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Joint-president Mike Hadfield presided at the Christmas meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 18 December 2015. He welcomed guests Barry Thompson, and Frank Clifford, past-president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover. Wine to accompany the Christmas lunch was kindly provided by past-president David Jenkins, CStJ., who celebrates his 92nd birthday on Boxing Day.


The volunteer rosta was re-circulated for Santa’s Charity Fund-Raising Sleigh which is visiting local supermarkets over the Christmas period.  Members were urged to fill the remaining vacant slots which currently are:- Sainsburys, Saturday 19 December (1pm to 3pm & 3pm to 5pm), Tescos, Thursday 24 December (9am to 11am).  Members were asked to contact past-president Alan Clarke to volunteer for these vacant slots (or part thereof), and to contact him to check if any other slots required filling. Members wishing to support Santa’s Sleigh for Chesterfield Inner Wheel at Tesco on Sunday 20 December should contact Inner Wheel president Kath Bradley.
Santa's Sleigh at Morrisons


Rotarian George Freeman, chairman of the club’s community service committee, reported that he, joint-president Mike Hadfield (who is also County Vice-President for St John Ambulance), and past-president Geoff Mitchell, had attended Parkside Community School on Thursday 17 December to witness the innovative first aid training sessions being delivered by St John Ambulance. The special one hour sessions for 300 Parkside students are being sponsored for the first time by Chesterfield Rotary Club and cover:- Communication and Casualty Care, Primary Survey and Interactive Demonstrations of CPR.  Each student received a certificate to acknowledge their participation in learning these new life skills.
Joint-president Mike Hadfield with St Johns Ambulance trainers
and some of the Parkside students


St John Ambulance, which is the nation’s leading first aid charity, wants to teach a generation the essential skills which could be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. This latest initiative is part of this project with the aim of teaching 50,000 young people across the East Midlands, with 25,000 of those young people in Derbyshire  - making a huge impact on safety in the school, the children’s home lives and families, in the wider community and in Derbyshire as a whole.  More details:-

Members were reminded to take a personal copy of the December/January 2016 edition of ‘Rotary’, the magazine of Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland.
December/January 2016 edition now available


The traditional hearty singing of carols by members was led by past-president David Windle, with musical accompaniment provided by past-president Tim Stubbins on the keyboard.


After Christmas and New Year wishes were expressed by the president, the meeting was brought to a close with the closing toast proposed by past-president David Jenkins, CStJ.


Due to Christmas and New Year the next club meeting is on Friday 8 January 2016, which is a business meeting. Duty rotarian is Charles Evans.