Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Charter Night with Rotary Club of Drone Valley 29th April 2013

The Sitwell Arms at Renishaw was the venue for the eight annual charter celebration of the Rotary Club of Drone Valley.

Rotarians Gill Harvey was in the chiar, being the fourth President of the club during this Rotary year.

Gail and I were collected by Rtn John Norreys from the RC of Belper and Duffield for the drive up to Rennishaw on what was a beautiful, sunny evening.   We arraived well in time, to find Ian Young the President of Hucknall busy taking photographs in the hotel grounds.

We were met inside by President Gill who made us very welcome.  We had an opportunity for some social chat with many Rotarians, including some from clubs outside our District, before we were called in for dinner.    After the top table guests were introduced by President Gill we enjoyed a very tasty meal, after which there was an almost traditional roll call, read out by Rtn Jill Bethell.

The speaker for the day was a local pharmacist, David Smith, who gave a most interesting illustrated talk on the many marathon runs he has undertaken.  Some of them were serious marathons and many more he has done for charity, getting into the Guinness Book of World Records on a number of occassions for the fastest marathn dressed (for example) as a schoolboy, or as a boy scout.  On one occasion wearing flip flops.  He has run marathons on every continent.

President Gill presented him with a cheque as a contribnution to his next marathon, in aid of MS and Ashgate Hospice.

Davids wife and Gail each received a gift of a plant.

I would like to thank Rtn John Norreys for driving, President Gill and the team at Drone Valley for inviting us and for giving us such a great evening.

President Gill with DG Dave

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