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Yesterday evening we inducted two new lady members – very appropriate on International Women’s Day.

This week Ian Ward, from Dronfield Rotary Club, and pictured here with our own Paul G Daniels, visited to provide an update on the Fishtail Project in Nepal. This is a scheme where the Dronfield Club raises money to pay for the education of gifted children in Nepal who come from poor backgrounds, and whose parents cannot afford the costs of education (clothing, books, transport).

At Thursday’s meeting, Sitwell Rotary Club welcomed its newest member, Councillor Maggi Clark, formerly Mayor of Rotherham. As Mayor Maggi had been an Honorary member, and she is the first Honorary Member to move on to full membership.

On Thursday 25th January members, partners and guests went ten pin bowling at Rotherham Superbowl. (Our thanks to members of Wortley Rotary Club who also supported this event.) We managed to avoid any serious injuries (to ourselves as well as nearby spectators) but I am sure that there were a few aches and pains the following day.

This year is the 25th Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival, once again to be held at Magna on 1st 2nd and 3rd March. The event is sponsored by BEST Solicitors, and will feature real ales, ciders, wines and a diverse music programme over the three days.

Our speaker last Thursday was Gaynor Smith, Clinical Lead with Rotherham Abuse Counselling service. This is a charity, which operates for local people aged 13 and over, providing help with a whole range of physical, mental, sexual and other serious abuse and/or violence issues. She is pictured here with Mel Hughes, who introduced her to Sitwell Rotary Club.

In 1979 Rotary International made it their mission to eradicate Polio, starting with a major inoculation programme in the Philippines. Alongside the Bill Gates Foundation, the World Health Organisation and UNICEF, Rotary has helped make this dreaded disease is a thing of the past in developed countries and we are just a hair’s breadth away from making this the case throughout the world.

Once again members of the Club accompanied Bernardo's' Young Carers to the Christmas pantomime at the Civic Theatre. There were 20 Young Carers, 4 of their staff and 4 Club members. Everyone had a great time ( Oh yes they did!).

In November, pupils and staff from Trinity Croft Church of England Primary School joined with members of Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club to plant trees in the school grounds. The saplings, silver birch, rowan and flowering cherry were provided by the Woodland Trust.

Sunday 3rd December 2017 17.00 Firbeck:

Thursday 7th December 2017 19.15 Christmas Concert with Unite the Union Brass Band at Talbot Lane Methodist Church (doors open 18.30).

Saturday 9th December 2017 10.30 am Victorian Market, Rotherham Town Centre.

Sunday 10th–Thursday 14th December 2017 18.00 Mobile Float

Over 200 people had a great evening at Magna last weekend, taking part in the Ultimate Quiz, an event hosted by Start A Heart 24/7, and assisted by Sitwell Rotary Club. Trish Lister, the driving force behind Start A Heart 24/7, said “I am grateful to Ann & Norman Lawrence for providing the quiz, to Roger Green for being MC, and to everyone else who helped make it a fun event.

Our congratulations and best wishes go to Tony Jackson and Trish Lister who have agreed to take on the role of Club President following on from Andrew Bates in this Rotary year and Mel Hughes in the next.

A Christmas Concert supported by Burrows and featuring Unite the Union Brass Band.
Thursday 7 December, 7.15pm at Talbot Lane Methodist Church.

Tom Knight was invited to the Fortem Trainee of the Year Awards which was held at London Zoo on 17 November. Team North had presented the Newman School path as their entry in to the Team Challenge competition and they WON the award. Tom was very proud and honoured to be asked to join them on stage on behalf of the Club to collect the award.

We had an excellent dinner at Rotary last Thursday, celebrating the successful completion of the woodland path at Newman School. Our guests were Ray Matthews, Paul Sylvester (Head Teacher), Cath Bridge (Teacher), Dave Bridge (Governor), John Ryan (Caretaker), Steve Laird (Fortem Senior Project Manager) and Casey Turner (Fortem Project Manager).

Lots of very nice people are using the new woodland path at Newman School, and later this week we are being joined by Ray Mathews and members of the school, Eurovia and Fortem to celebrate the project.

Ann Ogley presenting a cheque to the Mayor of Rotherham, Eve Rose Keenan, on behalf of Maples Cancer Care (formerly the Rotherham Cancer Care Centre). Also present were the Mayor’s consort, Pat Keenan, and Karen Borthwick, Chairman of Maples trustees. Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club has been supporting the provision of treatments and counselling for cancer patients and their families since 2012.