Narooma Rotary Beacon 25 February 2021

Ange’s Chat

President Ange Ulrichsen

Our Zoom meeting last Thursday monthly to further explore ideas for the proposed monthly breakfast meetings went really well. Thanks to Lynda for hosting, to Laurelle for deputising in Andrew’s absence, and to all who participated. Previous points raised about the breakfast meetings were discussed in detail and general consensus reached on our objective and the way forward. The first breakfast meeting at Casey’s Café will be on Thursday 15 April. The next step is to form a Breakfast Committee comprising just a few members to further plan this new venture.

I was delighted to represent the Club at the official opening of the Men’s Shed on Sunday. It was a great occasion; it seemed like most of the town was there. They have built an amazing complex which is a fantastic achievement. Men’s Shed President Bernie Perrett spoke at length and emotionally about the difficulties they had to overcome over some time, especially funding and regulations, and praised the men for their passion and hard work especially during Covid. Bernie also paid tribute to three of their members who died during the last year, all from cancer, Peter Hartley being one of them. The Hartley family has donated a ‘state of the art’ greenhouse to the Men’s Shed. The men are thrilled a horticulturist has now joined their ranks. Other speakers included Member for Bega Andrew Constance and Member for Eden Monaro Kristy McBain.

I joined Bay and Moruya Rotary representatives at a meeting with Moruya Jockey Club Executive Officer Ken Brown on 16 February. The purpose was to discuss moving the Rotary Charity Race Day from the Sunday before Christmas to Saturday 3 April (which also happens to be Easter Saturday) and moving the Narooma Cup to Sunday 19 December (Sunday before Christmas). Ken expects the Easter Race Day would attract over 1,000 people on, apparently similar numbers to previous Christmas Race Days. Batemans Bay and Moruya presidents have agreed to approach local businesses for sponsorship, many of whom have supported us in the past. It was suggested the change from December to April for the Rotary Charity Race day could suit the three Clubs who might have more troops available at this time. Rotary would have buckets at the gate for both this Easter meeting and the Narooma Cup Meeting. Interestingly the proposal is for Rotary to still have the Christmas Raffle raffle at the Narooma Cup on 19 December.

It was fortuitous to have all three Rotary Club Presidents together on 16 February so we also discussed the possibility of a special combined event to celebrate the Centenary of Rotary in Australia. All are keen. At this stage, consensus seems to favour a daytime celebration in Moruya.

Don’t forget our Market this Sunday. There are still some gaps in the roster but hopefully by Thursday night we will have filled it.


We welcome Roz Hill from the RC of Young will talk about the Prostate Cancer Support Group. Please invite partners and friends along to hear about this important health issue. Numbers to Rod please by Tuesday PM.

The Week That Was

Our mighty Duo reports from PETS

PE Andrew Lawson and Treasurer Elect Mike Young attended the President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) in Temora last weekend and found it generally informative, well presented and inspiring. Andrew will report to us before dinner on Thursday night. Andrew says they both came away well aware of what is expected of them and with a long ‘to do’ list, including the following “real positives”:

DGE Leo Farrelly
  • Incoming Rotary International President is Shekhar Mehta of Calcutta-Mahanagar India. His theme is Serve to Change Lives’.
  • Meeting incoming Batemans Bay and Moruya Presidents Nicole McDonald and Chris Manahan respectively. We will work closely together when relevant.
  • Incoming DG is Leo Farrelly of RC Belconnen who impressed as being very personable.
  • We sat together as Area 6, which stretches to Gerringong in the north, and to the Highlands in the west. Our Area Governor is Adam de Totth from Tuggeranong who is keen for everyone to work together as a large team. We agreed to meet monthly, alternating Zoom and face to face. Venue still to be determined. I look forward to working with Adam and the Team.
  • Things to do, currently may be in hand by others, include our Insurance return, and any grant applications from the Rotary Foundation need to be submitted by 31 May.
  •  Attendance at the District Conference in March at Bathurst was “very highly encouraged” by Adam de Totth. I think we need to encourage more engagement at Rotary events as new Officers and Members come on board, to enhance their Rotary education. For instance, there is Technology development training school on 21 May, aimed at website and social media skills, and the Club Assembly in Young 15-16 May for Incoming Officers

Out and About

District Conference Bathurst  March 19-21

There is still time to register through the District Website for what promises to be a very interesting weekend, with a program featuring many well-known speakers.

Probus invitation to 30th dinner

Bermagui Probus Club has invited representatives from our Club to their 30th Anniversary Dinner on Monday 15 March. Is anyone available to go? Our Club sponsored their Club’s formation. Bermagui Probus’ Lorraine Courtis said they realise it is highly unlikely any of the Rotary members from 30 years ago are still active in Rotary, but if possible they would like to have a representative from our Club to join them to present the Certificate sent from Probus South Pacific Ltd to mark the occasion. Four Narooma Probus members will also be going. Please let Ange and Rod know if you can go.

Fred Fawke Recovers and Reuses

Fred’s grandson Kyle assisted by Michael Hulse of Moruya resizes a ridge cap.

Our old friend Fred Fawke of RC Belconnen is currently coordinating the sourcing of roofing to replace roofing damaged in hail storms and its redistribution (Recover, Rehabilitate and Reuse). His team is sourcing supply in Canberra and coordinating recovery through localised contacts for recipients. Fred says to date supply has gone to locals in Tumburumba, Wagga, Temora, Dalton, Bumbalong, Bugendore, Braidwood, Nerriga, Mogo, Moruya and Nerrigundah. Fred recently had a call from Tilba Dairy owners on behalf of a local farmer for sheets of corrugated sheet metal roofing. They, as do others involved in distribution process, trade at Epic Farmers Market in Canberra. Fred will keep us posted.

World sock record for Centenary 

Rotary clubs in District 9650 have embarked on an ambitious project to mark the centenary of Rotary in Australia by constructing the world’s longest washing line of socks. The RC of Taree North has already kicked off a sock collection drive in the Manning ahead of the world record attempt in Port Macquarie; odd socks, old socks, new socks but no surgical socks.

The Clubs aim to build a washing line 10km long with more than 100,000 socks pegged to it, challenging the 2014 world record set by a German group who constructed a 6km washing line with 69,152 socks. Construction of the washing line starts in June. About 1,000 people will then work in small teams to orderly peg the socks using up to 150,000 stainless steel pegs lent by Melbourne business Activated Eco. The challenge will raise funds for Rotary programs in the Port Macquarie area, Australian Rotary Health, Rotary International Foundation and Lifeline.


Cinders Moruya Tuesday 2nd

Please note our Club is off to Moruya on Tuesday for our annual Cinders Trivia Challenge. It’s 6.30 for 7pm at Moruya Golf Club. So far we have at least 13 members and friends going, but we are always keen for more particularly any who are great with ‘trivia’. We will enjoy the Golf Club’s Pizzas with a bottle of wine per table.

Please note there will be no Club meeting on Thursday 4 March.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 18 February 2021

Ange’s Chat

President Ange thanks David and Rachell McInnes for such a great day.

