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     Rotary in Australia & NZ Celebrating 100 years 1921 - 2021
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Jodie with President Sue
 
We extend a very warm welcome to new member, Jodie Hilliers, who was inducted into our Club
at our meeting held on 16 June. We are sure Jodie will prove to be a worthy Rotarian.
 
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.
 
We look forward to your company at Ford Park, on Sunday 20 June.
 
It was a chilly start to our May market, but the sun came out and it was a gorgeous morning with bright blue skies.  There were plenty of locals and visitors out and about enjoying meeting up with friends for coffee and a chat whilst strolling around all the wonderful stalls selling a variety of products; seedlings, freshly dug carrots, crisp apples, beautiful baby clothes, warm jumpers and leather belts to name just a few.  Most of our regular stall holders were here and we were pleased to welcome some newcomers. We hope they will come again on a regular basis.
 
Stall Holders please Book & Pay On-Line for
JUNE 2021 markets via:
 
 
For markets held 01 July 2021 - 30 June 2022 Bookings & Payments should be made 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.    
A big day at Cobargo Cemetery on 17 June with the pavilion being completed. 
The rock garden was made ready for planting and just awaits the arrival of plants next week. Upgrade to the roadway in this area was also completed.
 
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."
Andy, President Elect very kindly sent Kris one of our Club's embroidered shirt and cap.
She replied "I just got this shirt and cap from the post. It’s cool! I like it and so excited! I will wear this on the next activity. Thank you so much to all of you there😊 Love, Kris xx"
Kris, we all agree, you look stunning in the uniform!  Keep up the good work.
Some of the Balinese families receiving food packages
 
Earlier this month our Club provided further funding to our friend, Kris, in Bali.  Kris has already distributed 35 basic food packages purchased with this, our second donation, to needy residents in her home village and sent photos from some of the appreciative recipients. Kris reported back to our President Elect, Andy: 
 
"The villagers were so happy at that day and they said thank you so much and may God bless you there in Australia. Thank you Mr. Andy, Mrs. Jenny, and Rotary Club of Merimbula, I am so thankful Sending my best wishes for you, Mrs. Jenny, and all of the members🤍 Your kindness will always be remembered".
 
Thank you, Kris, for your kind words - all our members are delighted we have been able to assist your villagers in this way.
 
Please click on https://www.rotaryclubofmerimbula.com.au/page/lending-a-hand for previous reports.
These are some of the projects/donations we have participated in during 2020 - 2021 to help our community. 
Please click on the tabs "Club Projects"/"Club History" for more details.
 
The working bees at Rotary Park are proving very popular, it has been decided they take place every week. 
Coffee and cakes for the workers - maybe this is the reason?
In July 2020, the Rotary Club of Merimbula received an unexpectedly generous donation from the community of Lae, capital of Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea to put towards bushfire recovery efforts in the region.  Some of these funds were used to purchase 2 dual axle galvanised box trailers please see article: https://www.rotaryclubofmerimbula.com.au/page/donation-from-lae-funds-much-needed-trailers-for-blazeaid
 
“On 9 June 2021, members of the Merimbula RFS welcomed Members from the Merimbula Rotary Club to officially handover a new purpose-built Trailer Fire Fighting Unit for the Brigade.
 
Merimbula Rotary have been extremely generous to our Brigade over the years and have now delivered a Fire Fighting Unit for the benefit of our Community. This versatile Unit will be used for many important community-based activities, such as pile burns and asset protection.”  (Article & group photos courtesy of Merimbula RFS)
 
 
 
Some of the team members with Senior Constable Sarah Bancroft and Sue Jellis, President
 
Sue Jellis, President of Rotary Club of Merimbula, presented a cheque for $1,000 to Senior Constable Sarah Bancroft of the Far South Coast Police and Citizens Youth Club at a Bega training session for the Yuin Killer Whales Nation of Origin rugby league football teams. This donation will help support travel of the teams to participate in a tournament being held in Raymond Terrace later this month.
 
“The Nations of Origin tournament has been designed by the NSW Police Citizens Youth Clubs to promote reconciliation within communities and engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal members in PCYC through the games of Rugby League 7’s, Football 5’s, Basketball and Netball.
 

The concept of the tournament was initiated after consultation with Aboriginal Communities across NSW. It also provides an avenue for young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to commence the discussion within their families and communities on their cultural identities.

