Dear Fellow Members and Friends of St. George's Society:
I am pleased to introduce our first e-newsletter of 2012, which I hope
you will enjoy reading. I would draw your attention to two articles in
particular, one announcing the recipient of the Society's Medal of Honor
in 2012, Bob Diamond, Chief Executive of Barclays PLC; and the other
describing a meeting of the GEORGE Ambassadors. Both will make an
impact on the Society in 2012. In looking back on 2011 and all that was achieved it is very apparent
that the Society could not function as it does without the hard work of its members and staff. I
want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your dedication and support. I am very proud of
St. George's and it is a real honor to serve as its Executive Director. We have some exciting things
to look forward to in 2012. After the English Ball in May there will be celebrations marking The
Queen's Diamond Jubilee in June, a Remembrance Day observance in November, and a host of
other social activities for members and friends. Speaking of members and friends, I am also
pleased to announce that the Society has acquired a donor database management program called
ResultsPlus. One attractive feature is that dues can be invoiced on the anniversary of the month of
joining. A great majority of members traditionally renew their memberships in January and those
invoices have been mailed. (Thank you to those who have already renewed.) But others joined at
different times during the year and now will be billed 12 months after joining. Lastly, feel free to
contact me with ideas or suggestions of worthy activities for the Society. And if you are interested
in becoming more active, we are also seeking to add members to the operating committees.
Executive Director & Almoner
St. George's Society of New York
2012 ENGLISH BALL TO HONOR
BARCLAYS CHIEF EXECUTIVE BOB DIAMOND
Bob Diamond, Chief Executive of Barclays PLC, will receive the St.
George's Society's Medal of Honor at its annual English Ball on
Tuesday 8 May at the Plaza in New York. Held to celebrate England's
patron, St. George, as well as Anglo-American amity, the Ball is also
the Society's major fundraiser with proceeds going directly to support
its charitable programs.
Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in retail
banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth management with an
extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. A native of Concord,
Massachusetts, Mr. Diamond received a BA in Economics from Colby College and an MBA from the
University of Connecticut, where he ranked first in his class. Prior to joining Barclays in 1996, he
held senior positions at CS First Boston and Morgan Stanley International and his external
affiliations include Colby College, Old Vic Productions, Plc, The Mayor's Fund for London, Judge
Business School at Cambridge University, The Diamond Family Foundation, British-American
Business Council, The Council on Foreign Relations; and The Atlantic Council.
The Medal of Honor was established by St. George's Society in 1996 to recognize those who have
rendered exemplary service to British interests and/or the international community at large. It has
been presented ever since at the Society's major annual fundraiser. The event in 2011 honored
Burberry's Chief Executive, Angela Ahrendts, and raised almost $600,000. Other distinguished
recipients include Mark C. Pigott, OBE, Chairman and CEO of PACCAR; Sir Terry Leahy, former Chief
Executive of Tesco; Sir John Rose, former Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce; Louis V. Gerstner, KBE,
former Chairman and CEO of IBM; and Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times.
DIRECTOR OF MARGARET THATCHER CENTER SPEAKS AT
242ND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Society held its 242nd Annual General Meeting on Monday
23 January 2012 at the Colony Club in New York City. Reports
highlighting the Society's strength and vitality were presented
by John C. Harvey; President, Stephen Storen, Treasurer; Paul
Beresford-Hill, MBE, Secretary; John Shannon, Executive
Director; and Melissa M. Gibbs, Chairman of the Beneficiaries
Committee. Past President Natalie T. Pray proposed the slate
of members to hold office in 2012 and all were elected
unanimously. The meeting was followed by a reception and a
dinner at the Club, where Steve Alchus, LMSW, interim Social
Worker, presented how the Society's help makes a real
difference to its beneficiaries. An example is 15 year-old Chloe H., whose British parents brought
her to New York for cancer treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering. As Chloe's parents could not
work here legally and had expended all their savings on Chloe's medical expenses, the family lived
at Ronald McDonald House and the Society paid for Chloe's health insurance and provided an
allowance for groceries. Last December Chloe's father was hired by a company in Boston, which
will get him a work permit, and the family moved there in January. Better yet, Chloe's scans came
back clear and her future looks bright. They are very grateful for the Society's invaluable help in
their time of greatest need.
The final speaker was Dr. Nile Gardiner (as pictured above), Director of the Margaret Thatcher
Center for Freedom, based in Washington, DC who served as an aide to the former British Prime
Minister. Dr. Gardiner spoke about the importance of the special relationship between the United
States and the United Kingdom, as well as Britain's role in Europe and the European Union. One
observer said "it was current and cutting edge." View photos of the event at
RECORD RESULTS FOR 2011 PRESIDENT'S APPEAL
The 2011 President's Appeal set an all-time record, raising a total of
$47,987, well over what was budgeted ($35,000) and more than
twice what the Appeal realized in 2010 ($23,000). The exceptional
result is due to several very generous gifts, some of which were
matched in part or totally by their employers. The President's
Appeal is an annual tradition timed to coincide with the holiday
season and serves to raise additional critically-needed funds for the
Society's beneficiaries. "The response to last year's Appeal was
most gratifying," stated John C. Harvey (pictured left), Society
President. "It shows clearly that individual members do believe in
the work of our Society and I want to express my sincere
appreciation and gratitude for their generosity." Another record
set in 2011 was the total spent on direct charity, including stipends,
emergency grants, burials, and social work: the total came to
$750,000. Along with annual dues and income from meetings and activities, the President's Appeal
is one of the largest sources of revenue for the Society.
