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President Mike Cudzich-Madry presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at Ringwood Hall Hotel on Friday 5 May 2017. Weekly meetings are being held at this venue on 5 May, 12 May, and 19 May whilst the regular meeting place at the Olde House, Newbold, is being refurbished.


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:- attendance register, club calendar, nd nominations for 2017-18 ahead of next week’s AGM.


Art Exhibition


Rotarian Ian Gordon reported that he and his wife Eileen had the previous evening attended the art exhibition at St Mary’s Catholic High School.  Also attending was past-president Geoff Mitchell and his grandaughter Kira, and rotarian George Freeman. St Marys is one of the major participants in the club sponsored annual Art Exhibition which this year is being held at St Andrews United Reformed Church on 7/8 October 2017.


Committee Meetings


The president thanked rotarian George Freeman for hosting the previous evening’s community service committee.  The next club council meeting is being held at the Ringwood Hall Hotel on Monday 8 May 2017 from 7.30pm.  Members are also welcome to attend.


Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice


The after-lunch speaker was Lucy Rathbone, community fundraiser for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.  She updated members on the charity’s progress since being established in 1998. Families supported by the North Anston based charity are from a wide area covering South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire, and Lincolnshire. Almost all funding comes from donations from the local community as Bluebell Wood only receives around 10% government funding, leaving £4m to be raised each year.


The charity, which is one of over fifty children’s hospices in the country, has a Care Team of 110 dedicated staff members who provide the best possible care to youngsters and their families in both the hospice and out in the community.  They support children and young adults with life-shortening and life threatening conditions with a variety of appropriate services, including:- activity therapy sessions, fun activities for families to create memories together, short breaks, and counselling home visits.  It has now opened more fund-raising shops across the area, and supports more families than ever before, currently 250 families from across the region. Bluebell Wood has 350 active volunteers who support the charity in a variety of ways.  More details:


Lucy Rathbone with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (right) and

speaker host, past-president John Roberts (left)


After an interesting question and answer sessions a vote of thanks was proposed by speaker host, past-president John Roberts, who congratulated Bluebell Wood on the wonderful work they do.  The meeting closed after the closing toast was proposed by past-president John Keeton.


Next Meeting


The next club meeting is the monthly business meeting and AGM which is being held, once again, at the Ringwood Hall Hotel on Friday 12 May 2017. Duty rotarian is Ian Gordon.