Narooma Rotary Beacon 13 June 2019

Rod’s Ramble


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.  


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

Narooma Rotary Beacon 6 June 2019


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.


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.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 30 May 2019

Rod’s Ramble

Wonderful to have PP Bob Antill and Merinda lend a hand at the Busking on Saturday, shown here with Ang Ulrichsen and Mal Gray with one of the wonderful Instagram frames Jen French (nee Aston) designed and organised for the Festival

What a weekend! Blessed with beautiful weather we successfully delivered the Busking National Championship and our monthly Market thanks to a small but hard working crew. Congratulations and thanks to all those involved. The vibe on both days was fantastic and I have never see as many people on the Flat and around NATA Oval as there were on Saturday.

We are now rolling towards the end of another Rotary Year but there are still a few important activities we need to complete. Firstly we have Cinders on 12th June, the Market on 23rd June and finally Changeover on 4th July. Between now and then, I will be running my President’s Raffle which is a quilt made by Jennifer to be raffled over the next six weeks and drawn at our Changeover. I will have the Quilt and tickets available this week.

With so many members either travelling (6) or incapacitated (3) over June, it will be challenging to participate in all those events so please help where you can. See you Thursday. Rod

THIS WEEK: Fellowship where we can just relax and enjoy each other’s company

The Week that Was

Busking fills our town with music

Delighted Bev Long and Zoey Pepper of the duo Stitch took out the judges’ major award of $1,000 presented by Club Narooma’s John King

What a wonderfully successful Busking Championships on Saturday with the town buzzing from the Flat to the Plaza and, as Rod said, beautiful weather. This was Narooma Rotary’s third Narooma Championships, part of the Australian National Busking Championships (ANBC) and a significant event in Eurobodalla’s River of Art Festival.

At the awards presentation at the Golf Club Saturday evening, President Rod paid tribute to everyone who made the event possible – the many wonderful sponsors, Rotary’s hard working committee, the 48 buskers who took part from a wide geographical area, the 50 volunteers who helped on the day, and the community who turned out in force to enjoy the day.

The committee consisted of John Rungen (chair), Sandra and John Doyle, Lynda Ord, Chris O’Brien, Heather Ferguson, Jen French and Laurelle Pacey.

Eleanor and Rotarian Geoff Robin enjoyed selling busker votes on the Flat.

River of Art Festival co-chair Di Jay has thanked Rotary on behalf of the River of Art committee. “Well done Rotary with the busking champs,” she said. “Totally amazing day in Narooma. A pleasure to be collaborating with and promoting your event under the Festival umbrella.”

ANBC instigator Alan Spencer of Cooma praised our event. “Narooma’s regional championships are first class, one of the best in Australia,” he said. “Each year it’s becoming more professional both in the way it’s run and in the standard of performers. A lot of these buskers even in high school are now getting gigs and that’s showing in their growing professionalism.”

NATA Oval, behind the Visitors’ Centre, again had four busking hot spots sponsored by businesses away from the centre of town as well as a display of classic cars from the Combined Eurobodalla Classic Cars and new cars from the AMH Motor Group in Moruya.

A free shuttle bus, courtesy of Symons, ferried spectators between venues while the Golf Club’s bus ferried those buskers who needed transport around town.

MC Nadine Howard (Sandra and John’s daughter) noted at the presentations the extraordinary number of local businesses sponsoring prizes this year, reflecting the fantastic support of this Busking festival by the community. E

The five judges (Sandra and John’s granddaughter and long time busker Shelby Holland , Alan Spencer of ANBC, Ian Campbell of AboutRegional and RiotACT, Cr Lindsay Brown, and Fiona Brown of Slightly Twisted Productions) caught up with all acts through the day and made 27 awards. All are listed on Facebook and in the media.

Potent Soap of Batemans Bay won the major People’s Choice Award of $1,000, sponsored by Narooma Golf Club

The major award of Open Champion was awarded to local duo Stitch consisting of Bev Long and Zoey Pepper. The major  People’s Choice award (receiving the most Busker Votes) was Potent Soap of Batemans Bay (Jordan Young, Jack Gallen, Caeden Devane and Brendon Barnes).

Newly formed Narooma band the Lofties won the judges’ Primary Champion award.

Narooma’s major winners will be invited to compete in the ANBC National Grand Final in Cooma in November.

