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President Peter Barr presided at the monthly business meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 13 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; a checklist of member entries for the new District Directory 2018-19 with a requirement for member authority to publish, and news of the 43rd Charter Anniversary celebration of the Rotary Club of Dronfield on Friday 11 May 2018.  


RIBI National Conference 2018


President Peter Barr and president-elect Barry Thompson gave a verbal report on the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) annual conference held at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay over the weekend of 6-8 April 2018.  They reported that a distinguished visitor, The Princess Royal, had paid tribute to Rotary members for the work they do in communities across the globe. Princess Anne, who is an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Elgin, in Scotland, spent more than two hours visiting the conference on the Saturday.  There had been a succession of good speakers with updates on various charitable projects at home and abroad, Lydia Slack, who had been guest speaker at our 2017 Charter Anniversary lunch, amused delegates, and other well-known celebrities had included Chris Tarrant and Angela Rippon.  At the RIBI business meeting all proposals were carried, including the cost-saving change of the RIBI figure-head from president to chairman. 


   RIBI conference delegates in Torquay, president Peter Barr (right) and 

president-elect Barry Thompson (left)


All-in-all a successful and very enjoyable conference with the bonus of warm weather on the English Riveria.  The Chesterfield Rotary delegation, led by president Peter Barr, included president-elect Barry and Maureen Thompson, and honorary secretary John and Pam Hare.


Your Rotary Legacy


President-elect Barry Thompson distributed a new Rotary leaflet, acquired at the RIBI conference, which aims to promote The Rotary Foundation - Rotary’s own charity.  It was entitled ‘Your Rotary Legacy’ and gave useful tips on how to do good in the world beyond your own lifetime by leaving a gift in your will.


  New Rotary leaflet


Next Meeting


The meeting closed after the closing toast was formally proposed by past-president Geoff Mitchell.  The next club meeting on Friday 20 April is the club’s annual Ladies Day.  The theme of the meeting will be a celebration for St Georges Day.  Host is Geoff Mitchell and duty rotarian is Roy Willett.