THE future of the South Kildare Active Retired group will be up for discussion this week, with the organisation in need of new members to provide it with a new lease on life.
The group will hold a special meeting at Moone Hall on Thursday 11 April at 3.30pm to discuss its future and to look at how the group may be reorganised to cater for wider interests and outings and recruit more members. The meeting will also consider a motion to close down if a programme suiting the over 50s and to attract new blood can’t be agreed.
According to the group’s Sean Cleary, South Kildare Active Retired has been running for some 12 years now and is facing the threat of closure. There are about 40 members – of which around 20 attend its meetings – and many of its members are those who joined at the beginning. The current chair, secretary and treasurer, he noted, can’t stand for election any longer under the group’s articles of association.
Membership is fading, he said, and those involved are wondering what they can do to attract people to the organisation – people from the age of 55 and up are eligible to join. Present and potential members have been urged to come along this Thursday and share their views on their interests and what they would like to do.
Seán added that their group is part of a national organisation with thousands of members across the country, and provides a chance to meet new people who share your interests. The south Kildare group meets monthly in Moone and holds regular indoor bowls games alongside organising day trips, holidays and more. “It is very much a social organisation… where people can meet each other,” he explained.
It can also be informative, and members can learn more about the various services and assistance available for older people – perhaps for the people they may care for or if/when they are in need of those services themselves.
“There’s a lot of reasons why people of about 55 should join an organisation like this,” said Sean. “They’ll get to know people that they’ll grow older with. I don’t believe in the idea that it’s an old people’s organisation – it’s not. It’s an older people’s organisation, and you start getting older the day you are born.”