President Barry Thompson presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 27 July 2018.
Annual subscription: Treasurer George Freeman reminded members that the annual subscription is now due.
Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show: Past-president Geoff Mitchell reported on the success of the Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show, held on Sunday 22 July 2018, which will once again raise thousands for local charities. It was probably the ‘best yet’ with hundreds of show cars and bikes, and nearly three thousand visitors. The president wished to thank, on behalf of the club, all the rotarians and former rotarians who had helped make this annual event another success.
Record attendance at 2018 event
Club Directory: Secretary Mike Cudzich-Madry explained that membership data in the 2018-19 club directory had been curtailed this year due to General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR), which is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals. Although the aim is primarily to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data, for many, its over-zealous implementation by some organisations has led to inconvenience by restricting previously available membership information. For that, he advised members to keep a copy of the previous years’ club directory.
Membership: Past-president John Heath observed that a number of rotarians, who had recently left the club, were still willing to assist the club in organising charitiable events for Rotary, and he expressed his gratitude for that. He queried if their preferences for not attending the weekly club meetings on a regular basis were known and the president suggested that Council would look into this.
Satellite Club: Past-president Rob Wadd reported that he had attended the last meeting of the satellite club on Wednesday 25 July 2018, where members appeared to be in good heart. The application from a new member was in the pipeline, as was a transferee from a Rotary Club in Kettering.
Chesterfield Street Pastors
The after-lunch speaker was Jacky Kendrew, a co-ordinator with Chesterfield Street Pastors, which has small teams on patrol every weekend in the late night entertainment areas of Chesterfield Town Centre. They provide support, comfort, and advice to vulnerable people who, in the main, having over indulged in alcohol and drug use, can get themselves into all sorts of pickles. The president pointed out that the club recognised the good work of this group and is making a donation, part of our annual disbursements, of £250 to help fund their efforts. He thanked Jacky for her eye-opening talk about their kindly support efforts into the wee small hours.
Jacky Kendrew with president Barry Thompson (left) and speaker host,
immediate past-president Peter Barr (right)
At the next club meeting, on Friday 3 August 2018, John Grubb will give an update on RNLI (Chesterfield) and will be presented with a cheque as part of club disbursements. Speaker host is John Heath and duty rotarian is Roy Willett.