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President-elect Peter Barr presided at the monthly business meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 10 March 2017.  He welcomed regular guest Frank Clifford, past-president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover.  Apologies had been received in advance from president Mike Cudzich-Madry who was otherwise engaged on official business.


Information boards


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.  The president-elect reminded members that the club’s Whisky Tasting Evening, being organised by past-president Jim Haggarty, was being held that night at the Olde House, 7.00pm for 7.30pm.


Tiptree Purple4Polio Jam


Secretary John Hare reported that he had a supply of Tiptree Purple4Polio Greengage Jam, one jar for each member in the club. The jars of jam have been donated by Wilkins & Sons Ltd to help raise funds for Rotary’s worldwide End Polio Now campaign.  A donation of £2 can be made for each jar, and in addition, the jar then used to collect unwanted loose change up to say, £20.  Other fund-raising events can also be held, such as afternoon tea using the jam.  Members were reminded of the three-month timescale, with all monies raised being collected in by the club deadline of Friday 2 June 2017. 


President-elect Peter Barr and some members with their

jars of Tiptree Purple4Polio greengage jam


Olde House Refurbishment


The Secretary reported that Marston’s Brewery is planning for the Olde House to be closed during the month of May for a major refurbishment from 2 May to 24 May.  During discussion, a suggestion was made about using another meeting venue temporarily during that period, such as Chesterfield College, and this will be investigated. Alternatively, the period could be used as ‘scatterweeks’ by attending the meetings of other local Rotary Clubs. The Spring Tea Party for senior citizens has already been re-scheduled and will now be held at the Olde House on Wednesday 28 June 2017 (2.00pm to 4.00pm).


Honorary membership


President-elect Peter Barr put forward a Club Council proposal that Peter Strelley be made an honorary member. This was agreed in principle and, on the suggestion of former secretary Keith Hutchinson, will be formalised at the club’s AGM in May.


Chesterfield Schools Public Speaking Competition


Rotarian Ian Gordon reported that the preliminary round of the club sponsored Chesterfield Schools Public Speaking Competition is being held at Hasland Hall Community School on Tuesday 14 March (2.30pm) with nine students from four local schools taking part – Hasland, St Marys, Springwell, Whittington Green. The judges are Peter Barr, John Moss and John Roberts. The final is being held at the club meeting on Friday 24 March and secretary John Hare will email members with the details and a request that those attending should advise Ian Gordon by 20 March.


RIBI financial situation


Following a question by past-president John Moss about the progress of a club letter sent to RIBI about its purpose and role in the light of the RIBI financial situation, secretary John Hare revealed that the topic was likely to be under discussion at the RIBI National Conference in Manchester in April 2017.  He will be voting online on behalf of the club, and the president is planning to make a one day visit to the RIBI conference.


No club meeting Friday 17 March 2017


President-elect Peter Barr reminded members that the following week’s club meeting, scheduled for Friday 17 March, had been cancelled to enable members to attend the service of celebration for the life of Heather White, which was to be held at St Peter and St Paul Church, Old Brampton, that day from 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.  The secretary confirmed that he had sent out an email about the above details but past-president John Wilkins, who had not received the information, asked the secretary to use his best endeavours to ensure all members actually received urgent club emails in future.


Next meeting


The meeting closed after the closing toast was proposed by past-president John Keeton. The next scheduled club meeting is on Friday 24 March 2017, which is the finals of the Chesterfield School’s Public Speaking Competition and Ladies Day.  Duty rotarian is Garth Rendle.