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MEETING REPORT

 

Joint-president David Dolman presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 16 October 2015. He welcomed past-president Jim Savage who was returning after a recent absence and regular guest Frank Clifford, past-president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover. He also welcomed Inner Wheel member Jenny Windle who, with her husband past-president David Windle, were hosting Mrs Barbara Harrison and Mr David Botham who had both been nominated for the club’s Citizen of the Year Award.

 

Information boards circulated included details of the club’s 93rd Charter Anniversary Luncheon, which is to be held at Ringwood Hall Hotel on Sunday 1 November 2015; and a chance for members to make a donation for the purchase of sweets which will be given out when Santa’s Charity Fund-Raising Sleigh visits local supermarkets in December.

 

The president read out a letter of thanks from Ashgate Hospicecare for the recent donation made as a result of the Classic Car & Bike Show held at Renishaw Hall in June. He also reported that the latest Rotary magazine for October/November 2015 was now available for members to take away.
 
Latest Rotary magazine now available
 
Secretary John Hare reported that members wishing to volunteer to help the Royal British Legion should make direct contact with the local branch.

 

Past-president David Windle formally introduced Mrs Barbara Harrison and Mr David Botham who were this year’s joint recipients of the club’s Citizen of the Year Award for their unselfish and unstinting charitable service to the local community.  He revealed that through the charitable work they had undertaken they had brought much pleasure to so many people over so many years.  He congratulated them on their sterling efforts in leading a Saturday Singalong for the residents of Harehills Court, Grangewood, every week since the home opened 22 years ago, an event that was much loved and eagerly anticipated each week by the enthusiastic participants.

 
Citizens of the Year 2015 Mrs Barbara Harrison and Mr David Botham
being presented with their awards by joint president David Dolman.
Also pictured host, past-president David Windle (right)
 
The two recipients Mrs Barbara Harrison and Mr David Botham, whilst individually expressing their complete surprise in being recognised for their volunteering efforts, thanked the club for the award which was so very much appreciated.

 

The closing toast was proposed by joint-president Ian Gaunt.

 

At the club meeting on Friday 23 October 2015 the after-lunch speaker is Janet Millard from Deaf and Hearing Support, Chesterfield, on ‘Deaf Awareness’.  Speaker host is David Parker and duty rotarian is Martin Eyre.