Narooma Rotary Beacon 19 April 2018

Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great week.

Out and about

Pride of Workmanship

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

Those who received awards this year were:

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

More on Narooma Oyster Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

Busking Festival

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

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

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

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



Narooma Rotary Beacon 12 April 2018

Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone

Thank you to Anthony who took us on a tour of the Plaza Pharmacy as a part of our ‘Rotarian Presents’ program last Thursday. Anthony’s presentation was most informative; Laurelle has more information about the visit elsewhere in the Beacon.

Sandra Doyle and Ang Ulrichsen at the Relay 

On Sunday John and Sandra Doyle, Ange and I cooked breakfast at the Cancer Council ‘Relay for Life’ at Bill Smyth Oval. Although numbers were down on last year and at time business was quite slow, the whole event was a credit to the organisers and their supporters, through their hard work much needed money was raised to help fight cancer.

This Thursday we hold our annual Pride of Workmanship dinner. The purpose of ‘Pride of Workmanship’ is to recognise the many valued and hardworking employees in our small community.  I am sure Thursday will be a great success. Thank you to Laurelle for all her hard work in organising the event.

We are due to have a Board meeting this Thursday, however, because of the Pride of Workmanship dinner I have postponed the meeting until the following Thursday. Board members are asked to have their reports uploaded  or emailed to Sandra by 14 April.


Out and About

Last Thursday at the Pharmacy

Anthony Whittle presents his work at Plaza Pharmacy

What a fascinating insight Anthony Whittle gave us last week into what’s involved in running the Plaza Pharmacy which recently moved into new premises. Interesting to go behind the counter and out back to see where a lot of the work actually happens.

Everyone had a host of questions particularly about the changes in legislation as to what medicines are now no longer sold over the counter but require a prescription. Interesting too that unlike ‘days of old’, most pharmacists no longer make up potions and medicines; only a very few specialist pharmacists still do. This ‘Rotarian Presents’ series, introduced by President Bob, has proved to be quite fascinating.

Some points from the Drug and Alcohol Forum at Moruya

About 200 people attended the Drug and Alcohol Forum in Moruya on Monday night hosted by the combined Eurobodalla Rotary Clubs, including Bob Aston, Chris O’Brien, Ange Ulrichsen, Laurelle Pacey and Gordon and Di Bentley represented our Club. Does the Eurobodalla have a drug and alcohol problem? The answer from the forum was overwhelmingly ‘yes’. Interestingly the  women who spoke at the Forum about their experiences, two about their kids and the impact on their families, were all from Narooma.

At Monday’s Drug and Alcohol Forum at Moruya, the former Director of Emergency Services at St Vincent’s Hospital Gordian Fulde, left, Moruya  paramedic Jon Chivers, Psychotherapist and addiction counsellor John Falcon, Michelle Preston and Donna Falconer of Narooma, and Moruya Rotary President Mike Dent.

Keynote speaker was the former Director of Emergency Services at St Vincent’s Hospital Gordian Fulde, 2016 Senior Australian of the Year.  His initial talk was on the dramatic reduction in trauma cases presenting to Sydney hospital emergency departments from the early closing of licensed premises in parts of Sydney including Kings Cross.

Gordian also spoke about drugs being big business, and that Ice is the most evil drug we have at the moment. ‘It has the biggest profit margin, is easy to make, is very addictive and it destroys the person very quickly, their family and their friendships.’

In response to a question about why people become addicts, Gordian believes a lack of self-esteem makes people more vulnerable but added there are many variables and each person  is different. An early sign of a problem is when someone dramatically changes friends. ‘Drugs take their pain away from reality,’ he said.

Keynote speaker was the former Director of Emergency Services at St Vincent’s Hospital Gordian Fulde, Ang Ulrichsen, Chris O’Brien and Laurelle Pacey at Monday’s Forum.

Michelle Preston said in her experience, addiction was brought on by someone not feeling any connection with other people. She spoke of the need for people to talk with each other, look each other in the eye, and interact with each other. Donna Falconer of Narooma said she is now responsible for raising all her grandchildren because of their parents’ Ice addition.

Psychotherapist and addiction counsellor John Falcon said addiction was an illness and spoke of the culture of denial of alcoholism and depression and shame when individuals succumbed. He said because addictions are illnesses, society should move from punishment to treatment but often the addict doesn’t think they need help. He said the most effective treatment was to work through families wherever possible and put family members first. They need to set boundaries and spoke of ‘tough love’. By working with and supporting families they often eventually can help a person recover. Progress can be painfully slow, particularly if the patient lacks family support.

Aboriginal woman Marilyn Campbell of Narooma spoke movingly about her own recovery and the importance of recovering addicts coming out of gaol or rehabilitation having jobs, training or work experience to help them gain self-esteem and a sense of belonging and respect.

Moruya club President Mike Dent said the aim of Monday’s meeting was to try to bring together the relevant people and organisations to come up with a formal drug action team. We await news hopefully of such a team being formed.

A word from Uni

Lynda Ord received a lovely note from Tahlia Arnold who is in her first year at Wollongong University. She received some financial assistance from the Club just for her first year, as runner-up in the Tertiary Scholarship considerations.

