Irish Cultural Society
of San Antonio Texas
IRISH CULTURAL SOCIETY MEETING - February 16,2003
Sister Carmel opened the meeting with prayer. She asked
for volunteers to come decorate the hall on Friday,
March 21, at 9:30 a.m. in preparation for the dance the
next day PROGRAM: Leo and Margaret Moreno presented the
St. Gregory's Irish Dancers who are students at the church
school. Most have been dancing only 6 months; this is
their second performance. Interspersed with the dances was
an outline of Irish dance history, dating back to the fifth
century. Originally, men danced in kilts, which in Ireland
were solid color, saffron orange. Costume designs for
women were taken from the Book of Kells.
After the break, the minutes and the treasurer's report
were read and approved.
Resources totalled $9394.67. Bob stressed the importance
of the Noel Henry dance to fill our coffers.
MEMBERSHIP: 34 members were present and four guests:
Willy Fahey, Carol Ann McCullough and son, Evan Smith,
from Chicago (he and wife Deirdre will be here for four
years) and Genevieve Oswald's son, Chuck.
SCHOLARSHIP: Al Gillen has received 8 essays.
NOEL HENRY DANCE:we need ushers for the first hour.
NEW BUSINESS: The mayor will proclaim March as Irish Heritage
Month at City Hall Thursday, March 6 at 9:30 a.m. Since 1991,
the President of the United States has designated March as
Irish Heritage Month. If we want that done by our state
governor in March 2004, we should lobby our legislators by
June of this year.
Joan (Moody) informed us that President Lou had recently met
the new Irish consul general. St. Patrick's Day mass will
be celebrated at St. Patrick's Church at 10 a.m. Mae Kelly
has put Noel Henry dance and IHD ads in the Harp and
Shamrock newsletter. Bob may be able to get us a convertible
for the St. Patrick's 'Day Parade.
We adjourned at 5:45 p.m. There will be no meeting in March.
Peggy Hill, Secretary