Joint-president Ian Gaunt presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 21 August 2015. He welcomed regular guest, past-president Frank Clifford from the Rotary Club of Bolsover.
A board was circulated giving details of the club’s summer barbecue which is being held at the home of joint president Ian and Jackie Gaunt on Sunday 23 August 2015. The next meeting of the club’s community service committee is on Monday 24 August 2015.
The after lunch speaker was David Brocklehurst, a volunteer with the Air Ambulance Service, which is the umbrella organisation for the Children’s Air Ambulance – a national transfer service for seriously ill children and babies – and two local air ambulance services: Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) based at Coventry Airport, and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) based at East Midlands Airport.
The charity operates three Agusta Westland 109 helicopters, regarded as the fastest civilian helicopter in the world. They provide a rapid response to trauma and medical emergencies over an area of 3850 square miles. They cover many of the UK’s major road networks including the M1, M6, M69 and M42. With an average response of just 13 minutes, between them they attend on average six missions a day.
A vote of thanks to the speaker was proposed by past-president Roy Willett and the closing toast was proposed by past-president John Moss.