April 2022
See story below
                                             
 
People of Action
Presidents Message
 
It's the end of June as I write this message. It's pretty much the end of our Rotary year.
 
Traditionally it's when we change over our Presidents and recognise that a Changeover function. For us we are doing it a little bit differently and we are having Joint Presidents. Sandra de Gruchy will join me for the next twelve months. We will sort out the role between us and hopefully it will all work smoothly. It gives me the opportunity to mentor Sandra in the first few months and she will gradually take on more. of the day to day running of the Club. I will have more time for other projects particularly our Homelessness project and other District duties. Sandra retains the Youth Director role.  See story and pics below.
 
Also June turned out to be a big month for me as I did The Pushup Challenge for mental health. We did all the 3,139 pushups and raised over $4,000 for Lifeline. See story.
 
In May we had our District Assembly where Rotary Clubs get together to update their plans for the year. We followed this with our Club's Strategy Workshop where we set the resource and operational plan for our key projects.
 
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 for 2022-23, including the Cookbook, Homelessness, mental health and other projects.
 
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
June, 2022
0418 113643
 
 
Striving for Peace
 
 
 
It was in 1969 that John Lennon wrote the song, Give Peace a Chance.
That was six years before the Vietnam War ended; 31 years before 9/11;
and 53 years before The Russian Federation invaded Ukraine, an
independent Republic with a democratically elected government.
 
Rotary has always believed in Peace.  Rotarians from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, proposed before the 1914 Rotary Convention that The International Association of Rotary Clubs (now Rotary International) “lend its influence to the maintenance of peace among the nations of the world.” Delegates at the convention, which took place just weeks before Europe became engulfed in war, agreed.
 
Rotary eventually approved the creation of Rotary Peace Centers program in 1999, and the inaugural class of Rotary Peace Fellows began their studies in 2002. Rotary Peace Centers, located at universities around the world, develop leaders who become catalysts for peace in local communities and on the global stage. To that end, each year The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 80 for certificate studies at premier universities.
 
In light of the above, a local woman from Mt. Victoria, Belle Tukin approached our Club for support in her application. Professionally, she is not only a leader in Disability Rights and Policy, but is also an artist, a writer, an outdoor enthusiast, and activist for the care and protection of the planet. She currently is an Assistant Director of The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation Against People with Disability. As a woman with a disability herself, she is passionate about seeing other young people with a disability thrive; thus, living lives free from violence, systemic neglect and inequality.
 
We spoke to Belle at length and if awarded a Fellowship, she sees herself, in five or ten years, as continuing to be deeply rooted in the community as a whole, and more specifically, in the disability community. She wants to have a leadership role in bridging disciplines to bring about change.  Change, she says, could be by continuing her work to reform policy or finding creative, ways to shine light on issues which often remain hidden.  Thus, she sees a key role for herself as contributing to the shift of attitudes that under girth harm.
 
The Club certainly wishes her well and hopes that her dreams come true and will support her in her application.
 
We should give peace a chance.
 
David Wallace
 
Andy Warhol, was very prescient, when in 1968 he predicted that everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.  Warhol was spot on the money although a few years early in predicting how fast society would cycle through celebrities of momentary fame.
 
On the other hand, it is fantastic that a recent member of our Club had a number of opportunities in his life to not only meet with, but also interacting with individuals who were truly outstanding in their field.  David Wallace, as a staff photographer for a number of magazines in the Kerry Packer stable, was assigned to photo shoots to the stars: Prince Phillip and The Queen,
Paul McCartney, The Who, Cary Grant and dozens of others too numerous to list.
 
David has put together several “coffee table“ hard bound portfolios which he shared with us.  We are so fortunate to have him as a member of our Club as he has quickly rolled up his sleeves and contributed significantly to our Cookbook, to be published later this year. His food photography certainly is on the level with anything to be found in Vogue Travel or in Delicious. We have no doubt that the cookbook will be successful, at least in part to David’s eye catching photos.
 
 
 
 
 
Pushup Challenge for Mental Health
 
 
 
Our President Bill has just completed The Pushup Challenge, completing 3,139 pushups between 1-24 June.  The 3,139 goal equates to the actual number of suicides in Australia in 2020. 

Bill, in partnership with PDG Jennifer Scott from Central Blue Mountains Rotary, were out and about in our community, doing pushups and encouraging others to participate. In the process the team have raised over $4,200 which goes to Lifeline Australia, to support online support for those in critical need.

Donations will close end on 30th June but you can still donate now at:   https://www.thepushupchallenge.com.au/fundraiser/Bilby75

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Environment
 
Paul Armstrong  Bill Pixton (top)
 
Our Club is committed to doing something for the environment. Living in the Blue Mountains, in a World Heritage Area, we feel privileged and keen to do what we can to protect our environment. We are pleased Environment projects and activities, are recognised as one of the seven Areas of Focus for Rotary International.
 
At the moment our input is small but we are looking for new challenges that can help in some small way. A few of us are out there regularly in the National Parks as a NPWS Volunteer, trying to manage noxious weeds and other infestations. The Club also collects recyclable bottles and cans. Our "bin-divers" are out there in all weathers collecting and turning them into cash. Of course it goes back to the community. Two years ago we financially supported the Blue Mountains Koala Project for the Science for Wildlife organisation.
 
We hope to announce a project initiative in the next few months.
Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Robyn Yates Centre for Cancer Wellness Support
105 Railway Parade
Leura, NSW 2780
Australia
Phone:
425 302 473
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.
Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Robyn Yates Centre
Dec 01, 2022
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Club meeting
Robyn Yates Centre
Dec 06, 2022
7:15 AM - 9:00 AM
 
Club meeting
Robyn Yates Centre
Dec 13, 2022
7:15 AM - 9:00 AM
 
Club meeting
Robyn Yates Centre
Dec 20, 2022
7:15 AM - 9:00 AM
 
Club meeting
Robyn Yates Centre
Dec 27, 2022
7:15 AM - 9:00 AM
 
Club meeting
Robyn Yates Centre
Jan 03, 2023
7:15 AM - 9:00 AM
 
Club meeting
Robyn Yates Centre
Jan 10, 2023
7:15 AM - 9:00 AM
 
Board Meeting
Robyn Yates Centre
Jan 12, 2023
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Club meeting
Robyn Yates Centre
Jan 17, 2023
7:15 AM - 9:00 AM
 
Club meeting
Robyn Yates Centre
Jan 24, 2023
7:15 AM - 9:00 AM
 
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