Tahlia Arnold

Hi Lynda, I’d just thought I’d let you know how I’m going at UOW so far.
I’m doing Psychology courses with an elective that I’ve picked up called ‘Introduction to Indigenous Studies’ which I adore so far. Everything in every class has caught my attention and I’m keeping up-to-date with all the work by making a start on any assignments and readings as soon as I get them.
I can’t get over how beautiful the campus is and how nice all the tutors and lecturers are. I’ve even joined a PASS (Peer Assisted Study Session) group and made friends in that.
I’ve checked my course outlines and by the looks of it, the next few weeks are going to be busy with assignments and presentations. I better start buckling down even more! Thank you again for this opportunity.

Kind regards
Tahlia Arnold

See you this Thursday night for the Pride of Workmanship Awards. Usual time, 6 for 6.30, cost $30 (two-course meal). If you haven’t already booked with Bob and intend to come, please contact him immediately because tables will be set.

Cheers Laurelle

Narooma Rotary Beacon 5 April 2018

Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone
I hope all members and friends had a relaxing and enjoyable Easter. It was great to see so many visitors in town enjoying all Narooma has to offer including wonderful weather and fantastic places to eat and hang out. Just for the record, Therese and I had a great weekend painting!
We have a busy week ahead of us. This Thursday we visit Anthony Whittle at Narooma Plaza Pharmacy as a part of our ‘Rotarian Presents’ program. We will meet at the pharmacy at 6.00pm and move to the Golf Club around 6.45pm.

At the start of last year’s Relay for Life. Courtesy Narooma News

This Sunday morning, we will have the food van at Bill Smyth Oval providing breakfast for those involved in Relay for Life; hope you can help. At Thursday’s meeting, John Doyle will be looking for volunteers to staff the van on Sunday.
Next Monday 9 April, Moruya Rotary Club will host a drug and alcohol forum at St Mary’s Performing Arts Centre in Moruya. Please attend if you can. Laurelle has more.
There is an excellent article in Rotary on the Move by Noel Trevaskis, about membership. If you have a few spare minutes it’s well worth the read.
Have a great week

Out and About

Rotarians volunteer at Four Winds

Wonderful to see Rotarians Ang Ulrichsen and Lynne Hastings volunteering (yet again!) at the Four Winds Festival, south of Bermagui, over the Easter weekend, as well as one of our Friends of Rotary Heather Ferguson. An army of volunteers is needed to ensure this fantastic event happens. Well done ladies!

Relay for Life

Eurobodalla’s Relay For Life is on this weekend at Narooma’s Bill Smyth Oval. It is a fun and moving event that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. It’s a chance for the Eurobodalla community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer, and to raise money to help save more lives.

The Relay starts at 2pm this Saturday and goes overnight ending at 10am on Sunday. We will be proving breakfast on Sunday. Hope you can help in  the van.

Drug and Alcohol Forum at Moruya

The combined Eurobodalla Rotary Clubs will host a meeting in Moruya on Monday 9 April called ‘Breaking the ice … does the Eurobodalla have a drug and alcohol problem?’ See flyer below.

Moruya club president Mike Dent says the idea came from a sense of frustration with drug and alcohol issues across the shire, following a discussion with a local paramedic. ‘As an organisation, we had two options – bury our heads in the sand, or pull a meeting together to discuss the issue,’ he said.

Mike says the aim of Monday’s meeting is to try to bring together the relevant people and organisations to come up with a strategy to inform the public and help affected families and friends. Keynote speaker is the former Director of Emergency Services at St Vincent’s Hospital Gordian Fulde, 2016 Senior Australian of the Year. A paramedic, police officer and a drug counsellor will also speak.

The meeting is next Monday 9 April from 7pm in St Mary’s Performing Arts Centre, Queen Street, Moruya.

Thursday 12 April – our Club’s Pride of Workmanship Awards

Next Thursday (12 April) is the club’s annual Pride of Workmanship Awards at Narooma Golf Club, one of our most prestigious nights of the year. It is a partners’ night. It’s normal time –  6 for 6.30pm. Cost is $30 for a two-course meal (choice of two dishes each course; please ensure the Club knows of any special dietary requirements).

At this stage, it looks like we will present about eight awards this year. Each person has been nominated by their employer because of their outstanding qualities in terms of approach, attitude, dedication and commitment to their job. This is not a competition. This Rotary program aims to encourage a 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.’

See you at the Plaza Pharmacy this Thursday.




Narooma Rotary Beacon 29 March 2018

Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone

We survived a busy weekend with the markets on Sunday and RYDA on Monday.

With many of our regulars away over the weekend, it was great to see so many members and friends step up and take over key roles at the Markets. A special thank you to David and Rachel McInnes who organised and staffed the gate at the market in the absence of Chris and Laurelle; I understand there were no complaints from stall holders or potential shoppers. Lynn reports we took $685.00 at the gate, grossed $359.80 at the van and collected $101.15 from the wishing well.

On Monday, Ange Ulrichsen and Michael O’Connor, along with our regular visiting Rotarian Gordon Bentley, headed off to Moruya Racecourse for RYDA. Thank you for giving up your time I look forward to hearing how the day progressed.

On Monday I also attended Narooma Probus Club’s AGM. I can report that the Club had an interesting and varied year and a new team of office bearers are ready to the reins for the next 12 months.

