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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 16 June 2017. This was the annual Club Assembly when details of the club programme for 2017-18 are revealed.




The president welcomed assistant district governor elect for the Cresswell Group, Dr Tony Bethell (Dronfield), and regular visitor Frank Clifford, past-president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover. 


Information Boards


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


Chesterfield Bowling Club


Hon secretary John Hare reported that members had been invited to an Open Day at the historic bowling green on Beetwell Street run by Chesterfield Bowling Club.  The event, which costs £5, is on Saturday 15 July 2017, from 10.00am to 5.00pm, and gives participants the chance to play on probably the oldest bowling green in the country.  Membership of Chesterfield Bowling Club is also available. If interested, contact bowling club secretary David Meakin on 07525 012 567 or just turn up.


Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show 2017


The president reported on a very successful show held at Renishaw Hall on Wednesday 14 June. Due to perfect weather and a record attendance the four nominated local charities are set for a big pay-out after all the numbers have been finally crunched.  On behalf of the main organizer, past-president Alan Clarke, he thanked all the volunteers who had attended on the day, or helped with preparations on the previous evening. He was especially appreciative of the volunteers from the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield who had manned the pay stations at the entrance all day.  The president also wished to thank everyone who had supported the event, recognizing that crowds and cars which had flocked in from all over the region had made it a cracking show for lovers of classic cars and bikes. 



The four big local charities due to benefit are Ashgate Hospicecare, Bluebell Wood Childrens Hospice, Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, and new this year - Sheffield Children's Hospital.


Weston Park Cancer Charity Open Day


Hon secretary John Hare reported that a letter had been received from the Weston Park Cancer Charity thanking the club for organising the car show, and offering to come to talk to the club on a future date.  It was also noted that an open evening is being held at Weston Park on Wednesday 28 June (meeting at the charity office at 4.15pm), when there will be guided tour of various departments to highlight how charity funds are utilised. 


Club Assembly – strategic goals


President-elect Peter Barr led the annual club assembly, which sets out the club programme for the 2017-18 Rotary Year.  The strategic goals of the club are to: expand membership, support Rotary Foundation and Rotary’s End Polio campaign, continuing to enhance the public image of Rotary by effectively providing support where it is needed, to continue the club’s established fund-raising projects.


President-elect Peter Barr (centre) with ADG-elect Tony Bethell (left)

and president Mike Cudzich-Madry (right)


Club Assembly – International


International Service chairman Andrew Elliott reported that projects to be supported will be:- Aquabox, Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, Polio Eradication, Mercy Ships, plus maintenance of a reserve for any emergencies.  Members were reminded to return Purple4Polio jam jars full of coins by the end of the month.


Club Assembly – Community


Community Service chairman George Freeman revealed next year’s activities will include the annual Christmas Party and Spring Tea Party for the older generation.  For the younger generation in Chesterfield there will be the annual trip to the pantomime for a local school, a respite event for young carers, a visiting mini-zoo for the Fairplay Day Centre, distribution of illustrated dictionaries to a local school, sponsorship of a day’s first aid training at a local school.  The Citizen of the Year Award will be continued and members were asked to submit their nominations. On the fund-raising side the two car shows at Eckington and Ashover will continue, and Santa’s fund-raising Sleigh will visit local supermarkets in the area over the Christmas period.


Club Assembly – Vocational


Vocational Service chairman Ian Gordon revealed that the level of activities in support of youth would be continued.  These are:- the Junior Verse Speaking Competition for local primary and junior schools, the Public Speaking Competition, and the Young Chef Competition, for local secondary schools, sponsorship of the annual award for charitable work to a Year 13 sixth form student at Netherthorpe School, and co-sponsorship of the annual Art Exhibition for local secondary schools held at St Andrews United Reformed Church over the weekend of 7-8 October.  An enhancement on the latter could be the expansion of art to include music with musical recitals being encouraged during the two days of the exhibition.


Club Assembly – District 1220 Response


Assistant district governor elect for the Cresswell Group of Rotary Clubs, Dr Tony Bethell (Dronfield), responded on behalf of District 1220 by reminding members that the club was admired for its ongoing active programme of activities.  The club had previously pioneered the setting up a number of ‘daughter’ clubs in the area, and more recently, had been progressive in setting up an associated  Satellite Club for busy younger business people in the area.  In continuing to do things that work well he reminded members not to forget to think outside the box, especially with the new flexibility now available in Rotary.   


Paul Harris Fellowships


The president made a surprise presentation of a Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotary’s highest award for services rendered, to community service chairman, rotarian George Freeman, and to vocational service chairman, rotarian Ian Gordon.  The award reflected the appreciation by members for the sterling work these two members demonstrate in managing the club’s extensive yearly programme of activities and projects.


   President Mike Cudzich-Madry with rotarian Ian Gordon PHF (left) and

rotarian George Freeman PHF (right)




The president reminded members that they had the opportunity to suggest charities which could be the beneficiary of the club’s annual disbursements.


Next Meeting


The guest speaker at the next meeting of the club on Friday 23 June 2017 is Ghazala Ahmed-Mear on ‘Step by Step – the South Pole Energy Challenge’.  Speaker host is John Keeton and duty rotarian is David Windle.