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President Mike Cudzich-Madry presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 2 December 2016. He welcomed past-president David Dolman who was returning after a period of ill-health, and regular guest, past-president Frank Clifford, from the Rotary Club of Bolsover.


Information boards circulated included:- attendance register, club calendar, volunteers for Santa’s Sleigh charity fund-raising rota, numbers required for catering purposes, and news of the annual Burns Night Supper and Dance at the Winding Wheel on Monday 23 January 2017.


The president reminded members that the next meeting of Club Council is being held at the Olde House on Monday 5 December (7.30pm) and members are always welcome to attend as observers.


Past-president Rob Wadd reported that he had enjoyed attending the monthly meeting of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield and noted that members from the newly-formed Rotary Satellite Club of Derby had also attended as observers to help them with the development of their own club. The next meeting of the Satellite Club is at Brampton Manor on Wednesday 4 January 2017 (5.30pm).


The president reported on a busy week coming up. President-elect Peter Barr will be attending the Rotary sponsored Kids-Out trip for local school children to the pantomime ‘Aladdin’ at the Pomegranate Theatre on Tuesday 6 December (1.45pm), the annual joint Carol Service with Chesterfield Scarsdale Rotary Club is being held at Wingerworth Parish Church on the evening of Tuesday 6 December (7.30pm), the club’s annual Christmas party for senior citizens from local care homes is being held at Club Chesterfield on Wednesday 7 December (7.00pm), and Santa’s Christmas Sleigh starts fundraising for local charities at Sainsburys on Friday 9 December (all day).


The after-lunch speaker was Mike Ogden who gave an interesting illustrated talk on the history of airships, which highlighted the provision of a regularly-scheduled service in the thirties between Europe and North America.  Well known airships were the Graf Zeppelin, the R100 and R101, and playing its trade across the Atlantic - the ill-fated Hindenburg.  Despite being a technology of great promise it all came to an end in just 32 seconds in 1937 because above the elegant passenger quarters of the Hindenburg were 7 million cubic feet of highly inflammable explosive hyrdrogen gas.


Guest speaker and new author Mike Ogden with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (left)

and speaker host, past-president Cyril Bates (right)


After questions and answers a vote of thanks was proposed by the speaker host, past-president Cyril Bates. It was noted that Mike Ogden, who lives with his wife on a canal boat moored near Worksop, has recently published his first novel ‘The Goddess of Freedom’, set in 1937 Nazi Germany. The book is available as an e-book.


The closing toast was proposed by past-president Jim Haggarty. The next club meeting is the monthly business meeting on Friday 9 December 2016.  Duty rotarian is Garth Rendle.