Narooma Rotary Beacon 17 November 2022

THIS WEEK

Thursday (17th November) 7am sharp: our Rotary Business Breakfast with guest speaker Rod White of Australian Community Media (ACM) on the future of Narooma News and our other local papers. Rod is ACM’s Group Sales Manager for South Coast and Southern Inland NSW. Cost is $10.

Friday (18th November) 4.15pm: Board Meeting in Golf Club Board Room.

The Week that Was

Mike Young chaired last week’s meeting as the regular fill-ins of Andrew, Ange and Laurelle were apologies, as were Julie and Rod. Mike said it was a low key but fun night, with the new invocation/acknowledgement presented by Robyn. Mike gave the International Toast  to the Rotary Club of Port Vila in Vanuatu, where he and Sharlie had attended during a two- week RAWCS project in 2004, helping to repair cyclone damage to the hospitals in Port Vila and the Island of Tanna as well as helping to build a Fred Hollows Eye Clinic at Port Villa Hospital.

All acknowledged Frank Eden’s farewell celebrations at Surf Beach, agreeing  it was great to see such a big turnout and to hear how valued Frank was by his family, friends, professional colleagues and Rotary colleagues, past and present.  David and Rachel McInnes helping with the sound system and setting up the continuous photographic display were greatly appreciated. Iris and family, we continue to think of you at this difficult time.

Chris O’Brien raised the possibility of having our Christmas celebration at the new ‘Six and Out’ restaurant in Bodalla, now owned by Monique Wicks. Monique  is the Narooma High School teacher who supported the three students at  MUNA.  Friday’s  Board Meeting will discuss the Christmas venue – the Golf Club or Bodalla.

Coming Rotary events were also discussed, including:

  • Thursday’s Business Breakfast with Rod White of Australian Community Media  on the future of our local newspapers;
  • Dianne McInnes (David’s Mum) on 24th on her life as an author, as well as the two RYPEN students;
  • Our Movie Night – fundraising for Polio – The film will be ‘The Lost King’… a movie about finding King Richard 111 remains… at the Kinema. Sounds like a fascinating show.

The meeting had a few Happy Moments but held off from the Wheel because of too few members in attendance. Home produce of freshly picked rhubarb by Chris and huge beetroots from Mike’s garden are promised for future wheel raffles.

Mike is also looking for someone to help him with marking out for the markets on the 27th because Bob Aston will be away. We also need to confirm who will be helping with the NATA Oval layout for the Markets on 27th as Bob Aston is not available. (Thanks to Mike for this contribution)

Out and About

Carers’ Accommodation at Moruya

Moruya Rotary President Shirley Hayes-Cornish, also secretary of the Carers Accommodation Eurobodalla Regional Hospital Inc (CAERH), writes that NSW Health has allocated land on the grounds of the new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital at Moruya for carers’ accommodation. That building will be partly paid for by money raised by our community, similar to what has happened with other NSW Regional Hospitals such as Bega, Albury Wodonga and Port Macquarie. Government grants covered about half the cost and community fundraising paid the other half. Our Club has pledged support for this long term project.

Bega Hospital’s Carers Accommodation. This model will be adapted for Moruya.

CAERH has been inspired by Bega Hospital’s which has two buildings for carers with motel style units. Each unit has six bedrooms with an ensuite bathroom and a communal kitchen and lounge. Bega’s cost $2.3m, but due to cost increases CAERH will likely be more. Without community funding there would not be carers’ accommodation.

The CAERH interim committee is calling for expressions of interest from community minded people with experience working on community projects to join CAERH.  The AGM is this Wednesday. A variety of skills are needed – planning, project management and fundraising.

From Batemans Bay Rotary

November to date has been particularly social for our friends at the Bay Club. Many attended Moruya Jockey Club Race Day on Melbourne Cup Day, then 27 members and guests went to their Pizza, Poetry and Plonk night at Nelligen Park Big 4. This week they have their Pride in Workmanship organised by Vocational Director Alan Russell when six local employees will receive an award. Their members are encouraged to dress up for the night (gents with jacket or suit and tie) and to wear their Rotary pins.

NEXT THURSDAY 24th

What a bumper night at Narooma Golf Club next Thursday night (6 for 6.30pm). Dr Dianne McInnes, author of many published books, will talk about what’s involved in writing a book.

Narooma High Year 9 students Phoebe Coxon and Talon Keith will also report back about their experiences at the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) at Wagga Wagga last weekend.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 10 November 2022

The Week that Was

Remembering Frank

Iris and Frank’s three daughters Katie, Claire, and Lara (left) with part of the gathering for Frank Eden on Friday. His daughters sang ‘Long Time Traveller’ accompanied by the sounds of the sea, while earlier a friend played a trombone in Frank’s memory.

What a lovely and gentle celebration of Frank Eden’s life at the Surf Club on Friday. So lovely too to see so many past and present members of our Club join Iris and Frank’s three daughters and many friends. It was wonderful to see just how many people Frank had touched. Many photos of Frank’s extensive involvement in our Club were on display, including many from the Renewable Energy Expos which were his great initiative, and passion.

PCSG meeting on Wednesday

At the last PCSG meeting – Mike Young, left, our area’s specialist prostate cancer nurse Amie Proberts, Julie Hartley and physiotherapist Jamie Boulding.

