Quite a few varied activities over the weekend. The usual stack of emails to respond to on Saturday, particularly as they had built up a little.
Saturday evening was something different for Gail and I - a new experience - we drove over to Beeston to join the members of Beeston Rotary Club at their "Flat Caps and Ferrets" social evening. Having never been to such an event before, but following the suggestion of fancy dress I donned my flat cap and other suitable attire for a night with ferrets (I think suitable attire means having your trousers legs fastened to stop an "intrusion" that you may not want !!)
Just in case any of you have never been to such an event either I won't spoil the surprise in case you too get such an invite. What I can tell you is it was a really good laugh. Seeing (elderly) Rotarians and others, both male an female stretched out on the floor blowing kisses down a drainpipe is not something you see every day. (When the photos arrive I will put one or two on the blog)
Needless to say we didn't come away from this evening of betting on ferret racing any better off than we came away from the horse racing earlier this year.
A brilliant night - well recommended for a social fund raising event. See www.ferret-racing.co.uk
Thanks to President Trevor and to PP Simon Holmes for organising it.
Sunday was somewhat different as well - once again something I had never done before and I suspect you have not done either. I attended the 110th birthday celebrations of Hon. Rotarian Reg Dean from the Rotary Club of Wirksworth.
Reg had received a card from Her Majesty The Queen (he now has a large collection of these) a card from Ian Duncan Smith, MP., a large framed certificate of service to Wirksworth from the Town Council, a letter from our own Sakuji Tanaka, the RI President as well as many cards and presents.
During the morning Reg had been inundated with the press and media and had The Dalesmen male Voice Choir singing outside his window. He was therefore understandably somewhat tired when I arrived with Norman Laud from the Wirksworth Club, nevertheless he was pleased to see us. We stayed just a few minutes so as not to tire him further.
Reg is clearly a very well respected and much loved resident at his home and in the local community and I am sure you would all join with me in wishing him well for the future.
During the rest of the day I managed to pull in a meeting with the President of my own Club, Belper to talk about our forthcoming Charter Night on 12th November and I also managed to book Gail and myself into the International Convention at Lisbon in June next year - and you thought Conference was expensive!!"
It is a busy week coming up but I will do my best to update the blog daily for all my avid readers. Do think about posting a comment on it some time readers.