role of Commander of the NSW Police Youth and Crime Prevention Unit and spoke about the value of engaging with local communities to strengthen relationships between Police and the public.  He gave as illustration the support local indigenous residents gave to police in Redfern at a particularly difficult time for their community.

All in all a great night and the PCYC team has given a lot to think about and perhaps a different avenue to support our young people.              Lynda Ord

Bega runs RYDA 15-17 May

Bega Rotary is coordinating RYDA for Bega Valley and the Monaro on 15-17 May at Frogs Hollow Go Kart Track south of Bega. This is where Narooma High students first attended RYDA before Batemans Bay and Moruya Rotary Clubs took up the challenge to run one in the Eurobodalla. The Bega programme  runs over three days to accommodate the 500 or so Year 11 students from Bega High, Eden Marine High, Bombala High, Lumen Christi Catholic College, South Coast Anglican College, Monaro High, Jindabyne Central and Mallacoota P12 College.

Sydney Male Choir Concert in Bega for Tathra Fire Appeal

You are invited to a special concert in Bega on Thursday 10 May to hear the Sydney Male Choir. This is the first time the choir, one of the most respected in Australia, has toured to the Far South Coast. Bega Civic Centre has partnered with the Choir to present a fundraiser performance 2:00pm – 4:30pm in the Civic Centre Auditorium. Admission is a gold coin donation with all proceeds going to support the Tathra community through the Mayoral Appeal Fund. If going, please book through

NEXT WEEK IS A PARTNERS’ NIGHT with special guest speaker RI Director Noel Trevaskis who will speak on ‘The Rotary Story; Yours and Mine’. Noel is currently a member of Narooma’s ‘mother club’, the Rotary Club of Bega. He is on the Board of Rotary International (2016-2018) representing Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Indonesia and the South Pacific Islands (Zones 7 and 8). He was our District Governor 2005-2006, and a past Board member and Chairman of Australian Rotary Health. Check out the bulletin’s  calendar for more information on Noel.

On a lighter note, courtesy Peter Bull

I was in the express lane at the supermarket quietly fuming. Completely ignoring the sign, the person ahead of me had slipped into the lane pushing a trolley piled high with groceries.
Imagine my delight when the cashier looked into the cart and asked, ‘So which six items would you like to buy?’  Shame that doesn’t happen more often…

Narooma Rotary Beacon 3 May 2018

Bob’s Blog

Our guest speaker last week Dr Ian Noble was thanked by Mike Young.

Therese and I had an enjoyable few days away in Sydney last week catching up with family and taking in a show or two.
Thank you very much to Laurelle who stepped into the breach last week and worked with the Golf Club about room changes for our Thursday meeting. It is good to know that when I am away Laurelle as Vice President can be relied upon to get the job done. Because the Club does not charge us for the use of the Seahorse Room, occasionally we may need to move to allow them to cater for different events.

A reminder we will be helping with catering for the Oyster Festival’s free family concert, motocross display and fireworks this Friday night from 4pm. We need members to help out to make the job easier on all of us. If you can assist, please let John Doyle know.

The District Assembly will be held this weekend in Batemans Bay; Rod and I will be attending. We will update you at next week’s meeting.
Don’t forget the Busking Festival is not far away and once again we will need your help.
Have a great week everyone.

Out and about

 Last week

At last week’s meeting – Peter and Julie Hartley, Ang Ulrichsen, our guest speaker Dr Ian Noble, and Frank Eden.

We had lots of visitors last week, thanks particularly to Ang and Frank, to hear our guest speaker Dr Ian Noble talk about climate change. They were not disappointed. Ian is Emeritus Professor at the ANU’s Climate Change Institute, based in Fiji. It was fascinating to get such an informed ‘big picture’ view of the issues and his views on possible mitigation and adaptation.

Many thanks to Angie for organising such a fascinating speaker.

Busking Festival needs more volunteers

Our Busking Festival supremo Sandra Doyle is delighted that so many people and organisations have embraced the Festival. ‘We’ve already received commitments from Quota, Lions, View Club and CWA to help on the day, but we still need more volunteers.’