The PCSG meeting last Wednesday at the Golf Club was a great success with guest speaker Canberra-based physiotherapist Jamie Boulding who specialises in Men’s Health. Unfortunately his colleague pharmacist Brad Butt couldn’t make it.

Julie Hartley reports while it was not a big group on Wednesday with only four men, three hadn’t heard Jamie talk before so they really got a lot out of it. Also present was our area’s specialist prostate cancer nurse Amie Proberts. “Amie was really grateful because she deals directly with the men that will benefit from Jamie’s exercises and she can steer them in the right direction,” Julie said. “So it was a ‘win win’ all around even though small.” Julie noted that because the talk was held in the early afternoon for the convenience of Jamie’s travel to and from Canberra in one day, some of the PCSG group work so couldn’t make it. Julie, Mike and Andrew have Jamie’s contact details for anyone who would like them.

Andrew’s Thoughts

Sophie Daniel (nee Lawson) and her very proud father Andrew

Andrew’s thoughts have been with his family over the past week while enjoying the wonderful celebration of his daughter Sophie’s wedding in Queensland and catching up with various family members and friends. Now he’s gone to the UK for business, returning (hopefully) in time for the next Business Breakfast.

THIS WEEK

It’s a Club Dinner at the Golf Club, 6 for 6.30pm. Please ensure you let Gero know by Tuesday morning if you are coming or not.

Out and About

Praise from Chamber President

At Narooma & District Chamber of Commerce & Tourism AGM last week, President Jenny Munro gave the Club a great wrap-up. In her president’s report referencing our Australia Day Duck Race she said “Our Rotarians are ever present and such a force for good”.  Later she made a special mention of our Club: “Business Breakfasts have been held monthly with impressive speakers. I thank President Andrew and his team of Rotarians for their support to local businesses.”  Jenny was re-elected President with David McInnes Vice President. Congratulations David!

Our students go to RYPEN

Our Club is sponsoring two students to RYPEN at Wagga Wagga next weekend (11-13 November) – Phoebe Coxon and Talon Keith. RYPEN aims to give students self confidence and self-esteem and to enhance a belief in their abilities and talents. We can look forward to hearing about their RYPEN experience on Thursday 24 November. It’s the same night as guest speaker Dianne McInnes, so it will be a bumper night!

Eurobodalla Regional Hospital Carers

The inaugural AGM for Carers Accommodation Eurobodalla Regional Hospital Inc. (CAERH) is onWednesday 16 November at Moruya Golf Club at noon. President Andrew is currently the Deputy Chairman of the Steering Group.

On Pambula Rotary Club

Pambula Rotary Club was chartered in 1990 with the sponsor club the Rotary Club of Merimbula.  Their website says Pambula Rotary Club was once known as “the little club with the big heart” but it has lost that title now as membership is near 50 members!

The following week

At our next Business Breakfast on Thursday 17th November, guest speaker Rod White of Australian Community Media (ACM) will talk on the future of Narooma News and other local newspapers. Rod is ACM’s Group Sales manager for South Coast and Southern Inland NSW. Cost $10. Please make sure you book with Andrew even though in the UK (still doing bookings).

Narooma Rotary Beacon 3 November 2022

The Week that Was

Gordon Bentley, left, Christine Stranger, Iris Dormeier and Lynn Hastings ‘Lift their Lids’

What a great night last Thursday for our ‘Lift the Lid on Mental Illness Night’ with many guests (all with hats!) and our interesting speaker Dr David Arthur. David McInnes was our MC for the night, assisted by Rachel with the raffle, with VP Ange Ulrichsen in the chair.

Drawing on his extensive experience both here and overseas, David Arthur spoke about the need for a more holistic approach to mental health care. He spoke of the considerable stress levels of people working in mental health in our region, and the generally poor access to care.

Dr David Arthur

He suggested a more integrated approach with other health care professionals including GPs and Occupational Therapists at the one centre, while also incorporating things like yoga, meditation, acupuncture and community art activities. Nurse practitioners could possibly triage people for treatment.

We raised $230 on the night for Australian Rotary Health’s mental health research; the Board normally considers topping that up, so something for the next Board meeting.

Iris Dormeier was judged to have the best hat on the night, presented with her prize by MC extraordinaire David McInnes.

Early in the evening Laurelle proposed the toast to Australian Rotary Health and the work it does to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians. It’s a project of Rotary Districts across Australia supported by all Rotary Clubs, including ours.  It funds areas that don’t readily attract much funding, and promotes findings to the community. Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia, hence Rotary’s annual fundraiser ‘Lifting the Lid on Mental Illness’.

THIS WEEK

Congratulations to John Rungen for a big birthday on the 2nd!

This Wednesday 2 November: Prostate Cancer Support Group with guest speakers specialist Men’s Health physiotherapist Jamie Boulding and pharmacist Brad Butt from Canberra. Narooma Golf Club noon-3pm

This Thursday 3: No meeting being the first Thursday in the month.

This Friday 4th at 4pm: Many members will join Iris and Frank Eden’s family to celebrate Frank’s life.

Out and About

Eurobodalla Regional Hospital Carers

The inaugural AGM for Carers Accommodation Eurobodalla Regional Hospital Inc. (CAERH) is onWednesday 16 November at Moruya Golf Club at noon. President Andrew is currently the Deputy Chairman of the Steering Group.

