The 69th A.G.M. of Thurles Golf Club differed from its many predecessors in one important aspect - the election of the President. This is always a significant occasion but had this time a new and popular feature in the succession of Jean Butler to the long and unvaried line of male chief executives.
Thus the equal membership now in effect has been given proper recognition as the club is headed by Jean, stepping up from the vice-presidential role held during 2012.
Under the capable chairmanship of the outgoing William O’Grady the session was initiated by his opening statement. In this he thanked the membership for the honour and for excellent support during his year, with particular reference to the Governing Body, the Mens and Ladies’ clubs, as well as his fellow officers.
Chairman William proposed Jean Butler, with Jack O’Keeffe seconding. Jean accepted gracefully, to general acclamation, thanking all for the high honour and promising her best efforts on their behalf. She then proposed Seamus Troy as vice president, Tom Ryan seconding. In a humorous acceptance, Seamus referred to the parallel with the national presidency in gender succession!
Tom Ryan’s fine service as Hon. Secretary having reached the five year limit, the vacancy was filled by Marian Finn on the proposal by Pat Murray, seconded by Jean Butler.
Jack O’Keeffe was elected Hon. Treasurer, with Seamus Troy proposing and Ml. Craddock seconding. The outgoing Ml. Craddock and Evan Long were re-elected to the Governing Body, to which Jacqueline Corbett was also elected.
As has been the custom for many years, the new Captains and Vice Captains of the Men’s and the Ladies clubs were formally introduced, Toss Hayes and Pat Fallon for the former, Louise Walsh and Delia Carroll for the latter.
After which Chairman William closed the meeting with thanks for the excellent attendance and good wishes to all for the New Year.
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