Sunday, December 6, 2015

Secretary’s report for year ending December 2015

Mick Bouchier
Hon. Secretary, Cork Chapter

5th Dec 2015

Documents for each delegate.

1.             Agenda 2015 AGM
2.             Financial Report 2015
3.             Current Cork Committee
4.             Proposed workshop dates 2016/17

Two years have gone by since I took up the role of Secretary for the Cork Chapter.
I am very grateful for all the help I have received from our Chairman, John Ahern and all members of the Committee.
This is not a Lifetime role and is open to anybody who would be willing to take it on.

Two of our members sadly died during the year under very unexpected circumstances, Charlie Cullinane on the 21st July and Maurice Cashman on the 28th October.
Three of our members had family bereavements during the year and we would like to offer our condolences to them:
First we had the very sad passing of Eileen O’Donoghue, Leo’s wife, we all remember her kindly ways and her catering skills every September at their home in Little Island.
P.J. O’Brien’s  father, Peter O’Brien died on the 26th August and John Ahern’s
Mother-in-law, Margaret (Peggy) Sweeney also died on the 26th August.
If there were bereavements in other member’s families that we are not aware of, we offer our condolences.
Here is a reminder of events that occurred during 2015.
We held 11 Workshops, 3 in member’s own homes, two of which were full day events and the Woodspun Exhibition and Sale in the Old Mill (James O’Neill) in Kinsale.
We also had a day out in Ballycotton and a day out in Lisnavagh Wood in Carlow.

We extend our thanks to all the hosts and demonstrators

         January       Home: Padraig MacAnFhaillghigh
February     School: Peter Manning and Ger Hennessy
         March         School: John Ahern and Jerry Twomey
         April           1day Seminar in Midleton Park Hotel with Mick Hanbury and Philip Mahon visiting Demonstrators ably supported by our own Demonstrators : John Ahern and Peter Manning.
         May            School: Charlie Ryan
June            School: John O’Shea and David Lee
June            Sea Fishing  & Ballycotton Island trip  with Peter Manning
July            Trip to Lisnavagh Woods in Carlow
July            Home: Kieran Higgins
August        No W/S as it clashed with the Woodspun Exhibition and Sale in the Old Mill, Kinsale which was also extended into September, thanks to Tony Farrell.
         September   Home: Tony Farrell
         October       Home: Leo O’Donoghue
         November   School: Brian Goulding and Paddy Lynch
         December    School: Pat Carroll and AGM

We also thank the wives / partners and families of those who held the home Workshops for letting us into their homes and for the wonderful hospitality shown.

We are looking for new demonstrators for the coming year. .
If there are any volunteers for the role of Demonstrator, they can give their names to the Secretary.

This has been a busy and eventful year when we achieved many of the objectives set out at last year's AGM and here I will remind you of some of those objectives.

We started on the 21st February with free lessons to members. We are grateful to the Demonstrators who gave of their time to this worthwhile venture.

Ger Hennessy came up with a Safety Statement for the Chapter for the School and Home Workshops having put a lot of research into same with Jerry Twomey , Christy FitzPatrick and David Lee.

Dave Lee made up a safety screen for the Lathe which is very effective, no need now to sit out of the line of fire!
We have a copy of Glen Lucas’ video in our Library plus videos of our own Workshops which are on sale for €5.

We had the One Day Seminar on April 18th in the Midleton Park Hotel with outside Demonstrators Mick Hanbury and Philip Mahon.
This event was well supported by the members including our neighbours from Kerry who are always supportive. We got some sponsorship from the National Executive for prizes on the day.
We were well represented by our local Demonstrators John Ahern and Peter Manning.
The event was ably filmed by Bill O’Mahony and Ger Hennessy.
The following day there was a Master Class given by Mick Hanbury at Tony Farrell’s Workshop.

Charlie Ryan travelled from Dublin to give a demonstration at the school on the 16th May.

On June 24th there was the trip to Ballycotton, ½ day Fishing & ½ day on Ballycotton Island with a meal arranged by Peter Manning in a local Hostelry.

I finally got some jackets from Murray’s of Charleville. They ran out of the most popular sizes but it is open to members to call to Murrays to fit on jackets in the shop.

On the 27th July we had a trip to Lisnavagh Woods in Carlow where we had a demonstration on Bowl Coring by resident Woodturner, Willie McHutcheon.
We ended the day with a meal in Mick Burke’s Hotel in Dungarvan.
Seventeen people went on this trip and we had a very pleasant journey thanks to our driver Michael Pattwell in the Togher Scout’s Bus.

We had over 7 weeks of Woodspun Exhibition and Sale in Old Mill (James O’Neill Building), Kinsale during Cork Craft Month starting on the 7th August and ending on the 27th September.
Our thanks to Tony Farrell, Kieran Higgins and to Mars O’Reilly and members of Cork Craft & Design of which we are now an Associate Member, for their help.
I would also like to thank the members who gave of their time to act as Invigilators during the Exhibition.

I finally got the Crests for the Chapter and they are for sale with John O’Shea for €5.

The AGM is even becoming a popular event and this year we had Pat Carroll demonstrating this morning as you are all aware and we would like to continue with this format in 2016.

Cork was well represented at the National Seminar in Dublin, with ten members attending.

The monthly competitions were reasonably well supported this year, some months being better than others.
Christy Fitzpatrick took on the responsibility of competition secretary this year.

Michael Pattwell has ably kept our Facebook Page and our Blog page updated and ensured that the Chapter notes were included in the Journal.

If any of you have an email address or mobile number that are not currently listed and would like to receive notifications by email or text, please give them to the Secretary.

Many members are involved in the setting up the room, preparing tea and coffee and then cleaning up afterwards, so well done to you all for participating.
A big thank you to Marea Power and the people in the school for letting us use their facilities for which we are very grateful. 

Also I congratulate our treasurer, John O’Shea, on his eight successful year in that role and also the role of Membership Secretary.
That concludes my report for 2015.

Thank you very much.

Mick Bouchier, Secretary of the Cork Chapter