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President Peter Barr presided at the monthly business meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 8 December 2017.


News of sick members


The president welcomed back the return of past-president John Heath following his recent stay in hospital.


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:- volunteers to assist with Santa’s Sleigh on various days ahead of Christmas at local supermarkets; attendance register; club calendar of duties and events. 


Honouring 95 Years of Membership


The president reported that, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, he had been presented with a framed certificate by district governor Michael Longdon, at the recent 95th Charter Anniversary Luncheon. The special certificate, which was signed by RIBI president Denis Spiller, recognised the club, which was first chartered on 19 December 1922, for its dedication to the Object of Rotary and commitment to the ideal of Service Above Self over the last 95 years.  The Olde House has agreed to mount the framed certificate in the club's regular meeting room.



Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield


The president reported that a letter of thanks had been sent by the Inner Wheel Club of Chesterfield to Satellite Club members for their generous donation of baby bundle items in support of the Inner Wheel club’s international project supporting disadvantaged people overseas.  Following a packing day at Cath Bradley’s home in January, these and other items will be sent via the police convoy to Africa.


President's busy week


The president highlighted a busy week just gone of Rotary commitments.  These included the club’s joint Carol Service with the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale which was successfully held at All Saints Church, Wingerworth, on Monday 4 December; Club Council met at the Olde House on Tuesday 5 December; the president, along with Inner Wheel president Rita Clarke, had attended the club’s Kids Out trip to the pantomime ‘Peter Pan’ for youngsters from William Rhodes Junior School on Wednesday 6 December.



The annual Christmas Party for senior citizens from local retirement homes had gone ahead successfully at Club Chesterfield on Thursday 7 December, despite the caterer pulling out at the last minute due to family ill-health. The homes had been consulted and wished the event to continue without the usual pie and pea supper.



Entertainment had once again been provided by Sheffield songbird, Lorraine Swan.


Invites to selected club meetings


The president revealed that Club Council had discussed the success of the recent invite to Inner Wheel members, and wives of Rotarians, which helped swell the numbers for the recent prestigious visit of the Mayor of Chesterfield and Chesterfield BC chief executive.  The late invitations had been issued due to a high number of apologies for that date and the club were appreciative of the response. After discussion, is was agreed that, in addition to the annual Ladies Day, an invitation be issued for the Civic Visit expected in November 2018.  It was also noted that any general invites made for other club meetings should be anticipated and endorsed by members in advance. It was suggested that an informal approach be made to Chesterfield Inner Wheel before further invitations were formally made. It was agreed not to issue a late invite to next week’s Christmas lunch and carols.


Vocational Service public speaking competition


Past-president Geoff Mitchell reminded members that there was a vacancy for a champion to lead the long-standing public-speaking competition, which is usually held each year in April, and is currently the popular format of Ladies (Partners) Day.  He agreed to circulate all members seeking a willing volunteer, without which this project, running for over 40 years, will not be able to continue.


Rotary Review


Secretary John Hare reminded members to take a copy of the latest District 1220 magazine, Rotary Review for December 2017, which included three news items involving the Rotary Club of Chesterfield – Chesterfield Senior Schools Art Exhibition, Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show 2017, and recognition for the new Satellite Club.



Defibrillator located in town centre


Secretary John Hare reported that he had been in touch with district governor elect, Dr Cheryle Berry, MBE., seeking information about defibrillators as she was involved with St John Ambulance, the nation’s leading first aid charity. It was noted that the community service committee were currently investigating the possibility of funding the provision of a defibrillator located in Chesterfield town centre from funds raised from the club’s share of the 2018 Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show.


Santa’s Sleigh 2017


Past-president Alan Clarke reported on the success of Santa’s Sleigh in collecting funds for local charities, whilst is was located recently at Sainsbury’s. The next outing is at Morrison’s Brampton on Saturday 16 December.  There are a few volunteer helpers still required for the last few vacant slots when Santa’s Sleigh visits Tesco Extra on 22/23/24 December.  Volunteers should contact Alan Clarke.



Next meeting


The meeting ended after the closing toast was proposed by past-president Geoff Mitchell.  The next meeting on Friday 15 December 2017 in the club’s Christmas lunch with carols.  The lead for carols is being taken by David Windle and keyboard player is Tim Stubbins.  Duty rotarian is Cyril Bates.