Friday, 19 April 2013

Rotary Club of Wirksworth - Charter Night, 18th April, 2013

Rtn Paul Taylor, from my own club picked Gail and myself up early this evening to take us to Matlock Golf Club for the Charter celebrations of the Rotary Club of Wirksworth.   We were met by President John Dolan and other members of the club.   The view from the window of the function room was out across the golf course and into the far distant countryside.   It really was a beautiful setting - it almost made me want to take up golf - but I quickly shook myself and told myself not to be stupid !!

The meal of beef bourguinon, followed by Belgian Chocolate Tart was delicious and was efficiently served  by the staff of the Golf Club.  Following the meal there was the traditional Roll Call of clubs and persons present.   After traditional toasts the main speaker of the evening was Jill Clarke, a colleague of President John.  She entertained us with accounts of her childhood, being brought up in a family where cycling was the centre of attention and how this in turn led her to become a Gamesmaker at the London Olympics last year.

It was an enlightening glimpse into the Games and also into her life. Jill spoke very well and backed up her talk with a series of photographs.  No-one would have guessed that this was the first time that she had ever strayed into the field of after-dinner speaking.

President John with speaker - Jill

My thanks go to Paul Taylor for driving us, to John Dolan and the members of Wirksworth club for inviting us and looking after us so well on the night.

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