WELCOME TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF MERIMBULA
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.
Beth Moore, Animal Welfare League & President Noel
 
At our Club Meeting on 22 June, President Noel presented Beth Moore from the Animal Welfare League, NSW, Far South Coast, a cheque for $1,000.  This money was raised from the wishing well donations at our June market.  A wonderful result and thank you to everyone who generously contributed to helping the volunteers support the pets in their care.  If you would like to find out about adopting one of their beautiful cats, dogs, puppies or kittens or would like to volunteer at their shelters or at fundraising events or open your home to foster a pet, please visit their website: https://awlnsw.com.au
It was a cold, dark start to the set up of our June market, fortunately, when the sun rose, it warmed up and turned into a beautiful sunny Sunday morning.  Our fur babies were out en masse taking their Mums and Dads out for a stroll exploring all the wonderful market stalls. 
 
Monies collected from our June market wishing wells amounted to the grand sum of $1,000 and this will be donated to the Animal Welfare League NSW - Far South Coast Branch.  They had a stall and were on hand for a chat to everyone who stopped by.  The Branch is run by dedicated volunteers who have been helping abandoned, surrendered, neglected animals throughout NSW for over 55 years.  Please visit their website to find out more: 
https://www.awlnsw.com.au/far-south-coast/.  Thank you to everyone for your fantastic generosity which will enable the volunteers to carry on with their great work.
 
We look forward to your company at our July market when we will be collecting funds at our wishing wells to donate to Escabags. 
 
"Escabags Ltd is an Australian registered charity who distribute ‘Escape Bags’ for victims fleeing domestic and family abuse.  Each ‘Escape Bag’ contains high-quality products as we understand the importance of feeling comforted and worthy in a crisis. Our ‘Escape Bags’ are not gender-specific and, by providing two variations, ‘Parent and Child’ and ‘Single Adult’, we proudly cater for ALL victims of abuse."
 
For information on this awesome cause, please click on: https://escabags.org/ 
 
Book any market in the year until 16 July 2022 to qualify for our
Early Bird Discount of $5 per site.
Every booking receives a $5 discount for the July market
 
For markets held from July 22 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.
 
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.
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.
                                                                                                                              
 
We welcomed three very interesting guest speakers to our recent club meeting – two delightful girls who are agency staff helping out at a local Aged Care Home – Tee and Eunice and Ugo who got engaged to Tee 3 weeks ago.  The three have been in the Merimbula area for one week and they came to tell us their story of how they came to be Australians.
 
Tee’s family are from Zimbabwe and came to Australia when she was 12 years old with her 8 siblings.  Her mother was a nurse and her Mum & Dad saw it as an amazing opportunity and have never regretted the move.
 
Eunice, is half Filipina and half Nigerian and was born in Australia 23 years ago and normally lives in Western Sydney.  Growing up in Australia was amazing.  She is training to be a social worker.
 
Ugo is from Nigeria and is 35 years old.  He is the son of 2 diplomats who moved to Australia in 1996.  He has five siblings and is the 2nd eldest and is engaged to Tee.  He went to school in Canberra and feels more Australian than Nigerian.  He has had the opportunity to travel all over the world and feels Australia is the best country in the World.
 
We wish them all every success with their future careers and our congratulations to Tee and Ugo on their forthcoming wedding.  We hope to see them again for an update as to how everything is working out for them very soon.
 
At a recent meeting the Board approved a donation of $1,000 to the funding of 'Escabags'.  The Australian Charity, Escabags, distribute free 'Escape Bags' for families and individuals escaping domestic and family abuse.  The Escabags can be collected from over 900 Escabags Stockists nationally.  These include Police stations, hospitals, schools, MP Electorate offices and other privately owned businesses such as coffee shops, banks and RSL Clubs to name a few.
 
The Escape Bags are full of all the essential items (and many additional luxury items) that a victim and his/her children may need when initially escaping a dangerous or abusive situation.  For more information, please click on: 
 
We will also be making a further donation from our July market Wishing Wells to this very worthy cause.
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.

 
The Science and Engineering Challenge (SEC) is a nationwide Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle in partnership with communities, Rotary clubs, universities and sponsors. Through the SEC, students experience aspects of science and engineering which they would not usually see in their school environment. 
 
Challenge Days are designed for Year 9 and 10 students, although younger students can be invited to attend. Students are involved in an exhilarating day competing against other schools in fun and engaging hands-on activities such as designing an earthquake proof tower, building a hovercraft or bridge, providing electricity to a city or creating an environmentally friendly house. Typically 8 schools of 32 students (256 students in total) compete in a Challenge Day. Points are awarded based on their performance and the school with the highest point score at the end of the day is the winner. Qualifying schools may go on to compete at a State Final, and eight winning schools from around Australia are invited to compete at a one-day National Final each year, please click on the link:  https://www.newcastle.edu.au/faculty/engineering-and-built-environment/science-and-engineering-challenge to find out more of what's involved. 
 
This year's Sapphire Coast Event was organised by RC Bega and held at the Bega Showground on 1 April, thank you to the wonderful RC Bega volunteers who provided a delicious BBQ for all attendees, this was greatly appreciated by all.  Also our thanks to our Rotarians, Bill, Brad, Roger & Martyn for supervising the student teams whilst they worked on the different scenarios set by the University of Newcastle.
 
Eden Marine High School (EMHS) year 9 & 10 students won this year's Challenge against four other other schools on the Sapphire Coast, for the first time in its 22 year history.  Well done guys!
Our Rotarians, Paul, Ann, Elvis, John & Brad
Teacher, Haylea, Year 11 students’ English teacher
 
A huge thank you to our Rotarians for their help in conducting mock interviews, with one class of Year 11 students from Eden Marine High School. The students were well prepared, well mannered and appreciative of our involvement.  We wish the students every success in their future endeavours.
 
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.
Despite COVID and having to revert to ZOOM Meetings some of the time, these are some of the Projects our Club has been involved in during 2021.
Club Information
Merimbula

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
Tasman Room, Club Sapphire
119 Main Street
Merimbula, NSW 2548
Australia
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Immed PP
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