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President Mike Cudzich-Madry presided at the first meeting of the New Year for the Rotary Club of Chesterfield which was held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 6 January 2017.  He welcomed regular guest, past-president Frank Clifford from the Rotary Club of Bolsover, and sent New Year greetings to the members of his club.


Information boards circulated included:- attendance register, club calendar, the annual Burns Night Supper and Dance at the Winding Wheel on Monday 23 January 2017 (6.30pm for 7.00pm).  There was also news of two Charter Anniversary events for neighbouring Rotary clubs:- 36th Charter Anniversary Dinner for the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale at the Proact Stadium on Thursday 16 February 2017 (7.00pm for 7.30pm) with guest speaker, raconteur Dr Andrew Parker; and the 89th Charter Anniversary Dinner for the Rotary Club of Matlock at the newly re-furbished New Bath Hotel on Monday 13 March 2017 (7.00pm for 7.30pm) with Yorkshire comedian Mike Farrell.


Past-president Alan Clarke revealed that Santa’s Sleigh had raised £5,652 for local charities thanks to the generosity of local people.  Of that amount, £462 had been allocated pro-rata to the charity account of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield following the involvement of Satellite Club members.  The president thanked Alan Clarke, along with his able assistants Bryan White and Jim Haggarty, for once again co-ordinating this successful charity project, and to all members who had participated with the fund-raising on seven separate days over the Christmas period at local supermarkets.


Santa's Sleigh with the Cowdrey family & friends from Duckmanton (Dec 2016)


Past-president Alan Clarke reported that the club’s ten-pin bowling team had now reached the quarter-final of the Rotary District competition and is due to play the Rotary Club of Burton-on-Trent at home during January, with Tuesday 17 January being the provisional date set for the match. He also reported that past-president John Roberts would this year be organising the club’s quiz team to enter the Rotary District Quiz on a date likely to be during February or March. Members were invited to volunteer to take part.


The president reported that members were welcome to attend the next meeting of the Club Council which is being held at the Olde House on Monday 9 January from 7.30pm.


The after-lunch speaker was Professor Grant Bigg from the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield. His specialist topic was ‘Giant Iceburgs and Climate Surprises’ in which he explained the role that iceburgs and the ocean played in helping to slow down the rise in levels of carbon-dioxide, which came mainly from activities in the Northern Hemisphere. 


Professor Grant Bigg from the University of Sheffield


Following questions and answers a vote of thanks was proposed by speaker host, rotarian Roger Peck. The closing toast was proposed by past-president Jim Haggarty. The next club meeting on Friday 13 January 2017 is the monthly business meeting and the duty rotarian is David Windle.  The SGM, arranged to endorse the 2015-16 year-end accounts at that meeting, has been postponed and will now be held at a future business meeting as soon at the audited accounts are made available by the auditor.