St. George's College
Old Boys Association
Good & True
Good & True ...issue# 38...Oct., 2003
Three weeks before the Summer Ball, the phone rang, and
the Constellation Hotel Manager in Toronto informed me that the hotel had
just declared bankruptcy, and that we lost our down payment for the Summer
Ball venue, --THANK YOU VERY MUCH!--- "Whaaatt, you're kidding me!!"
was the cry from our executive. Jaw dropping time for everyone!
Byron Lee, who also had a gig the night after our Ball at the same
location, was in the same predicament. We called him in Europe and
explained how bad the situation was for both of us, and offered to help
him in his plight. Where the heck were we going to find a place to hold a
Ball with 1000 guests in attendance at such short notice, a place that
could also accommodate a Dragonaires' fete with 2,000 guests the night
after? Problem 2: If we found a place, the logistics would obviously have
to be changed, which would be a major job in itself for us to deal with.
Problem 3: We would have to find a way to notify all the guests of the
change in venue. Could we pull it off?
Louise Dalhouse with Drs. Errol & Joy Reid from Maryland at the
Gallant Boys of the White and Blue always come through,
right? Right!! Besides, nothing will work unless you do. After knocking on
several doors, and serious negotiations by our Summer Ball committee, we
found a venue that was able to accommodate both gigs over two nights.
Changing the logistics for the 2 gigs was a nightmare, but we did it, much
to the delight of the Dragon. If we Georgians don't look after each other,
who else will, right sa? It was our pleasure to assist a living legend and
his band of world renown. So, Byron's gig went off without any major
problems, and the StGC Ontario Chapter's 2003 Summer Ball was touted as
the best in the 8 years of having us such an event. Errol Reid (Dr.
Reidie) and his lovely wife drove all the way from Maryland, USA for the
Ball and shouted to me over the music saying, "you have been begging me
for years to come. If I had known it was this good I would have come every
year. I'll be here next year for sure!" The same sentiments were offered
by Dennis Barnett and Donald Miller who flew in for the do
as well. How good will it be next year? You too will have to come and find
out for your self!
Why is it that the shortest distance between
2 points is usually under construction?
feel-good story involving the Ontario Chapter. A few weeks ago, we were
told the soccer team at the school needed 24 sports equipment bags. The
team had its first game the following Saturday. A call was placed to some
of our Ontario executives, who agreed that we could spend a certain amount
of money on this venture. Then, a call was placed to Old Boy Carl Chang
of Twin Gates Plaza in Jamaica. Not only was he able to get the bags
at a reasonable price for us, but he was able to have the StGC crest
placed on it too, and.... have the bags delivered to the team, in time for
their game on the Saturday. Blam! Done!
Many thanks Carl, for a job
well done. Many thanks to Carl's namesake Carl Chang, (who runs a
sporting goods store in the same plaza) for his contribution in making
this thing happen so quickly. Incidentally, the StGC Manning Team pledged
to win the game for the Ontario Chapter, and did. They beat last year's
Manning Cup winner Norman Manley, much to the surprise of the entire
I got this from my New York friend by email recently:
"For a couple years I've been blaming my daily exhaustion on lack of sleep
and too much pressure from my job, but now I found out that I'm tired
because I'm overworked.
The population of this country
is 237 million. 104 million are retired. That leaves 133 million to do the
work. There are 85 million in school, which leaves 48 million to do the
work. Of this there are 29 million employed by the federal government,
leaving 19 million to do the work. 2.8 million are in the Armed Forces,
which leaves 16.2 million to do the work. Take from the total the
14,800,000 people who work for State and City Governments and that leaves
1.4 million to do the work. At any given time there are 188,000 people in
hospitals, leaving 1,212,000 to do the work. Now, there are 1,211,998
people in prisons. That leaves just two people to do the work - You and
And you're sitting on your duff reading this stupid joke?"
Congratulations to Danny & JoJo HoLung, and Paul
& Melanie Bitter on becoming Grandmas & Grandpas recently. Saw
Danny and JoJo at the StGC O/B's sponsored team game last week and they
were so happy, they both had a grin on their faces throughout the entire
game. Incidentally, Paul Bitter passed through Toronto on some business
for a few days this month. He fell in love with the Mississauga Golf &
Country Club and was really upset he couldn't fold it up small enough to
fit into his suitcase.
