What a fabulous showing from Society members last night at the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto for our “Monthly Member Mixer”. About a dozen members attended last evening and chatted with old friends. Especially encouraging was three of my fellow Committee of Management (COM) members (Ishrani Jaikaran, Sandra Comisarow, and Robert Baines) were able to make an appearance as this adds to the amount of engagement and feedback that COM can get from these informal gatherings.
My chat with Society member George Chabrol (also from the Order of St. George) was really encouraging as we may be putting together a joint event around St. George’s Day (April 23, 2017). With the Order of St. George having a military connection and our own President’s Appeal to Wounded Warriors Canada to coincide with the Invictus Games Toronto 2017, we think the event may be a black tie fundraiser. As you know Jo-Anne Clafton is also generously matching all donations to Wounded Warriors Canada and assured me last night that this pledge still stands. Thank you, Jo-Anne.
Deep conversations (pardon the pun) led to discussions regarding The St. George’s Society Legacy Fund and the Sociey’s burial ground at St. James Cemetery and Crematorium. Our Legacy Fund process needs to be highlighted in the work the Society does so it is more accessible and our burial ground policies are being revisited by the Heritage Committee over the next several months.
The Society website will have another upgrade next week as we restore our donations page and membership application/renewal page, both featuring online payments. Your Committee of Management passed a motion at the last COM meeting to align the membership year to our fiscal year (September 1 to August 31). For those renewing outside of this new membership year, we will be using a prorated method to ensure that members are not overpaying. This alignment will facilitate administration and accounting. More details to come regarding the Society’s new website.