CII Ball 2017 – Stoke-on-Trent

A photo from the CII Ball. Viv can be seen at the front in a vibrant red dress, sporting the President medallion. Other attendees gather around in black formal dresswear.
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By Georgina Bailey
Marketing Executive

On Friday 13th October the Stoke CII held there annual Ball at the Best Western Moat House in Festival Park. The Ball is a formal black tie event for those who are members of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Stoke-On-Trent, featuring representatives from a wealth of local insurance companies. The Annual Dinner consisted of a formal sit down dinner in the Moat House Ball Room, presentations from fantastic industry speakers, a disco and late night snacks and drinks.

The president for the CII in Stoke is Connect Insurance Brokers Director; Viv Gilroy. This will be her last Ball as president and will be stepping down when her term has finished ready to hand the reigns and running to someone else.

The Insurance Institute of North Staffordshire was founded on 15th February 1909. (It wasn’t until 1930 the institute changed its name to the Insurance Institute of Stoke-On-Trent.)

In the Post Magazine of March 6th 1909 it was reported that:

“At a meeting of insurance officials held at the Grand Hotel it was unanimously decided to form a local institute. Practically every eligible official in the district has agreed to be associated with the scheme, and the following were elected as officers for the first session, 1909-1910:”

  • President: Mr T Hartley (Royal)
  • Vice President: Mr A J Lodge (Ocean)
  • Hon Secretary: Mr E G Williams (Commercial Union)
  • Hon Treasurer: Mr B H Wedgwood (Central)

“The Institute held a supper and smoking concert at the same hotel. There was a good attendance and a very enjoyable evening was spent.”

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