IAC News and Calendar
SUMMER PICNIC AND ELECTIONS
Sunday July 27th 2014 11am – 4pm
Shoreway Park, SMCC
South Portland . ME
On Tuesday, May 20 the Irish American Club held its General Meeting, at the Maine Irish Heritage Center. This important meeting was held to replace outgoing board members whose term was up or could not continue in their roles. This year those positions included:
President (2 year term)
Treasurer 2 year term
Sargent –at-Arms 2 year term
Publications Director 3 year term
Recording Secretary Fulfillment of final year of a 2 year term being vacated.
There were a couple of folks who are willing to run again and continue their duties (Kathy Reilly and Mary McVeigh) if they had been re-elected but not enough members showed up to constitute a quorum. Therefore, the current Board is now short of members.
To remedy this an extra-ordinary meeting will be convened at the Picnic this year on Sunday July 27 to try and complete the elections for this coming year.
If you are interested in playing a vital role in your Irish American Club, please come to the picnic and while having fun, put your name forward or at least vote to ratify the new board.
We must have a minimum of 30 members beyond Board members to hold a legitimate election….so come on out and help decide the future of YOUR IRISH AMERICAN CLUB
St. Patrick's Parade
The Irish American Club once again honored our Patron Saint and the Irish American community in Greater Portland on Sunday March 16th 2014. The assembled participants moved off from the Portland Fish Pier at 12 noon, marching to the Maine State Pier.
As usual Pipe Bands, dignitaries and the flags of all the counties of Ireland were on display as we celebrated our Irish heritage, culture and traditions.
it was evident that the parade is growing, as young and old marched with the famous and not so famous. Mike Michaud addressed the assembled crowd at the Maine State Pier, agreeing that all ethnic groups should embrace their heritage, an opinion that was universally agreed on by the Portland City manager Mark Rees and the Mayor of Portland, Mr. Michael Brennan.
Pipe bands, Trade Unions, Step Dancers and the flags of all the 32 Counties of Ireland were flying high in a crisp breeze. Our first responders from all over greater Portland helped keep us safe and organized as they displayed their Honor and Color Guards. The Maine Police Emerald Society was out in force and was once again, thanks to Lt. Janine Roberts, an irreplaceable factor to our organization.
The parade was a great success again this year. Thanks to all who helped make it so. Go raibh míle maith agaibh.
The evening before the Parade, the Irish American Club sponsored a celebration Dinner that was be held at the Maine Irish Heritage Center on Sat March 15th 2014 to continue the week of Irish jubilation.
40th Anniversary Dinner Celebration
The Irish American Club celebrated 40 years of service to the Irish American community in Greater Portland and the rest of Maine. A celebration Dinner and Dance was held at the Maine Irish Heritage Center on Sat Sept 21st 2013 and ushered in the decade that will see us through to our fiftieth!
A delicious dinner provided by Personal Touch Catering was coupled with the musical selections of Straight Lace a fantastic band from Southern Maine.
Kathy Reilly, the Club President welcomed a large crowd who enjoyed a brief history of the Club from some past presidents, including Robert O'Brien, Bob Kearney and Brendan McVeigh. The biggest appreciation of the night, however, was for Joe Moran, founder, and first President of the Irish American Club.
The evening continued with ceol, damhsa agus craic, until exhaustion put an end to the happy proceedings.
The Club has been in existence since 1973 and has fostered and promoted Irish and Irish-American culture and traditions for members and friends from all around the state of Maine and states beyond our borders.
Congratulations have flowed in to the organization from all quarters and the board and members look forward to a great re-invigorated future, as we head toward that golden 50th anniversary.
Thanks to all our supporters, advertisers and benefactors for getting us to this point. Go raibh míle maith agaibh.
In 1972 the preparations began for the formation of an organization under the direction of Mr. Joe Moran. At that time, Joe and many Irish natives and first and second generation Irish saw a need and acted.
In 1973 the Irish American Club was incorporated with the State of Maine and to this day has brought the Irish of Maine together for music, dance, language, history and many other social events.
Some years ago the Club instituted a St.Patrick's Parade worthy of the City of Portland and for six years the flags of every county in Ireland have been proudly carried in the parade showing our unity and pride.
The parade is held annually in March honoring St. Patrick and the men and women from Ireland who left their homes and traveled to the United States for a better life. They and their descendants have left a rich heritage of which we can all be proud.
Join the Irish American Club. It's your family.
For more information about joining the Club, volunteering or sponsoring the parade, contact email@example.com.
Why not join the Club, or renew your membership? That's the life blood of the Irish American Club and helps support events like the Parade, Ceili Dancing and Irish Language lessons.