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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 23 February 2018.




The president welcomed Eric Twelves , guest of past-president Mike Hadfield, rotarian Paul Davies of the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield, and special guest of the club, Andrew Davies.


Information Boards


The information boards circulated included:- details of the Whisky Tasting Evening being held at the Olde House on Friday 9 March 2018, the club calendar of events and duties, and the attendance register.


Rotary Anniversary on this day


The president reminded members that Rotary was first started on this day, 23 February, thanks to the vision of one man – Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the officers of its members. Grassroots at the core, Rotary members have been addressing challenges around the world for more than 112 years and now link 1.2 million members to form an organization of international scope.


Citizen of the Year


Rotarian George Freeman, chairman of the club’s community service committee, was delighted to introduce 19-year-old Andrew Davies, who was being presented by the president with the club’s Citizen of the Year Award for his outstanding record of fund-raising for The Children’s Hospital Charity in Sheffield. Andrew was just 13 when he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia and underwent chemotherapy, blood transfusions and a bone marrow transplant. He lost his hair, endured endless bouts of sickness and time off school while fighting the disease. Now in remission, Andrew vowed to raise the £150,000 the bone marrow transplant would have cost had it not been available on the NHS.


 Andrew Davies (centre) receives the  Citizen of the Year Award from

president Peter Barr (left) and rotarian George Freeman (right)


In accepting the award Andrew gave an update on his fund-raising. In February last year he had reached £106,000.  Since then there was a ball at the Proact Stadium which raised £10,000, three doctors climbed Kilimanjaro and raised £7,800 and Chesterfield Rotary gave £3,800, part of the proceeds from the Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show 2017.  Along with a coffee morning and sports events the total raised has now reached £136,000. Planned events are a Designer Clothes Sale, a sponsored Bike Ride from Liverpool to Skegness, and a month in Fiji through his university. He is now studying "Sport and Exercise Science" at John Moore University, Liverpool.  On behalf of member, George Freeman thanked Andrew for his update and wished him every success in meeting his target. The closing toast was proposed by past-president John Heath.


Next meeting


At the next meeting on Friday 2 March 2018 the guest speaker is Tony Rogers on ‘Hope Springs Recovery Centre’.  Speaker host is Mike Cudzich-Madry and duty rotarian is Cyril Bates.