Club Executives & Directors 2021-2022
Immed PP
President Elect
International Service
Community Service
Club Service
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
     Rotary in Australia & NZ Celebrating 100 years 1921 - 2021
Our Guest Speaker at our meeting held on 15 September was Adam de Totth, Area Six Governor for our District 9705.  Unfortunately, due to COVID lockdown, Adam was not able to visit our Club for a 'face to face' meeting but we were able to listen, via ZOOM, to his noteworthy presentation on how to encourage new members.
We are so thrilled to announce that as from 16 September 2021, the Bega Valley Shire is no longer under lockdown and, although still under some restrictions, we will be able to commence our meetings at the Club Sapphire.
If you are interested in learning about our Community work and becoming a member of our friendly, active Club or are a visiting Rotarian, we would like to invite you to come along to one of our meetings held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6.00 for 6.30 pm, generally in the Club Sapphire (Tasman Room), Merimbula.  
Best to let us know you will be attending by clicking on the Contact Us  tab or on the link as we might be out and about Merimbula supporting a local restaurant or participating in a social activity or working on different projects in the community. 
Do you have a project idea?
Would you like to contribute to worthwhile projects that make a difference?
Do you want to make a difference by offering your time or skills for a specific project? 
Do you want to make new friends? Come along & join us actively improve our Community.
Although we have been released from COVID lockdown on 16 September, there is not enough time to organise our Sunday Market on 19 September.
Therefore, this event remains CANCELLED.
Our volunteers and stallholders look forward to your company at our next market on Sunday 17 October 2021. 
Equipment being collected from Bega
The Board agreed to support Senior Constable Sarah Bancroft’s offer of a delivery service to provide equipment to keep children occupied and mobile during lockdown as this would be good for their mental health. 
We purchased footballs, colouring books, activity packs and sets of pencils. Sarah has been in touch with local schools and these will be distributed to the children on 16 September.
Sarah reports 33 items delivered 16 Sept across 15 homes. 
"Very grateful kids and parents"
Our club was one of 52 clubs that supported this project, sending 40 toiletry bags filled with hygiene products including shampoo, toothpaste, face washers and brushes etc to the Northern Territory.   Please click on for more details of our club's efforts in helping to eliminate this terrible disease.
The project aimed to send 2,000 toiletry kits to schools, this target was exceeded with 2,154 kits sent to 32 schools in the Alice Springs region.  
The link below takes you the End Trachoma web page where you will find our Club acknowledged and details of other projects. The good news is that since 2008 Trachoma rates have fallen from over 20% to 3.8% nationally:
Members were very sad to hear of the recent passing of local electrician and Tura Beach resident Joshua Stanton.  Josh approached our club in 2019 seeking support to install defibrillators at Tura Beach and Merimbula that were accessible to the public 24 hours a day in case of emergency.  Those defibrillators are now installed on the external wall of the Tura Beach Discount Chemist and in the drive through of McDonald's in town. See the linked article from the Merimbula News Weekly
As well as being an excellent tradesman Josh was a great family man, a stand-up member of the community and simply a nice bloke. He approached his wretched illness over a number of years with bravery and humility.  
Josh was taken far too soon by a rare form of cancer - Medullary Thyroid Cancer.  To read more about Josh's journey please go to 
where you can also consider making a donation to the Thyroid Cancer Research Unit at Royal Northshore Hospital.
Our thoughts are with Josh's family at this difficult time.
The Bega Valley Shire Council delivered top soil and mulch in time for our working bee at Rotary Park to take place on 11 August.  Well done to the crew for all their hard work in spreading soil & mulch ready for planting to take place.  It is very neat and tidy and will look fabulous with the new native plants.  Tube stock has been sourced and the crew will be planting as soon as restrictions allow.
Shane and Andy travelled to Rocky Hall on 28 July to complete a job for the BVSC - fitting a new door, door jamb and lock at the Rocky Hall Hall.  Whilst appearing a simple job, the age of the building and odd size of the door meant Shane had to give the tape measure, levels, pencil, saws, chisels, plane, hammer, drills and drivers a good workout to achieve the best fit.  An electronically operated lock was also fitted to the solid door.  Well done, guys, great job.
Some time ago our Rotarians Cam & Don restored a severely burnt seat at Cobargo Cemetery
At the final handover at Cobargo Cemetery last month we found another park seat that had been severely fire damaged at the rear lower corner of the cemetery.   
A big shout out to Cam and Don who have done another mighty job restoring and reinstalling the seat at the cemetery - it looks fantastic.
Well done Cam and Don.  I'm sure the Friends of Cobargo Cemetery will be very appreciative of your efforts, as we are.
Dear Rotary Club of Merimbula,
Thank you very much for a wonderful job – looks fantastic. The families who visit this part of the cemetery will be very appreciative to have a very comfortable and stylish place to rest a while.
Your offer of assistance to help this community at every turn is amazing!!
Warm Regards
Katrina Berenguer
Cemetery and Halls Officer           
 Assets and Operations
Photo & Article Courtesy of  BVSC 
A project to restore and revitalise key infrastructure following the Black Summer bushfires has been completed at the Cobargo Cemetery.

The work includes the construction of a new pavilion building, an upgrade to the internal gravel road, the replacement of a storage container lost in the fires, the repair of a bench seat and fencing damaged in the fires, the installation of a new water tank and construction of a new rock garden.

The Rotary Club of Merimbula also presented the Friends of Cobargo Cemetery with a new ride-on lawn mower and whipper snipper to replace the maintenance equipment lost in the fires.

Bega Valley Shire Council’s Cemeteries and Halls Officer, Katrina Berenguer said the outcome is testament to the commitment across the shire to support those individuals, groups and communities most impacted.

“It has been extremely encouraging to be part of this collaboration with the Rotary Club of Merimbula, the Friends of Cobargo Cemetery and Council to deliver this valuable project,” Ms Berenguer said.

“The new pavilion is a great addition to the site, providing shelter from rain or heat for loved ones and volunteers, and the rock garden provides a quiet place of reflection. 

“The Rotary Club of Merimbula has done a fantastic job assisting with the project management of this project and the upgrading of internal roads at the Bermagui and Pambula cemeteries as well.”

Funding for the Cobargo project came from the Friends of Cobargo Cemetery ($10,000), the Rotary Club of Merimbula ($7,000), and the Australian Government under the Drought Communities Programme - Extension ($23,740).

On Friday 25 June 2021, our Club held a small handover at Cobargo Cemetery together with the Bega Valley Shire Council and Friends of Cobargo Cemetery.
  Friends of Cobargo Cemetery did the planting on Thursday 24 June and put in some pots and ornaments.
Our Club also donated a ride-on-mower and a whipper snipper.
A big day at Cobargo Cemetery on 17 June with the pavilion being completed. 
The rock garden was made ready for planting and just awaits the arrival of plants next week. Upgrade to the roadway in this area was also completed.
These are some of the projects/donations we have participated in during 2020 - 2021 to help our community. 
Please click on the tabs "Club Projects"/"Club History" for more details.