President’s Message

Michael Dennison (2)

I have the honour and privilege this year of being the President of this wonderful society.  I first attended a function in 2005 for the Tartan Ball and have never looked back.  I’ve had some wonderful times since then and would encourage anyone to come simply for the fun that has an added bonus of making new friends, meeting old ones and raising money for charity all at the same time.

I’ve had a varied career and am currently a civil servant and have been for the past eight years.  I think I’m in the enviable position that I enjoy my job and I do look forward to going each day.  I’ve worked as a training consultant, trained for the priesthood, worked as an auxiliary nurse as well as many years working for Bradford Theatres.

I’m a widower (seems to be an old fashioned word these days) and have an eight year old Pomeranian called Gus who does me much good.  He gets me out of the house on a daily basis and keeps me on my toes.

At my first council meeting we were told that the Leeds Caledonian Society had closed its doors for the last time.  I remember the sadness in my heart that it had to close due to lack of members.  I would hate to see that happen to us.  As, they say, if you don’t use it, you lose it.  I’m glad to say that there’s been an increase in membership of late and long may it continue.  Here’s a link to our MEMBERSHIP FORM – please feel free to use it along with the standing order that takes away the fuss and bother of trying to remember your subscriptions each year.  Pass it onto your friends and get them to join – there’s strength in numbers!

The two charities I have chosen this year are the Alzheimer’s Society and The British Heart Foundation.  If you’ll pardon the pun, they’re both close to my heart as I’m sure they are to many of us.

I’m looking forward, very much, to an exciting year as President and seeing you at one of our many functions.  Come and introduce yourself when you see me – as together – we go from strength to strength.

Yours Aye,