May 2018 newsletter

Annual General Meeting

As members may know, the Annual General Meeting once again found itself inquorate on Wednesday 18th April.  Although it had been intended to reconvene it in October, it will now be reconvened at the September meeting on Wednesday 19th September.

The minutes of the AGM are attached, together with a letter from the Secretary.

80 class preservation

80 class vehicles 90, 752, 69 and 749 arrived in Downpatrick over the weekend of 12th-13th May.  Looking through our minutes reminded us that we had been discussing supporting the preservation of the 80 class as long ago as 2006, so it was a real pleasure to see the fulfilment of our commitment.

The Society committed up to £7,000 towards the transportation of the 80 class, and we will be paying this to the Downpatrick and County Down Railway Society once we receive a copy of the invoice from Reid Freight Services.

Members of MRSI in 2011-12 will remember that in return for our support of the 80 class preservation, we were offered admission to annual Diesel Days and concessionary travel at Downpatrick for a period of time.  Only people who were members of MRSI for 2011-12 will be eligible, and we will write to the affected people once the bonuses and arrangements have been completed.

Visit to Drogheda Traincare Depot – Wednesday 20th June

There are still four places available on this trip:

Belfast Central dep 08:00
Dundalk arr 09:15
Visit to museum and Central Signal Cabin
Dundalk dep 10:10
Drogheda arr 10:33
Visit to Drogheda Traincare depot

Return will be by the train of your choice – members without Smartpasses are reminded that cash fares to Drogheda may be cheaper than web fares to Dublin and aren’t tied to particular trains!

If you wish to come along, please contact Andy as soon as possible.

General Data Protection Regulation

Our constitution specifies that we retain an electronic database, and the 2017/18 Membership form specifies that if you provide an email address you agree to receiving electronic communication where appropriate.

The Committee has adopted the following GDPR privacy statement:

The Modern Railway Society of Ireland only uses the information you provide to us for legitimate interest as defined by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

We do not disclose the information we hold about you to third parties without your permission or unless lawfully required to do so.  Access to your information is restricted to those members of the Committee who need it to carry out their roles.  This will include the Secretary and the Treasurer.

The Committee of the Society may use your information to contact you concerning the business of the Society, including forthcoming events, membership matters, and notice of Annual and Extraordinary General Meetings.

By providing your email address, you agree that we can contact you via email in preference to post.

We delete your contact information one year after your membership expires, however we retain details of your name and membership number indefinitely in case you should rejoin in the future.

Bysubmitting this membership form with payment, you agree to us using your information in this way.

Membership renewal

Historically, every year we have exceptionally accepted some membership renewals without an application form being completed, we will not be able to do this in future because we need all members to confirm that they have read and agreed to the Privacy Statement each year.

An application form for the 2018-19 year is attached, and includes the above statement.

If you have not renewed for 2017-18, this will be the last correspondence you will receive from MRSI.

Future meetings

19th September – reconvened AGM and Chris Playfair
17th October – Chris Conway and Richard Knox from Translink
21st November – Matthew Wilson
16th January – Michael McMahon
20th February – TBA
20th March – TBA
10th April – AGM (please note change of date due to Easter)

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