Upper Blue 
August 2020
Rotarians at work after the fires
People of Action
President's Message
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Paul Campbell
In a COVID world, with social isolating rules, we have had to modify our fundraising and rethink how we communicate with our community. Online meetings are now the norm. However, there is still plenty happening for Rotary in the Blue Mountains, Australia, and internationally. I specifically want to mention our "Helping the Homeless" Trivia Night fundraiser next month. Apart from being a lot of fun, it goes towards helping those in need in the Mountains. All the details below.
Secondly, we are very pleased to see "Supporting the Environment" being elevated to one of the key areas of focus worldwide. for Rotary International. I think for us this is pretty important, after the fires and living in a World Heritage area. Some of our past projects like the koala relocation reflect on this new focus. 
So when this bulletin arrives in your inbox, please have a read and share it with your friends. Better still, give us a call and book your spot for the Trivia Night, and join us online at a meeting.
"Helping the Homeless" Trivia Night - 26 September
          "Helping the Homeless" Trivia Night

Please join us on Saturday 26th September from 7:00 - 9:00 pm for a fun and easy way to test your knowledge and help the homeless in the Blue Mountains. Get your Dream Team together, at $20per team member. Your team can be at your place (depending on current COVID rules) or remotely.  Pay online through Rotary at https://directory.rawcs.com.au/102-2019-20 and make sure you call it a “Donation.” Donations are tax deductible. Then, register your team with Paul at president.ubmsunrise@gmail.com.
We will be using ZOOM (everyone knows about that now) and Kahoot! (a fun app to download on your Smart Phone that really gets the trivia night buzzing). Press the links to learn more. Both ZOOM and Kahoot are free to use.
Please read these instructions on how to join and play trivia on the night. 
Rotary InternationaI - Environment Focus
Its time for Rotary to focus on the wellbeing of the planet. This is an exciting moment in Rotary's history. The Rotary International Board and Rotary Foundation have unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment.
By creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment, this will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world.
Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.

Walk 4 Hope - Huntingtons - 2020
 Since 2016 our Club has supported this annual event, organised by Huntingtons NSW, to raise funds for those suffering with Huntingtons Disease and their families. This has been their major fundraiser. However, with social isolating COVID restrictions in place, the annual walk in Parramatta will not take place, at least in a formal way. 
We are very grateful to everyone who supports the vital work of Huntington’s NSW & ACT by holding external events or activities to help raise funds so that we can provide essential services for people with Huntington’s disease and their families. The need is greater than ever. Bill Pixton and Bob Montgomery are planning a gentle walk at Wentworth Falls Lake on Sunday 27th September at 11:00am. Registration this year is free, but we ask you to make a donation instead. You can do this directly on the Huntingtons NSW, or donate via the Everyday Hero site. Further details will be provided closer to the date. 
Vale Eddie McCoy
It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of a wonderful friend and Rotarian Eddie McCoy.  Eddie and Carol had a great love of travelling. They had their caravan hitched up ready to head north for a few weeks when Eddie had a massive heart attack from which he never recovered. Eddie was a member of RC Blackheath for about 8 years and made a significant contribution to Rotary, RC Blackheath and the Blackheath community.  He was president in 2015-16, and was the principal organiser of the Club’s ANZAC Day Golf Day which raised significant funds mainly for Katoomba hospital. He was the manager of Libby Bleakley’s RAWCS project, building a PCYC Gymnasium with associated facilities in Dili Timor-Leste – a project which our club has supported for many years.   In recent years he was also Club Treasurer.  Outside Rotary he was President of the Blackheath Tennis club and a very supportive neighbour to all those living close-by.
Rotary International President- Jennifer Jones
A First for Rotary International
Jennifer Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23.
Her nomination as RI President is a first for Rotary and reflects current thinking on encouraging diversity, equity and inclusion of all demographic groups in growing Rotary’s membership.
A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jones has been a Rotary member since 1997 and has served Rotary as RI vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator, and district governor.
We look forward to her year as Rotary International President for 2022-23.
Mountain Ghost
    The Mountain Ghost 
After complex negotiations (through a secret intermediary), we are delighted to announce the renowned raconteur will be pinning an article for us next month.
Yes ...its the enigmatic, erudite and elusive Mountain Ghost. When he has something to say....we listen.
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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.
Oct 27, 2020 7:15 AM
NP&WS saving the Wollomi Pines during recent bushfires
Nov 03, 2020 7:15 AM
Semi Social Meeting for Melbourne Cup Day
Nov 10, 2020 8:36 AM
Nov 17, 2020 8:00 AM
Wild Women On Top- Hiking and Walking challenges for women's Mental health
Nov 24, 2020 7:58 AM
Nov 29, 2020 9:30 AM
To be held Cancer Wellness Support-Please bring your lunch
Dec 01, 2020 7:15 AM
NP&WS re saving and preservation of historic Kedumba Hut
Dec 08, 2020 8:00 AM
Pandemic Tracking and sourcing
Dec 13, 2020 12:00 PM
Details TBA and will be held at Parklands, Blackheath
Dec 15, 2020 7:42 AM
Dec 22, 2020
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Rotary Joint Clubs Picnic - CANCELLED
Oct 25, 2020
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Nov 09, 2020
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Board Meeting
Dec 14, 2020
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Dec 22, 2020
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Board Meeting
Jan 11, 2021
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