Focus on one of our Regular Stall Holders- Bellas Kids Creations
We look forward to your company at our next market: Sunday 21 August.
For markets held to 30 June 2023 Stall Holders please Book & Pay online via:  https://www.trybooking.com/BYZTR
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.
President Noel presenting Roger with a Paul Harris Fellow Award
We had a busy meeting when Rotarian, Roger Budd, was presented with a well deserved Paul Harris Fellow Award.  Roger was recognised for his energetic enthusiasm always making himself available to help.  Well done, Roger.
Our guest speaker, Gerd Jacobsen gave as a riveting insight into how he came to Australia.  
He was born in Germany and spent his early life in Hamburg, Germany.  He witnessed a horrendous air raid in 1943 when 42,600 people were killed and 37,000 were injured and over 50% of homes were destroyed.  In 1945 the city was handed over to the British and over the next 3 years he endured many hardships, worse than the war, no food, no fuel, no firewood.  He was only able to start school when he was 9 years old. 
He qualified for an assisted passage to Australia under the category ‘Unskilled Labourer’ and his family were also given assisted passage. 
He spent his working life in the telephone industry and he and his wife retired in 1989 to live in Tura Beach.
Roger presenting Gerd with a Certificate of Appreciation
At a recent Board Meeting the following payments were approved from the donations made at the wishing wells at our monthly markets:
  • February Market - Tonga Disaster Relief Fund – Club matched donations and funds of $5,000 have been made to RAWCS.
  • March Market - NSW/Queensland Flood Relief Fund, donations of $1,853 were collected and a payment of $2,000 will be paid to RAWCS.
  • April Market - Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief Aid Appeal – Donations of $3,391 to be rounded up and a payment of $3,500 will be paid to RAWCS.
  • May/June Market - Unfortunately, due to inclement weather our May market was cancelled.  Wishing well funds of $1,000 from our June market will be donated to the Animal Welfare Far South Coast.
  • July Market - Donations of $1,000 were collected and these have been made to Escabags.  A further $1,000 was donated to Escabags from Club funds.
A huge thank you to our wonderful visitors for your tremendous generosity, these donations will be greatly appreciated by the recipients of these worthy causes.
Members and partners were invited by the Committee of the Merimbula/Imlay Historical Society to a briefing on the Merimbula Festival arrangements for 20 August and the reason for the Yarn Bombing and enjoyed a private viewing of
two areas of the Merimbula Museum. Afterwards, they all tucked in to a delicious meal at the RSL Club.
Below is a flyer giving details of the Merimbula Festival.
Disappointing news, the Tournament has had to be postponed yet again due to bad weather and unsafe conditions. Team members have shown great resilience in the face of this disappointment and the PCYC are very proud of their determination to keep going and compete again later in the year.  Our donation to help support travel for the Yuin Killer Whales Nation of Origin rugby league football teams will be carried over to the next event.
The Bega Valley Shire Mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick and guests from the Rotary Clubs of Pambula and Bega joined our members and partners to thank the outgoing Board and welcome the incoming 2022-2023 Board.
The highlight of the evening was our well deserving member, Campbell Edgerton, receiving a Paul Harris Fellow Award from President Noel Trevaskis, OAM, for all his years of service to Rotary.  Congratulations, Cam!
Many thanks to The Wharf Restaurant, Merimbula for opening especially for our group and providing us with some tasty finger food.
Our Club is supporting Rotary's Adopt-A-Tree Initiative.   Adopted trees will be planted in environmentally impacted areas of NSW & ACT. The planting areas will be determined by experts, including Landcare and Rotary will organise plantings under their guidance.  
  • Plantings will take place in months such as April/May & September/October.
  • Local schools & clubs will be contacted, encouraging them to become involved.
  • A variety of trees and shrubs will be planted to ensure a balance in the local environment, encouraging native birds and fauna also grow and thrive.
If you would like to find out how you could Adopt-A-Tree, please click on:  https://rotaryadoptatree.org.au/
Inside the new Twyford Hall Complex
Some of our lucky Rotarians & Partners enjoying a private tour
We were extremely fortunate to be invited to a very interesting private tour of the new Twyford Hall Complex by Lis Shelley, Operations & Programming.
Twyford Hall has been the heart of Merimbula since 1931, long serving as a space for community events, celebrations, markets, the arts and so much more.   It’s good to see that the heritage listed Twyford Hall has been kept and the new modern state of the art theatre complex integrated alongside.
In the beginning, a trust was established for the hall when a title of land was generously donated by Merimbula resident J.W.Twyford in 1931, who had been raised in the seaside village from his childhood years.  To find out more on the history, please click on https://twyfordhall.com.au/history/
You can support the completion of the fitout of the new 199 seat Theatre by donating $1,000 or more to cover the cost of installing a seat and your donation will be acknowledged by a small plaque with your name – or the name of someone you wish to honour – on a seat in the new theatre. You can enter the preferred seat plaque name(s) on the GiveNow form: https://twyfordhall.com.au/donate/
There is an exciting program in store for us over the coming months and we are all looking forward to coming along to support all the performers, https://twyfordhall.com.au/events/
War Of Words Over Ukraine 'Combat' Photo
As one of the World’s largest humanitarian organisations, Rotary has made peace the cornerstone of our global mission. We are deeply concerned about the Ukraine crisis and need your help.

Please donate through the Rotary Australia World Community Project (RAWCS)  Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief Aid https://directory.rawcs.com.au/83-2014-15  To meet immediate lifesaving needs of the crisis-affected civilian population in Ukraine & provide early recovery assistance as soon as feasible. To save & preserve lives, easy suffering & promote self-sufficiency.  

Rotary Australia Overseas Aid Fund (Managed by RAWCS) has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) registration and has been listed as a Charitable Fund so we can accept tax deductible donations from individuals or organisations.

Australian charity, Rotary Australia World Community Service, have announced the creation of a national Flood Relief Appeal for people impacted by the current floods in Queensland and Northern NSW.
Australians impacted by the recent floods will be the beneficiaries of money raised by the Flood Appeal and will be able to liaise with their local Rotary Club to advise of their needs.
The fundraising campaign was launched today to support the communities in need after yet another disaster impacting Australians.
“The money raised from the Appeal will go directly and quickly to support those impacted, providing essential items and financial support where Disaster relief and Insurance claims won’t stretch,” said Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd CEO Andrew Woodward.
“The number of disasters Australians have endured in the last few years in addition to the pandemic have been significant and left a lot of people in very difficult financial positions,” Mr Woodward said.
Rotary Australia World Community Service has previously raised money for Bushfire and Drought affected areas and sees this disaster as just another where the network of Rotarians can step in to assist.
Mr Woodward said that he expects the money to help people with the things that insurance or disaster relief funds cannot replace. Whether it be helping farmers build new fences or providing food and clothing to those that have lost everything, the money raised will be crucial in helping families get back on their feet as soon as possible.
Rotary Australia World Community Service is a not-for-profit charity that aims to be the leading Australian charitable organization for people’s wellbeing, supporting Rotarians and Rotary Clubs undertaking humanitarian projects in Australia and overseas.
Tax Deductible Donations to the appeal can be made on the Rotary Australia World Community Service website at https://directory.rawcs.com.au/47-2021-22
We raised $1,873.35 from our wishing wells at our market on 20 March; approval at our recent board meeting rounded up this amount and $2,000 will be donated to the National Flood Relief Appeal.
Thank you everyone for your tremendous generosity.
Club Information

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
Tasman Room, Club Sapphire
119 Main Street
Merimbula, NSW 2548
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Club Executives & Directors 2022-2023
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