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Image taken by Kris from Karangsari Village, Jembrana Regency, Bali, Indonesia during the presentation
 
At our Club meeting held on 5 May, Kris gave a presentation, by video link, to update our members on the situation in her village, Jembrana Regency, Bali.   She spoke about the impact of COVID-19 on the local economy, the resultant unemployment and the relief the food packages, funded by our club, she had delivered to families in her home village had given.  It was obvious that Kris was very passionate about trying to help those in need and appreciative of the support of our club. 
 
The club has agreed to continue supporting Kris in her relief efforts.  She advised she would adopt a similar strategy, delivering staple foods to needy families.
 
She has already commenced enquiries to establish those who remain most in need, as some recipients of the first relief packages have now returned to work one or two days a week . The club has now provided another AUD1,000 and Kris expects to deliver further food packages within the next 2 weeks. 
 
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 previous 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.  
 
 
 
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 https://rotaryclubofmerimbula.com.au/page/contact-us 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.
 
Our next market is on Sunday 16 May, Ford Park, 8.30 am – 12.30 pm and we look forward to your company.
 
Thanks to the wonderful generosity of our visitors to our April Seaside market, our wishing wells received $1,500 from entry donations. 
These monies have now been transferred to the Rotary National Flood Relief Appeal.  
If you were unable to visit the market and would like to make a Tax-Deductible Donation to the appeal please click on: https://donations.rawcs.com.au/flood-appeal 
 
We were so fortunate with the weather for our April market.  Blue skies, sunshine and perfect temperatures to wander around all the fabulous stalls – so much on offer from our regular and new stallholders – there were too many difficult decisions to make as to what to take home: seedlings, toys, books, jewellery, bird mimickers, locally distilled gin and vodka, gem stones, candles, spices, ceramics, beautiful eco dyed scarves, products from Turkey, crafts from Japan, face painting, tasty food from a variety of stalls and our delicious Rotary egg & bacon rolls all washed down with a refreshing coffee or cold drink.
 
We were entertained by the flamboyant Bega Valley Town Crier, Alan Moyse, who officially opened the market.
 
Stall Holders please Book & Pay On-Line for
MAY 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.    
 
At a function held 29 April in Melbourne, our Rotarian, Ron Finneran, OAM, was admitted into Snow Australia as a legend for his contribution to skiing and Paralympic sport spanning forty years. 
Congratulations, Ron, on this fantastic achievement.
 
Our Friends of Cobargo report that "Part 1 of the memorial garden, the new road and turning circle have now been completed. The concrete slab has been poured ready for the pavilion to be erected in the next couple of weeks. Then we will be planting out the memorial garden. Thanks to the Rotary Club of Merimbula for all their help."
Paul, Jenny, President Sue, Bruce and Brad having a rest after a busy morning
 
Due to recent inclement weather, some of our Rotarians attended  a working bee at Rotary Park to tidy up fallen debris.  Another working bee to undertake some more planting will take place shortly.  Well done, guys for all your hard work. 
At a recent Board Meeting, it was agreed that our club would donate $1,000 to the Maluk Timor Leste Foundation Health Care Program.  Please click on https://maluktimor.org/ to find out more about the marvellous work this dedicated team of professionals undertake.

"We are an Australian and Timorese NGO motivated to advance primary healthcare in Timor-Leste by a sense of kinship and solidarity with the Timorese people.

We believe that no one deserves to die or suffer from diseases that have been all but eliminated in non-indigenous Australia; especially in Timor-Leste, which has overcome such a traumatic past."

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: https://donations.rawcs.com.au/flood-appeal or from the Rotary Australia World Community Service website at https://rawcs.org.au

Andrew Woodward is available for interviews and photographs.

Link to headshot photo here

Media Contact: Andrew Woodward 0411 075 107, andrew.woodward@rawcs.org.au

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 https://directory.rawcs.com.au/57-2020-21
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.
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.
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 awaiting 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 once approval given.
 
 
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.