2019 20 Review by Phil Pegg



It is the 1st of July and my Presidency has come to an end and I will shortly hand over to President Tom.

I would like to thank you all for the support and fellowship that you have given to me during the year and encourage you to give your support to President Tom who has the challenge of leading us to a new, hopefully post Covid 19, year for Matlock Rotary Club.  Rotary may change but the reasons for being a Rotarian remain the same and the need for our service has never been greater.

My year started well and conventionally with the Presidents at Home Party followed by the Ashover Car Show and the last Matlock Rotary Dovedale Dipper, the proceeds going to Derbyshire Autism Services my chosen charity; a successful event that will be continued by Peak Running but not this year. The district Conference at Scarborough also went well with a good attendance.  Social activities included Bowls and Archery which were enjoyed by members. The Club helped with the British Legion Poppy collection at Sainsbury and I laid the wreath on behalf of the Club.

Regular meetings were held at the Remarkable Hare which provided us with a varied menu and we welcomed speakers on the usual variety of subjects.  

Following the flooding of the park no outside pitches were permitted for the Christmas Market so we were allocated an inside pitch which worked very well.  I don't remember being so warm and comfortable at the event, the mulled wine was up to standard and enjoyed by many visitors.   The Club Christmas Meal and festivities, were held at the Whitworth,and were catered for by Mel (ex.Temple Hotel) to round off the Calendar year. 

We helped Children in need with a collection at Matlock Bath for the Rickshaw Challenge and planted crocus' for Polio which turned out to be white! The International and Foundation committee and the Community and Fundraising Committee supported our communities both home and abroad. My thanks for all the work done.

Then Charter: This presented a dilemma on whether to go ahead and where. The National President of RGB&I Donna Wallbank joined us at the Golf Club for an informal buffet the last event before lockdown. Close to the wire It turned out to be a good social event judging from the feedback I received and no one contracted the virus from the event so far as I know. Thanks to all who helped out.

Disappointingly the rest of my year has been spent at home under lockdown.  Helen contracted the virus after Helen visited Derby and Chesterfield Hospitals and I consider myself lucky to have had it quite mildly.  All future events are currently cancelled which will have a detrimental effect on our fundraising and we do not know what the situation is with the Remarkable Hare nor when we will be able to resume meetings again so we cannot plan our activities and spending properly. We have set up a WhatsApp group and we have held meetings using the Zoom online conferencing system and held online Assembly and AGM meetings.  As we get used to this technology perhaps, we can exploit it to encourage non-members to participate and to have online speakers.

I hope that we will all meet again soon to renew our friendships in person. I am aware that I have not been able to host a farewell event but will raise a glass to you all after six tonight.

Thanking you all and wishing President Tom and the Club all the best for the New Rotary Year.

           Past President Phil

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