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Joint-president Ian Gaunt presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 20 November 2015. He welcomed regular guest Frank Clifford, past-president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover.


Past-president Alan Clarke reported that the club’s ten-pin bowling team was through to Round 2 of the District Ten-Pin-Bowling Competition after victory over the Rotary Club of Beeston.   The members of the successful team are past-presidents Stuart Bradley, Alan Clarke, Mike Horton, Bryan White and rotarian George Freeman. The next round is due to be played in January 2016.
The two teams - Chesterfield (back row) and Beeston (front row)


Alan Clarke, with his treasurer’s hat on, reported that he was now collecting members’ donations to enable the purchase of sweets which will be given out when Santa’s Charity Fund-Raising Sleigh visits local supermarkets on various dates during December.

Secretary John Hare reported that former Inner Wheel member and widow of former Rotary past-president Archer Blyton, Catharine Blyton, had sadly passed away and a memorial service was to be held at Baslow Church on Thursday 26 November 2015 from 2.30pm.

Past-president Jim Savage reported that the club’s annual Burns Night Celebration, set for Monday 25 January 2016, could well be the last in the present format after seventeen continuous years as the usual caterer and keyboard player were due to retire.  He asked members to help make it a memorable occasion and asked for any feedback on any different ways in which Burns Night could be celebrated in future years.
Will Jim Savage, MBE., (left) be addressing the haggis for the last time in 2016?

The guest speaker was Rod Shiers who gave an interesting talk about his long-held promise to sail round Great Britain on his retirement.  With the help of an assorted relay of crew he successfully circumnavigated Great Britain in his 32ft Westerly Fulmer Yacht.  He has since published a book about his exploits entitled ‘All Board’ which he hopes will be an inspiration for marina-lurkers everywhere to ply the alluring, and occasionally challenging, waters around the UK. Proceeds from the book are being donated to RNLI.

Round UK yachtsman Rod Shiers (left) with joint-president Ian Gaunt


A vote of thanks to the guest speaker was proposed by past-president Alan Clarke.  With thoughts of the recent terrorist atrocities the closing toast of ‘Rotary and Peace the World Over’ was proposed by past-president Geoff Mitchell.


The next club meeting is on Friday 27 November when the speaker host is John Keeton and the duty rotarian is Bryan White.