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In the absence of president Mike Cudzich-Madry, who was attending the charter anniversary of the Inner Wheel Club of Chesterfield, president nominee Barry Thompson presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 2 June 2017.




He welcomed guest speaker, Dr Tony  Bethell, MBE., and regular visitor Frank Clifford, past-president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover. 


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:- attendance register, club calendar of duties and events, and the duty rosta for the Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show. 




Hon Secretary John Hare reminded members to give notice of their attendance on the attendance sheet, and notify any changes to him by Wednesday lunchtime.  He also reminded members to return the Tiptree Purple4Polio jam jars filled with coins by Friday 30 June 2017 as a contribution for the Polio Plus campaign. 


Past-president David Windle brought greetings from rotarian David Parker who was currently not able to attend club meetings. Past-president Rob Wadd brought greetings from past-president Ian Gaunt who was currently receiving specialist medical treatment.


Satellite Club news


Past-president Rob Wadd reported that he had attended the most recent meeting of the Satellite Club where it had been revealed that eleven of the fifteen members had now volunteered for service at the Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show and this was very welcome.  He also reported that the officials elected to serve for Rotary Year 2017-18 were chairman Peter Blant and treasurer Martin Swain.  A new secretary will be appointed shortly and two members had so far nmvolunteered.  


Hospitaller Knights of the Order of St John


The after-lunch speaker was assistant district governor elect, Tony Bethell, (Dronfield) who gave an illustrated potted history of the Knights Hospitaller, from their beginnings nine centuries ago to the present day.  Founded during the medieval crusades – their full name is Knights of the Order of St John of Jersualem – to provide care for sick, poor or injured pilgrims coming to the Holy Land.  They grew in power and royal favour, conquering and then loosing territories during centuries of ongoing conflicts between the Christian and Muslim worlds, a situation that continues to this day.  


  Dr Tony Bethell with president nominee Barry Thompson (right) and

speaker host, rotarian Charles Evans (left)


A vote of thanks to the speaker was proposed by speaker host, rotarian Charles Evans.  


Next Meeting


The next meeting is the club’s monthly business meeting on Friday 9 June 2017. Duty rotarian is David Dolman.


President-nominee Barry Thompson reminded past-presidents of the past-presidents dinner being held at Chesterfield Golf Club on Wednesday 7 June 2017 and hoped for a good attendance in support of the president.