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Pushpa Venkatraman and a group of ladies who live on the Duke of Norfolk Estate have been supporting Rotherham Hospital during the coronavirus pandemic by making PPE equipment (scrubs) for frontline nurses and staff. To support this worthy cause, Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club donated money to purchase rolls of suitable PPE material for Pushpa and her ladies.

Our Handover meeting took place on Thursday 25th June when Trish Lister was installed as our new President for the Rotary year 2020/21.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic our club has been meeting via Zoom and through the power of video magic, we managed to perform the handover 'during' the meeting. The video is well worth watching and can be seen on our Facebook page at

Rotarians Roger Green and Steve Burns, who have been doing the bulk of the work collecting and delivering food to Rotherham Foodbank and other charities, have been nicknamed Batman and Robin by District Rotary. I wonder why? (see photo) Well done to the Dynamic Duo for all their hardwork and commitment to Rotary (Service above Self).

Friday 27th June is International Scoliosis Day. Pippa Walker has suffered from the condition from the age of 11. She has been fundraising for Sheffield Childrens Hospital for a few years. Pippa is releasing a single to all music platforms on the 27th. The single was written with scoliosis in mind but is for anybody suffering from any disability or mental illness.

How have our charities been running during the Covid-19 Pandemic and Lockdown?

The latest collection of food for Rotherham Foodbank was made this week from Morrisons at Parkgate. This is what Rotarian Trish Lister had to say about the visit.

Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club is raising funds to support local food banks during this pandemic crisis. Please spare a few pounds to help us. Attached is an article from the Rotherham Advertiser giving more details of the work being done by Rotherham Sitwell and Rotherham Round Table.We have also been joined in this effort by Rotherham Rotary Club.
Please support us at :-

Following the guidance from the Government, all of our club meetings have been cancelled for the foreseeable future We will of course review this as circumstances develop. Our main aim is to ensure that we look out for each other in quite extraordinary times.

Together with Rotherham Round Table we have been able to support the family of seven year old Liam Allen who tragically died unexpectedly last November. Our Clubs funded an oak tree which the family planted on the Longshaw Estate as a lasting tribute to him.

To mark Rotary Day on 23rd February members donated 253 non-perishable food items to Rotherham Foodbank. This weighed in at 120kg and represents a full day’s supply for people in need in Rotherham. Thank you to everyone in the Club for your support which hopefully will become an annual event.

Trish Lister

As the photos show, Kamal and Peter found it a bit chilly at the meeting last week!

On January 30th we held our traditional late “Christmas Party” (late because December is such a hectic time playing Santa and collecting for our charities). This was held at Sitwell Park Golf Club where we had an excellent meal and enjoyed singing Christmas carols and trying to stay sober enough to complete Roger Green’s quiz challenge.

On January 9th 2020, Gurnam Basran, President of Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club and Rotarian Catherine Bridge, Chair of the Community and Vocational Committee attended the awards and graduation ceremony at Wickersley School and Sports College. The evening comprised the presentation of Leavers’ Certificates as well as some special annual awards.

To all our members from President Gurnam Basran
May I wish each of you and your families a "Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2020 “.
Please accept my heartfelt thanks for all your help in taking me through the first half of my “presidential “ year.
I know I would not have coped without the support of each dedicated member of this very special Rotary club.