Chairman’s Blog Tuesday 9th July 2013
10 present. Apologies received from Adam Hotson, Jim Henshaw and Nigel Kirby.
At these meetings it is always the Chairman’s most satisfying task to induct a new member. Today was no exception and Rosemary Cleave of RMK Insurance is now a fully fledged member, welcome Rosemary.
The 60 second round had Anne Clarke’s business partner, Kim Redwood-Lee, standing in for her, not only in the delivery of the 60 seconds presentation but also in adjudicating the Oscar that she had won the previous week.
The round was opened up by Dawn promoting her holiday cottages in Suffolk and particularly extolling the views from there of Sizewell Nuclear Power Station and Wind Farms in the immediate locality.
Robert Mayes assured us that most jobs of conversion need not involve the walls falling down and that no job is ever too small for him. He is trying to get a foothold in the Billericay area for his building company and Stuart Oldham is also trying to do likewise for his IT based business.
Rosemary made her debut as a member with an offer of insurance for website protection which is probably something we want to hear more about even by tweeting and twittering. Talking of tweeting and twittering, Scott Griffiths admitted to lying in bed last night being unable to sleep. No tossing and turning for him, no counting sheep, what does he do? … he tweets!! What is perhaps most surprising is that he find other people to tweet to or with (I am not quite sure which is correct)at that time of night.
It needed Brian Painter to bring us down to earth by describing Fred sitting in his favourite chair trying to relax and of course, lighting up a cigarette. Tar, carbon monoxide, arsenic, DDT and other similar poisonous substances were then vividly described as seeping into his body and ultimately his brain. Not only is Fred slowly poisoning himself but apparently these chemicals are all stimulants and therefore in no way helpful in the relaxing process. At that stage I would have contemplated shooting myself were it not for the anticipation of the 10 minute presentation which Scott Griffiths provided with his usual professional presentation style. He clearly was stimulated by his late night tweeting.
There were several referrals and as if to remind us that she was standing in for her business partner, Kim Redwood Lee walked off with the speakers prize.
It was a good meeting, it was a bright sunny morning and anything could be forgiven, even Rosemary’s suggestion that your truly sounded like Jeremy Clarkson … you are forgiven Rosemary.
I look forward to seeing you all next week.