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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 27 April 2018. He welcomed regular guest, past-president Frank Clifford (Bolsover), and congratulated past-president David Dolman who was celebrating his birthday.


Information Boards


Information boards circulated included:-  the attendance sheet; club calendar of events and duties; a checklist of member entries for the new District Directory 2018-19 with a requirement for member authority to publish, and news of a Jazz in the Gardens event with the New Orleans Strollers being organised by the Rotary Club of Dronfield on Sunday 3 June at Ramshaw Lodge, Unstone, from 12-4pm – contact Rtn Pauline Holmes on 01246 411966 for more details.  Secretary John Hare reminded members that nominations were being sought for council members for Rotary Year 2018-19 and in accordance with Rotary rules at least three independent council members were required to enable the club to function.


Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield


Past-president Geoff Mitchell reported that he and past-president Rob Wadd had attended the April meeting of the Satellite Club held at Loundsley Green Community Centre on Wednesday 25 April 2018.  He revealed that the satellite club was in rude health with attendance from all 13 members. There were three potential new members in the pipeline and an application form for membership was in the recruitment system.  Socially, satellite club members were going to the dogs at Owlerton on this night, and were organising a family walk and meal at the Peacock, Cutthorpe, on Tuesday 22 May 2018, to which parent club members were welcome.  Charities to be supported were Helen’s Trust (Bakewell), McMillan Centre at the Royal (radiotherapy), Aquabox, and under investigation is support for a project at Ashgate Croft.  A local schools project involved collection of large plastic bottles prior to the construction of a plastic bottle greenhouse for the growing of crops.  Satellite club members were also supporting a Prostate Cancer charity with a fund-raising virtual ride in the spinning room at Brampton Manor on 23 June 2018, and were volunteering manpower for marshalling or being stallholders at the Chesterfield Half-Marathon on 21 October 2018. The annual charity quiz night will be held once again on 8 November 2018.


St Georges Day Celebration


President Peter Barr and past-president David Dolman expressed their thanks for the excellent and enjoyable St Georges Ladies Day meeting held the previous week which had been organised by past-president Geoff Mitchell.  This was a view supported by members who had been present.  The president reported that disappointingly six people who had booked a meal had failed to show on the day but the club had regularised this with the Olde House, and the members involved were asked to reimburse the club.  This issue will be discussed further at the next Council meeting.


The Life-Saving Effects of Defibrillators


Alison Cook, community fundraising co-ordinator for St John, and Christine Dennis, Chesterfield area manager for St John, gave an interesting talk about the benefits of defibrillators and the desire of St John to have more of them strategically located around Chesterfield for use by members of the public. Chesterfield based St John volunteers support around 145 local events each year and, in addition, spend many hours re-training and having their first-aid skills re-assessed every year. A current plan to locate a defibrillator, which would be maintained by St John at Brampton outside their weekly meeting place at Storrs Road Methodist Church, was explained and would cost around £1,500. 


President Peter Barr (left) with St John speakers Christine Dennis and Alison Cook, 

and speaker host, past-president Rob Wadd (right)


A formal vote of thanks to the speakers was proposed by past-president Rob Wadd, and the closing toast was proposed by past-president John Heath.


Next Meeting


The next meeting of Community Service is on Monday 30 April at the Olde House (7.30pm). The after-lunch speaker at the next club meeting on Friday 4 May is Jane Bentley on a ‘Charitable Renovation Project’.  Speaker host is Cyril Bates and duty rotarian is Andrew Elliott.