Upper Blue Mountains Sunrise Rotary

Message from our Joint Presidents

It's the end of September as I write this message.
Sandra de Gruchy and myself have been sharing the President's role in 2022-23. So far so good.
The last few months have been busy with projects, membership, youth and planning for the next year.
Our Cookbook project, under Jenny Hartnett's leadership, has been powering along, bringing Club members together. See story below about this exciting project and watch this space for updates. Our other big project has been assisting the Association of Bell, Clarence and Dargan Inc (ABCD,  fund a new Community Hall that was destroyed in the 2019-20 bushfires. It has been rewarding to see these communities come together with a common purpose, celebrated with "shovel turning" event ahead of construction. Our Phill Isaacs has been the key person sorting out the complexities of grants and Rotary funding.
I am in no doubt that Rotary is strong and forward-looking. We are engaged with our communities and there to help in these difficult times. We are confident that our Club activities, and working together with other Rotary Clubs, will lead to significant benefit to our local community. We have ambitious and challenging goals and will be making major announcements shortly about our Homelessness Project.
Please call/text me if you would like to know more about Rotary, our Club and our 2022 projects. Do you know you can be involved in some of our community projects in the Blue Mountains, working alongside some pretty interesting people. It's always rewarding to participate and have fun while you're doing it.
Bill Pixton
0418 113643

Youth Programs

Every year, thousands of talented and dedicated young people, ages 12-30, have an incredible experience in a Youth Services program. From leadership and experiential learning, these programs can change a young person's life.
Click here to find out more about the great programs Rotary has to offer you. 


Most community programs need not only our time and attention but they need funds. Our Club like most Rotary clubs are out there fundraising for a specific purpose or cause. Click here to find out more about some of our fundraisers.


The members and friends of Upper Blue Rotary are a committed group of men and women who manage and implement a range of projects benefiting our community, both locally and overseas. These projects often start with an idea from an individual. Click here to find out more about some of our fundraisers.
Club News
We launched our fabulous "It's Not Just a Cookbook" at Katoomba RSL on Tuesday 29th December. Some 160 friends from our community turned up to honour the legacy of the late Irene Reid. This cookbook produced by our Club recognises the selfless work Irene did for our community as a chef, hospitality manager and caterer. Bob Reid OAM  and extended family were so appreciative of the work and love that has gone into producing this book. It was a wonderful night enjoyed by everyone. Moreso because all money raised from the sale of this book goes to our Homelessness Project in the Mountains. Whilst over 200 books were sold on the night, we are now out and about in December. The book sells for $40.00 (plus postage if required), and we provide tax deductibility. We will as much as possible sell the book through community markets and pop-ups around the Mountains.
This book makes a thoughtful gift for Christmas. It helps our community,  the recipes and photos are stunning. You will be proud to give it to someone you love.
Saturday 3rd   Glenbrook Rotary Markets 800-2:00
Sunday 4th     Rhodo Markets Blackheath 8:00-2:00
Saturday 10th  outside Woolworths Katoomba 8:30-2:00
Sunday  11th   Growers Markets, Blackheath
Saturday 17th  Glenbrook Rotary Markets 8:00-2:00
Saturday 17th  outside Woolworths, Katoomba 8:30-2:00
Friday 23rd     Twilight Markets Blackheath 4:00-7:00
Bob Reid OAM will be at selected outlets signing books. We hope to see you out there.
Other spots will be added as required. 
For sales inquiries, phone or text Bill Pixton 0418 113643  pixtonbill@gmail.com, or Jen Hartnett 0414 516827 jenhartnettwalton@gmail.com
Banking Details: BSB 633 000; A/c 114 261 976   (Insert COOKBOOK and your Name in description)

Where We Meet

We are now back in full swing with face-to-face meetings. We meet at the Robyn Yates Centre at Cancer Wellness Support, 105 Railway Parade, Leura in November. However with Covid, nothing is certain.   Check the calendar below for details.  If you would like to join us please request a link to the meeting. president@bluemountainsrotary.org
February 2023
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Our Club has made a long-term commitment to helping the homeless in the Blue Mountains. We have now raised over $34,000, to this critically important Mountains initiative. This is just the beginning.
A group of Rotary Clubs are now negotiating with a range of stakeholders, including state government, BMCC , social housing organisations and corporates on advancing this major project. We will make some announcements over the next few months about the use of these funds and how they will benefit those homeless folk in the Mountains.