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, Greg Mouar, who was coming along to our meeting on 4 August to tell us about the impact from the bushfires on apples produced in Batlow, was unable to attend due to a family bereavement.  Instead, we held an enjoyable Trivia Quiz night.  Congratulations to the winning team, Martyn, Tony, John and Henry.
At this meeting, it was decided that our August Market on Sunday 15 August will go ahead.  We are ever mindful of Covid and are taking a path that we believe best benefits the community.  Our systems check that stallholders come from 'allowable' locations and the market is operated under our Covid Safety Plan.  This will mean everyone will wear masks, hand sanitise and log in using the NSW Government QR Code on entry.
We will inform you if circumstances or current restrictions change before the market.
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.
We look forward to your company at our August market at Ford Park
It was a chilly start to our July market, the sun came out and it was a pleasant morning.  To comply with our Covid Safety Plan everyone wore face masks and wrapped up warmly.  Unfortunately, due to travel restrictions, some of our stallholders were unable to attend and visitor numbers were down as well.  Despite this, there were quite a few locals visiting and stallholders had good results.  There were some beautiful products on offer, to name a few, warm winter jackets, alpaca scarves and hats, fresh vegetables to go home and make that warming soup or stew, jewellery, diffusers, soaps, leather belts, seedlings, honey, vodka, boots and woven baskets to carry all your purchases home.
See you soon at our August market and hopefully the weather will be a little warmer with lots of sunshine.
A successful first Wheels & Keels market held Saturday 3 July - the sun was shining and some magnificent wheels and keels on display for sale. 
Do you have a car, motor cycle, motor home, boat, caravan, camper, trailer, golf cart or mobility scooter or anything else that is on wheels or floats for sale or are you a prospective purchaser?
Come along to Ford Park, Ocean Drive, (Fish Pen) Merimbula, on Saturday 4 September 2021 between 9.00 am - 1.00 pm when the Rotary Club of Merimbula will be holding its 2nd Wheels and Keels Market which will offer locals and visitors the opportunity to display and sell their secondhand vehicle, trailer or vessel to the general public.  Vendors can enter from 8am.  There is no need to book in advance. 
Vehicles for sale will have to be road-registered or conveyed on a road-registered trailer. Proof of registration will be required.  All sales would be arranged through seller and purchaser.  For Terms and Conditions for vendors please click on  
Local new car dealers will be invited to display their latest vehicles. 
Vendors will be charged $20 for every registered vehicle or vessel displayed, or $20 per site. Entry to the market for prospective purchasers is free.  Of course Rotary always appreciates donations - 100% of which are used to fund local community and humanitarian projects.
Merimbula Rotary will sell sausage sandwiches and soft drinks, and a local commercial coffee van will also be on site.
The Market should provide vendors with a great opportunity to display their vehicles/vessels somewhere potential purchasers know they can go to see what is currently available for purchase in the area. Ultimately we hope it will reduce the need for sellers to leave their vehicles/vessels unattended in public places in the hope someone interested might see it and stop.  
For further information please contact Brad Barker or 0428 210 749 for more information.
To keep us all safe, we request everyone wear face masks, make use of the hand sanitising dispensers and scan the NSW Government QR code at each of our wishing well entry stations and practise social distancing. 
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.
Our Guest Speakers at our meeting held on 23 June, were Vicki Bond, Ric Vanderbom & “Brody”
representing Pambula-Merimbula Lions Hearing Dogs Program
Australian Lions Hearing Dogs procures, trains and places Hearing Assistance Dogs with deaf, or hard of hearing, people all around Australia. They are the only Australian organisation accredited by Assistance Dogs International to carry out such work.
Since 1980, Australian Lions Hearing Dogs (ALHD) have provided a set of “furry ears” to many hundreds of Australians, all made possible from the ongoing support of our generous donors and the Lions Clubs across Australia. Each Hearing Assistance Dog costs ALHD upwards of $37,000 to train, deliver and support, and is gifted free of charge, to its deaf or hard of hearing new owner.
One in six Australians has some form of hearing loss, with this number expected to rise to one in four by 2050. Severe or profound hearing loss currently affects close to 400,000 people. Whilst hearing loss impacts all ages, the numbers are greater in older Australians.
The technological advances with hearing aids and cochlear implants continue to improve, however there are times when something extra is needed. This is where the complementary assistance of an Australian Lions Hearing Dog makes a real difference. Go visit their website: for more information.
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.
The working bees at Rotary Park are proving very popular, it has been decided they take place every week. 
Coffee and cakes for the workers - maybe this is the reason?
In July 2020, the Rotary Club of Merimbula received an unexpectedly generous donation from the community of Lae, capital of Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea to put towards bushfire recovery efforts in the region.  Some of these funds were used to purchase 2 dual axle galvanised box trailers please see article:
“On 9 June 2021, members of the Merimbula RFS welcomed Members from the Merimbula Rotary Club to officially handover a new purpose-built Trailer Fire Fighting Unit for the Brigade.
Merimbula Rotary have been extremely generous to our Brigade over the years and have now delivered a Fire Fighting Unit for the benefit of our Community. This versatile Unit will be used for many important community-based activities, such as pile burns and asset protection.”  (Article & group photos courtesy of Merimbula RFS)
(From Quaama PS Website page – some happy students)
Quaama Public School garden/veggie patch is well underway with the students helping to make individual pavers for the pathway (our Club have donated $2,000 towards this project) & we hope to organise a handover with a possible BBQ very shortly.