Dear Brethren all,
greetings to you and I hope and trust that you are all well and enjoying our wonderful Order in London.
This year has gone remarkably fast; we began at speed, zoomed through Spring, foot slightly off the accelerator in the summer break and then into overtake mode in the Autumn and now we hurtle toward Christmas when we can cut the engine and... relax. We all deserve it.
London AMD has been most successful in 2019 - a continued flow of new members to our Councils; a Spring social event which took us to the top of Tower Bridge and then into the deepest of engine rooms followed, of course, by a good dinner; an Autumn event where we were treated to a brilliant presentation on the Victoria Cross, this time preceded by a superb dinner and then our Annual meeting in November which had high numbers and a splendid lunch.
I have been to many Council meetings during the year and they have all proved to be enjoyable, with good companionship and well-run meetings; this is very pleasing to see.
I am so impressed and grateful for the people behind the scenes who help to keep our District running in such a smooth manner, which allows the rest of us to hold good meetings in a happy and efficient manner. Thanks to all of them.
Our Council of Improvement continues to successfully rehearse our ritual and is a first class environment for new members or those taking Office, so please go along and join them for a taster session.
Well, I told you it was a fast-paced year but let us look forward to 2020.
This will be the last year of the second decade of the 21st century – wow! So much has changed in our country and our world, and that change is usually for the better and should remind us that to remain relevant and necessary we must be aware of our surroundings and adapt and move with our times. This is not to say that we have annual upheaval but more that we take the best of ideas, maintain our core principles and prepare ourselves to meet the future.
I believe that we have managed to maintain that balance of changing and preserving – I assure you that we will continue in that vein during 2020.
Let me extend to you all, your families, friends and even casual acquaintances the very best of Christmas wishes and my hope that you all have a healthy and safe New Year. Finally, let us remember those who do not enjoy our blessing of friendship and try to do just one thing to help them at this time of year.