Chairman Transcript – 2nd Forum Meeting
Our existing school principal, Mr pillay, existing educators, past educators, the governing body of
rylands high and the Executive of the Rylands High Alumni, Good evening, aslaamu alaikum, Namaste.
Does anybody here know the story of the 7 small stones?
It goes like this.
In the Bible, It says that God gives us roughly “3 SCORE AND 10” in this world.
Now what does this mean?? It roughly equates to Man having more or less 70 years on this earth.
SO, let us assume that each small stone represents 10 years of your life.
Now without giving away my age, FOR ME PERSONALLY AS IS THE CASE WITH MOST OF YOU,
U have to take away 5 stones. That leaves us with 2 stones left of your life.
It goes without saying that we can’t achieve too much between the ages of 60 and 70, and so lets take another stone away.
THAT LEAVES MOST OF US WITH REALLY ONLY 1 STONE LEFT. SCARY THOUGHT, ISNT IT?
THIS IS WHERE MOST OF US ARE.
HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SPEND THAT ONE STONE THAT YOU HAVE LEFT IN YOUR LIFE???
Truth is NON OF US KNOW HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE LEFT ON THIS EARTH.
IN THE END, what is left will be your actions, the memories you have left behind and
How you made people feel, and the difference you made in peoples lives.
Our lives today are just so busy and hectic that we don’t pause to acknowledge the relationship of good
friends and Mentors that shaped our lives so positively over the years.
THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THIS ALUMNI BODY WISHES TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS REUNION.
When I spoke to Mr Waja Saturday evening, he was as excited to see all of you as you are to see him.
He did not say it but I got the distinct impression what he was trying to say was that “
This is my twilight years, and if only you all know how much this means to me!!!!
Through expressions of Caring and Sharing, the Lord Krishna in the Bhagavat Gita says
“ONE WHO DOES NOT HELP TO KEEP THE WHEEL OF CREATION IN MOTION BY SEVA
& WHO REJOICES ONLY IN SENSE PLEASURES, THAT SINFUL PERSON LIVES IN VAIN.”
SO, I don’t want to spend too much time talking, except to share with you the most elementary info about
this reunion. There are some teachers that I have last seen 30 years ago and I doubt they even going to
recognise me. We are all looking forward to a bit of catching up tonight.
First and foremost, this reunion stretches from the start of the school till 1990.
We still want all learners and teachers names, but for now, this is our focus.
For logistical reasons, we just cannot do a reunion with all ex students. In time, we will get to the rest.
I am happy to announce that the date of the reunion is 21 Feb 2015.
The VENUE for the event will be in Pinelands at the OLD MUTUAL HALL IN THE PRESENTATION COURT YARD.
THE HALL BOOKING HAS BEEN CONFIRMED AND PAID FOR, IS NOW REALLY REALLY CASTE IN STONE.
It was a tough call to put a price on the actual invite since we really want all ex rylanders to attend.
In the end, we came up with a figure of R150 per invite. We are well aware that price should be more, but our finance sub
committee is hard at work sourcing sponsorship. In this regard, all help will be appreciated.
Can I please ask the RH Alumni EXECUTIVE TO STAND UP AND STEP FORWARD.
Ladies and Gentelaman this group of people continuously works tirelessly behind the scenes to garner support
for the reunion and make the event a success and they truly deserve a round of applause. Really, each and everyone
that serves on this body, their hearts are in it completely.
THIS REUNION IS LONG OVERDUE and we have many excited about it.
Cape Town has seen many school reunions over the years, but I want to assure you, that this is going to be
One event that you will not want to miss. PLEASE PREBOOK AND PAY FOR YOUR TICKET SOONER THAN LATER.
ONCE WE ARE SOLD OUT, YOU WOULD HAVE MISSED THE BOAT. THE HALL CAN ONLY
ACCOMMODATE SO MANY SEATS.
Over the many tears, we have also sadly lost ex educators and ex learners and friends.
Thait is life, and as sad as this might appear, WE are still alive and have much to be grateful for.
In the Quraan, God tell us, “and which of the favours of your Lord will Ye deny??
WE TRULY HAVE MUCH TO BE GRATEFUL FOR. WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO CELEBRATE OUR AGING
BY REMEMBERING THOSE SHAPED IT FOR US IN THE PAST, BE IT FRIENDS OR MENTORS. OUR SUCCESS AND
ACCOMPLISHMENTS WILL BE A DIRECT RESULT OF YOUR COMMITMENT, LOYALTY AND SUPPORT. I WANT TO
SAY THIS SLOWLY. “ USE YOUR LAST STONE WISELY.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE, ACKNOWLEDGE RELATIONSHIPS , SHOW GRATITUDE AND MAKE IT EVEN STRONGER.
Please help us to enrich your lives as well as pay homage to those that enriched yours and those of generations to come.
SPREAD THE WORD. SPREAD THE LOVE. THANK YOU FOR COMING TONIGHT.
BUY THE INVITE, MAKE SURE YOUR NAME AND DETAILS ARE DOWN ON OUR DATABASE.
Looking forward to see you at the event and please again, spread the word.
CHAIRMAN, RYLANDS HIGH ALUMNI