is July 1992 and I am honoured to be appointed as Junior Vice President after
learning the ways and objectives of Rotary and the workings of the Haven Club.
The days of gazing at the sea have gone, I am now top table facing west for
the next three years.
year progressed satisfactorily carrying out my duties which included
attendance figures, a major factor in Rotary membership in those days.
in May of the Rotary Year, my partial inattention was awakened by the news
that Senior Vice President Keith Allen had resigned from Rotary for business
reasons, within six weeks; I would be president of the Club.
Club rallied with great support to me, committees were assembled and, with
trepidation, I chaired my first meeting and received the Presidential chain
from David Bluck.
initial meetings were nerve racking with the usual mistakes being made and the
occasional tug of the sleeve from Secretary Peter Stanley. I soon gained
experience and began to enjoy my year. The District Governor made his annual
visit and commended the Club on its atmosphere and dedication.
normal social and sporting events progressed with such great events as the
pool party at Potters Leisure Resort and annual cricket matches.
was pleased to attempt to revive the links with Winschoten and hosted a small
group of our Dutch friends to explore future possibilities, Unfortunately,
their club did not have the same enthusiasm as Haven and exchanges did not
instigated the Rotarian of the Year award and, whilst initially this was
designed as a fun award, I am pleased it has developed into today’s prestige
award. I thank Past President Des Sadler for donating the award.
months soon passed, an excellent Ladies Night at the Carlton, Council Dinner
at the Casino and the Charter Night at Ormesby Lodge suddenly brought my year
to a close. A year in which I gained a lot of personal confidence, many new
friends and a greater understanding of the benefits of Rotary. A thoroughly