Welcome to the Rotary Club of Chesterfield
The Rotary Club of Chesterfield has been serving the community of Chesterfield since 1922
We meet at 12.45pm each Friday lunchtime at The Olde House, Loundsley Green Road, Newbold, Chesterfield S40 4NR. Tel: 01246 274321.
New members welcome.
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Next fund-raising event......
Santa's Sleigh will be visiting local
supermarkets in the lead up to
Christmas to raise money for local
charities: Ho Ho Ho!!
Thurs 30 Nov, Fri 1 Dec, Sat 2 Dec : Sainsburys
Sat 16 Dec: Morrisons, Brampton
Fri 22 Dec, Sat 23 Dec, Sun 24 Dec: Tesco Extra
Free sweets for all children visiting Santa
Latest News: Ten-pin Bowling Success: The club's ten-pin bowling team are through to R2 of the Rotary District Competition after, what in the end, became a comfortable 1001/888 pts victory over local neighbours Chesterfield Scarsdale Rotary Club. The match was played at the Chesterfield Bowl on Monday 20 November 2017.
The teams: Chesterfield Scarsdale (back row) past-presidents Peter Beardsley
& David Foster, rotarians David Hays & Barrie Thompson,
past-president Dr Peter Stevens
Chesterfield (front row) rotarian Rachel Trueman, past-presidents
Mike Horton & Alan Clarke, rotarians George Freeman & Andrew Elliott
Annual Civic Visit 2017: The Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Maureen Davenport, the Mayoress, Mrs Liz Archer, and Chesterfield BC chief executive, Huw Bowen, made an official visit to the club on Friday 17 November 2017. A donation of £100 was made towards the Mayor's Appeal, and Huw Bowen gave an illustrated talk on all the current plans and developments aimed at making Chesterfield a thriving borough. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2isJt7L
President Peter Barr welcomes Chesterfield Mayor, Cllr Maureen Davenport,
Mayoress, Mrs Liz Archer, and Chesterfield BC chief executive, Huw Bowen
Charity Quiz Night raises £1,000: The second annual Charity Quiz Night, arranged by the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield, has raised £1,000 for local charities. The winning team of 'DJPAR', led by rotarian Alison Hankey, received the coveted Rotary Satellite Club Challenge Trophy, which was presented by Satellite Club chairman Peter Blant. The event attended by over 100 local business people, rotarians, and Inner Wheel members, was held at the Fox & Goose on Thursday 16 November 2017. It was organised by rotarian Paul Davies.
Satellite Club chairman Peter Blant presents the coveted Challenge Trophy
to rotarian Alison Hankey and her winning DJFAR quiz team (friends Dave, Jacky, Frances, Alison, & Rory) with a score of 138/160
A big thank-you to Michael Heath of Milestone Financial Planning for
his generous donation of £220, the winning bid in the auction for
Cilla Black's signed photograph
The Wooden Spoon (actually a box of Celebrations) went to quiz team
'Stopfords without Swain' with a creditable score of 75+/160
Future presidential line-up revealed: The rotarians taking on the top job of president of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield for the next three Rotary years, starting July 2018, were approved at the club's Special General Meeting held on Friday 10 November 2017. For the Rotary Year 2018-19 it's rotarian Barry Thompson, Rotary Year 2019-20 it's rotarian Nigel Metham, and for Rotary Year 2020-21 it's past-president Rob Wadd doing a second term of office. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2ysbIJZ
Rtn Barry Thompson Rtn Nigel Metham Past-president Rob Wadd
2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
95th Charter Anniversary Luncheon: The club held its 95th birthday celebration with an outstanding 6 course luncheon at the Ringwood Hall Hotel on Sunday 5 November 2017. President Peter Barr welcomed club members and their wives, representatives of other Rotary clubs, including daughter clubs, Bolsover, Chesterfield Scarsdale, and Dronfield. Official guests also included district-governor Michael Longdon, president of Chesterfield Inner Wheel Club, Mrs Rita Clarke, and nationally acclaimed humorous after-lunch speaker and farmer's daughter, Ms Lydia Slack, Msc.
From l to r: Rita Clarke, Lydia Slack, DG Michael & Margaret Longdon,
president Peter & Jean Barr
Napoleon's British Obsession: A detailed account of Napoleon Boneparte's failed plans to invade England, with key quotes from the main characters of the time, was the topic of an illustrated talk by Napoleon Re-enactor, Edward Hammond, at the club meeting on Friday 3 November 2017. He was accompanied by his archaeologist father, past-president Peter Hammond (Sherwood Sunrisers). Edward has researched this period of history as a hobby and is a member of a group of Napoleon Re-enactors who travel to events across the UK. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2itqfOu
Napoleon Re-enactor, Edward Hammond (centre) with
president Peter Barr (left) and speaker host, past-president Roy Willett
British Submarine Warfare: A potted history of submarines, an expose of a sub-mariners life underwater, and heroic exploits during WW1 and WW2 were revealed in an illustrated talk at the club meeting on Friday 27 October 2017 by past-president Graham Hayes (Wollaton Park). Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2gP0YS5
Graham Hayes (Wollaton Park) with president Peter Barr (left)
and speaker host, past-president Jim Haggarty (right)
Friends of Somersall Park: Members of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield have made a donation to help Friends of Somersall Park provide a new children's play space. A cheque for £250 was presented to Esther Botham at the monthly satellite club meeting held at Brampton Manor on Wednesday 25 October 2017. More details about the project, and how to vote for additional Aviva Community Funding: http://bit.ly/2zPrT4Y
Satellite Club members present a cheque to Esther Botham of
the Friends of Somersall Park
Tools for Self-Reliance: Providing practical help for practical
people in Africa was the topic of an illustrated talk by Peter Dumenils from
charity 'Tools for Self-Reliance' at the club meeting on Friday 20 October
2017. The Bakewell group are part of a UK charity working to relieve
poverty in Africa by providing refurbished tool kits collected in the UK, shipping
them over, and then providing a variety of skills training to bring about
sustainable change to trades people and their communities. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2hSpn5U
Peter Dumenils (centre) with president Peter Barr (left) and
speaker host, past-president John Roberts
Global Sight Solutions: A trustee of the Guildford Rotary Eye Project, Rtn John Miles (Leatherhead), gave an illustrated presentation about the Rotary supported international avoidable blindness programme at the club meeting on Friday 13 October 2017. A donation of just £5 can enable the blind to see again, and to date, 600,000 people have undergone sight restoring operations, thanks to this project which establishes eye hospitals in the developing world for the provision of free eye care to the poor. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2yKAybB
Rtn John Miles (centre) with president Peter Barr (left) and speaker host,
Rtn Andrew Elliott (right), all with their fund-raising little bears
Chesterfield Senior School's Art Exhibition: Eight local schools took part in this every-expanding annual event jointly sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield and St Andrews United Reformed Church. It was held over the weekend of 7th & 8th October 2017 and was officially opened by the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Maureen Davenport. There was the highest ever attendance, with a steady stream of visitors throughout the weekend eager to see the high quality exhibits from our talented local art students. A big thank you to the art students and art teachers of the participating schools, and those who supported the event. Full report: http://bit.ly/2wPvDBx
A group of art students with the Mayor & Mayoress of Chesterfield,
Toby Perkins MP, Chesterfield Rotary president Peter Barr,
and St Andrews minister Rev John Cook
Supporting Derbyshire Stroke Centre: A local charity based at Holmewood, which provides innovative services for stroke victims, has received a big donation from the club. A cheque for £2,250 was presented to Julie Wheelhouse, chief executive of the Derbyshire Stroke Centre, at the club meeting on Friday 6 October 2017. The money comes from the club's share of the proceeds from the 2017 Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2y61G38
Julie Wheelhouse receives a cheque from president Peter Barr (left)
and club treasurer, past-president Alan Clarke
Story of the Bailey Bridge: The amazing story of the Bailey Bridge, its major contribution towards Allied victory in WW2, and its crucial use around the World, even to this day, was explained by rotarian Malcolm Darroch (Wollaton Park) in a fascinating presentation at the club meeting held on Friday 29 September 2017. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2yN0ccH
Rtn Malcolm Darroch (centre) with past-president John Roberts (left) and
speaker host, past-president Cyril Bates (right)
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice: Members
of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield presented a cheque for
£3,800 to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice community fundraiser, Lucy
Rathbone, at the monthly meeting held at Brampton Manor on Wednesday 27
September 2017. The donation is part of the record proceeds raised by
the Chesterfield Rotary organized 2017 Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show
for which satellite club members played such an important role.
