Georgians

Who we are

An Old Boy of St. George's School is anyone who completed one full year as a student. There are approximately 6,000 Old Boys, with 160 added each year. The St. George's Old Boys' Association is a not-for-profit society, incorporated in 1950. We are independent of the School, but of course, we work closely with the other Boards on our common aims in support of St. George’s.
 

Objectives

Our primary objectives are to connect Old Boys with one another, and with the School, to provide mentoring opportunities, and to support the School.
 

Events

Some of the major Georgian social events that we organize each year are Reunion Weekend, the Annual Old Boys' Dinner, as well as various lunches, reunions, and receptions across the country and overseas. We also encourage Old Boys to come out to the numerous events hosted at the School, such as the Remembrance Day Service & Georgian Games, the Hamper Drive in December, the School Fair in May, and numerous sports events throughout the year.


Chapters & Social Networks

We have very active chapters that meet in Toronto, New York, London, and Hong Kong. We also have annual gatherings of Old Boys in Ottawa, Montréal, Victoria, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and a number of other cities. Online, Old Boys connect with us using LinkedIn and Facebook and keep up to date with our newly launched Georgian eNews, which goes out once a month.
 

Networking and Mentoring

Our extensive online database connects Old Boys in various fields for networking opportunities and mentoring. We support the annual Careers Day at the School for students to meet and ask Old Boys about their businesses and professions. This past year, we hosted the Dragons' Lair competition to encourage the students' entrepreneurial skills by having them present their business ideas to a judging panel of Old Boys. It was an enormous success, sure to develop into an annual event.
 

Goals

Our goals this year include increasing the number of Old Boys connected to the School in a meaningful way, assisting with the Boarding Program, to be involved with the Campus Master Planning process (in particular on issues such as preserving and displaying the School Archives), to build stronger ties with the alumnae at other independent schools, and to grow our involvement with all aspects of the School and the St. George’s community as a whole.
 

Get involved

The Old Boys Association is always looking for new ideas from our fellow Old Boys on how we could make improvements. If you would like to help us, so much the better – please contact me or Ian Yen, Head of Georgian Relations, at any time.

Paul Mitchell-Banks '78
President
St. George's Old Boys' Association

General Inquiries

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  • About the Old Boys' Association

    Origins

    Previously an informal group known as the Georgeians (original spelling), the alumni body was incorporated under the Society Act on January 17, 1950, under the name of The St. George's Old Boys' Association. In 2004, while keeping its legal name, the Association became known as The Georgians. Old Boys, as they are still commonly referred to, are also taking on the name of Georgians.

    Guardians of School Tradition

    So from where did the term "Georgian" come? Beneath the old stained-glass window of St. George in the Junior School chapel is a plaque that commemorates the lives and memories of those students and masters who gave their lives in service during WWII. Both the window and plaque were gifts presented to the School by the Old Boys Association.

    Over time, certain aspects of the School change, but its alumni body does not. As the guardians of School traditions, the St. George's Old Boys' Association recently restored one of the oldest – the Georgians name. While Old Boys will always be Old Boys, as Georgians they are much more. In ways the generic Old Boys name can't, the Georgians name links Georgians with the School's proud past.

    The Old Boys Today

    Today, the Old Boys are the foundation of the School. In fact, some might even say that the Georgians are the School. With more than 6,000 living alumni, the Georgians make up the largest constituency of the St. George's community. They span the globe in 42 countries. The Georgians are leaders in business, law, medicine, politics, and education, just to name a few professions. Moreover, they are leaders of their communities, who understand the importance of giving back.

    However, perhaps their most important achievements are the less tangible things in life: a sense of honour and duty, values of friendship and fraternity, and a strong moral character. These are the qualities that define a St. George's boy. Every day, Georgians around the world are living and leading by this example.