Narooma-Moruya Rotary and friends Valentine’s Day Car Rally was fantastic with about 40 participants geared up to go. True to form, our El Supremo rally organiser David McInnes tested our wits and directional abilities navigating the streets of Tuross and solving challenging cryptic clues which tested us to the max. The questions over seven pages were highly detailed e.g. ‘find the house number with  fish on the wall’, ‘Go tigers’ was especially cryptic with the answer being a house named ‘Richmond’, and ‘turn left at the Uni’ ( the clue being Monash St). David throws himself into any venture with great gusto, so we really appreciated the huge effort he and Rachel put into this fun event.

Moruya Rotary President Peter Smith with Narooma President Ange Ulrichsen.

The day was aimed at lightening up Rotary after the weird 2020 year and sharing the love with fellow Rotarians and friends as we move through the new year. How lucky were we to have brilliant sunshine to brighten the day. We all appreciated the barbecue Rachel and David put on in their lovely garden and the live music by our wonderful local musicians which all helped make the day wonderful. Prizes were presented to those teams who scored highly on the clues (Narooma’s ‘Santa team’ won overall) and even for the limerick about the rally (Sharlie Young won). Derek Anderson’s team from Moruya won the equivalent of the wooden spoon.

So good to see Frank Eden and Iris at Potato Point, with Chris O’Brien.

It was great to see Frank and Iris again who were able to get special Council transport to Potato Point.

The last rally car with Chris, Pamela and Rhonda turned up at 5.30pm (!) much to our surprise. They doggedly persevered and finished hungry but happy and were thrilled to win some prizes for their sheer determination.

Thank you again David and Rachel for the superb event you arranged so expertly. You truly are our Dream Team for 2021.

A reminder that our annual Cinders Trivia Challenge with Rotary Moruya is on Tuesday 2 March, 6.30 for 7pm at Moruya Golf Club, $20pp. Please ensure you let Rod know if you are going. We need all the brain power we can muster!

A special request from Bob: can someone please take over responsibility for the markets roster from March through to June.

Narooma’s winning Rally team of Heather Ferguson, Charmaine White, Julie Bradley and Lynn Hastings


Lynda Ord and Andrew Lawson will co-host a Zoom meeting this Thursday opening at 6.15 for a 6.30pm start to further discuss the planned monthly breakfast meetings at Casey’s Café now scheduled to start 15 April. Members should have received draft notes from last Thursday’s meeting.

Out and About

PETS this Weekend

PE Andrew Lawson and Mike Young are off to Temora this weekend for the President Elect Training Seminar. This will help Andrew prepare for his year as President. It is a requirement by Rotary International and all clubs’ constitutions that Presidents Elect attend PETS. Safe travels Andrew and Mike.

Moruya Rotary newsletter on Centenary

The Moruya Rotary newsletter reports that planning is already underway for an event in May for the three Eurobodalla clubs to recognise and celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia.

The first four Rotary Clubs in our Oceania Region – Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington and Auckland – were established almost simultaneously with the arrival in Australia of two Canadians J Layton Ralston and James Davidson, who were charged with getting Rotary started in this part of the world. No doubt the strong and binding ANZAC tradition in 1921 would have been significant with the inclusion of the two New Zealand Capital cities. Their journey to Australia was particularly commendable, taking into consideration the fact that WW1 was still being wound up and the Spanish Flu was still raging in parts of the world.

Moruya Rotarians have now started ‘the gears turning’ towards put our minds towards initiating a function to celebrate what is no doubt the most significant Rotary occasion we will see and experience in our lifetimes. There are a number of ideas floating around and I believe that with the high level of interest in the occasion, we will definitely require a Sub -Committee to focus on producing an extravaganza that will be remembered for years to come.

NEXT WEEK Thursday 25th

Roz Hill from the RC of Young will talk about the ‘Prostate Cancer Support Group. Please invite partners and friends along to hear about this important health issue. Numbers to Rod please by Tuesday PM.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 11 February 2021

Ange’s Chat

It was wonderful to hear from our President Elect Andrew Lawson last Thursday as our guest speaker. Andrew entertained us with a fascinating talk in which he unraveled some of the many threads of his life.

Andrew was born in London in 1950 and his family moved to Essex at an early age. He said being a student of the Humanities fashioned him. He attended London Metropolitan Uni where he read Accounting and Law.

PE Andrew Lawson at last week’s meeting

Andrew is passionate about many things especially Rugby Union, having started to play 1st team footie in Year 10. He said he was very fortunate to have been approached by the Harlequin Football Club, the most prestigious Rugby club in England where he played 2nd and 3rd grade. An equal love is Folk Music and he spoke with great fondness of a folk club in Essex where Paul Simon was a regular as well as various pop stars. Needless to say he’s a regular at the Cobargo Folk Festival.

Andrew’s long, varied and high level career has spanned the continents.  He started with a chartered accountancy firm. He then dropped tax and audit to work on special projects such as with TNT on acquisition searches, “an enthralling exciting time”. Having then decided public accounting was not for him, he became the Chief Financial Officer for a major UK conglomerate which included, among other things, the UK’s largest bottler of edible oils.

Then he was in the United States for three years sorting out efficiency issues at the company’s Nuclear Maintenance Operations in Virginia. He returned to the UK in 1987 when he started a consulting business with his second wife Maggie which continued until 2007. Finally, he is chairman of a UK company that manufactures ophthalmic equipment in China with an office in Hong Kong, both of which are extremely successful in the current climate.

Family is a vital part of Andrew’s life. He has two children and grandchildren in the UK, so with Covid he has obviously not seen them for a year. He has a daughter supervising bull breeding on a cattle station in Theodore, Queensland and a son (ex ANU) who is an immigration lawyer with Home Affairs in Canberra.

Andrew’s Harlequin jersey still fits. He’s promised to wear it one night…

Andrew and Lynn have known each other since teenage years and their paths crossed many times. Lynn moved to Australia in the 1980s. They finally married in 2007 when Andrew moved to Australia; they initially lived in Brisbane. They moved to Wandella five years ago. Their house fortunately survived the bushfires, but not some of their outbuildings. It was during their evacuation to Narooma during the fires that we first met Andrew.

Andrew says he is honoured to be a member of our Rotary Club, as are we to have him join us.

A postscript – Andrew’s Harlequin jumper still fits! He also follows Tottenham Soccer Club, “it’s in the blood”. ­


This Thursday

We’re at the Golf Club for a dinner meeting 6 for 6.30pm. Organise next Thursday’s breakfast meeting

This Sunday (14 February)

This is our Valentine’s Day Car Rally when we will be joined by our Moruya Rotary friends. It is being organised by our car rally supremo David McInnes, so it promises to be a fun day.

Time: meet 11.45 above Tuross boatshed/café at corner of Trafalgar Rd and Nelson Pde Tuross Head to scrutineer and head off at noon.

Cost: $20/car (money is pooled for fabulous prizes). David suggests four people per car (driver, navigator and cryptic riddle solvers).