Lucy Rathbone receives a cheque from treasurer Martin Swain (left) and
chairman Peter Blant (right) with support from the other Satellite Club members
Th!nk Jessica campaign to silence the scams: Raising awareness about the threat from postal and telephone fraud, perpetrated mainly on vulnerable old folk, was creatively conveyed in a role-play presentation at the club meeting held on Friday 22 September 2017. Marilyn Baldwin, OBE., founder of the campaigning Th!nk Jessica charity, and colleague Liz Treece, highlighted how folk can amazingly be trapped into a delusional world with thousands of criminal letters and phone calls. The national campaign works closely with government, the police, Royal Mail, and other relevant agencies, to warn people how to avoid being caught by the scammers. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2xuzFC2
Liz Treece (left) and Th!nk Jessica founder Marilyn Baldwin, OBE (right) with president Peter Barr (left) and speaker host, past-president John Keeton
Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY): Following the untimely death of their 17-year old son
Neil in 1992 due to an unknown cardiac abnormality, Elaine and Ian Ward of
Dronfield have set up the Neil Ward Memorial Fund to raise funds, under the
auspices of the national charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), to provide local
heart screening sessions for 14-35 year
olds. In a thought-provoking talk at the club meeting on Friday 15 September
2017 Elaine raised awareness of the threat to youngsters of an inherited cardiac
condition and the options available for a heart screening. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2y4uVkd
President-elect Barry Thompson (left) with Elaine and Ian Ward (centre) and
speaker host, immediate past-president Mike Cudzich-Madry
Charter Luncheon guest speaker revealed: A Derbyshire Hill Farmer's daughter is the
after-lunch speaker at the club's 95th Charter Anniversary Luncheon being held
at Ringwood Hall Hotel on Sunday 5 November 2017 (12.30pm for 1.00pm).
Lydia Slack is a highly accomplished public speaker
who has entertained audiences at numerous Rotary and Inner Wheel lunches,
dinners, and conferences throughout the country. Her amusing after-lunch
talk about 'Growing Up on a Derbyshire Hill Farm' is
expected to make this a memorable and enjoyable occasion. To book contact Mike
Cudzich-Madry on 07832 130 511. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2xVDT4b
Lydia Slack working at her dad's Derbyshire Hill farm
Ashgate Hospicecare: Another of the local charities to benefit from the proceeds of the 2017 Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show received a significant donation at the club meeting held on Friday 1 September 2017. President Peter Barr presented a cheque for £3,800 to Ashgate Hospicecare community fundraising manager, Christine Selden. In thanking the club, Christine revealed that a new appeal campaign in North Derbyshire to raise funding for the provision of 24/7 Hospice at Home was being launched. This will expand services out of hours and offer 24/7 hospice support at home to additionally cover evenings and weekends beyond the current 9.00am to 5.00pm service. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2gpkLDF
President Peter Barr (left), along with treasurer, past-president Alan Clarke (right), present a cheque to Ashgate Hospicecare community fundraising manager, Christine Selden
New member inducted: Recruitment continues for the newly-formed Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield with the induction into Rotary membership of Joe Etherington at the monthly club meeting held at Brampton Manor on Wednesday 30 August 2017.
New member Joe Etherington (centre) with president Peter Barr (left) and
satellite club chairman Peter Blant (right)
The Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity: Members of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield presented a cheque for £3,800 to Sheffield Children's Hospital and Charity community fundraiser, Caitlin Hallatt, at the monthly meeting held on Wednesday 30 August 2017. The donation is part of the record proceeds raised by the 2017 Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show for which satellite club members played such an important role. Andrew Davies, son of rotarian Paul Davies, who has personally now raised over £116,000 for the charity after his battle with leukaemia, was also in attendance. Check out Andrew's story: http://bit.ly/2deXkOs
Satellite Club chairman Peter Blant (left) presents a cheque to community fundraiser Caitlin Hallatt, pictured along with Andrew Davies, and
rotarian Paul Davies (right)
Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity: The club presented a cheque for £3,800 to Weston Park Cancer Charity community fundraiser, Gemma Noon, at the club meeting on Friday 25 August 2017. This is one of the four nominated charities being supported from the record proceeds raised by the Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show, organised by the club, and held at Renishaw Hall in June 2017. Since 2006 the car show has raised £21,000 in support of Weston Park. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2gcVfFa
Gemma Noon, with president-elect Barry Thompson (left) and
club treasurer, past-president Alan Clarke (right)
Work of Chesterfield School Pastors: An enlightening
talk on the work of Chesterfield School Pastors was given by John Kelly at the club meeting on Friday 18 August 2017. Part of an initiative by the national Christian charity the Ascension Trust, school pastors provide a reassuring
adult presence at times in the school day when children may feel vulnerable and
need an adult ‘friend’ who has time to listen to their concerns and maybe
help. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2fRGQhq
President Peter Barr (left) with Chesterfield school pastor, John Kelly (centre) and speaker host, rotarian Keith Hutchinson (right)
Rotary sponsor mini-zoo: Youngsters at Fairplay were able to get up close and personal with some real creepy- crawly animals - like a corn snake, tarantula spider, frog, giant snail, and dumbo rats, and others, thanks to the Rotary Club of Chesterfield. On Wednesday 2 August 2017 the club organised a special visit to Chesterfield's Fairplay Centre from ZooLab, the UK's No1 leading animal handling experience and lifelong learning company, and the children loved it. http://bit.ly/2bSWfIl
President Peter Barr and some Fairplay children with Sophie Gray of Zoolab
getting to know Sausage the Dumbo Rat and his two friends
Work of the Helen's Trust: The excellent work of the North Derbyshire charity, Helen's Trust, which gives people with terminal illness the choice to stay at home, was explained in an illustrated talk by its community fund-raiser, Debbie Fennell, at the club meeting on Friday 28 July 2017. This self-funded local charity compliments and does not replace statutory services, and is not restricted in the type of help it can offer. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2vdXtdF
Debbie Fennell with president Peter Barr (left) and
speaker host, rotarian Andrew Elliott
Recognition for new Satellite Club: Members of
the recently formed Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield have significantly
contributed to a prestigious award presented each year to only one club in
Rotary District 1220, which covers 69 Rotary clubs throughout Derbyshire,
Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and parts of Lincolnshire. The Gordon Taylor
Trophy for the Best Club in District 1220 has been presented to Chesterfield
Rotary Club by District Governor Michael Longdon, not only for its varied
programme of charitable events, but mainly for being the first club to set up a
thriving satellite club of busy younger business people in the
town. Chesterfield president Peter Barr shared the success with satellite
club members at their July monthly meeting held at Brampton Manor.
