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At best we were 26 today, all sporting various types of Christmas clobber. The Mayor of Gants Hill wore a turkey on his head, removing it promptly without many of us noticing. Rising above the myriad of jumpers was Sarah Steel with a facial combination of glasses, red nose, and neat little antlers which she kept on throughout the meeting. As much for her powers of endurance as the quality of her disguise, she wins the virtual prize of best festive get up although Mason’s hat, full Santa moustache and beard is worthy of mention.
The 60(45) Second Round
In anticipation of Scott’s quiz, we tried to keep our presentations down to 45 seconds. Most of us managed.
The round largely comprised thanks for the year gone by and best wishes for Christmas and New Year. Only two members were on-topic for their businesses. Dean Caldon brought us up to date on the Stamps Duty situation and Terry Maylin wondered if anybody could provide him through a referral with the opportunity of serving someone with something on Christmas Eve.
Kevin Radford and Vincent Goode both “sang”, Mercifully both cut their renditions short.
Howard Bullock poured himself a cocktail and drank it and Tina is carrying on working to assist business owners to better celebrate the Season.
Matt Barry was adjudicating the Oscar and awarded it to all the new members who have joined us this year and what they have brought to the table.
Please remember, for the first meeting in January the theme will be 60 second round will be New Year’s resolutions
We were entertained by a murder mystery that was solved by groups of us breaking out and dealing with various clues to arrive (or not as the case may be) at the murderer.
Some of us were time-constrained, some of us got it right and some of us got it wrong. Which is reminiscent of the human condition. Thanks for arranging this Scott.
Referrals and Testimonials Round
Most of us had used out 45 second to give our thanks and contemplate the future but there was none the less a reasonable lively exchange of referrals and testimonials
Chairman’s thoughts at the end of the year
Most of our meetings this year have been virtual and I think everyone is to be commended for adapting to the Zoom method. The meetings got slicker, the presentations more effectively electronic and the Ed Slot emerged, also with the assistance of technology, as a prominent section of the meeting of really high quality.
Thanks to Vince for his unprompted quiz which engaged many of us, the effort was appreciated.
The straightened times that we have experienced this has brought the group together even more and however long we remain away from our “normal” meetings I am confident that the group will become even more effective.
Finally whilst feeling optimistic and upbeat we should all pause to remember the sad loss of Marcell Saad at the very beginning of the onset of the virus. She was a warm and generous friend to many of us and she has been sorely missed both for these qualities and as a member. We will all continue to remember her fondly.
It has been my privilege to chair our meetings and I look forward to continuing next year.