KENNETH F. HERRINGTON III
It is an understatement to report that 2020 was a challenging year for the United States due to the impact of the Covid virus, social unrest in some areas of the country, and a contentious presidential election. But, I am happy to report that the American Friends of St George’s and Descendants of the Knights of the Garter was able to confront and adapt to this new environment, grow the membership, and launch a new initiative to support the College of St. George.
Many members were looking forward to attend the wonderful English Tea event that we hold each April at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC. This year we planned to have a Yeoman Warder from Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, the Tower of London. Due to Covid and related travel restrictions, unfortunately, that event had to be cancelled. Such was the generosity of our members, however, that most who bought tickets did not request a refund. If ever things return to normal, we shall resume our annual meeting and English Tea next year. We should hopefully know soon.
The Board of Directors held a virtual annual meeting on April 18 at which I was honored to be elected as President, succeeding Julian Victor Brandt III who held that position with distinction for an unprecedented five years. I am grateful to Vic for his service. He built up a cadre of exceptionally talented officers and directors whom I am truly fortunate to lead in pursuing our mission.
That mission, of course, is to support the College in maintaining and preserving the many historical and architectural treasures of St George’s Chapel and Windsor Castle. This year, however, due (once again) to Covid, all work had to be suspended in Windsor Castle. That does not mean that there is nothing to do. Canon Martin Poll presented us with an opportunity to create and fund a Chorister Scholarship to sponsor a talented young man to attend the prestigious St George’s School and perform in the world-renowned St George’s Chapel Choir. I am very pleased that the Board voted unanimously to support in establishing this Chorister Scholarship fund. We are well on our way toward achieving the fundraising goal, and I am confident that with the support of our generous members, we will succeed in funding this Scholarship.
We continue to receive applications for membership in the society. Several members have expressed to me their strong interest in attending the annual Garter Ceremony next June. All of us hope fervently that the Royal ceremony will resume in next June.
If you are a U.S. Citizen and are interested in joining our Organization, please contact me at [email protected].