THE FOUR AVENUES OF SERVICE
All the projects undertaken by Rotary Clubs are linked to the Four Avenues of Rotary Service. They fall within the categories of Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service and International Service. Whilst we have Chairmen of the 4 Service Committees, our events are usually organised by ad-hoc committees with members appointed for their particular skills or interest in a particular event.WORTLEY PROJECTS
CLUB SERVICE -- is Rotary's first avenue of service, and involves actions which a Rotarian takes within the club to help it function successfully. One of the most important actions is to attend club meetings regularly. The Club Service Committee is chaired by the president-elect and its responsibility is to look after the general health and welfare of the club and its members..
VOCATIONAL SERVICE -- is Rotary's second avenue of service. Its purpose includes promoting high ethical standards in businesses and professions, recognising the worthiness of all useful occupations and fostering the ideal of service in the pursuit of all vocations. This committee directs the members' attentions to the worthiness of their professions and their participation in all forms of service. Emphasis of this committee is on service and the giving of time, and is not particularly directed towards fund-raising.
COMMUNITY SERVICE -- Rotary's third avenue of service is comprised of varied efforts that Rotarians make to improve the quality of life for those who live within their club's territory. This important committee aims to direct the thoughts and actions of the membership towards the community in which we all live and work, with the purpose of serving the most needy in the community. Our energies are regularly committed to those activities which have proved successful year after year.
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE -- Rotary's fourth avenue of service comprises all the things which Rotarians can do to advance "international understanding, goodwill and peace" by assisting with the needs of people in other countries, through their own efforts and those of the Rotary Foundation.
Father Christmas Our Club is perhaps best known in the local community for the Father Christmas Tour on Christmas Eve. From dusk until mid-evening, Father Christmas travels round the villages of Wortley, High Green, Chapeltown, Burncross, Grenoside, Ecclesfield, Cowley and Thorpe Hesley on his illuminated, decorated sleigh distributing approximately 2,000 packets of sweets to the children. This has been an annual event since 1973, and over the years has given great joy to children, their parents, grandparents and friends and, not least, to the Rotarians involved.
Vintage Vehicle Rally - One of our biggest single fund raising events. See separate page for details.
Scholarship - In 1979, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Rotary, the Rotary Club of Wortley set up a separate Trust Fund, using a generous donation to the club, which was to provide a cash grant to a student from the sixth form of Ecclesfield Grammar School who was going on to college to study Business Studies. Since the demise of the sixth form at Ecclesfield Grammar School, the terms of the Trust have been amended to make a grant available to any student from a school within the club's catchment area, and not necessarily in Business Studies.
Weston Park Hospital. The Club has committed itself to raising a substantial amount of money for Cancer Research following a successful and emotional visit to Weston Park Cancer Hospital. During 2005-06, the club donated over £20,000 to Weston Park, largely from the proceeds of the most-successful-yet Sportsman's dinner and the Vintage Vehicle Rally. The Club's support for Weston Park continues.
Music in the Park. In 2011, Wortley Rotary Club joined forces with the other Sheffield clubs to organise and administer the annual Music in the Park concerts held over 4 nights at the end of June.
Charities Supported. Since its formation, the Rotary Club of Wortley is proud to have been able to support the following local, national and international charities, plus numerous others:-
AIDS Awareness Programmes; Asian Tsunami Appeal; Barnsley District General Hospital; British Red Cross; Cancer Research; Castleton International Camp; Chapeltown Community Centre; Chapeltown Millennium Garden; Chapeltown Silver Prize Band; Christmas Parcels for the Blind; Disaster Emergency Boxes; Doctors Accident Rescue Team; Drugs for Overseas; Drugs Awareness Seminars; Dunblane Disaster Fund; Ecclesfield Church Seat; Ecclesfield Stocks; Ecclesfield Hanging Basket Competition; Ecclesfield School Trust; Eye Camps in India; Grenoside Hospital; Grenoside Male Voice Choir; Hand & Foot Warmers; Hill Top School for the Disabled; Himalayan Trust; Hearing Dogs for the Deaf; Hesley Wood Scout Camp; High Green Training Centre; Hobbies & Leisure Exhibition; Holidays for Disabled Children; InterCare; India Disaster Fund; Kidney Donor Scheme; Leukaemia Research; Life Education Centres; Lodge Moor Hospital; Luncheon Clubs; MacMillan Nurses; Mini Bus for the Disabled; Mortomley House Care Home; Northern Ireland Harmony Trust; NSPCC Full Stop Campaign; Paces School; Paraplegic Olympics; PolioPlus; Romanian Orphans Appeal; Ranfurley Library; Rotary 3-H Projects; Salvation Army; Samaritans; Senior Citizens Associations; Sheffield Area Kidney Association; Sheffield Bone Repair Research; Sheffield Children's Hospital; Sight Savers International; Skin Cancer Research; St George's School, Malad, India; St Johns Ambulance; St Johns Church Building Fund; St Luke's Hospice; Telegraph Laser Fund; Warren Lane Methodist Club; WaterAid; Weston Park Hospital; Wheelchairs for the Disabled; Wortley Old Peoples Association; York Flood Appeal;