Last Week’s meeting

What a fascinating meeting last week with a large number of guests, not surprisingly many of them dog lovers. Chris had her good friends visiting from Victoria, Club regulars Gloria and Neil.

First though, John Rungen gave the international toast to the Rotary Club of Binghamton in New York State. It’s an old club established in 1912, has 41 members, and meets for lunch on Tuesdays. Their sub-committees often meet over breakfast. Their main focus over the last two years is tackling the opiate epidemic which includes driving public awareness towards the proper disposal of medication.

Fresh from RYPEN, Breeanna Glass and Narooma Rotary Director Ange Ulrichsen

We welcomed Narooma High student Breeanna Glass, fresh from the RYPEN Camp at Mogo. She delivered an engaging talk in quite a confident way about her initial feeling of boredom, thinking she would rather not be there; by the end of the weekend she had made two new close friends and realised that being a teenager is not boring. She has been invited to be a leader at a future RYPEN Camp. Many thanks to Ang for making this happen and giving Breeanna this opportunity.

Then of course it was over to our guest speaker Angela Keogh who spoke about dog behaviour, and by necessity dog owner behaviour. Her presentation was very entertaining, encouraging us to try and interpret what a dog’s body language might be indicating about how they were feeling. Angela is highly qualified , very experienced and obviously highly respected by all those who have used her services.

Canine bahaviour consultant and professional dog trainer Angela Keogh with Lynda Ord.

More on the new District 9705

On 1 July 2020, District 9710 joins District 9700 to become the new District 9705. Membership of 9700 had fallen below 1000, hence the RI decision. A transition team of past District Governors is sorting out the many administrative matters involved.

Michael Moore is nominated as the first Governor of the new District for Rotary Year 2020/21. Because of the number of clubs and the distances involved, he will have six Area Governors, replacing but having greater duties than the present Assistant Governors. Each will have no more than 15 clubs, plus Rotaract and Interact Clubs. Our area will extend from Bowral to the Victorian border. Within the planning task, PDG Phil Armstrong is heading a focus team looking at District programs in the vocational, international and community area.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 23 May 2019

Some of our 50 buskers registered for this year’s Narooma Busking Championships

Rotary fills Narooma with music

We have a huge weekend ahead of us with the Busking Festival all Saturday plus the markets to follow on Sunday. Hopefully we are ready for it, thanks to a lot of work by the core Busking team. There is mounting excitement among those in our community who have been before and enjoyed it immensely.

Our Festival is a regional championship of the Australian National Busking Championships (ANBC) with the final in Cooma in November. It’s also one of the major events in Eurobodalla’s River of Art Festival which concludes this weekend.

On Saturday, we have 50 buskers who will perform at three or four of the 32 busker hot spots between 9 and 3. There’s a map in our two-page feature in this week’s Narooma News. Busking HQ will again be in a cabin in Easts Riverside Park, manned by our incredible admin team headed by Sandra, Lynda and John R. All buskers register there as well as volunteers; volunteers return with money and votes. John Doyle is overall site manager and chief ‘fixer’.

Narooma business owners have sponsored spots in front of their businesses while some businesses in outlying areas have spots on NATA Oval where there will also be large displays of collectors’ and new cars. A free bus with Chris on board will take people between venues. A programme showing hot spots with a busker timetable will be available online and on the day from information stalls opposite the Ice Creamery on the Flat and on NATA Oval, and from roving Busker Vote sellers wearing a Rotary vest.

Buskers are competing for $10,000 in prize money. Narooma’s five judges determine most prizes, including the $1,000 prize for the overall winner. Our judges this year are ANBC coordinator Alan Spencer, Shelby Grace, Lindsay Brown, Fiona Brown, and Ian Campbell of About Regional.

Everyone can vote for their favourite busker for the People’s Choice prize of $1,000 by buying a busker vote from our sellers for $1. The busker gets 10 cents from each $1 vote. If the purchaser writes their name on the back of each vote, they enter a lucky draw. Buskers keep any money they collect. Any profits go towards enhancing music and performance education in our area.

The Festival culminates with a free busker concert at Narooma Golf Club from 4pm followed by prize presentation (activity in HQ 3-5 is frantic, counting votes and sorting out prizes!).

Then it’s the markets on Sunday! Hope everyone is feeling fit. Then we can relax… Great work everyone.


Our guest speaker is Angela Keogh who works as a canine behaviour consultant and professional dog (and owner!) trainer. Her subject will be ‘Real help at both ends of the leash’.

