Association of Open University Graduates
Honorary Life Membership
Lewis McKay is one of the unsung heroes, one of those reliable workers out in the Regions and Nations without whom, AOUG would never have survived to this Silver Anniversary. There is no one thing that you might choose to identify as a reason for granting him Honorary Life Membership but there are hundreds, probably thousands, of small seemingly insignificant things that Lewis keeps doing tirelessly for the Association he believes in. He has been part of the strong foundations of AOUG in Scotland and has, with the support of other significant local members, maintained an Edinburgh group despite the many times that Scotland has been without an Executive Representative.
Lewis co-ordinates a monthly programme of activities for Edinburgh with numerous lectures of high academic importance, and organises local communication systems that make the local members aware of all that is planned. Then for those further afield, he makes them aware of these activities by sending all the Edinburgh Diary Dates for every edition of OMEGA. Lewis also ensures that information is provided for the Nations` pages of the website and that information is passed to whoever is producing the Local Newsletter for Scotland.
The Edinburgh Group was founded even before the existence of AOUG and had a strong presence on the AOUG Steering Committee, and thanks to Lewis it is still strong today with a large group of regular attenders at events. Although doing most of the work one would normally expect of an Executive Representative, no one has ever managed to persuade this unassuming man to take up the role officially. Lewis is happy to do his bit in Scotland, but travelling “south of the border” to attend Executive Committee meetings has never been of interest to him. Local AOUG members are where his interests lie and he maintains a long and dedicated service to them without any desire for recognition.
Proposed by Ramsey Hertzog
Approved by the Officers, the Executive Committee and the members - AGM May 2013