Dublin Branch
Western Front Association

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  Fifth Annual General Meeting

Saturday, 18 February, 2017, in the Lecture Theatre at Collins Barracks. 


The Chairman opened the meeting and welcomed everyone.


Apologies. Michael Pegum


Chairman's Report.

Meeting attendance for the ten meetings last year was 335, a substantial increase of 83 on the previous year’s figure of 252. The largest ever monthly attendance of 57 was achieved in September for the talk on William Orpen, and there were higher monthly attendances than the previous year from July onwards. This reflects not only the quality of the speakers but also the wide and interesting variety of the subjects upon which they talked.


Facebook continues to be an excellent tool for publicising the branch, the number of 'likes' (followers) has increased by 63 from last year and now stands at 506. The branch regularly posts items and photos, not only about the branches activities but also of items/photos of Gt. War interest from around the world.  


Likewise, the branch website continues to grow albeit slowly, the number of members is up this year by 3 to 103. The number of visits to the website averaged just over 90 per month (figure based on 10 months), and it continues to attract visitors from around the world. 


The branch was represented at and laid wreaths at Thiepval on the ceremony there to commemorate the first day of the Battle of the Somme, and at the RBL Ceremony of Remembrance at Islandbridge, on 9 July. 


The branch had organised (along with the Gallipoli Assn) a WW1 family research day at Blanchardstown library and also had a stand at a Phoenix Park military day. Having missed 2015, the branch also returned to the Back to our Past genealogy show at the RDS in October. The stand was again very popular with those seeking to research their ancestors in WW1, a large number of queries were answered in the three days of the show, while many more were taken away from the event and answered later.


Accounts.

The years accounts were then presented to the meeting with a brief summery by the Chairman. There were no questions on the accounts and it was proposed by Michael Grant and seconded by Peter Carolan that the accounts should be accepted, this was passed unopposed.


Election of Officers.

All of last year’s committee had offered themselves for re-election, and there had been no new nominations for the committee. It was therefore proposed by Thomas Murphy, that last year’s committee should be re-elected en bloc, this was seconded by Ruth Illingworth and passed unopposed. Those elected were: Ian Chambers, Ken Simpson, Phil Manson, Michael O'Flaherty and Peter Carolan.


Amendments to the Constitution. 

 

None.


Any Other Business.


None


Meeting Closed.   

Ian Chambers
Branch Chairman