A message from our President – Ken Hartley

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Sheffield Vulcan

KEN HARTLEY – PRESIDENT

Thank you for visiting the Sheffield Vulcan Rotary website. We are part of ROTARY INTERNATIONAL, the world-wide organisation devoted to common objectives under the banner of “Service above Self”. Ours is a thriving club of over 40 active members, men and women who strive to make a difference locally, nationally and internationally.

Our activities cover a wide range of interests. We hold events focused on fundraising to enable us to offer financial support to local and international charities. Our flagship annual events include the Sheffield Vulcan Classic Car Show, a golf day at Sickleholme Golf Club and a Christmas raffle.

As an alternative to providing donations, we work directly with charities and other organisations in support of their fundraising or general activities. These efforts are co-ordinated by a number of groups with particular remits:

  • Community Service assists local and national charities. Examples include car park supervision for Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, marshalling for the Luke’s Hospice ‘Night Strider’, singing carols on Sheffield station and the shoebox collection for Operation Christmas Child.
  • Environment Service focuses on activities to help our local environment, including maintenance and improvement of Beauchief Gardens, tree and bulb planting and a new initiative to provide Swift boxes in suitable sites across the area.
  • Foundation & International supports projects that help the wider Rotary community, such as Aquabox, Shelterbox and recently Covid support to India. The most striking recent example of international co-operation is the End Polio Now partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate polio worldwide.
  • Youth and Vocational, in contrast, works with local schools and other youth organisations, providing ‘people power’ to help them realise their particular objectives. Examples here include supporting local Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) initiatives, helping schools and others with mock interviews and hosting an annual public speaking competition to encourage sixth-formers at Silverdale School.

At the same time, we manage to enjoy ourselves. We organise dinners celebrating Christmas and Burns Night, and a summer BBQ. We have an active walking group and each year arrange a guided walking tour in a nearby village, most recently visiting Dronfield. We participate in ‘District’ bowling and quiz competitions, and we even have our own band, ‘The Bombers’!

All this reflects life pre-Covid! Unfortunately, we have been unable to hold many of these events in the last year, although recent easing meant the golf day could go ahead. Instead, we have been supporting local food banks and involved with supporting organisations with PPE, both financially and by delivery. Our challenge for the next 12 months is to rebuild relationships and activities that achieve our objectives, whilst maintaining compliance with health restrictions and advice. Please explore our website to learn more about what we do. If you wish to consider joining, please contact us for details of our current meeting and activity schedule. We look forward to seeing you.

We currently meet at 19.30 on Tuesday evening by Zoom. Restrictions permitting we plan to restart ‘real’ meetings during August - 18.30 at Abbeydale Sports Club, Abbeydale Road South, S17 3LJ. Please contact us for more specific information.