Our members were particularly delighted to welcome M. and Mme. Stanislas Ordody de Ordod among us at dinner in the Salon Pourpre at the Senate, attending on behalf of Balint Ordody de Ordod who was unable to join the festivities due to ill health. Along with Mme. Beatrix de Montgermont-Keil and Pierre-Christian Taittinger, Balint Ordody de Ordod was a founder member of ESU France in 1987. On his retirement to the Anjou region where he lives today, he was responsible for establishing the ESU in the Loire Valley, for which we owe him much gratitude.
The programme of events provided excellent opportunities for communication and for developing friendships with members from the 3 other French branches and from overseas. The ESU of the Commonwealth was represented by Lord Watson, Vice- President, and Sir Paul Boateng, Chairman, and his wife, Lady Janet Boateng. The Dartmouth House team was represented by Jane Easton, Director General, Melanie Aplin, Head of International Programmes and Cultural Exchange, and Gail Featherstone, Membership Officer. It was a personal pleasure to meet up with friends from the UK Liverpool Branch and the London Region Branch. Additionally there were many members from overseas present representing branches in Denmark, Finland, Georgia, Germany, India and the USA.