The start of this year’s Maidenhead Rotary Club President’s lunch was slightly delayed so members could watch the thrilling Women’s World Cup Final.
But the Lionesses disappointing defeat didn’t dampen spirits at the event, as more than 40 members, their partners, friends and family enjoyed pre-lunch drinks in the gardens at Stirrups Hotel, in Maidens Green, followed by a traditional Sunday roast.
The event, hosted by this year’s President John Hudson and his wife Linda, is a great opportunity to enjoy fellowship and build friendships, two of the key pillars of being a Rotarian.
President John made a humorous speech, telling members that after 10 years in the club it was probably about time he served as president, and he hoped members would enjoy his year at the helm.
Thanking Linda for her support and encouragement he said: “I will be giving my very best efforts to fulfilling this challenging role.
“It is both an honour and a privilege to be serving you as your President for the coming Rotary year. Looking at the illustrious names of the past Presidents on the chain of office this will clearly be a challenge, with a lot to live up to.
“Currently the name bars only go back to 1980. However, Mike Holness has in his garage every name bar going back to the founding of our club in 1926, which is all rather humbling.”
President John paid special tribute to Rotarian Tony Lodge, who had organised this year’s lunch. He thanked Tony, who has just stepped down as the club’s social events secretary after 17 years, for all of his hard work.
He concluded: “I very much look forward to the challenges of serving as your President for the year ahead.”