Lunch is a barbecue at Chez McInnes, 88 Long Point St, Potato Point (beef or chicken burgers with salad, some veg) along with live music. Cost $10. Please bring your own chairs, plates, cutlery, glasses and drinks.

If you do get lost (unlikely!), please call David on 0419 863 303.

At last week’s meeting, President Ange Ulrichsen, left, Secretary Rod Walker, Lynda Ord, Charmaine White and Gordon Bentley, a regular from Dubbo Rotary

The Week that Was

From last week’s Board meeting

The board made some major decisions, one prompted by the cost now in using a room at the Golf Club. Many thanks to Bob Aston for providing us with background papers on two major issues for the Board’s consideration. The following decisions were made after considerable discussion, to last until the end of this Rotary year.

Meeting venues and times:

  • Meet at the Golf Club each month only on the second and fourth Thursdays. The cost is $27 rather than $22 per person to cover the extra cost.
  • Have a Zoom meeting on the first Thursday of the month. That way Frank Eden and Iris can join us as well as David McInnes and PE Andrew if they’re away, and Gordon Bentley if he is home in Dubbo. It also allows us to more readily access some more remote speakers, such as former tertiary scholars and exchange students
  • Have Board meetings on the second Thursday
  • Trial a breakfast meeting at Casey’s Café on the third Thursday in March (18th), April (15th) and May (20th). More details to come
  • Any fifth Thursday will be a ‘day of rest’ so no meeting 29 April.

The 2021-2022 Board will review these arrangements.

The Food Van

Bob highlighted the significant issues with our van, such as its age and general neglect. Many Board members are reluctant to do away with the van so it got down to the cost of fixing it compared with the cost of replacement versus alternatives. Various board members undertook to make inquiries re fixing various components while Bob will look at possible replacement cost. They will report back to the next Board meeting.

Out and About

From Bega Rotary

Bega Rotary were finally able to hold their Book Fair last weekend at Bega Showgrounds.  Bega has run the book fair for 12 years and typically holds it twice a year in January and July. It’s the Club’s major fundraiser. The bushfires in January 2020 and then Covid in July postponed the fair until January, but then that was rescheduled for February due to the border closure with Victoria.

Bega Rotarians had all measures in place to respect COVID-19 regulations. The Showground Pavilion was set up with fewer tables and spaced apart to respect the 1.5 metres ruling. Donated books for sale were deemed safe from the virus having been in storage since March 2020.Interestingly, Bega only accepts quality books.

Treasurer of Bega Rotary Charlie Blomfield said the most popular genre in the non-fiction books is cookery and gardening while the most popular genre overall is children’s books. They encourage children’s reading by making the first five books free.

Celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Australia

Batemans Bay and Moruya Clubs are considering geetti g together , possibly somet time in May, to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia. More discussion to come, possibly including with Narooma….


Thursday 18 February: no meeting

The following week, Thursday 25th: Roz Hill from the RC of Tumut will talk about the ‘Prostate Cancer Support Group. Please invite partners and friends along to hear about this important health issue.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 4 February 2021

Ange’s Chat

Narooma Rotary Tertiary scholars with their Club counsellors: Lynda Ord, left, Tahlia Arnold, Lynn Hastings, Elise Dixon (2021), Rory Spurgeon (2020) and Bob Aston.

What a delightful Youth Night we had last week, our first formal meeting for 2021. It was a celebration of our youth from Narooma High and their educational endeavours.

Our Tertiary Scholars were our guest speakers and included Elise Dixon (2021), Rory Spurgeon (2020), and Tahlia Arnold. We also heard from one current and one former Scholar who couldn’t make it – Cassidy Kerr (2019) and Carl McEvoy (2015) – who emailed us with an update. More details from our scholars are in the Week that Was.

I was also very impressed to hear from Narooma High Principal Fiona Jackson and the two School Captains Abbey Dawson and Patrick Sly. Fiona gave us a riveting glimpse into the challenging events of 2020 starting with bushfires and then Covid.  Both had a huge impact on the entire school community. Fiona guided students and teachers through it all with the physical, mental and emotional health and safety of them and their families paramount. With Covid came the need to provide school education online which was a mammoth task. She praised her executive, superb staff and students who worked together to adapt to this change.

Abbey and Patrick impressed us with their wonderful student initiatives such as a Diversity Program to address issues such as racism, sexuality and body image at the school. Patrick also mentioned their move to encourage more students to understand Aboriginal culture and for everyone to accept and appreciate each other’s differences. Another key focus of the leadership group is on building greater team spirit across the school.

They were all so inspiring. Makes me realise how appropriate Narooma High’s motto is – ‘Together we soar’.

THIS WEEK Thursday 4 February

This Thursday we’re at the Golfie again.

5pm: our Board will meet to discuss important proposals regarding future Club meetings and the Rotary Van. Vice President Bob Aston will chair this meeting.

6pm: Dinner meeting with guest speaker our very own PE Andrew Lawson who will talk about his life to date. Should be quite fascinating. Please let Secretary Rod know if you will be there and if you are bringing guests.

The Week that Was

Our Scholars star at Youth night

Last Thursday our annual Youth night was unlike previous years being almost completely focussed on our Tertiary Scholars. That was because none of our other Rotary youth programmes ran last year because of Covid.

Bob Aston gave us an excellent summary of the status of our Rotary Tertiary Scholarship scheme which started with a $108,000 bequest from the late Alexander Birch in 1989/1990 to help Narooma High students pursue tertiary studies. This year’s scholar is the 31st student assisted by this scholarship, assistance that has totalled $267,000 so far. Bob pointed out the scheme’s days are numbered because we are now eating well into the capital. He estimates we have enough funds for probably another four scholarships.

Our latest Tertiary Scholarship winner is Elise Dixon with her counsellor Lynn Hastings.

We met our 2021 Rotary Tertiary Scholar Elise Dixon. Elise will study for a Bachelor of Medical Science at the Australian National University (ANU). She thanked the Club for this “amazing opportunity”. Elise’s counsellor (club contact) is Lynn Hastings.

Our 2020 Scholar Rory Spurgeon also joined us. Rory is doing a Bachelor of Science Honours degree at ANU. He said the first four weeks of uni were wonderful but then the lockdown hit and he spent two months back in Narooma. Last year was all done on line, except for Chemistry practicals.  He is doing a major in Physics but is enjoying Chemistry so much he may do a Chemistry major.  His other subjects are Maths and Computer Science.  His results were again excellent.  Rory has secured a job as coordinator of his college (Fenner Hall) sports.

Our 2019 Scholar Cassidy Kerr was unable to join us but her counsellor Rod Walker read a short note from her. Cassidy is doing a double degree in Law and Psychology at the University of Wollongong.  She was very pleased with her results last semester, her best to date, achieving two Distinctions and two Credits despite the challenges of online learning. She thanked the Club for its ongoing support.

Tahlia Arnold also joined us and was introduced by her Counsellor, Lynda Ord. Tahlia was awarded a partial scholarship in 2018 and 2019 for her Bachelor of Arts studies majoring in psychology, so impressed was the scholarship panel with her attitude and commitment. She has now completed her degree.

