For the last ten years the Club has been blessed with a truly outstanding Club Treasurer, John Morris. Sadly, at OS Weekend he stepped down for the simple reason that his wife Tessa and himself have recently moved to Tenterden in Kent. He leaves the Club’s finances in excellent order with some sixty thousand pounds of reserves. It is a significant fund and allows me as Chairman to implement the exciting plans we have for the future of the Club. As with Neil McKerrow John has been a great support and a great personal friend. I finish with the words I wrote in the O.S. magazine in February.

“John has devoted a lifetime to the School as a Master, House Tutor, House Master, and Second Master. He has lead trips to Africa, coached rugby and coached cricket, where he excelled. He has also sat on the Club Committee of the OS Club for many years and for the last ten he has acted as Club Treasurer. John is a man of deep conviction, of sincerity, and of principle. He is a man who can read the moment, who can combine experience and candour, to give meaningful and valued advice to those around him. When he speaks, we listen and we take note.

During his tenure as Treasurer the Club’s financial fortunes have improved considerably. By careful planning and control over costs the Club now runs at a surplus. It means we can run events and do more for our membership than ever before. It is a wonderful legacy that John leaves us.

But his time as Treasurer is just the swan song of a man who has given his life to the School and the wider OS community. Thank you John for all your help and advice, for steering me as Chairman away from some politically jagged cliffs which have arisen over the years, for being that safe pair of hands as Treasurer which meant I could concentrate on other things, and for your many hours and years of service for the Club and the OS Community in general.”

Jan van der Velde
OS Club