A Message From the President - January 2019

I hope the Christmas season and New Year’s finds everyone in good spirits coming off the holiday season. 

Thank you so much to everyone who came out for the Christmas party.  Larry Lowden remarked to me it was the best turnout he has seen in a long time.  If you were unable to attend, we unveiled our new logo and gave away a king’s ransom in booze during our raffle!  

We are still taking nominations for our 2019 Irish Person of the Year and will do so throughout the first week of January.  Please send your votes to me as quickly as possible. My contact information is on page 8.

The Dane County Shamrock Club will be making its annual charitable donation.  This year we will be giving to the Ronald McDonald House and Logan’s Heart and Smiles.   

There is a lot going on as we welcome 2019.  We have scheduled a club meeting for January 17th at 7:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at Erin’s Snug Irish Pub,  4601 American Pkwy, Madison.  Please let me know if you’re able to attend; we’d like to see as many of you there as possible. 

I’ve been in touch with Tom DuBois from the UW and he will be coming to speak with us in early February.  Amanda Conway and I are still in process of finalizing a location, but we’ll let everyone know in our next newsletter.  Tom will be discussing the “School’s Collection” which is a “project to initiate the digitization of the National Folklore Collection.”  (learn more here: https://www.duchas.ie/en
And of course, St. Patrick’s Day is less than 90 days away!  Our annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner is scheduled for March 10 at Rex’s Innkeeper in Waunakee.

Our Irish flag ceremony and the parade will be on St. Patrick’s Day itself.  More details to follow but we’ll be discussing it further at our meeting. 

Larry has been working hard in partnering with “Wisconsin Irish Fest in the Barn,” an event which will be held May 26th in Mazomanie.  More information will follow but there will be an opportunity for the DCSC to be involved. 

Likewise, I have a meeting set for early January with a representative from the Celtic Cultural Center in an effort to create relationships and hopefully partnerships with other Irish-themed clubs in Dane County. 

Lastly our membership drive is an ongoing venture as we look to expand upon our club membership.  If you know of any potential members, please let a board member know so we can devise the best way to reach out.