BNI Clerkenwell meeting, May 3, 2012

BNI Clerkenwell meeting, May 3, 2012

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Fifteen years and going strong: a great 10 minute presentation, lots of referrals, and a sad farewell. All in a morning’s meeting at BNI Clerkenwell.

The room was abuzz with business before this week’s meeting, with members welcoming and getting to know the guests and subs visiting the Chapter. We were graced by a visit from BNI director Laura Hurren as well. Laura brought special badges recognising two founder members of the Chapter, Howard Graham and Peter Callomon, who have now been members for 15 years. Laura promised that Michael Strelitz, another 15 year member, will receive his badge soon…

Pre-meeting (when all the really important stuff happens), Ali chats to visitor Jane

 

Ian chats to visitor Karen

 

Chandra chats to VIP visitor Laura

 

and Carol chats to John

 

The meeting is just about to begin, and Lina and Ali are already having a great time

 

Chapter Director David Miles presents the Notable Networker certificate to John Brandler in acknowledgement of his contributions to the Chapter and his fellow members (grip and grin photo courtesy of Charles Gervais)

 

Laura brought special badges, presented by Chapter Director David Miles, for our 15-year members (Howard Graham, Peter Callomon, and soon for Michael Strelitz)

 

“Grip and Grin” is photographer jargon, here is another example (thanks David and Peter for demonstrating so effectively)

 

Anuschka Fritz announced that this would be her last meeting. She’s moving back to Germany after many years in the UK. Anuschka will leave behind a legacy of great web design, merciless time-keeping during the 60 second presentations, and chocolate, lots of chocolate. We’ll miss you Fritzie!

 

The members’ 60 second presentations were excellent, as usual, with Quentin Bargate making a particular impression on two of our visitors (and feeling pretty good about it after)

 

Smiling as always, Simon Manuel enjoys his fellow members’ presentations

 

Chandra Sharma runs through the Membership Coordinator’s report

 

Laura Hurren is looking for business people in Rome for BNI chapters there

 

The John Magee Silver Tongue award is given back to David Miles by Howard Graham. David was specific in his requests for business contacts (echoing Laura Hurren’s informative Network Education presentation on making sure you give your fellow Members enough information to be able to refer ¬†you effectively to their business circles)

 

It’s not all business at Clerkenwell, the pastry plate makes its rounds

 

Lina Christodoulou of Christo Print and design gave an excellent 10 minute presentation. Prior to speaking, she said that she was quite nervous, but a vast array of beautifully printed materials saw her through in fine style, and she made a great impression on the Members and visitors.

 

Referral time, and Howard gets a Mexican Wave from the Members for a precedented (by him) but still impressive 10 referrals (or was it 11?)

 

15 year member!