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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 28 April 2017. He welcomed regular guest Frank Clifford, past-president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover.


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:- attendance register, club calendar, and individual thankyou letters from the children of William Rhodes Junior School who had attended the Pomegranate Theatre pantomime as guests of the club.


Bolsover Charter


The president reported that he and his wife Shirley, along with past-president John and Liz Keeton and president-nominee Barry and Maureen Thompson had attended, and fully enjoyed, the 37th Charter Anniversary of our daughter club, the Rotary Club of Bolsover, held at the Hostess Restaurant, Sookholme, on Wednesday 26 April 2017. An excellent meal had been served.


St Marys High School Art Exhibition


Rotarian Ian Gordon reported that one of the major participants in the club sponsored annual Art Exhibition was holding an exhibition of its own.  He suggested that members may wish to make a supportive visit to view the exhibits at St Mary’s Catholic High School on Thursday 4 May (4.00pm to 6.00pm) in the Art Block.


Tiptree Purple4Polio Jam


Treasurer Alan Clarke reported that he had received the first ‘Tiptree’ jam jar full of coins as a donation for Rotary Foundation and he would be pleased to receive more such donations from other members.  Secretary John Hare reported that he still had available the last few full jars of Tiptree Purple4Polio jam which were on sale at £2.


Bowls and Barbecue Afternoon


Past-president Stuart Bradley reported that the Satellite Club were organising a bowls and barbecue afternoon for Saturday 17 June (from 11.00am onwards) at the Britannia Inn, Brampton (Crown Green). Teams of two are being sought and a board will be circulated shortly.


Night at the Dogs


Past-president Alan Clarke reported that the Satellite Club were planning a night at the dogs at Owlerton, which would include a three-course meal (£15 also includes first bet). When the date, probably a Tuesday night, is arranged, members will be informed.


Trip to Morgan Sportscars


Past-president Stuart Bradley reported that there was a late vacancy on the forthcoming trip to Morgan Sportcars, Malvern, on Tuesday 16 May and any member interested should contact him. 


Changing Minds and Bodies - Derbyshire Stroke Centre


The after-lunch speaker was Julie Wheelhouse, chief executive of registered charity Specialist Stroke Services, based at the independently funded Derbyshire Stroke Centre, Holmewood Business Park.  She explained that the centre was the only such centre in the UK which provides a holistic approach to long-term stroke care.  The service supports people living with the long-term and often complex challenges associated with stroke. The centre has a team of experienced stroke professionals, stroke survivors and carers, dedicated to providing the best possible support to those who need it. The centre has a stroke gym, provides a variety of activity sessions, has a stroke centre café, provides carer support, and has a meeting room for hire. They run a wheelchair accessible bus to transport people to and from the centre.  More information:


   Julie Wheelhouse with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (right)

and speaker host, past-president Roy Willett


After an interesting question and answer session, a vote of thanks was proposed by past-president Roy Willett. The meeting closed after the closing toast was proposed by past-president John Moss. 


Next meeting


The president reminded members that due to the closure of the Olde House for refurbishment the next three club meetings were being held at the Ringwood Hall Hotel. He emphasized that a tick on the attendance register meant a meal was being ordered and would have to be paid for whether in attendance or not.  Speaker host at the next meeting on Friday 5 May 2017 is John Roberts (speaker still to be arranged), and duty rotarian is Rob Wadd.