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Peter Waudby's blog

On 28 March Rotarians and partners enjoyed an excellent evening at the 450 Above restaurant in Wickersley. It was President Mel's birthday celebration (3 days early).

Much to the surprise of the team members (but not to other members of the Club ), Graham Hudson, Ann Ogley, Alan Holloway and Paul Daniels were the winning team for the first heat of the District Quiz!
We were first out of 10 Clubs closely followed by Sheffield Abbeydale and Barnsley Rockley. The Club will now be in the District Final in Chesterfield on Tuesday 2 April.

At our Speaker Meeting last week we had an interesting talk from Lucy Gray, Community Fundraiser for the British Red Cross. She talked about the services that the organization delivers to the community. Some we were very familiar with but others came as a bit of a surprise. We thanked Lucy for a very interesting and informative presentation.

At the end of February, Rotarians Phil Crutchley, Mike Sumption, Peter Shaw and Chris Croker went to Coleridge Primary School where they presented the End Polio Now programme to their level 6 pupils.

Music in the Gardens gives 100% of the event’s profits to charity. Each year, six main charities are selected from applications to receive a split of 50% of the profits plus the income derived from nightly bucket collection and programme sales. The remainder is donated in various directions.

As President of Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club, I was extremely honoured to join Wickersley School celebrate their students' achievements. Accompanied by Rotarians David Jones and Tom Knight we enjoyed an evening celebrating some very talented, dedicated and exceptional young people.

Last Thursday was a speaker meeting and the speaker was Kat from the charity Victim Support ( https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/ ). As an independent charity, Victim Support works towards a world where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and the respect they deserve.

Once again our Rotary Club funded a visit to the Panto at the Civic Theatre on 13 December by the Barnardo's Young Carers. Wendy Moon, Young Carers Practitioner at Barnardo's said " We are very grateful for the funding of the event and everyone had a brilliant time.

Asda Supermarket
Santa will be parking his sleigh as usual outside the Asda Supermarket, Aldwarke Lane off Doncaster Road. Planned times are as follows:-
Friday 14 December 10am-6pm
Saturday 15 December 10am-6pm
Sunday 16 December 10am-4pm
Wednesday 19 December 10am-6pm
Thursday 20 December 10am-6pm

On 22nd November 2018, the Rotary Club of Rotherham Sitwell welcomed District Governor Cheryle Berry MBE. Members were very taken with her warm personality and her clear focus of actively bringing to life the Rotary theme of "Be the Inspiration".

Five of us ventured over to the District Conference at Scarborough. The three Amigos, Trish and I thought it would be rude not to take in some of the sights whilst we were there. Being President I insisted that a visit to RNLI was a religion I wasn't about to break and so ensured this was our first stop.

Start a Heart, one of our supported charities, has been in the news again recently.
The first two photos were taken at the installation of a Start a Heart defibrillator outside Rotherham Town Hall.The NCS students in the photo raised £1000 to pay for the defibrillator and Start a Heart financed the cabinet.

Steve Wylie of Shiloh, one of our supported charities, addressed the members of the Club on Thursday 18 October, and talked about the non-residential day support that Shiloh offers to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.

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.

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