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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 11 May 2018.


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, nominations required for council members ahead of the AGM on Friday 18 May, and 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.


Rotary (RIBI) Citizen of the Year Award


Past-president Rob Wadd reported that the club’s Citizen of the Year, Andrew Davies, had been selected from a shortlist of six worthy candidates in the UK as the Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) Citizen of the Year for his fine efforts in fund-raising for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.  The prestigious award will be presented, on behalf of RIBI President 2017-18 Denis Spiller, by District Governor Michael Longdon at the club meeting on Friday 25 May 2018.  To ensure a good gathering, member’s wives and Satellite Club members were invited to attend, and other local Rotary club’s in the Cresswell Group had also been invited. Those attending the presentation only should arrive for 1.20pm on that day. Details of any guests attending for lunch should be notified in advance to secretary John Hare.




Secretary John Hare read out two letters he had received from two long-standing members of the club concerning membership. President Peter Barr reported on two forthcoming events - on Tuesday 12 June the Olde House is holding a lunchtime ‘Salute to Doris Day & Elvis Presley’. The two-course lunch and tribute show will cost £12 and should be booked with the Olde House. There was also news that the Friends of the Eyre Chapel are organising an outing to the National Memorial Arboretum, and nearby Lichfield, on Wednesday 13 June.  More details about this trip from Darrell Clark on 01246 234788.  Members should be aware that this date clashes with the club organised Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show.


Tinnitus Support Group


Two members of the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Tinnitus Support Group attended the meeting to update members on the work of this local self-help group which offers advice, support, understanding, and empathy.  Audrey Carlin (secretary & lay councillor) and Joanne Gordon (co-ordinator) gave an illustrated talk about the effect that Tinnitus (the name given to describe the sensation of any sound in the head or ears) has on the lives of people experiencing it. The group is organising a ‘Free Wellbeing Conference’ at the Winding Wheel on Wednesday 27 June (11.00am to 3.00pm) for anyone experiencing Tinnitus, or for anyone wishing to find new ways to manage stress and anxiety. To book ring 01246 380415 or email


 Guest speakers Audrey Carlin & Joanne Gordon with president Peter Barr (left)

and speaker host, past-president John Keeton (right)


After questions and answers, a formal vote of thanks was proposed by past-president John Keeton, and the closing toast was proposed by past-president and secretary John Hare.


Next Meeting


The next meeting on Friday 18 May is the club’s monthly business meeting which includes the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Duty rotarian is Charles Evans.