Rotarian peter Shepherd, a fellow member of the RC of Belper and Duffield, took on the role of DG Chauffeur again this evening for the trip over to the Welbeck Banqueting Hall at West Bridgford for the 23rd Charter celebrations of the RC of Vale of Belvoir.
President Alan Folwell was in the chair and carried out his responsibilities superbly. Alan has a no nonsense down to earth approach to Rotary that I really admire. With almost 130 in the hall the seating was comfortable but cosy. The meal, for which there was a choice was excellent and well served by the staff.
Prior to the meal Alan awarded two Paul Harris Fellowships to members of the club. Dennis Bacon and Derek Goodacre were the worthy recipients and both were clearly deeply moved by the presentations. I am so pleased that we don not give out Paul Harris Fellowships on payment as happens in some countries.
After the meal we were entertained to sties of umpiring at Wimbledon and elsewhere in a very amusing and yet informative style by the main speaker. Now here's a test to see who reads my blog. A prize for the first person to tell me his name (as I have completely forgotten it. Sincere apologies to speaker concerned.)
My sincere thanks to Alan and his team for the evening - which incidentally was rounded off with a collection in aid of the sponsored walk - starting 03/05/13 - which raised over £100. Thanks to all who contributed.