Carl McEvoy, our 2015 Scholarship winner, had hoped to join us but couldn’t because of work commitments but sent a lovely email to President Ange who had been his counsellor. Carl completed a Bachelor of Communications (Media, Arts & Production) at UTS. Carl was employed last year on TV productions Big Brother and The Farmer wants a Wife, but Covid forced the shows to close. Through lockdown he and mates put together a film called ‘Unexpected Guests’ showing at some mini film festivals. Carl is currently employed on another reality show called ‘Australia’s Ninja Warrior’. He is also awaiting the result of an international script writing competition where he advanced to the semi-finals from a field of 2000 competitors.

More on Narooma High Principal Fiona Jackson and the Captains…

Fiona emphasised that communications was key to getting through 2020, particularly through the bushfires, with good information based on experience crucial. The school maintained close contact with bushfire affected families and organised counselling when needed. A lot of procedures Narooma High implemented under Fiona’s leadership have now been adopted by other schools.

Tertiary Scholarship winner Elsie Dixon, left, with 2021 School Captains Abbey Dawson and Patrick Sly, with Narooma High Principal Fiona Jackson.

She is proud of both staff and students for their resilience and the way they quickly adjusted to teaching under Covid restrictions. Students who had no computer at home were provided with laptops. Years 11 and 12 had four days of face-to-face teaching at a time when most other schools had much less, thanks to a tremendous effort by staff and students.

Current year 12 School Captains Abbey Dawson and Patrick Sly spoke about how the school’s leadership team has been encouraged to implement their own programmes. Abbey described the student initiated Diversity Program within the school to address major issues including racism, sexuality and body image. Patrick spoke of the need for more involvement in Aboriginal learning by getting participating groups to celebrate their history and stories. The team has also initiated a senior school uniform, while Year 12 now has their own designated area with coloured tables to brighten up the place.

(with some contributions from Mike Young)

Out and About

Narooma-Moruya Valentine’s Day Car Rally

Rally organiser David McInnes is planning a great day for us on Sunday 14 February. This will be in conjunction with Moruya Rotarians; it looks like maybe 20 might join us.

Test your wits and directional ability. Navigate the streets of Tuross Head meandering to Potato Point for a BBQ and live music. Along the way find the answers to questions that have not really been asked. Solve riddles that have no answer. Hopefully, you do not get lost!

When: Sunday 14th of February 2021. 11:45am scrutineering, 12pm start

Where: At the meeting of Trafalgar Rd & Nelson Parade Tuross Head, near the public toilets, above Tuross Boatshed and Cafe.

Rally Costs: $20 per car (minimum two people per car, maximum – the number of seat belts!)

BBQ: $10/head BYO refreshments To book: Please email numbers and dietary requirements to Also open to non-members.

News from Philippines Global Grant Project

The Rotary Clubs of Batemans Bay and Intramuros (Manila) are joint partners in a Global Grant Project in the Philippines under the WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) category of the Rotary Foundation. Narooma, along with Yass and Moruya Clubs have provided financial support. Vere Gray of Batemans Bay Club sent this update.

At long last, the project to provide a gravity-fed water supply and toilets to two villages in Barangay Inararo, four hours drive north of Manila, is finally underway.  Visits by Intramuros Rotarians to start the project were delayed because of Covid. However one member who lives in the area has been working hard with various officials to secure the necessary Certificates of Compliance to enable the project to commence, as well as securing the services of a drill team.  From the well, water will be pumped to a storage tank and then gravity fed via a pipeline through the villages.  A toilet will be provided at each outlet point (10 of them). Attached are a couple of photos of the initial visit on 26 January. This is the second Global Grant Project Batemans Bay has done with Intramuros. 

            The Bay’s first joint Project provided 52 toilets in three villages (which Vere visited with Bronwyn Geppert in February 2020 before lockdowns) has won their District 8310 ‘Champion of Champions Award’ for 2019-2020.  A video taken during their visit is on the RC Batemans Bay website.  It’s also been used in the Philippines’ Foundation Training Seminars.  Narooma and Moruya Rotary Clubs are mentioned in the video as financial supporters.

Presidents-Elect Training Seminar (PETS)

President Elect Andrew Lawson and Mike Young are off to Temora 20-21 February for PETS. This will help Andrew prepare for his year as President. It is a requirement by Rotary International and all clubs’ constitutions that Presidents Elect attend PETS.


The format for next week’s meeting will be determined by the Board this Thursday. Details at this Thursday’s meeting. Details will also be in the next newsletter and on our webpage.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 28 January 2021

Ange’s Chat

January has proved quite an eventful start to 2021, first with the get-together in Quota Park on the 21st with takeaways from The Inlet. Shame about the breeze but it was good to catch up with so many.

Thank you everyone for the great effort making our market last Sunday such a success, especially Chris O’Brien for organizing 81 sites. The place was buzzing with crowds of locals and tourists and perfect summer weather. Takings were fantastic: Gate $1,458, Van $887 and Wishing Well $412. It was also great to see Tony Butcher and his wife Lisa at the market; Tony helped Andrew on the barbecue.

Great to see Tony Butcher and his wife Lisa at Sunday’s market. Tony helped Andrew Lawson on the barbecue. Both Tony and Andrew joined our Club after seeing the Club’s efforts at the Evacuation Centre during the bushfires.

On Monday at the Australia Day presentations, I was delighted to announce that the recipient of this year’s Narooma Rotary Tertiary Scholarship is Elise Dixon. She is the 31st student from Narooma High School to be awarded this three-year $9,000 scholarship, thanks to a bequest made by Alexander Birch. Elise intends studying for a Bachelor of Medical Science at the ANU in Canberra.

Then it was all hands on deck for our annual Australia Day Duck Race when 1,000 ducks were launched off the bridge. A special thanks to Charmaine White for managing this year’s event. Thanks also to everyone who helped including the flotilla of kayakers and even Maritime Services who scooped up the ducks before they reached the bar. The holder of the winning duck ticket 932 was young Murray Lyons of Bodalla who just happened to be at the boat ramp and was gobsmacked to know he had won $1,000. The lucky last duck was 508, won by Heldi Pilli of Potato Point.

A very excited Murray Lyons of Bodalla won first prize on this year’s Duck Race.

This Week

This Thursday is our Youth Night, our first formal Rotary meeting for 2021. Elise Dixon, our 2021 Tertiary Scholars will join us as well as last year’s awardee Rory Spurgeon and Tahlia Arnold. Carl McEvoy (our 2015 Tertiary Scholarship winner) has sent an update on his life since graduating with a Bachelor of Communication (Media Arts & Production) from UTS. Narooma High Principal Fiona Jackson will also join us together with this year’s school captains Abbey Dawson and Patrick Sly.

The Week that Was

The Covid factor in this year’s Duck Race

Mike Young, foreground, looks on with some alarm as some ducks start heading behind the training wall and out of the race.