Chesterfield Rotary president Peter Barr shares the 'Best Club' trophy with
satellite club chairman Peter Blant and satellite club members
Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show 2017:
With the weather being kind, there was another good attendance for this year's Ashover Classic Car &
Bike Show organised jointly by the Rotary Club's of Chesterfield, Chesterfield
Scarsdale, Clay Cross and Matlock. Best car was a 1935 Derby Bentley Park Ward
Drophead 3 1/2 litre owned by John Wilkes from Wingerworth. Best bike was a 1937 1000cc Ariel Square Four
owned by Peter Kirkman from Matlock. Trophies were presented to the two winners
by Clay Cross Rotary president Sally Jackson. https://youtu.be/Iw82j_3wbMU
Clay Cross Rotary president Sally Jackson presents a winner's trophy
to John Wilkes of Wingerworth
Clay Cross Rotary president Sally Jackson presents a winner's trophy
to Peter Kirkman of Matlock
Role of a magistrate explained: The role of magistrates in 2017 was explained at the club meeting on Friday 21 July 2017 when Norman Shaw, JP, a current magistrate in the Chesterfield area, gave an
illustrated talk which put into context
the work they do as part of the judiciary.
Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2tOqB5Y
Norman Shaw, JP (centre) with president Peter Barr (right) and
speaker host, rotarian Charles Evans
Rotary Dictionary 4 Life Project: Youngsters at Highfield Hall Primary School, Newbold, Chesterfield, are the beneficiaries of a highly-rated Usborne Illustrated English Dictionary, courtesy the Rotary Club of Chesterfield. President Peter Barr, a former pupil, and community service chairman George Freeman, visited the school on Thursday 20 July 2017 to present personal copies to Year 6 pupils who transfer to secondary schools next term. Another former pupil, past-president John Heath, also attended and shared some school stories from 80 years ago. The Dictionary 4 Life project aims to help children develop their facility with the English language and is a national project in support of Rotary International's emphasis on Literacy.
President Peter Barr with Year 6 pupils at Highfield Hall Primary School
Club receives major award: The Rotary Club of Chesterfield has been adjudged the best all-round club, out of 69 clubs in the district, for Rotary Year 2016-17. The Gordon Taylor Trophy for the Best Club in District 1220 was presented by district governor Michael Longdon on his official visit to the club on Friday 7 July 2017. This prestigious award not only recognises the club's varied programme of charitable projects, but success in promoting Rotary's aims by the innovative setting up of an associated satellite club for busy younger business people in the area - the first such club in District 1220. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2tRYdUQ
District Governor Michael Longdon presents the Gordon Taylor Trophy to
president Peter Barr (right) and immediate past-president Mike Cudzich-Madry
Installation of 94th President and Officers: It was the official handover at the club meeting on Friday 30 June 2017 when retiring president Mike Cudzich-Madry installed rotarian Peter Barr as the 94th president of the club for the Rotary Year 2017-18. Also installed into office for the year were president-elect Barry Thompson, secretary John Hare, and treasurer Alan Clarke. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2t8NulQ
New president Peter Barr (centre) with from l to r: Alan Clarke (treasurer),
Barry Thompson (president-elect), Mike Cudzich-Madry (immediate past-president)
and John Hare (secretary)
Young Chef Competition 2017: Grace Andrews of St Mary's Catholic High School was the winner of this year's Rotary sponsored Young Chef Competition. Her winning menu, all prepared in just 90 minutes, was cod wrapped and baked in pancetta accompanied by potatoes and vine tomatoes, and a sweet of caramel cream sundae. Gift tokens, and certificates of participation, were presented by president-elect Peter Barr to the winner and the three runners-up. The club wishes to thank St Mary's for kindly hosting the event.
President-elect Peter Barr with Young Chef winner Grace Andrews
Afternoon Tea Party: Seventy senior citizens from local residential homes in the Chesterfield area were treated to an afternoon tea party at the Olde House, Newbold, on Wednesday 28 June 2017. This annual event, organised by the club's community service committee, included entertainment from former cruise ship cabaret duo, Ken and Rita Turner, a singalong, special sessions of bingo, and a traditional afternoon tea. More details: http://bit.ly/2skX9so
Vocal duo, Ken & Rita Turner, in full swing at the afternoon tea party
South Pole Energy Challenge: NHS Surgeon, Ghazala Ahmed-Mear, is highlighting the serious effects of climate change by taking part in a unique Antartic expedition which is using only clean energy technologies in this most inhospitable of places. In her talk at the club meeting on Friday 23 June 2017 she revealed that be so doing the rest of us might be encouraged to make an effort to counter global warming by making Step by Step changes to our everyday lives. More details and chance to make a donation:- http://bit.ly/2rKga35
Meeting report:- http://bit.ly/2sA9Uhm
Ghazala Ahmed-Mear with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (left) and
speaker host, past-president John Keeton (right)
Paul Harris Fellowships: Two hard-working
members have been recognised by the club for the vital role they play in managing the club's extensive yearly programme of activities and projects. President Mike-Cudzich-Madry, in presenting a Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotary's highest award, to community service chairman George Freeman, and vocational service chairman Ian Gordon, thanked them for their sterling efforts over a number of years.
