Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club
The end of any year affords us the opportunity to take stock and look to the future. Despite our lives being turned upside down by COVID-19, there have been some positives. A greater awareness of nature, the delight we feel when seeing the sunrise through less polluted skies, the comradeship and heroism borne out of fighting a common enemy. We will all have our own favourites. The current Rotary year (July 2020 to June 2021) has had its own positives. The wonders of Zoom which has enabled Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club to meet so frequently; the laughter shared at Fellowship meetings; the inspiring speakers from far and wide who have shared their experiences with the club; the constructive projects they have been able to carry out and those they are fine tuning and waiting for the right moment to put them into action.
The club’s Christmas Jumper Party in December was enjoyed by everyone who was able to attend and they extend grateful thanks to the many Rotarians who contributed. They were disappointed not to be able to fulfil the club’s usual Christmas fundraising activities but they were still active – from a financial point of view the Online Santa didn’t get as much response as they had hoped but it was a real joy to experience the children’s reactions and feedback from parents.
In recent weeks the club have been working on a joint project with Rotherham Rotary – a bid to South Yorkshire Community Fund to support foodbanks in Rotherham. They are pleased to report they have been successful and have received £5,000 to support their work. You may be surprised to learn that there are 14 foodbanks around the borough but grants can only be given to those who had not previously benefitted. As a result, the grant has been shared by just five, giving them an incredible boost to see them through the winter months. The beneficiaries are Full Life Church in Maltby, Harthill / Thorpe Salvin, Liberty Church Masborough, Rotherham Foodbank and Rotherham Salvation Army. Two of these asked only for part of their share, so the remaining money has been granted to the Social Supermarket run by Rotherham Minster.
The club have totalled up the donations they gave to Rotherham Foodbank during the period April to December 2020 and it came to a massive £36,366. This was made up of donations from Rotherham Sitwell, Rotherham Round Table, Rotherham Rotary, Friends of Rotherham Sitwell, Rotary District 1220 and £15,000 worth of free food from Morrisons at Parkgate. Special thanks go to Morrisons and to Jenny Exley their Foodbank Champion.
The annual Awards Night at Wickersley School will be broadcast early in 2021. The club’s President Trish is very disappointed not to be there in person but has sent a video with her greetings and congratulations. She has a particular affinity with the school as she started her teaching career in the original stone building when it was still Wickersley Secondary Modern.
At their January Fellowship meeting they heard back from the students the club sponsored to attend the International Peace Jam. They were also regaled by the reprobates in their midst with tales of their antics in days of yore, usually on international golfing trips. As a break from tradition, in January they also held a Charity Night, when all four of the charities they support reported on their progress in recent months.
Wishing all readers and their families a peaceful and healthy New Year.