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Joint-president David Dolman presided at the monthly business meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 8 January 2016. He welcomed Barry Thompson, guest of past-president John Keeton and, as this was the first meeting of 2016, he wished all members a Happy New Year.  There also birthday wishes for past-presidents John Hare and Jim Savage.


Apologies were received from past-president John Moss and regular guest Frank Clifford, past-president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover, who had indicated they were unable to attend today’s meeting. Club secretary John Hare reported that until further notice past-president Rob Wadd had taken responsibility for the attendance register and members should notify him of any apologies for absence.   


Information boards circulated included details of two local Rotary Club Charter Anniversary Dinners:- Chesterfield Scarsdale Rotary Club’s 35th Charter Anniversary at the Proact Stadium on Thursday 18 February when entertainment will be provided by Quintessential Woodwind Quartet; and Matlock Rotary Club’s Charter Anniversary at Matlock Golf Club on Monday 14 March 2016 when the amusing guest speaker will be Dave Ellis, RIBI chairman of marketing, PR, & Communications.


Past-president Jim Savage reported that after 18 continuous years the Burns Night Celebration at the Winding Wheel on Monday 25 January 2016 is likely to be the last in its current format due to the retirement of the caterer and the regular keyboard player. Members were encouraged to sell tickets to family and friends to ensure the event was another success.
Addressing the Haggis


Club secretary John Hare reported that the pots of hyacinth bulbs he had cultivated were currently being distributed to members for onward delivery to local housebound senior citizens. He revealed that this would be the last year for this project which the club had run for over 20 years.
Hyacinths for housebound senior citizens


Club treasurer Alan Clark reported that Santa’s Charity Fund-Raising Sleigh, which had visited local supermarkets over the Christmas period, had raised a total of £3,875 for local charities.  The club thanked the public of Chesterfield for their generous donations, and thanked local supermarkets, Morrisons Brampton, Sainsburys, and Tesco Whittington Moor, for allowing the collections to be made at their premises.
Another good year for Santa's Sleigh


The president opened the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) for the appointment of the club’s president for Rotary Year 2016-17.  Members approved a Council proposal, seconded by past-president Ian Gaunt, for the appointment of past-president Mike Cudzich-Madry who was willing to serve for a second time. He was heartily thanked for volunteering to take on this crucial task.  Members were asked to consider volunteering for the role of senior vice-president for 2016-17, leading to being president in 2017-18.  The EGM was then closed.
President for 2016-17: Mike Cudzich-Madry with his wife Shirley


Joint president Mike Hadfield reported on correspondence shared by Rotary District 1220 about a District communications issue.


Past-president Alan Clarke reported that the club, having beaten Beeston Rotary Club in R1 of the Rotary District 1220 Ten-Pin-Bowling Competition, would now play Wirksworth Rotary Club in R2 at the Chesterfield Bowl on Tuesday 19 January 2016 (8.00pm).  He also reported that past-president John Roberts would be organizing a club team to enter the Rotary District 1220 Quiz.
Ten-Pin-Bowling Team hoping to make it into R3


Past-president Rob Wadd reported that the launch of Chesterfield Rotary’s new satellite club would take place at Calabria Italian Restaurant, Glumangate, Chesterfield, on Wednesday 27 January 2016 from 5.30pm.  This new way of doing Rotary was for busy younger people who want to help others.  More details are available from Rob Wadd on 01246 563370.


Past-president David Windle requested that a microphone be used for future meetings to help with the hearing of those members at the back of the room. The meeting was then brought to a close when past-president Bryan White proposed the closing toast.


The next club meeting is on Friday 15 January 2016 when the after-lunch speaker is Mike Kelley on ‘My Travels in the Yemen’.  Speaker host is Peter Barr and duty rotarian is John Moss.