Last Thursday we had 16 members and guests at our normal meeting. Our guest speaker was Jane Taylor from Bega who spoke about the ‘Teen Clinic’. Teen Clinic was set up in Bega and expanded to Narooma late last year. The Clinic operates out of the Lighthouse Surgery, it provides an informal drop in service for teenagers to discuss health issues that they may not wish to discuss with their parents or their GP. At the Clinic a nurse assesses that patient and either provides advice or if appropriate refers them to another health professional.  Although the Narooma Clinic has started out slowly with fewer turn-ups than expected, the Practice Nurse at the Surgery Chrissi Moody expects the service to pick up steam once it’s better known and understood within the community.

This Thursday: Don’t forget there is no meeting this Thursday evening at the Golf Club. Breakfast in the park has been cancelled. 

Next Thursday (5 April) we will start at the Narooma Plaza Pharmacy at 5.30pm where Anthony Whittle will tell us about the pharmacy and how it all works.

Have a wonderful Easter everyone. Enjoy the chocolate!

Receiving a certificate for being the school that had the 2,000th student to attend RYDA at Moruya were Narooma High teachers Rhys Kenna, Yvonne Adams, students Bradley O’Sullivan and Chloe Carlson, and teacher Dion Cafe (been to every RYDA).

Warm regards


Out and about

Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA)

Our Club was well represented at RYDA on Monday by Ang Ulrichsen, Michael O’Connor and our regular visiting Rotarian Gordon Bentley (Dubbo). They accompanied Narooma High students; our Club is paying for their bus.

The RYDA programme is run over two days each April at Moruya Racecourse by Batemans Bay Rotary in conjunction with Moruya and Narooma Clubs. Different schools go over the two days.

It targets pre-learner drivers from Eurobodalla Shire’s five high-schools. RYDA coordinator Neil Simpson (former Batemans Bay High Principal) said it’s an opportunity for students to learn and talk about how they will function as a driver or as a passenger. The theme of the day is ‘My Life, My Choices’ and covers  topics such as hazard perception, fatigue, stopping distances, vehicle safety and the opportunity to listen to and speak with a crash survivor. Ang said Narooma students stayed fully engaged the whole day.

This was RYDA’s 11th year in the Eurobodalla and in that time over 2,000 Year 11 students have been through the course; on Monday, a student from Narooma was the 2,000th student.

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

The RYDA programme is written and resourced by Road Safety Education Ltd  and is presented to students from 600 schools across Australia.

While enjoying the Ballarat Festival, Sandra Doyle tells Jock and the Drongoes about Narooma Busking Festival.

Busking at Ballarat

On Saturday, our intrepid Busking groupies Sandra and John Doyle were at the Ballarat Regional Final of the Australian National Busking Championships, hosted by the Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast. Like us, this was also Ballarat’s second year.

Heavy rain on Saturday put a dampener on the Festival’s first few hours, but the spirits of the 200 performers at the 39 Busking Hot Spots defied the deluge. ‘Buskers never give up,’ says Sandra. Sunshine soon followed and it turned out to be ‘a super day’.

Needless to say, Sandra kept very busy spreading the word among the buskers about the attractions of the Narooma festival; a few might well venture our way in May.

District Conference

Unfortunately no one from our Club could attend the District Conference in Mittagong, but we can glean a few insights from Moruya President Mike Dent’s comprehensive report in their bulletin this week. Seven Moruya Club representatives went. Mike mentioned several inspirational speakers:

  • Libby Weir who has volunteered in Natal, South Africa for three months a year over 13 years. Originally she worked in an AIDS orphanage and more recently has been engaged in the wider community training women to sew, people to build and weld, and teaching computer skills to school children. She has raised funds to build a house, equip a library and school football teams.
  • Former Governor General Michael Jeffery, now 81 years old,  talked about eliminating trachoma in isolated Aboriginal communities and coordinating the Soils for Life program that promotes long term farm sustainability practices. He is very passionate about the programs for which he is Patron (19 separate organisations!)
  • Seb Cox, a trainee teacher from the University of Canberra, was coaxed to help for three months at St Jude’s school in Tanzania. He stayed two years, setting up a Rotaract Club, Interact Club and an Earlyact club at the school.
  • Aminata Conteh-Biger was kidnapped from her father and spent six months as a sex slave in the civil war in Sierra Leone. Eventually she escaped and was saved by UNHCR and sent to Australia (she thought it was Austria!). She has established the Aminata Maternal Foundation to reduce the rate of maternal and child mortality rates. Her story can be found on the SBS program: Daughter of Sierra Leone.

RI Director Noel Trevaskis, well known to many of us, suggested:

  • to ensure each club’s survival we need to embrace new members and try to break down any cliques that may exist within a club. He suggested we should sit with someone different each week.
  • we need to encourage and promote attendance at Conferences so we all appreciate the wonderful work Rotary is doing throughout the world.
  • we need to promote what we do in the community and not concentrate on fundraising AND we need to engage in fun activities rather that just attend meetings. So when someone asks, ‘What does Rotary do?’, you can talk about the wide range of programs Rotary provides to enhance opportunities for our young people (RYDA, RYLA, MUNA, RYPEN, Tertiary Scholarships), our vocational support (Pride of Workmanship), and all of our community support (books for new babies, ShelterBox, defibrillators, Surf Club, VRA, Oncology Unit  etc).

Thanks Mike.



