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Peter Waudby's blog

On 1st July Gurnam Basran took over as our new President for 2019-2020. All the members wish him an enjoyable year in office and at the same time thank our Immediate Past President Mel Hughes for her very successful year.

The sea was nowhere near Newman School on Friday June 21st, but there were plenty of waves: waves of sheer delight as the pupils played in the sand and enjoyed the wide range of seaside activities thoughtfully organized by the school staff. There were waves of good feeling and happiness as pupils, parents, teachers and carers mingled and interacted.

On 23 May members of the Club and guests visited Hesley Woods Activity Centre. This was our second visit in recent years and in addition to the previous activities of archery, rifle shooting and axe throwing, we also tried our hand at abseiling down the climbing wall.

Steve Burns was inducted into the Club by President Mel on 25 April. We wish him many happy years in Rotary.

Vice-President Trish Lister recently accepted a Certificate of Appreciation from Maples Cancer Care for the funding the Club has provided. Steve Burns presented it on the behalf of the Charity

On Saturday 6th April, six Rotarians and Rona Hudson provided 70% of a team of bucket collectors for Shiloh at New York Stadium. After the collection we were able to watch the match. £700 was collected and Rotherham United won 2-1. Two good results !

Rotherham Sitwell recently donated funds to Safe Haven at Talbot Lane Church ( http://www.safehaventalbotlane.org/ ) which enabled them to purchase flasks for giving hot drinks to people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

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.

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