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The weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 29 June 2018, was the annual handover and installation of the clubís 95th president.  The meeting was opened by outgoing president Peter Barr who was delighted to welcome past-president Ian Gaunt following a lengthy period of recovery.  Apologies had been received from incoming president elect Nigel Metham, and past-president John Roberts.




Outgoing president Peter Barr reminded members that the funeral of John Hare is to be held at Chesterfield Crematorium on Tuesday 3 July 2018 at 12.10pm, followed by refreshments at Ringwood Hall Hotel. He also reported that he, along with other rotarians, had attended the Chesterfield Inner Wheel Presidentís Luncheon at the Angel, Spinkhill, on Wednesday 27 June and presented flowers to outgoing Inner Wheel president Rita Clarke.  It was also noted that the next meeting of Club Council is on Monday 2 July at 7.30pm.  Information boards circulated:-  the attendance sheet; and club calendar of events and duties, and a board seeking volunteers for duty at the Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show being held at Rectory Fields, Ashover, on Sunday 22 July.


President Peter Barr at the IW President's Lunch with IW president Rita Clarke 

and incoming secretary/president Joan Wadd


Annual Disbursements


As his last official duty for Rotary Year 2017-18, outgoing president Peter Barr asked members to consider a Club Council recommendation to make a charitable donation to the following organisations:-


St John Ambulance, Chesterfield               £250

Nenna Kind Cancer Support Group           £250

Chesterfield Street Pastors                         £250

Macular Society Chesterfield                      £250

Cotton Millers Club, Holymoorisde           £250

The Fishtail Fund, Nepal                              £250

Hope Springs Recovery Centre                   £300

RNLI (Chesterfield)                                        £250

Derbyshire Air Ambulance                           £250


Total                                                               £2300


Acceptance of the Council recommendation was proposed by past-president David Windle, seconded by rotarian Charles Evans, and carried.


 Installation of the 95th President


The meeting was the official handover ceremony for outgoing president Peter Barr to install his successor, rotarian Barry Thompson, as the 95th president of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield for the new Rotary Year 2018-19. After addressing the club about the highlights of his presidential year, outgoing president Peter Barr then handed over his chain of office, and officially installed, incoming president Barry Thompson. He then installed his immediate team of honorary secretary Mike Cudzich-Madry, honorary treasurer George Freeman, and president nominee (2020-21) Rob Wadd. President-elect (2019-20) Nigel Metham was absent due to a business commitment and will be officially installed at a later date. The elected members to serve on Club Council are past-presidentís Jim Haggerty, John Keeton, and Geoff Mitchell.


Newly installed president Barry Thompson (centre) with from l to r: 

Hon Treas George Freeman, Hon Sec Mike Cudzich-Madry, 

Immediate past-president Peter Barr & president-nominee (2020-21) Rob Wadd


In the absence of past-president John Roberts, past-president Rob Wadd proposed a vote of thanks to retiring president Peter Barr and reminded members that during the year the club had been awarded the District 1220 Best Club Award for recruitment and the setting up the Satellite Club.  He also highlighted the National Rotary Award that had been presented by District Governor Michael Longdon, in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, to Andrew Davies, son of rotarian Paul Davies, for his exceptional fundraising for Sheffield Childrenís Hospital. 



President Peter Barr and satellite club members with the District 1220 Best Club Trophy


The new president, Barry Thompson, who had kindly provided lunchtime wine, addressed the club with a promise to provide continuity with the aims of serving the community and ensuring membersí enjoyment in what we do. His sponsor, past-president John Keeton, whilst recognizing future challenges and the benefits of team effort, wished the new president every success in his leadership of the club.


Next Meeting


The next club meeting on Friday 6 July 2018 is the monthly business meeting.  Members are reminded that the cost of the weekly lunch will rise to £12 as from this date. Duty rotarian is David Windle.