Narooma Rotary Beacon 15 August 2019

Charmaine’s Chat

DG Peter Ford with our ‘Presidents Four’ – Bob Aston, Ange Ulrichsen, Charmaine White and Laurelle Pacey

Lovely meeting last week. Our DG Peter Ford was impressed that even with our small numbers we still do so much for our local community. He was very interested to hear how we work with other local community groups so projects can happen, like our Busking Festival. He also liked our Happy Moments instead of the normal Sergeant’s Fine Session.

Peter’s talk was informative, including his reminder that the District Conference will be in Ulladulla 6-8 March. Other guests last week were ADG Alan Russell and his wife Denise, Thérèse Aston and Steve Deck . 
I represented our Club on Sunday at the Marine Rescue base at Narooma for their celebration of 10 years of volunteer service. It featured the new Radio Room equipment and the opening of the memorial garden and community seat. The garden is in memory of volunteers who have served with Narooma. There is a magnificent view from there; we even saw whales.

Other news: Chris O Brien also has locked in 27 December for our Big Holiday Market and Angie is going strong with the Whale Watching raffle ticket sales.  A gentle reminder about our Board meeting this Thursday at 5.00 pm. 

THIS WEEK

Board meeting at the Golf Club at 5pm. Dinner meeting to follow 6 for 6.30 with guest speaker Susanna Page who is the Divisional Superintendent of St John’s Ambulance. She will talk about the ‘Story behind St John’.

The Week that Was

As President Charmaine said, it was great having our DG Peter Ford visiting us in ‘the outpost’ of Narooma last week. It was sad in a way though that he is the last Governor of District 9710, hence his presentation was titled ‘The Final Chapter’.

Peter said everything is going well for the merger of our District with D9700 to form D9705, and that the change will not affect us at Club level. The new District will come into being on 1 July 2020. The proposal to merge with an extra district was thankfully knocked on the head.

He described the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego in January as ‘a magnificent affair’ and was impressed with the enthusiasm and passion of RI President Mark Maloney and his theme of ‘Rotary connects the World’.

Peter said Rotary is not about being a fundraising body; “it’s about community service and friendship”. He was impressed with our Club which, although small, was servicing our community in so many ways. “Well done to all of you,” he said. He wished our Presidents Four a good year and for us all to have a good time. He drew our attention to the District Goals  (p.13 of the District Directory).

Peter, now retired, had moved around with his Army career so consequently has been a member of about 12 Rotary clubs; he said it was a great way to make new friends outside the Defence industry at his various postings.

President Charmaine presented the Presidential Album 2018-2019 to PP Rod

Throughout he has been supported by his wife Judy who this year is editor of the DG’s newsletter, Chair of the Conference Committee and the Membership Committee, as well as being the ex officio head of the D9710 Children’s Emergency Medical Fund which will be wound up with the end of D9710.

Rod Walker made the appropriate International Toast last week to Rotary International, and belatedly received his Presidential album for his year 2018-2019.

Chris O’Brien

Also in Happy Moments last week Chris O’Brien mentioned she is currently working on her 100th issue of her Welcome to Narooma magazine which will be out 23 August. That’s 25 years of producing the magazine. Well done Chris.

Out and About

IRT and Rotary work together

It started with an email from Luke Burgess at IRT Dalmeny to our Club via Bob Aston saying IRT was replacing 10 hospital-style beds at IRT Dalmeny with new ones and could Rotary use the old ones. Bob immediately saw this was a job for the Canberra-based Rotary Recovery Rehabilitation and Re-use Project team.

Team member Fred Fawke was subsequently advised by Luke that the IRT at Moruya and Batemans Bay would also have beds available soon. Some of these beds will be distributed to grateful recipients within Australia as well as overseas; in some cases they will enable older or incapacitated people to be cared for in their homes rather than in hospital.

Steve Young of Moruya Rotary and Bob are on standby waiting to collect the Dalmeny beds where they will be stored at Bay Removals until all beds are collected. They will then be transported to Canberra. “With our Rehab and Re-Use team we then ensure they all work properly before they are distributed,” Fred said. “We take great pride testing them and in some cases installing them to make sure all is okay.”

So as Bob says, “A great outcome from a single email to our Club”.

Frank’s push for your vote for the electric bus

Frank reminds us the closing date for the My Community Grants is this Thursday so that’s the last chance to Vote 1 for the South Coast Health and Sustainability Alliance’s (SHASA) proposed Electric Vehicle Community Transport Bus project for the Eurobodalla Shire. It’s one of over 30 community projects in the Bega Electorate competing for NSW Government funding under the ‘My Community Project’ grants program. Everyone can vote for up to five participants.

The 2019 Polio case count

The International PolioPlus Committee has released the latest Polio figures for 2018-2019. The wild poliovirus case count reached 37 at the end of June – 27 in Pakistan and 10 in Afghanistan, slightly higher than the previous year’s figures.  The film for this year’s Polio fundraiser at the Kinema on Thursday 24 October is Ride Like a Girl.

NEXT WEEK

Our guest speakers will be Shirley and John Hayes-Cornish from Moruya Rotary. They will talk about their trip to the RI Convention in Hamburg and the interest their booth there attracted. At the booth they shared their experiences teaching sexual health in the Philippines, Kenya, Timor Leste and PNG.  

Narooma Rotary Beacon 8 August 2019

We celebrate our members

Our Narooma Rotarians

August is Membership and New Club Development Month in Rotary International’s Calendar, seen as the perfect time to celebrate our club’s members and consider options for strengthening membership. Good timing too with our meeting with Bega Rotarians at Cobargo on 29 August to hear how they attracted 18 new members. We’re hoping for a good representation of Narooma Rotarians.

