Rotary Year from 7th June 1986 to 6th July 1987 was,
perhaps the most rewarding year of my life and I was particularly fortunate that
my wife, Margaret, shared my enthusiasm for the task and gave me great support
the normal events associated with a successful Rotary Club took place.
There were, of course, the really high spots and I also experienced one
of the lowest spots I can recall our club going through when a proposed new
member was objected to. Thankfully, common sense and dignity on the part of the
proposer took the heat out of what could have been a very unpleasant situation.
the run-up to my year as President, I gave great thought to who should be my
successor as I knew full well that that person would be my “right arm”
during my Presidency. Fortunately
that man was Bill Cooke and I have nothing BUT PRAISE FOR HIS Club Service
Chairmanship during my year, which he carried out with great enthusiasm and
skill. Perhaps the high spot of the
year was the hosting of District 108 Conference at Gunton Hall in October.
Bill’s organisational ability had to be seen to be believed and it
gave me the opportunity to give a speech of welcome to the delegates.
events during the year included two successful visits to the Theatre Royal,
Norwich, organised superbly by Des Sadler, an excellent Casino night which made
£340 towards the Charity Fund, a first-class Ladies Night dinner and dance and
a highly successful “Pool Party” by courtesy of Brian and Judy Potter.
The Quiz team had a good measure of success without reaching the heights
of subsequent years, and to crown it all, I and my “team” won the Car Rally,
so well organised by David and Valerie Wakefield.
lunchtime speakers were many and carried and three of them, David Bullock, Peter
Howse and Jim Carter all eventually became members of the Haven Club.
Our most well-known speaker was Vince Hill, the singer of stage and
televisions fame. However, the meeting that gave me most pleasure was when the
“Citizen of the Year” award went to the “little Salvation Army Lady”
Violet Barham, in the presence of the Mayor, Councilor Brenda Mills.
was also privileged to welcome the Club’s first Rotary Exchange Student, Luke
Blackburn, from Australia and must record with gratitude the part played by
George Ermini who undertook the arrangements at short notice.
It was also gratifying to be involved in the preliminary arrangements for
the return visit by our own Exchange Student, Jayne Lewis, to Australia.
is no doubt the Presidency of the Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club required one
hundred per cent commitment. I
tried to give that and hope that I was able to continue the high standard set by
Golden Wedding Anniversary
Congratulations to Tony and Margaret.