Your President writes: December Newsletter Brighton Sussex Channel
Where have those balmy days gone, that late lingering summer but with misty autumnal mornings? Today (11 November) saw steely grey-blue lowering clouds and rain so heavy you could barely see three feet in front of you. Then it eased and sun lit up the gold, yellow and red of the rain-washed leaves. A low winter sun cutting through the murk and then you hear all the bells ringing. What a natural stage for Remembrance Day.
President’s Dinner was a fine showcase for a convivial meal. I almost felt that I should tether my raspberry roulade to the plate as it was so light it was in danger of floating away. The Brie on the cheese board was in peak runaway form and I (almost) regretted my third course choice. See what you were missing, Robin? We enjoyed excellent hospitality from James and Lesley Kimber’s Cooden Beach Hotel. Every bit as good as that experienced in Mombasa by delegates to this year’s International, but unfortunately without the sunshine. Our very own Immediate Past President (and currently National President) Eric Etienne gave us a small picture of his trip to Kenya and a taste of the politicking innate in the world of Skål International; somewhat different to the foodie enjoyment and personal contact experienced by Vice President Ron Brooker and his family. But that’s what Internationals are all about.