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President-elect Barry Thompson presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 4 May 2018. Apologies for absence had been received from president Peter Barr.


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 data requirement for member authority to publish and to be sent emails, chance to take part in the Satellite Club evening walk at Linacre on Tuesday 22 May (followed by a meal at the  Peacock, Cutthorpe), news of the Chesterfield Inner Wheel Charter at Ringwood Hall Hotel on Sunday 3 June to which rotarians are invited, volunteers required for the club’s Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show at Renishaw Hall on Wednesday 13 June, news of the Rotary District Conference at Scarborough on 5-7 October where one of the speakers is the club’s citizen of the year, Andrew Davies, son of rotarian Paul Davies. Secretary John Hare also 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.  He also reported that rotarian George Freeman had volunteered to take on the forthcoming vacant role of treasurer, and this would mean a new chairman of community service will need to be appointed.


Rotary District Assembly


Past-president Geoff Mitchell reported that he, along with past-presidents Mike Cudzich-Madry and Rob Wadd, and rotarian George Freeman, had attended the annual District Assembly at Eastwood Hall, Eastwood. It was a well organised event where district governor-elect Cheryle Berry MBE (Clay Cross) had impressed with her leadership qualities.


Umbrellas – A Gathering Place


The guest speaker was Jane Bentley who gave an informative talk about a new venture on the Grangewood Estate to provide a place of sanctuary, helping people holistically – physically, mentally and spiritually.  Umbrellas is part of a project to bring transformation and life to a deprived area of Chesterfield.  Based on the site of the former Trumpeters public house, the business side will be running a coffee house, but the main aim is that Umbrellas will become a community hub with various activities for all ages, a place of refuge for people who are lonely, isolated, need support, or companionship. Umbrellas is part of the charity - Community Transformation.


Jane Bentley, with speaker host, past-president Cyril Bates, and some

umbrella shaped cookies Jane kindly distributed


After questions and answers, a formal vote of thanks was proposed by past-president Cyril Bates, and the closing toast was proposed by past-president Mike Cudzich-Madry.


Next Meeting


The after-lunch speaker at the next club meeting on Friday 11 May is Joanne Gordon about the ‘Tinnitus Support Group’. Speaker host is Alan Clarke and duty rotarian is Geoff Mitchell.