After a weekend away on the Isle of Wight enjoying ourselves with some friends, it was back to a more "Rotary" related routine - and some work - today.
This evening I had the pleasure of visiting the Rotary Club of Worksop, which by co-incidence meets at The Lion Hotel on Bridge Street - the same as my own club. The meeting started at 7pm and so I was picked up by Rotarians Alan Widdowson and Hillary Surga at 5.45pm for the journey to Worksop.
We arrived in the car park at exactly the same time as the club President Graham Warburton who escorted us into the venue. Among the members present at the club was Past District Governor Bernard Simcox. I had the pleasure of chatting to Bernard for a few minutes both before and after the meeting. Bernard in fact was the first Governor of District 122 in 1972 - 1973, after we stopped being District 107 - and he is still as bright as a button. Worksop has in fact been quite a good breeding ground for District Governors with not just Bernard, but also Rtn. Peter Swinscoe in 1992-93 and Barry Harding in 1997-98.
After a meal of Shepherd's Pie followed by Bakewell Tart, President Graham dealt with some items of business before introducing me as the speaker for the evening. I talked to the club about the theme for the year, "Peace through Service". I managed to get to the end with a little voice left, having had a sore throat for several days. During my talk I presented President Graham with an origami crane and a letter from RI President Sakuji Tanaka.
My thanks go to PDG Bernard, President Graham and all the members of the Club for a most enjoyable evening. Also thanks to Rtns Hillary and Alan for accompanying me for the evening.
|DG Dave with PDG Bernard Simcox|
|DG Dave handing over the origami crane and letter|
My next Rotary visit is to a joint meeting of the Rotary Clubs of Bolsover and Eckington tomorrow. After that I shall be practising my golf swing on Thursday and will be at the Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton on Saturday evening for a Charity Variety Show being put on by The Rotary Club of Long Eaton Dawnbreakers. It would be great to see as many Rotarians as possible enjoying the night out there.