Reprieve for Glasgow Islay Association
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.