2018 Executive Committee Appointed

St Martin’s GAC, Desertmartin Annual General Meeting was held on 15th Jan 2018 in the Gaelic Centre. After brief discussion on the Treasurer and Secretaries reports, the new Committee was duly elected, and it looks very much like the outgoing committee, with some small changes.

The Committee

Pat Kidd remians Chairman for another term, and was elected unopposed, as was Paddy Kidd in the Vice Chairman role.

Gerry McGuigan stepped down as Secretary after 5 years, and the post was taken up by Anne Matterson, with Gerry as Assisstant Secretary.

Brona Connery remains as Treasurer, with the Assistant role taken up by Shane Martin, a new face to the club committee, and very welcome addition.

Colm Breen outgoing PRO remains for another year unopposed.

The Cultural and Language Officer Shay Sheils, was keen that he could share the job, suggesting the help of Sinead McGuckin, and this was accepted. She is more than welcome, and will bring some youth and enthusiasm to the job.

Pamela O’Kane remains on as Youth Officer as per the outgoing Executive Committees recommendations.

Community Services Hub Project

After the elections, other business discussed included the plans underway for deveopment on a Community Services Hub. The project will require building works to extend the current premises and alot of planning and work on the part of the Executive Committee as well as the Community Services Project team, which are working away in the background to secure grant funding under the Rural Services Scheme, being administered by the Mid Ulster Council. This vision can only be realised with the support of the community for the community. In the coming months, there will be oppourtunties to test the uptake of new services as small trails of some of the suggested services will be attempted with the current space available. We would also appreciate if we  could get as many of the local community as possible to fill out our Community Services Survey to help the Project Team to prioritise and focus their energy.

GAA Helathy Clubs Project

Another aim of the club, which ties in nicely with the Community Services Hub, is to attain Healthy Club status. This is a GAA Project which aims to harness and solidify the GAA’s presnce in the grass roots communities, and provides resources and support aimed at key areas such as Mental Fitness, Healthy Eating, Gambling Drug and Alcohol Awareness and non-GAA Physical Activities.

The Friends Of Desertmartin

Chairman Pat Kidd acknowledged that there is alot of work to be done, and that if everyone takes part just a little we can get there together. He highlighted once again the Friends Of Desertmartin scheme, which is an ongoing fundraising initiative, which enables dedicated memebers to give a little bit more towards the financial planning of the Committee. The scheme was roled out during 2017, and currently we have 37 patrons signed up to the mantra….”Alone we can do so little; Together we can do so much”.

Community Services Survey

Community Services Survey

Following on from our application for funding under the Rural Services Scheme in 2017, we unfortunately came up just short in the awarding process.  This however is not the end of the road for our Community Services project. Through our consultation in February last year, and through our feasibility study, we have found that there are service needs for the local community, and the government’s own figures show the area is deprived in terms of proximity to services.
We identified that there is an aging population with 50% of residents over 40 years of age, and accept that the Club has in the past been mainly focused on physical activities enjoyed by our youth. The aims of the Community Services Project is to further identify the social and psychological needs of you the community, what services we can put in place, and what facilities we need to develop in order to provide those services. This can range from book clubs, to farming safety education, to providing a local place for our elderly to socialise and combat isolation.

Please take a couple of minutes to fill in our online survey. If you know someone who does not have access to the internet you could help them fill out the survey also. 

We will make paper versions of the survey available at the club for those who prefer to fill out paper responses. 

AGM 2018

This years AGM will be held on Monday 15th January at the Galeic Centre. Start time of 7:30pm.

Tea and biscuits will be provided, why not come along and listen in or put your ideas accross.

Any burning questions about how the club works, and what goes into it?

Come along and find out.

Any officer positions on the committee come along with free training and courses offered by Derry and Ulster GAA, and work within the voluntary sector is often very desirable. We are very much an open book and help is well appreciated wherever it comes form.

This year we set out upon a new chapter in development at the club, in a bid to make it a warm and welcome place for everyone. In a drive to open our doors to the community as a whole, and tackle issues around physical and mental wellness, we aim to put in place services to combat the issues that a rural community faces in modern times.

‘Alone we can do so little,

Together we can do so much’

Club Gear Ready

Good news folks! Christmas gear has all arrived and is ready for collection. 

The Club shop will be open on Saturday from 5-6.30pm and again from 7-8.30pm. Then again on Sunday at 8.30pm (after Bazaar). 

The shop will also continue to be open on Monday nights from 8-9pm for collection and purchases. 

Remember, all items must be paid up for in full upon collection.

Club Coaching Development Course Complete

Thanks to Lizzie from Ulster GAA for delivering the Club Coaching Development Course. Over the past 5 weeks we’ve been working hard on developing our coaching strategy. The course has been very worthwhile, and the club are excited to do anything we can to improve in all areas. 

Would you like to be involved? Let us know. 

Below are just some if the those involved in developing our coaching strategy.

Youth Presentation

Please make a special note in your diary for the Youth Presentation, which will be held on December 3rd at 4pm. 

Please note the change in time from the originally advertised 5pm. We’re looking forward to a good night, and a well deserved celebration if this year’s achievements for both Desertmartin and Callan Gaels.