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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.

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.


• 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 (

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.