Rob Donnelly re-elected as AIMS president

Rob Donnelly from Avonmore Musical Society has been returned to the top position as National President of AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) once again, following the National AGM held virtually on Zoom on Sunday 30st January, 2022.

A larger than normal number of people joined the Zoom meeting due to COVID and restrictions being eased, it was the preferred option once again this year, as a lot of people would be travelling from various parts of the country for the AGM.

In his address Rob said “ 2021 wasn’t the year I was expecting as I’m sure it wasn’t for all of you and all of our societies. On the 26th of January 2020 I wrestled the AIMS Presidential Chain from Seamus Power in the Connacht Hotel in Galway. It hardly seems like two years ago. A strange two year when so little and yet so much happened.” 

Covid has been and was such a tough and heart breaking time for all those societies as we all know the hard work and dedication that goes into our productions. “I think about them all regularly, all the many Committees, Production Teams, Casts, Stage Crews, Sound Technicians, Lighting Technicians, Set Designers & Builders, Hair & Make Up Teams, Costume Suppliers, Props Companies, Kitchen Crews, Front of House Teams, Audiences and the local communities who are so dependent on the wonderful entertainment that we provide every year”.

Rob had just learned to drive back in 2019 and passed with flying colours ,so he could have the opportunity to be AIMS National President which he was elected to in January 2020. His little Red Peugeot 308 was fuelled up, overnight bag ready and he was ready to hit the road. And he did but over the last two years, we have all missed so much.

Unfortunately we didn’t get to Killarney last year for our Annual Sold Out Awards Weekend as a result of Covid, but we hope that 2022 we will all get to meet up and celebrate with all our friends from around the country in Killarney once again.

Rob has been a member of Avonmore Musical Society since 1996 and nearly 25 years later still a member of the society and has now been  returned as National President of the organisation that is AIMS. The society sends its warmest wishes and congratulations. Hopefully he will get to travel around to see a lot of shows this year. It could be another difficult year, but asked people to keep positive “we will get there” and when we do “celebrate in style”

“Being a part of a musical society is about so much more than the curtain going up, the bow at the end of the show. It’s about being part of something that we all give so much to but get so much from.  It’s about hitting the right notes, getting the dance right, building confidence, fitness, community, about entertaining audiences, making memories and friendships that last much longer than when the curtain goes down”.

Sadly  the AIMS Awards Scheme for the 2020/2021 season had to be cancelled but hopefully everyone will get back on stage this year. It will be tough to get back but he asked people to continue to support one another as much as possible

“I’m so proud to be here as National President and being re-elected for a another term of office. I don’t take the position lightly. I promise to do my very best to represent the Association everywhere I go and help grow the love of Musical Theatre on this wonderful island of ours”

Being a part of a musical society is about so much more than the curtain going up, the bow at the end of the show. It’s about being part of something that we all give so much to but get so much from.  It’s about hitting the right notes, getting the dance right, building confidence, making memories and friendships that last much longer than when the curtain goes down.

“We all missed our wonderful pastime, I know it was challenging with the restrictions, the isolation, not seeing friends and family, but it has been heartwarming to see so many groups, individuals and organisations getting creative in keeping social, keeping distant and keeping us all entertained. So a Huge Thank You to you all. It was and is such a tough time and our mental health is being tested so make sure to keep looking out for one another”

Rob is looking forward to his own society Avonmore M.S. getting back on the stage this year after the last 2 years following Covid. The society will stage “Sister Act” in St. Mary’s College, Arklow from Tuesday 19th April to Saturday 23rd April inclusive with tickets going on sale soon. Rehearsals are in full swing and this looks like it’s going to be a cracker of a show. Keep the Music in your hearts and hope to see you all again soon.

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