Chairperson, Ted Rooney, welcomed us all to the Killashee Hotel on this gloriously sunny day, promising a short meeting so that we could get back out to the sun! Martin Hoban, Vice Chair was invited to join the “top table” personnel in prep for promotion at next AGM. Ted also welcomed the “new” retirees. Fidelma read the minutes of the last meeting which were adapted.
Fidelma gave thorough account of our financial situation, explaining that this is is how our lovely dinner can be subsidised! Well done Fidelma.
No sign of Billy again, but Mary McCarthy ably accounted for the executive discussions and referred us to CONASC for updates on pay and conditions. Mary advised those retirees who are subbing to take out membership with INTO. A show of hands on who has and uses “MEMBERSHIP PLUS” cards revealed that very few do – it is a hugely expensive scheme that must be questioned as to value!!!! I think a survey is to follow shortly!
Mary had a number of copies of “Laois, Age Friendly County”, an information guide to services for older people in Laois. Mary recommended that much of the information was available from Citizens Advice or Citizens Information
Mary also announced the Laois RTA invitation to a Golf Outing/Scramble on September 13th in Abbeyleix Golf Club (a great course, I’m assured!) Ted is also checking out dates in Athy Golf Club for a Kildare outing.
Brian Keyes gave a short account of the Dancing group which although has dwindling numbers is still great craic! they are taking a break for the summer but will resume mid September and hope that some new people will join.
For an account of Trip to Waterford, Ted referred group to WEBSITE where there is an account and photos of trip.
A presentation to Breda (me) for work on website was gratefully received. I was also delighted to get some pics of the Ballycane retirees’ Picnic in Bluebell woods for the site!
I’m sure you’re all receiving email about the new GDPR – a new act on privacy and data protection. There was some discussion on contact details for the 349 members in the branch – opt-in/opt-out …. more about that at a later date!
RAFFLE AND MEAL
We finished up the meeting with the Raffle – once again thanks to Fidelma – before adjourning to the dining room for grub and chat.