Charmaine’s Chat

Lovely to have Lara and Ezra last week as our international guests all the way from Toronto, Canada. They brought children here to sing in the Gondwana Choral Festival, part of the children’s annual tour, and they also performed in New Zealand. We were even treated to a short singalong. It is always inspiring to meet people who have such talent and are happy to spread the joy of music. 

Frank Eden’s daughter Lara Dodds-Eden joined us last week with partner Ezra Burke. Lara is the accompanist for the Toronto Children’s Choir; Ezra is a choir conductor.
Several announcements were made, some for your calendar… 
  • 8 August: Dying to know, a play by Shanna Provost  at the Twist factory and it’s free 
  • Melbourne Cup Day lunch at Moruya Jockey Club, organised by Moruya Rotary Club. We are trying to make up a table. Cost is $20 per person .
    Tickets are selling fast.
  • Lynda Ord mentioned it was Organ Donation Day, and how important it was for potential organ donors to make their wishes known to family and friends. She noted there were 1400 on the waiting list for various organs. Interesting too, apparently age was no barrier
  • Frank Eden mentioned he is after votes for the plan to get funds for an electric bus from SHASA (see below). 
  • Ange spoke about our Narooma High team for MUNA. They will be representing Syria this year which will be challenging for them but I am sure they will have a memorable weekend. Ange proposes students coming along to our meeting on 22 August with their parents to talk about their MUNA experiences. 
  • The film for this year’s Polio fundraiser at the Kinema on Thursday 24 October is Ride Like a Girl. It’s about Michelle Payne who was the first woman

THIS WEEK

We welcome our District Governor Peter Ford from the Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin in Canberra. This is a partners’ night; please don’t forget to let Charmaine know if you are bringing guests.

The Week that Was

Charmaine has largely said it all. Just to add though, last week’s international toast was to the Rotary Club of Hong Kong, in view of the continuing unrest in Hong Kong. It is an English speaking club with a dress code of ‘business attire’. It was established in 1931, the first Rotary Club in District 3450 which includes Macau, Guangdong Province and Mongolia. It meets for lunch on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month at the Hong Kong Bakers Club Their projects include a Drone Competition Day and Art Therapy for Dementia Patients.

My Community funding

Frank Eden spoke briefly last week about the South Coast Health and Sustainability Alliance’s (SHASA) proposed Electric Vehicle Community Transport Bus project for the Eurobodalla Shire. It’s seeking $195,000 in State Government funding. It’s one of over 30 community projects in the Bega Electorate competing for NSW Government funding under the ‘My Community Project’ grants program.

The NSW Government is distributing $24.4m equally across the State’s 93 electorates for projects that improve the wellbeing of people and their communities. That means only $262,000 is up for grabs for the whole Bega electorate (Bega Valley and Eurobodalla Shires) with grants between $20,000 to $200,000.

What’s different with this funding programme is that people in the community are being asked to vote for their preferred projects for their area; the projects with most support apparently will receive funding. Needless to say with Frank’s SHASA connections he is keen to drum up votes for the EV bus project.

Out and About

MUNA 17 and 18 August

While Narooma High will represent Syria at the Model United Nations Assembly in Canberra 17-18 August, Batemans Bay students will represent India and those of St Peters Anglican College Switzerland.  Batemans Bay Rotarians are being urged to go along to Old Parliament House and watch the debate; any takers from Narooma? Everyone who has been before say it “is mind boggling” watching the students in action.

Following Kathryn Ratcliffe’s recent talk

You will recall in the lively discussion following Kathryn’s talk the week before last, Charmaine’s friend Jenny Lean felt there was a real need in Narooma for private guided walks for visitors.

Well it turns out that Sally Bouckley’s relatively new Southbound Escapes (based in Narooma under the Wharf Apartments) provides such tours for the high end of the tourist market, as well as e-bike hire, luxury accommodation, and special short packages to showcase the best of the South Coast from Sydney to Eden. Southbound Escapes last month won a gold medal in the ecotourism category in the Regional Tourism Awards.

Good to see the Woodies’ new sign at the approach to Narooma with the correct Rotary information on it. It went up a few weeks ago.

On a lighter note

Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine, they lay down for the night, and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend. “Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.” Watson replied, “I see millions and millions of stars.” “What does that tell you?” Holmes asked. Watson pondered for a minute. “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies, and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?” Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke. “It tells me that someone has stolen our tent.” Courtesy of Moruya Rotary Bulletin

NEXT WEEK:

Board meeting at the Golf Club at 5pm followed by a Club Assembly and dinner meeting.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 1 August 2019

Charmaine’s Chat

Ange Ulrichsen thanked guest speaker Kathryn Ratcliffe

A shame that Narooma Chamber of Commerce President Matt Deveson couldn’t join us last Thursday to talk about the Chamber’s ambitious project to create sustainable jobs here for the future. However Katherine Ratcliffe was a fine replacement.

Katherine lives and works in Tilba Tilba and has been busy with a Chamber of Commerce group working on new strategies and plans to boost our area. She spoke of the NAB staying in Narooma, the Chamber’s networking plans, expanding the effectiveness of our Tourism marketing, and plans for the continued growth of the Oyster Festival. Her talk led to some lively discussions.

It was good last week to again catch up with visiting Rotarian Jenni Lean from the Rotary Club of Port Moresby. 
Bob Aston did the international toast to the Rotary Club of St Andrews Scotland. 
Sunday’s markets were quiet, as you’d expect in July, but with a good atmosphere. Ange Ulrichsen sold Whale Raffle tickets; there are plenty of books to sell so don’t be shy and please grab a book from Ange. All proceeds will go to Monty’s Place towards the kitchen extensions. I will try to book a few days outside the IGA to sell raffle tickets; more on that on Thursday. The raffle will be drawn 7 September. 

