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At a recent Club meeting, it was agreed by members to help Acrobats Brooke, Ashley and Monique to participate in the Senior State Acrobatic Championships and the Australian Gymnastics Championships.   To partake in these competitions is expensive with costs including leotard hire, accommodation, food and fuel, judge’s fees and competition entry fees amounting to over $700 for each of the girls, for each event. Club members were impressed with the team's commitment to 13 hours training a week and were very happy to give their support. 
Brooke, Ashley and Monique were delighted to accept a cheque for $2,160 from Sue, President of the Merimbula Rotary Club to help with their expenses to participate in these Acrobatic and Gymnastic Championships and we wish them every success in these significant competitions.
If you are interested in learning about our Community work and becoming a member of our friendly, active Club or are a visiting Rotarian, we would like to invite you to come along to one of our meetings held on Wednesdays at 6.00 for 6.30 pm, generally in the Club Sapphire (Tasman Room), Merimbula.  Best to let us know you will be attending by clicking on the Contact Us  tab or on the link as we might be out and about Merimbula supporting a local restaurant or participating in a social activity or working on different projects in the community. 
Do you have a project idea?
Would you like to contribute to worthwhile projects that make a difference?
Do you want to make a difference by offering your time or skills for a specific project? 
Do you want to make new friends? Come along & join us actively improve our Community.
(Photos from our previous sunny markets)
Our Rotary volunteers and stallholders hope you can come along and enjoy our market on Sunday 18 April when the Bega Valley Town Crier, Alan Moyse, will be in attendance to welcome everyone in the traditional fashion.  Wishing Well funds will be donated to the Rotary National Flood Relief Appeal.  If you would like to make a donation, please click on:
Due to various weather data sources predicting continuous heavy rain for our March market, late Saturday afternoon we regrettably decided to cancel our Seaside Market and the display of the exquisite Rolls Royce vehicles at the “Show & Shine” event.  On the day, the rain passed us by and the morning turned out to be a perfect market day - weatherwise.
Our apologies for the disappointment to all our visitors and stall holders for not holding either event.  We look forward to welcoming our friends from the Rolls Royce Owners Club of Victoria on another visit in the not too distant future. 
Thursday, March 25th, 2021 - Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd

Australian charity, Rotary Australia World Community Service, today announced the creation of a national Flood Relief Appeal for people impacted by the recent floods up and down the Eastern seaboard. 

Australians impacted by the recent floods will be the beneficiaries of money raised by Flood Appeal and will be able to liaise with their local Rotary Club to advise of their needs.

The fundraising campaign, which aims to raise in excess of $10 million, was launched this week 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 two years 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 here: or from the Rotary Australia World Community Service website at

Andrew Woodward is available for interviews and photographs.

Link to headshot photo here

Media Contact: Andrew Woodward 0411 075 107,

Andrew Woodward, CEO of Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd on CH9 27 March promoting Rotary's fundraising project for the floods. Please donate here
Stall Holders please Book & Pay On-Line for
APRIL 2021 THROUGH TO JUNE 2021 markets via:
This will give you the opportunity to book and secure your sites throughout the Autumn 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.    
Our new members, Ann & Diane have enabled our project to ‘End Trachoma’ near completion.  Ann contacted Colgate who very generously provided toothpaste and toothbrushes.  Diane contacted Jo, a quilting friend from the Quilters Club of Mildura, who supplied and posted (at her own expense) enough different materials to make individual bags for each of the school children who will be receiving a Toiletry Kit.  The Toiletry Kits will be distributed to schools in Central Australia.
A sample of the beautifully lined Toilet Bags made by Shirlee Hall, a friend of our Rotarian Roger.  Shirlee has made 40 bags, all different so each school child will know which bag belongs to them! 
We are getting ready to assemble all the items and they will then be sent to NT.
A huge thank you to everyone involved for their support in the elimination of this terrible disease.
Our next market will be held on Saturday 24 April and then:
Saturday 8 May, Saturday 22 May, Saturday 5 June,
Saturday 12 June (Long weekend - Queen's Birthday) 
Given the success of our previous Town Producers' Markets all stallholders will be located along the beautiful lakeside location at Beach Street.
In response to the habitat loss due to the recent bushfires, a number of nesting boxes specifically designed for the Scared Kingfisher have been sent to Merimbula Rotary from Parkes Rotary for installation within the Merimbula area.   The Sacred Kingfisher is a medium sized woodland bird that is found in mangroves, woodlands, forests and river valleys.
Male Sacred Kingfisher
Merimbula Rotary, in consultation with the Bega Valley Shire Council, selected a number of trees in Ford Park and Rotary Park for the installation of the 7 nesting boxes.  The Council was very supportive of the initiative as it achieves a positive ecological outcome.  The Council engaged the services of Dynamic Treeworks to assist Rotary in the installation process. 
As you walk through both these public spaces, look out for the nesting boxes now permanently installed for the benefit of the area’s fauna for years to come.
Our outstanding, hardworking Rotarian, Shane, has just completed works in the Pambula Cemetery.  The western entrance road has been reshaped and resealed.  Next week, he is heading off to Cobargo, followed by Bermagui for the Cemetery road upgrade.  Well done, Shane, for all your tremendous endeavours!
Kris was so excited to receive the funds, she organised the distribution of the food packs to her hungry villagers immediately.  A lot of very happy faces all round - our members were delighted to have been able to help.
At a recent meeting, the Board (and general membership) approved the allocation of AUD1,000 to the provision of some food packs to residents of Karangsari Village, Jembrana Regency, Bali, Indonesia.  Karangsari is the home village of a young lady our Rotarians, Andy & Jenny, are sponsoring to undertake her Teaching degree at university.  Kris (her nickname) is going to arrange packs containing rice, oil, noodles and eggs for some families in her village who are struggling as a result of the coronavirus impact on tourism and employment.  She has done a PPT and included names of families she wants to help after consultation with the Village Chief.  
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.
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.
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.