Annual General Meeting March 2018
Annual General Meeting March 2018 Minutes
The Annual general meeting was held on Sunday 25th March 2018 at Noon at Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise.
Notice of AGM was sent by e-mail to members in advance by at least 21 days.
ATTENDANCE: Those in attendance were Sean McEvoy, Roland Frayne, John O’Neill, Martin Fleming, Matthew Byrne, Michael Harris, John Brady, Tim Crowley, Jerry Crowley, Michael Loughran, Rita Loughran, Olene Megaw, Eleanor Hendy, Ann Duffy, John Hendy, Paul Murphy, Adrian Violett, Timothy Keane, Raymond Megaw and William Cuddy.
APOLOGIES: Notices of apology for non-attendance were received from John Vahey, Gill Vahey, Bernard Duffy, Peter Duffy, John O’Neill, Robert Clarke, Lorraine Dunne, Vincent Kelly, Eamon Dunne, Sile Dunne, Clive Evans, David Lang, Michael Rigney, Austen Bromley, David Cuddy, Mick and Marie Jones, Thomas Connor, Robert Landen and Pat Daly.
REPORT OF HONORARY TREASURER: Financial statements were presented to Registrar of Companies by Cuddy, O’Leary & Foley Chartered Accountants on a pro bono basis. The surplus for 2017 is attributed to an increase in members paying their subscriptions on time. Costs again have been kept to a minimum with sponsorship for our printing costs. We are fully compliant with regard to our statutory duties. Our balance sheet reserves now stand at €10,000. Our treasury finances are sound and secure. He complimented our President for steadily uplifting our all Ireland motor club.
REPORT OF HONORARY SECRETARY: We convened via e-mail 15 gatherings/events. These were: AGM on 24th March 2017. In April we held the assembly hosted by David & Marian. In May we participated at a static car show at Punchestown organised by Vincent Kelly, our spring run at Youghal was hosted by Tim Crowley and the majority of Edwardian cars that took place on Pioneer run derived from our Club.
In June, 15 members escorted a bunch of German business visitors around Cork for a full day and Robert & Catherine Clarke hosted a day run based in Bandon, West Cork. In July, our week end 28th Annual Rally was based in Westport under the leadership of Thomas Connor. August was the month with a lot of activity. The bank holiday week end saw the Stradbally Steam Fair arranged by Paul Murphy & John Hendy.
The following week we attended the Moynalty Steam Threshing under John Brady. A new event, our Summer Picnic, an enjoyable occasion was brought to us by Peter and Bernard Duffy and their families & friends. Late in the month we attended Ford Fest in Ballinascarthy, a celebration of everything Ford to mark the centenary of the presence of Henry Ford & Son Limited in Ireland.
In September our annual Portlaoise Autumn Run was hosted by Sean McEvoy. October saw the now annual week end Brass Brigade run chaired by our member Shane Houlihan, President of IVVCC. Finally we co-shared a stand at the November Classic Car Show held at NEC in Birmingham.
We continue to publish our bi-annual newsletter “The Irish T Times” in Spring & Autumn 2017. We updated our website following each event and it is interesting to note its worldwide traffic. Our statutory financial statements are filed with CRO.
We welcomed 28 new members who joined our Club and hope that they will enjoy our friendship and use of Model Ts. These are Pat & Anna Morgan, John & Mary Hayes, Mark & Diana Richardson, Paul Keenan, John & Ann Eagers, Chris Bluer, Leonard & Enda Bone, John & Gillian Drew, Paul Noctor, Michael Comerford, Howard & Daphne Connolly, Michael G O’Mahony, David O’Mahony, Adrian & Caroline Violett, Nigel Hugo, Aidan Boran, Robert Lambert, Eimear Curran, Shane & Suzanna Houlihan, Thomas Brady, Gerry Bratton, Tom Tennyson, Lucas Foy, Ronald Frayne, Pat O’ Brien, Patrick Murphy, David Lang, Fiona Desmond.
We regret to announce that David Blackburn, our honorary member, died last December. Members may wish to note that his lands that stood the original farm house of the Ford family. We were frequent visitors to Lisselan Estate and always treated as honoured guests.
The Secretary expressed his appreciation of President Raymond Megaw, Treasurer Timothy Keane and Chairman Vincent Kelly. He paid tribute to the eleven event organisers. He complimented Lorraine Dunne for her stewardship of our Club clothing activities. Finally, he said he was grateful to members for their continuing support.
PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS: The President then addressed the members. He was proud to be at the helm of our Club in its record year on all fronts. There were 13 assemblies organised of varying kinds through the country and one in UK. We welcomed 28 new members to our Club. Thanks to members paying their subscriptions on time we were able to manage our finances, pay our bills and maintain our reserves. He thanked members for their encouragement and support and for the care they showed while driving our older cars on public roads.
ELECTIONS: Election of officers; following nomination and consideration by members, the results are:
- President – Raymond Megaw
- Chairman – Vincent Kelly
- Treasurer – Timothy Keane
- Secretary – William Cuddy
Committee comprises David Cuddy, Jerry Crowley, John O’Neill, Matthew Byrne, Paul Murphy and John Hendy.
Annual rally venues for the next three assemblies are 2018 Killaney – Timothy Keane and Matthew Byrne; 2019 Enniskillen – George Fulton; 2020 Kilkenny – Jerry Crowley.
2018 EVENTS: The events for 2018 were confirmed thus:
- ADARE Sunday 15th April 2018 David & Marian
- CALLEN Sunday 13th May 2018 Jerry & Una
- BALLINADEE Sunday 10th June 2018 John & Mary
- 29th ANNUAL EVENT Saturday 14th + Sunday 15th July 2018 Matthew & Timothy
- STRADBALLY Sunday 5th August 2018 Paul & John
- AUTUMN RUN Sunday 16th September 2018 John and Paul
CLUB CLOTHING: The Club appreciates the continuing efforts of Lorraine Dunne in managing club clothing, introducing new lines and keeping the stock and sales records in order. Members who wished to make a purchase were asked to contact Lorraine or our Secretary. Stock of clothing will be available at our larger events.
RDS MOTOR SHOW: The membership was complementary of John O’Neill in the organisation of the Club stand at the Car show held at RDS in Dublin earlier in the month. By all accounts, our stand was the most visited and best laid out by a mile.
Of particular interest was the working model of a T engine and transmission which attracted attention of visitor continuously throughout the two day event. Members considered that the entry price at €18 together with car park costs €7 may have been a factor in reduced attendance as compared with the last event of two years ago.
Consideration may be given to allowing the unit to be displayed at the 2018 NEC Car Show in Birmingham where we may co-share stand with Model T Register of Great Britain. A presentation expressing our appreciation for the considerable effort involved will be made at Adare to John.
APPRECIATION: Continuing the practice of gift giving to those who ran Club activities the Secretary presented President Raymond Megaw and Treasurer Timothy Keane with a hand turned Irish beech bowl as a token of our appreciation of their voluntary endeavor for and on behalf of us all, with thanks.
There being no further business the meeting ended at 1.00pm.