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Joint-president David Dolman presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 15 April 2016.  He welcomed regular visitor Frank Clifford, a past president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover, who, it was announced, celebrates his 90th birthday on Wednesday 20 April 2016.  Members were also pleased to welcome rotarian Mike Modiri whose business commitments donít usually allow regular lunchtime attendance.

Past-president Rob Wadd brought greetings from former past-president Roger Watts (2005-06) who now lives in Cardiff and with whom he met recently.

Information boards circulated included:- attendance register, club calendar of duties and events, confirmation of member details for new directory 2016-17, nomination sheet for Council members and other club roles for Rotary Year 2016-17.


The after-lunch speaker was Nicola Crawford, a volunteer worker with the charity, Medical Detection Dogs, which works with the powerful scenting instincts of dogs to help detect and manage human disease. One side of the charity, trains and partners dogs to alert and support people who manage life-threatening conditions, eg., type 1 diabetes, narcolepsy, and severe allergies, helping to prevent dangerous medical episodes such as coma and anaphylactic shock.  The other side of the charity works in research, in the early detection of cancer. The charity relies on public support and generous donations to fund its work as it receives no Government or NHS funding.  More about the charity

Nicola Crawford with speaker host, rotarian Roger Peck

A vote of thanks was proposed by speaker host, rotarian Roger Peck.  The meeting came to a close when the president proposed the closing toast.  At the next meeting on Friday 22 April 2016 the after-lunch speaker is Dominic Stevens of Destination Chesterfield who will give an update on the marketing of Chesterfield.  Speaker host is Rob Wadd and duty rotarian is Charles Evans.