Here we are once again celebrating 26 years of our organisation. As chairman, and an old member (nothing to do with age) I welcome all those who have consistently supported the Association throughout the years, as well as our Honorary Members.
The Association has for many years paved the way by offering a marvellous venue, as well as to offer us all the opportunity to develop and form mutually beneficial relationships.
Last month we followed up on our “Business Date” concept with the update on Keith Sansom and Mark Sherring’s business match. As a result, we now have a new member in Mark from Maxwell Grant, who undoubtedly will bring to our group expertise on our “What my business needs today” concept – I will ask Mark Sherring to elaborate on that!
Nevertheless, we also experienced many educational opportunities by the way of interesting speakers from business gurus to politicians. Last month’s guest speaker Dr Julian Hume was no different, talking to us about the extinction of birds and making us aware that this process has not died with the “Dodo” and sadly is part of our day way of life.
I am looking forward to hearing from Katie Young about her lunch “draw match” to see if they had business possibilities. Who will be next? It could be you! Therefore, I encourage all the members not to forget to place your badges in the bucket!
At our next meeting, our guest speaker will be Keith Hanson – Chief Exhibitor of the Crown Jewels and the life at the “Tower!”
He will bring a little of the “Tower” atmosphere to the Chewton Glen
We have a number of speakers lined up and I will be asking for your preferred topics, so put you thinking hats on!
I look forward to seeing you on our next luncheon Friday 13th of November. I apologize that the last meeting overran and we will endeavour to have November’s speaker on his feet by 2.20pm
Chairman E A Solent
Dates for your diary
- 11th December Christmas Luncheon with Michael Infante. Life at Pinewood studios.
- We are finalizing speakers for the new year.
Guest Speaker: Keith Hanson, Chief Exhibitor of the Crown Jewels
Imagine living within the outer wall of the Tower of London, taking a short stroll before tending to the Queen’s most treasured possessions – November’s guest speaker does just that and his job is definitely one of a kind.
Keith Hanson is the Chief Exhibitor of the Crown Jewels and not only ensures all the jewels are safe but tends to them regularly for inspections. The cases are checked to make sure they are sealed, clean and well lit before the doors open at 10 am.
As a Chief Exhibitor of the jewels for 12 years, he knows more about them than anyone else. He takes VIP guests round personally and they always intermingle with the public which can number up to 12,000 visitors on a Sunday.