MEETING OF QSI CLASS OF ’80 HELD ON SUNDAY, 7TH FEBRUARY, 2010
- Omotola Akinola (Peters) 1. Toyin Sanni (Adeboye)
- Sola Popoola (Esan) 2. Titi Adekoje (Babalola)
- Funke Opayemi (Byron) 3. Bunmi Akingba (Ajibade)
- Ete Ambah (Tuoyo) 4. Lola Amao (Onadeko)
- Oyeronke Oyetunde 5. Seyi Sanjo-Bankole (Lawale)
- Abimbola Dada (Oyetunde)
- Adeyinka Adefope (Oladiji)
- Tokunbo Fagbemi (Ijose)
- Abisola Longe (Adelekan)
- Funke Ojuri (Adegoke)
- 1. COMMENCEMENT
The formal part of the meeting started at 3.50pm. Prior to this, members ate lunch. Opening Prayer was said by Sola Popoola (Esan).
- 2. INTRODUCTION
Funke Ojuri (Adegoke) as the member attending for the first time, introduced herself stating marital status, her husband’s name, number of children, children’s names, what the children are presently doing and where, present occupation/profession, place of work etc.
- 3. ELECTION
Majority of members don’t want elections to hold now stating that there was no need for that as the main objective of the group for now is to do a Project for the 30th Anniversary.
- 4. 30th ANNIVERSARY PROJECT(S)
All the contributions made by distant members by email/telephone calls were considered in addition to contributions by the members at the Meeting and after much deliberation, it was agreed as follows:
- Our Vision – To restore QSI to its past glory.
- To achieve our Vision, our Mission will be in two phases – long term and short term.
- Short Term:
- To provide water supply to the Hostel being presently occupied by the Boarders and to the Toilets in the School area.
To put this into effect, Bimbola Dada (Oyetunde) will mandate a Plumber who does similar Projects for NEPA, to go to the School to assess what will be needed for this purpose. He will assess the existing structure and tell us if what’s on ground can be revamped or we’ll need to do put a completely new water system in place.
Funke Opayemi (Byron) (came in late) also offered to get her brother who is in construction and lives in Ibadan, to visit the school for a similar assessment and give us a feasibility report.
Members agreed that depending on the Report we get back, we’ll know if there is a need to change the toilets as well.
- To supply the School with Computers & internet network connection.
We will take advantage of Lola Amao’s (Onadeko) offer of fairly used Pentium 5 Computers. This will be loaded with the usual Microsoft packages and members also insisted that Encata should be included.
Regarding Internet, MTN apparently has an Internet project called ‘Schools Connect’ that they install in Schools. For QSI to take benefit from this, Oyeronke Oyetunde advised that the Oyo State Ministry of Education will have to write to MTN to request for ‘Schools Connect’ to be installed in the school. Oyeronke promised that once this is done, she will follow up at MTN since she works there. Ete Ambah (Tuoyo) also offered to follow it up using connections she has at MTN.
- Hiring of Teachers.
The house agreed that we can’t afford to hire the kind of good Teachers for Maths and English suggested by the Principal. This is because we will need to pay such good Teachers about N50,000 per month. Yinka Adefope (Oladiji) and others agreed that NYSC Teachers will be a good substitute. Members then agreed that we should urge NYSC office, through Bunmi Olubowale (a set above us in QSI) who works with NYSC, to ensure that a good number of Teachers are posted to QSI. We should insist that such Teachers must have Education degrees in the subjects they are going to teach especially Maths & English. Yinka Adefope was mandated to contact Bunmi Olubowale.
- Members also discussed the need to mentor the girls at length. Bisola Longe (Adelekan) offered to be involved with this. This will be discussed further at the next Meeting.
Funding for the Project was discussed and suggestions were that we’ll probably levy every member a certain amount and each individual will then decide how to raise the money. The idea of a fund raising dinner/event was raised but was not encouraged as this usually involves spending a lot of money first which may not be recouped.
- 5. PROJECT HAND OVER DATE
It was agreed that we don’t necessarily have to hand over the Project in June. We could look at sometime in September for this. Reason for this is that it will probably be more practical for the workers (for the Project) to work while the school is on summer vacation. This is not a firm decision however as it will depend to a large extent on what’s actually involved in the Project and how soon we can mobilize funds for this.
- 6. FINANCE
Until we can open an account in the name of the Association, it was agreed that Omotola Akinola (Peters) will dedicate one of her accounts for the collection of dues. She will also open a domiciliary account in Pounds and Dollars for the purpose of collecting dues and levies from those abroad.
The following members paid their dues:
- Bimbola Dada (Oyetunde) – N20,000
- Bunmi Olayisade (Ebofin) – N25,000 (paid as 100GBP)
- Bunmi Akingba (Ajibade) – N20,000
- Sola Popoola (Esan) – N20,000
- Bisola Longe (Adelekan) – N20,000
- Ete Ambah (Tuoyo) – N20,000
- Tokunbo Fagbemi (Ijose) – N20,000
- Yinka Adefope (Oladiji) – N20,000
- Omotola Akinola – N20,000
- Funke Opayemi (Byron) – N20,000
- Funke Ojuri (Adegoke) – $160.
