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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 1 December 2017.




The president welcomed after-lunch speaker, Rianne Mason.  He also welcomed back the return of past-president David Jenkins following his recovery from a fall.


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. 


Ian Gordon Rotary Art Prize


The president reported that, along with past-president Geoff Mitchell and Rev John Cook of St Andrews United Reformed Church, he had attended the GCSE Awards Night at Parkside Community School, in the presence of the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Maureen Davenport, to present the Ian Gordon Rotary Art Prize to talented student Chloe Allison. He had been impressed by the inspirational attitude in the school and the success that was being achieved under the headship of Kam Grewal-Joy.


   Art prize winner Chloe Allison with president Peter Barr (left) and

Rev John Cook of art exhibition joint sponsor St Andrews United Reformed Church


Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield


The president reported on the monthly meeting of the Satellite Club, held at Brampton Manor on Wednesday 29 November 2017.  He, and past-president Rob Wadd, had informed Satellite Club members on the key points from Chesterfield Borough Council CEO Huw Bowen’s recent presentation about the future developments planned for Chesterfield.  Huw Bowen has agreed to visit the Satellite Club in the New Year to make a fuller updated presentation.  Satellite Club members have collected various items to pass on to Chesterfield Inner Wheel in support of their International Baby, Joy and Roy bags project. The next meeting of the Satellite Club will be an informal Christmas gathering at Brampton Manor on Wednesday 20 December 2017 (5.30pm).


Santa’s Sleigh Charity Fundraising


The first outing for Santa’s Sleigh was made this week at Sainsbury’s. On Thursday 30 November Chesterfield Inner Wheel were allocated their annual slot which helped raise funds for two local cancer charities – Nenna Kind and Ashgate Hospicecare.  Santa’s Sleigh continues today Friday 1 December and Saturday 2 December.


    Chesterfield Inner Wheel members Jenny Windle and Margaret Mitchell


Forthcoming events


The president highlighted another busy week of forthcoming Rotary commitments.  The club’s joint Carol Service with the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale is being held at All Saints Church, Wingerworth, on Monday 4 December 2017 (7.30pm); Club Council meets at the Olde House on Tuesday 5 December (7.30pm); the club’s Kids Out trip to the pantomime ‘Peter Pan’ for youngsters from William Rhodes Junior School is on Wednesday 6 December (1.45pm performance); the annual Christmas Party for senior citizens from local retirement homes is at Club Chesterfield on Thursday 7 December (7.00pm).


Volunteering for service abroad


After-lunch speaker Rianne Mason gave an illustrated presentation about Raleigh International, which is a sustainable development organisation with 30 years of expertise in working through, for, and with young people, to create lasting change in developing countries. Rianne explained that she is volunteering for a Team Leader placement with the International Citizen Service (ICS) which is funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development and leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. The aim is to use the power of young people to bring about positive change in some of the poorest communities around the world.  She will be expected to use her experience gained in Nepal to take on board community action in the Chesterfield area on her return.  Rianne has already raised the £800 funding needed for her placement so suggested that Raleigh International may be worthy of our support in the future if we so wished. 


   Rianne Mason with president Peter Barr (left) and

speaker host, past-president John Roberts (right)


During questions and answers, Rianne was asked if she had ever considered joining Rotary which could in so many ways help support her international ambitions.  Past-president Rob Wadd agreed to brief her on the merits of joining like-minded people in the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield.  A formal vote of thanks was proposed by speaker host, past-president John Roberts.


Next meeting


The meeting ended after the closing toast was proposed by past-president Jim Haggarty. The next meeting is the club’s monthly business meeting on Friday 8 December 2017.  Duty rotarian is Bryan White.