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So many great success stories of service and achievement make us proud to be a Rotarian – and a member of this great Rotary Club!

 

My aim for 2020/21 was to continue to build on the wonderful achievements of previous club members and leaders over the last 50 years and, although the world was disrupted with COVID-19, your hard work and dedication got the club where it is today. Without your vision and hard work, we would have floundered badly.

During this time of lockdown, we took that time to review areas of club operations and see what was working effectively.

The first challenge was to upgrade our club website.  Our new website -www.lowerbluemountainsrotary.org.au - is welcoming, colourful and easy to navigate with up to date information for members and potential new members. Whilst meeting face to face ’hit the pause button for our club in mid-year, the use of zoom presented the opportunity to still meet and enjoy fellowship.  Programs Director PDG John Wakefield OAM organised wonderful guest speakers - online and face to face - and his hard work was greatly appreciated. Thank you also to Peter Agar for setting up Zoom technology and hosting the meetings. 

Many of our past projects were re-invigorated and adapted beautifully during the COVID year. The Club enjoyed many successes -

▪     Global Grant for Nepean emergency equipment,

▪     District Grant for Pulim Win: breathing life into PNG new-borns,

▪     Ros Agar held her Annual Card Sale Fundraiser. 10% of her proceeds were donated to RAWCS Bushfire Appeal. In 2021 her card night was donated to MYST. Mental Youth Support team.

▪     Two Book libraries for the local community were funded and established.

▪     Gateway Family Services: The club has provided many volunteer hours including packing food hampers and delivering the same for Christmas. Gateway received a cheque for $8,000 and a good supply of shopping gift vouchers for needy families.

▪     Our FONE (Friends of Nepean Emergency) team delivered baked goods to Nepean Emergency Department staff and the nursing team.

▪     Family & Friends Market Night proved we as a Club can support one another by way of an engaging, fun night that reduces social isolation, increases fellowship. It created business opportunities for those members driving small businesses or hobbies we can support financially and assist in promoting to the wider community.

▪     Coffee with the President was a monthly ‘catchup’ at Emu Sports Club that proved very popular at the beginning of lockdown – a time which saw many needing opportunities to overcome isolation.

▪     Two of our major projects, Rotary Recycles Opportunity shop and Glenbrook Rotary Markets and Book Fair resumed and provided welcome relief for all to participate again in the community and raise much-needed funds. Many clubs were still meeting online and unable to participate in fundraising activities.

▪     The Dream Theme team Karalyn Brown and Irene Morrison organised many Club Theme nights which always provide much fun and entertainment.

▪     We again presented Anzac theme Books to Nepean and Blaxland High School to provide the opportunity to preserve historical knowledge amongst modern students.

▪     Ride the Train to End Polio, Pride of Workmanship Awards, Melbourne Cup High tea Fundraiser organised by Irene, Avida Christmas catered Luncheon and a unique Christmas card posting to dozens of senior citizens when the annual Young at Heart Christmas luncheon could not be held all boosted our year. So many great success stories make us proud to be a Rotarian and a member of this great Club!

▪     Zoom online Movie fundraiser night. Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears. $5 per person and funds raised donated to End Polio.

▪     Primary School Awards organised by Glen Anslow

▪     Vocational visit to Rotary Recycles & Attunga road

▪     Social club event. Mystery destination Car rally and Windsor Heritage History Tour on the Big Red R100 Bus.

▪     International Women’s Day Morning Tea

▪     Paul Henningham Literacy Award organised by Youth Director Karalyn Brown

▪     Trivia nights

▪     Australia Day was a little different in 2021. Mountains clubs held free sausage sizzle BBQs at the local swimming centres. This was achieved through a grant with the Australia day council. It was a successfully run event.

▪     Flag Ceremonies were again a source of pride - Roger Winterburn

▪     Graffiti Removal Day in Penrith – an opportunity for more Rotary promotion.

So many great success stories of service and achievement make us proud to be a Rotarian – and a member of this great Rotary Club! 


CONTACT INFORMATION
Rotary Lower Blue Mountains
Meetings: Emu Plains Sporting Club
Club Phone: 0400 698 828
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