CHESTERFIELD: Rotarians aid homeless charity

In the absence of president Jim Haggarty, who was away on holiday, senior vice-president Mike Cudzich-Madry presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday last week. He welcomed Luke Modiri, son and guest of Rtn Mike Modiri, Sean Power, manager of Pathways of Chesterfield, and also welcomed back past president Robert Robinson after a period of enforced absence.

Members were also reminded that daughter club, the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale, was holding its 32nd charter aniversary celebration at the Proact Stadium on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14, to which members and their partners were invited.

Sean Power, manager of Pathways of Chesterfield, gave an update about this local charity which runs a day centre at Whittington Moor to support local Chesterfield people struggling with homelessness. A vote of thanks was proposed by past president Alan Clarke who then presented a donation of £1,750. The funds were raised as part of the club’s share last year when local Rotary Clubs came together in partnership to run the Ashover Classic Car and Bike Show.

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As the scheduled speaker was unable to attend due to the snow, Rotarian raconteur John Roberts shared with the members some impromptu humorous musings. The closing toast was proposed by past president John Moss.

Tomorrow (Friday) the after-lunch speaker is local historian Janet Murphy on the ‘Black and White Buildings of Chesterfield’. Speaker host is Charles Evans and duty Rotarian is Andrew Elliott.

If you are interested in joining the Chesterfield Rotary Club, contact Alan Clarke on (01246) 811616.