President Rodger Heathcote chaired the weekly meeting of The Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale held at Proact stadium with 31 members present.
He welcomed Assistant Governor Past President John Shipman (Matlock) and inducted the latest new member John Hawkins who was welcomed by club members.
Rodger reported that earlier in the evening the club held its Rotary Young Designer 2013 project with students from Tibshelf Community School and Tupton Hall School. The students were given a brief of designing an accessory for a tablet PC. The winner was Leigh Macey from Tibshelf School for her diabetes test application and plug-in device. Rodger thanked JVP Neil Baker for the organisation and success of the event.
The meeting then became club assembly and president-elect Andrew Matthews presented the club programme for the new Rotary year. The club will continue to support Rotary Foundation and sustain the successful membership campaign as the club is second in the number of members in District 1220. His charities will include The Samaritans, Motor Neurone Disease and Ashgate Hospice.
President Rodger will chair the club’s ‘New Ventures’ project for the new year and will propose - A Musical Extravaganza, Chesterfield Got Talent, Junior Olympiad events and an event at Proact stadium.
Assistant Governor John thanked the club for their successful 2012-13 year and for their plans and ambitious programme for the new year. He emphasied the need to have a good balance with the club calendar spread over the Rotary year. He revealed that the Rotary International theme for 2013-14 was Engage Rotary - Change Lives, which was a reminder of the role that every member plays to meet the needs of its community. He thanked JVP Neil for the Young Designer Project after Neil gave a presentation at a recent district meeting.
John recommended the need to develop club leaders from younger members and he also thanked Derrick Willmot for an excellent website.
He thanked the club for their support to district.