ODs living in Cape Town are fortunate enough to have physical access to the Mitre at any time. When ODs from abroad visit us, we are reminded by them how fortunate we are to be in Cape Town, in the shadows of Devils Peak.
WP and my predecessors have done an extraordinary job of ensuring that there is a busy roster of functions at the Mitre every week. Many of us are unable to travel to Cape Town to enjoy the luxurious and sensory pleasures that the Mitre has to offer, particularly Bruce Jack's wine and cider.
Our intention is therefore to ensure that this digital platform serves as the best substitute possible in the circumstances. It is not only an information and communication portal. It will be a digital manifestation of the Mitre, and all it has to offer.
Guided by the new ODU Constitution, and fuelled by the energy and passion of the Officers of the Committee, your Committee will, quite simply, do its job. That job is to give effect to the Mission of the Union:
The Mission of the Union is to bring together the Members of the Union, to keep them in touch with Bishops and the present students, to promote the interests and welfare of Bishops and to assist its Members as provided for in this Constitution.
In order to do this, your Committee must at the very least develop, maintain and support the worldwide network of ODs and support the humanitarian, environmental, educational and youth-related initiatives of its Members.
But what is a Union such as ours without you, its Members? The Committee, and the machinery housed within the Mitre, is here to serve you, and to create an enabling environment within which ODs can thrive, prosper and give full effect to the Bishops motto, and that is to serve its community Pro Fide et Patria.
I am acutely aware that it is the Committee's responsibility to be transparent and accountable in all that it does. We therefore look forward to your comments, queries, insights and support. Your committee is here to serve you.
Since having taken over as the Chairman, I have developed an extraordinary insight into and appreciation of my predecessors. It is an awesome responsibility. I look forward to serving the Union, the Committee and the ODs, and hope to achieve the highest standards set by Brian and Bruce.
As I settle into the role as the Chairman of your Committee, we will take you into our confidence, request your advice and share our achievements on and through this website.
We want to hear your opinions, ideas, news and views so please share with this community. What you post will be sent to a community administrator who will use it to create content for the website so please do share your thoughts with us.