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News

Our Welfare Officer Trevor Johnson recently reported on the current condition of our much loved member Chris Williams who has been quite poorly of late. Trevor reported that Chris is feeling a bit better, is in good spirits and is awaiting further tests at the hospital. Trevor sent this photo of Chris looking very relaxed.

Once again club members acted as stewards in support of the Rotherham Show. For Rotarian John it was a welcome change from making teeth as the picture shows.

At our Fellowship Meeting on 5 September Rotherham's Mayor Councillor Jenny Andrews was inducted as an Honorary Member of Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club by our President Gurnam Basran. Jenny was accompanied by the Deputy Mayor Jeanette Mallinder.

GOOD NEWS

• The 21st August was the 3rd year anniversary from the onset of the last recorded case of wild Poliovirus in Nigeria and huge credit is due to those working on the ground in some very difficult circumstances; particularly in the areas where Boko Haram have made it so dangerous to administer the polio vaccine to children.

On 29 August Rotarians and guests had a private evening tour of Wentworth Woodhouse. Although in the very early stages of restoration and covered in scaffolding, the house has the potential to rival Chatsworth when the work is completed. Look out for scenes of the Marble Hall in the film “Downton Abbey”. The tour was followed by a very enjoyable meal at Le Bistro in Wentworth.

Although belated news, it is worth reporting that on 17 July President Gurnam presented prizes and certificates to pupils at Flanderwell School who had achieved 100% attendance. Pictured with him, Rotarian Phil Crutchley and the pupils is Vinnie from Rotherham United Community Trust.

Bank Holiday Sunday saw the annual Family Fun Day at the Woodman Pub in Woodlaithes Village in aid of Start-a-Heart 24:7, one of our supported charities. Blessed by glorious weather, the day was a resounding success enjoyed by lots of families. Trustee Trish Lister and also our President-Elect this year sent the following message to the club members.

At our Speaker Meeting on 22 August our guests were from Artworks South Yorkshire. Artworks South Yorkshire is a not for profit creative arts organisation, inspiring and helping adults with learning disabilities to achieve their potential and develop important life skills through creative workshops and placements (https://www.artworks-sy.co.uk/).

Rotarian Tom Knight has written a summary of the Shiloh Courtyard Project for the District Magazine and the District Website so we present it here as well.

Tom has waxed lyrical on his cycle ride along the River Rhine to raise money for Shiloh. It is an essential read for everyone. I could almost feel sweat trickling down my back as I read it. Read and enjoy.

The Fellowship meeting this week was very much a Tom Knight appreciation night. First of all Tom was presented with the Terry English Trophy by Past-President Mel Hughes.Terry English was President of our club in 2010/11.

Steve Wylie and his team were delighted to be joined by the Rotherham Mayor to celebrate the opening of Shiloh's new garden area. Even the pouring rain couldn't dampen their joy! Steve said "We're really thankful to have a new peaceful space where our guests can relax, unwind and take part in group activities.

At our Speaker Meeting last week our guest David Bambury gave a very interesting and informative talk and slide presentation on his visit to the Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart. David is a keen fan of this brand and he also told us about his own Mercedes cars which he had owned over the years. The members present enjoyed the talk very much and the vote of thanks was given by Andrew Bates.

On 1st July Gurnam Basran took over as our new President for 2019-2020. All the members wish him an enjoyable year in office and at the same time thank our Immediate Past President Mel Hughes for her very successful year.

The sea was nowhere near Newman School on Friday June 21st, but there were plenty of waves: waves of sheer delight as the pupils played in the sand and enjoyed the wide range of seaside activities thoughtfully organized by the school staff. There were waves of good feeling and happiness as pupils, parents, teachers and carers mingled and interacted.

Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club is supporting Shiloh a charity that offers support to adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Rotherham. Shiloh works alongside every ‘guest’ , to help them to plan for and realise a better future.

On 23 May members of the Club and guests visited Hesley Woods Activity Centre. This was our second visit in recent years and in addition to the previous activities of archery, rifle shooting and axe throwing, we also tried our hand at abseiling down the climbing wall.

In November 2018, some Rotherham Sitwell Rotarians worked over a week end to clear some of the extensive grounds of Newman School. In May 2019, nine of us re-visited the school, to prepare an area for wild flowers.

The Club’s Annual General Meeting was held on 16th May and gave us all the opportunity to reflect on 2018-19. The chairs of the five committees reported on our key achievements as well as giving some points for development. These included:
• An efficiently run Club with a varied calendar and enjoyable range of social activities
• The Induction of a new member, Steve Burns

Steve Burns was inducted into the Club by President Mel on 25 April. We wish him many happy years in Rotary.

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