For those of you who could not attend Sunday's Annual General Meeting the following is a brief summary of some of the key points which emerged.
The Financial Statements for the year were adopted and Treasurer Mark Reilly was thanked for all his good work on the Accounts. Niall Robinson was also thanked for his support to the Treasurer in respect of recording and paying over to the Receiver the membership subscriptions on the agreed basis.
Hon Secretary John Horan reported on the major events of the past twelve months. His report covered items such as the extensive calendar of Club golfing competitions and he thanked the Committee members involved with these. He also complimented Handicap Secretary, Greg Edwards on his overseeing of this important aspect. The successful fundraising efforts from the Rumble for Crumlin and the Captains Charity Day were a tribute to all those members who supported these worthwhile causes.
On the Interclub front it was noted that a wide range of Members had been involved in these competitions as players or managers on behalf of Tulfarris. He said that the Club had done particularly well to win 15 of the Club’s 22 ‘head to head’ matches and to get through to the semi-final of the South Leinster Trophy competition.
He thanked Resort General Manager Mark Howell and Course Superintendent David Brady and all their staff for their assistance during the year. He also particularly thanked Norma in the Golf Shop for her assistance to members.
He concluded by thanking the Committee for their work during the year and paid tribute to the outgoing Captain Les Broderick, not just for his work as Captain but also in previous years in other capacities. As he was ‘standing down’ as Hon Secretary he said he wished to thank members generally for their support and friendship over the years. (Similarly, I send my thanks to all the members through this email).
The Captain then presented John with a memento to mark his many years of service to the club in a variety of positions.
In his Outgoing Captains Address Les Broderick thanked the Members for giving him the honour to serve as Club Captain for the past year. He was pleased to note that Tulfarris had grown its membership in the past year, despite the opposite being the trend in other clubs. He also welcomed the planned retention of fees at their current level and the continuing satisfactory condition of the course overall. He was pleased that there was a good club atmosphere overall and he referred to plans for a new members’ bar area at the hotel.
He thanked all the Committee Members and the members generally for their support during the year. Les finished by wishing the incoming Captain Ciaran every success in the year ahead.
The following Officers and members of the Committee were deemed to be elected for the coming year.
Captain Ciaran Curley
Vice Captain Kieran Ryan
Hon Secretary Shemus Dore
Hon Treasurer Mark Reilly
Committee Greg Edwards, Ronnie Carroll, Peter Pedersen, John McCarthy
It was noted that in addition to these Les Broderick would act as “ex-officio” and Niall Robinson would continue in his second year as President.
In his Incoming Captains Address Ciaran Curley thanked Les for the nomination as Captain which he said was a huge honour and privilege for him. He said he also wished to acknowledge the trojan work of John Horan over many years. He welcomed Shemus Dore to the Committee and said he looked forward to the opportunity to work with all of the Committee in serving the needs of members in the year ahead.
He also said he would work with the Greens Committee and David Brady, he would strongly support the Interclubs with a view to bringing home a pennant and he looked forward to a strengthening of the Junior Club with Tom O’Neill.
Resort General Manager, Mark Howell stressed the importance of retaining existing membership and growing additional memberships through the referral system in the coming year.
There was a lengthy discussion on a range of matters including the condition of bunkers. David Brady outlined in some detail how these matters are dealt with and it was noted that an additional sum of money had been ‘approved’ for phase 1 of a bunker improvement programme in 2015. This would be done in full consultation with the club through the Greens Committee. At the conclusion of this particular discussion it was noted that the overall standard of the course at Tulfarris was something that the members generally were very proud of and this was endorsed by the members at the meeting.
Mark Howell was thanked for his support for and assistance to the Golf Club in the past year and also for his hosting of the finger food reception which followed the Meeting.
Finally, as I am handing over now to Shemus Dore future emails will come from him. Shemus also will be glad to hear from members on matters of club business at his email address email@example.com
(Former Hon Secretary)