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President Barry Thompson presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 20 July 2018. It was the official visit from new district governor, Dr Cheryle Berry, MBE (Clay Cross) whom the president officially welcomed.



 President Barry Thompson (left) and president-elect Nigel Metham (right)

welcome the new DG, Dr Cheryle Berry,MBE (Clay Cross)


Illustrated Dictionaries


The president reported that past-presidents Geoff Mitchell and Peter Barr would be leaving the meeting early to visit Dunston Primary School on its last day of term to present personal copies of the Usborne Illustrated Dictionary to Year 6 pupils.




The president reminded volunteers about the preparations to be made on Saturday morning ahead of Sunday’s Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show. The next monthly meeting of the satellite club will be held on Wednesday 25 July. A letter from a member was read out for information.


Be the Inspiration


District Governor, Dr Cheryle Berry, MBE (Clay Cross) brought greetings from Barry Rassin, the incoming Rotary International President for 2018-19. His chosen theme of ‘Be the Inspiration’ is articulated in more detail in the DG’s foreword to the new District Directory.  The DG highlighted five key areas for a greater focus:-  1. Members – recruitment & retention; 2. Inspiring the next generation; 3. Humanitarian service and the impact that global grants from Rotary Foundation can have; 4. Enhance the image and raise awareness of Rotary; 5. Say thank you to individuals as too much can be taken for granted.



The DG then showed a short video entitled ‘Prepared to Save a Life’ which set the scene for a new Rotary initiative, to be run in conjunction with St John Ambulance, to inspire life saving learning for all, especially school children with, for example, CPR.  More details on this to follow.  The president thanked the DG for her inspirational talk to members and wished her well for her year in office.


Next Meeting


At the next club meeting on Friday 27 July, Jacky Kendrew will give an update on Chesterfield Street Pastors, and will be presented with a cheque as part of club disbursements. Speaker host is Peter Barr and duty rotarian is Garth Rendle.