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President Mike Cudzich-Madry presided at the monthly business meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at Ringwood Hall Hotel on Friday 12 May 2017. The meeting also incorporated the club's AGM. 




The president was pleased to welcome two guests visiting this country from Greece, past-president Constantinos Vlanis, PHF, and his wife Eleftheria, from the Rotary Club of Partas.  He was a past-assistant governor of the Greek Rotary District 2460.  They were both being hosted by past-president John Heath, and his daughter, rotarian Ingrid Stopher, of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield. The president also welcomed past-president Bryan White on his return to the club, and regular visitor Frank Clifford, past-president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover. 


   President Mike Cudzich-Madry with club guests from Greece and their hosts. 

From left to right:- President Mike Cudzich-Madry, past-president John Heath (host),

Inner Wheeler Eleftheria Vlanis, past-president and ADG Constantinos Vlanis,

rotarian Ingrid Stopher (host)


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:- attendance register, club calendar of duties and events.


Invite to Drone Valley members


The president reported he and his wife Shirley, along with past-president Alan and Rita Clarke, had recently attended the joint charter celebration of the Rotary Club’s of Dronfield and Drone Valley, held at Balwins Omega, Sheffield. He revealed that sadly the future of the Drone Valley Rotary Club was now in doubt and may fold due to lack of a president. In this event, some rotarians would be looking to join a local club and the president suggested that our club offer them an opportunity to join.  After a short discussion is was overwhelmingly agreed to extend such an invitation.


Club Almoner


The president read out a letter from past-president Ian Gaunt indicating that it was not possible to continue as the club almoner and members were asked to inform the president if they were willing to take on, or even share, this supportive role in the club.




The president gave his personal annual report on the past Rotary year, in which he thanked various members for the key roles they had successfully fulfilled. He then formally opened the AGM, and the minutes of the 2016 AGM, read out by secretary John Hare, was approved by the members.


Officers & Council Members 2017-18


Officers and council members elected for the Rotary Year 2017-18 were honorary secretary John Hare, honorary treasurer Alan Clarke, honorary assistant secretary and council member Rob Woodhead, council member George Freeman, council member John Roberts, and council member Rob Wadd. Other roles confirmed were international chairman Andrew Elliott, vocational chairman Ian Gordon, community service chairman George Freeman, communication officer and webmaster Geoff Mitchell, club protection officer Mike Cudzich-Madry, and probus liaison officer David Windle. It was noted that the presidency for 2017-18 will be handed over to Peter Barr on 30 June 2017, the president-elect (senior vice-president) is Barry Thompson, but there is currently a vacancy for a president nominee (junior-vice-president).


Annual Reports


The annual report from president Mike Cudzich-Madry, the honorary secretary John Hare, the probus liaison officer David Windle, and the annual reports from community service (George Freeman), international service (Andrew Elliott), and vocational service (Ian Gordon), as well the report given by the president, were all noted and approved.


Treasurers Report


The treasurer’s report, which revealed that the club’s finances were sound, was approved. Honorary treasurer Alan Clarke reported that £11,000 had been distributed to various charities during the last Rotary year from the club’s charities account.  The treasurer reported that the decision by RIBI to increase fees had an immediate impact on the club’s membership fee and he recommended that the annual subscription be increased by £5 to £120.  This proposal was endorsed by the members.  It was agreed that John Roberts be re-appointed as the club's honorary auditor.


Club Representatives


It was agreed that the representatives to attend District Council on behalf of the club were the president and honorary secretary, with the deputies being the senior and junior vice presidents.


Honorary Members


It was formally agreed that rotarian Peter Strelley become an honorary member, and honorary membership of the club for Rt Hon P A M Cavendish, KCVO, CBE, (12th Duke of Devonshire), and former long-serving member Jim Boden, be extended.


Satellite Club Report


Past-president Rob Wadd gave a report on a successful first full year on the various activities of the new Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield, which currently has fifteen members, with one prospective member. He reported that Satellite Club members are providing support for the club’s forthcoming Classic Car & Bike Show.  The date of a planned Bowls and Barbecue Afternoon at the Brit will be confirmed, but could be Saturday 17 June 2017.


Next Meeting


The meeting closed after the closing toast was proposed by past-president Bryan White. The after-lunch speaker at the next meeting at the Ringwood Hall Hotel on Friday 19 May is Jackie Kendrew on ‘Chesterfield Street Pastors’.  Speaker host is David Windle and duty rotarian is Roger Peck.