A message from our President – Chris Jones

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Sheffield Vulcan

Chris Jones

Thank you for visiting the website of Sheffield Vulcan Rotary. Ours is a thriving club of almost 50 men and women who strive to make a difference, locally, nationally and internationally.

Our flagship annual events include the Sheffield Vulcan Motor Show (where, each June, we invite local dealers to display new cars in the city centre), a popular Christmas Raffle and the Golf Day at Sickleholme Golf Club. The funds we raise at these and other events allow us to support local and other charities.

Another model is one where provide support to a charity’s own fairs and fund-raising activities. We regularly help Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, St Luke’s Hospice and others in this way.

Each year, we enjoy helping Operation Christmas Child, driving a van to collect shoe boxes (filled with gifts for disadvantaged children) from local collection points in West and South Yorkshire to the major distribution hub in Sheffield. From here, articulated lorries transport to needy children in countries such as Belarus.

These are just a sample of our active calendar of charitable activities.

We support youth by conducting mock interviews in local secondary schools, and hold an annual public speaking competition to encourage local six-formers. We run projects to support the environment, including bulb and tree planting and have also designed a new courtyard garden at a local care home. In addition we also worked in collaboration with the Friends of Millhouses Park a few years ago to establish The Heart Trail.

But what really makes us different is that we are part of a global organisation, Rotary International. This allows us to partner with other Rotarians to make a difference on a national and international scale, the most striking example being the End Polio Now partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate polio worldwide.

At the same time, we find time to enjoy ourselves. Examples include recent visits to Sheffield Assay Office and the National Coal Mining Museum near Wakefield. We organise dinners celebrating Christmas and Burns’ Night. We have an active walking group and each year arrange a guided walking tour to a nearby village, last year to Bradwell. We even have our own in-house band!

I have given just a flavour of our activities. Please explore our website to learn more about what we do. If you wish to consider joining, please come along to one of our evening meetings. You will enjoy a good meal, listen to a visiting speaker and find a friendly group who will be happy to talk to you.

The Rotary Club of Sheffield Vulcan meets at 18:30 on Tuesday Evenings
at Abbeydale Sports Club, Abbeydale Road South, S17 3LJ