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Rotary Foundation Sponsored Walk

29th September 2019 at 2pm

Teversal Visitors Centre

Organised by the Rotary Club of Sutton in Ashfield

All Rotary Clubs are invited to enter and get their members, families and friends sponsored to raise money for their club contribution to the End Polio Now Campaign of The Rotary Foundation.

For every Club that enters – $100 will be donated from District Foundation funds to End Polio Now.

Rotarians have proudly helped to reduce polio cases by 99.9% since 1988.

Why your support is still needed?

  • Rotary has helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries and contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating the disease worldwide.
  • On the 21st August 2019 it was three years since the last reported case of polio caused by the wild poliovirus in Nigeria. I
  • There are up to 60 countries in the world where over 400 million children need to be immunised, in most cases multiple times each year, to ensure that the virus does not return.
  • If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyse as many as 200,000 children each year.
  • It is estimated that $3.27 billion is still needed for the 2019-2023 End Game Strategy of ridding the world of polio.

The Rotary goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever with your support.

You can help by getting your Club to sponsor walkers for the 4.8-mile circular route

The walk/stroll is in the countryside, off road, along disused railway tracts where rails, sleepers and undergrowth have been cleared. It is suitable for children, dogs and mobility scooters. Stewards will be positioned at strategic points along the route to provide any necessary assistance and emergency contact with first aiders and doctors. The walk is estimated to take about 2 hours and there is a large free car park at the visitors centre.

Registration and sponsorship forms are presented below; further copies can be downloaded from our website.www.sina-rotary.org.uk or by telephone to 07710807631

Registration of walkers is free from 1:30pm with a start time of 2pm from the Centre Car Park at: – Teversal Visitors Centre: Top of Carnarvon Street, Teversal, Sutton in Ashfield, Notts NG17 3HJ

Sponsor Sheet

Registration Form

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Shiloh Rotherham – The Courtyard Project

Background

Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club is supporting Shiloh, a charity that offers support to adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Rotherham. Shiloh works alongside every ‘guest’ to help them to plan for and realise a better future. The club’s attention was first drawn to Shiloh’s desire to create a peace garden in June 2018 by Rtn Peter Short. After a preliminary meeting between Rtns Peter Short and Tom Knight with Steve Wylie, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shiloh, the project was discussed by the Community and Vocation Committee (Comvoc) and it was decided to propose that it be included in the Comvoc programme for 2018/19.The club approved the project and accepted the responsibility of funding it at a then estimated cost of £3000.

The Plan

Whilst there had been much discussion about what was required in the courtyard, there was no proper drawing of a scheme which could be properly priced etc. This was seen as essential if the project was to proceed in an efficient, controlled and organised way. Rtn Tom Knight used his contacts at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) to secure the services of a landscape architect and a provisional design for the project was produced. This provisional plan was discussed with the guests at Shiloh and some minor amendments were made with a final drawing prepared in February 2019.

Negotiation of Partnership Arrangement

The vision for how the project would be delivered was that Rotherham Sitwell RC would enlist the services of a builder who would provide the expertise in the various trades required. Sitwell RC would provide or organise labour if required and would fund all the materials required for the project. Mears, who are a building contractor, were contacted initially as they carry the maintenance of half of the Council’s housing stock and they already had a relationship with Shiloh. They were immediately enthusiastic and contacted Fortem who maintain the other half of the councils housing stock and a collaborative arrangement was agreed at a meeting with Sitwell RC and Shiloh whereby:

  • Fortem would carry out the excavation and paving works
  • Mears would carry out the joinery work
  • Fortem, Mears and the Council would pay the cost of the labour involved
  • Rotherham Sitwell RC would pay for all the materials, provide the project
  • management and act as “Client’s agent”

Funding

In order for Sitwell RC to honour its obligations, the following arrangements were set up to ensure that the project could be properly funded:

  • Rtns Peter Short and Maggi Clark lobbied individual members of RMBC and asked them to donate part of their community budgets to the project. In this way £1,550 was raised
  • Rotherham Wheelers Cycling Club (RWCC) was already planning a 1000 mile ride along the full length of the River Rhine from its source in Switzerland, through six countries to its outfall into the North Sea at the Hook of Holland. Rtn Tom Knight persuaded RWCC to ride for Shiloh and a Just Giving page was set up with a target of £5,000. In the event and to date, £4,488.45 including Gift Aid had been raised through this source.
  • Rotherham Round Table and Rotherham Rotary Club were asked if they could make a donation towards the cost of the project. Both agreed and £800 was donated towards the project.

