Chairman's Report 2012

Chairman's Report 2012 A Chairde go lear...

It is that time of year again to reflect on our achievements and happenings over the past 12 months.

2012 has been a challenging one for most of us.  We have had the strikes and protests in South Africa, the recession seriously bighting down all over the world and natural disasters causing devastation for thousands.  On the lighter side however, we have had the magic of the Queen’s Jubilee, the royal weddings and the amazing Olympics with Ireland and South Africa doing so well.

We have had to say a sad goodbye to a few friends, Carl van Essen husband of Marguerite one of our founding members and  Cathy  Doyle a legend in the  world of South African  swimming. May their memories linger and their spirits be at peace.

We also had to say cheerio to a few friends at the Irish Embassy, Cait Moran and Frank Kirwan , both members of Irish Aid and strong supports of the ISSA. We wish them well in their new posts back in Dublin.

2012 has been the year of strong collaboration and partnership for the ISAA.

We have had the pleasure of welcoming Fred Klinkenberg to head up Enterprise Ireland’s office  in Johannesburg. He has already become a great supporter of the Association and we look forward to further collaboration for our mutual benefit.

We have formed a very promising alliance with the SA Gaels. Their tireless effort to promote Gaelic sport among South African communities is to be highly commended. We will continue to support and publicize all their fundraisers.

This year also saw the launch of Business Ireland (BISA). Those of you that were fortunate enough to be at the business breakfast with Mary Robinson would agree that it was a tremendous success. We look forward to working together for the benefit of all our members. Keep an eye on the website for updates and events.

We have had a series of successful events during 2012

Our annual St Patrick’s Golf Day and Hooley has secured a permanent spot on the calendar with great thanks to Pat Gaffney and his team.

Special thanks to Michelle for all the administration and planning, the day ran like clockwork despite the real Irish weather!

Big thanks to Darina, Breda and Brenda for all the admin and floor planning and to Dave for his tremendous support and wonderful prizes.

The theme and decor fashioned by Madeline and her team was just short of a genius and so eco friendly it will be a big challenge to repeat next year.

Huge thanks to Liz for all the flyers and printing done for us for both St. Patrick’s day as well as through out the year.

We had the biggest quiz night ever.  Over 100 budding Einstein’s came from far and wide to our exceptionally well organised Quiz night, thanks to Madeline and Paul.

We can safely say that true to our constitution, we foster a spirit of Irish culture and hospitality in whatever we do. This is solely attributed to the commitment of your wonderful, hard working and voluntary committee.

Gauteng Chapter Committee members:

Annie Surgie
Breda Kenealy
Brenda Hughes
Darina Walsh
David Devine
Des Foley 
Hannah Harrington
John Murphy
Liz Devine
Lorraine Keenan
Madeline Hoban
Michelle Gahan
Pat Gaffney
Paul Hoban
Ruth Gaffney

We now however need more hands on deck and young fresh blood in order for us to keep up this good work. So for anybody that may be interested please join the committee and get involved.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our friends at the Embassy. Ambassador Mc Mahan and his lovely wife Irene have been avid supporters of our functions and such wonderful company. I don’t know what we would do without the professional and knowledgeable expertise of   Pat McRann.  He is always ever so willing to help and has all the answers. I know that the Diaspora is important to the Irish government and we can certainly say that in South Africa we have a wonderful team looking after us, for which we are eternally grateful.

I would like to thank Tourism Ireland for your continued support  and I am glad that our relationship has grown in leaps and bounds. We look forward to more interaction with you and we wish you well with your big event next year “The Gathering”, we will certainly promote and support you all the way.

Last but not least, a big thank you to all the members, without you we would not exist. I trust you are happy with your committee and the way your organisation is run. Please communicate your requests, wishes and ideas to us.
I know we all have such busy lives and that time is a scarce commodity, but please get involved, go on the website, contribute to the blog or join the build up of members on the facebook page. Get involved and enjoy the craic’ with us.

Slan go foil

Lorraine Keenan
Chairman Gauteng Chapter

Click here for the minutes of the AGM held At The Brazen Head On 10 November 2012

Posted by ISAA Site Administrator on 16/11/2012 15:00:15 |

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