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Rotherham Sitwell Rotary is delighted to welcome Martin Davis as a new active Rotarian.  For the first time in our history, some one who was an Honorary Rotarian has been inducted as an active Rotarian, rather than the other way round.

It is with profound sadness that we have to report that Rotarian Shaun Doherty passed away on 8th April with Lyn and Catherine at his side. Shaun has always been a much loved and highly respected member of our Club and it is difficult to accept that he will not be in our midst again. He gave us so much, not least his generosity and his amazing musical talent.

We recently bid for a District Grant to add to our support for Shiloh, one of the four local charities within our Framework for Giving. Our application has just been approved resulting in Rotherham Sitwell Rotary's donation of £500 being doubled by £500 from District 1220's Contingency Reserve Fund.
The donations from us and District will enable Shiloh to :

Usually in February, we find out how successful the Christmas Programme has been. One measure of success is of course how much has been collected for our funds to support the charities and good causes.

On Tuesday 23rd February we will be celebrating Rotary Day – the 116th anniversary of the founding of Rotary, by Paul Harris.

Here are ways you can celebrate with us, including some virtual events, focusing on our number one humanitarian goal of ending polio.

Can I, as AG for the Rother Group, thank you and your Club, so much for your involvement and support of the Toy Box project, and well done. Those sentiments are very much echoed by the Chairman of the Youth and Services Committee - PDG Michael Longdon - who worked with such enthusiasm to progress the project for such a good cause.

My kind regards, JOHN

Although Rotherham Sitwell Rotary did not run the mobile Santa float at Christmas 2020 because of Covid, we supported Rotherham Round Table in their efforts to bring some festive joy to communities in the town. An article covering their hard work appeared in the Rotherham Advertiser as shown in the attached photo.

More publicity in the Rotherham Advertiser, this time about our support for Newman School. Well done Paul G.

Donations from funds raised by Rotherham Sitwell Rotary last Christmas have contributed to the recent purchase of special equipment to support pupils of Newman School, Rotherham. The equipment offers lights and sounds to create a multi-sensory environment and support the learning of children and young people with physical disabilities, medical needs and complex learning needs.

Sadly, because of Covid-19, Santa and his Sleigh are unable to carry out the usual Christmas programme. Instead children can talk to Santa online and tell him what they are hoping he will bring them this Christmas.

Two articles in the recent edition of the Rotherham Advertiser report on our support for the supply of face masks for Rotherham Hospital and for the memory of Liam Allen.

The attached photo shows some of the masks provided to the Rotherham Hospital Paediatric Department by a sewing group co-ordinated by Sally Atkinson, Patient Access Service Manager at the Trust. The masks are child friendly,
with superhero or even a Hallowe’en theme. The club has given funds to support the purchase of materials to keep the supply flowing.

The meeting yesterday evening 5th November was a Fellowship meeting in the form of musical memories. Members were asked to select music that had significant memories for them. They then had to explain the background to their choice and this was then followed by the music being played. Not surprisingly some of the memories were poignant and some were funny.

Our thanks to the Rotherham Advertiser for publishing the attached article showing the Town Hall illuminated in purple to commemorate World Polio Day on 24 October 2020.

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