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A New Shellhole is Chartered – R1 Shellhole, Kilkenny, Ireland
At 14:00 sharp on Saturday afternoon 9th November 2019 a new Shellhole started proceedings at its’ inaugural gathering in County Kilkenny, Ireland. This new Shellhole has been officially Chartered as R1 Shellhole.
The meeting was unique in many respects, in that it is the first Shellhole to operate in Ireland, its’ core membership transferred from Cyber Shellhole into R1, and the proceedings were done “to the Book” with instruction provided supplied via electronic communication prior to the Ceremony and training video’s sent to the Appointing Officer, Moth Michael Botha. This last point is made even more special, since none of the Moths on parade had ever attended a “formal” meeting before and there were no Moths present to act as ambassadors on behalf of the Order.
With the members who had transferred and a few new Moths to be inducted into the Order,
7 were present with 2 apologies for being on Sick Parade.
Moth Botha was duly introduced to the Floor by Moth Bruce de Kocks and he proceeded with the matters at hand, namely to open the meeting in the proper MOTH manner and to formally install the incoming Officers. These are:
Old Bill: Moth Bruce de Kocks
Deputy Old Bill: Moth Stephen Mynhardt
Adjutant: Moth André Hillebrand
Old Bill de Kocks then inducted the new members into the Order.
The meeting was closed at 14:45, followed by that age-old Irish tradition – a Braai – in the company of new MOTH families.
The following day (Remembrance Sunday), suitably cleaned up and correctly dressed, the Shellhole members attended at service at St. Canice Cathedral where the Old Bill laid a wreath on behalf of the Shellhole and the Order. Members and families followed the service with a formal luncheon at a nearby hotel.
The opening of R1 Shellhole was a resounding success and it certainly bodes well for the MOTH’s International footprint. Ireland has very many ex-pats from Southern Africa and, potentially, we may see some more Irish Shellholes in the not-too-distant future!
It is certainly a feather in the cap for the chaps who drove the process to open the Shellhole – a 3-year project that took time, energy and much planning with assistance from various South African-based Moths.
It is also a feather in the cap for Cyber Shellhole, whose main aim is to promote MOTHing to the rest of the world. Cyber may have lost some members from its Nominal Roll, but the Order has gained a Shellhole.
The next step is for the membership to design a Shellhole plaque, to be added to the collection on display at Warriors Gate, and a Shellhole banner.
The National Executive and General Headquarters have issued greetings and congratulations, and all Moths convey to R1 Shellhole their best wishes and trust that, in growing from strength to strength, our “Irish” bretheren will fly the MOTH high for all to see.