Minutes for 12th September 2017
Attendance: 36 members were in attendance.
The President welcomed members and guests Robin Blackford, Colm McCluskey, Jeremy Sayers and Christine Turner to the meeting.
Apologies: Noel Finlay, Jim Gordon, John Graham, John McGlade, Ian Murray, Billy Platt, Ernest Preece and Gordon Ward. (8)
The President, Mike Turner, welcomed members to the meeting. He was delighted to introduced this morning’s speaker Claire Sugden MLA, the topic of her talk being “Life at Stormont”.
Clare, currently a MLA for the Constituency of East Londonderry, outlined her progress in political life. After obtaining a degree in politics from QUB. She worked for six years as a Parliamentary Assistant to local MLA David McClarty who she describes as her mentor. After David's untimely death in 2014 Clare was co-opted as MLA for the constituency and was afterwards elected to Stormont in her own right. Out of respect for her mentor she remains an Independent Unionist. Clare gave a honest and evocative outline of her experience and challenges as a Justice Minister at Stormont.
A lively question and answer session followed the talk. A summary of the talk is available in the speaker’s record book and here on the club website.
A vote of thanks, proposed by Des Moore, was passed to Claire by the President. The members showed their appreciation of an excellent and timely talk.
Minutes: The minutes of 5th September 2017 were, with the approval of the members, taken as read and signed by the President.
Matters arising: None not covered by the agenda.
Social: Joe Alcorn confirmed that menus for the Club Lunch on Tue. 26th Sept. are now available and should be returned on Tue. 19th Sept. with a choice of menu.
Welfare: Cecil Spotten said that he had nothing new to report.
Treasurer: Nigel Semple also indicated that he had nothing new to report.
1. Probus Magazines. Ken Parkes has displayed a selection of magazines for members to take at a small cost of 20p to cover postage. In the latest issue a half page report features the Omagh All Ireland Rally. It is anticipated that reports of our own meetings could be submitted for publication. Ken hoped that the Probus Committee would consider taking out a subscription for this national magazine.
2. Des Johnston proposed that in view of the recent natural disasters in the Caribbean, Bangladesh, Mexico and Texas Probus members should make a token donation to show solidarity with those who have lost so much. In this instance “The Rotary Shelter Box Project“ would a suitable support vehicle.
Next meeting: Will be held on Tuesday 19th Sept. 2017 when the speaker will be Michael Moss on the subject of “The Open”.
The President wished members a happy and safe week ahead and looked forward to seeing them at the next meeting.
The meeting closed at 12:00noon.
Signed Mike Turner
Date: 19th September 2017.