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Ron Mackey

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I was told this too - by people who were sitting near me.
I can't pretend to understand all the undercurrents and political nuances
to which his theme alluded but he seemed to be following the theme -
but in some ways more directly - started in Bill Clements speech of
some years ago and the theme was inclusivity.
He called for all to be more welcoming and inclusive. For
instance he suggested that if you were throwing a party you invited all
the others on your corridor and not just your specific circle of friends.
As I say, I may have missed the point but that is the message
that came across to me. And I hope those who were there will agree
that that is what I try to do anyway.
One thing he tried which illustrates his attitude was to open up a
'Gathering Place' in a room close to the Dining Room so that those who
had not been invited to a specific party could drop in before Dinner and
be convivial with others in the same situation. Take your drink along,
meet some new people and go in to dinner with new friends.
If anyone else can tell me what was upsetting in his speech I'll
be glad to hear from them.

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