President's Message

It is hard to believe that another year of events at the club has come to an end for the Summer. The club is closed for July and August and will reopen in September. We had a remarkable year at the club with our membership up almost 50%. This is very encouraging, and we are confident that we will continue to see this number grow even higher.

I would like to thank the Board of Directors who have worked extremely hard to ensure that events went off without a hitch. They are an extremely dedicated individuals who make my job as President that much easier. Some of you may not know these individuals so here is a list; be sure to thank them should meet them around the club or at Folklorama 2019.

Joanne Small Vice President             Tara Bailey Director Events

Brian Keely VP Finance                  Sharon Allen Director Social Media

Bonnie Smeaton Secretary          Gerald Martin Director of Maintenance

Tara Martin Co-Director of Kitchen          Ryan Street Director at Large

Mark Paxton – Macrae Co-Director of Kitchen             Jona Downey Director at Large

Sean Adair Director of Bar

Although the club is closed it doesn’t mean there is nothing going on. Behind the Scenes there has been a group of individuals who have been planning Folklorama 2019. The committee is formed in September with the task of planning another great pavilion to show case Ireland’s culture which includes music, song, dance, food and cultural displays. There is a lot of work planning this event as we normally see 10,000 people pass through our Pavilion in just 7 days.

I am sure that most of you have received an email from Kieran Savage regarding volunteering at the pavilion for 2019. If you are not on the list please contact him at: [email protected] He will point you in the right direction. Don’t forget we have our Volunteer Orientation Meeting on July 25 at 6:30 at the club. We will be serving pub grub food to all the volunteers and provide a beverage ticket as well. Hope to see you there.

Although Folklorama provides us with platform in which to showcase our culture, it is also a source of revenue for the club. The money raised at Folklorama allows us to keep our doors open and provide social activities to members and their families. The Executive Director of Folklorama tells us every year what an incredible pavilion we have and that we understand what the festival is about. These are encouraging words which makes us work that much harder each year to ensure visitors to the pavilion really have a taste of Ireland. This year Folklorama marks it 50th year which is very impressive. What is even more impressive is the fact that the Irish Pavilion is celebrating 47 years in the festival. The Pavilion succeeds only because we have such great volunteers who come out every night and demonstrate that they really care about the club and the pavilion. So, on behalf of myself, the Board of Directors and the Folklorama committee I want to acknowledge and say Thanks.

We have some exciting plans that we are currently developing for programing come this fall, so be sure to keep watching for details which will be forthcoming.

Have a safe and happy summer everyone.