Wortley Club commit £5000 for local Defibrillators

Wortley Rotary have teamed up with Ecclesfield Parish Council in committing £5,000 to install at least 6 defibrillators in the Parish Council area.  The first 2 have been installed and are up and running (at the Council Offices and Grenoside Community Centre) with others to follow.  President Trevor said “The Rotary Club of Wortley is delighted to join with the Parish Council to support this very worthwhile scheme.  All our money is raised locally, and it is fitting that we support local initiatives such as this”.

As part of this fundraising project,  the majority of the funds raised at the club’s recent Millionaires Night on January 20th at Grenoside Community Centre, were committed to the defibrilator cause.  200 people attended this event,  and a total of just over £2,300 was raised.

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Burns Night Celebration 2018

The Rotary Club of Chesterfield held its 21st annual Burns Night Celebration at the Olde House, Newbold, on Tuesday 23 January 2018, when past-president Jim Savage addressed the haggis.

This was followed by a traditional meal, which included haggis and bashed neeps, the playing of bagpipes by Pipe Major Tom Varley, and music from Brian Freeman on keyboards.

A Roll-A-Coin competition and an auction raised £120 for local charity, Hope Springs Recovery Centre, which supports those recovering from alcohol and drug addiction in Chesterfield.

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Special Rotary Art Prize Awarded

Congratulations to Chloe Allison of Parkside Community School who has been presented, by Chesterfield Rotary president Peter Barr, with the special Ian Gordon Rotary Art Prize for her outstanding exhibit at the 2017 Chesterfield Senior Schools Art Exhibition held at St Andrews United Reformed Church in October 2017.  

The presentation took place at the school’s GCSE Awards night, held in the presence of the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Maureen Davenport, on Thursday 30 November 2017. This special Rotary art prize of a signed certificate and £50 art voucher is being awarded in memory of the late rotarian Ian Gordon, who provided the inspiration for the annual senior school’s art exhibition, now in its third year.  Chloe Allison’s winning art work is also being used by Parkside Community School as the basis for its 2017 Christmas Card.

Chloe’s work was described by independent adjudicator and Chesterfield artist Lynne Evans as “An outstanding piece of work with a textured/layered view of Chesterfield and the Spire.  The Art Department is commended for challenging Parkside art students with its Urban View project.”

Chesterfield Rotary president Peter Barr making the award to Chloe Allison,
along with Rev John Cook, who represented joint sponsor of the recent art exhibition
held at St Andrews United Reformed Church.  The winning picture is in the background.

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Charity Quiz Night Raises £1000

The second annual Charity Quiz Night, arranged by the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield, has raised a record £1,000 for local charities. The winning team of ‘DJPAR’, led by rotarian Alison Hankey, received the coveted Rotary Satellite Club Challenge Trophy, which was presented by Satellite Club chairman Peter Blant. The event attended by over 100 local business people, rotarians, and Inner Wheel members, was held at the Fox & Goose on Thursday 16 November 2017.  It was organised by rotarian Paul Davies.


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Record Attendance for Chesterfield Senior School’s Art Exhibition

Talented local art students from eight local senior schools were rewarded with a record attendance at this year’s Chesterfield Senior School’s Art Exhibition, which provided a showcase for over 200 high-quality art exhibits.

Held over the weekend of Saturday 7th October and Sunday 8th October 2017, it was once again jointly organized in conjunction with local schools, by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield and St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Newbold Road, Chesterfield, where the event was held.

It was officially opened by the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Maureen Davenport, who commented on the quality and variety of art work on display. She was accompanied by the Mayoress, Mrs Liz Archer.  Also in attendance were Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins, Chesterfield Rotary president Peter Barr, and St Andrew’s Minister, Rev John Cook, who hosted the opening ceremony.

All the art students are being presented with a certificate of participation, and one student is being presented with independently adjudged, Ian Gordon Art Prize for an Outstanding Exhibit. This is in memory of Chesterfield Rotarian Ian Gordon who, as an elder of St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, was the inspiration for the schools’ art exhibition, now in its third year. He sadly passed away just two weeks before this year’s exhibition. The award will be presented at the art student’s own school on a later date.

The eight participating senior schools were: Brookfield Community School, Hasland Hall Community School, Netherthorpe School, Outwood Academy Newbold, Parkside Community School, Shirebrook Academy, St Mary’s Catholic High School, Whittington Green School.

On behalf of the joint organizers, Chesterfield Rotary president Peter Barr, said: “A big thank you to all the talented art students, and art teachers from the participating schools who supported them, and the steady stream of visitors who turned up in record numbers to make the exhibition this year such an outstanding success.”


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Farmer’s Daughter booked for Rotary birthday celebration

A Derbyshire hill farmer’s daughter is set to entertain guests at a special 95th birthday celebration with hilarious tales about growing up in the countryside. 

Having been raised on a hill farm in the Derbyshire High Peak, Lydia Slack has now become a highly-rated public speaker and shares her character-building experiences to audiences all over the country at lunches, dinners, and conferences. She will be the guest speaker when the Rotary Club of Chesterfield celebrates its birthday, which is the 95th year since the club receiving its inaugural charter in 1922. 

