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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 25 May 2018. He welcomed Rotary district governor Michael Longdon, the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, Clllr Stuart & Anne Brittain, asst district governor (Cresswell Group) Tony Bethell, and the guest of honour Andrew Davies, also his father rotarian Paul Davies (Satellite Club), member’s wives and other guests.


Information Boards


Information boards circulated:-  the attendance sheet; club calendar of events and duties, 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, details of the Rotary District 1220 conference in Scarborough in October.


Rotary Young Citizen of the Year 2018


Remarkable young people from across Britain and Ireland have been recognised with Rotary Young Citizen Awards. The accolades celebrate the positive citizenship and responsibilities that are shown by many young people through hard work, inspirational ideas and a determination to help others. They have been nominated by their local Rotary clubs and received their awards and £500 at the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) Conference in Torquay in April 2018, apart from one recipient who was unavailable at that time – Chesterfield Rotary Satellite nominee, Andrew Davies.


In September 2012, Andrew, who was only 13 at the time, became very unwell. He was referred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital where he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, a rare and a rapidly spreading disease if not treated quickly.  Over the following months he endured courses of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Thankfully Andrew recovered and decided he wanted to give something back. Upon realizing the bone marrow transplant at Sheffield Children’s Hospital cost £150,000, he set his sights on raising the same amount so other young lives could be saved.


District governor Michael Longdon, on behalf of RIBI President 2017-18 Denis Spiller, congratulated Andrew on his inspirational efforts which will help others. He presented Andrew with his award, a glass trophy, a framed certificate, and a cheque for £500 in support of his fund-raising efforts.  In response, Andrew, who is now 19 and in his first year at Liverpool University, thanked Rotary for their support both locally and nationally. He revealed that his fund-raising total now stands at nearly £140,000.  He is planning to raise more funds this summer with a 200mile sponsored bike ride from Liverpool to Skegness with his elder brother James.  More immediately, he is off to Fiji for a month to help youngsters improve their numeracy and literacy.  To make a donation go to Andrew's Just Giving page


 Andrew Davies (centre) with (from l to r) Chesterfield Rotary president Peter Barr, 

District 1220 Governor Michael Longdon, the Mayor & Mayoress of Chesterfield,

Cllr Stuart & Anne Brittain


Those assembled showed their appreciation in the normal way.  This was followed by a photo session, which included the district governor, the Chesterfield Rotary president, and the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield. After president Peter Barr thanked everyone for their attendance to witness this special award ceremony, the closing toast was proposed by past-president David Windle.


Next Meeting


The after-lunch speaker at the next club meeting on Friday 1 June 2018 is Sheena Field from the Mediaille Trust on ‘Slavery & Trafficking’.  Speaker host is Mike Cudzich Madry and duty rotarian is Jim Haggarty.