Member Spotlight Ele Timson

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Ele Timson
Account Director
Freedman International

Individual Member
Joined: 2012
Born: Worcestershire, England
Lives: Upper East Side, NYC

What brought you to New York? I transferred from Freedman’s London office to manage our East Coast clients. It had always been a dream of mine to live here so, when the opportunity came up, I jumped at it.

What do you enjoy about being a member of St. George’s Society? The networking and social calendar is great. I’m lucky to have met such a great bunch of people at the regular GEORGE events. And meeting Jonny Wilkinson at the British Bash wasn’t bad either!

What is your favourite New York place or pastime? I’m a huge music fan and New York has so much to offer in that regard. One of my favourite spots for live music is Rockwood Music Hall on Allen Street.

 

Heat Wave Support for Seniors

A heat wave can be dangerous for some vulnerable groups, especially seniors. Many of St. George’s Society’s elderly beneficiaries live alone and do not have family members or friends to make sure they are protected during extreme weather conditions. Thanks to a generous contribution from our board member Vaughan Tredwell, we were able to take action to avoid the severe health problems often caused by hot weather.

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Julie Rosenberg delivering a fan in Brooklyn

The Society’s social workers began the process by identifying who of our beneficiaries is at most risk.  The criteria is often: single, multiple medication prescriptions and diagnosis, no family involvement, poor ventilation in apartment, fear about leaving windows open, and most importantly lacking the resources to replace or buy cooling supports.

St. George’s Society social worker, Julie Rosenberg, and volunteer, Chris Evans, utilized their knowledge of Brooklyn and found a small family-owned appliance store to purchase two air conditioners and five fans for seven Brooklyn beneficiaries (interestingly, all our identified beneficiaries lived in Brooklyn). Julie and Chris delivered the fans to five different locations and the air conditioners were installed and in use a day later. Thanks to Julie and Chris hand-delivering the fans, the Society not only saved money on delivery charges but more importantly, provided these beneficiaries with feelings of care and protection.

A couple of weeks earlier, Mary Lamasney (SGS social worker) was contacted by a doctor at New York Methodist Hospital who was concerned about one of our beneficiaries. The doctor explained that the elderly gentleman had been to the ER with an elevated blood pressure, chest pains and dehydration. He was concerned about the senior’s apartment being too hot, especially since he was on multiple cardiac medications, so Mary agreed that an air conditioner was needed immediately.

Initially the beneficiary refused an air conditioner because he was concerned about an increase to his Con Ed bill each month but Mary reassured him that the Society would help if the expense became too much for him to manage (so far he has not required any additional financial assistance). We were able to get an air conditioner unit delivered that afternoon; his superintendent carried it up the three flights and installed it with a safety bracket. It is now operational and the beneficiary is medically stable and extremely thankful.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Vaughan Tredwell and all of our generous donors for helping us to provide lifesaving assistance to people who depend on it.

 

Baseball: An All-American Sport?

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The first ever Baseball World Cup in 1938 was won by the host nation, England. Yet, the history of Baseball in Britain goes back much further than this to the 18th Century. In honor of our friends at GB Baseball and their upcoming Baseball World Championships here in New York, we look at the ‘Doubleday Myth’ and the mounting evidence of the British roots of this traditionally American sport.

According to legend, Abner Doubleday invented the game of baseball in 1839 in Cooperstown, New York (hence the reason Cooperstown serves as home to the Baseball Hall of Fame). However, in the late 19th century and early 20th century, a dispute arose about the origins and many historians have considered the Doubleday story faulty, not least because Doubleday was never in Cooperstown in 1839.

image_01The ‘Doubleday myth’ was backed by Chicago Clubs President Albert Spalding (the man with his name on the baseballs) and in 1905 he called for an investigation into how the sport was invented. Spalding chose the committee’s members, picking men who supported his theory and in 1908 it named Doubleday as the creator of baseball.

Upon his death in 1893, Doubleday left behind a number of documents and letters, none of which mentioned baseball.  Furthermore, references to games resembling the sport existed long before Doubleday was even born. Jane Austen for example, mentions baseball in her work Northanger Abbey written in 1798, over forty years before the Doubleday game, describing her heroine as preferring “cricket, base-ball, riding on horseback, and running about the country at the age of fourteen, to books.”

The oldest known reference to baseball, discovered in 2008 in a shed in Surrey, was a handwritten diary by local lawyer William Bray. On Easter Monday 1755 Bray writes “Went to stoke church this morn. After dinner, went to Miss Jeale’s to play at base ball with her three Miss Whiteheads…”stacks.cricket.mcc

So why the myth? In the wake of the Civil War, America experienced a surge of nationalism, not an uncommon occurrence following times of great calamity. The growing sport of Base Ball, which was becoming popular throughout all socioeconomic classes, seemed an obvious solution to help heal the division between North and South and hence Spalding’s efforts to build up and promote the idea of baseball as “America’s game.”

The first official verified game of baseball in the U.S. was held in 1846 at Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey; 57 years before the first world series. Since that time, baseball has grown into a truly American pastime, with 11.5 million people playing across the US and 6 Major and Minor Leagues.

Competition within international baseball is also fierce. Baseball featured as an Olympic sport from 1992-2008 and has been confirmed as a feature for the 2020 Games in Tokyo. This September, for the first time since 2012, Great Britain will be represented in the World Baseball Championships at MCU Park in Brooklyn. To find out more and to buy tickets click on the image below:

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August Membership Perks

 

New York revival of the 1953 play, A Day by the Sea by British playwright N.C. Hunter

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A Day by the Sea is a warm, human and often humorous depiction of the “crisis” of middle age. Julian Anson, a once-promising Foreign Service employee, confronts professional disappointment and personal failure while picnicking along the English seaside. Jolted into the realization that maybe it’s not too late – he seizes an opportunity to correct his past mistakes and start fresh – but will the results be any different?

Date: Jul 22 – Sep 24

Venue: The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street
Website: www.minttheater.org

Special Offer: Tickets for $49.75 (regularly $57.50)

 


5% Discount on all purchases at this British online florist

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Date: Ongoing

Venue: Online deliveries to the UK
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Special Offer: 5% discount on all purchases