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)