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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 29 January 2016. He welcomed regular guest Frank Clifford, past-president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover, and Barry Thompson, guest of past-president John Keeton.


Apologies were received from joint-president David Dolman and rotarian Ian Gordon who were attending the annual club sponsored Young Chef Competition being hosted this day by Parkside Community School.


Information boards circulated included the club calendar and details of a theatre visit to see Chesterfield Operatic Society’s performance of Jesus Christ Superstar in April 2016.


The president reminded members that the memorial service for the late rotarian Derek Botham is to be held at Ashover Parish Church on Tuesday 2 February at 12.15pm.


Past-president Jim Savage reported on another successful Burns Night Celebration which had been held for the 19th consecutive year at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, on Monday 25 January 2016.  A charity roll-a-coin competition had raised £90 for Parkinson’s UK. Due to the retirement of long-serving caterer Anne Inns, and keyboard player Brian Freeman, a small sub-committee were now considering the various format options for holding this event in 2017.
From l to r: past-president Jim Haggarty, pipe major Tom Varley,
main organiser past-president Jim Savage, & keyboard player Brian Freeman


Past-president Jim Haggarty reported that a Whisky Tasting Evening will be held at the Olde House on Friday 4 March 2016 (7.00pm for 7.30pm).  Tickets priced at £22 will also include a Scottish supper of haggis, bashed neeps and champit tatties.  A board will be circulated for names.


Past-president Alan Clarke reported that the club’s ten-pin-bowling team have been drawn against the Rotary Club of Church Wilne in R3 of the Rotary District Ten-Pin-Bowling Competition. The date of the match, which will be played at Ilkeston, has still to be agreed.


Past-president Rob Wadd reported that the club’s innovative new ‘Satellite Club’ for busy younger professionals was launched at Calabria Italian Restaurant on Wednesday 27 January 2016 with 21 people attending (plus six others interested but unable to attend). Those in attendance had agreed to a further meeting which will be held at Calabria on Wednesday 24 February to agree forward plans. A fuller report will be given at the club’s business meeting on Friday 5 February. 
Rob Woodhead launching Chesterfield Rotary's new Satellite Club


The after-lunch speaker was local author and historian Ian Morgan who gave a fascinating insight into ‘The Curious World of Old Time Punishments’. From birching to branding, burning at the stake to beheading and hanging, from ducking stools to the stocks, the speaker was clearly captivated by the intrigues and history of England’s colourful past.  More details of books by Ian Morgan are at Amazon:
Guest speaker Ian Morgan (centre) with joint-president Ian Gaunt (right)
and speaker host, rotarian Roger Peck (left)


A vote of thanks was proposed by rotarian Roger Peck and the meeting was brought to a close when past-president Bryan White proposed the closing toast.


The next meeting on Friday 5 February is the club’s monthly business meeting. Duty rotarian is David Windle.