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Old Roedeanians from across the generations attended the annual AGM at the Lansdowne Club in Mayfair this week, followed by a delicious dinner and a lively and inspiring debate.
The ORA AGM held mixed emotions. President Sasha Glynn (No.1, 1980-87) stepped down from her Presidential duties after four years of incredibly devoted service. Sasha noted that during her tenure she has corresponded directly with over 1200 ORs; quite an achievement given that she is famous for her extraordinary knack of never forgetting a name or face! She will continue to serve the ORA Committe in a new networking role.
Congratulations were in order for new President Annie Sheaf (Clowes, No.2, 1968-74) who was subsequently elected (above). Annie is an OR and current parent, who has supported the ORA for many years, including chairing the 125 anniversary ball committee in 2011.
After dinner, the ‘Who Wears the Trousers’ debate commenced, the topic of which was emotional health - “The balancing act – is it possible to keep everything in the air and not feel like a clown?”
The panel was made up of a variety of ORs. Seema Sharma (Bahal, No.1, 1983-85) chaired the debate, with panel members Rosalind Adler (Ashley, No. 4, 1965-71), Ranjana Appoo (Choudhuri, No.4, 1985-88), Alexandra Rock (Idreos, No. 4, 1974-82), Benita Refson OBE (Ronson, No.1, 1960-64) and Sue Cornish (Wawn, No. 2, 1972-77) providing inspiring answers, drawing from their experiences of life and careers, often at times conveying deeply honest and personal messages.
Questions from the floor included ‘How do women find their voice in a world full of men?’ and ‘When was the last time you said ‘no’ to something?’ Current ORA Scholar Grace Sorrell asked the panel ‘You are what you eat. How true is this today?’
Lois Johnson, ORA Membership Secretary, said
What a fantastic event, what inspirational speakers. Food for thought indeed!
Many thanks to the organising committee for planning such an enjoyable event.
Images: Thanks to Daisy at Downe Productions