Immediate past-president Peter Barr presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 3 August 2018.
New member: Secretary Mike Cudzich-Madry drew attention to a new member notice for the satellite club he had sent to members.
Charter Anniversary: Immediate past-president Peter Barr reported that the guest speaker at the club’s 96th Charter Anniversary Luncheon will be the highly acclaimed David Bell, known as ‘The Plague Doctor’ from Eyam. The event takes place at Ringwood Hall Hotel on Sunday 4 November 2018.
Rotary membership: Assistant district governor and past-president Rob Wadd, brought greetings from president Ron Enock and the members of daughter club, the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale, after he had attended their last meeting. He reported on their enthusiasm for his proposition to consider the setting up of a new Rotary Club in the Chesterfield area, based at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. As a first step, an exploratory meeting will be arranged for potential new recruits and he asked for members support in nurturing this new venture. It was noted that a rotarian transferee from Kettering, who is joining the satellite club, is a manager at the hospital.
Annual subscription: Treasurer George Freeman reminded members that the annual subscription is now due.
RNLI Chesterfield & District
The after-lunch speaker was John Grubb, chairman of Chesterfield & District RNLI, who gave a topical update on RLNI both nationally and locally. This life-saving service currently has 238 lifeboat stations situated around the UK coastline and Ireland. They also have inland flood rescue teams, lifeboat stations on the Thames (which are called out 600 times a year), and provide the training for lifeguards situated on 250 beaches (where there are 19,000 incidents every year). There are 5,000 men and women volunteers in RLNI who can’t be insured, unlike all the equipment they use. There is no government financial support, all funding is raised by volunteers, which is why there are local branches, such as in Chesterfield, for interested people who wish to provide support to the RNLI. After questions and answers, a formal vote of thanks was proposed by past-president John Heath, who is a former merchant navy captain, and a former chairman of the local RNLI branch. A cheque for £250, which was part of our annual disbursements, was presented in support of their local fund-raising efforts for the RNLI.
Local RNLI chairman John Grubb (centre) with immediate past-president Peter Barr (left)
and speaker host, past-president John Heath (right)
The next club meeting, on Friday 10 August 2018, is the monthly business meeting of the club, when a Council recommendation, following on from last month’s full discussion about making some essential changes to Friday lunchtime meetings, is expected to be discussed. The duty rotarian is John Roberts.