Member Spotlight – Mark Aiston

Mark Aiston

Fine Art & Antique Handler, Owner of Aiston Fine Art Services

Patron Member

Joined: 2002

Born: Tynemouth, England

Lives: Port Washington, NY

What brought you to New York?

I came to New York in 1985, when I managed to invite myself on a two-week visit to the New York office of the UK company I worked for at the time. The wheels came off the bus when I met the redhead that I am still married to 30 years later, so much for a two week trip…

What do you enjoy about being a member of St. George’s Society?

I joined St. George’s quite a while ago and at the time I was happy being a part of what I saw as a traditional link to the UK, whilst doing good for the community. Having witnessed St. George’s Society’s development into a vibrant and connected business networking community and social group I am even more glad to be a part of the membership.

What is your favorite New York place or pastime?

I have so many, but I must say that Grand Central Station is probably my favourite. It’s such an incredible crossroads of the world. As to a favourite pastime? I love to drive out to the North Fork of Long Island, cross over to Shelter Island on the ferry and then ferry again to Sag Harbor, sampling the wines and seafood along the way, it’s a great day out!

Member Spotlight – June Briggs

June Briggs

Founder of Briggs Inc. (New York events company)

Patron Member

Joined: 2001

Born: New York, NY

Lives: Upper East Side, NY

What is your connection with the UK?

My English husband became a life member of St. George’s Society in 1957 shortly after he came to the United States. He keeps up his connections with family, friends and organizations in England.

What do you enjoy about being a member of St. George’s Society?

Associating with a delightful array of people, and a satisfaction that derives from the knowledge that deserving people, beneficiaries and scholars, are being helped by our efforts – ‘feeling good while doing good’.

What is your favorite New York place or pastime?
Reading, dining with friends and involvement in amateur theatre productions – and Central Park especially in the Spring.

Member Spotlight – Charles Arrowsmith

Charles Arrowsmith

Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of The British Consul General, NY

Junior Member

Joined: 2012

Born: Oxford, England

Lives: Brooklyn, NY

What brought you to New York?

I joined the Mountbatten Institute’s New York programme in August 2011, and arrived here for the first time in an airport shuttle bus with all my things in a rucksack to take on a year-long internship at the British Consulate. Four years on, I’m still standing!

What do you enjoy about being a member of St. George’s Society?

Besides having a very worthy philanthropic function, St. George’s Society offers a ton of great, fun ways to meet other people in the city – invaluable, particularly when you first arrive. And, of course, I love running the regular quiz nights with the Society!

What is your favorite New York place or pastime?

I’m a big cinemagoer, and there are dozens of great theaters in the city. The IFC Center and Film Forum are probably my favourites, and both leave you very well-placed for a post-movie beer in the West Village.

The next GREAT British Pub Quiz hosted by Charles will take place on 16th September at The Churchill. To register a team please RSVP to George@stgeorgessociety.org