Next Business Breakfast

Our next Business Breakfast on Thursday 17 November at the Surf Club (7am sharp) will feature guest speaker Rod White of Australian Community Media (ACM). He will talk about the future of ‘Narooma News’ and other local newspapers. Rod is ACM’s Group Sales manager for South Coast and Southern Inland NSW.

From Merimbula Rotary

Each month, Merimbula Rotary Club hears from Rotarians or someone from the Community about how they came to live in Merimbula.  Last month, it was the turn of their Vocational Services Director Elvis Amair. Elvis gave a very entertaining presentation on his early life in Jamaica, how he came to study for a Masters Degree in Australia, resuming his job in Jamaica with his Australian wife, and then returning to Australia to work in Bega and subsequently choosing Merimbula as the place to call home.  (Adapted from Merimbula Rotary’s posting on its website)

Spotted in Corryong

Corryong Rotary Club built this impressive clock tower a few years ago adjacent to the local Visitors Information Centre. It is a canti-levered timber structure that uses dual saw blades as clock-faces.

NEXT WEEK

Club Dinner at the Golf Club (6 for 6.30pm).

Narooma Rotary Beacon 27 October 2022

Andrew’s Thoughts

At Thursday’s Narooma Rotary Business Breakfast, Kim Mayes of Bermagui Painting Services, left, Susan Gray of Tilba Chamber of Commerce, guest speaker MEGT Apprenticeships Field Consultant Nat Spencer and Carrie Taylor of Narooma Rocks.

Another successful week! Our Business Breakfast was well attended to hear Nat Spencer, MEGT Apprenticeships Field Consultant, talk about the thousands of dollars in government assistance available to employers and apprentices. Unsurprisingly, there was much Q&A with a few one-on-ones after her talk. It was also good to see attendees from Bermagui as our message spreads. 

Fortunately the weather just held off on Sunday for the October Markets and we grossed $1,247 which is a fine result considering the weather. Thanks, as ever, to Chris and all those who helped.

Mike Young shows he’ll be with us in spirit

This week is our Hat Night for mental health with guest speaker Dr David Arthur of Bermagui. So dress up, have fun, and raise money for a very worthy cause.

It is with regret that this will be my last ‘Andrew’s Thoughts’ for a few weeks. As most of you know, I’m off tomorrow to marry off my daughter in Queensland. Then, 48 hours after I return, I fly to London and will not be back until 16th November. Hopefully I will make the Business Breakfast the following day, jetlag permitting! My thoughts will be with you all, and it’s onwards and upwards mes amis!

This Thursday 27 October

Grab your most eye-catching or zaniest hat and bring your partner and friends to ‘Lift the Lid on Mental Illness’ this Thursday 6 for 6.30pm. Our guest speaker Dr David Arthur of Bermagui will talk about ‘Integrative Mental Health Care in Rural Communities’ drawing on his extensive experience here and overseas.

Guest speaker is Dr David Arthur

‘Lift the Lid on Mental Illness’ is Australian Rotary Health’s national annual fundraiser for mental health research. Please invite partners and friends and encourage them to wear a hat, anything from flamboyant or zany to just plain practical. Prizes given. Hats are encouraged but not essential. Please let Gero know if you are coming and numbers by Tuesday morning. Cost $27 (includes dinner).
Rachel and David will run the raffle. We have a few prizes but more would be good please.

The Week that Was

Sunday’s Market Report

It was a good market on Sunday despite the anticipated weather keeping many away. Trying to anticipate whether the market was off or on was a difficult call by our Market Manager Chris O’Brien, especially with a few initial light showers Sunday morning. Then it cleared with even some sunshine which lifted everyone’s spirits.

We still had 41 sites (many from further afield cancelled because of the forecast) including four new stallholders. Our regular market team pressed on brilliantly as usual; it was good fun and reports are the super clean van was a joy to work in. Thanks to Wayne Redman who towed the van and helped with the BBQ and to Dave White who dropped off the meat. Takings were gate $820, food van $359.30, Wishing Well $67.25, a total of $1,246.55.

District Conference

‘Imagine’ at the District Conference with DG Geraldine and choir

Our District 9705 Conference was on at the weekend in Wagga Wagga. Unfortunately no one from our Club could make it but Moruya President Shirl and husband John Hayes were there. Shirl reports a highlight on Saturday was when DG Geraldine Rurengo started to sing ‘Imagine’ and a choir walked onto the stage to accompany her.

We sponsor two RYPEN students

Thanks to Ange Ulrichsen and Narooma High Yr 9 Adviser Carly McMahon, our Club will sponsor  two students to RYPEN at Boorambola Sport & Recreation Camp at Wagga Wagga 11-13 November (Total cost $800). They are Phoebe Coxon and Talon Keith.

RYPEN aims to give students self confidence and self-esteem and to enhance a belief in their abilities and talents. It targets those often overlooked for leadership or other programmes but who just need an opportunity to discover their untapped potential. This year’s RYPEN Coordinator is Darren Wallace of the Rotary Club of Wollundry-Wagga Wagga.

