Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 28th April 2016.
22 members present and 3 visitors. Tony Bowhill, Planning Surveyor, Mark Parmenter Floor Sanding and Sheila Sutton from Crown Support.
It was nice to see Tina Walker at a meeting although we do hear from her every week.
The Ed Slot was something of a “call to arms” by Brian Painter. As good an Ed Slot I have heard; he set out all things we could do during the week as well as turning up for the meetings. However successful we are, if we all cranked up our performance just one notch in the way suggested by our Pilgrim we would all be better members and the meeting a better meeting. Well done Brian.
To follow Richard Reed’s 60 seconds and get the most out of it you needed to have seen a television program. Nobody appeared to have done so.
Peter Hood told of a high pressure hot water tank which sounded exciting if not dangerous, but Donna grabbed everybody’s attention by telling of a lady with £40,000 Kitchen who was installing a booth for which she was providing the material for the furnishings and which involved goldish upholstery and huge sequins. Her description of how exactly how this booth would turn out made it sound very expensively vulgar. Donna’s challenge is to make it tastefully unobtrusive and then take photographs to show us all.
Talking of booths, Paul Booth himself presented a 60 seconds that was far from vulgar and told of a client who deals with product testing.
All of this and not a squeak from the Naughty Table or the School of Whimsy. A jumbo jet crashing every day and building a glass tower next to a house, the whimsical contributions were from Messrs Painter and Shaw respectively. Mercifully Cooke was absent on holiday. By contrast David Plumley was all focused. He looked the part of an H. Rider Haggard character recently returned from a search for King Solomon’s Mines. Like his attire he was short sharp and to the point. He does free IT check-ups and his telephone number is 888442.
Jo Eastwood quoted from Shakespeare as did I but it got us nowhere. The Oscar accolade went to Carmel Jane who handed our personal copies to each member whose photographs she had taken last Thursday. She apparently took 23 photographs in 1 hour, and the skill and anacrity that she did it as well as the handouts quite rightly earned her the Oscar, if for no other reason than a thank you for all of her efforts.
The Meeting Secretary’s report confirmed us on track with our earnings which for this week totalled £15,200.00
It is the 10 minute round that was notable this week. Jo Eastwood decided on a wine tasting challenge for everyone and duly produced a bottle of white and red respectively which we all tasted and gave our judgment upon. Her able assistant John presented the tasting and we had to choose the wine from descriptions respectively produced by Jo, John and Steve Roach. An excellent diversion and a very pleasant 10 minute presentation. Of course it lasted 20 minutes but no one was counting.
Before I sign off I would like to share with you the thoughts that I had when Steve Roach first indicated Phoenix FM would be having an “Orient hour”. I had visions of the mystic east, All spices, scented perfumes and music in the background that normally accompanies the performance of belly dancers. Not if it is “Orient” as in Leyton Orient. As Leyton Orient is everybody’s favouritesecond favourite team there should be sponsors fighting to be selected. Best of luck with that Steve!!!!
Another great turnout. Keep it up and this includes the flow of visitors which is threatening to increase our membership every week. 2 out of the 3 who attended this week showed positive designs on joining. We will hope to see them next week.