CLUB Leader Colin McKinley welcomed everyone to the
Trillick & District YFC’s annual Friends and Sup-
porters Night and introduced guest speaker Richard Beattie, YFCU Vice President and a member of Finvoy YFC.
Everyone repeated the YFCU pledge, which was followed by comprehensive reports of another very successful year for the club delivered by Club Leader Colin, Secretary Megan Birney and Treasurer Jamie McCutcheon. The PRO William Graham also compiled a PowerPoint presentation illustrating the club activities during the season.
Club meetings included keep fit, an assault course and bouncy castle, a floral art demonstration, the YFCU Home Management competition, farm safety and an exchange night with West Fermanagh YFC. Members also enjoyed outings to Airtastic, Lets Go Hydro and the Golf Driving Range at Sion Mills.
At the Tyrone Efficiency Awards, Megan was awarded first secretary, Jamie McCutcheon was judged first treasurer and William Graham first PRO. The club was declared second in the Top Club competition.
Also at the Tyrone County Dinner, the club was awarded the membership retention shield and placed third in the Superclub Competition. Trillick & District was also delighted to be placed in the top 10 of the YFCU Club of the Year Award.
This season Shannen Vance has acted as Tyrone County Chairman and Jake Cunningham as County Treasurer. Shannen has been re-elected for the 2022/23 season with Megan Birney as County PRO. Club members also serve on the YFCU central committees.
Congratulations were extended to those gaining first places at Northern Ireland Level – Laura Sproule, Colin McKinley and Timothy Keys, who were awarded first place at the YFCU Group Debating Competition, and to Judith McKinley, who was awarded first place in the YFCU Impromptu Public Speaking Competition. Jamie McCutcheon also gained first place at the Royal Ulster Beef and Lamb Show at Balmoral and Shannen Vance was placed first at the NI Final of the YFCU Presentation/Demon-stration competition.
The Club Choir, under the direction of Rebecca Mulligan and accompanied by
Anne Keys, was awarded third at the YFCU Choir Competition and the audience he-
ard its rendition of ‘Shallow’ and
‘Mamma Mia’, which it sang for the compet-ition.
In the summer Peter Graham will travel to Wales on a YFCU short term exchange. Senior members also had the opportunity to attend the YFCU Agri Food Conference held at Galgorm Manor Hotel.
Despite ongoing Covid restrictions, club members hosted a car treasure hunt and a quiz, once again in aid of the Palliative Care Unit, which also received a cheque from the 2021 Quiz, and held a Christmas dinner in the Bridge Inn.
Members also donated to the YFCU President’s Christmas appeal and to a recent YFCU appeal for help for Ukraine. Also an online facebook raffle for a Kenwell Engineering fire pit raised money for club funds.
The club congratulates Club President Rachel
Law and husband Richard on the birth of dau-
ghter Poppy, Judith McKin-ley and David
Oliver (Dun-given YFC) on their mar-
riage, Rebec-ca Mulligan and Colin McKinley and Emma Gibson and Robert Getty (Moycraig YFC) on their en-gagements
Before presenting an impressive num-ber of proficiency awards and NI,
County and Club
trophies, Mr Bea-ttie congratulated the club on the
season’s success-es. He also encouraged members to take advantage of the opportunities available to YFC members and encouraged them to try some new activities in the coming season. He concluded by extending good wishes for the new season.
Following the awards members presented a varied programme of entertainment.
Sketches performed were ‘Fruit Salad’ with the cast of Amy, Chloe, Kirsty, Sophie, Eloise and Leah, and ‘Waiting for a Train’ by Charlie and David supported by Amy and Kimi.
The evening concluded with the club entry for the 2022 Tyrone Rosebowl based on an idea by Mark Gibson. Mr Beattie awarded ‘Best Performance on the Night’ to the Rosebowl cast!
