Yet Another New Club Member.
At our Dinner meeting held on Thursday the 4th of October, it was with the greatest of pleasure that Fred Bishop formally presented Frank Holland to all present.
He advised that that he has known Frank for some 8 years, yet he has known Frank's wife for much longer. (We will take this no further, shall we?)
Being convinced that Frank would become a member of our Club, tonight proved Fred's judgement correct and therefore he had no hesitation whatsoever in commending Frank to those present, as he considered that he would be a wonderful attribute to our Club and to the Rotary movement.
Following this moving and lengthy presentation, it was left to President Barry to induct Frank into the Club as a member and present him with his Membership Badge, our Club's Year Book, and Rotary District 1280's Directory.
After his induction into the Club, Frank thanked all for supporting his application and advised he was pleased to be joining a Club where its members were so kind, considerate and friendly. He ended by confirming that he now looked forward to continuing his active involvement in Club projects and initiatives.
Frank is the 14th New Member we have brought into our Club and into the Rotary movement in the past 29 months, which we consider is a fantastic recruitment effort.
Clearly pleased and relieved to now be a member of our Club, Frank is seen here with President Barry to his left and with his Sponsor, Fred Bishop, to his right.
Frank - Welcome to Our Club and to Rotary.
On the 12th October, our President, Barry Linaker, was host at our major fund-raising event of the year, the 19th Annual Charity Sportsman's Dinner, ably assisted by our Master of Ceremonies, Sam Williams, who ensured that everything went right on the night. This sell out event, no doubt attracted by our speaker for the evening, John Conteh, was held at the Forest Hills Hotel, Overton Hill, Frodsham was attended by guests representing local Companies, Businesses and Community along with Club members and their personal guests.
After a warm welcome from our President we sat down to an superb 4 course dinner, which was rounded off by the traditional two games of Heads and Tails and a raffle with numerous prizes including an iPod going to the winners
There then followed our speaker for the evening, one of Britain's most popular and best loved sportsmen, John Conteh, who won the British, Commonwealth, European light heavyweight titles before going on to claim the WBC world title at the age of 23. He nobly entertained us with his scouse sense of humour and tales from his early days and his introduction to boxing in Kirby, through his highs and lows, in and out of the ring, to his retirement from boxing in 1980
With the room well fed and well entertained, they were in a philanthropic mood for our traditional Charity Auction, this year expertly handled by our auctioneer for the evening, Alistair Brown of Wright Manley, occasionally assisted by our speaker. Numerous sporting items and sporting memorabilia, provided by generous sponsors and Club members, were duly put under the hammer and snapped up under keen bidding.
At the end of the evening, our MC, Sam Williams, was pleased to announce that we had raised approximately £6,800. This will be used to sponsor a variety of local, national and international charitable events and organisations throughout the coming year.
We would like to thank the organisers, helpers, ticket sellers, sponsors of prizes and attendees who made this the memorable evening it turned out to be.
District Conference - Scarborough.
Once again our Club was well represented at District Conference, which this year was held in 'Gods Own Country' .... Yes! Yorkshire.
Despite difficult traffic conditions on the M62 around Leeds, many arrived in time for the opening of Conference, with others arriving in plenty of time for a leisurely chat over Dinner at our Hotel, the Beiderbecke?s Hotel & Restaurant, prior to the evenings entertainment.
For most of those present in The Grand Hall of the Spa Complex that Friday evening, the entertainment by 'The Searchers' was a wonderful opportunity to step back into their youths to sing and jive the night away - Fantastic.
Saturday's two sessions were well received, especially the presentation by Clarissa Dickson-Wright whose openness took many by surprise.
Saturday afternoon was free time, with many of the Ladies partaking in someretail therapy, whilst others went down memory lane, visiting places they knew from way back.
Dinner that evening was preceded by drinks in the Presidents suite, with Champagne, nibbles and a selection of 'sushi' being enjoyed by all.
Not to be outdone, the entertainment on Saturday evening was equally as good as the previous night with comedian and compare for the evening, Martin Gold, along with an extremely talented singer, Jane Beaumont, and a wonderfully amusing musical trio called Black Onyx.
Surprisingly enough, Sunday morning came one hour late, which helped no end with the recovery process. However, after a hearty breakfast the final part of our District Conference went very successfully, ending with District Governor Keith thanking everyone involved in the Conference, wishing them a safe and pleasant journey home.