We also welcome our Narooma High student Breeanna Glass who we sponsored to the three-day Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN) at Mogo. She will be talking briefly about her RYPEN experience.

The Week that Was

With both President Rod and VP Laurelle away last week, Rolf Gimmel ably chaired the meeting. Our speaker was Julie Kirk, the Regional Operations Manager for Red Cross’ Central Region. Julie explained how Red Cross supports the health and wellbeing of local communities through a range of programmes. She explained the various programmes including the Community Visitors Scheme, Learner Driver Programme, Save-a-Mate, Community Development and Emergency. Robyn Miller thanked Julie on behalf of the club.

Last week’s guest speaker Julie Kirk from Red Cross was thanked by Robyn Miller.

Other news

Check your Bowels

Rotary’s annual bowel cancer awareness campaign ends soon. Age is an important factor in bowel cancer. The risk begins at age 40, doubling every five years and more rapidly as the person gets older. Bowel cancer is one of the most curable cancers if detected early. BowelCare kits cost $15 and are available from local pharmacies until the end of May.

Cinders battle for Trivia crown

On Wednesday 12 June, we ‘battle’ Moruya Rotarians for the coveted annual Cinders trophy. The trophy last year was shared between the two clubs, and is currently in Moruya’s safe keeping. This year we play on their home turf at Moruya Golf Club, commencing 6.30 for 7pm. Cost is $17 pp.

Hopefully you are coming with lots of very knowledgeable friends to make up for so many of our members who will be away. If you haven’t already done so, please fill in the attendance sheet for Cinders. We need final numbers by 5 June. Car-pooling is suggested.

Moruya Rotarians head to RI Convention

Moruya Rotarians John and Shirley Hayes will have a Moruya Rotary Club booth in the House of Friendship at the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg 1-5 June.

Shirl and John are managers of the Moruya RAWCS Sexual Health Education by Pictures Project. In February this year they travelled to Mindanao in the southern Philippines as part of joint RAWCS, Mindanao Poverty Relief Action team and Department of Education to deliver this much needed information to both female and male students.  Over three weeks, Shirl, John and the team from Mindanao Poverty Relief Action team visited 14 high schools and gave three- hour lectures to over 3,000 students and staff.  Teachers were concerned at the high rate of young teenage pregnancies and the lack of knowledge of sex and its outcomes. 

They were so inspired by the success of this project and the positive comments they received, Shirl and John have taken a stand in the House of Friendship to talk about this project to the Convention’s 24,000 delegates. 

Keep 8 August free for Bega Rotarians

Ange has organised with Bega President Margaret Taylor to have a combined meeting on 8 August, 6 for 6.30pm, at Cobargo Hotel. Ange reminds us this was initiated by the interest shown by our Club in Noel Trevaskis’ talk to us last year and the Business Breakfast Club started so successfully by Bega. We wanted to know more about the Breakfast Club so here’s our chance. Already about 15 Bega Rotarians have expressed interest in attending.

NEXT WEEK: Fellowship where we can just relax and enjoy each other’s company

Narooma Rotary Beacon 16 May 2019

Busking Countdown – the Narooma Rotary Busking Championships are just a week away. Here are some of the buskers who will be taking part this year.

Rod’s Ramble

While we had low numbers last week, there was a good vibe at the meeting. I think when the numbers are low the big table format we used last week works best; when there is a guest speaker separate tables of eight probably work best.

At the Board meeting, we agreed in principal to run the Renewable Energy Expo again in early November. Frank will lead the charge but he needs a group of willing assistants. We will put together a committee in July so if you can help out please volunteer. 

Frank also has suggested we need to do some succession planning for maintenance of the web site. We need someone with a basic knowledge of and confidence with computers to be mentored by Frank. If we can’t find someone in the Club maybe you know someone else who could help out? If interested, please let me know.

We will have a lot of people away over the next three months so we need everyone available for the Busking and the Markets in May as well as the Markets in June. Please try and be available on those days. Spouses, partners and friends also most welcome.

The Board is in the process of finalising our charitable distributions for 2018-19. We have already distributed over $17,000 and have about $5,000 available. If you have a local charity/service group you think we should support let me know.