A few aphorisms*, courtesy Peter Bull

The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow.
Money will buy a fine dog but only kindness will make him wag his tail.
If you don’t have a sense of humour you probably don’t have any sense at all.
Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.
A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep water.
Why is it that at school reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks?
No one ever says ‘It’s only a game’ when their team is winning.

                                                                                                                       * Look it up!


Narooma Rotary Beacon 22 March 2018

Hello Everyone

Grahame Holland is presented with a Narooma Rotary Banner

On Sunday evening we became aware of the terrible fire that had ripped through the Tathra community destroying many homes and businesses, fortunately no lives were lost. I have left a message with the President of Bega Rotary, offering our assistance if needed. Our thoughts are with our friends in Tathra at this difficult time.

Last Thursday we had 11 Rotarians and 12 guests at our meeting including Grahame Holland and his wife from the Rotary Club of Southport in the UK. We were able to present Grahame with a Club banner in recognition of his visit. Grahame said that he found our meeting to be most enjoyable and a lot of fun.

On Thursday we inducted our newest member, Geoff Robin to our Club,

Welcome to our newest member, Geoff Robin. Geoff with Sandra Doyle, Ange Ulrichsen and President Bob.

welcome Geoff and thank you to Ange and Sandra who introduced him. No doubt we will find out a little more about Geoff in the weeks to come.

We also heard from our guest speaker, Paul Payten. Paul spoke about the South-East Forests and the need to preserve them. Paul is passionate about preserving the beauty of our forests and stopping logging.

The Board also met on Thursday evening. Major decisions included;

  • That we cater at the Oyster Festival on Friday 4 May provided the Festival Committee indicate that our assistance is required and certain OH&S conditions are met.
  • That we assist Georgina Poyner attend a course at the University of Tasmania
  • Not to hold a Renewable Expo in 2018. We also decided to consider conducting an Expo in 2019 if a member of the Club was willing to act as a coordinator
  • That we donate $1000.00 to the Dalmeny RFS
  • That we cater for the Kidney Car Rally on 5 August

I also advised the Board that the old donut machine and fryer had been sold. At this time we are not able to purchase a new machine that addresses safety requirements.

Lynn Hardingham reported that the balance of the administration account was $ 6244.02 and the balance of the charity account was $ 19075.89, this includes approximately $ 7000.00 in busking funds.

A reminder that we have a busy time ahead. Our monthly markets are on this weekend (let’s hope it doesn’t rain). Next Monday Ange and Michael O’Connor head off to Moruya Race Course to help out at RYDA, we are catering for Relay for Life on Sunday 8 April and our annual Pride of Workmanship dinner will be held on 12 April.

We won’t have a dinner meeting on Thursday 29 March as it is the Thursday before Easter, instead we will have a relaxed breakfast at Rotary Park commencing at 7:45am. On Thursday 5 April Anthony will take us on a tour of the Narooma Plaza Pharmacy as a part of our Rotarian Presents Program.

Does the Eurobodalla have a drug and Alcohol Problem? Moruya Rotary with the assistance of our Club and Batemans Bay Rotary will be holding a forum at St Mary’s Performing Arts Centre on Monday 9 April. The guest speaker is  Professor Gordian Fulde from St Vincent’s Hospital – please support this event if you can.

Have a great week.



Narooma Rotary Beacon 15 March 2018

Bob’s Blog

Narooma High Hospitality staff member Alanna Harris, left. Hospitality students Bessie Musumeci, Jack Watts, Zak Anderson, Narooma High Relieving Principal John Melville, with Rotary President Bob Aston behind. Marion Bell was involved in all the preparation but was unable to be there on the night.

Last Thursday Narooma High School’s Hospitality Class catered for us at the school.  Under the watchful eye of their teachers, students prepared a most enjoyable meal for us all. We were also joined by Relieving Principal John Melville and five Student Representative Council Leaders.

The students answered our questions with authority and enthusiasm and we had an opportunity to tell them a little about the work of Rotary. Hopefully we got the message across about the range of youth programs Rotary offers. Profits from the dinner will go towards the purchase of equipment for the Hospitality Class. The hours put in by the students preparing and serving the meal will count towards their mandatory ‘on the job’ hours.

Our next Market is on Sunday 25 March. Rod Walker is managing the roster because John and Sandra will be away for the weekend. We still need a volunteer of two, so if you can help out please check the roster by clicking here.

Does the Eurobodalla have a drug and alcohol problem? Moruya Rotary, with the assistance of our Club and Batemans Bay Rotary, will hold a Drug and Alcohol Forum at St Mary’s Performing Arts Centre on Monday 9 April. Guest speaker will be  Professor Gordian Fulde from St Vincent’s Hospital. Please support this event if you can.

This week, our guest speaker is Paul Payten. Paul is a dedicated conservationist who will talk to us about preserving our wonderful forests and national parks.

Have a good week


Out and about

Mal Gray, left, Jude Gray, Karen Bull and Jennifer Walker at last week’s dinner at Narooma High.

International Women’s Day

At our top night last week at Narooma High’s Hospitality dinner, President Bob proposed a toast to women and International Women’s Day (IWD), as well as providing a potted history of women’s suffrage around the world and women in Rotary, especially our Club. The reason for this was that our meeting coincided with IWD (always 8 March), a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political divisions. Interestingly Bob reported that the day originated in socialist and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations. Narooma Rotary’s first female member, and then our first female President was Georgina Staley.

