Narooma Rotary Beacon 21 February 2019


Rod’s Ramble

The highlight of the week was the Joint Meeting at Moruya last Wednesday to hand over the proceeds of the Race Day fundraiser. Eight of us were there to see the Race Day Committee present Muddy Puddles with $20,000. See below for full details.

We celebrated Rotary’s 114th birthday

Cutting Rotary International’s cake celebrating 114 years at last week’s joint meeting at Moruya were Moruya Rotary President Ward Hack, Batemans Bay President Alan Russell and Narooma President Rod Walker. The ‘knife’ was a 150-year-old Royal Navy dirk presented to junior officers, purchased by Ward, a former Australian Naval officer.

This Saturday 23 February marks Rotary’s 114th birthday, but we celebrated it a little prematurely at Moruya last week. It’s worth remembering our humble beginnings.

Rotary was the world’s first service club and was founded on 23 February 1905 when lawyer Paul Harris and three friends met in a small office in downtown Chicago. These men wanted to rekindle the spirit of friendliness they had known in their home towns. Word of the club soon spread and others were invited to join. They named their new club “Rotary” to describe the practice of meeting in rotation at the members’ various places of business.

Originally formed for fellowship, the first Rotary club quickly evolved to use the talents and resources of its members to serve the community. By the end of 1905, the Rotary Club of Chicago had 30 members. Three years later a second club was established in San Francisco, California, USA. The next year three more clubs were established on the west coast and a fourth in New York City. Within a few years other groups formed service clubs based on the Rotary model. It’s currently -6 deg C in Chicago. They were brave souls back then.

I have two outstanding requests for assistance. If you can help, please let me know this week.

  1. I need someone to help me mark out NATA Oval for the market. All our usual markers are away.
  2. I also have received an application form for the Oyster Festival. Do we want to participate? Who would like to manage this if we do?


Our first guest speaker for 2019 is Di White who will speak about Monty’s Place in Narooma. Di is the Volunteer Coordinator at Monty’s and acts as ‘Front of House’ in the dining room. She will talk about the value of volunteers and the growth of support networks around Monty’s Place. Please remember to let me know if you are bringing guests this week (Bob is away).

A date for your diary. The annual battle for the Cinders trophy is on Wednesday 12 June in Moruya. Dust off those encyclopaedias. The trophy last year was awarded to both clubs in a draw.

The Week that Was

The combined meeting at Moruya

At the presentation of donations particularly from the Rotary Moruya Race Day were Moruya Jockey Club President Peter Atkinson, left, Rotary Race Day committee Chairman David Ashford and Muddy Puddles Finance Manager and a founding member of Muddy Puddles Anne Minato and Muddy Puddles CEO Cate McMath.

Our three Eurobodalla Rotary Clubs and Moruya Jockey Club presented Muddy Puddles Inc with $20,000 last Wednesday, the proceeds from two race days, including the Rotary Christmas Race Day, and raffles.

Moruya Jockey Club President Peter Atkinson said the Race Days show that Rotary and the Jockey Club can work together to deliver wonderful outcomes. “Our combined efforts have not only raised much needed funds for a very worthy cause, they have also raised awareness in our community of the wonderful work done by Muddy Puddles,” he said.

Muddy Puddles is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2014 by a group of concerned parents and community members who wanted more services locally for children with a disability or development delay. It provides therapy, development programmes and individual support to children and young people with a disability across the Eurobodalla Shire.

These funds will support Muddy Puddles’ Jump Up programme this year which provides young children not currently funded with immediate access to fully qualified therapists and educators, and supports families in accessing the services they need.

Rotary Race Day Committee chairman David Ashford said this was the sixth Rotary Race Day. “In that time we have raised $119,000 that has also supported the Oncology Unit at Moruya Hospital, installed 12 defibrillators across the shire and made donations to the Shire’s four surf clubs.” David paid tribute to Moruya Jockey Club, to the ongoing enthusiasm and hard work of the Race Day committee, and to the willing volunteers from Rotary, their partners and friends, and from Muddy Puddles. He also thanked the raffle and race sponsors. “‘We cannot complete these events without everyone’s help and support,” he said.

Muddy Puddles CEO Cate McMath thanked Rotary and Jockey Club. “We could not do what we are doing without your support and the commitment of the local community,” she said. “That community spirit keeps Muddy Puddles going and in turn Muddy Puddles gives back to the community.”

Cate also praised Member for Bega Andrew Constance, who had earlier addressed the meeting, for his ongoing support and in accessing funding for them to build their new Therapy Centre. Andrew spoke about the importance of early intervention and the huge impact on families of having someone with a disability.

At Moruya last week, Lynn Hastings, Chris O’Brien and Ang Ulrichsen

Drought Relief

The Combined Districts (9700 and 9710) Drought Relief Committee, made up of members of both districts, has been meeting weekly to organise the distribution of donations from the combined RAWCS, National Farmers’ Federation and Channel 9 Today Drought Relief Appeal.

Our DG Margaret Hassall is one of the committee’s project managers; PDG PDG Phil Armstrong of the RC Moruya is also on the committee. With Bega Valley Shire a Drought Declared Area, several committee members met recently with the presidents of the RC of Bega, Merimbula and Pambula, AG Bill de Jong as well as Mayor of Bega Valley Shire Kristy McBain. 

