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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 20 October 2017. Apologies had been received from past-president John Heath.




The president welcomed guest speaker Peter Dumenils, and regular guest past-president Frank Clifford who brought greetings from Bolsover Rotary Club.


Members Birthdays


Wine was provided by past-president John Keeton in celebration of his birthday next week


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:- News of the club’s 95th Charter Anniversary Luncheon 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; 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. 


News of sick members


Past-president Geoff Mitchell and president-elect Barry Thompson reported on their visits to see past-president Ian Gaunt who was currently recovering from a broken leg in Elmton Ward of Chesterfield Royal Hospital.  He was expected to be in hospital for up to four weeks and visitors were welcome between the hours of 2.00pm and 8.00pm each day.


Nenna Kind Cancer Support Group


Secretary John Hare reported that a letter of thanks had been received from local charity Nenna Kind for the recent donation of £250 from the club as part of the annual disbursements.


District Membership Seminar


The president reminded members that a District 1220 membership seminar was being held at the Post Mill Centre, South Normanton, on Tuesday 24 October 2017 from 6.30pm.  Any member concerned about the current level of membership of the club was welcome to attend to pick up helpful advice about recruitment.


Tools for Self-Reliance – Practical Help for Practical People


The club welcomed guest speaker Peter Dumenils who gave an illustrated presentation about the work of the Bakewell branch of Tools for Self-Reliance.  They are part of a UK based charity working to help relieve poverty in Africa by collecting refurbished hand tools and putting them into kits before sending them to developing countries in Africa, such as Ghana, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Malawi. Volunteers sort and refurbish tools before they are crated up into purpose made tool box kits which can be used for carpentry, building, shoe repair, car repair, or blacksmithing. They also send sewing kits with sewing machines. The charity works with local African organisations to deliver a programme of tools and skills training to bring about effective and sustainable change to trades people and their communities. Unsuitable tools collected are passed on to other charities or sold on market stalls and at specialist auctions to raise funds to help with transport costs.  Anyone with surplus tools should contact the Bakewell branch secretary, Mary Pope, on 01629 733944.  More details:  



Peter Dumenil (centre) with president Peter Barr (left) and

speaker host, past-president John Roberts (right)


After questions and answers, speaker host, past-president John Roberts, proposed a vote of thanks to the speaker.


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 27 October 2017 is Graham Hayes on ‘’Submarine Warfare’. The speaker host is Jim Savage and duty rotarian is David Windle.