VCB Old Girls Association
Aims of the Association
To unite Victorians in a common bond, to keep them in touch with their Alma Mater, and to provide opportunities for social intercourse.
VCB Old Girls attend Annual Arrellian Lunch
The Arellian Association hosted their Annual Lunch on the Richmond site on Saturday 13th October.
Carolyn McGrath, President of the Arellian Association, presented Ms Slevin with an Arellian brooch to mark her retirement, paying tribute to the support given by Ms Slevin to their Association during her time as Headmistress. Mrs Karen Quinn, the newly appointed Headmistress was warmly welcomed to her first Arellian event.
VCBOGA Chair, Carolyn Lewis, and Honorary Secretary Jennifer Mussen were delighted to be the guests at the event.
Lunch was excellent and the chat continued well into the afternoon.
VCBOGA - Autumn Event
Save The Date - Saturday 17th November
VCBOGA Autumn Event - Afternoon Tea and Tour at Montalto House, Ballynahinch.
Further information will be posted on the Victoria College Website in September.
*** V.C.B.O.G.A. 2018 DINNER ***
Friday 27th April at Belvoir Park Golf Club
The 102nd Old Girls’ Spring Reunion
Belvoir Park Golf Club was the setting for the VCBOGA 2018 Spring Reunion.
On Friday 27th April 110 Ladies enjoyed the beautiful location, an excellent meal and great conversation. Ms Slevin attended and the Arellians were represented by their current President Carolyn McGrath and former President Jenny Watson.
Chair, Carolyn Lewis welcomed Old Girls from 30th, 40th and 50th Anniversary years, some of whom had travelled long distances to attend.
Everyone agreed that it was a very successful event.
Joining the association
One urgent priority is to bank the e-mail addresses of as many of our members as possible and we are working on a way to ensure these are logged and news can be issued efficiently. For that reason we would be extremely grateful if you could complete the form opposite.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The AGM was held in the Library on Monday 20th February 2017. A pleasing attendance agreed to adopt the newly revised Constitution ( see webpage). Following the retirement of Betty Kerr after 55 years of service to the Old Girls, a new structure has been put in place.
There were elections for the newly created posts.
Chair Carolyn Lewis
Deputy Chair Barbara Callender
Treasurer Ashleigh Keatings-Hunter
Assistant treasurer Amy Green
Secretary- membership Linda Diffin
Secretary – administration Jennifer Mussen
Events Co-ordinator Patricia Moorhead
Deputy events co-ordinator Sharon Henderson
Committee Member Sharon Henderson
Committee member Barbara Farris
Committee member Jennifer Breene
Committee member Margaret McVeigh
Honorary positions have been granted to: Betty Kerr - Emeritus Honorary Secretary and Margaret Andrews – Emeritus Honorary President, in recognition of their service to V.C.B.O.G.A.
In a welcome move all girls who have attended Victoria College are now deemed to be Old Girls and no fees will be charged in future. This will apply to staff who have served in the College too.
After 25 years of service as Treasurer Barbara Farris has stepped down . Under her meticulous accounting skills the bank balance is healthy. With e-mails we do not plan to post in future and the funds will be maintained by our new Treasurer, Ashleigh.
From top left to bottom right
Carolyn Lewis is the new Chair of the Old Girls. She was elected to serve for two years at the recent AGM. Carolyn looks forward to welcoming you at future events.
Carolyn Lewis Chair of VCBOGA, Linda Diffin Membership Secretary, Barbara Callender Deputy Chair.
Jennifer Mussen- Administration secretary and Linda Diffin- Membership secretary at the recent AGM
Ashleigh Keatings- Hunter Treasurer of the VCBOGA with Gail Boyd in the Library.
Margaret McVeigh,Committee member, Ann Newland,Jennifer Breene, Committee member and Patricia Moorhead Events Co-ordinator at the recent AGM.
Amy Green, Assistant Treasurer chats at the recent AGM in the Library.
Barbara Callender chatting to Jennifer Breene, Penny Grieve and Tish Hagan at the AGM.
VCB OGA Annual Dinner 2017
On Friday 5th May 2017, fifty members were present at a delightful evening in the Ulster Reform Club. A splendid buffet was enjoyed and many happy memories and anecdotes of school days were shared. Barbara Farris was presented with a gift to mark her service of Treasurer for twenty five years.
A table of those who left school fifty years ago had a wonderful reunion. The event was organised most efficiently by Patricia Moorhead. Past President Margaret Andrews has graciously accepted the title of Emeritus President and Betty Kerr has become Emeritus Honorary Secretary marking their significant roles in the Association.
Mrs Betty Kerr - Emeritus Honorary Secretary
Pictured opposite is a much loved old girl; Mrs Betty Kerr. She organised the many aspects of the Old Girls Association for 55 years before stepping down in 2016. She is now ‘Emeritus Honorary Secretary’.
Chair of the Old Girls - Carolyn Lewis.
At the Dinner Carolyn welcomed, and thanked, those who had come to this the 101st Dinner.
She paid tribute to Betty Kerr who had organised all the administration of the Old Girls for fifty five years and Barbara Farris who had served the Association as Treasurer for 25 years. In recognition of her role Barbara was presented with beautiful ear-rings. Betty had been presented with a lovely brooch at the Centenary Dinner in Parliament Buildings in 2015.
Ms Slevin addressed the audience and spoke of the many highlights in the school year. Looking ahead to the opening of the ‘New Build’ she encouraged Old Girls to contribute to items to furnish the new sports and art buildings and gave out some brochures to highlight the features of these much needed facilities. Past President of the Old Girls, Mrs Margaret Andrews, has accepted the title of ‘Emeritus Honorary President’ and we look forward to seeing her and Betty, ‘Emeritus Honorary Secretary’ at future meetings.
Annual Dinner 2018
The Annual Dinner will be held on Friday 27th April in Belvoir Park Golf Club.
Other ideas for events were made and most welcome and the Events Co-ordinator Patricia Moorhead and her team welcome any ideas for venues you wish to send her. Any group celebrating a special anniversary should make early contact with Patricia.
VCB OGA Wine Tasting Event
You are invited to join fellow Victorians and friends at a WINE TASTING on Saturday 4th November 2017 In the Upper Room of Direct Wine Shipments, 5-7 Corporation Square, Belfast.
The tasting begins with a welcome drink at 11.30 a.m. and will conclude at 2.30 p.m.
Susan Rees of Direct Wines will then give a talk on her seasonal selection of wines, which we will sample. A light lunch of cheeses, pates, fruit, savoury biscuits and breads, will follow.
This includes wines for tasting and light lunch with a glass of wine or soft drink.
As accommodation is limited to eighty guests please return the pro-forma below by Friday 21st October 2017, with your cheque to: Patricia Moorhead, c/o Victoria College, 2A Cranmore Park, Belfast BT9 6JA
All former pupils and members of staff, past and present, are most welcome, as are partners and friends.