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President Barry Thompson presided at the monthly business meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 6 July 2018.  He advised members that past-president Rob Wadd would be absent for a period during the meeting to deliver flowers to the new president of Chesterfield Inner Wheel who was taking office this day.




Information boards circulated:-  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.  A letter from a member was read out for information.


Friday lunchtime meetings


The president reported that following discussions by members at previous business meetings, Club Council had considered the issues raised and now wanted further members’ feedback before making firm recommendations for any changes.


The president re-affirmed his reassurance, given on his installation, that Friday lunchtime meetings would continue as long as members wanted them. Members noted that the cost of speakers was rising significantly, and their needed to be new club arrangements put in place for co-ordinating future club projects for community, vocational, and international service.  Following a discussion, there was a straw pole which indicated a favourable response to limiting external speakers to just two per month, introducing a second business meeting per month for considering and overseeing club projects, and having a rota of members to fill the after-lunch slot when there was a fifth Friday in the month. 


Members noted, that following today’s feedback, Club Council will now put forward a formal recommendation for approval at the next business meeting.


Installation of new president-elect


Because of his absence due to work commitments the previous week, the president was delighted to be able to formally install the club’s new president-elect, rotarian Nigel Metham, for the Rotary Year 2018-19.


The new Rotary top team for 2018-19, from left to right:- treasurer George Freeman, 

secretary Mike Cudzich-Madry, president Barry Thompson, president-elect Nigel Metham

president-nominee Rob Wadd, immediate past president Peter Barr


Next Meeting


At the next club meeting on Friday 13 July 2018 the after-lunch speaker is Malcolm Darroch on the ‘History of the Parachute’.  Speaker host is George Freeman and duty rotarian is Jim Haggarty.