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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 27 November 2015. He welcomed Barry Thompson, guest of past-president John Keeton, and regular guest Frank Clifford, past-president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover.


Information boards circulated were:- the volunteer rosta for Santa’s Charity Fund-Raising Sleigh,  the Club Calendar, and the club’s last ever Burns Night Celebration set to be held on Monday 25 January 2016.


Joint-president David Dolman reported that he and fellow joint-president Mike Hadfield had, on behalf of the club, attended a luncheon meeting of the Macular Degeneration Association held at Chesterfield College, where a superb meal had been served by catering students. 


The after-lunch speaker was club member and ‘dementia friend’ champion Nigel Metham, who gave a thought-provoking talk about dementia and the recently formed Chesterfield Dementia Action Alliance.  Set up in May 2015, this new alliance aims to change the way people think, talk and act about dementia, and plans to make Chesterfield a dementia friendly town.  It brings together regional and local members of the community such as large and small retailers, local authorities, hospital trusts, care providers, financial and professional services, and charities. Members of the public have a chance to learn more and become a ‘dementia friend’ by attending special information sessions.  More details
Guest speaker Nigel Metham (right) with joint-president Ian Gaunt


After concluding his talk by illustratively explaining how the illness affects a person’s behaviour, a vote of thanks to the guest speaker was proposed by past-president John Keeton.  The closing toast was proposed by past-president Cyril Bates.


The guest speaker at the next club meeting on Friday 4 December is Mike Kelley with a talk on the Cromford Canal entitled ‘The Sleeping Beauty’.  Speaker host is Andrew Elliott and the duty rotarian is Roy Willett.