March 2021
Rotary100 Bus in the Blue Mountains                                                   
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President's Message
In the month of April, Rotary will have been active in Australia for 100 years – yes one hundred years.  To recognise the continuous and growing impact of Rotary Clubs across Australia for the last one hundred years and the work Australian Rotary Clubs have done in the Asia Pacific region, the celebration has been given the acronym “R100”.  You will see this symbol popping up all over Australia – as you see above, even on the famous “Blue Mountains Explorer” double decker red busses. 
All clubs in the mountains and beyond are participating in the celebrations.  We are all joining in the running of an R100 torch, which is an Olympic style torch, which started in Melbourne.  The 7 Blue Mountain clubs have joined up and are starting in Mt. Victoria and taking it down to Glenbrook with stops in between.  It will be taken on the 22nd April from Mt. Victoria to Katoomba.  On the 23rd from Katoomba to Springwood and on the 24th from Springwood to Glenbrook.  When the torch carrier reaches Glenbrook Park on Saturday 24th April, Lower Blue has arranged a celebration between 11am and 2pm for all members and guests to join the celebrations.
The 7 Rotary Clubs in Blue Mountains have been working together off and on for the last decade or two; sometimes together and sometimes independently.  This R100 celebration and torch carrying through all the Blue Mountains villages, added to the joint effort we had for Australia Day and now discussing how we can work together to mitigate homelessness in the Upper Mountains, is highlighting the benefits of working together; as a group, we are a much bigger force rather than seven small to medium clubs working independently.  We’ve had several goes at this; let’s make this time permanent.
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Linh Nong Rotary Peace Fellow
Linh Nong is a Rotary Peace Fellowship recipient who has studied at the University of Queensland and Washington State University in the United States.
Linh commenced her presentation with a moving photo of a survivor of land-mine injury from her native Vietnam, to reinforce her commitment to her ‘Journey for Peace’, and the need to educate young people, in particular, about land-mine safety in effected regions.
A focus of Linh’s research has been on the notions of ‘Negative Peace’, which is the absence of violence, or the fear of violence, and ‘Positive Peace’, which promotes ‘attitudes, institutions and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies’ (Nong, 2021), and where these two intersect. Linh advocates for a commitment to Peace through proactive institutional and economic reform.
Following her studies in the US and Queensland Linh completed her Applied Field Experience in Sydney through the Institute for Economics and Peace Ambassadors Program in 2020. Linh was mentored by other Rotary Peace Fellows and was impressed by the commitment to Peace internationally through this program; including representation by 78 countries and 351 applicants.
Linh described her up-bringing in northern Vietnam, as a member of the TAY culture, of which there are 4 million in Vietnam. Linh’s work with NGO’s in Vietnam had a strong focus on Women’s Rights, particularly in response to domestic violence, political representation and economic empowerment.
The future for Linh, will apply what she has learned from the Peace Fellowship and her extensive research to her work in the Asia-Pacific, in terms of international relations, gender, empowerment, poverty reduction, social affordability and economic stabilisation, to name a few. Linh will visit Canberra and the Blue Mountains over the next few weeks to share her story with other Rotary Clubs, to whom she is most grateful for the opportunities provided to her through the Peace Fellowship.
Linh was asked how she remains so optimistic given the current international instability, to which she reinforced her commitment to positive, non-violent solutions, by (for example) strengthening the constitutions of individual nations and economic recovery. 
We were priviledged to hear this remarkable young woman's story .
Saving the Wollemi Pine
Upper Blue Mountains Sunrise was fortunate to have a great speaker at our meeting on 9th March.
The speaker was Mr David Crust, Director, Park Operations, Blue Mountains Branch. In this position he is responsible for management of the reserves that make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
David has worked in a variety of natural resource management roles across the Blue Mountains for over 30 years including as Field Officer, Ranger and Area Manager with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. He has a particular interest and significant experience in fire and incident management and has led fire fighting contingents on a number deployments to the USA and Canada so saving the Wollemi Pine was of definite interest to him. The Gospers Mountain fire in 2019/2020, was the worst fire to hit the area in living memory.
His talk covered the major efforts taken to protect the only known area of natural growth of Wollemi Pines in the world. The use of helicopters to take Parks Staff on many trips to set up a watering system to protect the majority of the 200 pines. Luckily, majority of the mature trees were saved but there was a loss of some of the immature trees. The State Government has recently given special protected status after being saved from bushfire disaster. This is the first site in New South Wales to be given special protected status to try to ensure its survival for future generations.
Time lapse Video records of the approach of the fire showed the protection worked. Now the need to look at the long term protection of the Pines which is now under way.
A separate population has been set up in a different but similar site to ensure protection of this rare species.
Liz Romalis
We welcomed new member Liz Romalis to our Club. Liz is a longterm Rotarian who has relocated from Orange to the Blue Mountains. We are delighted to have her on board and look forward to working with her on our community projects.
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Our face to face breakfast meetings are at The Robyn Yates Centre for Cancer Wellness Support. We will still have some ZOOM meetings. Check Calendar for details.
Whist ZOOM has been great, we have in the main returned to face to face meetings.  As always it is dependent on current COVID rules.
Our new home is the Robyn Yates Cancer Wellness Support Centre, 105 Railway Parade, Leura, NSW, 2780.
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