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From left to right, Rob Barron, President, RC Dronfield; Deewas Subedi; Rama Kanta Baral, PP RC Pohara Fishtail

We have recently had word on the progress of Deewas Subedi, the student in Pookhara, Nepal whose education is being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Rotherham Sitwell. Deewas is working hard and has recently received very good results for his studies. He is now in year 10 and will hopefully progress to his school's Sixth Form in the next academic year.

The Club ran the "Pull a String" stall at the Rotherham Show this year. Visitors included the Mayor and Mayoress.

We managed to support our much loved charity Start-A-Heart 24:7 at their Family Fun Day. The weather wasn’t supporting it though; it decided to deliver us the much needed rain on that day, no other day just that one. I’m happy to report that it didn’t deter people from getting involved and enjoying the day as much as possible. It was nice to see they managed to raise £3,300 on the day too.

On Thursday 16 August, the Club members were entertained by Joe Walker and Danny Thompson who gave a talk on "People in Need Worldwide", a charity formed by the two speakers in the year 2000 and one which we have supported as part of our Framework for Giving.
Each year, Joe and Danny choose a project and they raise the money themselves to complete it.

Club members and their partners visited the Crich Tramway Museum last Sunday 12 August. The visit coincided with a WWII Home Front Reenactment day. In addition to riding the trams and looking around the tram museum, many of the visitors on the day were dressed in World War II uniforms and civvies. There were also quite a few old military vehicles from the same era.

As is now the tradition at Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club, this year's Mayor of Rotherham Councillor Alan Buckley was inducted as a Honorary member at our meeting last week. Alan was accompanied by his wife Sandra.

The President of Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club, Melanie Hughes, was delighted to attend Flanderwell School along with fellow Rotarian Phil Crutchley and his wife Dot to present, on behalf of the club, the 100% attendance certificates and gift vouchers.

We are sure the Immediate Past President Andrew Bates will not take offence with the opening expression but for the new President Melanie Hughes of Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club this has more than one meaning.

Last Thursday was a Speaker Meeting and the subject was Slavery and People Trafficking. The presentation was given by Sheena Field of the Medaille Trust. Sheena explained the work of the Trust and its aims. Some of the facts she gave us were very surprising, not least the fact that UK Nationals are the most commonly reported victims in the UK followed by Albanian and Vietnamese.

At the Handover Meeting on 5 July, Melanie Hughes took over as President of Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club for the Rotary Year 2018-19. In our 30th Anniversary Year Mel is our second Lady President and at the age of 43 is also one of our younger members. We all wish her a fantastic year in office.

The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honours Rotary can bestow upon a person.

Last month saw the traditional "Kids Out" visit to Cleethorpes by pupils from Newman School. Rotarians John Walton and Phil Crutchley accompanied 14 pupils, staff and carers from Newman School on the annual visit to the seaside. The visit was led, as always, by Rotarian Catherine Bridge.

Wow, what a superb trip! 34 Rotarians and partners went to Pomorie in Bulgaria on Thursday 24th May, and returned Bank Holiday Monday 28th. Andy Bates booked the flights, the hotel, and several coach trips with a very witty local guide whose English was better than many English people!

Members of the club acted as marshals for the Pawson 10K and Fun Run event on Sunday 6 May at Clifton Park and surrounding area. We have had a “thank you” from the organiser, Steve Gaines, and agree with him that the events went really well; lots of fun in glorious sunshine, some excellent performances; also good support in the park and round the streets close to the park.

Rotherham United are delighted to have been chosen as the 100th community supported by local charity Start-a-Heart 24:7, who have raised money to have the milestone defibrillator installed at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

The team at Maples Cancer Care on Badsley Moor Lane know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything in your life, and they believe no one should face cancer alone.
Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club has supported the Centre over the last six years, and our members have been happy to be involved.

Start-a-Heart count themselves very fortunate to be one of the charities supported by Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club and are grateful not only for their financial support but also for their help at fund raising events, particularly the annual Family Fun Day at Woodlaithes Village and the Magna Ultimate Quiz Parties.

Last Thursday was a Speaker Meeting and the talk was given by our very own Ann Ogley. When most of us think of a holiday we picture ourselves lying on a sun-soaked beach sipping our favourite cocktail.