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It's that time of year when we are all thinking about making New Year resolutions - how we can make a difference in 2021, something to look forward to and keep working towards.

Do you have a project idea?

Would you like to contribute to worthwhile projects that make a difference?
Want to make a difference by offering your time or skills for a specific project? 
Want to make new friends? Come along & join us actively improve our Community
 
If you are interested in becoming a member of our friendly, active Club, and would like to find out more, come and say hello to us at the Rotary Tent at our markets or use the Contact Us tab as we will not be holding our usual meetings until late January.

These are s
ome of the activities our Club has planned during the Summer:
  • 23 January 2021 Merimbula Town Producers Market, Various Sites, Merimbula Town 10.00 am - 14.00 - Stallholders please book on line https://www.trybooking.com/BFZMH
  • 30 January 2021 Merimbula Town Producers Market, Various Sites, Merimbula Town 10.00 am - 14.00 - Stallholders please book on line https://www.trybooking.com/BFZMH
  • 6 February 2021 Merimbula Town Producers Market, Various Sites, Merimbula Town 10.00 am - 14.00 - Stallholders please book on line https://www.trybooking.com/BFZMH
  • 13 February 2021Merimbula Town Producers Market, Various Sites, Merimbula Town 10.00 am - 14.00 - Stallholders please book on line https://www.trybooking.com/BFZMH
  • 21 February 2021Merimbula Seaside Market, Ford Park 08.00 am - 12.30 pm - Stall Holders please click on https://www.trybooking.com/BJHTO
  • 21 March 2021    Merimbula Seaside Market Hosting Rolls Royce & Bentley Club of Victoria"Show & Shine"Ford Park 08.00 am - 12.30 pm - Stall Holders please click on https://www.trybooking.com/BJHTO
For more information on these and our other events, please scroll down the page.
Rotary Club of Merimbula is supporting the Merimbula Visitor Information Centre and the Merimbula Chamber of Commerce to run a Producers Market on selected summer Saturdays in Merimbula Town.
 
Open to original producers of: fruit, vegetables and plants, arts and crafts and unique design and creations – “not normally available on the High Street”- our aim is to promote local recovery from a bruising year by maximising the opportunities arising from home based tourism and escape from lockdown.
 
The focus is Home Grown & Home Made.
 
Twenty-six 3m by 3m stalls distributed over various locations with good drop-off and close parking are offered around town via our online booking and prepayment system @ $20 per stall. All proceeds will be ploughed back in Rotary’s wide range of community projects.
 
Merimbula Producers Market will operate from 10:00 to 14:00 on selected Saturdays starting 2 January through to 13 February 2021 under our registered Covid Safety Plan.
 
Jump online https://www.trybooking.com/BFZMH to select and book your preferred sites and market days.
 
This market is additional to Rotary's 3rd Sunday in the month markets which continue to appeal to an unrestricted range of stallholders.
The weather was perfect for our January market and the crowds just kept on coming.  We were raising funds for our friends at the Sapphire Community Pantry and judging by the weight of the contents of the wishing wells at the end of the morning, everyone was extremely generous and we thank you all for your donations and coming to support the SCP and all our stallholders.  Please click on https://rotaryclubofmerimbula.com.au/photoalbums/january-2021-seaside-market to view some of the photos.  Everyone had an enjoyable day.  Our Rotary team were certainly kept busy, cooking, welcoming visitors at the wishing well stations and ensuring that everyone adhered to our Covid Safety Plan.  Thank you to all those involved, we couldn't have run the market without your tremendous help.
 
There was a huge selection of stalls selling a vast range of products and produce, including 1 day old free range eggs from Cobargo, the largest, juiciest cherries, honey from local bees, freshly dug potatoes, fishing equipment to go and catch freshly caught fish from the ocean to compliment the succulent vegetables and lemons, beautiful plant dyed scarves, artwork, summer dresses, wetsuits, sunhats, leather belts, fabulous earrings and necklaces, tasty pizzas and other savoury delights including our own egg & bacon rolls all washed down with a barista made coffee, plants, raffle tickets to win amazing prizes, talented buskers and music from 2SEA FM kept us humming along to the songs.  The list goes on, you will have to come along to our next market on 21 February to see what is on offer yourself.
 
Stall Holders please Book & Pay On-Line for
FEBRUARY 2021 THROUGH TO JUNE 2021 markets via:
 
 
This will give you the opportunity to book and secure your sites throughout the summer 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.    
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.
 
BlazeAid, Bemboka is closing down due to a lack of volunteers, the remaining volunteers will re-join BlazeAid, Cobargo.  Two trailers were given to these two BlazeAid sites from a donation received from PNG (see article https://www.rotaryclubofmerimbula.com.au/page/donation-from-lae-funds-much-needed-trailers-for-blazeaid).  Our Rotarian, Andy, contacted the RFS to see if they could make use of the now superfluous Bemboka trailer.  Our club has agreed to convert the trailer into a portable water tanker with pump for fire fighting and we will also continue to pay the registration costs.  The RFS are delighted with the arrangement and it will certainly help them in any future fire fighting needed to protect our Community.
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.
 
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 January 2021 in readiness for the school year.
 
We would like to thank everyone involved for their immense help in this very worthwhile project.
We have just received an appreciative thank you letter from Bega Valley Shire Council for all the work carried out by our members on our major project of building a Pavilion at Kiah and works carried out at Wandella.   Please click on https://www.rotaryclubofmerimbula.com.au/page/kiah-pavilion and https://www.rotaryclubofmerimbula.com.au/page/work-at-wandellahttps://www.rotaryclubofmerimbula.com.au/page/raising-the-roof-at-wandella and https://www.rotaryclubofmerimbula.com.au/page/restoration-works-continue-wandella-bbq-and-quaama-cemetery to obtain more information on these projects.
Merimbula Rotary have been busy replacing and painting the fire damaged fence at Cobargo Cemetery. Having worked up an appetite they adjourned to the Cobargo Pub for lunch. If you would like to help with our fire recovery projects please contact the club through Facebook messenger or our web page.
 
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.