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SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH
NEXT FUNCTION/MEETING IS NOV 11th, 2014 AT 5 PM
POT LUCK SUPPER
WHERE - NEW LOCATION - THE 24/21 HALL ON TAMIAMI TRAIL US41

Last Meeting Update


COMMENTS FROM YOUR PRESIDENT

Well a big welcome back to our “Snowbirds”. Our club has been busy getting an agenda together for this coming year. As always, we are looking for people to help us out, and no matter how little time you can give, we will find a spot for you to help. Of course, we will be “Bell Ringers” for the Salvation Army on November 28th, at the Publix on Cochran Blvd. There are still hours to be filled, so please help. Kathy Floyd has generously accepted the position of Nominating Committee Chairperson for our upcoming elections. Please let her know if you are able to hold any of the many offices we have to fill. Thank you to those of you who have already come forward.

We will be going to several shows this year and hope you will be joining us. Our Christmas party will be at our December meeting, with a “Twisted Gift Exchange” and a catered roast beef dinner. I would like to recognize three of the most important people in our club, Ollie Lewis, Dan and Doug Schultz. They work tirelessly at all of our regular meetings and events to coordinate the food and kitchen activity. Without their dedicated service we would not be able to have such great meals. - Thank you, Donna Lee


"Celtic History by Maurice Saunders"
Celtic New Year or Halloween: Halloween is a holy day. It has nothing to do with dressing up as Dracula or Vampires, etc. Druids made a ten month calendar and the 31st was their New Year’s Eve. It was the day to honor their ancestors. They had large sticks and banged them against a tree and called out the names of their ancestors. Hence came the saying, “Knock on wood.” All the children looked forward to the feast. The main course was called cannon, which was a potato mash. Inside was placed a ring, a piece of silver and a thimble. When it was ladled on plates, whoever got the ring would be first to get married. Whoever got the silver would get rich. And whoever got the thimble would be an old maid. For dessert they had a Barny Brack, which also contained a ring. Then the children dressed in white and marked their faces with soot from the chimney. They went from door to door asking for apples or nuts. Druids believed that honey (mead) made you fertile. Newlyweds were given gifts of honey and went away for a month. This became known as “the honeymoon”. When the Dutch King William took over the throne of England, anyone that dressed up was liable to be killed. The tradition of dressing up at Halloween died out in Britain. The Irish brought the tradition to America. Many years later Hollywood took it to the world. So, now it’s back in Britain again.


"TREASURER’S REPORT 10/14/14"
Checkbook:----$3,490.74
CD:----$13,000.00,
Ending Balance:----$16,490.74


"REMINDER THAT CLUB DUES ARE NOW DUE FOR 2015"

TICKETS FOR ALL EVENTS ARE ON SALE NOW OR AT THE MEETING


Sunshine Report for May 2014

Dear members ------ Please keep the following members in your prayers -----If you know of a member who is sick, in the hospital, or homebound, please call me at 941-743-7163. Let’s keep our members with health issues, and their caregivers, in our prayers: Marty Kraus, Kathleen Curran, Rudy Wells, and Jim Dunning.     Thank you, Esther
November BIRTHDAYS

Richard Cyrgalis -– Nov 6th,   Anna Marie Cyrgalis –- Nov 7th,   Frank Speidell –- Nov 27th,   John Murray –- Nov 27th,    Pat Munson -– Nov 27th,    Grace Potoski –- Nov 29th

OUR HAPPY ANNIVERSARIES FOR November

None recorded--- Nov

If you have not received a birthday or anniversary card make sure that you give your name to Susan Brown. THANK YOU.

For club information please call or write to one the below officers.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR CLUB

PLEASE SEE OUR SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES.
MEETINGS ARE (USUALLY) ON THE SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH @ 5 PM -
AT 2421 Club on US41 just north of Midway Blvd, Port Charlotte-- COFFEE AND ??? DONATIONS ACCEPTED.

NEXT MEETING IS Nov 11th AT 5PM

PLAY IRISH UNICORN SONG BY THE IRISH ROVERS ON YouTube


IRISH AMERICAN CLUB FESTIVITIES (FUN TIME) 2012-13 Planning SCHEDULE

SUPPORT OUR GREAT CLUB - GO TO OUR FESTIVITIES !!!

SEPT 9, 2014 WELCOME BACK MEETING AT 5 PM
OCT 148, 2014 CLUB MEETING AT 5 PM
NOV 10, 2014 Officer Meeting
NOV 11, 2014 CLUB MEETING AT 5 PM - Pot Luck Night
Nov 28, 2014 Salvation Army Bell Ringers for Publix at Cochran
*DEC 9, 2013 Christmas Dinner ($8) and “Twisted Gift Exchange”
DEC 13, 2013 Cultural Center presents A Celtic Christmas at 7pm
JAN 2, 2015 2nd Annual IAC Caribbean Cruise - 8 nights - out of Miami on Norwegian Pearl; Call Kathy Kraus for reservations 845-489-5040; Come join the fun!
JAN 13, 2015 Regular Meeting at 5pm
JAN 24, 2015 Go as a group to the Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival at Centennial Park, Fort Myers. Cost is $10. Carpool will leave at 9 am.
FEB 3, 2015 We are going to see the “Edwards Twins” perform at the Cultural Center. Tickets cost $31.00 Show starts at 7:30pm.
FEB 10, 2015 Regular meeting at the 2421 Event Center with a Valentine's Day dance. We will have a pot luck dinner. Special thanks to Ollie Lewis for music - organist.
MARCH-JUNE , 2015 EVENTS WILL BE SCHEDULED/PLANNED LATER IN 2015
MARCH , 2015 CLUB MEETING AT 5 PM - need volunteers for Cahal Dunne show
MARCH , 2015 DINNER AND DANCE WITH CAHAL DUNNE - PC BEACH COMPLEX - show starts at 12pm
APRIL , 2015 CLUB MEETING AT 5 PM - Easter Hat Contest and Roast Beef Dinner - members bring deserts
APRIL , 2015 SPRING PICNIC - HARBOR HEIGHTS PARK 12-4pm (cash bar)
MAY , 2015 CLUB MEETING AT 5 PM
JUNE , 2015 Regular Meeting End of Season

2nd Annual Irish American Club Cruise - Friday, January 2nd, 2015, on the Norwegian Pearl. An 8 night cruise out of Miami to: Great Stirrup Cay, San Juan, St. Croix and St. Maarten. We had lots of fun last year. Kathe has 14 confirmed. Want to join the fun? Call Kathe Kraus @ 845-489-5040 For more info check this weblink: http://www.dream-journeys.com/cs/311478


For club information please call or write to one of the below officers:

Donna Decker
PRESIDENT
Tel 863-558-3155
Jeanie Mikutis
VICE PRESIDENT
Tel 941-743-7115
MARIE CURRIER
TREASURER/SUNSHINE
Tel 941-629-5140
Fran McKalip
SECRETARY
Tel 941-629-4324
Kay McNeil
50/50
Tel 941-625-5140
Suzie Brown
Ways & Means
Tel 941-258-0166
CAROL O'KANE
MEMBERSHIP
Tel 941-625-5340
Susan Brown
ESTHER SAUNDERS
PLANNING
Tel 941-743-7163

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