Report from the President
Madam Vice-President, members of the Executive at the head table,
members of the QCOSA New York Chapter, good afternoon.
It has been a privilege and a pleasure for me to serve as your
President this past year. Let
me thank the respective members of the Executive for your support in
allowing me to do what has given me great pleasure. I wish to thank you the members as
well for your contributions. I feel that I owe so much to Queen’s College
that anything I can do to further the “Tradition of Excellence”
established there is fulfilling.
Thank you all for this opportunity.
This past year, again we have been blessed with the Midas Touch
in that we were successful in all of our efforts. Our major fund-raising events
enjoyed success. Our
treasurer will attest to this in his financial report, I am sure.
The Holiday Party held December 14th , 2002,
at Nazareth High School was immensely successful both in terms of
attendees and surplus. A
great time was enjoyed by all who attended. We look forward to this year’s
event which will be held on December 13, 2003, again at Nazareth High
Our recently concluded Labor Day Weekend Jam on August
31st, 2003, co-hosted with BHS was also successful. It is obvious that this event is
growing faster than any of us ever imagined. We have to secure a bigger, more
suitable venue for future events.
We must begin our search immediately. We do seem to have a very large
number of patrons who wish to associate with us on Labor Day Sunday.
Our annual Easter Ball held on April 19th,
2003, while not rated as a major fund-raising effort did realize a surplus
despite our inability to attract the guaranteed minimum of patrons. All in attendance had a good
time. However, next year we
need to do better and increase our numbers.
Our Family Fun Day held Sunday, July 27th ,
2003, was our most successful to date in terms of members, families and
friends who came out to associate with us at Baisley Park. This too must continue, as it
seems to be increasing in popularity.
Vernley Ward Memorial Bursary:
Our Association was able to honor Ms. Ahiliyia Permaul as
the third recipient of the Vernley I. Ward Memorial Bursary. Once again the Ward family has
matched our contribution and this will be used to pay for Ahiliyia’s
second year at UG. We expect
to hear from Georgetown very soon with the announcement of the fourth
awardee who will receive the bursary at Speech Day. We also wish to acknowledge the
Ward Family for their continued support of this effort.
Contributions to QC:
This year, we agreed that our donations to QC would be in the form of
Audio-Visual supplies, and through the sterling efforts of our
Vice-President, Karen Wharton, we were able to provide Georgetown with
some supplies. This of course
was coordinated with our honorary member out of Guyana, Mrs. Shirley
Jackman. My tremendous
gratitude to you, Karen and to Shirley in her absence.
The Executive Committee met and had dinner with Mrs. Jackman (our honorary member) and her
husband, George while they were here in New York during the Christmas
season. They were most
Last June we were ably represented at the ICQC meeting held in
Washington, DC. This year,
the meeting will be held in Florida next month. This Chapter continues to show
support for ICQC and its efforts.
The past two years serving as your president have been both taxing and
rewarding and have weighed heavily in my decision not to seek nor accept a
nomination for another term.
Rather I will devote my fullest energy in support of whoever is my
successor. I pledge to share
the knowledge and experience I have gained while serving as Secretary and
as President. I will continue
to work hard to ensure the continued success of our Association.
Once again, thank you all for the opportunity to serve as your
president. I hope that I have
served you well.