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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 3 November 2017.  




The president welcomed guest speaker Edward Hammond and his father, past-president Peter Hammond (Sherwood Sunrisers), and regular guest, past-president Frank Clifford (Bolsover).


Members Birthdays


Wine was provided by past-president Roy Willett in celebration of his 85th birthday earlier in the week.


News of Sick Members


Secretary John Heath gave updates on past-president David Jenkins, who was comfortable recovering from a heavy fall; and past-president Ian Gaunt, who was recovering from a broken leg and was expected to remain in Elmton Ward of Chesterfield Royal Hospital for another 10 to 14 days.


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:- Charity Quiz Night being organised by the Satellite Club at the Fox & Goose on Thursday 16 November; volunteers to assist with Santaís Sleigh on various days ahead of Christmas at local supermarkets; Burns Night Celebration Dinner at the Olde House on Tuesday 23 January 2018; attendance register; club calendar of duties and events. 


95th Charter Anniversary Luncheon


Members are reminded that the clubís 95th Charter Anniversary Luncheon is being held at Ringwood Hall Hotel on Sunday 5 November 2017, 12.30pm for 1.00pm.


Napoleonís British Obsession - Invasion of the Nation of Shopkeepers


A detailed account of Napoleon Boneparte's failed plans to invade England, with key quotes from the main characters of the time, was the topic of an illustrated talk by Napoleon Re-enactor, Edward Hammond. He was accompanied by his archaeologist father, past-president Paul Hammond (Sherwood Sunrisers). Edward has researched this period of history as a hobby and is a member of a group of Napoleon Re-enactors who travel to events across the UK. 


   Napoleon Re-Enactor, Edward Hammond (centre) with

president Peter Barr (left) and speaker host, past-president Roy Willett (right)


After questions and answers, which dug even deeper into the psyche of Napoleon, a vote of thanks was proposed by speaker host, past-president Roy Willett.


Next week


The meeting ended after the closing toast was proposed by past-president John Heath.  The clubís next meeting is the Special General Meeting on Friday 10 November 2017 for the appointment of officers and conference delegates, and to endorse the 2016-17 year end accounts. It is noted that nominations are still required for president elect, president nominee, honorary secretary, and honorary treasurer.  The duty rotarian is Keith Hutchinson.