Irish Cultural Society
of San Antonio Texas
IRISH CULTURAL SOCIETY MEETING - JUNE 15, 2003After the invocation by Sister Carmel, President Kelley
introduced Ciarnan McClean, who is more or less in charge
of the eleven Irish youth who are here to help Habitat
Six of them were introduced, and later they were called
on to introduce their host families. Nora presented our
scholarship winner, Alexis Jones, a cum laude graduate of
Health Careers High School. She was born in Banbury,
England and is among the top 10% of Latin scholars worldwide.
She will spend the summer in Austria studying German. Her
essay, which she read with great flair, was on Dr. Thomas
Bernardo, the champion of London's homeless children. He
established a mission in the East End in 1867 which grew
to 26 residences by the time of his death in 1908. The $500
award and certificate were presented by Chairman Al Gillen,
who, along with Nora and Susan Feeley, judged the nine entries.
Alexis was accompanied by her mother and brother. After the
reading, the 41 members and 16 guests enjoyed a bountiful
We had an abbreviated business meeting. A motion was made
and seconded to dispense with the reading of the minutes.
The treasurer announced the checking account balance of
The new officers were announced as follows:
Vice-president Henry McCann; Treasurer Bob Slattery;
Planning and Program Chairman Eugene Logan;
Public Relations Chairman Maura Ciarrocchi;
Members-at-Large John Donellan and Tom Hyland;
Scholarship Chairman Nora Olivares.
There was some discussion about including the minutes
in the newsletter. A vote was taken, and the motion was
defeated. President Kelley said he is putting the minutes
on our web page.
We adjourned at 6 p.m.
Peggy Hill, Secretary