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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 22 April 2016.  He welcomed regular visitor Frank Clifford, a past president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover, who was celebrating his 90th birthday in the same week as the Queen. Members gave Frank a resounding rendition of Happy Birthday.

Information boards circulated included:- attendance register, club calendar of duties and events, the joint Charter Anniversary of the Rotary Clubs of Dronfield, Drone Valley and Eckington being held at the Proact Stadium on Monday 2 May, and the 39th Charter of the Rotary Club of Bakewell being held at Hassop Hall on 18 May. Secretary John Hare reminded members that the nomination sheet for Council members and other club roles for Rotary Year 2016-17 was being circulated and, with a minimum of three Council members being required, there was still one vacancy which needed filling.

Past-president Rob Wadd reported that application forms from 13 potential members of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfied Central had been received and these would be processed over the coming weeks ahead of their meeting on Wednesday 25 May 2016.  

The after-lunch speaker was Dom Stevens the manager of Destination Chesterfield, the public private partnership responsible for promoting the town. He explained how through the various marketing campaigns the profile of the town is raised as a place to invest, work, live. and visit. The aim is also to celebrate all that is great about North Derbyshire from the people, the businesses, the buildings and the countryside. He gave members an update on some of the developments totalling £1 billion planned in the area over the next 10 years.  These included Markham Vale, Peak Resort, Elder Way, Chesterfield Waterside and Northern Gateway. 

Dom Stevens also revealed that, along with friends and family, he is raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society by taking part in ‘Sixteen in 16’, a series of 16 challenges in 2016. The challenges include :- a marathon, a triathlon, climbing a mountain, swimming, cycling, no alcohol or caffeine for 6 months, and much more. More details

Dom Stevens (left) with joint-president David Dolman

After Questions and Answers about Destination Chesterfield, a vote of thanks was proposed by speaker host, past-president John Roberts, who also proposed the closing toast.  At the next meeting on Friday 29 April 2016 the after-lunch speaker is rotarian Barry Thompson who will give his ‘Job Talk’. Speaker host is John Keeton and duty rotarian is Peter Barr.