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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 20 January 2017.  He welcomed regular guest, past-president Frank Clifford from the Rotary Club of Bolsover.


Information boards circulated included:- attendance register, club calendar, 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. There was also news of a 60’s Night, with pie and pea supper, being organised by the Rotary Club of Dronfield at Coal Aston Village Hall on Friday 3 March 2017 (7.30pm).


Past-president Jim Savage reported that everything was in place for the club’s annual Burns Night Supper and Dance being held at the Winding Wheel on Monday 23 January 2017 (6.30pm for 7.00pm). He thanked the president and past-president Jim Haggarty for boosting the numbers with extra guests.



Past-president Mike Horton reported the good news that Richard Street, the hard-working co-ordinator of the Pinxton based charity, Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, had recently been awarded an MBE for his exceptional charitable work and services to sick children from Belarus over many years.  Members were delighted he had received national recognition and noted that he was a former winner of the club’s Citizen of the Year Award during the presidency of Geoff Mitchell in 2004-05.


Past-president Stuart Bradley reported that the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale was organising a visit to the Morgan Motor Company, which has built hand-crafted sports cars for over 100 years at its factory in the spa town of Malvern, Worcestershire. Members are invited to put their names forward to join the guided tour set for Tuesday 16 May 2017.  Transport via a coach from Chesterfield is being arranged.


The president reported that the club’s annual Young Chef Competition for local students is being held at Parkside Community School on Wednesday 25 January.  He thanked rotarian Ian Gordon, chairman of vocational service, for once again organising the event.


The after-lunch speaker was Simone Connolly from the East Midlands based charity Fareshare, which takes quality surplus food from the food industry and redistributes it around the country for those in need.  She explained the partnership the charity has with Derbyshire County Council which enables surplus food to be supplied to breakfast clubs, school holiday clubs, food banks, hostels, and other centres in the County. They now run a food hub warehouse near Chesterfield which can supply tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy produce, meat, pasta and other food that would otherwise be thrown away by the food industry.


Simone Connolly from the charity Fareshare


After questions and answers a vote of thanks was proposed by speaker host, rotarian George Freeman.  The closing toast was proposed by past-president Stuart Bradley. The guest speaker at the next club meeting on Friday 27 January is Kevin Miller on ‘The Tall Ships Youth Trust’.  The speaker host is Nigel Metham and the duty rotarian is John Moss.