I have just been offered a large body of work which means I will miss the meetings on 16 and 23 May and 13 and 27 June. This also means we will have to move the Changeover date to 4 July. Rod


Our guest speaker is Julie Kirk who will talk about Red Cross services available on the South Coast. The range of services they provide these days is extraordinary so Julie’s talk will be particularly informative.

The Week that Was

It was great to welcome Peter Bull back. He gave an entertaining and interesting talk about Karen’s and his experiences on their recent Ghan expedition. The train was 1km long and passengers were taken to their carriages in golf carts!

Presidents x four for 2019-2020

It was with a sense of great relief that members at the Club Assembly supported the Board’s recommendation to have four presidents through 2019-2020, one every three months. Charmaine White will do the first three months, Ange Ulrichsen the second, and Bob Aston and Rod Walker will share the first six months of 2020. Laurelle offered to stay in the role of vice president through the year to give some continuity, if that works out best for the Club, rather than do one three month term as president.


Our BowelCare coordinator John Rungen drew everyone’s attention to the fact that Rotary’s annual bowel cancer awareness campaign is underway.
BowelCare kits cost $15 from local pharmacies and are available until the end of May.

Age is an important factor in bowel cancer. The risk begins at age 40, doubling every five years and more rapidly as the person gets older. bowel cancer is one of the most curable cancers if detected early.” John made an interesting point that this programme is available for everybody regardless of age, whereas the free National Bowel Cancer Screening Program is only provided to those aged 50-74.

Peter and Laurelle spoke about how Rotarians used to be more involved in distributing the kits, which thankfully we don’t have to do today.


Ange told last week’s meeting she is delighted that two Narooma High Aboriginal students will attend RYPEN this weekend at Old Mogo Town – Breanna Glass and Layton Moore. We hope to hear back from them in coming weeks about their RYPEN experience.

RYPEN (Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment) is an intensive three-day program of plenary sessions, workshops, and sport and entertainment activities. Participants are given the opportunity to hear from people who have achieved in business, sport and entertainment. Those presenters will share their experiences with students while emphasizing the need to work hard and stay focused. Participants interact with peers from different backgrounds and improve their team working and leadership skills, and all in an informal atmosphere.

Appropriate too that this is taking part in May which is Rotary International’s Youth Service Month.

Changeover dates changed

In view of Rod Walker’s work commitments, our Club changeover has been moved from Thursday 27 June to Thursday 4 July. Hopefully more people will be able to participate at that time in this important event. Rod and incoming president (for three months) Charmaine White will work out the details. It will be two courses at $35 per person. Partners and Guests welcome.

Other news

Cinders’ battle for Trivia crown

On Wednesday 12 June, we go ‘into battle’ with Moruya for the coveted annual Cinders Trophy. This year we are playing on Moruya’s home turf at Moruya Golf Club, commencing 6.30 for 7pm. Cost is $17 pp. John Doyle will circulate an attendance list for Cinders over the next two weeks.

This is a great fun night. The trophy last year was shared between the two clubs and is currently in Moruya’s safe keeping. Car-pooling is suggested. Guests of Rotarians are particularly encouraged, President Rod adds particularly if they are knowledgeable about all things ‘trivial’. We need final numbers by 5 June.

Our Mother Club Bega

Ange has organised with BegaRotary President Margaret Taylor to have a combined Narooma-Bega meeting on 8 August 6 for 6.30pm. The tentative venue is Cobargo Hotel where we have met many times over the years. It will be great to catch up with Bega Rotarians again.

D9710’s last conference

The last District 9710 Conference will be held at Ulladulla on 8 March 2020. The following year D9710 will disappear as a district and amalgamate with D9700 to become the much larger D9705.

Next week:

Our guest speaker will be Angela Keogh who works as a canine behaviour consultant and professional dog (and owner!) trainer. Her subject will be ‘Real help at both ends of the leash’.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 9 May 2019

Rod’s Ramble

Visiting Rotarian Lindsay Jones of the Rotary Club of Balwyn

Hi all

We held a successful Assembly last week where it was decided that because we had no nomination for President in 2019-20, we would rotate former Presidents for periods of three months. The four Presidents would also be members of the Board for 12 months.

Charmaine volunteered to take the first three months from July to September and Laurelle and Ange agreed to take one of the other three month periods . That leaves one three month period to be filled.

Under the circumstances, this is a good result. Two factors impacted on this situation. Firstly a number of members are away for lengthy periods in 2019-2020 and  we have some members dealing with serious health issues. Hopefully 2020-2021 will be better. We already have a President Elect in Rolf so that is a great start.

