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President Peter Barr presided at the monthly business meeting and Special General Meeting (SGM) of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 10 November 2017.




The president welcomed regular visitor, past-president Frank Clifford (Bolsover) who brought greetings from his club.


News of Sick Members


It was reported that past-president Ian Gaunt, who is recovering from a broken leg, has now left hospital after six weeks and is now back at home.


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:- volunteers to assist with Santa’s Sleigh on various days ahead of Christmas at local supermarkets; voluntary contributions towards the cost of Santa’s Sleigh sweets; Burns Night Celebration Dinner at the Olde House on Tuesday 23 January 2018; attendance register; club calendar of duties and events.  Members were reminded of the Charity Quiz Night being organised by the Satellite Club at the Fox & Goose on Thursday 16 November 2017.




Secretary John Hare read out a letter of thanks from district governor Michael Longdon following his attendance at the club’s very successful and enjoyable 95th Charter Anniversary Luncheon held at Ringwood Hall Hotel on Sunday 5 November 2017.  The secretary also read out a letter from Julie Wheelhouse from the Derbyshire Stroke Centre giving details of how the club donation of £2,250, made in October, had been spent on essential equipment. This was the club’s share of proceeds from the 2017 Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show.


Citizen of the Year 2018


Rotarian George Freeman, chairman of the community service committee, gave details of the candidate being recommended for the award of the club’s Citizen of the Year Award in 2018.  This was approved by the members.


Vocational Service


Past-president Geoff Mitchell reported, that following the sad loss of vocational service chairman, Ian Gordon, the consequences for vocational service projects had been reviewed.  Council had accepted a community service suggestion that the two committees should combine under the banner of community service, and existing vocational service projects would continue in 2018 if there was a nominated champion to lead. Three of the four main projects had such a champion:-  Art Exhibition  – John Nettleship (Satellite Club); Young Chef Competition – Charles Evans; Junior Verse Speaking – David Windle; Senior Schools Public Speaking – TBA.  This way forward was endorsed by the members.  It was noted that following the 2017 Art Exhibition, Chloe Allison of Parkside Community School was to be presented with the newly instituted ‘Ian Gordon Rotary Art Prize for an Outstanding Exhibit’ at the school’s GCSE Awards Night on Thursday 30 November 2017. She will receive a signed certificate and a £50 art voucher. 


Special General Meeting


The president opened the Special General Meeting and members approved the minutes of last year’s SGM held on Friday 11 November 2016.  It was agreed that as the 2016-17 year-end accounts had been delayed they would be submitted for approval at an SGM as part of a business meeting early in 2018.  The following club officials were appointed for Rotary Year 2018-19:- president Barry Thompson, president-elect Nigel Metham, president-nominee Rob Wadd, honorary secretary Mike Cudzich-Madry, honorary treasurer TBA, assistant secretary Rob Woodhead.  It was noted that Nigel Metham was immediately taking up the vacant role of president-nominee for the rest of 2017-18.


The delegates to the 2018 RIBI Conference in Torquay were agreed as the president and the president-elect for 2017-18. There were no nominations from the club for district governor, district officers, or officers of the association to be made at the RIBI Conference.


One item of other business was a formal vote of thanks proposed by past-president Geoff Mitchell for the members’ appreciation for the services rendered over a number of years by honorary secretary John Hare.  He was standing down from office in June 2018 prior to leaving the district. The SGM was closed by the president.


Next meeting


The meeting ended after the closing toast was proposed by past-president John Wilkins. The next meeting on Friday 17 November 2017 is the official civic visit by the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Maureen Davenport, and Chesterfield BC chief executive Huw Bowen.  Duty rotarian is Stuart Bradley.