Club Executives & Directors 2021-2022
Immed PP
President Elect
International Service
Community Service
Club Service
Protection Officer
Upcoming Events
Sapphire Coast Rotary Clubs
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Merimbula Chamber of Commerce
Sapphire Coast Youth Development Fund
     Rotary in Australia & NZ Celebrating 100 years 1921 - 2021

Our Guest Speaker at our Club Meeting held on 17 November was District Governor, Leo Farrelly, OAM.  Leo expressed what a pleasure it is to come down to visit our Club.

He gave a brief history on what led him to become a member of Rotary.  He joined the Navy and then volunteered with different service clubs, Vinnies, Scouts Australia and Ulysses Motor Cycling which met the social needs of older generations and the support they need. 
The Future of Rotary – “If Rotary is to realise its proper destiny, it must be evolutionary at all times, revolutionary on occasions.” Paul Harris, Founder
Then onto his presentation which included:
  • Introduction
  • Rotary International & the direction we get from them
  • Our Journey together 
  • How we are developing D9705
  • A close-up view of RC Merimbula
Thank you, Leo, for such an enlightening talk.  Thanks also to Area Six Governor, Adam de Totth for coming along to meet members face to face.  Our previous meeting with Adam had to be held via ZOOM.

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.
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.
Our Rotarians Bruce, Cam, George and Paul have been busy sanding seats and tables at the working bees held 17 & 24 November.  Thank you, guys, for all your hard work.  The visitors to Ford Park are really appreciative.
We were so fortunate that the rain over the last couple of weeks held off for our November market.  It was grey and overcast and a little cool but the warmth of all the visitors made us all happy that we were able to hold the event.  The stallholders were delighted with their sales and their customers left with gorgeous cushions, hand painted ceramics, awesome eco-dyed scarves, glamorous jewellery, charming baby clothes, tomato plants and seedlings, organic fruit and vegetables, scented soaps and diffusers, Japanese and Turkish crafts, delectable cakes and jams to name but a few.  Also attending were the Merimbula Water Dragons selling their delicious Christmas Puddings to raise funds and Merimbula Marine Rescue selling raffle tickets with some amazing prizes.  All this, whilst being entertained by our talented Sapphire Coast Jazz Band and local radio station, 2SEA FM.  Our next market in December will have even more fabulous products on offer, so make a date in your diaries now so you don't miss out.
We had a visit by the Merimbula RFS, who came to inform us how to be 'bush fire ready' even though we have had masses of rain, we mustn't become complacent.  The children went away happy with colouring books and fire helmets.
Our Rotary volunteers thank you all for being so co-operative in checking-in via our QR codes and showing your fully vaccinated certificates.  Hopefully, this won't be a condition of entry next market and the market will be open to everyone.
We look forward to your company at Ford Park and some blue skies and sunshine.
Merimbula RFS team members at the Merimbula Rotary market on Sunday.
Merimbula RFS team members at the Merimbula Rotary market on Sunday 21 November
Article & Photo Courtesy of Merimbula News Weekly:

Merimbula RFS (Rural Fire Service) took the opportunity to hold a 'get ready' event at the Merimbula Rotary markets on Sunday, 21 November.  Members handed out bushfire survival plans along with information for rural landholders and farmers for those who needed it.  The plans help to remind everyone of the steps they need to take to help make their homes safer in the bushfire season.

The NSW Rural Fire Service has recently released Burn Notification QR code cards. This means if you are planning on having a burn on your property you can scan the QR code that links to the Burn Notification page on the NSW RFS website to notify your local Fire Control Centre about your planned burns.  After notifying fire control about your planned burn, also remember to notify your neighbour's of the burn.

  Scan the RFS burn QR code and it will take you to the online notification page where you can fill in your details and inform your local fire control of burn off plans.
For markets held December 2021 - 30 June 2022 Stall Holders please Book & Pay online via 
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.
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. 
The fundraising efforts of Marine Rescue Merimbula have taken a hit with the fires/flood/COVID. Their Bingo sessions have been one of their mainstays and until the holiday makers arrive they are going to be struggling. If you are looking for a fun morning we ask for your support in attending to help them through at least until December and if at all possible, become a regular 'Bingo player'.
Another working bee took place at Rotary Park on 29 September to finish spreading more mulch on the raised flower beds, a cool day but perfect gardening weather.  Well done to our hardworking Rotarians.  Looking forward to our next BBQ so we can all enjoy your fantastic efforts. 
Now that lockdown is over in the Bega Valley, our Rotarians, on 22 September, were busy finishing raking the top soil and mulch into the raised beds and then planting the new native tube stock. Well done to the crew for all your hard work, it looks amazing.
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"
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.
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.