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December’s big news: Visit of RIBI President Jim Moulson


By Webmaster - Posted on 12 January 2011

RIBI President Visits Arbury
Picture Presentation
Meet the Mayor
Kinver Celebrate
Floating Cafe

Five clubs arranged five very different programmes for the official visit to District 1060 by RIBI President Jim Moulson.

Jim began in the west of the District at Kinver when most of the clubs from that area gathered for a black tie dinner to hear Jim’s address and witness him presenting 25-year service awards (and in some cases longer) to mark the Kinver club’s silver anniversary year. Jim, myself and all visiting Presidents were also presented with bottles of commemorative wine bottled and labelled at Halfpenny Green vineyard, just down the lanes from Kinver’s meeting venue.

The following day he visited my own club, Solihull, for our lunch time meeting when, like Kinver, we were joined by surrounding clubs. We took the opportunity to present Jim with one of the limited prints of Solihull painted originally by Rotarian Derek Morgan.

In the evening Jim joined members of Arbury club and their wives and visitors for a great evening.

Friday saw an early start for the RIBI president as he was required to be with Birmingham Breakfast at 7.00 which featured, in addition to the hearty breakfast, a special presentation illustrating the Club’s ten year project that has raised £250,000 for a special needs school in Romania.

He moved on to his final 1060 hosts, the Birmingham club, who arranged a conducted tour of the magnificently refurbished Town Hall before moving on to Brindley Place where he embarked on a water bus trip along the canal followed by lunch on the Floating Coffee shop, courtesy of Rotarian Earle Wightman and his wife Toni.

This was followed by a reception at the Mayor’s Parlour where Jim met the Lord Mayor, Rotarian Len Gregory and the Lady Mayoress, after which the party dropped in to the Democracy Forum in the Council House.

As he left, Jim expressed his appreciation for all the hard work that had gone into the planning for his visit and thanked all Rotarians who had supported each of the events in any way.