We held our AGM for 2020 last night, 9th November. As we have had no face to face meetings since March because of Covid, our meeting was held via Zoom.
This is the first time as a Club that we have held a Zoom meeting. It was very successful. Full credit to all the Committee members who made it work.
About 28 members were present.
The meeting followed the normal procedure, with minutes of the previous AGM, followed by addresses by the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
This was followed by the election of the new Committee. As a reward for all his hard work over the last year, Manuel was re-elected Chairman. Julianna remains on as Secretary and Antoinette will continue as Treasurer. Tom T, who was POTY Officer last year, continues on on the Committee. Following years of sterling service, Pam, Patty and JON (otherwise known as John O'Neill) have stepped down from the Committee. A huge thanks to them for the work they have done over the years.
To replace them, Fergus, Sheila, Dutch Peter and John Riordan were elected. Good luck to them over the year.
During the meeting, our new POTY judges were announced. All the outgoing judges, with the exception of Terry, have stepped down. To replace them, Novice judges will be Manuel, Jorge and Liam W. Intermediate judges will be Fergus and Brendan. To join Terry, who has strapped in for another year as Advanced judge, we welcome as guest judge Richie Dwyer, from Kilkenny Photographic Society.
Following the formalities, there was a long discussion, under AOB, about plans for the Club next year, in view of the uncertainty caused by Covid. Judging by the tone of the conversation, there is huge support for the Club and great hope for the future. POTY will continue in the present format for the time being. Zoom will be used extensively for as long as there is a need. Covid is seen as a temporary blip and we will be back bigger and stronger than ever.