Club Executives & Directors 2021-2022
President
Immed PP
President Elect
Secretary
Treasurer
Foundation
International Service
Youth
Community Service
Vocational
Club Service
Membership
Protection Officer
Upcoming Events
Sapphire Coast Rotary Clubs
Rotary Club of Bega:
 
Rotary Club of Pambula:
Merimbula Chamber of Commerce
Sapphire Coast Youth Development Fund
 
              
     
WELCOME TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF MERIMBULA
 
A perfect sunny morning for our Community Breakfast at Rotary Park.  Visitors came to enjoy our free sausage sandwich and a cold drink after a swim or their participation in the ‘Merimbula Float’ where any craft floats with the current from Merimbula Bridge to Spencer Park, whilst being entertained by the melodious Paul Dion and his Jazz Band.
 
 A Community Service Award was presented to Dr Liz Mullins, Executive Director of Southern NSW Local Health District, in recognition of the work of Health Professionals in keeping our Community safe during the COVID period, together with a voucher to purchase a tree.  Our Rotarians will shortly visit Bega Hospital and have a tree planting ceremony along with a BBQ for staff and their families.
 
Thank you to Za’s Coffee for providing that much needed stimulus and for their extremely generous donation.  Also a big thank you to the Community for supporting this event and for contributing funds into our wishing well.
 
Our appreciation goes to all our wonderful volunteers who helped make this Australia Day such a success.  Well done, everyone.
 
 
It was a fantastic day for our January market, the crowds just kept on coming.  The weather was overcast, calm and balmy, perfect conditions for strolling along the rows of stalls all displaying amazing merchandise for you to ponder on what to take home, too many choices, what a dilemma! Gorgeous baby clothes, eco-dyed scarves and ceramics, freshly dug potatoes, freshly picked cherries, exciting selection of lollies, kitchenware, colourful baskets to carry all your purchases, wet suits to keep the chill of the ocean out, an array of boots to go hiking in our wonderful National Parks, plants for the garden, Marine Rescue raffle tickets to win some terrific prizes, soaps and diffusers, handsome hats, delicious doughnuts, egg & bacon rolls from the Rotary tent and freshly brewed coffee, the list goes on and on ....
 
If you didn't have the chance to come to this market, don't worry, our market on Sunday 20 February will be just as good.  We look forward to your company and don't forget to bring some change with you for our wishing wells -  your donations go back into our community.
 
 
For markets held February 2022 - 30 June 2022 Stall Holders please Book & Pay online viahttps://www.trybooking.com/BRAKM 
 
It is your responsibility to Book & Secure your sites by computer, phone, tablet device that connects to the internet.
If you need assistance contact the Market Manager.    
 
The Rotary Club of Merimbula is now offering  a ‘Stall Holder Enabling Package’ that enables a limited number of casual stallholders to attend the Market and receive Market Advice & Assistance and be included in our Complementary Public & Product Liability Insurance.
 
Rotary Club of Pambula hosted a very successful Brickfest Exhibition at Club Sapphire over two days.  The weather was not favourable for visiting the beach and parents and children were thrilled to come along to enjoy all the marvellous Lego creations on show. Two of our members helped the many Rotary volunteers sell raffle tickets and some lucky winners will be going home with some fantastic Lego prizes.
Despite COVID and having to revert to ZOOM Meetings some of the time, these are some of the Projects our Club has been involved in during 2021.
 
The weather was glorious, warm with a breeze to keep the temperatures down.  There was a good turn out of stallholders selling many tempting products.  The visitors came flocking through the gates and it was a very busy day for stallholders and volunteers. 
 
The Town Crier attended to officially declare the market open and we all enjoyed the entertainment provided by the talented musicians who performed on the stage of the Rotary Music Pod, 'Beryl' and a juggler who delighted the children with his antics.  We listened to the live broadcast from our local radio station, 2SEA FM who brought along their 'Wheel of Fortune' for punters to try their luck to win a prize.  The Sapphire Coast Historic Vehicle Club displayed a selection of  their grand cars for us all to admire.  A tasty variety of food was on offer, to name a few 'A Pinch of Yum' and the famous Paella cooked by the Rotary Club of Pambula, Dutch Pancakes, our Sausage Sizzle, great coffee and cold drinks to keep the hunger pangs and thirst at bay.
 
Thank you to all our fantastic Rotarians who helped to make this event such a successful day.
 