Ange introduced herself to Carly and the two students last week, gave them more information and completed the paperwork. Carly told Ange the parents are thrilled as are Phoebe and Talon. “I told them how in previous years we had the RYPEN Camp at Mogo Goldfields (sadly burnt to the ground in the bush fires), and how wonderful and memorable the experience had been for those attending,” Ange said. Their parents will transport them to and from Canberra, to meet up with the special RYPEN coach.  

Phoebe and Talon will join us on Thursday 24 November to tell us about their RYPEN experience. It’s the same night as guest speaker Dianne McInnes, so it will be a bumper night!

Out and About

From Bega Rotary

Bega Rotary has initiated its Inaugural Art Fair to be held in conjunction with its Book Fair at Bega Showground Arts and Crafts building 20-21 January.  Bega Club of Bega invites local emerging and established artists to exhibit and sell their work in the Fair. Types of art that can be accepted include painting, drawing, original prints and original ceramic pieces. Please spread the word.

For more information, please go to Bega Rotary’s website or contact Maz by email at marilyn@jus4us.net. Entry forms to be returned by 2 December.

NEXT WEEK

Wednesday 2 November: Prostate Cancer Support Group with guest speakers specialist Men’s Health physiotherapist Jamie Boulding and pharmacist Brad Butt from Canberra. Narooma Golf Club noon-3pm

Thursday 3: No meeting being the first Thursday in the month.

Friday 4 at 4pm: Many members will join Iris and Frank Eden’s family to celebrate Frank’s life.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 20 October 2022

Andrew’s Thoughts

Business Breakfast guest speaker Nat Spencer from MEGT

Last week saw a convivial Club Assembly with a good turnout and good banter. It was a pleasure to see a lightened atmosphere. 

Thursday sees the next Business Breakfast when Nat Spencer from MEGT will explain federally funded apprenticeship and training schemes. We have widened the invite list to include more tradespeople; we’re hoping for a good turnout. 

This weekend sees the Area 9705 Annual Conference in Wagga Wagga which unfortunately I cannot attend due to wedding preparations. I have spoken at length with our Area Governor Adam de Totth and he will be “showcasing” the Club for our PCSG and for our Community service over the years. This is a big honour and a deserved pat on the back for us all.

This weekend also sees the October markets.

Thursday the 25th sees our annual Hat Day for supporting mental health. Dr David Arthur will be presenting, and I urge you all to come and bring guests. I have also written to Dr Jenny Munro inviting her and members from the Chamber to join us. We shall be holding a raffle and you are urged to donate something appropriate, and obviously there will be prizes for the most outrageous hats! Regrettably I shall not be with you as I shall be marrying off daughter Sophie in Queensland!

So, we have really interesting meetings ahead which should prove to be very enjoyable for us. So it’s upwards and onwards mes amis!

THIS WEEK

ON THURSDAY: Our Business Breakfast at Narooma Surf Club (7am sharp) features Nat Spencer, Apprenticeships Field Consultant with MEGT. She says local employers and apprentices may be missing out on thousands of dollars in incentives and benefits. There’s a range of Australian Government employer incentives and apprentice benefits in priority occupations, particularly traditional trades, but benefits are also available in other areas not on the Government’s priority list, including aged care and child care. Nat will explain what is available and how to go about applying. Cost $10. Bookings essential with President Andrew.

THIS SUNDAY: Our current Rotary food van has now had the brakes approved by a qualified mechanic, the electrics passed by an electrician and the exterior and interior cleaned, so it is well and truly ‘fit for purpose’ for Sunday and the coming busy summer season. Fingers crossed for Sunday’s weather; hopefully not a tough call for our Markets Manager.

The Week that Was

Club Assembly

Last week’s Club Assembly saw any consideration of the discussion paper on Rotary’s future catering choices, produced by 40% of members, avoided.

President Andrew reported the Carers’ Accommodation Eurobodalla Regional Hospital (CAERH) committee is starting to gain traction. Coming up is the group’s participation in the Eurobodalla Health, Wellbeing and Community Group’s Expo 2022 on Wednesday 2 November at Batemans Bay Soldiers Club. This will be the start of CAERH’s campaign to inform the community about the project. Andrew is CAERH’s deputy chairman and is assisting with publicity. Its next meeting is Wednesday 19 October.

The next Prostate Cancer Support Group meeting on Wednesday 2 November features guest speakers specialist Men’s Health physiotherapist Jamie Boulding and pharmacist Brad Butt from Canberra. Please note new time 12-3pm at the Golfie.

Moruya Rotary tows Healthy Harold

Spotted in Narooma last week was Moruya Rotarian Rohan Gleeson towing the Life Education mobile classroom with Happy Harold from ‘down south’ to Narooma Public School, one of many schools the van is visiting in the area. Towing the van around our area is shared by Rohan and John Gillett also from Moruya, taking over from Moruya’s late Jerry Bussa.

For those not familiar with it, Life Education has been active in Australia for over 40 years. It was established by the Rotary Club of Kings Cross through the auspices of the late Rev Ted Noffs from the Wayside Chapel. Along with other health challenges, illicit drug use was exploding back then. Ted saw an opportunity to address the issue before it became a problem.

His vision for Life Education was centred on a powerful concept: each and every child is unique. Ted’s approach was not to scare children, but rather motivate and empower them so they could and would actively draw on their own knowledge to make safer and healthier life choices.  The same approach to education continues to inspire Life Education today.