One of the outcomes from this program was the need to support the development of programs and activities that build relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal young people. Nations of Origin empowers and motivates youth to celebrate Australia’s diverse indigenous culture and its deep impact on our history and their stories. Nations of Origin has four main components: Reconciliation, Education, Cultural Identity and Sport.

Each participant must meet strict criteria in order to represent their Nation. All players must meet the following criteria:
  • A Minimum of 80% school attendance or fulltime employment
  • No current negative dealings with Police
  • Commit to train and participate in activities in the lead up to the event
  • Have current PCYC NSW membership
As a result of the tournament, participants have the opportunity to further develop their skills and character through various sporting, citizenship and leadership development opportunities: A minimum of 60 Nations of Origin participants go on to complete PCYC NSW Blue Star Citizenship and/or Leadership programs; many participants continue to further engage with their local PCYC as participants, volunteers & youth representatives with many returning to the tournament the following year as youth mentors.
 
This year we have entered a team under the name of the Yuin Killer Whales representing the southern part of the Far South Coast for the first time. This was endorsed by local elder Uncle David Dixon. The artwork for our team uniforms was created by local Aboriginal man Shaquille Aldridge and he is also attending the tournament as a mentor.” 
 
Beth & Peter Moore from Rotary Pambula will be travelling with the team to help with logistics & catering. We wish the Teams good luck in the Tournament.
(From Quaama PS Website page – some happy students)
 
Quaama Public School garden/veggie patch is well underway with the students helping to make individual pavers for the pathway (our Club have donated $2,000 towards this project) & we hope to organise a handover with a possible BBQ very shortly.
The work of Disaster Aid Australia, a project of the Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong & Endeavour Hills, Vic, has continued through the pandemic. In March, with the full implications of the pandemic becoming apparent, the organisation swiftly pivoted to enable the continuation of its international aid program.
 
Smart Aid With travel impossible for the Disaster Aid Response Teams (DARTs), our Board decided to provide grants to its trusted partners to help them respond to the pandemic. To date, these have included:
 Food aid and isolation support to the Philippines with the Balay Mindanaw Foundation,
 Food aid to Guatemala as a partner of Disaster Aid Canada,
 A range of aid initiatives in Nepal with the Rotary Club of Kathmandu,
 Medical support to COVID-19 patients in Bangladesh with the Rotary Club of Dhaka Royal,
 Food aid in Agrabad with the Rotary Club of Agrabad, and
 Supporting Disaster Aid Malaysia’s COVID-19 project in Sabah.
 DAA is also responding to the Beirut explosion in partnership with Disaster Aid Europe, providing funds and a SkyHydrant to help repair a hospital damaged by the blast.
Further grants will be provided on a monthly basis until international travel becomes possible.
 
Safe Water for Every Child The practice of training local installers to install SkyHydrants has had real benefits, with installations continuing, but at a slower pace for the major project Bhutan 2020. DAA, together with partners the Rotary Club of Thimphu and the Bhutan Education Department, now expect this project to be complete in mid-2021. On completion, over 80,000 pupils in 120 Bhutanese schools will be protected from contaminated water. Partners Balay Mindanaw and Safe Water for Every Child Myanmar continue to install SkyHydrants, with more units scheduled to be sent out in the coming months. DAA is also assisting Disaster Aid Europe commence a safe water project in Albania.
 
Training Training and SkyHydrant installation support has been enhanced by the shooting of several videos on various aspects of the installation process, which are being shared with DAA partners. SkyHydrant Master Class training is also being carried out for the Balay Mindanaw installers, with weekly Zoom training sessions.
 
Organisation and fundraising Although the pandemic means the DAA office is currently closed, the organisation’s electronic systems have ensured essential tasks can be continued remotely. One positive of the pandemic has been that, with Zoom meetings becoming more common, DAA has been able to deliver guest speaker presentations to supporting Rotary clubs beyond their normal ability to travel. A ‘Virtual Vocational Visit’ to Disaster Aid Australia has also been developed, giving Rotarians an insight to the running of an international aid charity. Click here http://www.disasteraidaustralia.org.au/ for further information and contact details.
The 40 Toiletry Kits have now been freighted to destinations in NT– a thank you to our Rotarian, Michael, for transporting them to Canberra which saved us the cost of one leg of the transport chain. A  huge thank you also to those members who worked on this project.
 
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.
 
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.
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