THE AGM of Kilkenny Archaeological Society (KAS) will be held on Thursday, February 24 at 8pm and is likely to bring out a sizable number of historical and archaeological enthusiast as it marks the competition of the three year cycle for most of the officers and accordingly a lively series of elections are anticipated.
Already Kilkenny solicitor Mr Seamus Brennan has thrown his hat into the ring for the pivotal position of chairman and a number of candidates have expressed interest in and are expected to strongly contest the positions of vice-chairman and curator among others. It is a case where very definitely ‘canvassing is allowed’.
An important part of the evening’s proceedings is to consider and adopt the proposed Memorandum and Articles of Association which will have the effect of converting the Society into a Company Limited by Guarantee. Copies of this document have been dispatched to those members who have provided email addresses. They can be downloaded to the website and additional copies in conventional hard-copy format are available for inspection in Rothe House.
The AGM will head reports from the various office holders and have an opportunity to assess the huge progress made to Rothe House over the last number of years by Rothe House Trust.
Under the procedures of the Society all members of the council must submit themselves for re-election each year. The society is open to all who have an interest in history, archaeology and related activities. New members are warmly invited to get involved.
Quite apart from the governing council a number of sub-committees process and organise the extensive range of activities while catering for the specific interests of the more than 600 members. Active committees include the Programme Committee charged with devising and staging the series of lectures and outings of which there is more than ten each year; others take care of the museum and maintain its extensive artifices collection; the garden and house committee assist Rothe House Trust in the upkeep and promotion of the house itself; others concentrate on the publications especially the well regarded, annual Old Kilkenny Review; books and their presentation occupies the time of the library committee; The local history group research and record the twice weekly programmes on KCLR; The Conservation Committee is active in keeping a watch on developments affecting the city while maintaining of the large website is assigned to another group within the Society New members are invited to attend and hear what the society is planning for the coming year. Annual membership of €30 (Family €40) entitles each member to receive early notice of the various outings and lectures; a free copy of the Old Kilkenny Review and free access to Rothe House. A popular new service for the members is the monthly research advice clinics These are provided on the last Saturday of each month in Rothe House and are free to members.
The Youth Society formed in 2010 also invites membership from those aged 16 to 21. Their weekly meetings have a varied programme of debates, talks, quizzes and discussions of a historic nature all for an annual fee of just €10 each.
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