National IRO

INTERNATIONAL OFFICER - PETER GOOD

Hi all, it is a great honour to be ambassador for 41 Club GB&I.

I always enjoyed international Tabling and now I am enjoying my role as IRO for 41 Club which is allowing me to fulfill an ambition I have had for many years.

When I was 18 I worked my gap year at college in Holland, this is where I started to be interested in mixing with people from around the world. My friends there came from Norway, Germany, Hungary, Iceland and, of course, there is always an Irish contingent everywhere in the world.

I joined Table as soon as I finished college and when I was in the Chair I took my Club on their first International trip. We cycled to Amsterdam on a sponsored ride to raise money for Children in Need. From then on, Ashby went on a trip abroad every year raising funds as we did. We also twinned with a club in France in my year as Chairman, visiting each other alternately on a yearly basis.

On a Sunday night a few of us would meet in our local pub for the last hour of drinking and put the world to rights. One night in 1990 it was on the news that Ceausescu had been overturned in Romania and there were the horrible sights of the poor children in the orphanages, so we said let's get out there and help.

The following Friday, 5 of us and another 5 volunteers of different trades boarded a BA flight from Heathrow. There were only 12 passengers on the plane, 10 of us and 2 Romanians going home. The crew thought we were mad as there was still shooting on the streets. We arrived at 11pm to find the city in darkness. We found the Number 6 orphanage with its 100 children and we took over and ran it for 13 years before we handed it back to the authorities. It was a very moving experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. I was proud to have done it and I am still in touch with some of the "Kids" who have now grown up and have children of their own.

Five of us also clubbed together to put one very bright girl through university. She is now a company accountant still in Romania, which is one thing we encouraged them to do, to stay in their country and make it a better place.

I intend to visit as many countries as possible in my three years in office. I would also if possible like to get involved in some community work overseas in some way.

Over the past 10 years my wife Lesley and I have already visited a number of 41 AGMs around Europe.

We have also done a lot of international travel around the world for holidays as we both love seeing different cultures. We have worked hard to be able do this and now feel privileged to represent internationally an organisation that I am passionate about: "41 Club GB&I".