I bumped into someone a couple of nights ago who I hadn’t seen for 35 years! He remembered me from the days when we belonged to a social group in one of the local towns.
So I got to reminiscing early this morning when I woke up (4.30am – again)!
35 years ago I’d just returned from living in France. I joined the social group for something to do. It wasn’t a very successful social group (in the wrong place and wrong town) – but it was part of a Nationwide network of about 250 groups – aimed at those in their 20s .
So a couple of us ended up opening a new one in the adjacent town. I ran it for the first year of its existence. During that time it became the first group – since the start of the group network (in 1942) – to win Best New Group and Best Group in the Country simultaneously (and looking at their website this morning – no group has done it since!). So a huge achievement. But not something I realised at the time. I don’t remember feeling I should take the credit. The credit was down to the entire team and the members.
But I must have an ability to inspire for us to have done what we did. I know we had a committee which worked tirelessly – in their own time – to promote the group, to inspire the members, to provide weekly, varied and interesting entertainment and to meet its annual charity commitment and I suppose it was that which got us the recognition. I must have done something right as ultimately it fell on my shoulders to ensure we all did what we needed to do.
And we had fun! I don’t think anyone saw it as a chore. We buzzed with enthusiasm! We won what ever local competition we entered. We always had a weekly report in the local newspaper. We had better banners, t-shirts, promotional leaflets than anyone else. We always set our goals incredibly high. Nothing was half-hearted or mediocre.
I know we were young and full of energy – which helps enormously – BUT
How come I forgot all this?