Having had it suggested to me for a number of years that I should look to
becoming Junior Vice President and having managed to successfully avoid the
commitment, I finally relented – must have been at a weak moment, possibly
when under the influence of alcohol.
However once having got my hands on the Presidential chain and with the
bell under my control, my whole life changed dramatically, in that:-
I got my meal first at meetings
could ring the bell at any time on a whim and everybody stopped and
listened to me.
3. I could stop any member from speaking if I felt so desired to do so,
which was quite useful particularly enjoyable when you have people like David
Bluck getting on their feet rambling incessantly.
I do feel that we are particularly lucky in that we have a club like no
other and the support I had from members was exceptional and the guidance from
the secretary, Tony King, invaluable.
Having had to follow as
President in the wake of Mike Butcher and with Michael Woods coming up behind me
as Vice President, I certainly had a high standard to try to live up to. It was
certainly a year I shall never forget and one that has probably scarred me for