Narooma Rotary Beacon 7 July 2022

Andrew’s Thoughts

Well after the previous week’s excitement, last week was quiet by comparison. The new board met on Friday to review plans for 22/23 and, although not finalised, will be discussed at this week’s Club Meeting.

Frank, our Renewable Energy guru

However the week was dominated by the news of Frank Eden’s sad passing. Frank has obviously been very ill for some while, so while not totally unexpected, his passing is a great loss to his family, his friends, and to Rotary. He was the embodiment of all that is good in Rotary, including being the instigator and main organiser of our very successful Renewable Energy Expos. We will honour him on Thursday. Ange, Chris and Laurelle have taken flowers to Iris from us all.

We celebrated Iris’ birthday in 2019 at Casey’s Cafe and saw Frank the poet. He was subsequently made the Club’s ‘poet laureate’.

On a similar matter, I have been in touch with Tony Butcher. As many know, he has stepped back from Rotary as he battles his cancer up in Sydney. He informed me his treatment is now complete and he awaits the results. He remains in our thoughts.

On those sad notes, I ask us all to reflect and remember our former members.


This Thursday (7 July) is a Club Night with dinner at Narooma Golf Club 6 for 6.30pm. It’s a chance to discuss plans for the year ahead, including plans for our annual Cinders tussle with Moruya Club over all things trivial next Thursday. Plans are for a Christmas in July theme which coincides with Bastille Day, so does that mean Christmas in July with a French theme?

The Week that Was

News from Raichel Brodie

Our 2022 Rotary Tertiary Scholar Raichel Brodie has sent her first semester results through to her counsellor President Andrew. She is studying Bachelor of Psychology at ANU. Her results are outstanding – Psychology HD, Health in the 21st Century HD, Human Biology HD and Self and Society D. Andrew reports Raichel is loving Psychology and probably won’t want to switch to Law at a later stage as she originally thought.  

Raichel is looking forward to interacting with Rotary during her scholarship years. She recently went with Bob Aston to Narooma High to explain the scholarship to Y12 students.

POW awardee wins Regional Award

Dalmeny Long Day Child Care Centre owner Kerry Mault with Teagan Nicholson and VP Ange at the recent Pride of Workmanship Awards

One of our 2022 Pride of Workmanship Awardees Teagan Nicholson is now also an Illawarra and South East Regional Winner in the School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year. Teagan, a Narooma High student, undertook a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care through Early Childhood Training and Professional Development.  This meant she combined doing a national qualification with on-the-job training through Dalmeny Long Day Child Care Centre while completing her HSC. Needless to say Centre owner Kerry Mault is ‘over the moon’.

Incidentally long time POW supporters Erica and Nic Dibden of Tilba Real Dairy are also walking tall after winning a swag of awards at the recent Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Show including a Gold Medal for their full cream unhomogenised milk.

New Hospital Carers’ Accommodation

Moruya Rotary hosted a meeting last Friday to discuss the possibility and feasibility of a long term community project to provide carers’ accommodation at the proposed Eurobodalla Regional Hospital, similar to what happened in Bega. Laurelle Pacey represented our Club at that meeting, due to President Andrew’s and VP Ange’s unavailability at that time. Also present were Cr Rob Pollock, Louise McFadden from NSW Health, Brad Rossiter and Christine Smith from the Eurobodalla Community Consultative Committee, three from Moruya Rotary (President Shirl, Andrew Elek and Steve Young), and David Ashford from Batemans Bay Rotary.

Issues discussed included the need including possible demand for carers’ accommodation for the next 20 years, possible political pressure needed, funding sources, incorporation, a possible name for the community group with the current suggestion being Eurobodalla Regional Hospital Carers Accommodation (ERHCA). The next step is an open public meeting on Friday 5 August at 10.30 am at Moruya Golf Club to gauge community feeling.

Out and About

Non-invasive Bowel Cancer Screenings

With our BowelCare programme currently underway (contact BowelCare Head Office 4341 6695 if you have not yet ordered a kit but want one this year), interesting to see that Australian Rotary Health (ARH) is funding a project that may discover a more effective, non-invasive way to screen for bowel cancer than a colonoscopy.

Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in Australia.  Currently, bowel cancer screenings involve an initial examination of stool, or a faecal occult blood test (using the BowelCare kit), followed by a colonoscopy to investigate and diagnose.

