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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 19 January 2018.  


Apologies and news of sick members


Apologies had been received from past-presidents David Dolman (heavy cold) and past-president Frank Clifford (Bolsover).


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:- the club’s Burns Night at the Olde House this next Tuesday 23 January; Whisky Tasting Evening at the Olde House on Friday 9 March; attendance register; club calendar of duties and events.


Prostate Screening


Secretary John Hare reported on an email he had received from president-elect Ron Enock (Chesterfield Scarsdale) giving early notice that prostate screening sessions were to be held at the Proact Stadium during the months of February, March and April 2018, to which rotarians are welcome to attend.


Travels in Tibet


An insight into a forgotten country was revealed by after-lunch speaker, past-president Malcolm Darroch (Wollaton Park), who gave an interesting illustrated talk about his travels in Tibet in 2009. He gave a brief history of the rulers and politics of a country, which is now under Chinese control.  There is no industry to talk about, and the main religion, Buddhism, controls recreation, education, law, community and even behaviour. Behaviour which means that the Lhasa Rotary Clubs have to inform the Chinese of their monthly activities. The Yak is the most important animal as it is used for so many things, such as transport, fuel, light, textiles, meat, hide, insulation, even for butter and cheese.  There were plenty of illustrations of living at 12,000 to 14,000 feet above sea level, which has its problems as the lack of oxygen can cause headaches at night, so everything has to be done slowly. Despite the mountainous living the mobile telephone reception is very good.  A vote of thanks to the speaker was proposed by speaker host, rotarian George Freeman.


Malcolm Darroch  (centre) with president Peter Barr (left) and

speaker host, rotarian George Freeman


Next meeting


The meeting closed after the closing toast was proposed by past-president John Heath. The after-lunch speaker on Friday 26 January 2018 is Daniel Booth on ‘Marie Curie’. Speaker host is Keith Hutchinson and duty rotarian is Andrew Elliott.