President's Dinner is back!
Brian J reports...
It’s been a while! In fact the last President’s Dinner, held on March 6th 2020, was the final face-to-face event we held before we went into the first Covid lockdown which changed everything.
So it was particularly pleasurable, on April 1st, to be able to revive again the one formal dinner that York Rotary holds in the year, and celebrate in particular our relationship with the City of York in our centenary year.
A formal event? Well yes, it was black-tie and a somewhat more formal structure than our weekly lunches have nowadays.
But there was a distinctly informal and friendly atmosphere around the room which put Rotarians and guests alike at ease, and light-touch speeches from President David and our guest of honour Rev Councillor David Cullwick, York’s Lord Mayor.
Our guest speaker was Ron Hutchinson, with a talk entitled “Life through the rear-view mirror”.
This featured his experiences through an interesting career which started in the British Army, where he drove an orange cement mixer (he was working undercover in Belfast - don’t ask!) and culminated in 1974 in his becoming the chauffeur to the third Viscount Leverhulme , the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire from 1949 to 1990 and the son of the 2nd Viscount Leverhulme who founded Lever Brothers (Unilever).
Ron’s anecdotes about his rubbing shoulders with the aristocracy and members of the Royal Family – particularly Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother – were fascinating.
A further selection of photos is shown below....
NOTE: A fuller report of the dinner can be read, by York Rotary members, in the May edition of Rotagraph
The Civic Party with President David and President-Elect Mary
Ron Hutchinson with his wife