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Great news!  We are back at the Tasman Room, Club Sapphire for our evening Club Meetings.  Numbers will be restricted to comply with the social distancing regulations. 
 
At our latest meeting, we were privileged to listen to two remarkable people, Christine Welsh and Peter Buggy from the Sapphire Community Pantry.  The SCP is run by Sapphire Community Projects Inc., a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity. The shop sells a limited range of groceries and other items on a cost-recovery basis to help people in the Bega Valley experiencing food insecurity feed themselves and their families by providing food at the lowest possible price.  To find out more about this awe-inspiring community project, please visit: https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000015411/en-ca/files/homepage/sapphire-community-pantry/Sapphire-Community-Pantry.pdf
President Sue presenting Christine & Peter, Guest Speakers,
from the Community Pantry, a Rotary Certificate of Appreciation
 
If you are interested in learning about our Community work and joining Rotary or are a visiting Rotarian, we would like to invite you to come along to one of our meetings held on Wednesdays at 5.30 for 6.00 pm, generally in the Club Sapphire (Tasman Room), Merimbula.  Best to check when we will be at Club Sapphire by clicking on the 
Contact Us tab or on the link https://rotaryclubofmerimbula.com.au/page/contact-us as we are changing the format of our meetings to interpose with a social event and be out and about in the community working on different projects. 
 
Please keep checking this Webpage and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rotarymerimbula/ for updates.
There was something for everyone at our September market which was twice the size of our August market.  A huge variety of fabulous treasures, fruit, vegetables, plants, jewellery, fishing gear, antiques, etc. etc. meant everyone leaving with bursting shopping bags after enjoying a morning wandering around the stalls in a refreshing breeze.  The coffee and the delicious slices of pizza and other refreshments were much appreciated in keeping the chill at bay.  We look forward to welcoming our regular and our many new stallholders and especially you, to our October market - we expect this to be double the size again.
 
We still need to adhere to our COVID safety plan and Stallholders are requested to click on our Monthly Market tab at the top of this page, to view the revised Terms and Conditions and our registered Rotary Club of Merimbula COVID-19 Safety Plan.

To keep us all safe, we request everyone make use of the hand sanitising dispensers at each of our wishing well entry stations and practise social distancing.  (Please do not come if you feel unwell, wait until our next market which will be held on Sunday 15 November).  
 
As always, your gold coin donation at the wishing wells would be greatly appreciated.
Don't forget to pop along to the Rotary Tent and say 'hello'.  What would you like Rotary to do - if you have a project which you think would benefit our Community, come along and discuss your ideas - it doesn't have to be anything big.  See you soon!
 
If you are unable to attend, you can shop online with some of our Stallholders, please click on https://rotaryclubofmerimbula.com.au/page/it%E2%80%99s-virtually-merimbula-market to view.  
Due to windy weather conditions, the RFS had to postpone their visit to our market on 20 September.  All being well, they plan to be in attendance at our Sunday Market on 18 October to answer any questions you may have about getting your property prepared for the coming Bushfire Season. We all look forward to your company.
The Royal Australian Mint has produced a new Donation Dollar Coin which has been designed to encourage you to donate this to help other Australians.
 
Hopefully, you will spin these into our Wishing Wells at each market and help us to continue our work in assisting with good causes for our Community.
 
Photo courtesy of the Royal Australian Mint
 
Stall Holders please Book & Pay On-Line for
OCTOBER 2020 THROUGH TO JUNE 2021 markets via:
 
 
This will give you the opportunity to book and secure your sites throughout the summer and our busy Christmas and 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.    
Sue Jellis (President) Merimbula Rotary presenting Dorothea Polonyi (President) Bega Rotary a cheque of $3000 for the much needed upgrade of the Bega evacuation centre amenities block. This a great kick start to the project but much more is needed. Make a tax deductible donation now: https://donations.rawcs.com.au/20-2020-21
Photo from left to right: Sue Jellis - President Merimbula Rotary, Charlie Bell - Bega Showground Land Manager,
Dorothea Polonyi - President Bega Rotary, Phil Elsey - Bega Rotary and Anne Ducray - Bega Rotary
We need your help! 
If you were one of the many people who sought refuge at the Bega Showground during the bushfires or someone who might otherwise use the facilities, Rotary is raising funds to replace the stand alone amenities block.  This is a much-needed upgrade at what is the primary Emergency Evacuation Centre for Bega and surrounding districts.
Any amount would be appreciated.  You can make a tax deductible donation now at 
Bega Showground on 5/1/20  Photo Courtesy of BVSC 

Article and Photos Courtesy of Merimbula News Weekly
During the bushfires, facilities at Bega Showground, the primary emergency evacuation centre for Bega and surrounds, were found to be inadequate and outdated to cope with the number of evacuees and the duration of their stay.  Rotary said that although additional portable toilet and shower facilities were brought in they were not ideal, difficult to clean and linked to an outbreak of digestive illness which required they be deep cleaned late at night.

Now local Rotary clubs are driving a project to replace the standalone amenities block at the Bega Showground with a larger capacity, modern, easy to clean facility which will have better disabled access and provide some laundry facilities which do not currently exist.

Article and Photos Courtesy of Merimbula News Weekly

The raised garden bed project was something started before Christmas but as everyone said, other things got in the way.

But on Monday, September 7 the garden beds, benches and movable table were finally welcomed into a sunny corner at Bimbimbie's Albert Moore Gardens aged care home.

The work was carried out by Merimbula Rotarians Don Faget and Bruce Eaton and the gardens have been named after Julie Evans who was the facility manager for several years and was also the driving force behind the project.

