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Joint-president Mike Hadfield presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 18 September 2015. He welcomed regular guest, past-president Frank Clifford from the Rotary Club of Bolsover.


Details of the club’s 93rd Charter Anniversary Luncheon, which is to be held at Ringwood Hall Hotel on Sunday 1 November 2015, were circulated.


Joint-president Ian Gaunt gave a short report on the recent District Council meeting, which included news that eight more clubs from neighbouring South Yorkshire were transferring into our District 1220 Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. There was also news that Sheffield Rotary Club, which for many years has owned the Castleton Rotary Centre, used for various outdoor activities in the Peak District, was now proposing to either sell or lease-out the Centre. Any member volunteer wishing to join a District 1220 group to deal with these further developments was asked to contact the president. More details about the Centre here:-


The after-lunch speaker was Kevin Morley who shared an incredible story about his voluntary work in East Africa, first as a maths teacher in local schools in Eritrea, and then the setting up of the Saltergate Children’s Home in Ethiopia to provide shelter for orphaned children and babies left on the streets to fend for themselves.  He enthralled members with his first-hand graphic knowledge of the raw life of locals living under a military dictatorship where every youngster is conscripted into the army.  He also revealed the dangers for those attempting to escape over guarded borders for a perceived better life in the west. 
President Mike Hadfield (left) with guest speaker Kevin Morley
Kevin Morley's book ‘Inside Eritrea – a volunteer in East Africa’ is available on Amazon with all proceeds supporting the Saltergate Children’s Home, Ethiopia. Check out Amazon here:-   Donations can be made to or contact


The meeting was brought to a close when the closing toast was proposed by past-president Geoff Mitchell. 


At the club meeting on Friday 25 September there will be a charity cheque presentation to Ashgate Hospice, Bluebell Wood, and Weston Park from proceeds of the club’s Eckington Classic Car and Bike Show held at Renishaw Hall in June 2015.  The host will be Stuart Bradley and the duty rotarian is Roger Peck.