A summary of the ORA Annual General Meeting and Reception by ORA President, Mary Henderson (No.3, 1971-76)
The ORA AGM was held on Monday 3rd
February at the Caledonian Club, SW1 from 6 - 8pm. While the numbers attending were lower than in recent years, we were delighted to welcome some new attendees.
Ginny Stephen (de Trense, No.3, 1954-60), out-going President of the ORA, gave a report on the last year and thanked the ORA Committee for their hard work and support over her four-year term of office. She was delighted to announce that the ORA Committee, at its meeting on 20th
January, in accordance with the ORA Constitution, had elected Mary Henderson (No.3, 1971-76) to be the new President of the ORA, her appointment taking effect at the AGM. Mary Henderson then thanked Ginny for all her work and achievements during her term as the 44th
President of the ORA and was delighted to present her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers on behalf of the Committee and members of the ORA.
As well as the usual business of the AGM, there were several additional presentations on matters of current interest and relevance to members of the ORA. Noëlle Chase (Thompson, No.4, 1970-75) gave a report on the ORA Heritage Projects and encouraged any ORs interested in further information to get in touch with her by email email@example.com
. Vivien Smiley (Paulson-Ellis, No.2, 1988-93) and Emma Lewis (No.1, 1978-86), both members of the Council Working Group, delivered an update on the implementation of Council’s Resolution on the re-instatement of Governorships for post 2004 Leavers. Grace Chaston, Head of Alumnae Relations at the School, gave the AGM more information and answered questions about the Roedeanian Society and how it was working in joint partnership with the ORA. Finally, Roger Sanders, Chair of Council updated the attending ORs on the latest developments and successes at the School.
Afterwards, the ORA held a prosecco and canapés Reception in the Library and were very glad that as well as Roger Sanders and Grace Chaston, other non-members of the ORA, Sophie Osborne from the Roedeanian Office, Anne Whitaker, former Chair of Council, Cecilia Oram, former Council Member, and John Fawcett-Ellis, former Clerk of Council were able to attend.