President Mike Cudzich-Madry presents Paul Harris Fellowships to rotarian Ian Gordon (left) and rotarian George Freeman (right)
Club Assemby 2017: President-elect Peter Barr led the club's annual Club Assembly at the club meeting on Friday 16 June 2017. He was supported by committee chairmen in setting out the club programme of activities and projects for the Rotary Year 2017-18. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2rCQLww
President-elect Peter Barr (centre) with assistant district governor Dr Tony Bethell (left) and president Mike Cudzich-Madry (right)
Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show: There is another big pay-out in prospect for four local charities after perfect weather resulted in a record attendance for the club's 2017 Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show held at Renishaw Hall on Wednesday 14 June 2017. The crowds and cars flocked in from all over the region to make it a 'best ever' show for lovers of classic cars and bikes. The charities which will benefit are Ashgate Hospicecare, Bluebell Wood Childrens Hospice, Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, and new this year, Sheffield Children's Hospital.
Perfect location for a car show - picturesque Renishaw Hall
Best Classic Car Award: Well done Bob Fergusson from Eckington, winner of best car at the 2017 Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show with his rare 1925 McLoughlin Buick 4 litre 6 cylinder Canadian import. He was presented with the winners trophy by Chesterfield Rotary president Mike Cudzich-Madry.
Classic Car winner Bob Fergusson with president Mike Cudzich-Madry
Best Classic Bike Award: Congratulations to Alan Gee from Dronfield, winner of best bike at the 2017 Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show with his stunning 1965 250cc Royal Enfield Continental GT. He was presented with the winner's trophy by Chesterfield Rotary president Mike Cudzich-Madry.
Classic Bike winner Alan Gee with president Mike Cudzich-Madry
Past-presidents Dinner: President Mike Cudzich-Madry was once again welcomed into the fraternity of past-presidents at a special past-presidents dinner held at Chesterfield Golf Club on Wednesday 7 June 2017. This is the second time he has been welcomed as this is the second time he has been president of the club. The event, traditionally held towards the end of the Rotary Year, was also attended my members wives.
From l to r: Past-presidents John Hare, Geoff Mitchell, Jim Savage,
Jim Haggarty, John Heath, Mike Hadfield, Mike Cudzich-Madry (current president), Mike Horton, Roy Willett (organiser of the event),
Stuart Bradley and John Wilkins.
Hospitaller Knights of the Order of St John: At the club meeting on Friday 2 June 2017, guest speaker Dr Tony Bethell gave an illustrated potted history of the Hospitaller Knights, founded during the medieval crusades and leading to the formation of St Johns. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2qIXHUg
Guest speaker, Dr Tony Bethell, with president nominee Barry Thompson (right)
and speaker host, rotarian Charles Evans (left)
Volunteer service in Cambodia: Guest speaker Hannah Potter gave an illustrated talk at the club meeting on Friday 26 May 2017 on her forthcoming volunteer placement after being selected by Voluntary Services Organisation (VSO) for International Citizen Service in Cambodia. Meeting report:- http://bit.ly/2qvkZg1
Hannah Potter with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (right) and
speaker host, past-president Jim Haggarty (left)
Chesterfield Street Pastors on patrol: The founder co-ordinator of Chesterfield Street Pastors, John Bown, gave an inspirational talk on the supportive work of the group at the club meeting held on Friday 19 May 2017. Small teams patrol the late entertainment areas of Chesterfield Town Centre every weekend to provide support, comfort, and advice to vulnerable people who in the main, having over indulged in alcohol and drug use, get themselves into all sorts of pickles. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2qBsTHS
Chesterfield Street Pastor, John Bown, with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (right) and speaker host, past-president David Windle (left)
Morgan Motor Company: Members joined with the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale to enjoy a trip to the Morgan Motor Company, Malvern, Worcs, on Tuesday 16 May 2017. The day included a full tour of the factory to see craftsmen at work hand building the famous Morgan Sportscars.
Craftsmen at work
Visitors from Greece: At the club meeting held at the Ringwood Hall Hotel on Friday 12 May 2017 the club welcomed guests from Greece. Past-president John Heath and his daughter, rotarian Ingrid Stopher, were club hosts when past-president Constantinos Vlanis and his wife Eleftheria were visitors. Constantinos, on holiday in the UK, is a past-president of the Rotary Club of Partas, Greece and a past-assistant district governor of Rotary District 2460. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2pGohvO
President Mike Cudzich-Madry
with club guests from Greece and their hosts.
From left to right:- President
Mike Cudzich-Madry, past-president John Heath (host), Inner Wheeler Eleftheria
Vlanis, past-president and ADG Constantinos Vlanis, rotarian Ingrid Stopher
Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice: The wonderful work of Bluebell Wood was highlighted in a delightful informative talk by one of the charity's community fundraisers Lucy Rathbone at the club meeting on Friday 5 May 2017. The club make's an annual donation to Bluebell Wood from funds raised by the club's annual Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2qIHizF
Lucy Rathbone with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (right) and
speaker host, past-president John Roberts
Changing Minds and Bodies - Derbyshire Stroke Centre: An holistic approach to long-term stroke care in the UK's only such Specialist Stroke Services centre, based at Holmewood, was revealed in an interesting talk by its CEO Julie Wheelhouse. The
centre, right on our doorstep, has a team of experienced stroke professionals, stroke survivors and
carers, dedicated to providing the best possible support to those who need it. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2pcsGcT
Julie Wheelhouse with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (right) and
speaker host, past-president Roy Willett
Celebrating St Georges Day: The club celebrated St Georges Day at the club meeting on Friday 21 April 2017 when a 'resplendent' past-president Mike Hadfield reminded members, with a little bit of history, about our patron saint, and formally proposed the toast 'England and St George'. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2ov0BLk
President Mike Cudzich-Madry (right) with past-president Mike Hadfield
New fund-raising opportunity: There was news of a new fund-raising opportunity being offered to Rotary clubs at the club meeting on Friday 7 April 2017. Visiting district governor nominee, Cheryle Berry (Clay Cross), revealed that the Association of Circus Proprietors of Great Britain were enabling Rotary to organise a bucket collection at the end of each performance when a member circus visited a local town. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2ohbfIe
Visiting DG Nominee Cheryle Berry, with president Mike Cudzich-Madry,
bringing news of a new fund-raising opportunity for Rotary
Labour of love in the Scottish Highlands: The creation of a remote garden in the Scottish Highlands that was visited by over 10,000 visitors despite only being accessible from the sea was the topic of a fascinating illustrated talk by Trish and Peter Kohn at the club meeting on Friday 31 March 2017. Meeting report:- http://bit.ly/2ns7jB9
Trish Kohn illustrates her remote Highland garden
Chesterfield Schools Public Speaking Competition 2017: The finals of the annual public speaking competition for local secondary schools was held for the 51st consecutive year on Friday 24 March 2017, which was also Ladies Day when the club welcomed wives and members of Chesterfield Inner Wheel. Winner chosen by the audience in a competition of the highest standard was Ivan Zailac of Hasland Hall Community School for his talk on the woes of Afghanistan translators. The runners-up were Nathalie P Allen (Hasland), Daniel Clark (St Marys) and Bethani Robinson (Springwell). Junior verse-speaking competition winner Ethan Woolley (Hady Primary) recited his winning poem, 'Columbus', and the club's young chef competition winner, Oliver Warby (Whittington Green), also attended. Meeting report http://bit.ly/2odXUNm
Public Speaking winner Ivan Zailac with
president Mike Cudzich Madry,
runners-up (l to r) Daniel Clark, & Bathalie
P Allen. Also Young Chef Winner
Oliver Warby (right) & Junior Verse Speaking
winner Ethan Woolley (front)
(Not pictured Bethani Robinson)
Whisky Tasting Evening: For the fifth consecutive year the club held its annual Whisky Tasting Evening at the Olde House on Friday 10 March 2017 and raised £120 for local charities with a raffle. Members and guests enjoyed several tastings of some fine single malt whisky from all parts of Scotland, along with a traditional supper of haggis with bashed neeps and champit tatties. The overall winner, with an almost perfect score, was Alan Hodson from Walton.
