Roland Clarke for
Old Harrisonian Society, OHS
Dear Fellow Old Harrisonians:
It is with a great sense of pride and a commitment to serve that I present myself to you as a candidate for the position of President of the Old Harrisonian Society (OHS). I currently serve on the OHS Council and I am a Life Member. I respectfully ask for your support and assistance.
In this introductory manifesto I present my vision for the OHS. My vision represents a significant departure from the past and is predicated on your support and active involvement in the OHS. I’m sure that you have perceptions of concern about the OHS which were forged during your formative years. As you have grown away from the School, those perceptions are probably now set in their rightful place and you can now do something about them with conviction. I sincerely believe that the time is ripe to harness the best of all Harrisonians and put our collective goodwill to the benefit of the School and to us as a Community (Society).
My own perceptions of the OHS is that it has been selective of its membership and therefore has not taken full advantage of our greatest asset, our diversity. It is high time to put this behind us and move the OHS to its rightful place to be of us and by us. While this movement has started under the current President through his encouragement of more females and younger members, there has been a parallel drop in the involvement of the older members. This schism is something that I abhor and I will seek to re-connect and harness the goodwill and resources of those that we follow. Ironically, we who were once “young” are now negatively perceived by the current generation as not willing to give back. This quagmire we must break.
Under my stewardship, the benefits that I will foster for our Community will be guided by the Objects of the Constitution of the OHS. These Objects may be found (in Draft) at http://www.oldharrisonian.org.bb/news/DraftConstitution.pdf. In particular, I would like to draw your attention to the third of twelve Objects which reads:
“(c) To foster friendly relationships and social intercourse between members of the Society and to provide a meeting place for past pupils of the School and for the members of the Society;”
I really believe that this element has been missing for most of us far too long, and if we forge a Society that is based upon this premise, we will amply serve the remaining Objects.
The remaining Objects relate primarily to the welfare of the School, plus a number that relate to the financial and management affairs of the OHS. Under my stewardship, I will also emphasise:
“(f) to obtain, collect and receive money and funds by way of contributions, donations, affiliation fees, subscriptions, legacies, grants and any other lawful method, and to accept and receive gifts of property of any description (whether subject to any special trusts or not);”
“(i) to arrange and provide for or join in arranging and providing for the holding of exhibitions, meetings, lectures and classes;”
I encourage you to join me and implement this vision for the greater good. Join the OHS today at http://www.oldharrisonian.org.bb/join/membership.html and vote on 13 October 2011 at HC, 5:30 PM.
BIOGRAPHY OF ROLAND CLARKE
Roland attended Harrison College between 1969-1978. He was an active participant in the music programme at the School, as well as the cadet corps, hockey and athletics.
After Harrison College, he represented the UWI Cave Hill in athletics and played 2nd trumpet in the Barbados Symphonia. He also served on the Vestry/Council of the Episcopal (Anglican) Churches of St. Mary’s Church, Philadelphia and Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford.
His academic pursuits include the BSc (Physics major), UWI, the MSc in Alternative Energy, University of Reading, UK, and the PhD in Energy Management and Policy, University of Pennsylvania, USA. He also won an Internship in Solar Energy in France.
Roland is a former CARICOM Diplomat having served as Project Manager of the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme at the CARICOM Secretariat. He has the high distinction of representing the CARICOM Secretary General at the First Summit of PetroCaribe hosted by the President of Venezuela for Heads of Government from across the Caribbean.
Roland is internationally recognised by the Government of Canada, the World Bank, and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, Austria. He has significant private sector experience having worked in two of the largest electric utilities in New England, and having conducted his doctoral field research at the Barbados Light and Power Company, BLPC. He was also a recent Intervenor at the Fair Trading Commission rate hearing proceedings of the BLPC.
Today, Roland is in private practice under the name Clarke Energy Associates and specialises in solar energy (PV), energy efficiency and energy policy. He enjoys good old-fashioned Bajan dancing, is an avid fan of Browne’s Beach and is way too jolly for his own good.
In deo fides
Your vote for Roland is a vote for the Kolij Cares Initiative. Leadership that redirects focus to charitable giving, new membership, business networking, a distinguished lecture series, school extracurricular activities, and outreach.
My vision for the Society is to channel it towards being a caring organization, based on the principles of charitable giving and your active involvement. In this regard, I propose the Kolij Cares Initiative as captured in the following outline of an Operational Plan:
1. Charitable Giving. At present there is very limited charitable giving and membership involvement by the OHS. Funds are limited to gross receipts from annual subscriptions, plus donations of $1,100 and modest savings of about $36,000 in 2011 (and dropping). Regular activities include support for the annual diner, Founder’s Week, an online database of all past students, and other well established activities. Ad hoc activities include the award of a scholarship to a deserving student, the construction of monuments, and the upgrade of the physical plant. I propose to expand and add new activities through appeals to your generosity and active support as follows:
a. Legacies and Gifts. These may take any form including your financial contributions, memorabilia, time and talents, your good name, or any other way that you may wish to ensure your legacy. You will be publicly recognised in ways that are appropriate to the OHS and acceptable to you. Gifts will be processed in such a way as to make them tax deductible.
b. Ad Hoc Fundraising. Every year, the OHS receives requests from members of our Community who have fallen on hard times and are in need of our urgent support. I propose that a Kolij Cares Fund be established to deal with these requests. In addition, I propose that direct appeals be made to you that target specific cases so that you may have greater control over your contributions. I also propose that the beneficiaries should be all members of our Community, whether financial members of the OHS or not.
c. Donation Goal. I estimate a donation target of $127,900 per year would be required.
2. Membership Drive. The OHS currently has about 150 “financial members.” I propose to expand this by at least 50 new members per year by targeting all the diverse sub-groups in our Community. I believe that the benefits of participation in the activities herein will drive new membership and donations. I will also target the graduating classes of the School. Persons making donations of more than $1,000 will be made Life Members. Special recognition will be given to persons inducting more than five (5) members per year.
3. Business Networking. This will include public mini business exhibitions, health fairs and other outreach events by professionals both at home and overseas.
4. Distinguished Lecture Series. This will take the form of an annual event named in honour of a prominent Old Harrisonian (such as a certain former headmaster, hint, hint!). This will be supplemented by more regular talks to students through the School’s Guidance Counselor, to parents through the Parent Teacher’s Association and to the pubic though Town Hall Meetings.
5. School Extracurricular Activities. I will facilitate past students who wish to coach or mentor current students in any field such as sports, music, art, girl guides, cadets, scouts, religion, business, and the professions. Financial assistance will be provided to students to aid their participation in both local and international events. A stipend will be paid to coaches and mentors to subsidise their costs.
6. Communications. You will be kept abreast of the developments of the School and the OHS by way of a mailed letters, school magazine, email, text messages to your cell phone, the web site of the OHS, and Face Book.
7. Outreach. I am forever mindful that Old Harrisonians are members of the wider community of their families and friends. I will therefore seek to embrace the wider community in all of the activities under this Operational Plan.
I hope that you will agree that the above outline for an Operational Plan will place the OHS on a more sustainable footing. These proposals supplement my Introductory Manifesto above.
I respectfully ask for your vote and support in the implementation of the Kolij Cares Initiative at the Annual General Meeting, 13 October 2011 at the School Hall, 5:30 PM.
You may reach me by telephone 251 0298 or by email at email@example.com.
Roland Clarke PhD (HC 1969-78)
In deo fides