The Trustees were hosted at University College by the Master (head) Sir Ivor Crewe, himself a trustee, for a dinner to mark the retirement of John Clarke from the Devas Board last year after 10 years of service, latterly as the Chief Operating Officer. In his remarks thanking John for his many contributions to the Club, Dr Paul Flather (now the longest serving trustee with 30 years service), paid tribute to the work of all fellow trustees but especially to John for his knack of bringing in new faces and new partners to the Club. This outreach work has greatly benefitted the Club both in terms of developing fresh local links, and of producing new users of the Club’s excellent facilities.
Welcome to our second Devas Newsletter, which is designed to keep you up-to-date with the latest news, views, activities and fundraising linked to our Club – now in its 144th year. As our logo designates, Devas is about offering a range of opportunities to local young people’ and all of us associated with the Club are proud of what we currently offer. As our Chair of Trustees, Andrew Griffith reports in our forthcoming Annual Report 2017-18: “Our Club shows itself in good health and continues to provide a fantastic range of activities and opportunities for its members. Our
membership numbers – more than 200 regular participants and 400 joining our activities – are at record highs as detailed in this report, and our buildings clearly demonstrate the benefits of the investment programme undertaken over recent years. Our efforts on income generation are also beginning to bear fruit.”