Narooma Rotary Beacon 14 February 2019

Rod’s Ramble

Youth night last week – Sandra Doyle, left, counsellor to Alicia Bate, and Tahlia Arnold and Lynda Ord

It was great to start back at Rotary last week with such a good vibe. It was our Youth Night and we were joined by four young people. One was Alicia Bate is our 2018 Rotary Scholar who begins at Charles Sturt University at Wagga Wagga this year, and another was Tahlia Arnold who also received funds from the Club to assist her with her first year at Wollongong Uni last year, as well as some for this year. We also received an email from this year’s recipient Cassidy Ker thanking us for her award.

Andrew Thomas, Deputy Principal of Narooma High School, his daughter and another Narooma High student joined us. Hopefully we can build on this relationship with the school in the future to ensure that the young people of Narooma have the opportunity to participate in Rotary’s many Youth Programs.

Now it’s time to look forward. I am more confident about the Club’s future now that we have President’s in place for the next two years. David McInnes for 2019-20 and Rolf Gimmel for 2020-21. David’s first official duty will be the Foundation Seminar which I will also attend on Saturday 2 March at Ulladulla. This will be quickly followed by PETS and the District Assembly at the end of March.

Our next major activity is the February Market and John will circulate a roster this week. If you can help, please put your name on the roster. We will also need some assistance marking out NATA Oval . If you have some experience in this can you please contact me ASAP.

The Busking Festival Committee had their first full meeting, chaired by our new coordinator John Rungen with Chris, Laurelle, Lynda, Lynn, Sandra and John Doyle, Heather Ferguson and Jenni French (nee Aston). Chris has already secured $8,000 in sponsorship. It’s good to see so many getting involved especially Club Friend Heather and Jenni. If you want to help, please contact John Rungen. The Committee meets again on Thursday 21st February 5.00pm at the Golf Club.

Clean Up Australia Day is approaching. This year it will be on Sunday 3rd March in the morning. We will concentrate on our normal area between the Bridge and Apex Park. There has been some interest in participating but I need someone to register the site and liaise with the Shire contact. If you can help out let me know ASAP.

THIS WEEK:  Joint meeting at Moruya

Remember there is no meeting in Narooma this Thursday. Instead eight of us will join friends from Moruya and Bateman’s Bay Clubs in Moruya as well as Moruya Jockey Club to make a joint presentation from the Christmas races to our 2018 charity, Muddy Puddles. The meeting is expected to be chaired by Assistant Governor Alan Russell.

The final sum will be announced on the night. Should be a big night; Moruya Club is expecting a possible 80 people.This is the sixth year we have been involved with Moruya Jockey Club. In that time, the combined efforts of the four organisations  have raised $119,000; that money has supported the Moruya Oncology Unit, 12 defibrillators in our three towns, the four Surf Life Saving Clubs, and now Muddy Puddles.

Out and About

Men’s Shed finds new home

Great jubilation last Friday with the lease signing at the old Scouts’ Hall for a new home for the group. Note in the front row our very own delighted Peter Hartley.

Laurelle represented the Club at last Friday’s lease signing for a new home for the Men’s Shed in front of over 60 people including NSW Transport Minister and Member for Bega Andrew Constance and Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes. The site is next to Narooma Scout Hall on land owned by the NSW Government adjacent to the corridor for the proposed Narooma bypass. The Bypass proposal dates back to the 1950s. NSW Roads and Maritime has leased the site to Council which has then sub-leased it to the Men’s Shed. The lease is for 15 years with a five-year option.

Since 2012, Narooma Men’s Shed has leased temporary facilities in Glasshouse Rocks Road but that lease expires later this year. The Men’s Shed, with around 50 active members, persistently lobbied Council for many years to help them find a long term home.
They intend building three sheds on the leased site and, through an agreement apparently yet to be finalised with the Scouting Association, use the old Scout Hall as their lunch room. Their idea is that the Men’s Shed will maintain the building but make it available for other uses. The group has already over $100,000 set aside for the project, with an anticipated extra $100,000 needed to complete it. They are now working towards DA approval. 
You might recall that the Scout Hall was Narooma Rotary’s first major project. It was built in 1959/1960 by Narooma Rotarians using recycled timber from renovations to Hyland’s Hotel (the bottom pub). That was in Bill Smyth Senior’s year as President. Over the years, the Club has also donated significant funds to assist local Scouts buy equipment.

From our Archives: at the Scout Hall in 2008 for the filming of our Narooma Rotary Projects film for our 50th were those who helped build the Hall, Narooma Rotary Foundation members George Barker, left, and Neville Gough. Also taking part were former Narooma Rotarians Norm Hoyer and Ron Constable with film director Laurelle.

Christmas Races Charity for 2019

Ideas are now being canvassed for an appropriate beneficiary of the proceeds of the 2019 Charity Race Day. The main criteria are that it can be readily identified as a joint Rotary and Jockey Club project, plus benefit Eurobodalla Shire as a whole. If you have an idea, please forward it to Rod and include a few words about why you are suggesting it.