Who’d have thought that Covid affected the Duck Race. Well, it all started when we did the right thing by social distancing the duck bags and their bearers from the middle of the bridge towards the southern shore.

It wasn’t long though before some ducks closest to the training wall decided to take advantage of the high water and head over the wall for the relatively still waters behind, so officially taking them out of the race. This then split our retrieval efforts, making it more difficult to collect the stayers who kept heading past the finish line towards the town wharf. (It’s wonderful how many Rotarians and friends take to the water each year to help including one regular boat. Tremendous effort. )

Thanks to the kayakers, ducks collected from behind the wall were stockpiled on the island behind the wall for later retrieval so the kayakers could return to the main game. The pile attracted the interest of a few light-fingered lads who visited in their kayaks; those ducks have since rejoined their friends.

Then there was the problem after the race with the falling tide, how to retrieve the ducks from the island which had since been bagged (four bags – very heavy) and too far to carry. The solution? They were floated back on boogie boards to the shore near the caravan park (not as easy as it sounds!). As Steve Deck neared the shore on the final trip, his activity aroused the interest of Fisheries Officers who wondered what was in the bags… Laughs all round.

Out and About

Rotary’s Valentine Day Car Rally

Our Valentine’s Day Rotary Car Rally with Moruya Rotarians is on Sunday morning 14 February culminating with a yummy barbecue lunch at Chez McInnes at Potato Point. Rally organiser extraordinaire David McInnes will give more details next week. Rod Walker will be taking numbers for catering needs. Moruya hopes to have at least 20 people join us.

Cinders Challenge

Moruya Rotary has pencilled in Tuesday 2 March as the date for our annual Cinders Challenge at Moruya Golf Club. Please put it in your diary. Should be a great night. Hope everyone is in training…

Australian Rotary celebrates 100 years

This year is the Centenary of the foundation of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand. The Rotary Clubs of Melbourne and Sydney both formed in 2021. Interesting that Sir John Monash was a founding member of the Melbourne Club. Sir John was noted for his brilliant command of the Australian Army Corps in France which proved instrumental in turning the tide of the First World War. He also oversaw the amazing demobilisation of 160,000 Australian soldiers in Europe, a task that took up to nine months to get them home.

Thinking caps on for doing something special this year to celebrate the centenary ; there has been a suggestion we could do something special with Moruya and Batemans Bay Clubs.

NEXT WEEK Thursday 4 February

5pm: Board meeting at the Golf Club particularly to discuss important issues regarding future meetings and the Rotary Van.

A dinner meeting will follow when our newest member PE Andrew Lawson will talk about his life.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 21 January 2021

Ange’s Chat

Our December market was a great success, thanks to everyone who helped out and lots of holidaymakers as well as locals.

Seasons Greetings! I hope you are all loving our Summer break.

Thanks everyone for helping at our bumper December market on the 27th. As PE Andrew said, “it shows what a great team can do”. What’s more it was great fun and was enjoyed by a large crowd including many holidaymakers. If you haven’t already seen it, please check out Bob Aston’s promotional video on the market on our Facebook page. Thanks Bob.

Charmaine’s daughter Mel and grandkids helped Robyn Miller with duck ticket sales

Running the December market really was all hands on deck. We’re particularly grateful to Rotary friends Dave Swilks, Wayne Redman and Robin McLaughlin for helping out. A special thank you to Chris O’Brien for doing such a great job organising our stallholders.

We finished selling all the Australia Day Duck Race tickets at the market, apart from a few books still with people. That must be a record. Thanks to Michael O’Connor for his superb selling support and to CharmaineWhite’s family selling tickets with such gusto at the December market. We took $1,260 at the gate, van $739.10 (gross), the wishing well $417.45, and $1,450.85 from Duck tickets.

Many thanks to our barbecue team of Bob Aston, John Rungen, Andrew Lawson and Mike Young for helping out at the special holiday event for kids on Bill Smyth Oval earlier this month. Well done for flying our Rotary flag.

We have lots happening over the next two weeks. We start back into the swing of things with a social get-together with fish and chips  this Thursday 21 January at Quota Park. Please make sure you give Chris O’Brien your orders to expedite things on the day (have you seen the queues!). Suggest you  also bring a chair (maybe a small table) and good cheer.

Then on Sunday 24th it’s our January markets. Bob has sent the roster around; hopefully we can fill in any holes this Thursday. Thanks Bob and all.

Then on the 25th January our 2021 Rotary Tertiary Scholarship winner will be announced at the Australia Day ceremony at the Golf Club.

The next day, on Australia Day, we have our famous Duck Race with a 10am launch off the bridge. No doubt our Duck Race Manager Charmaine will be calling for helpers at our get-together on Thursday.

Then the following Thursday is our Youth night (see details below).

Look forward to seeing you this Thursday. Ange

THIS WEEK Thursday 21 January

This Thursday we are having a social holiday get-together at Quota Park (near Quarterdeck) 6pm for 6.30pm.

If you haven’t already done so, please let Chris O’Brien by Tuesday afternoon if you are coming (on 0408 489 247 or   if you are bringing any guests, and what you and your guests would like to pre-order. There are three options, all at $12. Option 1: Blue Grenadier & Chips; Option 2: Salt and Pepper Squid and Chips; Option 3: Snack Pack of 1 seafood stick, 2 fish cocktails and 2 calamari.

The Week that Was

Remembering PP Ted Bladwell

Ted and Sam Bladwell in Narooma in 2008

Much loved former President of our Club Ted Bladwell died recently and his funeral was held on the 7th. Our Club sent flowers as well as a tribute to Ted which was read out.

Ted became a great friend of mine and a wonderful mentor, a friendship initially forged through Rotary. Ted was secretary during my year as President in 2007-2008 and I couldn’t have wished for a better secretary. His mantra was …. “We can do this”….. and we did.

Ted was President after me and during his year we celebrated the Club’s 50th Anniversary. Ted was a real ‘doer’ and always so considerate. Many members, past and present, remarked on the wonderful ‘Sam and Ted team’, as Sam also became a much loved member of our Club. Their years in Narooma are remembered as fun and happy times. Our members’ memories of Ted included his commitment to Rotary and its ideals, and how he made it a priority each market day to take Rotary donuts to the staff at the caravan park in appreciation of them storing our food van. We were all sad when Ted and Sam moved north, but many of us have visited them when within striking distance of Toowoomba. Laurelle Pacey

Out and About

Our Rotarians lend a hand

Andrew Lawson and John Rungen in action

Our Rotary Club was invited to cook a barbecue for a holiday event for kids at Bill Smyth Oval on the 12th. It was  sponsored  by Campbell Page, Mission Australia, PCYC, Save the Children, Headspace, the NSW Police Force and Eurobodalla Shire Council. Thanks to PP Charmaine for liaising with Tanya Borge of Campbell Page which led to our involvement. 

NSW Police provided the sausages etc while our expert team of Bob Aston, John Rungen, Andrew Lawson and Mike Young manned  the barbecue. We cooked on our old gas BBQ because there was no electricity supply at the Oval amenities block due to major construction works at the site.  Fortunately, the gas bottles were full  but we identified the need for fitness classes for Rotarians after having to lift the gas BBQ over the oval fence (all gates were locked!).

