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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 16 December 2016. He welcomed 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, and news of the annual Burns Night Supper and Dance at the Winding Wheel on Monday 23 January 2017. 


The president offered best wishes to a number of members celebrating their birthdays over the Christmas period, including past-president David Jenkins who will celebrate his 93rd birthday on Boxing Day. The club also congratulated past-president Rob and Joan Wadd who celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on New Year’s Eve.


Past-president Alan Clarke gave an update on the fund-raising by Santa’s Sleigh the previous weekend at Sainsburys and reminded members that this coming weekend, 17-18 December, Santa’s Sleigh will be located at Morrisons, Brampton.  He also revealed that there were vacant slots for volunteers the following week when Santa’s Sleigh is located at Texco Extra from Thursday 23 December to Saturday 24 December.  As there are two entrances at this supermarket there is accordingly a need for extra volunteers and members were urged to come forward to fill the vacant slots.


Rotarian Ian Gordon, chairman of vocational service, reported that he, along with the president and past-president Jim Haggarty had attended the annual prize giving at Netherthorpe School, Staveley, for Year 13 students who were leaving the school. The club makes an annual presentation to recognize a student’s excellent charitable work. This year the award was made to Laura Jacques who has now gone on to study law at Sheffield Hallamshire University. She was congratulated for helping the school raise £16,000 through a number of initiatives, which included a 15,000ft sponsored sky dive. 


Netherthorpe School, Staveley


The funds raised by the school, which exceeded the initial £10,000 target, are being donated to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Sight Support Derbyshire, two charities which support some of the students at the school.  Laura has indicated her willingness to come to talk to the club on a future date about the school’s enthusiastic charitable fund-raising.


Past-president Jim Savage gave a progress report on ticket sales for the Burns Night which is getting a reprise for one further year and is due to be held on Monday 23 January 2017. He urged club members to support the event which is being held for the 19th consecutive year at the Winding Wheel. 


Following the annual Christmas lunch, past-president David Windle led members for the traditional singing of carols. Members were accompanied by past-president Tim Stubbins on keyboard, and were joined in the singing by Sarah and Zoe, members of the Olde House staff.  The closing toast was proposed by past-president Tim Stubbins.


Sarah and Zoe from the Olde House join in the carol singing along with

president Mike Cudzich-Madry (left) and past-president David Windle (right)


The president wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Due to Christmas and the New Year there are no club meetings on Friday 23 December 2016 and Friday 30 December 2016.  At the next club meeting on Friday 6 January 2017 the guest speaker is Grant R Bigg on ‘Giant Icebergs and Climate Surprises’.  Speaker host is Roger Peck and duty rotarian is Roy Willett.