In the absence of the president, senior vice-president Mike Cudzich-Madry presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield which was held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday last week. He welcomed Martyn Mohamad, son and guest of past president Kuttaiba Mohamad, and regular guest Frank Clifford, past president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover.
Members were reminded of forthcoming charter celebrations at the neighbouring Rotary clubs of Bolsover (April 24 at Ringwood Hall Hotel), Drone Valley (April 29 at Sitwell Arms), and Bakewell (May 15 at Hassop Hall). The club’s Whisky Tasting Evening will be held at the Olde House on Wednesday, May 1, and the past president’s dinner will be held at Calabria on Tuesday. May 7. The District Race Meetiing at Southwell Racecouse in aid of Rotary’s Polio Eradication programme is being end on Friday, April 19, from 3.30pm – details at www.rotary1220.org
Secretary John Hare reported that Rotary District Governor Dave Ashley’s sponsored walk from Bluebell Wood Childrens Hospice at Dinnington to Rainbows Children’s Hospice at Loughborough, a total of 65 miles, will take place over the four days of May 3 to May 6. Arrival in Chesterfield would be at the Proact Stadium at 5pm on May 3 and members were invited to support this event. Funds raised are for the two hospices and anyone who wishes to join in, either for the whole event, or en route, should contact Dave Ashley. There is also a sponsored cycle ride on May 6.
Past president Geoff Mitchell confirmed that the club’s annual Classic Car & Bike Show was being held at Renishaw Hall on June 12 from 3pm to 8pm and all club volunteers wishing to be involved were asked to attend a Community Service planning meeting at the Olde House on April 15 at 7.30pm.
The guest speaker was Roy Tress on ‘The Battle of Vimiero’, which took place as part of the Napoleonic Peninsular War in 1808 when the English beat the French to liberate Portugal. A vote of thanks was proposed by past president Geoff Mitchell and the closing toast was proposed by past president John Hare.
In the absence of club officers at the Rotary National conference in Harrogate, the next meeting tomorrow (Friday) is a social meeting, presided over by immediate past president Alan Clarke, with a picture presentation from junior vice-president Rob Wadd. Duty Rotarian is past president Bryan White.
If you are interested in joining the Chesterfield Rotary Club, contact Alan Clarke on 01246 811616.