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Honorary Secretary's report, OPA(E) AGM 2019
The Old Paulite Association is proud to present the First GODDARD MEMORIAL LECTURE
Gerry Elloy takes over as Hon. President of the OPA(E)
"We are delighted to inform members and friends that Old Paulite Gerry Elloy is taking over the Hon President's role from Joe Hammond from the New Year onwards. As many are aware, Gerry's father Malcolm was a master at St Paul's for many years, latterly as Headmaster. His mother Nora was also a teacher in the Junior School and the school's organist in chapel.
Gerry Elloy, elder son of Malcolm and Nora, was a pupil at St. Paul’s School from 1951 to 1963. He completed his Senior Cambridge in 1962 and remained on to do the first year of Higher School Certificate in 1963. When his parents retired to Sussex, England, at the end of 1963, Gerry continued his schooling at Hove Grammar School doing A Levels. He then went to The City University, London, where he studied Aeronautical Engineering. On graduation he joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) on a Short Service Commission. Basic officer training was followed by an Applied Engineering Course at RAF College, Cranwell. He completed his service at RAF Coltishall, Norfolk, working as an Engineering Officer on a Lightning Fighter Aircraft Squadron. Following his service, he moved to Sussex with his wife Betty and went into a career in Flight Simulation, working in several design roles and finally retiring after several years as the Flight Team Leader, responsible for all aspects of Flight Systems in the Flight Simulator Manufacturing and Support lifecycle. Gerry and Betty retired to Leicestershire in 2014 to be nearer their daughter Marianne who is Consultant Surgeon.
We are grateful not only to Gerry for agreeing to become our next Hon President but also to Joe Hammond to whom we owe an enormous debt of gratitude for undertaking this role over the past few years and prior to that acting as Hon Secretary. Joe's interest, enthusiasm and indefatigable efforts in all matters relating to the School are unsurpassed, especially in more recent times in the promotion of Vision 2023 in which he is a key player. Fortunately for us,after relinquishing this role, Joe has agreed to continue to be available to us for help and guidance when requested to do so."
Secretary's report 2019
David Medland writes:
"Whilst rummaging through some old Old Paulite paraphanalia and papers, I came across a speech that I gave at the Farewell Dinner in 1964 on behalf of those leaving the School that year and my School autograph book.
I attach (a) the transcript of the speech and (b) some 'Pearls of wisdom and advice' from Masters,senior boys and friends/schoolmates extracted from my autograph book which I hope may be of interest to members! Quite erudite at times!"
St Paul’s School as it approaches 200 years... Vision 2023
We have a number of copies of the Paulite Forever Souvenir Brochure available for sale still at a cost of £33.75 each, including postage
THE DARJEELING CHILDREN and Old Paulites[...]
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I am attaching the revised Rules of the OPA(E) to replace the ones that we have under the link OPA(E) committee, together with the updated membership table to replace the one we have under the link Matters Arising.
Please view the attached letter from me to members dated 25 October 2014 relating to a few matters that I was asked to do at our recent meeting.
Dear Old Paulites and friends
I attach the second notice and attendance form for our OPAE Reunion Lunch and AGM to be held on Saturday 28 June 2014.This year, we have asked Paul Whittle of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society (the DHR) to give us a short presentation on current developments at the DHR, about which most of us have such fond memories of. I hope that as many of you as possible can make it to the Reunion lunch this year.
Regarding our Annual Registration and Subscriptions for 2014/15, many of you have responded to my requests to renew your membership for the year beginning 1st April 2014. For those who have not, may I please implore you to do so as a matter of urgency. As you know,the Annual subscription for this year remains at £20, and methods of payment have been sent to you earlier. The forms can also be downloaded from our website. As mentioned in previous notifications, it is very time consuming sending chasing letters to Members in this respect.
Finally, I also attach a note relating to the proposed forthcoming event "Paulite Forever" to be held at the School in Darjeeling on 30, 31 October 2014 and 1 November 2014 which Old Paulite, Souri Misra (who is on the PF Celebration Committee for the event), has asked me to draw to the attention of OPA(E) members. The event is a celebration of the move of the School from Kolkata to Jalapahar, Darjeeling, 150 years ago (the School is now 191 years old!) and promises to be a real humdinger of an event coupled with meeting old school friends at the School itself
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Reunion lunch
With best wishes,
Please have a look at the menu for this year's Annual Lunch...
We have received a limited amount of OPA memorabilia in the UK which will be on display at the OPA(E) Reunion lunch-
ties, cravats, key chains and mugs, all £5 each and the tea shirts, £10 each.
The OPA(E) has initially reserved a table for ten persons at the forthcoming Himalayan Hill Schools Reunion event, details of which are given on our website. Should any member wish to attend, please contact either David Medland or Ken Pearce to co-ordinate our attendance, please.