The following is in need of acknowledgement and congratulation:
- 9 visitors presented themselves to the meeting.
- Jo Eastwood and Steve Roach on door duty presented me with a visitor sign in sheet with 9 names that I could read.
- The staff at Mary Green Manor sorted us out an extras table and generally were helpful in accommodating our substantially increased numbers, 29 members and 9 visitors is a record number of people in attendance at Mary Green Manor
- The whole group for their magnificent response in putting on “a good show” for the visitors.
To assist in follow up:
Could everyone who spoke to a visitor and has any useful feedback communicate this to Jill, Matt or Tina so that if any further chasing is needed for next week this can be done.
New Member Induction
John Freeman was inducted as our newest member; welcome John. This will be the last time I say anything nice about you in this Blog which will be a sign that you have been fully integrated into the fold.
The 60 Second Round
Maybe it was the numbers of visitors and the number of people listening that made members reveal some strange things.
Nikhil Shah confessed a feeling like Dr Who. He has even gone one stage further and recruited someone who he also thinks of as Dr Who. Any further comment I feel would be futile.
Dimi Bakalov managed to confuse me by talking about “a quick stare”. When I realised he meant “stair” it still did not help. Maybe I should sign up for one of Jo Jones’ boot camps which apparently helps your mental health.
Donna Evans declared herself “…not the most patient person in the world…”
Many of us confined ourselves to giving a summary of the work we did for the supposed benefit of the visitors. Alan Shaw once again opened his presentation confirming that he designed buildings, he then went on to describe other things that he did. Although we were all doling this sort of thing it’s always a surprise when it comes from Alan.
Lee Scarff was very proud of his new cards and we should all take two, just to make sure we have both sides available at the same time.
Terry Maylin managed to give a flavour to the visitors of the metaphorical kicking that he gives recalcitrant debtors on behalf of clients.
It fell to David Plumley, Brian Painter and Kevin Radford to tantalise us. David Plumley produced a prop, to wit a small box that would transfer data from one computer to another. It was called the small box that will transfer data from one computer to another. The IT Industry has never tried to be interesting per se.
Brian Painter is looking to reconstruct a ladies memory of a night out 4 years ago. Because he has not seen her yet all and anything is possible. It is hoped that this single ongoing saga will attract visitors back.
Kevin Radford crafted his usual piece of verse that was well received but he really only made his presence properly felt when he talked about wearing budgie smugglers. It even out did Michael Adelizzi who talked of getting ones “leg over” in the bath becoming more difficult as one gets older. A new School of Whimsy seems to be coming to the fore.
More of that next week, but it came as no surprise that Kevin Radford won the Oscar which I hope was for his poetry but I suspect was for the budgie smugglers.
10 minute presentation by Scott Griffiths
This week the 10 minute presentation was ceded to Scott Griffiths giving him an opportunity to give an explanation to the visitors of the workings of EBF. I think they were impressed with his “snake of referrals”. They may later reflect that it demonstrates a rather sad mentality but at the time it went down very well. He is to be commended for providing storage for all the old referrals slips. It was a very effective introduction to the visitors.
Based on 44 referrals and £55,000 worth of business recorded it was always going to be positive and maybe even slightly drawn out, but it was a good illustration of the effectiveness of EBF.
Let us hope next week we can maintain our members attendance levels and also chase our visitors down to return for a second helping.