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 Georgeian 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 Georgians Today
Today, the Georgians are the foundation of the School. In fact, some might even say that the Georgians are the School. With over 4,800 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.
Many Georgians 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 Georgians' 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.
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.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.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.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.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.