Gail and I set off for Newark Charter in plenty of time and arrived at Newark Golf Club at Coddington with time to spare. We were greeted by President Peter Heard and other members of the Club. We also met past RIBI President, John Hockin who we knew from past meetings and, for the first time, PDG Barry Philps from Sydney Australia. Barry is the IPP of the Rotary International Travel and Hosting Fellowship. Both John and Barry were personal guests invited by Peter.
We had a great three course meal which was followed by the traditional roll call of clubs and toasts. I responded to John Hockin's toast to Rotary International, in which he reminded us that we are not essentially an organisation created to raise funds for other charities, but a service organisation with our ow charity which we should support.
It was a really enjoyable evening, filled with fun and laughter. Our thanks go to President Peter and members of the Rotary Club of Newark for their hospitality and friendship.
|l to r DG Dave, Pres. Peter, Rtn Barry Philps, Past RIBI Pres. John|