Whisky winner Alan Hodson (centre left) receives his prize from main organiser past-president Jim Haggarty (centre right), along side
president Mike Cudzich-Madry (right)
and Pipe-Major Tom Varley (left)
Tiptree Purple4Polio fund-raising jam: At the business meeting on Friday 10 March 2017 each club member received a jar of greengage jam. The jam is being gifted by Wilkin & Sons Ltd to every Rotarian in Great Britain and Ireland to help raise funds in support of Rotary's worldwide End Polio Now campaign with a target of raising £1 million. This will be matched from the Gates Foundation to become £3 million to help rid the world of polio, a life threatening and disabling virus. http://bit.ly/2ms37BQ
President-elect Peter Barr with some club members and their sponsored
jars of jam
Charity fund-raising at Netherthorpe School: The winner of the club's award for charity fund-raising, Laura Jacques, came to the club meeting on Friday 3 March 2017 to reveal how Netherthorpe School had raised a record £26k in support of Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice and Sight Support, Derbyshire, with a series of sponsored events, including a sky-dive from 15,000 feet. http://bit.ly/2mOHAD8
Laura Jacques with president-elect Peter Barr (right) and
speaker host, rotarian Keith Hutchinson (left)
The Children's Hospital Charity: An inspirational talk was given at the meeting on Friday 24 February 2017 by 18-year-old Andrew Davies about his battle against leukaemia and his subsequent fund-raising for Sheffield Children's Hospital, and other high-profile national charities, in gratitude for saving his life. http://bit.ly/2lNlkLL
Andrew Davies with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (left) and
speaker host, past-president David Windle (right)
Sanitation in Victorian Times: An unlikely topic for an after-lunch talk was given by archaeologist Peter Hammond at the club meeting held on Friday 17 February 2017 when he amused members with a display of artifacts which had passed through Victorian lavatorial systems and deposited on farmer's fields for later discovery. http://bit.ly/2m2WnJb
Guest speaker, past-president Peter Hammond (Sherwood Sunrisers) (left) with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (centre) & speaker host, past-president John Keeton
36th Charter Anniversary of our daughter club: Four members of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield enjoyed a good night at the Proact Stadium on Thursday 16 February 2017, celebrating the 36th Charter Anniversary of our daughter club, the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale.
(From l to r): past president Geoff Mitchell, president Mike Cudzich-Madry,
president-elect Peter Barr, past president Stuart Bradley
Ten-Pin Bowling: The club's best ever run in the Rotary District Ten-Pin Bowling Competition finally came to an end in the semi-final against Hucknall Rotary Club at the Chesterfield Bowl on Monday 13 February 2017. Despite a close-run first round the match slipped away in the second round against the in-form visitors. The club congratulates Hucknall on their success and wishes them well in the final against either Matlock Rotary or Wirksworth Rotary.
From left to right Hucknall (back row):- Rtn Ashley Maddock (capt), Rtn Neil South, Immediate past-president Kevin Rostance, Rtn Stuart Whitehead,
Rtn Graeme Beal;
Chesterfield (front row):- Rtn George Freeman, Rtn Rob Whitehead,
past-president Alan Clarke (capt), past-president Mike Horton, Rtn Andrew Elliott
Peak 4x4 Response: Great to learn that volunteers from the Peak 4x4 Response Group can be out there in extreme weather conditions helping communities at times of need. Amber Valley president Chris Riggott explained all in an illustrated talk at the club meeting on Friday 3 February 2017. http://bit.ly/2kAxs1W
Peak 4x4 Volunteer & Amber Valley Rotary Club president Chris Riggott (right)
with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (left)
New member joins Rotary: The Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield welcomed its fifteenth new member when trainee legal administrator Ryan Pinder was inducted into Rotary membership by Chesterfield Rotary president Mike Cudzich-Madry at the satellite club meeting held on Wednesday 1 February 2017. The recently-formed satellite club for busy younger professionals meets monthly at Brampton Manor. For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Pinder (centre) with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (left), satellite club chairman Peter Blant (left centre) and satellite club
secretary John Nettleship (right)
District Ten-Pin Bowling Competition: The club's good run of form in the District Ten-Pin Bowling Competition has continued with a close 956/952 points victory over Burton-on-Trent in a quarter-finals match played at the Chesterfield Bowl on Monday 30 January 2017. This is the furthest the club has progressed in this competition and the team is now looking forward to meeting Hucknall Rotary Club in the semi-finals.
Chesterfield front row l to r: Alan Clarke, Stuart Bradley, George Freeman, Mike Horton, Andrew Elliott. Burton-on-Trent l to r: Carl Brister, Tom Day, Graham Dean,
Malcolm Murray, Mike Styne
Young Chef Competition 2017: The fifth annual Young Chef Competition for students from Chesterfield schools was held at Parkside Community School on Wednesday 25 January 2017. The three finalists were Holly Hadley(Springwell), Nathan Orwin (St Marys) and Oliver Warby (Whittington Green) who were congratulated for the high standard of the competition. The adjudged winner was Oliver Warby who was presented with the trophy by president-elect Peter Barr. More details: http://bit.ly/2kMJnGP
Winner Oliver Warby presented with the trophy by president-elect Peter Barr
Tall Ships Youth Trust: Improving young peoples chances in life through working as a team while sailing a tall ship sailing vessel was the topic of an illuminating presentation by rotarian Kevin Miller (Long Eaton) at the club meeting on Friday 27 January 2017. http://bit.ly/2jGkjkx
Rotarian Kevin Miller (centre) with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (right)
and speaker host, rotarian Nigel Metham (left)
Burns Night Celebration 2017: For the 20th year the club held its annual Burns Night Celebration at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, on Monday 23 January 2017 with over 70 members and guests in attendance to witness past-president Jim Savage address the haggis. A traditional meal, which included the serving of haggis and bashed neeps, was accompanied by a dram or three of whisky, the playing of the bagpipes by Pipe Major Tom Varley, and music for dancing by Brian Freeman on the keyboards. A Roll-A-Coin charity competition raised £110 for Hope Springs Recovery Centre which supports recovering alcohol and drug users in Chesterfield.
