Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club

   

             President 2016 - 2017 Malcolm Loveland.

                                                                                                                                                          


    

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THE FOUNDER PRESIDENT

Dr John Dawson – 1981/82

 

  

              It was a pleasure and, indeed a great privilege to be selected as the Founder President of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club way back in 1981.

Memories of my year in office remain vivid in my mind.  Before the actual formation of the Club itself, we formed an Inaugural Club, under the watchful eyes of the two Extension Officers from the Great Yarmouth Club – Ray Barratt and Keith Horne.

               The President of RIBI Eric Firby presented our official Charter to us at a most enjoyable ceremony at the Garibaldi on 26th June 1981.  Also present on this occasion were District Governor Ron McLeod, District Governor Elect Stanley Heighton, and District Extension Officer Charles Bixley, together with all Founder Members of the Haven Rotary Club.  Each member received a tankard from the District Governor, whilst the wives were invited to Ron McLeods’s home, where his wife Jessie entertained them and Beth Firley, wife of the RIBI President.

               During the run-up weeks prior to our Charter Night, Aileen and I, together with Jennifer and Ian Tilley, our Senior Vice-President Elect, visited the RIBI Conference at Blackpool.  We spent a most enjoyable few days there and after visiting a theatre one night, actually sat at a table having a meal alongside the cast of the show – which included Mandy Rice-Davies!!

              In the course of my year we visited the James Paget Hospital before it was opened for patients.  We also visited the Fire Station where we saw a car dismembered by modern machinery in a matter of minutes.  On both these occasions our wives accompanied us.  We held a fund-raising stall at the Round Table Donkey Derby and organised a Fun Run on Bure Park, we also held our first Ladies Night at the Cliff Hotel, Gorleston which was most enjoyable, as was our Charter Anniversary Dinner at Ormesby Lodge which had a 100% turn-out, plus my invited guests of Ray Barratt, Keith Horne, Ron McLeod and Dickie Moore.

Speakers during the course of the year included Billy Ecclestone, Aleyn Jordan, Peter Howse, Jonathan Peel of Radio Norfolk, our Mayor the late Gordon Chapman and a certain young man named Charles Lewis who gave an interesting talk about the Herring Industry.

               Aileen, my wife, designed the President’s Jewel on the Chain of Office and Keith Horne, a bell by Ray Barratt and the Rotary insignia to hang on the wall by Charles Bixley, a gavel by Gordon Chapman and a frame for our official Charter by myself presented the Club at its formation with a lectern.

               In conclusion I would like to say what an exciting time it was to be so deeply involved in the formation of the Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club from its conception.

 

Updated: 13/12/2016

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