GEORGE AMBASSDORS MEETING WITH BRITISH CONSUL-GENERAL
GEORGE is the St. George's Society's brand for
vibrant, dynamic professionals from Britain and the
Commonwealth, plus their American friends, offering
the opportunity for this community to celebrate
their joint heritage whilst helping fellow nationals.
GEORGE hosts a variety of British themed events,
such as Pancake Day and Bonfire Night, where guests
can network and meet like-minded people.
Danny Lopez, British Consul-General in New York, hosted a GEORGE Ambassadors meeting at the
residence on 10 January. The evening started with a screening of a video that was produced for
the 2011 English Ball telling the story of the Society, with clips of beneficiaries and scholarship
recipients. Following this, Rich Sexton, Lead Ambassador for GEORGE and the Society's Second
Vice President, reviewed the mission of GEORGE, and the Ambassadors' goals for 2012, which
included producing a series of regular networking events and recruiting new members for the
GEORGE launched last March onboard British destroyer HMS Gloucester, hosted by the then
British Consul-General, Sir Alan Collins. Its first fundraiser, 'The Royal Wedding Bash' in April,
celebrating the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, was a huge success raising $30,000
in the British-themed auction and appearing on Lou Dobbs Tonight and in The Telegraph. We hope
to exceed that figure at the annual fundraiser this year to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen
Elizabeth II on June 7. GEORGE has made great progress since it was launched, ending the year
with over 270 people networking at its Bonfire Night event and recruiting over 50 new members
for the Society. If 2012 is to be anything like 2011 then we can look forward to another banner
year of GEORGE. Bravo, GEORGE!
THE ST. GEORGE'S ARCHIVES - A REPORT FROM TAMAR ZEFREN
During 2011 Tamar Zefren studied the Society's old
records and documents to determine how they should
be organized. In her own words: At the request of
Executive Director John Shannon, over the past several
months I have been involved with organizing, labeling,
arranging, and describing the Society's archives which
are stored in the office.
Building upon the excellent efforts of Assistant Historian
Carol Stokes, who crafted a detailed inventory, I conduct
the following steps when working with the Society's
archives: review all of the archival files in the office,
discard duplicates, encapsulate fragile materials (such as acidic newspaper clippings) in separate
holders for preservation purposes, house documents in clearly-labeled acid-free folders and boxes,
and develop an arrangement scheme for the various types of documents which appear in the files
(e.g. "Presidents' Correspondence," "Special Events," such as St. George's Day). In addition to the
labels on the folders and boxes, more extensive information regarding content, format, dates, and
preservation condition, as well as any documents of particular note, is entered into a
comprehensive Excel spreadsheet which the Executive Director will have, and which is intended to
serve as a basic reference guide to the Society's holdings.
I would like to thank John for his enthusiasm for the project, as well as all of the intrepid St.
George's staff with whom I have discussed it, and who have demonstrated tremendous
enthusiasm for its potential to showcase St. George's crucial work in new ways to familiar and
unfamiliar audiences alike. Especially in light of the Society's upcoming (and astounding!) 250th
anniversary in 2020, there is tremendous potential for these archives among other possible uses,
to be utilized in a physical or virtual exhibit, to form the basis of a historical article in one of the
Society's publications, and to compellingly illustrate the relationships and collaborations St.
George's has developed through the years with an impressive array of British cultural, welfare, and
philanthropic organizations in the US and the UK.
Members--or relatives of members--should be urged to consider whether they have any items (in
a variety of formats: paper, photograph, artifact, and so on) which might be of interest to the
Society and then to contact the office. A comprehensive archive will be of great value in
disseminating and sustaining St. George's impressive and enduring legacy.
VALENTINE'S OFFERS FOR MEMBERS
414 HOTEL a boutique hotel located in the heart of
midtown Manhattan, is offering St. George's members a
special daily rate of $115 plus taxes for a room with Queen
Bed including breakfast and Wi-Fi for the following dates in
February: 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th and 15th. In addition, on
Valentine's Day itself, there will be complimentary wine
available for guests from 5pm to 6.30pm.
LONDON CANDY COMPANY Why not treat your loved one
to a heart shaped box of Prestat truffles or other sweet
indulgences from this boutique British confectioner on the
Upper East Side where members get 15% off their entire purchase?
Please contact Anna.Titley@stgeorgessociety.org for details of how to redeem these offers.
2012 ST. GEORGE'S ACTIVITIES - A SAMPLING OF PLANNED ACTIVITIES
• Monday 13 February - BritArts Event featuring Michael Grandage, CBE, and Mark Brokaw
• Tuesday 21 February - GEORGE Pancake Day Cocktails
• Wednesday 29 February - Captain's Knock Rugby Legends Dinner (Sold Out)
• Wednesday March 7 - An overview of Diamond Jubilee events by Viscountess Cobham,
• Wednesday 21 March - A Musical Feast in the Palaces of the Georgian Era, concert by the
Gotham Early Music Scene, co-sponsored with American Friends of Georgian Group and
Colonial Dames of America.
• Thursday 29 March - Joint event with Royal Oak Foundation featuring Anne Sebba, author
of "That Woman" about Wallis Warfield Simpson
• Monday 9 April - BritArts event with League of Professional Theater Women
Our very own Jim Dale, MBE is currently appearing on Broadway in Road To Mecca.
Visit www.broadway.com/shows/road-mecca/ for ticket information.