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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 24 March 2017. It was the club’s annual Ladies Day and final of the Chesterfield Schools Public Speaking Competition. 




The president welcomed members’ wives, president Joan Doody and members of Chesterfield Inner Wheel, competing students, teachers and parents from four local schools, and public speaking master of ceremonies Chris Townsend. He also welcomed young chef competition winner Oliver Warby (Whittington Green), junior verse speaking competition winner Ethan Woolley (Hady Primary), and regular Rotary guest Frank Clifford, past-president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover. 


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. 


May meeting venue


Secretary John Hare reported that following online consultation with members it had been agreed that during the period of Olde House closure for refurbishment, club meetings will be held at the Ringwood Hall Hotel for 5th, 12th and 19th May 2017.


Tiptree Purple4Polio Greengage Jam


The secretary reminded members to collect a jar of Tiptree Purple4Polio Greengage Jam, 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, with all monies raised being collected in by the club deadline of Friday 2 June 2017. 


Message from Bryan White


The secretary conveyed a special message of thanks from past-president Bryan White for all the support he and his family had received at the service of celebration for the life of Heather White held the previous week at Old Brampton Church. A charity collection had raised the magnificent sum of £2,500 which is being shared between Ashgate Hospice and Weston Park Day Care Centre.


Chesterfield Schools Public Speaking Competition


The president introduced Chris Townsend, master of ceremonies for the final of the Chesterfield Schools Public Speaking Competition 2017. He welcomed the four finalists, Daniel Clark (St Marys), Bethani Robinson (Springwell), Nathalie P Allen (Hasland), and Ivan Zailac (Hasland) who in turn delivered a short talk on a topic of their own choosing. The quality of this year’s competition made selection of a winner very difficult for members of the audience who each had one vote each.  


Junior Verse Speaking winner recites


As the votes were counted the audience were entertained by Ethan Woolley, the winner of the club’s junior verse speaking competition who amusingly recited his winning poem entitled ‘Columbus’.


Public Speaking Competition winner announced


In a closely run contest the overall winner of the 2017 Public Speaking Competition, chosen by the audience, was Ivan Zailac (Hasland) and he was presented with the winner’s trophy by the president.  His topic was about the difficulty Afghanistan translators, working for the US Army in Afghanistan, had in seeking safe sanctuary in the USA.  All entrants received a certificate of participation and a prize token.


Public Speaking winner Ivan Zailac with president Mike Cudzich Madry,

runners-up (l to r) Daniel Clark, & Bathalie P Allen. Also Young Chef Winner

Oliver Warby (right) & Junior Verse Speaking winner Ethan Woolley (front)

(Not pictured Bethani Robinson)


In closing, the president thanked the students and teachers for their hard work, and to members of the club’s vocational service committee led by Ian Gordon, and the judges from the preliminary round, John Moss (chair), John Roberts, and Peter Barr, who had all made the competition possible.


Next week


The meeting closed after the closing toast was proposed by past-president David Jenkins CStJ.  At the next club meeting on Friday 31 March 2017 the after-lunch speaker is Peter Kohn on ‘Creating a Highland Garden’.  Speaker host is Nigel Metham and duty rotarian is Cyril Bates.