Wayne Redman and Ash Stanley came to the rescue when we were short-staffed at the barbecue at last Sunday’s markets

THIS WEEK

5pm:  Renewable Energy Expo committee meeting – Narooma Golf Club

6pm for 6.30pm:      Weekly dinner meeting

THE WEEK THAT WAS

The Chamber and Narooma’s Strategic Plan

Kathryn Ratcliffe along with Matt Deveson, Di Riley, Jenny Munro, and NAB Narooma Branch Manager Cherie Cunninghame, form a working group tasked with  developing a plan to build community and business capacity in the Narooma district, make the economy more robust for the future, and create jobs. Support is coming from the NAB after its decision last year to keep the Narooma branch open, following strong community opposition when its closure was announced, and to use Narooma as a national test case.

Kathryn said it was only very early stages. They would be seeking information from the wider community as well as business people and are also working with the Tilba Chamber on this. Uppermost would be an appreciation of the clean green environment in which we live.

Kathryn said the Oyster Festival had virtually consumed Chamber committees in recent years. Now that will be run by a separate not-for-profit group still associated with the Chamber, the Chamber itself can refocus on more core Chamber business, like  having more of an advocacy role and this Community Economic Development Plan. She also mentioned Chamber Business Buzzes which encourage networking, tourism and business Expos at the Golf Club in September, and refreshing Narooma’s destination marketing. The Chamber is also after new members.

Kathryn is in the accommodation business at Tilba Tilba with a few farm cottages and ‘glamping tents’.

Bob’s St Andrews’ toast

Interesting that Bob, when toasting the RC of St Andrews in Scotland, said the Club meets at a nearby hotel for lunch each week, rather than at the St Andrews Golf Club. Each June the RC of St Andrews hosts an International Golf Week on ‘The Old Course’, when ‘some 300 visiting Rotarians from over 20 countries enjoy fellowship’ over a game of golf. Stay tuned for moves from our Narooma golfer members to check that out in coming years.

The camera does not lie! Could Lynda be set for a career change as a stand-up comedienne and Bob doing a John Cleese? A prize for the best caption.

Out and About

Thanks to Easts who are celebrating

With John Doyle and Rolf Gimmel both away, it looked like we would be unable to tow the van to the Markets on Sunday. That’s when Lyn Field and her team at Easts kindly came to the rescue.

Narooma’s Easts team have been celebrating recently; the builders of their new indoor heated Splash Park and Spa won a major gong at the recent 2019 Southern Region’s Building Awards at Ulladulla. Bermagui’s Munckton Homes won the Excellence in Building Award for ‘Best Commercial – New $2 Million – $3 Million’ project for the splash park and spa project.

Moruya greets Danish Exchange Student

Moruya Rotarians last week welcomed Danish exchange student Josephine Drachmann. Josephine is 16 years old and comes from Randers in Denmark. Her sponsoring Club is Randers Vestre. She attends a Continuation school which is a Boarding School where she particularly studies  languages. She and her family have travelled extensively including to the USA, Singapore and Australia.

Good news re joint District Grant

Former DG Phil Armstrong, current District Grants Chair, has informed us that the joint application by Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma Clubs for a District Grant for 2019/20 has been approved.  The grant of AU$6,000 is towards the cost of a community bus for Yumaro and  Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels.

On another note – the last paraprosdokians

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?

Hospitality: making your guests feel like they’re at home, even if you wish they were.

Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.

A good time was had by all at Casey’s Cafe last Sunday to celebrate Iris’ “significant birthday”. Frank not only baked the delicious birthday cake (rumour has it he is offering his skills to Rolf on his return), he also wrote a poem to commemorate the occasion. Perhaps we could create a new position – a Club Poet Laureate….

NEXT WEEK

6 for 6.30pm: A partners’ night for District Governor Peter Ford’s official visit. Please don’t forget to let Charmaine know if you are bringing guests.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 25 July 2019

Charmaine’s Chat

Was it a book launch or a Rotary meeting last week? We had 32 attendees, 26 of whom were guests invited by Laurelle, Chris and Ange. They came to hear about Jody Vassallo’s new recipe book called Farmer – Recipes and Stories. It was so inspiring to hear how handfeeding her eight sheep on her small property at Central Tilba led to her thinking of the difficulties farmers faced trying to feed thousands of sheep through the drought. This led to her mammoth undertaking of putting together a book to raise money for our farmers doing it very tough.  I had no idea so much planning and organising was involved in writing a recipe book. (Please see more below)
All our tertiary scholarship holders have done extremely well last semester. Congratulations to them all. 
Yes, the market is on this coming Sunday 28 July. 
Also, please mark in your diary that Thursday 8 August is the visit of our DG Peter Ford, so therefore a partners’ night. 
Rod Walker has kindly stepped up to be Treasurer while Lynn is away. 
Please remember to check the jobs’ roster for each meeting and please get a replacement to fill in if you are unavailable. 
See you this Thursday. Another top speaker.

Our guest speaker last week Jody Vassallo who spoke about her latest project ‘Farmer’ was thanked by Lynda Ord.

THIS WEEK

Our guest speaker is Narooma Chamber of Commerce President Matt Deveson who will speak about ‘Narooma Dreaming – Jobs for the Future’. He will outline developing a strategic plan for Narooma to benefit everyone, how they will engage with the business and wider community to produce it, collect data, and the process involved.

THE WEEK THAT WAS

What a fascinating presentation last week by Jody Vassallo who is a prolific recipe and cookbook writer and food stylist, now living at Central Tilba. It’s interesting that after working on River Cottage, she sold up in the Byron Bay area and moved to Tilba because she loved the area so much. (Interesting Kelly Eastwood of Eastwood’s Deli and Cooking School at Bermagui also moved to the area after working on River Cottage.)