In 1921 PhD candidate Liam Ryan from Deakin University was awarded a PhD Scholarship co-funded by the Rotary Club of Mornington and ARH to conduct research into cell-based (cytological) bowel cancer screening methods. His research scholarship will continue into 2023.


Finally our annual Cinders night with Moruya Rotary Club where we battle it out for the Cinders shield.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 30 June 2022

Andrew’s Thoughts

Our Board 2022-2023 consists of Mike Young, left, Susanna Chung, President Andrew Lawson, Vice President Ange Ulrichsen, Lynn Hastings, Julie Hartley, Gero Mitchell and Laurelle Pacey.

Well, what an amazing way to end our Rotary year! Changeover was a great success with almost 50 people attending – honoured guests including PDG Phil Armstrong and AG Adam de Totth, voluntary agency representatives, plus us and our guests. 

Mike Young, PCFA’s Jim Lloyd, Julie Hartley and President Andrew

There were so many highlights for me to report, but reflecting back on 21/22 it was encouraging what we achieved, surviving Zoom meetings and fully establishing our fledgling Business Breakfast program. The highlight was to establish our Prostate Cancer Support Group (PCSG) and we were honoured that The Hon Jim Lloyd from the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) joined us to receive our first donation for prostate cancer research and support.  As is our tradition, we donated to our local voluntary agencies, recognising the VRA, the Surf Club, Oz Harvest and Marine Rescue – both Narooma and Bermagui. 

David McInnes receives a Paul Harris Fellowship

Then it was on to recognising our own. It was with great pride that I presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to David McInnes for his years of support at the same time as balancing his business and swimming responsibilities, and also for a second time to Rod Walker for all that he does quietly in the background and his very wise counsel.

Rotarian of the Year Julie Hartley

We recognised John Rungen for what he has done over the years as he takes some time off to travel the globe, and also Mike Young for his unstinting support throughout my presidential year. Club Rotarian of the Year was a very close call but went to Julie Hartley who was the seed, the inspiration and a major launch partner behind the PCSG, as well as leading the successful Duck Race Team with a broken wing.

Rod Walker receives his second Paul Harris Fellowship

So to 22/23, the year of the ‘three Rs’ – Review, Reflect and Revise. Whilst I envisage evolution and not revolution, it is time to take stock of what we do, and benchmark our Club against others in D9705. This process may be challenging but it is important we remain relevant for the members of tomorrow. One of the areas for review will be communication, both internally and externally. We are getting there with our Facebook, albeit with more to do, but have a long way to go with our website where Susanna Chung and I have already agreed on a program of review. So our ‘Imagine’ Year motto will be CRAY – Community and communication, Reach into the wider territory, Agencies where we can work collaboratively, and Youth through our scholarship and continuing to work with the High School.

So there’s lots to do. The new Board will meet on Friday to develop our plans for the year and I look forward to reporting back at our Club Night on 7th July.

Meanwhile, as ever, it’s onwards and upwards mes Amis!


Thursday 30 June – no Club Dinner Meeting

Friday 1 July 4.15pm – Planning Meeting of new Board – Narooma Golf Club

The Week that Was

More on our Changeover

In reviewing the past year, President Andrew Lawson said “with everything the year threw at us, I was impressed with the adaptability of our Club”.

Past District Governor Phil Armstrong pointed out 2022-2023 was an extraordinary year for Rotary being the first time a woman has been President of Rotary International (Jennifer Jones). It coincides with women also leading our South Pacific Zone (Dr Jessie Harman) and our District Governor (Geraldine Rurenga).

Last Sunday’s Market

Some of our great Market Team – Robyn miller, Lynn Hastings, Chris O’Brien and Ange Ulrichsen

What a great vibe at Sunday’s Market. Beautiful sunshine after a freezing start, with many happy people. Hats off to all our Market team including some of our Rotary Friends for their efforts.

Eurobodalla RYDA receives national award

Eurobodalla’s Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) programme for High School students received national recognition in receiving the 2022 Toyota Community Award for its outstanding commitment to youth road safety education.

In accepting the award at last week’s Batemans Bay changeover, Eurobodalla RYDA organiser and Batemans Bay Rotarian Neil Simpson said it was “very pleasing to be selected for the community award”. “It’s fitting recognition of the efforts of dozens of Rotarians and community volunteers who willingly give their time and expertise to help with RYDA every year,” he said. “This includes local bus companies, Moruya Jockey Club, driving schools, NSW Police, Eurobodalla Shire Council and the three Rotary clubs.”