Sandra asks everyone to please consider giving one or two hours on the day; also ask your friends. Volunteers are needed from 8am to help set up and put signs and that out, then on the street selling and collecting busker votes, checking on buskers to make sure they are okay, directing people to Symons free shuttle bus that will run between the Flat and the Plaza to help people get around to see the musicians, as well as handing out programmes and maps. People are also needed in the office in Easts Holiday Park to help register buskers and count busker votes, and more are needed after 3.30 to help take down the signs and various bits and pieces.

If you can help, please talk with Sandra (0408 298 233).

District Assembly this weekend

Bob and Rod are off to the District Assembly this Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning at Batemans Bay High. District Assembly is regarded as essential for incoming Board members to get everyone on track for the coming year and there is always something new to learn. The programme includes:

  • a ‘showcase’ of the District’s various programs with people at the ready to answer questions
  • breakout sessions on the various Avenues of Service
  • opportunities for networking during the day and at the dinner that night.

It will be interesting next week to hear back from Bob and Rod at our Club Assembly next week.

NEXT WEEK: Peter Bull is the next in our series ‘our Rotarian Speaks’. So please meet at Peter’s place at 6pm, then back to the Golf Club for dinner and a Club Assembly about 6.45pm.

On a lighter note

The Kennel Club has now recognised some new crossbreeds, or so it’s said…

Collie + Lhasa Apso: Collapso – a dog that folds up for easy transport

Pointer and Setter: Pointsetter – the traditional Christmas pet

Terrier + Bulldog: Terribull – not a popular dog

Bloodhound + Labrador: Blabadoor- a dog that barks incessantly

Narooma Rotary Beacon 26 April 2018

Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone

Well we had a bright and sunny day on Sunday for our biggest April Market in many years. It was wonderful to see so many stallholders and potential shoppers in attendance. Thanks to all who helped make the Market such a success.

Beagle Weekly editor Lei Parker was thanked last week by Geoff Robin. Photo Sandra Doyle

Last Thursday we had 25 guests and members at our meeting to hear our guest speaker Lei Parker. Lei gave us a great insight into his online newspaper ‘The Beagle’. Lei is certainly passionate about the Eurobodalla and keeping its residents informed and up to date with all that is happening. The Beagle continues to support our Club by publishing our media releases to promote our activities including BowelCare, Pride of Workmanship, the Renewable Energy Expo and the Busking Competition.

Di Reid and Lec Swadling representing Relay for Life also attended our meeting to receive a donation of $500 from the Club. Di, Lec and their committee have done a wonderful job organising the Relay for Life, this year. Over $31,000 was raised to support research in cures for cancer, and money is still coming in.

President Bob presents a $500 donation from Narooma Rotary to Relay for Life organisers Di Reid and Lec Swadling. Photo by Lei Parker

As members know, Bob and Merinda Antill have moved onto the next phase of their five-year plan. They finally sold their home in Narooma and made the move fully to their new home at Lake Conjola. Bob and Merinda have been a significant and important part of Narooma Rotary for many years; to recognise their achievements and to wish them well for the future we will hold a farewell to Bob and Merinda on Saturday 12 May commencing at noon. Please keep the date and time free, I will provide you with some more details next week.

Therese and I are heading off for a few days R&R so Laurelle will be in the chair this Thursday.

Have a great week everyone.

Out and About


This week we welcome a particularly fascinating speaker in Dr Ian Noble, Emeritus Professor at the ANU’s Climate Change Institute, based in Fiji. He will talk around climate change from a Pacific – Australian viewpoint.

We won’t be in the normal location, nor in the adjoining room, but most probably in the Members’ Lounge.

Busking Festival

Our Busking Festival coordinator Sandra Doyle says busker registrations are really starting to come in now. She has 21 busker groups confirmed to date from Sydney, Canberra and across south-eastern NSW, with more registering each day. She expects the number will exceed the 57 last year; they have until 12 May to register. There are 33 hotspot so far with a couple more in the wind. They will compete for over $9,000 in prize money.

