Vice Chairman Neil Ramshaw started the last meeting before Christmas welcoming another good attendance of members. A new member Ron Colquitt was introduced and four apologies were offered. John Taylor gave details of three charities that had been suggested by members to benefit from the Christmas lunch collection , one being local the Harrogate Homeless Project and the other two international in nature being in Africa and one involving replacing kerosene lamps with solar lights.
Today’s Speaker was Mr Geoff Queen making his fifth visit to the Forum and whose topic was “Wild West Wanderings”. This was a fascinating account of his trip to Canada and more specifically British Columbia starting in Vancouver and via trains, boats and finally plane taking in places such as Victoria (state capital on Vancouver Island), Banff, Jasper, Prince Rupert and on into Alaska visiting Juneau and Skagway. His slide show shared some of the extraordinary scenery of the lakes, mountains including the Rockies and the fjord-like symmetry of the coast as well as the places visited and stopped at. An outstanding visit was to Butchart Gardens and his photograph captured it in all its glory. Travel particularly on the Rocky Mountaineer train appeared to be of high quality and vast distances were covered on this superb trip. The end of the talk drew some pertinent questions and comments from an obviously appreciative audience.
The Vote of Thanks was given by Tom Snelling on behalf of 38 attendees.
A reminder of the Christmas lunch nest Tuesday (16th) at Ascot House Hotel 12 for 1230 p.m. was given and the next formal meeting would be on Tuesday January 6th.
NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY