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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 12 January 2018.  He welcomed three visitors, assistant district-governor, Dr Tony Bethell, MBE (Dronfield), rotarian Ian Corran (Chesterfield Scarsdale), regular visitor, past-president Frank Clifford (Bolsover), and club greetings were exchanged.


Apologies and news of sick members


Apologies had been received from past-presidents David Dolman (heavy cold) and Jim Haggarty (unwell).  There was sad news that Elaine Jenkins, the wife of past-president David Jenkins, CStJ., had passed away after a long illness. The funeral is to be held at Chesterfield Crematorium on Monday 22 January 2018 at 3.10pm.


Members Birthdays


Wine was provided by rotarian Andrew Elliott who is celebrating his birthday this very day.


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:- the club’s Whisky Tasting Evening at the Olde House on Friday 9 March 2018; attendance register; club calendar of duties and events. There were details of two upcoming charter anniversary events:- Chesterfield Scarsdale’s 27th Charter Anniversary dinner at the Proact Stadium on Thursday 15 February 2018 with guest speaker Martin Thacker, MBE, JP, and Matlock Rotary’s 90th Charter Anniversary dinner at Matlock Golf Club on Monday 19 March 2018 with guest speaker Rod Shiers.


Chesterfield Senior Schools Public Speaking Competition 


The president reported that no club members had come forward to volunteer to take the lead on this long-running vocational service project.  Members noted that, as a result, the public speaking competition will not be held this year.  It is still planned to hold the annual Ladies/Partners Day, which this year is scheduled for Friday 20 April, and will now incorporate the club’s St Georges Day celebration.


Marie Curie


Secretary John Hare reported that a request had been received from Marie Curie seeking volunteers to help with its Great Daffodil Appeal 2018, during the month of March 2018. This would involve street collections and distributing daffodils to shops.  In view of the existing support given by the club to other cancer charities, it was decided to decline the request on this occasion.


Rotary District - assistant governor position


Visiting AG, Dr Tony Bethell, in bringing his greetings from Rotary District, offered his congratulations to past-president Rob Wadd for accepting an invitation from district governor-elect Cheryle Berry, MBE., to be an assistant governor for the next Rotary Year. Rob Wadd will be taking over from Tony Bethell, who is standing down.  Rob revealed he had given the matter careful consideration after being approached, and had agreed his name be considered, especially as it gives him the opportunity to promote recruitment in the District.  There are currently nine assistant governor positions in District 1220.


   Past-president Rob Wadd (left) will be taking over as assistant governor

from July 2018 in place of Dr Tony Bethell, MBE


Burns Night – an evening of Scottish culture


Past-president Jim Savage updated members about this annual fellowship evening taking place this year at the Olde House on Tuesday 23 January (6.30pm for 7.00pm).  Over 60 tickets have so far been sold, and the event is now also open to the clientele of the Olde House.  The success of the event will be monitored and reviewed ahead of any future years.


Formal installation of club’s president-nominee


The president was pleased to formally install home-care provider, rotarian Nigel Metham, as the club’s president-nominee (junior vice-president) for 2017-18.  From July 2018, Nigel will take over as president-elect (senior vice-president), and from July 2019, will become president of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield for the Rotary Year 2019-20. 


   President Peter Barr (left) formally installs rotarian Nigel Metham 

as the club's president-nominee for 2017-18


Next meeting


The meeting closed after the closing toast was proposed by past-president Mike Cudzich-Madry.  The after-lunch speaker on Friday 19 January 2018 is past-president Malcolm Darroch (Wollaton Park) on ‘A forgotten Country – travels in Tibet’.  Speaker host is George Freeman and duty rotarian is Roy Willett.