King's Lynn/Emmerich Twinning Club
Events during 2008
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Pancake Supper 5th February
An enjoyable occasion at which the Club's ex-officio President, the Mayor, was present with her consort as well as a number of members from fellow local twinning clubs. For the first time at this event a cabaret spot was featured, which was much enjoyed by all.
Visit from Emmerich 9th - 14th May
Possibly the best visit we have hosted, this weekend included a civic evening on the Saturday, hosted by the newly installed Mayor, David Johnson, whose first engagement this was. It was also the first visit by the Mayor of Emmerich, Johannes Diks, who came with his family, and that of the recently appointed Honorary Consul, John Winn. Following a buffet meal the Springtime Singers delighted the company and the Mayor and Mayoress also entertained with songs in German and English.
Sunday was a free day to spend with hosts, while afternoon tea at the Sandringham Visitors' Centre and an evening visit to the Queen's stud on Monday completed the weekend's activities. All too soon it was 5 am on Tuesday and time to wave the visitors off (before heading back to bed!)
Informal get-together at the Thai Orchid 28th August
Just over 20 members, including the President and his wife, enjoyed this late summer rendezvous at the Thai Orchid Restaurant in King's Lynn. It was a good opportunity to socialise over a meal, and a pleasant occasion.
Some 30 people attended the Annual General Meeting, held this year in the Ouse Amateur Sailing Club (commonly known as the Ouse Booze). During the business meeting reports were presented from the chairman, exchange secretary and treasurer. It was agreed that the visit from Emmerich, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the twinning of the two towns, had gone particularly well. The Mayor, Cllr David Johnson, the Club's ex officio President, gave an account of an official visit he and the Mayoress, as well as the leader of the Council, Cllr Nick Daubney, had paid to Emmerich in May. The Mayor had been extremely impressed by the generous hospitality meted out to the party, culminating in a trip up the Rhine and a sumptuous buffet.
The treasurer reported that the Club's accounts were currently very healthy, thanks in large part to a grant from the Borough Council. This would be made annually and would put the Club's relationship with the Council on a regular footing and meant that the Club would pay to use Council facilities and services in future. In view of the financial situation the treasurer recommended that the annual subscription for the year commencing 1st September 2009 should remain at £8, the amount agreed to for the current financial year at the AGM held in 2007. It was proposed from the floor that it should be raised to £10 next year, but a vote was taken and the proposal defeated by three votes.
Three members of the Committee were due to stand down: Brian Harrison, Penny Dossetor and Pam Holman, but all three were re-elected. Tributes were paid to Mike Humphrey, who had moved away during the year, for his valuable contribution to the Club in his role as publicity secretary and on the social events committee. Paul Brandon had decided to resign from the committee, which meant there were two vacancies. Penny Harrison, who had been co-opted on to the committee during the year, was elected to one of the vacancies, while Cllr Stephanie Smeaton was elected to the other.
Jennie Rankin had recently taken on a higher workload and therefore wished to resign as secretary. It was proposed and unanimously agreed that Penny Harrison take on the role.
After the business meeting members enjoyed a finger buffet.