PCYC organised activities for the children, including archery lessons (with the arrows pointing at targets away from roads and houses), inflated ‘bump balls’ where the kids could roll around inside a big inflated ball (like a donut) and bang into each other without any damage.  It was hilarious to watch.  So was the ‘backyard’ cricket which attracted all the sponsor representatives as well as the kids. Save the Children provided some fun activities for very young children, their parents and carers.  It was a privilege to meet many of the kids and observe their excitement from taking part in this event. Headspace had a stand which offered mental health services for 12 to 24 year olds.

Andrew and Mike took it easy when business was slow

The numbers of kids were less than expected, perhaps highlighting the need for more promotion for any future event. The fact  it was also a very good beach day may have affected numbers. A similar event was run at Moruya the day before and at Batemans Bay the following day.   Mike Young

NEXT WEEK Thursday 28 January

Next Thursday is our annual Youth Night back at the Golf Club. It will be a great night with our 2021 Rotary Scholarship winner, some past scholars and Narooma High principal Fiona Jackson. Please let Rod know numbers by the Tuesday before.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 17 December 2020

Ange’s Chat

What a Year 2020 has been!

Last Thursday we had our Board meeting. Duck tickets are selling well with the community eager to witness once again the 1,000 ducks plunging en masse off the bridge. Race steward Charmaine White has determined the race time is now 10am with a race to the finish to Apex Park boat ramp.

The big Christmas market on Sunday 27 December was discussed and it will be all hands on deck for a great day.

Our Busking Championship has been deferred until May 2022. We will do some publicity in the New Year to let the public know.

We will have a social get-together for fish & chips at Quota Park Thursday 21 January, 6 for 6.30pm.

Our next formal meeting will be Thursday 28 January for our Youth Night when current and former tertiary scholarship winners from Narooma High will be invited by counsellors to come and speak about how they are going.

Our AGM got off to a great start and we are all elated and relieved to have all positions filled for the 2021/22 Board. Congratulations to President Elect Andrew Lawson, Vice President Ange Ulrichsen, Secretary John Rungen, Treasurer Mike Young, Public Officer Rod Walker and Directors Chris O’Brien, Laurelle Pacey, Lynn Hastings and Robyn Miller.

Andrew Lawson, recently inducted into our Club, gave a brief and inspiring talk to us. As a newcomer to Rotary, Andrew promises to be consultative, team orientated and is seeding some interesting ideas to light up our small but vital club again as we move forward with a spring in our step. One condition the DG has put on Andrew’s rapid promotion since induction is that he attend PETS (President Elect Training) which is at Temora on 20 – 21 February; Andrew is keen to attend with Mike Young also expressing interest. The year ends on a high note!

I wish you all a joyful and safe Christmas and New Year.

Hope to see you Thursday.             

THIS WEEK: Thursday 17 December

We will have a great end of year party at The Inlet 6 for 6.30pm. The cost is $40pp and the menu promises to be as good as last year. Members are asked to bring a present to the value of $5 – $10 dollars and Santa will also be there with his helper for a fun night.

The Week that Was

We toast a kindred club

At last year’s Renewable Energy Expo – Mayor Liz Innes, Bob Aston. Ange Ulrichsen and Frank Eden

Last week we toasted the Rotary Club of Mariefred in Sweden as kindred spirits. You might recall in the Beacon a couple of weeks ago that the RI Council on Resolutions rejected a proposal to consider adding a fifth question to The Four-Way Test: ‘Will it be sustainable?’ That addition which resonates with what Frank Eden and the Renewable Energy Expo was all about , was proposed by the Rotary Club of Mariefred in Sweden and endorsed by their District 2370.

The Mariefred Club is currently not meeting, following the strict advice of the Swedish Public Health to try to contain the Corona 19 virus. They would normally meet on a Monday night at 7.30; current President is Lena Bruhn.

Rachel McInnes and team win State award 

Wonderful to see the extraordinary efforts by the Mid-South Coast Branch of WIRES helping wildlife devastated by the recent bushfires has been recognised by winning the 2020 NSW Volunteer Team of the Year. They were joint winners with the NSW Foodbank Distribution Centre.

The Branch consists of 97 volunteers covering the area from Milton to Tilba, including our very own Rachel McInnes. The group rescued more than 2750 animals from early 2019 to early 2020, with a 60% increase over the bushfire period.

The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards are an annual program run by The Centre for Volunteering to recognise the outstanding work of volunteers in every region across NSW.

Out and About

Moruya Rotary lights up

Vulcan Street in Moruya will be the focus of The Luminous Festival this Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights, thanks to Moruya Business Chamber, Moruya Rotary, River of Art and Southern Phone. Sounds like a treat!

The Business Chamber, led by Jude Manahan, has worked hard to produce an innovative project that aims to bring Moruya out of the Covid doldrums and capture the imaginations of locals as well as visitors currently in this area. Moruya Rotary has made a significant financial contribution towards its success.

It’s a new venture and Moruya Business Chamber hopes this will be an annual project that encourages the Christmas Spirit, lifts the main street to supplement the Christmas Decorations and . This year a magnificent effort has been put in by a number of people to reinvigorate the town. The facades of shopfronts and heritage buildings, including Moruya Courthouse and two murals created during the River of Art Festival, will be lit up with multi-coloured static lighting and textured lighting programmed on a changing loop

Thursday and Friday nights should feature food stalls and buskers. During these evenings, Vulcan Street will be a focal point for mini mural painting by local artists on temporary walls, live music performances and late-night shopping. Saturday night will be quieter.

Pre bonbon Christmas jokes

BTW: The Oxford English Dictionary records the use of cracker bonbons and the pulling of crackers from 1847.

How do the elves clean Santa’s sleigh on the day after Christmas? They use Santa-tizer.

Why are Christmas trees so fond of the past? Because the present’s beneath them.

What do you call cutting down a Christmas tree? Christmas chopping!

Why does Santa always enter through the chimney? Because it soots him.

How much did Santa pay for his sleigh? Nothing, it was on the house!

What goes “Oh, Oh, Oh”? Santa walking backwards!

Narooma Rotary Beacon 10 December 2020

Ange’s Chat

Our guest speaker Jeff Lean was thanked by PP Rod Walker.

We had a great roll up for Jeff Lean’s presentation last week; his topic ‘Climate Change, Consumption and Mindfulness’. He began by saying how complex the problem was and that ‘global pollution’ in his opinion would be a more accurate term than ‘climate change’.

He talked about Earth’s warming, what was causing it, and the accelerating rate of extinction of many species on our planet as a result. He showed an interesting graph with fossil fuels and carbon emissions responsible for only about one-third of global pollution, with human consumption the rest.

Jeff spoke about what drives people’s personal consumption and the resultant waste and its impact down the track. Waste is a huge problem worldwide, such as from agricultural runoff, breakdown of drugs, and micro beads used in many beauty products, just to name a few.