Post recent Drug and Alcohol Forum in Moruya

Moruya Rotary President Mike Dent and fellow Moruya Rotarian Rob Richmond will represent their Club at a forum this Thursday where they hope plans will be developed to address alcohol and drug abuse in Eurobodalla Shire. The forum is hosted by Local Health Network provider Coordinare. In Moruya’s Rotary bulletin this week, Mike says he expects all key agencies to be there which will hopefully mean they can have some meaningful discussion to address this growing problem.

Asha Foundation update from Pauline

Since the devastating 2015 earthquakes in Nepal, the Moruya-based Asha Foundation has rebuilt three schools in the remote foothills north and east of the capital Kathmandu. The last school to be completed is the Radha Krishna School, a 2½ hour drive east of the capital.

During Keith Armstrong’s presidency, Moruya Club donated $6,850 to The Asha Foundation’s Earthquake Appeal. Those funds were directed to the rebuild of this school resulting in 10 classrooms, a Principal’s office and an underground water storage tank. The total cost of construction was just under $40,000. Construction began late 2016 and with delays due to monsoon rains, landslides, political turmoil and logistical difficulties, the school was finally completed earlier this year. The students and teachers now have a lovely new school, properly constructed using earthquake building codes. The rebuild of the entire village has been a mini United Nations effort – The Asha Foundation built the school, a German charity rebuilt the houses, and a team of French doctors funded the construction of a medical clinic. We may speak different languages but our objectives were the same – rebuild this shattered village.

In October, Rohan and I will be travelling to Nepal and visiting the school. On behalf of the Principal, teachers and students at Shree Radha Krishna School and the Asha team, thank you to Keith and the members of Moruya Rotary for your support. You have helped make a difference.

Asha Foundation President Pauline Gleeson (reprinted from the Moruya Bulletin)

Bicycles to wheelchairs

The Wheelchair Aid Project now involves hundreds of people (ABC News: Tom Forbes)

Some of you might have seen the moving story on ABC National TV last Sunday night about the Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise’s converting old bikes to homemade wheelchairs for disabled children in developing countries.

Wheelchair Aid Project co-founder Daryl Sanderson said he and Des La Rance, both Rotarians, started the project together with a third person  21 years ago after one of them travelled to Fiji and saw children immobilised by their disability. Since then more than 7,000 wheelchairs have been built and shipped to 31 countries including Vietnam, Vanuatu, Cambodia and Nigeria. He has seen first-hand the impact the wheelchairs have on people’s lives. ‘Having been to quite a few countries and just seeing the look on the kids’ faces,’ he said. ‘So I get a lot of pleasure out of that.’

Now more than 550 people involved directly and indirectly in the international operation, including prisoners from the Palen Creek Correctional Facility at Strathpine who make about 30 wheelchairs a month and source bicycles. The wheelchair design has changed over the years with air-filled tyres now replaced with foam tubing, which makes the chairs puncture proof.




Narooma Rotary Beacon 19 April 2018

Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone

President Bob presented Pride of Workmanship Awards last Thursday to Kyle Snell (Meads ABC Bakery), Debbie McDougall (IRT Dalmeny) Madeline McCauley (Surfbeach Café) Janette Fitzpatrick (Estia Health) and Deb Ebbott (IRT at Home).

We had a great night last Thursday celebrating the achievements of loyal and hardworking employees at our annual ‘Pride of Workmanship Award’ dinner. One of the great things Rotary does is to recognise the work and achievements of individuals in our community, Pride of Workmanship gives us the opportunity to say thank you to those who make a difference in our local businesses.

The Oyster Festival is not far away and we have agreed to have the food van in operation at the Friday night community event. Last year we were run off our feet feeding the hungry hordes, let’s hope that this year’s event is just as good, so if you can volunteer for a couple of hours it will be appreciated. The community event will take place at Quota Park on Friday 4 May.

I understand that planning for the Busking Competition is continuing at ‘light speed’ with all sponsor spots sold and entries rolling in. It will be a great event and a wonderful advertisement for our community in general and Narooma Rotary in particular.