 First DG for new District has been selected

The District Governor Nominating Committee has selected PP Michael Moore AM from the Rotary Club of Canberra as the first District Governor of our new District 9705 for 2020-21.

Applicants were interviewed by the Committee on 10 March. That committee comprised current District Governors, District Governor Elects, and District Governor Nominees from Districts 9700 and 9710, and was chaired by PDG Stephen Humphreys from District 9675. Should anyone wish to challenge the committee’s decision, they have until 26 March to lodge their objection to District Governor Steve Hill.

District 9710 Conference

The District Conference is at Mittagong 25-27 March. Conference registrations close this Sunday at 9pm. The link on the District Website will then be removed and no further bookings can be accepted.

Have a say on Health Service planning in Eurobodalla

Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) is developing a Clinical Services Plan (CSP) to provide direction and priorities for clinical services in the Eurobodalla over the next 10 years. They have invited our Club to have some input. They would like a Club representative to attend their care planning sessions, ideally someone to each session but not necessarily the same person.

The two Narooma sessions are:

Wednesday, 21 March 9.00am – 1.00pm: Rehabilitation / Aged Care Model of Care development –  Narooma Community Health Centre Meeting Room

Wednesday, 21 March 1.00pm – 5.00pm: Surgical Services Model of Care development – Narooma Community Health Centre Meeting room

Other sessions are at Batemans Bay Community Health Centre on the Thursday and Friday – Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Model of Care development, Critical Care Services Model of Care development, Medical Care Services Model of Care development and Child and Family Services Model of Care development. If you are interested in going to any of these, please email your details to along with any special dietary requirements; lunch will be provided at all sessions (RSVP by 19 March).

They are also looking for general community feedback. Survey forms are available at Narooma Community Health Centre or online:

Be kind to yourself – check your bowels

This year’s BowelCare campaign lasts from 1 April to 31 May with kits available from local pharmacies during that time for $15.00 each. This price covers pathology testing and notification of results to both the participant and their nominated Doctor.

It is recommended that ALL men and women over 40 have a BowelCare test every year. Australia has the world’s highest incidence of bowel cancer with 1 in 12 men and women diagnosed with bowel cancer by the age 85. Age is an important factor. The risk begins at age 40, doubling every 5 years and more rapidly as the person gets older. Statistics show 90% of bowel cancers can be successfully cured if detected at an early stage. Early detection leads to an improved prognosis and less severe treatment.

BowelCare is a not-for-profit Rotary community service which commenced with the view of providing the public with an affordable annual bowel screening program. Interestingly the involvement of individual Rotary Clubs in the BowelCare program has changed from a very ‘hands on’ approach to distributing kits and publicity, to last year’s head office not encouraging any local involvement. Maybe that was partly the reason for fewer kits being sold. This year we might resume our normal BowelCare publicity to encourage greater participation.




Narooma Rotary Beacon 8 March 2018


Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone

Last week we had our first Club Assembly for the year. We had open and respectful discussion about a range of things from the Renewable Energy Expo to the Oyster Festival; thank you to all members for your input. The Board will consider the Assembly’s views when it makes a final decision about both projects when the Board meets next week.

President Bob, Past President Charmaine and President Elect Rod are delighted at Charmaine’s involvement with a dental project in Timor-Leste.

This Thursday we meet at the High School  (6 for 6.30pm $25 a head) where I’m sure the hospitality class will delight us with an excellent meal that demonstrates the skills they have learnt in class.

Rotaract celebrates 50 years of service this year. I remember being in Rotaract many, many years ago as a first year out teacher in Lake Cargelligo. We had great fun raising money and supporting the local community, engaging in debating competitions with other clubs, running dances and barbecues and at times upsetting some Rotarians who tried to keep us on the straight and narrow. In all, it was a great way to get to know others in the community. If you want to know more about Rotaract, I recommend an article in this week’s Rotary News, click here to read it.

Have a great week everyone.

Out and about

Last week’s Assembly

We had quite a productive Club Assembly last week. Clearly we would be stretched to put on the Renewable Energy Expo this year with several key people unavailable to assist in the critical lead up, particularly Frank. No doubt our directors have taken on board members thoughts so it’s over to the Board to take this forward. Frank shared his excitement with members that a large solar farm will be built at Moruya.

Great news from Charmaine White that she will join three other Australian dentists going to Timor-Leste for two weeks during Rod’s term of president. She said it is ‘a well-run’ joint Rotary RAWCS/Lions/Carmelite nuns project. Interestingly, she also explained the relationship between toothache, chewing betel nut to relieve the pain, and that betel nut can cause cancer of the mouth and oesophagus. So eliminate toothache will reduce the risk of oral cancers.

President Elect Rod Walker reported back from PETS, introducing members to RI President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19Be the Inspiration.  Barry asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. ‘I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.’

Relay for Life

The Club has made a commitment to assist at the Cancer Council’s Relay for Life in the Eurobodalla on Bill Smyth Oval on 7-8 April. More details to come.

Relay for Life runs over the Saturday night and raises funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services to help save more lives. It’s also a chance to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, and to honour and remember those lost to cancer.

Dates for your Diary

The District Conference is at Mittagong 25-27 March,

The District Assembly at Batemans Bay 5-6 May.





