MITCHELSTOWN FORUM BROADENS ITS BASE
Mitchelstown Forum, an umbrella body set up a number of years ago to represent the various clubs and associations in the area, has expanded the scope of its remit and broadened its base.
The Forum, which announced grant aid funding to the tune of €450k in 2009 for the development of an enterprise centre in Mitchelstown, last year invited nominations from up to 50 different groups in the area to be represented in the newly constituted body.
And, following a meeting earlier this week to elect a new executive, the outgoing chairman, Tom Whelton, who is to step down from his position in the coming months, told The Avondhu that almost 40 different clubs and associations will now have representation on Mitchelstown Forum.
“The process seems to have worked well and we’ve certainly broadened the base,” he said.
“We’ve increased the size of the executive and the intention now is that the Forum will meet quarterly and respond to proposals from a number of active working groups. Either way, I’m stepping down shortly. I’ve been chairman for five years and the group now needs new blood,” he added.
When questioned as to the current status of a proposal to develop an enterprise centre in Mitchelstown, Tom Whelton responded, “We’re actively working on the proposal and hope to announce some progress soon.”
The following members were elected as executive officers of Mitchelstown Forum this week: Chairperson – Tom Whelton (To be replaced by Alison Lewis), secretary John Brooks, treasurer Ben Lynch, PRO Seamus Fox, vice chairman Liam O’Doherty. Delegate members: Carmel Fox, Ballyhoura Development, Declan O’Connor representing MBA and Frances Finn representing Mitchelstown Community Council. General members: Ger Moylan, Helena O’Brien, Mary Meaney and Martin O’Doherty
Thursday 20th January 5:31pm