2011 – Annual Celebration
The Toast to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns was proposed by Jack Glennie, Past President, a speaker of international renown. It is the normal custom for the principal speaker at the Greenock Burns Club Annual Celebration to be invited from outwith the membership of the Club. Jack is therefore possibly the only Club member ever to be asked to propose the toast.
Unfortunately, Jack had a long term commitment on Burns Night, therefore, the Greenock Burns Club broke with tradition and held the Annual Celebration on 27th January 2011 in order that Jack would be able to propose the toast.
Jack gave one of the finest Immortal Memories the Club has ever heard.
As is customary,Jack was made an honorary member of the Greenock Burns Club and will serve the year as Honorary President.
There was another honour for Jack that evening. Jack had been made an Honorary Life Member of the Edmonton Burns Club in Canada and the members sent a plaque to mark the occasion. They also requested that The Greenock Burns Club make the presentation to Jack on their behalf.
The commemorative plaque was sent timeously by our Canadian friends but its arrival in Greenock was delayed due to HM Customs! A situation familiar to Jack who is a retired employee of H.M.Customs.
Not to be deterred, President David Roach made the announcement, which received the approbation of everyone present.
The plaque was eventually released from Jacks erstwhile colleagues at HM Customs and presented to him by President David Roach, in the presence of Mrs Glennie, Past President George Bryden, Senior Vice-President Margaret Dickson and Junior Vice-President Ian Skene.