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President Peter Barr presided at the monthly business meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 8 September 2017.




He welcomed regular visitor, past-president Frank Clifford (Bolsover).


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:- Rota for volunteer stewards for the club sponsored Chesterfield Senior Schools Art Exhibition at St Andrews United Reformed Church on the weekend of Sat & Sun 7th & 8th October 2017; attendance register; club calendar of duties and events. 


Art Exhibition


Past-president Geoff Mitchell, on behalf of vocational service chairman Ian Gordon, reported that for insurance purposes it was necessary for the club sponsored Art Exhibition, being held at St Andrews United Reformed Church on 7th & 8th October 2017, to have a rota of volunteer stewards in place.  A board for volunteers to commit to designated time slots was being circulated. He also revealed that the event was being officially opened by the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Maureen Davenport, at 10.00am on Saturday 7th October and she will also present certificates to some of the student exhibitors.  Members were urged to support the event, which was now in its third year, with a healthy increase to eight or nine secondary schools now taking part. There may also be some musical recitals by music students during the event.




Members approved a recommendation from the International Service Committee that plans for supply during this Rotary Year of an Aquabox filled with humanitarian aid items and a water filter should be brought forward in view of the flood disaster in Nepal. The budgeted cost is £150.


95th Charter Anniversary Luncheon


The president reported that he hoped to deliver an enjoyable charter luncheon at Ringwood Hall Hotel on Sunday 5 November 2017 (12.30pm for 1.00pm) and was pleased that a highly recommended amusing after-lunch speaker had been booked.  Her name is Lydia Slack, daughter of Peter Slack, a Derbyshire hill farmer and after-dinner speaker himself. The topic of the talk will be ‘Growing Up on a Derbyshire Hill Farm’.  She has spoken with great success at many Rotary and Inner Wheel lunches, dinners, and conferences.


    Lydia Slack working at her father's Derbyshire hill farm


The president asked members to spread the word so as to encourage a good attendance on what is the club’s social event of the year.


Future direction of the club


Past-president David Dolman revealed, from draft minutes of the last club council meeting, that the future direction of the club had been a matter for discussion and asked for some clarification.  The president confirmed that the need to fill the vacant role of president nominee (junior vice-president) had been raised and led to a discussion at club council about possible future options. Past-president Rob Wadd, who liaises with the satellite club, reaffirmed his view that one such option in the future may be a period of transition leading to an expanding satellite club taking on the full role as the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, especially if the president for Rotary Year 2019-20 came from that section of the club. In that event, existing club members would continue to meet as now but, as part of the switch, could become the Rotary Seniors Club of Chesterfield. These weekly meetings could retain the existing format but be chaired on a rota basis by senior rotarians. This was a possible practical solution to ensure the legacy and history of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield could live on with the revitalised younger members’ club. Immediate past-president Mike Cudzich-Madry confirmed that so far there had only been outline discussions by council members on this topic and reaffirmed that any recommendations, on this or other issues from club council, were subject as normal to endorsement by club members. The president repeated that this was a crucial ongoing issue which will need resolution by the members, most immediately the filling of the vacancy for a president nominee, and for the longer-term, the future structure of the club.  Other members contributed to a lively open-ended topical discussion which will clearly be revisited at a future date.


Next Meeting 


The meeting was brought to an end when the closing toast was proposed by past-president Rob Wadd.  The after-lunch speakers at the next meeting on Friday 15 September is past-president Ian and Elaine Ward (Dronfield) on ‘Cardiac Risk in the Young’. Speaker host is Mike Cudzich-Madry and duty rotarian is Roy Willett.