We were also without a Secretary for 2019-20. Sandra Doyle has agreed to be Correspondence Secretary while I have agreed to be Minutes Secretary, with the understanding that others would need to relieve us from time to time. I encourage all members able to assist by stepping up to these roles when needed.

Our next event is the Busking Championship on Saturday 25 May followed by the Markets on Sunday 26 May. All hands available will need to be on deck to help with running these events; hope you can help.

Also please keep in mind our Changeover on Thursday 27 June. Rod

The Week that Was

Last week

Our Club Assembly last week particularly focussed on how the Club would deal with having no nomination for president next year (see Rod’s Ramble). The outcome reflects everyone’s determination to ensure the Club’s survival and being able ‘to continue to do good in the world’ and in our own community.

Charmaine White raised the possibility of the Club assisting an exsiting solar power programme at an orphanage she visited during her time earlier this year on a dental aid project. This will be discussed further by the Board this week.

We also welcomed visiting Rotarian Lindsay Jones from the Rotary Club of Balwyn, a very active club of more than 70 members in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. Lindsay said he found it very rewarding being a member of Balwyn Club. Their main fundraiser is their weekly Sunday Camberwell markets, going for over 40 years, which raises about $900,000(! surely there’s a nought too many!) a year to fund a wide range of charitable causes. They usually have about 400 stalls at $60 per stall, and the markets require about 20 people to run. He also mentioned the Club’s involvement with the Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway once a month

Lynn Hastings with son Todd Hardingham

Lynn Hastings’ son Todd Hardingham also graced our table. He was visiting en route to Merimbula to do a gig as a professional photographer.

Laurelle gave the International Toast last week to all 61 Rotary Clubs of Sri Lanka, particularly the Rotary Club of Colombo Central, in the wake of the tragic bombings of three Christian churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka just days before. The only reference Laurelle could find on Club web sites to the bombings was this:

The Rotary Club of Colombo Central stands together and strong with the rest of Sri Lankans at this very difficult period. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost their loved ones. Once full verification is done to the current situation we will initiate projects to rebuild churches and assist families of the victims.

Our thoughts are with them.

Narooma Oyster Festival

Our Club decided it was not in a position to take the food van to the Oyster Festival’s Friday concert, largely because of the difficulty with manning it. That decision freed up some members to just enjoy Friday’s music and fireworks, with Charmaine’s daughter Lizzie fronting headline nine-piece powerhouse party band Big Boss Groove from Canberra. Fantastic.

Not having to work in the food van freed Ange, Lynn and Charmaine up to get with the Oyster Festival vibe and just enjoy the music.

Next week:

Our guest speaker Julie Kirk will talk about Red Cross services that are available on the South Coast. The range of services they provide these days is extraordinary so that will be particularly interesting. We will also be joined by our Assistant Governor Alan Russell of Batemans Bay.

Just a reminder May is Youth Services Month.

On another note:

Physicist Albert Einstein was not only a renowned physicist but also famous for some of his inspirational quotes, like these…..

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.”


Narooma Rotary Beacon 2 May 2019

THIS WEEK: Club Assembly

This week’s meeting will be a Club Assembly where President Rod will discuss with us a possible presidential scenario for the 2019-2020 year.

You will recall in the last Beacon Rod outlined that the Board had discussed possibly sharing the presidential role through the coming year between several former Club Presidents and he wants to discuss this with us all this week. Rod said our Assistant District Governor Allan Russell said there is a precedent where one club rotated the presidency every three months so that a 12-month commitment was not required.

Our Board agreed to this in principle and there was some interest from Board members to nominate, but it was agreed that we should put the idea to members at this Club Assembly. If that is the Club’s wish, the Board would seek nominations as soon as possible.

The Busking Festival committee will meet at 5pm at the Golf Club.


Anzac Day

Our Club was well represented at the Anzac Day services with four of our members in the community choir – Robyn Miller, Lynda Ord, Sandra Doyle and Chris O’Brien, Laurelle Pacey marching, and John Doyle attending.

John and Sandra Doyle laid the Club’s wreath at the memorial.

Narooma Oyster Festival

At the Markets on Sunday, it was decided to withdraw from taking the food van to the Oyster Festival’s community concert, largely because of the difficulty with manning the van at that time, what with so many members being away.