President Mike Cudzich-Madry (centre) with organiser past-president
Jim Savage (left centre) and the rest of the official party with the haggis
Tackling Food Waste: Redistributing quality surplus food from the food industry to needy people around the country, including a tie-up with Derbyshire County Council, was the revealing topic of a talk by Simone Connolly of East Midlands charity Fareshare at the club meeting held on Friday 20 January 2017. http://bit.ly/2j2TkCa
Simone Connolly from charity Fareshare
Burns Night Celebration: Members were reminded at the club meeting held on Friday 13 January 2017 that the club's annual evening of Scottish Culture is being held at the Winding Wheel on Friday 23 January 2017. Meeting details: http://bit.ly/2jsbfQE
Details of the annual Burns Night Celebration
Giant Iceburgs & Climate Surprises: The role of iceburgs and the ocean in helping slow down the effects of carbon-dioxide in the earth's atmosphere was the specialist topic of Professor Grant Bigg from the Geography Department of the University of Sheffield at the club meeting held at the Olde House on Friday 6 January 2017. http://bit.ly/2i0yF0O
Professor Grant Bigg from the University of Sheffield
Santa's Sleigh at Tesco: Santa with his sleigh and helpers is visiting Tesco Extra on Whittington Moor from Thurs to Sat 22nd, 23rd, & 24th December, collecting once again for local charities. A big thank you to everyone for your wonderful support, including the Cowdrey family and friends from Duckmanton who popped in to pay Santa a visit.
The Cowdrey family and friends from Duckmanton visit Santa at Tesco Extra
Santa's Sleigh at Morrisons: We are out and about again with Santa's Sleigh, this time at Morrisons, Brampton, on Sat & Sun 17th & 18th December, collecting money for local charities. Come on down and pay us a visit - Jean from Brampton did!! After this we are Tesco Extra from Thurs 22 Dec to Sat 24 Dec.
Santa and his helpers at Morrisons with Jean from Brampton
Christmas Carols: The last club meeting of 2016 was held on Friday 16 December 2016 when members enjoyed the annual Christmas lunch, followed by some hearty traditional carol singing conducted by past-president David Windle for the 42nd year, and accompanied by past-president Tim Stubbins on keyboard. The next club meeting is on Friday 6 January 2017. http://bit.ly/2h99I0j
Sarah and Zoe from the Olde House join members in the carol singing along with
president Mike Cudzich-Madry (left) and past-president David Windle (right)
Talk of the Town: Peter Blant, chair of the newly-formed Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield, was on Spire Radio 'Talk of the Town Show' on Tuesday 13 December 2016 to share with the listeners the good things that Rotary does both locally and nationally. Next Satellite Club meeting is at Brampton Manor on Wed 4 Jan 2017 (5.30pm) contact secretary email@example.com for more details.
Peter Blant talking Rotary on Spire Radio
Santa's Sleigh on the road again: The club's big Christmas fundraiser is under way with Santa's Sleigh visiting local supermarkets during December 2016. First stop is Sainsburys where Santa and his many helpers have parked their sleigh for the weekend of 9-11 December. Come and pay them a visit!
Santa and some of his helpers at Sainsburys
Senior Citizens Christmas Party 2016: The annual Christmas Party for senior citizens in the Chesterfield area, mainly from local residential care homes, was held once again at Club Chesterfield with around 100 in attendance. They enjoyed a pie and pea supper and entertainment provided by local songbird Miss Lorraine Swan. A raffle raised money for local Rotary charities.
Miss Lorraine Swan in Christmas mood
Rotary Carol Service 2016: The Rotary Clubs of Chesterfield and Chesterfield Scarsdale, supported by the Inner Wheel Clubs of Chesterfield and Chesterfield Scarsdale, held their joint annual carol service at All Saints Church, Wingerworth, on Tuesday 6 December 2016 and followed it up with coffee and mince pies in the adjacent Church Centre.
Chesterfield Male Voice Choir took part in the annual carol service
Kids Out Trip to the Pantomime: Youngsters from William Rhodes Junior School were treated by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield to a special Christmas outing on Tuesday 6 December 2016 to see the pantomime 'Aladdin' at the Pomegranate Theatre. They were accompanied by president-elect Peter Barr and Chesterfield Inner Wheel president-elect Rita Clarke.
The Zeppelin Years: At the club meeting on Friday 2 December 2016 members were intrigued to here from guest speaker and author Mike Ogden about the history of airships which lead to disaster when the Hindenburg spectacularly exploded in 1937 to bring an end to this form of air travel. http://bit.ly/2gJPuL1
Guest speaker and, author of his first novel, Mike Ogden with president Mike Cudzich-Madry
and speaker host, past-president Cyril Bates (right)
Update on Fairplay: At the club meeting on Friday 25 November 2016, Heather Fawbert, project manager for Fairplay,
updated members on the growth of a local charity which supports children and
young people with disabilities and additional needs, and their families, across
North Derbyshire. As well as delivering crucial services it has to work very
hard to cover its costs as it is now almost entirely self-funded.
Heather Fawbert is in the spotlight with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (right) and
speaker host, president-elect Peter Barr (left)
More Ten-Pin Bowling success: The club's ten-pin bowling team have reached the dizzy heights of round three of the Rotary District Competition after a 982/944 victory in round two against Bretby Rotary Club. The match was played at the MFA Bowl, Ilkeston, on Tuesday 22 November 2016.
Into R3 with (from left to right) George Freeman, Stuart Bradley, Alan Clarke (capt),
Andrew Elliott, & Mike Horton
Annual Civic Visit 2016: The Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Steve Brunt, and Chesterfield BC chief executive Huw Bowen, made an official visit to the club on Friday 18 November 2016. Huw Bowen gave a comprehensive illustrated talk on all the developments planned, and taking place, in the Chesterfield area. http://bit.ly/2grF8TO
President Mike Cudzich-Madry with the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Steve Brunt,
and Chesterfield BC chief executive, Huw Bowen
Satellite Club Quiz Night raises £630 for charity: The first ever Charity Quiz Night organised by the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield has raised £630 to be shared by three local charities:- Ashgate Hospicecare, Sheffield Children's Hospital, and Rotary's Aquabox, which is a leading provider of clean water and other humanitarian aid to disasters around the World. The first winners of the Rotary Satellite Club Challenge Trophy was 'The Fab Five'. The event supported by around 100 people was held at the Fox & Goose on Thursday 17 November 2016 and was organised by rotarian Paul Davies.
Satellite Club chairman Peter Blant presents the Challenge Trophy to John Nettleship ,
captain of the winning quiz team 'The Fab Five'
Satellite Club Charity Quiz Night Wooden Spoon: A quiz team made up of members of Chesterfield Rotary and Chesterfield Inner Wheel were winners of the Wooden Spoon Cup for coming in last in the very enjoyable but highly competitive first ever charity Quiz Night organised by the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield at the Fox & Goose on Thursday 17 November 2016.
