Greetings! Here we are well into another New Year. How time flies or should I say tempus fugit?
It is almost 4 years since it was mooted I may become President. Now, almost 4 months have passed since I was installed as the 85th president on 16 November 2013 with a speech in my pocket.
I enjoyed a pre-dinner drink in the Memorial Hall and was amazed to see my name had been added to the list of Presidents in gold letters – just like Wimbledon!
The winter reunion was very enjoyable and it was good to see you all again. Thanks must go to the Principal, Jackie, for accommodating us in the Duckering Hall despite building works.
News has broken that Jackie will leave Collyers at the end of this academic year. As Jackie will have departed by the time I write my valedictory message, I wish to give my very best wishes now and praise for her leadership and the consistently high performances achieved by her students. The O.C.A will lose a loyal supporter but hopefully gain an Old Collyerian.
Soon I will take up some of the presidential tasks. I look forward to taking the chair at our first committee meeting of the year and later attending the Mercer's luncheon in London.
I have two ambitions during my year.
To complete the banner which has graced our last two reunions.
To increase our membership.
Yet another President makes this an appeal in particular to our young students. It will be another way to keep in touch and meet up with the friends made at Collyers. The O.C.A will be pleased to receive and publish your news.
To the older members I would ask if you know of any Old Collyerians who have lapsed membership or some who may consider joining us. Please canvas them. This is vital if our association is to survive.
Finally, I look forward to our summer reunion dates given in this newsletter and send every good wish to you all for better weather and a lovely Spring and Summer.