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     Rotary in Australia & NZ Celebrating 100 years 1921 - 2021
Our 3 Sapphire Coast Rotary Club Presidents - Liz, Pambula, Sue, Merimbula & Dorothea, Bega with Dr Jessie Harman
(photo courtesy of Pambula Rotary)
Pambula Rotary Club invited Merimbula and Bega Rotary members along to their recent meeting to share in the opportunity to listen to their Guest Speaker, Dr Jessie Harman.  Jessie with husband, Andrew, are on holiday visiting the Sapphire Coast, so a big thank you to you both for your company.  
Jessie, a member of the Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast, Victoria, has been chosen as the first female Rotary International Director from Zone 8 for 2021-23.   Zone 8 now covers oceanic countries including Australia, New Zealand, East Timor, Papua New Guinea and other Pacific Island nations.
Jessie is a remarkable speaker and we were all enthralled with her insight and vision for Rotary.  She spoke about the opportunities that Rotary has which will make a difference in our local community, especially with environmental issues.  Jessie maintains an active interest in Rotary’s youth and leadership programs.
We wish Jessie well in her upcoming position and we hope she & Andrew can visit us again very soon.
Thank you, Pambula Rotary, for your hospitality.
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 Wednesdays 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.
After holding successful Town Producers' Markets on Summer Saturdays, we will be back again on selected Saturdays:
Saturday 6 March will coincide with the 'Eat Festival' Event
Saturday 13 March, Saturday 27 March
Saturday 3 April & Saturday 10 April will be held over the Easter & school holiday weekends
Saturday 24 April, Saturday 8 May, Saturday 22 May, Saturday 5 June,
Saturday 12 June (Long weekend - Queen's Birthday) 
So much to look forward to during Autumn
Our Rotary volunteers will be out and about at Hylands Corner, Beach Street and outside the Merimbula Visitor Information Centre, please pop along and say 'hello'.
The weather was perfect, the market was well supported with a large number of our regular stallholders and some newcomers attending and a happy crowd made up of locals and visitors out enjoying the blue skies and sunshine.  There were lots of exciting goodies on offer, beautiful locally grown tomatoes together with bunches of basil, new potatoes which were a sell out again (too late to photograph full baskets), a good selection of fresh vegetables from Burrogate, juicy, crisp apples, bric-a-brac, toys, flowing summer dresses, charming outfits for babies & youngsters, a wide range of boots & shoes, wetsuits, ideal for the coming cooler sea temperatures, honey, jam, lollies, ice cream, tasty cakes, jumping castle and so much more.  The Rotary egg & bacon rolls were a winner.  Great entertainment provided by our delightful busker, Kesha and our local radio station 2SEA FM.  All in all, a very successful day for everyone.
Our wishing wells were full, so a huge thank you to the generosity of everyone, funds raised will go to a new Community Pavilion at Cobargo.  Watch this space for more details about this project shortly.
Kris was so excited to receive the funds, she organised the distribution of the food packs to her hungry villagers immediately.  A lot of very happy faces all round - our members were delighted to have been able to help.
At a recent meeting, the Board (and general membership) approved the allocation of AUD1,000 to the provision of some food packs to residents of Karangsari Village, Jembrana Regency, Bali, Indonesia.  Karangsari is the home village of a young lady our Rotarians, Andy & Jenny, are sponsoring to undertake her Teaching degree at university.  Kris (her nickname) is going to arrange packs containing rice, oil, noodles and eggs for some families in her village who are struggling as a result of the coronavirus impact on tourism and employment.  She has done a PPT and included names of families she wants to help after consultation with the Village Chief.  
Exciting news
The Rolls Royce Owners Club of Victoria are booked in to attend our March market (postponed from January 2021 due to border closures).  All our regular stall holders and newcomers will be here as normal with excellent fresh produce and fabulous creative products for you to purchase and then to explore these magnificent vehicles.  What a treat!
Bring plenty of cash with you to spin in our wishing wells – come and try our new “Coin Surf” donation machine located at the northern entrance.  All funds raised will go towards Community projects.  Our welcoming Rotarians will be happy to tell you all about them.
We look forward to seeing you Sunday 21 March 8.00 am - 12.30 pm at Ford Park.
