Well I just cannot believe how lucky I am to be your new National President! It has been a dream of mine for a long time to be able to represent all my fellow Tangent members and to do my best to promote Tangent and the other clubs of the Round Table Family.
The year has got off to a tremendous start with a fantastic conference in Torquay, and I would like to thank all the organising committee for all their hard work. We had a ball!
We also had a very successful AGM, with much friendly debate and discussion, and we finished at a record early time of 3pm. My clubs Northwich 426 and Dragons 942 were there to support me as I took office and had put together a fun interruption. I revealed that this year we are working with 41 Club and President Andrew to raise funds for a joint charity – Royal National Lifeboat Institution. We are aiming high – to raise £50,000 between the two Associations to buy five RNLI Lifeguard Rescue Water Craft. These are jet skis specially adapted to rescue people in difficulty on our beaches, so they could help you, your children or grand-children. We had arranged for a surprise when a Rescue Water Craft was wheeled into our AGM and took centre stage for the last part of the meeting! It remained in the venue for the Final Night Party and was a point of interest and the subject of a lot of photographs! My motto for the year is With Courage Nothing is Impossible this was the motto of Sir William Hillary the founder of RNLI.
There is also a spectacular Joint Presidents’ Leap Day Ball on 29th February 2020 at Crewe planned, when Andrew and I will draw the winning raffle tickets for the top prize of a Fred. Olsen cruise and several other fantastic prizes. You can find the details of the Ball Joint Presidents’ Leap Day Ball Flyer and the booking form here Joint Presidents’ Leap Day Ball Booking Form
We will be selling raffle tickets throughout the year, so please look out for us at events so that you can be in with a chance of winning!
I have a shop that I will be taking round with me to raise funds for RNLI selling badges, my teddy bears and various items that I have crafted myself. Andrew and I also have collecting boxes available so you can get rid of all that annoying loose change! Maybe you could take one along to your meetings or even into work, it is amazing how change can add up!
I have already received numerous invitations to visit Tangents and would love to come along to your club. You don’t have to hold a big event I would love to come to one of your normal meetings or social get togethers so that I can meet our members and have a chat and a glass of wine!
I look forward to meeting many of you at the Regional lunches, if you see me out and about come over and say hello, I love to chat!
Yours in continued friendship
National President 2019 -2020