Brexit and the Blues – Chairman’s March Newsletter

March 3, 2016

Is About_Us1it me? Or am I seeing lighter mornings and longer days already? For sure this is nice!

Changes are on the horizon not only with the weather but the current debate on “Brexit” dominating the press, dinner parties, afternoon tea…..

I thought, let’s make this subject a point of our discussion during our February luncheon, when I will be challenging members to voice their opinion in NO more than five words.

The pound has dropped already, but will there be a ray of sunshine after all? Let’s hear your thoughts on this major subject.

Looking forward to hearing how Angie Beeston and Stuart Percival fared, on our “Business Date Draw”? Well, I hope very well, as Angie has now become a veteran with two business dates in a row, so who will be the next one?

March’s meeting was very interesting, with many members sharing information and business updates which was relevant for many of us and guests.

The concept was endorsed by our guest speaker Paul Kinvig who highlighted the importance of striving for the best in a business relationship and the impact staff management and customers have on successful results.

Bringing The Blues from Beale Street

Gilda Lee LidderdaleThis month’s guest speaker is Gilda Lee Lidderdale, who will be sharing her experiences of growing up with her father Lt. George Lee, one of the few black self-made entrepreneur and civil rights leader.

Lt. George W. Lee was born in the river bottom, of the Mississippi Delta to sharecropper parents, family moved to Memphis when he was 15, were he flourished on Beale Street, and wrote ‘Beale Street Where the Blues Began’, which was the first Afro-American book, to be selected by the Book of the Month Club, in 1935.

He was a civil rights leader in 1924 when it was a risky business in the Deep South.

He awarded Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a scholarship to University when he was 14. He was a close friend to W. C. Handy, the ‘St Louis Blues’, and many other songs, and wrote a book, ‘Father of the Blues’.

Her father was dedicated in his struggled to preservation Beale Street as an historical landmark.

During his life as a Republican, he supported and met many US Presidents, and in 1964 after serving as a state delegate, he was threaded by Goldwater and his supporters in the John Birch Soc., when he attempted to fight for his seat at the National Convention in San Francisco, Ca.

This is a very interesting and emotional topic, and if you cannot go to Memphis… then Memphis and Beale Street comes to you at the Chewton Glen hotel.

I am looking forward to seeing you all, and please bring your guests to share our experience on Friday 18th March.

Luzia Holloway
Chairman

UPDATE

Angie Beeston of ‘Evolution 4 Business’ won the Business draw for the second time running!! Having spent an enjoyable lunch with Roger Summerfield of Peter Hall Ltd last month, this time she drew the Association’s Secretary, Stuart Percival, also of Percival Pace Consultancy Ltd.

The results of this hilarious lunch will be known at the Association’s March’s Lunch.

A fly on the wall has indicated they connected really well, and Angie expressed an opinion that the bottle of Rose was a great help to kick start the weekend !!”

Angie Beeston of ‘Evolution 4 Business’ won the Business draw for the second time running!! This time she drew the Association’s Secretary, Stuart Percival, also of Percival Pace Consultancy Ltd.

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