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Ashover Classic Car and Bike Show

Ashover Classic Car and Bike Show

Local charities are once again set to benefit when hundreds of classic cars and bikes turn up at the picturesque Ashover Show Ground, near Chesterfield, for an all-day rally, which is expected to raise thousands of pounds for local charities.

Believed to be the East Midlands’ best Classic Car & Bike Show of the year, it runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday 26 July 2015. It will be attended by enthusiasts from all over the region and is expected to include classic cars, bikes and scooters from all eras.

Organised jointly for the fifth year running by the Rotary Clubs of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross and Matlock this annual event has now raised a total of over £50,000 for local charities.

There will be attractions for all the family, with a variety of refreshment stands and licensed bars. There is also musical entertainment and displays in the main event arena, kids rides, and a large side show with Autojumble and an Arts and Craft Fair.

Main organiser Stuart Bradley said: “This annual event has proved very popular with classic car and bike enthusiasts because of its ideal location in the Derbyshire countryside in the lovely village of Ashover.

Entry for exhibitors is £5 per classic car/bike to include two adults. Public car parking is free, admission: £5 per person (under 12s go free, but must be accompanied by an adult).

The Ashover Show Ground is located at Rectory Fields, Milken Lane, Ashover, S45 0BA.
The main sponsor of this charity event is Autoworld, one of the leading New and Used Car dealerships in Derbyshire and the Midlands. Other sponsors include:- CMC Motorcycles, PCS Motor Factors, BRM Solicitors, and Stuart Bradley Jewellers.

For more details of this great day out for all the family go to www.ashoverclassics.co.uk or email info@ashoverclassics.co.uk

Posted in: Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, ClayCross, Matlock

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Rotary Dictionary for Life Project

To help with their personal development, youngsters at Christ Church CofE Primary School, Stonegravels, Chesterfield, have received a personal copy of an Usborne Illustrated English Dictionary, courtesy the Rotary Club of Chesterfield.

Chesterfield Rotary President Ian Gaunt visited the school to present personal copies of the dictionary to the leaving pupils in Year 6 at the school’s weekly Family Assembly on Friday 3 July 2015.

Dictionaries Christ Church School 2015a

Pictured are the children with their dictionaries. Centre front row is headteacher Mrs Sue Beckett and Chesterfield Rotary president Ian Gaunt

President Ian Gaunt said: “The Dictionary 4 Life project aims to help children develop their knowledge and use of the English language and is a national project in support of Rotary International’s emphasis on Literacy.”

He added: “We believe the dictionaries will stimulate an interest in language, books and reading.”

Christ Church head teacher Mrs Sue Beckett said: “We wish to thank Rotary for this generous and most useful gift for our children.”

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Long Eaton Dawnbreakers Big Breakfast

Following its cancellation in the spring, Long Eaton Dawnbreakers are pleased to announce its Big Breakfast will be held on Saturday 26th September in Dale Abbey.

For the incredible price of £7.50 you can enjoy a full English breakfast with all the trimmings and help raise funds for the Ilkeston Foodbank and Children’s Foodbank.

To book your place please contact Rotarian Nick Jackson on 07767 377774 or 1302nick@gmail.com

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The India That People Don’t See

Long Eaton Dawnbreakers are sponsoring this event following great success at the first presentation at Bestwood Lodge a while back.

We are now giving Rotarians and members of the public another opportunity to hear Val’s inspirational talk on Wednesday 16th September 2015 at The Chatsworth Arts Centre in Long Eaton. The talk starts at 7.00pm and it is free entry albeit donations on the door will of course be welcome.

To reserve your places to avoid disappointment, please contact Andris Mierkalns on 07969 092311 or andris@profilesportraitstudio.co.uk

Val Leivers Poster

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Polio update – June 2015

Polio update – June 2015

There is much good news this month regarding our fight to eradicate Polio. We are not only so close to completing our mission, but so very close to doing so. It is going to take some more time and most likely some very hard work to accomplish worldwide eradication but we will do it.

Good News

Nigeria has gone all of 2015 without any cases of Polio. However, it cannot be declared Polio-free until 2018. Nigeria’s last case of wild Polio was reported on 24th July 2014. This means Nigeria will be declared Polio-free in 2018 if no more cases of Polio are reported. This would also be great news for the continent of Africa as well which has not had anyone contracting Polio since January 24th 2015. We may see Africa declared Polio-free by 2019. That would be fantastic to welcome in 2020 with Africa Polio-free!

The graph below shows two things: how bad things can get in one country alone with Polio and how good things can get with a concentrated eradication effort.

polio in nigeria

World Health Organisation Criteria on Being Declared Polio Free

So, how does a country or continent get certified Polio-free? There are many theories about how and when an area is certified Polio-free. Below are the World Health Organisation’s criteria for such a certification and I hope this clears up any misconceptions.

1) STEP ONE – measured from the date that paralysis commences in the last case of “wild polio”. (Wild polio refers to a form of the virus that was common in pre-vaccination times and caused a large burden of disease. It has been virtually eliminated except in the countries where polio is still endemic.) If a year passes without any new cases diagnosed, the WHO removes a country from its list of polio-endemic countries.

2) STEP TWO – To be certified polio-free, WHO rules require that a country and its regional neighbours prove that they have stopped the transmission of the polio virus for at least three consecutive years. Detailed laboratory testing data must be submitted to support this.

NOTE: Being removed from the list of Polio-Endemic Countries DOES NOT mean that country has achieved Polio- Free status.

More Good News

Here is an article worth all our attention in the fight against Polio. Not only have we worked hard to eradicate Polio but spin-off technology has come about to help fight all deadly viruses worldwide. Go to the following link and you will find a new vaccine delivery method that will revolutionise vaccine distribution in the future.