He said we are all influenced by the psychology behind advertising. Planned obsolescence means many goods are deliberately designed not to last and we’re all pressured to replace things more often than was the case in the past.

Jeff asked, “do we really need so much stuff?”. He said each of us can make a difference by being more “mindful of our purchases” and consider what effect they might have on some remote part of the world; question what we buy and what’s in it (avoid products containing polycarbonates). His message was simple: “Buy less and think more”.

Jeff’s message was sobering. Many people are now more aware of the warming of the planet and its serious implication for our future. CSIRO has predicted a temperature rise of 3 °C by 2030 unless everyone takes urgent action.

Welcome Andrew Lawson 

President Ange Ulrichsen welcomes new member Andrew Lawson

Last Thursday it gave me great pleasure to induct Andrew Lawson from Wandella into our Club. Andrew’s presence brings us new, much needed energy and commitment.


Our Annual General Meeting is this Thursday, 10 December. Secretary Rod is delighted to have received some nominations for our Board for 2021-2022 but more are needed.

The AGM will be preceded by a Board meeting at 5pm.

­The Week that Was

Last week’s international toast by Mike Young was to the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland in Ontario, Canada. Mike chose that club because it is the club of Jennifer Jones, the RI President Nominee who will be RI President in 2022-23 and the first female President of Rotary International. 

The club’s board is largely female and they are heavily involved in various Youth, Community/Vocational and International  Service Projects, including some Peace Projects (eg. Peace Schools), as well as The Rotary Foundation. Their Club meetings are all via Zoom at the moment because of Covid-19 issues in Canada.

Out and About

Zoom on membership with Evan Burrell

President Ange encourages us to take this opportunity and tune in to the District 9705 Membership Forum via Zoom Tuesday 8 December at 5.30pm with Evan Burrell. He will talk about ‘Telling the Rotary Story’…using social media and developing a good public image in a way to share the stories of Rotary doing good in the world. You need to register; details have been circulated.

Evan Burrell is a big Superman fan

So who is Evan? He is a Digital Media Consultant for Rotary Down Under, manages a digital consultancy start up, is a member of the Rotary Club of Turramurra and been involved with  Rotary for almost 20 years, a member of the RI Communications Committee, as well as an Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for the whole of Australia in Zone 8.  He is also a big Superman fan.

Evan uses social media to show that Rotarians are not only making a positive difference in the world, they are also having fun doing it. He presents Rotary in a lighter more engaging way, showing the more fun and humorous side to our organisation, He finds it grabs people’s attention, member sand non-member alike. This makes the idea of Rotary more relatable, especially to new generations, who may feel disconnected with some of the formalities of Rotary but are avid users of social media.

Sad farewell to Maureen Manning

PDG Maureen Manning is leaving the District. This is a huge loss to Batemans Bay Club; she has also been a great friend of our Club. For years she was the driving force behind the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) weekends for high school students at Mogo.

Request for Stamps

Chris O’Brien asks members to please save your used stamps and give them to her. They will be sent to a charity. Chris says it would be appreciated if you could ensure there is a border of at least 1cm around the stamp.

From Moruya Rotary

Moruya Rotarians had their Christmas party at the Golf Club last week “a splendid gathering” of 52 members, partners and guests “the like of which we not seen since pre-Covid days”. President Peter saw it as a sign “we seem to be on the road to recovery from a year that has been a once in a lifetime event”, describing 2020 as “a year that none of us will ever forget, and which will forge our aspirations and plans for the rest of our lives”.

Moruya has lost a large number of members during the year for various reasons but President Peter says “the Club is not diminished”. Members are doing some soul searching about the reasons why.

Peter notes in this week’s bulletin that much attention is given to recruiting new Rotary Members. “It appears to me that as we look to emerge from 2020 into better times, wiser and hopefully stronger, we also need to imagine a broader Rotary world where some of the energy put into and satisfaction derived from service to the wider community can also be directed back towards the needs of our fellow Rotarians in our lives… Rotary must be Fun!”


Our Christmas Party is on Thursday 17 December, 6 for 6.30pm, at The Inlet. If you haven’t already done so, please let Chris O’Brien know if you are coming and who you are bringing, partners and friends.

Let’s make it a great end of year party. The cost is $40 pp and the menu promises to be as good as last year. Members are asked to please bring along a present to the value of $5 – $10 and Santa and his helper will join us to add to the fun of the evening.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 3 December 2020

Ange’s Chat

PDG Phil on an earlier visit with then Rotarian John Doyle

We were delighted to have PDG Phil Armstrong from Moruya Rotary join us last Thursday. With his wealth of knowledge and experience we had a­­­­­­ positive discussion on how Narooma Rotary might move forward.

Phil praised our small, dynamic Club and said he had always admired just how many things we had achieved over the last 60+ years. He noted our introduction of innovative projects like the Busking Championship, Renewable Energy Expo and the Duck Race.

Phil said Rotary is changing and we need to adapt and change to suit ourselves and the community we serve. Rotary International was initially a networking club for business leaders; then it became an organisation that saw achieving greater social benefits to individuals and communities in need, locally and globally as a key objective. We became a Service Club with the motto ‘Service above Self’.

He emphasised the critical need for Rotary Clubs to elect ‘Skill Based Boards’ in order to enable Change Management. Skills like the capacity to lead through participation by all, strategic planning, marketing, and the capacity to be creative. Above all we need to encourage participation and club membership of younger, more diverse people. AND have fun.

He noted that younger women are about to play key roles in Rotary: our District Governor Nominee Geraldine Rurenga from the Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga Murrumbidgee, Rotary International’s President Nominee Jennifer Jones of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland in Ontario (the first woman to be RI President), and the RI Director-Elect representing Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands Jessie Harman of the Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast in Ballarat.

Phil was adamant that becoming a Satellite Club which meant we would lose our valued Charter would be tragic and should not be an option.

So, let’s rise to the challenge and take a hard look at our public image, new technologies, how often we meet, breakfast meetings, commitment and listen to the ideas and needs of younger generations to gauge new pathways for our community.

CHRISTMAS PARTY: Thursday 17 Dec

This our end of year party. The Inlet Restaurant has been booked 6 for 6.30pm. Please let Chris O’Brien know names of partners and friends. Let’s make it a great celebration to end 2020. What a year it has been…


We have a dinner meeting again this Thursday at the Golf Club with guest speaker Jeff Lean, rescheduled from October. Jeff will speak on ‘Climate Change, Consumption and Mindfulness’.  

Please invite partners and guests and let Secretary Rod know if you are attending and the numbers of guests by Wednesday.

Jeff is a retired Consulting Engineer and Environmental Engineer, a member of Earthwatch, Climate Council, Australian Conservation Council, NEC – New Economics Foundation, AELA Australian Earth Laws. He talks of the plant’s warming, the causes, and the accelerating rate of extinction of many species. Jeff will discuss how we can reduce our personal damage to the planet.