The first mobile classroom was built in 1982, enabling Life Education to take its program to schools throughout Australia. It continues to be assisted by many Rotary Clubs. Healthy Harold assists discussions with kids in the mobile classroom healthy eating, personal safety, physical activity, positive relationships, cyber-safety and the impact of alcohol and other drugs. Programs are run in primary schools with differing emphasis for different age groups. All modules are age and stage appropriate and aligned to the NSW PDHPE syllabus and the Australian school curriculum.

Narooma Rotary supported Life Education for many years in the past, particularly when former DG Jack Ings was a member and in the years immediately following.

NEXT THURSDAY

Hat Night for Mental Health 27 October

Next Thursday we ‘Lift the Lid on Mental Health’ with guest speaker Dr David Arthur on ‘Integrative Mental Health Care in Rural Communities’.
Dr Arthur has extensive experience in health care in Australia, Asia, the Middle East and the UK f as a nurse, a counsellor, a researcher in mental health, and a health educator. He has published widely in areas related to post-natal depression and anxiety, schizophrenia and family management, as well as mindfulness stress management and meditation.
Returning to Australia just as the bushfires hit prompted him to join Bega Health and Eurobodalla Health as a mental health clinician and drug and alcohol counsellor in hospitals and the community. Through this experience and on through COVID, he became familiar with the stark differences in mental health care between urban and rural Australia. Concerned with the paucity of mental health care yet buoyed by a vision of community-centred multi-disciplinary low cost care, David will discuss some of his experiences and propose ideas which can benefit mental health in rural communities.
Should be a very interesting talk and don’t forget it’s a fundraiser for Mental Health. Please invite partners and friends and encourage them to wear a hat, anything from flamboyant, zany to just plain practical. Prizes given.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 13 October 2022

Andrew’s Thoughts

VP Ange Ulrichsen and Lynn Hastings started with a scrub of the exterior of the food van ready for the next market. The scrub preceded being ‘gurneyed’ .

Well, another ‘interesting’ week with the Board deciding to take advantage of an available grant (deadline 10 October) to fund the purchase of a new van. I have no doubt there will be interesting debates going forward and you can all be assured that as President I shall only ever act in the best interests of the Club.

Thursday sees a Club Assembly and I suggest that the ‘V’ word is banned! Let’s have a more convivial meeting and I suggest that the evening is filled with humorous personal anecdotes to lighten proceedings. I’ll start with car hire on Martha’s Vineyard!

Last week also saw the latest PCSG meeting with a really useful presentation from Dr Gundi. It’s interesting to see that we are developing a meeting nucleus. 

Next week sees October’s Business Breakfast meeting with a last minute change of speaker. So as ever, it’s upwards and onwards mes amis!

THIS THURSDAY

Dinner Meeting – Club Assembly 6 for 6.30pm

The Week that Was

Board advances consideration of van’s future

Last week the Board received a report from six members who hope to move the whole discussion of a trailer/marquee, BBQ trailer and food van forward from the current impasse. That report has now been circulated to all Club members at the Board’s request. Other members might have other points they would like considered.

The ‘deep clean’ starts to show its toll on Lynn Hastings and Gero Mitchell!

Probably all members acknowledge that concerns about the state of the current van have limited what the Club could undertake in the community in recent years wrt catering. The Club had prudently limited our van’s excursions to travel between Easts, NATA Oval and return. Bob Aston and Julie Hartley had both done excellent assessments of the existing food van that set some members thinking about issues they raised.

Bob’s and Julie’s reports acted as a springboard for the group to examine these issues at a brain storming session on Monday 3 October, issues they felt had not really been addressed by the Club to date in a systematic and logical way. At that meeting, our newest member Françoise Cleret pointed out there was a Bushfire associated grant through the Bendigo Bank that could possibly fund the entire cost of a new van, should we go that way. Only problem was applications closed 10 October.

That report, presented to the Board last Friday and since circulated to all members, examined:

  1. A key issue raised by Julie and touched on by Bob – What does the Club want to achieve by having a catering presence at the markets and elsewhere?
  2. It then looked at the benefits and disadvantages of an open trailer/marquee, a BBQ trailer and a food van.

Friday’s Board meeting unanimously agreed to go ahead with the grant application, a decision also supported by Mike Young and Ange Ulrichsen in absentia. It was felt it was too good an opportunity to miss. Lynn, Françoise and Laurelle then did the application on the Club’s behalf, ultimately approved by President Andrew.

Clarifying the van’s condition

Dalmeny electrician Will Farrell checks all the van’s electrics, shown here with Chris O’Brien. All good.

Few would dispute the van is probably past its use-by-date, but the report also posed the question “can it get us safely through the December-January markets”. Some doubt had been raised by some members about the perceived safety of the van’s electrics, but a professional assessment was needed.

The Board last Friday also agreed to the group’s recommendations, viz  get the electrics checked by a qualified electrician before the next market (if any concerns, that was it), do a deep clean before the next market (23rd), and check the temperatures of the bain-marie and fridge at the next market to ensure they still meet food regulation standards. David McInnes had given the clean a head start by giving the exterior an initial good clean at September’s market.

