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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 13 October 2017.  




The president welcomed rotarian John Miles, PHF (Leatherhead), past-president Sam Addison (Walkden – Manchester), and regular guest, past-president Frank Clifford (Bolsover)


Members Birthdays


Wine was provided by rotarian Garth Rendle in celebration of his recent birthday in September. Members also offered birthday wishes to past-president John Heath who had recently celebrated his 90th birthday on 4 October 2017 - he promised wine would be forthcoming at a future meeting date.


News of sick members


The president gave an update on past-president Ian Gaunt who was currently in hospital having recently broken his left leg. 


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:- News of a Charity Quiz Night being organised by the Satellite Club at the Fox & Goose on Thursday 16 November; attendance register; club calendar of duties and events.  The president reminded members that the club’s 95th Charter Anniversary Luncheon is being held 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.  He urged all members to consider attending the club’s social event of the year.


Satellite Club Social Evening


Past-president Geoff Mitchell reported that he, along with past-president Mike Cudzich-Madry, president-elect Barry Thompson, rotarian Nigel Metham, and partners, had attended an enjoyable social evening held at the home of rotarian Paul and Alison Davies.


Chesterfield Senior Schools Art Exhibition


The president reported that he had attended a very successful Chesterfield Schools Art Exhibition held at St Andrew’s United Reformed Church over the weekend of Sat and Sun 7th and 8th October. The Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Maureen Davenport, who officially opened the event, was accompanied by the Mayoress of Chesterfield, Mrs Liz Archer.  Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins had also been present, along with the minister of St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Rev John Cook, who had hosted the opening ceremony.  Past-president Geoff Mitchell reported that eight schools had taken part, with over 200 high-quality exhibits to view in the Church Sanctuary and the Church Hall.  On behalf of the club, he thanked the art students for their excellent work, the art teachers of the participating schools for supporting the students, the volunteer stewards from both St Andrew’s Church and the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, and the visiting public who had come to view in such great numbers over the weekend.  Full report:


   Official opening of the art exhibition in St Andrew's United Reformed Church


Past-president Geoff Mitchell also reported that the newly instituted ‘Ian Gordon Art Prize for an Outstanding Exhibit’, set up in memory of vocational service chairman, rotarian Ian Gordon, had been adjudicated by an external independent ‘art expert’ and a £50 art voucher prize, and certificate, is to be presented by the president, and hopefully Eileen Gordon, to Chloe Allison of Parkside Community School in the near future.


 The Ian Gordon Art Prize for an Outstanding Exhibit goes to

Chloe Allison of Parkside Community School


It was also reported that future commitment to the art exhibition, and other Chesterfield Rotary vocational projects, need further discussion and endorsement by members at the next monthly business meeting in November 2017.  Any members wishing to volunteer for service on the vocational service committee are urgently asked to forward their names to club secretary John Hare.


Global Sight Solutions - enabling the blind to see again!


The club welcomed rotarian John Miles, PHF, of the Rotary Club of Leatherhead, who is a trustee of the Guildford Rotary Eye Project, which is also trademarked as Global Sight Solutions. He gave an interesting illustrated presentation about this Rotary supported international ‘avoidable blindness programme’. A donation of just £5 can enable the blind to see again, and to date, 600,000 people have undergone sight restoring operations.  This project works with other Rotary clubs abroad to establish eye hospitals in the developing world, in the Indian sub-continent, Africa and other economically emerging areas, to provide free eye care to the poor.  It is estimated that there are up to 650 million individuals worldwide who are too poor to access solutions to a variety of sight problems.  Within this number there are up to 50 million avoidably blind men, women, and children, in need of surgical procedures, typically cataract operations. More details: or donate on line at Just Giving:


 Rotarian John Miles, PHF (centre) with president Peter Barr (left) and speaker host

and international services chairman, rotarian Andrew Elliott (right)

with their fund-raising bears


After a question and answer session a vote of thanks was proposed by international services chairman, rotarian Andrew Elliott, who indicated that this fine Rotary International project would be considered for support in the club's future international programme.


Next week


The meeting was brought to a close when the closing toast was proposed by past-president John Keeton.  The guest speaker at the next club meeting on Friday 20 October 2017 is Peter Dumenils on ‘Helping African Craftsmen and Women’. The speaker host is John Roberts and duty rotarian is John Wilkins.