President's Report 
A big Welcome Back to Rotary 2023.
What a wonderful meeting full of fun, fellowship and catching up last Monday. It was good to see so many back especially some we hadn’t seen for some time.
Looking forward to another exciting day Sharing and Celebrating Australia Day at Springwood Aquatic Centre with the “Community“ at our Free Sausage Sizzle. If you haven’t volunteered by now please contact Bruce  urgently and do so.
This Monday we have Philip Hammon speaking on Blue Mountains Health Trust, set up in memory of his parents.
Then on Monday 30th, which is our 5th Monday Vocational night we will still be meeting, normal meal arrangements, at The Ori with Paul Rogers our Assistant Governor from Kurrajong- North Richmond for a light hearted “Wine Appreciation” evening. YOU need to bring your favourite bottle of wine which will then be “judged” using notes etc provided by Paul. To comply with “Liquor Laws” you must deposit your bottle – suitably identified with your name - at the Bar upon arrival. It will then be delivered and opened by Staff when the tasting/judging begins.
A reminder, that President Elect Frank, still has the positions of President Elect (2024-2025) and Membership Chair unfilled. Give it some thought if you wish to take up, or talk to a suitable fellow member, either one.
Upcoming Events
5th Monday Vocational Night
Oriental Hotel
Jan 30, 2023 7:00 PM
Buttenshaw Park Gardening
Buttenshaw Park
Feb 04, 2023 8:30 AM
Springwood Rotary Club Meeting
Ori Cafe
Feb 06, 2023 7:00 PM
Board Meeting - Springwood Rotary
Ori Cafe
Feb 13, 2023 6:00 PM
Springwood Rotary Club Meeting
Ori Cafe
Feb 13, 2023 7:00 PM
Australian Rotary Health High Tea
Katoomba RSL Club
Feb 19, 2023
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Springwood Rotary Club Meeting
Ori Cafe
Feb 20, 2023 7:00 PM
Springwood Rotary Club Meeting
Ori Cafe
Feb 27, 2023 7:00 PM
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Feb 06, 2023 7:00 PM
The Empowering Girls Program
Feb 20, 2023 7:00 PM
Springwood History Overview
Mar 06, 2023 7:00 PM
Rotary District 9685 Environmental Team
Mar 20, 2023 7:00 PM
Springwood Refugee Settlement Group
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Community News

We are starting off our year with a Bunnings BBQ this Saturday, and an Australia Day BBQ at the Springwood Aquatic Centre on Thursday 26th. We now have a full roster for both events although we struggled with the Australia Day event with a number of our Club and Friends away and some having to work. Nonetheless, it will be a good day and the information for those who have volunteered will be distributed tomorrow i.e. Saturday the 21st.
In the planning pipeline already is the Ellison Public School Annual Welcome Day BBQ breakfast on Friday 10 February; the timing for that BBQ is 8am – 9.30 am service so note that in your diaries.
We are also considering  a request from Norman Lindsay Gallery to assist in their 50th Anniversary celebrations on the weekend of 25/26 February. More information to come if we decide to participate.
Bruce W.

Philip Hammon - Monday 23rd of January Speaker

Philip Hammon, Chairman of The Blue Mountains Health Trust and President of the Rotary Club of Katoomba. Philip has agreed to come  and speak to our Club about The Blue Mountains Health trust, which was set up in memory of his parents, Mary and Harry Hammon, and which provides scholarships for Blue Mountains locals studying heath related courses or doing health related research and funds to meet the needs of Blue Mountains residents with health related needs not covered by Govt subsidies etc.

Australian Rotary Health High Tea

Dear Rotarians and friends,
We all know that Australia has a shortage of health-related professionals. In our indigenous communities, the need is even greater. Australian Rotary Health has a program to help address this by awarding scholarships to assist indigenous students when undertaking a course to benefit other indigenous people in our remote areas.
Lower Blue Mountains RC is committed to raising $2,500, which will be matched to provide a $5,000 ARH scholarship for one year.
Details of our High Tea at Katoomba RSL - Sunday 19th February 2023 are attached 
Please support our Club if you are available. Bookings are now open on Trybooking
While we are looking for substantial support from the other mountains clubs, the success of the event will depend on a good roll up from everyone. Perhaps invite family, friends & neighbours to experience how Rotary makes a real difference.  An ARH Scholarship Awardee will be there to meet and speak on their experience.
More information on Australian Rotary Health can be found at
Kind Regards
Jan Winterburn
Australian Rotary Health Club Chair
Acknowledgement of Country
We would like to acknowledge the Gundungurra and Darug peoples past, present and emerging as the traditional owners of the land where our Club resides and pay our respects to them.