After three amazing years, the Donegal Women in Business Network committee's term of office came to an end at the 2019 AGM in Donegal County Library.
What a year 2019 has been for the Donegal Women in Business Network. In their 20th anniversary, the network has held many successful celebrations, looked back in appreciation of the enterprising women of the past, and looked ahead to the future of female entrepreneurship.
One of the final events of the milestone year was the AGM, which took place in the Donegal County Library on Thursday evening.
There was a great turnout for the meeting, which was an opportunity to proudly reflect on the past three years for the committee and to welcome in a new era.
Membership of the Donegal Women in Business Network has rocketed since 2016 and currently stands at 135 members. Secretary Trish McGinley highlighted the 30 events and two major conferences which the committee organised in the past three years. In that time, over 100 members have had the opportunity to speak publically and tell people about their business. Other members took the chance to contribute to the anniversary eBook.
The network has reached not just Letterkenny and Donegal Town, but all corners of the county and across the border. They also travelled to Dáil Éireann and Cavan as part of the #LookingBackMovingForward 20 year networking celebrations.
During their term, the committee also cemented invaluable collaborations and sponsorships from government agencies, enterprise centres and local businesses.
The meeting heard from Treasurer Rachel Wasson and PRO Evelyn Mc Glynn, while President Deidre McGlone encouraged attendees to share their views on the future of the network, as everyone’s input is valued.
“Everyone who is a member is an ambassador promoting the network. When we look at the future we want to hear your voices,” Deirdre said.
Future network events will have some new regular faces – as four changes were announced in the committee.
Stepping down are Catherine Lyster, Grace Gerry, Fiona O’Reilly and Maureen Walsh. The newly elected members are Larissa Feeney (Treasurer), Anne Tuohy, Sally Murphy, Sheila Russell and Janine Sullivan. Rachel Wasson will move to the Assistant Treasurer position.
There was no better place for a new chapter to begin for the network than the Donegal County Library. Members were treated to a tour of the building by Frances Crampsie and Kim Sterritt, who showcased the impressive facilities which are free to the public.
A 3D printer, Tovertafel Magic Table, the Geneology section and the Work Matters business area were just some of the services which captured interest.
Following an engaging and celebratory AGM, the network is now looking forward to two more events before the year-end. On Tuesday 29th November, members are invited to the Pramerica Making Waves event. And to finish off a fantastic year, the network is hosting their Christmas lunch at the Church, Rockhill House Estate on Tuesday 10th December. Booking is now open on Eventbrite.
For information and updates on the Donegal Women in Business Network just visit their Facebook page or visit donegalwomeninbusiness.com/ to find out how to become a member.