The Rotary Club of Encounter Bay handed out $19,850 worth of funding to groups around the Fleurieu through its community grants program.

On Thursday, May 2, the club distributed the grants to 16 south coast organisations at a special dinner at McCracken Country Club.

The groups to receive grants were Hindmarsh Valley Progress Association, Radio Alexandrina (Alex FM), Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum, Wildlife Welfare Organisation SA, South Coast Athletic Centre, Encounter Bay Football Club, Whalers Peninsula Community Association, Probus Club of Victor Harbor/Granite Island, Granite Community Band, Harborites Ukulele Group, Open Light Community Garden, Tiny Tails Rescue, Port Elliot Surf Lifesaving Club, Milang and District Historical Society, Fleurieu Hooded Plover Volunteer Program, and Victor Harbor Sea Scouts.


The Rotary Club of Encounter Bay supports the community with regular grants to support organisations that have limited access to funding, but serve and help others.

2018 recipients include:

1. Encounter Bay Family History Group: to purchase a laptop and software to facilitate research, community workshops and projects.
2. Encounter Bay Netball Club: to purchase a new PC for the Club.
3. Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum: for professional signage in a larger format as their current small format is no longer adequate.
4. Victor Harbor Dragons: To purchase a gazebo to protect against all weather conditions and a “feather” banner to promote the club when attending race meetings
5. Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club: to purchase a laerdal airway management trainer
6. Pt Elliot Tennis Club: to purchase new net posts and nets to complement recent improvements to provide quality facilities for the community.
7. Victor Harbor Archery Club: to purchase a new Archery Target and frame to use in beginners’ courses and to start “come and try”
8. Alexandrina Connect Inc./The Community Centre, Goolwa: to contribute to the purchase of a small business which provides merchandise embroidery to both Councils and most sporting clubs
9. Fleurieu Male Choir: to purchase a powered speaker, microphone and stands to enable them to provide accompaniment when their accompanist is unavailable and to assist artists so all can hear.
10. Riding for the Disabled: to build a small storage shed and cement floor to store hay for when horses are kept at the centre overnight before a riding day.
11. Harborites Ukulele Group: to purchase 3 instrument microphones and 1 vocal microphone to provide entertainment to senior groups.

2017 recipients include:

1) Park Run Victor Harbor – to purchase a defibrillator
2) Port Elliot Computing Centre –to purchase a data projector
3) Port Elliot Tennis Club – to purchase playground equipment
4) U3A – to purchase a TV and DVD player
5) Victor Harbor City Band – to purchase chairs to be used at performances, in addition to banners & signs
6) Victor Harbor Dragons – for First Aid training
7) Wildcat Celtics – to purchase playing tops
8) Port Elliot Surf Lifesaving Club – to purchase a rescue board and waist bag kits
9) Victor Harbor Croquet Club – to purchase and erect a storage shed

Grants Distribution 2019

Grants Distribution 2018

Grants Distribution 2017


THE ROTARY CLUB OF ENCOUNTER BAY helped make possible the development of a Men's Shed in Martha Close Victor Harbor with a grant of $40,000 over two years. After 6 years of planning and working towards this project, those participapating held their first meeting in the (as yet) unfinished New Shed on Friday 9th March. There were 35 people at lunch time and many more involved in total!

The painting has been finished, the kitchen floor & fan unit is in, the water tank is installed, & the large machines have been brought into the the workshop area. Unfortunately, no power yet, but they are getting by with generators while waiting on ETSA!

As there are many jobs to be done which are not covered by the grant money,  members contribute. $5 per week to help cover those costs (eg buying paint for the machines to be painted). The RCEB is proud of its signifant contribution making this initiative a possibility.


Mens Shed March 2018


THE ROTARY CLUB OF ENCOUNTER BAY The Rotary Club of Encounter Bay nominated an innovative Wilderness Therapy Expedition for students at Victor Harbor High School’s Flexible Learning Options (FLO) as its Signature Project for 2016-17.

The Club has provided support to FLO over many years,including funding for the purchase of new computers. Assistance has also been given to encourage students to attend the very successful local Road-safe Youth Driving Awareness program which is run by the club. Funding enabled students from FLO to take part in the 14-day Wilderness Therapy Expedition which (while similar to South Australia’s long-standing Operation Flinders program), is run on a therapeutic base. The expedition leader, Will Dobud, is a young American who has successfully worked formany years with disadvantaged young people in remote areas of Canada and Alaska.

Funds to assist FLO presented by Rotarian Marilyn Shaw


Club members are actively involved in activities that support our environment. Each June the club works with the Victor Harbor City Council as part of a tree planting exercise. In 2017 another 250 native coastal shrubs were planted on the fringe of Kent Reserve. More will be planted in 2018.


Tree planters at Kent Reserve stop for scones and tea


Wal Bradley Award. Click HERE for details

Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA). Click HERE for details

Funding of school computers at Victor Harbor Primary School

Funding of outdoor camping resources at Victor Harbor Primary School

Student end of year Awards

International project funding (eg Nakuru International School Click HERE for details, Haiti Literacy Project Click HERE for details)



FLO students - Participants