Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Mapperley and Arnold Club 25th July

Sadly this morning I attended the funerals of Rotarian "Chas" Shooter of the Rotary Club of Ilkeston followed by that of  Honorary Rotarian Bernard Malkinson, of the Rotary Club of Castle Donington, a Past District Governor, District 122.

In the evening and in company with Rotarian John Scotney, I attended the Rotary Club of Mapperley and Arnold.   John and I were met on the car park by a young lady called Ann-Marie who told us she was attending the Rotary Club meeting for the first time.  We escorted her into the venue, The Bestwood Lodge Hotel and introduced her to some of the members who were expecting her.

President David Gratton introduced himself to us and as the meeting began we found the company entertaining and very friendly.   At the meeting it was announced that Rotarian John Berrington had just become engaged to Rotarian Julia Abbott, both of the Mapperley and Arnold Club, so my congratulations and best wishes to both.

I addressed the club in the usual manner and presented President David with an origami crane and a letter from RI President Sakuji.     President David then gave the vote of thanks before asking for the final toast, which was linked to the recent shootings in America.

President David gets the bird

The newly engaged couple see the funny side
My sincere thanks to President David.  He was a charming host and to the members of the club.  Also to John Scotney for taking on the chauffeuring duties this evening.

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