Baby Book Project

The Board also decided last Friday to continue to support the combined Moruya-Batemans Bay- Narooma Baby Book Project initiated in 2005-2006 by Moruya’s Steve and Jan Young during Steve’s year as President. Maternity Services for the whole shire had at that stage been centralised in Moruya so the plan was to present a small book to every child born in Moruya Hospital, the costs to be shared by the three Rotary Clubs. We’re now waiting on a Tax Invoice from Moruya, but it will be about $500.

An initial special deal saw 350 signed copies of Jackie French’s Diary of a Wombat launch the project. Seventeen years later and the project is still going strong. Steve and Jan reckon the project has so far donated 6,800 books. A number of different books have been used over the years; the most recent a series of Steve Parish booklets, each with a story by Rebecca Johnson. (Some information from a recent Moruya Rotary newsletter)

Out and About

Hat Night for Mental Health 27 October

Don’t forget our Hat night on Thursday 27 October to ‘Lift the Lid on Mental Health’. This will be a fundraiser. Our guest speaker is Dr David Arthur who will speak about ‘Integrative Mental Health Care in Rural Communities’.
Dr Arthur has worked in health care in Australia, Asia, the Middle East and the UK for over 45 years as a nurse, a counsellor, a researcher in mental health, and a health educator. He has published widely in areas related to post-natal depression and anxiety, schizophrenia and family management, as well as mindfulness stress management and meditation.
Returning to Australia just as the bushfires hit prompted him to join Bega Health and Eurobodalla Health as a mental health clinician and drug and alcohol counsellor in hospitals and the community. Through this experience and on through COVID, he became familiar with the stark differences in mental health care between urban and rural Australia. Concerned with the paucity of mental health care yet buoyed by a vision of community-centred multi-disciplinary low cost care, David will discuss some of his experiences in Asia and propose ideas which can benefit mental health in rural communities.
Should be a very interesting talk and don’t forget it’s a fundraiser for Mental Health. Please invite partners and friends and encourage them to wear a hat, anything from flamboyant, zany to just plain practical. Prizes given.

NEXT THURSDAY 20th

7am: Rotary Business Breakfast at Narooma Surf Club: Natalie Spencer of MEGT will talk about the range of Australian Government employer incentives and apprentice benefits available in priority occupations. These particularly target traditional trades but benefits are also available in other areas not on the Government’s priority list, including aged care and child care. It’s worthwhile employers coming along to discuss with Nat. We’re hoping to attract a number of employers especially tradies from around the area.

MEGT is a not-for-profit organisation that supports employers, apprentices, trainees, job seekers and students. Their local apprenticeship experts work across Australia helping businesses, apprentices and trainees get the most from the Australian Apprenticeships programme.

Narooma Rotary Beacon 6 October 2022

Andrew’s Thoughts

President Andrew inducts Françoise Cleret into our Club

Another important week for the club with Françoise Cleret inducted as our newest member at last week’s meeting. It’s wonderful to have her on board; she adds to the now six new members in the last three years, part of the important rebuilding of the Club. Also at that meeting we had a good opportunity to frankly discuss the merits of ‘where from here’ for the van.

This week we have Wednesday’s meeting of the PCSG where Dr Gundi Muller-Grotjan will be discussing the GPs’ perspective. After the last meeting, this should be very interesting. 

Then on Friday we have the October Board meeting where hopefully we shall arrive at a sensible compromise on the van issue, because the debate has gone on for too long.

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

THIS WEEK

Wednesday 5 October 6.30pm: Prostate Cancer Support Group at Narooma Golf Club with Dr Gundi Muller-Grotjan of Braveheart Healthcare to lead discussion

Thursday 6 October: No Dinner Meeting being the first Thursday in the month

This Friday 7 October 4.15pm:  Board Meeting at Narooma Golf Club

The Week that Was

From Moruya Rotary bulletin

Moruya Rotary President Shirl Hayes-Cornish reports that the recent meeting of the Carers’ Accommodation Eurobodalla Regional Hospital (CAERH) committee accepted an invitation to participate in the Eurobodalla Health, Wellbeing and Community Group’s Expo 2022 on Wednesday 2 November at Batemans Bay Soldiers Club. The Expo is for ‘conventional and customary health services and providers and also the exceptional and unique’. Our President Andrew is CAERH’s deputy chairman.

Shirl said this is the beginning of CAERH’s campaign to inform the community about the project with the aim of attracting people and organisations to make up the Steering Committee. Louise McFadden from the Project Team at NSW Health will provide a map of the hospital plan for the display showing the site put aside for Carers’ Accommodation. CAERH Chairman Rob Pollock will have photos and information about the Bega and other Carers’ Centres.

Publicity will begin with Andrew Lawson using his relationship with Paul West of the ABC and Andrew Elek with James Tugwell of the Bay Post. Shirl will also mention it on her monthly talk with Peter Diskon on EAR and write a media release. The CAERH’s next meeting is Wednesday 19 October.

Out and About

Nominations open for RYLA 

In 2023 the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) will be held from 7-13 January inclusive at the Warrambui Retreat & Conference Centre at Murrumbateman NSW. It aims to grow the leadership potential of young people in our community.

The seven day residential programme is designed to challenge and inspire these young people and help them gain further confidence and self-esteem as well as set goals for their future. A number of past Rylarians assist in running the programme and, through their experiences at previous RYLA programmes, give enormous support to their peers and the community.

