Junior vice-president Geoff Mitchell presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday, August 16.
He welcomed guests Luke Modiri, son of Rtn Mike Modiri, and Frank Clifford, past president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover.
There was also a special welcome for past president Tim Stubbins after a period of absence due to work commitments.
Members were given a further opportunity to select the committee they would be serving on during the Rotary Year 2013-14.
Rotarian Mike Modiri revealed that as a review of the community service programme for 2014-15 was taking place members were being asked to input to it and suggest any new projects for consideration. He also gave details of two separate Kids Out trips to Alton Towers which were being arranged by the club the following week to give a day out to a party of young carers, and a group from Fairplay, the local charity for children and young people with disabilities.
Past president Bryan White reminded members about the club’s annual barbecue which was being held at his home on Sunday, August 18.
The after-lunch speaker was Heather Fawbert, chief executive of Fairplay, who updated members with an enthusiastic talk on the range of activities and support services the charity was now providing for nearly 400 youngsters with disabilities in north Derbyshire. She thanked the club for previously supporting with others the purchase of a mini-coach which was in constant use. She explained the benefits the children got from the new vegetable garden based at the Fairplay Centre at Alexandra Road West, which was now ‘bearing fruit’. A vote of thanks was proposed by Rtn Jim Boden.
For more information about Fairplay go to www.fair-play.co.uk
Immediate past president Jim Haggarty proposed the closing toast.
The next meeting tomorrow (Friday) is the official visit of Rotary district governor Peter Moralee. Duty Rotarian is Keith Hutchinson.
If you are interested in joining the Chesterfield Rotary Club contact Alan Clarke on 01246 811616.