Speaker Meeting 24th July 2017

Annette Leon - The life and times of Annette

Church Wilne Rotary members welcomed Rotarian Annette Leon to its speaker meeting at the Royal Oak, Ockbrook on Monday 24th July whose talk was about her life.

Annette, who is also the first lady member of Church Wilne Rotary Club, was born in Dortmund, Germany during the Cold War. Her father was a master carpenter and her mum was a children and baby nurse.

She spoke about her auntie, who worked for the Ministry of Agriculture in East Germany, and how she and many others were the "Keeper of Secrets" which in fact was just a myth and in 1978 her auntie had to abolish all contact with the West otherwise she would loose her pension rights and be sacked immediately.

Annette spoke about her love for animals, after at a young age wanting to be an actress; she decided to become a vet. Before going to university she was an au pair in Staffordshire and remembers visiting Alton Towers when it was just a castle and a few roundabouts. She then studied for 2 years at Weihenstephan University waiting for a place at a veterinary school and then studied at the Unnerstat Erlangen near Nuremberg.

President Adrian with Annette Leon and Mick Barker

Annette married in 1990 and moved to England, where her children were born and they settled in the Settlement in Ockbrook in 2007.

Three years ago she found the love of her life in California and in October 2016 she married George in Las Vegas.

Rotary has become very much part of Annette's life and she thanked her fellow members for making her so welcome as a member of the Rotary Club of Church Wilne.

The club's vote of thanks was given by Mick Barker who said she had enjoyed a checkered and most interesting life and it was his privilege to thank the first lady member of the Church Wilne Rotary Club.

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings, events and the main activities organised by our club please contact our Secretary, Mick White at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Ray Terry
For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne

10th July 2017


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