Presidents Night

President's Night.

guestsOrganised by the President Elect, Andy Rigg, our President’s Night on the 16th March was a great success. 60 members of the Club and their guests sat down to a three course meal in the Beaumont Hotel. Among the guests were the incoming District Governor, Jaqui Molyneux, and the Presidents of Hadrians Wall and Tynedale Rotary Clubs and their partners.
guestsThe Hotel had offered three choices of each course with the Chicken Wellington being the main course favoured by most. This was followed by the dessert where the honours were shared between an Orange Posset, Mississippi Mud Pie and a Fruit Salad.
royAfter coffee, the President proposed the Loyal Toast and, after a short break, Andy announced a “Divertissement”. This consisted of five short reminiscences by Club members on “facts” about our President’s life. We heard how he might have been a spy in Russia, organised a somewhat dubious get together in the Wheatsheaf in Corbridge, how he almost swopped a Lada for a windscreen wiper blade or hid his company’s secrets in Russian dolls, worked in Nigeria and had an interesting visit to France. However, we were then left to guess which story was real as most was entertaining fiction, although Roy admitted there might have been a grain of truth behind some of them.
guestsFollowing his life history Roy thanked everyone who had made the evening possible and proposed the toast to the Guests. Jaqui Molyneux thanked Roy on behalf of the guests and, in turn, invited them to drink the Health of Roy and the Rotary Club of Hexham. After this the raffle was drawn and prizes presented to the 11 lucky winners. Our thanks to Jane and Chris who arranged the raffle and sold the tickets. Our funds are now better off by £210.
All that remained was for President Roy to propose the final Rotary toast before we all made our ways home after an excellent evening.