The President's Message

Welcome to all our members and visitors to the Glasgow Islay Association webpage. We have had our first meeting of the 2019/2020 Session and are thrilled to be planning events for this, the Association's 158th year.

I feel honoured to be elected President of such an esteemed Association.

With family connections in Kilchoman, The Oa, Port Ellen and Ardbeg, I was brought up immersed in my Islay heritage and was always very aware of the existence of the Glasgow Islay Association. The Annual Gathering was the highlight of my maternal grandmother's year - which was in the days of The Grand March - and my father, Harry Palmer, was a Vice President of the Association in the 1980/1990s.

I have a strong resolve to keep the Association active and will do my utmost to serve its needs and promote our Island's culture and traditions. There were a few Committee changes at the AGM held in June of this year as noted below:

The Committee accepted with regret Katherine's resignation as President due to family commitments and relocation (back home!) and thank her for all the hard work and dedication she gave during her presidency. We are so pleased that Katherine has decided to remain on the Committee and we will benefit from her experience.
Christina and Mhairi MacAuley both tendered their resignations from the Committee. We will miss their input at meetings but thank both Christina and Mhairi for their commitment and help in organising events.

I am delighted to welcome Dawn MacEachern to her new role as Vice President. Congratulations Dawn. I am pleased to confirm Mairi Orr will continue in her role as Secretary and Christine Gillan will also continue as Treasurer. Thank you both for your continued help. I feel fortunate that Iona Darroch, Neil John Macgillivray, Sean Gillan and former President Katherine MacDougall, four stalwarts of the Association, will remain on the Committee.

We are a dedicated but small committee and we really do need to have more members to help with the functionality of administration and organising events. Please contact our Secretary, Mairi, if you feel you could help.

The Islay Gathering will be held on 7 March, 2020 in Glasgow University. More details to follow.

Our Diary will be advertised on this page and on Facebook and we, as a committee, look forward to welcoming you to future events.
Gu Raibh maith agat.

Anne Melrose, President.