I just want to thank you all for such a lovely send off at Maggie's home yesterday. I was very touched to see so many members who have become friends over the 6 years I have been in Trinidad and to receive such a beautiful and thoughtful gift. It will, of course, take pride of place at my home in Nottinghamshire and serve as a wonderful reminder of the happy years we have spent here.
Thank you also to everyone who couldn't attend yesterday but took the time to send a message or call. It really was appreciated.
When I arrived in Trinidad 6 years ago it was with a company new in country with no support system in place. It was very much a 'get on with it' situation. At a security brief at the BHC soon after arriving I was given the contact information for the Club and decided to pop along to the next meeting. That was one of the best decisions I made here as it led to so many new friends, happy times and great occasions. I enjoyed my time as your Vice President and President and hope that you feel, as I do, that Pip and I brought fresh ideas and a renewed enthusiasm to the Club and it's committee as well really tackling the admin and finances situations. I have been so happy to see this renewed enthusiasm carried on and get better and better in your capable hands Jill, and those of the excellent team you have around you!
Finally, the Club and I share an extra bond and that is we are both 50 this year! For me it's a bit of shock but for the Club, with 50 years of service and friendship behind it, it is a testament to what can be achieved when you work as a team. So, it just remains for me to thank you all most sincerely again and to wish the Club a very happy birthday and continued success.