Rotary Club of Dronfield collecting for Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

With just 8 days to go before the start of the 2015 Poppy Appeal the Royal British Legion made an emergency request for somebody to run the Appeal in Dronfield. The incumbent organiser had stood down after many successful years in the role and there was nobody to take on the task.

The club agreed they would take on the task as an emergency project and quickly set about identifying members of the community who had previously help with collections. Two Rotarians collected numerous boxes of Poppies and collecting cans along with other Poppy appeal products such as lapel pins, pens and rulers from the distribution centre. The main supermarkets in Dronfield were approached and three agreed to allow us to sell the range of Poppy products. Forty additional locations where identified including the towns sports centre, doctors surgery, schools, shops and offices. The task of delivering Poppies and collecting cans to these locations was undertaken by Rotarian volunteers.

The towns Army Cadet Force and Air Training Core were enlisted to help with weekend collections at the super markets with weekdays covered by Rotarians and community volunteers.

Once the appeal had closed Rotarian and volunteers came together for a morning to open and count the contents of collecting cans. A grand total of £11,066 was banked into the Poppy Appeal bank account which we felt was an excellent result.

Dronfield Mayor Liz Blanchard helping out at the appeal

Dronfield Mayor Liz Blanchard helping out at the appeal

(L to R) Sainsburys Manager, Rotarian Maureen Taylor, Mayor Liz Blanchard, President Brian Simpson, Rotarian Ian McMaster and a member of the Army Cadet Force

(L to R) Sainsburys Manager, Rotarian Maureen Taylor, Mayor Liz Blanchard, President Brian Simpson, Rotarian Ian McMaster and a member of the Army Cadet Force

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Rotary Support for Children In Need 2015

Chesterfield Rotary past-president Stuart Bradley played his part in helping the nation raise a record-breaking £37 million for this year’s Children In Need Appeal. He provided personal transport in his classic 1972 Porsche 911 Targa to enable popular mascot Pudsey Bear visit all the various fund-raising activities being reported live throughout the day by BBC Radio Derby.

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Message from District Leadership and Development Team

District Assembly 2015

Last Saturday – 25th April – we held our 1220 District Assembly at Eastwood Hall with a record number of 360 Rotarians attending.

The purpose of the Assembly was for District Governor Elect Roger to convey the key message for his year, and through the breakout sessions, for the District Officers to provide information and facilitate discussions to generate ideas to help all Clubs prepare and plan for an exciting new Rotary year.

It was the first time we have used Eastwood for our Assembly, and we thought it would offer a more pleasant, and a distinctly more professional venue. We believe it worked really well and aided superbly by the Hotel staff.

Nevertheless it is the views of delegates that count and we are currently summarising all the evaluation forms submitted and as always we will use the key messages to help us improve in future years.

We are also collating all the output notes on the common question discussed in the breakout groups and we will share this with all Clubs when completed.

DGE Roger and the Leadership & Development Team really do hope all the Rotarians who attended did find the Assembly useful and a source of inspiration and enthusiasm to transfer into our Clubs through this next year.

May we take this opportunity to thank all attendees for making the effort to attend and for your cooperation and contributions to a successful Assembly.

Yours in Rotary John Barker
Retiring Chair of the District Leadership & Development Team

Situations Vacant

Looking to the new Rotary year there are two areas where the Leadership and Development Team need help please consider the requests below:

District Treasurer

When District Treasurer Phil Harris took on the role he agreed a four year term. The next Rotary year will therefore be his last. To create continuity in this key role we need someone who will work with him from July this year and be ready to take over in July 2016.

If you feel you could make this important contribution to your District please contact Phil Harris direct or speak with the 2015/16 Training Officer PDG Gordon McGlone


Youth Services

The Youth Services Team need someone to organise the very successful YOUNG CHEF COMPETITION in the new Rotary Year. In addition to the District Competition, our District has been asked to organise the Regional Final. These events could be organised by an individual or a small sub-committee.

Could you help? Please contact 2015/16 Training Officer PDG Gordon McGlone.


