MR C. ALLEN FOSTER
The American Friends of St George’s and Descendants of the Knights of the Garter have had an active and successful year. We held our Annual Meeting immediately prior to a Reception and Buffet Dinner on 9 April 2012, at the home of President, C. Allen Foster, and Mrs Foster. During the meeting, Directors were elected for 2012-13, including Mr Foster, Craig H. Metz, Capt. (ret.) Joseph J. Spurr IV, Julian V. Brandt III, Barry Christopher Howard, Mrs Peter I.C. Knowles, Mrs John Douglas Pigott, Jr, William L. Truscott, together with ex-officio Directors, the Right Reverend. David Conner and Colonel David Axson. Immediately after the election of Directors, they met and elected the following officers: C. Allen Foster, President; Craig H. Metz, Secretary, and Capt. Joseph J. Spurr IV, Treasurer.
The meeting then turned to fellowship among the Members present and an excellent time was enjoyed by all. The following persons supported the fund-raising activities of AmFriends by sponsorship of the Annual Meeting:
Angels: Mr and Mrs C. Allen Foster;
Benefactors: Mrs John D. Pigott, Jr; One Hundred Living Descendants of the Blood Royal (Mrs Peter I.C. Knowles, in memory of Col. Stewart Boone McCarty);
Sponsors: Mr Ross Sidney; Mr Craig H. Metz; Mrs Diane Robinson; Capt. Joseph J. Spurr IV; Mrs Gail P. Tillman; Mr William L. Truscott
The donations of the sponsors, and the subscriptions to the Annual Meeting and Reception, will allow the AmFriends to make a donation to St George’s Chapel to support the refurbishment of the steps in the North Quire Aisle.
President Foster also showed the Members the poster which had been erected by St George’s, in connection with the cleaning and restoration of the stonework in the North Quire Aisle, with particular note of the prominent expression of thanks for the donation from AmFriends to that effort.
During the balance of the year, the Board of Directors intends to distribute information concerning the various opportunities for Members to support specific restoration and preservation projects at St George’s, including the Adopt a Book and Adopt a Boss programs, and to urge Members to consider becoming a Silver or Gold Companion of St George’s. These opportunities will also be discussed in more detail at the Annual Meeting in April 2013.
On 22 May 2012 the American Friends of Saint George’s and Descendants of the Knights of the Garter co-sponsored a cocktail reception and lecture at the Charleston Library Society in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen. Oliver Everett CVO, Royal Archivist and Liberian Emeritus, Windsor Castle gave a most interesting lecture on The Royal Collection. Members in the Region of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia were invited to attend.
The following AmFriends attended Garter Day in June 2012: Mrs M. Averyt, Mrs C. Barnes, Mrs A. Brown, Mr J. Cupshalk, Mrs D. Edward, Mr & Mrs C. Allen Foster, Miss Susan E.C. Foster, Mr C.H.E. Foster, Mrs A. Gemignani, Mr S.D. Heisler, Mr & Mrs N. Harper, Mrs S.B. Marsh-Rebelo, Mr & Mrs P. Mosse, Dr & Mrs R.A. Naud, Mrs J. Savage and Mr J. Shannon.