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In the absence of president Mike Cudzich-Madry on official business, president-elect Peter Barr presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 3 March 2017.  A minute’s silence was held at the start of the meeting in memory of Heather White (wife of past-president Bryan White) who had sadly passed away earlier in the week.  


Heather White


Secretary John Hare reported that following a private family cremation for Heather White on Friday 10 March, there is to be a service of celebration at St Peter and St Paul, Old Brampton, on Friday 17 March (11.00am), followed afterwards by refreshments at the Fox & Goose.  There had been a family request for no flowers, but any donations made would be in support of Ashgate Hospice and Weston Park Day Care Centre. Members agreed that the Rotary meeting scheduled for Friday 17 March should be cancelled.


Calendar of Events


President-elect Peter Barr reminded members that the next Club Council meeting is being held at the Olde House on Monday 6 March 2017 (7.30pm) and the Satellite Club is holding a social ten-pin bowling evening at the Chesterfield Bowl on the same evening.


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


Past-president Jim Haggarty gave an update on the club’s Whisky Tasting Evening at the Olde House on Friday 10 March 2017 (7.00pm for 7.30pm). He encouraged members wishing to support the event to get in touch with him asap.


Tiptree Purple4Polio Jam


Secretary John Hare reported that he had attended the recent Rotary District Council meeting and had taken delivery of a supply of Tiptree Purple4Polio Jam, one jar for each member in the club, and these will be distributed at next week’s business meeting. The jars of jam have been donated (42,000 jars, one for every Rotarian in Great Britain and Ireland) by Wilkins & Sons Ltd to help raise funds for Rotary’s worldwide End Polio Now campaign.  A donation of £2 can be made, or the jar used to collect unwanted loose change up to say, £20.  Other fund-raising events can be held, such as afternoon tea using the jam.  Members agreed to a three-month timescale, with all monies raised being collected in by the club deadline of Friday 2 June 2017. 



Charity fund-raising at Netherthorpe School


It was a pleasure to welcome former Netherthorpe School student Laura Jacques, the winner of the club’s award for charitable fund-raising in support of the local community. She is now studying law at Sheffield Hallam University. In her after-lunch talk she explained how during 2016 she had played an active part in the school’s charity fund-raising group in support of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Sight Support, Derbyshire, which is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of people with sight loss throughout the county. After initially setting a fund-raising target of £10k, the group went on to raise a total of £26k for the two charities from a variety of sponsored events, including a hair-raising sky-dive from 15,000 feet. 


Laura Jacques with president-elect Peter Barr (right) and

speaker host, rotarian Keith Hutchinson (left)


A vote of thanks and, best wishes for success in her future studies, was proposed by rotarian Keith Hutchinson. The meeting closed after the closing toast was proposed by past-president David Windle.  The next meeting on Friday 10 March 2017 is the club’s monthly business meeting.  Duty rotarian is Cyril Bates.