Report of AGM 2021

Irish Meteorological Society

Report of Annual General Meeting, online, 7th October 2021, 19.00hrs

15 members of the Society participated.

  1. President’s Report
  1. Secretary’s Report

  1. Treasurer’s Report

The opening balance of the society on September 1, 2020 was €6,838.11, and the closing balance now is €4,083.72. Overall, the Irish Meteorological Society accrued losses to the amount of €2,754.39 during the reporting period. Some pre-Covid expenditure was included, and there were one off costs related to the website and charity status. The expected annual running costs are circa €1,500 plus public liability insurance when social activities resume. Even with the proposed increase in membership fee some fundraising would be needed. Charity status should improve the financial situation through reduced bank charges and wider fundraising.

  1. Report on the Society’s Preparation for Charity StatusDeclan Murphy reported on the progress towards Charity status which has led to the proposal to adopt the new constitution in order to complete the process.
  1. Motions

The following motions, both submitted by the Committee, were approved unanimously:

a)     That the Society adopts the draft constitution contained in the attachment Irish Met Society_Proposed_Constitution.pdf

b)     That the annual Society subscription for 2022 shall be €10, due from 1st January 2022.

6.  Election of Committee Members and Officers: With the exception of Richard Coughlan, the current committee were reelected. There are several vacancies anyone willing to serve should contact the Secretary. The current committee consists of Conor Sweeney(President), Séamus Walsh(Secretary), Nicole Beiesiegel(Treasurer), Conor Lally, Will Lee, Aoife Murray, Simon Noone and Tadhg O’Leary. 

7.  President’s Discussion

As we emerge from Covid there and social activities resume, the society will become more active, we are  likely to continue with zoom as a method of reaching wider audiences in addition to face to face. Old favourites will resume such as the table quiz and field trips. There is great scope to increase the membership through wider engagement with society, while the charity status will enable easier fundraising & access to facilities. In relation to scientific independence, this has already been under discussion by the committee, further input on this and any other issues are always welcome.