Amanda Watkins asked me to pass on to you the latest information on this campaign. I am pleased to report the great success yesterday by Judith Diment, Anna Rieder and all those working in Strasbourg over the last few days collecting more than 80 further MEP signatures. Here is yesterday’s report we were all hoping for.

We are extremely pleased to let you know that more than 377 MEPs (the required threshold) have signed our Written Declaration on continued European Union support for polio eradication!

This is a major achievement after 3 months campaigning by everyone involved … encouraging MEPs to support polio eradication as an EU policy and funding priority. Formal adoption and announcement may take place tomorrow still or else on Thursday.

A very big thank you and congratulations to you all for now. For the twitter-savvy amongst us, it may be good to already start creating some buzz online while we will also develop some thoughts how to communicate this success for the GPEI.

Please see a suggested tweet: Let’s make polio history! @Europarl_EN just adopted declaration on EU support & funding for polio eradication. @WHO @Rotary @UNICEF

Thank you for taking the time to read through this District update.

We hope you have found it informative. If you would like a speaker on the subject of Polio Plus please feel free to contact me. I will be glad to come and speak to your club about Polio Plus.

Rtn Greg Maskalick / Polio Plus Coordinator on District Foundation Committee
atea8keys@gmail.com
07834 728 540

 

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Steve’s Scribbles June 2015

District Governor Stephen Lawes

District Governor Stephen Lawes

The wheels of time have revolved endlessly and here we are just a few days away from the end of this Rotary Year. I have been honoured and delighted to have served you as District Governor for D1220 this past year.

I would like to start this last newsletter by saying how delighted I have been to see an overall positive growth in membership over the year as at the beginning of the month, we are about 28 more than when we started the year, sadly with our age demographics we have said a sad goodbye to around 15 members over the months as they have moved to higher service. We are still, however loosing too many members for reasons such as disinterest, no stimulation, energies not matched by club, dissatisfaction with club, and a number who fail to give a reason. We must continue to ask ourselves are we actually doing enough to keep these people within our clubs, if not then we must ask ourselves what are we going to do to change, for if we cannot keep our membership how can we be expected to attract new younger members. I have during the past twelve month advocated that we must change, if we are to survive as an organisation. I continue to urge you all to look at how you could make your clubs a more attractive proposition. We can do all this, and still keep many of our traditions. On a more positive note I am delighted that we will end the year not only in positive growth, but also we are looking forward to being joined by four new clubs, Buxton, from the old 1050 District, and Abbeydale, Sheffield and Doncaster St Leger from 1270. I know that these clubs will bring new projects for us to share. Please welcome them into the fold of D1220 and show them they are joining a great District.

I have also been extremely impressed with all the hard work and projects that are being undertaken, throughout the District. Many of these projects have been augmented with district grants and this brings me onto Foundation. If there is any one area that has saddened me this year, it is the amount of foundation giving, I was delighted to hear that 15 clubs had given the full amount that I had suggested at the start of this year, however, many clubs have not given so much and our total giving is down considerably, both to the general fund and to polio plus. All I will say is that foundation is our own Charity and I believe in the old adage that charity begins at home. It may not be the most popular charity with membership but it is our own and it is through Foundation that we are able to accomplish many of our fine achievements. I also know that many have been disappointed to learn that we are now being charged a levy, but this is only 5% or 5p in the pound to administer the fund. This is still one of the smallest amounts for administration costs for any charity throughout the world. I will end talking about foundation by reminding you all that it is not spiting foundation or the trustees if we do not give, it is those less fortunate than ourselves who will suffer. Less money equals less grants, an inability to fund students, and an inability to fund vocational training teams. I urge you all to reconsider your giving. Rotary only asks that you contribute 100 dollars a year per Rotarian, or approximately £60 a year at current exchange rates, just over £1.15 a week, less than a pint or glass of wine.

Moving onto International I have been moved in recent week to the response by all clubs to the recent disaster in Nepal, clubs undertook the challenge rapidly and through our contacts within Nepal we have been able to send aid and assistance direct to where it is needed. A very big thank you for all your efforts in this area. I can inform you that through your donations to Shelterbox, Aquabox, street collections and club donations we have sent as a District over £40,000. Well done to you all. That aside I have also been amazed at the work you are carrying out overseas, please keep up this excellent job, you have all certainly shined a light in many communities throughout the world.

I would also like to thank the members of the District Team for all their hard work, guidance and advice they have given me over the year, it has been greatly received. To those of the team who are leaving their posts this year I extend a special thank you on behalf of myself and my predecessors, for all the hard work you have given to District over the years. I wish you well for the future. At this point I will mention one in particular and that is Pauline Johnston who is handing over the reins of District Secretary, Pauline has been District Secretary for 5 years and has come to the end of her tenure in post, she has also dedicated 18 years to District in one capacity or another and her knowledge and experience will be sadly missed. Finally,

I thank you all for being such wonderful hosts when I and Jan have visited your clubs and attended your events. The warmth of welcome that has been shown to us both has been truly outstanding. We hope we have represented you well, as we have followed the theme of Light Up Rotary. I know that through your work you have lit many a flame, and the light of Rotary now shines brighter in many communities both at home and abroad. Please keep up the excellent work and keep those flames alight as to light the path for the new year. I look forward to seeing many of you at District Handover on the 28th June when we will induct the incoming DG, my friend Dr Roger Summers.

Again I thank you for giving me the honour of being your District Governor these past 12 months.

Yours in Rotary

Steve

Steve Lawes, District Governor 2014-2015

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