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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 23 June 2017.  He congratulated past-president Mike and Sue Hadfield who were this week celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary. In responding to thanks for providing table wine, Mike pointed out he was just sharing Sue’s joy with members.




The president welcomed guest speaker, Ghazala Ahmed-Mear, Charles Lister, guest of president-nominee Barry Thompson, and acknowledged a welcome return from past-president David Longden.


Information Boards


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


Inner Wheel Club of Chesterfield


Past-president Geoff Mitchell reported that several members had attended a very enjoyable annual Inner Wheel President’s Lunch held at the Hostess Restaurant, Sookholme, on Sunday 18 June 2017.


Step by Step – South Pole Energy Challenge



The after-lunch speaker was NHS Surgeon, Ghazala Ahmed-Mear, from Sheffield, who gave a fascinating insight into the serious effects of climate change and the initiatives being taken to persuade people to make a difference.  She is delighted to have been invited to join the final 60 mile stage of the South Pole Energy Challenge, which from November 2017, is setting out to walk to the South Pole using only clean energy technologies.  The message is that if the expedition can survive global warming threatened Antartica, the coldest, driest and inhospitable place on Earth, the rest of us can make similar changes, Step by Step, in our everyday lives. More details and to make a donation:-


Ghazala Ahmed-Mear (centre) with president Mike Cudzich-Madry (left)

and speaker host, past-president John Keeton (right)


After an enlightening question and answer session, a vote of thanks to the speaker was proposed by past-president John Keeton. 


Busy Rotary Week


The president reported on a busy Rotary week ahead.  The Community Service meeting at the Olde House on Monday 26 June (7.30pm) will include a review of the 2017 Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show. There are three events on Wednesday 28 June – Rotary Young Chef Competition at Parkside School (from 9.30am), Afternoon Tea for Senior Citizens at the Olde House (2.00pm to 4.00pm), monthly meeting of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield at Brampton Manor (from 5.30pm).


Next Meeting


The next club meeting on Friday 30 June 2017 is the installation of the 94th President when Peter Barr takes over from Mike Cudzich-Madry.  Members are reminded to wear their medals for this special occasion.  Duty rotarian is Martin Eyre.