Drinks with President Mark
Drinks with the President, was again kindly hosted by Past President William and Pam Stevens in their delightful home. The sports and social committee ably led by Past President Clive had organised the magnificent event, and a special thanks has to go to all the wives who did so much work in preparing the delicious spread, setting it out on the day and then clearing and washing up afterwards. A special mention should also be made of the scrumptious deserts that had been prepared and it should be mentioned that a number of Rotarians were seen returning to the table more than once despite the calorie count warning!
President Mark, resplendent in his cheery tan, from his recent hols in the sun, addressed the gathering and thanked all Rotarians and their partners for their support over his first 6-months in office. He spoke of the first-rate work all had achieved over the summer period, including car parking duties and more recently with the Carol Concert, the Santa Grotto, the numerous street collections and the Christmas day meal served to some 200 elderly locals and helpers. He mentioned that it was not only Rotarians who were involved in these events but we had received a good deal of support from local organisations and individuals. To mention a few it included:
The West Cliff Theatre management and all staff who helped host the Christmas Carol Concert, raising over a £1,000 and to St James’ Church, who allowed the use of there excellent hall for the performers to change in and for the celebrations afterwards, both a no cost!
The Principal and staff of the CCHS for their help and support together with Pinnacle for the use of the kitchen and dining room and all the Caretaking staff that contributed so much to making the day a great success.
The staff and children of Engines Primary School that raised over £450.
President Mark finished by presenting bouquets of flowers to our host Pam Stevens and the main power behind the organisers of the event Margarett Gowers and Pam Norris. All receiving well deserved rapturous support from the throng.