It can be seen from the above that the total amount raised to date is £6,838.45. Consequently, it was decided to extend the scope of the works to include the renewal of the main doors into the peace garden from the dining room. These cost £1,200 but the sub-contractor who carried out the joinery work generously contributed half the cost of them, leaving the £600 remaining easily fundable from the amount raised.The surplus of funds raised will be used by Shiloh for the provision of the many services they routinely provide for the homeless in Rotherham

The Work

Work on site started on 10 June and the peace garden was officially opened by the Mayor of Rotherham on 19 July 2019.

Impact

The impact of the project on the work of Shiloh is best summed up by Steve Wylie, the CEO who says:
“The new garden area has transformed the way our guests use the outdoor space. It now looks and feels like a garden, a place where guests can find peace, relax and engage in activities should they wish to. The kitchen garden planters provide herbs for cooking and the signage educates guests on how to use them. The new fire doors make the garden more accessible and the glazing helps to bring the outside in. The guests really appreciate the large rain shelter & decking area, which we used recently for an outdoor music group. It’s been a wonderful project that will have a lasting impact on Shiloh guests for years to come”.

The Courtyard before work started
The completed Peace Garden

Posted in: Rotherham Sitwell

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Popular favourite returns for Music and Song Evening

Nottingham Rotary Club are happy to announce
the return of the Long Eaton Silver Prize Band for their 5th Music
and song evening on the Friday the 27th September at 7.30pm in the
Lutterell Hall in West Bridgford.

Under the leadership of Musical Director Sharon Stansfield the LESPB is much in demand for its entertaining concerts including some very talented songsters in the band as well as winning awards among its peers.

Sharon joined the band at the age of 9 sharing a cornet with her brother and went on to become a soloist for some of the leading bands in the region. Finally she rejoined the band in 2000 as musical director.

The band has achieved much success since then qualifying for the national finals in 2002 and becoming the Third Section National Champions in 2006 and first for a woman.

But perhaps the band is most proud of being a genuine community band with 39 players in the Senior Band,  a thriving Training Band of 49 players  ( from 8 to 86) and a Novice Group band of 10 players that start from age 5 upwards.

Tickets are £10 including refreshments and all proceeds go towards the club’s local good causes including the homeless and drug and alcohol rehabilitation activities. Tickets available from James Thornhill 07803 904786 or Tony Poulter 07758 162784.  More information from www.rotaryclubofnottingham.org or our facebook page.

Posted in: Nottingham

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Long Service Award

A long-serving rotarian has been recognised for completing 50 years of Rotary service. Past president David Jenkins, CStJ, was awarded a long-service certificate and a special 50 year Rotary badge at the club meeting held on Friday 2 August 2019 by president Nigel Metham. David Jenkins, 95, whose profession was Coal Industry Administration, first joined the Rotary Club of Chesterfield in March 1969 and has been a regular attender ever since. He was club president in 1981-82 and is the first of three long-serving rotarians being recognised by the club this year.

Long Service for David Jenkins, presented by club President Nigel Metham

Posted in: Chesterfield

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DG David’s first club visit – Vale of Belvoir

Before the DG presentation, joint Presidents Maggie and Jane announced that our Club had received a new District Award, the Cheryle Berry Rotakids Award, to be shared with Retford RC.

David gave us some background information on himself, showing his worldwide work as Export Manager of Coats Viyella, more latterly with East Midlands Chamber of Commerce on Trade Missions. He also accompanied our 2013 GSE team on the trip to Nepal. Born in Glasgow, he had links with youth with Cubs, Scouts, Youth Club Leader, moving on to Round Table, moving to Derbyshire 25 years ago, training a young Rugby squad. He moved on to his Rotary visit to the New Presidents Convention, showing us a 2 minute video from Mark Maloney that inspired the new ‘strap line’ of “Rotary connects the World” and out lining the objective of “Grow Rotary”.

