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Masters of the Company

Dear Members,

Michèle McCarthy
Master 2020

I was honoured to be elected Master for 2020-21 at the recent Annual Meeting supported by a solid roster of Wardens.  Many of the Wardens will be known to you from years past.  They along with a number of new people will bring vitality to the Court.   This will not be a normal year where we can meet and enjoy the superb traditions of the Freemen of the City of London of North America in the company of one another.  The pandemic has up-ended our world and with it, many of the things that we took for granted - like the ability to meet in person. 

Acknowledging that COVID will be with us until a vaccine is found and until we all feel safe going out of our “bubbles”, the Court is prepared to meet the challenge of orchestrating a meaningful year for the membership.    We will be creating a speaker series which you will be able to join online.  Please feel free to contribute ideas and the names of speakers that you might know or that you might be interested in hearing.  

As you may know, the Honourable Companies in the City of London are conducting all of their events remotely holding freedom ceremonies, installations and even quizzes online.  The Court will be working to build links with those Honourable Companies and with the Lord Mayor’s Office to ensure that you are made aware of open events.  A spirit of cooperation among the Honourable Companies is benefitting us all.

Our website is being updated with greater functionality and should be finished by September 2020.  The Website and the e-blasts will be used to keep you informed. 
The Court in conjunction with the Charitable Trust has decided to split its current large scholarship at George Brown College into smaller increments so that it can benefit more students.  The students’ need is greater this year due to the loss of opportunities to earn money for tuition and books.  The Honourable Company’s charitable objects remain strong. 

In closing, my priorities for this year are to enhance the Honourable Company’s relevance to you, our members, by holding interesting online events, by helping to build networks to assist you in your career and by enhancing our connections to the City of London.  This work was ably begun by my predecessors, without whom we would not be such a strong Company.  Our task is to keep up that momentum in a world burdened by COVID.   

Michèle McCarthy
Master

 
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