In the Eurobodalla, Road Safety Education’s flagship RYDA programme is organised by the combined Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma Rotary Clubs. Since 2008, nearly 3000 Year 11 students from every high school in Eurobodalla Shire have attended the RYDA course to help them be better drivers and passengers. 

Batemans Bay Toyota will financially support RYDA for the next five years ensuring its longevity in the Eurobodalla.

Out and About

From Pambula Rotary

Connecting Communities Australia (CCA) is working with lead partner, the Rotary Club of Pambula, Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast, Pambula-Merimbula Lions Club and Bega Valley Shire Council to deliver a water and sanitation project following the Black Summer bushfires.

The first stage involved a team of local and interstate volunteers working in the Kiah area for two weeks recently. The team constructed two sanitation sheds for families directly impacted. These sheds will provide improved sanitation, water catchment and waste disposal, supporting them to stay or return to their properties. The incidental personal interaction and conversations from this project also provides a valuable connection and outlet for people. This project has seen all partners effectively working together, with teams on-site showing great kindness and generosity and allowing our residents to fully embrace this project.

The second stage of the project will commence in the north of the Bega Valley Shire in July.

From Merimbula Rotary

Merimbula Rotary‘s Board allocated payments from their wishing well at their monthly markets to various charities. February’s went to RAWCS  Tonga Disaster Relief Fund (matched by the Club), March’s to the RAWCS NSW/Queensland Flood Relief Fund, April’s to the Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief Aid Appeal and June’s to Animal Welfare.


Thursday 7 July – Dinner Meeting – Club Night on the year ahead

Narooma Rotary Beacon 23 June 2022

Andrew’s Thoughts

We have had a great Rotary year, despite the ups and downs of Covid, as evidenced by some of our wonderful bridge crew at Rotary’s Great Australia Day Duck Race in January. Shown are David McInnes, VP Ange Ulrichsen and President Andrew Lawson

After a quiet week, we launch headlong into the most important meeting of the Rotary calendar. Yes; it’s Changeover! Thursday is special as we welcome honoured guests, together with our partners and friends, to reflect on this last year with its highs and lows, and to pay tribute to other local voluntary organisations that protect and nurture us daily.

I look forward to précising my annual report, to recognising worthy Rotarians, and to outlining plans for 2022/2023. So I urge you all to come and have a great night celebrating all that is good about our Club.

See you at our Narooma Market on Sunday…

As ever it’s onwards and upwards mes amis!

THIS WEEK – Thursday 23 June

Our CHANGEOVER at Narooma Golf Club 6 for 6.30pm. Cost $45pp (two-course meal, wine on the table). Reservations closed Monday. Look forward to seeing you there.

The Week that Was

Moruya embraces Carers’ Accommodation

Many Moruya Rotarians are enthusiastic about participating in building Carers’ Accommodation for the new Moruya Hospital, similar to what Pambula Rotary initiated for the Bega Regional Hospital. Narooma Rotary contributed towards the Bega project. Moruya Rotary would be the driving force but would require widespread community support over many years including from Narooma and Batemans Bay Rotary Clubs. A site for a future accommodation building has been identified in the master plan for the site but no Government funding has yet been allocated. The $2.3 million project would have $1 for $1 government funding.

Moruya Club has written to the Chief Executive of Southern NSW Local Health Margaret Bennett indicating Moruya’s desire to launch an effort to help raise funds and to facilitate the construction of appropriate carer’s accommodation.

Homeless in the Eurobodalla

Following approaches by the community, including by Moruya Rotary Club, Council has arranged for mobile shower units to arrive at North Head Moruya campground next week. More than 50 people, including working families, are living at the campground because they can’t find affordable rental accommodation. The mobile units will provide hot showers over winter months while longer term options are considered.

While Council considered opening Community halls for shelter, advice from local agencies and peak body Homelessness NSW was that approach is unsafe for people already vulnerable.

Longer-term solutions being explored are Council possibly providing land for tiny homes in a pilot project funded by the Federal government, or building a homeless shelter to be run by a local service.


Thursday 30 June – no Club Dinner Meeting

Friday 1 July 4.15pm – Planning Meeting of new Board – Narooma Golf Club

Narooma Rotary Beacon 16 June 2022

Andrew’s Thoughts

Where does the time go!

Thursday saw a Club Night at the Golfie which turned out to be great fun for all concerned, and included signing off on the Changeover menu and drinks. Thanks to Gero for her culinary input and to Bob for his wise advice on wine. It was really good to see John and Francoise for a second time.

Friday was the combined 21/22 and 22/23 Board Meeting which is always special. It is good to see important cover for our key functions, together with input from new Board members Gero, Julie and Sussana.

On Saturday, Julie, Mike and I met to reflect on the Prostate Cancer Support Group and where we had kicked goals and also where we had missed. We are working on plans for 22/23 and shall update you all in due course.

Changeover will be on the 23rd and is unquestionably the most important date in the Rotary calendar. We already know that many of “the great and the good” will be honouring us with their presence. I urge everyone to come and bring friends and partners for what is a serious but very enjoyable night. I look forward to giving my strategic vision for 22/23 and how we shall ‘Imagine’.

As ever, it’s onwards and upwards mes amis!


No Rotary Breakfast this Thursday (Breakfasts resume 18th August) and nothing else is planned.

The Week that Was

News of Eurobodalla RYDA award

Ange Ulrichsen and Rachel McInnes represented our Club at this year’s RYDA and accompanied Narooma High’s Year 11 students through the day.

Eurobodalla’s Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) team will be presented with a major national award at Batemans Bay Rotary’s Changeover on 23 June  by the National Road Safety Education (RSE) Program Manager and Toyota Australia. The Toyota Community Award for 2022 is for a community’s outstanding support to road safety education; our Eurobodalla RYDA team has been selected for our community support of RYDA over many, many years. Our Narooma Club is a strong supporter.

RYDA is written and resourced by Road Safety Education Ltd (RSE) in Sydney. Every year, RSE and their major partners recognise the contribution of individuals, schools, Police members and community groups with their ‘Supporting Excellence in Road Safety’ Awards. There are only five awards presented for all of Australia and this is one of them.

Eurobodalla’s RYDA targeting Year 11 students is a joint programme between the Bay, Moruya and Narooma Clubs with the Bay’s Neil Simpson as Coordinator.Ange Ulrichsen has been a stalwart of our Club’s commitment to RYDA over the years and she has been invited as our Club’s representative at the presentation. Unfortunately their Changeover is the same night as ours.

Market thankyou

The Club has received a lovely letter from one of our Market stallholders who first came before Christmas and is now permanent because she enjoys selling her Australian-designed and made clothing at our markets so much. She said she looks forward to travelling down from Sydney to participate in our market and enjoy all that Narooma has to offer. She praised the skill and professionalism of market organiser Chris and the team.

Our 2023 Tertiary Scholarship

Bob Aston and President Andrew will give Narooma High Year 12 students an early ‘heads up’ on our 2023 Narooma Rotary Tertiary Scholarship on 30 June. The value of the scholarship has doubled thanks to the generosity of a private benefactor. Interviews with scholarship applicants will be held 17 December.

Moruya ‘Changed-over’ on Tuesday

From Moruya’s last bulletin…Thanks to the efforts of Moruya’s Foundation Director Phil Armstrong, the Club was able to secure $30,000 from the Rotary Clubs of Britain and Ireland Disaster Relief plus $10,000 through the District Bushfire Recovery fund. This money is being directed towards the renovation of Moruya Showground’s kitchen which was a vital facility during the Bushfire evacuation.


Our CHANGEOVER night 6 for 6.30pm at Narooma Golf Club. Cost $45pp. Members and friends have been sent an invitation.  Please ensure you let John know if you are coming and numbers by Monday 20th at the latest.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 9 June 2022

Andrew’s Thoughts

At last year’s Changeover when PP Ange Ulrichsen handed over to President Andrew Lawson

After last week’s ‘down week’ we get back into action with a Club Night on Thursday. This is very much an ‘end of term’ party so let’s have some fun, and share some humorous life experiences!

On Friday we shall have our June Board. This is one of celebration when we thank the retiring members for their efforts, and welcome in the new team who will bring vigour and fresh insight.

Of course, all of this is in preparation for our Changeover on the 23rd. As we all know, this is the most important event of the year where we will be joined by dignitaries, from civil, political, volunteer organisations, and where we can recognise reserving causes with our annual donations. All in all, an evening of Rotary Celebration! So please come along with your partners and friends for what will be a special occasion!


Thursday 9 June 6 for 6.30pm: Club Assembly Dinner at Narooma Golf Club.

Friday 10 June: 4.15pm: Combined meeting of the 2021/2222 and 2022/2023 Boards – Golf Club First Hole (Board Room)

The Week that Was

Moruya ‘changed-over’ on Tuesday

Congratulations to outgoing President Chris Manahan and Board and best wishes to new President Shirley Hayes-Cornish and her Board.

