February 2012 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. Sincerely, John Shannon 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 www.stgeorgessociety.org 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 Society. 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, Chairman, VisitEngland • 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 NEWS FLASH 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.
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