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Boost for three local charities

Car Show 2Record proceeds from a Classic Car and Bike Show held at Renishaw Hall last June have now been shared out between three worthy local charities. The annual event, organised by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, this year raised over £7,000 resulting in healthy donations of £2,350 each being made to Ashgate Hospice, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
Chesterfield Rotary president John Roberts presented the cheques at a special ceremony held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 12 September to representative of the three charities. Also in attendance was Tony Cordin, group operations director of Autoworld, the charity event’s main sponsor.

Main organiser, past president Stuart Bradley said: “There was a record turnout for the 2014 event which means Rotary this year is able to make another significant donation to these three deserving local charities.”

He added: “Renishaw Hall is the perfect venue for this annual charitable event which we have run successfully for several years, raising thousands of pounds in support of these important local charities.”

Ester Price from Ashgate Hospice reported that even more patients were being cared for and a new £1 million appeal was due to be launched in October. The aim is to raise funds to cover a £250,000 a year budget deficit for the next two years, and £500k needed for urgent building maintenance work on the original grade II listed building, which is believed to date back to 1674.

Helen Mower from Bluebell Wood reported that the donation would fund one month of children’s activities in the messy play room; a room which is bursting with fun, games, arts and crafts, painting, and sensory play with activity coordinators.

Lucy King from Weston Park reported that the Cancer Hospital Charity was this year celebrating its 20th anniversary and was thankful to the many supporters who had helped raise over £16 million in that time. Weston Park is a leading centre for pioneering cancer research, treatment and care that provides vital services for the 60,000 cancer patients in this region.

President John Roberts presents cheques (from l to r) to Lucy King, community fundraiser for Weston Park Cancer Charity, Helen Mower, head of fundraising for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, and Ester Preston, director of fundraising and marketing for Ashgate Hospice. Also pictured past president Stuart Bradley (left) and Tony Cordon of Autoworld

President John Roberts presents cheques (from l to r) to Lucy King, community fundraiser for Weston Park Cancer Charity, Helen Mower, head of fundraising for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, and Ester Preston, director of fundraising and marketing for Ashgate Hospice. Also pictured past president Stuart Bradley (left) and Tony Cordon of Autoworld

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, Noble Motorsport, BRM Solicitors, Stuart Bradley Jewellers.

The date has been fixed for next year when the Classic Car & Bike Show will once again be held at Renishaw Hall on Wednesday 10 June 2015.

For more information about Chesterfield Rotary go to www.chesterfieldrotary.co.uk

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Steve’s Scribbles

District Governor Stephen Lawes

District Governor Stephen Lawes

Well another Rotary year has started and the wheel keeps on turning.  It has been two weeks since IPDG Peter handed the chain across at a District Handover, and I was honoured to take up the mantle for this coming year.

Since then I have been busy with Official and Informal Club visits, I have already met many of the hard working Rotarians of the District, and I have heard about the many projects that they intend to undertake.  I have been accompanied by members of my home club who have acted as duty driver and I hope that they too will see the wider picture of Rotary within D1220.

I believe that communications is the key to success and to this extent it is my intention to write a short newsletter each month which will be enhanced by “The Blog” so that everyone in the District can learn what is going on and to see the antics of the DG.

We face some great challenges both this year and in the future, the biggest of which is the declining membership within Rotary.  How we do this will not be easy, and I urge you all to try and look at ways of ensuring the name of Rotary will be as strong as ever in D1220 in the future. I would also like to emphasise that the District Team is not there to dictate, we are there to help and assist where ever we can.  Sometimes the message to clubs from district can seem autocratic, however on many occasions we are only relaying instructions from RI and RIBI. I personally wish to get away from the image that has built up over the years of us and them; we are, after all, Rotarians just trying to serve.

Finally, I would like to remind you about Conference which will be held on the week-end of 3rd to 5th October in Llandudno.  The team have been working hard to put together a very good programme for your entertainment.  There is an excellent web page on Conference with information on what is happening and with a link to electronic registration should you wish to do so.  Jan and I look forward to seeing you all there.

Have a good year of Fellowship and Fun as we ‘Light Up Rotary’ in D1220.



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