It is interesting to note from Chris’ report that after an Anglicare presentation on Homelessness, the Club donated 20 $100 grocery vouchers to eligible residents. They then initiated a Council-led forum with all the Aid agencies present to work on a hygiene solution for the Homeless, particularly hot showers. Chris was pleased to report that via successful grant funding a laundry system has been formulated for those who are homeless and the hot shower issue has improved.

Thanks also to the efforts of their Foundation Director Phil Armstrong, the Club was able to secure $30,000 from the Rotary Clubs of Britain and Ireland Disaster Relief plus $10,000 through the District Bushfire Recovery fund. This money is being directed towards the renovation Moruya Showground’s kitchen which was a vital facility during the Bushfire evacuation.

All up, Moruya Club contributed almost $59,000 to the community through the year.

Other Changeovers

Batemans Bay’s Changeover is on the same night as ours, Thursday 23rd June.

Bega’s is Thursday 30th.

Merimbula Rotary goes back stage

Merimbula Rotarians on stage in the new theatre in the Twyford Hall Complex. Photo courtesy Merimbula Rotary webpage

Merimbula Rotarians count themselves fortunate to be invited recently to an interesting private tour of the new Twyford Hall Complex, soon to be opened. Twyford Hall has been the heart of Merimbula since 1931, long serving as a space for community events, celebrations, markets, the arts and so much more.   The heritage listed Twyford Hall has been kept and the new modern state of the art theatre complex integrated alongside. Interesting the Hall committee is calling on donations to support the completion of the fitout of the new 199 seat Theatre; donations of $1,000 or more will  cover the cost of installing a seat; each donation will be acknowledged by a small plaque with a name on a seat in the new theatre.


No Rotary Breakfast (Breakfasts resume 18th August) and nothing else is planned.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 2 June 2022

Andrew’s Thoughts

All in all, last week was both enlightening and also important.

Firstly, at the Board on Wednesday we discussed the format for Changeover and also this year’s disbursements. I am delighted that, in addition to many of the past recipients, we’ll be increasing our Scholarship Fund to match further incoming donations, we shall make a substantial donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia for research, and we’re extending our geographical reach by making an award to Marine Rescue in Bermagui. These three initiatives reflect our revised focus and objectives for 2021/22. More about Changeover in a week or two; suffice it to say, this is THE night of our Rotary year.

AG Adam de Totth

Thursday was also very significant as we had our official Governor’s visit from Area Governor Adam de Totth. He has always been a great supporter of Narooma but on this occasion his comments clearly met with a mixed reception. For my part, I made it clear we’re proud that our Club is totally inclusive. He mentioned there will be Constitutional change for our Region of Rotary International and we look forward to understanding what those will be, and how we’ll be impacted. Special congratulations to John Rungen who engaged with John and Francoise at the last market and invited them along last week. Hopefully we’ll see more of them.

I look forward to finalising the Board and the Executive Team for 2022/2023 with the Board at our upcoming meeting.

This week we take a breather but we meet again at our usual Club Night next Thursday after next week’s Board meeting. So, as we bring 2021/2022 to a close, let’s continue onwards and upwards mes amis!


Thursday 2 June: No Meeting

PCSG: Normally first Tuesday in the month, postponed until August.

The Week that Was

NYSF applications are now open

Our Club needs to promote the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) to the High School and wider. It’s a while since anyone from Narooma High has gone to NYSF and our Science students are missing out.

Rotary is the Founding Partner of the NYSF and every year Rotarians continue to support the NYSF Year 12 Program by promoting the opportunity in local communities, managing applications and selection of students and assisting with funding or fund-raising for student fees to attend. Rotarians also volunteer during the NYSF Program in January. NYSF estimates that Rotarians contribute more than 20,000 volunteer hours to the program every year. 

The involvement of local clubs has changed from the past. Students no longer have to be endorsed or sponsored by a Rotary Club to apply to NYSF and District selections are now online.

Polio message reaches Everest Summit

End Polio Now message reaches the summit of Everest, thanks to three members of Ken Hutt’s support team – Joel (Taking photo), Ludmila and Gabriel. Photo courtesy Ken Hutt.

A serious chest infection at Camp 2 forced Berry Rotarian Ken Hutt off Everest last week without achieving his dream of paragliding off the mountain. However, the Polio message did make it to the summit, thanks to three members of his experienced support team.

