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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 3 February 2017.  He welcomed the guest speaker, president Chris Riggott from the Rotary Club of Amber Valley, and greetings between the two club were exchanged. 


Information boards circulated included:- attendance register, club calendar, theatre visit to the Pomegranate to see Chesterfield Operatic Society’s performance of the musical Hairspray on Thursday 27 April 2017. 


Rotarian Ian Gordon reminded members that the club’s fifth annual Whisky Tasting Evening is being held at the Olde House on Friday 10 March, 7.00pm for 7.30pm, and that family and friends are also welcome to attend. Contact past-president Jim Haggarty for more details.


Past-president Alan Clarke reported that the club have progressed to the semi-final of the Rotary District Ten-Pin Bowling Competition after a close 956/952 victory over the Rotary Club of Burton-on-Trent in the quarter final.  This is the highest the club has ever achieved in this competition.  The club will now play Hucknall Rotary Club at home in the semi-final before the end of February. 


    Chesterfield front row l to r: Alan Clarke, Stuart Bradley, George Freeman, Mike Horton,

Andrew Elliott. Burton-on-Trent l to r: Carl Brister, Tom Day, Graham Dean,
Malcolm Murray, Mike Styne


President-elect Peter Barr reported that he had been notified that a winner of a recent raffle organised by local charity Fairplay had been past-president Bryan White, who was duly presented with a bottle of Martini Bianco.


The president reminded members that the next Council meeting is being held at the Olde House on Monday 6 February (7.30pm) and this it is open for any member to attend if they wish.



The work of Peak 4x4 Response Group volunteers in offering assistance during extremes of weather to category 1 and 2 responders, such as Police, Ambulance, Doctors, and Local Authorities, was revealed during an illustrated talk by after-lunch speaker Chris Riggotts. The volunteers are trained to high standards in off-road driving, have first aid training and vehicle recovery training so they can operate safely and professionally when called upon. The group are also members of the National 4x4 Response Network, a registered charity made up of similar groups of trained, insured and capable volunteers across the UK.  More details:


Chris Riggotts (right), president of Amber Valley Rotary Club and a volunteer with

Peak 4x4 Response Group with Chesterfield president Mike Cudzich-Madry


After questions and answers a vote of thanks was proposed by speaker host, past-president John Roberts.  The closing toast was proposed by past-president David Windle. The next club meeting on Friday 10 February 2017 is the monthly business meeting, which will include the re-arranged SGM to endorse the 2015-16 year end accounts. Duty rotarian is John Roberts.