    As such, Georgians can look back to the School that helped shaped the men that they are today. They fondly recall friends, teachers, and others at Saints who had a profound impact on their lives. That is why year after year, Georgians return to the School that influenced them, and why they take a keen interest in what is currently happening at St. George's.

    Old Boy Involvement

    Many Old Boys are actively involved in the School, whether it is returning for Reunion Weekend, remembering the School's sacrifice in service of its country in the Second World War, coming out for the Old Boys' Annual Dinner, participating in the Stancombe Invitational Golf Tournament, and giving back financially to support their school.

    The School appreciates the vital role that the Georgians play in the greater St. George's community and it will continue to keep them informed and to actively engage them with School life.
     
  • The President of the Old Boys

    Paul Mitchell-Banks ‘78
    President
  • Old Boys' Board of Directors

    The St. George's Old Boys' Association is led by a dedicated and motivated team. The Directors are committed to furthering the interests of both the Association and the School.

    As per the Association's Bylaws, the Board consists of a maximum of 15 Members, who are either elected to a one-year term by the Association's Membership at its Annual General Meeting or, if there is a vacancy, may be appointed by a vote of the current Members of the Board.

    Executives, 2018 - 2019
    Paul Mitchell-Banks ‘78
    President

    Rodan Gopaul-Singh’88
    Vice President

    Zul Suleman ‘84
    Secretary

    Allan McGavin ‘04
    Treasurer

    Directors, 2018–19

    Stephen Millen ‘70
    John Weston ‘76
    Edward Chapman '77 
    Dirk Laudan ‘87
    Timothy Loh ‘88 (President of HK Chapter)
    Owen Cameron ‘99
    Tom Masterson ‘03
    Maxim Gotsutsov ‘03
    Robert McLean ‘04
    Devan Dass ‘12
    Matthew Lau ‘12
  • Past Presidents

    1936-1939 - Cooper Drabble '36
    1939-1941 - Robert A.D. Francis '37
    1941-1945 - B.O.W. Dryvynsyde
    1945-1946 - B.G. "Nip" Parker
    1946-1948 - Stanley Burke '40
    1948-1950 - William E. Whittall '40
    1950-1952 - F. Cameron Wilkinson '44
    1952-1954 - Archie L. St. Louis '44
    1954-1956 - Alan G. Creer '41
    1956-1958 - Donald H.C. Paterson '51
    1958-1959 - David R.L. Rolfe '49
    1959-1960 - Michael C. Simpkins '54
    1960-1961 - G. William Wooster '53
    1961-1962 - John L. McCarthy '52
    1962-1963 - J. Stuart Clyne '50
    1963-1964 - Ralph R. Brown '53
    1964-1965 - C. Thor Young '54
    1966-1967 - Douglas J. Fosbrooke '54
    1967-1968 - Timothy J. Douglas '65
    1968-1974 - John F.F. MacDougall '44
    1974-1976 - J.D. Barrie Stubbs '56
    1976-1978 - Christopher J.G. Barratt '59
    1978-1980 - Derek A.C. Simpkins '64
    1980-1982 - Mark R. Steven '68
    1982-1984 - Stephen C. Millen '70
    1984-1986 - Blakeney M. Lewis '74
    1986-1988 - Robert W. Hamilton '72
    1988-1990 - Peter R.B. Armstrong '72
    1990-1992 - Ronald L. Cliff '79
    1992-1994 - Robert S. Armstrong '81
    1994-1996 - Jock W. Craddock '76
    1996-1998 - Christian S. Owen '78
    1998-2000 - James R. Clay '87
    2000-2001 - G. Ross Waters '71
    2001-2002 - David G. Chambers '69
    2002-2003 - Michael A. Watt '83
    2003-2005 - Neil J.B. Menzies '82
    2005-2006 - Brian Soregaroli '84
    2006-2008 - A.G. (Alex) Tsakumis '84
    2008-2010 - D. Scott Lamb '79
    2010-2012 - Prentice Durbin '89
    2013-2014 - Michael A. Skene ‘85
    2015-2017 - Bruce Jackson ’78
    2017-2019 - Dirk Laudan '87
     
  • Strategic Plan

    Mission

    To inspire and strengthen the engagement of the St. George’s Old Boys’ Association with St. George’s School and of the Georgians with each other.

