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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 27 January 2017.  He welcomed the guest speaker, rotarian Kevin Miller (Long Easton), and regular guest, past-president Frank Clifford (Bolsover)  Apologies had been received from past-president Jim Savage.


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 early notice of a theatre visit to the Pomegranate to see Chesterfield Operatic Society’s performance of the musical Hairspray on Thursday 27 April 2017.  There was also details of the 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.


Past-president Jim Haggarty advised members that another evening of Scottish culture is being held at the Olde House on Friday 10 March 2017 with the club’s fifth annual Whisky Tasting Evening. A board for names will be circulated in due course.


The president reported that a successful Burns Night had been held at the Winding Wheel on Monday 23 January and thanked those who had supported it and organiser past-president Jim Savage for his fine efforts.  A charity roll-a-coin session had raised £110 for Hope Springs Recovery Centre, which supports recovering alcohol and drug users in Chesterfield. Past-president Geoff Mitchell was the lucky winner of the bottle of whisky after his pound coin hit the bottle on the nose.


 The official Burns Night party about to address the haggis


Rotarian Ian Gordon, chairman of vocational service, reported that the club’s annual Young Chef Competition for local students had been held during the week at Parkside Community School with high quality entrants from Springwell, St Marys, and Whittington Green competing for the cup. The winning school on this occasion had been adjudged to be Springwell.


The president reported on a busy week coming up with the club’s ten-pin bowling team taking on the Rotary Club of Burton-on-Trent in the quarter-final of the district competition at the Chesterfield Bowl on Monday 30 January (8.30pm).  To facilitate this match the meeting of community service scheduled for the same evening is being held at the Olde House from 6.30pm. Meanwhile, the next meeting of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield is being  held at Brampton Manor on Wednesday 1 February (5.30pm) when the president will be inducting a new member to the club.


The work of the Tall Ships Youth Trust, in providing the ultimate in sea training for young people from ages 16 to 25, plus older ages groups as well, was the topic of the after-lunch presentation by rotarian Kevin Miller (Long Eaton). Trust voyages enable youngsters to develop their physical, social, and emotional skills through working as part of a team while sailing the vessel. It is evident that the intensity and inescapability of the experience probably make it a more powerful tool than other outward bound type activities. More details:-


 Rotarian Kevin Miller (centre) with president Mike Cudzich-Madfry (right)

and speaker host, rotarian Nigel Metham (left)


After questions and answers a vote of thanks was proposed by speaker host, rotarian Nigel Metham.  The closing toast was proposed by past-president John Roberts. The guest speaker at the next club meeting on Friday 3 February is president Chris Riggott (Amber Valley) on ‘Peak 4x4 Response’.  The speaker host is Ian Gaunt and duty rotarian is Andrew Elliott.