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In the absence of president Peter Barr, who was leading the club delegation to the Rotary National Conference in Torquay, president-nominee Nigel Metham presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 6 April 2018.


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:-  the attendance sheet; club calendar of events and duties; names required of those attending the club’s annual Ladies Day on Friday 20 April 2018, which this year is a joint celebration of St Georges Day; and a checklist of member entries for the new District Directory 2018-19.  


Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield


Past-president Rob Wadd gave an update on last month’s meeting of the Satellite Club, which he had attended with president Peter Barr and past-president’s Stuart Bradley, Alan Clarke, and Geoff Mitchell. The monthly meetings are now held at Loundsley Green Community Centre.  He reported that the Satellite Club had reviewed its involvement in all parent club events and activities and noted that rotarian Paul Davies has now taken on the lead role for the annual public speaking competition which is likely to be moved to the autumn term, rotarian John Nettleship is leading on the annual Schools Art Exhibition, individual members are committed to providing support for Santa’s Sleigh, and Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show, and the handover of control of the Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show continues. A further programme of social events was arranged and are being included on the club calendar for information. 


    Rotarian Paul Davies presents a cheque to the local scouts


A presentation by local scouts, who are representing Chesterfield at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA, resulted in the Sateliite Club making a £300 donation towards the scout’s fund-raising efforts to raise £21,000, which will also help fund places for scouts from less fortunate countries.


ABF The Soldiers Charity (Army Benevolent Fund)


The after-lunch speaker was Lt Col Stuart Wiles (rtd) who retired last year after 38 years’ service.  He is now regional director of fundraising for what is the national charity of the British Army, a charity which supports soldiers, veterans, and their immediate families, for life. He is based at Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham, covering the East Midlands counties, including Derbyshire. He explained the ongoing support they give, the aim being a ‘hand up not a hand out – need not want’.  They give funds to other charities and individuals, and control funds on behalf of various regiments.  Money is used to pay - care home fees, War Widow help, holiday respite, debt relief, mobility and home modification, and education. Last year £9.5million was given away together with £4.5million from regimental funds, with 60% of income coming from legacies. Nationally, money was given last year to 80 charities and 4,200 individuals, whilst East Midlands received £1million for 1,300 individuals. A video was shown of some of the recipients who received help and support.  More details on the charity:


    Lt Col Stuart Wiles (rtd) with president-nominee Nigel Metham (right) and

speaker host, past-president John Keeton (left)


A formal vote of thanks was proposed by speaker host, past-president John Keeton and the closing toast was proposed by past-president Mike Cudzich-Madry.


Next meeting


The next club meeting on Friday 13 April is the monthly business meeting, and includes a conference report on the RIBI National Conference. Duty rotarian is Roger Peck.