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Peter Waudby's blog

Derek Cheetham, one of our long standing members, sadly passed away at 6am on Sunday morning, 5th September, with his wife June and their two daughters Rachel and Sarah by his side. Rest in Peace Derek.

The Vicar of Rotherham Minster and his wife attended one of our Thursday night Zoom meetings earlier in 2021 and spoke to us about their work, including the “Social Supermarket”(SSM). Our newest member Martin Davis was particularly interested in the project and below, in his own words, is how he followed it up.

At our meeting on the 29th July at Sitwell Golf Club, this year's President Steve Burns was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship by Immediate Past President Trish Lister. The award is presented for exceptional "Service Above Self" and Steve was a worthy recipient for his tireless work in collecting for Rotherham food banks during the pandemic and his support of other local charities.

Following the successful bid to the South Yorkshire Community Fund it was decided to hold an afternoon tea at the George Wright Boutique Hotel to celebrate the work of the six organisations who shared the £5000 Grant.

At the Handover Meeting on 1st July, Steve Burns was installed as our new President for 2021/22. Steve has heroically stepped up as President after only two years as a Rotarian, but brings with him a wealth of experience in leadership from other organisations in the social, professional and charitable sectors. We wish him all the very best for the year.

The Terry English Trophy is awarded by the President for exceptional service during the Rotary year. Tom Knight was the winner in 2019 and Roger Green in 2020.

This week marks 1 year since Rotherham Sitwell Rotarians started their weekly Foodbank run. Each Tuesday they have been a familiar sight outside Morrisons, Parkgate collecting food for various Rotherham foodbanks.

Rotherham Sitwell Rotary is delighted to welcome Martin Davis as a new active Rotarian.  For the first time in our history, some one who was an Honorary Rotarian has been inducted as an active Rotarian, rather than the other way round.

It is with profound sadness that we have to report that Rotarian Shaun Doherty passed away on 8th April with Lyn and Catherine at his side. Shaun has always been a much loved and highly respected member of our Club and it is difficult to accept that he will not be in our midst again. He gave us so much, not least his generosity and his amazing musical talent.

We recently bid for a District Grant to add to our support for Shiloh, one of the four local charities within our Framework for Giving. Our application has just been approved resulting in Rotherham Sitwell Rotary's donation of £500 being doubled by £500 from District 1220's Contingency Reserve Fund.
The donations from us and District will enable Shiloh to :

On Tuesday 23rd February we will be celebrating Rotary Day – the 116th anniversary of the founding of Rotary, by Paul Harris.

Here are ways you can celebrate with us, including some virtual events, focusing on our number one humanitarian goal of ending polio.

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