Ballinasloe Active Retirement A.G.M.2022

After an absence of two years there was relief and smiles on the faces of the large attendance at the A.G.M which was held in Gullane’s Hotel on 2/2/2022.

The Chairperson, Margaret Brennan welcomed everyone especially new members

We remember with fondness our members who have died since we last met in Feb.2020. May they rest in peace.

Unfortunately ,all our carefully planned activities, outings and trips were cancelled as a result of Covid ’19. The last couple of years was a time like no other. The Pandemic put the whole world in lockdown and all the over 70’s cocooning. We felt a huge sense of isolation and we missed the comraderie of our colleagues in the A.R.A.

However, “TO DAY IS A GOOD DAY” to quote Michael Martin, our Taoiseach, when he spoke to the nation with the easing of the majority of restrictions and we all surely feel that way, we now have to gradually move forward and get comfortable socializing and adjusting to a new “normal”. Covid is still with us but it has taught us how older people can deal with a crisis.

The Secretary, Deirdre Hogan said instead of our usual report on all our activities there was now a blank page. During the year we attended a special Mass to celebrate the lives of the 21 members we have lost during the pandemic These were our friends who have touched our lives and happily travelled with us on the path of life..

St. Patrick’s Day parade is the next up-coming event and we look forward to taking part. We hope to be among the prizewinners once again !!

A more joyful event is on the calendar for Friday, March 25th 2022 when we celebrate our 20th anniversary in Gullane’s Hotel .

The Chairperson thanked Phil Kelly outgoing secretary of the Social Committee, for all her dedicated work in arranging trips over the years.

The outgoing Treasurer Mary Slattery, reported on a healthy bank balance

The election of Officers then followed –

Chairperson – Margaret Brennan. Assistant Chairperson – Mgt. McDonnell

Secretary – Deirdre Hogan

Treasurer – Michael Colohan, Asst.Treasurer -Anne Duffy

Executive Committee:

Mgt. Brennan, Deirdre Hogan, Ml .Colohan, Goretti Fallon, Fr. Benny Flanagan,

Anne Duffy, Mgt,McDonnell, Angela Flynn

Social Committee:

Anne Duffy ,Anne Murray, Bridie Whelan, Maura Rafter ,Ann Stevens

P.R.O – Chris O’Flynn

I.T-.Douglas Rafter

The aim of our group is to enhance the lives of older people and eliminate loneliness through friendship ,information and communication .Members can avail of a wide range of activities which include, Bowls, Bridge, Book club, Singing Group (under the direction of the wonderful Marie Power) Walking group followed by light exercises, and Knitting/Crafts

Monthly meetings for all members are held on the first Wed. of the month in Gullane’s Hotel at 3o’c

Informal meeting every other Wednesday in Gullane’s at 3 o’c

New members are always welcome

Enquiries to Margaret Brennan, Ph. 0909642061. Or Chris O’Flynn Ph. 087 6492466

You can visit our Website www.ballinasloeactiveretirement.com

Chris O’Flynn  P.R.O,

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