Last week Rod, Sandra, Laurelle and I meet to discuss get planning underway for our 60th celebrations. We plan to have a gala dinner at the golf club on 4 August. I will fill you in with a little more detail on Thursday evening.

In June, Rotary’s Board of Directors and Trustees approved a new vision statement for the organization: “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” To find out more read the article by Stephanie Urchick, chair of Rotary’s Strategic Planning Committee in this week’s Rotary Weekly. Click here to read the article.

Deb Ebbott, a Care Worker with IRT at Home South Coast was obviously thrilled to be presented with her  Award. Megan Gotsalks of IRT at Home was with her.

Have a great week.

Out and about

Pride of Workmanship

Six Narooma businesses recognised their valued employees at our annual Pride of Workmanship Awards last Thursday. President Bob emphasised that the great strength of these awards is it’s not a competition and everyone nominated by their employer receives an award.

Those who received awards this year were:

  • Janette Fitzpatrick (Estia Health)
  • Deb Ebbott (IRT at Home)
  • Debbie McDougall (IRT Dalmeny)
  • Kyle Snell (Meads ABC Bakery)
  • Madeline McCauley (Surfbeach Café)
  • Pete Churchill (Narooma Motors) who was unable to be there to receive his award.

More on Narooma Oyster Festival

Narooma’s Oyster Festival launches with a bang on Friday afternoon 4 May with a free family concert, an extraordinary freestyle motocross display from the FMX Showtime motorbike stunt crew, and fantastic fireworks, all making a great warm up to the big day on Saturday.

Friday’s action starts along from the festival site Quota Park at 4.30pm with the first 20-minute show by what is widely regarded as the most spectacular and experienced freestyle motocross team in Australia. Their second and final show is at 6. In between local musicians will play at Quota Park.

Narooma Oyster Festival’s free Friday evening’s entertainment features the Steve Edmonds Band, the FMX Showtime motorbike stunt crew and a spectacular fireworks display.

Then the Steve Edmonds Band will play until the fireworks at 8; they blend Blues, Rock, Soul and Roots music.

Last year over 1500 turned up on the Friday night; this year organisers anticipate even more but there will be more food stalls. President Bob mentioned we will again provide a barbecue but just on the Friday night. Other food stalls on the Friday night will be  the Oyster Bar, Anton’s seafood, Riverside pizzas, Tilba P & C tacos, the Ice Creamery’s ice creams, local coffee vans and Narooma Public P & C cakes (and glow sticks).

Some background info: Narooma Chamber of Commerce instigated the Oyster Festival as a signature experience to attract people from outside the region. It showcases oysters from eight estuaries on the south coast, one of the world’s most environmentally sustainable oyster growing regions, as well as other local produce and the area’s many features. Saturday’s programme (10-4pm) includes the celebrity chefs’ cooking demonstrations, the Ultimate Oyster Experience, the oyster shucking competition as well as many stalls showcasing local produce especially oysters. This year live music will continue on Saturday to 6pm, as will the bar and Oyster Bar.

Busking Festival

Our Narooma Busking Festival coordinator Sandra Doyle is calling on all buskers to register by 12 May. Already she’s had registrations from Sydney, Canberra and across south-eastern NSW. Narooma regional Busking Championships is part of the Australian National Busking Championships (ANBC).

Publicity has gone out this week to this effect, highlighting that the first to register was Narooma guitarist Eddie Tierney and among the first was Felicity Dowd of Bega who made her busking debut in Narooma last year.

Sandra said last year’s Festival was a huge success with 57 buskers performing at many busking hot spots around town. ‘This year we’re expecting even more buskers to compete for over $9,000 in prize money from our wonderful sponsors, and we have many more busking hot spots around town,’ she said. Major sponsors Narooma Golf Club will sponsor the $1,000 People’s Choice prize and host the finals, Club Narooma will sponsor the $1,000 Opens Champion, and Easts 4 Holiday Park will sponsor $500 for the Best Band as well as the Registration Office.

Winners from the regional events can compete in the National Grand Final in Cooma in November.