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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 15 January 2016. He welcomed Barry Thompson, guest of past-president John Keeton.

 

Information boards circulated included details of 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.

 

Past-president Jim Savage reported that tickets were selling well for the Club’s annual Burns Night Celebration which is being held at the Winding Wheel on Monday 25 January 2016.  After 18 years this is likely to be the last event in its current format.

 

The club, having beaten Beeston Rotary Club in R1 of the Rotary District 1220 Ten-Pin-Bowling Competition, will play Wirksworth Rotary Club in R2 at the Chesterfield Bowl on Tuesday 19 January 2016 (8.00pm). 

 

The after-lunch speaker was Mike Kelley who, as a former oil man, gave a fascinating insight into Yemen, a country situated on the Arabian Peninsula.  It is a historic culturally rich country with influence from many civilisations, and contains four World Heritage sites. But Yemen is closed to many due to its ongoing conflicts between tribal, regional, religious and political interests and is now a hotbed of radicalism. The speaker saw beauty and horror, was held captive by Al Qaeda, and was evacuated by the French Foreign Legion.  His amazing story is captured in his book ‘My Shadows on the Clouds’ available from Amazon http://amzn.to/1J707Uq
 
Mike Kelley (centre) with joint-president David Dolman (right)
and speaker host, rotarian Peter Barr

 

A vote of thanks was proposed by rotarian Peter Barr and the meeting was brought to a close when past-president John Keeton proposed the closing toast.

 

The next club meeting is on Friday 22 January 2016 when the after-lunch speaker is Brian Stone on ‘Derbyshire in the Civil War’.  Speaker host is Rob Wadd and duty rotarian is Jim Haggarty.

 

Members Note: Members are reminded that until further notice past-president Rob Wadd has taken responsibility for the attendance register and members should notify him of any apologies for absence.