Melbourne will host 2023 RI Convention

Melbourne will host the 2023 Rotary International Convention on 27-31 May 2023. It is expected to attract over 20,000 delegates making it the largest Conference held in Melbourne since the previous RI Convention in 1993. It will use the Rod Laver Arena and the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

It is a Multi-District project initiated by RC Melbourne and D9800.  A delighted Melbourne President  Robert Fisher said, “This is fantastic news for Rotary in our part of the world”. The RI Board selected the Melbourne bid last month. The bid was put together by ‘a partnership’ between the Melbourne Convention Bureau, Districts 9800/ 9810/ 9820/ 9790/ 9780 and RC Melbourne

Theme 2019/2020 ‘Rotary Connects the World’

RI President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for 2019-20 is Rotary Connects the World. He asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.

He said Rotary is built on connection. “When Paul Harris came to Chicago as a young lawyer, he formed Rotary for one compelling reason: to help him connect to others in a new city. More than a century later, we have at our disposal countless ways to form friendships and networks, most of which Paul Harris never dreamed.

“Yet Rotary’s ability to connect us remains unique and unrivalled. Through its distinct mission and structure, Rotary International provides a way to connect to our communities, to network professionally, and to build strong and lasting relationships.”

Narooma Rotary Beacon 7 February 2019

David McInnes for President!

Great news that David McInnes has put up his hand to be President of Narooma Rotary Club 2019-2020. He will be a wonderful president and will have the full support of members.

David McInnes as MC of Narooma’s Australia Day Ceremony

David recently did a wonderful job as MC for Narooma’s Australia Day ceremony on the 25th at Narooma Golf Club. David has also joined Narooma’s Australia Day Committee.

It must be the first time for many years that our Club not only has an incoming president but also a President Elect for 2020-2021 (Rolf Gimmel) at this early stage. The Club’s future is looking bright.


This week is our first night back after the break and of course our Youth Night. Joining us will be our 2018 Narooma Rotary Tertiary Scholarship winner Alicia Bate who had a gap year last year including working in the United States. It will be interesting to hear about her gap year and her plans for studying for a Bachelor of Animal Science at Charles Sturt University with hopes to transfer to a Bachelor of Veterinary Science/Veterinary Biology. 

Also joining us will be Tahlia Arnold who received a one-off scholarship for 2018 of $3,000. Last year Tahlia completed her first year studying Psychology at the University of Wollongong with outstanding results. The Board late last year decided to give Tahlia an additional $1,000 scholarship for 2019.

Out and about since last meeting

Fish ‘n Chips

It was great to catch up with many members at the Fishing Club and enjoy fish and chips from the newly opened Inlet. Here are a few photos.

2019 Tertiary Scholar

President Rod presented Cassidy Kerr with the 2019 Narooma Rotary Club Tertiary Scholarship at Narooma’s recent Australia Day Awards. Cassidy will do a double degree in Law and Psychology at the University of Wollongong.

Unfortunately Cassidy won’t be able to join us for our youth night this week because she has already headed to Wollongong to get sorted ready for the start of university.

Interestingly Cassidy is the 29th student from Narooma High who Rotary has helped pursue their studies and achieve their dreams. That assistance now totals over $248,000. The scholarship is awarded from a trust fund established from a bequest by the late Alexander Birch which is now being topped up from other fundraising activities, including the recent Duck Race.

This year we have four students receiving scholarships – Melanie Miller (2016), Sabine Kildea (2017), Alicia Bate (2018) and now Cassidy (2019).

Duck Race attracted crowds and a Big Duck

What a great event thanks to Charmaine White’s great organisation and our wonderful team of willing helpers. Narooma Bridge was packed with onlookers as the 1,000 ducks leapt off the bridge for the start our great Rotary Australia Day Duck Race, watched by a newly arrived Big Duck from China.

The winning duck 124 was held by Merilyn Blakeman of Leeton who won $1,000. The last duck was 607 held by Michael Madden of Dubbo who won $100.

Duck race coordinator Charmaine and Chief Duck Ange hold the winning ducks.

Charmaine and President Rod thanked everyone who made the Duck Race such a fun event – supporters who bought tickets, the hundreds of spectators, duck droppers and duck collectors who came in a flotilla of various craft and included Rotary friends and Eurobodalla paddlers, as well as lifesavers from Narooma Surf Life Saving Club.

Proceeds this year will go towards the Club’s Tertiary Scholarship fund. The Club will also make donations to Narooma Surf Club in appreciation of their assistance and to Bermagui CRABS (Cancer Research Advocate Bikers) who lend us the ducks.

Clean Up Australia – Sunday 3 March

Clean Up Australia Day(s) are fast approaching over the weekend of 2-3 MARCH. Normally our Club cleans from Narooma Bridge to the Apex Park Boat Ramp. Is anyone  willing to lend a hand ? We will have to register.

Eurobodalla’s Clean Up Project Officer Maree Cadman says Council supports the Clean Up Australia Day program by assisting with campaign promotion, group coordination, and the pickup and disposal of rubbish.  It is not a Council run event; Clean Up Australia provides Public Liability cover for volunteers officially registered with Clean Up Australia.

Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA)

This great programme will be held on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd April at Moruya Jockey Club. It targets pre-learner drivers from Eurobodalla Shire’s five high-schools (so Year 11 students) and is run by Batemans Bay Rotary in conjunction with Moruya and Narooma Clubs.

We normally provide a few members who help on the day Narooma High students attend as well as pay for the bus for Narooma High students.  At this stage RYDA coordinator Neil Simpson is not sure which day will involve Narooma High. Can anyone help?

RYDA is an opportunity for students to learn and talk about how they will function as a driver or a passenger. The RYDA programme is written and resourced by Road Safety Education (RSE) Ltd ( and is presented to students from 600 schools across Australia. The theme of the day is ‘My Life, My Choices’ and covers a broad range of topics including hazard perception, fatigue, stopping distances, vehicle safety and the opportunity to listen to and speak with a crash survivor.

RYDA is a significant youth project for our clubs and particularly involves Batemans Bay and Moruya members in organising the days and in catering, as well as Council, Moruya Jockey Club and Coastal Auto Group.

OAM awards – Fred Fawke and Griffiths

You have no doubt caught up with the fact that the Griffiths of the Kinema both won the Order of Australia (OAM) in the recent national Australia Day awards (see last week’s Independent and this week’s Narooma News.

Rotary’s own Fred Fawkes also received an Order of Australia General Division for services to the community of Canberra. We have all seen Fred in action in ShelterBox and RAWCS but when you read the full citation, these are only a fraction of his community involvements, now and over the years since he retired as a Superintendent in the Federal Police Force. Heartiest congratulations Fred!

Narooma Rotary Beacon 17 January 2019

Happy New Year!

Rod’s Ramble

We had ‘ a merry little Christmas’ party at Casey’s in December – a good time was had by all.

I hope the holiday season has been good to you and you have caught up with family and friends. Jennifer and I did something different this year and spent Christmas and New Year on a cruise to the South Pacific.

As Rotarians we have a busy time ahead starting with our informal meeting on Thursday in Quota Park followed by the annual Duck Race on 26th January and the Market on the 27th. These events will need all our support so if you can help please respond to any requests from John Doyle or Charmaine for assistance.

Our first meeting back on the 7th February is a youth night.

The next meeting scheduled for 14th February has been replaced with a joint meeting of Moruya, Bateman’s Bay and Narooma Rotary Clubs on Wednesday 13th February to present the Race Day proceeds to Muddy Puddles. Details closer to the event. Please try and make this night as it is one of the few opportunities we have to interact with other clubs. If we have a good response we can organise carpooling.

Our first guest speaker of the year is on Thursday 21st February when Di White, the Volunteer Coordinator at Monty’s Place, will talk about the value of volunteers and the growth of support networks around Monty’s.

The date of  the Cinders Trivia night in Moruya  is still to be finalised and preparations for the Busking Championships will ramp up towards the 25th May. Again please respond to calls for assistance from our Busking Co-ordinator, John Rungen, as they arise.

I hope to organise at least one vocational visit around the time of our Pride of Workmanship presentations on 11th April. If you have any ideas for a vocational visit let me know. I would also like to organise some social events.

Whew, the last five months of my tenure are going to be busy. It’s also going to be a critical time for the future viability of our Club. While not impossible, it would seem implausible that we could continue to operate without a President. I am appealing to someone to please step forward. Plenty of support is available so don’t let a lack of experience or confidence stop you.

As Mark Twain said,  “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you didn’t do’’. Rod

Coming Up

THIS THURSDAY 17th: Watch the sunset and enjoy fish and chips

Our first get-together for the year is in Quota Park (near the Inlet) this Thursday evening for nibbles and wine (BYO) from 6pm, and then fish and chips from The Inlet (buy your own). Best bring a chair and maybe throw in a small foldup table just in case it’s needed.

This will also be a chance to finalise arrangements for the Duck Race on Saturday 26th and the roster for the markets on Sunday 27th.

Look forward to seeing you then.

Duck Race Saturday 26th

Our Duck Race coordinator Charmaine has worked out that we should drop the 1,000 ducks off Narooma Bridge about 3.30pm on Saturday the 26th. She needs our help from 3pm to get organised.  

We still have tickets to sell and still need ticket sellers for some slots in front of Dalmeny and Narooma IGAs. Charmaine will fill us in on Thursday when we meet in Quota Park. Tickets are also on sale at Narooma Dental Surgery during surgery business hours.

As always, the first duck across the finishing line wins $1,000; the last duck $100. Proceeds this year go towards our Tertiary Scholarship Fund for students from Narooma High. We also make donations to Narooma Surf Club in appreciation of their assistance and to Bermagui CRABS (Cancer Research Advocate Bikers) who lend us the ducks.

Narooma’s top ticket selling team of Murphy and Michael O’Connor at the markets.

The month that was…

Rotary Christmas Races

Rotary Christmas Races on Sunday 23 December were a great success, well attended and enjoyed great weather. This was a combined effort of Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma clubs, with special thanks to Moruya Jockey Club and its manager Brian Cowden for making the event possible. This year’s local charity that will benefit is Muddy Puddles.