Ken travelled to Everest intending to fly a paraglider from as high a possible so creating history in the name of Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign. Before leaving Australia, Ken said the success of this mission is not the summiting of the mountain, nor the paragliding from the mountain. “It’s what we can achieve for Polio Eradication, both financially and awareness that Polio still exists… The Fly from Everest Project is merely the conduit for advancing our commitment to the world.”

Ken’s Everest expedition has already raised more than $250,000 for polio, including $500 from our Club, and certainly raised awareness of the End Polio Now campaign.  All expedition members made it safely off the mountain. We can look forward to seeing the documentary by QUT filmmaker Joe Carter.

From Nepal, Ken thanked our club for our support. “If given the opportunity in the near future I would like to visit and convey the thanks from our team in person. Please stay in touch.” For the full story, please check out either or

Out and About

Story behind the 22/23 RI Theme logo

The new RI presidential logo created some discussion at our last Board meeting. ‘Imagine Rotary’ is the theme selected by RI President-elect Jennifer Jones and its origin and that of the logo was explained in an interesting article by Gundula Miethke in Rotary Voices.

PE Jennifer asks Rotary members to dream big and take action.  “We all have dreams, but acting on them is a choice,” she said. “Imagine a world that deserves our best, where we get up each day knowing we can make a difference.” 

The logo was designed by Australian Aboriginal artist and graphic designer Riki Salam who has also created the logo for the 2023 Rotary International Convention to be held in Melbourne, hence the link. Each design element has meaning. The circle in Aboriginal culture signifies our connections to one another. The dots around it represent people; seven for Rotary´s areas of focus. Together they become a navigation star – our guiding light. The solid line underneath represents a digging stick. Gundula explains the artist sees Rotarians as people of action, so it represents a tool for getting things done.

The colours green, purple, and white are not connected to Aboriginal culture and can be interpreted in several ways. Purple, for example, stands for polio eradication, green for the environment (the newest addition to our areas of focus), and white for peace, our core mission. Together, they are the colours of the women’s Suffragette movement and a subtle nod to this history as PE Jennifer will be the first female RI president. Understanding the design certainly gives a much greater appreciation.

From the Bay Rotary

Batemans Bay Rotarians recently welcomed Florin and Cynthia Naguit from the Philippines. The Bay Club had been working with them on a water sanitisation project over the last couple of years. The project had quite a few delays due to Covid, so it was nice that they could come and visit Australia on the finalisation of the project and enjoy a dinner with our club, who helped make this project happen. Florin presented the Bay club with the Dr Jose Rizal Ilustre Award. These national Memorial Awards are for Community Leadership, Government Service, Academe, Clinical Practice, and Research.


Wednesday 8 June 4pm: Combined meeting of the 2021/2222 and 2022/2023 Boards at Lynn Hasting’s home.

Thursday 9 June: 6 for 6.30pm: ClubDinner meeting at Narooma Golf Club.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 26 May 2022

Andrew’s Thoughts

Barbecue stalwarts Rod Walker, Mike Young and Gordon Bentley at last Sunday’s Market

It’s great to be back, even with a wretched cold and jet-lag!

Thursday was the last Business Breakfast of the 2021/2022 programme and it was excellent to see a really appreciative reception for Cath Peachey’s debrief on the Oyster Festival. The Festival has become a phenomenal success. We also heard from Leanne Joyce about the upcoming River of Art which looks to be another outstanding event this year. A special thanks to all our Rotarians for your active and continued support. 

Sunday saw another successful Market. The sun shone on the righteous and the weather held. As ever, it was an outstanding team effort, and I gather from Mike that we’re banking about $1,580.

This Wednesday afternoon, the Business Breakfast Committee will meet to reflect on our highs and lows of the 21/22 programme and initial thoughts for the 22/23 programme to commence in August. That will be followed by an additional Committee Meeting to discuss the Changeover and disbursements.

Similarly, the PCSG will take a winter break. It is clear that the darkness and cold over winter are detracting many people from coming out.

This Thursday sees our oft changed District Governor’s dinner. As we know, this was due to Leo Farrelly wife’s illness and then diary clashes. However, we are honoured to have our Area Governor Adam de Totth joining us on Leo’s behalf. This is a very important event in our Rotary year and please do all you can to attend with partners etc. and let John know as usual.

Being away for so long enabled me to reflect on this last year and I look forward to writing my President’s Report for Changeover. One thing for sure has been the impact of our newer members – Gero and Julie are joining the Board for 22/23, Susanna brings her creative skills in media design and social media, and the refreshing wise counsel and experience of Gordon. Welcome to you all, and thank you.


