A message from our President – Gwen Webster

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Sheffield Vulcan

Gwen Webster

Thank you for visiting the Sheffield Vulcan Rotary website. 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 Classic Car Show (where, each year, we invite local enthusiasts to display their classic cars in the city centre), a popular Christmas Raffle run in conjunction with local charities and a golf day at Sickleholme Golf Club. The funds we raise at these and other events allow us to support local and other charities.

Unfortunately we have been unable to hold these events this year, but hopefully we can return to them in 2021. Instead we have been supporting local food banks and involved with supporting organisations with PPE, both financially and by delivery.

We also support our own 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 by driving a van to collect shoe boxes filled with gifts for disadvantaged children from local collection points in West and South Yorkshire and taking them to a distribution hub in Chesterfield. From there, articulated lorries transport the boxes to needy children in countries in Africa and elsewhere.

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 sixth-formers at Silverdale School. We run projects to support the environment, including bulb and tree planting in Beauchief Gardens. We have also worked in collaboration with the Friends of Millhouses Park a few years ago to establish ‘The Heart Trail.’

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 manage to enjoy ourselves. We organise dinners celebrating Christmas and Burns Night. We have an active monthly walking group and each year arrange a guided walking tour in a nearby village, most recently visiting Dronfield. We even have our own in-house band, ‘The Bombers’.

I have given just a flavour of our activities. Please explore our web-site to learn more about what we do. If you wish to consider joining, please come along to one of our Tuesday evening meetings to try us out and with no obligation. 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