Chief Rotary Race Day coordinator was Batemans Bat Rotarian David Ashford. Our Club was unable to provide  helpers on the day, but we contributed the proceeds of our Whale Watching Raffle ($1,735.85) , along with Michael’s efforts of selling Race Day raffle tickets  ($925.90) making a total of $2,660.85 from Narooma towards Muddy Puddles.

Over $1,000 worth of raffle tickets were sold on the day, thanks to Rotarians and friends and Muddy Puddles helpers.  Batemans Bay Rotarians also collected donations at the gate. Raffle prize winners were:  Bronwyn Geppert (Batemans Bay Rotary) the $2,000 travel prize, Chris Smith the Moruya Jockey Club Hospitality Package, Estelle Bamman of Moruya  the Wallabies Jersey, Helen Spears from Albury the Chainsaw donated by Moruya Mitre 10 and Lyn Spanomanolis a Muddy Puddles supporter won the hand-made quilt. 

Muddy Puddles is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2014 by a group of parents of disabled children who were having to travel great distances to find support services. It’s run by CEO Cate McMath and a staff of part time helpers and volunteer support. Its clientele is divided into groups aged 0 to 6 and 7 to teenage. The average number of children under treatment is around 80 to 90 per month. It has a new therapy centre that opened in late 2018

December’s Bumper Markets

What a great markets in December! Lots of happy people and such a great vibe.  Great work Markets manager Chris O’Brien and all the team who help make the markets such a success. Takings were: Gate $1,953.50; van $1,157.60 (hugely busy); wishing well $385.55; and sales of duck race tickets$ 591.00.

Sandra Doyle, Robyn Miller and Lynn Hastings in the van.
BBQ team of Bob Aston, John Rungen, John Doyle, David McInnes and Geoff Robin.

Young students immersed in science

The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is now underway in both Canberra and Brisbane. It’s a fantastic 12-day residential program that gives students from across Australia a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and encourages continued studies in these fields.  

Unfortunately our Club has been unable to attract any Narooma students from even applying for NYSF in recent years.

During the 12-day forum, participants visit science and technology related laboratories and facilities, go on site tours, listen to lectures, take part in workshops, go to social events and participate in group activities that improve communication and presentation skills. They also take part in sessions on entrepreneurship, critical thinking, how to work together effectively, and more. The focus is not solely on academic achievements, but on developing well-rounded individuals with the skills and confidence to determine their futures.

Applications open soon for the 2020 NYSF. Hopefully this time some Narooma students will seize this fantastic opportunity.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 13 December 2018

This will be the last Narooma Beacon until mid-January. However we will be quite busy in the interim.

The Week that Was

President Rod as well as several others were away last Thursday; we had 14 members with Vice President Laurelle in the chair.

Our newest Rotarian Robyn Miller gave her first international toast which was to Rotary’s impressive contribution over many years to the eradication of polio worldwide. [Ang is working on having another film night at the Kinema as a polio eradication fundraiser, probably mid-2019.]

Laurelle organised two rounds of Trivia – one was a ‘Who’s who’, the second round was a combination of local historical and Christmas trivia. Chris O’Brien was the winner, with Lynda Ord a close second.

We combined some happy moments e.g. Mike’s diversion to Young on a recent road trip to pick up some baseball caps emblazoned with ‘Young’ (guess what’s in the family’s Christmas stockings this year) with hearing about one of the many highlights of Ang’s recent European trip – a visit to the wonderful Mont St Michel. Meanwhile Charmaine was busy enlisting the help of members to sell duck tickets (proceeds will top up our scholarship fund).

This Thursday night is our AGM

During the AGM, former President Bob Aston will present his annual report for 2017-2018 which was a very successful year. We will then try and finalise our Board for 2019-2020. At the stage of going to press we still had no nomination for President.

Tahlia Arnold completes first year Uni

You may remember that last December the Club awarded Alicia Bate the 2018 Tertiary Scholarship; she’s been on a gap year this year. The panel was also so impressed with another candidate Tahlia Arnold and her desire to do well at university, they awarded her a one-off scholarship of $3,000 for 2018.

Tahlia has now completed her first year studying Psychology at the University of Wollongong with fantastic results. During this week, Lynda Ord received this wonderful note from Tahlia.

Dear Lynda,

I hope you have been well. I’ve been studying really hard this semester, with 5 subjects and 5 exams (and little time for breaks!) I got my results back just the other day and Ithought you’d like to hear them: ENGL131 82/D, INDS130 83/D, PHIL151 82/D, PSYC12274/C, and PSYC123 89/HD

My family and myself are very proud of my marks, especially my stats result (a HD!). I’ve been taking some Indigenous Studies electives, and hopefully, I will soon be able to claim a minor in either Indigenous Studies or Australian Studies. I think that will be a nice bonus to my Psychology major. 

I’ve made quite a few friends at International House, and I’m pleased to say that some will be staying at iHouse again next year, so I’ll have a good group of friends to hang out with again. Some have even invited me to stay at their homes in Japan! One day in the future, I’ll take them up on their kind offer.

