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President Mike Cudzich-Madry presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House on Friday 28 October 2016.  This was a social meeting with no after-lunch speaker.


Information boards circulated were:- attendance register, club calendar, orders for 2018 diaries, and news of the club’s 94th Charter Anniversary Lunch being held at the Ringwood Hall Hotel on Sunday 6 November 2016 (12.30pm for 1.00pm).


The president noted that the next meeting of the club’s community service committee was due to be held at the Olde House on Monday 31 October at the earlier time of 6.30pm.  This is to enable members of the ten-pin bowling team to take part in the District competition against the Rotary Club of Sheffield Vulcan, which is being held at Chesterfield Bowl that same night from 8.00pm.


Past-president Rob Wadd addressed members about Rotary’s ongoing End Polio Now project as Monday 24 October had been World Polio Day.  This had once again highlighted Rotary’s 27-year mission to eradicate this crippling childhood disease. There had been a worldwide web-stream to highlight that Rotary, along with its partners, had reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first polio eradication project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.  Over that time Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries by raising $1.6 billion. Although drastically reduced the disease still remains endemic in three countries -- Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan -- although other countries remain at risk from imported cases. 



The message to world leaders was clear: support the final push to achieve eradication now while the goal has never been closer, or face the potential consequences of a new polio pandemic that could disable millions of children within a decade.  A final push could lead to this being the first human disease of the 21st century to be eradicated.  The Rotary Club of Chesterfield continues to support Rotary’s ‘End Polio Now’ project and has done so for many years.


Past-president Rob Wadd reported that the Satellite Club was holding a Charity Quiz Night at the Fox and Goose on Thursday 17 November (7.00pm for 7.30pm) and members were invited to enter a team or two.  Cost was £10 a head, which included a buffet.  He suggested that a board be circulated at the next meeting to enable members to volunteer.


Past-president Geoff Mitchell reported that he had also attended the monthly meeting of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield held at Brampton Manor on Wednesday 26 October 2016. He was pleased to note that Satellite Club members seemed eager to assist with Santa's Sleigh charity fundraising collections at local supermarkets during December.  Lynn Jones from Ashgate Hospicecare had been presented with a cheque for £2,900 which was part of the proceeds from the club organised 2016 Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show. The presentation at this meeting recognized the important role of Satellite Club members in providing help at the Renishaw Hall event.  He reminded members that a presentation of £2,900 had previously been made at our club meeting on Friday 7 October 2016 to both Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. 


Lynn Jones from Ashgate Hospicecare receives a cheque for

£2,900 from Satellite Club chairman Peter Blant, secretary
John Nettleworth & main show organiser Alan Clarke


Past-president Geoff Mitchell then added to Rob Wadd’s report that the charities chosen for support by the Satellite Club were, the new NGS Macmillan Unit at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Ashgate Hospicecare, Church on the Bus project - for homeless and needy people in Chesterfield, St Wilfrids Centre, Sheffield - for the homeless, vulnerable and socially excluded in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire, and Sheffield Children’s Hospital.


On the latter, he recounted the story of Andrew Davies, son of rotarian Paul Davies, a member of the Satellite Club, who had recovered from leukaemia after a life-saving bone marrow transplant at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. In addition to his fund-raising to raise £150,000 for the hospital (for which he has so far raised £105,000) he is now taking part in the Rikshaw Challenge, featured this week on the BBC One Show, raising funds for BBC Children in Need.


Andrew Davies with Satellite Club chairman Peter Blant

at a recent charity social event


Past-president Alan Clarke reported that Andrew’s fund-raising for Sheffield Children’s Hospital was being considered for support from the club’s share from the 2017 Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show. He is expected to visit the club in the new year to give a short presentation to members.   Check out Support for Andrew and click here to donate   


The closing toast was proposed by past-president Rob Wadd. The next club meeting is on Friday 4 November 2016 when a cheque presentation will be made to Claire Jones of Ashgate Croft School from the club’s share from the 2016 Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show.  Host will be Alan Clarke and duty rotarian is Charles Evans.