    Vision

    To be the pre-eminent mentorship, networking, and supporting constituency of
    St. George’s School.

    Goals

    1. The positioning of the St. George’s Old Boys’ Association

    Ensure that Georgians position the St. George’s Old Boys’ Association as an integral and vibrant part of the School as a whole by:
    1.a: Having the St. George’s Old Boys’ Association take a proactive role within the School.
    1.b: Encouraging Georgians to engage and take meaningful volunteer roles with the St. George’s Old Boys’ Association.
    2. Constituency Engagement

    The St. George’s Old Boys’ Association is the organization that holds Georgians together. As such, we will actively engage Georgians worldwide through effective communications and meaningful events by:
    2.a: Maintaining a relevant and accurate database.
    2.b: Communicating with the Georgians in a timely, effective, and sustained manner.
    2.c: Continuing to build and refine the “friendraising” aspect of Georgians events.
    2.d: Supporting the growth of Georgians Chapters where appropriate.
    2.e: Regularly reviewing and refining all existing and proposed events for relevancy and cost effectiveness for the audience at which they are aimed. If the program is not working, fix it or replace it in a timely manner.

    3. Community Support

    The St. George’s Old Boys’ Association must be seen as the organization in which Georgians support each other. This is through networking, mentoring, and supporting the School’s endowment. The St. George’s Old Boys’ Association will be a group whose members support each other, the School, and the boys, in particular by:
    3.a: Being vigilant in promoting and protecting our history and core values.
    3.b: Bringing the School and the Old Boys closer together through events, volunteering, networking, and mentoring.
    3.c: Building a Georgians component into specific School activities such as sporting events, the Annual Fair, etc. to encourage Old Boys to come out to these events and to bring their families as well.
    3.d: Establishing a physical presence within the School for the Old Boys and as a means of getting the Georgians’ message out to the School, students, staff, and the parents.
    4. Good Governance

    Build and strengthen the St. George’s Old Boys’ Association and the Georgians Board of Directors in particular through solid governance, outreach to the community as a whole, and building a profile within that community as a relevant and effective organization by:
    4.a: Building a succession plan and a recruiting plan for the Georgians Board by encouraging participation in the various committees as a stepping stone to the Georgians Board.
    4.b: Building a stronger voice throughout the St. George’s community.
    4.c: Establishing an ongoing review of the Constitution and Bylaws of the St. George’s Old Boys’ Association to ensure continued efficacy and relevancy.

    5. Philanthropy/Endowment

    We must engage the Georgians in the philanthropic goals of the School. Endowment is key to the success and sustainability of the School as clearly seen in the organizations of the most respected and successful schools worldwide. We will create a fundraising philosophy that reflects the goals of the School but carries a message specifically tailored to the Old Boys as well as to the various constituencies within the organization as a whole by:
    5.a: Creating a donor-centric giving program that encourages donations of time, talent, and treasure.
    5.b: Understanding that communication is key to the success of engaging the Georgians constituency.
    5.c: Establishing the criteria and timing for the position of Executive Director of the St. George’s Old Boys’ Association. As the philanthropic role and overall size and complexity of the St. George’s Old Boys’ Association grow, there will be the need for full time management of the organization.
  • Association Bylaws

    Constitution

    The activities of the St. George's Old Boys' Association and the business of its Board of Directors are governed by its bylaws.

    Officers and Directors

    The bylaws outline the process for electing the Board of Directors of the Association and for setting the maximum number of Directors at 15. The bylaws also dictate how the Executive of the Board - including the positions of President, Vice President(s), Treasurer, and Secretary - is elected.
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