Rotary in Australia & NZ Celebrating 100 years 1921 - 2021
                                                             Olivia's Playground, Ford Park
 
         
                                                                                        Merimbula Sunday Market
 
We were Chartered on the 26th February 1969 and started with 20 members, having been sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bega and became a part of Rotary International District 9710.
 
In 1971, it was determined that there was sufficient interest in Eden to form a Rotary Club there and again in 1990, the same level of interest was evident in Pambula. The Rotary Club of Merimbula proudly sponsored both these Rotary Clubs.
 
In 1976, the Club also sponsored the establishment of a Rotoract Club.
During the early years, the Club provided, at many locations around Merimbula, seats for the weary or those who just wished to enjoy the view.
 
Since that time, our Club has initiated and paid for local projects such as:
 
  • a motorised rescue boat for the Pambula Life Saving Club
  • various bus stop shelters
  • the purchase & erection of playground equipment at Pambula Beach
  • a sheltered area at Pambula Hospital
  • medical equipment for hospitals
  • participation in youth exchanges programmes to accommodate & sponsor students from around the globe
  • with the help of the Rotary Club of Pambula, the construction of a walkway/cycle track between Merimbula and Pambula Beach
  • assistance in establishing Meals on Wheels and the commencement of the Community Transport Service
  • the establishment of Rotary Park adjacent to Spencer Park, which was a natural progression from the construction of the walking track from there to Bar Beach
  • the improvement of Ford Park, including replacing the existing playground equipment with inclusive playground equipment, constructing concrete paths, providing BBQ shelters & planting shrubbery/trees. 
  • Long Point Lookout Development
  • Purchase and fitting of a 65" Smart TV for the Sapphire Coast U3A Centre, Tura Beach
 
 
    
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Long Point Lookout     
 
View from walking path Rotary Park to Bar Beach
 
  • Our commitment to promoting community health spans the age range from Teen Clinic, to MHERV (Mens Health Educational Rotary Van)
  • Providing two defibrillators, one outside Woolworths at Tura Beach and one outside McDonald's, Merimbula.
  • Support and sponsoring of hand sanitiser units,  in shopping centres and supermarkets from Bermagui to Eden.
 
   Defibrillator installed outside McDonald's, Merimbula
 
 
  Defibrillator installed outside Woolworths at Tura Beach
 
     
2 Hand Sanitising Units at Tura Beach Shopping Centre
 
After the bushfires of January 2020, our club has been involved in repairing bush fire damaged sites around our communities - Wonboyn Cemetery, Wandella, Quaama Cemetery, Tantawangalo Cemetery, Cobargo Cemetery and building a new Community Pavilion at Kiah.
 
During COVID we enjoyed the innovation of ZOOM presentations.  Our most notable guest speaker was the very inspirational Sarah Brown from the Purple House.  Purple House is an innovative Indigenous-owned and run health service operating from its base in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Now operating 18 remote clinics and a mobile dialysis unit called the Purple Truck. Purple House is getting patients back home so that families and culture can remain strong.  Sarah has a great story to tell, former Hesta Nurse of the Year, Northern Territory Business Person 2018, finalist in Australia’s Business Person of the Year. Sarah is the CEO of the Purple House and she is an accomplished artist having exhibitions in Australian capital cities and Singapore.
Sarah has been awarded an AM in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.  A donation was made to the Purple House organisation to enable them to continue with their remarkable work.
 
The Rotary Clubs of Merimbula, Bega and Pambula were the winners of the District 9710 Community Service Award in recognition of their bushfire relief and recovery projects to impacted families and communities on the Sapphire Coast. This was presented at the District 9710 Changeover on 1 July 2020. 
From 1 July 2020 District 9710 became part of a much larger Rotary District (about the size of England) and our 3 Clubs now form part of the new District 9705 which comprises 83 clubs and 2,300 members.
 
During the past 50 years, our membership has fluctuated between 35 to 40 members. 
 
President 2020-2021 -  Sue Jellis
President 2019-2020  - Andy Thorp 
 
The Club’s main source of income is derived from a very successful and popular monthly market which is held on the 3rd Sunday of each month at Ford Park.
 
A cheque was presented to Marine Rescue from proceeds raised from the wishing wells at our September 2020 market.
A percentage of funds raised at our NYE 2020 Market were distributed to Marine Rescue to help in their "Let the Sun Shine" Project.
 
A percentage of our wishing well takings from our Sunday 17th January 2021 market are allocated to the Sapphire Community Pantry to help them expand into larger premises and create a social enterprise cafe.
 
 
During the summer and autumn months of 2021 we supported the Chamber of Commerce and the Merimbula Visitor Information Centre in operating Saturday morning Producers Markets in various locations in Merimbula Town.  The emphasis was on "Home Grown ' and 'Home Made' produce and products to encourage locals and visitors to come into the CBD and shop at both retail shops and market stalls. 
 
           
  Picnic Tables & Benches, Ford Park