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President-elect Barry Thompson presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 15 September 2017.




Apologies had been received from president Peter Barr, and past-presidents John Heath, Jim Savage, and David Windle.




President-elect Barry Thompson welcomed guest speakers, past-president Ian and Elaine Ward (Dronfield), who brought greetings from president Maureen Taylor and the members of Dronfield Rotary Club. He also welcomed regular visitor, past-president Frank Clifford (Bolsover).


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:- Invitation by the Satellite Club to a Social Evening at the home of Rotarian Paul and Allison Davies on Saturday 7 October 2017 (7.30pm); details of the 49th Charter Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Clay Cross at Santo’s Higham Farm Hotel on Thursday 15 October 2017, with a former Concorde captain as guest speaker; 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; details of the club’s 95th Charter Anniversary Luncheon at Ringwood Hall Hotel on Sunday 5 November 2017 (12.30pm for 1.00pm) with highly rated guest speaker Lydia Slack with hilarious tales about growing up on a Derbyshire Hill Farm; attendance register; club calendar of duties and events. 




Secretary John Hare reported that a letter of thanks had been received from Chesterfield Street Pastors for the donation made by the club of £250.  He also reported that Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Charity had also written a letter of thanks for the donation made from proceeds of the Eckington Classic Car and Bike Show.  A cheque had been presented by members of the Satellite Club at their August meeting.  


Satellite Club chairman Peter Blant (left) presents a cheque to community fundraiser

Caitlin Hallatt, pictured along with Andrew Davies, and rotarian Paul Davies (right)


Tiptree Purple4Polio jam jars 


Secretary John Hare reported that members had collectively raised a total of £343.30 for the Polio Plus Campaign by filling the empty jam jars that had originally been donated full of jam by Wilkins & Sons Ltd of Tiptree, Essex.


Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY)


The after-lunch speakers were past-president Ian and Elaine Ward (Dronfield) who, under the auspices of the national CRY charity, have set up the Neil Ward Memorial Fund to raise funds for local heart screening for 14-35 year olds.  Elaine shared the sad story of her seemingly fit and healthy 17 year old son Neil who was on the brink of going to University.  On 20 December1992 he went out to the local scout group meeting but did not return home, he collapsed and died due to a cardiac abnormality. Following retirement in 2009, Elaine has dedicated her life to raising awareness and the funds needed to put on numerous heart screening sessions in the local area, for up to 100 youngsters at a time, to identify anyone with an inherited life-threatening condition. 


 President-elect Barry Thompson (left) with Elaine and Ian Ward (centre) and

speaker host, immediate past-president Mike Cudzich-Madry


After a question and answer session a formal vote of thanks for this thought-provoking talk was proposed by immediate past-president Mike Cudzich-Madry.  More details about CRY:


Next Meeting 


The meeting was brought to an end when the closing toast was proposed by club secretary, past-president John Hare.  The after-lunch speaker at the next meeting on Friday 22 September is Marilyn Baldwin, OBE, about charity ‘Think Jessica’. Speaker host is John Keeton and duty rotarian is Mike Hadfield.