President Mike Cudzich-Madry presided at the weekly meeting and of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Ringwood Hall Hotel on Friday 19 May 2017.
He welcomed guest speaker, John Bown the founder co-ordinator of Chesterfield Street Pastors, and regular visitor Frank Clifford, past-president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover.
Information boards circulated included:- attendance register, club calendar of duties and events. The date of the past-president’s dinner has been set for Thursday 15 June 2017 at Chesterfield Golf Club and letters are now being distributed to past-presidents by the organizer, past-president Roy Willett.
Visit to Morgan Sportscars
Past-president Alan Clarke reported that he, and a few other members of the club, had enjoyed a superb visit to the factory of the Morgan Motor Company, in Malvern, Worcestershire, on Tuesday 16 May 2017. The trip, organized by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale, had included a full tour of the works to see skilled craftsmen at work as they hand made the famous bespoke sports cars.
Morgan Sports Cars being hand made by craftsmen
Club Almoner vacancy
The Hon Sec John Hare gave a medical update on past-president Ian Gaunt, which has meant he can no longer continue as the club almoner. Members were asked to inform the president if they were willing to take on, or even share, this supportive role in the club.
Chesterfield Street Pastors
After-lunch speaker, John Bown, is a retired policeman and founder co-ordinator of Chesterfield Street Pastors, a team of local Christians who give up their time to help people at weekends in and around the late-night entertainment areas of the Town Centre. They typically work from 10.00pm to 4.00am on Friday and Saturday nights patrolling the streets, visiting pubs and nightclubs, providing real support for door staff and an alternative for the police and ambulances which so often are used as a rescue taxi home. In an inspirational talk, he explained how Chesterfield Street Pastors provide a sympathetic ear and practical support for vulnerable people who in most cases have over-indulged in alcohol or drugs. By so doing, they avert more serious problems developing and are able to recommend appropriate local services to the people they speak to. They can direct people to local shelters or rehabilitation centres, advise on support networks that are available, or even give spiritual advice if requested.
Chesterfield Street Pastor, John Bown, with president Mike Cuzich-Madry (right)
and speaker host, past-president David Windle (left)
Speaker host, past-president David Windle, proposed a vote of thanks to the speaker and congratulated him on providing an inspirational talk, clearly setting out the courageous and supportive work provided by the teams each weekend in Chesterfield Town Centre. More details on Chesterfield Street Pastors:- http://bit.ly/2qBw426