This is Jody’s 40th book but it’s very different to her previous projects. When she decided about a year ago she wanted to raise funds for farmers, she put something up on a food industry Facebook page and within 24 hours had over 200 expressions of interest in helping her.

To produce it required recipes, food stylists, photographers, writers, plate and equipment hire, someone to drive a social media campaign, marketing and PR people and a crowd funding page. She praised everyone involved 10 writers, 12 food editors, 15 photographers, stylists, and home economist most of whom gave their services free. Recipes were contributed by celebrity chefs as well as farmers featured in the book in stories about them and their families.

Jody was impressed with the resilience and optimism of the farmers she met – “one day it’s going to rain”. Farmers didn’t want her to focus on the problems but just wanted people to know what was going on. “Meanwhile,” she said, “the drought is not going away, if anything it’s getting worse. There’s just so much going on out there.”

She said crowd funding got off to a slow start but in January it started to take off, one impetus being an interview by ABC South East presenter Sophie Longden (also a farmer and former ABC rural reporter).

Given all that, it is remarkable that the book took only about a year from conception in her Tilba paddock to print. Jody wanted to print it in Australia because it was about Australian farmers, and so special arrangements were made with the printers.

She said producing this book has been “an absolute honour”, and in amongst all the stress it has brought her so much joy. Interesting Jody refers to all of her cook books as ‘she’. “She’s a big girl and she’s beautiful, with images by some of Australia’s best photographers,” she said.

All proceeds go to the Country Women’s Association, which she described as “the eyes and ears of the country”, to distribute to farming families in need across Australia in a way that tries to keep the money circulating in country towns. The book costs $30.

PE Rolf Gimmel, right, and Robyn Miller organised last week’s chocolate wheel.

Out and About

Joint Baby Book Project at Moruya Hospital

Each year our Club contributes to a joint literacy project with Batemans Bay and Moruya Clubs to provide books to all babies born at Moruya Hospital. The project is managed by Moruya Club. Established in 2005 by then Moruya President Steve Young, this wonderful program is still going strong. About 300 babies are born at Moruya Hospital each year so that equates to a lot of books.

Centenary of Rotary Down Under 2021

In 2021 we will celebrate the centenary of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand. There’s a host of ideas being developed on both sides of the Tasman about how best to celebrate it, everything from tree plantings, to grand events with various dignitaries, to a Peace Building Symposium, to a baton relay.

This milestone is seen as a great opportunity to raise awareness of Rotary in our region and to showcase the work Rotary and each club does in our communities and around the world. Facebook is going gangbusters with updates, stories and videos; http://www.facebook.com/Rotary100downunder.

RI Pres Mark Maloney not visiting Narooma

RI President Mark Maloney and his wife Gay will visit Australia briefly in September following the Christchurch Zone 8 Conference. He will be in Sydney 23rd September before flying to Melbourne on Tuesday 24th. Rotarians are invited to attend a dinner with him at Woolwich (300 people maximum so you will need to book ASAP).

On a lighter note – more paraprosdokians

(Try saying that!)

  • If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.
  • War does not determine who is right, only who is left.
  • A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.
  • You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

NEXT WEEK:

Renewable Energy Expo committee meeting at 5pm at the Golf Club followed by a dinner meeting

Narooma Rotary Beacon 18 July 2019

Charmaine’s Chat

Our first meeting was of 12 but who’s counting?  Great to get to see my brother Bern White and introduce him and his friend Sue Tredrea to my fellow Rotarians.

President Charmaine

Our Board meeting sorted out the four Presidents for the year; a big thank you to all concerned for their help. We are all hoping for smooth sailing all year. Ange Ulrichsen will take over from me 1 October, Bob Aston from Ange Ulrichsen 1 Jan and Laurelle Pacey from 1 April. Rod Walker will take over from Laurelle as Vice President for that last quarter. Rolf Gimmel will then be President 2020-2021.

Last week Bob gave us a wonderful summary of some of his and Therese’s adventures during their ten weeks overseas.

We’ve heard from two of our three Tertiary Scholars with their results (see following).

The defibrillator we provided to Woolworths has been returned as all Woolworths are having the same brand of defibrillator installed in all stores across Australia. So if anyone can think of a new home for this defibrillator that would be great.

The Board also came up with some key dates for the coming year.  8 August:       D G visit – partners’ night           29 August:      Combined meeting with Bega at Cobargo Hotel (changed because of roadworks)            2 November: Renewable Energy Expo            20 March:      Cinders – TBC with Moruya Club            16 April:         Pride of Workmanship (TBC because of school holidays)  30 May:         National Busking Championships in Narooma

THIS WEEK

Our guest speaker is Tilba-based cookbook author and food stylist Jody Vassallo. She will talk about her latest cookbook venture, Farmer, to raise funds for drought-affected farmers. Jody enlisted the help of leading chefs and a team of people who also tell the stories of farmers and their families in this book. She crowd-funded the whole venture. This should interest a lot of people.

OTHER NEWS FROM LAST WEEK:

Tertiary Scholarship

Bob Aston has already spoken with about 12 Year 12 students at Narooma High about applying for our Rotary Tertiary Scholarship this year. The closing date for applications is a week after the end of the HSC with interviews 21 December.

MUNA

Our Club is sponsoring a team from Narooma High to the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) in Canberra 16-18 August, thanks to Ange Ulrichsen’ s initiative and Narooma High teacher Monique Wicks. MUNA is organised for D9710 each year by the RC of Canberra Sunrise.

Teams are made up of two or three Year 11 or 12 students, with each team representing a nation at a simulated Model United Nations Assembly. Narooma High is representing Syria, a huge task. Teams debate topics of international concern such as world peace, environmental issues and human rights over two days at the Museum of Australian Democracy (old Parliament House).

