Trillick members look back on a successful year

TRILLICK AGM RI Farm
PERFORMERS: The cast of ‘Brass Knobs’.

TRILLICK & District YFC’s Annual General Meeting was conducted by Tyrone County Chairman Adam Wilson. Following a comprehensive report by the secretary Judith McKinley of the club’s activities since January 2018 and a very satisfactory treasurer’s report from Shannen Vance, the following officers were elected:

President Jamie Armstrong; Club Leader John Armstrong; Assistant Club Leader James Vance; Secretary Judith McKinley; Assistant Secretary Jake Cunningham; Treasurer Shan-nen Vance; Assistant Treasurer Alison Jones; PRO Molly Henderson; Assistant PRO William Graham.

COMPETITORS: Trillick members competing in the stockjudging.

John Armstrong also currently serves as Tyrone County Treasurer and Judith McKinley as Assistant County Secretary. Jake Cunningham is a member of the YFCU Project and Development Committee.

Recently the club members were saddened to hear of the death of their esteemed Vice President Mr J S Henderson BEM and extend their sincere sympathy to his wife and family circle.

2018 was an eventful year for Trillick & District with successes at County and NI level, opportunities for travel and training through the YFCU, many social evenings out and even some romance!

A wide variety of club meetings included club exchanges with Moneymore YFC, a visit to the new PSNI station in Omagh, talks from the NI Fire and Rescue Service, on dairy farming in Saudi Arabia, and a spooky Halloween night at the Ulster American Folk Park.

Events to involve the whole community, including the annual quiz, car treasure hunt and Wet Knock Out, were well supported. Funds raised helped the club support the YFCU President’s Appeal for the Air Ambulance.

At NI level, John Edgar was 2nd in the Silage making competition and Judith McKinley was 3rd in the Home management Finals. The Trillick team were placed 2nd in the finals of the YFCU Build it Competition.

At the stockjudging finals in their respective sections members placed were: Dairy – Bryan McKinley 3rd; Sheep – Jamie McCutcheon 3rd and Jack Armstrong 4th; and in Silage assessment – Kimi Chambers was 3rd, Charlie Henderson was 4th and Jack Armstrong 4th.

Shannen Vance was 2nd in the NI Final for Impromptu public Speaking with Judith McKinley 3rd.

The club choir, conducted by Rebecca Mulligan and accompanied by Nikki Browne also took part in the YFCU Choir Competition.

At County Level the club was placed 3rd in the Tyrone Superclub Competition and at the annual Efficiency Awards Bryan McKinley was judged 3rd club leader, John Armstrong was 3rd Treasurer and Jack Henderson 3rd PRO.

At the County dinner Shannen Vance was awarded the title of Miss Tyrone. Judith McKinley gained the ‘Best Senior Actress’ award at the Tyrone Rosebowl competition and received an YFCU Acting award. Judith also spent an exciting weekend in Tipperary representing Tyrone at the Miss Macra Competition.

At the area Floral Art heats Shannen was placed 3rd and Judith, who was 1st, will compete in the finals at Balmoral. At Omagh Show Megan Birney received 1st place for Floral Art while Emma Gibson was 3rd. The club poster received 2nd prize.

The Trillick team won 3rd place at the Tyrone County Knock-Out and Bryan McKinley was 3rd in the Male Tractor Handling.

Judith McKinley came 1st in Farm Safety.

Trillick’s sports team also achieved success in 2018 with the Junior boys and the Girls football te-

ams gaining 1st in

Tyrone and the Sen-ior Boys 3rd. The senior girls also played in the Finals at Balmoral. Also at Balmoral a combined Trillick/Fermanagh Girls Tug of War team were 3rd in the group heats.

Members who enjoyed opport-unities for travel with the YFCU were John Armstrong, who was awarded a short term exchange to England, and Dean O’Neill, Stephen Clements and Bryan McKinley, who went to Rotterdam on the YFCU Agri Trip.

During the year Jack Henderson and Jack Armstrong participated in the PA1 Pesticides courses through the YFCU, Judith McKinley and John Armstrong undertook Child Protection training and Jack Henderson and Jamie Morrow went on the Dunbia Tour.

2018 ended romantically with the wedding of club member John Edgar to Hayley Lowry and the engagement of Julian and Emma-Louise!

Trillick & District me-

DEBATE: Trillick members who took part in the group debating.

mbers are now look-ing forward to cele-brating the club’s 55th Anniversary wi-th a Dinner Dance on Friday, February 8, in the Woodhill Hunting Lodge, Irvinestown. Former members and friends of the club who would like to attend should contact the secretary on 07730 368630.

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