Holiday Markets

The gate takings were down a bit even from the last market at $835. We only took $364.55 at the van and the wishing well was $63.70. All of which suggests that many holidaymakers were heading home that day. The town had certainly been buzzing up until then.

Last meeting

At our last meeting which was on the 18th April, Laurelle Pacey spoke about how Narooma has a plethora of war memorials with only two referencing its own servicemen and women; most are generic. She explained how Narooma has come to have seven different war memorials between Dalmeny and the Uniting Church in Narooma. They are:

The Queen of Narooma and her entourage beside the just completed Memorial Hall in December 1925. The wall behind is where the Now Showing display is today.
  • the Memorial Hall (Kinema) – built 1925 as the town’s memorial to its soldiers at the First World War and containing the Honour Roll to all soldiers from the district who went to war. All Anzac Fay and Remembrance Day services were held here until 1975. The first function in the Hall was the crowning of the Queen of Narooma, all related to raising funds to pay for the Hall.
  • The central window in the Uniting Church Tower, erected in 1933 in memory of soldiers who gave their lives for their fellows during the Great War. More recently the RSL installed a plaque stating it was also a memorial to subsequent wars.
  • The CWA Rooms were erected in memory of those who served in the 1939-1945 War. Erected between 1948 and 1950.
  • Clock Tower in Thomson Park, now without a clock, was erected in 1975 as the Narooma War Memorial by the RSL Sub Branch and Narooma citizens. It was erected in memory of those who gave their lives in all wars the cause of freedom. Called. Anzac Day and Remembrance Day services were then held in front of this memorial from then until the new war memorial was built at Club Narooma in 2012. An Honour Roll to the district’s servicemen and women was only installed in 2013, an initiative of Trevor Bennett and Narooma Historical Society.
  • Avenue of Remembrance of New Zealand Christmas Bushes on the Flat – an RSL Sub-Branch initiative, dedicated in 1995 as part of the Australia Remembers programme commemorating 50 years since the end of the Second World War. It honours the men and women who served Australia during World War II.
  • Club Narooma war memorials – dedicated i18 August 2012 to all conflicts.
  • The Anzac Memorial Drive on part of Dalmeny Drive, established in 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

International toast at the last meeting

Lynda Ord proposed the International Toast to the Rotary Club of Paris Notre-Dame, after the devastating fire at the Cathedral earlier that week. She wrote to the Club beforehand and was delighted to receive the following response from the Club’s Public Relations Secretary Laetitia Andreu.

Dear Lynda and Friends from the Rotary Club of Narooma. Thank you for your support and your kind message. The structure and most of art works were saved.

She welcomed the support by many French and other billionaires and multinational companies which will help ensure the Cathedral will be rebuilt.   The Notre-Dame Rotary Club was founded in 2006. Interesting to see the Club’s average age is 42 years, over 65% of its members are women, and it meets twice a month.

NEXT THURSDAY: Board meeting at 5pm

Narooma Rotary Beacon 18 April 2019

Rod’s Ramble

Hello Rotarians

President Rod presented Rotary Pride of Workmanship Awards on Thursday to Kimberley Clunne (IRT Dalmeny), front left, Jo Donkin (Dalmeny Long Day Child Care Centre), Jeannie Willoughby (Estia Health Dalmeny), Ria Manolias (Bodalla Dairy Shed), Karen Grindley (IRT Home Care); Melissa Burke (Tilba Real Dairy), back left, Ali Elmasri (Rapley’s Mid-town Quality Meats), Scott Curry (Will’s Water Worx). Will Farrell, back right, collected the award on behalf of Daniel Smith. Elise Dixson was also unable to be there.

What a great night last week at the Pride of Workmanship presentations. Laurelle has the details below but I would like to congratulate Laurelle and her helpers for firstly attracting 10 awardees and secondly putting on a great night. Thanks also to Lynda Ord for a great job as MC.

At the Board meeting last week, I am proud to report that we committed funds that achieved most of my fundraising targets for the year. These were $3,000 to each of our Tertiary Scholarship Fund, Rotary Health and The Foundation ($1,500) and Polio Plus ($1,500). These donations are a testament to everyone who has sold or bought raffle tickets, worked at the Markets and cooked or cleaned at other BBQs or participated in other events.

We have one target to meet and that is $3,000 to local charities. I have one more raffle to run, a quilt made by my very clever wife which I will start after Easter. Monies raised will go towards the $3,000 local charities target.

