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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.

It was very much "Ladies Night" at our Club Meeting on 21 November when President Gurnam inducted two new lady members into Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club. The evening was enhanced by the presence of our District Governor David Hood. The two ladies in question were Sarah Kulmer, sponsored by Rotarian Kath Bridge and Dr Judith Grant, sponsored by our President.

At our meeting on 14 November President Gurnam invested Steve Burns as our Vice-President for 2019-20. Despite being a member for only a short period of time, Steve has kindly stepped in to fill this vacancy and we look forward to his Presidential year in 2021-22. Many thanks Steve.

A group of Rotarians have formed a working party at Flanderwell Primary School. On Wednesday 30th October they helped Kevin Johnson, who runs the school’s gardening club to restore the raised vegetable plots. Rotarian Phil Crutley would like to offer grateful thanks to Rotarian’s Catherine Bridge, Chris Croker, Paul Daniels, Tony Eden, Mike Frost and John Walton.

Our 31st Charter Dinner was held at the Kenwood Hall Hotel on Saturday 19th October 2019. The theme for the evening was ‘All Things Indian’ and 127 guests, including children, enjoyed a wonderful Indian meal. President Gurnam Basran’s Address was very illuminating, giving us an insight into Indian culture and history and how his own family had been established in the UK.

J.C. Bamford Excavators Ltd., universally known as JCB, is a British multinational corporation, with headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire, manufacturing equipment for construction, agriculture, waste handling and demolition. On 10th October a group of members and guests visited the factory for a tour of the Visitor Centre and production facilities.

At our meeting on 3 October our President Gurnam Basran inducted Tony Eden as a new member of Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club. We wish Rotarian Tony many enjoyable years as a member of our club.

At the Speaker Meeting on 19 September the speakers were three young people sponsored by our Club to attend the Rotary Leadership Residential Course in Buxton. The three young people were Libby Meadows, Lauren Hollingsworth-Smith and Mia Hollingsworth-Smith. The background to our sponsorship is as follows:-

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.