President Jim Haggarty welcomed members and guests to the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday, June 28.
Past president John Heath thanked the club, on behalf of the RNLI, for a recent donation made as part of the club’s annual disbursements.
Rtn Mike Hyman revealed that the club’s recent charity donation to the Kids ‘n’ Cancer UK Charity, which is based in Chesterfield, would enable the setting up of a direct video link to the USA to enable affected families to communicate with the professionals at the Florida Proton Therapy Institute.
The meeting was the official handover ceremony when retiring president Jim installed his successor president-elect Mike Cudzich-Madry, a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, as the 90th president of the club for the new Rotary year 2013-14. Rotarians Rob Wadd and John Roberts were confirmed as joint senior-vice presidents, past president John Hare continues as honorary secretary and Rtn Martin Eyre maintains his role as honorary treasurer.
Past president Jim Haggarty addressed the club by summarising his year in office and thanked his wife Margaret and all his officers, chairmen of committees, past presidents and members for their support during an enjoyable year. He also thanked past-president John and Liz Keeton for hosting the president’s social evening at their home the previous week.
The newly installed president Mike Cudzich-Madry, set out his priorities for the new Rotary year which included continuing the varied programme of help for communities at home and abroad, support for local charities, renewed efforts to recruit new members, and an aim to ensure existing members continued to enjoy their Rotary. He unveiled a new digital recruitment presentation which explains for potential new recruits what Rotary is all about. On behalf of all members past president John Keeton offered him best wishes for a successful presidential year.
Past president Alan Clarke proposed the closing toast.
The next meeting tomorrow (Friday) is the monthly business meeting. Duty Rotarian is David Dolman.