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At two of our recent meetings, we were very fortunate to welcome two thought-provoking guest speakers. 
Area Six Governor, Bruce Whitley, gave us an update on Rotary’s End Polio Now Campaign.    "We’re close to eradicating polio, but we’re not done yet. We still need funds to continue immunization and surveillance efforts."
 
The screening of the movie "I Am Woman", raised $1,440, making a total of $2,440 contributed by our Club, so far this fiscal year, to Rotary's End Polio Now Campaign to help get us closer to the finish line.  A huge thank you to all of you who came along to see the movie. If you would like to discover more, please visit https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes/ending-polio
 
Our second Guest Speaker, Dr Jarvis Hayman, Chair of Interplast Australia explained what Interplast is all about.
 
Interplast sends teams of volunteer plastic reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals to provide life-changing surgery and medical training to 17 countries across the Asia Pacific region.  To find out more about the wonderful work they do, please visit: https://interplast.org.au/To help Change a Future Now, our Club donated $1,000 to this very worthy cause.
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 alternate 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.
Merimbula Rotary have been busy replacing and painting the fire damaged fence at Cobargo Cemetery. Having worked up an appetite they adjourned to the Cobargo Pub for lunch. If you would like to help with our fire recovery projects please contact the club through Facebook messenger or our web page.
A very successful November market with our regular and many new stall holders attending. The weather was glorious for our visitors to stroll about looking at all the amazing goods and produce on offer and then deciding what to purchase. An opportunity to buy those unusual Christmas presents but don't worry if you didn't complete your shopping, you will have another chance at our next market.  There was also a huge variety of delicious food stalls to tempt the palate and enjoy a refreshing brew of your favourite coffee.
 
If you would like to book a stall for our December market, please don't delay in booking online to avoid disappointment.  
Looking forward to welcoming you at our next market, Sunday,20 December.  Put the date in your calendars, so you don't forget!
 
Stall Holders please Book & Pay On-Line for
DECEMBER 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.    
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
Two of our members, Don and Cam, found the remains of this seat at Cobargo Cemetery and set about restoring it to its original condition.  They removed the steel frames and took them home, cleaned, undercoated with cold galvanise, and finished with killrust black paint.  The seat slats were coated with oil-based decking finish, and fastened with new galvanised bolts. What a great job, guys, thank you.
 

Photos, courtesy of Marine Rescue, show the considerable work undertaken to replace the walkway leading to the pontoon wharf by volunteer members of Marine Rescue Merimbula.  Two of our Rotarians, Andy Thorp and Shane Osta, who are also members of Marine Rescue, helped in the restoration work.

After a week’s work, the new jetty walkway is nearing completion with just a bit of tidying up needed. 

What a great effort by all the volunteers.  It looks fantastic!

Stall Holders please Book & Pay On-Line for our 
Merimbula New Year's Eve Market - Thursday 31 December 2020
Rotary with Marine Rescue are operating this special community event
 
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.
All the fodder - worth $91,289 incl. GST has now been delivered to the drought affected cattle farmers.  Fingers crossed, for more rain this Spring/Summer.
   
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.
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.

 
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.