The benefits for students are that they develop an awareness of the working of the United Nations and of the country that they are representing. They have an opportunity to practice and develop their public speaking and debating skills, and gain a better understanding of the international positions of other countries.

Ange is looking forward to our members meeting the team soon.

OUT AND ABOUT

Our Tertiary Scholars

Sabine Kildea at our Youth Night in 2017

Great results from our tertiary scholars Sabine Kildea and Cassie Kerr. Sabine Kildea is doing an Arts degree at ANU. She received three credits in the first semester and is now off to the United States for the next phase of her course. Bob Aston is her counsellor.

Cassidy is doing a double degree in Law and Psychology at the University of Wollongong. She wrote to her counsellor Rod Walker:

I received my exam results yesterday and I’m very pleased with the results, I received 3 Credits and 1 Pass, which are results I am super proud of as the first semester of law was indeed challenging! 

Australia Day 2018 – President Rod introduces Cassidy Kerr as this year’s Tertiary Scholarship winner

I just wanted to update you and thank you again for the scholarship. Your contribution and my youth allowance payments have allowed me to focus completely on my studies as with this budget I have been able to live comfortably without a job thus far, which has played a huge part in the results I received. So, thank you so much again I cannot stress how grateful I am, I look forward to continuing my studies later this month and I will most definitely continue to keep you updated. 

Best wishes, Cassidy 

Our other current tertiary scholar is Alicia Bate; she is studying for a Bachelor of Animal Science at Charles Sturt University.

Moruya Rotarians host Small Farm Field Days

Moruya Rotary is organising Small Farm Field Days 20-21 March at Moruya Showground which will require a big effort by all Moruya Rotarians. They hope for up to 100 stallholders providing products and information for small landholders as well as giving local producers an opportunity to showcase and sell their wares.

Money will come from exhibitors’ fees, sponsorships and gate entry fees. They hope to have some stallholders from last year’s Renewable Energy Expo which was held at Moruya because power alternatives are a big deal for small land holders, especially if they live well out of town. The event will also include a program of speakers on topics relevant to small farms, and possibly a petting zoo for children.

RI and ShelterBox renew partnership

Rotary International announced last month it had renewed a three-year partnership with its disaster relief project partner, ShelterBox. For almost 20 years, this unique humanitarian alliance has supported families with a place to call home after disaster. ShelterBox provides emergency shelters and other essential items to support families who have lost their homes in disaster.

What began as a local connection with one Cornish Rotary Club has led to an international movement that’s provided 140,000 ShelterBox family tents or 390,000 ShelterKits worldwide to date (a value of over £54 million).

NEXT WEEK:

Our guest speaker will be Matt Deveson from Narooma Chamber of Commerce who will speak about ‘Narooma Dreaming – Jobs for the Future’. He will outline the development of a strategic plan for Narooma to benefit everyone.

On a lighter note

Winston Churchill apparently loved these, and of course there is a word for it. ‘paraprosdokians’ (!). They are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected and frequently humorous. Here are a few:

  • Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Evening news is where they begin with ‘Good evening’ and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.
  • Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
  • Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars but check when you say the paint is wet?

Narooma Rotary Beacon 11 July 2019

Charmaine’s Chat

The next 12 months will be a time of adventure in uncharted waters with our four ‘captains’ steering our Club. As you know, this is a new course for our Club because no one person was available to take the helm for the whole year. Each of our four ‘captains’, all Past Presidents, will do a three-month stint as President and all be on this year’s Board. This will also help Rolf Gimmel prepare for his term as president the following year.

All of us are committed to continue our major projects: our monthly markets, the Renewable Energy Expo in November, the Busking Championships as well as our Rotary youth programmes.

The Rotary International theme for this year is ‘Rotary connects the World’. So let’s hoist the flag, anchors aweigh, set the sails, and all be aboard to ‘connect the World’ by continuing to help our local community and Rotary International.

Past President Rod Walker with President Charmaine White, the first of ‘the Presidents Four’

THIS WEEK

Board Meeting at 5pm at the Golf Club followed by Club Assembly and fellowship.

THE WEEK THAT WAS

Last Thursday we celebrated the end of a good year under President Rod and the start of ‘a rotating presidency’ through 2019-2020. Past District Governor Maureen Manning in replying to Bob Aston’s toast to Rotary International, said our Club was “the epitome of what Rotary International is about”.

Narooma’s new Board for 2019-2020 includes Past President Rod Walker, Treasurer Lynn Hastings, President Elect Rolf Gimmel, Ange Ulrichsen and Laurelle Pacey. Other directors not present were Sandra and John Doyle.

Rod said his theme for his year was “Steady as she goes” with the Club continuing to punch well above its weight in terms of fundraising and community activities. “We also enjoyed some fascinating guest speakers through the year who attracted many visitors to our meetings,” he said.

Incoming first President Charmaine White continued the nautical theme, referring to the next 12 months as “a year of adventure in uncharted waters” (see above).

Over the past 12 months our Club provided over $28,000 to local and international causes over the past year, of which about $10,000 went to local youth programmes and tertiary scholarship recipients, $4,756 to the Rotary Foundation including the polio eradication campaign, and $3,000 to Rotary Health Australia for medical and mental health research.

David Kelleher of Monty’s Place received Rotary’s $1,500 donation towards a commercial dishwasher from outgoing Narooma Rotary President Rod Walker. It was one of many donations given to local causes through the year.

Rod said highlights included the 60th birthday celebrations last August, the recent Busking Championships, the Australia Day Duck Race, the Pride of Workmanship Awards, youth programmes, the Tertiary Scholarship Awards as well as monthly markets.

John Rungen, Sandra and Lynn had earlier been recognised as Paul Harris Fellows, with John Rungen also being named the the club’s Rotarian of the Year by outgoing President Rod. President Elect Rolf received his second Paul Harris Sapphire Pin on the night.