The five course anniversary luncheon is being held at Ringwood Hall Hotel on Sunday 5 November 2017 (12.30pm for 1.00pm), and guests are welcome to attend. To book a place contact Mike Cudzich-Madry on 01246 450179 or 07832 130 511.


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Disaster Appeals

The weather is causing lots of hardship at the moment.  Below are some of the International appeals happening right now.

Hurricane Harvey

Dear Rotarians,

As I am sure you all know, many of the cites along the Gulf Coast of the United States have been devastated by category 4 Hurricane Harvey with winds of over 130 miles an hour and over 50 inches of rain. It’s the heaviest storm on record anywhere in the U.S. outside Hawaii and it is still raining.

This severe rainfall has caused historic flooding along the Texas coast, including in Houston. Deluged towns in the region are in desperate need of aid as thousands of residents were forced to flee their homes. Cities like Rockport, Texas have been completely destroyed. The Greater Houston area with a population of over 6.5 million people (the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the United States) has had over 3.7 million people leave the region in the evacuation effort. Others remained trapped inside their homes, as entire neighborhoods were submerged.

Hurricane Harvey is predicted to be the costliest natural disaster in the history of the U.S., with a damage cost exceeding Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina. AccuWeather predicts that the damage cost will hit $160 billion.

Earlier this morning, Presidential Aide Don Mebus and Past RI Director Greg Podd hosted a strategy conference call with governors from Districts 5930, 5840, 5890, 5910 and 6200 in Texas and Louisiana to develop a cohesive response.

A Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund (DAF) has been established by Greg Podd and President-Elect Barry Rassin through The Rotary Foundation to collect relief contributions. Don and Greg are working with leaders from the affected districts to create a process for disbursing DAF funds to their respective district foundations or local 501c3 organizations to support local relief efforts.

If you would like to help please go to the following link:

If you would like to make a contribution by credit card please go to the following link:

The Name of the DAF (Donor Advised Fund) is The Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund. The Account Number of the DAF (Donor Advised Fund) is 608

ShelterBox, Rotary’s partner for disaster relief, is providing tents for use as ‘privacy tents’ to be pitched within the convention centers housing families that have been evacuated.

Please direct inquiring Rotarians to the web story on for the most up-to-date information or to contact RI by writing to

Please share this information with your fellow Rotarians and Rotary Clubs.

Thank you in advance for any assistance you can give.

Dean Rohrs
Rotary International Vice President 2017-18

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Hurricane Irma

In light of the problems being caused in the Caribbean by Hurricane Irma the RIBI Donations Trust trustees have decided to re-open the Caribbean Hurricane Appeal which was originally set up last year.

The link for donations is:


Aquabox – Appeal for Nepal and Bangladesh

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Conference Update 23rd August


Following on from last month’s update as you all now know the RIBI President Denis Spiller will be attending our Conference at Llandudno this coming year. This is a reminder that Denis has also agreed to hold a question and answer session on what is happening within RIBI at present.

So to remind you, if you wish to put a question to Denis, this session will be held on the Saturday Afternoon in the Conference Headquarters Hotel, The Imperial, between 1500hrs and 1600hrs.  It will be held on a basis similar to Question Time, i.e. questions will need to be forwarded beforehand and the Rotarian asking the question will need to be in the audience.

The only bad news is, is that the hotel can only accommodate a maximum of 75 people so it will be on a first come first served basis.  So, come along – if you haven’t already registered for conference and you want to ask the RIBI President any constructive question – get registering now, and submit your question.

Any questions should be passed to myself by either email or letter.  My contact details are in the District Directory and I look forward to receiving your questions.  Todate I have received none, so come on this is YOUR opportunity to question the man himself, and really find out what is happening in RIBI.



Calling all district golfers and especially those attending the District Conference in Llandudno this year.

Have you booked in for the Conference Golf Competition on Friday 29th Oct 17?

Come along with your clubs and play one of the premier courses in North Wales, tee times still available.

Special discounted rate of £40 per player which included coffee and bacon cob.

Prizes for both Female and Male Golfers together with Longest Drive and Nearest the pin prizes plus the District Trophy for the overall winner. We still have tee times available.

Add this to a great Conference Weekend so get booking now. Contact Lorraine McGlone if you wish to add this to your registration or speak with the golf organiser Jack Anderson of the Rotary Club of Retford.


PDG Steve Lawes

Conference Director

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Rotary Youth Exchange Program for 2018

If you know youngsters between 15 and 17 years of age, please let them know the Registration will be opened soon for them to register their interest for next year exchanges with Rotary. The two programmes we will be running are the Short Term Exchange up to three weeks and Camps.

The District 1220 Youth Exchange Officer (DYEO) will start to look for Exchange Partners for them. The website to register is
If anyone requires more information, please contact Cas Francis on email: Remember to Exchange with Rotary you must register with RI or RIBI.

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