Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 3rd March 2016.
A good turnout of 22 members with a visitor Simon who is a Painter and Decorator.
David Plumley is a resident of Great Baddow now and it was his first meeting back after his removals He celebrated this fact by delivering the Ed Slot. His theme was “be prepared” and in true scouting style he produced a rabbit out of a hat in the form of 2 polythene bags. Thus did he illustrated how he always presented himself at the checkout in the supermarket when asked whether he wanted to pay for a bag. This message was delivered with a series of fiendish cackles that left us all with the distinct impression that the air in Great Baddow is probably slightly different than the air he had been used to in Brentwood.
The cackle indeed echoed into the 60 second round, there was a theme to the 60 second round, namely celebrities and famous people, whether you know them or not or how they might help your business.
Examples of the rich and famous ranged from the mundane to the average but most memorable was Alan Moller who had met Ray Houghton in Loughton. It was a bit like Dr Foster and Gloucester and it really did not matter whether you knew who Ray Houghton was or not or indeed where Loughton was located.
Mike Rogers, our regular bellman told of Basil Begg-Ballock and entertained us for three minutes. As the custodian of the meetings timing it could be said that he let the meeting down , he let the Country down and worst of all he let himself down. Such flagrant indiscipline by its principal enforcer had an affect that was immediate. Michael Adelizzi stood up and spend 3 minutes himself with the opening was “One dark night in January……”. It would appear not only does he sell tiles but he sells them to criminals. Under the circumstances he looks very fit.
Jo Eastwood seemed intent on dispelling the impression that she is a demonic force for evil forcing alcohol down the unwilling throats of various members. To set the record straight, she produced a selection of fruit juices for tasting in small tasting containers. I guess if you left them long enough they would ferment and produce an alcoholic beverage.
So how did the pressure groups fare this week.
Well Alan Shaw claimed to have met the Sultan of Brunei and I think Nick Cooke has met Thomas Telford. He seemed to have a clear picture of him with top hat and cigar. Brian Painter on the other hand was trying to deal with a lady who had a fear of toilet cubicles amongst other things. So when he had finished with her she would even “go” in lifts. That might well have been an unintended consequence but it might be fair to say that the School of Whimsy is back.
The Naughty Corner had been deserted by Mike Rogers but clearly his influence had been profound given his performance as referred to above. Messrs Caldon, Smallcombe and Bullock were there in full force. There was a slight shock factor because Howard Bullock was wearing a pair of jeans that stretched down to his shoes, no hairy legs this week.
It was left to Dean Caldon to pun his way around his services with references to famous people and it won him the Oscar.
The Meeting Secretary’s Report was upbeat for last month. Scott Griffiths won the Performance League and business recorded for the month was well in excess of £107,000; a great effort from everyone.
The recruitment drive is now well under way. Terry Maylin ran through various categories with people who had been engaged in collecting names and making contact. Visitors are expected next week and Lewis Hackney is tasked with looking for Landscape Gardeners or frankly any type of gardener.
It was Dean’s turn for the 10 minute presentation. He produced a very effective presentation, as always managing to demonstrate his efficiency and ethical approach of the noble art of house selling.
There followed a referrals round and there were in excess of 20 referrals passed.
As the meeting came to an end the sun was shining outside even though it was perhaps a little cold.
Next week beckons and I look forward to seeing you all then.