- 7. APPRECIATION TO THE HOSTESS
Yinka Adefope (Oladiji) gave the vote of thanks to Chief Gbola and Mrs Omotola Akinola on behalf of the members, for the sumptuous lunch provided.
- 8. CLOSING
The Formal Meeting came to a close at 5.45pm.
Omotola Akinola (Peters)
INAUGURAL MEETING OF QSI CLASS OF ’80 HELD ON SUNDAY, 13TH DECEMBER, 2009
- Chief (Mrs) Omotola Akinola (Peters)
- Mrs Sola Popoola (Esan)
- Mrs Taiwo Ogunsanya (Anidugbe)
- Mrs Kehinde Adun (Anidugbe)
- Mrs Funke Opayemi (Byron)
- Mrs Ete Ambah (Tuoyo)
- Mrs Bunmi Akingba (Ajibade)
- Ms Oyeronke Oyetunde
- Dr (Mrs) Ibilola Amao (Onadeko)
- Mrs Abimbola Dada (Oyetunde)
- Mrs Adeyinka Adefope (Oladiji)
- Chief Dr (Mrs) Busola Fasehun (Awosika)
- Mrs Tokunbo Fagbemi (Ijose)
- Mrs Abisola Longe (Adelekan)
- 1. COMMENCEMENT
The formal part of the meeting started at 4.45pm. Prior to this, members ate lunch and reminisced on the good old days in QSI. Opening Prayer was said by Lola Amao (Onadeko). The School song, Pass on the Torch, was rendered by all.
- 2. INTRODUCTION
Everyone introduced themselves individually stating marital status, husband’s name, number of children, children’s names, what the children are presently doing and where, present occupation/profession, place of work etc. This part of the Meeting elicited a lot of interesting and teasing comments.
- 3. OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSOCIATION
It was agreed that this Association was to be for the long term and not just for the 30th anniversary. The main purpose of coming together at this time is to plan what to do for Queens School next year to mark our 30th anniversary. Beyond this however, we would keep this Association going because we shall also celebrate other landmark anniversaries, God willing. The purpose is also to be able to continue to help the school and for networking & social purposes.
- 4. 30th ANNIVERSARY PROJECT(S)
It was agreed that we should look at completing whatever Project we embark on by June 2010 as that will be the actual 30th year of leaving school. Several suggestions were made regarding Projects. Such suggestions included renovation of classroom block(s) or other part of the school, building of new toilet(s) with borehole, development of young girls, granting of scholarships etc.
It was agreed by all that there was a need to do an ‘on the spot’ assessment of the school before we decide on what Project to undertake. To this end, it was agreed that members resident in Ibadan should pay a visit to the school this week for the purpose of getting the name of the Principal, the necessary telephone numbers and possibly fixing an appointment with the Principal for a Meeting with her in January. Several members volunteered to be on the Team to meet with the Principal sometime in the second or third week of January. Discussion at this Meeting will centre on the needs of the School.
Funding for the Project to be undertaken will be by special levy on members, support from husbands and other means yet to be explored.
- 5. MEETING DATES
It was agreed that for the first year (2010), we would meet once in six weeks because of the 30th Anniversary Project. After this is completed, Meetings will be once every quarter. The next few Meetings have been fixed tentatively as follows:
7th February, 2010 – to be hosted by Tola Akinola (Peters)
14th March, 2010 – to be hosted by Sola Popoola (Esan)
25th April, 2010 – to be hosted by Oyeronke Oyetunde
6th June, 2010 – go be hosted by the Anidugbe twins.
It was agreed that a lot of communication will be done by email between these Meetings.
- 6. LEGAL STRUCTURE OF THE ASSOCIATION
It was agreed that we would start this Association on a firm footing. To this end, a Constitution must be drawn up; the Association will be registered; an Executive Committee will be elected and a bank account will be opened. A draft Constitution will be circulated by Tola Akinola soon.
- 7. ANNUAL DUES
After much debate on higher and lower dues, it was agreed that from 2010, annual dues will be N20,000 per annum (Nigeria residents) or 100GBP (UK residents) or
US$150 (US residents). This should be paid in a maximum of 2 instalments. A good start to this was made by Bimbo Dada (Oyetunde) who paid her dues fully for 2010.
- 8. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Elections will be held at the next meeting on the 7th of February, 2010. Elective positions will be sent out by Tola Akinola before then.
- 9. QSI Old Girls Association – Global Reunion, Atlanta 2010
Members agreed that it will be more interesting for us all if a good number of our class set are present at this event.
- 10. APPRECIATION TO THE HOSTESS
Taiwo Ogunsanya (Anidugbe), on behalf of the members, thanked Mr Tunde and Mrs Tokunbo Fagbemi for hosting the Meeting in their house and for the sumptuous lunch provided.
- 11. CLOSING
The Meeting came to a close at 6.45pm.
Mrs Tola Akinola (Peters)