CHESTERFIELD: Rotary Club extends congratulations to award-winner Val Leivers

Rotary: President Jim Haggarty presided at the monthly business meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday, May 17. He welcomed regular guest Frank Clifford, past president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover.

Members were given the chance to volunteer as stewards for the club’s big charity fund-raising Classic Car & Bike Show which is being held at Renishaw Hall on Wednesday, June 12. 2013. A planning meeting for volunteers is being held at the Olde House on Tuesday, May 28, t 7.30pm. Full details about the event are at

Junior vice president Rob Wadd gave an update on recruitment by revealing that the club were interested in speaking to potential active members who were reaching retirement age and were available to give more information at any forthcoming pre-retirement seminars.

The president gave a full report on the national Rotary Conference which was held at the Harrogate International Centre. It was attended by president Jim Haggarty, President Elect Mike Cudzich-Madry, Junior vice presidents John Roberts and Rob Wadd, Hon Sec John Hare, past president Ian Gaunt, and past president John Keeton.

It was claimed to have been one of Rotary’s best ever conferences with a diverse and inspirational set of speakers. These included RI President Sakuji Tanaka from Japan with his message of peace through service, Anne Wafula, the Paralympic wheelchair racer and charity worker, Simon Weston OBE the Falklands hero who works tirelessly for charity, Dr Bruce Ayland on the end game for World Polio Eradication thanks to the efforts of Rotary, Sir Tim Smit founder of the Eden Project which has contributed £1 billion to the Cornish economy, Nick Hewer of TV’s Countdown fame who is patron of the international charity Hope and Homes for Children, TV personality Eric Knowles of BBC Antiques Roadshow on behalf of the Stroke Association, and the inspiring Rotary Young Citizen Awards ceremony which was broadcast live on the BBC News Channel.

The conference had closed with a surprise presentation of Rotary’s distinguished ‘Service Above Self’ Award from RI President Sakuji Tanaka to former district governor Val Leivers in recognition of her exemplary humanitarian service and personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary at home and abroad. Val Leivers of Nottingham’s Sherwood Sunrisers Rotary Club is only the third female to ever receive the award in the UK, which is the crowning glory of Val’s illustrious track record of service to others. The club congratulates Val on this most deserving of awards.

The club’s business meeting was brought to a close when past president Cyril Bates proposed the toast. The next meeting tomorrow (Friday) is the club’s Annual General Meeting.

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