All change at Aldi Community Games 48th AGM in Derry City Hotel from 1st to 2nd March 2019
Derry Community Games hosted the Aldi Community Games 48th AGM from the 1st to 2nd March 2019 at the Derry City Hotel. Over 200 volunteers from all over Ireland were in the City for the 2-day conference to review a very successful year for the Organisation. Special guests at the Annual Banquet on Saturday 2nd March were John Boyle, Mayor of Derry and Joe McHugh T.D., Minister for Education and Skills.
Ahead of the AGM, Jude Feehan announced he would not be seeking re-election this year as General Secretary. Shirley Maloney was elected General Secretary and speaking on her appointment Shirley said she was honoured to be nominated and was looking forward to taking on the role.
At the AGM, President Gerry Davenport announced that it would be his last year to hold the position of President as he would not be seeking re-election in 2020. He said he had mixed feelings about stepping down as he had very much enjoyed his time as President but he felt the time was right and he was very pleased to see the direction in which the Organisation is going.
Further election results are as follows; Janice Cooper, Derry was re-elected as Honorary Treasurer, Tony Lee, Tuam was re-elected as Deputy President, Joe Fox, Longford was elected to the position of General Vice President, Bernie Brennan, Donegal was re-elected as PR and Marketing Director, Lisamarie McCooey, Monaghan was re-elected as Youth Director, Tanya Kelly, Sligo was re-elected as Activities Director and Clifford Kelly, Cavan was re-elected as Security Director.
John Byrne, Chief Executive Officer said: “We are delighted to be here in the beautiful and historic City of Derry this year for our Annual Conference. 2018 was a busy year for Aldi Community Games as we continued to build our organisation. It was our first year to stage the National Festival in the University of Limerick and children and volunteers alike were delighted with the new venue. I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I will be retiring in 2021. At that stage I will have spent 9 years at the helm of Community Games and I feel that this is the right time to make a change.”
Speaking at the AGM, Minister Joe McHugh, TD. Minister for Education and Skills said that he believed Aldi Community Games was a very dynamic organisation and he noted with pride that fellow Donegal man Mark English was a past participant of Aldi Community Games.
Aldi Community Games is one of Ireland’s largest voluntary sporting and cultural organisation with over 50 different events and over 160,000 children taking part in annually.
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