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Synopsis of the Fifth AGM held on Saturday, June 27th, 2020

The Fifth Annual General Meeting of the Irish Benevolent Society was held on-line at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, June 27th, 2020. In attendance were twelve out of thirteen Officers and Directors, along with three Members.

After calling the meeting to order, Immediate Past-President Bob McNaughton introduced the 2020/21 Officers of the Society as appointed at the Direcotrs' Meeting of June 6th, 2020

Following the appointment of Jim Hardy as Secretary of the Meeting, confirmation of Quorum, and approval of the Minutes of the Fourth Annual General Meeting, Bob McNaughton installed Jim Nother as President for the 2020/21 year and presented him with the Society's shillelagh as a symbol of his office. Jim outlined his Irish heritage and his family's history in London, and outlined some of his plans for the coming year, and then took over as Chair for the remainder of the meeting. Charles Corbett presented Bob McNaughton with his Past-President's jewel and thanked him, on behalf of the Members, for his service in the past year.

Jim Nother introduced the four new Members who have joined the Society in the past year, and urged all to solicit new Members. He then presented Jane Corbett, Bob McNaughton and Anthony Nother as candidates for Directors for a three-year term and Jeff McNaughton for a two-year term (approved), and presented Mary Cahalan and Dave Goddard as candidates for Honourary Life Membership (approved).

Treasurer Charles P. Corbett then presented the Treasurer's Report and Annual Financial Statements for the Year Ended December 31st, 2019. He pointed out that, despite the impact of COVID-19 on world financial markets in general and on our investment portfolio in particular, the Society has been able to maintain its benevolent activities and that the bills have been paid and there is money in the bank. It was then moved and approved that the Society be exempt from the audit requirements of the Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, and that Grant Thornton, LLP be appointed as the Society's Accountants for the coming year.

It was moved and approved that By-Law No.1, Section 6, be amended to provide for the office of Immediate Past-President.

Jim Nother, Chair of the 2020 St Patrick's Day Luncheon Committee, reported on the planning that took place and that it had had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. He thanked the Committee for their work, which will be carried forward for the 2021 Luncheon, and praised the Western Fair District for their co-operation and goodwill in refunding all tickets purchased through them.

Nicole Spriet, Chair of the Social Committee, reported on the very successful Emerald Evening Gala held on November 9th, 2019, raising funds to be used for future donations and to finance future Gala events. It was decided that the event not be held in 2020, due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, but that planning begin to hold the event in 2021.

Jim Nother reported on the progress of the Committee reviewing the Society's Structure, Objectives and Purpose. By utilizing "virtual" meetings on-line, the Committee, along with Consultant Bill Wilkinson, are proceeding through the work plan as previously set out, and hope to finalize their proceedings in early October.

Dan Hardy reported on the status of the Society's history book The Luck of the Irish in Canada, Second Edition. The book is virtually complete and will soon be printed and available for distribution at $20.00 per copy (soft bound). Dan commended the work of Dr Jason Winders, author of the second edition, in not only adding six chapters to the first edition but in updating the original chapters as well. Jason met with Gordon Sanderson, author of the first edition, to ensure this was done to Gordon's satisfaction.Dan also thanked Jim Nother for underwriting the cost of distributing copies of the book to all elementary and secondary schools in the Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board.

A motion was approved to confirm the proceedings of the Society by the Directors, Officers and Members since the last Annual General Meeting.

Finally, Charles Corbett asked that the Society consider joining with Fanshawe Pioneer Village, the Irish Embassy and other Irish groups in the area to appropriately honoour the anniversary of the arrival of the Talbot Settlement into the London area. President Jim Nother agreed to appoint an Ad-hoc Committee to determine what the Society can do in this regard, and Nicole Spriet pointed out that consideration should be given to the role of First Nation peoples in such a celebration.

The meeting adjoourned at 10:09 a.m. The next Annual General Meeting will be held at a time, date and location to be determined by the Chair of the Board of Directors.

Complete draft minutes are available here. Please note that these are draft minutes, as they will not be approved until the next Annual General Meeting.

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