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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 30 June 2017.  It was the final club meeting of the Rotary Year when the presidency is handed over to the new incoming president.




The president welcomed this week’s duty rotarian, Martin Eyre, who was making his final visit to the club after 27 years of membership, many served as the club’s treasurer.  He thanked him for providing table wine for members to celebrate his release.  Martin Eyre offered his best wishes to the club for the future.


Information Boards


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


Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show 2017


Past-president Alan Clarke confirmed that following the most successful car show ever, he was able to confirm that four local charities can expect to receive a boost to their funds totalling £3,900 each.  The four nominated charities are:- Ashgate Hospicecare, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.  The 2018 event will be held at Renishaw Hall, Eckington, on Wednesday 13 June 2018.  He also reminded members that a board seeking volunteers for the Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show, on Sunday 23 July 2017, will be circulated at the next meeting.


Young Chef Competition


Rotarian Ian Gordon reported on the club organized Young Chef Competition which was kindly hosted by St Mary’s Catholic High School on Wednesday 28 June 2017. There had been four high quality contestants taking part who all received certificates of participation.  Gift vouchers were also presented, with the highest value voucher being presented to the winner. 


Afternoon Tea Party for Senior Citizens


Rotarian George Freeman reported that the annual tea party for senior citizens from local residential homes in the Chesterfield area had successfully been held at the Olde House on Wednesday 28 June 2017.  Seventy OAP’s had enjoyed entertainment and a singalong with former cruise ship duo Ken and Rita Taylor, played bingo, and were served a traditional afternoon tea provided by the Olde House.  More details of this event:


Installation of New President and Officers


Retiring president Mike Cudzich-Madry addressed the club for his final time as president after enjoying his second term in office.  He revealed that £3,000 was available at the end of his Rotary year for disbursement to local charities and gave an indication of where this could be distributed. This will be progressed at the next Council meeting.  He thanked everyone for their support during the year, especially secretary John Hare, treasurer Alan Clarke, and the two key committee chairmen, George Freeman (community service) and Ian Gordon (vocational service).  He then installed his successor, rotarian Peter Barr, as the 94th President of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield for the Rotary Year 2017-18.


   Installation of the new president for 2017-18 as Mike Cudzich-Madry

officially hands-over to Peter Barr


Past-president John Keeton, who had initially proposed Mike Cudzich-Madry for membership in 2010, congratulated him for his year in office, especially as he had stepped forward to serve for a second period.  President Peter Barr then installed the new president-elect (senior vice-president), rotarian Barry Thompson, who will be president in 2018-19.  There is currently a vacancy for a president-nominee (junior vice-president).  The jewels of office were presented to honorary secretary John Hare, and honorary treasurer Alan Clarke, who will service for a further year.



New president Peter Barr (centre) with from l to r:  Alan Clarke (treasurer) 

Barry Thompson (president-elect), Mike Cudzich-Madry (immediate past-president)

and John Hare (secretary) 


President Peter Barr addressed the club by thanking members for the tremendous welcome he had received since joining the club in February 2014.  Although the management had changed he was confident the organization, as a well-oiled machine, would continue to work well.  He spoke about support for local organizations, and hoped that the club’s good work in the town would continue to raise the profile of Rotary.  Past-president John Roberts, a former school chum of the president at Highfield Hall Junior School, formally wished him every success in leading the club for the new Rotary year, a club he amusingly referred to as containing ‘motley citizenry of Chesterfield’.  The meeting was brought to a close when past-president Mike Cudzich-Madry proposed the closing toast.


Next Meeting


The next club meeting on Friday 7 July 2017 is the official visit of the new Rotary District Governor, Michael Longdon (West Ashfield).  Duty rotarian is Garth Rendle.