Finally, I’d like to say that none of this would have been possible if you and the kind people at Rotary hadn’t considered me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! First year of uni complete!! 🙂 

A wonderful outcome and big smiles all around! The Board decided this week to award Tahlia an additional $1,000 in recognition of her outstanding results. Hopefully she can join us at our Youth Night in February.

Drought Relief Appeals

The Drought Relief Appeal launched by Rotary Australia, the National Farmers’ Federation and Channel 9 in August raised over $10m to support drought-stricken farmers. The appeal closed at the end of September. The donations were administered by Rotary Australia and distributed to farmers in need with the help of the National Farmers’ Federation.

Funds were distributed  through the CWA, Rotary districts, the Salvation Army and Drought Angels and were used to purchase fodder and stock water, assist with household expenses and also support mental health services.

Moruya Rotarians meanwhile raised $6,000 in their own Drought Relief Project which was distributed to 20 farming families in the West Wyalong area known to be doing it tough, with the assistance of West Wyalong Rotary. Each family received a $300 gift certificate purchased in the West Wyalong business area.  Not only did Moruya Club help the farmers but they were also supporting local business. 

Coming Up

This Friday, Christmas Carols on NATA Oval

Thank you to those who volunteered to man the van at Narooma’s Christmas Carols this Friday evening 6.30-9.30pm – John Doyle, Lynn Hastings, John Rungen, Mike Young and Aish Stanley. Should be good.

 Scholarship interviews this Saturday

This Saturday, our three-member panel which includes President Rod will interview the seven students from Narooma High who have applied for the 2019 Rotary Tertiary Scholarship. Then it’s on to the party!

Club Christmas Party this Saturday night

The Christmas party at Casey’s Café this Saturday night gets underway at 6.30pm. If you haven’t already paid, please pay online before Saturday night; it just makes the night a lot easier. Some wine will be provided by the Club; if you want beer or spirits, please bring your own.

The Club then goes into recess for a few weeks with no formal meetings until 7 February but we will still be out and about in our community.

Markets Friday 27 December

Our Markets Manager Chris O’Brien reports bumper bookings for the holiday markets on Friday 27h December, with a variety of stalls including many new ones. Everyone who will be around has put their names down for the roster; we should be very busy. We will also push our Australia Day Duck Race tickets.

Sunset, fish and chips Thursday 17 January

Our first get-together in 2019 will be in Quota Park for nibbles from 6pm Thursday 17 January and then take-away fish and chips from The Inlet. Best bring a chair and maybe throw in a small fold-up table just in case it’s needed.

This will be chance to finalise arrangements for the Duck Race on Saturday  26th and the roster for the markets the following day.

Back to the Golfie

Our first meeting back at the Golf Club in 2019 will be our Youth Night on Thursday 7 February when we will hopefully get to meet our 2019 Rotary Tertiary Scholar. We’re hoping we might also have as guests some of our previous scholarship winners (depends on work commitments and return to uni arrangements).

Have yourself a merry little Christmas and a safe one.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 6 December 2018

The Week that was

It was wonderful to have Narooma Golf Club’s Event Manager Julie Bradley join us for dinner last week and to receive a Certificate for the Golf Club. This expressed our appreciation for working closely with us to ensure our meetings run smoothly each week. Julie is our ‘go to’ person for our meetings.

President Rod presents a certificate of appreciation to Narooma Golf Club, received by the Club’s Event Manager Julie Bradley

It was all ‘go’ last Thursday at the Golf Club for Narooma High’s Year 10 formal. The students looked fabulous and so grown up, including Julie’s daughter. Julie left us early to join in the festivities upstairs.

Rod had a busy night seeking our input on various matters, including recruiting the 2019-2020 Board. However, we still lack a President for the next year…

Our International Toast last week was to the Rotary Club of the Orkneys which meets at Kirkwall for lunch.

Narooma Rotary Tertiary Scholarship

As members are aware, the Club offers a Tertiary Scholarship to a student from Narooma High to attend university or other tertiary study after they have completed the HSC. The scholarship is valued at $9000.00 over three years. It is funded from a bequest made to the Club many years ago; from time to time the scholarship is also supplemented with funds from our Charity Account.  Proceeds from the 2019 Australia Day Duck Race will go to the Scholarship Fund.

This year, seven students from Narooma High have applied for the Scholarship; each applicant submitted a written application, a CV and a copy of their last school report and their school reference. Students will be interviewed for the Scholarship on 15 December; the winner will be announced at Narooma’s Australia Day celebration.

Eurobodalla Rotary Christmas Race Day

A big thank you to Michael O’Connor who has been busy selling raffle tickets to support the major beneficiary of the Christmas Race Day, Muddy Puddles. He has been selling them in front of IGA and at the last markets. Michael with the help of Murphy sold 27 books raising over $920.00 to help Muddy Puddles – a great effort.  Michael of course attributes his success to Murphy’s salesmanship.

Another sign, on a lighter (but serious) note…

This is a translation of a French church notice, courtesy 
(via Lee) of the Moruya Rotary newsletter  …

When you enter this church it may be possible thatyou hear ‘the call of God’. However, it is unlikely that He will call you onyour mobile. Thank you for turning off your phones. If you want to talk to God,enter, choose a quiet place and talk to Him. If you want to see Him, send Him a text while driving.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 29 November 2018

The Week that Was

Noel Trevaskis OAM is always an inspiring speaker and as our special guest last week he did not disappoint.

