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Chairman’s Blog – Meeting Thursday 15th March 2012
It started slowly, but got better and better.
27 members in attendance, 1 guest – Simon Mears of Vogue Designs. He is threatening to come back next week and hopefully we have another new member in prospect.
The 60 second round had Mike Rogers in an aggressive mood on the bell to the extent that when he belled Kim Douglas out she almost forgot her name.
The 60 second round produced some startling revelations. Tina Walker has a Client in China, must be some synergy there for a new member who sells mandarins. Graham Thurston, maintaining the international theme, indicated that he had recently been working in Lincolnshire – something to do with public loos. I can verify that having lived a large part of my early life in Lincolnshire that their w.c.’s take a lot of beating. Geoff Todd finished his 60 seconds off by trying to get us to buy metal flies or flies that don’t and Scott Griffiths brain seems to have been so affected by his stag week-end away in Tenerife that he his mental activity was thereafter limited to sticking sellotape on sheets of paper. It all went very well until he tried to fold it up, none of which should in any way detract from the exceedingly good web sites that he produces! The only thing that stopped Anita Reynolds from winning the Oscar was that she was the one presenting it, but I am happy for all the help I can get and delighted that my re-introduction of “Lou Rolls” had such an immediate impact. I will try and maintain a certain level of propriety in the forthcoming weeks.
If the 60 seconds was good the 10 minutes was one stage better. Nick Cooke – with an “e” – introduced Mr. Stumpe – with an “e”. The telephone call that followed showed that Nick has a better class of Client than I have. Thinking the end of the telephone conversation was effectively the end of Nick’s 10 minute stint proved both incorrect and welcome because he then treated us to a Max Wall impression whilst showing off a pair of socks that spoke for themselves.
It was therefore with great excitement that we approached the referrals and testimonial round and it continued to get better. £21,130.00 worth of acknowledged business passed and completed and Scott declared that the referrals could be officially labelled “a lot”. To my untrained eye it was certainly “a lot” more than the last couple of weeks and therefore helped successfully round off a very good meeting.
A new form of greeting between EBF members should be – “may all your mornings be Thursday mornings”.
See you all next week.