The raised garden beds allow anyone, including those in a wheelchair, to take part in gardening activities and the plan is to raise a variety of seedlings including both flowers and some herbs.

Recreation officer Elsa Booysen said everyone was very happy to see the raised garden beds in place. Rotary members also planted mandarin trees in the nearby garden.


Brian Harrap, Nell Harris, facility manager Glen Tatton, Rotarian Bruce Eaton, Denise Mynott,
Rotarian Don Faget and front, recreation officer Elsa Booysen with Beverley Closter


Rotarians Don Faget and Bruce Eaton install the plaque to Julie Evans with Elsa Booysen and Glen Tatton looking on.

 
   
Our three local Rotary Clubs, Bega, Merimbula and Pambula, recently combined efforts to organise hay deliveries for drought affected cattle farmers across the Valley.
 
Great to see the deliveries happening this week at Kiah and Bemboka. Many thanks to RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) for the funding.
Having had to postpone the formal opening of the Kiah Pavilion due to torrential rain, it was rescheduled and took place on 3 September, fortunately, the weather was good.  The community are delighted with their new pavilion and BBQ facilities. They are certainly being put to good use!
 
Dorothea Polonyi president of Bega Rotary Club, Sue Jellis, president of Merimbula Rotary Club with
Merimbula Rotarians Andy Thorp and Shane Osta.
The three Rotary Clubs, Merimbula, Bega and Pambula are pleased to announce that their major project of building a Pavilion at Kiah is now finished with the completion of the landscaping.
 
Ray McGovern from Merimbula Sand and Gravel did a fantastic job of clearing the site, cutting, levelling and expertly spreading all the decorative stones and bark with his bobcat.  This certainly saved the members of Merimbula Rotary backbreaking work of doing this with just shovels.  It was then easy for them to just lightly rake the pathway stones and bark into place.  Thank you, Ray, for all your efforts, this left us Rotarians plenty of time to christen the electric BBQ and enjoy lunch cooked by Andy, Past President, sitting at the table and benches taking in the fabulous view.  We hope the community enjoy using these facilities, as much as we did, whilst their new Community Hall is built to replace the one destroyed by bushfire.
 
Katrina Berenguer and Rickee Marshall from BVSC came along to inspect the work and were delighted with the finished results.  
 
Our thanks again go to the Rotary Club of Northbridge for contributing half of the costs towards this much needed facility and also to the Rotary Club of Wagga-Sunrise for their generous donation towards the landscaping.
 
Last but not least, we congratulate Shane for his marvellous contribution in his project management role and achieving such a grand result.  Great work undertaken by the crew on completion day - President Sue, Past President Andy, Shane, Peter L, Roger, John, Peter B, Tabitha, Martyn and Patricia and all the other Rotarians who helped on this project, well done!
Some of the members of the Kiah Pavilion project team at the finished site, from left:
Patricia Witton (Merimbula Rotarian), Sue Jellis (Merimbula Rotary President), Rickee Marshall (Council), Katrina Berenguer (Council) and Shane Osta (Merimbula Rotarian)
 
MEDIA RELEASE FROM BVSC
3 AUGUST 2020

Council thanks the Rotary Clubs of Merimbula, Pambula and Bega for their generosity with funds and hard labour, on the completion of the Kiah pavilion project.

“A round of applause for all involved and in particular, Merimbula Rotarians, Shane Osta and Andy Thorp, who spearheaded the project,” Mayor Sharon Tapscott said.

“These guys managed the construction of the pavilion, providing building expertise and hands-on labour to save money and ensure the building was completed as quickly as possible.

“The Kiah Pavilion is located near the tennis courts and RFS shed and offers the Kiah community a large undercover meeting space with an electric barbecue, a sink, seating area and landscaping.

“It means the Kiah community will once again be able to gather together for various social, sporting and educational activities, while the Kiah Hall is rebuilt.

“Rotary funded this project to the tune of $45,000, which included a large donation from the Rotary Club of Northbridge in Sydney.

“The project is an incredibly generous gesture and a real credit to Rotary … they just get in there and get things done.”

President of the Rotary Club of Merimbula, Sue Jellis said while Merimbula Rotary had been instrumental in construction of the pavilion, the project was a combined Merimbula, Pambula and Bega Rotary effort, in response to an approach from Council and the Kiah Community.

“We are so very pleased the pavilion will provide the Kiah community with a place to meet,” Ms Jellis said.

“Community service and friendship underpins the work of Rotary – we are people of action!”

The pavilion’s first event was Council’s Cuppa and Chat Session, which drew a number of bushfire affected residents who enjoyed the chance to catch up with friends and neighbours and tap into the various services and agencies on hand.

One of our Defibrillators, located outside Woolworths at Tura Beach, was recently called into action for a medical emergency, before the Paramedics attended.  Great news is that the patient is now ok.
 
We would like to express our appreciation to Matt from Direct Chemist, Tura Beach, they are generously providing replacement paddles together with a set of spares. 
 
Always good to know that the defibrillator is there, but hopefully it won’t be needed too often!
Following approval of our District Grant Application and donation, Merimbula Rotary were able to purchase a Smart Television and heavy duty bracket for the U3A Sapphire Coast Tura Beach Centre.  (U3ASC is a not for profit, volunteer organisation which provides learning and activities for senior members of our Bega Valley Community).
This upgrade was gratefully received as it will enable course leaders to access 'On Demand' channels via the internet.  Many thanks to Rotarians, Andy and Shane for their installation work.
 
These are some of the projects we have undertaken during 2019 - 2020 to help our community.  Please click on the tab "Club Projects" for more details.