The letter below from Russell Deane, Chairman 2010 & 2011, outlines good reasons for joining the Association, apart from the social aspects.
Dear School Leaver,
First of all, my congratulations to you on behalf of the OFA for completing your schooling at WGS. I trust you achieved what you wanted and that you now move on to University, Further Training or a Work Career of your choice. Right now at this time in your life it will be about ‘what you know and less about whom you know’ but this will change, please let me explain; Following my A-levels my Economics Master, Mike Weston, secured me a job with the BBC as a trainee journalist. It soon became apparent that I needed a degree to progress with the BBC so the then Second Master, Neil Hart, managed to get me a University place with written Personal Statements from John Williams & Dave Evans from the school. Following my graduation I turned my back on journalism and began a career in corporate life with one of the UK’s largest companies. The Personnel Manager was an ex Grammar school boy and this helped me secure a Graduate Training Programme with this company. In my career since then I have bumped into many old boys from across the globe and we all share the same pride at having been a school boy at Watford Grammar School. This year for Annual Chairman’s OFA Dinner I tracked down many of my old class mates. In that group were Captains of industry – a Brigadier in the Army – famous Musicians – wealthy Entrepreneurs – senior Academics etc. etc. I have been amazed at the success of these boys over the years. To end the story, John Williams kindly contacted Josh Lewsey on my behalf and he was my guest speaker at the 2011 Dinner alongside Martin Post, who was a year above me at school and we both represented the school at Rugby. So at some point in your life it will be ‘less about what you know and more about whom you know’ and therefore I recommend you joining the Old Fullerians’ Association, a network of old boys spanning all ages, career sectors and geographical locations around the globe. We offer a free four year membership package for leavers. The normal annual membership cost is a mere £25. In years to come you will reap the benefits of being a member of the Association many times over – because we know a man who can help you when you need it most!!!
Yours sincerely Russell Deane,
Vice Chairman OFA 2012-2017.