Guests at the Changeover included the Rotary District Governor’s representative Past District Governor Maureen Manning of the Batemans Bay Rotary Club, Past District Governor Phil Armstrong and his wife Kim, and representatives from Moruya Rotary Club, Narooma Lions, Quota, CWA and other local volunteer organisations.

Lynda Ord’s daughter-in-law Jenine Ord won the raffle of the fabulous quilt made by Rod’s wife and quilter extraordinaire Jennifer.

OUT AND ABOUT

Congratulations to Nadine

Margaret Hassall inducts Nadine Holland

John and Sandra Doyle’s daughter Nadine Holland, our wonderful Busking concert MC, was inducted into the Rotary Club of Cooma at the Club’s Changeover by DG Margaret Hassall, also a member of the Cooma Club.

Alas, we lost Cinders…

Moruya Rotary won the recent annual Cinders Trophy trivia night.  This fun night between our two Clubs sometimes sees some fierce competition but always in a spirit of fun.  Our numbers were well down with so many members away so a good reason to lock in the date early in 2020 before people start travelling, maybe March/April.

Congratulations to our neighbours

DG Margaret Hassall’s presented her District 9710 Awards at our District Changeover on 30 June with several recipients being our neighbouring Rotarians.

Moruya Rotary Club won the International Service Award for the Storage Facility and Intensive Farming Project on Arturo Island in Timor Leste. This project provided storage to ensure that rice provided by the Timorese Government each year under the School Feeding Program is properly stored and protected, while the intensive farming project provided training and protection for the intensive farming of vegetables and animals to benefit the local community. This project was supported by a District Foundation Grant.

Shirley Hayes-Cornish of Moruya Rotary was awarded the District’s Excellence in International Service Award. Shirl is the driving force behind Moruya’s projects in Timor Leste, particularly the storage facility and intensive farming project. She has also become active in the Mindanao Poverty Relief Action in the Philippines with her husband John, and as the lead presentation in a training program ‘Awareness of Sexual Health´ which aims to reduce teenage pregnancies.

Bega Rotary won the Vocational Service Award for their Bega Rotary Business Breakfast initiative which Noel Trevaskis has previously outlined to us. This initiative brings Bega’s business community and other organisations together with Bega Rotarians and provides a valuable source of membership for Bega Rotary while simultaneously addressing the needs of the group and community organisations.

Maureen Manning from Batemans Bay Rotary was awarded the Excellence in Youth Service recognising her service to RYPEN and over 2,000 students over the last 17 years.  Through the RYPEN camps, Maureen has assisted many young people reach their potential by her enthusiasm, organisation, devotion to the wellbeing of others and through her care and compassion.

Our 9710 District Governor is Peter Ford from the Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin.

In case you missed it

Outgoing RI President Barry Rassin wrote last month that Rotary International had incorporated environmental sustainability into each of Rotary’s six areas of focus. This was due to the actions of the Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group in partnership with UN Environment.

Those six areas of focus are: Peace and Conflict Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy, Economic and Community Development. Rotary will work to ensure projects in these six areas preserve the ability for the environment to renew itself and continue to support human well-being, thereby supplying life-sustaining benefits to communities.

Both Rassin and new RI President Mark Maloney hope Clubs find ways to implement these suggestions. Sounds like our Renewable Energy Expo is right on RI’s target.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 27 June 2019

NOTES FROM ROTARY MEETING 27 JUNE 2019 Small meeting of twelve people were fortunate to be able to share fellowship and listen to our Guest speaker Fiona Jackson, the principal of Narooma High School. Guests were Claudia from Narooma Newspaper and her mother Kathy Ferguson , Mandy Wheatley and Gillian Kearney.

Rolf said the Invocation. We welcomed our Guests.

Frank did the International toast to the Rotary Clubs of Iris’ home town in Germany, Freudenstadt. Freudenstadt is well know for “fresh air”, but not much else! Formed in 1962, Freudenstadt Rotary Club supports a water project in Haiti in the mountain village of Beaumon, and together with five other Rotary clubs from Baden-Württemberg participates in a water project in the southwest of Haiti.

Fiona Jackson Principal Narooma High School with Charmaine White

Fiona has the honour of being Narooma High School’s first woman Principal. The title of her talk was

Women in Leadership

Wow! Her journey in teaching has been 26 years and she is still passionate and positive about her profession. Lots of challenges and changes along the way with being a mother to two children ,wife, with a very supportive husband and now coming to Narooma High School, a school that has three times the student population of her last school in Tumbarumba.

She is so positive about giving every child the opportunity of being the best they can be. She said it is not all about university as each student now could have up to 8 different careers.So education has a responsibility to get children ready for this challenge of many career changes.

Fiona told us about her life as a teacher and growing up in Tamworth being a Brownie then going on to Girl Guides and this gave her some great women role models in her early life in Netball water polo team sports and Guides. She went to Oxley High School as did our Frank, small world. In a further coincidence, she went to Newcastle University as did Frank.

Her first posting was Barham NSW near Koondrook VIC initially her plan was to Stay 3 years and move back to the city but love got in the way and she was there for 17 years, even teaching 2nd generation students. Then an opportunity arose to teach at Tumbarumba where she served for 4 years as Deputy Principal and then as Principal for 5 years.

Some of her goals are

  • To get children building each other up
  • Have a welcoming fun friendly environment in the school – even the toilets are getting an overhaul.
  • Include more in the curriculum about marine education and the amazing surrounding environment we are so lucky to live in.
  • Develop a sense of belonging among the students and give them opportunities.

She is planning this ten year journey and wants to include the local community and evolve and improve the students in her care. She believes that attitude is 90%. She wants students to feel safe in their school. She is very impressed with the SRC and enjoys having chats with them and including them in planning improvements for the school.

Narooma High School has a Registered Team going to MUNA.