Lynda Ord did her research well for her task of introducing Noel, listing his extraordinary achievements over 21 years in Rotary. Most recently (2016-2018) he was the Director on the Board of Rotary International representing Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Indonesia and the South Pacific Islands.

It was fascinating to hear from Noel about ‘the process’ of RI Board meetings extending sometimes over two to three weeks. The papers to read before these meetings were usually over 600 pages.

However, Noel particularly struck a chord with many of our members when he spoke about membership. He said there has been a dramatic drop in membership in Australia and New Zealand as well as an increase in age, and a ‘turning over’ of members about every 10 years. In contrast, he said places like India ,Asia and Africa have had a tremendous growth in membership, largely because of ‘the status’ of being a Rotarian. Noel said unfortunately in some places this has occasionally led to corruption to secure executive positions in clubs.

So, his suggestions on how to retain members?

  • Don’t focus on fundraising, but rather on community service. Noel said people join Rotary because they want to do something for their community, meet new people and make new friends, not to raise funds. Look for good community projects.
  • Be more inclusive of everyone at a meeting. Don’t always sit with the same people. This in particular prompted discussion among members.

We also welcomed Eleanor and Geoff Robin’s friends to our meeting.

Our international toast – to the Rotary Club of Aston

Bob Aston toasted the Rotary Club of Aston in Birmingham – obviously trying to find his roots in ‘the Mother Country’ in preparation for his next trip overseas. The RC of Aston meets over lunch every second and fourth Wednesday of the months at the Aston Villa Football Club.

Bob noted that Birmingham also has Aston University in the city centre. It began as the Birmingham Municipal Technical School in 1895,evolving into the UK’s first College of Advanced Technology in 1956. The University today includes medical, business and engineering schools.

Frank and Rolf discuss the intricacies of our tokens for the wheel.

More on signs, courtesy Peter Bull

On a plumber’s truck:  “Don’t sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.”
At a car showroom: “The best way to get back on your feet – miss a car payment.”
Outside a muffler shop: “No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.”

More on signs, courtesy Peter Bull

Narooma Rotary Beacon 22 November 2018

The Week that Was 

Last week

Seventeen Rotarians and guests were at last week’s meeting. Both President Rod and Vice President Laurelle were in Sydney so Bob Aston was in the chair.  Guests were our regular Iris and our guest speaker and Geoff’s wife Dr Eleanor Robin. 

Lynn Hastings thanks Eleanor for her engaging presentation.

Eleanor recently wrote a biography of Captain Charles Swanston called Swanston – Merchant Statesman, launched in Hobart in August. Swanston settled in Hobart in 1829 and was a colourful and fascinating character, becoming one of the most influential men of the time in Hobart Town.

He played a key role in setting up the Derwent Bank and under his leadership attracted a large amount of overseas capital. He was also a member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council.  Swanston also played a significant role in the development of the Port Phillip District, hence the naming of Swanston Street in Melbourne in recognition of his achievements.  

 A large part of Eleanor’s talk was about her research and how she tracked down primary resource material . It was interesting to see photographs of some of those documents.  

Betta Home Living barbecue

Saturday dawned looking overcast and stormy, fortunately the skies cleared in time for us to set up outside Betta to serve sausage sandwiches to the hordes turning up to help celebrate the store’s first birthday in the industrial estate.
Numbers were steady and there was lots of debate about onion on the top or underneath the sausage, but a good time was had by all. It also gave us a chance to again promote Rotary in our community.

Thanks to Liz and Julian Barrington-Smith and their team for purchasing the sausages and bread to sell and for giving us the opportunity to promote Rotary. Thanks also to Chris O’Brien, Ange Ulrichsen, John Rungen, Mal Gray, Peter Bull, Julie Hartley, Bob Aston, Iris and Frank Eden for helping out on the day. Julian and Liz were most appreciative. 

Julian and Liz saw a business opportunity when they moved to Narooma. They believed in Narooma’s regional potential and are now making their vision a reality. They have greatly increased their staff, increased their product range and greatly increased their turnover. They really appreciate the community support they have received.

THIS WEEK IS A PARTNERS’ NIGHT with guestspeaker Past Rotary International Director Noel Trevaskis.

Noel will talk about ‘The Rotary Story; Yours and Mine’.

Noel is currently a member of Narooma’s ‘mother club’, the Rotary Club of Bega. He has had extraordinary Rotary experience being on the Board of Rotary International (2016-2018) representing Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Indonesia and the South Pacific Islands (Zones 7 and 8). Noel was our District Governor 2005-2006, and a past Board member and Chairman of Australian Rotary Health. His own personal story too is extraordinary.

Other news

BowelCare results

Our BowelCare coordinator John Rungen has received a report on the results of the 2018 BowelCare campaign across Rotary Districts 9710, 9685 and 9670. It highlights why we participate and why we should continue to do so.