Narooma Rotary Beacon 1 March 2018


Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone

Well, the heavens opened early on Sunday morning with steady rain most of the day, so another cancelled market for us, the second in a row. It’s frustrating for Chris, John and Ang who spend so much time getting the markets organised only to see the rain ruin the day. Hopefully the weather for our March market will be fine and sunny with lots of stallholders and plenty of customers.

Three of our Past Rotary District Governors cut the cake to celebrate Rotary International’s 113th birthday – Maureen Manning, left, Joe Scorer and Phil Armstrong.

Last Wednesday, I along with six other members of the Club, attended a combined meeting at Moruya to mark Rotary’s birthday and to hand out cheques to the four surf clubs in the shire. It was a great night, especially as the three NYSF students sponsored by the three Eurobodalla Rotary Clubs also gave a presentation. Laurelle has more information elsewhere.

As mentioned last week, there is a change of plan for this week’s meeting. Unfortunately, the High School was not able to host us this week so instead this Thursday we will have a Club Assembly and normal meeting at the Golf Club.  At the Assembly we will discuss the feasibility of conducting the Renewable Energy Expo again this year. The Expo Committee met a couple of weeks ago to discuss options for 2018. Discussion focussed on the need to have more members nominate for the Expo Committee; many on the past committee indicated that they would not be able to help around that time this year because of other commitments. The bottom line is that if we are to run the Expo again this year we need some new faces on the team.

Our meeting at Narooma High will now be on 8 March. I am assuming that members who indicated they will attend the High School on 1 March will still be able to attend on the 8th. Please let me know urgently if this is not the case.

A reminder our District Conference is at Mittagong 24-25 March. I know this clashes with our Market day; however, it would be great if some members could attend the Conference. For more details click here.

Have a great week

Out and about

At the presentation of donations from the Rotary Moruya Race Day were Surf Club representatives Colin Knight (Batemans Bay), front left, Alan Veness (Broulee) and Ava Weymans (Moruya), Moruya Jockey Club President Peter Atkinson, Batemans Bay Rotary President Maureen Manning, and Graeme Spicer (Narooma Surf Club); Race Day Committee chairman David Ashford, back left, Rotary Presidents Mike Dent (Moruya) and Bob Aston (Narooma).

Rotary races donate to Shire’s surf clubs

As Bob said, seven of us joined Moruya and Batemans Bay Rotarians in Moruya last Wednesday to celebrate the 113th birthday of Rotary International and to make donations to the Shire’s four Surf Life Saving Clubs. The donations were the proceeds of the Rotary Christmas Race Day on 24 December.

Our Race Day Committee chairman David Ashford said this was the fifth Rotary Race Day, having in previous years supported the Oncology Unit at Moruya Hospital and installed 12 defibrillators across the shire. ‘This time we supported Batemans Bay, Broulee, Moruya Heads and Narooma Surf Clubs,’ he said. ‘Despite the handicap of the Christmas Eve date, thanks to the hard work of everyone, the success of the raffle and the generosity of Moruya Jockey Club we were able to present each Surf Club with $3,000, a total of $12,000.’

David paid tribute to Moruya Jockey Club, to the ongoing enthusiasm and hard work of the Race Day committee, to the willing Rotarians, partners and friends, and to volunteers from the surf clubs. He also thanked the raffle (Mitre 10 Moruya, Travel Team, Moruya Jockey Club and Bunnings) and race sponsors. He said it is not possible to hold these events without everyone’s help and support. 

Passionate science students praise NYSF experience

Three Eurobodalla students selected for the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) in Brisbane in January spoke at the combined Rotary meeting last week about their ‘life-changing’ experiences at this two-week residential programme. NYSF is designed to encourage young people in their passion for science.

Nicholas Goddard, Chelsea Rowley and Matthew Henry all from Moruya High – spoke glowingly of their recent NYSF experience.

To get to NYSF, they were first vetted by a panel from the three local Rotary Clubs and then by a District Board. Competition was strong. The three students –Nicholas Goddard, Chelsea Rowley and Matthew Henry, all from Moruya High – said NYSF’s visits, practical exercises, interactive teaching and social bonding were exceptional and have helped guide them towards future careers.

NYSF is expensive, but regarded as well worth it. This year the basic cost increased to $3,100 per student. The three Eurobodalla clubs had agreed to share the costs; however, Moruya President Mike Dent gained a Federal Government grant of  $4,500 to offset the cost, and Matthew Henry won a $1,000 NYSF Equity Scholarship to support his participation. The other two students each contributed $400, leaving the three clubs to pay $1,000 each.

As the Moruya Rotary bulletin put it this week, ‘NYSF is fertile ground for growing our scientists, technology buffs and engineers, the leaders of the future in fields which will shape all our futures’. Rotarians helped establish NYSF (then known as the National Science Summer School) 35 years ago, and continue to play a key role. Today, Rotary clubs around Australia continue to play a key role in supporting NYSF by conducting selections for the NYSF Year 12 Programme.

Update on global initiative to eradicate polio

The world is on the brink of eradicating polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralysed hundreds of thousands of children each year. Significant strides have been made but it continues to be a threat in hard-to-reach areas and conflict zones. As long as one child has polio, all children are at risk, which underscores the need for continued funding and political commitment to eradication. Last year there were 22 confirmed cases of polio in the world; this year only three to date.

