President's Message

Happy New Year to you and your families from the IAM Board of Directors. 2019 just zoomed by with so many exciting events at the club this past year. We have several events already in the planning stages for 2020 so please watch the webpage or check us out on Facebook.

I am now in my third year as President and continue to enjoy the challenges that come with the position. The Board continues to work hard at bringing relevant activities to the club that our members enjoy such as Trivia Night (another one coming up on January 17th), Irish language classes, Art classes, music lessons and so much more. I would like to thank the 2018/2019 Broad Members who worked so tirelessly at making things work. It was sad but we had three members step down, Sean Adair, Jonah Downey and Mark Paxton-McRae. On behalf of myself and the Board I would like to thank you all for your contributions. We are fortune that we have 4 members who have joined the Board. So I am happy to present your 2019/2020 Board:

Joseph Savage – President Joanne Small – Executive Vice-President & Director Culture

Brian Keely – Vice-President Finance Sharon Allen – Membership Director

Tara Bailey – Events Director Gerald Martin – Maintenance Co-Director

Denise Campbell – Secretary/Communication Director Ryan Street – Maintenance Co-Director

Lisa Berezowski – Events Co-Director Tara Martin – Bar Director

Philip Kwon – Security/Multimedia Director Bonnie Smeaton – Folklorama/POS Director

Shirley Cullinane – Director at Large

It takes a huge commitment to join the Board of Directors as we work together to continue to move the Club forward by attracting new members and of course engaging long time members. This is a real juggling act as we try to be as inclusive as possible while upholding the constitution and looking to make changes when required or directed by the membership. It is great that we have so many Board members who go above and beyond to ensure we offer current trends in Irish culture and events that offer fun family times while celebrating everything Irish.

Currently the Board of Directors has taken the lead on running the events which has been great, but we are now solicitating members who would like to assist in the running of events. This would take a little pressure off the Board and provide people with another opportunity to get to know each other. So, if you see an event that you would like to help with please email us [email protected] for more information.

I would also like to thank the other groups who participate in the club and often provide us with great entertainment whether it is an event or just dropping down on a Thursday evening. This includes the Tara Players (on hiatus this year) Thursday night Trad Musicians, Irish Myst Choir, Hammer Music, Folklorama Committee, McDonnell School of Irish Dance, St. Patrick’s Day Parade and all the other musicians and individuals who come out to ensure we have traditional music and activities for all the membership to enjoy. Thank you one and all!

As a side note the Tara Players are looking for individuals to join their board to launch a new season for 2020/2021 season. For more information please email [email protected] for more information.

We have a lot planned for this coming year, so I hope you block off some time to come down and enjoy the club and the activities. One of the changes to our events in 2020 will be that the Gala will return to the club for 2020 and will be held on March 7th, 2020. There will only be 100 tickets available this year. Ticket price is still being decided but you can reserve tickets by contacting [email protected]

Once again on behalf of your 2019/2020 Board I would like to wish everyone a wonderful and prosperous new year and thank you all for being members of the association.

Joseph Savage - President