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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 April 2016.  He welcomed regular visitor Frank Clifford, a past president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover.

Information boards circulated included:- attendance register, club calendar of duties and events, confirmation of member details for new directory 2016-17.

The president reported that following the formal launch of the newly-named Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield Central, the Club Council were now recommending that a donation be made as a gesture to encourage and nurture the new satellite club.  It was proposed by past-president John Roberts, and seconded by past-president John Hare, ‘That a donation of £250 be made to the general account of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield Central’.  This proposition was approved unanimously.

Secretary John Hare reminded members that the club’s AGM will be held on Friday 13 May 2016 and a board will be circulated from next week for members to nominate Council members, and some other roles, for the new Rotary Year 2016-17.

President-elect Mike Cudzich-Madry and Hon Sec John Hare gave a verbal report on the RIBI 91st Conference held at Bournemouth on 1-3 April 2016 which they had attended along with joint-president Ian Gaunt, past-president Jim Haggarty, and their wives.  The speakers on various topics had been excellent, including Rotary International president K R ‘Ravi’ Ravindran from Sri Lanka who had spoken about wonderful Rotary support received following the Tsunami disaster in his country.  More locally, former Derbyshire and England cricketer Geoff Miller had gone down a treat with delegates and their wives. One negative had been a disappointing Gala Dinner in terms of poor food, poor service, and poor entertainment. On the business side the conference approved a recommendation to increase RIBI fees by £3 to £52pa. It was noted that in future years the club secretary could vote online and would not need to attend RIBI conference personally to vote on behalf of the club.  The 2017 conference is to be held in Manchester.

RI President K R 'Ravi' Ravindran addressing RIBI Conference 2016

The meeting came to a close when past-president John Heath proposed the closing toast.  At the next meeting on Friday 15 April 2016 the after-lunch speaker is Nicola Crawford on the charity ‘Medical Detection Dogs’.  Speaker host is Roger Peck and duty rotarian is John Wilkins.