Clonliffe 2009 AGM

Dec 2, 2009 [Noel Guiden ] The Clonliffe Harriers 124th Annual General Meeting took place in the club gymnasium last night. There was an excellent attendance involving a cross section of club members, both young and old and from sprinters to marathon runners and everything in between, in fact its fair to say that this was probably the best attended AGM in maybe the last 20 years.

The club captain, ladies captain and juvenile captain reported on the club’s athletic successes over the past year, the highlights of which included the Junior Men and Senior Men’s winning of the National Cross Country Title, the winning of the National League Premier title, the club’s performance in the European Club’s Cross Country and European Club’s Track and Field, the winning by the club’s athletes of eleven medals at the National Track and Field Championships, the growth in our ladies section and the successes of the ladies section in finishing third in Division 1 of the National League and the wining of medals by the ladies team in Dublin Cross Country at novice, intermediate and senior level. The juvenile captain reported on the continued growth of the juvenile section and the successes of the juvenile athletes and their progression into the junior and senior ranks and appealed to the those senior and master members who may have some time available to assist with the coaching of the juvenile athletes. The Honorary Secretary in his report provided an overview of the year, congratulated the club’s athletes and coaches on their successes and provided the meeting with an update on the current status regarding the management of the Morton Stadium. The club Treasurer presented a very favourable set of accounts which demonstrated that the club was in a healthy financial position, however, cautioned that going forward with the expense which the club would be incurring particularly with competing in the European Club Championships that there would be requirement for a concerted effort by the club and its members to assist in fundraising for all of these ventures and particularly encouraged all members to become involved in the club lotto scheme.

The President in his address outlined the fantastic achievements of the club over the previous twelve months congratulating the athletes, coaches and club’s administrators, he highlighted the continued growth of the juvenile and ladies section of the club and the thriving club section via the club’s Grand Prix Series, he also congratulated the Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer on their handling of the club’s finances, he provided the meeting with an update on the club’s involvement in the European Cross Country Championships and the good news that work was now commencing courtesy of Dominic Brannigan and John Bourke on the long awaited history of Clonliffe Harriers book.

The meeting elected the following Officers and Committee members for 2010:

Club President – Paddy Marley

Honorary Secretary – Noel Guiden

Honorary Treasurer – Paddy Tuite

Club Captain – Joe Cooper

Ladies Captain – Pamela Cooper

Three Committee members – Tom Monks, Mick Kearney and Noreen Keane

Trustees – Maurice Ahern, Tommy Griffin and Sean O’Neill

The following Motions were passed:

1. ‘that the financial year of the club commence on the 1st of October and end on the 30th of September’

2. ‘that participation by clubs as National Champions in European Club competition as National Champions be recognised by Athletics Ireland under the category of high performance and that an appropriate level of funding be made available by Athletics Ireland to the participating club’

3. ‘that the club hold an annual awards presentation to recognise the achievements of the club’s athletes, coaches and adminstrators’

Various matters discussed under Any Other Business including a suggestion that the club provide for ice baths for post training, a fundraising initiative courtesy of Larry Brady and the ‘younger’ members of the club and that any club member with an idea as to how to appropriately mark the club’s 125th anniversary in 2011 put their suggestions either in writing or by email to the Committee.