Ten of our members enjoyed a very informative morning on 8 December, learning all about how to make compost from the collection of FOGO from our refuse bins.  Our thanks to Mick for organising our tour, Glen, Darcy & Gemma
from Bega Valley Shire Council for sharing their extensive knowledge of the work involved in this process to stop organic waste going into landfill.  Organic matter creates methane as it decomposes, a greenhouse gas about 80 times more potent than CO2.
 
The Bega Valley was one of the first Councils to introduce the Food Organics Garden Organics bin collection service to the Bega Valley to turn their food and garden waste into high quality compost instead of putting it into landfill.  Remember, brown cardboard can be put into your green bin, if it is put into the recycling bin it gets transported to Canberra.  Just imagine the number of lorries on our roads transporting all our recycling waste. The facility processes 26,000 m3 a year and the BVSC would like to expand this with new machinery to better serve the community.
 
Compost is available to purchase at very reasonable prices for trailer collection and later as bagged product.
 
Kris from Bali has contacted Past President Andy again, to alert him to the dire situation her villagers are continuing to face.  
 
At our recent Board meeting held on 3 November, it was agreed that further funding of AUD1,000 would be donated to Kris for her to purchase essential food packs containing rice, oil, noodles, tray of eggs and facemasks for distribution to hungry villagers in Ekasari Village, Jembrana Regency, Bali, Indonesia. 
 
Kris has now distributed 32 food packs and a small amount of cash to one villager, Nengah Rangkep, who Kris reports "needed surgery and now he is in treatment and in better condition, so I hope it can help him to buy medicine or diapers. The villagers said “Thank you for the help and kindness, I hope God will always be with you.  It was so amazing, it’s a happiness to see their smiles. I’d like to say thank you to the Rotary Club of Merimbula for all of the support. It means a lot for me and the villagers. The villagers smiles are our smiles too."  Mr Gede, the representative of Ekasari Village would also like to thank our club for all the kindness and support and care for his villagers.
     
Article Courtesy of Merimbula News Weekly :

A meeting, organised by Merimbula Rotary and attended by Bega and Pambula Rotary Clubs, the Mayor, Social Justice Advocates and representatives of family and youth support organisations, heard details about a youth refuge project which could be trialled in the Bega Valley.

David Marshall chair of Rotary District 9705 (includes Bega Valley) governance board for the District Vulnerable Youth Project said the project, Rubys, had been operating successfully in South Austalia for 28 years. Work has started on a new home in the ACT which Mr Marshall said would be full on the day of opening.

In discussion with Merimbula Rotary president Andy Thorp, Mr Marshall had expressed interest in seeing a similar facility for 12-17 year-olds in regional NSW.

"I am of the view that such a facility is something that would be of great benefit to vulnerable youth in the Bega Valley Shire," Mr Thorp said and has suggested Merimbula, Bega and Pambula Rotary Clubs look at taking on the long term project.

The homes provide a refuge for vulnerable youth for several days a week while service providers work with the youth and their parents to get them back home. The average length of stay is six months and parents must be part of the program.

"Having social worker and psychologist programs around this is pivotal. Kids are referred by parents, police or schools; it's a circuit breaker," Mr Marshall said.

Service providers such as Vinnies or the Salvation Army might run the facility but it is owned by the government. The presentation prompted questions about the program and the needs locally, where the nearest youth refuge is Moruya.

There were concerns about putting vulnerable youth back in their own homes, even for a few days a week with Sue MacKinnon from the Bega Teen Clinic pointing out that for most kids, family was the issue.

Sarah Bancroft of PCYC said services at the coal face were in crisis because they had no options.

While there were concerns about the scope of the project, it was pointed out that one project could not save everyone.

Social Justice Advocate Mick Brosnan said that while people could talk about the nuances of such a service, "I want to make it clear that we need a youth refuge".

"I urge you to think about this, we need a refuge but let's work out the style for our shire," Mr Brosnan said.

Congratulations to Year 12 students Logan Staight from Lumen Christi Catholic College (in photo) and Jake Humphrey from Eden Marine High who have been accepted to attend the Honeywell Engineering Summer School -  a significant achievement as there are only 50 places for NSW and ACT. 
 
At our Board Meeting on 3 November we agreed to sponsor Logan and Jake and will meet their course costs to enable them both to attend. The objective is to give high school students a better understanding of what engineering is and how it works in everyday life.