The President's Message

A very happy New Year to all our Members and visitors to the Glasgow Islay website from your Committee.
Since my last message (albeit some time ago) we are very pleased to welcome our new 'young Committee members: Katherine McNaughton - Vice President, Jenny MacCaskill - Secretary and Mairi MGillivray - Minute Secretary.

Unfortunately our Treasurer's post remains vacant and I would now like to take this opportunity to appeal to any member (young or old) to assist with this very necessary position. You need not attend monthly meetings, provided the monthly figures etc. are forwarded to the President prior to the meetings.

Sadly, due to the lack of member support over the past few years, our Opening Concert (normally held prior to the National Mòd in October) had to be cancelled. This concert gave the Glasgow Islay Junior and Senior Choirs the opportunity to practice their Mòd pieces in front of an audience before their competitions!

This year too, we had to cancel our Annual Burns Supper due to lack of support - very sad times indeed for the Association

Our 155th Annual Gathering takes place on Friday 3 March with Dr. Angus MacTaggart from Bowmore as our Chairman, followed by dancing with Trail West; a great night indeed. Our Senior Citizens Dinner and Quiz will be held on Friday 21 April; this year we would like to invite our 'younger members to join us at a discounted price of £20 per head.

My sincere thanks to Dr Liz Campbell (Secretary) and Mrs Sheila Loach (Treasurer) who officially retired at our last Annual General Meeting but still thankfully remain on Committee to assist our new Office Bearers whilst they 'get their feet under the table.'

The 'Glasgow Islay' is the oldest of the Associations and WITH your support we can keep this worthwhile charity moving forward

Moran taing
Janette MacArthur