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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 2 February 2018.  


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:-  club calendar of duties and events, and the attendance register.


Satellite Club


Past-president Geoff Mitchell reported that, along with past-presidents Stuart Bradley, Alan Clarke, and Rob Wadd, he had attended the January meeting of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield on Wednesday 31 January 2018.  Ten members and two potential members were in attendance. Due to the closure of Brampton Manor from Mondays to Wednesdays the satellite club has now moved location to Loundsley Green Community Centre. Guests speakers at a busy meeting were Girl Guides area commissioner Jill Bell, and area assistant Pat Presland, who updated the meeting on current activities and challenges, which included urgent repair work needed on their historic wholly-owned Guide Hall on St Margarets Drive.  Satellite club members agreed to make an immediate donation of £250.  


Chairman Peter Blant presents a cheque for £250 to Girl Guides area

commissioner Jill Bell and area assistant Pat Presland


Forthcoming social activities include a night at the dogs at Owlerton Stadium, Sheffield, and a walk in the countryside. The annual charity quiz night will be held on Thursday 8 November 2018 (7.00pm for 7.30pm), and in an effort to maximise revenue for charity it will be held at Loundsley Green Community Centre with a pay bar run by members, and a pie and pea supper. Donations of prizes for a raffle and auction, including one-off experiences not usually available, would be welcome.  Chairman Peter Blant formally welcomed rotarian Louise Wainwright, a solicitor, as a new member following her transfer from the discontinued Rotary Club of Drone Valley.


   Satellite club chairman Peter Blant formally welcomes rotarian Louise Wainwright


Chesterfield Schools Public Speaking Competition


The president thanked past-president John Roberts for volunteering to take the lead on the club’s annual public speaking competition.  Rotarian Paul Davies of the satellite club has also volunteered to assist him.  A provisional date for the finals (on Ladies/Partners Day) is Friday 22 March 2018.


Paris......the hard way!


The after-lunch speaker was Richard Booth who gave an interesting photographic presentation of a 350mile round trip from Dieppe to Paris on pushbikes.  Having been persuaded by his wife to dispose of his well-loved motorbike following its final outing on Route 66 in the USA, he reverted to a pushbike, but with the added luxury of some battery power to help him up the hills. His talk gave a fascinating insight into the almost deserted French countryside and bike trails as he outlined their experiences on this circular route to Paris and back.   After questions and answers a formal vote of thanks to the speaker was proposed by rotarian Roger Peck.


     Guest speaker Richard Booth (centre) with president Peter Barr (left) and

speaker host, rotarian Roger Peck (right)

Next meeting


The meeting closed after the closing toast was proposed by past-president John Heath. The next meeting on Friday 9 February is the club’s monthly business meeting. Duty rotarian is Rob Wadd.