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Paisley Agricultural Society

submitted by Gail Fullerton

As has been the practice for 158 years, the Agricultural Society members gathered in January to review the past year’s successes, the financial position and to establish the committees and leadership for the upcoming year.

On January 19th, 20 members gathered at the Presbyterian Church at 6:30 p.m. for a potluck supper followed by the Annual General Meeting (AGM). In a review of 2014, notable accomplishments included the creation of a mascot, named ‘Paisley’ complete with costume, and the purchase of 30 steel gates to be used in the cattle area.

It was an exceptionally good year due to excellent attendance at the fair. The weather turned out to be one of the only weekends of the fall without rain, and extra funds were spent this year on creative advertising to promote and invite visitors to the fair.

The date of the 2015 fair has been set for Sunday, September 13th. Carolyn Hodgins will remain as our very capable leader and President for her second year, with John Thornburn as Past President, Berni MacKinnon 1st Vice President, Ron Teeple 2nd Vice President, and Shannon Stewart as Homecraft Coordinator.

There was a review of all 25 committee chair-persons and all are happy to remain in their positions. A volunteer is needed however, to look after general fair day entertainment.

 All chairpersons are then responsible for forming a committee to assist over the fair weekend and some planning in advance. Some committees would like to find additional members such as: baking, junior work, and crafts committee. If anyone would be interested in joining a committee, it really is great fun for minimal commitment.

The big announcement of the evening was that, as secretary-treasurer for the past 13 years, I would like to resign from the position. As much as I love the position and all of the people that I get to work with in such a progressive Society, there are just not enough hours in a day for me to run a store, look after my family and volunteer in this capacity. I am not leaving the Society and will always take part in this great organization.

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There was much discussion about how to proceed and if the position could be separated into two positions to lighten the load. At this point the Society is announcing that they are looking for one or two volunteers, who would receive a yearly honorarium, to work with the board of directors to act as secretary and/or treasurer.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and work with many dedicated and energetic volunteers to host the annual fall fair. Our fair has evolved into one of the very best fairs in the area. This is due to great volunteers with new ideas and a willingness of the organization to embrace change, but stay focused on agriculture and our heritage. I will always be here to assist and mentor those new in the positions, and would be happy to chat with anyone who is considering this.

Gail Fullerton



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Wednesday, February 18, 2015