Satellite Club chairman Peter Blant presents the Wooden Spoon Cup to
Mike Cudzich-Madry, captain of The Old Pretenders Quiz Team
District Ten-Pin Bowling Competition: The club has drawn Bretby Rotary Club away on Tuesday 22 November 2016 (8.00pm) in round two of the District Competition. Subject to confirmation the match is due to be played at the MFA Bowl, Ilkeston.
Past-president Mike Horton in action for the Club's ten-pin bowling team
94th Charter Anniversary Luncheon: The club held its 94th birthday celebration at the Ringwood Hall Hotel on Sunday 6 November 2016. President Mike-Cudzich-Madry welcomed club members and wives and representatives of other Rotary Clubs. Official guests included district governor-elect Michael Longden (West Ashfield), and Mrs Rita Clarke, president-elect of the Inner Wheel Club of Chesterfield. The after-lunch speaker was highly-rated raconteur, past-president John Roberts (Chesterfield).
From left to right: Guest speaker John Roberts and his wife Judy Staton,
president Mike Cudzich-Madry and his wife Shirley, district governor-elect Michael Longden
and his wife Margaret, president-elect of Chesterfield Inner Wheel, Rita Clarke
Ashgate Croft School: At the club meeting on Friday 4 November 2016 president Mike Cudzich-Madry presented a cheque for £2,000 to Claire Jones, of Ashgate Croft School, towards the cost of IT equipment, such as, laptops and a laptop trolley for the use of the students. The donation is from the club’s share of the proceeds from the 2016 Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show and is in support of the school’s ‘Building Skills for Life’ vision.
President Mike Cudzich-Madry presents a cheque to Claire Jones of Ashgate Croft School
Ten-pin bowling success: The club's ten-pin bowling team are through to R2 of the Rotary District Competition after they put a Hallowe'en curse on near neighbours Sheffield Vulcan Rotary Club to win in a narrow 918/881 pts victory in the match played at the Chesterfield Bowl on Monday 31 October 2016.
Chesterfield team front row: George Freeman, Stuart Bradley,
Alan Clarke (capt), Andrew Elliott, Mike Horton
End Polio Now: In the week when Rotary and its partners celebrated World Polio Day, an update on the current situation to eradicate polio from the world was given by past-president Rob Wadd at the club meeting on Friday 28 October 2016. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/2ej9zpE
Ashgate Hospicecare: Lynn Jones from Ashgate Hospicecare visited the monthly meeting of Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield on Wednesday 26 October 2016 and was presented with a cheque for £2,900 which was part of the proceeds from the club organised 2016 Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show. A presentation of £2,900 was previously made at the club meeting on Friday 7 October 2016 to both Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
Lynn Jones from Ashgate Hospicecare receives a cheque for
£2,900 from Satellite Club chairman Peter Blant, secretary
John Nettleworth & main show organiser Alan Clarke
Artic Expedition: An account of a five-month artic expedition
to the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard was given in an interesting illustrated
talk by guest speaker Terry Fones at the club meeting on Friday 21 October
2016. He was British Exploring Society expedition
leader for a party of ten adventurous students who carried out scientific field
experiments whilst living under canvass, enduring the unpredictable and
extreme weather conditions of an artic winter.
Terry Fones FRGS, with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (right) and
speaker host, rotarian Ian Gordon (left)
Junior Verse-Speaking Competition 2016: Youngsters from local primary schools in Chesterfield and NE Derbyshire took part in the annual Junior Verse-Speaking Competition, organised for the 29th year by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield on Tuesday 18 October 2016. The overall competition winner was Ethan Woolley with his rendition of the poem Columbus. Competition judges were president Mike Cudzich-Madry, Chesterfield Inner Wheel past-president Margaret Mitchell, and local school teacher Judy Stone. The event, which was held at Calow C of E Primary School, was once again organised by past-president David Windle.
Winner Ethan Woolley with the runners-up and the judges,
president Mike Cudzich-Madry, Margaret Mitchell, and Judy Stone
Fund-raising for Sheffield Children's Hospital: Inspiring story shared by Andrew Davies at Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield's social evening held at Offley Barn on Saturday 15 October 2016, about his brave fight against leukaemia and subsequent fund-raising for Sheffield Children's Hospital. He has so far raised £104,625 of his target of £150,000, which is the equivalent cost of his bone marrow transplant on the NHS. Check out Support for Andrew and click here to donate http://bit.ly/2deXkOs
Andrew Davies with Satellite Club chairman Peter Blant
Respite breaker for disadvantaged children: At the club meeting on Friday 14 October 2016 Matt Nickson, from national childrens charity Chicks, highlighted the splendid work of the charity in providing respite breaks for disadvantaged children from across the UK who might be living in poverty, be young carers, be victims of bullying or abuse, or have been bereaved. The charity own three centres, the nearest being close to the Derbyshire village of Fenny Bently, where the children can enjoy a respite break where they get just to be children again.
Matt Nickson, who gave an illustrated talk about Chicks, with
president Mike Cudzich-Madry (right) and speaker host,
rotarian David Parker (left)
Rotary sponsored Art Exhibition: The Chesterfield Senior Schools Art Exhibition, which showcases the creative talents of local students in Chesterfield, was officially opened by the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Steve Brunt, in a short ceremony at the exhibition venue, St Andrews United Reformed Church, on Saturday 8 October 2016. The students were presented with certificates. The exhibition is open all day Saturday, and Sunday 9 October (1.00pm to 4.00pm). Rotary organiser is rotarian Ian Gordon.
Official opening with Mayor & Mayoress of Chesterfield, Rotary
president Mike Cudzich-Madry, and some of the creative students
Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice: Russell Hall from Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice visited the club on Friday 7 October 2016 and was presented with a cheque for £2,900 which was part of the proceeds from the club organised 2016 Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show. A presentation of £2,900 was also made at the same meeting to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, and a similar amount is due to be presented to Ashgate Hospicecare at the monthly October meeting of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield (Central).
Russell Hall receives a cheque for £2,900 from president
Mike Cudzich-Madry (right) and show main organiser Alan Clarke
Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity: Helen Gentle from Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity visited the club on Friday 7 October 2016 and was presented with a cheque for £2,900 which was part of the proceeds from the club organised 2016 Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show.
Helen Gentle receives a cheque for £2,900 from president
Mike Cudzich-Madry (right) and show main organiser Alan Clarke
Origins of place-names: Freelance journalist and author Anthony Poulton-Smith revealed the historic origins of place names for towns, rivers, districts, and even street names in Great Britain at the club meeting on Friday 30 September 2016. He has written 65 books on the subject covering most parts of the country.
