Association of Open University Graduates
Honorary Life Membership
Tom Nisbet has been a member of AOUG since the early days and has served on the Executive Committee as the Executive Representative for Scotland and as an Officer. During his time in office, he not only fulfilled everything that was asked of him in the role he held but also took a very proactive interest in all Association issues. He researched aspects of other people's papers between meetings and was always able to add much to the discussions.
Apart from his roles, he took it upon himself to organise Annual Burns Weekends open to all members from any Region or Nation to attend. They were everything you would expect from a Burns' event, highland dancing, piper to greet the haggis and formal dining with plenty of whisky but Tom gave these weekend events even more, as his hospitality of the welcoming host and his personal guided tours of Burns properties, gave so many additional memories and helped bond AOUG members together.
However Tom did not restrict his enthusiastic love of dancing to these Burns weekends, as it was he, who would be first to dance at any AGM and he, who would tempt even the shyest of members onto the floor. Tom has always given the old “work hard, play hard” expression true meaning in his relationship with AOUG and he still continues to show the passion for the Association within Scotland where he acts as one of the active organisers of the Edinburgh Group. His warmth and support to all he meets shows the full meaning of the Association's fellowship. He is currently involved in organising the Annual Edinburgh New Year meal for local members and friends to which 20-30 regularly attend. Tom also assists with other Edinburgh Group activities and is one of the strong links that keeps Scottish members in touch with each other.
Proposed by Jean Hertzog
Approved by the Officers, the Executive Committee and the members - AGM May 2013