Rotary Nowra open to all

INCLUSIVE: Nowra Rotarians, Shoalhaven Rotaractors and the 2017 outbound International exchange student having a coffee and cupcake break from manning the new trailer mounted BBQ’s at the Huskisson Triathlon recently.Rotary Clubs in Australia are part of an international network of business, professional and community people who strive to make the world a better place through practical efforts.
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Rotarians are people like you and me. Everyday men and women who liked the idea of helping others, building peace and understanding, serving our community and developing friendships and networks that last a lifetime.

Rotary unites men and women from different backgrounds, cultures, religious and political beliefs the world over, allowing ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

Each of Australia’s 30,000 Rotarians belong to a local Rotary Club and there are over 1100 Clubs in Australia, including seven in the Shoalhaven. While Clubs operate independently, they often come together to work on joint projects and celebrate big events.

From a personal perspective, Rotary is another term for the opportunity to substantially raise your local and international citizenship profile. The broad range of opportunities and benefits of being a Rotarian are found in Rotary’s five interests (or “Avenues of Service”) – Community, Vocational, Youth, International and Club.

Community – As Rotary actively supports a number of local charities and not-for-profit service organisations, it provides opportunities for Rotarians to enhance the support that they already give to these organisations.

Vocational – Rotary provides a number of programs to support local business and vocational development. Being a Rotarian gives you the opportunity to network with likeminded business and professionals locally, Australia wide and internationally, and promote your vocational and business ideas.

Youth – Rotary Clubs across Australia sponsor young people in the development of skills in the areas of communication, leadership, road safety / driver awareness, resilience and self-esteem and in furthering their career aspirations in the areas of mathematics and science.

International – Rotary supports communities in crisis all around the world and this collective Rotary International support is very effective in easing the hard ship of families that are victims of natural or manmade disasters. This interest also provides youth exchange programs and opportunities for Rotarians and their family members to travel anywhere in the world knowing that they have the support of friendly Rotarians at any destination.

Club – This interest provides opportunities for Rotarians to develop their own leadership skills, grow their confidence levels and for them and their families to enjoy the many fellowship and social activities Rotary conducts.

Most importantly, Rotary philosophy is family first, work second and Rotary and anything else third; so becoming a Rotarian doesn’t add commitment to your already busy lifestyle – it simply enhances and adds value to everything else you do.

With seven Rotary Clubs in the Shoalhaven to suit your residential address and lifestyle, you will soon find a Rotarian in your day-to-day activity that will be able to give you more details on their Rotary experiences and guide you towards a Rotary club suitable for you

Rotary Nowra periodically holds Rotary information nights, that are without obligation. If you would like to be invited to an information night, or just come to a dinner meeting, listen to a good guest speaker and see how Rotary operates, please ring Rob Russell – Rotary Nowra president0499 901 129or Polly Hill – president elect0405 445 138.

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Harleys thunder into town

PEACE: Olympic BMX rider Caroline Buchanan leada riders off on their Thunder Run on Sunday.
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Thousands of Harley-Davidsonowners and admirers have descended on the Illawarra in a roaring celebration ofmotorcycle culture.

MATES: Bike enthusiasts Mark Peigel, Jason Zanetta and Steve Brown during Saturday’s festivities. Pictures: Georgia Matts

The event, from Friday to Sunday, marked the first Australian Harley-Davidson rally open to non-HOG (Harley-Davidson Owners Group) members and the wider community.

LITTLE FANS: Children await an autograph from Caroline Buchanan on Saturday.

A large number of children and area families visited Stuart Park to see the machines en masse and up close, and to take part in a family-friendly program of entertainment.

The brand has taken on Australian BMX champion CarolineBuchanan as an ambassadoras part of its push towards a more “inclusive” culture.

Buchanan joined 1400 riders for Sunday’s Thunder Run through Wollongong,taking the seat of a customised Harley-Davidson Street 500 -a smaller, less powerful ride with her race number (68) on its front.

“It’s my career number,” Buchanan told the Mercury.

“When I was five years old and got on a bike my dad asked ‘what number do you want?’. We got electrical tape and had an ice cream lid as my number plate for my first race meeting.

“My brother was simple –he chose number 11 and my dad needed to cut [two pieces of] electrical tape.

“I was just being a little brat and decided a hard number with lots of curves. I’ve had it all through my career -two Olympic games and now it’s on my motorbike.”

HOG chapters from around Australia were well-represented in the crowd.

Marty Pluymers, a 31-year-old baker and a member of the Tasmanian chapter, rode his Harley-Davidson from Hobart.

