Rotary changeover night

The Rotary Club of Merimbula held its changeover night recently to appoint the new board and club officers and at the same time review the activities of the past financial year.

Acting president for 2018-19 Ken Carmen mentioned the barbecue at the Tura Marrang Library for Grandparents Day, mock interviews at Eden Marine High School and at Lumen Christi Catholic College as well as sponsoring participants to RYPEN, National Youth Science Forum, Honeywell Summer Science School.

The club also participated in the third annual Sapphire Coast Science and Engineering Challenge held at Kalaru Raceway.

Merimbula Rotary has been involved with the New Year's Eve market and concert, International Womens' Day lunch, Eat Merimbula plus the club's high profile event on Australia Day at Rotary Park. Members also hosted their sixth and most successful Mothers' Day Classic Fun Run.

Unfortunately Mr Carmen reported that monthly markets were hit hard with bad weather, with one market lost and three badly effected by low stallholder and public attendance due to poor weather conditions.

However happily the recent Easter market was a record breaker for the club.

"Upcoming projects include All Access to Merimbula Lake at Mitchies Jetty, the Teen Clinic Program and the installation of two defibrillators for emergency use in Tura Beach and Merimbula Township areas," Mr Carmen said.

"We have also continued our maintenance work on Long Point and Rotary to Bar Beach Tracks and Ford Park," he added.

In the past financial year donations were made to:

RAWCS Drought Relief, Merimbula Scouts, Eden Marine High School, Merimbula Public School and Bemboka Public Schoo, Australian Rotary Health, ROMAC, Operation Cleft, Everest Assault 2019 (End Polio), Mercy Ships, RAM (Rotarians Against Malaria), Seven Women Project Nepal, Purple House Indigenous Dialysis Program, fLING Threatre, Merimbula Festival & Yarn Bombing, Teen Clinics-Bega, Merimbula, Eden, Rotary Foundation, Rotary End Polio Fund, Rural Aid Ltd, International Women's Day, Trundle Trip, Meccano Project, Grandparents Play Group, Nth Queensland Flood Relief, Sapphire Arts & Sports Youth Development Fund, with additional expenditures to Youth Programs - National Youth Science Forum, Honeywell Summer School, RYPEN and Mitchies Jetty Access Project.

The incoming board members for 2019-20 are president - Andy Thorp, vice president - Bruce Eaton, president elect - Sue Jellis, secretary - Gai Byrne, treasurer - Peter Lavender, community services - Ron Finneran, international/foundation - Sue Jellis, vocational service - Roger Budd, club service - Judy Raymond, youth services - Kim Loveday, publicity/PR - Kristie Tsakiris.

The club remembered Janet Maughan, Rotary Merimbula president 2018-19 who passed away during her time as president.