About 360 members and guests attended the 71st annual dinner at the Savoy in London, as usual the food and service was up to the excellent standard we have come to expect from the Savoy. (The menu is reproduced below)
The toasts and responses by Vic Walters, Tony Worthy, Lionel Squire and Henry Blofeld were a very good listen.
The Presidents letter from the programme is reproduced below.
Dear Members and Guests
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this our 71st Annual Dinner.
This year it is particularly significant as 2003 marks the 75th Anniversary of the
Motor Trades Golfing Society.
Over the years there have been many illustrious Presidents from our industry
and I am greatly honoured to represent the Society, which remains strong and
thriving after such a period of time.
You will hear much this evening about our golf this year. Our successes and
failures, and the individual prowess of our members. The detailed results are
contained elsewhere in this programme and as you will see we have a full
programme of fixtures for 2004 at some of the finest courses in the country.
A subtle change has been made to our programme next year in that we are
combining the Annual General Meeting with our first members meeting at
St. George's Hill on the 26th March. Attendance has been poor at the AGM
in recent years and the committee felt that to combine the two, where
members can enjoy the golf and lunch then attend the meeting would result
in ensuring that the Society continues to move forward in the best interests of
This year the committee feels that we should consider the potentially divisive
issue of lady members. Many more ladies are taking key roles in our industry
and we must address this issue before we are forced to by legislation. We need
to take the views of all members into account in order to progress.
Once again I hope that you will have an enjoyable evening and that the Savoy
ambience, food and wine, and our speakers will, together with good fellowship
provide a memorable occasion.
With very best wishes for health, happiness and prosperity in 2004.
360 in Dining Room!
Henry in full flow
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