The Hostess Restaurant at Sookholme was the venue for another Rotary Club Charter celebration tonight. This time it was the time of Warsop, Shirebrook and District who in fact hold their regular weekly meetings at this venue. As always - it goes without saying - the quality of the food and the service provided by the Hostess was second to none. As is the norm at The Hostess there was a choice of all four courses with the choice being made at the tables - no confusion - no problem. Other venues - please take note.
They seem to have got the message that when over 100 people arrive within ten minutes of each other - all wanting to get a drink - they need more than one person on the bar. They also recognise the importance of everyone being served their meal efficiently and as a result I counted at least twelve waiters and waitresses serving at tables.
President Roger Wright presided over the evening in his normal relaxed style and was an excellent host. President Elect Andrew Perry, who proposed the toast to Rotary International was pleased when it was over so that his nerves could calm dowm. (He was so nervous he couldn't eat his main course and waited till he had finished before tackling his sweet. Needless to say he need not have worried - he was great.)
The evening went extremely well, with the traditional order of proceedings. As is normal I responded to the toast to Rotary International and proposed the toast to the club. Following the speeches, entertainment was provided by way of an extremely funny man - one Christopher Gee - a comediaen and impressionist. I personally thought he was great - no smutty jokes, just good clean fun - well worth a booking in my opinion.
My driver for this evening was Rtn Peter Shepherd and his partner Sheilagh Harnan. My thanks to them for turning out on a quite attrocious night. My thanks also to everyone who made the evening such a success.