Upper Blue Mountains Sunrise Rotary

Message from our New President 

 
As most of our Rotary friends know I have succeeded Paul Campbell as President of Upper Blue Mountains Sunrise.  The most important thing is to continue our community work.  Our focus is on homelessness, mental health and the environment. We will announce some other major initiatives shortly. When all is said and done, we help people, that's what we do. I would like to invite anyone who is interested in getting involved in our community projects to please give me a call/text. Right now COVID is all around the community. We hope to emerge from lockdown in August. Who knows? What we do know is that there are many in our community who need support. Rotary is there to help.
 
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. 
 

Fundraising

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.

Projects

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 are ecstatic that Rotarian Phill Isaacs has been recognised in the Queens Birthday Honours List, with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM)
 
Phill is a generous, humble person who quietly goes about helping his community, locally and overseas. He has been doing this for over forty years. He is actively involved with Rotary at our Club and also at international level. He has led overseas projects in the field and been involved with Rotary Australia World Community Services (RAWCS) and Rotary Oceanic Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC). He has been a substantial personal donor to the Rotary Foundation for many years.

Outside of Rotary, he is also a behind-the-scenes philanthropist who often gets directly involved with his causes.  
Phill has also sponsored many disadvantaged children through the Smith Family. This is to assist these children with their education and schooling needs. He has been formally recognised by the Smith Family for his contributions. 

Around 2002, Phill Isaacs became a frequent and enthusiastic volunteer in a remote-area conservation program in the Colo River gorges, within Wollemi Wilderness. This involved undertaking arduous multi-day walks and rafting trips while treating thousands of invasive willow trees and other significant weeds. The program was conducted by the Friends of the Colo, a Landcare Group volunteering for the NSW NPWS. Phill soon earned a reputation as an observant weed-spotter and diligent worker. 

In early 2007 six key members of the Friends of the Colo, including Phill Isaacs, were invited to undertake an experimental remote coastal weeding program in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The experience inspired them to immediately set up a Tasmania-based self-managed volunteer group named SPRATS (Sea Spurge Remote Area Team) to carry on the work. Phill was a prime instigator and became part of the founding management committee. He played a key role in successfully applying for a major Commonwealth grant to support the project, and did so again for subsequent grants. He also managed the finances in connection with the grants.

Phill regularly donates his time and facilities at his Leura home for the annual Koori Flag Raising and Mirror Flashing ceremony. The event acknowledges the traditional owners of this land, the Gundungurra & D'harawal peoples and has occurred in this country for thousands of years. Phill has explored many "secret" indigenous artifacts and rock paintings. He has a broad but sensitive understanding of our country and its original people 

 

 

 

Where We Meet

NOTICE
 
We are now pleased to announce we are meeting face to face at the Robyn Yates Centre at Cancer Wellness Support, 105 Railway Parade, Leura. Our meetings are most Tuesdays at 7:15 am.  Check the calendar below for details. Some online ZOOM meetings will continue.  If you would like to join us please request a link to the meeting.
 
 
 
 
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Speakers
Michele Ellery
Aug 17, 2021 8:15 AM
ROMAC
DG Lindsay May ZOOM
Aug 31, 2021 7:15 AM
Official Club Visit
Jennifer Boyall, Principal KHS
Sep 07, 2021 7:30 AM
Cambridge Scholarship
Home Page News
 
Our Club has made a longterm commitment to helping the homeless in the Blue Mountains. Helping the Homeless Trivia Night, in February, was a great success with more than 70 participants and raising over $3,000 on the night. We have now raised over $15,000, which matched by Dick Smith, provides $30,000 to this critically important Mountains initiative.
 
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
 
 
 
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