Our Club is asked to find a suitable applicant between 18 and 30 years who has shown some leadership potential. (Please note that for 2023 only the age limit has been extended to 30 years because the programme has not run for the previous two years; in 2024 this will be reduced back to 28 years.)

Application forms can be found online at https://rotary9705.org.au/page/ryla. The closing date for RYLA applicants is 31 October, however the District would prefer applications by early October.

Our District RYLA Chair Clare Lawlor says should our Club select a RYLA participant, please invite them to attend some Rotary Club meetings prior to the programme. Fees will be invoiced to participating Clubs and cover accommodation, all meals and programme expenses. The fee is $950.00, which includes a subsidy from the District.

NEXT WEEK

Thursday 13 October: Dinner Meeting at Narooma Golf Club 6.30 for 7

Narooma Rotary Beacon 29 September 2022

Andrew’s Thoughts

Narooma Charters’ Norm Ingersole draws the winning ticket in our Whale Watching Raffle at Sunday’s Market.

Well, it was both a reflective and fulfilling week. We obviously honoured the National Day of Mourning for Queen Elizabeth II. The highly anticipated presentation from Dianne McInnes which had been scheduled for last Thursday has been deferred until 24th November. So our dinner meeting was switched to this Thursday the 29th which is now an important Club Night to welcome Françoise Cleret as our new member. This will be the highlight of the evening and I know we are all looking forward to formally welcoming Françoise to the fold.

The sun certainly shined on the righteous on Sunday! After an indifferent week’s weather gone, and the forecast indifferent week ahead, Sunday was a glorious spring day which really brought in the Market crowds. A highly successful market yielded $2,092.05; many thanks, as ever, to all involved.

The highlight of the day was the Whale Watch raffle drawn by Norm Ingersole of Narooma Charters who had once again generously donated the voucher for two. The winner was Alison Gorman from Dalmeny who was absolutely thrilled. Many thanks to Raffle Queen Ange for leading the charge!

I look forward to a good turnout of members this Thursday to welcome Françoise. As ever, it’s onwards and upwards mes amis!

THIS WEEK

Club Night at Narooma Golf Club 6 for 6.30pm Club when we welcome Françoise Cleret as our new member with open arms. This will be the highlight of the evening.

The Week that Was

On Sunday’s Market

What a beautiful Market Day. We attracted a good crowd with many visitors in the area for the school holidays. With the spring weather, the numbers of stallholders are building up again including a welcome number of new faces. We took $1,181.00 at the gate, $763.30 at the van (food costs to come out), and $147.75 from the wishing well. Quite a few comments on the day about it being such an enjoyable and relaxed community event that many look forward to each month.

President Andrew tells our raffle winner Alison Gorman the good news, watched by Narooma Charters’ Norm Ingersole and VP Ange.

Andrew and Ange both expressed the Club’s great appreciation to Norm Ingersole of Narooma Charters on Sunday for his continued support for our whale watching raffle held at this time each year, Covid willing. Proceeds from this year’s raffle will go towards carers’ accommodation at the new Regional Hospital plus possibly other charities. Interesting we ran the first one back in 2012 when Darryl and Kristen Stuart had Narooma Charters. Norm was saying that so far the whales seem much further out this year.

From Moruya Rotary

Our very own David McInnes was last week’s guest speaker at Moruya Rotary where he spoke about Geophysics. This week’s Moruya bulletin reported he presented his highly technical subject with tremendous enthusiasm and some comprehensive images. David said the whole of Australia has been scanned by airborne Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR). From that research, the skilled geophysicist can detect where various metals are likely to be found which is crucial to know as we move away from fossil fuels and into batteries. Lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese and graphite are all used in batteries, and of these, lithium is currently the key. He spoke about its major issues. We can look forward to hearing David as our guest speaker some time next year.

Bay Rotarians go to Nelligen

Batemans Bay Rotarians are holding a ‘Pizza, Poetry and Plonk Night’ on Thursday 6 October at Nelligen Big 4 Caravan Park at 6.00pm and Narooma Rotarians would be most welcome. Cost is $15 per person which covers the Pizza and ice creams for dessert. It’s BYO Poetry (silly poems particularly welcome!) and Plonk (along with glasses for the Plonk). It is essential to book with Pam Thorpe on 0418 871 685 by Tuesday 4th October should you want to go (for pizza orders and code entry to Park).

(from Batemans By Rotary website)

Out and About

Narooma contributes to International Project

Recently our Club donated $500 to the D9705 Project to install solar panels, batteries and associated electrical infrastructure on a School in Fiji in early 2023. We were one of 22 District Clubs (and one Rotarian) who pledged a total of $45,000 

Fiji’s Naiviivi Primary School supports 130 school children with seven teachers. The solar installation will provide them with 24/7 power; the savings made from elimination of diesel generation will enable them to buy schoolbooks and PC equipment. It is an international project that satisfies Rotary’s priority goals of protecting the environment and providing educational support.

Contributing clubs were Belconnen, Bathurst, Bathurst Daybreak, Berry, Canberra, Canberra Weston Creek, Coolamon, Cowra, Forbes Ipomoea, Gerringong Sunrise, Goulburn, Griffith Avanti, Hall, Jerra Rotary, Junee, Milton-Ulladulla, Molong, Narooma, Oberon, Orange, Orange North, and Pambula.

