Our President welcomed 37 members to the meeting. We heard an account of the interesting speakers heard at the SEFWI AGM. Seating plans for our birthday lunch at Waveney House Hotel next month were made available. Members were reminded that stamps for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf need to be cut from the envelope with scissors (not torn off) to be useable. Our animated speaker then gave an account of 'Carnival time in Venice', illustrating his talk with both views of Venice itself and pictures of the detailed and elaborate costumes and masks worn by people of many different nationalities for the Carnival.