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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 16 March 2018. He welcomed president Rita Reed (Bolsover), rotarian Mick Reed (Bolsover), and guest speaker Andy Nicholls.


Public Speaking Competition


Past-president John Roberts reported that after some late confirmations from local secondary schools, the public speaking final is set to go ahead at the next club meeting on Friday 23 March 2018.   A preliminary heat for six contestants had been held at Hasland Community School, and three finalists had been selected to compete in the final. To help ensure a good attendance and to support the contestants, members were invited to bring along their wife or a guest to enjoy this long-standing vocational service event, which this year will have been run consecutively for 52 years. Despite the late notice, members agreed there should be an open invitation to the ladies of Chesterfield Inner Wheel.  All those attending, who have not done so already, should alert past-president Rob Wadd by end of play on Wednesday 21 March 2018. 


Ladies Day


Due to the uncertainty of whether the Public Speaking Competition was taking place or not, it had not been practicable to commit in advance to holding our annual Ladies Day to coincide with this event, as per usual. Ladies Day this year will now be held at the club meeting on Friday 20 April 2018 to coincide with our St Georges Day celebration.  A formal invitation to wives and the ladies of Chesterfield Inner Wheel will be sent out in due course.


Whisky Tasting Evening


Past-president Jim Haggarty reported on a successful whisky tasting evening held at the Olde House on Friday 9 March.  He thanked the Olde House for providing an excellent supper.  The evening raised a sum of £372 in support of the club’s charities account. The president congratulated Jim for organising the event.


A Snorer’s Tale


After-lunch speaker Andy Nicholls gave a fascinating insight into the scourge in the bedroom for many people of a certain age – snoring. His amusing illustrated talk clearly identified the problem and highlighted some solutions. He highlighted the potentially serious sleep disorder of obstructive sleep-apnea in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts due to the blocking of the airways. The danger comes from inhibiting the supply of oxygen into the bloodstream, and even stop starting the heart.  As a sufferer, he demonstrated the continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) device which now ensures uninterrupted sleep each night. 



Andy Nicholls (centre) with president Peter Barr (left) and 

speaker host, president-elect Barry Thompson (right)


Following questions and answers a vote of thanks was proposed by speaker host, president-elect Barry Thompson.  The closing toast was proposed by past-president John Roberts.


Next meeting


At the next meeting on Friday 23 March 2018 the annual public speaking final will be held for the 52nd consecutive year.  Host for the event is John Roberts, and duty rotarian is Stuart Bradley.