Dark Blues Club Climbs Everest

Dk Blues Everest 1At the Dark Blues Club meeting on Monday 19th January 2015 Roger Owen gave a thrilling account of his preparation and assent to the summit of Mount Everest. In doing so he discovered the plight of the Sherpa people and, with his team mates, has raised over £700,000 for his charity “Supporting Sherpa Children”.

Roger (right) is pictured being welcomed by Martin Peters (left), the leader of the Berkshire Freemasons.

With such a high profile speaker, it was decided to widen the audience to include guests. This had the advantage of bringing the Dark Blues Club to the attention of an audience outside of Freemasonry and showing the breadth of interest that Freemasonry covers in its objective “To help the Community”.

Dk Blues Everest 3There was a very good sized audience which included many family groups and the talk, illustrated by dramatic views, was light hearted and received with rapt attention. A question and answer session and a two course hot buffet supper followed making the evening an informal and enjoyable occasion.



Comments received about the evening include:

From a guest: “Yesterday evening at the Flavell Suite felt quite special. Not only was it the first time (apparently) that the Dark Blues Club had opened its doors to non-masonic persons but we also heard an uplifting story of a man’s (Roger Owen) journey to the summit of Everest and the Charity that has been started for the education of the Sherpa children. Quite amazing. We had a very pleasant meal, served on this occasion as a buffet which worked very well. Perhaps an idea for the future for less formal events?”

From a member: “What a super evening my wife, Sonia, and I enjoyed at the Dark Blues Club on Monday 19th January. Roger Owen gave a first class talk on his way up to the summit of Mount Everest, some feat, phew! More of these type meetings will, I am sure, be well received. Good company and food made for a happy evening out”

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