“This being a national [rally], it’s probablyon of the only times where guys from all of the chapters come together,” he said.

“There might be guys I haven’t seen for months from Adelaide, Melbourne andout this way.

“This is three or four days where we can be together and it doesn’t matter what you do outside of the HOG group.

“Whether you’rea doctor or you’reunemployed, everyone’s on the same page.

“We just come together for the love of motorbikes.”

Throughout the weekend, riders took part in guided rides through Kangaroo Valley, to Picton and acrossSeacliff Bridge, as well as aLadies of Harley ride to Kiama Blowhole andJamberoo led by Buchanan on Saturday.

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Zone’s perfect balance

REPRESENTATIVE REWARDS: Englishman Greg Buckley has only been back in Dubbo a matter of weeks but has been called up to the Western Zone squad. Photo: FILEWestern Zone has opted to fine-tune its squad rather than overhaul it in the hope of returning to the pinnacle of country cricket in NSW.
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The squad for the 2016/17 Country Championship Southern Pool matches, to be at Shellharbour from November 18-20, has only two changes from last season but chairman of selectors Neil Doherty feels they make the squad markedly stronger.

The Matt Crawley-coached outfit was announced on Sunday evening, with Dubbo’s English star Greg Buckley and Cowra’s red-headed tearaway Jacob McNaught coming into the side which won two of three pool matches last season.

“It’s a very similar team to last season,” Doherty said.

“As a team they only lost one game last season so there was no need to make big changes.”

One of the changes was unavoidable, with spinning all-rounder Stuart Naden now playing his cricket in New Zealand while Rugby all-rounder James O’Brien missed out after making just 13 runs and taking a total of 2-82 from 13 overs in the two inter-council matches.

Doherty was particularlyexcited about the addition of out-and-out speedster McNaught, who only missed out last season due to an overloaded under-19s representative workload.

“With McNaught we’ll get a bit more of penetration opening the bowling. There’s a bit of a pace and he’s a left-armer two,” he said, before speaking about Buckley taking the place of fellow Englishman Naden.

“It’s a like-for-like change so we won’t lose anything.”

McNaught forms part of a powerful pace-bowling quartet alongside Will Lindsay, Tim Berry and Bathurst’s Aaron Seymour while in Buckley, Ryan Peacock and Marty Jeffrey there are three vastly different frontline spinners.

The batting lineup is almost exactly the same as last season, with NSW Country trio Nick Berry, again the captain of the side, Mitch Bower and Jordan Moran leading the way.

What also bodes well for Western is the likes of Peacock, Anthony Heraghty and Josh Toole are all in-form and ready to provide further runs for the 2013/14 NSW Country champions.

“It’s a very-well balanced side,” Doherty said.

“They bat very bat and there’s a lot of options with the ball.

“We’re hoping they’ll go really well and if they play to their potential then should be able to come away with a win.”

Western meets Southern/ACT on November 18.

WESTERN: Nick Berry (c, Cowra),Tim Berry (Cowra),Mitch Bower (Dubbo),Greg Buckley (Dubbo),Marty Jeffrey (Dubbo),Anthony Heraghty (Parkes),Will Lindsay (Dubbo),Jacob McNaught (Cowra),Jordan Moran (Dubbo),Ryan Peacock (Bathurst),Aaron Seymour (Bathurst),Josh Toole (Bathurst)

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LETTER: Shelley Watts, in her own words

HOME: Shelley Watts runs past her former school while training early this year.To my community – Thank you!
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There’s a song I listened to through my Olympic Games qualification and preparation called ‘1955’ by Aussie hip hop band, hilltop hoods.

Every time Ilistened to the song, it would remind me of home – the Camden Haven – 2443″My 1955!” The place I was lucky enough to call home, to grow up andenjoy my childhood and the place I will always be able to come back to and feel welcomed!

It can be a lonely road being an elite athlete and travelling here, there and everywhere sacrificing so much to chase your dreams! It is songs like this onethat remind me of homeand make it a little bit easier to do what I do! Because if I’m feeling low or tired, I can put it on and it reminds me of the people and town I am doing this all for! It’s all not only for me andmy family. It is for you! Every single one of you who have supported me throughout my life and career so far and who I know, no matter what I do or don’t achieve, will be there supporting me until the very end.

I was so humbled when I was contacted by Rheannan Chapman and the Kendall Blues footy club, telling me that they would so generously donate some of the money they raised to my boxing career! To think that others in the Camden Haven would be so willing to help me chase my dreams is amazing! I was able to send a video saying thank you to Rheannan and the club for being so considerate in including me on the amazing list of people they supported for their charity day in July. But I realised that in sending that video, I wouldn’t be able to thank the amazing people who attended their charity day and donated the money or bought raffle tickets to help the Kendall Blues donate the amazing amount of money that they raised!

