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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 1 June 2018.  


Information Boards


Information boards circulated:-  the attendance sheet; club calendar of events and duties, 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.  The president reminded members that the Chesterfield Inner Wheel 69th Charter Lunch is being held at Ringwood Hall Hotel this Sunday 3 June (12 for 12.30pm), and the next council meeting is on Monday 4 June 2018 (7.30pm).


District Governor 2020-21


Secretary John Hare reported on correspondence from District 1220 about the election of a future district governor. Members decided to support the candidacy of Dr Jill Bethell (Dronfield) for the role of district governor for Rotary Year 2020-21.


Satellite Club


Past-president Geoff Mitchell reported that he, along president Peter Barr, past-president Rob Wadd, rotarian George Freeman, and assistant DG Dr Tony Bethell (Dronfield), had attended the monthly meeting of the Satellite Club.  The officers for 2018-19 were elected by members as chairman Peter Blant (no change), treasurer Martin Swain (no change), new secretary Paul Davies (previously Rachel Trueman). It was a good working meeting where projects were discussed.  There was a visit from Ashgate Croft school business manager, Jonathon Elton, about the school’s latest initiative to raise £15k towards the refurbishment of the food technology room to enable all 138 pupils to be able to use the facility. The satellite club is aiming to organize a fund-raising barbecue at the school later this year for all rotarians in the area to support. They are also organizing a working visit to one of the other charities they are supporting – Aquabox. They also have plans to work with local schoolchildren on the construction of an eco-greenhouse using recycled plastic bottles.  George Freeman will be reporting more at the next business meeting about his discussion with the satellite club about the future of the main club’s community service projects. 


The Work of The Medaille Trust


The after-lunch speaker was Sheena Field, a diocesian representative of The Medaille Trust, a charity founded by Catholic religious congregations to work for the eradication of human trafficking and to offer support to those who have been trafficked. The charity provides safe housing and specialist services for rehabilitation and to raise awareness of these modern forms of slavery.  In her illustrated talk, Sheena not only lifted the lid on this criminal activity, she also revealed how it was happening all around us in Derbyshire. The Medaille Trust is always looking for volunteers to help with the cause.  More details:


    Sheena Field with president Peter Barr (left) and 

speaker host, past-president Mike Cudzich-Madry (right)


Following questions and answers a formal vote of thanks was proposed by speaker host, past-president Mike Cudzich-Madry.


Next Meeting


The next club meeting on Friday 8 June 2018 is the monthly business meeting which will include a discussion on the future of the club. Duty rotarian is Mike Hadfield.