Our Annual General Meeting was successfully held on Thursday 29th November 2012 in the clubrooms. There was a great turnout and I would like to thank all who braved the elements and attended the meeting.
The Secretary’s Report
Martina McKeown presented her annual report which was divided into the following sections senior team, reserve team and minor team achievements, county minors, underage structures, details of our ASAP policy, financial affairs, administration, club membership, Scor competitions, referees, bereavements and looking to the future. She highlighted “WE DID IT, IN STYLE” referring to the historic victory of our senior team who secured promotion to senior ranks of Monaghan GAA next year and she also referred to the other two great wins involving the under 12 and 14 footballers. She pointed out that the reserve team “fell on its face” due to our inability to field teams and stressed the need to get everybody who can play reserve football to tog out because they are the back-up to the senior team. Regarding the administration affairs and club meetings she made reference that attendance for the first half of the year was very good but sadly this dwindled towards the end of the year and felt this needed to be improved. She touched on fund-raising and stated that the club treasurer, Tina Rooney, will give a more detailed account of the clubs finances.
Youth Officer Report
With regards to our juvenile teams Pascal Smyth gave a detailed account of all the events and achievements of our underage teams during 2012 and presented his report under the following headings Go Games, (under 8’s and under 10’s) under 12 team, under 14 team, under 16 team, under 18 team, juvenile coaching & adult success, code of best practice & volunteerism. He paid tribute to all the underage coaches for their efforts in coaching and looking after our young players over the course of a fun-filled year of activities and he also thanked referees who officiated at blitz sessions. He stressed the importance of building up a strong coaching culture in the club and urged more club members, including parents, current players, retired players to show a willingness to gain coaching qualifications in order to sustain a vibrant youth section and ensure the long-term viability of the club into the future. He thanked all parents who continue to support the club in the provision of a programme of coaching and games and looked forward to working with them again next year.
Tina Rooney presented her financial report which again was very comprehensive and gave an item by item account of our income and expenditure over the past year. She highlighted the revenue generated from our Top 4 lotto sales last year accounted for 75% of our income with the balance being produced by other fund raising events such as the Rock Country & Irish night, golf classic, table quiz, membership etc. Regarding our expenditure it was very evident from the spreadsheets that insurance & affiliation’s along with injuries and physiotherapy treatment costs remains a significant constraint on the club and emphasized the importance of administering the financial affairs and having proper financial procedures in place.
The chairman, Jimmy McGeough, commenced his address by stating that 2012 was an historic year for the club winning our first ever intermediate trophy and as a result we are now a “Senior Club”. He made reference that we had 6 or 7 under 21 players that participated in the final and this certainly augers well for the future. He said the club owed a huge debt of gratitude to the senior team management of Jim Clifford & Cormac McFadden and the panel of players for bringing us this success and congratulated four players in particular Mark Daly, Keith Daly, Damien Matthews and Garry Calvert for winning their first ever medal (at any grade) with the club and imagined it was a very, very sweet one! He thanked the management and staff of the Maple Bar for offering and sponsoring the meal after the league final and stated that it was great to come back to the village and celebrate with Rock people. He said 2013 will be a challenging year and a lot of difficulties lie ahead BUT he believed that the team will be stronger next year with the young players gaining in confidence and maturity and our ‘experience’ players will be reinvigorated and fighting fit ready to take on the senior challenge.
On the reserve team he pointed out that we have a small panel of players to select from and urged all players to make themselves available because next year YOU will be needed. He highlighted the problem of grading 13 players and stressed it was not possible for the club to grade that amount and still play reserve football.
He then moved on to the juvenile section of the club and expressed that this was a very important part of the club. He said he was absolutely delighted that good coaching structures have been put in place and thanked the work of the youth officer Pascal Smyth and his sub-committee for administering the juvenile affairs of the club. Many people give endlessly of their time to instil the basic skills of the game. He thanked all the underage mentors in recognition of the immense voluntary commitment of time and effort they devote to promote and nurture our games at the grass root level and keep up the good work.
Regarding the financial affairs he thanked the members who sell the Top 4 lotto envelopes and appealed to club members for a greater need to participant and help out with the raising funds. He thanked Bridie & Aidan Sheridan, Noreen Calvert and Mickey Friary who continue to make an invaluable contribution towards the club with their efforts. He thanked the local community and beyond for supporting the lotto and stated it was very much appreciated during these difficult and challenging times.
He made reference to a very successful golf classic that took place during the year and the hard work of the sub-committee which was chaired by Ollie McQuillan. He thanked the committee members who helped out with what was a new departure for the club and also thanked John Quinn, Eugene Cleary, Paddy McKeown and Donal Guckian for all their efforts in ensuring the success of this fundraiser. He also thanked all sponsors big and small for their generous support. He paid tribute to all the singers who contributed to the making of the Rock Country & Irish CD and a special word of thanks to Robert Brown for his invaluable input.
He thanked club secretary Martina McKeown for her work and assistance during the year and he also thanked Tina ‘multi-tasker’ Rooney in her many roles as club treasurer, team physio and club cook. He thanked Ann Carroll for taking care of the jerseys and he knows the lads appreciate putting on spanking clean and fresh jerseys.
He acknowledged the great work of Hughie Carroll, Anthony Clerkin and Seamus Tate for looking after the pitch and lining out the field before matches and he thanked our gate man Mickey Friary for his unselfish work in carrying out a demanding job.
He thanked Anthony Tate for continuing to represent the club at refereeing.
He concluded by stating that it was a fabulous year for the club and gaining promotion to senior football was a wonderful lift to everyone within the community and will be a year to look back on with pride. He stressed that he was looking forward to next year with great interest and anticipation and urged everyone, including committee members, team management, all players and club members to put their shoulder to the wheel to make sure we preform creditable in senior ranks.
Election of Officers
The election of officers was as follows; President Canon G. Ferguson, Chairman Jimmy McGeough, Vice Chairman Ollie McQuillan Secretary Martina McKeown, Assistant Secretary Siobhan McQuillan, Treasurer Tina Rooney, Assistant Treasurer Ann Carroll, PRO Michael Carroll, Players Representative Mark Daly, Youth Officer Pascal Smyth, Registrar Pat Brannigan, Committee Members Tom Daly, Anthony Clerkin
The Irish & Cultural Officer and the ASAP Officer positions were not filled and will be appointed in due course.