For a fairly small club - less than 25 members I believe, Derby South and their President - John Cavey - certainly know how to put on a good charter and attract the crowds. Pride Park Stadium was the venue, looking out over the pristine grass being warmed with heaters because of the cold night and with the stands illuminated it was a wonderful sight.
With 152 persons present at the event the buzz round the room during the evening was great. John proved to be an excellent host, not just to the table where he was sitting, but to the whole gathering.
Being transported to the venue by Rotarian David Henson from Belper and Duffield and also accompanied by my wife Gail, we arrived in time for a Guests Reception and photographs.
The Charter started at 7.30pm prompt and some excellent entertainment was provided throughout the meal by two young lads from Derby Grammar School - they were absolutely great.
After a really well served three course meal and the usaul Rotary toasts the main speaker of the night was Charles Hanson of "Bargain Hunt" fame, who has an auction business in Etwall. (Charles and his wife Rebecca by the way were excellent company during the evening).
After the toasts President John presented a Community Achievement Award to Bill Smith (not the one from Bulwell and Basford) for his work in organising the Poppy Day Appeal in the Derby Area. This came as a bit of a shock to Bill who was clearly overwhelmed by the gesture.
Charles spent about 20 minutes regailing the audience with tales from the auctions - highly entertaining.
Thanks to everyone who was involved in organising the evening and to David Henson for driving me.