Bega Valley Rotarians support joint project.

Critical moves to increase the number of qualified aged care workers at Sapphire Coast Community Aged Care (SCCAC) facilities are being supported by a joint Project by the Rotary Clubs of Bega, Merimbula and Pambula. Rotarians have so far delivered 18 ‘Welcome Packages’ to SCCAC. Each package aims to make new overseas employees (sourced by SCCAC) feel welcome on their arrival in the Bega Valley and hopefully encourage them to want to stay working for SCCAC.

The ‘Welcome packages’ include a bunch of fresh flowers, a food hamper, personal requirements such as sunscreen and insect repellent, information about services and attractions in the Bega Valley and an invitation for a tour of the Bega Valley with a host from the ‘Adopt a Family’ Program. Local businesses and organisations such as pharmacies and the Sapphire Community Pantry have made very generous donations to the Project. Household items such as furniture and kitchen items are also being sourced and delivered to new employees because their rental properties are usually unfurnished.

NEXT WEEK

There is no meeting next week being the first Thursday in the month, but you may be tempted to go to Nelligen for Batemans Bay Rotary’s‘Pizza, Poetry and Plonk Night’. Bookings essential (see above).

Narooma Rotary Beacon 22 September 2022

Andrew’s Thoughts

It is with profound apology that ongoing health issues, fortunately not that serious, prevented me from making the previous week’s Club Assembly. By all accounts, it was a convivial gathering much enjoyed by all. 

On Tuesday of that week, we welcomed our area’s specialist prostate cancer nurse Aimie Proberts to the first meeting of the Prostate Cancer Support Group’s 2022/2023 programme. A group of 10 gained a fascinating insight into her role which stimulated a lively and beneficial discussion. 

President Andrew Lawson and Sally Bouckley of Southbound Escapes at last week’s Rotary Business Breakfast

Last Thursday saw the delayed return of our Business Breakfasts after the winter break. We welcomed Sally Bouckley of Southbound Escapes who discussed taking over the lease on the Visitors’ Information Centre and her vision for integrating tourism initiatives in the area. What an inspiring and wonderful local entrepreneur.

Finally, the Board has decided that as the 22nd has been proclaimed a National Day of Mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, it would be inappropriate to hold our planned meeting on that day with scheduled speaker Dianne McInnes (should the Golfie be open!). We have postponed the meeting to the following week which unfortunately does not suit Diane; hopefully we will soon find another time that suits her.

So, in these reflective and historic times, it is onwards and upwards mes amis.

Don’t forget it’s the markets this Sunday! A roster will be circulated.

THIS WEEK

This Thursday is Australia’s Day of Mourning for Queen Elizabeth II and therefore a Public Holiday, we will instead meet the following Thursday 29th (5th Thursday in the month). Unfortunately that date does not suit our scheduled speaker Dianne McInnes so she will talk about writing a book at another time.

This Sunday is the Markets, so all hands on deck please.

The Week that Was

Last Thursday’s Business Breakfast

Sally Bouckley of Southbound Escapes took on the lease of the Visitor Information Centre on 1 July. She has been overwhelmed by the number of people in the community who have dropped in to say how delighted they are the Centre has reopened; she feels there is considerable community goodwill supporting her initiative. She intends to maintain the Visitors Centre accreditation but makes the point that it has to be commercially viable. It’s the base for her e-bike business and developing her niche market luxury tours. She has reintroduced accommodation bookings and is collaborating with other local businesses, while also being surprised at the business generated in the shop. She explained some of her marketing ideas she intends to incorporate in her business.

A Rotary encounter in Bali

Our VP Ange Ulrichsen is just back from a few weeks in Bali staying at Sanur on the East coast and has filed this report. “About a week ago I happened to lunch at Anjani Beach restaurant at Sanur Beach. To my delight, I noticed the Rotary Wheel and Club of Bali Nitimandala on the wall. Well naturally I inquired and the restaurant owner Alit Suarta joined me for a lovely chat.

VP Ange Ulrichsen meets Alit Suarta of the RC of Bali Nitimandala while on holiday in Bali this month.

“He said the Club meets weekly at his restaurant. Prior to Covid the Club had 15 members but now that’s down to eight and men only. Bali has 23 Rotary Clubs and Indonesia over 500!”

A main project of his Club is providing education and meals to disabled children and helping their poor families in Bali villages.

“Rotary is highly respected in Bali. Post the Bali bombing, Rotary played a pivotal role in establishing a Blood Bank Regional Project at the Central Hospital at Denpasar in Bali. This is ongoing. Since the Rotary Global Grant system changed, local clubs link to provide clean water, public health and sanitation to villages. Previously Indonesia and Japan provided these services jointly.”

Out and About

The Queen and Paddington Bear

This was posted online (shame about the missing apostrophe!) after the Queen’s death, a variation/update of the sketch of the Queen hand in hand with Paddington Bear done by East Yorkshire artist Eleanor Tomlinson after the recent Jubilee celebrations.

Just this last week, the card has popped up among the thousands of floral tributes laid for the Queen, along with many Paddington Bears. Who’d have thought…

NEXT Thursday

Club Dinner at Narooma Golf Club 6 for 6.30pm.