The Week that Was

Narooma Rotary Tertiary Scholarships

Our 2020 Tertiary Scholar Rory Spurgeon with the President Bob Aston

Many of you are aware that each year we award a three-year Narooma Rotary Tertiary Scholarship to a student from Narooma High School to help them pursue their studies and achieve their dreams. This is thanks to a bequest by Alexander Birch.

Bob Aston reports he has received four applications this year. A panel of Peter Bull, Lynda Ord and David McInnes will interview these students on 19 December. Whoever they select will be the 31st student to receive this scholarship. That assistance will then total over $260,000.                                                                                   

Annual General Meeting 10 December

Secretary Rod is getting worried he has had no nominations yet for our Board for 2021-2022. Hopefully he will be inundated with nominations this Thursday.

Out and About

International Day of People with Disability

Every year on 3 December, people around the world take part in International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), a day to celebrate the achievements of people with disability and promote awareness, understanding and acceptance in the community. One in five people, or 4.4 million Australians, have a disability. We all have a role to play to ensure people with disability have the same opportunities as others to reach their full potential.

From Merimbula Rotary

Courtesy Merimbula Rotary website

Merimbula Rotarians have been busy replacing and painting the fire-damaged fence at Cobargo Cemetery. Two members, Don and Cam, found the remains of this seat at the Cemetery and set about restoring it to its original condition.  They removed the steel frames and took them home, cleaned, undercoated with cold galvanise, and finished with killrust black paint.  The seat slats were coated with oil-based decking finish, and fastened with new galvanised bolts. On their webpage they ask if anyone would like to help with their fire recovery projects to contact the club through Facebook, messenger or the Club’s webpage.

Merimbula Club generally meets in Club Sapphire at Merimbula but is changing the format of their meetings to alternate with a social event so people are urged to check the club’s webpage or Facebook.

From Pambula Club

Pambula Rotarians recently enjoyed a weekend visit from their Rotary colleagues from out west … Ken from Parkes Rotary and Chris and Chris from Forbes. They checked on the installation of some of the bird boxes they built and donated for local burnt out properties. It was lots of fun.


It’s our AGM. Hope to see you there. Don’t forget to put your nomination forms in beforehand.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 26 November 2020

Ange’s Chat

Narooma Rotary Markets on Sunday with Andrew Lawson, left, and President Ange Ulrichsen selling Duck raffle tickets and welcoming early market goers, while our Markets Manager Chris O’Brien finalises the Covid Safe signs .

Last Thursday 19 Nov, we joined our District 9705 Governor Dr Michael Moore AM PhD on Zoom. Michael’s impressive credentials will serve him well in this new role.

He began by congratulating us on our terrific website, which he described as “the best in the District” (!). It was updated some time ago thanks to Frank Eden’s brilliance, showcasing the beautiful environment we live in and the many great contributions we have made to our community and internationally over the years.

Some of our Narooma Rotary team Zoomed with DG Dr Michael Moore

Michael said that Rotarians are highly respected and play an important role as volunteers, contributing 47 million hours/year amounting to an equivalent Economic Value of $850m annually. He spoke at length about the District’s aspirations for the future. In 2020/21 we celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia, a great achievement. He appreciated the problems our Club is facing and offered help and support as we navigate our future.

We thanked Michael for his succinct and informative talk and we look forward to he and his wife Helen coming down from Canberra to possibly join us at the December markets or the Duck Race on Australia Day.

Lynn Hastings and Charmaine White welcomed market goers at Gate 2, while also selling quite a few Duck Race raffle tickets.

What a great market on Sunday and what an excellent result. Well done everyone! So happy the rain held off. Total takings were $2,438.50 (gate $1090, drinks $44, wishing well $439.50, and Duck Race raffle $865).

Bob, best wishes for your hand operation this week and thank you for the great support you always give. President Ange


This Thursday PDG Phil Armstrong from Moruya Rotary is our guest speaker. Phil has a wealth of knowledge and experience and we can look forward to a positive, interactive discussion on how Rotary Narooma might move forward.

The Week that Was

From Moruya Rotary

Moruya Rotary is again most appreciative of PDG Phil’s latest efforts, having secured up to $8,000 funding for a joint venture with the Chamber of Commerce in their quest to produce a Light Show ‘Luminous’. Everyone involved is quite excited about this project spearheaded by Jude Manahan. Moruya Rotarians sound as if they will also be playing a significant part in the show.

Moruya Club has had two more resignations by two of their younger members; one due to work pressures, and the other is moving out of the area. This week the Club is discussing forming a satellite club, apparently in the hope of attracting younger members.

The Club has also made a significant step forward in that Chris Manahan has agreed to accept nomination as President Elect.


On ESC draft plan and NATA Oval

You may remember that our Club put in a submission on Council’s draft Plan of Management for Narooma Sport and Leisure Precinct. The final plan goes before this week’s Council meeting. Plans to bring in the perimeter fence to allow people to walk around the outside (!) have been scrapped as have plans to plant trees and erect picnic tables within the perimeter. The revised plan includes power to the southwest corner for a temporary stage for events, but there seem to be no plans for a sound shell as such.

BowelCare report out

The report on 2020 BowelCare is out. Of the 10,235 tests done, 6.2% were positive. It is interesting to note that 61% of those tests were in the 75+ age group who cannot access the free Government tests. Also interesting to note that people under 50 also used the test, some of whom tested positive. That means they don’t necessarily have bowel cancer but follow up was needed.

It is disappointing to hear that from next year BowelCare kits will only be available in our area by mail order. For 30 years, with Rotary’s assistance, the bowel cancer awareness program has operated as a Community service but the report says kit sales have gradually declined due to the introduction of the Australian Government program.

“Covid-19 and increased manufacturer’s costs have forced us to change to a Mail Order only program (except for the Central Coast of NSW which has administered the programme for our District) for 2021. Even though over the years substantial losses have resulted from running the program, it has been a great Community Service. Of course, we are not sure whether a 2021 Mail Order program will be successful and therefore, if we will be able to continue the service in future years.”

Cancercare Australia Director Rod Chippendale thanks clubs like ours which has been involved in this programme possibly from Day 1. “Without your help, and the help of others, it would have been impossible to successfully run the program.”

At Sunday’s Markets, market goers Chris and Pete Stranger chat with John Rungen.

RI’s Council on Resolutions

Interesting to note Rotary International’s Council on Resolutions which meets online each year recently considered  31 Resolutions proposed by clubs, districts, the RI Board of Directors, and the General Council or Conference of RIBI. Only 12 were adopted. The RI Board will consider all resolutions adopted by the Council.

One resolution adopted is to ask the RI Board to consider reintroducing professional development as a value of Rotary. It was proposed by the Rotary Club of Paris 20ème Service & Industrie and endorsed by their District 1660.

Another of particular interest to our Club is that a proposal to consider adding a fifth question to The Four-Way Test: – ‘Will it be sustainable?’ – was rejected. It was proposed by the Rotary Club of Mariefred in Sweden and endorsed by their District 2370.Maybe a future toast to the Rotary Club of Mariefred in Sweden…