On a sad note, we learned of the passing of
Sam Mahfood, well known and respected Old Boy, who was at one time
President of "Food For the Poor", and Old Boy Ivan Best, (my uncle)
who hailed from a family of 9 brothers and sisters. All 7 brothers went to
StGC. May the Good Lord grant them peace. Whatever those who died did for
themselves, died with them. What they did for others, remain immortal.
Over the years several groups of people have come to StGC from abroad to
do good things for the school, or work for various poor communities around
the island. It was nice to hear that a group of 12 students and faculty
from StGC went to Dangriga, Belize in July, to help at a summer camp for
underprivileged children. Good on them! Sometimes we all have to give back
a little of what we received long ago. I believe society is comprised of 2
great classes, those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who
have more appetite than dinners.
Milton Grant at Camp Belize
Heartiest congratulations to Head Boy Oraine
Godfrey, and Joel Freckleton, Manning Team player and lead
student on the Belize trip. Both gentlemen received the 2003 Jesuit
Scholars Scholarships, taking them to Lemoyne College in Syracuse, and
College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts respectively. The real object of
education is to have someone conditioned to ask lots of questions, isn't
We are going to have a Fall Dance with sister school
Alpha on October 25 in Toronto. This one will be great too! Get your
tickets ($35 ea) through any member of the executive.
Chapter's Golf Tournament will be on October 3. So far, 24 people have
registered. There will be lots of prizes, and the entire group goes to
Rudy & Eunice Chin's home for a celebration feed after. Many
thanks to them both for providing the best part of the day. Thanks to
Fen and Anita Chang for their part in setting up all the golf games
during the summer.
So, the Doctor said to a patient: "I have
some bad news and some very bad news." "Give me the bad news first", the
patient replied. The Doctor says: "The lab called with your test results,
and said you have 24 hours to live." "24 hours! That's terrible! What
could be worse? So what's the very bad news?" "Heck man", the Doctor says:
"I've been trying to reach you since yesterday."
A word of
advice before I go. The toughest thing about success, is trying to
maintain it. So should you ever fall to the bottom, bounce high, and don't
ever fear the future.
Our annual picnic with our sister schools; Alpha and
Immaculate took place on Sunday, August 17 at Milne Conservation Park in
Markham. It was a beautiful sunny but cool day and things got started
about 10:00 a.m. As each person arrived, they were greeted by Immaculate's
Yvonne Lyew and her crew. They made sure that everyone got a
True to form, lunch was the first order of the day and
this year there certainly seemed to be a lot of sharing as many families
combined their lunches and offered others to join in. It was great to see
families co-mingling and sharing conversation with each other.
(seated with white cap) & Jeanette back row 3rd from left with 3
generations of Chins
Following lunch, the games started under the direction
of Patrick Garel and Karen Yee with huge assistance (Big,
Big Time) from Errol Williams. At first, the competition was
between the schools. Of course, without our wives telling us what to do,
the Georgians took some time to get organized while both the Alpha and
Immaculate teams had a head start practicing while we organized. However,
once the games began, we Georgians held our own and were never outclassed.
Oh yes! There were games organized for the kids also who enjoyed
themselves thoroughly (especially the prizes). However, at times it was
difficult to distinguish the adults from the children especially on the
stick race and the balloon-throwing contest.
Shortly after the
games ended, Milton and the victorious soccer team arrived. It was obvious
that they had used up a terrific amount of energy playing the game that
just ended as an hour after they arrived they were still eating.
(left) getting ready to bow.
Again, thanks to everyone
involved in making this year's picnic another success and to Grace Kennedy
Ont. Ltd. who surprised everyone with free juices towards the end of the
day. The pictures tell the real story.
leading StGC chargers against Alpha's
Pat Garel & Eddie Chin
Deadline March 1st
Applications are sought from all children of dues- paying old boys in
Canada, who will be or are currently attending college/university. Past
unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to reapply. All you need is to
submit a profile of yourself including details on the choice of studies,
why you chose the field and where you are or hope to be attending. In
addition the successful candidate will also have expressed his or her own
reason behind why he/she should be a recipient of this grant. The award is
not necessarily granted to the person with the highest grades. Community
involvement and potential contribution to society are also
Submit Applications to: St.George's College O/B Assoc.,
504 Karen Park Cres. Mississauga, Ontario L5A 3C6.
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