Rotary is giving $53.5m this year to support immunisation and surveillance activities led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). More than half the funds will support efforts to end polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan where polio remains endemic. Further funding will support efforts to keep 10 vulnerable countries polio-free (The Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, Iraq, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria), research by the World Health Organization (WHO), and technical assistance in West and Central Africa.

Rotary has committed to raising $150m over the next three years which will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, yielding $450 million for polio eradication activities, including immunisation and surveillance.

Rotary started its polio eradication programme PolioPlus in 1985; in 1988 it became a partner in the GPEI with WHO, UNICEF, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation later became a partner. In that time, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9% from about 350,000 cases in 1988, protecting more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries from polio.

Some random thoughts, courtesy Peter Bull

  • If you attempt to rob a bank you won’t have any trouble with rent/food bills for the next 10 years, whether or not you are successful.
  • What if my dog only brings back my ball because he thinks I like throwing it?
  • The letter W, in English, is called double U. Shouldn’t it be called double V?
  • Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty.
  • 100 years ago everyone owned a horse and only the rich had cars. Today everyone has cars and only the rich own horses.
  • The doctors that told Stephen Hawking he had two years to live in 1963 are probably dead.
  • If you rip a hole in a net, there are actually fewer holes in it than there were before.






Narooma Rotary Beacon 22 February 2018

Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone

Rita Wagner our guest speaker at last week’s meeting gave a fascinating presentation on her life as an artist and writer. What made it even more interesting was the fact that her career path came about because of a horrific car accident that left her unable to continue to work as an executive with a hotel chain. I guess the message was clear – every cloud has a silver lining.

It was also pleasing to see many guests at the meeting, thanks to Ang. Please remember that guests are always welcome at our meetings – it is a good way of highlighting Rotary and its work. When inviting guests, please make sure you tell them about Rotary and encourage them to consider becoming part of our small but vital Club.

In this week’s edition of Rotary Weekly there is a wonderful story about Jimmy Carter and his vision for peace. I strongly encourage all members to have a read

This week: A reminder there is no meeting this Thursday. Instead, we’re off to Moruya Golf Club on Wednesday night (6.30 for 7pm) for a combined meeting with Moruya and Batemans Bay Clubs. It promises to be a big night. This meeting will distribute the $12,000 raised at the Rotary Race Day on 24 December to the Shire’s four surf clubs including Narooma’s. At this meeting, Chelsea Rowley will also talk about her experience at the last National Youth Science Forum.

Next week: Thursday 1 March : Please note a change of plan – Club Assembly at Narooma Golf Club (usual time)

The week after next – Thursday 8 March: We will be at Narooma High School.

Have a great week.


Last week’s guest speaker Rita Wagner was thanked by John Doyle.

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The ‘Accidental Artist’ Rita Wagner

Rita Wagner’s talk last week was truly inspirational. What resilience, determination and true grit to recover from near death after a horrific car accident, stay optimistic and persevere over the many months as surgeons rebuilt her smashed body, and then establish a whole new career as an artist and author.  Hence the term she used of being an ‘accidental artist’.

She discovered art when in search of something to stimulate her mind while spending over a year in a wheelchair, starting with interior design and moving on from there leaps at a time. She described herself as a mixed media artist influenced strongly by Japanese art. She has also written and illustrated several light-hearted books – Menopause Makes Mummy Mental! and two children’s books.

Rita now lives at Mystery Bay, previously  Canberra.

New Rotary District update

Map showing the boundaries of the new District 9705.

Our Club will become part of the new Rotary District 9705 on 1 Jul 2020. DG Steve Hill says at this stage the only confirmed details about the new district are:

  • its number ,
  • the District’s outer borders (see map)
  • and that the new positions of Area Governors will replace the current system of Assistant Governors; they will also have extended roles within their areas.

Still at draft stage is what clubs will be in which areas. At the moment, the proposal is for Narooma to be in Area 6, along with 14 other clubs in the Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven, Bega Valley and Wingecarribee (Bowral-Mittagong, Moss Vale and Berrima District) Shires. Area 6 has the largest number of clubs.

DG Steve is keen to hear from anyone who has any thoughts on which clubs should be in particular groupings, as well as any other thoughts you may have about the new District. He would like to hear those thoughts fairly soon.



Trumped, courtesy Peter Bull

Obama, Clinton and Trump are standing at the throne of Heaven. 

God looks at them and says, ‘Before granting you a place at my side I must ask you what you have learned, what you believe in.’ He asks Obama first: ‘What do you believe?’

He thinks long and hard, and says, ‘I believe in hard work and in staying true to family and friends.  I believe in giving.  I was lucky, but I always tried to do right by my countrymen.’

God sees Obama’s essential goodness and offers him a seat to his left.

Then God turns to Clinton and says, ‘What do you believe?’

She says, ‘I believe passion, discipline, courage and honour are the fundamentals of life.  Like Obama I believe in hard work.  I, too, have been lucky, but I’ve always tried to be a true patriot.’

God is greatly moved and offers her a seat to his right.

Finally, God turns to Trump and says, ‘And what do you believe?’

Trump replies, ‘I believe you’re in my seat.’


