The Rotary Club of Encounter Bay has continued to give valuable service to the community of the Southern Fleurieu through the Community Grants Programme. Using funds from our Rotary Market income, we donated almost $10000 to local groups in June.

Community Grants Distribution:

  1. Victor Harbor Lutheran Church Purchase of a defibrillator for emergency use by the 20 community groups that use the church facilities.
  2. South Coast Environment Centre To support a young, local resident to publish his book “Birds of the Hindmarsh River Trails”
  3. Victor Dragons Inc Construction of a storage & maintenance facility at Encounter Bay Sporting Precinct.
  4. Friends of the Hindmarsh River Estuary Group Purchase 2 ‘tree poppers’ to remove invasive saplings from the estuary area.
  5. Victor Harbor Regional Art Gallery Upgrade signage in keeping with the historical precinct.
  6. South Coast Christian Community Care A helping hand to those in need (Various)
  7. Open Light Community Garden Build an espalier fence for fruit trees.
  8. Pt Elliot Town & Foreshore Imp Committee Create an artistic defining feature in Contemplation Site (Soldiers Memorial Gardens).



The Rotary Club of Encounter Bay handed out over $10,000 as follows.

To provide a facility for presenters to pre-programme their shows remotely to allow more flexibility in programming.
Janet Cameron

Keeping rescued wildlife fed during COVID 19 crisis as Op Shop (main source of funding) is closed.To buy basic food supplies for animals in care
Deanne Smith

3] VICTOR HARBOR SOCIAL DANCING ASSOC. INC. Grant is to be used to replace the boards with the dance program on, with a projector to show the dance program on the wall saving peoples backs, there are over 100 different dance styles painted on plywood boards that were put in a wooden frame.
John & Ann Fidge

Upgrade toilets at the tennis club
Kurt Kube

To provide volunteer researchers and community participants with shelter from the elements when offering free family history help sessions at outdoor venues.
Maureen Kutcher

Clubroom verandah and disabled access extension.
Jenni Shepherd

Purchase materials to upgrade arena.
Sue Vincent

To construct a purpose built admin. office.
Graham McLeod

To purchase a medical emergency trolley to be used by the medical emergency team for the management of medical treatment of acutely deteriorating patients across the South Coast District Hospital site. L-R Jacqueline Nickels
Associate Nurse Unit Manager Bianca McCumisky
Nurse Unit Manager Mike McRa


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 2021

Grants Distribution 2020

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