2012 – September Report

With the club in recess for August it is time to reflect on meetings and other events that arose earlier in the summer some of which were overshadowed by the organisation of the barbeque.

The Wally Egan award was made by club Chairman Ed Spencer to year 10 student Natalie King at Hayling college at the end of year assembly on July 20th. This annual monetary award and suitably engraved rose bowl is made in memory of Wally who served HIBC both as chairman and secretary for many years until his death in 2007. The college selected Natalie for the award because of the leadership and management qualities displayed by her, for being a good team worker and for putting into practice the experience she gained from business studies lessons during an enterprise day at the school. Many congratulations to Natalie.

At a meeting early in July, Langstone hotel managing director Clint Marsh gave a interesting and informative speech on his career in the hotel trade. Starting in the kitchens at a early age, Clint covered most aspects of the business over the years working with a number of hotel chains and gaining considerable experience along the way. He was appointed MD at the Langstone in 2009 and now lives happily on the island with his wife and two young children.

It was reported that the club’s mini bus will be off the road for two weeks during august for general maintenance and repair. There will also be additional sign writing to acknowledge to generous donations from the island organisations to assist the running of the mini bus.

During the month, the committee agreed to donate an amount of £100 and raffle prizes to buddies, a support group for the disabled which operates out of Sunnyside hall. The group is trying to raise funds for a portable television and it is hoped that the clubs donation will assist them in achieving the aims.

The date for next years Annual barbeque has been set for Saturday July 13 and the first meeting of the barbeque committee is due to take place in September arranging the event involves a great deal of hard work.

The date for the pig race night to be held at the community hall has been set for Saturday, November 17th. held for the first time last year, this turned out to be a very popular evening and an even better and bigger event is planned for this year. the club is looking for local businesses and individuals to sponsor a pig, all proceeds go to local good causes.

An extremely generous donation had been received from Geoff Foot Estate Agents. In an ongoing arrangement with the club, “Foots” make a donation for every letting the complete during the year. The cheque was presented to club trustee Phill Gooch by ‘Foots’ manager Jan Haines on July 27 (pictured). The donation is very welcome at a time when the mini bus is undergoing an extensive maintenance programme in readiness for the winter.