President's Message

We all know what comes after Folklorama is over, it means we are ready to re-open the club after our summer closer. It might be the end of summer, but things are just getting started at the Irish Association. The club will re-open on September 4 with the Irish Myst choir practice who are always looking for members. We also have the return of our Celtic Music night on Thursday September 5, doors open at 6:30 pm. Come out and enjoy some great music and a pint or two. We have several workshops planned for the fall and winter so keep your eye on our website, so you don’t miss out.

We had a great year at Folklorama with an incredible new show and awesome food and cultural displays. I would like to thank all of you who came out and volunteered. As I said each evening, we couldn’t run the pavilion without all the dedicated volunteers who demonstrate tremendous Irish hospitality that contributes to the success of the pavilion.

The IAM Annual General Meeting is Sunday September 29, 2019 at 1:00 pm. We moved the meeting to September last year as we had no success getting quorum in October. Last year we had approximately 60 members come out to hear the year in review and an update on our financials and of course the opportunity to run/vote for the Board of the Directors. This year the position of VP and the VP of Finance will be voted on, as well as all Director positions. If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors, please feel free to contact me directly at 204-801-5453.

We have had a very good year at the association with our membership continuing to grow. It is nice to see the young families with all the kids running around causing a ruckus but having the time of their lives. It brings back so many fond childhood memories of how we as young children were doing the same thing. The club was built on families and if it is to continue, it is these young families who will pass it on to the next generation. It is an exciting time at the association as we continue to build and move forward with new events and classes. If anyone has any ideas of what we could do at the club, please feel free to send them to the board.

The Board of Director’s works extremely hard throughout the year running and attending 90% of the events we hold. This includes private functions. If I could have one wish as President, I would wish that more of the membership would step forward and assist in running these events and activities. The board is made up of 10 – 14 people and this can be a little exhausting at times. So, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 2018-2019 Board of Directors for all their efforts over the last 12 months:

Joanne Small – Vice President Brian Keely – Vice President of Finance

Bonnie Smeaton – Secretary Sharon Allen – Director of Membership

Tara Bailey – Director of Events Sean Adair – Director of the Bar

Gerald Martin – Director of Maintenance Tara Martin – Co-Director of Food Services

Mark Paxton-MacRae Co-Director of Food Services

Jona Downey – Director-at-Large Ryan Street – Director-at-Large

It is because of these great dedicated individuals that we continue to keep the club alive and well. Their support over the year has made my job easier as we all worked together to accomplish many projects and events. So, if you see them around be sure to stop and say thank you.

I look forward to seeing you all back at the club and look forward to meeting our new members.