American Friends and West Coast RGS Gatherings

American Friends of RGS NYC Gathering – 23rd October 2014.

A special occasion, a special venue, a special crowd! On Thursday 23 October, a group of well over thirty ORs, students and staff gathered at the Penn Club in Midtown Manhattan for the annual American Friends of RGS (AFRGS) social.

Having formally launched in the same venue two years earlier, the American Friends of RGS has developed into a very important social and business networking group that welcomes all Reigatians and friends who are either based in, visiting, or travelling through NYC.

On this occasion we were joined by several of the current Lower Sixth and their staff who were on a History & Politics trip. Indeed, they were still buzzing about the informal lecture they received from Andrew Sullivan OR in Washington DC earlier in the week.

Several had travelled from distant places to attend. Matt and Michelle Falkner had flown in from Vancouver whilst Tim & Kloe Frith escaped the hurricane in Bermuda to join us. Also, it was wonderful to facilitate/witness a 36 year reunion between two former classmates. Keith Holdaway, who had flown in from North Carolina with his wife Patricia, was able to spend much of the evening reminiscing and re-living playground antics with fellow OR Keith Dawson who has been based in the NYC area for over ten years with his wife Lisa. The last time these two guys met was on leaving the Grammar in 1978!

It was wonderful to see such a vibrant mix of Reigatians spanning so many generation, you can view photos from the event here.

It was a great evening and the RGS Foundation is extremely grateful to Michael Lloyd OR who arranged the venue and spoke so passionately about his affinity and affection for his alma mater. He stressed the importance of connectivity and the bonds of friendship and brotherhood we all share. As President of the AFRGS, Michael is keen to grow the network and connectivity throughout the US as well as strengthen bonds with the Grammar.  Michael is an advocate for the philanthropic work the Foundation does and is keen that the RGSAF look to support the Changing Lives social mobility initiative. The concept of a ‘collective’ approach to sponsor a child through RGS was well-received.

West Coast RGS Gathering Vancouver – 25th October 2014

On Saturday 25 October, a number of ORs based in Vancouver and the West Coast gathered for a social evening hosted by Matt Falkner ’82.

As an off-shoot of our American Friends group, the West Coast Friends of RGS has emerged as a social network group for the significant number of ORs in this region. This includes, Washington State down to California.

The Steamworks Inn in the Gastown District of Vancouver was an excellent venue for a warm, social evening. It was great to see Brian Matheson ’93 for the first time (brother Andy ’95 attended the NYC event a couple of days earlier), as well as Iain McLean ’74 who made the journey from Vancouver Island to join us. Meanwhile, a highlight was the appearance of a 1951/52 1st XV ‘colours’ cap owned by Peter Carpenter ’53! (see photo above)

To view photos, please click here.

Matt Falkner ’82 and David Mycroft ’76 are keen to welcome any Reigatians in the region and those passing through. We have in the region of 40 ORs based on the West Coast and it would be great to connect.

If you would like to learn more about our West Coast group or the American Friends of RGS, please contact: foundation@reigategrammar.org

 

More information about the American Friends of RGS can be found here.