Re: 2019-2020 – please consider carefully

At the last Board meeting, we discussed options for filling the President vacancy for 2019-2020. Our Assistant District Governor Allan Russell said he had seen another club rotate the presidency every three months so that a 12-month commitment was not required. So that would mean four presidents over the year.

The Board agreed to this in principle and there was some interest from Board members to nominate. It was agreed that we should put the idea to members at our Club Assembly on 2 May. If agreed, we would also seek nominations as soon as possible. The Board is still happy to take an expression of interest for the full year up until 2 May so, if you can make the commitment for a full year, please contact me ASAP.

See you Thursday. Happy Easter to those already away or unable to attend.

This Week

Laurelle Pacey will talk about how Narooma has remembered those who have gone to war over the years. Please bring your friends!

The Week that was

Last week, 10 local businesses recognised valued employees at our annual Pride of Workmanship Awards at a special dinner at Narooma Golf Club. Lynda Ord was our MC.

“This is a great night, always so uplifting, and a highlight of our Rotary year,” she said. “It’s our version of the Logies or the Academy awards but without all the carry-on. It’s a chance for employers across the broad spectrum of businesses and service providers in our community to publicly recognise key staff members for their contribution and excellent work across all aspects of their job, and how much that’s appreciated. Our community as well as these particular businesses benefit greatly from what they do.”

The great strength of these awards is it’s not a competition, so everyone nominated is a winner. We couldn’t do these awards without the support of all the various businesses, some who come on board most years.

Those who received awards this year were:

  • Elise Dixson (Anton’s Café)
  • Ria Manolias (Bodalla Dairy Shed)
  • Daniel Smith (Dalmeny Electrical & South Coast Lighting)
  • Jo Donkin (Dalmeny Long Day Child Care Centre)
  • Jeannie Willoughby (Estia Health Dalmeny)
  • Kimberley Clunne (IRT Dalmeny)
  • Karen Grindley (IRT Home Care)
  • Ali Elmasri (Rapley’s Mid-town Quality Meats)
  • Melissa Burke (Tilba Real Dairy)
  • Scott Curry (Will’s Water Worx)    

Rotary Christmas Races 2019

The beneficiary of our joint fund raising with Batemans Bay and Moruya  Rotary clubs and the Moruya Jockey Club at the Christmas Races will be Yumaro and Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels. The aim will be to raise at least $15,000 towards a people mover bus for use by both organisations.


Narooma Rotary Beacon 11 April 2019


This Thursday is the club’s annual Pride of Workmanship Awards, one of the most prestigious nights in our Club’s calendar. President Rod will be presenting 10 awards to employees nominated by their employer because of their outstanding approach, attitude, dedication and commitment to their job.

There will be 50 people all up, including Rotarians. Lynda Ord will be our MC. Should be a great night. It’s normal time – 6 for 6.30pm. Cost is $35 for a two-course meal (choice of two dishes each course).


Last Week

Ang Ulrichsen and Sandra Doyle with Narooma High students at RYDA last Tuesday.

Sandra Doyle gave an interesting account of their day with students from Narooma High last Tuesday for the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) at Moruya Jockey Club. Sandra, Ang Ulrichsen and Geoff Robin were our representatives. Batemans Bay students were also there that day.

This was the second day of this year’s RYDA. All up, 240 Year 11 students attended this year from the Eurobodalla’s five high schools. There were six different sessions presented by qualified and experienced presenters to small groups of students.

This is the 12th year RYDA has been held as a joint project of the Eurobodalla Rotary Clubs; during that time more than 2,200 local students have benefited.

RYDA Eurobodalla coordinator Neil Simpson of Batemans Bay Rotary paid tribute to the many Rotary and community volunteers, presenters and school staff who support this program each year:

  • Coastal Auto Group each year provides a car for the stopping demonstration
  • NSW Police each year provides three officers and a highway patrol car for the two days
  • Moruya Jockey Club allows us to use their premises free of charge each year
  • Our presenters come from Rotary, two local learn-to-drive schools, NSW police, Eurobodalla Shire Council or the community. Lunch for everyone is donated and prepared by Moruya Rotarians. It is truly a joint effort!

Neil Simpson also managed to get extensive media coverage for RYDA; it was also a great promotion of Rotary. He said nearly 50,000 students across Australia and New Zealand are expected to attend a RYDA course this year organised by Rotary.