Narooma Rotary Beacon 15 February 2018

Bob’s Blog

Hello Everyone

David Ashford from Batemans Bay Rotary has finalised funds raised at the Eurobodalla Rotary Clubs’ Christmas Race Day. In all, $12,000 was raised. A great effort. The funds will be divided between the four surf clubs in the Shire; this means Narooma Surf Club will collect $3,000 to help them purchase much needed resources. The funds will be presented at a combined Rotary Dinner at Moruya on 21 February. It would be great to have a strong turn out from our Club at the dinner – see a separate email for more information.

At our Youth Night last week, Tahlia Arnold, left, 2015 Tertiary Scholar Carl McEvoy and 2018 Tertiary Scholar Alicia Bate.

Last Thursday we held our annual Youth Night where we introduced Alicia Bate our 2018 Narooma Rotary Scholar. Alicia will be having a gap year this year before commencing her studies in Animal Science at Charles Sturt University. Alicia hopes to transfer to Vet Science if her marks are up to scratch. Whilst on her gap year, Alicia intends to travel to Texas to study animal husbandry. Alicia’s mum, Sharon also came along to the meeting.

We also welcomed Tahlia Arnold to our meeting. Tahlia was interviewed for our Rotary Scholarship last year. The panel was very impressed with her desire to do well at university and decided to award her a one-off scholarship for 2018. Tahlia intends to study Psychology at the University of Wollongong. Tahlia’s mum, Michelle also attended the meeting.

Carl McEvoy our 2015 Scholar was also present. Carl has just about completed his degree and has developed a strong interest in film making. He is currently looking for jobs and hopes to get an internship with the ABC.

Last Thursday was fairly busy with our first Board Meeting for 2018 before the main meeting. The Board agreed to:

  • Participate in Clean Up Australia on Sunday 4 March – about six volunteers are needs to help clean up around Mill Bay and the Board Walk to the Apex Park boat ramp.
  • Donate $500 to the Surf Club in recognition of their assistance with the Duck Race.
  • Donate $500 to Bermagui CRABS (Cancer Research Advocate Bikers) in recognition of their assistance with the Duck Race – we borrow their ducks.
  • Purchase some Fluoro vests so that we stand out better at events such as the Busking Competition
  • Form a 60th anniversary committee consisting of Bob Aston, Rod Walker, Sandra Doyle and Laurelle Pacey.

This week we welcome well-known mixed media artist and author Rita Wagner as our guest speaker. Rita lives in Mystery Bay. Her entertaining books include ‘Menopause Makes Mummy Mental’. It should be a fun night so please invite partners and friends along.

Have a great week.

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Narooma Scouts re-form and occupy Rotary project

In front of Narooma Scout Hall during filming for our 2008 50th Anniversary film were Club members George Barker, left, Neville Gough and Laurelle Pacey (film director for a day!), and former Club members Norm Hoyer and Ron Constable. Photo courtesy Trish Rose.

Good news in Narooma News online that Narooma Scouts will soon start up again after a break of a number of years. Narooma Scout Hall on Taylor Lane, behind Bill Smyth Oval, was our Club’s first major project; it was built by our members in 1959/1960 re-using timber from renovations to Hyland’s Hotel. Narooma has not had a Scout troop for several years so the Hall has been neglected and looks somewhat sad with a fair amount of graffiti.

The new Scout leader Ross Tornabene asked parents and children aged between 10 and 15 to come along for a free ‘Try Scouting’ night on Wednesday this week, so hopefully he gets a good response. Mr Tornabene has a wealth of Scouting experience, most recently with the combined Moruya/Batemans Bay troop; for the last two years has been a Venturer Scout leader working with youngsters 14-18 years of age. He lives in Narooma so jumped at the chance to be a Scout leader here. He was also a member of the Volunteer Rescue Association back in the days when Neville Gough was leader.

Busking Festival Report

Organisation for the Busking Festival on Saturday 26 May is well underway. Festival coordinator Sandra Doyle reports Chris O’Brien has done an excellent job with almost all the Prize Sponsors filled ($8,000 worth) and many of the Busker Spots as well. We are also using NATA Oval as a site for some of our remote businesses to host a busker.

Registration forms have been sent to all schools up and down the coast and to all buskers on the Australian National Busking Championship database. Already some buskers have registered. All Service Clubs have been invited to again assist and all emergency services have been alerted to the date.

It’s all in the name, courtesy of Peter Bull

A tourist was walking through San Francisco’s Chinatown enjoying the artistry of the Chinese shops and signs. Then he saw a sign: ‘Moishe Plotnik’s Laundry’. He was intrigued.

He walked into the shop and saw a fairly standard dry cleaners, although it was obvious the proprietors were clearly aware of the uniqueness of the name with baseball hats, T-shirts and coffee mugs emblazoned with ‘Moishe Plotnik’s Chinese Laundry’ for sale. The tourist selected a mug and went up to the smiling old Chinese gentleman behind the counter who thanked him for his purchase. The tourist asked about the name. The old man answered, ‘Ah, eveebody ask me dat. It name of owner.’

Looking around, the tourist asked, ‘Is he here now?’

‘It me, me him!’ replied the old man.

‘Really? You’re Chinese. How did you ever get a Jewish name like Moishe Plotnik?’

‘It simple,’ said the old man. ‘Many year ago I come to this country. I standing in line at Immiglation. Man in front of me was from Poland. Lady at counter say to him, ‘What you name?’ He (Polish man) say to her, ‘Moishe Plotnik.’

Then she look at me and say, ‘What your name?’ I say, ‘Sam Ting.’