Re­prieve for Glas­gow Is­lay As­so­ci­a­tion

The Oban Times - - Districts -

THERE may be a last minute re­prieve for a 155-year- old char­ity af­ter some vol­un­teers have come for­ward to take vi­tal po­si­tions in the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Last week, colum­nist Robert Robert­son broke the news that the well estab­lished Glas­gow Is­lay As­so­ci­a­tion would need to fold if new vol­un­teers didn’t come for­ward.

But at an AGM tonight, Thurs­day, in Partick Burgh Hall at 7pm, of­fice bear­ers will be sworn into the roles of sec­re­tary, trea­surer and chair­per­son.

The group runs var­i­ous events through­out the year, in­clud­ing the an­nual Glas­gow Is­lay Gath­er­ing, a pre-mòd ceilidh, and a se­nior cit­i­zen’s din­ners.

As a char­ity, the as­so­ci­a­tion has sup­ported a long list of pro- jects on the is­land to the tune of tens of thou­sands of pounds, in­clud­ing all pri­mary schools and var­i­ous projects to en­hance the is­land over the years.

In a let­ter to all 700 mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion, the cur­rent chair­woman Janette MacArthur wrote: ‘It is with great sad­ness I have to write this to you. For a num­ber of years now the Glas­gow Is­lay As­so­ci­a­tion has been strug­gling to at­tract com­mit­tee mem­bers to as­sist in the gen­eral run­ning of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

‘Two years ago we were de­lighted to wel­come sev­eral new young mem­bers to our com­mit­tee but due to work/univer­sity/ life­style du­ties, they are now un­able to fully com­mit. This now brings me to the rea­son for this let­ter – un­less we gain some new com­mit­tee mem­bers will­ing to of­fer their ser­vices and at­tend meet­ings (7-9pm on the first Tues­day of each month), the Glas­gow Is­lay As­so­ci­a­tion will have to be wound up af­ter 155 years!

‘The An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing will be held on Thurs­day June 1 at 7pm in the Pa­trick Burgh Halls – please make ev­ery ef­fort to at­tend and give us your sup­port. Should any mem­ber be un­able to at­tend the AGM but are will­ing to as­sist please con­tact ei­ther my­self or Kather­ine McNaughton.’

Mem­ber­ship is open to peo­ple who be­long to Is­lay, have lived or have mar­ried some­one from the is­land.

Af­ter the let­ter went out, Ms MacArthur re­ceived emails of sup­port from all over the world.

She con­tin­ued: ‘I have been at the helm for 12 years and it is time for me to re­tire along with my fel­low com­mit­tee mem­bers.

‘We need some­one younger to take a turn. While we are leav­ing the posts we will still be around to sup­port the new com­mit­tee and help them get into the jobs.

‘There is an over­whelm­ing sup­port for the as­so­ci­a­tion, but for the char­ity side of things we need to make sure there is a com­mit­tee to take things for­ward.’

Glas­gow Is­lay As­so­ci­a­tion meets tonight, Thurs­day, in Partick Burgh Halls at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

All are wel­come.

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