Anthony Poulton-Smith (centre) with president-nominee
Barry Thompson (left) and speaker host, rotarian Nigel Metham
New member joins Rotary: Welcome to accountant Steve Heeley as the fourteenth new member of the recently-formed Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield (Central) for busy younger professionals. He is a partner with Thorntons, a firm of accountants based in South Yorkshire and was inducted into Rotary membership by Chesterfield Rotary president Mike Cudzich-Madry and Satellite Club chairman Peter Blant.
Steve Heeley (centre) welcomed into Rotary by president
Mike Cudzich-Madry (right) & Satellite Club chairman Peter Blant (left)
Cabin Crew Haze: Former airline-stewardess Judy Richter lifted the lid on the life of cabin crew on both commercial and private jets in an amusing, and sometimes revealing, talk at the club meeting on Friday 23 September 2016.
Judy Richter with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (right) and
speaker host, past-president John Heath
Front-line Soldier to Front-line Author: A former serving soldier and military instructor at Sandhurst gave an inspiring talk to members at the club meeting on Friday 16 September 2016. Andy Johnson had served for 24 years as a front-line infantry soldier before embarking on a new career as full-time author and and part-time youth worker. He is currently working on his fourth book.
Andy Johnson (centre) with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (right)
and speaker host, president-elect Peter Barr
Paul Harris Fellowship: Past-president Rob Wadd has been recognised for his commitment to membership recruitment, including the successful launch of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield for younger busy professionals. He was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotary's top honour, at the club meeting on Friday 9 September 2016 by president Mike Cudzich-Madry.
Past-president Rob Wadd (right) being presented with
a Paul Harris Fellowship by president Mike Cudzich-Madry
Golf Tournament Winner: Congratulations to rotarian Martin Eyre who is the winner of the 2016 Chesterfield Rotary Club Golf Tournament. He was presented with his trophy at the club meeting on Friday 9 September 2016.
Martin Eyre (left) presented with the 2016 Golf Trophy
by president Mike Cudzich-Madry
Aquabox Update: The excellent work of the Wirksworth based Aquabox charity was highlighted by Mike Tomlinson, from the Rotary Club of Wirksworth, who provided an update at the club meeting on Friday 2 September 2016. After 25 years the charity remains a leading provider of clean water and other humanitarian aid to disasters around the World. It has recently received the prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Services.
Mike Tomlinson (centre) with president Mike Cudzich-Madry
and speaker host, past-president David Windle (left)
The Woodland Trust: The role of the UK's largest woodland conservation charity was explained by Gerald Price from the Woodland Trust in an illustrated talk at the club meeting on Friday 26 August 2016. The Trust, which was set up 44 years ago and now owns 1,100 woods in the UK, aims to protect and campaign on behalf of this country's woods, plant more trees, restore ancient woodland for the benefit of wildlife and people, and keep them safe for the next generation.
Gerald Price with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (right)
and speaker host Cyril Bates (left)
Rotary sponsor mini-zoo: Youngsters at Fairplay were able to get up close and personal with some real creepy, crawly animal colleages - like a python snake, scorpion, tarantula, bearded dragon...and many more, thanks to the Rotary Club of Chesterfield. On Friday 26 August 2016 the club organised a special visit to Chesterfield's Fairplay Centre from ZooLab, the UK's No1 leading animal handling experience and lifelong learning company, and the children loved it.
President-elect Peter Barr and community service chairman
George Freeman join Fairplay CEO Heather Fawbert with
ZooLab's Caz Grundy (right), and a couple of friendly reptiles
with a group of children
Derbyshire Education Business Partnership: Raising the aspirations of students of all ages in education at schools throughout Derbyshire was the topic of an illustrated talk given by Laura Wilkins and Stuart Rooker from Derbyshire Education Business Partnership Ltd at the club meeting on Friday 19 August 2016. They highlighted the positive role of current or retired business people who can volunteer to support local schools by giving talks, conducting mock interviews, or mentoring, all with the aim of inspiring the next generation. STEM Ambassadors, with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths, were also being sought, especially in North Derbyshire, to give students a sense of excitement in these crucial areas.
Stuart Rooker & Laura Wilkins from Derbyshire Education
Business Partnership with speaker host Peter Barr (left)
and past-president Mike Hadfield
New JVP Inducted: Rotarian Barry Thompson was inducted as the club's new junior vice president for 2016-17 by past-president Mike Hadfield at the club meeting on Friday 19 August 2016. This means he is president nominee for the Rotary Year 2018-19.
Rotarian Barry Thompson is the club's new JVP
Impact of Nepal Earthquake: A first-hand account of the devastation caused by the April 2015 earthquake on the Langtang region of Nepal was given by Liz Roberts in an illustrated talk at the club meeting held on Friday 12 August 2016. She has already made two visits to the area, and plans a third longer two month visit from October, to help with the limited aid work that is taking place to assist homeless residents, including orphan children.
Liz Roberts with president Mike Cudzich-Madry and
speaker host rotarian Nigel Metham (left)
Official visit of District Governor: The District 1220 Governor Colin Gell (Carlton) made his official visit to the club on Friday 5 August 2016. He explained the RI global theme of 'Rotary Serving Humanity' and his own personal theme for the 2016-17 Rotary Year of 'Building Forward' so the good work of Rotary continues to thrive in this District. He gave an update on the worldwide campaign to eliminate Polio, which is now close to success, including news of his Polio Out fundraiser using his special Teddy called 'Inch'.
DG Colin Gell (right) with president Mike Cudzich-Madry
and Polio Out Teddy 'Inch'
History of Whittington: A potted history of the Whittington area of Chesterfield was given by guest speaker Cllr Barry Bingham at the club meeting on Friday 29 July 2016 when he highlighted the influential people who had lived in the area over hundreds of years. He generously invited members to join him on a future date for a 3 mile circular walk of the area to help bring his talk to life.
Cllr Barry Bingham with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (left)
and speaker host rotarian Charles Evans (right)
Another new member for the Satellite Club: Chesterfield Rotary Club's new Satellite Club goes from strength to strength following the induction of its thirteenth new member. President Mike Cudzich-Madry welcomed graphic designer Rebecca Hancock into membership of the worldwide Rotary movement at the Satellite Club's July meeting on Wednesday 27 July 2016.
Rotary president Mike Cudzich-Madry (right) with Satellite
Club chairman Peter Blant welcome Rebecca Hancock
Records broken at Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show 2016: There was a record attendance at this year's Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show organised jointly by the Rotary Club's of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross and Matlock. Best Car was a 1960 Bristol 406 2.2 Straight Six Triple Colex Carbs owned by David Mann from Sheffield. Best Bike was a 1971 Honda K3 Series CL 350cc Street Scrambler owned by Bill Rimmer from North Wingfield. Take a peek at the show: https://youtu.be/YZf3t5eNBnw
Best Car owner David Mann with president Mike Cudzich-Madry
Best Bike owner Bill Rimmer with president Mike Cudzich-Madry