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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Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show
Renishaw Hall, Eckington, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S21 3WB
Wednesday 14 June 2017 (3.00pm for 8.00pm)
Show cars and bikes £5, visitors cars £10, pedestrians £3
Just turn up on the day, no booking required
Latest News: 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
Shutting the Door on Cybercrime: Sound advice and practical tips on how to avoid rising cybercrime were shared with members at the club meeting on Friday 22 July 2016 by Andy Watterson, business crime manager with East Midlands Chamber.
Andy Watterson with president Mike Cudzich-Madry
Rotary Dictionary 4 Life Project: Youngers at William Rhodes Junior School, Chesterfield, are the beneficiaries of a highly-rated Usborne Illustrated English Dictionary, courtesy the Rotary Club of Chesterfield. President-elect Peter Barr and community service chairman George Freeman visited the school on Tuesday 19 July 2016 to present personal copies to Year 6 pupils. 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.
Year 6 pupils with their new dictionaries
Homelessness in Chesterfield: The manager of local charity Pathways of Chesterfield, Emily Gilpin, visited the club on Friday 15 July 2016 to explain the role of the charity in supporting those in the Chesterfield area without a permanent home to obtain and maintain one. More details: http://bit.ly/29HNqOZ
Emily Gilpin with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (right) and
speaker host David Parker (left)
New President Installed for 2016-17: New president Mike Cudzich-Madry was installed as the club's new president for the Rotary Year 2016-17 at the club meeting held on Friday 1 July 2016. It is his second term of office having served as club president in 2013-14. Also installed was president-elect for 2017-18 rotarian Peter Barr, and secretary John Hare and treasurer Alan Clarke.
New president Mike Cudzich-Madry with treasurer Alan Clarke,
secretary John Hare and president-elect Peter Barr
Paul Harris Fellowship: Long-serving past-president Roy Willett has been awarded with Rotary's highest honour when he received a Paul Harris Fellowship at the club meeting on Friday 1 July 2016 for his ongoing service and commitment to Rotary.
Past-president Roy Willett (left) receives a Paul Harris Fellowship
from joint president Mike Hadfield
More members inducted for Satellite Club: Three founding members of the newly-formed Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield (Central) attended the 'mother' club meeting on Friday 10 June 2016 to be formally inducted into membership. Joint president Ian Gaunt conducted the ceremony and welcomed them into the worldwide Rotary movement. They are:- Robin Eyre (Online Marketing), Ingrid Stopher (Teacher) and Ryan Bridge (Commercial Banking).
From left to right: Robin Eyre, Ingrid Stopher and Ryan Bridge
with joint-president Ian Gaunt (centre)
Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show 2016: Three big local charities will benefit to the tune of £2,800 each thanks to another successful car & bike show held at Renishaw Hall on 8 June 2016
The crowds and cars flocked in from all over the region to ensure this annual event, organised by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, means another big payout for Ashgate Hospicecare, Bluebell Wood Childrens Hospice, and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. http://bit.ly/29avY5W
Rotary History made in Chesterfield: The largest expansion of Rotary in Chesterfield has taken place with the induction of ten founding members of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield (Central) at their monthly meeting held at Brampton Manor on Wednesday 25 May 2016. Joint-president Ian Gaunt, along with club members and representatives from District 1220 welcomed the new Rotarians into the worldwide movement of Rotary International. A further four founding members are due to be inducted at the club's next monthly meeting in June 2016.
Joint-president Ian Gaunt inducts the new members
Destination Chesterfield: How Chesterfield is currently being marketed to encourage investment and tourism was explained at the club meeting on Friday 22 April 2016 by Dom Stevens the manager of Destination Chesterfield, the public private partnership responsible for promoting the town. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/1Ss1jR0
Dom Stevens (left) with joint-president David Dolman
Dogs Saving Lives: At the club meeting on Friday 15 April 2016 members heard the amazing story, from volunteer worker Nicola Crawford, how dogs are being trained by the charity 'Medical Detection Dogs' to save lives by using their powerful scenting instincts to help detect and manage human life threatening conditions, including cancer. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/1NthKdM
Nicola Crawford with speaker host, rotarian Roger Peck
RIBI National Conference Report: At the meeting on Friday 8 April 2016 members received a full report on the RIBI Conference 2016 held at Bournemouth on 1-3 April 2016. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/1qc1Fni
RI President K R 'Ravi' Ravindran addressing RIBI Conference 2016
The Role of Police & Crime commissioner: The deputy police and crime commissioner for Derbyshire, Hardyal Dhindsa, visited the club on Friday 1 April 2016 to explain the role and share the overall objectives and achievements so far in the County. He is to stand for the main job in the forthcoming elections in May 2016. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/1UyysQm
Hardyal Dhindsa with joint-president David Dolman and
speaker host, Rotarian George Freeman
New Satellite Club is Launched: A club initiative to launch a new satellite club for younger business people in the town came to fruition at Calabria on Wednesday 23 March 2016 with the formal launch of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield Central with up to fifteen prospective members in attendance. More details of the launch meeting: http://bit.ly/22HEbob
Newly appointed Officers from l to r: John Nettleship (secretary),
Peter Blant (chair), Martin Swain (treasurer)
Keeping Children Safe at Wigley: Children at Wigley Primary School have been presented by the club with a set of High Visibility Vests for use each day on the country lanes surrounding the school when arriving and leaving each school day. Joint-president Mike Hadfield visited the school, along with community service chairman George Freeman, on Wednesday 15 March 2016 to meet the children and make a formal presentation of the new safety clothing.
Joint-president Mike Hadfield at Wigley School
Chesterfield Schools Public Speaking Competition: For the 50th year the club ran the finals of the Public Speaking Competition for local secondary schools on Friday 18 March 2016 when the club also welcomed wives and members of Chesterfield Inner Wheel to the annual Ladies Day. Winner chosen by the audience in a close competition was Louis Elliott-Hammond of Whittington Green School for his talk on 'Technology'. The three other finalists were Emma Nash and Luke Beresford from Netherthorpe and Libby Widdowson from Springwell. Junior verse speaking competition winner for 2015, Maria Benney from Hady Primary School, recited her winning poem. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/1R4qiwx
Cup winner Louis Elliott-Hammond with joint-president
Mike Hadfield and the other contestants
Appointment of future Club President: Members endorsed the nomination of Rotarian Peter Barr as the club's new president for Rotary Year 2017-18. The former Mayor of Chesterfield now takes on the role of president-nominee for 2015-16, and president-elect for 2016-17. He was presented with his chain of office by joint-president Mike Hadfield at the club meeting on Friday 11 March 2016. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/1pkAbfw
Peter Barr (right) received his chain of office from
joint-president Mike Hadfield
Induction of New Member: Joint-president Mike Hadfield inducted a new member at the club meeting on Friday 11 March 2016. He welcomed former pub landlord and retired electrical engineer Barry Thompson into the worldwide Rotary movement. Meeting report: http://bit.ly/1pkAbfw