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Graham Hudson's blog

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tracy Haycox is pictured here receiving a cheque from Graham Hudson on behalf of Safe@Last, the Dinnington based charity which provides support to young runaways and their families in the area, alongside a schools education programme.

Emma Varnom went to the bowling alley before attending the club meeting yesterday evening. She was there to hand over a cheque from Sitwell Rotary Club to the Rotherham Branch of the National Autistic Society.

Joe Walker of People In Need Worldwide, here receiving a cheque from Graham Hudson on behalf of Sitwell Rotary Club.
Joe, and his charity partner Danny Thompson, have been visiting Romania for over twenty years, helping to provide opportunity
for disadvantaged and disabled young people. They have provided several sensory units, rebuilt a number of community buildings,

President Elect Mel took charge of her first club meeting last week. Good fun, hardly any formality at all, and two surprise items.
The first, seeing Peter Keary drinking water! He claimed to be on antibiotics, having been bitten?? How dare an insect attack him!

What a superb evening to open the three days of Music In The Gardens. A very large group of Sitwell Rotarians attended with their friends and families, and we had a great time. The opening act was The Bootleggers – a local band based in Sheffield; they were good enough to be a headline act, and lots of our group were up at the front dancing (some slightly better than others…..).

200 people had a great time at the Ultimate Quiz Party at Magna on Friday 19th May. The event was sponsored by G E Foers Funeral Directors and Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club.
Together we raised over £7,000 pounds for local charity Start A Heart 24/7, despite not knowing the answers to some of the questions. We enjoyed stand up bingo, true/ false, lots of silly dancing,