Very keen debating teacher Monique Wicks has selected three students to attend MUNA ( Model United Nations ) this year. Luke Potts, Geena Thomas and Crystal Elmasrin. Ange will be their counsellor and Monique has agreed to transport the students to Canberra … Great work by Ange for getting a team together.

Alicia Bate

Our 2018 Tertiary Student Alicia Bate is engaged. Congradulations Alicia.

Dates ( the edible kind )

Frank told the meeting about his freshly picked South Australian Dates from Gurra Downs ; a mix of three varieties, Medjool, big & sweet, Barhee, caramel coloured , and small black Fadi . Hopefully there may be some left at our changeover dinner. $10 a box. They are yummy.

Reminder: Changeover Dinner next week

Narooma Rotary Beacon 20 June 2019

NOTES FROM ROTARY MEETING 20 JUNE 2019
This week a small meeting of ten people were fortunate to be able to share fellowship and listen to our Guest speaker Jeff Lean.

Robyn said the Invocation, after which we welcomed our guests, then Lynda did a toast to the Rotary Clubs of Hong Kong.

Rolf and guest speaker Jeff Lean

Jeff Lean gave a thought provoking talk: “The Economic and Social Drivers of Global Pollution and Species Extinction.
It was very informative and interesting to get a world view on what are the causes of climate change.

Climate Change and Global pollution are caused by human activity – power generation, transport, agriculture and industry. The use of resources is the problem and we must reduce the resources that we use. The purpose of the economy should be focused on meeting needs rather than wants. Our economists should be using the GPI index (Genuine Progress Indicator) not the GDP index.

GPI is more focused on the wellbeing of the population not just economic growth. There are many groups starting up to make the population more aware such as Extinction Rebellion and Degrowth Regulation to name two.
Renewables are part of the answer they can stop one third of emissions but industry currently still will need coal and fossil fuels for some activities like steel making. We need to think in rationing terms – for example 4 tonnes of CO2emissions per capita is Okay, at the moment.
But right now Australia is running at 21 tonnes per capita. India is at 2 tonnes per capita. Jeff gave us possible solutions that we all can do. Here are some:

  • We must reduce resource use
  • No Growth economy or a sustainable economy is the goal.
  • Shop Local, grow and swap produce.
  • Use your car less.
  • The many household items should not be thrown out so quickly try to keep longer.
  • Buy repairable items then the local repairman of the 1950s 1960s will come back.
  • Buy secondhand do not be shy about going to bag a bargain at Vinnies.

Happy Moments

Lynda told us about Lewis Ives a past National Siemens Science Participant. He has been invited by the Yamaha Japan CEO to go to Japan and he will give him employment at the motorcycle plant. He is studying Mechanical engineering and this is a brilliant opportunity for him.


Frank told the meeting about the ceremony at Montys, to celebrate the installation of solar panels donated by SHASA and MESA. Monty’s have a number of fridges and freezers and the power they use can now be supplied by the new system avoiding the electricity costs. Which means they willl have about $2,000 per year to spend on their primary mission! Read more in the Narooma News article.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 13 June 2019

Rod’s Ramble

Hi

This will be my last Ramble for my Presidency. Not much to report in this last week unless our depleted Cinders team can come home with the trophy.

Cinders is on this Wednesday (12th) at Moruya so there is no regular meeting this Thursday (13th). I am away now until the end of June, as is VP Laurelle,  so Charmaine will warm the chair from 20th June. As this is my last Ramble, I would like to thank all members for allowing me to be your President in 2018-19.

It seems amazing that it’s been a full 12 months since Rod Walker took over the presidential chain from Bob Aston.

There were some notable achievements in the year and we distributed $27,749 to local and international charities, our Tertiary Scholarship holders, and funding other youth activities. I will single out a few for my gratitude as without them we would not have pulled off the fundraising and community events we did. The list indicates the breadth of our activities and how well we do with a small membership. They are in no particular order:

  • Laurelle Pacey for her counsel as Vice-President, our vocational awards night and the Beacon
  • Bob Aston for his work as Secretary and his work promoting our Tertiary Scholarship
  • Sandra Doyle as assistant secretary and general dogsbody. She was everywhere.
  • Lynn Hastings our ever vigilant Treasurer
  • Chris O’Brien for managing the Markets (and those who worked on the markets).
  • Angie Ulrichsen for our speakers, film night, the Whale Watching raffle, RYPEN, RYDA and van purchases.
  • John Doyle for market logistics and caravan management
  • John Rungen for heading the Busking Championship committee (and everyone on that Committee) and the Bowel Cancer program
  • Charmaine White for the Australia Day Duck Race and her work in Timor Leste
  • Peter Bull for assisting with the selection of our Tertiary Scholarship recipient and the occasional good joke
  • Frank Eden for managing the web site
  • Rolf Gimmel for caravan duties and his consistent work as Sergeant-at-Arms
  • Every other member for contributing when and where they could to the markets, raffle selling, 60th birthday celebrations, busking and barbecues.
  • AND to Michael O’Connor raffle seller extraordinaire

We are trialing a new form of leadership for 2019-2020. Let’s get behind our ‘Presidents Four’ and have another great year contributing to our community. All the best to Charmaine and her Board for 2019-20. Rod

THIS WEEK: Our Cinders Trivia Trophy

This Wednesday (12 June) we join our friends at Moruya Rotary to battle over trivia for the much coveted Cinders Trophy. It’s always a lot of fun. This year we are playing on their home turf at Moruya Golf Club, commencing 6.30 for 7pm. Cost is $17 pp. What we will lack in numbers  we are sure to make up for in quality.

There will therefore be no meeting this Thursday 13 June.

The Week that Was

Last week was a fairly laid back meeting with many away but still lots of chat, a slide show of the Busking Championships.

