Club Executives & Directors 2021-2022
President
Immed PP
President Elect
Secretary
Treasurer
Foundation
International Service
Youth
Community Service
Vocational
Club Service
Membership
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
 
              
     
WELCOME TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF MERIMBULA
 
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 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 were so disappointed that we had to cancel our May market due to the inclement weather.  Hopefully, we will enjoy a dry day for our June market.  All our regular and quite a few new stallholders will be there to tempt you with all their wonderful, products and produce.
 
At our wishing wells, we will be collecting funds for the Animal Welfare League Far South Coast so do hope you can come along and support this awesome cause.  The AWL consists of a group of dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly in their efforts for the care and welfare of animals. They have rehomed over 3,000 animals since the Branch began, including dogs, cats, rabbits, sheep, horses, goats, pigs and birds.  They are responsible for all the
re-homing of dogs from the Bega Valley Shire Pound.  To find out more details, please visit: https://www.awlnsw.com.au/far-south-coast/.
 
We look forward to your company on Sunday 19 June.
 
 
For markets held to 30 June 2022 Stall Holders please Book & Pay online viahttps://www.trybooking.com/BRAKM 
 
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.
Rotarian, Martyn, Chair, with Ben the Coach, presenting Certificates of Recognition to the three Acrobats and Gymnasts, Brooke, Ashley & Monique
 
At our recent Club Meeting we welcomed our guests: Ben Moroney, Coach at Eden Area Gymnasts Centre and the three Acrobats/Gymnasts – Ashley with her Dad Larry, Monique with her mother Tracey and Brooke with her mother Janine.  It was such a shame they were unable to compete in the Australian Championships due to one of the girls sustaining an injury and we wanted to acknowledge their tremendous achievements in qualifying for such a prestigious
competition.

A few months ago the girls attended one of our meetings and showed our members a video of their performance in the State Championships - such amazing talent.
 
   
Brooke and Ashley are now concentrating on gymnastics and will be attending championships in 12 weeks’ time and Monique is now teaching a fitness class.  Well done to the three of you and to the coach, Ben and to the parents for all their support. We wish you all every success in your future endeavours.  
Commemorating ANZAC Day at the War Memorial in Merimbula - Lest We Forget
 
This year ANZAC Day commemorates 107 years since Gallipoli
 
At a recent Club meeting we had the privilege to hear all about the career of current Chairman of Club Sapphire, Peter Moore.  Peter, for a large part of his working life, was employed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as a Works Officer where he was responsible for the regular maintenance of headstones, fences and overseas war memorials in numerous overseas postings, including Arras, France, Cairo, Rome, Yemen, Libya, Tunisia, and UK. Thank you, Peter, for such an interesting account.
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.
 
Our Rotarians, Paul and Cam sanded and sealed one more bench at Ford Park on 30 March.  Well done, guys, for all your excellent work.  Everyone is very appreciative of all your efforts.  The tables & benches look fantastic.
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.