Club Leader Colin proposed a vote of thanks to Mr Beattie for acting as guest speaker, to everyone who helped the club in numerous ways over the year and special thanks to the members who contributed to a very successful season and to Friends and Supporters Night and to the very appreciative audience.
Thanks were extended to retiring Club Leader Colin and Public Relations Officer William, who received gifts in recognition of all they have done while in office.
Gifts were also presented to club auditor Florence Barrett, Rebecca and Anne for their work with the choir and to Mrs Griffin and Pauline Armstrong, Club Secretary Megan and Treasurer Jamie have been re-elected for the 2022-23 season, the new Club Leader is Timothy Keys and Jane McGrade takes on the role of PRO.
Proficiency Certificates 2020-21 (ended in May 2021)
Jake Cunningham – Floral Art & Ulster Young Farmer
Emma Gibson – Floral Art
Peter Graham – Prepared Public Speaking
William Graham – Presentation Demonstration
Jane McGrade – Ulster Young Farmer
Colin McKinley – Floral Art & Prepared Public Speaking
Judith Oliver – Demonstration Presentation, Floral Art, Home Management, Prepared Public Speaking & Ulster Young Farmer
Rebeccca Mulligan – Ulster Young Farmer
Lauren Vance – Prepared Public Speaking
Shannen Vance – Demonstration Presentation, Prepared Public Speaking & Ulster Young Farmer
Club cups 2021
Ivan Kee Cup for Home Management – Jane McGrade
Vernon Carson Cup for Senior Club Participant – James Vance
Trillick YFC Trophy for Junior Club Particpant – Harry James Henderson
Erne Insurance Shield for Ulster Young Farmer – Jack Henderson
Junior Floral Art – Sophie Gibson
Henderson Cup for Senior Floral Art – Emma Gibson
Christopher Crane Cup for Junior Stockjudging – Charlie Henderson
Andrews Agricultural Cup for Beginner Stockjudger – Eimear Dunne
Joe Funston Cup for Senior Stockjudging – Jamie McCutcheon
John Gray Cup for Junior Public Speaking – Harry James Henderson
Adrian Faris Cup for Senior Public Speaking – Judith Oliver
Harper Adams Trophy for Members Member – Megan Birney
Fairbain Cup for Highest Attendance – four members who only missed one meeting: Dale McCutcheon, Calum Baxter, Charlie Henderson and Sophie Gibson
James Brunt Cup for Best performance on the night – The Rosebowl Cast
County cups 2021
Prepared Public speaking 25-30 – Judith Oliver
Demonstration Presentation 21-25 – William Graham
Demonstration Presentation 25-30 – Shannen Vance
Dairy Stock Judging 18-21 – Jamie McCutcheon
Dairy Stock Judging 25-30 – Shannen Vance
Beef Stock Judging 18-21 – James Vance
Sheep Stock Judging 25-30 – Judith Oliver
Farm Safety, Senior Male – Colin McKinley
Live to Dead, 18-21 – Jamie McCutcheon
Membership Retention Shield – Trillick & District YFC
Top Secretary – Megan Birney
Top Treasurer – Jamie McCutcheon
Top PRO – William Graham
Northern Ireland Cups
Impromptu Public Speaking – Judith McKinley
Choir Festival – 3rd Trillick & District
Group Debating 21-25 – 1st Place – Laura Sproule, Timothy Keys and Colin McKinley; 3rd Place Megan Birney, Jack Henderson and Matthew McCay.
Presidents Award – Jamie McCutcheon, Megan Birney, Colin McKinley, Shannen Vance, Rebecca Mulligan, Judith Oliver.
First Aid – Jane McGrade, Jamie McCutcheon, Megan Birney.
Shannen Vance – Beef, Dairy & Sheep Stock Judging, Football, Public Speaking, Tag Rugby and volunteering as treasurer.
Megan Birney – Beef, Dairy & Sheep Stock Judging, Football, Tag Rugby.
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