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President Peter Barr presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 22 September 2017.




Apologies had been received from secretary John Hare.




The president 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 Alison 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. 


News of sick members


Past-president Geoff Mitchell gave an update on the health of two members.  Past-president Ian Gaunt will be returning to club attendance after recovery from extended medical treatment.  Rotarian Ian Gordon is currently seriously ill in Chesterfield Royal Hospital with suspected food poisoning, but further tests are being undertaken.


Derbyshire Stroke Centre


The president reported that he and past-president Alan Clarke had visited the Derbyshire Stroke Centre at Holmewood and were impressed with the facilities on offer.  The CEO, Julie Wheelhouse, who has previously spoken to the club, has now been invited to attend the club on Friday 6 October 2017 to receive a donation of £2,250 from the club’s share of proceeds from the Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show. A further amount of £950, from the total received from this event of £3,200, will be placed in the club’s charity account.


Tiptree Purple4Polio jam jars 


Treasurer Alan Clarke reported that District Foundation Team treasurer Albert Ripamount had thanked Chesterfield Rotary club members for collectively raising 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.


Th!nk Jessica – watch out for scams


Raising awareness about the financial implications of postal and telephone fraud, and how to protect oneself from the powerful psychology used by criminals, was the key message conveyed creatively in a thought-provoking after-lunch role-playing presentation by Marilyn Baldwin and Liz Treece from charity, Th!nk Jessica. The charity was set up by Marilyn in 2007 following five years of struggling to help her mother Jessica, who was trapped by criminals in a delusional world with thousands of criminal letters and phone calls, and which may have contributed to her death. Due to her hard work and endeavour in turning this scandal into a national campaign to protect vulnerable people from illegal practices, Marilyn Baldwin got the attention of government, the police, and Royal Mail, and was voted ‘Inspirational Women of the Year’ by ITV viewers in 2013, and awarded the OBE in 2014.


 Liz Treece (left) and Th!nk Jessica founder, Marilyn Baldwin, OBE (right) with

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


After a question and answer session, a formal vote of thanks for the entertaining presentation was proposed by past-president John Keeton.  More details about Th!nk Jessica:


Next week


The meeting was brought to an end when the closing toast was proposed by club treasurer, past-president Alan Clarke.  The after-lunch speaker at the next meeting on Friday 29 September is Malcolm Darroch on ‘The Story of the Bailey Bridge’. Speaker host is Cyril Bates and duty rotarian is Garth Rendle.