While there are several different driver education courses available, he said RYDA is considered best practice, most current and very relevant to learner drivers. The next local RYDA is 30-31March 2020.

An added bonus last week was welcoming back from Antarctica and Galapagos Islands our much travelled Charmaine White. She gave an impromptu talk about her travels. Fascinating.

Rotary Emergency Services Community Award

Do you know anyone from one of NSW Emergency Service Agencies who perform Community Service above and beyond the call of their normal duties?  Nominees must be appointed as paid or unpaid (volunteer) members of either Fire + Rescue NSW, Marine Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance Service, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW State Emergency Service or the Volunteer Rescue Association.

Check out Tuesday’s email from Bob Aston for more information.


Laurelle Pacey will talk about how Narooma has remembered those who have gone to war over the years. Please bring your friends!

Narooma Rotary Beacon 4 April 2019

Rod’s Ramble

Off to Canberra again this week – President in absentia again. Laurelle will be in the chair. I hope though to be around for the rest of April’s meeting.

I thought last week’s meeting had a really good vibe with a wonderful number of guests, mainly thanks to Ange’s efforts. Dr Denis Muller was certainly an interesting guest speaker.

Colin Lyle from the Rotary Club of Sete presents President Rod with a banner.

We also had a visiting Rotarian, Colin Lyle from the Rotary Club of Sète. Sète is a major port in the southeast French region of Occitanie. It’s bordered by the Étang de Thau, a biodiverse saltwater lagoon and across a narrow isthmus, Sète’s Mediterranean coast which is lined with sandy beaches. The top of Mont St Clair offers views of the city, known as “Venice of the Languedoc” for its canal network. The Musée Paul Valéry has displays on the history of Sète, plus an art collection. 

We have plenty of action coming up.


Last Week

Last Thursday we had 32 members and guests at our meeting. We were delighted to have Colin Lyle with us from the Rotary Club of Sete as well as our guest speaker, Dr Denis Muller.

Colin Lyle is in Australia to visit family and decided that Narooma was a good place to stop over on his way to Melbourne. Like Narooma Rotary, the Rotary Club of Sete is finding it difficult to attract new members, the average age of members is over 70. The Club has two dinner meetings as well as two informal meetings a month.

Denis Muller spoke on Fake news and the decline in credibility of the media. Denis is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. Denis believes that the main reasons for the loss of public trust in the media include political partisanship, the perverse effects of competition, the culture of competitiveness and individualism, and the lack of accountability.

Mal Gray tanks Denis Muller following his presentation at Thursday nights meeting.

Denis believes that although ‘Fake News’ is not new (he provided numerous examples of fake news from well before the Internet and social media) the rise of the Internet makes it all the more prevalent with many journalists, social media companies and media organisations failing to check the facts before a story is published.


This Thursday, Sandra, Ange and Geoff will tell us all about their experiences at this year’s Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA). They will have accompanied Narooma High’s Year 11 students around the various stops on Tuesday. RYDA targets pre-learner drivers from Eurobodalla Shire’s five high-schools. It is run by Batemans Bay Rotary in conjunction with Moruya and Narooma Clubs. Our Club pays for the bus to get Narooma students there.

District 9710 Changeover

Incoming District Governor, Peter Ford has advised that the District Changeover is on  Sunday 30 June 2019 at Gold Creek Station, Victoria Street, HALL ACT. 12 noon for 12.30pm start. Details re cost and registration still to come.

NEXT WEEK: Pride of Workmanship Awards

Next Thursday is the club’s annual Pride of Workmanship Awards, one of our most prestigious nights of the year. It will be wonderful to have a few of our partners along.

We look like making about eight awards. Each person receiving an award has been nominated by their employer because of their outstanding qualities in terms of approach, attitude, dedication and commitment to their job. This Rotary program aims to encourage pride of workmanship in the community by publicly recognising the value of a pride in personal performance in the workplace, hence the scheme’s motto ‘Do it once, do it well.’ Another way of saying that might be, ‘Good enough is just not good enough’.

It’s normal time – 6 for 6.30pm. Cost is $35 for a two-course meal (choice of two dishes each course; please let Bob know numbers and any special dietary requirements). Hope to see you there.

On a lighter note

  • Every time you clean something, you make something else dirty.
  • Many animals probably need glasses, but nobody knows it.