Stall Holders please Book & Pay On-Line for
MARCH 2021 THROUGH TO JUNE 2021 markets via:
This will give you the opportunity to book and secure your sites throughout the Autumn and our busy Easter markets
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.    
President Sue (left) and Jenny of the Rotary Club of Merimbula visited Bemboka to distribute packages put together by  the Interact Club of Canberra High School. Interact is Rotary's International service club for young people aged 12 to 18; each Interact Club is expected to undertake at least 1 community project.  The Students decided they would prepare over 200 care packages for those affected by bushfires, drought and floods to let them know they are cared about.  All Rotarians can be proud of these young people making a difference to those impacted by the bushfires. 
A call has gone out to Rotary clubs to create Toiletry Kits for children in Central Australia to support the elimination of trachoma.  Trachoma is an eye infection that can lead to blindness and can be prevented by good hygiene practices. Australia is the only developed country in the world with trachoma. The World Health Organisation has a global goal to eliminate trachoma by 2020.
Each Kit is made up with the following contents:
At our November Sunday Market, we distributed a flyer showing some of our current projects and asked the local community if anyone would like to help us.  Pambula Hospital Staff generously responded and advised they are in the process of assembling all the required items and busy sewing bags to help us achieve our goal of making as many bags as possible.   The Toiletry Kits will be distributed to schools in Central Australia early 2021.
We would like to thank everyone involved for their immense help in this very worthwhile project.
'Beryl', the Music Pod in action at Pambula Rotary Market
Our Club donated funds of AUD3,000 to help bring the fruition of a dream of a Sapphire Entertainment Pod (renamed 'Beryl') to reality by the Rotary Club of Pambula with support from many others.  We hope to use this fantastic facility at our monthly markets with live performances from some spectacular local artists.  Please click on the article which appeared in the Merimbula News Weekly on 10 February to read all about it.
The Rotary Club of Merimbula has always been a great supporter of Marine Rescue and last December it shared its 2020 New Year’s Eve Market stall takings and donations to the “Let the Sun Shine” project. The project is raising funds to cover the roof of the Marine Rescue Merimbula base in Spencer Park with solar panels.  Those entering the market were greeted by members of Rotary Club Merimbula and Marine Rescue who asked them to contribute any spare change in the ‘wishing wells’ at the market entrance. 
On Wednesday 3 February Sue Jellis, the President of Rotary Merimbula met with Unit Commander Sonia Teston and Deputy Unit Commander Bill Blakeman to present the Marine Rescue Merimbula unit with the results of that collaboration – a cheque for $3,275.
“We were stunned” said Unit Commander Sonia Teston “Locals and visitors were extremely generous, and the outcome surprised all involved. The money will be put towards our savings for solar panels to help reduce our large electricity bills. The high-powered marine radios and computer systems used daily to monitor the marine radios for any vessels in distress create an continual high financial expense. The solar panels will not only be better for the environment, but greatly reduce our costs."
“Community support makes all the difference to volunteer organisations like Marine Rescue Merimbula” said Unit Commander Sonia Teston. “And we are so grateful for the support given to us by Rotary Merimbula members and the people of Merimbula and surrounds”.
A working bee, by some of our members, was recently carried out on the 2km return walk at Long Point to clear fallen branches and bush overhanging the path.
Building on an existing shorter pathway, our club plans to create all abilities access to a new lookout.  We are delighted to have received Council approval for the project which includes a small fenced viewing area,  clearing scrubby bush and levelling works.   This will create easy access to a good view, especially during the whale season, for all to enjoy.  Work will commence early in the New Year.
The Royal Australian Mint has announced that a pair of coins will be unveiled in 2021 to celebrate the centenary of Rotary Down Under. A $1 coin will go into general circulation and also be available in a commemorative collectors pack for $15. A special minting of a silver $5 coin will be available for $100 marking 100 years of Rotary service and launching into the next 100 years.  Australia Post has also announced that a special stamp will be released in 2021 to celebrate Rotary's centenary.  The new coins and stamp will both be launched in Sydney on 4 February 2021.
These are some of the projects we have undertaken during 2020 to help our community.  Please click on the tab "Club Projects" for more details.