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Club Notes - February 18th, 2021

Membership renewal or application for 2021 is now open. Membership renewal forms and new membership forms are available for download on HERE. Membership forms can be downloaded, filled out in full and dropped off at the club shop. The club shop will be open Monday from 6-7pm to facilitate contactless membership drop-off. Existing members wishing to pay via direct debit bank transfer, please send FULL details including your name, address, contact number, email address and membership type to the club WhatsApp on 0852508357. You will then receive a response with the club transfer details. When processing direct debit for membership payment, please clearly identify yourself in the statement. If you are going the direct transfer route, membership will only be processed if all details are included, and you clearly identify yourself in the transfer statement. Get your tickets for the lotto at the club shop too. One ticket for €2 or three for €5. Direct debit is also available for the club lotto. Get your tickets in and enjoy the draw from the safety of your home on Facebook LIVE every Monday at 8pm. We are sad to say that Tom Scullion, brother of St Mark's member Celine McCann passed away in Belaghy, Co Derry. Holder of twelve Derry Senior Football Championships with Wolfe Tones, Bellaghy, Tom won Ulster championships with Derry as both a player (1958) and manager (1987). We send our sincere condolences to Celine and all of the family at this trying time. We would also like to send our condolences to former players Willie, Mick and John on the passing of their father Bill O'Connor. The Springfield resident was laid to rest last Thursday. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis. Thank you to all our members who took part in our Annual General Meeting last night, it wasn't held in the format we would have hoped, and we appreciate your participation, engagement and patience with our best effort at a Zoom outing. Unfortunately, some bad news for the return of our on the field activity, in a statement from the GAA, they revealed that it is the view of the their Covid Advisory group that no on field activity will be permitted - training or games - until Easter at the earliest. ln the interim, it is expected that the Government will publish an updated "Living with Covid" plan and we expect that this will provide clarity on when clubs and counties are likely to be allowed return to training and games in 2021. One thing we can do to help ease some of the stresses that we have learned over the past year throughout the pandemic is to try our very best to focus on all of the things we can do, instead of what we can't do - as limited as it may be. Please stay safe and look out for one another during these times.