Once again I thank all the members who dropped me a note after receiving my last Newsletter. A couple of members seem to have gained the impression that the Friendship Associations are no longer active. We are still a Worldwide Members’ Association. As we approach the end of 2021 it is heartening to see that the Associations have had a good year for membership renewals, with more members renewing their membership, thereby keeping their Serious Accident Emergency Travel Benefit in place. Remember, this very special benefit covers you, the Member, and your nominated loved ones in United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the USA. In the event of a serious accident that causes the party being in danger of demise, or sadly death to either you or your nominated partner, we will fly either you or them to the other on the first available flight. I am pleased to advise you that this benefit is underwritten by one of my UK companies. As you are aware we no longer make regular travel arrangements for our members in view of the fact that in recent years the airlines themselves have produced highly competitive fares on the internet and our travel company was not able to compete.
Christmas is almost upon us and while things are a little more relaxed this year than last year, many of you have not been able to realise your desires to see your family at this festive time. Let us hope that things will improve and we can enjoy the traditional family reunion next Christmas. I can see the time in the not-too-distant future when the Covid jab will be a routine exercise, like the flu jab we have been having for a number of years.
Dorothy and I will be spending Christmas at home, here in Jersey, and we will not have the pleasure of having family around us. We will probably watch a Christmas Service on television, have a normal lunch, and listen to the Queen’s Speech. All this interspersed with telephone calls from family overseas. I am sure many of you will be doing the same. We will raise a glass to you all and perhaps you might raise a glass to us! Father Christmas is bringing me a new set of bowls. I have my eye on a couple of trophies which I am planning to win next Summer. I will also be using the Summer to practise with the new bowls for the tour I am planning to lead to South Africa in February 2023. You might notice a worried look on my face in the photograph. I am wondering whether I will need a new set of bowls when the guarantee runs out in fifteen years’ time, 2036. I am hoping to still be in action then at the age of 108. I am pretty sure I will still be dropping you a line.
Dorothy and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy 2022.
Founder and International President