On Sunday 9th September 2018, seventeen members of the North West Region met at the Ferraris Country Hotel and Restaurant for lunch.
The main event of the day was to pay tribute to 4933 Rod Wilson who has been the Regional Representative for the North West for the past 17 years. Rod was passing on the mantle to myself, as his health had deteriorated and this had restricted his ability to travel long distances. Below is the speech made to Rod at the Lunch.
“Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen, and welcome to this gathering of the North West. We are here to pay tribute and recognise the valuable service given to the North West Region by Rod Wilson 4933. No one at the committee has been able to tell me when Rod first took over the duties of Representative, but Peter Phillips said that he thought Rod had taken the job in 1998 and Bertie Cubitt said he took over when Boadicea was a young lady! I seem to think in the region of seventeen years? Whatever the correct information is, I can say with all confidence that the membership of the North West grew greatly while under the auspices of Rod Wilson and he is to be congratulated for all his tireless work and dedication to the task.
Ill health has been the reason for his retirement and I know that whenever I need advice or the need to discuss matters of mutual interest he is only a telephone away or indeed a short trip for a visit. We wish Rod well for the future and he will always be in our thoughts.
Hamba kahle Rod.”
It is also with regret that we say goodbye to Murray Russell 8030 who has attended his last North West gathering as he is relocating to Australia and we wish him well for the future. A raffle was held, whereby the donation from the Committee of the Blue & Old Gold book was the main prize and £80 were raised for the Association. All members are requested to bring a raffle prize per person of not more than 10 pounds each for our Christmas Draw and that tickets will be £5 per person.
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