Spotted by the Beacon’s roving reporter Bob Aston in England in the village of Norton St Phillip, just outside Bath.

PP and PE Charmaine White gave the International Toast to the Rotary Club of Dili in Timor Leste, a club she is associated with through the dental project in Timor Leste.  The Rotary Club of Dili was chartered in 2002 with 32 Members.

Meanwhile, our travelling correspondent PP Bob Aston spotted a redundant phone box in Wales that has been-re-purposed to house a defibrillator… alas Frank and John, any redundant phone-boxes in our area seem to have already been removed.

Out and About

Moruya and Bay Rotary Changeovers

We have been invited to attend Moruya’s Changeover on Wednesday 26th  and Batemans Bay’s on Thursday 27th June. If you would like to attend one or other, please contact President Rod Changeovers .

Bega Rotary Winter Book Fair

Bega Rotary’s Book Fair is on next month from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July in the Bega Showground Pavilion. This is a mammoth undertaking by the Bega Club

They are expecting to have over 30,000 fiction and non-fiction books ready for sale. With storage space at a premium, they only accept books in quality condition and do not accept Encyclopaedias or Readers Digest which do not sell, They will be moving storage facility before the next book fair.

Bega and Monaro RYDA   

Over 300 Bega Valley and Monaro Year 11 students recently attended the Bega RYDA at Frog’s Hollow Go Kart Track south of Bega. Bega Rotary has coordinated the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Program since 2007, catering for 5,000 students. Narooma High students’ first RYDA was at Bega (and possibly the second) before they started going to Moruya. Schools that participated this year were Bega High, Eden Marine High, Bombala High, Lumen Christi Catholic College, South Coast Anglican College, Monaro High and Jindabyne Central with a small group from Moruya.

NEXT WEEK (20th):

Retired Narooma engineer Jeff Lean will talk about the social and economic drivers of climate change, subjects he has studied closely. Jeff feels considerable confusion and misinformation by government, financially interested parties and well-meaning but ill-informed green groups have clouded the issues and delayed working towards solutions.  He will also discuss meaningful community and individual actions.  

FOLLOWING WEEK (27TH):

Our guest speaker will be the new Principal of Narooma High Fiona Jackson.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 6 June 2019

THIS WEEK:  

First a Board meeting at 5pm, followed by an evening of fellowship to enjoy each other’s company, with some photos from our wonderfully successful Busking Festival.

LAST WEEK

Wrapped in love – President Rod launched his President’s Raffle last week – the prize a beautiful quilt made by his wife Jennifer.
Lynn Hastings received a Paul Harris Fellow

President Rod was full of surprises last week by presenting several awards that we would normally see presented at Changeover. His reason for going early? Most recipients would not be here for the changeover.

John Rungen received a double whammy – Paul Harris Fellow and Club Rotarian of the Year
Sandra Doyle was also made a Paul Harris Fellow

He named three members as Paul Harris Fellows – Lynn Hastings, John Rungen and Sandra Doyle, and presented John Rungen with the Club’s Rotarian of the Year Award. Congratulation to all recipients; their recognition is well deserved.

President Rod also promoted his President’s raffle of a lovely quilt made by his wife Jennifer. Books of 25 tickets are available from Rod – $2 each or three for $5. He will draw the raffle at our Changeover which is now on Thursday 4th July, instead of 27 June as is published on the tickets. All proceeds will go to local charities.

For our International Toast last week, Frank Eden toasted the Rotary Club of Kigali Virunga in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Chartered in 2000, it is the only English speaking club in Rwanda. It has given birth to four Rotaract and three Interact Clubs around Kigali. Their flagship project is the Kigali Public Library. Kigali has about one million people; it lost a significant proportion of its people in the 1994 genocide. It’s reported to be the cleanest city in Africa. Just over the border in Congo is North Kivu where 1900 cases of Ebola have been reported; of those, 1250 died, 490 were cured… presumably the rest are still sick. Frank said there is now a vaccine against Ebola but ignorance, misinformation and fear are frustrating containment.

Other News

Congratulations to Batemans Bay Rotarian PDG Maureen Manning who has been elected as our District’s Delegate to the Zone Nominating Committee for the 2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu.  We will see Maureen in a month; she will be the DG’s representative at our Club Changeover on Thursday 4th July.

By the way, if you were interested in going to the Honolulu Convention 6-10 June 2020, the early bird price of $395 ends 5 June.

Rotary Convention in Hamburg wraps up

Rotary International’s biggest event of the year ended in Hamburg this Wednesday. More than 24,000 Rotary members from 170 countries have been attending the 110th annual Rotary International Convention.

During the convention:

  •  Pressing world issues were discussed like polio eradication, pollution, refugee migration, disease prevention, and literacy.
  • An inspiring range of speakers from all over the world addressed the Convention
  • Delegates also had the opportunity to enhance their skills in areas like fellowship, integrity, diversity, service, and fellowship.

The next RI Convention in Australia will be in Melbourne in 2023.The convention is the most valuable conference ever won by Victoria. It is expected to attract 20,000 Rotary members from more than 200 countries and regions worldwide and to inject over $88 million into the Victorian economy.

NEXT WEEK:  Our annual Cinders

Next Wednesday (12 June) we head to Moruya to ‘battle’ with Moruya Rotarians for the coveted annual Cinders trophy. It’s always a lot of fun. This year we are playing on their home turf at Moruya Golf Club, commencing 6.30 for 7pm. Cost is $17 pp.

This Thursday we are finalising numbers so hopefully you have gathered some knowledgeable friends to make up for so many of our members who are away. The trophy last year was shared between the two clubs, and is currently in Moruya’s safe keeping. We shall try to organise car-pooling on Thursday for those who want it.

There will therefore be no meeting on Thursday 13 June.