On Wednesday at 3.30pm: A meeting of our Business Breakfast Subcommittee at Lynn’s place.

On Wednesday at 4.00pm: An additional Board meeting to discuss disbursements for the Changeover.

On Thursday 6 for 6.30pm: Our dinner meeting will be the long awaited District Governor’s visit but with AG Adam de Totth as stand-in for DG Leo Farrelly. This is a partners’ night so we’re hoping for good numbers. Numbers should have been given to John Tuesday afternoon.

The Week that Was

Thursday’s Business Breakfast

Narooma Rocks Chair Cath Peachey, River of Art Chair Leanne Joyce and Narooma Rotary President Andrew Lawson

Eurobodalla Shire has two recognised flagship events – Narooma Oyster Festival and the River of Art.

Narooma Rocks Chair Cath Peachey told last Thursday’s Business Breakfast (BB) this year’s Narooma Oyster Festival (NOF) was the biggest ever. She reminded everyone it was started by the Chamber of Commerce in 2007 to boost tourism and the region outside the peak season but is now run by Narooma Rocks, a not for profit community company with a volunteer board. While analysis of 600-700 surveys won’t be completed for some weeks, she gave us a broad overview of the Festival.

  • 10,035 attended over the two days, up 50% on last year.
  • Site expanded by 25%
  • Six separately ticketed ‘premium experiences’
  • Over 1390 stallholders  (80% from South Coast) including 15 craft brewers and distillers
  • This year’s NOF cost $0.5m; 20,000+ volunteer hours; $50,000 goods in kind.
  • $41% of the Festival Income comes from grants and corporate sponsorship
  • 60% of the cost of the Festival is on infrastructure, event management and labour
  • The oyster industry success is crucial to the NOF’s success
  • It have the local food industry opportunity to meet with Food and Beverage heavyweights
  • Showcased our community.

Cath also highlighted the challenges of continuing to stage the NOF. For example…

  • the exponential growth in the cost of staging the NOF, up from $180,000 in 2019 to $500,000 2022.
  • prepayment for infrastructure presents cashflow problems.
  • lack of organisational capacity for the scale of the event
  • Government grants designed for continued expansion rather than sustainability of an event
  • year-round overheads
  • succession planning.

While most of the BB focussed on the recent NOF, River of Art Festival Chair Leanne Joyce also gave us some insight into the challenges it faces. The 2022 ROF (16-25 September) hosts a diverse range of arts, music and performances concluding with a spectacular laser and light show on the Moruya River called Luminous: Art After Dark on 24th September. The ROA now costs about $250,000 to stage. Again it’s run by volunteers working closely with local businesses. She also mentioned the development of an Art Trail.

Both organisations are looking at possible collaboration to improve their sustainability, such as sharing resources.

Last Sunday’s Market

Market stalwarts Lynn Hastings, Mike Young and Ange Ulrichsen

Freezing first thing in the morning but thankfully it turned into a glorious day at last Sunday’s market. Well done team! Treasurer Mike Young reports a total take of $1,580.10 (Gate $980, Van $563.11 and Wishing Well $47).


No meeting next week.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 19 May 2022

The Week that Was

Receiving Narooma Rotary 2022 Pride of Workmanship Awards are Teagan Nicholson (Dalmeny Long Day Care), front left, Kasey Jones (Dromedary Hotel),Chrissy Lansley (Tilba Dairy), Michelle Harding (Narooma Ice Creamery Café), Kristy Buchan (Bodalla Pub), Tracey Cooper (IRT Dalmeny), Rotary Vice President Ange Ulrichsen; Rotarian Laurelle Pacey, back left, Layton Moore (Narooma Fishing & Dive Centre), Adrian Mahony (Narooma Ice Creamery Café), and Rodney Flopp (representing Jim Sharpe Estia Health).      

Ten employees nominated by their employers were celebrated at our annual Pride of Workmanship Awards dinner on Thursday.

Narooma Ice Creamery Cafe Manager Adrian Mahony receives his certificate from MC David McInnes

Our Awards MC Rotarian David McInnes said “it’s a really uplifting evening”. “It gives employers the opportunity to publicly recognise that they appreciate key staff members for what they contribute to their workplace, and it tells employees they’re valued. A great strength of these awards is it’s not a competition. Our community is the better for that. A common thread in the citations this year is happiness and smiles which make us all feel welcome.”