David was taking up the challenge working with The Chamber of Commerce and promoting the Corporate Social Responsibility programme/opportunities.

Overall an energetic, inspiring presentation that reflects his personality.

Maggie then gave a heartfelt ‘Vote of Thanks’, suggesting that his District Conference Theme of “The Difference is you” should provide a platform to grow Rotary driven by his dynamic, cheerful personality. She confessed to being born in Scotland herself, being a Scottish Highland dancer and looking forward to a “Gay Gordons” at the Conference with David?!

 

 

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RC Wortley recent activities

During the Christmas Period 2018, the Rotary Club of Wortley carried out the following:-

  • provided Santa at Fox Valley.
  • covered some Santa duties at Wentworth Garden Centre.
  • visited a number of Care Home in the area to sing carols to the residents, including Denby Dale (where one of our Honorary members resides).
  • visited Woolley Wood School (small primary special school for children with severe and complex learning difficulties and disabilities) to hand out goodies.
  • carried out Santa Sleigh Runs in the Don Valley (Stocksbridge -> Wharncliffe Side -> Worrall -> Wisewood -> Oughtibridge -> Stocksbridge) -December 20th
    and: Wortley -> High Green -> Chapeltown -> Grenoside -> Ecclesfield -> Chapeltown -> Thorpe Hesley on Christmas Eve.

All the events combined raised just over £3,000 – some has already benefitted Stocksbridge Park Steels Defibrillator fund as already reported in Look Local.:-

Fundraising Event – https://issuu.com/looklocalnewspaper/docs/issuu_1042/15
Cheque Presentation:- https://issuu.com/looklocalnewspaper/docs/issuu_1045/5

We have also been involved in a joint project with Ecclesfield Parish Council to provide Defibrillators around the local area as also reported in the Look Local paper:- https://issuu.com/looklocalnewspaper/docs/issuu_1049/6

Thanks to all who volunteered to man the events, and to all who turned out to support them and visit Santa or contribute to the bucket collections.

DG Visit

We welcomed DG Cheryle Berry to our club meeting on February 25th this year to talk to to us about Kerala and “Prepare to save a Life”, before helping our President Steve Knight to present a cheque for £2,500 to Abbie Pervin from The Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity – This was the biggest beneficiary from last year’s Vintage and Classic Car Rally.

Left to right: DG Cheryle Berry, Abbey Pervin from The Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity, and Wortley President Steve Knight

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New members for Chesterfield Rotary

More recruitment of new members for the expanding Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield, which continues to attract busy younger professionals in the town wanting to do their bit for the local community. The latest to be inducted into the worldwide Rotary movement, by Chesterfield Rotary president Barry Thompson, are IT company director, Andrew Thompson, and insurance advisor, Phil Coates, and he was assisted by Satellite Club chairman Peter Blant.

From left to right, Chesterfield Rotary president Barry Thompson, IT company director Andrew Thompson (no relation), insurance adviser Phil Coates, and Chesterfield Rotary Satellite Club chairman, Peter Blant.

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Local Schools Public Speaking Competition 2019

The final of the Chesterfield Public Speaking Competition for local secondary schools was held on Friday 18 January 2019 and organised by Chesterfield Rotary for the 53rd consecutive year.

The winner, in a high-quality competition, was Iona Blair from St Mary’s Catholic High School, with her political talk on ‘What’s the point of public demonstrations’.

Runners-up were, Megan Trevis from Hasland Hall Community School,  Abigail Maycook from Whittington Green School, and Leo Andrews also from St Marys. Organiser was rotarian Paul Davies, secretary of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield, who congratulated all the finalists on their excellent talks.

From left to right: Rotarian Paul Davies (organiser), Megan Trevis (Hasland Hall), Iona Blair (St Marys), President Barry Thompson, Abigail Maycock (Whittington Green), and Leo Andrews (St Marys).

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