Of the 15,145 people who participated, 973 (6.4%) returned a positive result requiring follow up; not all would have been bowel cancer. Some interesting comments in the report:

  • Sales were down on previous years, mainly due to the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme increasing their eligible age brackets for the free screening kit.Those 75 and over are not eligible for the free kit.
  • Only 85.5% of people who purchased the kit completed the test.
  • More women than men did the test (59% c.f. 41%) except in the under 40 age bracket.

Eurobodalla Drug Action Team

A Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) has been formed with 12 local organisations looking to tackle the drugs problem in the Shire. This is a follow on from the successful Drugs Meeting in Moruya in April, a combined Rotary clubs initiative which attracted over 200 people to discuss local drug and alcohol problems.

MoruyaRotary (and presumably the Shire’s Rotary Clubs?) is represented by Robert Richmond. He will be providing advice on how Moruya Rotary might be able to support this practical follow up to PP Mike Dent’s Drugs Meeting initiative.

On a lighter side

Spotted by Laurelle in Padstow in Cornwall during her recent travels.

More signs to come, courtesy Peter Bull.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 15 November 2018

Rod’s Ramble

At last week’s meeting we welcomed our newest member Robyn Miller. We look forward to getting to know Robyn more over the coming months and sharing with her our dedication to the ideal of ‘Service above Self’.

New Narooma Rotarian Robyn Miller was welcomed into the Club last Thursday by proposer Ang Ulrichsen and President Rod Walker

We also had our Board meeting and Assembly last week. I would like to share with you important outcomes from the Board meeting. Firstly, the Board agreed to my suggestion to run a President’s Raffle from February 2019. My very clever wife Jennifer has made a quilt and tickets will be sold up to and including the Changeover on 27 June.

The Board also decided to further investigate some community projects for 2019. These are:

  • Upgrade signage at Ringlands Walk and the pamphlet in conjunction with Narooma Historical Society
  • Check out what can be done re the maintenance of Narooma Scout Hall
  • Look at upgrading Buckeridge Lookout
  • Support IRT’s proposal to build a pathway from the bus stop on the corner of Mort Avenue to the top of Ruth Place, parallel to Club Dalmeny.

On the fundraising front we will investigate the viability of a BookFair.

FOR YOUR DIARY: The Board confirmed these dates

It was wonderful to have former member Enid Holmes with us last week. She said she may not be back for a while. Our thoughts are with Enid and Colin.
  • Saturday 17 November – we are running the Narooma Betta Home Living barbecue, as part of its first birthday celebrations and sale from Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 November
  • 25 November – Market
  • 13 December – AGM and last meeting for 2018
  • Tertiary Scholarship interviews in December
  • Saturday 15 December CHRISTMAS PARTY Casey’sCafé 6.30pm $35 per person payable in advance
  • Friday 28 December – Holiday Rotary Market (instead ofSunday 23 December)
  • 18 January – Social event possibly take-away fish and chipsin Quota Park from anticipated newly opened Taylors/The Inlet
  • 26 January – Duck Race – ticket sellers and duck wranglerswill be needed leading up to this day
  •  7 February first meeting for 2019 – Youth Night.

THIS THURSDAY: Our own Eleanor Robin is our guest speaker.

After a lengthy career as journalist and writer, in retirement Eleanor resumed her study of Australian history.  She was awarded a doctorate from the University of Tasmania in 2017.  Based on her thesis, she has written the biography Swanston – Merchant Statesman, launched by Professor Henry Reynolds in Hobart in August.

Eleanor has revived Swanston’s remarkable story from a treasure trove of bank archives, and highlighted his considerable contribution to the economic, political and social life of Van Diemen’s Land and his leading role in Melbourne’s settlement. Should be interesting.

From Moruya Rotary

Moruya Rotarians recently farewelled PP Geoff Fleming. President Ward Hack said ‘It would be wrong to describe his send off as a funeral’; many stories were told of how Geoff was ‘sharp as a tack, generous and funny to the end’.

From Batemans Bay Rotary

Rotarian Peter Wood OAM spoke last week about his role as Chairman of the Batemans Bay Youth Foundation Inc (BBYF), launched in 1994. It is probably the largest educational charity in Southern NSW.  Since 1994, it’s given 195 students grants totaling $593,500. Its mission is to assist Batemans Bay youth to pursue personal development and advancement in their chosen field.

Peter paid tribute to PP Alex Taylor OAM who negotiated a partnership with Batemans Bay Soldiers Club and the RSL Sub-Branch which continues to this day, with control residing with Rotary.

From Bega Rotary

Bega Rotarians are working towards their annual Summer Book Fair which is on 11-13 January at Bega Showground Pavilion. They expect to have over 30,000 books for sale, many left over from their Winter Book Fair. They have two drop off points in Bega, and have EFTPOS facilities.

With our Board looking at the viability of a Narooma Book Fair, might be interesting to see how Bega does it.

Check out Narooma Exhibition

If you haven’t already seen it, do check out the current exhibition in the SoART Gallery by Narooma Historical Society: ‘Narooma Remembers 1918-2018 – Brave Hearts and Smiling Faces’. It’s being very well received around Narooma.

It’s on every day until the 19th, 10am-4pm. It ends at noon on the 20th.