Tilba Dairy’s Erica Dibden with nominee Chrissy Lansley and VP Ange Ulrichsen.

Narooma Rotary Vice President Ange Ulrichsen presented awards to Kristy Buchan (Bodalla Pub), Teagan Nicholson (Dalmeny Long Day Child Care Centre), Kasey Jones (Dromedary Hotel), Jim Sharpe (Estia Health), Tracey Cooper (IRT Dalmeny), Layton Moore (Narooma Fishing & Dive Centre), Gayle Allison (Narooma High School), Adrian Mahony (Narooma Ice Creamery Café), Michelle Harding (Narooma Ice Creamer Café) and Chrissy Lansley (Tilba Dairy).    Jim Sharpe and Gayle Allison were unable to attend.            

Awards organiser Laurelle Pacey said Narooma Rotarians are really proud of this programme and its support from local businesses. “I’m always quite moved by the citations we receive about nominees; some are quite emotional,” she said. “It makes these Awards all the more worthwhile.”


Our Rotary Business Breakfast at the Surf Club this Thursday (7am sharp) features Narooma Rocks Chair Cath Peachey who will talk about the success of this year’s Narooma Oyster Festival. She will be joined towards the end of her talk by River of Art Festival Chair Leanne Joyce to talk about the challenges ahead facing both these flagship events. Bookings with Andrew essential by COB Monday. Cost $10.

Out and About

From Moruya Rotary

Moruya President Chris Manahan reports this week that their ball at the Moruya Golf Club on Saturday was a great success. Three clubs made it happen – Moruya Rotary, the Moruya Jockey Club and the Golf Club. Cameron’s Hardware was the major sponsor.  The big attraction for the dance floor was the Duntroon Rock and Jazz band. Proceeds from the night go to the Moruya Remembers Committee which is working to restore Defence installations at Moruya Airport with the hope of a museum in one of the Heritage-listed bunkers on site.

NYSF applications open 24 May

The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a not-for-profit organisation that encourages young people in their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The flagship programme is a 10-day residential in January 2023 for students entering year 12; it offers an exceptional opportunity to learn about career and study pathways, have hands-on experiences and access to some of the world’s leading scientists in fields such as Astrophysics, Aeronautics and Medical Research. 

Rotary is the Founding Partner of the NYSF, and every year Rotarians continue to support the programme. Students no longer have to be endorsed or sponsored by a Rotary Club to apply to NYSF and District selections are online. Applications open on 24 May. Students currently in year 11 can register their interest now on the NYSF website: .  There is a cost, but scholarships are also available.


We welcome our Area Governor Adam De Totth. Please bring partners and friends and please make sure you book with John Rungen.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 12 May 2022

Not much to report over the past week but this will soon change, especially with the Pride of Workmanship Awards this week and the return of President Andrew ‘from the old country’ soon after.


Wednesday 11 May: Board Meeting 4pm Lynn Hastings’ home.

Thursday 12 May – POW Awards next week

Ten local employees from Bodalla to Central Tilba will receive our Pride of Workmanship(POW) awards at the presentation dinner this Thursday

It is a partners’ night, a really happy night, and a highlight of our year so hopefully you can come. Numbers must be precise so please book with John Rungen by Tuesday afternoon. If you can’t come for some reason, please ring John and let him know otherwise you might be charged for your meal.

We invited employersto nominate an employee who displays outstanding qualities in terms of approach, attitude, dedication and commitment to his or her job. We emphasise it’s not a competition. This programme publicly recognises the value of having pride in personal performance in the workplace, hence the scheme’s motto ‘Do it once, do it well’. The advantage to employers is it gives them the opportunity to reward a particular employee plus potentially spread a ‘Pride of Workmanship’ among their staff and the wider community.

Nominees will be presented with a framed certificate by VP Ange Ulrichsen at our presentation dinner 6 for 6.30pm. Our MC for the evening will be David McInnes. The cost is $40 p.p. (Ten nominations from 40 invitations is again a 25% success rate!)

At last year’s Pride of Workmanship Awards presentation ceremony


Thursday 19 May:  Our Rotary Business Breakfast next Thursday features Narooma Rocks Chair Cath Peachey who will talk about the success of this year’s Narooma Oyster Festival. She will be joined towards the end of her talk by River of Art Festival Chair Leanne Joyce to talk about the challenges ahead facing both these signature events. Don’t forget to book with Andrew who will host the next Business Breakfast.