This is why I wanted to write this letter to the editor. To say THANK YOU to YOU – my AMAZING community! Without your support, it would be so much harder to continue doing what I do.So thank you! For giving me the support, for giving me the motivation and for passing on all of the kind words you have sent to me before, during and after the Olympic games! I cannot show my appreciation enough!

The financial assistance is helping me in my next phase, post Rio. A time that has been much harder emotional and physically than I anticipated. The money will support me, as I have unfortunately lost funding due to the result in Rio, and it will help me start my road to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in my quest to become a back-to-back gold medallist!

Thank you again! I am more humbled and appreciative than I will ever be able to express! I hope I’ve been able to make you proud! As the song, 1955, goes: “no matter, Where I go, where I go.This will always be home” and I am so lucky I have a song to remind me every day of the amazing community and town I get to call mine!

Shelley xxx

Shelley Watts,2016 Australian Olympian,2014 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist

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Angus steers to $1340 at Yass

Jim Hindmarsh Harton and Co Goulburn agent, Mike Holmes, with the pen of 30 Angus steers,from the Shepherd family, Gunning, which weighed 275kg and sold for $1210.
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A LONG and tough season on the southern tablelands and Monaro was evident in the presentation of cattle at the regular store cattle sale held at Yass last Friday.

With more than 1500 head yarded, the quality was mixed with only a few feature pens showing condition.

Local restockers competed with buyersfrom Goulburn, Cootamundra, Young and Gundagai.

LandmarkYassmanagerSam Huntersaid quality lightweight stock were rewarded by high prices.

“We saw Angus steers make $1340 a head (320kg) or 418 cents per kilogramwhich is exceptional in a declining market,” Mr Huntersaid.

“Smart buyers were working within the gaps of the market to purchase cattle of lighter condition that would respond well to the abundance of pasture growth we are seeing at the present.”

In a yarding dominated by Angus, with smaller numbers of Herefords, Shorthorns and European breeds, prices for steers ranged from $910 to $1340, with lighter weights selling from $710 to $900.

Heiferprices varied from $870 to $1180, with lighter weights making $565 to $825. Cows with calves made from $1750 to $2040, while cows with first calves topped at $2600.

Among the pens of quality steers were those fromthe Reed family, “Chatsbury”, Taralga, who sold 18 Angus, Rennylea-blood weaners from10 to 12 months, weighing 320kg, for $1340. A second pen of 15 Angus weaners sold for $1290. The Shepherd family, “Invergowrie Park”, Gunning sold 30 Angus steersweighing 275kg for $1210, while 19 Nero-blood Shorthorn steers, account “Lochiel”, Taralga, sold for $1290.

Producers from “Mylora”, Binalong, offered their annual draft of mixed-sex Wirruna-blood Poll Hereford weanersand sold 46weighing 269kg for $1150, with second pen of 15, weighing 312kg, selling for $1110. A pen of six- to seven-month-old Angus steers offered by Buena Vista Pastoral Company, Wheeo sold for $990.

In sales of older steers, the Abbey family sold nine Angus steersweighing 386kg for $1380, with a second pen of four steers weighing 360kg selling for $1250.

In the heifer sale, 19 Wirruna-blood, 287kg Poll Hereford heifers from“Mylora”sold for $930.Their second line of 32 Poll Herefords weighing253kg sold for $900, and a third pen of 37 heifers weighing 249kg made $870.

The Reed family offered 35 Rennylea-bloodAngus heifers from 10 to12 months, whichsold for $1180. A pen of 10 black baldies made$1050.

O’Connell and Co, Braidwood, received $874 for their pen of 12 black baldies weighing 240kg, and a pen of 11 Angus heifers weighing 238kg sold for $860. The Abbey family sold 11 eight- to nine-month-old Angus heifers for $1120. Theirsecond pen of 13 seven-month-old Angus heifers reached$910.

Cows with calves and not station mated made to $2040, when Padang Pastoral Co, Yass, sold 19 Angus breeding units. Burn and Daniel, Yass sold 18 five- to eight year-old Murray Grey cows with calves, and rejoined, for $2020.

Elders, Landmark, Delta, Agstock, Butt Livestock, MJ Hall and Co, Holman Tolmie,Gerrard and Partners, Ray White Livestock, Duncome and Co, MD and JJ Anderson and Jim Hindmarsh, Harton and Co conducted the sale.

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