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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 17 February 2017.  Apologies had been received from honorary secretary John Hare and past-president Stuart Bradley.  The president welcomed regular guest Frank Clifford, past-president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover.


Information boards circulated included:- attendance register, club calendar, Whisky Tasting Evening at the Olde House on Friday 10 March 2017, and the theatre visit to the Pomegranate to see Chesterfield Operatic Society’s performance of the musical Hairspray on Thursday 27 April 2017. 


Chesterfield Scarsdale Charter Anniversary


The president brought greetings from daughter club, the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale, which had celebrated its 36th Charter Anniversary at the Proact Stadium the previous evening.  He had been accompanied by his wife Shirley, president-elect Peter Barr, and past-presidents Stuart Bradley and Geoff Mitchell.


(From l to r): past president Geoff Mitchell, president Mike Cudzich-Madry,

president-elect Peter Barr, past president Stuart Bradley at the Proact Stadium


RIBI Open Letter


The president reported that the open letter to RIBI, agreed by club members at last week’s business meeting, seeking fundamental clarification on the role of RIBI and the value it added to Rotary administration had been sent to District Governor Colin Gell.  It had been considered by the RIBI General Council, along with other correspondence received in a similar vein from other Rotary clubs. The whole issue will be discussed and voted on at the RIBI National Conference in April 2017.


Ten-Pin Bowling Competition


Past-president Alan Clarke reported that the club’s good run in the Rotary District Ten-Pin Bowling Competition had finally come to an end in the semi-final against Hucknall Rotary Club at Chesterfield Bowl on Monday 13 February 2017.  The club’s team was congratulated on its record-breaking run and best wishes were offered to Hucknall in the final against either Matlock of Wirksworth.


From l to r Hucknall (back row):- Rtn Ashley Maddock (capt), Rtn Neil South,

Immediate past-president Kevin Rostance, Rtn Stuart Whitehead, Rtn Graeme Beal;
Chesterfield (front row):- Rtn George Freeman, Rtn Rob Whitehead,
past-president Alan Clarke (capt), past-president Mike Horton, Rtn Andrew Elliott

Satellite Club


The president reported that the next meeting of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield is due to be held at Brampton Manor on Wednesday 22 February 2017 (5.30pm).


Sanitation in Victorian times


Victorian sanitation was the subject of an amusing after-lunch talk by guest speaker and archaeologist, past-president Peter Hammond of the Rotary Club of Sherwood Sunrisers.  He illustrated his talk by showing a wealth of artifacts which had passed through Victorian lavatorial systems to be deposited on farmer’s fields surrounding towns and cities for later discovery by archaeologists.


 Guest speaker past-president Peter Hammond (Sherwood Sunrisers) (left) with

president Mike Cudzich-Madry (centre) & speaker host, past-president John Keeton


A vote of thanks was proposed by speaker host, past-president John Keeton, and the meeting closed after the closing toast had been proposed by past-president Rob Wadd. The guest speaker at the next club meeting on Friday 24 February 2017 is Andrew Davies, son of rotarian Paul Davies (Satellite Club), on ‘My battle against leukaemia and subsequent fund-raising for Sheffield Children’s Hospital’.  Speaker host is David Windle and duty rotarian is Charles Evans.