This was the fourth General Council of this Rotary year and the meeting was spread over two days, starting at 2pm on the Saturday. Before the start of the meeting all the members of the GC were treated to a lunch - curly sandwiches and soggy samosas - wonderful.
After three and a half hours of debate, interrupted only by the sound of workmen replacing windows in the building it was off the the King's Court Hotel for a meal and an early night. And just as a bit of bedtime reading 20 pages of paperwork that had not been distributed earlier that everyone needed to read before the morning. Wonderful.
Monday morning, the second session started at 9am and finished about 1.30pm. No lunch today I'm afraid. Set off back home straight after the meeting arriving back just in time for last minute preparation for the evening's District Officer Training for the Rotary year 2013-14, with Peter Moralee in the hot seat. On arriving back home I discovered that I had taken delivery of 36 large boxes full of Rotary Newspapers for distribution to all the clubs in the District - not much space left in my garage now and another delivery expected on Friday.
At the training Session Peter outlined the theme for next year, "Engage Rotary - Change Lives". It was clear from what Peter said that over the next Rotary year there is to be a really big push to bring the "End Polio Now" campaign to its close. On that subject I learnt at RIBI that there had not been a new case of polio anywhere in the world since 19th December 2012 (latest figure from 31st January). That is really good news.
I looked after everyone involved in "projects" of any sort (Youth, Com & Voc, International, Foundation, Resilience). The session broke up about 9.45pm and by the time I got home about 11.15pm I was tired out and went straight to bed.