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”.

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’

Santa’s Workshop 

Hi everyone. Santa’s Workshop will take place in the Hall on Saturday 16th Dec, 2017. Its a great opportunity for some Christmas fun and it’s close to home.

See the poster for details of all the fun things we have lined up. 

Bazaar Postponed

Folks please note due to the inclement weather conditions the Bazaar has had to be POSTPONED.

NEW DATE IS SUNDAY 17TH DEC @ 5PM.

Please spread the word around.

Dinner Dance Guests Announced 

This year’s dinner dance will be upon us soon and this year’s special guests seem like they deserve a rest.

This year we will be joined by Slaughtneil and Derry defensive duo Karl McKaigue and Brendan Rogers hot off the back of completing the double double of Ulster titles on Sunday.

Hopefully they will have time to relax and mingle with the good folk of Desertmartin, and share in their stories of victory. 

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. 

Child Protection Update

Thanks to everyone who attended the child protection update. Just one of the many things that goes on behind the scenes. Thanks to Ashleen McCaul from Derry GAA for presenting the course.

The club is commited to setting the best standards from all our selfless volunteers, through support with training and education, and having processes in place as required by law, and in line with guidance from Ulster GAA.

This ensures the best and safest possible environment for our young people to flourish and develop to be the best they can be.

If you are a volunteer or coach and your training needs updated let the coaching officer know and we can arrange further learning opportunities.

The futures bright…..