Association of Open University Graduates
Honorary Life Membership
Margaret Brett has been the ground-rock of AOUG in London for many, many years and through difficult times, saw many Executive Representatives come and go, with their differing ideas of what should happen in the London Region, but regardless of the many changes, she offered a constant support to them. Whether there has been an Executive Representative in post or not, Margaret has continued to organise regular London meals, with many opportunities for members to keep in touch and often with linked visits or other activities to expand the programme.
When no Executive Representative was in post, Margaret would herself submit Diary Dates and articles for both OMEGA and the London website pages and she would liaise direct with the Association Development Officer or Chairman to ensure that the London members were up to date on Association developments. Margaret was herself an Executive Representative around eighteen years ago and, fully understanding all the work involved, has tried to recruit suitable members willing to take on the role whenever it became vacant. During her time as Executive Representative she took a keen interest in the affairs of the Association and made important contributions to the overall work of its development.
However London is not the only Region whose survival, Margaret has had a significant influence over, as she was one of the founder members of the Region 02 Oxford Group and in addition to all the London meals, she still attends as many of the Oxford activities as her busy schedule will allow.
Therefore, although one particular action might not be singled out to justify the granting of an Honorary Life Membership to Margaret, the length of dedicated service undertaking the mundane, yet essential, roles within London and Oxford, without any desire for recognition, have made her a symbol of AOUG`s grassroots that the Association relies upon and she is more than worthy to receive this honour.
Proposed by Ramsey Hertzog
Approved by the Officers, the Executive Committee and the members - AGM May 2013