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President Jim Haggarty welcomed members and guests to the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 28 June.  He welcomed Luke Modiri, son of rotarian Mike Modiri, Stuart Whitby and Trevor Sharpe, who were guests of vice president Rob Wadd, and regular guest Frank Clifford, a past president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover.


Past president John Heath thanked the club, on behalf of the RNLI, for a recent donation made as part of the club’s annual disbursements. 


Rotarian Mike Hyman revealed that the club’s recent charity donation to the Kids ‘n’ Cancer UK Charity, which is based in Chesterfield, would enable the setting up of a direct video link to the USA to enable affected families to communicate more easily with the professionals at the Florida Proton Therapy Institute.


The meeting was the official handover ceremony when retiring president Jim installed his successor president-elect Mike Cudzich-Madry, a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, as the 90th President of the Club for the new Rotary Year 2013-14. Rotarians Rob Wadd and John Roberts were confirmed as joint senior vice presidents, past president John Hare continues as honorary secretary and rotarian Martin Eyre maintains his role as honorary treasurer.
President Jim Haggarty (left) shortly before installing
 the new 90th President Mike Cudzich-Madry


From 1 July the six elected members who will also serve on the club’s new managing council will be past presidents Ian Gaunt, Geoff Mitchell and Bryan White, and rotarians George Freeman, Keith Hutchinson and Mike Modiri.
In this library picture from left to right:- past president Geoff Mitchell,
rotarians George Freeman, Mike Modiri & Keith Hutchinson,
retiring president Jim Haggarty,  new president Mike Cudzich-Madry,
 senior vice-presidents John Roberts & Rob Wadd,
past president Ian Gaunt
 (not pictured past president Bryan White)


Past president Jim Haggarty addressed the club by summarizing his year in office and thanked his wife Margaret and all his officers, chairmen of committees, past presidents and members for their valuable support during an enjoyable year.  He also thanked past president John and Liz Keeton for kindly hosting the President’s Social Evening at their home the previous week which was enjoyed by members, their wives, Rotarian's widows and members of the Chesterfield Inner Wheel Club.
Final words to the club by outgoing president Jim Haggarty
The moment of handover and installation of the 90th President
of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield
The newly installed president Mike Cudzich-Madry presents a
past president's badge to outgoing president Jim Haggarty
President Mike Cudzich-Madry addressed the club for the first time
During his address the prestigious chain of office, which identifies
the 89 previous presidents of the club, was circulated


The newly installed president Mike Cudzich-Madry set out his priorities for the new Rotary Year which included continuing the varied programme of help for communities at home and abroad, support for local charities, renewed efforts to recruit new members, and an aim to ensure existing members continued to enjoy their Rotary.  He unveiled a new digital recruitment presentation which explains for potential new recruits what Rotary is all about. On behalf of all members past president John Keeton welcomed the new president and offered him best wishes for a successful presidential year.
Outgoing president Jim Haggarty wishes all the best to
new president Mike Cudzich-Madry


The meeting was brought to a close by past president Alan Clarke proposing the closing toast.
The next meeting on Friday 5 July is the monthly business meeting.  Duty rotarian is David Dolman.


If you are interested in joining the Chesterfield Rotary Club please contact Alan Clarke on 01246 811616.